Top fertility myths debunked!

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So you’re trying for a baby. Should be easy right? From the time we hit puberty we’re told how easy it is to fall pregnant and how careful you must be with contraception.  Which is a valid message.  But that means, when the time comes, getting pregnant should be the easy part, shouldn’t it? Everyone around you seems to be up the duff and well meaning friends and family are asking ‘when is it going to be your turn?’.

The reality is that 1 in 6 Australians will struggle to fall pregnant.  If you’re over 35 the statistics drop to 1 in 3.  Even healthy couples in their 20’s only have a 25% chance of conceiving each month.

So what can you do to stack the odds in your favour?  Let’s debunk some common fertility myths!

  1. Legs in the air!

False.  Ok yes I tried this one too!  Unfortunately there’s no evidence to suggest that holding your legs in the air after sex will make the sperm reach your egg any more efficiently.  But hey, it doesn’t do any harm either!

  1. It’s all about position

False.  Although this might be a fun way to spice up the baby making process. Sexual positions have no influence on you chances of fertilization.

  1. The more sex the better!

True.  It’s a commonly held belief that it helps to ‘save up’ sperm until the perfect moment to make sure there’s plenty of baby making swimmers available. In reality, men produce millions of sperm every day, so there’s no need to ‘stock up’.  In fact storing too much ‘older’ stored sperm may actually get in the way of the fresh new sperm on their race to the egg.

  1. Conception happens immediately

False.  Once released from your ovary at ovulation, your egg only survives 24 hours.  However sperm can survive for 3 – 5 days within the female reproductive system, meaning conception can occur anytime during this period.  This means your most fertile days fall 3 – 5 days prior to and on the day of ovulation.

  1. You don’t need to boost your folate intake until you’re pregnant

False. Folate is vital for the creation of DNA, which is needed immediately to support the initial stages of fetal growth.  Lack of folate in the very initial stages of pregnancy not only hinders your changes of healthy fertilization and implantaion but increases the risk of early miscarriage and birth defects.  The neural tube develops and closes during the first 4 – 5 weeks of pregnancy, which is before you may even realize you are pregnant.  For this reason you should boost your folate intake as soon as you begin trying for a baby. It’s important to remember that folate and folic acid are not the same thing.  Folate is the natural nutrient used by the body and folic acid is a synthetic supplemental source which 50% of people struggle to metabolise.  Boosting your dietary intake is the first place to start and look for a supplement that provides folate in the ‘active’ form of calcium folinate/folinic acid to help support folate uptake.

For more information to help you conceive and carry a healthy baby visit

Tasha Jennings ND
Naturopath, Nutritionist, Natural fertility expert

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