Monday, 20 May 2013

Fertility Myths

Did you hear that orgasms can cause a woman to release eggs? Uh, no. This is false ladies and gentlemen. The release of eggs (ovulation) is the gradual increase of estrogen, not a sudden explosion of pleasure!

Nurture Antenatal are becoming myth-busters this week. Particularly surrounding fertility. Please feel free to comment on any other myths you have come across. 

Sperm can only live for 3 days or less. 

His little swimmers can survive up to five days inside. Even though a woman's egg lives for 12-24 hours, she is potentially fertile for about one week per cycle. That would be five days for sperm viability, then another two days for the possibility of two eggs being released within the cycle.

Menopause occurs because a woman has ran out of eggs

Nope! Women are born with over 400,000 eggs, we (thank the lord) do not have that many periods in our life time. During menopause, hormone balances change, this causes the eggs to stop maturing in the ovary and being released at ovulation.

Women are the main cause for fertility issues within couples

False. False. False! The issues are generally split- 40% men, 40% women and the other 20% are combined issues, or issues that are unknown. 

Worrying about a late period may only delay it.

A lot of us have been there. The period is late, we panic, then we tell ourselves it's late because we are panicking. A vicious circle. But in fact stress alters/delays our ovulation. Not our period.  Once ovulation has occurred, our period is already determined. 

So be careful what you read!

Nurture Antenatal x

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