Common fertility myths addressed and busted

  • Thursday, August 1, 2013

Statistics show that one in eight couples will struggle with infertility. With more than 7.3 million in the U.S. seeking fertility treatment, it is important for couples to be properly educated on infertility causes and treatment options available.

Dr. Stephanie Singleton, of The Fertility Center of Charleston, has highlighted some of the most common fertility myths.

Myth No. 1: Infertility is a Woman’s Issue

This is one of the biggest myths, states Singleton. “In fact, 35-40 percent of the couples trying to conceive are struggling due to problems with the male,” she said. “The good news, there are several treatments available for male factor infertility.”

Myth No. 2: Fertility Issues only affect women in their 30s and 40s

“Fertility peaks for women in their early twenties, however, even young women can have issues of infertility including those with irregular menstrual cycles and those with tubal factor infertility,” said Singleton.

Myth No. 3: IVF or InVitro Fertilization is the only option available

“We like to take a stair case approach to fertility treatment,” Singleton said. “For most couples there are many options to consider before deciding on in vitro fertilization.”

Myth No. 4: There is nothing couples can do to prepare to conceive

Singleton says there are several things a couple can do to prepare. “The female should begin taking prenatal vitamins containing folic acid. She should maintain a healthy diet and get adequate exercise to maintain a healthy weight,” she said. “Finally, both partners should discontinue smoking before trying to conceive.”

Singleton is the only female reproductive endocrinologist in the Charleston area. The Fertility Center of Charleston has offices in Charleston, Columbia, Conway and Savannah, Ga. To learn more, visit www.fertilitycharleston.com.

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