Myths about infertility

Separating fact from fiction about getting pregnant

Published On: Mar 12 2012 08:41:48 PM EDT   Updated On: Mar 12 2012 08:46:12 PM EDT

Infertility means not being able to get pregnant after one year of trying -- or six months, if a woman is over 35. With one in eight couples experiencing it, there are a lot of myths out there surrounding it. Because of that, it can be hard for couples to separate fertility fact from fiction.

Let's see how much you know about fertility:

Will adding more vitamins to your diet help you improve your chances of getting pregnant? 

Is smoking OK as long as you stop when you get pregnant? 

Does age matter? 

Does dairy matter? 

Something else to consider: Many people think fertility is only a woman's problem. While about a third of infertility is due to female factors, another third is due to the male. The final third of infertility cases are because of both partners or unknown factors.

Additional Infertility Information:

INFERTILITY:  A person who is infertile has a reduced ability to have a child. A diagnosis of infertility does not necessarily mean a person is sterile-- that is, physically unable ever to have a child. Up to 15 percent of all couples are infertile, but only 1 to 2 percent are sterile.

Half of couples who seek help can eventually bear a child, either on their own or with medical assistance. In about one in five infertile couples, both partners have contributing problems. In about 15 percent of couples, no cause is found after all tests have been done, called "unexplained infertility." (

WHAT CAUSES IT?  A number of potential causes for infertility in both men and women exist. For example, cancer and its treatments can severely impair reproductive function and fertility in men and women. Below are some other common causes.

ASRM:  The American Society of Reproductive Medicine is a non-profit,multidisciplinary organization dedicated to the advancement of the art, science, and practice of reproductive medicine. The ASRM was founded by a small group of fertility experts who met in Chicago in 1944. 

Distinguished members of ASRM have led the development of the field of reproductive medicine.  They were the first physicians to perform many of the standard procedures used by fertility specialists today, including donor insemination and in vitro fertilization; they have developed new approaches to contraception and ovulation induction that are still in use; and they have helped form key legislation for reproductive rights.