There are many myths and misconceptions when it comes to fertility and infertility. What you know (or don’t know) can hurt you if you’re trying to conceive so we created a Fertility Fact Quiz to test your knowledge (and debunk some misinformation):
True or False?
Sexual positions don’t affect your chances of conception.
True – There are no studies confirming that one position is more effective than any other in achieving pregnancy. In fact, sperm can be found in the cervical canal in mere seconds after ejaculation, regardless of position. Aiming for the deepest vaginal penetration and maximum cervical contact makes sense, but the optimal position varies because every woman’s body is different.
And since sperm start swimming immediately after ejaculation, it isn’t necessary for a woman to become a gymnast or a yoga master to make a baby. There may be a little advantage to lying around after sexual intercourse to keep the sperm inside you, but there’s absolutely no value in practicing hand stands. So savor the romantic endeavor in whatever position best fits the mood.
True or False?
Smoking during pregnancy is a no-no.
True – According to the CDC, “The dangers of smoking during pregnancy include premature birth (being born too early), certain birth defects, and infant death.”
• Smoking makes it harder for a woman to get pregnant.
• Women who smoke during pregnancy are more likely than non-smoking women to have a miscarriage.
• Smoking can cause problems with the placenta —the source of the baby’s food and oxygen during pregnancy. For example, the placenta can separate from the womb too early, causing bleeding, which is dangerous to the mother and baby.
• Smoking during pregnancy can cause a baby to be born too early or to have low birth weight—making it more likely the baby will be sick and have to stay in the hospital longer. A few babies may even die.
• Smoking during and after pregnancy (when infant is born) is a risk factor of
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
• Babies born to women who smoke are more likely to have certain birth defects, like a cleft lip or cleft palate.
True or False?
Men, stay out of the hot tub if you’re trying to conceive!
True – Heat can play a detrimental role with sperm count. The rise in scrotal temperature can temporarily reduce sperm production. So if a man is relaxing in a hot tub or sauna or even sitting with a laptop computer on his legs for an extended period of time, it can cause body temperature to rise in the genital area. It has been suggested that wearing boxers when trying to conceive may be helpful. Keep in mind that sperm production tends to increase in cooler temperatures, so sperm count is often higher in the winter months than in the summer. Time of day can also affect men’s sperm count as it tends to be higher in the morning when hormone levels are higher.
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