There are a lot of tips and guide all around the internet about how to increase fertility naturally. You will be overwhelmed not only on the internet but from magazines, friends, and family. They will bombard you with suggestions they think they know is right. One of my favorite advice from friends and relative is the Obando Fertility Dance. It is a dance ritual celebrated every May in a place called Obando, Bulacan, Philippines. The idea is to sing and dance during the procession in order to increase one’s fertility.
I have no issue with the event itself. It is a tradition and it must be celebrated or remembered every now and then. But when it comes to infertility I prefer to use my left side of the brain. I believe it is a medical condition and can be treated with the right knowledge.
Aside from the ritual dance mentioned, here are some of the popular myths:
Adopting a child will get you pregnant
I really don’t believe this one but, I have an actual relative who was having problems conceiving. After a few years in their marriage, they adopted. In just a couple of years, guess what, the woman got pregnant and I now have two cousins from their side.
Is it coincidence? Yes, I believe so. There is a study made indicating that couples who adopt have the same rate of conceiving compared to those who did not.
Husbands will leave their wife if they are infertile
Infertility can affect both male and female. Based on a study, around 35% of the time, the inability to conceive is caused by men. The treatment can cause stress but most of the time couples get through it. Deeper understanding can come from this experience which can make a marriage stronger.
Taking Robitussin before ovulating
The idea is that this cough syrup can help thin the mucus in your cervix just like the way it does with the mucus in your lungs. There are a lot of testimonials on the internet but as long as there is no scientific proof regarding the effect of Guaifenesin (active ingredient of Robitussin) on cervical mucus I’d say this one is a myth.
Infertility is a woman’s issue
Definitely a big no. As stated above, 35% of the infertility cases is because of men. 35% is from women, 20% comes from both and 10% is unknown. Expect denial from a man when confronted that he should be tested for infertility.
Infertile couples are not complete or unhappy
The inability to conceive can cause a great strain on the relationship as well as to each person involved. The ability to move on is quite persistent for this kind of couple. Adoption is an option. Most of the time couples let go of these feelings and move on with their lives. Being infertile does not mean the end of the world.
Infertility is a tough battle. Let’s be prepared with information and know which ones to avoid.