Infertility is defined as the inability to conceive a child despite attempting to conceive for at least a year. If you and your partner are suffering with fertility issues, you’re not alone. With more than five million cases in the United States every year, infertility affects more people than you might think. Unfortunately, there are many misconceptions and myths associated with fertility and infertility. Let’s set the record straight.

Misconception #1

Most couples can conceive as soon as they begin trying

Although many men and women spend their early adult years trying to prevent pregnancy, the truth is that a healthy, young couple at the peak of their fertility has only a 25 percent chance —at best! — each month of conceiving. After a year of trying, the chance of pregnancy decreases to 5 percent, and couples will likely need medical assistance to get pregnant.

Misconception #2

Smoking doesn’t affect my fertility

Smoking as few as five cigarettes per day is associated with lower fertility rates in both men and women. The American Society for Reproductive Medicine estimates that up to 13 percent of infertility is due to smoking. If you’re trying to conceive, quit smoking.

Misconception #3

There is nothing I can do to stop “the clock”

While it is true that nobody can stop the effects of aging on their fertility, there are precautions you can take to preserve your fertility. For women who choose to delay starting a family to build a career or otherwise, freezing their eggs at the peak of fertility is a proven way to still have children once they’re ready.

Misconception #4

Men don’t have fertility problems

Though many people believe that infertility is only a women’s issue, it’s simply not true. Infertility affects both men and women. Interestingly enough, about 35 percent of all infertility cases treated in the United States are due to a female problem, while the same percentage can be traced back to a male issue. Another 20 percent of infertility cases is due to a problem with both partners. (The remaining 10 percent is due to unknown causes.) Further, a man’s fertility declines with age due to a decline in semen quality and an increase in DNA fragmentation seen in the sperm.

If you and your partner are having trouble conceiving, come see how the reproductive specialists at Center for Reproductive Medicine can help you. Call (612) 863-6137 to schedule your appointment today.