Fertility health is an increasingly popular topic of conversation these days, thanks to celebrities, the media and more people openly sharing their stories and struggles. This trend has led to an increase in support and awareness, but many misconceptions have also arisen in the process. We’re here to set the record straight on a few of common fertility myths.
MYTH #1: Taking ‘the Pill’ for many years reduces your chances of getting pregnant.
Oral contraceptives, better known as the birth control pill, prevent pregnancy by preventing ovulation. When a woman stops taking the pill, the hormones leave the body within a couple of days, regardless of how many years she took the pill. Once the hormones are out of the system, the body starts to produce hormones to start your menstrual cycle. For most women, it will take a couple of pill-free weeks to ovulate, others may take a few months.
MYTH #2: Infertility is only a female problem.
About 40% of infertility cases are attributed to male factors. Initial tests conducted at Center for Reproductive Health include a semen analysis where experts assess the volume, concentration, movement and shape of the sperm. Even if the male has had a child in the past, it doesn’t guarantee easy conception in the future. If a male has gained weight or developed a thyroid disorder, it may affect fertility. Learn More: Patient Resources
MYTH #3: All Couples should try for at least a year before seeking fertility help.
Infertility is typically defined as not conceiving after one year of unprotected sex, but some couples should come in sooner to get evaluated if they don’t become pregnant. Dr. Robins at The Center for Reproductive Health recommends that women age 35 and older get evaluated by a specialist after trying for six months. Women younger than 35 should still try for a year, unless they have a condition that could make it difficult to become pregnant, such as an abnormal menstrual cycle, history of miscarriages, endometriosis or other complex medical conditions. Learn more: When Should I See a Fertility Doctor?
MYTH #4: IVF is the only fertility treatment option.
In vitro fertilization, or IVF, is a term commonly interchanged with fertility treatments, and as a result, many of our new patients think that they need IVF. The reality is that there are several non-invasive or low-tech treatment options available. Center for Reproductive Health offers a full range of fertility treatments including ovulation induction, timed intercourse, or intrauterine insemination (IUI) and many other techniques. Depending on your age, medical history and fertility test results, your care team will help you determine which fertility treatments will work best for you. Learn more: Getting Started
MYTH #5: Medical insurance doesn’t cover fertility treatments.
The cost and insurance coverage for fertility treatment varies based on the type of fertility treatment needed. The Center for Reproductive Health works with all insurance plans and the large majority of patients with insurance will have full coverage for their initial consultation. About 60%-70% of patients have some level of coverage for further treatments. Our financial staff works with you and your insurance provider to make treatment more affordable. Also ask about our Shared Risk X3 Guarantee Program and ReadyGO Egg Donor program to ensure your investment is beneficial. Learn more: Financial Information
If you have further questions about fertility treatment or want to make an appointment, call (509) 462-7070.