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Infertility Myths

There are several fertility myths that circulate, and it's important to distinguish between misinformation and accurate information. Here are some common fertility myths:

Myth: Fertility Issues Only Affect Women:

Fact: Both men and women can experience fertility issues. It's essential to consider both partners when exploring the reasons for difficulty in conceiving.

Myth: Infertility is Always a Woman's Fault:

Fact: Infertility is not solely attributed to women. Male infertility, accounts for 30% of the cases of infertility, as well as a combination of factors involving both partners, can contribute to difficulties in conception.

Myth: Birth Control Pills Cause Infertility:

Fact: Birth control pills are not a cause of infertility. Fertility typically returns after discontinuing the use of birth control.

Myth: Stress is the Main Cause of Infertility:

Fact: While stress can impact overall health, it is not the sole cause of infertility. Many factors contribute to fertility issues, including medical conditions and lifestyle factors.

Myth: If You Have One Child, You Won't Experience Infertility:

Fact: Secondary infertility is a real phenomenon where couples have difficulty conceiving after successfully having one or more children. Fertility issues can arise at any time.

Myth: Fertility Declines Only in Women After 35:

Fact: Both male and female fertility decline with age. While women are often highlighted due to the biological clock, advanced paternal age can also impact sperm quality.

Myth: Tight Underwear Causes Male Infertility:

Fact: While excessive heat can affect sperm production, the impact of tight underwear on male fertility is generally minimal. It's unlikely to be a significant cause.

Myth: Having Sex Every Day Increases Fertility:

Fact: While regular sexual activity is important, having sex every day may not necessarily increase fertility. Timing intercourse during the woman's fertile window is more crucial, and studies show intercourse every other day has the highest success.

Myth: IVF Guarantees Pregnancy

Fact: In vitro fertilization (IVF) is a successful fertility treatment, but it doesn't guarantee pregnancy. Success rates vary, and individual factors play a significant role.


Deborah Smith, MD For over 30 years Dr. Smith and her dedicated team have been helping couples realize their dream of having a child. At RMFC, the success rates of the fertility therapies offered are among the highest in the nation, that is why RMFC is the premier fertility clinic Denver and Rapid City trust. Dr. Deborah Smith is one of the most experienced board certified infertility doctors in Colorado and South Dakota with 30 years’ experience as a fertility expert. Dr. Smith and her team offers patients a combination of excellent clinical expertise, strong research experience and warm personal care.

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