Don’t sew on your bed. Don’t announce your pregnancy within the first three months. Don’t eat mutton.
These are some familiar advice you may have heard during your pregnancy or while you’re trying to conceive. But just now many of these are real? Parents World takes a look at some of the common myths and get down to the truth of it.
Myth #1: Taking the Pill will make it difficult to get pregnant
Oral contraceptives will indeed prevent pregnancies when taken regularly. However, once you are off the Pill, it should not take long for your body to adjust to the hormonal changes. For some ladies, this may take a couple of months.
Myth #2: Boxers are better than briefs
While heat can definitely affect sperm production, think of hot tub or sauna rather than a tight pair of underwear. In fact, some studies show that the choice of underwear in men has very little effect on sperm production.
But do note that working with your laptop over your groin area can generate sufficient heat to reduce sperm count.
Myth #3: If you take a long time to conceive, you're more likely to have a boy
Studies have shown women who conceive at a later age are more likely to have a boy. It is believed that the cervical mucus thickens with age. This makes it easier for sperm carrying the Y-chromosome to make their way into the ovaries. The presence of a Y-chromosome determines the male gender of the baby.
Myth #4: You are safe during your period
It is actually entirely possible to conceive during your period. This is women’s hormonal levels can fluctuate differently, making ovulation possible.
Myth #5: Fertility decreases after 35
It does get significantly difficult for women to conceive after 35 years old. Not to mention that the associated health risks for both mother and baby as her age increases.
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