There are several misconceptions about conception. It’s time for you to know what’s fact and what’s fiction.
MYTH: You can’t get pregnant the first time you have unprotected sex
FACT: This persistent myth leads to a number of unplanned pregnancies in young women. If egg meets sperm it’s possible to get pregnant, whether it’s the first, tenth or thousandth time you’ve had sex.
MYTH: STD’s don’t affect your fertility
FACT: More than one-quarter of women don’t know the impact that STDs can have on fertility. Unfortunately, many STDs like chlamydia, gonorrhea, and pelvic inflammatory disease can result in damage to your fallopian tubes, says Pal. And when your tubes are blocked, the chances of sperm and egg meeting are decreased. Even if they do meet, your odds of having an ectopic pregnancy increase with tubal damage. That’s why it’s crucial to diagnose and treat STDs as soon as possible, says Pal. And if you’ve had a history of STDs, consult your physician as soon as you’re ready to get pregnant in order to identify any damage and improve your odds of conceiving.
MYTH: If you have sex during your period you can’t get pregnant.
FACT: It’s unlikely that you’ll get pregnant, but not impossible. You are fertile on the days leading up to and around the time of ovulation – due to the lifespan of sperm – and if you have a short cycle you could be ovulating just after your period. So you could be fertile very early in your cycle when you are still bleeding.
MYTH: Having sex every day increases your odds of getting pregnant.
FACT: You can have sex 10 times a day and it won’t result in pregnancy unless it’s timed to coincide with ovulation. And even if you’ve timed things correctly, the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) reports that a major study found no difference in pregnancy rates between couples who had sex daily and those who had sex every other day.
MYTH: Lifting your legs in the air for 20 minutes after having sex will help you get pregnant.
FACT: While this may sound like a good idea in theory — the logic being that this will tip your pelvis and help your man’s little swimmers get a direct route to your eggs — all it will probably do is make your legs go numb from all the blood rushing away from your feet. Sperm are chemically programmed to travel directly to your baby-maker following ejaculation, regardless of what position you’re in.