There have been a lot of beliefs that can help women get pregnant, but that does not mean everything you hear is true. Whether you heard some of these from your mom, a friend or you’ve read it somewhere in the internet, know that the following are just myths and may not be much of a help when trying to conceive.
- Orgasm is a must to conceive
Orgasming is always good but when it comes to getting pregnant, it’s not a must. What it only does is contracting the uterus, which helps the sperm travel to the fallopian tubes faster. However, even if this does not happen, your baby-making skills won’t be affected.
- Raise your legs up after intercourse will help you conceive
While this sounds good in theory—as it will tip your pelvis and help the sperm get a direct route to your eggs—all it actually does is to make your legs go numb due to the rushing of blood away from your feet. Know that there are more than a hundred million of sperms released in every ejaculation, so there’s always the best chance to conceive every single time you try without hoisting any of your body parts in the air and feeling uncomfortable for any period of time.
- Missionary is the way to conceive
Just because you are trying to get pregnant doesn’t mean love-making can’t be fun. The position you do has nothing to do with your ability to conceive. As long as there’s penetration and, of course, your husband ejaculates inside you, you always have the chance to conceive. Do it in many different positions, anywhere in the house or anytime of the day—it doesn’t matter.
- Taking contraceptive pills for too long delays pregnancy
This one is definitely not true. Depending on the birth control method you used before ditching it and started trying to get pregnant, the rate your cycle regulates varies, but not by much. For contraceptive pill users, most cases show that their cycle got back on track almost right away—so you can expect to ovulate within a couple of weeks. In fact, in a study, 80 percent of women who were on the Pill and decided to stop using it in order to conceive got pregnant within a year.
- The best time to try is after ovulation has occurred
Majority of women believe after ovulation is the best time to get busy and maximize chances of conception. Unfortunately, experts prove this wrong. In reality, doctors would say that your best chance for conceiving is in the four days just before ovulation. Your chances of getting pregnant drop quickly starting the day after you ovulate.
The best you can do now is to educate yourself of the right things about fertility. Now that you know the truth behind these popular myths, you are more prepared and knowledgeable as you enter the next phase of baby-making.