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Common Fertility Myths

Separating Fact from Fiction – Part 2

Answering common questions that South Africans ask about infertility.

Trying to conceive can be confusing and stressful, especially with all the myths and misconceptions surrounding fertility. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and uncertain about what’s true and what’s not. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of common fertility issues and questions that many South Africans have. In this blog post, we’ll be debunking some of the most common fertility myths and providing accurate information to help you on your journey to parenthood. So let’s get started!

“Fact or Fiction?

“Cough syrup or herbs can increase fertility.”

This is another myth without scientific evidence to back it up. In fact, taking certain herbs or supplements without the guidance of a healthcare professional could be harmful and may even decrease fertility.


Fact or Fiction?

“Infertility only happens to older couples.”

While age can affect fertility, infertility can happen to anyone regardless of age. Both men and women can experience fertility issues, and seeking medical advice early on is important for the best possible outcomes.


Fact or Fiction?

“Sex has to be timed perfectly to conceive.”

While timing can play a role in fertility, it’s not necessary to have sex at a specific time or in a specific position to conceive. Having sex every two to three days throughout the menstrual cycle is generally recommended, as sperm can survive in the female reproductive tract for up to five days.


Fact or Fiction?

“Infertility is caused by a lack of sexual attraction to your partner.”

Infertility is a medical condition caused by a variety of factors, such as hormonal imbalances, structural issues, and lifestyle choices. It has nothing to do with sexual attraction to your partner.


Fact or Fiction?

“Adopting a child will cure infertility.”

Adoption is a wonderful option for building a family, but it will not cure infertility. Infertility is a medical issue that requires medical treatment if a couple wants to conceive a biological child.


Fact or Fiction?

“Infertility is a punishment for past sins.”

Infertility is not a punishment for anything, and believing in this myth is harmful and can add unnecessary guilt and shame to the already emotional process of trying to conceive.


Fact or Fiction?

“Female masturbation can cause infertility.”

No, female masturbation does not cause infertility. This is a myth that has been perpetuated for years, but there is no evidence to support it. Masturbation, whether male or female, does not have any negative effects on fertility. It is a normal and healthy aspect of human sexuality and has no bearing on one’s ability to conceive.


Fact or Fiction?

“Apetito pills can cause infertility.”

Apetito pills are a type of appetite stimulant and have no known connection to infertility.
Apetito pills are used to stimulate appetite and promote weight gain. However, as with any medication, it’s important to discuss the potential side effects with your doctor or pharmacist.


Fact or Fiction?

“Fibroids can cause infertility.”

Fibroids are non-cancerous growths that can develop in the uterus. In some cases, fibroids can cause fertility problems by interfering with the implantation of the fertilized egg or blocking the fallopian tubes. However, not all fibroids cause infertility, and many women with fibroids can conceive and carry a pregnancy to term. The severity of the impact depends on the size and location of the fibroids. Some fibroids can be treated with medication or surgery to improve fertility.


Fact or Fiction?

“Eating soil can lead to infertility.”

Eating soil, also known as geophagy, is a cultural practice that is common in some parts of the world. While eating soil can lead to health problems, there is no evidence to suggest that it causes infertility.


Fact or Fiction?

“Ovarian cysts can cause infertility.”

Ovarian cysts are fluid-filled sacs that develop on the ovaries. In most cases, ovarian cysts do not cause infertility, and many women with ovarian cysts can conceive and carry a pregnancy to term. However, large cysts or cysts that interfere with ovulation can cause fertility problems and may need to be removed through surgery.


Fact or Fiction?

“Epididymitis causes infertility.”

Epididymitis is an inflammation of the epididymis, which is a tube that carries sperm. While it can sometimes cause infertility, the condition is typically treatable with antibiotics.


Fact or Fiction?

“Moringa can cure for infertility.”

There is no scientific evidence to suggest that moringa can cure infertility. While it may have some health benefits, it is not a substitute for medical treatment.


Fact or Fiction?

“HSV causes infertility.”

HSV, or herpes simplex virus, is a sexually transmitted infection that can sometimes lead to infertility in both men and women. However, with proper medical care and treatment, it is possible to manage the condition and reduce the risk of complications.


Fact or Fiction?

“Phytomed can cure infertility.”

Phytomed refers to the use of plant-based remedies to treat medical conditions. While some herbs and plants may have potential health benefits, there is no evidence to suggest that phytomed can cure infertility.


Fact or Fiction?

“STDs can cause infertility.”

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) can cause infertility if left untreated. STDs such as chlamydia and gonorrhea can cause inflammation and scarring in the reproductive organs, leading to blockages and fertility problems. However, with proper treatment and management, most STDs can be cured, and fertility can be preserved.

In conclusion, it’s important to separate fact from fiction when it comes to fertility. Believing in myths and misinformation can cause unnecessary stress and anxiety for couples trying to conceive. It’s important to seek accurate information and advice from trusted sources, such as healthcare professionals and reputable fertility organisations. Remember, there is hope for building a family, and there are many effective treatments available for infertility.