Myth (Ancient Greek μῦθος) – a story that conveys the ideas of people about the world, the place a person occupies in it, about the origin of all things, about gods and heroes (Wikipedia).
For most people, the word “myth” is associated with a certain sacrament and a fairy tale. A process as simple and “vital” as the conception, in fact, is surrounded by a series of myths and prejudices.
We will try to distinguish some of them.
MYTH: Ovulation can only occur in the middle of the menstrual cycle
FACT: In fact, in most cases, ovulation occurs in the middle of the menstrual cycle. But, in fact, ovulation, for example, with a menstrual cycle of 28 days can be from 7 to 23 days.
Therefore, the inefficiency of the calendar contraception method (plus the survival of sperm in the female genital tract at 5 days reduces the effectiveness of this method to zero).
MYTH: The normal duration of the menstrual cycle is 28 days.
FACT: For each woman, the duration of the cycle is strictly individual. Normally, if it fits in the range of 21 to 35 days.
MYTH: A woman can get pregnant at any time.
FACT: A woman can get pregnant once a month, that is, a possibility of maturing an egg, since it retains its ability to fertilize only 24 hours, after that she dies. In addition, two or three menstrual cycles per year can be anovulatory, that is, the ovum does not mature, the ovaries “rest”.
MYTH: Pregnancy can not occur during menstruation.
FACT: Since ovulation can occur on the seventh day of the menstrual cycle, and the sperm retain their ability to fertilize for several days, pregnancy can also occur during intercourse during menstruation.
MYTH: Ovulation occurs on the day the basal temperature falls.
FACT: This is one of the common misconceptions supported by the medical community. In fact, ovulation can not be determined by the fall in basal temperature, since only 10% of women experience a fall in temperature on the eve of ovulation.
MYTH: male fertility (fertility) is determined by the amount of sperm
FACT: The amount of sperm does not affect the onset of pregnancy. Much more important is another indicator: the concentration of active sperm in 1 milliliter of sperm.
MYTH: To get pregnant you need to have sex every day.
FACT: In the female genital tract, sperm retain their ability to fertilize for up to 5 days. Consequently, even a single sexual relationship a few days before ovulation can lead to pregnancy.
And frequent ejaculation can increase the proportion of immature sperm, which may be the reason for the lack of pregnancy.
MYTH: Pregnancy does not come if after sex intercourse the sperm leaves the genital tract
FACT: After ejaculation, the active sperm immediately “precipitates” into the cervical canal and begins to actively move in the direction of the fallopian tube. At the same time, from the genital tract seminal fluid (with immobile sperm) can be spilled, which is a variant of the norm.
From here and the unreliability of said “national method” of contraception as syringe at the same time sexual intercourse.
Myth: Orgasm contributes to the release of the ovary from the ovary.
FACT: There is no connection between orgasm and ovulation. Ovulation is triggered by an increase in the concentration of estrogen, which is formed in the mature follicle.
MYTH: Spicy food contributes to conception.
FACT: There is no connection between the sharpness of food and fertility, but it is very possible that gastritis occurs.
MYTH: The position of the “birch” after intercourse contributes to the conception.
FACT: The position of the lower extremities “in relation to the floor” does not affect the beginning of pregnancy. After intercourse in the upper third of the vagina, a container for sperm (a kind of bleeding) is formed, from where the sperm enter the cervix.
Therefore, even if a woman gets up immediately after intercourse, she will not play a significant role in conception.
MYTH: Fertilization occurs in the uterus.
FACT: The meeting of sperm and ovules occurs in the fallopian tube, and only on day 4 the embryo enters from the fallopian tube to the uterus.
MYTH: Infertility is a reflection of human sexuality.
FACT: There is no connection between fertility and sexuality. A man can be a “sex giant” and have a poor quality of sperm and vice versa.
MYTH: At the time of menopause, a woman does not have ova in the ovaries.
FACT: At the time of menopause, approximately 15-20 thousand follicles (ovules) remain in a woman’s ovaries. But thanks to the severe hormonal changes in a woman’s body, the ovaries no longer respond to hormones and these follicles do not grow.
I hope that discrediting some of the established myths about conception will help you understand the great flow of information and choose the “right guidelines” for the earliest possible pregnancy.