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The most frequent pregnancy myths –
how true are they?

There are many useful tips on becoming pregnant. But is there any truth in the persistent myths and rumours which are commonly heard when it comes to conceiving?

We will tell you which of these myths are true and which you can safely forget:

Myth 1: Smoking is bad for fertility

This is really the case. Quit smoking! By doing so, you can significantly increase your chances of becoming pregnant.

Myth 2: Do not stand up after sex

This is a widespread view. However, it has not been scientifically proven that the likelihood of pregnancy is greater if the woman remains lying down half an hour after having sex or if she places a cushion under her bottom while doing so. But of course it doesn’t hurt to try...

Myth 3: Showering after sex reduces the chances of conceiving

This myth is not true, either. If you wish to have a hot shower after intercourse, you can do so – even if you want to become pregnant.

Myth 4: If a woman does not have an orgasm, fertilisation will not succeed

This rumour is not true, either. An egg cell can be fertilised even if the woman does not have an orgasm during sexual intercourse.

However, it has been determined that the contractions of the uterus during an orgasm assist in propelling sperm from the uterus into the Fallopian tubes.

Myth 5: It is only possible to conceive if you have sex during ovulation

That is not the case. Male sperm can survive for 3-5 days following sexual intercourse, so that you can also become pregnant if you had sex a few days prior to ovulation.

Myth 6: Daily sex impairs the quality of sperm

That is not true! Sperm regenerate within 24 hours and restore their original quality, particularly with respect to their speed. Having sex several times a day would cause them to wane, however.

Myth 7: Having a normal weight is favourable for pregnancy

It is really true that being over- or underweight does have a negative effect on the chances of conceiving. This is because weighing above or below the norm leads to hormonal changes which can cause disruptions to a woman’s menstrual cycle and to the maturation of the egg cell; in the case of a man, being over- or underweight can impair sperm production.

You and your partner should thus pay attention to your weight by eating a healthy diet and getting plenty of exercise.

Myth 8: As women get older they are less fertile than men

That is not completely correct. Fertility wanes in men just as it does in women. Although men can still produce children later in life, sperm quality is considerably higher in younger men.

Myth 9: The contraceptive pill has a negative effect on fertility

That is only true for a transitional phase. For some women it can take a while until the hormonal balance and periods have stabilized properly again after stopping the pill.

Furthermore, it is important to wait around two months to allow the endometrium to build up. But after that, there is nothing to stand in the way of becoming pregnant.

Myth 10: Stress and pressure make it difficult to become pregnant

One thing is for sure: Stress and pressure are not healthy in the long run. Of course it is possible to become pregnant even if you do suffer from constant stress and even if you are feeling under extra pressure due to your wish to have a baby.

However, sexual intercourse enjoyed when you are feeling relaxed and happy is more likely to lead to the desired goal.