5 conception myths busted

What do you really need to do to conceive a baby? Of course there is always the wacky relative’s rumor that you can listen to, or your other favorite auntie who knows it all about how to become pregnant, but those talkative relatives are usually not licensed practitioners. They typically will hear and repeat stories from random websites or tabloid tales with you as if they were medical facts. It's important to understand the truth behind conception, so here's 5 conception myths busted. 

Myth: Lifting Legs After Sex Enables More Sperm to Find A Woman's Eggs.

Believe it or not, a lot of people believe this tactic is the way to go to help the woman become pregnant. Just lift up your legs, tip your pelvis, and help the sperm flow into your eggs. While the logic may seem justifiable; there’s really no clear tests that have been completed to verify this method works. Regardless of what position you’re in, the sperm are chemically programmed to move toward a woman's egg. In fact, each time a man does ejaculate, he typically releases about two to three cubic centimeters. That's about twenty to eighty million sperms!

Myth: Guanifenesin Helps Sperm Reach A Woman's Eggs.

The methodology behind this story is that cough syrup carries an ingredient called “guaifenesin.” This ingredient was considered a fertility booster by many in “Rumorville.” It was said to be able to thin the cervical mucus, which in turn would enable the sperm to find your eggs a bit easier. Sadly, there is no documented research that can support this theory. Secondly, when you are swallowing cough syrup, you are also congesting a list of other possible bad additives like antihistamines that will inhibit your fertility chances.

Myth: Orgasms Boost Sperm Into The Cervix.  

Typically, it's thought that the uterine contractions caused by an orgasm would help boost the sperm into the cervix down toward the fallopian tubes. The fact is you don’t need orgasms to conceive, though they certainly don’t hurt your cause. What you should definitely pay attention to is the timing of the process. Understand that sperm can live in your system for three to five days, but the egg is only around for twelve to twenty four hours, so what you can do to get pregnant is to participate in daily intercourse in the days leading up to ovulation and on the day you ovulate.

Myth: Birth Control Pills Ruin Your Pregnancy Chances.

Birth control pills will not knock you off the pregnancy track once you stop taking the pills, you should get right back to a normal routine. Once off the pills, it’s important to understand how to conceive. Each month, your hormones from your pituitary gland will excite your ovaries to release an egg (ovulate). When the egg is unconfined, it will journey to one of the fallopian tubes, and if you want to conceive, the days leading up to your ovulation are the peak time.

Myth: Sexual Positions Enhance Your Chance of Conceiving.

Let’s just pretend that certain sex positions would enhance your chances of becoming pregnant, wouldn’t that be a little more fun? The fact is, there is little testing to back this idea up. However, experts suggest that deep penetration (which is likely from a rear-entry position or from the man-on-top missionary position) can actually help get the sperm closer to the cervix. But the cervical mucus in your body should be enough to complete the job, no matter what position you are in. 

In closing, it is important to know your fertile days in order to conceive. When you can keep track of your cycle and follow your ovulation calculator, this method will give the highest chance of becoming pregnant.

By Preston Copeland

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