With the many intricacies of reproductive health, awareness about fertility is vital. Various studies, opinions, and other wealth of information are available to us today. Still, misconceptions can often pose a false sense of security, leading individuals and/or families down a perplexing and misguided path.

As an attorney practicing reproductive law in New York, Vermont and Florida, I’ve heard comments and seen people make choices based on misconceptions. Here are five misconceptions that are often misunderstood or overlooked when it comes to fertility and infertility.

Age-related infertility is rampant; just because you’ve seen your friends have kids at advanced ages (over 35), it’s important not to assume they didn’t get a little help! A woman’s peak reproductive years are between her late teens and their late 20s. According to the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, decline happens quickly once you reach your mid-thirties.

You’ve heard the saying, “You are what you eat.” Maintaining a healthy diet and cutting out unhealthy substances (alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, and unnecessary medications) will help create a healthy environment for the baby.

Misinformation About Contraception Use
While some methods might have a brief delay in fertility after discontinuation, there’s no evidence to suggest that using contraception for an extended period decreases fertility in the long term. Fertility typically returns to baseline after discontinuing most contraceptive methods.

Approximately 21 states require mandatory insurance coverage for specific and limited infertility treatments. Find out what your state offers.

In conclusion, understanding your fertility profile and options involves clearing up misconceptions and knowing your facts so you can make informed decisions. By sharing accurate information, fostering open conversations, and highlighting the complexities of fertility, we can help people confidently navigate their family planning journey.