Mukherjee Fertility Centre


Dr. Shiuli Mukherjee

IVF Clinician and Reproductive Endocrinologist
Diploma in Laparoscopic Surgery from
Kiel University, Germany (Cum Gynaecological Surgeon)

Fertility Myths

Many couples think they will immediately get pregnant when they start trying for a baby. But this is not the exact truth. The related text will provide you with these myths and truths, and will guide you in conceiving early.

Fertility Myths

Myth : You need to have sex every day during your fertile window.

Truth : Having sex every alternate day between Day 10 to Day 21 will give you the best fertility outcome to get a baby. (This Day 10 is calculated form the 1st day of starting of your menstruation. D10-D21 is the fertility window period).

Myth : Sperm function is better after 10 days abstinence.

Truth : The best quality sperm is produced by ejaculation every two to three days. A long interval results in the production of many damaged or dead sperm.

Myth : As long as I’m under 35, there’s still time to keep trying.

Truth : Age has a major impact on the success rates of infertility treatments as well as your natural ability to conceive. By the age of 36 a healthy women has only a 5-7% chance of getting pregnant in a given month with a high miscarriage rate. So if you’re already over 35, you should seek medical advice if you’ve been trying for six months.

Myth : We’re both young and healthy so we won’t have any problems conceiving.

Truth : Young and healthy people can still have issues affecting fertility. Medical conditions and genetic disorders can affect fertility, whatever your age.

Myth : If I have fertility treatment, I will probably have twins or triplets.

Truth : IVF with single embryo transfer will reduce the risk of multiple pregnancies to less than 1%. Nowadays SET (Single embryo transfer) is the trend.

Myth : My miscarriage could have been caused by stress, business travel or exercise.

Truth : The causes of pregnancy loss are complex, and are usually due to chromosomal abnormality in the embryo. Bed rest basically has got no role to maintain a pregnancy.

Myth : Taking vitamins and supplements could improve my sperm count and motility.

Truth : There is no scientific evidence to support this. Medicines could show your report improved but hardly these medicines will help you to conceive. You may need ART (assisted reproductive technique).