Ironically, one of the most complex parts of motherhood is actually becoming a mother. A majority of couples have difficulty conceiving. This is why it is essential to help break down the stigma of infertility and help prospective parents get the treatment they need sooner.
Birth Control Pills Harm Fertility
“I was 28 when we decided to try for a baby. After trying for two years, I did not get pregnant. During a chat with my sister-in-law, she asked if I had ever been on birth control pills. I have been taking them since the age of 21 and stopped about six months before we wanted to get pregnant. She suggested that the pills may have made me infertile. I genuinely believed she was right and was devastated. Thankfully, my husband had the foresight to consult a fertility specialist.”
Shweta Nair is now the mother of eight-month-old Garima.
Birth control pills can hide your infertility and trick you into thinking that you are fertile because they hormonally induce regular menstrual cycles. Birth control pills do not harm your fertility. There is no need for birth control pill washout, and there are many non-contraceptive benefits of birth control pills too.
Previous Paternity Does Not Guarantee Current Fertility
“After trying to get pregnant for three years, I was slowly losing hope and had started to believe that I was infertile. I decided to visit a fertility expert, and she ran some tests. Turns out I was perfectly fine. I was 32 at the time. The specialist asked my husband to come in for a check as well. When I told him, he was adamant that he wasn’t the problem. My husband had been married once before and has a son with his ex-wife. After my coxing, he finally agreed to go and reluctantly agreed to the tests. Turns out, he had low sperm mobility.”
Leena and Jayant Gupta are now parents to 1-year-old Akshay, who was conceived through IVF.
You must have heard the saying, “It takes two to tango.” An embryo is made of an egg and a sperm cell together, so it is crucial to study egg and sperm health. Infertility is not an issue that solely affects women; men can suffer from it as well.
Easy 1st Pregnancy Does Not Mean Baby #2 Should Be Easy
“I had my first son when I was 23. I was 30 when my husband and I thought it was the right time for having another child. But the second time around, we kept trying, but I wasn’t getting pregnant. My first time was so much easier. I was surprised. I had never thought that having a second child would be this hard.”
Riya Saraf found out the hard way that egg and sperm health can both decline with age. However, with the help of fertility treatment, she was eventually able to conceive and is now expecting her second baby in a few months.
Many women talk about how they got pregnant on their honeymoon. They think that since getting pregnant the first time was easy, they could just wait for another three to four years and just as quickly get pregnant for a second time. Sadly, it is not always that easy. The best thing to do in this situation is for women to get their fertility levels checked and for men to get their sperm checked.
Egg Freezing Is Insurance
“I have always been a free spirit and never knew if I would ever settle down with anyone. But I always knew I wanted kids. So, I decided to freeze my eggs early on. I am 32 now. Still haven’t found a partner and am still in no hurry for motherhood. But at least I know that when I am ready for it, the option will be available to me.”
Shruti Malik froze her eggs when she was 27, giving herself a higher chance at pregnancy.
Egg freezing is not really insurance; it’s a chance for pregnancy. While each egg has a chance to turn into a viable pregnancy in the future, there is so much else that goes into having a healthy pregnancy, like sperm health, the health of the uterus, and the ability of an embryo to implant. If you freeze your eggs at an early age, you will give yourself a higher chance of pregnancy, but it’s still a chance at the end of the day. It is not a 100% guarantee.
Deciding to have a baby is one of the most important and exciting things you will ever do in your life. But, if you are unable to conceive naturally, don’t lose hope. Seek help from some of the best fertility specialists at MotherToBe, a leading IVF clinic in Hyderabad. We offer a range of fertility treatments for you and your partner under the guidance of Dr Vyjayanthi, a trained embryologist having performed over 10,000 IVF cycles to ensure that your dream of having a happy family can become a reality.