EGGS, GENES, HORMONES AND FERTILITY TRUTHS
Dr Diana Kayal debunks some infertility myths. Age: This is the single most important factor in determining your fertility, irrespective of how healthy your lifestyle has been. Fertility significantly diminishes after the age of 30, even if a woman already has children. ‘The number of women facing secondary infertility [inability to have another child] has seen an alarming increase,’ she says. Birth control: In general, hormonal contraception will not harm fertility in the long term. ‘IUDs are occasionally associated with pelvic inflammation, which can affect fertility, but is uncommon.’ Genetic/family history: Genes and familial history only play a role when associated with a medical condition that could lead to infertility. ‘For instance, if there is a family history of diabetes, thyroid or PCOS, it could lead to an increased risk of infertility issues.’ Egg supply: A low ovarian reserve doesn’t mean you can’t get pregnant. ‘It just means you have less time to do it, as the quantity of eggs in your ovaries declines over time. This doesn’t mean the quality of your eggs isn’t good.’ Hormone medication: There is no evidence to show that taking ovary-stimulating medication during IVF leads to ovarian cancer. It doesn’t deplete egg supply and won’t lead to an early menopause.