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Fertility Myths and Facts: Debunking Common Misconceptions

By February 23, 2024March 15th, 2024No Comments

Fertility — it can be one of the hardest discussions for anyone interested in having children. Not only is fertility a highly sensitive and emotionally charged discussion, it’s also one that has a plethora of misinformation about it on the internet. In the world of surrogacy, there are a bunch of myths floating around that can be a bit confusing. At Open Arms, we want to prioritize honesty and accuracy. We’re unpacking some of the biggest myths around fertility and discussing how they can impact a surrogacy process.

Myth #1: Fertility Issues Are Always the Woman’s Fault

To paraphrase a common adage: It takes two to tango! Fertility challenges can stem from both men and women. According to data, in a third of all infertile couples, the men is the reason for infertility and another third of those couples can’t determine if the problem stems from the man or the woman. However, it’s not a blame game – infertility can be caused by various factors, including medical conditions, age, or even lifestyle. We do need to drop the notion that fertility is always the woman’s responsibility. It’s a team effort, and everyone plays a role.

Myth #2: IUI Is the Only Surrogacy Solution

Intrauterine insemination is a fantastic option, but it’s not the only one. Surrogacy clinics offer a range of assisted reproductive technologies, including gestational surrogacy — which is what the Open Arms team specializes in. It’s crucial to explore all the available options to find what works best for your unique situation. The journey to parenthood is diverse, and there’s no one-size-fits-all solution!

Myth #3: Surrogates Must Be Superwomen

While surrogates are undoubtedly superheroes, they’re not immune to fertility myths. Some believe that surrogates must have a flawless reproductive history. The heartbreaking truth is that surrogates can also struggle with pregnancies throughout the process. We will always carefully screen and evaluate potential surrogates to ensure a healthy and successful journey. The surrogacy process isn’t about perfection; it’s about commitment and heart.

Myth #4: Age Doesn’t Affect Male Fertility

Sorry, gentlemen, but age does play a role. While men can father children at an older age, fertility does decline. Advanced paternal age has also been linked to certain health risks in children. In some diseases, paternal age has more of an impact on a child’s health risks than maternal age. It’s essential for both intended parents to be mindful of the impact age can have on fertility and consider all factors in the surrogacy journey.

Myth #5: Surrogacy Is Always Expensive

Surrogacy costs can vary, and it’s not always as pricey as some may think. Surrogacy clinics often offer ways to accommodate various budgets. It’s crucial to have an open conversation about finances and explore options. Surrogacy is an investment in the future, and with proper planning, it can be a manageable and rewarding experience.

Myth #6: Success Is Guaranteed

While surrogacy has high success rates, we have to acknowledge that not every attempt results in pregnancy. It’s a journey with ups and downs, and having realistic expectations is key. The focus for everyone involved in the surrogacy process should be on providing support, understanding, and perseverance. We’re all unified in the goal of helping families grow.

Whether you’re an intended parent or an incredible surrogate, knowledge is power. Surrogacy is a beautiful journey, and understanding the realities of fertility and other elements that impact the process will help pave the way for success.


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