Debunking the biggest myths about infertility

Dr. Jennifer Ashton breaks down misconceptions about infertility, which affects more than 6 million women in the U.S.
4:35 | 04/22/19

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It is national infertility awareness week. We have a new series "Broke for baby" what it takes to have a child. Over 6 million women in the U.S. Struggle with infertility. There are some misconceptions about consettle. Dr. Jen Ashton is here. Good morning. You've been an ob/gyn for years. There's so many myths. Let's bust some of these. Audience raise your hand if you think this is true. Years of being on birth control can make you less fertile. So, janai, this is so common. I hear this all the time from woman. This is what I tell them, your ovaries are like puppies. You know when you're gone for ten minutes and your puppy grants the same way as if you were gone for ten years. That's the way your ovaies are. You absolutely can get pregnant right away. Your body doesn't need any time to getting used to getting back on it. We're going in order here. Were you on the pill before you got pregnant? I was. A long time? Yes. But it's like breaking a habit that you've had for a very long time. You said you were nervous when you got off the pill? I was nervous. You're preventing something for so long, all of a sudden, you stop preventing and you think it will happen so quickly. That follows my category, we grow up most of our adult lives generally not having an unplanned pregnancy. When you want to get pregnant, you're like, why is this so hard? Multiple rounds of ivf will increase my goodness C chance of getting pregnant? Who thinks this is true? This is true, you guys. Here's the thing for the average couple the average ivf success rate, if couples go through enough cycles, almost all of them can have a successful pregnancy. But when I say enough, five, six, seven cycles, we're going to go down the line. You have your own story, right? You did a few? Yes, I did seven cycles. Seveny. Seven. And then? Well, I got pregnant on my seventh cycle. Listen, it's a lot of time. It's a lot of money. It's a lot of physical ups and downs but there can be success at the end. Okay. Here's the next one, if I'm under 30, I won't have fertility issues? Who thinks this is true? Our audience is with it. Age is a factor, it's a major factor for fertility on the woman's side. But it's not the only factor so we can see women under the age of 30 who have fertility issues. And we can see women over the age of 30 who don't. Again, it's a very complicated picture. You're next. I was 20 when I went through it, and it was really difficult because my friends either weren't having issues and they weren't yet ready to start a to a point where I started sharing my journey on social media in order to connect with people going through this at a younger age. I think the key thing, we should actually rename the week to national fertility awareness week, instead of infertility. Yes. Yes, thank you. Because this is really an issue that affects not just the woman, but the man. It's your perspective, are you standing from the inside or the outside looking in. For a list of infertility research, go to our website, We'll take a look at male fertility factors tomorrow. These women have been through so much. There say light at the end of the tunnel. We'll bring those out. A couple of lights. ������ So excited, right? Are you so proud of your mom?

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