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Busting infertility myths

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

Over the years, thousands of want-to-be parents have flocked to Orlando in the hopes of good luck and divine intervention. At the entrance of Ripley's Believe It or Not, you'll find statues of the African Fertility Queen and King. Pilgrims rub their bellies, looking for some out-of-this-world help conceiving a baby.

These people aren't alone. Infertility is a serious concern. One in six couples who try just can't get pregnant.

"Getting pregnant is such a mysterious thing," explained Kathy Fountain, a board certified counselor who specializes in fertility.

A longtime news anchor at WTVT, Kathy's heard it all, and continues to separate fertility fact from fiction.

"Really the one most people have known about is keeping their legs in the air after timed intercourse," said Fountain.

That is, of course, a myth.

There are others. Some people try specific diets, including eating yams, and drinking herbal teas. Experts believe it's merely a placebo effect.

"They're always looking for something that is something they can do to bring them success," continued Fountain. "There is fertility acupuncture, there are people who do fertility yoga, and we're still watching the research on that."

Some believe adopting a baby will make a couple fertile. That, statistically, is a myth.

There's also the celebrity effect, and it's been coined "Tabloid Baby Syndrome." That's when women believe they can wait until later in life to conceive, since the stars can.

"It gives the average woman the sense that, 'Oh, I can go do that anytime I want,'" Fountain explained. "After age 40, your chances are in the single digits. They never knew that; no one ever really told them that their eggs diminish after age 35."

The same goes for the guys and their sperm. For years, many assumed there was no shelf life on it, but new research shows sperm can change later in life. Those genetic shake-ups can trigger behavioral problems for the baby as it grows up.

But one of the biggest myths Fountain encounters might just be the easiest to debunk: Getting pregnant is hard work. She says know when to get help so you can rely on medicine instead of old wives' tales.

"Just go have fun," she advised. "Just try to enjoy your partner and create a baby."

Kathy Fountain Fertility, kathyfountainfertility.com
(813) 833-8393

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