Myths And Facts

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linds99 - May 17

Here are a series of myths/facts I found (since we have all read on this forum one time or another that women believe in)...so let's get the record strait... MYTH 1: A NORMAL CYCLE IS 28 DAYS LONG....FACT 1: A normal menstrual cycle can range from about 24 to 36 days. MYTH 2: A WOMAN CAN GET PREGNANT ONLY ONE DAY PER CYCLE....FACT 2: It is true that a human egg is only viable for 12 to 24 hours, a woman can actually get pregnant from intercourse occurring anytime from about five days prior to ovulation to two days after, for a total of about seven day since sperm can survive up to five days inside the woman's reproductive tract, and a woman can release at least two eggs within 24 hours. Hence, a woman can get pregnant about one week per cycle, not just one day. MYTH 3: A WOMAN CAN SPONTANEOUSLY OVULATE AT ANY TIME IN THE CYCLE...FACT 2: Not true. Even though ovulation can vary from cycle to cycle, once a woman ovulates, it is physiologically impossible to ovulate again until the following cycle. This is because ovulation leads to the release of the hormone progesterone, which in turn suppresses the release of all other eggs until the following cycle. Even in the case of a multiple ovulation, when more than one egg is released, the eggs are released within 24 hours of each other. Tthe very process that leads to ovulation is the gradual increase of estrogen over a period of several days, not a sudden surge. MYTH 4: WORRYING ABOUT A LATE PERIOD MAY ONLY DELAY IT...FACT 4: Not true, since stress does not delay one's menstrual period; it can only delay ovulation. Once ovulation has occurred, the woman's body has already determined when she will menstruate. In other words, the time from ovulation to menstruation is a finite period of time that does not vary from cycle to cycle. But stress can delay your ovulation if you worry before the egg is released, which in turn can delay your period. MYTH 5: STRESS CAN LEAD TO INFERTILITY...FACT 5: The main way stress affects fertility is indirectly, by potentially delaying ovulation. If couples are trying to time intercourse around day 14, and a woman's stress delays ovulation until day 20, it can appear as if she has a fertility problem, because they aren't timing intercourse when the woman is even capable of conceiving. MYTH 6: WOMEN RUN OUT OF EGGS AT MENOPAUSE...FACT 6: NO...Women are born with over 400,000 eggs, but have nowhere near that many periods in their life. Instead, at menopause, the woman's body stops responding to the hormones that cause the eggs to mature in the ovary before being released at ovulation.

 

Dolly - May 17

Thanks for posting that, I found it really interesting! I had always believed that stress could delay your period, but it makes sense when you think about it(that a persons LP is always the same)so it's the ovulation day that changes...where did you find that?

 

linds99 - May 17

It was a list on a infertility website I found yesterday...I shared it with my friend, and thought more women on the forum would appreciate it too.

 

ashleyd - May 17

Yeah, I had always been told stressing about a late period only made it worse, it's good to know the fact I'm nervous isn't keeping it from happening :)

 

Emma2 - May 17

MYTH 2: A WOMAN CAN GET PREGNANT ONLY ONE DAY PER CYCLE<------- is actually a fact. Technically the only day you get pregnant is when you ovulate..So, it is a FACT!

 

Dolly - May 17

I'm guessing that it was referring to the myth being that there's only one day that you can have s_x to get pregnant. When in reality there is a bigger time frame of days that you can have s_x that will result in a pregnancy(of course the egg only survives for 12-24 hours so yes ONE day but it can be from sperm that was already there from say 3 days before). Does that make sense?

 

Emma2 - May 17

Yeah I guess but the wording is completely off and causes significant confusion. Ahhhh the importance of proper wording!!! (p.s.not blaming linds for it ..i know she didnt write it)

 

LadyD - May 17

Ver helpful, linds99. Thanks for all the info. I am printing this.

 

Dolly - May 17

Umm not trying to p__s you off Emma, just thought you were getting mad at Linds for it. Yes I'm new, but by no means am I uninformed.

 

Dolly - May 17

Not saying you are either...lol just thought I'd clarify. have a great day!

 

Dolly - May 17

That's weird the post you made(Emma) disappeared...how the hck did that happen?

 

Dolly - May 17

*heck*...I think I have a typing disability today lol.

 

Emma2 - May 17

Dolly, The reason you do not see the post that was written is because someone took it out by POOR TASTING IT.....I poor tasted this comment that this person wrote about me and the moderators remove them....

 

Keeli - May 17

I think the wording of Myth 2 is fine. It gives an explanation after all. And when is a woman considered "pregnant" - when the egg fertilizes, when it implants, etc. To pick on the wording of this one is just beeing a little too picky, I think. After all, the use of proper wording is to get a point across. Most of us are smart women who understand the meaning of this just fine! Thanks for all the great info Linds!! You come up with the best stuff!!

 

linds99 - May 17

Come on ladies, take the high road....

 

Dolly - May 17

OHHH is that what the little 'Poor Taste?' thing is for!! You know I wondered what it was, but never asked. Thanks for letting me know, I appreciate the help :) Hope you're having a good day.

 

linds99 - May 17

Thanks Keeli, I usually feel compelled to share things I "never knew"... Hey Keeli, what cycle day are you on now?

 

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