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8 Common Fertility Myths Busted

Learn How to Improve Your Odds of Conceiving

Learn How to Improve Your Odds of Conceiving

If you’ve been trying to conceive for any length of time, it can feel overwhelming. The truth is, conception is not a simple process — even if you and your partner are healthy, it can take up to a year of unprotected sex to get pregnant. For most couples without any fertility problems, patience and persistence are the keys to making a baby. Still, many rumors persist about what can hurt — or improve — your odds of conceiving. Does exercise lower fertility? What about stress? We see if there’s any truth to eight common fertility myths.

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By Nicole Ferring Holovach, MS, RD. Published on June 26, 2012. Updated on November 23, 2015. Nicole is a Washington, DC-based nutrition communications professional, writer, and health and wellness educator. She blogs about holistic health at
Reviewed by Shira R. Goldenholz, MD, MPH on August 12, 2015.