Can You Predict How Fertile You Are? Pregnancy Myths to Avoid Falling For
There is a simple blood test that evaluates your current fertility. That's the first part of the answer. The AMH (anti mullerian hormone test) will also give you some information about your fertility future -- a baseline, if you will.
Here’s a quick course on what we used to believe about fertility, conception, pregnancy and reproductive health.
The 4 Pregnancy Myths Not to Fall For- You Probably Know Them
The likelihood is that you know these as they've been around for a long time.
- Smoking while pregnant is safe. (Nobody believes that anymore, right?)
- There is no harm in drinking liquor while pregnant. (Another no brainer, I hope!)
- If you are a woman, your fertility slows up at 40 (you may say, oh, that one's true -- nope, it's absolutely not -- fertility takes a big drop at age 35.)
- Infertility is only a woman’s problem.
Myth 5 - There's No Way to Predict Your Fertility Potential
For years, decades even, there has been no test that has been easy, non-invasive and reliable for predicting a woman’s possibilities of becoming pregnant when she's ready.
That assumption has now become archaic.
AMH is the Fertility Test When Planning Your Future
With the introduction of the Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH) blood test, doctors can now predict more successfully if a woman will be able to become pregnant. This blood test can be performed at any point in a woman’s reproductive cycle, whether she is menstruating, ovulating or isn’t even sure where she is in her reproductive cycle. Regardless of any type of birth control being used, this simple test can be done in a doctor’s office.
The disproving of each one of the fertility and pregnancy myths on this list changed the way that society looked at reproductive health and increased understanding of how to take care of a pregnant woman and the fetus that she carried. When we look at the first two myths, it seems almost ludicrous that was ever a belief that smoking and drinking were ok. The third and fourth myth? It’s more than possible that many people still believe those to be true. The fifth myth changes everything. Having the AMH test provides the tool to be proactive about planning your family.
Fertility Testing Provides A Tool To Be Proactive About Family Planning
We plan so much in our lives. Even before we are ready to take action. Our education, our careers, where we live, whom we live with, who we love, our weddings, our homes, to name just a few. Why wouldn’t you want to be able to plan your family as well? To be able to factor in how high your fertility capability is at this time adds valuable information in forming well balanced decisions about all the other aspects of your life.
Ultimately? If you want to have children, if that is a priority for you, even if not at this moment, this is a test that will ensure that you will have the family that you want. We don’t always have a way of predicting the future. In this case, when it comes to future pregnancies, we do.
The test is free. The information you receive from the AMH test could ensure that your vision of your life comes true.
About Lisa Rosenthal
Lisa has over thirty years of experience in the fertility field. After her personal infertility journey, she felt dissatisfied with the lack of comprehensive services available to support her. She was determined to help others undergoing fertility treatment. Lisa has been with RMACT for eleven years and serves as Patient Advocate and the Strategic Content Lead.
Lisa is the teacher and founder of Fertile Yoga, a program designed to support men and women on their quest for their families through gentle movement and meditation.
Lisa’s true passion is supporting patients getting into treatment, being able to stay in treatment and staying whole and complete throughout the process. Lisa is also a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, which is helpful in her work with fertility patients.
Her experience also includes working with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and The American Fertility Association (now Path2Parenthood), where she was Educational Coordinator, Conference Director and Assistant Executive Director.