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Fertility Facts vs Fertility Myths: What You Need to Know


Updated September 15, 2013

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Myth: If You Just Calm Down and Stop Trying, You'll Get Pregnant.
Infertility commonly causes stress.

Stress doesn't cause infertility, but infertility commonly causes stress.

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Infertility Myth: If you just calm down, stop trying, and go on vacation for awhile, then you'll get pregnant.

Fertility Facts: Infertility is not a psychological disorder.

According to RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association, the "spontaneous cure" rate for infertility after one year is only 5%. Infertility is a physical disease, not one that will not resolve on its own if you vacation in Hawaii.

While stress itself does not cause infertility, infertility causes tremendous stress for a couple. Research has shown that women going through infertility experience many of the same emotions and mental stress as those with cancer, HIV, and chronic pain.

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