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Fertility Facts vs Fertility Myths: What You Need to Know

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Updated September 15, 2013

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Myth: If You Can't Get Pregnant, You Must Be "Doing It" Wrong.
Infertility is not caused by

Infertility is not caused by "doing it" wrong.

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Infertility Myth: If you can't get pregnant, then you must be "doing it" wrong.

Fertility Facts: Infertility is not sexual dysfunction.

While certain positions may deposit semen closer to the cervix and slightly increase the chances of pregnancy, not using these positions will neither prevent pregnancy nor cause infertility.

You might have heard the advice to raise the woman's hips during sex with a pillow, or that the man-on-top position is best for getting pregnant, but there's no research to back up those claims.

The emotional impact of infertility can, however, have a negative effect on a couple's sex life. Feeling less feminine or masculine because of an infertility diagnosis is common, and sex can easily begin to feel more like a chore than a passionate way to express your love for one another.

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