Bayo Ajibola


”Mommy, how are babies made?”

This is a question that most mothers are afraid to hear from their little toddlers. Some of these women also don’t know actually the answer for that inquiry, most especially those who have problems in conceiving a baby.

An alarming result of a controversial study shows that several women are greatly unaware of their reproductive health. Researchers from the Yale School of Medicine noticed so many medical misconceptions in their patients, and due to this, they decided to survey 1,000 women, aging 18-40 nationwide about reproductive health. The findings of the study yielded 51-percent of the surveyed women who falsely believed that having multiple sex encounters a day would increase their chances of conception. However, 40-percent of those women believed that lying on their back and raising their hips after sex, and using certain sexual position would help in conception, despite the lack of any scientific evidence to support it.  Since only 50-percent of those women being surveyed had ever discussed their reproductive health with their respective physicians, it’s time for us to know the real information that comes from behind regarding the things that those women having difficulties in conception should know.

·         QUESTION:  Do you think that some of this false information is passed down from generations?

DOCTOR: Several women, especially the younger ones, consider their family and friends as their source of information relating to reproductive health. However, given that the surveyed population was “internet savvy”, one can hypothesize that at least some misperceptions may have occurred in the process. Most of the myths and misconceptions confusing and sometimes misleading older women, such as different sexual positions and elevating the pelvis after intercourse are not risk-related in nature at all, but they are just unnecessary.

·         QUESTION: What do women aging between 20 and 30 should do in order to achieve a positive conception?

DOCTOR: Women should facilitate orientations and discussions regarding their reproductive health development. They must supply responsible actions such as quitting smoking and drinking, struggling to avoid reproductive health diseases, especially those sexually transmitted ones in order for them to avoid tubal pregnancies and misconceptions as well as maintaining the ideal and normal body weight.

·         QUESTION: From the women you surveyed, which common misconceptions do you find have the most serious implications?

DOCTOR: Exactly, the thought or belief that you only need to start taking prenatal vitamins with folic acid after you become pregnant has the most serious implications. Ideally, women should start taking a multivitamin with folic acid before they start attempting to conceive for them to minimize possibilities for neural tube defects like spina bifida. For those women who are sexually active and who are aiming to conceive a baby, they must take 400mg of multivitamins with folic acid.

·         QUESTION: Most women think multiple sexual encounters would yield pregnancy, but they can’t. How could they increase chances for conception?

DOCTOR: In .a single sexual encounter, millions of sperms are released, and the sperm can stay in a woman’s body for 3-5 days. For women to ensure that conception itself will happen, they must be familiar with their fertile days, and should have sexual encounters in the days under their fertile window (6 days before ovulation). In this way, women could really assure that they could gain conception.

·         QUESTION: What does the research prove regarding those women who believe that pregnancy at 40 is not risky?

DOCTOR:  Preeclampsia, hypertension, intrauterine fetal death, placental abnormalities, diabetes, caesarian birth and preterm delivery are among the conception-related difficulties that older women are at higher risk and as well as to those women aging from 40 onwards. Women should look into the possibility of conceiving a baby not on the age bracket of 35-40 for the study shows that they have 50% chance or possibility for conception.

·         QUESTION: Is the act of  women relying on different apps regarding their menstrual cycles reliable and trusted?

DOCTOR: Innovatively, home ovulation predictor kits, which are new interventions used by women to help them in identifying their fertile window, detect the luteinizing hormone surge that occurs in two days before ovulation. By means of tracking their menstrual cycle using calendars or apps, women can better predict when they can possibly ovulate each cycle. Usually, it reliably comes 14 days prior their period each cycle for most women with menstrual cycles that occur regularly. Others used to observe their clear vaginal mucous discharge and/or with their pelvic discomfort.


Bayo Ajibola

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