General Article Common fertility myths

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If you have concerns about fertility, the last thing you want is a lot of bad information from friends and family about its causes and effects. There are lots of Old Wives’ Tales to do with having babies – but what’s true and what’s a load of old rubbish?


Myth: if you have fertility treatment, you’ll have twins or triplets

It was certainly true in the past that if you had fertility treatment and had several embryos put into your womb, you might have had several babies at the end of it. This used to happen because in many cases, only one or two embryos would become a viable baby. Of course, if all the babies were viable, you could end up with a multiple pregnancy! However, this situation has now changed. The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Association (HFEA) has changed the guidelines on the number of embryos put into a woman’s womb to avoid this (as a multiple pregnancy puts a huge strain on the mother) and now, women are often implanted with just one or at most two embryos....

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