April 25, 2023

National Infertility Awareness Week: Dangerous Infertility Myths


If you're considering expanding your family through adoption, chances are you've faced or are currently grappling with infertility—a challenge experienced by about one in eight couples in the U.S.

Upon receiving an infertility diagnosis, individuals often encounter a plethora of misinformation, ranging from misconceptions and half-truths to anecdotes and outright myths. This misinformation can originate from various sources, including in-person or online support groups, social media influencers, Google searches, and even well-meaning friends and family members.

Here are the top five myths you might encounter regarding infertility:

Anecdotes from Family and Friends

Seeking advice from close family or friends is common when embarking on the infertility journey. While their support is valuable, their advice may include unsolicited and potentially incorrect statements. Although well-intentioned, personal experiences of others may not apply to your unique situation.

IVF Treatment Success

A harmful myth suggests that pursuing in vitro fertilization (IVF) guarantees pregnancy. Unfortunately, IVF, like any fertility treatment, does not come with a 100% success guarantee. Many hopeful families pursue IVF without achieving success, leading some to explore alternative family-building options.


Myths surrounding medications and infertility abound. Personal stories found online may not provide accurate information. Consulting with a knowledgeable doctor specializing in infertility diagnoses and treatments is crucial to address concerns and determine appropriate solutions.

Fertility Foods

The myth of certain foods enhancing fertility is prevalent. While maintaining a nutritious and well-balanced diet contributes to overall health, including reproductive health, no magical food guarantees conception. Food choices alone cannot reverse infertility diagnoses or address specific reproductive issues.

Misinformation in the Media

Celebrity stories of successful pregnancies at an older age may convey a misleading message about fertility timelines. Fertility declines significantly after the age of 35, and relying on unconventional methods or waiting until later years may not yield successful outcomes for everyone.

For those facing infertility, the Snowflakes Embryo Adoption Program has been a successful and cost-effective family-building option. To learn more about embryo adoption through Nightlight, visit Snowflakes.org.

By Paige Zapf

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