Over 3.5 million people in the UK go through some kind of fertility challenge. Despite this being such a widespread issue, there is still a stigma that surrounds having open conversations around fertility – which can often lead many women to feeling isolated and alone when trying to understand more about their fertility.
With so much information out there, it is often hard to navigate where to start or even how to understand your body better.
Lisa Krapinger, CMO at breathe ilo, the world’s first CO2 based fertility tracking device is here to help you navigate your way through your journey. Here, Lisa takes some of the most common myths surrounding fertility and debunks them, to allow you to understand your body better:
Myth 1 – It’s possible to get pregnant at any time of the month: To get pregnant, you need to have sex on the days leading up to and around when you ovulate. The day prior to ovulation, and the day of ovulation itself, being your two most fertile days. Once the egg has been released (usually within a day of ovulation), you cannot get pregnant until after your next menstrual cycle has started.
Myth 2 – Menstrual cycles are always 28 days long and every woman ovulates on day 14 : The average menstrual cycle is 28 days long, but every woman is unique and nearly 50% of cycles vary in length by 7 days or more.
Myth 3 – Every fertility journey looks the same: Everyone is different, your body, family and paths. However, one thing is certain – knowledge is power. Being able to understand your body is vital.
Did you know that the hormonal changes that naturally occur during a female’s menstrual cycle can alter the CO2 levels in a woman’s breath? And, that by tracking these changes, you can better understand your body better and take control of your fertility?
During your menstrual cycle there is a five to six day window of fertility, which are the days leading to your ovulation window. Trackers such as breathe ilo can help to determine your fertility window and give you the best chance to conceive. Using self-learning AI technology, it is easy as breathing, it can connect to your smartphone and all it takes is just one minute of breathing into the handheld device daily to measure the CO2 saturation and using real-time ovulation and historic symptom data it offers women precise day-to-day insight into their fertility forecast via the smartphone app.
Myth 4 – If you have one child you won’t have problems conceiving with a second one: Whether you are trying for your second, third or even fourth child, you can still have fertility issues. The reasons are the same as your first conception. It could be the timing, health or age, there are many factors that can change your fertility journey.
Myth 5 – The right sex position and lying in bed for a while after sex helps you to get pregnant: This is just a myth. There is no scientifically proven evidence that a particular sex position neither helps to get pregnant nor to influence the gender. Also lying in bed after sex for some minutes isn’t an aiding factor.
Lisa comments, “We need to open up the conversations around fertility so that we can understand our bodies, not just through conversation but using technology.
“We’re extremely proud to be leading the way by investing a percentage of profit from every breathe ilo device sold, putting it into women’s health, which is a significantly under researched area. With the femtech market forecast to be worth over £42 billion ($60 billion) by 2027, with strong growth in the UK expected year-on-year, let’s break the stigma and start the conversation.”
For more information or tips on understanding your fertility better visit www.breatheilo.com/en.