If you’re infertile, when you tell people that you’re stopping fertility treatment and moving to adoption, you will almost be
guaranteed to hear some variation of “you’ll get pregnant after you adopt”. People don’t mean it maliciously; in fact, they usually mean it kindly—as a way of giving you hope. Regardless of the intent, the comment rankles for so many different reasons.
Is It True?
We’ve all heard that adoption makes it more likely that infertile women will conceive naturally, but is it true? Everyone it seems knows someone who has become pregnant after adopting, or at least knows someone who knows someone. You are sure to hear about everyone of them. But is there any truth to the pervasive myth?
The answer is surprisingly hard to come by.
The statistic that I’ve seen most often is that 8% of adoptive parents will conceive after adoption. However, that statistic comes from a study published in 1970, long before the modern medical advances in treating infertility. My search for more current research has not found much. Any research on this topic would need to consider the fact that some people choose to adopt even though they are not infertile and an increasing number of adoptive parents are going back into infertility treatment after adopting.