How Much Should you Exercise While Trying to Conceive

How Much Should you Exercise While Trying to Conceive

Either living a sedentary lifestyle or having an extreme exercise regime can be detrimental to fertility due to the affect on hormonal balance. So how much is the right amount? The research on exactly how much exercise to do while trying to get pregnant can be a bit confusing. This blog post will hopefully clarify any misconceptions. 

How to Protect Yourself from the Zika Virus While Trying to Get Pregnant

How to Protect Yourself from the Zika Virus While Trying to Get Pregnant

If you are trying to get pregnant, you are probably highly concerned about the Zika virus. All the news channels, big and small, have covered Zika virus, but there are still so many unanswered questions. Now that the Olympics have passed and outbreaks have been reported in the U.S., we met with Dr. Lark Coffey, an expert on mosquito-borne viruses, for an updated report for couples trying to conceive this Fall and Winter of 2016/2017.  

5 Alternative Conception Enhancers for Trying to Conceive

5 Alternative Conception Enhancers for Trying to Conceive

Months and months of negative pregnancy tests are disappointing and frustrating. Wondering why nothing is working can cause an otherwise rational person to become obsessed. Extreme curiosity and possibly even desperation lead many to seek alternative forms of treatment. When I experienced setback after setback during my own fertility journey, I questioned if I was doing everything possible to become pregnant. I couldn’t quiet the voice in the back of my head encouraging me to supplement Western techniques with Eastern philosophies.

How Eating Sugar Can Stop Ovulation

How Eating Sugar Can Stop Ovulation

I consume massive amounts of sugar all year long.  I would like to cut back on sugar to look awesome in a swimsuit and be uber healthy. The thing is, however, I love cookies. As we continue to get heavier and sicker, however, we can not escape the truth about sugar any longer. When it comes to trying to conceive, eating too much sugar can interfere with hormones that are involved with ovulation. It can even stop ovulation. 

Who Needs Fertility Drugs to Get Pregnant: Fertility Drugs 101

Who Needs Fertility Drugs to Get Pregnant: Fertility Drugs 101

"I need fertility medication," is not an uncommon request doctor's get from patients who are having trouble getting pregnant.  Dr. Don Aptekar says it's not uncommon for patients to come in and ask for fertility drugs without a proper diagnosis. He says that, "some even get angry with me when I say no. I understand that it can be incredibly stressful and frustrating when not getting pregnant, but there are a lot of misconceptions out there about fertility drugs." Since it's important to understand how the medication works, who they work for and the risks that are involved, we met with Dr. Aptekar's for a Fertility Drug 101.

How to Find the Best Days to Conceive after a Menstrual Cycle

How to Find the Best Days to Conceive after a Menstrual Cycle

It's a common misconception that all women ovulate on day 14 of their cycle. Ovulating on day 14 of a cycle, however, is based on the average of when ALL women ovulate. Using an average is not an accurate way to predict when ovulation will occur. Read on to learn how to accurately find the best days to conceive after a period.  

 

How Laughter can Enhance Fertility when Trying to Conceive

How Laughter can Enhance Fertility when Trying to Conceive

Infertility may not be cured by relaxing and people telling you to 'just relax' may actually cause you more stress (or anger). It is a fact, however, that stress has been found to reduce fertility. So how do you relax and destress when faced with one of the most stressful challenges in your life? Laugh. Here are some of the funniest videos to help instantly shut down the stress hormones. 

Trying to Get Pregnant After Stopping Birth Control

Trying to Get Pregnant After Stopping Birth Control

Jenny is still on birth control and getting ready to try for a baby. Having been on the birth control pill for over 10 years, she wants to know how long it will take for the hormones to leave her system so she can get pregnant. If currently trying to conceive or thinking about it, many women just like Jenny have questions about how their birth control affects their fertility.

What it Means to Have PCOS While Trying to Get Pregnant

What it Means to Have PCOS While Trying to Get Pregnant

Being diagnosed with PCOS may seem overwhelming, but please know that the symptoms can be managed and many women with PCOS can get pregnant. This month, in lieu of PCOS Awareness Month, we met with expert in Women's Health, Dr. Don Aptekar, to get to the bottom of what it means to have PCOS and how it affects trying to get pregnant.

Trying to Get Pregnant and PCOS

Trying to Get Pregnant and PCOS

Jenny is thin, and while she has irregular periods, she has clear skin and normal body hair. Jenny is thin, and while she has irregular periods, she has clear skin and normal body hair. Sarah on the other hand is overweight, has acne and thinning hair. These two women have two things in common: both women are having a hard time getting pregnant and both have been diagnosed with an endocrine disorder known as Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS).  September is PCOS Awareness Month and is a good time to make sure that you have access to the right information and resources. In this blog post we will address PCOS and fertility. Here are 5 Steps you Can Take to Improve Fertility with PCOS.

How to Find When Ovulation Happens When Trying to Conceive

How to Find When Ovulation Happens When Trying to Conceive

If trying to get pregnant, many couples wonder if they had fallen asleep during biology class. It may seem that while we know everything about how not to get pregnant, getting pregnant is way more complicated than we previously thought. If it feels a bit overwhelming with figuring out when ovulation occurs and how to find the fertile window, you’ve come to the right place. We will explain what you need to know about ovulation so that you can maximize your chances of getting pregnant.

On Having Trouble Getting Pregnant the Second Time Around

On Having Trouble Getting Pregnant the Second Time Around

Just about all of us envision a story of how we would like our lives to look. If the story pictured for life involved having more than one child, the pain of having trouble conceiving a second or third time may feel unbearable. Studies show that the emotional effect of secondary infertility are identical to those of primary infertility. Here are some things woman with secondary infertility face, and what can be done to help ease the stress and pain.

 

Best Time to Get Pregnant

Best Time to Get Pregnant

My mom likes to say, “If everyone waited for the right time to get pregnant, no one would ever have babies.” It was something I heard a lot during the five years we were saving money and waiting to do IVF. I’d constantly question when the right time would be. Her reassurance was that the best time is the exact one we’d select, because the right time was an illusion.

How to Accurately Predict Ovulation & Fertility: Circadian Rhythm & Core Temperature

How to Accurately Predict Ovulation & Fertility: Circadian Rhythm & Core Temperature

Circadian rhythms are essential for our well-being and when the clocks are off, they have been linked to weight gain, sleep deprivation and even diseases. Core temperature is the most reliable biomarker for circadian rhythm, meaning that if you can measure core temperature, then you can see patterns in your circadian rhythms and assess how your clocks are working and even predict when you are about to ovulate. 

Frequently Asked Questions about Having a Miscarriage When Trying to Get Pregnant

Frequently Asked Questions about Having a Miscarriage When Trying to Get Pregnant

There are many emotions that come with having a miscarriage and there is no wrong way to feel no matter how far along the pregnancy was. Here are the most commonly asked questions women ask Dr. Don Aptekar, expert in women's health, when they come to him after having a miscarriage. Hopefully the answers will give some peace of mind.