Cervical mucus (CM) is not only a perfectly normal substance produced by your cervix, it also can help you determine when you are fertile or not. This vital fluid is made up of water, sugars, electrolytes, and proteins and is a key part of getting pregnancy (1). Long story short, CM determines whether sperm will be able to survive and travel to the ovum to fertilize an egg (2; 3)
It’s pretty amazing how much you discover about your body once you start trying to get pregnant, isn’t it? Everything from learning that certain foods can be harm our fertility (ie: too much sugar and caffeine), as well as certain medications and even make-up, TTC can open up a whole new side of your health. Most alarming perhaps is what we learn about our menstrual cycles and how they can be a window into hormonal balance and health.
The general principle of how to get pregnant is simple, but in reality, it can be a lot more complicated than simply having unprotected sex frequently. If you’ve been trying to get pregnant, you may be wondering what’s taking so long. If no other issues are present (such as not having viable sperm), getting pregnant is like many things in life: all about timing. The fertile window is pretty much the only time during your cycle that you can get pregnant; if you miss your fertile window, you miss your chance to get pregnant that cycle. If you need help with figuring out when you ovulate and how to find your fertile window, you’ve come to the right place! The fertile window is determined by the day you ovulate, so we will explain what you need to know about ovulation to maximize your chances of getting pregnant.
Whether you are connecting with family, visiting home, or taking a well-deserved vacation, you may be wondering if air travel will affect your fertility. There are many physiological changes associated with travel that have the potential to disrupt internal processes, such as an altered sleep cycle, stress, shift in time zone, and change in diet. Researching how these factors relate to fertility can be tedious and confusing, especially given the lack of open discourse surrounding women’s reproductive health. Below are scientific answers to some questions women may have regarding fertility and plane travel.
Tracking ovulation to get pregnant is serious business. Following the wrong information could mean a missed opportunity for pregnancy. With so many to choose from, which is the best one to use? For this guide, we review applications that mainly use algorithms, artificial intelligence (AI) or calculations based on your cycle start and stop dates.
While waiting for a missed period and the right time to do a pregnancy test to obtain an accurate result, many women start to wonder if their bodies will show any clues or symptoms that pregnancy has occurred. In today’s blog we address the question, ‘are there any signs of pregnancy before a missed period’?
There are several things that have to happen to get pregnant. One, a woman needs to ovulate; two, a man needs to have viable sperm; and three, the two have to get together. If you have very irregular periods, it’s hard to know when you are ovulating or even if you are ovulating. Having irregular cycles may make it more difficult for a woman to become pregnant than it is for a woman with regular cycles. Dr. Don Aptekar, MD FACOG, explains, “a woman that has regular periods may ovulate 12 times in a year, while a woman with irregular periods may ovulate 6 times a year. Since she has fewer chances per year, it may take her longer to get pregnant.”
According to the National Center for Health Statistics more than 3 million women of childbearing age in the U.S. who have one biological child have difficulty getting pregnant or carrying another to term (source). If you and your partner have successfully had a child or children without any previous problems, you may be wondering what could be causing it to be so difficult this time around. Here is a review of what can be behind secondary infertility and when you should seek help.
As if getting a sexually transmitted disease (STD) isn't bad enough, if you are trying to get pregnant, STDs can harm your fertility as well as your future baby. If people think their grandmothers (or worse their dads) giving sex advice is embarrassing enough, talking about STDs is a whole new level all together and likely to be incredibly uncomfortable. Since 1 in 4 Americans will develop an STD sometime during their lifetime, this is a topic that needs to be addressed (source). Whether you have been diagnosed with an STD in the past or not, this is a conversation to have with your doctor at your preconception visit or annual physical. If you or your partner has a history of multiple sexual partners, it’s especially important for the both of you to get screened. Many STDs are asymptomatic (have no signs or symptoms) and since routine gynecological exams do not often test for all STDs, you could have one without even knowing it (source). For this blog post we review the 7 STDs that can harm fertility and even cause infertility if left untreated and what can be done to protect you and your future baby.
It’s no secret that fertility declines with age. The exact age a woman’s fertility declines is unique for each individual. Some women will struggle to conceive in their early 30s due to age-related egg quality and others will find themselves still fertile at 46 years of age. Nevertheless, your body may give you some subtle clues that your fertility is changing. Here we examine how a woman’s cycle can change with age and how these changes impact fertility.
For many of us, we thought getting pregnant would be as easy as 1-2-3. I mean, why would we work so hard not to get pregnant if it was hard to get pregnant in the first place? There also is the fact that we live in a day and age where we are used to being in control of our lives. So it can be quite surprising and frustrating when we are ready to get pregnant and, well, it doesn’t happen in the time frame we envisioned. The older we get, the longer it can take to get pregnant. With many couples waiting longer to start their families, and with the ‘biological clock’ ticking loudly in our heads, it can be super stressful when the months pass by with out a positive pregnancy test.
With Halloween candy laying around and the holiday's coming up, what do the experts say about how and what to eat for a healthy body and fertility wellness? In other words, if you are wondering how much pecan pie our bodies can really handle and if those bread rolls really will make you gain weight, read on to learn what the research shows.
Physical activity is essential for good health and that is a fact. Exercise in general has been found to help with our mental well-being as well as some protection from obesity, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes, and osteoporosis. But what about fertility? If you've done any online research on exercise and fertility, you may find more articles on how exercise can hurt fertility, rather than help. Indeed, some research shows that too much exercise can harm fertility. With only 31.8% of Americans getting the recommended amount of exercise per week, however, the problem for the majority of us isn’t doing too much exercise, but not getting enough.
So your partner has been diagnosed with low sperm count or an abnormal semen analysis. Now what? If your doctor has confirmed that you are ovulating and are physically normal, but your partner’s semen analysis came back abnormal, you may be wondering 1) what do these numbers mean? 2) how will we solve this? And 3) if needed, what are the treatments?
No one can fully understand the weight of having been robbed of a life dream until it happens to them. Couples unable to conceive face similar feelings of loss and depression that befalls athletes sidelined indefinitely by an injury and people who have received a diagnosis of a disabling chronic illness. When diagnosed with infertility it may feel impossible to find joy in life when a life-dream deeply tied to your identity and purpose has been pulled out under from your feet. While it may be impossible to untangle your identity completely with the inability to conceive, it is possible to gain purpose and overcome jealously by cultivating outlets that foster a deep love for yourself and others.
Priya's popular Ebook, "How Not To Waste Another Month When Trying To Conceive," features a chapter titled: The Statistics Behind Getting Pregnant. This post will share information from that chapter and explain how to apply the data in order to give you scientifically backed education to conceive faster.
Since pregnancy tests are able to detect pregnancy earlier than ever before, it’s becoming more common for women to detect a chemical pregnancy. A chemical pregnancy is an early pregnancy loss that occurs shortly after implantation. Today, women who are actively trying to conceive and taking early pregnancy tests or, going through fertility treatments and monitoring hCG levels, may become aware of having had a chemical pregnancy. Chemical pregnancies, miscarriages, implantation bleeding, and period vs pregnancy symptoms, all can lead to total confusion when trying to conceive. In this blog post, we cover the most commonly asked questions regarding a chemical pregnancy.
Since getting pregnant is the single most important thing for women trying to conceive, the two week wait before taking a pregnancy test can be excruciating. It doesn't help that the signs of pregnancy can be similar to the signs of getting a menstrual cycle. During this time it is common to question every symptom, or non-symptom, and have a deep desire to know if pregnant or not. In this blog post, we answer the most common questions women have about pregnancy tests including how soon you can take a test and how you can get a false positive.
My husband and I had been trying to conceive for 17 months when I finally said something to my doctor. We were deliberately trying by hitting a three-day window each month. Considering we were in our mid-twenties, very healthy, and 99.9% sure we had the logistics down pat, it didn’t make sense that we hadn’t gotten anywhere close to pregnant in all of that time.