When month after month goes by with out a positive pregnancy test or we experience a miscarriage, many of us become avid online fertility researchers. For this week’s blog post we will review one of the top areas of education that help women want to know more about: why am I not getting pregnant?!
"So I called United Airlines back and pushed hard and told the agent I needed a seat. She said no dice; 'it’s $1200.' So I said, 'I am going to give you an excuse the likes of which you have NEVER heard.' She said,'Okay lay it on me, I'm curious. What's the emergency?' I said, 'I need to get home because my wife is ovulating." He made it home and 9 months later this couple conceived a baby boy. Timing intercourse has been found to help couples reduce the time it takes to get pregnant and even help some to avoid unnecessary ART treatment (source). The wife in this true story recognized how essential it was that her husband come home during her fertile window. In this blog post, we review scientifically backed methods available on to pinpoint your fertile window.
Google 'sex frequency for trying to conceive' and you will see all sorts of advice. One article may say to have sex every other day, another will say to have sex 3 times a week. Wait no, here is one saying it's a myth to save up sperm and to have sex every single day. Which advice is correct? Let's take a look at the research behind the claims.
According to the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, infertility issues are split evenly between males and females. About a third of infertility problems are due to female infertility, and another third are due to male infertility. In the remaining cases, infertility affects both partners or the cause is unclear. Last week we explored causes and treatments for female-factor infertility. Today we will review causes and treatment possibilities for male-factor infertility.
There are many unknowns and fears when getting pregnant takes longer than anticipated, making the process feel out of hand. Education can help empower you during this time and give you more control. For this week's blog, we will address female-factor infertility and possible treatments and next week we will take a look at male-factor infertility.
When you have been trying to get pregnant and it’s not happening, trying to figure out the next step can feel overwhelming at best.
No diagnosis of infertility is easy. Even a clear diagnosis that points to IVF as the only solution to conceive, is hard because there is still no guarantee that it will work. There is a guarantee, however, that it will cost a lot of money and be emotionally taxing. Yet, there is also a chance that you end up with a baby and that is a chance many couples are opting to take. We interviewed Dr. Aptekar on how he recommends couples navigate the process.
You may know to avoid cat poop, raw meat and eating too much fish once pregnant, but what you may not know about is which everyday products to avoid, such as certain household cleaners and even sunscreen. There are hundreds of chemicals we use each day that may be toxic to your fertility and future bundle of joy. Read on to learn which ones to avoid and recommendations on alternative options.
There is a good deal of advice out there on how to keep the 'sexy in sex' while trying to conceive. The expectation to ‘just have fun and relax’ is like most things in life, easier said than done. When getting pregnant starts to take longer than anticipated, sex on a schedule may not only lead to taking the 'sexy out of sex', but also lead to stress and tension. How do you stay connected and get through this difficult time and still enjoy each other? We sat down with Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Carolyn Aibel, to talk about techniques to keep the relationship strong when trying to get pregnant turns from being a joyous time to a desperate time.
In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) has both a high emotional and financial price tag. While IVF can help many infertile couples achieve their dream of having a baby, not all couples having a difficult time conceiving need IVF. Before diving into spending major cash, make sure that you have exhausted all natural and cost efficient options first. Read more below for what to try before IVF.
Recently in the news, it was revealed that the dramatic fertility cliff that we have been told occurs at age 35, is based on 300-year-old science. Yet many experts believe that age is the number one cause of infertility. Do you need to worry? Read more to learn about the reality of when it is too late to have a baby.
Science shows that there is a biomarker that can tell us precisely when we are most fertile. Technology is advancing in every category of our lives, so what about in regards to our fertility? Can technology today notify us when we are most fertile? The answer is yes, and the product is called Priya.
No matter what your weight may be, foods can either increase or decrease inflammation which has an impact on your hormones and ovulation. By adopting a healthy diet, you may feel better, have more energy and yes, become more fertile. To top it off, you will have a healthier pregnancy. Here is a guide for what you should eat during each phase of your cycle based on clinical studies.
Stop the stress! Chronic stress can have a negative impact on your health and potentially your future baby. If you experience stress now and then, that is completely natural and does not appear to have any negative impact on health. Chronic stress, however, is toxic. Here is a checklist of daily activities you can do to reduce stress and be healthier.
When trying to get pregnant, it can be surprising how much there is to learn about your menstrual cycle and ovulation that you didn't know about beforehand. And it may be the first time you ask yourself: Is my period normal? We met with Dr. Don Aptekar, who has over 30 years experience helping couples to get pregnant, to get to the bottom of the most popular questions when it comes to what is a normal period.