What unpleasant experience will 75% of women experience in a lifetime? A vaginal infection. More than 75% of women in a lifetime will experience one or more vaginal infections, such as a yeast infection or bacterial vaginosis. Unfortunately, more than half of us will get the infection more than once. Clearly, every woman should know about the signs and symptoms of a vaginal infection as well as the methods to heal and protect themselves.
Are progesterone levels behind why some women experience unexplained infertility or pregnancy loss? Progesterone is commonly prescribed to women who experience multiple miscarriages, have signs of a short luteal phase and those who are receiving artificial reproductive technology (ART) treatments. Progesterone treatment, however, is controversial and the medical community still has a lot to learn about progesterone, including how to test for deficiencies and what side effects there may be. What is known about progesterone for women trying to get pregnant and does it work?
Exercise may or may not make wearing a swimsuit enjoyable but exercise certainly is medicine for the body and the mind. Many of us know the benefits of taking prenatal vitamins when we are trying to conceive, but we are not as clear on the benefits of exercise. Exercise has been shown to improve rates of implantation, reduce the risk of miscarriage and pregnancy complications (source). Some of the pregnancy complications that exercise helps to decrease the risk of happening include, gestational diabetes, preclampisa and miscarriage. In this post we will cover how much exercise is recommended as well as workout plans to keep you going even once you are 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.
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.
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.
It's not true that the only way to get a natural period is to go on birth control (which, of course, is not a natural period). I learned how to heal my body and fixed my hormonal health imbalance, PCOS, not getting my period, painful periods and feeling exhausted all the time. And I learned how to do this with out pills by finding the root cause.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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. It didn’t make sense that we hadn’t gotten anywhere close to pregnant in all of that time
There is a lot of information out there on what to do to increase the chances of getting pregnant, such as sex positions, foods to eat, and how often to have sex. Some of them are old wives tales and others are backed by clinical data. We know it can get confusing so here are the top scientifically proven ways that have been clinically found to affect fertility.
Only 4 out of the 53 accurately predicted the fertile window! Many of the apps said that the window for optimal conception included days after ovulation. However, the chances of getting pregnant the days after you ovulate are close to zero. Read more to find out how to really track your ovulation to find your fertile window.