It is easy these days with a lot of self-help resources out there to think you have to do it alone, but here are some indications that you may want to see some help- whether it be your OB-GYN, a fertility specialist, or alternative practitioner:
– You don’t get a monthly period or have irregular cycles
– You have had any kind or surgery for ovaries, tubes, uterus, testicles
– You are a carrier for a genetic condition you don’t want to pass down
– You have had more than one miscarriage
– You experience any kind of sexual dysfunction
– You are on any kind of testosterone boosters, supplements, or shots
– You have ovarian cysts, fibroids, endometriosis
– You are on any major pharmaceutical medications
Click here for full article.
1. Don’t give up hope.
2. You’re not alone.
3. Don’t be ashamed.
4. Focus on your marriage.
5. Be honest with each other.
6. Get a second opinion.
7. Shop around.
8. Allow yourself to grieve.
9. You can start over.
10. Don’t put your life, or your marriage, on hold.
For more inspiring words, click here for full article.
What Infertility Patients Wish Others Knew about Infertility:
1. “Infertility is a medical condition like diabetes, a disease like cancer.”
2. “Insurance companies usually don’t cover fertility treatments.”
3. “It takes a toll on you and all of your relationships.”
4. “Getting pregnant isn’t always as easy as you think.”
5. “It’s more common than you realize.”
6. “It’s an emotional roller coaster.”
7. “Infertility affects young couples too.”
8. “Support from family and friends means a lot.”
9. “PCOS is a silent fertility disease. It can affect skinny or fat women.”
10. “It’s ok to talk about it. We’re not looking for answers, just a shoulder to cry on.”
Click here for the full article.
1. Men who have had children should have no fertility issues. Male fertility decreases with age, especially after 40 years of age.
2. Women with a family history of family members having babies in their 40’s should have no problems getting pregnant. Family fertility history does not determine your fertility potential.
3. You don’t have to give up smoking until you become pregnant. Smoking as few as 5 cigarettes a day has been associated with lower rates of fertility.
4. Sex within 24 hours of ovulation is ideal. After ovulation has ended, becoming pregnant is slim. Instead, have sex before and during ovulation.
5. You don’t have to worry about your eggs until you are 40. A woman’s egg supply takes a rapid decline in the late 20’s, again in the 30s, and most notably after 35.
6. Losing weight will not make a difference. Losing as little as 5-10% of of body weight can boost fertility in both women and men.
7. Only women need to take supplements before pregnancy. Folic acid is now known to be an important supplement for male fertility.
8. STDs do not affect trying to have a baby. STDs can cause scarring and blockage of reproductive structures in women and men.
9. It doesn’t matter how much coffee you drink. One study found that women who consumed more than 1 cup of coffee a day were half as likely to become pregnant as women who drank less.
10. You can get pregnant faster having sex every single day. Having sex every day only slightly increases pregnancy when compared with having sex every other day.
Click here for source.
A recent study discovered that fruits and vegetables containing pesticide residues are linked to lower sperm counts and normally-formed sperm. Men who ate more strawberries, spinach, and peppers (produce with higher pesticides), had 49% lower sperm counts and 32% lower normally-formed sperm, then men who consumed the least amount, according to researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. This study does not suggest eating less fruits & vegetables, but consuming organically-grown produce that contain less pesticides, and produce with lower pesticide residues such as peas, beans, grapefruit, and onions. The study analyzed 338 semen samples from 155 men attending a fertility center from 2007-2012, in correlation with a food frequency questionnaire.
Click here to read the full article.
I know this article is not specifically around fertility, but I find that many of the principles are important as many times a long and arduous fertility journey can be very unhappy for a couple:
1. Give up your need to always be right
2. Give up your need for control
3. Give up on blame
4. Give up your self-defeating self-talk
5. Give up your limiting beliefs
6. Give up complaining
7. Give up the luxury of criticism
8. Give up your need to impress others
9. Give up your resistance to change
10. Give up labels
11. Give up on your fears
12. Give up your excuses
13. Give up the past
14. Give up attachment
15. Give up living your life to other people’s expectations
Wow- that is a lot to swallow- read full article here.
You are overwhelmed and discouraged. Here are things to openly talk to your family and friends on what not to say as you are on your unique fertility journey: click here for full list.
If we are talking about optimizing sperm, sperm count is higher in the morning than at any other time of the day. So if you and your partner are not morning people, you may want to look at modifying your morning routines!
Scientists in the UK and France through research have discovered that exposure to aluminum may be a significant factor towards reducing sperm counts. Using fluorescence microscopy, they were able to confirm the presence of aluminum inside individual semen of 62 donors from a French clinic, and correlating that higher levels of aluminum resulted in lower sperm count. They discovered that the average aluminum content was 339 ppb semen / aluminum ratio, with several going past the 500 ppb mark.
Source: The Science Daily
We all know that cervical mucus is an essential part of the baby-making process so that the sperm has a friendly environment to travel to where it needs to go to meet up with the egg. It is always a good idea to double-check whether any of the medications you are taking could affect your cervical mucus: