What are the common fertility tests ?

Common fertility tests

The usual recommendations in infertility is that if you are younger than 35 years, you have to try for at least a year before you get professional help. However if you are 35 years  or older , you have to get professional help after 6 months of trying.

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Once your decide to get professional help, you have to be ready for a whole lot of tests and questions about your sexual life. If your doctor cannot trace your fertility issues to any problem with your general health, then  he will perform a more specific evaluation. These may include the following : read more

Im trying to get pregnant : Should i cut back on my work hours ?

Work and fertility

It depends  on how stressful your work is and your financial situation. If you’re stressed out at work, it could negatively affect your attempt to get pregnant.  The effect  of stress of the reproductive system is not fully understood. However it is believed that stress levels confuse the brain hormone center. As a result, the brain may not send out reproductive hormones that a are important for the release of an egg. This can result in the delay of ovulation.

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Fertility treatments can also be tiring and demanding. Most of the tests will be done during work hours and can cause problems at work. read more

Signs that indicate you are fertile now

Are you trying to get pregnant ?  These signs indicate that you are fertile now.

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Heightened sense of smell : A woman’s sense of smell becomes more  sensitive in the latter half of a normal menstrual cycle as she  approaches  ovulation.  Women in the fertile phase are more attracted to the male pheromone androstenone hormone.

Increased sex drive : Right around the time you ovulate, your lips may become fuller due to increased estrogen.  Your pupils also become dilated and skin feels softer. read more

How to get your body ready for pregnancy

Find out how to get your body ready for pregnancy

Take folic acid daily :You should start taking 400 micrograms of folic acid every day, ideally for three months before conceiving  and continue for the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. Some women need higher daily dosage of folic acid. Ask your doctor if that applies to you. Folic acid prevents  neural birth defects  which can occur even before you know you’re pregnant.

body ready for pregnancy

Get a preconception checkup :  See your doctor before you start trying to get pregnant.

  • Ask about vaccines, scans and tests you need
  • Control any health conditions you may have
  • Ask your doctor about  what medications you can or cant take during pregnancy

See your dentist : It is important to make sure your teeth and gum are healthy before you get pregnant and after your baby is born. Pregnancy increases your risk for gum disease and gum disease increases your risk for premature labor. You need to brush and floss daily. read more

Why women are freezing their eggs ?

Is freezing of eggs an option for you ?

Most women are freezing their eggs. It’s not that they don’t want children but they just don’t want them right now. Most women are career focused and waiting longer to get married and have children.

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Increased maternal age increases the risk of fertility problems. As women age, their eggs become less viable and the challenges of conceiving increases. If you are not ready to be a mother but don’t want to lose the fertility window, then freezing of eggs may be an option for you. read more

Can yeast infection affect fertility ?

Yeast infection and fertility

Yeast infection wont directly affect your chances of conceiving. However the itchiness and irritation from the infection is what will probably make you less interested in sexual intercourse.

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Yeast infection is caused by a common fungus  called Candida. The acid balance of the vagina prevents this fungus  from multiplying. However change in acidity of the vagina can result in multiplication of the fungus. The acidity can change due to the following

  • illness
  • menstruation
  • pregnancy
  • birth control pills
  • some antibiotics

Moist tight clothing such as wet swimming suit can also provide a conducive environment for the fungus  to breed. read more

Risks of In Vitro Fertilization IVF

In Vitro Fertilization is an assisted reproductive technology (ART) commonly referred to as IVF. It is the process of fertilization by extracting eggs , retrieving a sperm sample  and then  manually combining the egg and sperm in a laboratory dish. The embryo is then transferred to the uterus.

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Risks associated with IVF

Like most medical procedures, there are potential risks involved. Some of the more severe especially associated with Ovarian hyper-stimulation syndrome (OHSS) include the following

  • nausea and vomiting
  • shortness of breath
  • decreased urination
  • severe stomach pains and bloating
  • faintness
  • about 10 pounds weight gain within the next  3 to 5 days

Other risks associated with the procedure include : read more

Infertility risk factors for men and women

If you’re younger than 35 and have been trying to get pregnant for less than a year (or less than six months if you’re 35 or older), then most likely you have no reason to be concerned yet  as long as your menstrual cycle is regular. However if you’re younger than 35 and have had frequent unprotected sex for more than a year (or at least six months if you’re over 35) without conceiving, then you have to be concerned. Your doctor can diagnose fertility problems so make an appointment to see your doctor. read more

Key nutrients that you’ll need to conceive

Good nutrition is very important when you are trying to get pregnant. This is important for both men and women. You need good nutrition to help you get pregnant and prepare your body for a baby.

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Nutrients  that can enhance conception

There are vitamins that can boost your fertility . These include the following :

  • Zinc : It enhances a woman’s ability to ovulate . In men, it enhances both testosterone and semen quality.
  • Folic acid :  It reduces your chances of having a child with neural tube defects. It also maximizes fertility in men.
  • Multivitamin : It reduces a woman’s chances of having ovulation problems
  • Omega 3 fatty acids : It increases the quality of embryo.
  • Iron : It is important whether you are pregnant or not because  it is vital in making hemoglobin, the oxygen carrying component of red blood cells. Oxygen is needed for tissues and organs in the body to function properly.
  • Calcium :  This will help your  baby with it growth and development after conception.
  • Vitamin B6 : They reduce the risk of having nasty pregnancy symptoms such as morning sickness .
  • Antioxidants: Taking these supplements like vitamin C and E may help with fertility.
  • Coenzyme Q 10 : This is a supplement for sperm and egg health.
  • L carnitine :  This helps in metabolism , maturity and motility of sperms.
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    Chronic illnesses that can affect fertility

    Effects of chronic illnesses on fertility

    Chronic illnesses can have an effect on the body . Some of these conditions can even cause  weight loss  and interfere with ovulation. Thyroid disorders such as Graves’ disease or Hashimoto’s thyroiditis can stop ovulation.

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    Other chronic illnesses such as chronic liver and kidney disease can interfere with the functioning of the pituitary gland  and impair infertility.

    Drugs used to treat some of the illnesses can affect fertility. If you are taking any medication, see your OBGYN before trying to get pregnant to make sure they are safe to take during pregnancy. read more