• eating fish when TTC
    Fish or supplements? How to get enough omega-3 when TTC Fish or supplements? How to get enough omega-3 when TTC

    Fish or supplements? How to get enough omega-3 when TTC

Fish or supplements? How to get enough omega-3 when TTC

When it comes to getting pregnant, there is no magic food that will help turn a bad egg into a good embryo. However, there are types of nutrition that are beneficial and scientifically proven to increase pregnancy chances, such as the Mediterranean diet and the Fertility diet (as published by Harvard researchers in 2008). I’ve dedicated an entire chapter in my book to these two types of diet and the scientific evidence behind it and am currently contemplating about writinga new short Kindle to cover only this […]
By |November 30th, 2016|Fertility WOMAN, Products
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    What your mom’s menopause tells about your own fertility What your mom’s menopause tells about your own fertility

    What your mom’s menopause tells about your own fertility

What your mom’s menopause tells about your own fertility

A tricky thing about determining how many eggs a woman has left is combining the findings from your blood work with medical history and physical examination to arrive at a complete picture. Although a simple measure of FSH on cycle day 3 in either a home test or at the doctor’s office will give you a rough estimate of what’s going on, taking a smarter approach on such an important matter is of course much better. What do I mean by that? In addition to FSH (which should be tested over […]
By |November 17th, 2016|Egg Quality, Fertility WOMAN
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    Should you see an Ob-Gyn (gynecologist) or RE (reproductive endocrinologist) to test ovarian reserve? Common confusions you need to be aware of Should you see an Ob-Gyn (gynecologist) or RE (reproductive endocrinologist) to test ovarian reserve? Common confusions you need to be aware of

    Should you see an Ob-Gyn (gynecologist) or RE (reproductive endocrinologist) to test ovarian reserve? Common confusions you need to be aware of

Should you see an Ob-Gyn (gynecologist) or RE (reproductive endocrinologist) to test ovarian reserve? Common confusions you need to be aware of

Women are born with one to two million eggs. Every day of her life a woman keeps losing eggs—approximately 1,000 each month. Some women are born with fewer eggs and some lose their eggs at a faster rate (there are genetic factors behind this). As women age, various kinds of damage (e.g., genetic mutations and deletions) accumulate in the energy-producing system within their eggs (mitochondria), making them less functional and capable of becoming fertilized. All these factors contribute to what is called “diminished ovarian reserve,” […]
By |November 7th, 2016|Fertility WOMAN, Lifestyle
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    My week at Dexeus, one of the top fertility-clinics in Europe My week at Dexeus, one of the top fertility-clinics in Europe

    My week at Dexeus, one of the top fertility-clinics in Europe

My week at Dexeus, one of the top fertility-clinics in Europe

My mother was born here. I was born here. My two daughters were born here, says Sofia Veiga, international manager at the Dexeus Clinic for Women’s Health with lots of emotion in her voice. This is how people normally talk about dear places from their childhood, but rarely about a university clinic, right? But Dexeus, in Barcelona, is an exception. I met several of their co-workers about a year ago at a conference in Germany. We stayed in touch and in September this year, they invited me to visit […]
By |October 25th, 2016|Fertility WOMAN, Interviews
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    Which supplements support male fertility? It depends on different things and here is how you can decide Which supplements support male fertility? It depends on different things and here is how you can decide

    Which supplements support male fertility? It depends on different things and here is how you can decide

Which supplements support male fertility? It depends on different things and here is how you can decide

 (In collaboration with PharmaNord) Ever since I started this blog about three years ago, women have asked me why I blog only about female fertility? I always said how I believe it’s important to focus on the topic you feel most passionate about. This is because it takes time to read scientific studies, understand and compare data, and put them in a form that most people would understand. Female fertility, especially for women over 35, is a complex issue and it made sense to […]
By |October 17th, 2016|Fertility MAN, Products
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    Legs up after intercourse: will it increase the chance of conceiving? Legs up after intercourse: will it increase the chance of conceiving?

    Legs up after intercourse: will it increase the chance of conceiving?

Legs up after intercourse: will it increase the chance of conceiving?

In virtually every corner of the world people believe that a special positioning during intercourse will improve the chances of getting pregnant or even affect the sex of the child. I still remember a joke I once heard in Bosnia about a man who desperately wanted a son after having four daughters and his wife telling him that they will again get a daughter because of him insisting to have intercourse from the back. Most women reason that […]
By |October 10th, 2016|Fertility WOMAN, Lifestyle
  • fish oil getting pregnant
    Menstrual pain sucks. Luckily, there are things that help. Here’s one. Menstrual pain sucks. Luckily, there are things that help. Here’s one.

    Menstrual pain sucks. Luckily, there are things that help. Here’s one.

Menstrual pain sucks. Luckily, there are things that help. Here’s one.

(In cooperation with PharmaNord) In this article from a few weeks ago I wrote about how women all over the world hate having periods and we’ve discussed the reasons why women bleed every month. Today, I would like us to look at one insightful study I recently found on the topic of menstrual discomfort, and also mention a few things that are scientifically proven to help. Menstrual pain is caused by hormones called prostaglandins. The most prominent prostaglandin is called arachidonic acid. Arachidonic acid belongs to a group […]
By |October 2nd, 2016|Fertility WOMAN, Products
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    Don’t you hate periods? Why do women menstruate so often? Don’t you hate periods? Why do women menstruate so often?

    Don’t you hate periods? Why do women menstruate so often?

Don’t you hate periods? Why do women menstruate so often?

I was 13 when I got my first period. I was alone at home with my mom on that day so it was a perfect occasion for her to have a conversation with me. In that conversation, she could have said, I love how you’re becoming a woman, Darya. Or she could have said, menstruation is a perfectly normal thing that happens in every woman’s life. Or, menstruation occurs in response to reproductive hormones like estrogen and progesterone. My mom could have […]
By |September 3rd, 2016|Fertility WOMAN, Lifestyle
  • pcos and getting pregnant
    Have PCOS? Lose weight to get pregnant faster Have PCOS? Lose weight to get pregnant faster

    Have PCOS? Lose weight to get pregnant faster

Have PCOS? Lose weight to get pregnant faster

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a set of symptoms that arises due to elevated male hormone levels in women. Among signs pointing to PCOS are: 1) Irregular periods (mention this to your doctor if it happens more than twice within one year), 2) Higher androgen levels (detectable on a blood test) and 3) Polycystic ovaries (detectable by ultrasound). Most women with PCOS grow cysts of varying sizes on their ovaries. Cysts are tricky because they take up various hormones from the […]
By |August 16th, 2016|Fertility WOMAN
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    At which age should women start having children? Is that really a complicated question? At which age should women start having children? Is that really a complicated question?

    At which age should women start having children? Is that really a complicated question?

At which age should women start having children? Is that really a complicated question?

So what’s the best age to have a first baby? This is an important question; however, most women who read my blog are way over 35, so I hope that you will be able to pass the answers on to your daughters. Biologically speaking, between 18 and 24 is best to have a first child. That’s when eggs are in good shape and the whole reproductive system is at its peak. Young women of 18–25 […]
  • lower prolactin naturally
    Slightly elevated prolactin? Three natural ways to lower it Slightly elevated prolactin? Three natural ways to lower it

    Slightly elevated prolactin? Three natural ways to lower it

Slightly elevated prolactin? Three natural ways to lower it

One common finding among women with fertility issues is elevated prolactin. Elevated prolactin can be caused by a number of things, such as medications, long-term stress, lack of sleep (or having sexual intercourse just before the blood check!) There are frequent mentions in the medical literature (like in the study here) of elevated prolactin in association with polycystic ovarian syndrome as well as endometriosis, but a clear link […]
By |July 25th, 2016|Fertility WOMAN
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    In a converstation with two egg donation experts In a converstation with two egg donation experts

    In a converstation with two egg donation experts

In a converstation with two egg donation experts

  A few months back, I was lucky to meet several dedicated doctors and biologists from Dexeus clinic in Barcelona at a conference for Reproductive Medicine in Germany. I used this opportunity to make an interview with the two specialists and forward questions to them that women from my blog often ask me during our counseling sessions. I love talking with experts for two reasons: first, I love to give to my readers more […]
  • maca root does it help
    Should you take Maca root extract to improve egg quality? Should you take Maca root extract to improve egg quality?

    Should you take Maca root extract to improve egg quality?

Should you take Maca root extract to improve egg quality?

Maca root – does it help to increase fertility? As many of you know, I pride myself with having a blog where I report on everything related to egg health. By this I mean everything that is scientifically proven to work. However, many foods, nutrients, and supplements have never been thoroughly tested in clinical trials with humans. This does not necessarily mean they would not be effective in improving egg quality, it means simply that there has […]