• Nutrition and adrenal health: Here’s what Nicole from Healthy Mom Handbook says about it Nutrition and adrenal health: Here’s what Nicole from Healthy Mom Handbook says about it

    Nutrition and adrenal health: Here’s what Nicole from Healthy Mom Handbook says about it

Nutrition and adrenal health: Here’s what Nicole from Healthy Mom Handbook says about it

Most all expectant women want a healthy baby, unfortunately there isn’t enough information out there on how important mom’s adrenal health is prior to and during pregnancy. Lowered adrenal function and adrenal fatigue are ubiquitous today among men and women, especially pregnant women. If a mother is experiencing adrenal fatigue she will birth babies with weakened adrenals, which means they are born immunocompromised and more prone to infections. Adrenal dysfunction can cause preeclampsia, high blood pressure and high blood sugar which can lead to gestational diabetes. It’s never too late to repair your adrenals but […]
  • how to find egg sperm donor
    How to find a sperm or egg donor: Interview with Erika Tranfield from PrideAngel How to find a sperm or egg donor: Interview with Erika Tranfield from PrideAngel

    How to find a sperm or egg donor: Interview with Erika Tranfield from PrideAngel

How to find a sperm or egg donor: Interview with Erika Tranfield from PrideAngel

During a recent Fertility Fair in Berlin I had a chance to speak to Erica Tranfield from the Pride Angel. PrideAngel is an unusual website, kind of a “dating service” which brings together egg donors, sperm donors and co-parents online. On the website, it is possible to get an onsite-mail, create a profile and search for thousands of members and communicate with them safely. Can you imagine something like that to exist in Germany? I certainly can’t. Hello Erica. What is PrideAngel doing at the fertility […]
By |May 8th, 2017|Interviews
  • Gay parenthood in Germany: Interesting services at Oregon Reproductive Medicine Gay parenthood in Germany: Interesting services at Oregon Reproductive Medicine

    Gay parenthood in Germany: Interesting services at Oregon Reproductive Medicine

Gay parenthood in Germany: Interesting services at Oregon Reproductive Medicine

Recently, I had a chance to speak to Dr. Brandon Bankowsky from the Oregon Reproductive Medicine and one of the co-organizers of the Fertility Fair 2017 in Berlin. Given the bad press that this conference received in local newspapers (Germany is known for its strict Embryo Protection Act which doesn’t allow many fertility treaments such as egg donation, surrogacy, also PGS is performed only under special circumstances), so I was duying to talk to him and hear about his impressions. What is it that brings your clinic to Germany Dr.Bankowski? Dr.Bankowski: We have […]
By |April 20th, 2017|Interviews
  • So many men with low and weak sperm counts. Why? So many men with low and weak sperm counts. Why?

    So many men with low and weak sperm counts. Why?

So many men with low and weak sperm counts. Why?

In the past months, I have had several occasions to talk with male fertility experts and I always use this opportunity to ask whether it’s true that the sperm quality of men in Western countries is in decline? Do doctors notice any of that in their daily practice? I personally notice that many – maybe as many as 50% – of the women I work with say their partners are having mild sperm issues; that is, their spermiogramm results […]
By |March 31st, 2017|Fertility MAN
  • Why buying expensive CoQ10 makes sense and you should save money somewhere else Why buying expensive CoQ10 makes sense and you should save money somewhere else

    Why buying expensive CoQ10 makes sense and you should save money somewhere else

Why buying expensive CoQ10 makes sense and you should save money somewhere else

In 1978, British scientist Peter Mitchell received a Nobel Prize for his contribution to the understanding of biological energy transfer and his hypothesis about the role of CoQ10 in the transfer of energy in the mitochondria. While Peter Mitchell was not the first to discover CoQ10 (its original discovery is contributed to Frederick L. Crane), his studies revealed that CoQ10 is a naturally occurring nutrient and plays an essential role in the electron transport chain that produces energy for all cellular processes. This finding initiated a lot of CoQ10 research on […]
By |March 20th, 2017|Fertility WOMAN, Products
  • male fertility how to increase
    What can cause a man to be infertile: Things about male fertility you need to know What can cause a man to be infertile: Things about male fertility you need to know

    What can cause a man to be infertile: Things about male fertility you need to know

What can cause a man to be infertile: Things about male fertility you need to know

While at the workshop at the Dexeus University Clinic in Barcelona, Spain, I had a chance to talk to the head of the Andrology Department, Dr. Alvaro Vives. I thought he would not find much time for my questions or show interest in my blog. Dexeus is a busy clinic and it’s not just any andrology department that they have – it’s where the first andrological services were offered in 1960s and where most sophisticated interventions are being carried out nowadays. As Dr. Vives entered the […]
By |March 13th, 2017|Fertility MAN
  • Interview with a top-expert: How egg donation works in real life Interview with a top-expert: How egg donation works in real life

    Interview with a top-expert: How egg donation works in real life

Interview with a top-expert: How egg donation works in real life

Dr. Elisabeth Clua has blue eyes and blonde hair. One could easily think she looks like a typical German doctor – only she is not. Elisabeth is Spanish and a leading expert in reproductive biology. Her daily job is egg donation or, more precisely, matching donated eggs (from healthy, young women) with their recipients (older, infertile women). In even more simple terms, Elisabeth identifies the “right” biological mothers for couples who seek one for their baby. Matching healthy, young eggs with infertile couples – deciding on who […]
By |February 14th, 2017|Fertility WOMAN, IVF and ICSI
  • the right time to get pregnant
    Expert interview: What an embryologist from an IVF lab says about when women should start having babies and why Expert interview: What an embryologist from an IVF lab says about when women should start having babies and why

    Expert interview: What an embryologist from an IVF lab says about when women should start having babies and why

Expert interview: What an embryologist from an IVF lab says about when women should start having babies and why

When a woman first starts trying to get pregnant, they know well who the main people in the process of creating a new being are: her partner and herself. However, those who struggle with infertility and then start IVF soon realize that more than two people can be involved in making a baby. Unfortunately, that moment often marks a shift of power – that is, when a couple begins the treatment they soon stop trusting in their own bodies and put all their hopes in the hands […]
By |January 15th, 2017|Fertility WOMAN, Interviews
  • FSH home-test (fertility test): use it but make sure to know this: FSH home-test (fertility test): use it but make sure to know this:

    FSH home-test (fertility test): use it but make sure to know this:

FSH home-test (fertility test): use it but make sure to know this:

One of the most important hormones telling a women how many eggs she has left is FSH (follicle stimulating hormone). In recent years, several home tests have been developed as a convenient means to check fertility at home. Such tests are similar to pregnancy test strips, meaning it’s really very easy to use them. Testing should be performed on cycle day 3. Ideally, you will test several cycles in a row.   FSH testing at home: are home fertility tests accurate? Yes. However, there are a few things you need to know. Let’s […]
  • Trying to conceive but forgetting about vitamin D? Great. Trying to conceive but forgetting about vitamin D? Great.

    Trying to conceive but forgetting about vitamin D? Great.

Trying to conceive but forgetting about vitamin D? Great.

(In cooperation with PharmaNord) I hate winter in Berlin and don’t see any reason why not to hate winter in Berlin. I could count over a dozen reasons for it and the first one is the fact that winter in Berlin lasts for about six months each year. And as much as I try to at least like Christmas now that we have kids, my most positive feelings about Christmas […]
By |December 30th, 2016|Fertility WOMAN, Products
  • The dream of having twins: What are the risks and what an IVF expert from a top fertility clinic told me The dream of having twins: What are the risks and what an IVF expert from a top fertility clinic told me

    The dream of having twins: What are the risks and what an IVF expert from a top fertility clinic told me

The dream of having twins: What are the risks and what an IVF expert from a top fertility clinic told me

We’ve discussed in the last post how many women, especially those older than 35 or undergoing IVF treatments, wish to get pregnant with twins and I promised to further elaborate on that. There are, indeed, ways of increasing the chance to conceive with twins: by certain lifestyle interventions and/or by artificial reproductive technologies. But, before you take advantage of either approach (and they possibly kick in, producing not only twins, but also multiples), you need to be aware of the risks associated with twin pregnancies and then decide for yourself whether […]
By |December 19th, 2016|Fertility WOMAN, Interviews
  • how to become pregnant with twins
    Why do women over 35 often wish to have twins? Which practices are used to increase the chances of having twins? Why do women over 35 often wish to have twins? Which practices are used to increase the chances of having twins?

    Why do women over 35 often wish to have twins? Which practices are used to increase the chances of having twins?

Why do women over 35 often wish to have twins? Which practices are used to increase the chances of having twins?

Some years back while I was trying to get pregnant with my first child, I participated in Qi-Gong classes with a group of women who dealt with infertility. Once a week after our Qi-Gong session, we would go out for a drink afterwards and update each other on the progress of our fertility journeys. I remember I once said how I would welcome to get pregnant with twins. I’m a biologist and fascinated by the phenomenon of the two almost identical and yet totally different human beings being born […]
By |December 12th, 2016|Fertility WOMAN, Lifestyle
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

 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 me to focus my entire […]
By |October 17th, 2016|Fertility MAN, Products
  • 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
  • why women hate periods
    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
  • right age to have a baby
    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
  • egg donation clinic spain
    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 than […]
  • 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 […]
  • Fertility treatments in Turkey (and why Turkish women believe that onions help while trying to conceive) Fertility treatments in Turkey (and why Turkish women believe that onions help while trying to conceive)

    Fertility treatments in Turkey (and why Turkish women believe that onions help while trying to conceive)

Fertility treatments in Turkey (and why Turkish women believe that onions help while trying to conceive)

During a recent fertility conference in Berlin, I spoke to numerous fertility experts, but only at the Turkish booth did it feel like home to me. Or, more precisely, it felt like sitting in my own kitchen – a peaceful, comfortable world, untouched by the hectic surroundings. Would I like a coffee? No? Then have a chocolate. Sit down. Let’s talk. Let’s figure things out. This is how I started taking to Dr. Teksen Camlibel from Jinemed, the first IVF center in Istanbul. Dr. Camlibel, why do German […]
By |April 10th, 2017|Interviews
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