Assisted reproductive technology (ART) is the collection of strategies to conceive a child, and includes a batery of actions available to those suffering from infertility. Fertility treatmens which occur entirely outside of the body are in vitro fertilization (IVF) and intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). IVF is the fertilization of an egg by a sperm outside the body, while ICSI is a more specific form of IVF in which sperm is injected into the egg cell. But are IVF and ICSI […]
When women hear that I am a cell biologist and have worked in the field of psychiatry for many years, this sort of question often comes up: Are antidepressants safe for women who are trying to conceive? Should I take SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) while I’m trying to get pregnant? Which are safe, which should better be avoided? There is really no clear-cut answer to this. I often answer by
According to a number of reports by organizations such as the United Nations and Worldbank, declining fertility is a growing trend for humanity throughout the world. Declining fertility refers to the trend of producing fewer children than are needed to sustain the overall population of a country without help of immigration. Considering rates of early mortality, the current estimate of births needed to maintain a stable population is 2.1 per woman. Traditionally, the birth rates haver been much higher than this at an average of up to six births […]
In a recent article in the Washington Times, Janice Shaw Crouse presented an overwhelming concern regarding a lack of knowledge among women concerning their window of fertility. Crouse went on to explain that attaining an understanding of women’s biological clock is perhaps more important than ever concerning a number of political and cultural factors. Exactly what reproductive research has been telling us […]
One thing you might want to consider is eating Mediterranean Diet to increase fertility while trying to get pregnant. Although the ultimate mechanism behind it needs yet to be determined (several studies exist already, please follow the references below), preliminary data clearly show that couples eating diets high in whole grains, fish fruits and vegetables have less trouble getting pregnant. Moreover, there have been additional ties to decreased rates of heart disease, obesity, and diabetes. Mediterranean Diet to increase fertility Just this morning I’ve […]
Vitamin D deficiency is one of the leading dietary deficiencies worldwide. It is especially prevalent among women and children. Vitamin D deficiency affects every 1 out of 3 women in the reproductive years of 19 to 45. Depending on your skin color, amount of time you spend outdoors and the latitude of the place you live in, chances that you are vitamin D deficient could be even higher. Statistics have shown that 93% of the women with infertility issues […]
Do you have reasons to think you may have poor egg quality? Are you are struggling to conceive due to your age of over 35, high FSH, or any unexplained cause? Maybe you are already in fertility treatmens? There is really no need to feel desperate. It is still possible to become pregnant, and the best is that there are many things you can do yourself to make that happen. For example, you can start with improving egg quality and
Countless women worry about how to get pregnant faster, mainly those who are 35 and above. When biological clock starts ticking its last years, women have no choice but to wish to have a first baby quickly, then wait a few years between pregnancies and complete their family as soon as possible. So they may opt for Mediterranean diet which is believed to help women get pregnant faster. This nutrition style has a solid scientific basis and a proven […]
One pleasant way to cut tension while trying to get pregnant is the fertility massage. For this, you can hire a practitioner, or watch one of the many good YouTube videos (like one above!) on how to perform a fertility massage. In my opinion, women have a better feeling of their own abdomen themselves and can probably relax better in the sauna after a workout, or in the privacy of their own bathroom. So how can fertility massage help you get pregnant? Massaging your ovaries, uterus, and the whole abdomen is best done in the days
You want start taking DHEA because you heard it helps improve egg quality? Or you’ve read in the internet forum how DHEA helped many women improve egg quality? You feel ready to take it or have already bought DHEA […]
If you’ve been trying to get pregnant for a while, live in a modern Western society (especially if you are over 35), you definitely need supplements during preconception time. Besides improving your chances to get pregnant, they also give the best start possible to your baby, which will need a lot of support (and B-group vitamins!) in order to
We all now know that DHEA can improve egg quality in women, especially those who are not 20 anymore. But DHEA has come a long way in the past ten years – from a coincidental finding, to the more systematic research, to the recent large, independent, separately confirmed clinical studies. It is now official, and we are happy and grateful to […]
The first email I had a look at this morning was from my dear Itallian friend Elena (name changed). I know that she’s been trying to get pregnant for about a year now, and with each new email from her a part of me is hoping to hear good news. Unfortunately, the news this morning was not good.
When an average woman in her late 20es considers becoming a mother, what is a picture that TV and magazines help her arrive to? Sarah Jesssica Parker gets twins in her mid-forties, Heidi Klum models in underwear only a few weeks after giving birth. Becoming children can’t be too difficult, right?
The Internet is full of half-information on biological clocks ticking away the last minutes of child-bearing years. In terms of biology, if this problem were real, women would have evolved physiological mechanisms to help them capitalize on their remaining fertility. In other words, nature must have helped us to develop mechanisms to increase the likelihood of getting pregnant before menopause occurs and the conception becomes improbable. The team […]
If you are over 35 or trying to get pregnant for a longer time (or both!), you probably wonder whether there is anything you could do in order to boost your egg quality. Are there any foods or supplements which women can take for a certain time which will help them improve their eggs? Especially those who are in preparation for the next IVF or IUI – delivering good […]