• stress and getting pregnant
    Is there a reason to use acupuncture when trying to get pregnant? Is there a reason to use acupuncture when trying to get pregnant?

    Is there a reason to use acupuncture when trying to get pregnant?

Is there a reason to use acupuncture when trying to get pregnant?

 Acupuncture comes from Oriental medicine, which is all about achieving and maintaining balance. When we are in balance or in flow, as Westerners prefer to say, our organs work well and are synchronized with each other, our sleep is restful, we are resilient, recover easily from injury, and our reproductive capacity is at its best. When balance becomes disturbed, it gives rise to symptoms, including reduced fertility. Acupuncture should bring the body into balance, which in turn eliminates symptoms caused by the disturbed flow of energy. Many women (especially those over 35 […]
By |August 31st, 2015|Blog, News|0 Comments
  • mother at 35 plus
    Mothers at 35 plus: What medicine and society still need to learn about them Mothers at 35 plus: What medicine and society still need to learn about them

    Mothers at 35 plus: What medicine and society still need to learn about them

Mothers at 35 plus: What medicine and society still need to learn about them

My grandmother delivered my dad after she turned 40. My dad was her tenth and last child (seven of ten survived to adulthood). Since my grandma’s oldest daughter was already married, everyone in the small village in the Balcan Mountains considered it shameful for my grandma to give birth to a baby at a time when she was supposed to help raise her grandchildren. So my grandmother let her last baby be raised by her daughter’s young family and everyone seemed perfectly fine with that. Even my father, who is […]
By |August 20th, 2015|Blog, News|0 Comments
  • which factors determine egg quality
    What factors affect fertility and eggs as women get older? What factors affect fertility and eggs as women get older?

    What factors affect fertility and eggs as women get older?

What factors affect fertility and eggs as women get older?

  Women put off becoming mothers because they’re focused on their careers, working toward advanced degrees, or travelling the world. Or at least that’s what the mass media say. I don’t think so. Most women over 35 actually hide behind these issues as long as they can because that’s what helps them avoid confronting the real #1 problem. Namely, it has become increasingly difficult to find and keep a relationship that can sustain a child (or children). Why is the topic of female fertility often full of misconceptions? Take […]
By |August 13th, 2015|Blog, News|0 Comments
  • painkillers and ovulation
    A number of pain-killers can stop ovulation and lower fertility? A number of pain-killers can stop ovulation and lower fertility?

    A number of pain-killers can stop ovulation and lower fertility?

A number of pain-killers can stop ovulation and lower fertility?

Of course, I was taking anti-pain medications during the time I was trying to conceive. I mean, who doesn’t? Though I am generally trying to avoid any medications as much as possible, I sometimes do get headaches (or toothaches!) that can’t be relieved without reaching for the ibuprofen. But was it always ibuprofen that I took? My husband often uses diclofenac; did I occasionally take some of his pills? I don’t remember anymore. One scientific paper I read a […]
By |August 4th, 2015|Blog, News|0 Comments
  • when is not too late to get pregnant
    When is too late to get pregnant? When is too late to get pregnant?

    When is too late to get pregnant?

When is too late to get pregnant?

I just came back from a vacation, where I met a 40-year-old woman who just became a first-time mother. She conceived naturally, on her second date. Both she and her beautiful baby daughter look fabulous and give the impression that becoming a mother at 40 is the most natural thing in the world. And sometimes it is. Why is it difficult to accept that women lose 90% of their eggs by the age of 30? Other times, women have to accept the reality that cases like hers […]
By |July 21st, 2015|Blog, News|0 Comments
  • poor egg quality and dhea
    Poor egg quality: Why to NOT be reluctant to use DHEA Poor egg quality: Why to NOT be reluctant to use DHEA

    Poor egg quality: Why to NOT be reluctant to use DHEA

Poor egg quality: Why to NOT be reluctant to use DHEA

Getting emails like this makes me smile every time: Just wanted to thank you again for writing your book and to let you know that my egg quality has definitely improved following your advice in the book. I had my second IVF, and all eggs have fertilised, and I had two embryos transferred back. Last time only 33% of the eggs fertilised and I there was no transfer. This result was after 2.5 months of 75mg […]
By |July 14th, 2015|Blog, News|0 Comments
  • when to visit a doctor trying to conceive
    5 reasons to NOT wait for one year before visiting a fertility doctor 5 reasons to NOT wait for one year before visiting a fertility doctor

    5 reasons to NOT wait for one year before visiting a fertility doctor

5 reasons to NOT wait for one year before visiting a fertility doctor

Looking back from this perspective, not waiting to see a doctor was one of the best things that happened to me when I was first trying to get pregnant seven years ago. I had such an urge to talk to someone who would understand me that I lied to my doctor that I was trying to get pregnant for about a year already (in reality, it was less then two months). That lie turned out to be a really good […]
By |July 1st, 2015|Blog, News|0 Comments
  • how long with own eggs
    As long as there is ovulation, there is a hope! As long as there is ovulation, there is a hope!

    As long as there is ovulation, there is a hope!

As long as there is ovulation, there is a hope!

Poor egg quality is the most common cause of age-related infertility. Makes sense, right? Your eggs were all there as you were yourself still a fetus in your mom’s belly at 4 months! I think it’s a HUGE wonder that anything as sensitive as an egg survives that many decades and still keeps a full potential to develop into a new human being. Even now that I have two healthy children, I […]
By |June 23rd, 2015|Blog, News|0 Comments
  • eggs and the city
    Eggs And the City is so not Sex And the City! Eggs And the City is so not Sex And the City!

    Eggs And the City is so not Sex And the City!

Eggs And the City is so not Sex And the City!

  Just this morning I’ve received two similar emails. Each was written by a 37-year old woman, hard working, in a relationship, struggling to get pregnant due to issues with egg quality. The only difference was, the first lady has no eggs left and will have to go for egg donation. The other one has a plentiful egg reserve and I am almost certain that, after she invests some time in improving egg quality, her […]
By |June 17th, 2015|Blog, News|0 Comments
  • how old is too old
    Delaying childbearing: how old is too old? Delaying childbearing: how old is too old?

    Delaying childbearing: how old is too old?

Delaying childbearing: how old is too old?

The last time I’ve Skyped with my best friend, I asked her whether she would consider freezing some of her eggs before her 36th birthday comes at the end of the month? Only 10-15 eggs, just to relief stress due to the recent breakup and make sure that she can still get pregnant in the future? She gave me a strange look and said, but I will turn 39? Of course I should have known. I mean, if I am getting […]
By |June 11th, 2015|Blog, News|0 Comments
  • new ivf treatment 2015
    New IVF treatment: 2015 brings the first AUGMENT-baby New IVF treatment: 2015 brings the first AUGMENT-baby

    New IVF treatment: 2015 brings the first AUGMENT-baby

New IVF treatment: 2015 brings the first AUGMENT-baby

I had to sit down as I read this: According to Allied Market Research, the IVF market is supposed to grow from $9.3 billion in 2012 to $21.6 billion in 2020. Can you imagine so many billions? The report is based on the calculations of the average IVF cost being over $10,000, which is true and I don’t have a reason to misbelieve the rest of their report. Right now as I’m writing this, the brightest star on the heaven of IVF […]
By |June 4th, 2015|Blog, News|0 Comments
  • ivf to tell or not to tell
    Why women will NEVER talk about not being able to get pregnant with ease Why women will NEVER talk about not being able to get pregnant with ease

    Why women will NEVER talk about not being able to get pregnant with ease

Why women will NEVER talk about not being able to get pregnant with ease

About sixteen percent of couples between 20-43 struggle with infertility. If you are older then 35, your chances rise to about 1:3 that you will experience delays in getting pregnant. Over twenty percent of pregnancies of women over 35 end in miscarriage due to diminished egg quality. How many women calculate for this time when they plan to get pregnant after 35? I certainly didn’t calculate with it and when I was said with 35 (only a […]
By |May 31st, 2015|Blog, News|0 Comments
  • egg rejuvenation
    First baby born from rejuvenized eggs in Toronto First baby born from rejuvenized eggs in Toronto

    First baby born from rejuvenized eggs in Toronto

First baby born from rejuvenized eggs in Toronto

Still don’t know who Zain Rajani is? The little baby is already a historical figure and has a good chance to come into the textbooks quite soon. Why? He’s the world’s first baby born following an innovative procedure being hailed as a game-changer in the treatment of infertility. The question of whether rejuvenizing eggs is possible is not a matter of theory any more. Zain was born in April of 2015 through the brand new kind of IVF, where eggs become […]
By |May 26th, 2015|Blog, News|2 Comments
  • a child at 40
    How to increase egg quality at 40? Understand your eggs first How to increase egg quality at 40? Understand your eggs first

    How to increase egg quality at 40? Understand your eggs first

How to increase egg quality at 40? Understand your eggs first

Just yesterday I got a following email. I decided to take a quote out of it, to illustrate something that I often get to hear: I have found your blog in Internet and I have been reading it nonstop for 2 days. It is very interesting and enriching, thanks a lot for this information! And thank you again for your work! I think the knowledge you are spreading is very valuable. I think I am a highly […]
By |May 21st, 2015|Blog, News|0 Comments
  • egg donation contra
    How to trust in your eggs and get pregnant naturally after 35 How to trust in your eggs and get pregnant naturally after 35

    How to trust in your eggs and get pregnant naturally after 35

How to trust in your eggs and get pregnant naturally after 35

I always feel sad when I see women abandoning natural methods of improving egg quality only because they entered fertility treatments, or losing faith in their bodies once they turned 35 or have been trying to get pregnant longer than a few months. There’s really no need to. After having researched the topic of improving egg quality for several years (and after coping with my own low ovarian reserve and still getting pregnant naturally twice after […]
By |May 11th, 2015|Blog, News|0 Comments
  • fight for your baby
    How can I improve egg quality? With some time and dedication! How can I improve egg quality? With some time and dedication!

    How can I improve egg quality? With some time and dedication!

How can I improve egg quality? With some time and dedication!

While it’s true that the younger you are, the better quality eggs you have (meaning better chances to get pregnant), it is problematic in our society for a young woman to gather together the resources necessary to raise and provide for a child. More and more we tend to delay in finding a permanent mate. Instead we develop careers, build security, and basically lay-in supplies for a multiyear commitment to raising a child. The problem […]
By |May 5th, 2015|Blog, News|0 Comments
  • coQ10 egg health quality
    CoQ10: ubiquinone or ubiquinol to improve egg quality? CoQ10: ubiquinone or ubiquinol to improve egg quality?

    CoQ10: ubiquinone or ubiquinol to improve egg quality?

CoQ10: ubiquinone or ubiquinol to improve egg quality?

How does CoQ10 help egg quality? Should I use ubiquinone or ubiqunol? These are probably the most common questions I get in the emails from my readers. But let’s start from the beginning: Most women ignore the ticking of their biological clocks. To them I say, don’t do it, or at least don’t expect me to support it. Because the ticking of the clock goes on relentlessly throughout all of our lives. By the time we’ve been alive for […]
By |April 24th, 2015|Blog, News|0 Comments
  • do fertility apps work
    Do fertility apps work? Not really and here is why Do fertility apps work? Not really and here is why

    Do fertility apps work? Not really and here is why

Do fertility apps work? Not really and here is why

  Someone I know in Berlin is developing a new fertility-app. She runs a dynamic young start-up and is a welcome guest of all kinds of digital health meetups. Because healthcare is going digital and digital healthcare is going mainstream. So the question came up, whether I could give the new fertility app some free promotion on my blog. But how can I promote something I don’t agree with? The fact is, we live in a technology-based culture. Everything, it […]
By |April 20th, 2015|Blog, News|0 Comments
  • egg quality specialist consult fertility expert
    Have a question for me? Meet me via Skype or e-mail! Have a question for me? Meet me via Skype or e-mail!

    Have a question for me? Meet me via Skype or e-mail!

Have a question for me? Meet me via Skype or e-mail!

Dear ladies, thank you very much for your letters, questions and support. Each one of your voices and your comments over the past years has helped me to build a better website. For that I feel very grateful. But most of all, thank you for letting me have a glimpse of many of your fertility journeys and asking for my opinion; I felt honoured every single time. Lately, I am getting more questions and emails that I can respond to in my free time. So I want to propose the […]
By |April 18th, 2015|Blog, News|0 Comments
  • three parent babies
    Three-parent babies simply explained Three-parent babies simply explained

    Three-parent babies simply explained

Three-parent babies simply explained

Long time ago when I was still a biology student, no one was interested in mitochondria, or thought they had anything to do with creating healthy eggs and babies. Twenty years fast forward and I have to explain mitochondria in every second blog post. The United Kingdom Parliament has taken the first step in revolutionizing the field of reproductive endocrinology and fertility by being the first country […]
By |April 9th, 2015|Blog, News|0 Comments
  • fertility check up, no more eggs
    What I wish I knew about my eggs and my fertility when I was younger What I wish I knew about my eggs and my fertility when I was younger

    What I wish I knew about my eggs and my fertility when I was younger

What I wish I knew about my eggs and my fertility when I was younger

I was 35, when I first tried to get pregnant. I felt awesome at the time, my career was blossoming, my partner was the right one. For the first time in my life, nothing serious stood in the way of me finally becoming a mother. Periods continued coming as usual; not only that I was not getting pregnant, but my cycle actually shortened and gave me the feeling of my uterus crying with bloody tears every three weeks or so. I […]
By |April 3rd, 2015|Blog, News|0 Comments
  • sakhorn38
    The damaging effects of sunshine on fertility? The damaging effects of sunshine on fertility?

    The damaging effects of sunshine on fertility?

The damaging effects of sunshine on fertility?

The Damaging Effects of UV Light on Fertility? I’ve seen the title last week and instincivelly did not like it at all. After having spent over a decade in vitamin D research, I became convinced that the root of many health problems derive from the fact that people are getting too little sunshine and not too much! Decreased vitamin D levels (with everything that follows it, from risk of developing various mental health dieseases, to compromised egg quality and bone density) are just some of the […]
By |March 28th, 2015|Blog, News|0 Comments
  • icsi egg laboratory
    A few possible downsides of reproductive technologies? A few possible downsides of reproductive technologies?

    A few possible downsides of reproductive technologies?

A few possible downsides of reproductive technologies?

Assisted Reproductive Techniques (ART), better known as in-vitro-fertilization (IVF) and intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI),  involve manipulation of several steps of conception – from the stimulation of gamete production to the culture of embryos in the laboratory. These manipulations include: the use of hormones to stimulate ovaries to produce eggs, in vitro maturation of those eggs, the use of immature sperm, the use of ICSI with direct injection of sperm, culture of pre-implantation embryos in the laboratory before […]
By |March 22nd, 2015|Blog, News|0 Comments
  • conceive faster diet
    Conceive faster with the Mediterranean Diet Conceive faster with the Mediterranean Diet

    Conceive faster with the Mediterranean Diet

Conceive faster with the Mediterranean Diet

There are some pretty crazy ideas out there in the world, such as if you sleep with a knife under your mattress you’ll have a boy child. Utterly ridiculous but people in some cultures do it. Also the doggy style position is recommended to couples who wish to conceive a boy (which is probably equally crazy, but at least not so dangerous to try). There is certainly no science, nor any logic to it. On the other hand, there are things which […]
By |March 14th, 2015|Blog, News|0 Comments
  • improve egg health
    How to energize eggs and improve fertility after 35? How to energize eggs and improve fertility after 35?

    How to energize eggs and improve fertility after 35?

How to energize eggs and improve fertility after 35?

  Starting a family is one of the most common dreams of women all around the world. Modern medicine has not only extended our lifespan as human beings, but has allowed women to wait a little longer before jumping right into the bandwagon of partnership and baby-making. Women are now able to finish school, pursue a career, and travel the world, before starting on the building of family foundations at the age of 35 or even later. In theory at least. With the wait […]
By |March 6th, 2015|Blog, News|0 Comments
  • icsi ivf healthy children
    How healthy are IVF and ICSI children? How healthy are IVF and ICSI children?

    How healthy are IVF and ICSI children?

How healthy are IVF and ICSI children?

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 […]
By |February 25th, 2015|Blog, News|0 Comments
  • SSRI, antidepressants, trying to conceive
    Should women who are trying to conceive take antidepressants? Should women who are trying to conceive take antidepressants?

    Should women who are trying to conceive take antidepressants?

Should women who are trying to conceive take antidepressants?

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
By |February 19th, 2015|Blog, News|0 Comments
  • fertility declining
    The world’s fertility further declines The world’s fertility further declines

    The world’s fertility further declines

The world’s fertility further declines

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 […]
By |February 16th, 2015|Blog, News|0 Comments
  • fertility declines with age
    Lack of knowledge among women concerning fertility after 35 Lack of knowledge among women concerning fertility after 35

    Lack of knowledge among women concerning fertility after 35

Lack of knowledge among women concerning fertility after 35

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 […]
By |February 2nd, 2015|Blog, News|0 Comments
  • mediterranean diet fertility
    New studies on mediterranean diet and a few more nutrition tipps New studies on mediterranean diet and a few more nutrition tipps

    New studies on mediterranean diet and a few more nutrition tipps

New studies on mediterranean diet and a few more nutrition tipps

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
By |January 27th, 2015|Blog, News|0 Comments
  • Vitamin D to get pregnant
    How to increase fertility with vitamin D How to increase fertility with vitamin D

    How to increase fertility with vitamin D

How to increase fertility with vitamin D

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 […]
By |January 6th, 2015|Blog, News|0 Comments
  • improve egg health
    Poor egg quality can be improved and here is HOW Poor egg quality can be improved and here is HOW

    Poor egg quality can be improved and here is HOW

Poor egg quality can be improved and here is HOW

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 (if everything else fails,
By |December 30th, 2014|Blog, News|0 Comments
  • how to eat mediterranean for pregnancy
    Wish to get pregnant faster? Eat mediterranean diet! Wish to get pregnant faster? Eat mediterranean diet!

    Wish to get pregnant faster? Eat mediterranean diet!

Wish to get pregnant faster? Eat mediterranean diet!

Countless women worry about how to get pregnant faster, they are often 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. In such a case, it may be a good idea to opt for Mediterranean diet which is believed to help women get pregnant faster. This nutrition style has a solid scientific basis […]
By |December 15th, 2014|Blog, News|0 Comments
  • fertility massage to get pregnant
    How can fertility massage help you get pregnant? How can fertility massage help you get pregnant?

    How can fertility massage help you get pregnant?

How can fertility massage help you get pregnant?

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 
By |June 19th, 2014|Blog, News|1 Comment
  • DHEA improves eggs and embryo quality in older women
    Improving egg quality: Why to NOT be afraid of DHEA Improving egg quality: Why to NOT be afraid of DHEA

    Improving egg quality: Why to NOT be afraid of DHEA

Improving egg quality: Why to NOT be afraid of DHEA

  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 from a well-known manufacturer, but now you feel there […]
By |January 9th, 2014|Blog, News|5 Comments
  • how much folic acid, getting pregnant after 35
    Why you really need folic acid Why you really need folic acid

    Why you really need folic acid

Why you really need folic acid

  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!) […]
By |November 4th, 2013|Blog, News|0 Comments
  • Improving egg quality, get pregnant after 35
    DHEA and improving egg quality: who discovered the effects of DHEA? DHEA and improving egg quality: who discovered the effects of DHEA?

    DHEA and improving egg quality: who discovered the effects of DHEA?

DHEA and improving egg quality: who discovered the effects of DHEA?

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, […]
By |July 13th, 2013|Blog, News|0 Comments
  • improve egg quality, at which age should women have children
    Over 40 and few eggs left: case of my friend Elena B. Over 40 and few eggs left: case of my friend Elena B.

    Over 40 and few eggs left: case of my friend Elena B.

Over 40 and few eggs left: case of my friend Elena B.

 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.
By |June 27th, 2013|Blog, News|0 Comments

When is the best time to get pregnant?

  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?
By |May 23rd, 2013|Blog, News|0 Comments