About Darja

Darja Wagner is a cell biologist PhD living in Berlin, Germany. She is a mother of two sons, both born after the age of 35.

IUI – How many times should you try before giving up?

Once I coached a 41-year old woman who has gone through nineteen unsuccessful insemination rounds. Yes, nineteen, and nobody told her it was time to stop. She reasoned that, if pregnancy rates are estimated at 10-15 % per insemination cycle, the only thing she has to do, is try hard enough before she gets pregnant. But this is not how inseminations work. That's why I decided to dedicate a post to this topic. Image [...]

2017-10-19T19:21:11+00:00 October 19th, 2017|Tags: , , |

I was an interview guest: Darja Wagner talks ovarian reserve and improving egg quality for women over 30

This article appeared in a blog by Alanna Lawley  two weeks ago.  Some weeks ago, Alanna and I sat together and talked about infertility, love and relationships, and the importance of women understanding their egg health. I also gave some practical tips related to determining the ovarian reserve and coping with infertility.  Photos by Petra Graf Introduction: It’s well-known and accepted that most scientific advances take two decades at least to progress from [...]

2017-10-13T13:26:29+00:00 October 10th, 2017|Tags: , , |

Hiring a doula and why I loved having mine

Looking back, hiring a doula for my second birth was one the best decisions of my life. Or should I say, NOT hiring a doula for my first labor was one of the most stupid things I ever did. But no one told me I should hire a doula. No one ever mentioned that having a female support can mean a world of difference. No one told me what doulas really [...]

2017-10-19T17:37:24+00:00 September 25th, 2017|Tags: , , , |

What I wish I had understood about fertility when I was first diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis

This post was originally written by Alanna Lawley and published at her wonderful blog Foodadit, where members of a vibrant community in Berlin share they health experiences. Alanna and I are currently working on an in-depth article about improving egg quality for women with thyroid issues. Please meet Alanna and her personal story on thyroid and infertility. Alanna's story Since 2008 I have been working to heal an auto-immune disease called Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis which led to an underactive [...]

2017-10-13T12:01:38+00:00 September 11th, 2017|Tags: , , |

Gluten sensitivity and infertility

Image courtesy of Kelli Wong Photography at Flickr.com Stomachs of some genetically susceptible people just can't stand gluten. After such individuals eat gluten (a protein hard to avoid as it's contained in wheat, barley and rye), they develop all kinds of gastrointestinal problems, but also other manifestations, such as joint pain, fatigue, depression, and infertility. As the matter of fact, bodies of some pe0ple become so disturbed by gluten,  that they develop celiac disease [...]

2017-10-13T12:01:38+00:00 August 24th, 2017|Tags: , , , , |

What are cycle buddies and fertility friends and why you should have one

Image courtesy of nenetus at FreeDigitalPhotos.net If you're going through a fertility treatment, most likely you don't get to talk about it very much. Because infertility is still a taboo topic and in my opinion that will not significantly change at any point soon. If the only person you discuss your TTC struggle with is your partner, then you should find at least one more human being in a situation similar to yours [...]

2017-10-13T12:01:38+00:00 August 13th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , |

Infertility hurts? Read about sleep deprivation that your baby will bring

Image courtesy: Cat Nap by flickr.com. Yes I remember it well. During times of infertility, all we want is to finally hold our baby, to cuddle with the little joy and to imagine how marvelous it will be when it starts talking to us... But what we don’t know in times of infertility is what no one has warned us about and that is, how horrible the sleep deprivation will be once the [...]

2017-10-13T12:01:38+00:00 August 4th, 2017|Tags: , , , |

One summer post: Beautiful poem on being a woman

Image courtesy: hyena reality by FreeDigitalPhotos.net As I opened my Facebook the other day, nothing, really nothing hinted that I would soon find the best poem on womanhood and fertility I read in my whole life. The strange thing was that it was posted by a man - a British friend of ours who wrote several books and obviously has a talent to recognize the right words when he comes across them. The poem was written by [...]

2017-10-13T12:01:39+00:00 June 15th, 2017|Tags: , , , , |