• 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?

how to become pregnant with 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 […]

  • 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

gyn-or-re_enWomen 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,” […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • egg and sperm unite
    What REALLY happens when egg fuses with sperm cell What REALLY happens when egg fuses with sperm cell

    What REALLY happens when egg fuses with sperm cell

What REALLY happens when egg fuses with sperm cell

Honestly, I never really wondered what exactly happens in a moment when egg and sperm unite.

I assumed, science would know all about it; for such an important event one would expect tons of literature describing every millisecond of it, right?

Or at least a handful of studies demonstrating what happens in the moment of creation, a moment that each and every one of us went through?

egg and sperm uniteA few weeks ago, a friend of mine, an artist, called.

She needed help for her new project and the question she had was: What exactly […]

  • Five over-35-fertility-news items I thought you may like to hear about Five over-35-fertility-news items I thought you may like to hear about

    Five over-35-fertility-news items I thought you may like to hear about

Five over-35-fertility-news items I thought you may like to hear about

Sometimes I love to tell long stories and take a lot of time to research one single topic.

Some other times I come across smaller news items related to getting pregnant after 35 which are not big or interesting enough to develop into articles, but could potentially be important for some of you. So today I will list five fertility-related news items from the past weeks that I found remarkable:

1. Women with certain genetic disorders can tend to […]