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 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: , , , , |

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 [...]

2017-10-13T12:01:39+00:00 December 12th, 2016|Tags: , , |

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 [...]

2017-10-13T12:01:40+00:00 November 17th, 2016|Tags: , , , |