Am I infertile? This is how you can tell

Am I infertile? This is how you can tell Getting pregnant and giving birth to a healthy baby seems like the most natural thing in the world. And yet sometimes it doesn’t happen. Some women will conceive the moment they first try (or even with no planning at all) while some will wait for months and years to experience this joy. Wouldn’t it be good to know to which group you will belong? To know [...]

2018-06-18T07:43:25+00:00 December 22nd, 2017|Tags: , |

You’ll love me for this list: Fertility-related products I’ve been using for years

Fertility-related products I've been using for years Instead of buying tons of Christmas presents and stuff no one really needs, this year you may want to get a few things that actually can help to get and to stay pregnant. And for good luck, maybe even one or two items you will immediately need after the baby is there. Regardless of whether you just started working on your baby project, or you’ve been struggling for a [...]

2018-06-18T07:45:41+00:00 December 8th, 2017|Tags: , , |

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

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 [...]

2018-06-18T07:47:56+00:00 October 19th, 2017|Tags: , , |

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

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 [...]

2018-06-18T07:49:30+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

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 [...]

2018-06-18T07:51:55+00:00 September 11th, 2017|Tags: , , |

Gluten sensitivity and infertility

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 [...]

2018-06-18T07:53:37+00:00 August 24th, 2017|Tags: , , , , |

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

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 [...]

2018-06-18T07:55:12+00:00 August 13th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , |