• the right time to get pregnant
    Expert interview: What an embryologist from an IVF lab says about when women should start having babies and why Expert interview: What an embryologist from an IVF lab says about when women should start having babies and why

    Expert interview: What an embryologist from an IVF lab says about when women should start having babies and why

Expert interview: What an embryologist from an IVF lab says about when women should start having babies and why

When a woman first starts trying to get pregnant, they know well who the main people in the process of creating a new being are: her partner and herself. However, those who struggle with infertility and then start IVF soon realize that more than two people can be involved in making a baby. Unfortunately, that moment often marks a shift of power – that is, when a couple begins the treatment they soon stop trusting in their own bodies and put all their hopes in the hands […]
By |January 15th, 2017|Fertility WOMAN, Interviews
  • FSH home-test (fertility test): use it but make sure to know this: FSH home-test (fertility test): use it but make sure to know this:

    FSH home-test (fertility test): use it but make sure to know this:

FSH home-test (fertility test): use it but make sure to know this:

One of the most important hormones telling a women how many eggs she has left is FSH (follicle stimulating hormone). In recent years, several home tests have been developed as a convenient means to check fertility at home. Such tests are similar to pregnancy test strips, meaning it’s really very easy to use them. Testing should be performed on cycle day 3. Ideally, you will test several cycles in a row.   FSH testing at home: are home fertility tests accurate? Yes. However, there are a few things you need to know. Let’s […]
  • Trying to conceive but forgetting about vitamin D? Great. Trying to conceive but forgetting about vitamin D? Great.

    Trying to conceive but forgetting about vitamin D? Great.

Trying to conceive but forgetting about vitamin D? Great.

(In cooperation with PharmaNord) I hate winter in Berlin and don’t see any reason why not to hate winter in Berlin. I could count over a dozen reasons for it and the first one is the fact that winter in Berlin lasts for about six months each year. And as much as I try to at least like Christmas now that we have kids, my most positive feelings about Christmas […]
By |December 30th, 2016|Fertility WOMAN, Products
  • The dream of having twins: What are the risks and what an IVF expert from a top fertility clinic told me The dream of having twins: What are the risks and what an IVF expert from a top fertility clinic told me

    The dream of having twins: What are the risks and what an IVF expert from a top fertility clinic told me

The dream of having twins: What are the risks and what an IVF expert from a top fertility clinic told me

We’ve discussed in the last post how many women, especially those older than 35 or undergoing IVF treatments, wish to get pregnant with twins and I promised to further elaborate on that. There are, indeed, ways of increasing the chance to conceive with twins: by certain lifestyle interventions and/or by artificial reproductive technologies. But, before you take advantage of either approach (and they possibly kick in, producing not only twins, but also multiples), you need to be aware of the risks associated with twin pregnancies and then decide for yourself whether […]
By |December 19th, 2016|Fertility WOMAN, Interviews
  • 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?

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 […]
By |December 12th, 2016|Fertility WOMAN, Lifestyle
  • eating fish when TTC
    Fish or supplements? How to get enough omega-3 when TTC Fish or supplements? How to get enough omega-3 when TTC

    Fish or supplements? How to get enough omega-3 when TTC

Fish or supplements? How to get enough omega-3 when TTC

When it comes to getting pregnant, there is no magic food that will help turn a bad egg into a good embryo. However, there are types of nutrition that are beneficial and scientifically proven to increase pregnancy chances, such as the Mediterranean diet and the Fertility diet (as published by Harvard researchers in 2008). I’ve dedicated an entire chapter in my book to these two types of diet and the scientific evidence behind it and am currently contemplating about writinga new short Kindle to cover only this […]
By |November 30th, 2016|Fertility WOMAN, Products
  • What your mom’s menopause tells about your own fertility What your mom’s menopause tells about your own fertility

    What your mom’s menopause tells about your own fertility

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 I mean by that? In addition to FSH (which should be tested over […]
By |November 17th, 2016|Egg Quality, Fertility WOMAN