• 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
  • 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

Women 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,” […]
By |November 7th, 2016|Fertility WOMAN, Lifestyle
  • My week at Dexeus, one of the top fertility-clinics in Europe My week at Dexeus, one of the top fertility-clinics in Europe

    My week at Dexeus, one of the top fertility-clinics in Europe

My week at Dexeus, one of the top fertility-clinics in Europe

My mother was born here. I was born here. My two daughters were born here, says Sofia Veiga, international manager at the Dexeus Clinic for Women’s Health with lots of emotion in her voice. This is how people normally talk about dear places from their childhood, but rarely about a university clinic, right? But Dexeus, in Barcelona, is an exception. I met several of their co-workers about a year ago at a conference in Germany. We stayed in touch and in September this year, they invited me to visit […]
By |October 25th, 2016|Fertility WOMAN, Interviews
  • Which supplements support male fertility? It depends on different things and here is how you can decide Which supplements support male fertility? It depends on different things and here is how you can decide

    Which supplements support male fertility? It depends on different things and here is how you can decide

Which supplements support male fertility? It depends on different things and here is how you can decide

 Ever since I started this blog about three years ago, women have asked me why I blog only about female fertility? I always said how I believe it’s important to focus on the topic you feel most passionate about. This is because it takes time to read scientific studies, understand and compare data, and put them in a form that most people would understand. Female fertility, especially for women over 35, is a complex issue and it made sense to me to focus my entire […]
By |October 17th, 2016|Fertility MAN, Products
  • 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 […]
By |October 10th, 2016|Fertility WOMAN, Lifestyle
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    Menstrual pain sucks. Luckily, there are things that help. Here’s one. Menstrual pain sucks. Luckily, there are things that help. Here’s one.

    Menstrual pain sucks. Luckily, there are things that help. Here’s one.

Menstrual pain sucks. Luckily, there are things that help. Here’s one.

(In cooperation with PharmaNord) In this article from a few weeks ago I wrote about how women all over the world hate having periods and we’ve discussed the reasons why women bleed every month. Today, I would like us to look at one insightful study I recently found on the topic of menstrual discomfort, and also mention a few things that are scientifically proven to help. Menstrual pain is caused by hormones called prostaglandins. The most prominent prostaglandin is called arachidonic acid. Arachidonic acid belongs to a group […]
By |October 2nd, 2016|Fertility WOMAN, Products
  • 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 […]
By |September 3rd, 2016|Fertility WOMAN, Lifestyle