How to live a fertility-friendly life

How to live a fertility-friendly life Recently, Helen Lindop (from BusinesPlusBaby) and I talked about realities of female fertility and getting pregnant over the age of thirty-five. What is it that women should do better? Do we sufficiently understand the mechanics of our fertility cycles and biological clocks? Here is how the conversation went: Helen: Can a woman do anything to improve her fertility after the age of 35? And why do some doctors say [...]

2018-06-18T07:30:57+00:00 February 2nd, 2018|Tags: , |

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

FSH home-test (fertility test): you can 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 [...]

2018-06-18T08:26:49+00:00 January 6th, 2017|Tags: , , |

Should you see an Ob-Gyn (gynecologist) or RE (reproductive endocrinologist)? Common confusions you need to be aware of

Should you see an Ob-Gyn (gynecologist) or RE (reproductive endocrinologist)? 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), [...]

2018-06-18T09:52:49+00:00 November 7th, 2016|Tags: , , |

How to find out how many eggs you have left? What a fertility test should include

What is fertility testing? Image courtesy: hyena reality at FreeDigitalPhotos.net In reality, fertility of a women is a continuum and not something that categorizes well. A certain value from a blood test can cause feelings of panic by placing you in a particular category ("low responder"! "high FSH"! "diminished ovarian reserve"!) whereas in reality there is very little difference in fertility potential between you and someone belonging to the neigboring category ("normal ovarian [...]

2018-06-18T10:44:17+00:00 January 25th, 2016|Tags: , , , |

5 reasons to NOT wait for one year before visiting a fertility doctor

5 reasons to NOT wait for one year before visiting a fertility doctor Photo: Shutterstock Looking back from this perspective, not waiting to see a doctor was one of the best things that happened to me when I was first trying to get pregnant seven years ago. I had such an urge to talk to someone who would understand me that I lied to my doctor that I was trying to get pregnant for about [...]

2018-06-18T12:05:05+00:00 July 1st, 2015|Tags: , , |

What I wish I knew about my eggs and my fertility when I was younger

What I wish I knew about my eggs and my fertility when I was younger Image courtesy: adamr at FreeDigitalPhotos.net I was 35, when I first tried to get pregnant. I felt awesome at the time, my career was blossoming, my partner was the right one. For the first time in my life, nothing serious stood in the way of me finally becoming a mother. Periods continued coming as usual; not only that I was [...]

2018-06-18T12:39:35+00:00 April 3rd, 2015|Tags: , , , |