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 the fertility of a women works [...]

2018-02-15T20:44:55+00:00 February 2nd, 2018|Tags: , |

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 3. Ideally, you will test several cycles in a row.   FSH testing at [...]

2017-10-13T12:01:39+00:00 January 6th, 2017|Tags: , , |

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

How is a woman's fertility tested? 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 [...]

2017-10-13T12:01:40+00:00 November 7th, 2016|Tags: , , |

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

Image courtesy: hyena reality at FreeDigitalPhotos.net What is fertility testing? 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 [...]

2017-10-13T12:01:43+00:00 January 25th, 2016|Tags: , , , |

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 a year already (in reality, it was less then two months). I wrote [...]

2017-10-13T12:01:44+00:00 July 1st, 2015|Tags: , , |

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 not getting pregnant, but my cycle actually shortened and gave me the feeling of my uterus [...]

2017-10-13T12:01:45+00:00 April 3rd, 2015|Tags: , , , |