Why are healthy snacks so difficult to find?

As I walked through a nearby park this morning, I had the impression of seeing only two kinds of people: either very fit ones who were typically jogging and working on becoming even skinnier, or obese ones, simply passing through the park. This reminded me that the holiday season is about to begin and that soon, I will be making efforts every day to not gain weight around my waist by not being able to fight [...]

2018-02-15T20:23:09+00:00 December 27th, 2017|Tags: , , |

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 [...]

2017-10-13T12:01:40+00:00 November 17th, 2016|Tags: , , , |

Legs up after intercourse: will it increase the chance of conceiving?

Photo credit: stockimage at FreeDigitalPhotos.net 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 [...]

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

Have PCOS? Lose weight to get pregnant faster

Image credit: marin at FreeDigitalPhotos.net Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a set of symptoms that arises due to elevated male hormone levels in women. Among signs pointing to PCOS are: 1) Irregular periods (mention this to your doctor if it happens more than twice within one year), 2) Higher androgen levels (detectable on a blood test) and 3) Polycystic ovaries (detectable by ultrasound). Most women with PCOS grow cysts of varying sizes on [...]

2017-10-13T12:01:40+00:00 August 16th, 2016|Tags: , , |

Alcohol and making babies – too many false alarms?

How much wine is safe when trying to conceive? Alcohol exposure in pregnancy carries risks, sure. It has been known for decades that alcohol use while trying to conceive and later in pregnancy can lead to a variety of effects on physical, mental and behavioral development of babies. However, how much alcohol at what time of pregnancy causes which defects in babies is currently still mostly unknown. Even less evidence is available on [...]

2017-10-13T12:01:41+00:00 April 29th, 2016|Tags: , , , |

Extra-weight does decrease your chances of getting pregnant

Image courtesy: marin at FreeDigitalPhotos.net I will start this post by telling a little secret. In my counseling sessions, I sometimes insist on having video chats on Skype, for the reason that I like to see the women I'm talking to. Why do I need to see them? Because even when they're directly asked, women will not really admit their extra weight, and we can spend a lot of time discussing where things can [...]

2017-10-13T12:01:43+00:00 February 29th, 2016|Tags: , , |

Five simple lifestyle interventions which will protect your fertility and egg health

Image courtesy: radnatt at FreeDigitalPhotos.net If I had to pick only five lifestyle interventions in terms of being simple to implement and bringing immediate and measurable benefits to women over 35 who are trying to get pregnant, these would be: 1. Stop smoking. Smokers are 30 percent less fertile than non-smokers and three times more likely to take more than a year to get pregnant. 2. Bring your BMI to the level recommended [...]

2017-10-13T12:01:43+00:00 January 11th, 2016|Tags: , , , , |

How can I improve egg quality? With some time and dedication!

While it’s true that the younger you are, the better quality eggs you have (and with this better chances to get pregnant), it's problematic in our society for a young woman to gather together the resources necessary to raise and provide for a child. More and more we tend to delay finding a permanent mate. Instead, we develop careers, build security, and basically lay-in supplies for a multiyear commitment to raising a child. The problem with that strategy [...]

2017-10-13T12:01:45+00:00 May 5th, 2015|Tags: , , |