I was an interview guest: Darja Wagner talks ovarian reserve and improving egg quality for women over 30

This article appeared in a blog by Alanna Lawley  two weeks ago.  Some weeks ago, Alanna and I sat together and talked about infertility, love and relationships, and the importance of women understanding their egg health. I also gave some practical tips related to determining the ovarian reserve and coping with infertility.  Photos by Petra Graf Introduction: It’s well-known and accepted that most scientific advances take two decades at least to progress from [...]

2017-10-13T13:26:29+00:00 October 10th, 2017|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: , , |

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: , , , |

At which age should women start having children? Is that really a complicated question?

Image courtesy: serge bertasius at FreeDigitalPhotos.net What's the best age to have a first baby? Biologically speaking, between the age of 18 and 25 is best to have a first child. That's when eggs are in good shape and the whole reproductive system is at its peak. Young women of 18–25 are the least likely to have chronic health problems and have the lowest rates of infertility. Infertility, in general, is a self-imposed problem. [...]

2017-10-13T12:01:40+00:00 August 5th, 2016|Tags: , , , |

Five over-35-fertility-news items I thought you may like to hear about

Image credit: marin at FreeDigitalPhotos.net Sometimes I love to tell long stories and take a lot of time to research one single topic. Some other times I come across smaller news items related to getting pregnant after 35 which are not big or interesting enough to develop into articles, but could potentially be important for some of you. So today I will list five fertility-related news items from the past weeks that I [...]

Fertility bloodwork: 7 hormones which are most important for fertility

Image credit: Tuomas Lehtinen at FreeDigitalPhotos.net What hormones are tested for fertility? This happens to me often: a woman writes to me and tells me all about her fertility journey and asks a ton of questions. Then I say: all right, but could you please send me your recent bloodwork? Then the woman sends me a ton of data: all the stimulation protocols she's been through, her husband's sperm values, all kinds of [...]

2017-10-13T12:01:41+00:00 March 28th, 2016|Tags: , , , |

Diagnosed with low ovarian reserve? A little story about how this blog started.

Image courtesy: jscreationzs at FreeDigitalPhotos.net Getting pregnant always looked like something that happens easily, so I've spent decades believing that (and doing everything possible to make it not happen). When I only think of all the sex I did not enjoy because I was subconsciously busy calculating my fertile days and obsessing about condoms not being safe enough... The moment I started trying to get pregnant, everything went wrong. I will never forget [...]

2017-10-13T12:01:41+00:00 March 7th, 2016|Tags: , , |

Do you know your AMH and FSH levels?

My best friend is thirty-nine and is still postponing having a baby. We have discussed all kinds of fertility topics for years - from egg freezing, to low ovarian reserve, tracking ovulation etc., and still she would not even go to a doctor to find out about her AMH or FSH. “What if it's bad?” she says. “Then I will just start panicking and will feel bad for not having frozen any eggs before.” So [...]

2017-10-13T12:01:43+00:00 February 12th, 2016|Tags: , , , , |