Fertility coaching and advice

My name is Darja Wagner. I have a Ph.D. in cell biology, and years of extensive research experience in various topics related to cells and hormones. My e-book How to Improve Egg Quality: The Smart Way to Get Pregnant is a  Kindle-bestseller and the #1 in the category Reproductive Medicine on Amazon.

This website made for women who wish to increase chances of geting pregnant after 35. Here, you will find valuable information which will motivate you to rethink and actively improve your current reproductive strategies. All articles are written in a plain and straightforward language and are backed up by scientific research and clinical studies.

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Fertility tomorrow: A young startup works on revolutionizing fertility testing

Fertility tomorrow: A young startup works on revolutionizing fertility testing Latest when women try to get pregnant do they become interested in their reproductive hormones. When trying to conceive, it suddenly becomes interesting for many women, what fertility hormones are and how they actually work. Why is there no ovulation without LH surge? What does…

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

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…

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Hiring a doula and why I loved having mine

[fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”] Looking back, hiring a doula for my second birth was one the best decisions of my life. Or should I say, NOT hiring a doula for my first labor was one…

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What I wish I had understood about fertility when I was first diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis

What I wish I had understood about fertility when I was first diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis This post was originally written by Alanna Lawley and published at her wonderful blog Foodadit, where members of a vibrant community in Berlin share they health experiences. Alanna and I are currently working on an in-depth article about improving…

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Nutrition and adrenal health: Here’s what Nicole from Healthy Mom Handbook says about it

Nutrition and adrenal health: Here’s what Nicole from Healthy Mom Handbook says about it Most all expectant women want a healthy baby, unfortunately there isn’t enough information out there on how important mom’s adrenal health is prior to and during pregnancy. Lowered adrenal function and adrenal fatigue are ubiquitous today among men and women, especially…

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How to find a sperm or egg donor: Interview with Erika Tranfield from PrideAngel

How to find a sperm or egg donor: Interview with Erika Tranfield from PrideAngel During a recent Fertility Fair in Berlin I had a chance to speak to Erica Tranfield from the Pride Angel. PrideAngel is an unusual website, kind of a “dating service” which brings together egg donors, sperm donors and co-parents online. On the website, it…

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Gay parenthood in Germany: Interesting services at Oregon Reproductive Medicine

Gay parenthood in Germany: Interesting services at Oregon Reproductive Medicine Recently, I had a chance to speak to Dr. Brandon Bankowsky from the Ore gon Reproductive Medicine and one of the co-organizers of the Fertility Fair 2017 in Berlin. Given the bad press that this conference received in local newspapers (Germany is known for its strict Embryo…

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Fertility treatments in Turkey (and why Turkish women believe that onions help while trying to conceive)

Fertility treatments in Turkey (and why Turkish women believe that onions help while trying to conceive) During a recent fertility conference in Berlin, I spoke to numerous fertility experts, but only at the Turkish booth did it feel like home to me. Or, more precisely, it felt like sitting in my own kitchen – a…

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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…

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

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…

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Mediterranean, Harvard Fertility-Diet, low-carb, Paleo? What did I eat during the time I was trying to get pregnant and why?

Mediterranean, Harvard Fertility-Diet, low-carb, Paleo? What did I eat during the time I was trying to get pregnant and why? We are physiologically adapted to a varied diet without too much sugar, without toxins and additives, and we can cope with irregular meals, or even occasional hunger. Yes, hunger. Please take one breath and try…

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While Low-carb and Paleo-diet might help increase fertility naturally there is one thing to be aware of

While Low-carb and Paleo-diet might help increase fertility naturally there is one thing to be aware of As you can read all over my blog, there are at least two diet styles that are scientifically proven to increase fertility in women. These are the Mediterranean diet with its many fertility benefits published over the last years and the…

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Could some aspects of the Paleo-diet help increase fertility?

Could some aspects of the Paleo-diet help increase fertility? One option that is becoming increasingly popular and discussed in terms of increasing natural fertility as well as maximizing health in general, is so-called Paleolithic or Paleo nutrition. This oldest way of eating has only been “discovered” in recent years, its direct effects on pregnancy rates of…

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A few possible downsides of reproductive technologies?

A few possible downsides of reproductive technologies? Assisted Reproductive Techniques (ART), better known as in-vitro-fertilization (IVF) and intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI),  involve manipulation of several steps of conception, from the stimulation of gamete production to the culture of embryos in the laboratory. A whole lot of manipulation as the matter of fact. These manipulations include: the…

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New studies about mediterranean diet plus a few more nutrition tips

New studies about mediterranean diet plus a few more nutrition tips One simple lifestyle intervention you may want to consider while trying to get pregnant is eating Mediterranean diet. Although the ultimate mechanism behind why Mediterranean diet works needs yet to be determined (please see the original studies below), preliminary data clearly show that couples eating diets…

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How often should couples have intercourse when trying to conceive?

How often should couples have intercourse when trying to conceive? The longer a couple tries unsuccessfully to conceive a baby, the more pressure and anxiety typically infiltrate into their sex life. Some will manage better to keep these feelings under control, but after a certain time almost all couples are asking themselves questions such as: Why are we…

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How can fertility massage help you get pregnant?

How can fertility massage help you get pregnant? [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][fusion_youtube id=”UpJLfLHe0B0″ width=”600″ height=”350″/] One pleasant way to cut tension while trying to get pregnant is the fertility massage. To apply fertility massage, you…

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CoQ10 and egg quality

CoQ10 and egg quality CoQ10 is a naturally occurring nutrient that is needed for energy production. CoQ10 has potent antioxidant properties and cell membrane stabilizing properties, which make it beneficial for egg quality. CoQ10 works within the mitochondria (the cellular power stations) in the cells and is essential for energy production.  You can read more…

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