IUI – How many times should you try before giving up?

IUI - How many times should you try before giving up? Once I coached a 41-year old woman who has gone through nineteen unsuccessful insemination rounds. Yes, nineteen, and nobody told her it was time to stop. She reasoned that, if pregnancy rates are estimated at 10-15 % per insemination cycle, the only thing she has to do, is try hard enough before she gets pregnant. But this is not how inseminations work. That's why I [...]

2018-06-18T07:47:56+00:00 October 19th, 2017|Tags: , , |

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 related to determining the ovarian reserve and coping with infertility.  Photos by Petra Graf [...]

2018-06-18T07:49:30+00:00 October 10th, 2017|Tags: , , |

Hiring a doula and why I loved having mine

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 of the most stupid things I ever did. But no one told me I should hire a doula. No one ever mentioned that having a female support can mean a world of difference. No one told me what doulas really [...]

2017-10-19T17:37:24+00:00 September 25th, 2017|Tags: , , , |

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 egg quality for women with thyroid issues. Please meet Alanna and her personal story on thyroid and infertility. Alanna's story [...]

2018-06-18T07:51:55+00:00 September 11th, 2017|Tags: , , |

Gluten sensitivity and infertility

Gluten sensitivity and infertility Image courtesy of Kelli Wong Photography at Flickr.com Stomachs of some genetically susceptible people just can't stand gluten. After such individuals eat gluten (a protein hard to avoid as it's contained in wheat, barley and rye), they develop all kinds of gastrointestinal problems, but also other manifestations, such as joint pain, fatigue, depression, and infertility. As the matter of fact, bodies of some pe0ple become so disturbed by gluten,  that [...]

2018-06-18T07:53:37+00:00 August 24th, 2017|Tags: , , , , |

What are cycle buddies and fertility friends and why you should have one

What are cycle buddies and fertility friends and why you should have one Image courtesy of nenetus at FreeDigitalPhotos.net If you're going through a fertility treatment, most likely you don't get to talk about it very much. Because infertility is still a taboo topic and in my opinion that will not significantly change at any point soon. If the only person you discuss your TTC struggle with is your partner, then you should [...]

2018-06-18T07:55:12+00:00 August 13th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , |

Infertility hurts? Read about sleep deprivation that your baby will bring

Infertility hurts? Read about sleep deprivation that your baby will bring Image courtesy: Cat Nap by flickr.com. I still remember it very well. During times of infertility, all we want is to finally hold our baby, to cuddle with the little joy and to imagine how marvelous it will be when it starts talking to us... But what we don’t know in times of infertility is what no one has warned us about [...]

2018-06-18T07:56:01+00:00 August 4th, 2017|Tags: , , , |

One summer post: Beautiful poem on being a woman

One summer post: Beautiful poem on being a woman Image courtesy: hyena reality by FreeDigitalPhotos.net As I opened my Facebook the other day, nothing, really nothing hinted that I would soon find the best poem on womanhood and fertility I read in my whole life. The strange thing was that it was posted by a man - a British friend of ours who wrote several books and obviously has a talent to recognize the right words when [...]

2018-06-18T07:57:04+00:00 June 15th, 2017|Tags: , , , , |

Can probiotics increase your fertility? Very likely.

Can probiotics increase your fertility? Very likely. Today, I would like to only quickly address one issue I wrote about a few years ago, but only now we start to see more articles addressing one important issue: Conception and our gut bacteria. A quick reminder to start with: Gut bacteria (often called gut microbiome) are not only very important for digestion, they are also many; around 2kg of bacteria we carry around in our gut. It is estimated that [...]

2018-06-18T08:00:20+00:00 May 30th, 2017|Tags: , |

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 pregnant women. If a mother is experiencing adrenal fatigue she will birth babies with weakened adrenals, which means they are [...]

2018-06-18T08:01:24+00:00 May 15th, 2017|Tags: , , |