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

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 [...]

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

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 [...]

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 those who are trying to conceive have not yet been the focus of systematic clinical studies.   A Paleo approach to [...]

2018-06-18T11:46:40+00:00 October 26th, 2015|Tags: , , , |

Fertility coaching by e-mail or Skype

Fertility coaching by e-mail or Skype On days in which my inbox becomes overloaded with messages that are just too many to cope with, I may trash them all except for the emails coming from women who need help. I can't recall ever ignoring an email from a woman in need or intentionally not answering an urgent question. Because that's why I bother having a blog like this: it gives me a great feeling to [...]

2018-06-18T11:47:40+00:00 October 20th, 2015|Tags: , , |

Why are women advised egg donation earlier in the US than in Europe?

Why are women advised egg donation earlier in the US than in Europe? I often get emails from women around the world asking me when I think is the right point to enter an egg donation program. One would think that there should be a clear consensus on this in the medical community, right? Not at all. A long time ago I noticed one weird thing: it's not only biological and medical reasoning that is [...]

2018-06-18T11:51:18+00:00 September 24th, 2015|Tags: , , , |

Should you use acupuncture when trying to get pregnant?

Should you use acupuncture when trying to get pregnant?  Acupuncture comes from Oriental medicine, which is all about achieving and maintaining balance. When we are in balance or in flow, as Westerners prefer to say, our organs work well and are synchronized with each other, our sleep is restful, we are resilient, recover easily from injury, and our reproductive capacity is at its best. When balance becomes disturbed, it gives rise to symptoms, including reduced [...]

2018-06-18T11:55:14+00:00 August 31st, 2015|Tags: , , |

Mothers at 35 plus: What medicine and society still need to learn about them

Mothers at 35 plus: What medicine and society still need to learn about them My grandmother delivered my dad after she turned 40. My dad was her tenth and last child (seven of ten survived to adulthood). Since my grandma's oldest daughter was already married, everyone in the small village in the Balcan mountains considered it shameful for my grandma to give birth to a baby at a time when she was supposed to help [...]

2018-06-18T11:56:58+00:00 August 20th, 2015|Tags: , , , |

What factors affect fertility and eggs as women get older?

What factors affect fertility and eggs as women get older? Women put off becoming mothers because they're focused on their careers, working toward advanced degrees, or travelling the world. Or at least that's what the mass media say. I don't think so. Most women over 35 actually hide behind these issues as long as they can because that's what helps them avoid confronting the real #1 problem. Namely, it has become increasingly difficult to find [...]

A number of pain-killers can stop ovulation and lower fertility?

A number of pain-killers can stop ovulation and lower fertility? Image courtesy: marin at FreeDigitalPhotos.net Of course, I was occasionally taking anti-pain medications during the time I was trying to conceive. I mean, who doesn't? Though I am generally trying to avoid any medications as much as possible, I sometimes do get headaches (or toothaches!) that can't be relieved without reaching for the ibuprofen. But was it always ibuprofen that I took? My [...]

2018-06-18T12:00:22+00:00 August 4th, 2015|Tags: , , , |

Poor egg quality: Why to NOT be reluctant to use DHEA

Poor egg quality: Why to NOT be reluctant to use DHEA Image courtesy of stuart miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net Getting emails like this makes me smile every time: Just wanted to thank you again for writing your book and to let you know that my egg quality has definitely improved following your advice in the book. I had my second IVF, and all eggs have fertilised, and I had two embryos transferred back. Last time [...]