Am I infertile? This is how you can tell

Am I infertile? This is how you can tell Getting pregnant and giving birth to a healthy baby seems like the most natural thing in the world. And yet sometimes it doesn’t happen. Some women will conceive the moment they first try (or even with no planning at all) while some will wait for months and years to experience this joy. Wouldn’t it be good to know to which group you will belong? To know [...]

2018-06-18T07:43:25+00:00 December 22nd, 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: , , |

FSH home-test (fertility test): you can use it but make sure to know this

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 [...]

2018-06-18T08:26:49+00:00 January 6th, 2017|Tags: , , |

What your mom’s menopause tells about your own fertility

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 [...]

2018-06-18T11:11:37+00:00 November 17th, 2016|Tags: , , , |

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

At which age should women start having children? Is that really a complicated question? Image courtesy: serge bertasius at FreeDigitalPhotos.net 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 [...]

2018-06-18T10:06:23+00:00 August 5th, 2016|Tags: , , , |

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 [...]

Fertility bloodwork: 7 hormones which are most important for fertility

Fertility bloodwork: 7 hormones which are most important for fertility Image credit: Tuomas Lehtinen at FreeDigitalPhotos.net 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 [...]

2018-06-18T10:33:43+00:00 March 28th, 2016|Tags: , , , |

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

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 [...]

2018-06-18T10:38:34+00:00 March 7th, 2016|Tags: , , |

Do you know your AMH and FSH levels?

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 [...]

2018-06-18T10:42:22+00:00 February 12th, 2016|Tags: , , , , |

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

What is fertility testing? Image courtesy: hyena reality at FreeDigitalPhotos.net 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 potential between you and someone belonging to the neigboring category ("normal ovarian [...]