Using an Ovulation Calendar to Get Pregnant

Many women use an ovulation calendar, sometimes referred to an ovulation calculator, in order to get pregnant or prevent pregnancy. This helpful tool assists you in figuring out when you are ovulating; in other words, it lets you know when you are most fertile. Using the Ovulation Calendar in Conjunction with Physical Signs While the ovulation calculation is a great tool to assist you in becoming pregnant, it is not the only fertility tool in the toolbox. Some women are able to identify physical signs that also help them to predict their ovulation. These include: Noticing a change in your cervical mucus. Many women notice that a few days prior…

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome 101

As many as one in 10 women of childbearing years can have polycystic ovarian syndrome, or PCOS, according to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health Division. Estimates are that upwards of five million Americans may be affected by PCOS. If you suspect you are dealing with PCOS, knowing that you are not alone may help. Symptoms of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome PCOS It’s important for you to know that the symptoms of polycystic ovarian syndrome are unique to each woman, though there are some common symptoms that many women experience who have PCOS. In most cases, more than one symptom is present. These include: Irregular periods (infrequent…

What to Expect: Intrauterine Insemination

Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is a fertility treatment that is fairly common. It is performed as a treatment method most often for male fertility issues, such as low sperm count or sperm motility dysfunction. It is also performed in situations where a donor sperm is desired. Usually, when other conception methods are not successful, this type of fertility treatment is often considered. It is also generally used by doctors to treat fertility problems before any other more advanced treatments are attempted. How Long does Intrauterine Insemination Take?    A physician at a fertility clinic usually performs the procedure. A small tube filled with sperm is inserted into the uterus.  It typically takes around…

Artificial Insemination Gives New Hope for a Growing Family

Artificial insemination is a medical technique that can help treat certain kinds of male and female infertility. The procedure makes pregnancy possible for those who had trouble conceiving in the past. Doctors perform artificial insemination by introducing sperm directly into a woman’s cervix, uterus or fallopian tubes. The procedure can improve the chances for pregnancy by shortening the distance sperm must travel and by helping the sperm bypass any obstacles that prevent them from reaching the egg. Sperm used in artificial insemination can come from the woman’s male partner, unless the male is sterile or when there is no male partner.   Why Use Artificial Insemination? Many physicians and clinicians…