How to Increase Chances of Getting Pregnant After 35

Getting pregnant after the age of 35 is usually more difficult than trying to conceive in your 20s or early 30s. However, it isn’t impossible. Older women trying to conceive have several options to improve their chances of having a healthy pregnancy. Below is some basic information about getting pregnant over the age of 35 and what you can do to make success more likely.  Why Is It Hard to Get Pregnant after 35? As you get older, the number of eggs in your ovaries decreases. The quality of the remaining eggs also declines. Both of these factors make it harder for you to conceive in the first place. In…

Can Acupuncture Help Fertility PCOS?

Is Acupuncture for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and Infertility a Viable Alternative to IVF? Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is one of the most common conditions affecting women with fertility problems. PCOS causes the ovaries to enlarge abnormally and develop small cysts containing immature eggs. In addition, PCOS stimulates excess production of androgens (male hormones) that are eventually converted into estrogen. Higher than normal levels of male hormones interfere with the release and development of healthy eggs (ovulation). Missed or irregular periods, infertility, weight gain and mood swings are some symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome. Most women discover they have PCOS during a fertility evaluation or medical exam given by their primary…

7 Ways to Boost Your Fertility

Trying to conceive is an exciting time for most couples, but it can also become frustrating quickly if you feel like you aren’t making any progress. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to boost your fertility and increase your chances of conception.  1. Reduce your intake of caffeine.  According to a study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, increased intake of caffeine is associated with a decreased rate of conception. Reducing the amount of caffeine you consume may help you to get pregnant faster.  2. Get plenty of sleep.  Failing to get enough sleep may decrease your fertility. Make sure you get 7-8 hours of restful sleep each…

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Do Fertility Herbs Really Work?

Enhancing Fertility with Alternative Medicine–Do Fertility Herbs Really Work? No valid, conclusive research results exist that supports the efficacy of fertility herbs for enhancing fertility. Fertility herbs such as stinging nettle, red raspberry leaves, red clover blossoms and black cohosh are typically marketed as plant-based or "natural" ways to improve a woman’s ability to conceive. However, most fertility herbs are not regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and may contain unknown ingredients producing unpleasant or toxic side effects. Also, women or men with fertility problems should have a comprehensive fertility evaluation to determine the cause of infertility instead of taking unsafe fertility herbs. What Fertility Herbs Actually Do…