How to Track Your Fertility

Tracking your fertility can help you pinpoint when you’re mostly likely to conceive. There’s a lot more to fertility than what can be captured in a single snapshot. That’s why consistently tracking your fertility is an important part of the conception process. Not only can it help you understand your body and your ovulation cycle better, but it can also improve the likelihood of a successful pregnancy — given that couples who have frequent intercourse during the ovulation period increase their chances of getting pregnant quickly. How to Track Your Fertility: The Basics During the 28-day menstrual cycle that most women experience, there are only six days during which it…

Fertility Advice to Ignore — and What to Do Instead

There are a lot of common misconceptions about infertility — know how to tell the difference between harmful hearsay and helpful advice. If you and your partner are having trouble getting pregnant, you’re not the only ones. According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, up to thirteen percent of couples experience fertility problems. As anyone experiencing infertility should be aware, there are plenty of misconceptions and superstitions surrounding pregnancy. If you’ve been trying for a baby with no success, you may start to believe some improbable pieces of advice. For an issue as important as this, you might figure even the craziest fertility schemes are worth a…

Here’s What You Need to Know About Miscarriage

Miscarriages happen far more often than many people realize. Luckily, you can still have a healthy pregnancy after a miscarriage. Miscarriage is a subject that’s not often discussed, but it affects anywhere from 10 to 20 percent of known pregnancies. The actual number of miscarriages is likely even higher given that many miscarriages occur before a woman even realizes she’s pregnant. Miscarriage is defined as the spontaneous loss of a pregnancy before the 20th week. Most miscarriages occur because the fetus is not developing normally, not because of any issue in how it is being carried. It is important to keep in mind that most women who miscarry are able…

What Is Ovarian Insufficiency and How Does It Impact Fertility?

Ovarian insufficiency is a condition that can affect women between the ages of 35 and 40, greatly reducing their chances of having a baby. Ovarian insufficiency, also known as premature ovarian failure, occurs when the follicles within the ovaries only sporadically release an egg. This condition greatly reduces a woman’s chances of achieving pregnancy. Ovarian insufficiency is sometimes mistaken for premature menopause, but there are distinct differences between the two conditions. Women who experience premature menopause stop having periods before age 40. By contrast, women with ovarian insufficiency menstruate occasionally, with irregular periods beginning between age 35 and 40. As a result, they may still be able to have a…

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How to Boost Male Fertility

If you’re suffering from infertility, follow these four tips to increase your chances of pregnancy. Although female infertility is more often discussed, approximately one-third of all infertility cases can be attributed to male reproductive issues. Therefore, if a couple is unable to conceive after a year of trying, both partners should undergo fertility testing.  If a man is experiencing infertility, there are several ways to increase the chances of pregnancy. The first step is determining the underlying cause of infertility in order to best address the problem.  What Is Male Fertility Testing? Male fertility testing centers on three factors: sperm count, sperm quality, and sperm motility. The majority of male…

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How Long Should You Wait to Have Your Fertility Tested?

Generally, couples should wait six months to a year before having their fertility tested. If either couple is experiencing infertility, there are many effective treatments available. Many couples wonder how long it should take to become pregnant. Should they wait three months? Six months? A year?  Although the timetable for every couple is different based on age and health, the general rule is a woman under the age of 35 should try to conceive for a year before she and her partner consult a fertility specialist. The wait period shortens to six months for a woman over the age of 35. In addition to those broad guidelines, a woman who…

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What Does It Mean to Have a Low Ovarian Reserve?

A low ovarian reserve diminishes the odds of becoming pregnant, but a couple can still conceive with the help of fertility treatments. As women age, they tend to lose eggs, which can lead to difficulties becoming pregnant. At birth, a woman may have a million eggs in what is called an “ovarian reserve.” But by their late 30s, women often have only 27,000 eggs. Fewer eggs make conceiving more challenging, especially when women reach their 40s. While a low ovarian reserve lowers the chances of a successful pregnancy, it does not mean a couple can’t conceive a child. Reproductive medicine offers women several options to become pregnant even with a…

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Should I Consider Preimplantation Genetic Testing?

Testing for genetic or chromosomal abnormalities can help couples realize their dream of having a child. Couples undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) may decide to have the embryo tested for genetic or chromosomal abnormalities. Since a healthy embryo increases the chances of a successful pregnancy, couples who have suffered repeated miscarriages may find preimplantation genetic testing worthwhile. A history of miscarriages isn’t the only reason a couple may consider preimplantation genetic testing, however. If several IVF cycles have failed to produce a pregnancy, genetic testing may be recommended. Couples known to carry certain genetic diseases may also benefit from preimplantation testing. Older patients or those with low egg quality would…

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Donor Egg IVF: Here’s What You Need to Know

For some women, becoming pregnant using their own eggs isn’t possible. Fortunately, there are other options. Some women are unable to produce an egg that leads to pregnancy due to various medical reasons. In these cases, donor egg in vitro fertilization (IVF) may be a viable option. With donor egg IVF, an egg from a donor is fertilized with the father’s sperm and implanted into the intended mother’s womb. Women experiencing premature menopause, decreased ovarian activity, or poor egg quality are often candidates for a donor egg. Having gone through IVF previously without success, being a known carrier of genetic diseases, and being over the age of 40 also qualify…

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What’s the Difference Between Traditional and Gestational Surrogacy?

Couples unable to conceive because of a serious medical condition or uterine abnormality can still realize their dreams of having a child. Advancements in reproductive care now offer partners hoping to become parents the options of traditional or gestational surrogacy. But how do couples determine which of these treatments is right for them? In short, the difference between the two methods centers on the source of the egg. In traditional surrogacy, a surrogate’s egg is used, while gestational surrogacy uses the egg of the mother. Each alternative offers unique benefits as well as some disadvantages. By consulting with a specialist and understanding fully what these options entail, couples can decide…