Other Factors

Punished for Good Behavior

June 26th, 2010
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I have a friend who is in her late thirties and is just now engaged. She is extremely happy that after many years of looking she has found her “other half”. She was excited about everything she was going to finally be able to do, including starting a family. She went in to her doctor [...]

Categories: Other Factors

Something in the Air

February 16th, 2010
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There are many families who experience infertility and they don’t know why. The most common answer given to them by friends and family is that they are over stressed and just need to relax and be patient. The frustrated couple then goes to the doctor just to receive more upsetting news- the doctor isn’t sure [...]

Hair Coloring and Fertility

October 22nd, 2009
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A good rule of thumb for women struggling with infertility is to behave pre-conception as you would in the early stages of pregnancy. That means a lot of people abstain from alcohol, caffeine, and certain foods when undergoing fertility treatments. When it comes to your hair, though, opting to let your grays or roots show [...]

Excessive Exercise and Infertility

September 9th, 2009
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Whenever weight is mentioned as a factor in infertility, I automatically think of being overweight. This is definitely not surprising to me since in the last ten years being underweight was not a personal danger. I gained after college, gained even more with fertility treatments, and had trouble losing for a myriad of reasons – [...]

Three Months for Healthier Sperm

September 8th, 2009
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Men get off relatively easy when it comes to infertility. The woman is advised to do all sorts of things to improve her chances of conception, but the man is often let off the hook when it comes to making lifestyle changes. Often the female partner is told to watch what she eats and drinks [...]

Foods That Boost Fertility

August 31st, 2009
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It is never a bad idea to eat well. It can definitely be difficult, though, to concentrate on being healthy and eating good for you foods in the midst of the turmoil and disappointment that infertility brings. Researchers and doctors suggest that noshing on comfort foods or pick-me-up sweets can actually be detrimental to not [...]

Categories: Diet

Vitamin D and Fertility

June 4th, 2009
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I recently went in for a thorough physical and got into a discussion with the Doctor about Vitamin D deficencies and new research that shows that supplements can really make a difference for women in regards to bone strength, fatigue, rates of certain types of cancer, and in a number of different areas. I was [...]

Folic Acid Before Pregnancy

May 4th, 2009
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When my husband and I decided to start trying for a baby we followed all of the recommended steps. We went to a pre-conception check-up, started trying to adopt a healthier lifestyle, had heartfelt discussions about our parenting philosophies, and I started taking pre-natal vitamins and folic acid thinking it could never be too soon. [...]

Categories: Causes, Diet, Treatment

Odds of Conception

April 17th, 2009
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I was blissfully ignorant about the whole reproductive process before I had trouble conceiving. I honestly did not know that the actual window of conception was so short and that on most days of the month you aren’t fertile. Now that I know more about how it all works I am truly flabbergasted at the [...]

Age and Infertility

March 17th, 2009
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“I didn’t know age mattered so much!” That statement, or a variation of it, is one that I have heard too many times when talking to others struggling with infertility. We all know of a young person who “accidentally” got pregnant, oftentimes saying it was their first time or while using birth control. However, we [...]