Trying to Conceive

5 Lifestyle Changes to Boost IVF Success

Many couples struggling to conceive look to assistive reproductive technology (ART) to make their dreams of pregnancy come true. In vitro fertilization (IVF) is the most common type of ART and involves the fertilization of an egg with a sperm in a lab. The fertilized embryo is then transferred into the woman’s uterus. If you are currently undergoing this treatment, be assured that you aren’t alone; approximately 1.6% of all babies born in the U.S. are conceived using IVF. It [...]

4 Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know Could Improve IVF Results

Are you currently going through IVF treatment therapy with your partner? If not, are your considering it or planning to start treatment soon? If so, you probably already know that IVF therapy is no guarantee that you’ll get pregnant, though it does significantly improve your chances over traditional methods if you’re struggling with infertility. However, there are some things you can do to improve your chances of successfully getting pregnant via IVF therapy. Read on to learn four things that [...]

Want to Get Pregnant in Your 30s? Do This in Your 20s

More and more American women are now waiting until they are in their 30s to have children. For the first time, women in their 30s are having more children than women in their 20s. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that women are now having their first child around age 28, compared to 26 in 2014 and 25 in 2000. There are many factors that contribute to this statistic, including shifting social acceptance, finances, education and career goals, [...]

How Acupuncture can Improve Fertility

If you are struggling to conceive, you are not alone. Approximately 15-20% of couples are affected by infertility. Many people associate infertility with a female reproductive problem, but male reproductive health is at least partially to blame in about 35% of infertile couples. Male issues (sperm production and/or quality disorders, ejaculatory disturbances) are identified along with female issues, as possible causes of infertility.  A male-only issue is present in 8% of infertile couples.  Clearly, infertility approaches need to focus [...]

Your Fertility Treatment Questions Answered

If you and your partner are trying (and struggling) to get pregnant, you may have discussed the possibility of infertility. This certainly isn’t a fun conversation, and the concept of infertility can be scary, but it’s important to have as much information as possible if you’re heading down the road of fertility treatments. One in eight couples will struggle with infertility, with either one or both partners having difficulty conceiving. If you’ve been trying to get pregnant for a [...]

7 Things to Try Before Undergoing In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)

Couples with problems conceiving naturally may require the assistance of in vitro fertilization (IVF) to become pregnant. The decision to undergo IVF is not an easy one and often causes financial, emotional, and physical stress. While IVF may end up being your best option for successful conception, here are a few things to try first before you make the investment in time and money. Detox Preparing your body for conception should involve cleaning up your diet and detoxing your body of [...]

Five Factors That Affect Fertility

If you are currently trying to get pregnant for more than a year, you may be starting to worry about infertility. About 10-15% of couples experience some form of infertility. If you've been trying to conceive for more than a year (more than 6 months if you're a woman over the age of 35) and you've been unsuccessful, it may be time to consult with a doctor. But don't stress too much yet. While some cases of infertility require surgery [...]

The Most Important Nutrients to Take When Trying to Conceive

If you’re trying to get pregnant, you’re likely doing all you can to improve your chances. You may have even tried some seemingly crazy methods to get pregnant. But one of the best things you can do is prep your body for pregnancy with the right nutrients and vitamins. While a healthy diet and lifestyle can go a long way toward preparing your body, it’s also a good idea to take the right vitamins. If you’re trying to conceive, add [...]

Does Stress Affect Fertility?

Making the decision to have a baby is a very exciting time in a couple’s life. There’s so much to prepare for, nurseries to paint, and diapers to buy. But it can also be very stressful when things don’t go as planned, especially if you are going through invasive and expensive treatments such as in vitro fertilization (IVF). Not only is stress difficult to manage, but it can worsen your troubles with fertility. Stress 101 When your body is stressed, it [...]

Ways to Fight the Gloom of Infertility

One of the hardest parts of dealing with infertility is the emotional turbulence that comes with it. The stress and uncertainty that comes with IVF and other infertility treatments, the loneliness that comes from not being able to talk to friends or family about your personal experience, unexplainable feeling of isolation, and the physical pain that often accompanies depression and anxiety are some of them. If you are experiencing this overwhelming gloom, you are not alone. You’re not the first [...]

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