About Darja

Darja Wagner is a cell biologist PhD living in Berlin, Germany. She is a mother of two sons, both born after the age of 35.

Infertility hurts? Read about sleep deprivation that your baby will bring

Infertility hurts? Read about sleep deprivation that your baby will bring Image courtesy: Cat Nap by flickr.com. I still remember it very well. During times of infertility, all we want is to finally hold our baby, to cuddle with the little joy and to imagine how marvelous it will be when it starts talking to us... But what we don’t know in times of infertility is what no one has warned us about [...]

2018-06-18T07:56:01+00:00 August 4th, 2017|Tags: , , , |

One summer post: Beautiful poem on being a woman

One summer post: Beautiful poem on being a woman Image courtesy: hyena reality by FreeDigitalPhotos.net As I opened my Facebook the other day, nothing, really nothing hinted that I would soon find the best poem on womanhood and fertility I read in my whole life. The strange thing was that it was posted by a man - a British friend of ours who wrote several books and obviously has a talent to recognize the right words when [...]

2018-06-18T07:57:04+00:00 June 15th, 2017|Tags: , , , , |

Can probiotics increase your fertility? Very likely.

Can probiotics increase your fertility? Very likely. Today, I would like to only quickly address one issue I wrote about a few years ago, but only now we start to see more articles addressing one important issue: Conception and our gut bacteria. A quick reminder to start with: Gut bacteria (often called gut microbiome) are not only very important for digestion, they are also many; around 2kg of bacteria we carry around in our gut. It is estimated that [...]

2018-06-18T08:00:20+00:00 May 30th, 2017|Tags: , |

Nutrition and adrenal health: Here’s what Nicole from Healthy Mom Handbook says about it

Nutrition and adrenal health: Here's what Nicole from Healthy Mom Handbook says about it Most all expectant women want a healthy baby, unfortunately there isn’t enough information out there on how important mom’s adrenal health is prior to and during pregnancy. Lowered adrenal function and adrenal fatigue are ubiquitous today among men and women, especially pregnant women. If a mother is experiencing adrenal fatigue she will birth babies with weakened adrenals, which means they are [...]

2018-06-18T08:01:24+00:00 May 15th, 2017|Tags: , , |

How to find a sperm or egg donor: Interview with Erika Tranfield from PrideAngel

How to find a sperm or egg donor: Interview with Erika Tranfield from PrideAngel During a recent Fertility Fair in Berlin I had a chance to speak to Erica Tranfield from the Pride Angel. PrideAngel is an unusual website, kind of a "dating service" which brings together egg donors, sperm donors and co-parents online. On the website, it is possible to get an onsite-mail, create a profile and search for thousands of members and communicate with them safely. [...]

2018-06-18T08:02:23+00:00 May 8th, 2017|Tags: , , |

Gay parenthood in Germany: Interesting services at Oregon Reproductive Medicine

Gay parenthood in Germany: Interesting services at Oregon Reproductive Medicine Recently, I had a chance to speak to Dr. Brandon Bankowsky from the Ore gon Reproductive Medicine and one of the co-organizers of the Fertility Fair 2017 in Berlin. Given the bad press that this conference received in local newspapers (Germany is known for its strict Embryo Protection Act which doesn't allow many fertility treaments such as egg donation, surrogacy, also PGS is performed only under special circumstances), [...]

2018-06-18T08:12:20+00:00 April 20th, 2017|Tags: , |

Fertility treatments in Turkey (and why Turkish women believe that onions help while trying to conceive)

Fertility treatments in Turkey (and why Turkish women believe that onions help while trying to conceive) During a recent fertility conference in Berlin, I spoke to numerous fertility experts, but only at the Turkish booth did it feel like home to me. Or, more precisely, it felt like sitting in my own kitchen - a peaceful, comfortable world, untouched by the hectic surroundings. Would I like a coffee? No? Then have a chocolate. Sit down. [...]

2018-06-18T08:14:10+00:00 April 10th, 2017|Tags: , , |

So many men with low and weak sperm counts. Why?

So many men with low and weak sperm counts. Why? Image credit: nenetus at FreeDigitalPhotos.net In the past months, I have had several occasions to talk with male fertility experts and I always use this opportunity to ask whether it's true that the sperm quality of men in Western countries is in decline? Do doctors notice any of that in their daily practice? I personally notice that many - maybe as many as 50% [...]

2018-06-18T08:15:35+00:00 March 31st, 2017|Tags: , |