Surrogacy: One real-life experience

Surrogacy: One real-life experience Image courtesy Satory Kobayashi at Flickr.com There is no probably no other such controversial topic related to building a family as surrogacy. Though I've spent years emerged in investigating and understanding all kinds of infertility-related topics, I must admit that I'm not completely sure how to feel about surrogacy. Is surrogacy a renting-a-body type of business? Or is it the finest art of altruism that human beings are capable of? [...]

2018-06-13T10:48:58+00:00 June 13th, 2018|Tags: , , , |

Aspirin and heparin to help implantation: Yes or No?

Aspirin and heparin to help implantation: Yes or No?   Image credit: atibodyphoto at FreeDigitalPhotos.net The moment a woman has one or two unsuccessful series of  IVF behind her, she becomes ready to do anything, really anything to make the next IVF cycle work. Many of the women I talk to have a long history of fertility treatments, so the question that often comes up is whether taking a low dose of aspirin [...]

2018-06-18T10:18:03+00:00 June 6th, 2016|Tags: , , , |

What REALLY happens when egg fuses with sperm cell

What REALLY happens when egg fuses with sperm cell Honestly, I never really wondered what exactly happens in a moment when egg and sperm unite. I assumed, science would know all about it; for such an important event one would expect tons of literature describing every millisecond of it, right? Or at least a handful of studies demonstrating what happens in the moment of creation, a moment that each and every one of us went through? A [...]

2018-06-18T10:19:22+00:00 May 29th, 2016|Tags: , , , |

Which CoQ10 is best for fertility: Ubiquinol or Ubiquinone?

Which CoQ10 is best for fertility: Ubiquinol or Ubiquinone? Some weeks ago I received one of the best comments on my blog so far (thank you Iva S.). This is what Iva asked me: Dear Darja, first of all, I liked very much your book about improving egg quality in women over 35, it's informative and motivational, thank you for writing it! As you may know, there is another book on the same topic available Amazon [...]

2018-06-18T10:22:54+00:00 May 16th, 2016|Tags: , , , |

Five over-35-fertility-news items I thought you may like to hear about

Five over-35-fertility-news items I thought you may like to hear about Image credit: marin at FreeDigitalPhotos.net Sometimes I love to tell long stories and take a lot of time to research one single topic. Some other times I come across smaller news items related to getting pregnant after 35 which are not big or interesting enough to develop into articles, but could potentially be important for some of you. So today I will [...]

Is it possible to increase low AMH levels?

Is it possible to increase low AMH level? Image credit: hadkhanong at FreeDigitalPhotos.net AMH (Anti-Müllerian Hormone) is a hormone secreted in the granulosa cells (satellite cells which surround eggs) and its robustness and stability throughout the cycle makes it the most important parameter in terms of predicting ovarian reserve. A simple blood test taken on any day of the cycle will give you this important information (best is at day 3 because you [...]

2018-06-18T10:35:40+00:00 March 14th, 2016|Tags: , , |

Is PGS worth it? Probably not, and here is why

Is PGS worth it? Probably not, and here is why Photo courtesy: jesadaphorn at FreeDigitalPhotos.net There are people in this world such as fertility specialists on CHR (Center for Human Reproduction in New York) who are true magicians in making women pregnant and who really understand the issues surrounding low ovarian reserve or bad egg quality in women over forty. So when they say that the PGS (pre-genetic screening, also called PGD or [...]

2018-06-18T10:41:53+00:00 February 22nd, 2016|Tags: , , , |

Do you know your AMH and FSH levels?

Do you know your AMH and FSH levels? My best friend is thirty-nine and is still postponing having a baby. We have discussed all kinds of fertility topics for years - from egg freezing, to low ovarian reserve, tracking ovulation etc., and still she would not even go to a doctor to find out about her AMH or FSH. “What if it's bad?” she says. “Then I will just start panicking and will feel bad [...]

2018-06-18T10:42:22+00:00 February 12th, 2016|Tags: , , , , |