Expert interview: What an embryologist from an IVF lab says about when women should start having babies and why

Expert interview: What an embryologist from an IVF lab says about when women should start having babies and why During the workshop at a spanish fertility clinic, I took the opportunity to spend some time with Dr. Fina Gomez, a leading embryologist in the IVF lab. I asked her the kind of questions that we discuss here on the blog; I wanted my readers to hear a real person speak about real issues related to [...]

2018-06-18T08:24:57+00:00 January 15th, 2017|Tags: , , |

Extra-weight does decrease your chances of getting pregnant

Image courtesy: marin at FreeDigitalPhotos.net I will start this post by telling a little secret. In my counseling sessions, I sometimes insist on having video chats on Skype, for the reason that I like to see the women I'm talking to. Why do I need to see them? Because even when they're directly asked, women will not really admit their extra weight, and we can spend a lot of time discussing where things can [...]

2017-10-13T12:01:43+00:00 February 29th, 2016|Tags: , , |

What I would tell my daughter when she gets her first period

What I would tell my daughter when she gets her first period Young women are often poorly informed about the impact of age on fertility and there is hardly anything new about that. But, if you now think I am talking only about being aware that one-third of women over 35 are not able to get pregnant as easily as ladies who are ten or more years younger - that's not what I mean. There [...]

2018-06-18T11:49:38+00:00 October 5th, 2015|Tags: , , , |

How late is NOT too late to start having children?

How late is NOT too late to start having children? I just came back from a vacation, where I met a 40-year-old woman who just became a first-time mother. She conceived naturally, on her second date. Both she and her beautiful baby daughter look fabulous and give the impression that becoming a mother at 40 is the most natural thing in the world. And sometimes it is. Why is it difficult to accept that women [...]

2018-06-18T12:02:14+00:00 July 21st, 2015|Tags: , , , |

Have a question for me? Meet me via Skype or e-mail!

Dear ladies, thank you very much for your letters, questions and support. Each one of your voices and your comments over the past years has helped me to build a better website. For that I feel very grateful. But most of all, thank you for letting me have a glimpse of many of your fertility journeys and asking for my opinion; I felt honoured every single time. Lately, I am getting more questions and emails that I [...]

A few possible downsides of reproductive technologies?

A few possible downsides of reproductive technologies? Photo credit: David Castillo Dominici at FreeDigitalPhotos.net Assisted Reproductive Techniques (ART), better known as in-vitro-fertilization (IVF) and intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI),  involve manipulation of several steps of conception, from the stimulation of gamete production to the culture of embryos in the laboratory. A whole lot of manipulation as the matter of fact. These manipulations include: the use of hormones to stimulate ovaries to produce eggs, in vitro maturation [...]

2018-06-18T12:42:57+00:00 March 22nd, 2015|Tags: , , , |

Poor egg quality can be improved and here is how

Poor egg quality can be improved and here is how Image courtesy of sommai at FreeDigitalPhotos.net Do you have reasons to think you may have poor egg quality? Are you are struggling to conceive due to your age of over 35, high FSH, or any unexplained cause? There is really no need to feel desperate. It is still possible to become pregnant, and the best is that there are many things you can do yourself to [...]

2018-06-19T08:34:53+00:00 December 30th, 2014|Tags: , , |

Why you really need folic acid

Why you really need folic acid Your baby will need folic acid as soon as you get pregnant. Image credit: imagery_majestic at FreeDigitalPhotos.net If you live in a modern Western society (especially if you are over 35), you definitely need supplements during preconception time. Besides improving your chances to get pregnant, they also give the best start possible to your baby, which will need a lot of support (and B-group vitamins!) in order [...]

2018-06-19T09:20:15+00:00 November 4th, 2013|Tags: , , , , |