Have PCOS? Lose weight to get pregnant faster

Have PCOS? Lose weight to get pregnant faster Image credit: marin at FreeDigitalPhotos.net Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a set of symptoms that arises due to elevated male hormone levels in women. Among signs pointing to PCOS are: 1) Irregular periods (mention this to your doctor if it happens more than twice within one year), 2) Higher androgen levels (detectable on a blood test) and 3) Polycystic ovaries (detectable by ultrasound). Most women [...]

2018-06-18T10:04:37+00:00 August 16th, 2016|Tags: , , |

At which age should women start having children? Is that really a complicated question?

At which age should women start having children? Is that really a complicated question? Image courtesy: serge bertasius at FreeDigitalPhotos.net Biologically speaking, between the age of 18 and 25 is best to have a first child. That's when eggs are in good shape and the whole reproductive system is at its peak. Young women of 18–25 are the least likely to have chronic health problems and have the lowest rates of infertility. Infertility, in [...]

2018-06-18T10:06:23+00:00 August 5th, 2016|Tags: , , , |

Slightly elevated prolactin? Three natural ways to lower it

Slightly elevated prolactin? Three natural ways to lower it Elevated prolactin may have a negative impact on egg quality. Image courtesy interphasesolutions at FreeDigitalPhotos.net One common finding among women with fertility issues is elevated prolactin. Elevated prolactin can be caused by a number of things, such as medications, long-term stress, lack of sleep (or even having sexual intercourse just before the blood check). There are frequent mentions in the medical literature (like in [...]

In a conversation with two egg donation experts

In a conversation with two egg donation experts Dexeus is known for the first egg donation in 1981. A few months back, I was lucky to meet several dedicated doctors and biologists from Dexeus clinic in Barcelona at a conference for Reproductive Medicine in Germany. I used this opportunity to make an interview with the two specialists and forward questions to them that women from my blog often ask Me: How does a [...]

2018-06-18T10:10:23+00:00 July 18th, 2016|Tags: , , , |

Should you take Maca root extract to improve egg quality?

Maca is available as a dietary supplement in the form of a powder, liquid, capsule, and tablets. The usual dosage for increasing fertility in women is 500 milligrams of dried maca extract taken 3 times a day.

DHEA increases chances of a successful IVF

DHEA increases chances of a successful IVF Image credit: Serge Bertasius Photography Aging is not the only proces that causes fertility to decline. As a consequence of a mixture of lifestyle-related factors, such as environmental toxins and exposure to oxidative stress, the ability to conceive naturally declines over time. The progressive decline in women’s fertility after the age of 35 is constantly increasing the number of patients consulting fertility specialists. Among a wide [...]

2018-06-18T10:14:06+00:00 June 27th, 2016|Tags: , , |

Five supplements which will improve your egg health fast-track

Five supplements which will improve your egg health fast-track Image credit: alex_ugalek at FreeDigitalPhotos.net Egg maturation and growth depend on woman's age and general health, as well as on flow of nutrients to the ovaries. This means that your diet, your exercise, even the way you manage stress will have impact on the egg maturation processes. In addition to good nutrition (here you can read about why eating Mediterranean diet helps) and a [...]

2018-05-31T11:22:13+00:00 June 20th, 2016|Tags: , , , |

There’s a difference between folic acid and folate, do you know what it is?

There's a difference between folic acid and folate, do you know what it is? Image credit: tiramisustudio at FreeDigitalPhotos.net If you had to answer the question, which vitamin would better prevent that your baby develops a neurological disorder, folate or folic acid, would you know the answer? Don't worry if you wouldn't. Many doctors can't tell the difference either and honestly (though I'm aware of the differences between the two) I myself often [...]

2018-06-18T10:16:00+00:00 June 13th, 2016|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: , , , |