Your period is late. You’re daring to hope that finally, this is the month you’re going to get that BFP (big fat positive)! But you don’t want to take a pregnancy test just yet. You don’t want to tempt fate, so you’re just going to wait a few more days… And then your period arrives (darn it!). And along with the heavy feeling of disappointment, so come the questions. Why…Read More
Is a thyroid problem causing your infertility?
If you’ve been trying to get pregnant without success, your thyroid gland could be to blame. Thyroid health is extremely important when it comes to fertility and reproduction. If your thyroid gland isn’t working properly, it can have a significant impact on your ability to get pregnant, the health of your pregnancy and the health of your baby. Thyroid dysfunction is one of the most common hormonal disorders affecting women…Read More
Fertility Charting to get pregnant – is it a waste of time?
First up, let’s get things straight. I believe passionately, that learning how to chart your fertility with the fertility awareness method is the single most important step you can take if you’re trying to get pregnant – particularly if you’re having difficulty conceiving. Not only can you essentially halve the time it takes to get pregnant, but your fertility charts can also be used as a powerful diagnostic tool to…Read More
Alcohol – does it affect sperm count or male fertility?
For many of us, alcohol is synonymous with relaxing – it often plays a central role in our social activities and it’s frequently used to help us wind down after work. But while the occasional drink can be a pleasurable way to relax and de-stress, in large amounts it can actually threaten a man’s sexual performance and his chances of fatherhood. How does alcohol affect sperm count and sperm quality? Alcohol…Read More
Timing sex for conception – is it really worth it?
This week, I encountered an interesting article on a popular news website. It was aimed at women and couples who were trying to conceive and was entitled ‘How to increase your chances of getting pregnant’. Surprisingly (for a not-so-scientific article) it contained mostly good advice, such as stopping smoking and both partners taking folic acid. However, there was one recommendation that concerned me, and it raised the subject of a…Read More