Organize Your Family’s Health Records

As Krissy wrote in her blog post about Mommy Guilt, there are all different kinds of moms out there and we’re all good at different things. Well, I’m one of those super-organized Moms. My kids know that in our house, everything has its place and there’s a place for everything. I just feel like our household runs more smoothly and everyone (especially Mom!) is happier when we’re all organized. When I read an article in Parents magazine about organizing your health records, I was super excited. Who knew there was an area of my life I hadn’t organized yet?!

Businessman Filing InformationMy current system consists of numerous manila files (neatly stored away of course!) but after reading the article, I realized there’s an even better way to organize! A number of online and computer-based programs exist that no only allow for easy access to records when you need them, they also allow you to easily provide medical information to caregivers and doctors when needed.

Not sure where to start in choosing a Personal Health Record (PHRs)?. You can find a full list at myPHR.com.

Experts recommend collecting and storing medical information for the last two years for each family member. Immunizations should include very immunization since birth and if a family member has a chronic health condition, is helpful to have more than 2 years of information. If this seems too daunting, consider storing at least the following information for each family member:

 

– Dates of immunizations
– Blood typing
– Lab results, such as cholesterol and blood-pressure readings, Pap smears, and mammograms
– Results of recent checkups, including height, weight, and body mass index (BMI). Also include children’s growth-chart percentiles.
– List of chronic health conditions (such as asthma, ADHD, and diabetes), including treatments, prescription names, and dosages
– Allergies and sensitivities to medications, foods, and materials
– History of hospitalizations (which the hospital’s medical-records department can provide)

 

Try ToConceive on Your Road to Conception

If you’ve been thinking about trying ToConceive and haven’t yet, or don’t know anything about us yet, now is the perfect time to check out ToConceive for yourself. We’ve lowered our prices to offer you a better value. A 1-bottle supply is now $39.95 and the 3-bottle supply is $119.95.  Plus, as always, basic shipping is FREE.

While the path to a baby should be a priceless journey, unfortunately, for most couples,  cost plays a major role. If you’ve been diagnosed with infertility and are pursuing Artificial Reproductive Technologies, like IVF, consider trying ToConceive first. At $40 a bottle, compared to thousands of dollars for IVF, it’s an inexpensive first step you can take before pursuing more expensive options.

Check out our website, www.keytoconceive.com, and try ToConceive for yourself!

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ToConceive Made More Affordable

ToConceive Retail PackageIf you don’t follow us on Twitter of Facebook we wanted to make sure you heard the great news! ToConceive has recently restructured its pricing to make it more affordable for you. If you have not tried ToConceive yet, now is the time! One bottle can be bought for just $39.95 or a three month supply for $119.95.  While you are on the website, take a look around and learn more about the science behind conception. You just might learn something that can help you achieve your dream of growing your family! http://www.keytoconceive.com

Keeping the Romance While TTC

Between charting basal body temperatures, checking cervical mucus and timing intercourse, for many couples trying to conceive, all forms of romance can go right out the bedroom window. Couples struggling to conceive often find that sex becomes a chore or another to-do to check off the list, which can further impede their chances of conceiving.

ToConceive, created by an award-winning gynecologist, helps a woman create her own natural conception lubrication to increase pleasure and the chances of conceiving. The product not only makes sexual intercourse more pleasurable for a woman, but also promotes sperm capacitation, essential for conception. Couples using ToConceive can enjoy sex for conception, while at the same time increasing a woman’s own natural conception lubrication.

How does something so seemingly natural and fun turn into such hard work in the first place? The Infertility Unit of Ferrara University studied a sample of 60 infertile and 52 fertile couples and found that the infertile couples showed a decrease in sexual satisfaction, impaired sexual arousal, lubrication deficiencies and lack of orgasm. As the study states, “as far as infertility is concerned, sexual intercourse can lose its spontaneity because it is aimed at ‘baby-making’ and it is strictly restricted to ‘fertile’ days.”

Having sex on a schedule can be emotionally stressful for both couples, especially for male partners, who feel progressively degraded to the role of “sperm donors”. For women, hormone medication can produce certain side effects that affect their sexual behavior and desire to have sex.

romanceAs the study concludes, infertile women have decreased sexual arousal and lubrication, both of which are necessary for the conception process. The so-called “decay of pleasure” leads to a vicious cycle for infertile couples, who only see sex as a chore. “Sexuality can be therefore deprived of its recreative and erotic value and subordinated to the direct goal of pregnancy,” states the Ferrara study.

Even celebrities like Michael Buble and his wife Luisana Lopilato admit that sex to conceive wasn’t sexy. Buble spoke candidly in an interview on the Graham Norton Show, telling the host that sex became very unsexy because it had to be done on a schedule.

All kinds of advice exists online on how to enjoy sex while trying to get pregnant, including numerous sex tips for when you’re trying to conceive. Tips range from taking your time, sticking to a routine, utilizing all five senses and changing positions.

Even the co-founder of PayPal, Max Levchin, has developed an app for the iPhone that helps a woman track her ovulation, notifying her of her most fertile periods and offering advice like what type of lingerie to wear when trying to conceive.

Whether you buy new lingerie, light a few candles or take a romantic getaway to mix up the babymaking, ToConceive can counteract many of the unwanted sexual side effects of infertility, such as a lack of lubrication. Using ToConceive not only makes conception easier, it can make the experience more enjoyable too.

The new conception buzzword–sperm capacitation

sperm-capacitationIf you’ve been following Key to Conceive social media, you’ll notice we’ve been talking a lot about sperm capacitation. Krissy gave us a great overview on what sperm capacitation is and why it’s so important in an earlier blog post. You can find that post here.

Many people understand that a woman needs to ovulate to release an egg and that a man’s sperm must fertilize that egg, but in between those steps, sperm capacitation must occur for the sperm to have the capacity to penetrate and fertilize the mature egg. Key to Conceive wants to educate people on the importance of the sperm capacitation step.

Sperm capacitation is essential for several reasons. First, a woman’s natural conception lubrication dissolves the immobilizing cholesterol from the sperm and creates an enzyme that allows the sperm to fertilize the ovum. A woman produces that natural conception lubrication when she becomes sexually aroused. When used regularly, ToConceive also helps a woman produce her own natural lubrication to aid in the capacitation process. Secondly, sperm capacitation selects out immature and abnormal sperm that lack capacitation. The process also selects out sperm coated with anti-sperm antibodies or strips off those antibodies to allow for proper capacitation. Sperm capacitation works to allow only the fittest sperm to fertilize.

Natural Conception after IVF?

A recent article in Medical Express, Women Conceive Naturally after IVF, found that one in three women who use fertility treatments for their first pregnancies get pregnant naturally the second time around. The study, conducted by Monash University and published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, looked at Australian women who used ART to conceive their first children. Thirty-three percent of the 236 women studied conceived their second children naturally without fertility treatments.

pregnancy testThe study also found that “women whose infertility was initially diagnosed as ‘unexplained’ were more than twice as likely as others with a specific infertility diagnosis to become pregnant naturally.” According to data from the Centers for Disease Control, for women of all ages attempting to get pregnant, 95 percent will conceive within four years.

In cases of unexplained infertility, nearly 40 percent of OBGYNs and reproductive specialists turn immediately to in-vitro fertilization. Dr. Ron Thompson believes that a large percentage of those turning to IVF for unexplained infertility can actually find a simpler solution. Inefficient sperm capacitation because of inadequate natural conception lubrication may actually be the cause of unexplained infertility. Sperm capacitation is the process that allows the sperm to reach and penetrate the mature egg for conception.

Dr. Thompson’s theory rests on the fact that nearly 17 percent of patients with three or more failed IVFs spontaneously conceive within three to four years. About 17 percent of patients with a successful IVF spontaneously conceive within three to four years as well. These stats show that almost one in five women who attempted IVF, whether they were successful or not, conceived on their own within three to four years.

What changes in those three or four years that attributes to the sudden ability to conceive? Dr. Thompson believes that in the years following IVF, more than likely these patients unknowingly and naturally solved their lubrication and sperm capacitation issues.

ToConceive, a natural conception lubrication, can offer immediate help to women dealing with unexplained infertility by providing the necessary natural conception lubrication needed to properly capacitate the sperm. Find out more about ToConceive and unexplained infertility by visiting the Key to Conceive website. www.keytoconceive.com

Sperm Capacitation, an introduction

What's missing? You guessed it, Sperm Capacitation!

Sperm Capacitation, the missing piece!

You may wonder why we talk about sperm capacitation so much and often blog, post, tweet, etc. about it. Here’s why–without Sperm Capacitation, conception will not take place! Many cases of infertility can be linked to sperm capacitation, but the average couple struggling with it has likely never even heard the term, much less understand its importance. We want to help educate those who are TTC about sperm capacitation in hopes of more successful conceptions. Here is an introduction to Sperm Capacitation for you:

What does Sperm Capacitation mean?

Sperm capacitation is the process by which the woman’s lubricant removes the outer layer of the sperm that is entering the vagina on its way to the fallopian tube.

What capacitates the sperm?

The woman’s natural vaginal lubrication that is produced during sexual arousal.

Why do some sperm not become capacitated?

In many cases, the woman’s body is not producing enough vaginal lubrication to capacitate the sperm.

Clearly, this leads us to the conclusion that if sperm are not being capacitated, then women are not getting pregnant. So, what can be done?

How do sperm that are not being naturally capacitated become capacitated?

One way sperm can be capacitated is through in vitro capacitation, which occurs in a laboratory. Sperm can also be capacitated through the woman’s use of ToConceive, as it helps her naturally produce the lubrication needed to achieve sperm capacitation.

Is sperm capacitation always necessary?

Yes, as part of the process of conception, sperm capacitation is always necessary. It is even necessary in Assisted Reproductive Technologies, such as IUI, IVF and GIFT.

Hopefully you can now understand why we are constantly talking about sperm capacitation–it truly is the KEY to conceive! For more education on sperm capacitation and how ToConceive specifically can help this process, please visit the links on the topic at http://www.keytoconceive.com and watch the video “How to Conceive”.

Mommy-guilt

It comes in all forms and now I am learning that it comes in all stages of life: Mommy-guilt! When my first son was a baby it reared it’s ugly head when I didn’t spend enough time working on “tummy-time.” When I had my second child it came in the form of feeling guilty that she didn’t get as much attention as the first. When I had my third child it came all the time and still appears now and then (he just turned 3 and still only has a few pages complete in his baby book).  Just a visit to the pediatrician for a well check up is enough to store up guilt for months. Reminders to read to your children everyday, make sure they get at least 60 minutes of exercise, limit screen time, count fruit and vegetable servings to ensure they are getting enough. Have they been taking vitamins regularly? Do they have a healthy social life? (And this doesn’t even include feeling guilty every time a chore takes away valuable time from the kids). Most of these I am pretty good about on any given day, but then I could compare myself to other mothers and find something they are doing better than me to feel guilty about. I have come to the conclusion that there is just no way around it. So, what can I do to help relieve the mommy-guilt when it comes crashing in? I can take a look at the most important things and give myself grace on those that are not so important.stay-at-home-mom

A quick search on Google easily brings up advice from numerous sources about the most important things kids need to have a successful life. Although there are variations the top needs are all the same. Security. Stability. Love. Encouragement. Education. So when the mommy-guilt creeps in because I fed my children non-organic chips and hotdogs for lunch and I didn’t sign them up for the new art class in town, I ask myself this question: Are my priorities in order? Do my children feel secure in our home and at school? Do they know Mom and Dad love them unconditionally and want what is best for them? Do they get praise and encouragement on a daily basis? Do they learn something new every day (or so)? If any of the answers to these questions are not a resounding YES!, then I do need to reprioritize. However, if they are in order, there may be some things I can do to improve but the guilt needs to stop because my children would much rather me be smiling and enjoying them than worrying about how I am doing as a mother.

Guilt can also occur before you become a mom as a result of issues with fertility. If you are struggling with any stage of infertility please check out our website, http://www.keytoconceive.com to see how we can help!