Is there really a key to conceiving?

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For many couples, the path to having a baby can be full of many bumps, twists and turns. Oftentimes, couples believe their only hope is expensive and complicated methods like in-vitro fertilization. A new product to the market, ToConceive, aims to change that mindset and offers a key to conception.

Discovered and developed by award-winning gynecologist Dr. Ronald Thompson, ToConceive is FDA-approved, easy-to-use and inexpensive. The science behind ToConceive is based on the 2010 Nobel Prize in Medicine for In Vitro Fertilization and Sperm Capacitation.

Unlike over-the-counter lubrications, some of which actually contain spermicide and kill sperm, ToConceive is a topical lubrication clinically proven to increase Natural Conception Lubrication in a woman to aid in conception. The product concentrates on increasing a woman’s natural conception lubrication to promote sperm capacitation. Essential to the conception process, sperm capacitation allows the sperm to travel the six or seven inches up the fallopian tube and penetrate and fertilize the egg.

Promoting in-vivo sperm capacitation, ToConceive also helps treat types of male subfertility, such as anti-sperm antibodies caused by an infection in the prostate, insufficient numbers of sperm and abnormal sperm that prevents fertilization.

“For over 30 years, I have attempted to help women achieve conception, pregnancy, and motherhood,” said Dr. Thompson. “ToConceive has already helped hundreds of women achieve conception, and now has the opportunity to help thousands of women worldwide to achieve conception, pregnancy, and motherhood.”

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Is a Lack of Education Causing Infertility?

Many women don’t understand how their body works and how to maximize fertility naturally

Whether she celebrated it or tried to ignore it, a woman’s first menstrual period signaled a transition from girl to woman. While most women understand the basics of how the menstrual cycle works, many don’t realize how important knowing those basics are for fertility and a healthy lifestyle overall.

In a study published in the Journal for Nurse Practitioners, Mary Lee Barron discusses why education is so crucial and why a woman should know how her body works. “Fertility literacy, as a part of health literacy, is important for improving reproductive health, pregnancy outcomes, and chronic disease prevention,” Barron states.

menstrationA woman can start her education by talking with her general practitioner, who can give her the basics of how the reproductive system operates. Because nearly half of all pregnancies in the United States are unintended, it’s important for women to get this information before they even think of wanting to start a family.

By educating themselves, women can start to make lifestyle choices that will not only help them get pregnant, but also help them live a healthy lifestyle overall and avoid chronic diseases in the future. A good starting point is the menstrual cycle. As Barron points out, a woman’s menstrual cycle is a noninvasive marker of reproductive and overall health.

Women should know that a menstrual cycle starts on the first day of bleeding and ends on the first day she starts bleeding again. A normal cycle ranges from 21 to 35 days with seven or fewer days of bleeding. Many lifestyle factors can affect a woman’s menstrual cycle including nutrition, stress, body mass index, exercise, smoking, caffeine and alcohol consumption and age.

Barron also suggests that along with knowing what’s normal on average, a woman should have a reliable way of tracking her periods to determine a baseline of what’s normal for her. If a cycle is abnormal for longer than three months, she should take a look at some of the lifestyle factors that can change a cycle and make changes such as quitting smoking or losing weight. If those changes don’t regulate her menstrual cycle, she should see her doctor to rule out any fertility issues.

Women used to have to rely on a good, old-fashioned calendar to track her periods. Thanks to modern technology, woman have access to online period trackers, as well as a number of cell phone apps like Kindara. Kindara aims to give users “the knowledge, support, and proper tools to understand your fertility and be in the driver’s seat of your own body.” Kindara allows users to track periods, basal body temperatures, sexual activity and cervical mucus and helps them use that data to determine their most fertile times.

Ignorance may be bliss in some instances, but when it comes to understanding how a woman’s body works, education is power. By knowing her body, a woman can help improve her chances of conception and possibly prevent future health issues.

 

 

 

 

Seriousness of Male Infertility

spermMale infertility as serious a problem as global warming? An Irish fertility clinic seems to think so, according to an article in the Offaly Express. Looking at data from the European Science Foundation, the rates of male infertility are drastically on the rise. Male infertility accounts for anywhere from 40 to 50 percent of all infertility cases.

The types of male infertility comprise an alphabet soup of unpronounceable medical conditions and terms, including azoospermia, oligospermia and spermatogenesis. Typical male infertility issues, also known as subfertility, include anti-sperm antibodies caused by an infection in the prostate, inability to ejaculate, insufficient numbers of sperm and abnormal sperm that prevents fertilization.

Whether it’s as serious as global warming is up for debate, but it is a serious issue facing many men and many couples. ToConceive can help alleviate many issues of male subfertility by promoting proper and natural sperm capacitation. For more information on male infertility, check out our Male Subfertility page.

New Fertility Boosting Recipes for the New Year

 

It is so much easier to form new habits at the beginning of the year so why not eat healthier while boosting fertility? Add these three power foods for boosting fertility to your diet- lentils, garlic and honey. The following recipes have one of these ingredients and are super-easy for anyone to make. Bon Appetit and Baby Dust to you!

 

Lentils:

 

Hearty Lentil and Root Vegetable Stew

source: womansday.com

source: womansday.com

 

 

2 cans (about 14 ounces each) chicken broth

1 1/2 turnips, cut into 1-inch cubes

 

 

 

1 cup dried red lentils, rinsed and sorted

 

1 medium onion, cut into 1/2 inch wedges

 

2 medium carrots, cut into 1 inch pieces

 

1 medium bell pepper, cut into 1 inch pieces

 

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

 

1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes

 

1 tablespoon olive oil

 

1/2 teaspoon salt

 

4 slices bacon, crisp-cooked and crumbled

 

1/2 cup finely chopped green onion

 

Combine broth, turnips, lentils, onion, carrots, bell pepper, oregano and red pepper flakes in a Crock-Pot; mix well. Cover; cook on LOW 6 hours or on HIGH 3 hours or until lentils are tender.

 

Stir in oil and salt. Sprinkle each serving with bacon and green onions.

 

Recipe from Crock-Pot, The Original Slow Cooker Recipe Collection

 

 

Garlic:

40 Cloves of Garlic Chicken

 

 

1 whole chicken (broiler/fryer) cut into 8 pieces

1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil

10 sprigs fresh thyme

40 peeled cloves garlic

Salt and pepper

 

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Season chicken with salt and pepper. Toss with a 2 tablespoons olive oil and brown on both sides in a wide fry pan or skillet over high heat. Remove from heat, add oil, thyme, and garlic cloves. Cover and bake for 1 1/2 hours.
Remove chicken from the oven, let rest for 5 to 10 minutes, carve, and serve.

Recipe from http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/40-cloves-and-a-chicken-recipe/index.html#!?oc=linkback

 

Honey:

 

Honey Cocoa Bites

 

 

 

2 Tablespoons Honey

3 1/2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil

 

 

4-5 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder

 

Grease mini muffin tins. Mix ingredients until smooth (if lumpy, heat until smooth). Pour into muffin tins. Refrigerate until hard. Store leftovers in refrigerator.

Recipe from my friend Paulina

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Doing the BD with my DH while TTC hoping for a BFP

When texting became all the rage, cell phone users had to learn a whole new language in order to understand one another. Some texting abbreviations like LOL (laughing out loud) have become so common place, Merriam-Webster’s has even added them to its dictionary. Newbies to the trying to conceive world, typically abbreviated as TTC, may face the same confusion when confronted with the numerous TTC abbreviations. TTC abbreviations will show up all over the Internet including on blogs, forums, websites, and sometimes people even use them in face-to-face conversations.I’ve compiled some of the most common TTC abbreviations I have run across, along with their meanings:Numerous acronyms exist for communicating online.

2 WW – Two Week Wait (Luteal Phase – 14 days after ovulation)
AF – Aunt Flo (menstruation, period)
BBT – Basal Body Temperature
BD – Baby Dance (Sex)
BFN – Big Fat Negative (on a pregnancy test)
BFP – Big Fat Positive (on a pregnancy test)
CB – Cycle Buddy – Same cycle day as yourself!
CM – Cervical Mucus
DH – Dear Husband
DP – Dancing Partner (spouse or significant other)
DPO – Days Past Ovulation
DUST – Pregnant women or mothers sprinkle pregnancy dust on TTCers
EDD – Estimated Due Date
HPT – Home Pregnancy Test
IUI – Intrauterine Insemination
IVF – In Vitro Fertilization
LP – Luteal Phase (days between ovulation and menstruation)
O or OV – Ovulation
OPK – Ovulation Predictor Kit
RE – Reproductive endocrinologist – doctor who specializes in fertility problems

For more lists of TTC acronyms, check out Trying to Conceive and Momaroo

Can Past Birth Control Methods Impact Fertility

imagesMy husband and I are in the midst of choosing the right permanent birth control method as we feel our family is complete with the three beautiful, healthy children God has blessed us with. Even with that complete feeling we are finding it very difficult to make such a final decision about our ability to produce children. Especially with working so close with woman experiencing the struggles of infertility it feels wrong to voluntarily make the decision to end my own fertility. I have nothing against most permanent forms of birth control, I am just struggling to take that step for my family. While this has been at the forefront of my mind for the past few weeks, I also have wondered how past methods of birth control could impact fertility in general. So began researching and this is what I found.

1- Birth Control methods generally do not cause infertility issues.

According to FertilityAuthority.com, Fernando Gomez, M.D. of the Reproductive Medicine Institute in Orlando, Florida, says there is no scientific evidence that birth control pills cause infertility. “This idea is a common misconception of patients using birth control pills for prolonged periods of time. Birth control pills are the most effective reversible therapy to avoid an unwanted pregnancy.”

2- Some Birth Control methods can actually increase fertility.

In the same article, Dr. Gomez continues, “In fact, since birth control pills inhibit ovulation, some studies have suggested that the use of birth control pills may have a positive effect on preserving women’s ovarian reserve, the number of eggs available for ovulation.”

3- Birth Control Pills can mask signs of infertility.

Because of the way birth control pills regulate monthly cycles, some women may not see signs and symptoms of infertility until after they discontinue use. (infertility.about.com )

4- Obviously the decision to use permanent birth control methods should be made carefully as the chances for conception after most procedures is less than 1%. (contraception.about.com)

Resolve to get pregnant this year!

Happy New Year from all of us in the Key to Conceive family! Resolve that this year will be the year your baby dreams come true! ToConceive wants to help you achieve your resolution of getting pregnant this year and is offering you 15% off your next order.

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