Join us for National Infertility Awareness Week!

This year’s National Infertility Awareness Week follows the theme of “you are not alone.”  ToConceive wants to Hope is...reiterate to couples who are struggling to conceive that they are NOT in this fight alone. Along with amazing national groups like RESOLVE, ToConceive wants to rally around couples and offer them hope and support.

In honor of the 2015 NIAW, ToConceive will be giving away 15 bottles of ToConceive each day through our Facebook page in support of the 1 in 8 couples struggling with infertility. Additionally, ToConceive wants to put a face on infertility and throughout the week will be highlighting infertility success stories, sharing additional resources and educating the general public on infertility issues.

Join us in spreading awareness and hope!

Thinking of Men this June

Following is a guest post from one of our great partners, Don’t Cook Your Balls.

Men are supermen, right? They are impervious to all danger and illness. At the top of his game, a man is a force to be reckoned with, a superhero in his own right. Able to move heavy objects, sprint at high speeds and burn midnight oil to get the job done. But life wears us all out. With time, late nights drinking with the guys aren’t so easy the next day. A stressful job and long commute makes him want to crash on the couch rather than hitting the gym. Sometimes it can be hard to get a good night’s sleep.

spermWhy care about men’s health?

As life takes its toll on a man’s body, he just deals with it. Silently, as a society we’ve created a gender gap in health. Men are more likely to die younger, deal with more illnesses and receive less medical treatment than women. They are also more likely to face their health in isolation as they have smaller support networks and are less likely to ask for help.

Men’s Health Month

Championed by the Men’s Health Network, a non-profit that “reaches men where they live, work, play and pray”, Men’s Health Month is a dedicated opportunity to build awareness about men’s health issues. Here are some of the events that will be happening:

  • It’s a Guy Thing Fertility Summit – Kristen Magnacca Darcy and Don’t Cook your Balls have teamed up to offer a free 5 day online summit dedicated to all the issues surrounding male fertility. It is designed to help couples struggling with male fertility issues to learn more about the condition and connect to key resources to support their journey. It will cover key topics such as testosterone and fertility, varicocele – treat or not to treat, advanced treatment options for azoospermia, tips and tricks to communicating with your wife, what to do when biology won’t cooperate.
  • The Drive for Men’s Health – Dr’s Jamin Brahmbhatt and Sijo Parekattil, are leaving the operating room behind and taking to the highway to spread the word about men’s health issues. The two urologists and robotic surgeons have planned the first even Drive for Men’s Health event, traveling from Central Florida to NYC in an all-electric Tesla vehicle. The purpose of the Drive For Men’s Health is to encourage men to make their health a priority. Throughout the drive, the physicians will broadcast live through Google Glass in order to discuss men’s health issues, as well as related partners and sponsors.

There are many more great Men’s Health events happening throughout the country. Check out the official Men’s Health Month calendar to learn more.

Get Involved

Recent studies show that a man’s fertility can be a good indicator of his future health. Nearly all the health risks associated with chronic disease and early death — such as obesity, smoking, poor diet, high stress, lack of exercise and the like — have also been shown to impair sperm production. As our small part to raise awareness around this important issue, Don’t Cook your Balls is sponsoring a campaign to raise money and awareness for Men’s Health.

You can help! By simply posting a picture to facebook, twitter or instagram, you can raise awareness about men’s health issues AND raise money to support free health screenings for men.

What to do

  1. Take a picture: of something that is bad for your testicular health (smoking, tight pants, hottubs, a donut, you get the idea) with the phase “don’t cook your balls” somewhere in the picture
  2. Post the picture to facebook, twitter or instagram with the hashtag #dontcookyourballs
  3. Ask friends to like, share and retweet

During the month of June, for every picture posted that is tagged with #dontcookyourballs, $0.50 will be donated to the Men’s Health Network to support free health screenings for men. Posts with the most likes, favorites and retweets will be awarded weekly prizes, while the most popular post of the month will receive a grand prize.

Hard Habit to Break

No Smoking SignWhile they don’t seem that detrimental, many of our daily bad habits can have far-reaching negative affects, especially on fertility. If you’re struggling to conceive or thinking about trying to conceive in the future, it’s worth the work to try and break your bad habits as soon as possible to give yourself the best possible chance of conception. An article in the Huffington Post outlined some of the most common bad habits that can have a negative effect on fertility:

Stress–A recent study by the Ohio State University provided the scientific data to back what we already knew–stress can cause infertility.

Being Overweight or Underweight–even a little extra weight can cause hormone shifts that affect ovulation and semen production and being underweight can mean irregular periods.

Smoking–this bad habit is not only bad for your overall health, it can cause major fertility issues and pregnancy issues if you continue to smoke once you do conceive.

Caffeine–too much caffeine, whether through coffee, pop or tea, can inhibit your chances of conception, so cut back if you can.

Using the Wrong Lubricant–most lubricants are actually spermicidal and kill any chances of conception. This is where ToConceive can help! Our ToConceive product is a gel that certainly has lubricant properties to it and feels like other lubricants, but it is much more.  Our product stimulates a woman’s body to increase the production of transudate, a natural lubrication that dissolves the immobilizing cholesterol from the sperm and creates an enzyme to allow the sperm to fertilize the ovum. This process can only be achieved with transudate and is called Sperm Capacitation. This essential capacitation step is inadequate or missing in many couples due to the women’s limited production of transudate.

 

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Don’t Forget….March Madness is now Maternity Madness!

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ToConceive wants to help those couples TTC to get a slam dunk and achieve their dream of pregnancy. We’re offering $15 off any 1-bottle order or $25 off any 3-bottle order till April 7.

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New advancements in IVF and sperm capacitation

Here at Key to Conceive, we talk a lot of about sperm capacitation because it’s such an important part in the conception process. I thought it would be a good idea to review sperm capacitation because it is so important. Also, recently, researchers have made more discoveries on the importance of sperm capacitation. (You can read all about the new discoveries here.)

sperm-capacitationMany 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.

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.

 

 

 

 

An All Natural Solution to Infertility

mentholleafAt the beginning of the year my sister-in-law inspired me to start eating a healthier diet, namely an all-natural diet, cutting out as many preservatives and additives as possible. At first I wasn’t so convinced that it really mattered- people have been eating these things for years and they seem fine. But the more I read, the more I think that I may be wrong. Although I am so thankful to live in a place and a time where I can easily access something to nurture my body, do prepared and boxed foods really nurture my body? I wonder how much healthier a life I could live if all my food came straight from the earth, from the livestock, etc. without being processed, packaged and stored. I have no plans or even any desire to start a vegetable farm or raise any kind of farm animal, but I do like to know where my food is coming from and how close it is to its peak quality. Similarly, I also like to know what types of ingredients I am putting into or on my body when I choose vitamins, medications, lotions and so forth.  That is one reason I stand behind the ToConceive product so firmly. The ingredients are not only all natural, but the use of the product causes the female body to stimulate the production of her own sexual arousal Natural Conception  Lubrication, which in turn allows her body to naturally continue the conception process. The ingredients are all derived from natural plants and are only pharmaceutical grade ingredients.

I absolutely understand that not everyone will be able to achieve a natural conception due to different medical problems, but if a natural conception can be achieved, ToConceive can safely play a part in making that happen. For a much more detailed scientific explanation of the natural conception process and how ToConcieve fits into that, please visit our website. http://www.keytoconceive.com.

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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