Fertility

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5 Foods to Avoid for Fertility

5 Foods to Avoid for Fertility

Trying to conceive is, in a lot of ways, all about the little things. From timing the baby dance to counting days in between your periods, getting pregnant can be full of details. Taking the right vitamin or herbal supplements and eating fertility friendly foods are just some of the components to successfully becoming pregnant. On the other side of things, though, there are foods to avoid. These foods aren’t necessarily harmful or unhealthy, the just can delay you from getting pregnant or even keep you from getting pregnant altogether. Here are five of the most unfriendly foods for fertility: Peas. There is a natural chemical in peas known as m-xylohydroquinone that may keep you from getting pregnant. Research on...

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Will My Cervical Mucus Change When I Become Pregnant?

Will My Cervical Mucus Change When I Become Pregnant?

Your cervix produces cervical mucus throughout your monthly cycle. The quantity and characteristics will vary based on where you are in your menstrual cycle. The most notable variety of cervical mucus is the type that appears right before you ovulate. When your body has it’s highest levels of estrogen, right before ovulation, your cervical mucus should resemble egg whites. Cervical Mucus Before Pregnancy Your cervical mucus' consistency and color changes through your menstrual cycle. You will notice changes in color and texture. After your period has occurred, you won’t have cervical mucus for anywhere from three to five days. However, once this time has passed, you will begin to notice small amounts of cervical mucus that is sticky and range...

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Can You Get Pregnant While on Birth Control?

Can You Get Pregnant While on Birth Control?

Your odds of getting pregnant while on birth control depends on the type of birth control that you are using, as well as how you are using that birth control.  Assuming that you are taking your birth control exactly as prescribed for you, you will only have a one in 1000 chance of getting pregnant, or a 0.1 percent chance. If however, you forget to take one or more pills during a month, or if you take a pill too late in the day, then your chances of getting pregnant rise to 5 percent, or 1 in 20, according to Palo Alto Medical Foundation. IUDs are among the most effective forms of birth control. While there is a small chance...

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What Are The Chances of Getting Pregnant After A Vasectomy or Tubal Ligation?

What Are The Chances of Getting Pregnant After A Vasectomy or Tubal Ligation?

  Surgical sterilization is an extremely effective method of preventing pregnancy.  However, neither male sterilization (called a vasectomy) nor female sterilization (called a tubal ligation), is 100% effective. When a man gets a vasectomy, it doesn't mean that he's guaranteed never to conceive a child. There is a failure rate for vasectomies of between half a percent and one percent. The time of most risk after a man has a vasectomy is in those first few months after it happens. Usually, your doctor will have you go through a number of tests of your semen in the weeks and the months after your vasectomy. The purpose of these, of course, is to check your semen for the presence of sperm....

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Getting Pregnant on a Budget

As you know by now, there have been some truly amazing technological advances in the world of fertility over the past couple of decades. What we only dreamed to be possible half a century ago is today a common fact. While not everyone who’s having trouble getting pregnant can see their dreams come through thanks to technology, a great deal of them can. Unfortunately, all of that fertility technology is expensive. Even if you have medical insurance, in many cases fertility treatments may not be covered. If you wind up choosing an advanced procedure such as IVF, you’re looking at investing thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars in the hopes that, one day, you’ll be able to have...

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Are Kegel Exercises Important for Conception?

Are Kegel Exercises Important for Conception?

  If you are a woman then you have certainly heard of kegel exercises. Whether you do them or not is another story, but we have all read about them in women's magazines, on the Internet, and even heard our friends talk about them. However, are they important for conception? In general, Kegel exercises are used to strengthen a woman’s vaginal and pelvic floor muscles. It is important for these muscles to be strong during pregnancy because they will better be able to support the uterus. Kegel exercises probably won’t do much for conception, although they can be used during sex for added pleasure. They do a lot for pregnant women during their pregnancy and childbirth though. If you are...

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Can Illegal Drug Use Affect My Fertility?

Can Illegal Drug Use Affect My Fertility?

  It has been well documented that illegal drug use can have a negative impact on a person’s life and wellbeing. In fact, the health implications are drastically increased with each use. Side effects can vary between users but most illegal drug use has documented profound implications – from addiction, lung problems (like emphysema and COPD), destruction of brain cells, learning disabilities, and even death. Unfortunately, for many trying to conceive, using illegal drugs could also bring on the difficulty in both getting pregnant and carrying a baby to term.   Marijuana and Your Fertility Marijuana can cause issues with fertility in any stage; from trying to conceive to carrying a healthy baby to full term.  Repeated usage of marijuana...

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Evening Primrose Oil (EPO) - Its Role In Trying to Conceive

Evening Primrose Oil (EPO) - Its Role In Trying to Conceive

What Is Evening Primrose Oil (EPO)? Evening primrose oil has been used to help women with fertility, and with menstrual issues, for hundreds of years. This oil has been cold-pressed from the seeds of the Oenothera biennis (evening primrose) plant, which is, strangely, not a primrose at all, but gets its name from the fact that the flower looks similar to English Primrose. Its healing properties were first discovered in Medieval Europe when it was called the “King’s cure-all” because it helped fight many ailments and illnesses. Currently, it is still used to help with a variety of physical issues - everything from eczema to high blood pressure to fertility issues and pre-menstrual syndrome. It is even used as a...

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Can The Day Of Conception Determine A Baby's Gender?

Can The Day Of Conception Determine A Baby's Gender?

  There are tons of old wives tales out there that you have most likely dismissed as being just a tale, like how the day of conception can determine a baby’s gender. If you want particular sex for your baby, the day of conception can help you to determine what sex your baby will be.  What Determines Gender? Your male partner’s sperm determines the gender of your baby. Each of his sperm has either male or female traits, and the one that reaches the egg first decides which sex the baby will become. In other words, if a sperm with male chromosomes reaches the egg first, a baby boy will be conceived. If the sperm with female chromosomes reaches the...

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What Is A Chemical Pregnancy?

What Is A Chemical Pregnancy?

Article discusses what a chemical pregnancy is, common reasons they happen, and the difference between a chemical pregnancy and a miscarriage.

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