10 Things Your Fertility Doctor Wants You To Know About Getting Pregnant Right Now

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Unless you’re actively trying to get pregnant, there’s a good chance you know more about what it takes to prevent pregnancy than to conceive. Whether you’re ready for a baby or think you might like to have one someday, health-care professionals say it’s time to learn. As Dr. Sharon Vorona, physician and medical director of Figure 1 — an app that lets health-care providers share photos and info related to their cases with each other for discussion — tells Cosmopolitan.com, “If you know that it’s something that you want in your life, then it’s good to have an understanding of the science behind ovulation and the factors that affect fertility.” Ahead, ten things that you should know about fertility and trying to conceive, or TTC, right now.


It’s not you… It’s him: The other side of infertility

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It comes as a shock to most men when they find out it’s their health issues that are stopping them becoming fathers – but male infertility is far more common than people think. As a new IVF study suggests boys can inherit fertility problems from their dads, is it time to shift the spotlight away from women and their biological clocks and onto men (more…)

How A Man’s Biological Clock Ticks

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I was 40 years old when I had my first child and 42 with my second, so the biological clock was a favorite topic of my physicians plus well meaning family and friends. Not once, however, through seven IVFs and four miscarriages, was my husband’s age raised as a red flag, even though he was beginning his fourth decade at the same time he was trying to begin a family. (more…)

Relationship Survival On Infertility Island

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Going through infertility often means an added layer of stress—emotionally, physically, and financially. It means having to problem solve a problem that often times is “unexplained,” or that has very few desirable solutions. If you are in a relationship, it also means you and your partner may not always be on the same page about what to do next, which can add yet another layer of stress to the situation. Sounds glorious, doesn’t it?  (more…)

What Are The Do’s and Don’ts When Trying to Conceive?

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A principle that health care professionals can agree upon – and one that is supported by common sense – is that a couple should make healthy choices while they are trying to conceive. Exercise, a healthy diet and avoiding potentially harmful substances like drugs and alcohol are all wise choices to create the healthiest possible environment for a baby. But specific recommendations vary, and studies differ about the hazards of some practices while trying to conceive. Drinking and smoking are two of the most common questions couples face, and we want to help you make the best choice for your situation.