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Trying to Conceive: How to Increase Cervical Mucus

Prenatal TestsOvulation kits are great, but there’s one easy way to check out if you’re fertile – your cervical mucus. The changes in those secretions in your cervix play a huge role in your fertility and ovulation. During your fertile time, cervical mucus aids and helps sperm swim through the cervix to reach their final destination.

When you’re fertile, you will be moist and sticky. Your cervical mucus will be white or creamy, and it breaks easily when you stretch it between your fingers. When your cervical mucus is thin, watery, transparent and has a similar consistency as an egg white, that’s when you are at your most fertile and most likely to conceive if you have unprotected sex.

During the parts of the month when you’re feeling dry down there, you aren’t fertile. Not having much cervical mucus may also be a sign of a fertility problem. It could mean that you’re not ovulating, and this is especially true if you are missing periods or your cycle is irregular.

There are many reasons why you not be producing enough cervical mucus, including stress; how old you are (in your 30s and 40s, your fertility decreases and your days of having stretchy, slippery, fertile cervical mucus also decreases); lower estrogen levels; side effects of medications, and other reasons.

If you’re looking to increase your cervical mucus, the following may help improve the amount of cervical mucus: [click to continue…]


Green Tea and Fertility – Will Drinking Tea Help Me Get Pregnant?

Green Tea and Trying to Get PregnantIf you’re trying to get pregnant, you can desperate to try anything for a baby. Why not enjoy a hot, relaxing cup of green tea? There is some research that drinking green tea can boost your fertility and potentially improve your chances of getting pregnant.

For thousands of years, humans have consumed and enjoyed tea. Today, it’s the second most consumed beverage in the world, with water being the first.
Not only is tea soothing, but it has medicinal purposes as well. Green tea, in particular, is one of the healthiest varieties of teas.

Green tea, first cultivated in ancient China, is packed full of unique antioxidants, which protect you against free radicals that can cause cancer, heart and cardiovascular disease.

There is some research that suggests that polyphenols and hypoxanthine – the two main ingredients found in green tea – are correlated to a higher chance of having viable embryos. Studies have indicated that these two compounds can help egg maturation, which may lead to your eggs being more fertile. [click to continue…]


Why is My Period Late?

Late PeriodMy period is always on time – always! – but a few weeks ago, when I went on vacation, overseas, I found myself panicking. My period was late. And not only by a few days, but over a week late.

I knew I wasn’t pregnant, but the idea of having a baby completely scared me. Like most of you, pregnancy is a life-changing event and one of the scariest experiences if you’re not planning on having a baby anytime soon. I mean, having a baby is a game changer (and really expensive too boot.)

Fortunately, my period came and went, and I realized it was all the stress and the few extra pounds I had put on, due to the holidays and yummy holiday food I was binging on, and my oversea travels that threw my body for a loop. I went 52 days from one period to the next – so it definitely freaked me out! [click to continue…]


Uterus Transplants: Innovative, but Controversial

Uterus Transplants

For every medical problem, scientists and researchers are constantly striving to find an solution. For women who’ve had a hysterectomy due to cancer and disease, or for women who were born without uteruses, Swedish doctors have a answer – uterus transplants.

Although uterine transplants aren’t a new medical concept, Swedish doctors have performed what they claim to be the first mother-to-daughter live uterus transplants that they believe could allow infertile women to bear children.
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How Long Does It Take to Become Pregnant?

how long does it take to get pregnant

In a perfect world, becoming pregnant would be as easy as having unprotected sex and a few weeks later, you find out you’ve conceived. In reality, getting pregnant is a trickier process and there are a variety of things that can interfere with ovulation and conception – such as illness, your age, how often you ovulate, your husband’s sperm motility, and stress.

Not all couples will conceive on their first try, or even during the first month of trying. It can take years for you to get pregnant.

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How Early Can I Test for Pregnancy?

how early can you test for pregnancy

Testing for pregnancy can bring about a wide range of emotions. From nervousness, to excitement, to happiness to sadness, finding out that you are pregnant is one of the most life-changing experiences a woman can have. So, it makes sense that most of us want to know about a pregnancy as early (and as accurately) as possible.

If you want to know if you are pregnant, taking a home pregnancy test is a crucial first step. But how early can you test for pregnancy?

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Faint Line on a Pregnancy Test – Am I Pregnant?

Pregnancy test Results FaintYou’ve noticed a faint line on the pregnancy test you’ve just taken, and you’re wondering, “Am I pregnant?”

Reading the results of a home pregnancy test should be easy, but it’s not always. Newer digital pregnancy tests, like the one from Clearblue Easy, make it simple to interpret your results. The window will say either “Pregnant” or “Not Pregnant.” If you’re using a traditional home pregnancy test – like the ones that show a line, or a symptom (plus or minus), understanding your results can be a bit trickier.

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Implantation Bleeding or Period?

Implantation Bleeding

Implantation bleeding, or is it a period? This article will answer your questions about implantation bleeding symptoms, normal colors, what heavy implantation bleeding means, and more.

Implantation bleeding can be mistaken for a normal period, especially for women trying to conceive. Even if you aren’t actively wanting to get pregnant, but you’ve missed your period and are now experiencing light spotting, you may be worried and asking yourself – “Is this Implantation Bleeding or a Period?” It can definitely be confusing, and worrisome, as implantation bleeding is one of the very first signs of pregnancy.

Women with irregular periods can also easily confuse implantation bleeding for a period, because sometimes, when you have irregular menstrual cycles, you don’t always have a regular flow. Some months can be lighter than others, and this can definitely make you worried about whether or not you’re pregnant.

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Why Take Prenatal Vitamins When Trying to Get Pregnant?

Vitamins when Trying to Get PregnantWhen you’re trying to conceive, you should start taking prenatal vitamins every day. Although we normally associate prenatal multivitamins with pregnant women, studies have shown that women trying to get pregnant can also benefit from taking these vitamins.

Although you can meet your nutritional needs through a balanced and healthy diet, busy family lives and demanding careers can make healthy eating nearly impossible. Most women don’t get all the nutrients and vitamins that their body needs by food alone. They need a prenatal vitamin to improve their odds of getting pregnant.

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