Is Coffee Really That Bad for Fertility?

Is Coffee Really That Bad for Fertility?

If you’re trying to get pregnant, then chances are you’ve heard the rumor that coffee is bad for fertility. Some believe a cup a day won’t hurt while others strongly advise you to stay away from caffeine altogether. So, which is it?

Dr. Randine Lewis, a fertility acupuncturist, suggests to stay away from caffeinated beverages and thinks green tea is a much better choice. Another medicine practitioner, Iva Keene cautions that coffee can cause stress, which we all know is very bad for fertility. She believes that even a tiny cup can cut your chances of conceiving in half. So is it worth the risk to you? Perhaps it’s worth biting the bullet and going caffeine free.

What Exactly is a Female Pelvic Ultrasound & How to Know When You Need One

What Exactly is a Female Pelvic Ultrasound & How to Know When You Need One

The term transvaginal ultrasound can be a scary one, especially when you don’t know what it is. Jaime Herndon and Valenicia Higuera write a medical article, reviewed by Judith Marcin, MD, to inform you of what it is and when a transvaginal ultrasound is performed. They also share tips on preparing for this type of ultrasound and what exactly occurs during the process. Find out about the risk factors in their article and make sure you aren’t experiencing any of the symptoms that may be telling you to you need a transvaginal ultrasound.

The 4 Steps of IVF

The 4 Steps of IVF

If you’re having significant difficulties getting pregnant, then in vitro fertilization may be the route for you. This can be a scary decision to make however, especially if you are unfamiliar with the process. Couples always hear about how much it costs or how long it may take, but rarely what your body goes through to find pregnancy success.

Step 1: Ovulation induction

Your fertility specialist will monitor your ovaries and the timing of the egg release before and during the ivf process. During this step, the doctor ensures that your ovaries are producing eggs and that your hormone levels are normal. Having several eggs available for ivf will increase your chances of getting pregnant.

Step 2: Egg retrieval
Just as a heads up, pain medication is given to reduce any discomfort. A very thin needle is passed through the upper vaginal wall. With the use of vaginal ultrasound, fluid is removed from the follicles under gentle-suction. The oocyte is isolated from the follicular fluid directly after this and is placed in a dis containing nutrient media and transferred to the incubator.

Step 3: Fertilization
Next, a sperm sample is taken either from your partner or a donor to be mixed with the egg in a special chamber. Then, the sperm and the egg are placed in an incubator to be monitored to ensure a healthy embryo develops.

Step 4: Embryo transfer and implantation
In the final step, the embryos are first examined to select the healthiest one for transfer. A speculum is placed into your vagina and the embryos are transferred through the cervix into the uterine cavity. And now the ivf process is complete and bed rest is advised for 24 hours.

In just a few weeks, you’ll be able to take a pregnancy test to hopefully find that the process worked although that isn’t the case for everyone. Now that you have a better idea of what all goes into the procedure, you can have a peace of mind making your decision!

Beat Infertility & Get Pregnant Naturally

Beat Infertility & Get Pregnant Naturally

While looking for ways to finance fertility treatments, Wellness Mama has decided to come up with a plan to reverse infertility naturally without draining your bank account. Although you should check with your doctor to address any potentially threatening health issues. Then you can work towards addressing nutrition, supplements and lifestyle changes that can really help in the long run. Check out what she has to say about the rise in infertility, what causes it and of course, how to reverse infertility.

Celebrity Moms Speak Up About Infertility

Celebrity Moms Speak Up About Infertility

Many celebrities have bravely opened up about their battle with infertility and how they got to their ultimate goal of having children. Infertility affects 7 million women in the United States and famous mamas are among that group.

Any “Friends” fans is familiar with Monica and Chandler’s infertility struggles that broke the hearts of every fan watching this real-life situation unfold before their very eyes. In fact, Courtney Cox’s actual struggle became the inspiration behind this story line. After several miscarriages, Cox finally became successful with IVF and was able to give birth to her daughter Coco in 2004. She’s not alone! Celine Dion battled infertility for 6 years before turning to IVF to finally give birth to twin boys Eddy and Nelson in 2010 at the age of 42. It wasn’t smooth sailing for her and her husband though because he fought low sperm count and Dion went through 6 rounds of IVF and one miscarriage before giving birth. The View co-host, Sherri Shepherd, experienced a similar situation and experienced success with IVF at the age of 38 when she gave birth to twins, too!

Though their lives may seem glamorous, many celebrities are just like ordinary people when it comes to facing these trying situations of bearing children. These are just examples of a few but there are many celebrities that have struggled and are struggling now with infertility. Listen to their stories for some inspiration!

Coping With Fertility Problems

Coping With Fertility Problems

The thought of not being able to have children can cause a roller coaster of emotions from blaming yourself and thinking something’s wrong with you to not knowing when to give up. The pressure to raise a family is huge, especially when it’s something you desperately want. Trying to cope with the reality of how difficult and stressful it is can be near impossible. I know, you may not want to hear it but mental health professions have come up with strategies to coping with infertility that really works.

What You Should Know Before Undergoing IVF

What You Should Know Before Undergoing IVF

If you’re considering undergoing IVF, then chances are you are the 1 in every 6 couples experiencing infertility. Being diagnosed with infertility is often unexpected and entirely devastating. The good news is there are options- and great ones at that. Procedures such as IVF offers hope for those who desperately want children. Before you embark on this journey though, there are some things you should know.

1. Infertility is not uncommon
Like we mentioned before, 1 in every 6 couples is affected by infertility. According to CreateHealth.org, 40% of the causes are related to the women, 40% related to the man and 20% results from a combination of both.

2. There are different types of IVF available
Many other less drug-intense forms of treatment are offered if you’d prefer to not go through the high-drug conventional method of IVF.

3. You may need more than one cycle of treatment
You probably already knew this fact but just in case. The success rates of IVF are an average of 35% so you may need to undergo a number of treatments before successfully becoming pregnant. These rates are certainly expected to improve but it’s very important to prepare mentally, physically and financially that you may need multiple treatment cycles.

There is plenty to know about IVF before committing to treatments for who knows how long. Educate yourself and always ask your doctor any questions or discuss concerns you may have.

Naturally Increasing Male’s Low Sperm Count

Naturally Increasing Male’s Low Sperm Count

Many people think that if a couple is struggling to conceive or can’t at all then there must be an issue with the woman’s fertility. Truth is, men play a large role in this as well. There is an equal chance that a male’s infertility can cause difficulty for a couple when trying to get pregnant. Though women have many ways of finding out the root of the issue, men only have a couple. Natural Fertility Info discusses the causes of low sperm count, diet and nutrition for healthy male fertility, hormone balance, herbs for male fertility and sperm health, and much more.

Going Into Debt for IVF: Is It Worth It?

Going Into Debt for IVF: Is It Worth It?

While you may not realize it, bearing your own child is a luxury that many couples are not fortunate enough to experience on their own. It’s a difficult and trying struggle with many factors contributing to why this may be. Perhaps one of the biggest considerations and struggles is financial difficulties. So the question is, is going into debt for IVF worth it? The answer is totally up to you.

The costs of fertility treatments can totally blindside you and your partner. While you can assume to be in $25,000 of debt after, this money will mean nothing when you hold your baby for the first time. Desperately wanting something bad enough can put things into a different perspective and makes you see things differently- typically stuff most people take for granted. After experiencing this journey, you’ll realize just how precious creating life really is.

A Strong Woman’s Tale of Her Genetic Disorder

A Strong Woman’s Tale of Her Genetic Disorder

A woman named Jennifer Gerson Uffalussy found out she had the single-gene genetic disorder Tay-Sachs that is fatal for children born with it. This rare disease is absolutely nothing to worry about unless your partner is also a carrier, which the odds are one in a million… except for Jennifer. Her story of what she learned while battling infertility on top of her disease as well as tackling the cost of IVF will be your daily dose of inspiration.