Watch What You Eat if You’re Trying to Conceive

Watch What You Eat if You’re Trying to Conceive

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Science now suggests that eating organic and avoiding pesticides may result in a healthy pregnancy.

If you’re trying to get pregnant, you may want to think less about what you’re doing in the bedroom and more about what you’re doing in the kitchen. Recent scientific research suggests that a diet that favors organic foods over one’s contaminated with pesticides may make a difference.

  • Studies have shown that women who consume organic foods have fewer fertility issues
  • Pesticides may be harming you in more ways than one
  • What we can do to protect ourselves and our family’s health

 

It’s Time to Shop Organic

An organic diet may truly be the way to go

It turns out, you should watch what you eat! A recent study by Harvard researchers have shown that women who consume organic foods have fewer fertility issues. Published in the Journals of the American Medical Association, these scientists looked at 325 women at a fertility clinic who regularly ate pesticide-infested foods. The results? Compared to the women who ate organically, the pesticide consumers experienced lower success rates with IVF treatments. The organic eaters found benefits of increased fertility overall and a lower risk of pregnancy loss. Pediatricians like Dr. Phillip Landrigan find this new research to be very helpful, insisting educating and taking political action is the necessary next step. “Encourage our patients to eat organic,” Dr. Landrigan said,  “and educate elected officials and other policymakers about the hazards of pesticides.”

 

The Dangers of Pesticides

Infertility, cancer, and more

As humans become more and more accustomed to various chemicals in their lives, scientists have begun to look into the effects they may be causing. Since the introduction of genetically modified organisms or GMOs, humans have been exposed to glyphosate (a chemical most commonly found in weed killers) by an increase of over 500%. What does this mean? A study in Time magazine linked glyphosate to liver disease in rats– and people have over 100 times that amount in their own bloodstream. Unfortunately, that’s not all. It is likely that glyphosate is a carcinogen, or at least the World Health Organization thinks so. Their International Agency for Research on Cancer recently found a link between advanced levels of glyphosate and acute myeloid leukemia.

 

How to Protect the One’s You Love

Put yourself and your family first

Now you know, but what can you do? The first step is to begin a diet of organic fruits and vegetables and turn it into a lifestyle. The second is to take steps towards a solution: demanding regulation of the pesticide industry and political representatives who agree. It is no secret that more regulation is needed to protect ourselves and our loved ones from potentially dangerous chemicals in our environment. Health comes first, and pesticides currently threaten that, thanks to these recent scientific discoveries.

Whether you are only just finding out about the potential dangers of chemicals and pesticides or have known about them for awhile, science is helping us discover the truth about what we are actually putting into our bodies. The search doesn’t stop here!

Donor’s eggs: A Personal Story

Donor’s eggs: A Personal Story

When Julie Schlomer got the news that she was finally pregnant at the age of 43, her thoughts went to the other mothers she had come to know. There were three of them in all, and they shared an extraordinary bond made possible by 21st century medicine and marketing.

All the mothers were carrying half-siblings.

Under a cost-saving program offered by Rockville, Md.-based Shady Grove Fertility, the women split 21 eggs harvested from a single donor who had blue eyes, was dark-haired, and had a master’s degree in teaching. Each of the women had the eggs fertilized with her partner’s sperm and then transferred to her womb. Schlomer gave birth to twins, a son and daughter, now 3. She hopes her children will one day connect with their genetic half-siblings. “I would love to see pictures of the other kids, to talk to them,” Schlomer said.

The multibillion-dollar fertility industry is booming, and their experiments with business models are changing the American family in new ways. Would-be parents seeking donor eggs and sperm can pick and choose from long checklists of physical and intellectual characteristics. Clinics now offer volume discounts, package deals and 100 percent guarantees for babymaking that are raising complicated ethical and legal questions.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 12 percent of American women 15 to 55 — 7.3 million — have used some sort of fertility service, and because of that the use of assisted reproductive fertility technologies has doubled in the past decade. In 2015, these procedures resulted in nearly 73,000 babies — 1.6 percent of all U.S. births.

Most couples use their own eggs and sperm, turning to doctors to facilitate pregnancy through techniques such as in vitro fertilization. But the use of donor gametes is on the rise. The donor-egg industry, in particular, has taken off in the past decade with the development of a safe and reliable egg-freezing process. The number of attempted pregnancies with donor eggs has soared from 1,800 in 1992 to almost 21,200 in 2015.

In the United States, the industry remains largely self-regulated, and because of that a group of donor-conceived adults documented numerous ethical lapses in the industry, including donors who lied to prospective parents about their health histories and other qualifications. They called on the Food and Drug Administration to provide more oversight of the “cryobanks” that gather, store and sell the precious sperm and eggs used.

The Food and Drug Administration said it is reviewing the matter, but cannot predict when it will have a response in the near future because of other FDA priorities. In the meantime, the business of assisted reproduction remains a mostly unregulated frontier. Shady Grove Fertility, the nation’s largest clinic, offers refunds if couples don’t go home with a baby. New Hope Fertility in New York City held a lottery earlier this year that awarded 30 couples a $30,000 round of IVF. And the California IVF Fertility Center is pioneering what some refer to as the “Costco model” of babymaking, creating batches of embryos using donor eggs and sperm that can be shared among several different families. Prospective parents can filter and sort potential donors by race and ethnic background, hair and eye color, and education level. They also can get much more personal information such as audio of the donor’s voice, photos of the donor as a child and as an adult, and written responses to questions that read like college-application essays.

A prescreened vial of sperm sells for as little as $400 and can be shipped via FedEx. A set of donor eggs (as many as 30, depending on the donor) can cost $10,000 or more to compensate for the risky and invasive medical procedure required to harvest eggs from the donor’s ovaries.

For Schlomer and her husband, before they decided to use donor eggs, they had been trying to have a baby for two years. Their insurance paid for early infertility treatments, but nothing worked. The couple, from Lexington Park, Md., about 60 miles east of Washington on the Chesapeake Bay, was psychologically ready to take the next step. But a set of eggs and up to six attempts at embryo transfers cost $55,000–none of it covered by insurance.

But as they studied the material from Shady Grove Fertility, the Schlomers discovered that the clinic offered a huge range of payment options. If Schlomer split the eggs with one other mother, the cost would go down to $39,000. If she split the eggs with two other mothers, the cost would be $30,500. Schlomer’s husband noticed that they could cut the cost even more, to $24,500, if they agreed to use only one set of eggs and forgo the right to ask for more. After the Schlomers drained their savings account, borrowed $10,000 from their 401(k) retirement fund and sold a Toyota Prius, they set aside a quiet weekend to look for a donor. Schlomer had two main criteria: One, the donor had to have blue eyes. Second, the donor had to have a graduate degree. She found 12 matches and looked at their profiles. They went with the one whose personality spoke most to Julie.

The donor said she was a “homebody” who loves taking pictures and being with family on the beach. Her personal goals, she wrote, include being “the best possible mom I can be for my children. I want to be ‘present’ when I am with them and invest into their lives. I want my life to matter.”

Schlomer put in the order, and it wasn’t long before the clinic found two more women to join her group. Within a few weeks, the eggs were harvested from the donor, fertilized and implanted.

Alyssa and Logan were born in 2013. Both have very blue eyes and have been very healthy. Julie is grateful that there’s no chance they inherited lupus, a serious autoimmune disorder in which the body attacks its own organs and tissue, that she inherited from her mom.

When the time is right, Schlomer thinks she will explain to her children that they are “high-tech babies” and impress on them the importance of memorizing their donor number, in case they happen to “run into another donor-egg kid.”

How Getting Pregnant the Second Time is Different Than the First

How Getting Pregnant the Second Time is Different Than the First

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  1. To put it simply, pregnancy does a lot to a woman’s body, and those changes might affect getting pregnant again. From cycle issues to previous hypertension problems, the first pregnancy could cause some damage.
  2. Many times, trying to get pregnant the second time is more difficult because the mother is older, and age is associated to difficulties getting pregnant.
    1. While it’s true that it’s healthiest for women’s bodies to maintain a wide age gap between children, they should know that they could be simultaneously risking being able to have a second in the first place.
    2. What also complicates things is the fact that if a woman had a cesarean delivery, then she should wait at least nine to 12 months before getting pregnant again to ensure the scar in the uterus has adequately healed.

All in all, when considering age and general health, it is even more important the second time around to take care of yourself. When trying to get pregnant for the second time, a woman has to take her daily prenatal supplement to ensure she takes enough folic acid to prevent fetal malformations. Folic acid, part of the vitamin B family, is very important for a strong pregnancy and healthy fetal development, and it has been shown to not only decrease the risk of neural tube birth defects like spina bifida, but it has also been shown to reduce other birth defects, such as congenital heart conditions.”

What is also important to think about is the health of your partner. A recent study found that sperm count has decreased an estimated 50 percent in Western men. And half of couples with fertility issues have a significant male issue. To facilitate their fertility health, supplements are tight is as well.

Besides age, women breastfeeding longer can also have a serious impact on the body, because breastfeeding affects fertility by delaying ovulation. It is important to note, though, that if a woman ovulates regularly and has regular menstrual periods, concerns about breastfeeding and fertility decrease.

In the end, prospective second-time moms should talk to their health professionals when trying to conceive, even if it was easy the first time. This is especially true for women who may have had any issues before or during their first pregnancies.

In addition, women under 35 should see a specialist after one year of trying unsuccessfully, while women over 35 should see a specialist after six months.

How Your Mother’s Reproductive History Can Affect Your Own Fertility

How Your Mother’s Reproductive History Can Affect Your Own Fertility

Before consulting with a fertility doctor for the first time, most women expect questions like the following: Do you smoke? Do you drink? Do you exercise? How healthy of an eater are you? However, a topic all women should expect to come up in these meetings is their family’s medical history, particularly their own mother’s background regarding her fertility.

This is because it turns out that maternal age of menopause can be rather predictive of whether one might experience early menopause oneself. So if a doctor asks when your mother went into menopause, don’t be alarmed. It’s standard procedure. The average age of menopause is about 51, so if someone’s mom went into menopause in her early 40s, studies show that does pose a risk for that person to go into menopause earlier than usual.

Furthermore, certain reproductive issues such as endometriosis can also be hereditary. Whenever a woman has classic endo symptoms (such as painful intercourse, painful periods or ultrasounds that show endometriomas), doctors traditionally will ask whether their mother or sister(s) struggled with endometriosis as well. Polycystic ovarian syndrome is another possible hereditary disease, but the genetic relationship isn’t quite as clear-cut. Because irregular cycles and excessive hair growth are the most common sign of this condition, and if one’s mother struggled with PCOS, it is possible the woman’s daughter will have a disposition to it.

Although knowing your mother’s medical history may not help with prevention of such conditions, it can provide crucial answers when dealing with unexplained infertility.

Knowing your family’s history can help women in the early stages of trying to conceive prepare for the hurdles that may be in their future. So, when talking with your mother, be sure to ask her these questions: When did you start trying? How long did it take to become pregnant? When did you go into menopause? Did you have regular cycles? And after asking those questions, take all her answers and bring them to your OB-GYN or RE. By doing so, hopefully you’ll be one step ahead on not missing your window of reproduction.  

Also, thanks to a new test, women may also be able to get an even deeper window into their reproductive potential as it pertains to genetics. Via a simple blood test, Fertilome tests screen for genetic markers that are associated with common reproductive conditions (such as diminished ovarian reserve, PCOS, recurrent pregnancy loss, and others).

While some women may uncover potential issues when navigating one’s family medical history, it is important to keep in mind that a lot has changed in the field of reproduction since mothers of the generation before ours were trying to conceive. Although maternal medical history can provide a lot of helpful information, you are not tied to your mother’s fertility past–good or bad. Nowadays, there is technology to help people conceive and get pregnant.

How Important is a Woman’s Egg Count For Her Fertility?

How Important is a Woman’s Egg Count For Her Fertility?

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If they choose to do so, women can have follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) blood tests that are then used to determine how many eggs a woman has. Unfortunately, these blood test results are not promising fertility-wise for some women and they lose hope.

But they shouldn’t.

Because hormone level tests can never tell you that you can or cannot get pregnant. There is much more to fertility than a patient’s FSH and AMH levels. While it is true that high FSH, as well as lower AMH levels, are connected to reduced fertility, a new study published in the medical journal JAMA suggests that having high FSH and low AMH levels might not be significantly tied to reduced fertility after all. It was previously thought that some FSH and AMH tests indicated a low ovarian reserve or egg count, but the ability of those biomarkers to predict a woman’s fertility chances are uncertain.

This new medical study’s lead author, Dr. Anne Steiner challenges the clinical assumption that diminished ovarian reserve is a cause for infertility.  She later goes on to say, “Women are partnering and getting married later in life. They are aware of age-related decline in fertility. Women are seeking tests, outside of their age, that inform them about their fertility. Some women may also use such tests to guide their decision-making about freezing eggs.”  However, age is still the best predictor of a woman’s reproductive potential. Women are most fertile between the ages of 20 and 24. It can take much longer to get pregnant when you hit your late 30s or early 40s, and in those years women have more problems conceiving.

Infertility is typically defined as not being able to get pregnant after one year or longer of unprotected sex, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  About 6% of married women, 15 to 44, are unable to get pregnant after one year of trying in the United States, according to the CDC. Among all women, 15 to 44, about 12% have difficulty getting pregnant or carrying a pregnancy to term.

How was the study conducted?

Dr. Anne Steiner’s study involved 750 women, between the ages of 30 and 44, from the area around Raleigh and Durham, North Carolina. These women tried to conceive for up to three months between April 2008 and March 2016. The women did not have a history of infertility.  In the study, each woman was given a pregnancy test and was instructed to notify the researchers if they tested positive for pregnancy. During the course of the study, blood and urine samples from the women were tested and analyzed. The women also completed diaries and questionnaires about their pregnancy attempts, medications, results of pregnancy tests and other data.

The results?

Researchers found that, among the women, the probability of conceiving was not any lower for those with low AMH or high FSH levels — even after adjusting the study results for age, body mass index, race, recent contraceptive use, and other factors that might influence fertility.

Women with low AMH levels did not have a significantly different cumulative probability of conceiving by six cycles of trying compared with women with normal levels, according to the study.

Women with high FSH levels did not have a significantly different cumulative probability of conceiving after six cycles compared with women with normal levels, according to the study.

Are AMH and FSH blood tests still useful?

Yes. Dr. Anne Steiner thinks that AMH and FSH blood tests could still predict the number of eggs that could be retrieved for in vitro fertilization or IVF.

If AMH and FSH biomarker levels are not associated with fertility, then what explains reduced fertility among women 40 and older?

Most likely, the quality of their eggs. As a woman ages, the quality of her eggs also decline.  When the egg is fertilized, the resulting embryo is more likely to be aneuploid, or not have the normal number of chromosomes. This is why women are less likely to get pregnant, more likely to miscarry, and more likely to have a baby with Down syndrome, as a woman gets older.

What are the study’s limitations?

Most of the women involved in the study were white and highly educated. More research is needed to determine whether similar study results would emerge in a more diverse group of women. The study also did not include assessments of ovulation, the semen of the women’s male partners, and actual live births.

What is the main take away?

This new study suggests that biomarker tests showing diminished ovarian reserve do not necessarily predict fertility among women without infertility — that being said, fertility decreases with age in all women independent of ovarian reserve testing. Women are born with a finite number of oocytes, or eggs, that continue to undergo atresia, to die, over their lifetime. As time passes, the chance of pregnancy decreases, and the risk of miscarriage increases.  

In the end, age trumps all when it comes to fertility treatment. Ovarian reserve parameters and tests are helpful in predicting dose of medication and ovarian response to fertility treatment. But ovarian reserve in and of itself does not predict chance of conception particularly in a woman without a known history of infertility.

Here’s How Soon You Should Take A Pregnancy Test After Conception Sex

Here’s How Soon You Should Take A Pregnancy Test After Conception Sex

The timing of a pregnancy is an important step in the fertility process, and this post will provide you with all there is to know…

  • Experts say that the best time to take a pregnancy test is between 10 and 14 days after conception sex (assuming you are having sex on an ovulation day).
    • Most standard home urine tests are accurate 14 days post ovulation. Some urine tests can be used as early as 10 days post ovulation.
    • Here’s how standard home urine tests work:
      • Typically conception will occur within a narrow, 24-hour window following ovulation.
      • Sperm fertilizes a woman’s egg in the fallopian tube. Then, the fertilized egg–or embryo–nests in the uterus 7 to 10 days after ovulation and begins to grow.
      • While growing, the embryo releases the pregnancy hormone known as human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), which can be detected with a blood test or urine home test kit.
  • Blood tests are the most sensitive pregnancy tests available and can detect hCG in the early stages of pregnancy, when hCG levels are low in the body (usually, blood tests give accurate readings 10-12 days post ovulation).
  • The standard home urine tests, on the other hand, are less sensitive: It is best to wait 12-14 days after ovulation to conduct urine tests if you want accurate results. If the urine test is checked too early, it may not detect hCG and it may be falsely negative.

What happens if you don’t know when you ovulated? Not a problem. The best way to prevent a false negative is to check a pregnancy test on the day of your expected period.

What happens if you get a negative result, but still don’t get your period? Recheck your results with another test! Unfortunately, pregnancy tests aren’t always foolproof.

Some other things to keep in mind…

  • Check the expiration date on your pregnancy tests. If they’re expired, get new ones!
  • Be sure to follow the test’s instructions.
  • Take your pregnancy tests in the early morning, when your urine is less diluted.

Last but not least? If you take a test and don’t get a positive result and you don’t get your period, visit your healthcare provider and they’ll help you find out whether you’re pregnant or not.

Signs That You Could Be Extremely Fertile

Signs That You Could Be Extremely Fertile

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Depending on your age, the word “fertile” either sends chills of fear down your spine or could be the answer to your endless prayers. No matter what stage of life you find yourself in, paying attention to these 6 signals your body is sending you could be vital in understanding your own fertility.

  1.     You’re between the ages of 20 and 24

Dr. Aaron Styer, a renowned reproductive endocrinologist and co-medical director at CCRM Boston says that a woman’s peak fertility occurs in her early twenties. Although women are typically in their top physical and reproductive health between the ages of 20 and 24, women can achieve healthy pregnancies at a variety of ages thanks to medical advancements in reproductive technology.

  1.     You impact your friends’ cycles

Women know that when they spend a lot of time with their girlfriends, their cycles sometimes begin to ‘sync-up.’ This happens due to a woman’s pheromones. If you find that your friends sync-up with you more often than your own cycle becomes disrupted, you are likely extremely fertile.

  1.     Your periods are regular

Regular cycles are a sign of a healthy reproductive system, and irregularity can often be a sign that something is wrong. A great sign of fertility is extremely regular periods. If you can nearly plot down the minute you are expecting your period, you are likely very fertile.

  1.     You experience symptoms of PMS

PMS, or pre-menstrual syndrome, although seemingly problematic for some women, is a sign that your body is working exactly as it should be. A study in Evolution and Human Behavior found that women can get a little rambunctious as a result of their PMS – sometimes by sleeping around a little bit – on their most fertile days. We can blame evolution for that.

  1.     You do not experience hot flashes

Women who experience frequent (more often than once every twenty-four days) hot flashes often experience issues with fertility, like having a decreased number of and quality of eggs. For women experiencing this, known as subfertility, contact your OBGYN to discuss your concerns. For those of you staying cool, your fertility is likely right on track.

  1.     You’re wearing the right ‘genes’

Many women make assumptions about their own fertility based off of the ease or difficulty their mothers, sisters, and other relatives experienced when trying to conceive. Doctors say that the fertility or subfertility of relatives is difficult to connect to a woman’s own fertility. So if you’re having concerns about your fertility because of a relative’s fertility, try not to worry about it.

Have you figured out whether you’re fertile yet? Although these signs can help you determine your own fertility, the best way to understand your own fertility is to contact a doctor, who can then lead you to the family planning techniques specific to you.

Healthy Things You Should Be Doing Before Your Pregnancy

Healthy Things You Should Be Doing Before Your Pregnancy

Research shows that preparing before you conceive can be truly beneficial for both the mother and the baby. Here are some things to keep in mind…

    • Take a supplement containing at least 400 micrograms of folic acid before getting pregnant. It can reduce the risk of complications such as neural tube defects (NTDs)—abnormalities that can occur in the brain, spine, or spinal column of a developing fetus and are present at birth, according to a recent study.

 

  • Adopt a healthy diet and lifestyle: Doing so will reduce the chances that you will be diagnosed with gestational diabetes (high blood sugar diagnosed during pregnancy). Gestational diabetes can increase the risk to your health as well as your infant’s. In addition, pre-pregnancy exercise is also associated with lower risk for gestational diabetes, and the benefit increases with more vigorous levels of exercise.

 

      • Furthermore, here are some dietary suggestions for women who are planning to conceive…
        • Increase your intake of fiber.
        • Reduce consumption of sugar-sweetened cola.
        • Eat less red meat, processed meats, and animal fats and cholesterol.
        • Replace animal protein with protein from nuts to lower your risk of gestational diabetes.

 

  • Increase your intake of folic acid: Doing so helps produce and maintain new cells. This is very important in pregnancy, when cells are dividing and growing rapidly.

 

      • The United States Public Health Service recommends that all pregnant women and “women of childbearing age [15 to 44 years] in the United States who are capable of becoming pregnant should consume [a supplement containing] 0.4 mg of folic acid per day for the purpose of reducing their risk of having a pregnancy affected with spina bifida or other NTDs.”

 

  • Get up to date on vaccines: Make sure to ask your healthcare provider if you need a booster for any vaccines. Some vaccines can be given during pregnancy, but others (such as the rubella and chickenpox vaccines) should be gotten before pregnancy.
  • Avoid smoking, drinking alcohol, and taking drugs: Studies show that these activities can increase the risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), preterm birth, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, and NTDs.
    • If you are trying to quit smoking, drinking, or doing drugs and you need help, talk to your healthcare provider about support groups and possible medications.

 

  • Strive to reach a healthy weight before trying to get pregnant: Obesity can make it more difficult to become pregnant. Studies show that being overweight or obese also puts you at risk for complications during pregnancy, such as high blood pressure, preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, and stillbirth. Obesity can also increase the chances of having a cesarean delivery.

 

      • A study also shows that obesity can increase your child’s risk of a congenital heart defect (a problem with the heart that is present at birth) by 15%. Research has also uncovered a link between obesity and NTDs.

 

  • Learn your family’s health history: If certain conditions run in your family or if a family member was born with a physical abnormality or an intellectual and developmental disability then you may be referred for genetic counseling by your healthcare provider.
  • Get mentally healthy! Pregnancy is tough, but totally worth it! Good mental health means you feel good about yourself and your family. While it’s natural to feel sad, anxious, or stressed at times, it’s not healthy to feel like that all of the time. If you do feel bad a lot, make sure to seek professional help before getting pregnant. Hormonal changes and other situations during pregnancy can worsen depression.

 

 

Questions About How Your Cervical Mucus Should Look? We’ve Got You covered.

Questions About How Your Cervical Mucus Should Look? We’ve Got You covered.

Question of the day

Learning about your body’s fertility signs and natural processes is both an overwhelming and worthwhile experience.  There’s a lot to understand, of course, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll be glad you exerted the effort to learn.  Today’s topic, though? Cervical Mucus. Let’s get started…

Question of the day? What should my cervical mucus look like during ovulation?

To answer that, let’s start with the absolute basics….

What is cervical mucus’ role in reproduction? Cervical mucus helps sperms pass into the fallopian tube for implantation and it also provides protection and nutritional support for the sperm, neutralizes acidity in the vagina when a woman is fertile and prevents infections.

How does a woman’s menstrual cycle affects the amount of consistency of cervical mucus?

Most women’s bodies follow a fertility cycle that lasts 28 days, give or take.  Cervical mucus reflects that fertility cycle.  Detailed descriptions of what you can look for can be read below…

Immediately following your period? The production of cervical mucus is at its lowest.  In fact, some women have ‘dryness’ during this time.  

Over the next several days after your period? More mucus will be produced and should be present and it will likely be yellow, cloudy, or white in color.  Also, it will be somewhat sticky.  

As you enter your fertile window? Your cervical mucus should increase in quantity and moistness, and color may or may not be cream-like in appearance.

On your day of ovulation? Your cervical mucus should look like an egg white and be thick, clear, and stretchy (similar to the consistency of egg whites, in fact).  This, of course, is the perfect protective medium for sperm in terms of texture and pH levels.  

Why does it look like an egg white? Because the production of cervical mucus should be at its highest.  

After you have ovulated? Your cervical mucus will lower in production and will become thicker as your next period approaches.

Doctors and Health Professionals recommend that all women should pay attention to the signs of good ovulation (which includes observing their cervical mucus).  Such a task, though, is especially important if they want to become pregnant.  

Here are some things to keep in mind…

  1. When you’re not ovulating, watery cervical mucus should not be present.  
  2. Instead, there should be the normal whiter vaginal discharge.  
  3. Also, women with irregular cycles who are generally not ovulating may have issues with cervical mucus production.

In regards to achieving pregnancy, though, it is of utmost importance to pay attention to your own body’s processes and cycles.  Keeping track of these things is helpful, especially when trying for a baby and logging a fertility chart each month could make things easier.  

Career-driven Women empowered by Growing Openness to Artificial Reproductive Technologies

Career-driven Women empowered by Growing Openness to Artificial Reproductive Technologies

Career WomanA new study from Yale examining 4,700 women found that one of the greatest factors shaping a woman’s views on family planning is the amount of her career focus – but it’s not what you may think.

  • Modern-day career-driven women are more likely to prioritize family planning
  • With a shifting first motherhood demographic, we look to separate fertility technology from the idea of a ticking time bomb
  • Resources are available to women looking to capitalize on her career and familial goals

New Trends in Motherhood

Later births, more openness to fertility treatments

The national average age for women to be giving birth for the first time has shifted from 22 to 26 in the past fifty years, allowing women to spend early adulthood focusing on their careers.

A Yale Study found that women who place more importance on their careers are more likely to utilize pregnancy planning than women who are less serious about their career goals.

What this says about our society: many women are able to experience the best of both worlds – motherhood and business womanhood –  now that fertility treatments are seen as a viable option for women not in a rush to start a family.

Shifting Attitudes on Fertility Technologies

Career-driven women empowered by technological and medical advancements

As public confidence for medical technology soars, women are able to achieve career goals they never saw possible before. Ninety percent of women in the Yale study said they felt confident that medical advancements made conceiving in their late 30s feasible.

A woman’s body was previously seen as a “ticking time bomb,” of sorts, with women having a short period of time where conception was not only safe and healthy for herself and the baby, but also socially acceptable.

Now, with many women liberated socially and empowered to achieve their career goals, motherhood can be temporarily put on hold.

Getting the Word Out

Helping Women Capitalize on their Personal Reproductive Goals

With confidence on artificial reproductive technologies on the rise, women are engaging in a more open discourse on their career and family goals. “Egg freezing parties” are on the rise – much like a traditional Mary Kay or Pampered Chef party – but instead of cosmetics and kitchen gadgets, women meet with fertility groups about their reproductive options.

That said, there’s still room for adjusting attitudes and mindsets on a woman’s options in taking charge of artificial reproductive technologies. Career-minded women, while often times more open to reproductive technologies, often have greater access to and knowledge of fertility treatments than other women.  With this, professionals working within fertility services recommend educational tools to women who may be interested.

While women are waiting longer to have children, they become successful business-women with knowledge on their options regarding artificial reproductive technologies. With this new generation of savvy, empowered women, this is one great step for womanhood.