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Fertility Boosters for Men and Women

yoga-1146277_1280If you’re like most couples trying to conscience, you want to get pregnant sooner rather than later. The longer it takes to get pregnant, the more pressure you put on yourself and for a women, your body. Stress and anxiety themselves can lead to infertility issues. For once, “practicing” is more work than fun.

Having intercourse as close as possible to ovulation definitely helps. To pinpoint your fertile days fertility testing kits help narrow down the window of opportunity. But fertility experts say there are other ways couples can boost their fertility.

Here are 5 tips to help increase your chances of becoming pregnant.
1. Weight Control: Being underweight or overweight can delay the time it takes a woman to conceive.

2. Sperm: Switching from boxers to briefs is an old wives’ tale, but exposure to high water temperatures through hot tubs or hot baths has shown to affect men’s fertility. It is also a possibility that long-term exposure to heat from using a computer in your lap, or a cellphone in your pocket could affect the health of a man’s sperm.

3. Beverages: Drinking too much coffee or too much alcohol can impair a woman’s fertility.

4. Smoking: Smoking cigarettes can impair both a woman’s and a man’s fertility. Smoking affects how receptive the uterus is to the egg. And in men, smoking can reduce sperm production and damage DNA.

5. Fertile Window: Your greatest chance for success is taking advantage of the fertile window – the 5 days prior to ovulation. Pregnancy is most likely to occur with intercourse within the three days before ovulation.

Fertility Testing 101: Part II

infertility testingAs discussed previously, there are many, many factors that can have effect on fertility. Tests and procedures are common to determine a cause or abnormality that may occur in the male or female. Blood tests are usually the first step accompanied by sperm analysis since these tests are the least invasive and least uncomfortable. However, other tests or procedures for infertility testing may also need to be completed. These could include:

  • Laparoscopy – This procedure requires general anesthesia and is much more invasive than other tests. A laparoscope is inserted into the abdomen and looks for endometriosis, scarring or other abnormality.
  • Endometrial Biopsy – A biopsy of the uterine lining is called an endometrial biopsy. This would be a normal procedure to determine if an embryo could be placed there. A sample of tissue is removed and examined. This procedure is definitely uncomfortable and requires painkillers.
  • Transvaginal Ultrasound Exam – This exam is an ultrasound that determines whether the follicles in the ovaries are working normally. The exam is performed 15 days before the expect menstrual period to provide accurate results.

Many of these tests can determine if a cause of infertility can be rectified or resolved or if other forms of conception may need to be considered. Some of infertility testing can be uncomfortable or even painful. These tests are determined by the physician and can accommodate to your needs.

Fertility Testing 101: Part I

fertility testingWhen discussing fertility options with your doctor many questions usually arise. The beginning is usually a physical exam, routine blood tests to measure female hormone levels, thyroid hormones, prolactin, male hormones, HIV and hepatitis. Further procedures are then usually considered. Here are a few tests and procedures that are customary in fertility testing.

  • Blood Screenings – In both men and women, Follicle-Stimulating Hormones (FSH) are measured. This controls the production of eggs in women, as well as the production of sperm in men. Both parties will have their FSH levels monitored through blood testing. Also, Luteinizing Hormone will also be measured through a blood test as this can also play into female menstrual cycle regulation, as well as male testosterone production.
  • BBT Charting – This would be basal body temperature charting. BBT including checking ovulation. It cannot always be accurate; however, it is a customary recommendation of a physician since it can be performed at home and causes no discomfort.
  • Hysterosalpinogram – A hysterosalpinogram is also known as a HSG. This procedure includes a series of x-rays taken of the fallopian tubes after a dye is injected. It can show blockages to the uterus, as well as defects.

All of these tests can help to determine fertility status. A physician will guide the patient to see which tests are necessary for each situation. Most testing can be 80% conclusive in deciding fertility of a couple.