Maybe you and your partner are wondering if something is wrong. After all, you may have been trying to conceive for a while without any luck. It may be helpful to review some basic biology of fertility and conception. Or maybe you're not having intercourse at the right time during the female partner's reproductive cycle. Monitoring the basal body temperature (BBT) or cervical mucous changes will help to pinpointovulation times. On the other hand, something physical may be wrong. What follows is an overview of conditions that may negatively affect the fertility of males and females. As you read, don't jump to conclusions and self-diagnose. If you suspect something, you should talk to your healthcare provider orfertility specialist. Female When it comes to fertility, the hormonal control of the menstrual cycle can be extremely complex. Below is a short list of conditions that can cause fertility problems. If you're concerned that one of them may affect you, speak to your healthcare provider. The good news is that treatments may be available for many of these conditions. Ovulatory problems Approximately 33% to 50% of all infertile women have problems with ovulation. The normal ovarian cycle is so complex that even small changes may disrupt the cycle...
Join me as I host a seminar on Understanding Infertility & Achieving Results. Presented by Dr. Collin Smikle and Dr. Aimee Eyvazzadeh Wednesday, February 3 at 6:00pm Sutter Gould Library 1700 Mchenry Ave # 60B Modesto, CA 95350 Phone (888) 442-3888 Refreshments will be served
Acupuncture Kitchen and Laurel Fertility Care invite you to a holiday fundraiser and art opening featuring creations by Alison Kendal and Claire Bowers. This festive mingling of community support and tasty bites will benefit The Homeless Prenatal Program, a San Francisco-based nonprofit that helps create opportunities during pregnancy and parenthood to end the cycle of homelessness. (more…)
Coping with Infertility during the Holidays The holiday season is a very stressful time of year. It can be even more stressful for those suffering from infertility. The holidays are filled with family get-togethers which can bring out a variety of emotions, especially if everyone is talking about their babies, children, and their pregnancies. You may even get pressure from family and friends, who do not know your struggle, to start a family. What can you do to get through this time with the least amount of emotional pain? (more…)
There are many different fertility treatment options available to you. Depending on your particular situation, your doctor may recommend that you start off by taking fertility pills. This is what you need to know. The first day of your menstrual cycle is called “cycle day #1.” Cycle day #3 is 2 days after cycle day #1. You don’t have to still be bleeding to call the third day of your cycle, “cycle day #3.” Our ovaries pick the eggs that we are going to ovulate by cycle day #3. Studies done comparing various start dates for the fertility pills seem to show that starting on cycle day 3 will give you your highest chance of pregnancy. If you are someone who doesn’t get their period, your doctor will induce your period with a form of progesterone. You can also jump start a cycle by taking the birth control pill for a number of days (your doc will tell you how many). You take the fertility pills every night for 5 nights of your cycle starting on cycle day #3 (cycle days 3-7). I recommend that you start checking for ovulation using an (more…)