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Of all the things that impact fertility - my morning guilty pleasure can't be one of them! Well all this worrying started in 1988 when a study showed women who drank about a cup of coffee per day were half as likely to conceive. However, no study since has been able to replicate those findings and r
One thing to keep in mind is you can only get pregnant when you're fertile. The nuance of being fertile is that you're actually ovulating. Most forms of birth control suppress ovulation so if you do not release an egg, there's no way you're getting pregnant. Let's review the different types of birth
AMH stands for anti-mullerian hormone. AMH levels can be taken from a simple blood any time during your cycle. AMH blood levels are thought to reflect the size of the remaining egg supply and used in conjunction with other hormones such as FSH, estradiol, and an antral follicle count your specialist
First off, why is sperm count even important? Pregnancy when an egg is successfully fertilised by a sperm. On average there are about 200 million sperm per ejaculation. The journey from the vagina, through the uterus and Fallopian tubes and finally to egg is a tough journey and only the strongest on
In-vitro fertilisation is a procedure where eggs are extracted from a woman's ovaries (or an egg donor), then fertilised in a lab dish with sperm from a partner or a donor. The fertilised embryo is then placed back into the womb. To extract the egg from a woman's ovaries, typically a round of inject
Yes because knowledge is power. Everyone's fertility healthy and journey will be different, but without an accurate and up to date view on your fertility healthy, it's difficult to make an educated plan. For women, the fertility test, also known as fertility MOT, includes a pelvic ultrasound scan an
A fertile window is a five-day period of time leading up to ovulation, plus the day of ovulation itself - so a total of 6 days. Since sperm can live inside a woman’s body for up to five days, having sex at the start of your fertile window before an egg is released can still lead to pregnancy. So, h
When most people think of exercise, the first goal is to lose weight and slim down that waist line. That's a fantastic goal, particularly as exercise is a great mechanism to manage stress and your BMI (health metric based on the ratio of weight versus height). When planning your exercise to boost yo
The impact of BMI on fertility is different between women and men. For women, being overweight and underweight can impact the quality of a woman’s eggs, her uterine lining and her ability to carry a pregnancy. In a large Dutch study, results showed that as BMI increases above 25 the chances a woman
As it turns out, what you eat can affect your fertility. According to a review of past studies that examined the impact of diet on fertility, researchers from Harvard Medical School found that incorporating certain foods in your diet is something you can do to improve your ovulatory function. Here
Everything gets a bit more interesting with sex. There are tons of information out there claiming certain sex positions are better others for getting pregnant - could be quite a fun activity for you and your partner to explore all the available options. However, there is no scientific evidence to