It’s that time of year again. Decorations, celebrations, and food – so much food! Everywhere you go there are holiday treats to tempt you. This season since you are “eating for two” it feels easy to justify a little taste here and an extra helping there.
You’ve got the job, the house, and the partner. Finally, the time feels right. You are ready to start trying to conceive. Now what? How long before trying to conceive should you stop using your birth control? Will using birth control in the past make it harder to get pregnant now? What can you do to get your body ready for pregnancy?
You may know a lot of women above the age of 35 years that get pregnant, but did you know being 35 or older is considered advanced maternal age? A woman’s fertility begins to decline from age 30, and by 35 there is only a 15-20% chance that you might get pregnant every month. So age matters a lot, but it’s not impossible to have a child later in life. Here are some tips for getting pregnant after the age of 35 years.
About 10-18% of the population in the US suffers from fertility issues. One-third of the cases of infertility are due to female factors, one-third due to male factors, and one-third of the cases are due to a combination or male and female factors or unexplainable causes. Let’s consider some of the common risks of fertility issues that may interfere with your plans of starting a family.
Exercising during pregnancy offers many benefits. Besides improving physical health, it helps you cope with mental stresses associated with pregnancy, and may also give your baby a healthy start in life. Here are some at home pregnancy exercises that you can safely perform as you shelter in place to help control the spread of COVID-19.
A woman’s body undergoes a lot of changes during pregnancy, and hot summer weather does make it more difficult to cope with these changes. The actual likelihood of summer heat being harmful to your pregnancy is not common, but let’s consider how this might occur.
Cervical fluids, also known as cervical mucus or cervical discharge, is a normal secretion from glands in your cervix. It provides an alkaline medium that nourishes sperm and helps the sperm move into the uterus to fertilize the egg. The consistency of your cervical mucus varies depending on hormonal changes. Tracking your cervical mucus changes can tell you a lot about your fertility and may help you get pregnant.
Healthy men can father children even in their 60s and 70s, while women in their late 40s or 50s can find it difficult to conceive. But that doesn’t mean when couples are facing problems with infertility, the focus should be on the woman. With June being Men’s Health Month, let’s look at how common male infertility is.