Tips to boost your fertility

While trying to conceive, some couples may get pregnant immediately while for some it may take longer than expected. Therefore, the path towards parenthood can be challenging, sometimes. However, there are some ways by which you can increase your fertility.

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Tips to boost your fertility

Following are some ways in which improve the chances of conceiving:

  • Maintaining a healthy weight: Healthy weight is an important factor that can help you with fertility where an overweight or underweight woman may find it difficult to conceive. Hormone regulation can get affected by weight which can impact the ovulation.
  • Know when you ovulate: You can keep the track of your ovulation (when your ovaries release an egg) which is the best time for conceiving. Provided you are having regular periods, it means you can try to conceive on days 8-19 after periods, while as in case of irregular cycles, you should use a calendar to track it.
  • Limit your alcohol intake: Excessive alcohol consumption can affect the ovulation in women along with affecting the production of hormones in men, leading to decreased chances of fertility. It is better to limit your alcohol intake.
  • Eat healthy foods: Eating healthy foods can help you obtain critical nutrients to maintain a healthy body. Your diet should comprise of variety of fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, dairy foods etc. Besides, you should consume about 8-10 cups of water a day.
  • Quit smoking: Smoking is ascribed with fertility problems where it can effect ovaries. It is better to stay away from smoking, and increase your fertility.
  • Exercising: You don’t need to stress about your pregnancy where you can exercise daily to cope with the pressure.
  • Try for conceiving often: Try to have sex often, at least 3 times a week. There are more chances to conceive when you try continuously.

Why can’t I get pregnant again? What is secondary infertility?

Secondary infertility can be defined as the inability to carry a baby to full term after having a previous successful pregnancy without any fertility medication or IVF treatment. Secondary infertility is as common as primary infertility and can be traced to either partners or both. While one-third of the cases are found in men and one-third in women, the remaining are attributed to a combination of unknown factors.

Causes of secondary infertility in women:

  • Issues in the quality and quantity of eggs( limited supply or the inability to create new eggs after birth)
  • Issues with the fallopian tube (blockage due to pelvic infections)
  • Uterine problems (fibroids and more)
  • Scarring from endometriosis
  • PCOS(polycystic ovarian syndrome)
  • Breastfeeding ( often leads to a decrease in egg count)
  • Lifestyle changes and weight gain( diets and obesity)
  • Other ovulation issues
  • Surgical complications ( past pregnancy surgeries)

Causes of secondary infertility in men:

  • Reduced testosterone level(aging or injury in the genitals)
  • Testicular varicocele(vein enlargement in the scrotum)
  • Poor quality semen (semen quality declines after 40)
  • Prostate enlargement(hinders normal ejaculation)
  • Prostate removal(this causes semen to flow backward)
  • Late-onset hypogonadism(reduction in hormone secretion)
  • Use of commercial sexual lubricants toxic to the sperm
  • Exposure to certain chemicals

Signs of secondary infertility:

Couples can suspect secondary infertility when they have unprotected sex for about a year at the age of 35 without getting pregnant.

What can be done?

One can go for assisted reproductive techniques (ART) like Intrauterine insemination (IUI) and In vitro fertilization(IVF), while there are medications and surgeries for the same. Antioxidants and anti-aging supplements are also recommended.

Failure in treatment could take a toll on mental health. The patient feels several emotions ranging from anger, sadness, guilt, and loneliness. Feeling isolated is quite common in these patients.

What are the factors affecting IVF Success Rates?

IVF is a standard procedure including various stages starting from ovarian stimulation and ending with the embryo transfer and luteal phase. The main determinants of pregnancy and successful implantation are transfer efficiency, uterine receptivity and embryo quality. Embryo transfer is the final step in a standard IVF procedure

Below are the factors affecting IVF success:

Age: (H3 Tag)

The correlation between age and IVF success rates is an important factor. Women below 35 years of age may have higher chances of live births. The percentage of live births per egg retrieval for those below 35 might be about 55%. Women between 35 years and 37 years may denote a lower percentage of live births. Women aged between 35 and 37 may have about 42% chances of live births per egg retrieval. Women between the ages of 38 to 40 may see 26.7% chances of live births. Women who cross 40 years of age but are below 42 may witness 13.8% chances of live births per egg retrieval. And women aged about 43 and above may be left with merely 4.2% chances of live births per egg retrieval.

Types of fertility issues:

IVF treatment or IVF procedure offers success rates in some medical conditions. The tubal blockage is one of those conditions effectively treated by standard IVF protocols. Persistent miscarriage or thin endometrial lining may, however, complicate the success rates of IVF. Uterine malformations, fibroids and TB are some of the conditions hampering the overall success rates of IVF. Male factor infertility is another cause why the IVF success rate may be reduced. 

Duration of infertility:

Duration of infertility may warrant many consequent actions. Since the duration of infertility associates itself with advanced maternal age, it may hamper the success rate. The solution to the advanced maternal age may be egg donation.

Recurrent or persistent miscarriage:

Medical history involving previous pregnancy or persistent miscarriage may present additional challenges. The IVF experts may ask a couple to take additional precautions and specific medications based on their medical history. Live birth in such cases may be a hurdle. A persistent or recurrent miscarriage may be hard to tackle in the absence of alternative therapies. 

Dual factor infertility:

These scenarios are exceptionally difficult. As the category suggests, dual-factor infertility involves both partners suffering from infertility. These conditions may diminish the overall quality and success rate of IVF procedures. 

Ovulatory dysfunction:

Ovulatory dysfunction may present many obstructions to effective IVF cycles. Patients with high FSH levels and low AMH levels may end up being disadvantaged. And ovarian dysfunction disrupts the overall IVF success rate. 

Use of donor eggs:

Advanced maternal age emerges as an undesirable element in Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART). Women above 35 or 40 years of age require donor eggs. Using eggs of young females may increase the chances of IVF success rate. 

Exercise:

We all know how crucial exercise is for our day-to-day health. It allows us to stay mentally and physically fit. Taking care of one’s physical health is vital to reserve the benefits of IVF. Follow your IVF expert’s advice while you exercise when your IVF cycle is in progress. Mild or moderate exercise allows you to stay active and alert throughout the day. Make sure you aren’t indulging in any risky postures in your exercise regimen. Working in your comfort zone is important as your exercise shouldn’t interfere with your IVF cycles. It’s better to avoid cardiovascular activities. Avoid them at least till your childbirth. Work comfortably for 5-6 hours a week. Focus more on the activities that refresh you keeping you relaxed and contented. Ask your obstetrician to share her viewpoints if you find any exercise risky or strained. 

Stress:

The stress during an Assisted Reproductive Technique is palpable. Couples have already grappled with a lot of stress and low spiritedness. And when it comes to IVF, they may be worried about its parameters including chances of success, complications, contraindications and fear of failure. Emotional stress during IVF may play a unique role in the overall IVF outcome as multiple factors are shaping the stress. They may be previous experiences and overall psychological predisposition while opting for the IVF cycle. Mood swings, migraines, dejections and past flashes are some of the emotional effects of IVF. Couples undergoing IVF may sustain many issues based on various factors. They may include financial, religious, socio-ethnic or sociocultural, physical and emotional factors. 

How would you maximize the IVF success rates?

Stay ahead and updated:

You are preparing for a cycle that may need updated information. Collect the relevant details from your IVF expert and plan appropriately. A well-informed decision will keep you away from anxiety and misinformation. Stay informed about the body, the IVF process and treatment schedule.

Confide in your IVF expert:

Be clear and precise about how you communicate your thoughts and feelings. Be firm about the decision you have made. Your ordeal coping with the infertility diagnosis may have changed your overall emotional situation. 

Find the right pillars of emotional support:

Many others have been through what you may be going through now. They overcame those barriers and are parenting a kid now. They successfully surmounted it and so will you. Get the right confidante. It may be your sibling, best friend, colleague or relative. You may consider having a spokesperson. Start chatting or sharing rapport with others grappling with infertility. They know and understand what you wish to hear today. Emotional support groups throng the internet today and are keen on knowing your expectations. 

It’s time to be choosier:

Be choosy about what you wish to take control over and how you can do it. Avoid unnecessary stress and decisions interfering with your overall welfare. You may count on your favorite hobbies and exercises. You will no longer feel lonely or overridden by the sense of alienation. 

Enhance your knowledge base:

IVF treatment will be better if you will stay informed. Discuss how many embryos will be transferred and what best you may incorporate to maximize the chances of a successful pregnancy. Your knowledge base will guide you on how you can reduce the possibility of multiple babies. You may even discuss how you can manage the leftover eggs or extra eggs. Extend the discussion appropriately so that the IVF procedure is more effective. Avoid improper disposal of the eggs. 

Strengthen the communication with your partner:

Set a proper schedule to discuss everything about how IVF is done. Know what IVF pregnancy is and how many injections you may need for IVF treatment. Shedding light on how to make IVF successful for the first time will help you and your partner plan better. You may have already studied how IVF works step by step. Carefully consider together how many days you may rest as the IVF patients. Plan everything about what to do after IVF transfer/embryo transfer. Render the necessary emotional support to each other throughout the IVF process. 

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Preparation for IVF treatment?

IVF: An overview

When it comes to fertility treatments, IVF tops the list of almost everyone. In vitro fertilization (IVF Process) signifies fertilization that occurs in a glass. IVF treatment involves the fertilization of an egg by sperm in a plastic dish. IVF entails a technique of assisted reproduction. In the IVF procedure, the egg and sperm are fertilized outside the body towards the formation of an embryo. The embryo gets transferred subsequently to a uterus for implantation and pregnancy. IVF was brought into existence to assist women having blocked fallopian tubes. IVF procedure still actively helps women with disadvantaged fallopian tubes. IVF assists even when a couple grapples with unexplained infertility. 

Below are the other conditions wherein IVF may offer some promise to the couples willing to become parents:

  1. Cervical issues
  2. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome 
  3. Fibroids
  4. Endometriosis
  5. Ovulatory problems
  6. Male factor infertility

Is IVF procedure stressful?

IVF isn’t an event or technique that completes in a day. IVF treatment involves a series of events to be completed. Some couples may feel bored with mood swings and anxiety often joining the joy and excitement. The women and their experience going through IVF may hugely depend on various factors around them. They may be their overall emotional predisposition, thoughts or ideas about IVF, their support pillars, and relationship with the partners. The way they respond to fertility medicines and their length is yet another factor.

How would you prepare your body for IVF?

You should consider giving time for relaxation and recovery after each phase of treatment. You mustn’t lead a life you did before starting IVF. The couples should develop a proper level of sensitivity to the treatment. They should accept the transformations brought to their energy levels. The couples should try to abstain from the activities harmful to the conception. They may consider prioritizing the activities mentioned by theirIVF experts or support members at the clinic. 

Prepare your body for the IVF in some easy steps:

Being diagnosed with infertility itself may distress you. You should give yourself at least 3-6 months and start preparing your body for IVF. You may have lesser time than 3-6 months. It’s best to start preparing yourself physically and emotionally for an experience lasting for months.

Achieve the desired weight and prepare yourself metabolically:

Evidence suggests that body mass index (BMI) has a role to play before pregnancy. Weight gain and nutritional history are two important determinants in an effective pregnancy. A poor nutritional history before IVF may hinder IVF. Being obese may interfere with the overall IVF outcome. Therefore, it’s important to maintain an ideal weight to increase the chances of IVF’s success. Various clinics may issue various guidelines about IVF. And the experts at motherhood guide you as to how you can achieve your target. 

Eat whatever boosts your reproductive health:

Enjoy fresh fruits and add some vegetables to your platter as directed by your IVF expert/staff members. Stop consuming burnt meat, red meat, sugar, refined grains or processed foods. Add spices and herbs to your routine diet. Avoid foods containing mercury including various fish species. You may even design your diet under obstetric or expert supervision. Include chickpeas, lentils and various other leguminous products. Start relying on low-fat milk and low-fat dairy food. Take Avocado, nuts and seeds in abundance. You may start taking prenatal vitamins. You must take an obstetrician’s advice before starting any prenatal vitamin. Your obstetrician will surely alert you about a category of chemicals. The category is called Endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDC). 

Don’t drink and avoid smoke in every way possible:

One good decision to kick the butt brings hundreds of sighs of relief. Smoking is a dependence that creates many hindrances. Stop smoking preferably at least 6 months before you start planning for IVF. Studies show that Nicotine can interfere with ovaries and age them. They may render eggs resistant to fertilization. One can’t even imagine how severely it may damage foetal development and health. Alcohol is also known to hinder the success levels of IVF by more than 50%. Caffeine is another ingredient you should abstain from as you progress to your IVF treatment. 

Stay committed to Yoga and other exercises:

The way you breathe has many things to convey about you. When you take healthy breaths, many issues may start resolving on their own. And nothing replaces Yoga when it comes to assuring those healthy breaths naturally. Yoga will be the first good move to help you relax and rejuvenate effectively. Light yoga and relaxation techniques will guide your healthy way through those IVF protocols. You may consider registering for online exercise classes. They are mostly conducted by experts. They will inspire you to adopt a healthy lifestyle and stay on track from the day you conceive with IVF till the day you deliver your baby.  

Start preparing for healthy sleep as you do for a successful IVF:

Sleep is vital to ensure many aspects of your health. The quality of sleep influences sperm production, sex hormones, and ovulation. Make sure both you and your partner are getting ample sleep as your IVF expert directs. 

You may consider adopting the following habits for healthy and undisturbed sleep:

  1. Unwind by reading some comic or light-hearted stuff before getting off to bed.
  2. Make sure you have made a timetable and are sticking to it every night.
  3. Stop using alcohol or any stimulant ingredients that may interfere with your sleep.
  4. Enjoy some good exercise routines every day.
  5. Exercise routines come up with many perks. Aligning you with a peaceful sleep pattern every night is one of those invaluable perks.
  6. It may create psychological burdens if you have a TV, laptop, or other electronic items in the bedroom.
  7. Try to keep your bedroom free of any professional material like journals, books, files, or other documents.
  8. Address and treat stress. Emotional stress may hamper many good things you enjoy every day.

These steps will allow you to stay active and refreshed as you progress to various phases of your IVF cycle. Your obstetrician will always be there to guide you on essentials or lifestyle choices based on your medical history. 

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What is IVF? How does it assist childless couples?

What is IVF?

In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) is a process involving the combination of male sperm and female eggs in a special laboratory to generate an embryo(s). Various factors determine the success of IVF.

The factors may include:

  1. Usage of donor eggs/embryos
  2. Ovulatory dysfunction
  3. Dual infertility factors
  4. History of previous pregnancies or recurrent miscarriage
  5. Age factor
  6. Type of infertility (Fertility problem)
  7. Duration of fertility issues

is IVF treatment?

An IVF cycle typically consists of the steps given below:

  1. Medications to facilitate the growth of multiple eggs
  2. Retrieval of egg(s) from the ovaries
  3. Insemination of eggs using the sperm
  4. Culture of the resultant embryos
  5. Transfer of single or multiple embryos in the uterus
  6. Usage of hormones to nourish the uterine lining to facilitate healthy pregnancy

What is the IVF process? How is IVF done??˜

In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) or IVF treatment involves four main stages. IVF technology is a technology employed to help infertile women achieve fertility.?˜

  1. The first stage includes the woman taking injections towards the stimulation of her ovaries. The ovaries produce follicles. These follicles are the cysts in the ovaries filled with fluid. These fluid-filled cysts contain the egg. 
  2. Subsequently, a procedure carried out under anaesthesia removes eggs from the ovaries under the guidance of an ultrasound.
  3. The next stage involves fertilization of the egg and sperm in the laboratory under a controlled environment. 
  4. The embryos (Fertilized eggs) are subsequently transferred into the woman’s uterus to induce pregnancy.

What are the types of infertility issues IVF can treat?

A. Unexplained infertility

B. Poor or unhealthy quality of eggs

C. Low sperm count

D. Low motility of sperm

E. Problems with ovulation

F. Inability of sperm to pass through the cervical mucus or survive there

G. Issues with the uterus or fallopian tubes

H. Endometriosis

How does IVF work?

IVF shines out as one of the most popular forms of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART). IVF functions by combining surgical procedures and medicines to facilitate the fertilization of an egg by the sperm. The fertilized egg subsequently implants in the uterus.?˜

What are the advantages of IVF?

IVF helps women with

A. Endometriosis:

Endometriosis involves the growth of some parts of the womb lining outside the womb. IVF offers relief from infertility caused by endometriosis. 

B. PCOS:

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS is a condition involving irregular menstrual cycles caused by hormonal imbalance. IVF helps women with PCOS to conceive even when ovulation induction fails to address infertility. 

C. Unexplained Infertility:

1 in 6 couples suffers from unexplained infertility issues nowadays. The intervention of IVF may offer promise to couples grappling with unexplained infertility.

D. Premature ovarian failure:

Menopause and premature ovarian failure may complicate the outcomes of effective pregnancy. IVF intervention using donor eggs may bring relief to the couples.

E. Damaged Fallopian tubes:

Women with blocked or damaged fallopian tubes may grapple with infertility. IVF may help increase the chances of having a baby with their eggs.?˜

F. Male infertility:

Male infertility problems are growing lately due to various health issues. Natural conception may become a challenge for couples with male factor infertility. With the interventions using IVF, couples with male factor infertility may get some promise of conception.?˜?˜

G.?˜Patients with a low ovarian reserve or older patients:

IVF helps raise the chances of conception in patients with advanced age. Women with a low ovarian reserve may struggle with conception. IVF technology assesses the overall possibility and helps older women and women with low ovarian reserve.?˜

What are the features of IVF?

IVF technology is in use for a long time with a safe track record:

IVF processes have advanced ever since the birth of Louise Brown, the first IVF baby. IVF went ahead to emerge as the IVF technology creating safer and successful options. Most effective IVF cycles promote the usage of fewer drugs to minimize any side effects like Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (OHSS). 

IVF facilitates an easy diagnosis of the fertilization problems:

Unexplained infertility may pose threat to the couple’s marital bliss. Unexplained infertility may imply miscellaneous issues. The problems as such may not become evident until someone experiments on the fertility issues. 

IVF allows effective usage of unutilized embryos:

Those who have embryos left for subsequent usage may allow others to use them to treat fertility issues. They may even save lives. These are the embryos that may facilitate various research projects. It may help other childless couples to attain parenthood. 

Embryos may be used to study inherited diseases:

IVF with Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) allows a conception safe from genetic disorders. They may be Huntington’s Disease, Muscular Dystrophy and Cystic Fibrosis. IVF allows proper examination of inheritable diseases and techniques to help prevent such health concerns. 

What determines the number of embryos being created or transferred?

Multiple factors are affecting the number of eggs to create or transfer. It may mainly depend on how many eggs are collected and maternal age. The rate of implantation may go on to diminish with the women ageing. It may facilitate the implantation of more eggs if a lady is older. More number of eggs transferred may lead to multiple pregnancies. It’s important to discuss with your IVF expert the number of embryos to implant.

Are there any precautions before IVF?

Yes. IVF doesn’t just intend to help you achieve pregnancy but a healthy pregnancy. Your obstetrician or IVF expert may ask you to change your lifestyle.

Diet:

You may have to change your diet. A few species of fish containing Mercury may affect the foetal nervous system. Shortly before, during and even after IVF, you may have to stay away from some fish species. They may be King Mackerel, Tilefish, Canned Tuna Fish, Shark and Swordfish. You may have to avoid a few other fish species as your IVF expert guides you. Your IVF expert may study your medical history and help you round off a proper dietary regimen.

Drugs:

Drugs are just meant to be avoided as the efforts towards conception are about to start. Recreational drugs may interfere with the ability to conceive or to carry the pregnancy to term. Some drugs like Marijuana may decrease sperm concentration and hinder the production of Testosterone. 

Caffeine:

The correlation between caffeine and its effects on fertility is under analysis. Caffeine may be linked to a decrease in the chances of conception. The cause-and-effect relationship between caffeine intake and conception is still to be confirmed. But studies show that women should limit the caffeine intake as they start trying for pregnancy. 

Smoking:

We are precisely aware of how smoking affects our health and the environment around us. Smoke in every form may be linked to an increase in the risk of complications. Men and women who smoke may lose their reproductive health. Studies have shown the harmful effects of smoking on foetal health in multiple ways. Parental dependence on tobacco in pregnancy and after pregnancy may raise the risk of paediatric cancers in kids. 

Alcohol:

We know how alcohol interferes with our overall health. It affects our physical and mental health. Alcohol intake can lead to poor reproductive health. Your obstetrician may advise you to avoid alcohol. Alcohol in pregnancy may create irreversible dangers. 

Medication use:

Non-fertility medications should be avoided as you start preparing for an IVF cycle. Your General physician deserves to know about your IVF cycle. You should start avoiding medications like Aspirin and those resembling Aspirin. Certain medications interfere with ovulation. 

How much does IVF treatment cost?

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How can I become more fertile?

Pregnancy care remains one of the most important subjects when a happy couple prepares for happy parenthood. Fertility issues tend to affect about 15% of the global population. The doorway to effective parentage can sometimes be full of hurdles and challenges. Fertility issues may differ from person to person based on various parameters. Thankfully, there are natural ways to increase your fertility. Lifestyle changes and food choices play a crucial role in boosting your fertility. The quest for parenthood starts with taking prenatal vitamins and passes through various significant phases. A conceiving diet is the diet that balances all the nutritional contents.

  • Start with removing the burden of free radicals:

Antioxidants are turbocharged conceiving foods with high nutritional value. Antioxidants such as zinc and folate improve fertility in both men and women. An increase in folate consumption may improve the rates of implantation, clinical pregnancy and live birth. Men may improve their healthy sperm parameters with foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids and omega-6 fatty acids. The studies are still on to confirm how antioxidants improve fertility. But studies favour the fact that antioxidants have the potential to enhance sperm quality. Conceiving foods like vegetables, nuts, grains and fruits help improve fertility in both men and women. Beta Carotene, lutein, folate, vitamins C and E offer the right reproductive health.

  • Make sure you maintain an ideal weight:

Both male and female partners in a couple strive for the ”perfect weight”. But the perfect weight may not always be a healthy or ideal weight for fertility. People struggling to cope with weight loss or weight gain find it difficult to conceive. Weight is one of the important parameters influencing overall fertility. Weight may affect hormonal regulation and ovulation. Women with PCOS may grapple with weight issues. Healthy weight in women, on the contrary, helps regulate normal ovulation and improve the chances of conception. 

  • Ensure the optimum sperm quality:

The importance of having sperm with optimum quality parameters is the key to healthy parenthood. Sperm motility, concentration, structure and volume are the key determinants affecting reproductive health. Men can go on to establish an exercise routine and a standard dietary regimen. Men may also have to adopt certain lifestyle changes. Avoid smoking, maintain a healthy diet, manage stress and address free radicals with antioxidants. Treat infections and safeguard yourself from occupational exposures to toxins. Some andrologists suggest that a healthy male partner should keep the area around the scrotum cool. It’s under research as to how a cool scrotal area betters male fertility. Men should avoid wearing tight underwear that may affect their scrotal region. Men should even avoid hot tubs or saunas. Some studies recommend that men should keep laptops and cell phones away from the scrotum.

  • Avoid recreational drugs:

Studies denote that recreational drugs may interfere with the creation of a healthy progeny. Recreational drugs are linked to the risk of birth defects in the child and medical problems in the mother. 

  • Avoid caffeine:

Caffein in large doses may increase the risk of miscarriage. Caffeine is present today in various disguises apart from our regular coffee. Restrict your coffee consumption. Even colas and energy drinks contain caffeine. You likely end up consuming more caffeine than you think. Caffeine may associate itself with boosting sperm motility. Nonetheless, above 300mg of caffeine every day may end up damaging the sperm DNA. When caffeine influences your lifestyle in combination with smoking and alcohol, it may result in low-quality sperm. 

  • Manage your stress and control it effectively:

The overall process of trying for conception includes various steps and prerequisites. Stress is known to interfere with our life in various ways. Studies link stress to the increased production of prolactin in women. Prolactin may interfere with regular ovulation. Stressed men may encounter various reproductive health issues. Enjoy spending time in the activities like yoga and aerobics. 

  • Enjoy a jumbo breakfast:

Enjoying a mega breakfast may help you include a healthy lifestyle habit. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is known to be one of the major causes of infertility. Studies show that mega breakfast every day may improve the hormonal effects of PCOS. If Women having PCOS with moderate weight consume most of their calories at breakfast, it balances two of their hormones. Regular and heavy breakfast may reduce insulin levels by 8 per cent and testosterone levels by 50 per cent. Both these hormones are known to interfere with healthy fertility. However, it’s important to downsize the dinner when breakfast is heavy.?˜

  • Include a fibrous diet:

Fibre intake is known to benefit your health in various ways. Fibre helps us get rid of excess hormones and keep blood sugar under control. Certain dietary practices that include fibre may help remove excess oestrogen by binding to it in the intestines. It further helps the overall process by removing the oestrogen from the body as waste. Avocados, fruits and sweet potatoes may help lower the oestrogen and progesterone. The most significant fibre that helps remove excess oestrogen is the soluble fibre from fruits. Always consult your obstetrician/dietician to ascertain a healthy level of fibre in your diet. 

  • Check and address your protein sources:

Animal proteins like fish, meat and eggs are harmful to some people. Replace the animal proteins with healthy proteins to obtain from nuts, seeds or beans. Some animal proteins may interfere with overall fertility in women. It may help decrease ovulatory infertility by more than 50 per cent if women replace animal proteins with vegetable proteins. 

  • Enjoy 30 minutes or an hour of regular exercise:

Exercise comes with a lot of fun and a few irreplaceable packs of excitement. It has various health benefits. A rise in moderate physical activity helps maintain finer levels of fertility in both men and women. Men should regularise various fronts of their daily plan. Men should get involved in every physical activity that helps them maintain a healthy BMI. Men may consider including a diet with lean proteins and fresh fruits and vegetables. It’s important to remember that spermatogenesis is a process occurring at slightly below body temperature. Exercise in a good space and avoid overheating yourself. Stop excessive exercise as it may interfere with your reproductive health. When it comes to women, rigorous or strenuous exercise may counteract ovulation and the hormone progesterone. Everyone has his or her own dietary and fitness expectations. Therefore, always ask your obstetrician and dietician about various suitable dietary regimens and exercise techniques. 

How can I take care of myself during pregnancy?

Taking care of yourself and your baby is important. And the extensive care starts the day you realize that you are pregnant. Pregnancy care is easier than expected, specifically when you start it at the earliest. The concept of pregnancy care or prenatal care may include various healthy lifestyle choices. Right from taking prenatal vitamins to scheduling appointments with your obstetrician, a healthy pregnancy denotes all you can start methodically. 

How much weight gain is normal or essential in pregnancy?

Your obstetrician or midwife will guide you about healthy weight gain. It happens to be different for everyone. Nonetheless, most women gain about 25 to 30 pounds. Underweight women may have to gain more weight as directed by their obstetrician. Being overweight or underweight demands different dietary interventions. It may further depend upon various parameters like your BMI and medical history.

How do you wish to begin your journey?

A journey that starts with the first trimester spans 9 months of ecstasy and a bit of nervousness. Start with an appointment with your obstetrician. Schedule an appointment immediately as you find that you have sprained your ankle. Your obstetrician will start with knowing about your medical history. Doctors may ask you about the symptoms you developed after your pregnancy began. Your obstetrician may subsequently give you some invaluable pregnancy tips on safety and nutrition. 

  • Start with quitting smoking:

That’s the best thing you can ever do for yourself and your baby. Countless studies worldwide show that women exposed to smoke are less likely to conceive. They may not carry their pregnancy to term even if they conceive. And smoking predisposes you to grave complications in labour. Studies associate smoking with an increased risk of having a premature baby or stillbirth. It’s perhaps the best time to kick the butt. 

  • Enjoy a diet that balances your nutritional requirements:

Eat plenty of vegetables and fruits. Carbohydrates may fulfil your nutritional requirements. Beans, cheese, meat, fish, pulses and eggs are those dietary essentials you should start counting on. Based on your pre-pregnancy health, you may consider including an additional meal in your diet. Both perennial and seasonal fruits help you maintain a healthy regimen. Green leafy vegetables are jampacked with iron and folic acid. Start eating nuts and make yourself full of vigour and vitality throughout the pregnancy.?˜

  • Start practising a lifestyle full of hygiene and sanitation:

Wash your hands frequently. Use a soap preferably recommended by your obstetrician or midwife. The importance of hygiene and sanitation is growing day by day. Make sure that your hands are thoroughly sanitized before and after every meal. Trim your nails frequently. Personal hygiene helps you prevent infections and transmitting them to the baby.

  • Mild physical activity in pregnancy:

You may consider joining a pregnancy exercise class. Many yoga classes held today will give you the right knowledge on exercise in pregnancy. It’s great to exercise every day unless you have issues regularizing your exercise. Exercise helps you thrive on a healthy lifestyle and avoid tedium. Try to exercise for 30 minutes every day. Enjoy slow walks in the garden or lawn instead of brisk walks. Swimming is another choice that makes your day. Hydrating yourself is mandatory to assure that you don’t suffer from heats or dehydration. Dehydration is a common concern in the second trimester. Avoid any exercises causing a fall or skid. Wear skid-proof footwear. 

It’s best to contact your GP or obstetrician if you develop the following symptoms while exercising:

  1. Backache
  2. Chest pain
  3. Dizziness
  4. Blurred vision
  5. Loss of orientation 
  • It’s better to jot down all:

You may have many things to consider as you conceive and start nearing childbirth. You may take many things into account. Think about your medical history, your preferences, your current health status and your immediate surroundings. Write down all you wish to follow and include.

Following are the things you may consider including in your diary:

  1. How would you include pain medications?
  2. Special clothes you wish to wear
  3. Your favourite music/tracks
  4. Positions you prefer for labour and childbirth
  5. If you wish to avoid any procedures
  6. Plans to cope with complications if you have a medical history as such

How would you avoid or cope with the common pregnancy concerns?

  • Morning sickness:

Nauseous sensations are common mostly in the broad daylight during pregnancy. It’s better to plan small meals and eat them exactly as planned. Avoid anything that tastes spicy or acidic. Acidic foods may complicate your morning sickness in various ways. It’s better to confide in your obstetrician or midwife if your morning sickness lasts longer than 3 months. Morning sickness and weight loss may be the signs that foretell complications. Bring those to your obstetrician’s notice if weight loss accompanies 3 extensive months of morning sickness. 

  • Muscle cramps:

Muscle cramps or leg cramps may not be there to stay. If mild physical activity accompanies your midwife’s suggestions, you may avoid leg cramps easily. Stretch the calves of your legs by flexing your feet towards your knees. Drink plenty of water as directed by your obstetrician.

  • Tiredness:

Nothing is as common as tiredness and doldrums when you are pregnant. Take naps each time you feel overridden by doldrums. Make sure you aren’t anaemic. If you are anaemic, take every necessary precaution as your obstetrician guides you. 

  • Constipation:

Fibre happens to be the best natural source available if you feel constipated. Drink plenty of water. Fruits, vegetables and cereals may suffice. Laxatives can be dangerous in pregnancy. Don’t take any laxatives unless your obstetrician asks you. Prefer stool softeners over hard laxatives.

  • Haemorrhoids:

Constipation can be a precursor to Haemorrhoids. Avoid straining while passing the stool. Use stool softeners instead of any laxatives. 

  • Varicose Veins:

Don’t use tight clothes around your waistline or legs. Rest with your feet facing the ceiling. Don’t sit in an uncomfortable posture for a long time. Avoid standing for an extended period. 

  • Downright moodiness:

Hormonal changes are prevalent in pregnancy. It’s not new for a pregnant lady to develop moodiness in pregnancy. Life is all set to welcome a pleasant change. Get set for it with open arms. Avoid being rough on yourself. Consult the right psychiatrist if you feel overridden by nervousness or depressive thoughts. 

Helping you create a life!

Motherhood is a beautiful part of life and for many women getting pregnant can be a demanding phase. Doctors from the best IVF centre in Indore are there to help smoothen the conceiving process for you and your partner. For everyone, it is not easy to conceive and in such a scenario in vitro fertilization is an option you can consider. Infertility can be caused by many factors like imbalance in the menstrual cycle, vaginal infections, polycystic ovarian syndrome, ovulation disorders and endometriosis. 

What you need to know about In vitro fertilization? 

In vitro fertilization is a series of procedures performed to help you with the conception of a child. Mature eggs are collected from the ovaries and fertilized by the sperm in a lab. IVF is one of the most effective methods of assisted reproductive technology which you can access from an IVF specialist in Indore. Women with various causes of infertility and different age groups can visit the best IVF centre in Indore for assistance. 

How can we help you?

Our teams of doctors are renowned?˜IVF specialists in Indore?˜who will hold your hand through the whole IVF process and help you in every step. Being one of the?˜best IVF centres in Indore, our team of doctors will recommend you treatments after testing you thoroughly and will pay heed to your customized needs.?˜

In recent times, women are reaching out to science and technology to help them solve infertility related problems. If you and your partner are keen on getting pregnant and are facing any kind of difficulty, it is advised that you seek professional help and guidance from an?˜IVF specialist in Indore.?˜

When are you more likely to conceive? Ovulation and fertility

WeŸ??re talking about the Ÿ??fertile windowŸ?? Ÿ?? the days in a womanŸ??s menstrual cycle when pregnancy is possible. The Ÿ??fertile windowŸ?? depends on the length of the menstrual cycle, which varies among women.

The Ÿ??fertile windowŸ?? is the day when an egg is released from the ovary (ovulation) and the five days beforehand. Having sex (intercourse) during this time gives you the best chance of getting pregnant.Myth bustingMYTH

A woman can get pregnant any time of the month.FACT

A woman can only get pregnant on a few days during her menstrual cycle, because eggs and sperm only live for a short time:

  • Sperm live for around five days.
  • Eggs can only be fertilised for around 24 hours (one day) after being released from the ovary.

Eggs and sperm need to come together at the right time for fertilisation to happen to create an embryo.

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Ovulation is when a mature egg is released from the ovary. The egg then moves down the fallopian tube where it can be fertilised. If sperm are in the fallopian tube when the egg is released, there is a good chance that the egg will be fertilised, creating an embryo, which can grow into a baby.

Pregnancy is technically only possible if you have sex during the five days before ovulation or on the day of ovulation. But the most fertile days are the three days leading up to and including ovulation. Having sex during this time gives you the best chance of getting pregnant

By 12-24 hours after ovulation, a woman wonŸ??t be able to get pregnant during that menstrual cycle because the egg is no longer in the fallopian tube.

ThereŸ??s almost no chance of getting pregnant if you have sex before or after the fertile window (but if youŸ??re not trying to get pregnant, donŸ??t rely on this Ÿ?? contraception is your best option!).How to know when youŸ??re ovulating

Knowing when you ovulate can help you plan for sex at the right time and improve your chances of getting pregnant. You can keep a track of your menstrual cycles on a chart, in a diary or on a free period-tracker app on your smartphone.

But if you are not able to conceive even after trying for a long time, book yourself an appointment at your nearby Motherhood Hospital. We have an eminent team of gynaecologists, fertility experts and counsellors who will guide your journey towards a comfortable and safe motherhood.

50% of infertility issues are male related, know more!

Up to 15% of couples are infertile. This means they aren’t able to conceive a child, even though they’ve had frequent, unprotected sexual intercourse for a year or longer. In over a third of these couples, male infertility plays a role.

Male infertility is due to low sperm production, abnormal sperm function or blockages that prevent the delivery of sperm. Illnesses, injuries, chronic health problems, lifestyle choices and other factors can play a role in causing male infertility.Symptoms

The main sign of male infertility is the inability to conceive a child. There may be no other obvious signs or symptoms. In some cases, however, an underlying problem such as an inherited disorder, a hormonal imbalance, dilated veins around the testicle or a condition that blocks the passage of sperm causes the following signs and symptoms:

  • Problems with sexual function for example, difficulty with ejaculation or small volumes of fluid ejaculated, reduced sexual desire or difficulty maintaining an erection (erectile dysfunction)
  • Pain, swelling or a lump in the testicle area
  • Recurrent respiratory infections
  • Inability to smell
  • Abnormal breast growth (gynecomastia)
  • Decreased facial or body hair or other signs of a chromosomal or hormonal abnormality
  • A lower than normal sperm count (fewer than 15 million sperm per millilitre of semen or a total sperm count of less than 39 million per ejaculate)

When to see a doctor

See a doctor if you have been unable to conceive a child after a year of regular, unprotected intercourse or sooner if you have any of the following:

  • Erection or ejaculation problems, low sex drive or other problems with sexual function
  • Pain, discomfort, a lump or swelling in the testicle area
  • A history of testicle, prostate or sexual problems
  • A groin, testicle, penis or scrotum surgery

Not being able to conceive a child can be stressful and frustrating, but a number of male infertility treatments are available at Motherhood Fertility. We are a renowned fertility and reproductive centre well equipped with expert doctors (male andrologists), skilled team of nurses, counsellors, physiotherapists and clinical dieticians. The team of experts provides comprehensive fertility services backed by our state-of-the-art andrology lab and advanced laparoscopic and surgical treatments for complete resolution of male fertility issues.