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  • 5 Things You Need to Live With Infertility as a Woman Over 40
    Living with infertility requires grit and grace — especially for women over 40 who believed they’d have children one day. What do you need to enter the second half of life as an infertile woman? How do you live happily with infertility when you always planned to have a family?
  • Find Out Why You Can’t Get Pregnant! 4 Fertility Checklists
    These fertility checklists for men and women will help answer your “why can’t I get pregnant?” question. These are the most common reasons women don’t conceive quickly; they include male fertility issues related to sperm health. Conceiving a baby and staying pregnant for the full term is surprisingly difficult for many women!
  • 9 Great Gift Ideas for a Girl Getting Her First Period
    A girl’s first period is itself a gift to celebrate! My first “menstrual cycle” (as my mom called it) was scary and confusing. I didn’t know some girls get gifts the first time they get a period. I would’ve loved to celebrate my first “menstruation” (as my grandma called it), which is why I had fun coming up with these gifts and ideas for girls getting their first periods 🙂
  • Prayers for Women Who Are Trying to Get Pregnant
    Is there a “right” way to pray to get pregnant? These prayers for women who are trying to conceive are inspired by Hannah in the Bible. She tried to get pregnant for years, and prayed to God for a baby. If you’re praying to get pregnant, you’ll find hope and faith here – even if your body just isn’t cooperating.
  • Infertility and Divorce – How to Know if You Can Save Your Marriage
    Couples who are coping with infertility often feel overwhelmed with grief or anger. Sometimes divorce seems like the only option, especially if one or both partners had their hearts set on having children. Can you save your marriage, or is it too late?
  • How Much Do Fertility Treatments Cost? From IVF to Donor Eggs
    Here are the costs of the most common fertility treatments, including in vitro fertilization (IVF), donor eggs, intrauterine insemination (IUI), and surrogate parenting. “We compare investing in your fertility with gambling or investing in the stock market,” write Julie Vargo and Maureen Regan in A Few Good Eggs: Two Chicks Dish on Overcoming the Insanity of Infertility. […]
  • 6 Ways to Improve Your Chances of Pregnancy After 40
    Here, you’ll find tips for getting pregnant in your 40s plus inspiration from a 51 year old woman who is enjoying a healthy pregnancy! Yes, she is rare…but she shows what’s possible. If you want to have a baby, you’re a woman over 40, and you’re considering in vitro fertilization (IVF), you’ll be inspired by Mary […]
  • How to Help Your Husband Deal With the Shock of Male Infertility 
    A diagnosis of azoospermia – no sperm, a type of male factor infertility – isn’t just shocking for a man, it’s a blow to his masculinity and ego. Some men pride themselves on their virility and ability to father children. “Thank you for your She Blossoms blog; specifically, the articles on male infertility,” writes Nan […]
  • How to Overcome Setbacks When You’re Trying to Conceive
    These five “Blossom Tips” for overcoming setbacks when you’re trying to get pregnant are inspired by a reader. He and his wife are struggling to conceive a baby; he commented on one of my most popular fertility articles… “My wife and I have been trying to have a baby, in the last year we have […]
  • 8 Ways to Survive IVF Without Feeling Sorry for Yourself
    I hesitated to pair the phrases “survive IVF” (in vitro fertilization) with “without feeling sorry for yourself” because I know how painful and difficult fertility treatments are. I struggled with self-pity during my infertility roller coaster, and found that feeling sorry for myself made everything worse. These tips for surviving IVF — and fertility treatments […]
  • Foods to Help You Recover Sperm Health, Count, and Motility
    Learning how to recover sperm can be as simple as discovering what foods increase your sperm count, production, and motility. Remember, though, that increasing and recovering sperm depends on your overall health, genetics, and lifestyle! It’s not as easy as simply eating magnesium-rich foods or avoiding hot tubs. Improving male fertility can be complex, depending […]
  • 9 Easy Healthy Ways to Get Regular Periods Naturally
    Certain foods can regulate your periods and stabilize your hormones naturally. These tips for regulating your periods are easy and healthy; they’ll help normalize your menstrual cycle, improve your mood, and help you feel good again. Balancing your hormones is key to learning how to get a regular period – and the good news is […]
  • How to Stop Infertility From Ruining Your Relationship
    If you let it, infertility can have a devastating effect on your marriage. These tips on how to stop infertility from ruining your relationship will give you hope and encouragement, as well as practical ideas for building a strong connection with your husband. “My husband and I have been trying to conceive for two years,” […]
  • How to Recover From Yet Another Negative Pregnancy Test
    The disappointment of a negative pregnancy test is crushing – especially if you were sure this time it would be positive! These tips on how to recover from yet another negative pregnancy test are from my own personal experience Coping with sadness and depression when you’re trying to conceive doesn’t get easier – and neither […]
  • 23 Best Vegetables to Eat for a Normal Menstrual Cycle
    Many – but not all – veggies can increase your energy and balance your hormones. Here are the best vegetables to eat for a normal menstrual cycle; they’re healthy, delicious, inexpensive, and versatile. You can eat them raw or cooked, grilled or sautéd, stir fried or baked (my favorite vegetables are baked yams and kimchi […]
  • How to Tell Your Boyfriend You Can’t Get Pregnant
    Hearing the words “female infertility” is heartbreaking. If your doctor told you that you can’t get pregnant – and you don’t know how to tell your boyfriend – you may feel everything from shame to anger to depression. Here’s how to cope – plus tips for telling your boyfriend that you can’t get pregnant. You […]
  • What to Eat When You’re on Your Period – and What to Avoid
    Whether your favorite food is sweet or salty, you’ll find something quick and easy in this list – especially if you’re wondering what to eat on your period. Food has an immediate and dramatic impact on your mood and energy level, which is why you need to be thoughtful about what you eat while menstruating. In […]
  • Help for for Irregular Periods – Herbs and Natural Remedies
    One of the most common questions I’m asked is, “My periods are irregular, can you help me?” Yes! Here’s the good news: I researched the most popular and safe natural herbs and herbal remedies for irregular periods, and here I share them. Plus, I found expert advice and tips from doctors and naturopathic physicians. The […]
  • 5 Proven Ways to Ease the Pain of PMS
    Painful PMS symptoms range from tension headaches to insomnia, backaches to depression. These natural and prescription remedies for premenstrual pain relief will help you flow through PMS. In How to Stop PMS From Causing Problems in Your Relationship, I describe why women get premenstrual syndrome and how it affects our relationships at home and work. That […]
  • 15 Most Common Causes of Period Problems – and Quick Fixes
    Skipped, spotty, nonexistent periods? The most important first step is to discover the reason. Here are the most 15 most common causes of period problems, plus fixes that will help you quickly and easily regain control of your menstrual cycle. The most important thing to remember is that your hormones are key to regulating your periods. […]
  • 7 Things You Need to Know About Getting a Normal Monthly Period
    Here’s the first thing you should know: there is no such thing as a “normal monthly period”! Unpredictable menstrual cycles are frustrating, annoying, and sometimes even anxiety-inducing – but they are normal. So, you are not alone if you’re searching for tips on how to get a normal period every month. Here’s a recent question from […]
  • How to Stop Infertility From Being the Worst Thing in Your Life
    How do you cope with the disappointment, pain, and grief of infertility? There are no easy answers or quick tips for stopping infertility from being the worst thing you’ll ever experience – but here you’ll find what works for me. First, read this comment from a woman who went through her own infertility roller coaster before […]
  • 4 Most Common Types of Menstrual Problems for Women
    Amenorrhea, oligomenorrhea, menorrhagia, and dysmenorrhea are the four most common types of menstrual problems. Here’s an easy-to-understand description of each, plus a few things that can make your period irregular. Are your periods a pain in the patootie? Welcome to the club. But you don’t have to be a lifelong member of the “menstrual problems” club for […]
  • 7 Things You Should Know About Sex and Getting Pregnant
    How frequently should you have sex for pregnancy? Should you lie flat on your back with your legs in the air if you want to conceive a baby? How do you time intercourse to increase your chances of getting pregnant? If you’re trying to conceive a baby, you might wonder about your sexual frequency. “We’ve only […]
  • 7 Ways to Get Healthy Sperm if You Have Abnormal Sperm Morphology
    Yes, you can get pregnant even if you have misshapen or abnormal sperm morphology! These natural tips on how to get healthy sperm are inspired by a reader’s question about the results of his abnormal semen analysis. “My wife and I have been trying to get pregnant for three years,” said Orville on How to Increase […]
  • Kimchi and Sauerkraut – Best Probiotic Foods for Healing Depression Naturally
    Here’s how probiotic foods such as sauerkraut and kimchi help heal depression naturally. Some fermented foods contain probiotics that decrease inflammation and increase brain health. “I’m struggling with depression because of infertility,” says Julie on Help Coping With Depression When You Can’t Get Pregnant. “I don’t know if I feel better writing about it here […]
  • Help Coping With Depression When You’re TTC and Can’t Get Pregnant
    Feeling depressed because you can’t have a baby is natural. You’re trying to conceive, and getting your period every month is worse than disappointing. It’s heartbreaking. Here, you’ll find help coping with depression’s numbness, fatigue, sadness, anxiety, and inability to care about life. Those signs of depression are normal when you’re TTC; there is nothing wrong […]
  • 10 Things You Need to Know About Adopting a Baby
    If you’re searching for “how to adopt a baby”, you are one of 10,000 people who are looking for infant adoption this month! Here’s the basic foundation of what you need to know about infant adoption in the United States and Canada. I spent weeks researching tips for adopting babies when my husband and I found […]
  • How to Understand the Results of Your Semen Analysis
    Here’s how to read and understand your semen analysis results, plus a description of what normal sperm looks like. A typical semen analysis might include the terms “sluggish sperm” and “diminished sperm motility” and “normal forward sperm progression” – but don’t let those sperm test results alarm you. Did you know that most couples check the girlfriend’s […]
  • How to Deal With Anxiety When You Can’t Get Pregnant
    You’ll find it easier to handle the disappointment of getting your period with these tips for dealing with anxiety. When you can’t get pregnant, every month feels like an emotional roller coaster… “I struggle with anxiety and feel scared about not having a baby every time I get my period,” writes Dakota on How to Stay […]
  • 9 Things That Can Make Your Period Irregular
    Knowing what causes irregular periods is important; even better is learning the natural remedies that regulate your menstrual cycle. Getting regular periods is awesome – whether you want to get pregnant, are planning a beach vacation, or you just want to know when to expect your monthly guest. While researching the causes of spotty, missed, […]
  • Causes of Infertility for Men and Women Who Can’t Get Pregnant
    Gene mutations in men and obscure viruses in women can cause infertility. Here’s a basic list of the most commonly known reasons men and women can’t get pregnant, plus four research studies that describe lesser known causes of male and female fertility problems. If you’ve been trying to get pregnant for more than a year, you may […]
  • How Christian Yoga and Spiritual Exercises Make You Strong
    The best exercise involves your mind, body, and soul. Here’s how Christian yoga combined with spiritual exercises can strengthen your relationship with both God and your body. Holy Yoga: Exercise for the Christian Body and Soul with Brooke Boon is Christian yoga book. She sees “holy yoga” as an exercise style that Christians can use to generate patience, strength, and […]
  • How to Stop Feeling Hopeless When You’re TTC
    You’ve been trying to conceive (TTC) for months or even years, and feelings of hopelessness are starting to creep in. Here are six powerful ways to stop feeling hopeless when you’re TTC. In Hope for Women Who Want to Get Pregnant, I share The Parable of the Maiden’s Horse. The moral of the story is […]
  • Medical Marijuana for Period Pain – What You Need to Know
    Easing period pain with legal marijuana may be news to you, but it’s “tried and true” for Whoopi Goldberg. Here’s the latest on menstrual cramps and medical marijuana, plus information on Maya Elisabeth’s and Whoopi Goldberg’s legal cannabis company called OM EDIBLES™. Medical marijuana is not about smoking illegal pot to get high – but that stigma […]
  • Bloated Stomach – What Causes It and How to Stop It
    You’ll be surprised to discover what causes bloating – and you’ll be relieved to learn how to get rid of your bloated stomach! I found the 5 most common causes of stomach bloating and 7 best ways to get rid of belly bloat. “As you age, food does not move through your system the way it used to,” […]
  • How to Get Rid of the Worst PMS Symptoms Right Now
    You’ll feel happy and empowered right now, just reading these eight tips on how to get rid of the worst symptoms of PMS. These natural remedies are safe and effective – and you may already have some of them in your kitchen cupboard or fridge. My two worst symptoms of PMS are: 1) extreme emotional and […]
  • How to Get Rid of Period Pain Quickly and Easily 
    These 10 ways to get rid of period pain (menstrual cramps, bloating, extreme abdominal aches) start with long-term solutions, and end with quick and easy tips. In Endometriosis as a Cause of Painful Periods, I described a research study that explains why we suffer through period pain for years – even decades! – of our lives. […]
  • Things to Consider When You’re Single and Want a Baby
    Are you ready to be a single mother? These suggestions are inspired by one of my Blossom readers. “I want a baby so badly,” Lisa says. “But I’m single. What do I do?” In Choosing Single Motherhood: The Thinking Woman’s Guide, Mikki Morrissette addresses the most common questions and concerns of women who want to […]
  • The Best Way to Get Pregnant
    These tips will help you figure out the best way to get pregnant. How do you know which tip will work for you? By trying each one, step by step. A Clearblue Digital Ovulation Test is the most common product you’ll see when you search for the best way to get pregnant. Why? Because you want to […]
  • What to Do When Your Husband Has Azoospermia
    Finding out your husband has an azoospermia diagnosis is shocking and sad, especially since female fertility problems are often more expected than male infertility issues. These tips will help you cope with your husband’s diagnosis of azoospermia, and give you hope for moving forward. If you’re searching for male infertility products, look into Baby ASAP for […]
  • Preparing for Baby – What You Need to Know
    Preparing for baby is one of the most exciting times of your life – and the scariest! These thoughts on how to prepare for a baby are inspired by a midwife’s comment on my “healthy pregnancy” article. Are you planning to breastfeed? Booby Tubes are a natural, safe, gel-free breast pack made with a 100% organic cotton […]
  • Hope for Pregnant Cancer Patients Getting Chemo
    New research shows that some types of chemotherapy for pregnant cancer patients doesn’t hurt the baby. Here’s a summary of the study, plus hope for women getting chemo while pregnant. If a pregnant woman ever needs pampering, it’s when she’s fighting cancer! A Little Something for Mama-to-Be Organic Pregnancy Gift Set contains five gifts to pamper […]
  • How to Get a Home HIV Test
    What you need to know about testing your HIV status, how to get a home HIV test, and how accurate the results are when you test for HIV antibodies at home. Oraquick Oral In Home Saliva Test for HIV is the first test you can read yourself. You can do this home HIV test a test […]
  • How to Deal With Spotting Between Periods
    Spotty periods are so annoying! Here are a few tips on how to deal with spotting between periods, based on my experience and research on womens’ menstrual cycles. If you’re worried about leakage (and we all are, trust me!), get the StainFree Seamless Hipster Lace Trim “Menstrual Period Panty”. It offers great protection for women and […]
  • How to Increase Low Sperm Count
    It’s taking you a long time to get pregnant because you’re focusing on sex and ovulation. You need to start learning how to increase low sperm count – in addition to timing intercourse so it happens during her fertile window. If you don’t have a clue how high or low your sperm count is, get Micra […]
  • How to Deal With Depression When You Can’t Get Pregnant
    The grief you feel when you can’t conceive can turn into depression. Here are several tips on how to deal with depression when you can’t get pregnant. My prayer is that these tips help you move forward in peace, love, and joy. Some of these strategies for dealing with depression are from Dr Harold Levinson, […]
  • What Is – and Isn’t – Normal in Your Period Cycle
    What’s normal in your menstrual cycle when you’re 20 is different than when you’re 30, 40, or 50. This summary will answer your “what is a normal period?” questions, and help you see if the flow and duration of your period is normal or not. Have you heard of the menstrual cup? The The Diva […]
  • What to Eat for a Normal Menstrual Cycle
    Here are a few surprising causes of irregular periods, plus a list of what to eat for a normal menstrual cycle. Getting your period at different times of the month is a pain in the patootie! Trust me, I know. My own period used to be regular as rain, but now it’s all over the […]
  • Visualization Techniques and Tips for Getting Pregnant
    Some women get pregnant fast; others take longer to conceive. These visualization tips and techniques for getting pregnant are for women who are creatively minded, and who like the idea of incorporating mediation into their pregnancy journey. To learn more, get Health Journeys – Guided Meditations Help with Fertility. The visualization techniques and tips for […]
  • Natural Mood Stabilizers That Don’t Have Side Effects
    Food directly affects your mood and energy level. These six natural “mood stabilizers” will keep your emotional equilibrium steady and help prevent mood swings. These foods are especially helpful when you’re coping with lack of sleep, anxiety, or depression. The thing to remember when you’re searching for ways to stabilize your mood is that different […]
  • How to Regulate Your Period
    Learning how to regulate your period can change your life. You can regulate your monthly cycle by balancing your hormones naturally with these seven tips. Regulating your period requires some experimentation. Why? Because what works for one woman doesn’t work for another. And, what works for you at one stage of your life may not […]
  • How to Increase Your Chances of Getting Pregnant
    These tips on how to increase your chances of getting pregnant are paired with short pregnancy stories, to inspire you to keep trying to conceive. After all, getting pregnant isn’t just about getting the right information…it’s about keeping the faith! The Clearblue Fertility Starter Kit is the Number 1 OB-GYN recommended brand of ovulation test sticks […]
  • 10 Most Common Signs of Infertility in Women and Men
    Recognizing the most common signs of infertility will help you decide what to do if you can’t get pregnant. Infertility signs in men and women are different – which means you and your partner need to pay attention to your bodies. The Clearblue Fertility Monitor is for couples who are trying to get pregnant and want […]
  • Trusting God When You Can’t Get Pregnant
    If you’re having problems getting pregnant, you may have a difficult time trusting God. When you can’t get pregnant, you feel scared, lonely, and anxious about the future. These thoughts on trusting God when you’re not getting pregnant will help you find peace and even joy. Waiting in Wonder: Growing in Faith While You’re Expecting by […]
  • An Easy Ovulation Chart to Help You Get Pregnant
    This online ovulation calendar will show your cycle day-by-day, and help you get pregnant. You’ll also get tips on getting pregnant – such as when to start ovulation testing or how to interpret changes in cervical mucus. A Clearblue Fertility Monitor is a supplement to your ovulation chart, like a pregnancy test is after you miss […]
  • Options for Women Who Can’t Get Pregnant
    These answers to the “why am I not getting pregnant?” question will help you see different options for starting a family. They’re inspired by A Parable of Hope. If you suspect or know that infertility is part of your life, read Navigating the Land of If: Understanding Infertility and Exploring Your Options by Melissa Ford. She […]
  • How to Increase Your Chances of Getting Pregnant
    Conceiving a baby requires a healthy blend of faith and planning. Here’s how to increase your chances of getting pregnant scientifically, plus spiritual inspiration from the Parable of the Jewish Mother. The Clearblue Fertility Monitor is the best way to predict your follicular and luteal phases – which I describe below. Knowing when your ovulation cycle […]
  • Tips for Women Planning to Get Pregnant
    A healthy pregnancy plan includes hope, faith, and practical strategies for getting pregnant. These tips for women planning to get pregnant are inspired by The Parable of the Tiger and the Strawberries. Whether you’re just starting your pregnancy journey or four years into it, get a Clearblue Digital Ovulation Test. You need to have sex […]
  • How to Prepare for Pregnancy
    Getting pregnant takes preparation for most couples, so you need to know what “preparing for pregnancy” means. These tips are inspired by The Parable of the Mountain Climber – they’ll help you set your emotional and mental equilibrium – because a stable mind, heart, and spirit is what you need when you’re trying to conceive. […]
  • Hope for Women Who Want to Get Pregnant
    Conceiving a baby happens fast for some, while others find themselves saying “I want to get pregnant” for months, sometimes years. Here’s hope for women who want to get pregnant, inspired by The Parable of the Maiden’s Horse. The Clearblue Digital Ovulation Test is a good place to start if you’re hoping to get pregnant, but haven’t […]
  • How to Increase Fertility Naturally
    These six tips for increasing your fertility naturally are inspired by a parable of a journey. You might think of it as a journey towards pregnancy, because it may change your perspective of getting pregnant. One lesson of the parable is to gather jewels of wisdom, inspiration, and information. One such jewel is Fertility for […]
  • 5 Ways to Overcome Fertility Problems
    These five practical tips for overcoming fertility problems are inspired by a parable of a couple who finally conceived a baby after years of trying to get pregnant. The Clearblue Fertility Monitor isn’t a cure for fertility problems, but it can help you get pregnant. Fertility monitors track your ovulation and menstrual cycles, and tell you […]
  • 10 Things That Help You Get Pregnant
    These tips help with getting pregnant by increasing your chances of conceiving a baby. They’re inspired by the Parable of the Two Wolves – which reveals the number one thing that will help you get pregnant. The Clearblue Fertility Monitor isn’t a tip for getting pregnant from the parable, but it will tell you when […]
  • Discouraged Because You Can’t Get Pregnant?
    These tips on how to stay hopeful when you’re discouraged because you can’t get pregnant are inspired by the Parable of the Zen Farmer. It’s so discouraging to keep getting your period every month, so heartbreaking to ride the roller coaster of hope and disappointment. I don’t know if you’re eating foods for fertility, but […]
  • Should You Try In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) to Get Pregnant?
    Here are four things to consider if you’re thinking about trying in vitro fertilization (IVF) to get pregnant – especially if you’re reluctant to try IVF because you want to get pregnant naturally. These tips are inspired by The Parable of the Flood – it’s a story that may help you overcome the disappointment of […]
  • How to Choose a Fertility Clinic
    These tips on how to choose a fertility clinic will help you decide which infertility services and doctors will best meet your needs. In this article, I also offer a brief answer to the “what is in vitro fertilization?” question and a summary of how much in vitro fertilization and other fertility treatments cost. In […]
  • How Much Folic Acid to Take During Pregnancy
    Folic acid and pregnancy go together like diapers and babies – you can’t have one without the other! “How much folic acid do I take during pregnancy” is often asked, and here’s the answer. The Nature Made Prenatal Multivitamin + DHA has the right amount of folic acid (0.4 mg of folic acid is how much […]
  • How Magnesium Helps Relieve PMS Symptoms
    Here are the most important things you need to know about taking magnesium supplements to help with PMS symptoms, from a book called The Magnesium Miracle by Carolyn Dean, M.D., N.D. Plus, a list of the foods highest in magnesium and the reasons why women crave chocolate before and when they’re getting their period… “Chocolate, which […]
  • Why You Should Get a Flu Shot if You’re Trying to Conceive
    Whether you’re pregnant or trying to conceive a baby, you should consider getting a flu shot. Research shows pregnant women and unborn babies are at increased risk for flu complications during pregnancy if mom hasn’t had a flu shot. “Getting a flu shot should be a routine part of prenatal care,” said Edward McCabe, MD, […]
  • When Are You Most Fertile? 5 Signs of Ovulation
    If you’re trying to get pregnant, you need to know when you are most fertile. Here are five signs of ovulation, written by a blogger who knows what she’s talking about! How do I know? Because she’s currently pregnant 🙂 “I first researched fertility and ovulation after we miscarried our first child,” says Nathana Clay. “Fortunately, […]
  • How Stress Affects Fertility and Getting Pregnant
    Stress and fertility are unhappy bedfellows. Here’s a summary of research showing how stress affects getting pregnant, plus tips on reducing stress so you can conceive a baby. I’m a huge fan of yoga for strength, toning, stretching, relaxation, and decreasing stress. Getting pregnant isn’t my goal, but feeling healthy and strong is! If you […]
  • How Much Does IVF Cost? From $900 to $19,000
    The cost of IVF treatments depends on the type of infertility procedures and fertility drugs. Here’s a summary of the average cost of IVF for couples undergoing fertility treatments – including clinic visits, fertility medication, and miscellaneous expenses such as travel, parking, food, and other expenses related to fertility care. The bad news is that […]
  • What if Fertility Treatments Don’t Work?
    If you’re undergoing infertility treatments, you need to balance hope and faith with the possibility that fertility treatments won’t work. In 5 Reasons In Vitro Fertilization Fails to Result in Pregnancy, I describe possibilities for failed fertility treatments. A new study shows that there is a link between an unfulfilled wish for children and worse […]
  • Endometriosis as a Cause of Painful Periods
    If you’re dealing with painful periods, endometriosis might be the cause. Here’s how to get a quick diagnosis of endometriosis – because a delayed diagnosis leads to more problems – and start healing the pain of your periods. In Stop Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain: What Every Woman and Her Doctor Need to Know, Dr Andrew […]
  • 6 Problems That Prevent Pregnancy
    Not getting pregnant is a top priority for some women, and figuring out the problems that prevent pregnancy is extremely important to others. Here are six reasons you’re not getting pregnant, ranging from environmental toxins to blocked fallopian tubes. The Easy@Home 50 Ovulation (LH) and 20 Pregnancy (HCG) Tests will help you overcome the usual problems preventing […]
  • How to Know When You Ovulate
    “When do I ovulate?” is the first question you need to ask if you want to get pregnant. Here are three ways to know when you ovulate, and all are free: the calendar method, the basal body temperature method, and the cervical mucus method. The Clearblue Advanced Digital Ovulation Test is the best way to know […]
  • About Getting Pregnant – 13 Things You Need to Know
    If you’re concerned or curious about getting pregnant, here are 13 simple things you need to know about ovulation, fertile days, eggs, sperm, and home pregnancy tests. Conceive Plus Fertility-Friendly Personal Lubricant for Couples is a popular item for couples who are trying to conceive. Some lubricants have toxic or harmful elements that kill sperm, so […]
  • Paying for IVF – 6 Ways to Ease the Financial Burden
    Here are several different ways to pay for IVF or other fertility treatments when you don’t have medical insurance coverage. Paying for IVF is expensive, and you may not want to borrow money from family or friends (not that there’s anything wrong with that!). The IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) Journal was created by Stephanie Fry, who […]
  • How to Buy Fertility Medications on the Internet – Safely
    Buying fertility medications online can be cheaper than in person. Here’s how to SAFELY buy fertility medications on the internet – I compiled a list of FDA-approved tips to help you avoid scams and dangerous drugs. FertiliTea: A Natural Fertility Tea Blend is a fertility supplement, not a fertility medication. FertiliTea is an all-natural tea designed to enhance […]
  • How Sperm Fragmentation Affects Getting Pregnant
    A high level of DNA fragmentation in sperm can lead to male infertility, and stop you from getting pregnant. Here’s what causes sperm fragmentation and how to reduce the effects of fragmented DNA in sperm. Antioxidants are the most powerful way to decrease sperm fragmentation because they reduce the effects of exposure to toxins that […]
  • How to Predict Your Fertile Window and Get Pregnant
    Here’s an easy-to-remember way to predict when your “fertile window” is, plus tips for increasing your chances of getting pregnant. Knowing when your fertile window is will naturally increase your pregnancy chances. Basically, your fertile window is the most likely time you’ll get pregnant. If you have sex during your fertile window, then your chances […]
  • How Birth Control Pills Affect Ovarian Reserve and Fertility
    The Pill may mask a severely diminished ovarian reserve, but will it permanently affect fertility and getting pregnant? Nope! Here’s the latest research on birth control pills and fertility for women. I also found an interesting study that shows that fertility in women is increased by the over-the-counter vitamin supplement 5-DHEA, which I’ll also describe […]
  • Bowen Therapy for Fertility
    When interviewing health practitioners for an article for alive magazine, I gathered information about Bowen Therapy for fertility. Here’s how The Bowen Technique helps women get pregnant. If you’re trying to conceive, this may be the natural health modality for you! Yoga & Meditation for Fertility DVD from Kat Atkinson Yoga is a healthy, natural way to increase […]
  • Keeping the Faith When You’re Trying to Get Pregnant
    Here are a few ideas on how to keep the faith when you’re trying to get pregnant. “Keeping the faith” doesn’t necessarily mean believing in God for everyone, but it does to me! These tips are for believers who are clinging to God – and for non-believers who are keeping the faith in a Higher […]
  • Preparing to Get Pregnant – A Preconception Checklist
    This “preconception checklist” is a list of things you need to think about if you’re preparing to get pregnant. Most women don’t get pregnant right away, and it’s important to be aware of health issues that could get in the way of preparing for pregnancy. Before Your Pregnancy: A 90-Day Guide for Couples on How […]
  • 12 Most Common Causes of Fertility Problems
    If you’re having problems getting pregnant, you may unknowingly be dealing with the most common causes of fertility problems. Here’s a list of the most common reasons women don’t get pregnant, plus a solution for each problem. The Combo of Ovulation and Pregnancy Test Strips (pictured) is a must-have for women who want to get pregnant. The ovulation […]
  • 15 Things You Need to Know About Pregnancy After 40
    Here’s a summary of the most important things you need to know about pregnancy after 40, mostly from the University of Maryland Medical Center. Since this list isn’t full of good news for women who want to get pregnant after age 40, we’ll start with a resource to help women get pregnant naturally, plus words […]
  • Acupuncture for Fertility and Your Chances of Pregnancy
    Learn how acupuncture for fertility can affect your chances of getting pregnant. I interviewed an acupuncturist about Chinese medicine and conception rates, and gathered research on acupuncture for fertility. The Zensufu Complete Acupressure Mat and Pillow is a wonderful option if you’re not comfortable with the idea of acupuncture needles. Acupressure is similar to acupuncture, but does […]
  • Alcohol and Fertility – How Drinking Affects Getting Pregnant
    Fertility doctors told me drinking alcohol can affect getting pregnant; they encouraged both me and my husband to stop drinking wine, beer and spirits when we were trying to conceive. But research on fertility and alcohol does not support the idea that a woman should not drink alcohol when trying to conceive. From my research on alcohol […]
  • Coping With Miscarriage After Fertility Treatments
    These suggestions for coping with miscarriage after fertility treatments are based on recent research. Feelings of depression and sadness may be stronger if you miscarried after assisted reproduction (eg, IVF, IUI) than if you got pregnant naturally. About 20% (one in five) of pregnancies that are a result of fertility treatments end in a miscarriage, […]
  • 13 Tips for Getting Pregnant Without Taking Fertility Drugs
    When I was trying to conceive, my health specialists gave me everything from clomid to luteinizing hormones. If you want to get pregnant without fertility drugs, this is a good place to start… Some women who are focused on getting pregnant without fertility drugs believe in starting with the pregnancy tests the day after they […]
  • Fertility Loans – 6 Important Things to Consider
    One way to pay for fertility treatments when you can’t afford IVF (in vitro fertilization) is by borrowing money. If fertility loans sound appealing to you, do your homework first. You may be wondering how to get pregnant when you can’t afford IVF. My husband and I were in the same boat – it was […]
  • 4 Ways to Take the Stress Out of Trying to Conceive
    These tips on stressing less when you’re trying to conceive are from the founder of Circle and Bloom, Joanne Verkuilen. She has PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), and had a difficult time getting pregnant. But not only did Joanne conceive, she went on to start a fertility website that helps other women who are trying to […]
  • How Getting Pregnant After Fertility Problems Affects Marriage
    The good news is getting pregnant and having a baby after fertility problems will improve your marriage (or so the research shows). The bad news is NOT getting pregnant can negatively affect your relationship – and even cause it to end prematurely (again, according to the research). More good news is that not all couples […]
  • Planning to Get Pregnant With Vitamin B9 Folate
    If you’re planning to get pregnant, you need to take the right vitamins and minerals. Both men and women need to know how vitamin B9 (folate) affects your pregnancy – it’s more important than you think! Are you getting enough vitamin B9 in your diet? If not, look into Doctor’s Best Best Fully Active Vitamin […]
  • IVF Increases the Chances of Twins and Triplets
    If you don’t want twins or triplets (multiple births), then you need to be very careful with in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments. Research shows IVF increases the chances women will give birth to more than one baby. Some mothers and couples may hope for twins through fertility treatments, says Dr. Eli Y. Adashi, professor of […]
  • How Bipolar Mood Disorder Affects Pregnancy
    Here is a summary of how medication for bipolar mood disorder affects a woman’s pregnancy, including the effects on the baby and the effectiveness of the prescription that controls mood swings. Approximately 4.4 million women in the U.S. have bipolar disorder, with women of childbearing age having the highest prevalence. Bipolar disorder (sometimes called manic depression) […]
  • How Fear of Infertility Treatments Affects Getting Pregnant
    Not getting pregnant after months or years of trying to conceive is devastating – and fear of infertility treatments can prolong the heartbreak. I found a study on how women are affected by their fear of infertility treatments. This study also reveals: How long most women wait before starting infertility treatments Why women have a […]
  • Clearblue Digital Ovulation Test vs. the Calendar Method
    When predicting ovulation, the difference between the calendar method and the Clearblue Digital Ovulation Test is that the digital test detects the surge in luteinising hormone (LH) that triggers ovulation. I found a research study that analysed the Clearblue Digital Ovulation Test and the calendar method, it showed that the ovulation test is far more accurate. […]
  • Before You Take Fertility Supplements to Get Pregnant
    If you’re asking “should I take fertility supplements to get pregnant?”, read this list of important things to consider. Your current physical health is at the top of the list. It’s important for you to do the research, talk to a doctor, and make an informed decision about taking fertility supplements, based on your emotional and […]
  • Accidental Pregnancy and Postpartum Depression
    A new study shows that women who accidentally get pregnant are more likely to suffer from postpartum depression than women who plan their pregnancies. This makes sense – that accidental pregnancies may lead to depression after having the baby. It’s really good information to have, because it’ll help women who accidentally got pregnant cope with […]
  • 10 Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy From a Nurse Midwife
    A certified nurse midwife offers 10 most important tips for a healthy pregnancy, ranging from the best foods to eat for your developing baby to the reasons to have regular sex during pregnancy. If you’re not a glowing and ecstatic pregnant woman, you’re not alone! Pregnancy triggers an eruption of hormones that alters moods dramatically […]
  • 5 Signs You Should See a Fertility Doctor
    You’ve been trying to get pregnant for a long time – how do you know if you should see a fertility doctor? Here are five signs you should make an appointment as soon as possible. Some women wonder if they should see a fertility doctor if they can’t get pregnant. It’s time to find a […]
  • What to Eat to Get Pregnant
    In this article, I summarize two recent research studies on eating to get pregnant. One is about fertility and nutrition; the other is about foods that lower blood pressure. Women who watch their weight and closely follow a Mediterranean-style diet high in vegetables, vegetable oils, fish and beans may increase their chance of becoming pregnant, […]
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine Herbs for Pregnancy
    Here’s a summary of how Traditional Chinese Medicine herbs can help you get pregnant, from a reproductive wellness practitioner in Vancouver, BC, Canada. “I find acupuncture extremely helpful with patients dealing with infertility, whether they are going through assisted reproductive procedures or just trying on their own,” says Dr. Mubina Jiwa, BSc., ND, Director of Essence of […]
  • Eating Disorders and Getting Pregnant
    Is it possible that your “unexplained infertility” is because of an eating disorder? Getting pregnant takes about a year on average, but if you have an eating disorder such as bulimia or anorexia nervosa, your fertility will be affected. Here’s what research from the University of Helsinki says about eating disorders and getting pregnant: Women […]
  • Do Antioxidants Increase Fertility?
    A common question about getting pregnant is whether antioxidants increase fertility in women and men. The research will surprise you! In A Surprising Cause of Infertility in Women – Antioxidants, research suggests that antioxidants don’t increase female fertility. In fact, they may decrease fertility in women. A snippet from that article: “Research shows that antioxidants […]
  • The Link Between Childhood Cancer and Infertility
    Past research shows that survivors of childhood cancer are at risk for infertility, but this new study reveals that pregnancy is just as possible for cancer survivors as for people who have never had cancer. Researchers at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center and Brigham and Women’s Hospital used data from the Childhood Cancer […]
  • Online Fertility Help
    Finding help for fertility problems on the internet is easy, efficient, and fast. Here’s how to protect your health while benefiting from online fertility help. One of the things that makes me uncomfortable with this blog – Quips and Tips for Couples Coping With Infertility – is that so many people ask me for medical […]
  • How to Get Pregnant – 5 Most Important Tips From the NIH
    Here are the most important tips for getting pregnant from the National Institute of Health. Some women get pregnant fast, while others have to read and search for tips on how to get pregnant for years before the sperm and the egg unite. And of course, don’t forget your pregnancy tests! I love the hope […]
  • How Doctors Diagnose Infertility
    Are you infertile, or just having trouble getting pregnant? If you go to the doctor, here’s how a diagnosis of infertility will happen. “Infertility” is a term that describes when a couple is unable to conceive a child after a year of having sex without birth control. In women who are older than age 35, infertility […]
  • How Increasing Blood Flow Improves Fertility
    Different methods of improving fertility work for different people. I recently discovered that increasing blood flow is a holistic approach to fertility and a healthy pregnancy. When I think back to when we were trying to get pregnant, I remember how acupuncture was supposed to open our stagnated liver qi. Our flow was blocked; acupuncture […]
  • Fertility App to Help Women Get Pregnant
    A fertility tracker called Glow uses ovulation cycle forecasts and data analytics to advise women on the best times to conceive. This fertility app is for the iPhone, and was created by the co-founder of PayPal. “My wife and I were lucky. We had our children without any issues,” said Max Levchin to Lauren Goode […]
  • Is Your Marriage Suffering Because You Can’t Get Pregnant?
    Here are a few tips for strengthening your marriage during the stress of fertility treatments or the heartbreak of knowing you can’t get pregnant. Love and Infertility: Survival Strategies for Balancing Infertility, Marriage, and Life is Kristen Magnacca’s firsthand account of not being able to get pregnant, and strengthening her marriage as a couple. They did achieve […]
  • Getting Pregnant With IVF – How to Slect the Best Embryo
    Selecting the best embryo is the best way to get pregnant with IVF (in vitro fertilization). By “best”, researchers mean the one most likely to result in a successful pregnancy. This summary of research that shows how a new technique of selecting embryos can help you conceive. There are many reasons IVF doesn’t work (read […]
  • How to Overcome Fear You’ll Never Conceive a Baby
    If you’ve been trying to conceive a baby for months or years, of course you fear it’ll never happen! Here’s how to overcome fear of infertility. These tips are inspired by Lisa Bloom, who is a mother. This is what she writes in Think: Straight Talk for Women to Stay Smart in a Dumbed-Down World: […]
  • How Do You Get Pregnant When You Can’t Afford Fertility Treatments?
    Infertility is one of the worst medical diagnoses a couple can receive, especially when they can’t afford to pay for fertility treatments. Here are a few tips on getting pregnant despite the exorbitant cost of procedures such as in vitro fertilization (IVF), If your province or state offered free fertility treatments, you might be pregnant […]
  • What is Fertility? Things You Need to Know About Getting Pregnant
    Knowing what fertility is will help you conceive a baby – or prevent an unwanted pregnancy! The more you know about fertility, the more power you have. Especially if you’re a woman. A reader emailed me, asking “what is fertility?” It’s perfect timing because of National Infertility Awareness Week (which is now over…so maybe the […]
  • 5 Places to Find Support for Pregnancy Loss
    If you recently lost a pregnancy, you may feel overwhelmed by the grief you feel. Here are five ways to get the support you need from people who understand what you’re going through. “When I lost my daughter Naomi in my second trimester, I felt complete, utter lonesomeness along with my devastating sadness,” says Kristi […]
  • How to Keep Your Marriage Strong During Fertility Treatments
    Fertility treatments may be harder on a marriage than money problems! These marriage tips for couples coping with infertility will help you and your spouse strengthen your relationship. Infertility and relationships don’t always mesh well; in fact, infertility can take over a woman or man’s life, emotions, and thoughts. Her inability to conceive a baby – or his […]
  • 5 Ways to Increase the Chances You’ll Conceive a Baby
    Here you’ll find tips for conceiving a baby, plus links to my most popular articles on increasing your fertility and getting a positive pregnancy test. These five tips are based on advice from the fertility experts at Pulling Down the Moon. They say: “History shows that during a recession, birth rates drop as couples delay […]
  • How to Know If You’re Ovulating – 3 Signs of Fertility
    “When am I ovulating?” is the most question to ask if you want to get pregnant. These top three symptoms of ovulation provide clues to your fertile window – and tell you when it’s time to conceive a baby. When my husband and I were trying to get pregnant, predicting ovulation was the trickiest thing! A woman’s […]
  • How to Achieve Your Goal of Getting Pregnant
    In Yinstill Reproductive Wellness’ 10 steps to pregnancy, the first is goal setting. Here are a few tips on setting and achieving your goal of getting pregnant. Dr Spence Pentland says: “Take, for example, a woman with PCOS: Ideally, our main goal is to see three healthy regular menstrual cycles before trying to conceive. When […]
  • Food and Fertility – The Effect of Carbs, Fats, Proteins, and Dairy
    Food directly affects both male and female fertility! Here’s how carbohydrates, fats, proteins, and dairy products affect the chances you’ll get pregnant. For in-depth information about about how food is affecting your fertility, read Real Food for Mother and Baby: The Fertility Diet, Eating for Two, and Baby’s First Foods by Nina Planck. This is a […]
  • Signs of Fertility Problems in Women
    How do you know if you have fertility problems? Many women wonder if they’ll be able to conceive a baby. Here are the most common signs of fertility problems. The first and most obvious sign of a fertility problem is the lack of ability to get pregnant. But, how do you know that you can’t […]
  • How to Increase Your Chances of Conceiving a Baby
    These tips are from the specialists at Fertility Ontario; the first tip on how to increase your chances of conceiving a baby was  the most surprising. Increasing your chances of conception is about having sex at the right time of your cycle. The Clearblue Advanced Digital Ovulation Test Kit can help with that. The specialists at […]
  • What Causes Unexplained Infertility in Men? Damaged DNA in Sperm
    Almost 30% of couples who can’t get pregnant don’t know why (diagnosis: unexplained infertility). New research shows one possible cause of unexplained infertility in men: DNA damage in individual sperm. About 50,000 couples in the UK require fertility treatments every; worldwide, about one million couples need help getting pregnant. “With one million couples worldwide requiring […]
  • Not Pregnant at Christmas? How to Survive the Holidays
    If you want to be pregnant but you’re not, Christmas is the most disappointing time of year. Here are a few emotional, physical, and spiritual tips for surviving the holidays. One way to cope with not being pregnant at Christmas is to avoid the holiday season altogether. I’ve spent a few Christmases in Mexico and […]
  • How a Woman’s Job Affects Her Ability to Conceive a Baby
    Research shows that a woman’s work affects fertility and her ability to conceive a baby – especially for nurses, flight attendants, and shift workers. Here’s what Fred W. Turek, biology professor and director of Northwestern’s Center for Sleep and Circadian Biology, says about female conception and working: “Our results have important implications for the reproductive […]
  • 9 Health Problems That Prevent Pregnancy
    Here are the most common health or medical problems that stop pregnancy, plus tips on how to conceive a baby without having to see a fertility doctor. This information is from The Impatient Woman’s Guide to Getting Pregnant by Jean Twenge – it’s the newest, most comprehensive guidebook for pregnancy. “Trying to get pregnant is very […]
  • How to Cope When You Can’t Have a Baby
    Not being able to conceive a baby is one of the saddest, most heartbreaking things for a woman. I don’t have any easy answers or solutions coping when you can’t have a baby – but here are a few tips from women who know how you feel. “My doctor told me I’ll never be able […]
  • How to Help a Woman Cope With IVF Fertility Treatments
    What can you do to help her through in fertility treatments? These tips for helping women cope with in vitro fertilization (IVF) are inspired by a mom who wants to see her daughter get pregnant. Here’s what she says: “My 30 year old daughter had two IVF procedures,” says D. on Why Didn’t IVF Work? […]
  • How Clomid – a Fertility Drug – Helps You Get Pregnant
    Here’s a clear, simple explanation of how the fertility drug clomid helps you get pregnant. It’s not the most fun fertility drug, but it can help you conceive a baby. First, though – if you’re trying to get pregnant, don’t forget the First Response Early Result Pregnancy Test. It’ll help you know as quick as possible […]
  • How to Find Good Fertility and Pregnancy Information Online
    How do you protect yourself from fertility and pregnancy myths? By knowing how to find good information online about fertility and pregnancy! There are so many fertility myths, fallacies, and outright lies on the internet. For instance… A reader recently asked me if eating a can of peas after intercourse increases your chances of pregnancy. […]
  • Bee Pollen to Increase Your Chances of Pregnancy
    Bee pollen is a natural ingredient that may increase your chances of getting pregnant. Here’s what the research shows about pregnancy and bee pollen, plus other natural ingredients for improving fertility. Dr. Danielle’s Bee Well Royal Jelly are veggie capsules that don’t contain fillers, binders, or artificial ingredients. They’re formulated by a naturopathic physician and biochemist, and […]
  • How Long Does It Take to Get Pregnant? What Moms Say
    Some women get pregnant by just looking at a man; other couples take years to conceive. I asked random women how long it takes to get pregnant; it turns out that getting pregnant takes anywhere from “half an hour, the first time we had sex” to “eight years – and I’m not pregnant yet.” The […]
  • 3 Fertility Tests to Help Women Know if They Can Conceive
    Can you conceive a baby? Here are three fertility tests women get to find out if they can get pregnant: uterotubogram or hysterosalpingogram (hsg), an endometrial biopsy, and a laparoscopy. If you can’t get pregnant and already have tried a few basic fertility tests or the basic fertility tests to find out if you can get […]
  • When You Feel Guilty for Having an Abortion
    Many women feel guilty and ashamed after having an abortion. These tips may help you cope with feelings of pain or shame, and help you move forward after the abortion. Here’s what one reader says: “I’m 21; me and my husband have trying to get pregnant but no luck,” says M. Why Can’t You Get […]
  • How to Know When You Need to Find a Fertility Doctor
    It’s hard to decide to go to a fertility doctor when you haven’t been getting pregnant, partly because it feels like it means you’ve lost hope for a natural pregnancy. Plus, it’s expensive! A new book on fertility offers this helpful health – and financial – advice: “Unless your ob-gyn specializes in infertility, works closely with a […]
  • How to Solve Male Fertility Problems
    More and more readers are asking how to solve male fertility problems – especially low sperm count. Here are a few tips for improving male fertility and making healthy sperm… Knowing if you have low or no sperm count is important — and tests you can do at home, such as the SpermCheck Fertility Test, can be […]
  • Fertility Tips for Women – From Hormones to Lubricants
    Most of the best fertility tips for women are commonsense (don’t smoke, eat right); but some may surprise you. These tips range from female hormones to preseed lubricants – and include a bit ‘o advice on prenatal vitamins… “Large doses of certain types of vitamins  – particularly vitamin A – are believed to be harmful […]
  • How to Cope When It’s Taking Too Long to Get Pregnant
    These tips will help you cope with disappointment, frustration, and depression when it’s taking too long to get pregnant. This article is inspired by a reader who is having trouble with how long it’s taking her to conceive a baby. First, let’s get practical. Are you tracking your ovulation? The Combo Pack Ovulation Tests and Pregnancy […]
  • When You Can’t Quit Smoking But Want to Get Pregnant – 5 Tips
    If you’ve done any research on getting pregnant, you know that cigarettes are BAD for your baby! But what do you do when you can’t quit smoking and you really want to get pregnant? You read these tips, that’s what! I’m an ex-smoker who loved her cigarettes, especially with coffee and wine. But now that […]
  • When You Can’t Predict Your Periods and Want to Get Pregnant
    When you can’t predict your periods, getting pregnant is trickier! These tips on getting pregnant when you never know when your period is due are inspired by a reader who says… “I’m married. My periods are not regular, and my husband’s sperm cells are weak. What can I do to get pregnant? Please give me […]
  • Does In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Work? What the Research Shows
    Some research shows that in vitro fertilization (IVF) works surprisingly well for some women! Here’s what one study shows about fertility treatments – it’ll give you hope if you’re having trouble getting pregnant naturally. “This [research] shows that, overall, IVF is extraordinarily effective and largely overcomes infertility, especially in younger women,” says lead author Beth […]
  • Depressed About Not Getting Pregnant?
    It’s not just women who get depressed about not getting pregnant! These tips are inspired by a husband’s comment on my article about infertility depression. If you’ve tried everything to conceive and feel depressed about not getting pregnant, read A Baby at Last! The Couple’s Complete Guide to Getting Pregnant – From Cutting-Edge Treatments to Commonsense […]
  • What to Do When You Can’t Get Pregnant With Your Second Child
    A reader is wondering what to do – she can’t get pregnant with her second child, she’s out of work, and she feels like she’s lost herself somewhere along the way… “I was SO happy when I gave birth to my son,” says SR. on Signs of Depression When You Can’t Get Pregnant – The […]
  • How to Cope When Your Spouse Leaves Because of Infertility
    Not all marriages survive infertility – even if one spouse wants to stay married. Here are a few tips for coping when your relationship ends because of infertility issues. Chicken Soup for the Soul: Divorce and Recovery: 101 Stories about Surviving and Thriving after Divorce by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, and Patty Hansen will help […]
  • How to Cope With Your Husband’s Secret Vasectomy
    When your husband has a vasectomy without telling you, you’ll feel a variety of painful emotions. Here’s how to cope with your emotions, and tips for responding to your husband’s decision. I wrote this article in response to a reader’s question… “I’m 35, married to my 52 yr. old husband who had a vasectomy after […]
  • When You Lose a Baby – How to Overcome Sadness and Keep Trying
    Yes, you can overcome the stress and sadness of losing a baby, and keep trying to get pregnant! These tips are inspired by a reader who miscarried a baby and desperately wants to be a mother… “I have been trying to conceive (TTC) for 10 months, and I did get pregnant after four months of […]
  • Will Scar Tissue From STDs Stop You From Getting Pregnant?
    Scar tissue from STDs can stop you from getting pregnant, but it depends on how bad and where the scar tissue is. Here’s some basic info on STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) and getting pregnant. If you want to get pregnant, you need something to tell you when the egg is ready for the sperm, such […]
  • Childlessness and Happiness – Why I’m OK With Being Childless
    Childlessness doesn’t have to mean unhappiness, even for women who desperately want kids. Here’s why I’m okay with being childless (it’s not “childfree” to me, because it’s not my choice). A reader recently said: “We recently found out that we can’t have kids and have decided against fertility treatments,” says T. on  7 Ways to […]
  • Donating Eggs to Help Women Get Pregnant – Things to Consider
    One of my readers is undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments, and wants to donate her eggs to help other women get pregnant. Here are a few things to consider… First, her comment and question: “I am going for my first IVF in the next 2 months,” says T. on Should You Try Vitro Fertilization […]
  • How to Relax When You’re Getting a Pap Smear
    Gynecological exams aren’t enjoyable, but they’re less painful if you know how to relax during a pap smear. Here are 5 tips for relaxing when you’re at the gynecologist. “Women should start seeing their gynecologist at least once every year when they turn 18 years old, or when they start being sexually active,” write the […]
  • No Money for Fertility Treatments? Cupcakes for Infertility
    You’re not alone if you have no money for fertility treatments such as in vitro fertilization (IVF). A Canadian couple is fundraising for fertility treatments with Cupcakes for Infertility! They’re not just asking for money for IVF; they’re selling cupcakes at a Fredericton flea market to raise money for their IVF treatments. “I want to […]
  • Most Common Reasons Women Don’t Get Pregnant Right Away
    Can’t conceive? Here are the most common reasons women don’t get pregnant right away. The top three barriers to pregnancy are age (both his and hers), ovulation problems, and physical problems with the Fallopian tubes that stop those little embryos from forming. If you’re trying to conceive a baby, you might want to check out The Conception […]
  • Getting Blood Test Results Online – How Not to Panic
    Lifelabs in Canada offers free online results of blood tests, which can panic people who don’t know what the results mean! Platelets, white blood cell counts, monocytes, creatinine, thyroid function – it’s all Greek to us normal non-medical folk. I got my blood tested on Friday morning, and had all the results Saturday afternoon. The […]
  • Fertility Blogs and Websites for Men Who Can’t Have Children
    Guys, if you want children, you’re not alone! Here’s a list of male fertility blogs and websites for men who want to have kids. Unfortunately, my list of sites for men is small…probably because men are less likely to seek help for health issues than women are. “Most of the time in my practice, I […]
  • When You Want a Baby But Your Body Isn’t Cooperating
    Here are a few tips for getting pregnant when your body isn’t cooperating. The worst thing about my Quips and Tips fertility blog is hearing from readers who desperately want a baby, but their bodies have a mind of their own! Here’s an example of what readers often say: “I’ve been married 1½  years, but […]
  • Can’t Conceive? 4 Reasons to Find a Fertility Specialist ASAP
    If you can’t conceive a baby and haven’t found a fertility specialist, you must read these reasons you need to go to a fertility clinic ASAP. Finding a fertility specialist often isn’t the first thing couples do when they can’t conceive –- and that’s a mistake. These reasons it’s important to make an appointment with a […]
  • 9 Ways to Improve Your Sex Life When You’re Trying to Conceive
    When you’re trying to conceive a baby, you don’t feel sexy! These nine ways to improve your sex life when you’re TTC (trying to conceive) will make you feel great about who you are as a woman and give your relationship a boost. Before the tips, a quip: “Sex at age ninety is like trying to […]
  • 10 Things You Never Knew Male Sex Organs
    Here are the things you never knew about a man’s sexual organs, including how fast semen goes. These facts about male sex organs are from sex therapist and author Dr Trina Read. Till Sex Do Us Part: Make Your Married Sex Irresistible is Dr Read’s awesome book about intimacy after marriage. For example, here are Dr […]
  • Help for an Unplanned Pregnancy
    Finding unplanned pregnancy help can be overwhelming! These options for women who got pregnant accidentally are from a pregnancy counselor, who I interviewed for an article for a hospital in Vancouver. In Oops! How to Rock the Mother of All Surprises: A Positive Guide to Your Unexpected Pregnancy, Tracy Moore shares her personal experiences with […]
  • It’s Mother’s Day, You’re Still Not a Mom, and You’re Not OK
    If you’re still not pregnant or a mom on Mother’s Day, do you feel heartbroken, frustrated, angry, indifferent, or defeated? If you’re like me, you experience all those feelings in an hour…and it’s anything but OK. I’ve rounded up a few responses to infertility on Mother’s Day, ranging from “I’m heartbroken” to “we need to […]
  • What to Do When You Tried Everything to Get Pregnant
    If everything is normal and you can’t get pregnant – you get your period every month – your feelings may range from disappointment to fear. Here’s what to do when you’ve tried everything but you can’t get pregnant. I assume you’ve already tried Restoring Fertility by Dr Brandon Horn and Dr Wendy Yu, since you […]
  • Healthy Foods for Pregnant Vegan or Vegetarian Women
    All pregnant women need to eat a well balanced diet during pregnancy, and pregnant vegan or vegetarian women are no exception. These nutrition tips are specifically for pregnant vegan and vegetarian women, to help ensure they’re getting the necessary nutrition. For easy-to-prepare dishes that are packed with protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids, […]
  • How Naturopathic Medicine Can Treat Uterine Fibroids in Women
    Different types of naturopathic medicine can treat uterine fibroids and reduce fertility problems for women. Fibroids, endometriosis, and hormonal imbalances can disrupt ovulation and cause irregular periods, which makes it hard to get pregnant. One of the most important aspects of naturopathic medicine for fertility is a healthy eating plan, supervised by a naturopath. “Dietary […]
  • 5 Foods to Increase Your Fertility – From Garlic to Oysters
    What a diet – garlic and oysters! Those foods increase fertility because they’re high in vitamins and minerals. Here’s how certain “fertility foods” help you get pregnant – these vitamin rich snacks and meals are delicious, easy to snack on, and healthy for you and your future baby. Nature’s Bounty Odorless Garlic is an easy way […]
  • Can’t Afford Fertility Treatments? How to Save Money for Pregnancy
    You can’t get pregnant naturally, and you can’t afford fertility treatments. What next? These tips will help you save money for in vitro fertilization or other treatments, so you don’t have to borrow money or finance your fertility treatments. First, make sure you and your partner are connected and on the same page about getting pregnant […]
  • PCOS and Pregnancy – How to Increase Your Chances of Conception
    Yes, PCOS and pregnancy can live happily ever after! Learn how to increase your chances of conception when you have Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). These tips focus on staying healthy, coping with the symptoms of PCOS, and increasing your chances of conceiving a baby. Before the tips, a quip: “People with fertility problems are not […]
  • How to Detox Your Home and Increase Your Pregnancy Chances
    While there’s no guarantee that knowing how to detox your home will increase your pregnancy chances, it certainly can’t hurt! A detoxed home can lower the stress on your body, which can increase the chances you’ll get pregnant. “Unfortunately, exposures [to home pollutants] have increased during the past 30 years,” writes in Megan in How […]
  • Easter Fertility Tips – Are You Ready to Get Pregnant?
    Easter and fertility are intertwined: eggs, bunnies, new life. If you’re ready to get pregnant, check out these Easter fertility tips. Maybe you’ll conceive a baby at Easter, and maybe you’ll give birth at Christmas! You can always hope, and try… Before the tips, a quip: “The joyful news that He is risen does not […]
  • 5 Ways to Ease Hip Pain When You’re Pregnant
    Here are five ways to ease pregnancy hip pain when you’re pregnant. Finding the right way to cope with hip pain when you’re pregnant involves trying different things until you find what works for you. We’ll start with a sacroiliac belt… The Prenatal Cradle Mini Cradle is an effective way to ease stress and relieve hip pain. […]
  • Planning for a Baby? 5 Tips for Women Ready Get Pregnant
    If you’re planning for a baby and ready to get pregnant, you can make life easier with these simple ways to prepare your body. These are the most basic tips for women ready to get pregnant — who are still enjoying the act of conceiving a baby! Before the tips, a quip: “Love is all fun […]
  • Pregnancy Meditation – How to Meditate and Get Pregnant
    What is pregnancy meditation? Is it possible to learn how to meditate and get pregnant? Learn how pregnancy meditation can help you conceive a baby without spending money on fertility supplements or treatments! Meditating can help your health in many other ways as well, which these tips will reveal. Before the tips, a quip…. “The […]
  • Fertility Treatments – 8 Ways to Treat Infertility and Get Pregnant
    Researching fertility treatments can be exhausting! Here are eight ways to treat infertility and get pregnant — brief summaries of options for couples who are having trouble conceiving a baby. If you’re considering fertility treatments, you might want to avoid alternative therapies such as acupuncture or natural supplements. Here’s what the research shows: “Until further […]
  • How to Relax When You’re Trying to Get Pregnant
    When you want a baby, you don’t want to be told to relax! But, knowing how to relax when you’re trying to get pregnant doesn’t just increase the chances of pregnancy, it softens the whole experience. The following tips range from relaxing with friends to relaxing in a spiritual sense. Before the tips, a quip: […]
  • Gestational Diabetes and Pregnancy – How to Reduce Your Risk
    Gestational diabetes during pregnancy is scary, but you can learn how to reduce your risk! I had gestational diabetes in my third pregnancy; my tips can help you prevent diabetes and avoid experiencing what I went through. One way to prevent gestational diabetes when you’re pregnant is to watch what you eat… “Foods high in […]
  • When You’re Not Getting Pregnant and You Want a Baby
    If you’re not getting pregnant and really want a baby, these tips may help you cope. They’re from Iris Waichler, an author and social worker, and they’ll help you deal with not getting pregnant. Her book — Riding the Infertility Roller Coaster: A Guide to Educate And Inspire — is really helpful for women who […]
  • How to Know if You’re Too Old to Get Pregnant
    Think your maternal clock has ticked past its prime? These questions will help you know if you’re too old to get pregnant and have a baby. If you’re over 40 and considering having a child, you know you have special things to think about. These tips will help you through that process. “The problem is […]
  • Miscarriage Support – How to Cope With Pregnancy Loss
    This miscarriage support is from people who had to cope with pregnancy loss. One tip for coping with a miscarriage is to share your story about pregnancy loss, which I encourage you to do at the end of this article. As I write this, I happen to be listening to “Obladi, Oblada, Life Goes On” […]
  • What is Infertility? Causes of Infertility in Women and Men
    Asking “what is infertility?” may bring you one step closer to getting pregnant. Here are the causes infertility in women and men – including the effect of age on fertility levels. First, here’s the Mayo Clinic’s basic definition of infertility: “Infertility is defined as not being able to get pregnant despite having frequent, unprotected sex […]
  • How to Tell Your Partner You Can’t Have Children
    How do you say “I can’t have children” to someone you’re interested in? These tips for telling your partner you can’t get pregnant are in response to a  reader’s comment on my article about living with the fact that you’ll never have children. Below are my suggestions for her, which apply to many women who […]
  • Getting Pregnant Tips – Not Just Fertility Foods
    These tips for getting pregnant aren’t just about nutrition and supplements! Eating properly can help you conceive, but often you need to do more than eat the right foods. If you’ve been trying to conceive a baby for several months, you might want to invest in a Clearblue Fertility Starter Kit– it’ll help you figure out your […]
  • Choosing the Gender of Your Baby – How to Have a Boy or Girl
    Are you curious about choosing the gender of your baby? These theories on how to have a baby boy or girl naturally (natural gender selection) may interest you… “Researchers at the Genetics and IVF Institute in Fairfax, Virginia, say they can help parents choose their baby’s gender through a procedure called flow cytometry, in which […]
  • One Type of Ovulation Calculator for Pregnancy – The Ovacue Fertility Monitor
    An ovulation calculator for pregnancy, such as the Ovacue Fertility Monitor, helps you get pregnant by predicting your most fertile days. Here’s how this ovulation predictor or fertility monitor works… “OvaCue is one of the most advanced fertility monitors available, yet it is very simple to use,” says the folks at Fairhaven Health. “Best of […]
  • 5 Tips for Living With Male Fertility Problems
    Infertility may be the worst thing a man faces, especially if fertility is manhood to him. These tips for living with male fertility problems are from The Fertility Sourcebook and my husband’s experience with azoospermia. “…the number-one problem most men faced was admitting their infertility to another male, particularly close family members and friends,” writes […]
  • A Surprising Cause of Infertility in Women – Antioxidants
    The causes of infertility in women range from polycystic ovaries to irregular periods. But here’s a new, surprising cause of female infertility: antioxidants. Research shows that antioxidants improve health and slow down the aging process by neutralizing harmful free radicals in our body. But, this fertility research shows that antioxidants eliminate molecules that women need […]
  • How to Get Pregnant When You Have Irregular Periods
    Getting pregnant when you have irregular periods is a bit more challenging than if you were regular – but it’s still possible! It depends on why your periods are irregular. Tracking your periods with the Clearblue Advanced Digital Ovulation Test Kit is without a doubt the best way to get pregnant when your periods aren’t regular. […]
  • Emotional Health Tips for When You’re Not Getting Pregnant
    The stress of not getting pregnant – or coping with fertility problems – can create a downward spiral. These emotional health tips will awaken your creativity and have a positive effect on your mood and perhaps even your fertility… If you know you’ll never get pregnant, read Silent Sorority: A Barren Woman Gets Busy, Angry, Lost and […]
  • I’m Scared I’ll Never Get Pregnant – Coping With Fertility Fears
    If you’re scared you’ll never get pregnant, you’re not alone! These tips for coping with fertility fears will strengthen and support you as you continue your journey to get pregnant. So many Quips and Tips readers share their fears here, and most of them aren’t sure exactly what they’re afraid of. That is, they haven’t […]
  • Fertility Help – 10 Tips for Fertility and Getting Pregnant
    It wouldn’t be good fertility help without tips for getting pregnant, right? I’ve been researching and writing about infertility, fertility treatments, and tips for getting pregnant for three years. It’s time to gather the best fertility tips in one concise article. Before the tips, a “quip”: “Large doses of certain types of vitamins  – particularly […]
  • How to Stay Fertile for a Future Pregnancy
    Knowing how to stay fertile will help you avoid future fertility problems! Here are five ways to stay fertile for a future pregnancy, from The Mother of All Pregnancy Books by Ann Douglas. “The message from the obstetrical community is clear: if having children is important to you, you should give serious thought to starting your family […]
  • I Want to Get Pregnant in the New Year! Help Getting Pregnant
    Do you want to get pregnant in the new year? Many couples need help getting pregnant – so here’s a list of fertility tests, ovulation monitors, fertility supplements, and all manner ‘o things to help you conceive a baby. I want to get pregnant in 2011, and I’ve been taking folic acid for a couple […]
  • How Often Should We Have Sex If We’re Trying to Get Pregnant?
    How often should you have sex if you’re trying to get pregnant? Though my fertility doctor recommended sex every second day when we were trying to get pregnant, new research says that daily sex is better for fertility. If you’re a couple hoping to conceive a child, you might have to get more romantic! “All that […]
  • Success Rates of Getting Pregnant With IVF
    The success of in vitro fertilization for getting pregnant depends on a few things. Here’s what affects your chances of getting pregnant with IVF, plus a link to an article about tips for making IVF successful. This info is from an embryologist who explains IVF pregnancy statistics, as well as info about sperm washing and the cost […]
  • Need Help Getting Pregnant? 5 Ways to Conceive a Baby
    If you need help getting pregnant, remember that the best ways to conceive a baby are different for every couple! It depends why you can’t get pregnant and what health issues involved. These tips range from fertility supplements to prayers, ovulation predictor kits to pregnancy wheels. Fertility monitor test sticks track your ovulation cycle and tell […]
  • Low Sperm Count? How to Make Healthy Sperm
    So often asked: “I have low sperm count. How do I make healthy sperm to conceive a baby?” here on Quips and Tips for Couples Coping With Infertility. Knowing if you have low sperm count is important — and home fertility tests like SpermCheck Fertility can be very helpful. This test for a low sperm […]
  • Fertility Books – The Best “How to Get Pregnant” Books
    Reading fertility books is one of the best ways to get the best tips for getting pregnant! Here are some of the best “how to get pregnant” books I’ve read in the past three years… “Most women ask themselves at one time or another what it means to mother – what the cost might be to their […]
  • Tips for Getting Pregnant – 5 Easy Pregnancy Tips
    These tips for getting pregnant are simple; they’re the easiest pregnancy tips you’ll find on the internet! If you’ve been trying to get pregnant for several months, these may not be the pregnancy tips for you — you may need to talk to a fertility doctor about an infertility workup. But if you’re new to the […]
  • Natural Remedies for PMS Symptoms
    Each “PMS treatment” in this list is a natural remedy for symptoms of premenstrual syndrome, including period cramps, depression, irritability, and moodiness. These remedies include herbal supplements, natural endorphins, and more serious medications (antidepressants). “PMS is a chronic, cyclic mood disorder distinguished by a set of physical, psychological, and emotional symptoms that affect approximately 4 out of 10 […]
  • Male Infertility Rates Increasing – Why Sperm Counts Are Low
    Research shows male infertility rates are increasing and sperm counts are low. Here’s why sperm health and male fertility is decreasing, and what you can do about it… “The important impact of men’s reproductive health on a couple’s fertility is often overlooked,” said Professor Niels Skakkebæk from the University of Copenhagen, who co-authored a report […]
  • How to Survive Christmas When You Can’t Get Pregnant
    Figuring out how to survive Christmas holidays when you can’t get pregnant is tough, but not impossible! These tips for overcoming infertility depression (or just the frustration of not getting pregnant) are from Harold Levinson, MD. Here’s what he says about people struggling with depression… “Depressed people don’t always respond well to holidays and vacations, when others appear happy […]
  • How Sperm Donation for Artificial Insemination Works
    If you’re thinking about sperm donation and artificial information, you should learn what a sperm donor does! This info is from a terrific book called A Baby at Last! The Couple’s Complete Guide to Getting Pregnant – From Cutting-Edge Treatments to Commonsense Wisdom. “The frequency of artificial insemination of donor sperm has changed dramatically, thanks to […]
  • Trying to Have a Baby – When Should I Get Fertility Help?
    On this fertility website, a common question is, “Help! I’m trying to have a baby. How can I get pregnant fast?” But, “When should I get fertility help?” is not a common question – and it should be! Here’s an example of what I keep getting asked: “We’ve been trying to have a baby for […]
  • How to Make More Sperm and Improve Male Fertility
    These natural ways to improve male fertility will show you how to make more sperm, which might help you get pregnant faster. Supplements like FertilAid for Men may improve sperm health for some men – but there are less expensive things you can do. According to the Mayo Clinic, about 40% percent of infertility is […]
  • Dr Oz on Getting Pregnant – Fertility Tips From Mehmet Oz
    Here’s what Dr Oz says about getting pregnant – this is a summary of fertility tips from Dr Mehmet Oz. If you want to get pregnant, Dr Oz’s pregnancy tips may help… “After the egg drops from the ovary, it travels through the fallopian tube, where there’s about a 24 hour window when it can […]
  • What is Embryo Donation? For Couples Who Can’t Get Pregnant
    Embryo donation is one of the last hopes for couples who can’t get pregnant. Here are a few facts about getting donated embryos from couples who tried in vitro fertilization (IVF). “Infertility often makes a couple feel lonely, empty and incomplete,” says the National Embryo Donation Center. “When couples go through fertility treatments, such as […]
  • In Vitro Fertilization and Depression – IVF Treatment Effects
    Research on in vitro fertilization and depression shows the effect of IVF treatments on women who can’t get pregnant. Many fertility doctors and specialists believe that IVF hormone therapy is primarily responsible for feelings of depression in women who are undergoing in vitro fertilization. But, new research from Tel Aviv University shows that while this […]
  • Acupuncture for Fertility and Pregnancy – Natural Treatments
    Some fertility specialists say acupuncture for fertility and pregnancy is a natural treatment that helps you get pregnant, while other doctors encourage couples to avoid acupuncture while trying to get pregnant. If you want to conceive a baby, talk to your fertility specialist or naturopathic doctor about acupuncture for fertility. And, learn as much as […]
  • Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) and Getting Pregnant
    Knowing how Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) affects getting pregnant may help you conceive faster. This explanation of Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) and fertility includes tips for increasing this hormone, which is found in both males and females. According to WebMD, the amounts of FSH and other hormones (luteinizing hormone, estrogen, and progesterone) are measured in […]
  • Can Your Marriage Survive Infertility?
    Yes, your marriage can survive infertility! These tips for infertile couple includes ways to move on after years of trying to conceive and not getting pregnant. Before the tips, a quip: “The great thing in this world is not so much where we are, but in what direction we are going.” ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes. You […]
  • 4 Reasons You Can’t Get Pregnant Right Now
    If you’re asking “Why can’t I have a baby?”, you need to read these reasons for problems conceiving a baby. They include irregular menstrual cycles, low sperm count, and prescription medications. The internet is a good place to get general information, but you need to read books like Making Babies: A Proven 3-Month Program for Maximum Fertility. […]
  • How to Cope With Infertility Depression Over the Holidays
    If you’re dealing with infertility depression over the holidays, try these tips for coping. Not getting pregnant is hard at any time of the year, but it can be worse at Thanksgiving and Christmas. It is a little sadder not to have kids — not to get pregnant — over the holiday season, and my suggestions […]
  • Trying to Get Pregnant When You Have Women’s Health Problems
    If you’re trying to get pregnant and have women’s health problems, these pregnancy tips may help. They’re on readers’ questions, and include help for coping with endometriosis, ovarian cysts, and more. The two most important things to remember when you’re trying to get pregnant are: 1) you have to talk to a doctor — don’t trust […]
  • 4 Well-Known Ways to Increase Male Fertility and Keep Sperm Healthy
    Male fertility plays a huge role in getting pregnant – and you have more control than you realize about how to keep your sperm healthy. These tips on how to increase male fertility will help you keep your sperm healthy – because if you don’t have healthy swimmers, you won’t get pregnant. “There are many exceptional options […]
  • The Best Ways to Get Pregnant – Infertility Solutions
    The best ways to get pregnant don’t just include predicting ovulation and eating fertility foods! These infertility solutions range from fertility tests to infertility specialists. “How often have you heard that a menstrual cycle usually occurs on Day 14?” writes Toni Weschler in Taking Charge of Your Fertility. “This is a myth, pure and simple. And yet it is so […]
  • Abnormal Sperm – Azoospermia and Oligospermia
    Abnormal sperm has a direct effect on pregnancy rates. Here’s an overview of how azoospermia, oligospermia, and asthenospermia and other sperm health problems affect pregnancy. Low sperm count is one of the main causes of fertility issues in couples experiencing difficulty when trying to get pregnant. A SpermCheck Fertility Home Sperm Test is an easy-to-use at-home […]
  • 2 Inexpensive Male Fertility Tests You Can Do at Home
    These home male fertility tests are easy and discreet to do at home, and can help you figure out if you’re dealing with sperm problems or male infertility. However, a fertility test for men does not provide in-depth sperm analysis or diagnose infertility. Only a urologist or fertility specialist can do that. One of the […]
  • Couples Trying to Conceive – 5 Tips to Improve Your Love Life
    If you’re a couple trying to conceive a baby, these tips can improve your love life. You need to keep your relationship fresh and enjoy trying to get pregnant! Before the tips, a quip: “Love one another and you will be happy. It’s as simple and as difficult as that.” ~ Michael Leunig. Loving each other […]
  • Tips on Getting Pregnant – “How to” Pregnancy Tips for Beginners
    Some tips on getting pregnant can be complicated – but these are “how to” pregnancy tips for beginners. If you’re just starting to try to get pregnant, or if you’ve been trying for several months but aren’t pregnant yet, then you might find these tips helpful. Before the tips, a quip: “Love is all fun and games […]
  • Trying to Get Pregnant? Fertility Tips and Tests for Conceiving a Baby
    You’re trying to get pregnant, disappointed every month, and feeling powerless. These fertility tips and tests for conceiving a baby will give you somewhere to start. About 33% of couples have unexplained infertility, say the fertility experts at the Mayo Clinic. About 10% to 15% of infertile couples are diagnosed as having unexplained infertility, say the […]
  • Should I Stop Trying to Get Pregnant? Ending Infertility Treatments
    These signs it may be time to stop trying to get pregnant can help you decide if you should end infertility treatments. There is no right or wrong reason to stop trying to conceive – and each woman or couple has different reasons to make this decision. “The decision to let go of your quest for a birth child comes […]
  • Should You See a Fertility Specialist? 5 Signs It’s Time
    Some women wonder if they should see a fertility specialist if they can’t get pregnant. It’s time to find a infertility doctor or fertility specialist when you see certain tell-tale signs — and they’re not too difficult to spot! A new book on fertility offers this helpful health – and financial – advice: “Unless your ob-gyn specializes in […]
  • Financing Fertility – How to Pay for Infertility Costs
    Financing fertility is difficult for many couples who can’t get pregnant. If you’re wondering how to pay for infertility costs, here are a few ideas to chew on. First, though, here’s how much one type of infertility treatment costs (in vitro fertilization): “The average cost of removing eggs from a woman’s ovaries, mixing them with […]
  • How a Woman’s Period Affects Her Libido and Getting Pregnant
    A woman’s period affects her libido and getting pregnant, because her hormone swings can have a direct effect on her sex life. If you want to get pregnant, don’t just track your ovulation and body temperature! Pay attention to how your menstrual cycle and libido affects your mood and sex life. Here, Dr Rebecca Booth, author of The Venus Week, […]
  • Causes of Fertility Problems in Men and Women
    Do you need help getting pregnant? These causes of fertility problems may help you figure out why you’re not conceiving. If you’ve been trying to get pregnant for more than a year, you need to talk to your family physician, a gynecologist, or even a naturopathic doctor. I have updated and rewritten this article – it’s […]
  • When Am I Ovulating? Fertility Signs in Ovulation Symptoms
    “When am I ovulating?” is the question to ask if you want to get pregnant! There are fertility signs in your ovulation symptoms – they help you identify the best time of month to get pregnant. These ovulation symptoms can be an alternative to ovulation predictor kits (which can get expensive). “Your menstrual cycle can basically be divided into three phases: the pre-ovulatory infertile phase, […]
  • Endometriosis and Infertility – How a Pelvic Disorder Affects Pregnancy
    Endometriosis and infertility are often related, but treating this pelvic inflammatory disorder can improve your chances of pregnancy. Here’s a description of what causes endometriosis, the symptoms of endometriosis, and what to do if you suspect you have this pelvic disorder. According to Harvard Medical School, endometriosis is responsible for many cases of infertility, there […]
  • Should We Be Foster Parents? 6 Tips for Infertile Couples
    If you’re wondering if you should be foster parents – like we are! – check out these tips for infertile couples. They may help you decide if being foster parents is right for you; they’re  from the “coping with infertility” perspective. Here’s what one foster dad says: “For us, being a foster parent has been a huge […]
  • Sperm Production – What Men Need to Know About Healthy Sperm
    Since sperm production is vital to male fertility and pregnancy, men need to know about healthy sperm. Here’s how male fertility affects pregnancy chances; these fertility tips are from Donald P. Evenson, Ph.D., HCLD, of the American Fertility Association. First, the good news: “Some alcohol is beneficial [for healthy sperm]” says Dr Evenson. “Especially dark […]
  • Reasons for Not Getting Pregnant – Infertility Symptoms
    Here are the most common reasons for not getting pregnant, or infertility symptoms, plus a definition of infertility. The sooner you figure out why you’re not getting pregnant – and whether you should seek infertility treatments – the better! “I wish I’d chosen to seen an infertility specialist much sooner than I did and had been more […]
  • Feel Better About Infertility – 6 Tips for Coping With Childlessnesss
    Nothing I can say can make you feel all better about infertility, but these tips for coping with childlessness may help you deal with the grief, heartache, and depression that infertility brings. The sadness of letting go your dream of having children may never go away completely…but you can find other ways to live a […]
  • 8 Types of Infertility Treatments and Assisted Conception
    Here are eight types of infertility treatments (aka “assisted conception”) that take getting pregnant to a whole new level:  IVF, SUZI, MIST, ICSI,GIFT, ZIFT, MESA, and TESE. “Assisted reproductive technology has helped many childless couples to become parents,” writes Dr Miriam Stoppard in Conception, Pregnancy & Birth: The Childbirth Bible for Today’s Parents. “Originally in vitro fertilization (IVF) was the […]
  • Money for Fertility Treatments – Should I Borrow to Get Pregnant?
    If you don’t have money for fertility treatments, should you borrow to get pregnant? Here’s what Suze Orman advised a woman who hasn’t been able to get pregnant after nine years of trying. “From an emotional standpoint, it’s easy to say there’s no price too steep to pay [for fertility treatments to get pregnant],” says […]
  • Infertility Support – 6 Tips for Finding Fertility Information Online
    You can find good infertility information in fertility clinics and books — and even the internet! These tips for finding fertility information online will help you recognize the most effective and helpful infertility blogs, fertility websites, and pregnancy forums. “People are well aware that infertility is a very painful situation and some may try to take advantage of people coping […]
  • 6 Supplements to Boost Fertility and Help You Conceive
    Here’s why folic acid, zinc, selenium, and three other nutritional supplements improve your fertility and help you get pregnant. Just when I thought I’d read everything about getting pregnant, I  read Getting Pregnant Faster: Boost Your Fertility in Just 3 Months – Naturally. In it, Dr Glenville lists supplements to boost fertility, and describes why […]
  • How to Get Regular Periods in Natural Ways
    Here are a variety of tips on how to get regular periods, from exercise to vitamin D supplements to dairy products. You want regular periods because they  make life easier, healthier, and happier! These tips for regulating your menstrual cycle are based on the most common questions I get from my readers. The Athena Menstrual Cup is […]
  • Unexplained Infertility – What to Do When You Can’t Conceive
    Unexplained infertility may be the most frustrating reason for not conceiving a baby, because you can’t solve a problem if you don’t know what it is! Here’s what to do when you can’t conceive. According to the experts at MedicineNet.com, about 10% to 15% of infertile couples are diagnosed as having unexplained infertility. According to […]
  • What is Single Embryo Transfer in In Vitro Fertilization?
    If you can’t get pregnant because of infertility, you might consider single embryo transfer through in vitro fertilization (IVF). Here, a fertility doctor explains the risks and rewards of both single embryo transfer and dual embryo transfer. Is single embryo transfer effective? Here’s what Dr Albert Yuzpe, the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Genesis Fertility […]
  • How to Get Pregnant – 6 Ways to Achieve the Pregnancy Mindset
    Can achieving the “pregnancy mindset” help you get pregnant? Yes, but the reason you’re not getting pregnant does matter. Knowing how to get pregnant is one thing, actually wanting to get pregnant is another, and having eggs and sperm that co-operate is something different altogether! This article is all about achieving the “pregnancy mindset.” Before the tips, a […]
  • How to Find the Right Fertility Clinic
    Finding the right fertility clinic and infertility specialist can make your journey towards pregnancy much smoother and easier! Here are seven ways to find the best fertility doctor to help you get pregnant… “You’ve been trying to conceive and it hasn’t happened. Maybe you’ve been aiming for pregnancy for six months, a year, or three years,” writes […]
  • How to Keep Your Marriage Strong When You’re Coping With Infertility
    Couples who can’t get pregnant often struggle to keep their marriage strong. Here are a few tips for coping with infertility and relationships. Infertility can take over a woman or man’s life, emotions, and thoughts. Her inability to conceive a baby – or his inability to get her pregnant – can affect how they feel about themselves, their […]
  • 3 Types of Ovulation Predictor Kits and How They Work
    Learn how three different types of ovulation predictor kits work, and how they can help you track your most fertile days to get pregnant. These ways to predict ovulation are easy and effective, and they don’t involve stretching your cervical mucus between your fingers (gross! not that there’s anything wrong with cervical mucus…) “Ever notice […]
  • 5 Reasons In Vitro Fertilization Fails to Result in Pregnancy
    Here are the most common reasons in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments don’t work, ranging from embryos that didn’t implant to a botched transfer process. As advanced as fertility treatments are, the specialists don’t have all the answers. If you’re struggling with the same disappointment and wondering why your in vitro fertilization didn’t work, consider trying […]
  • Not Getting Pregnant? Understand the Emotional Issues of Infertility
    Not getting pregnant brings up different emotional issues of infertility for men and women. Here, a fertility specialist discusses how men and women process infertility issues differently, and offers tips for dealing with the “trying to conceive” process. First, here are a few emotions that not getting pregnant often triggers: “When you can’t get pregnant, you […]
  • How to Get Pregnant on Vacation
    These ten tips for getting pregnant on vacation will give your holiday a whole new meaning (honeymoon baby!). If you want a baby, you need to increase the romance and decrease the stress of trying to get pregnant. Some women get pregnant on an exotic holiday because they’re relaxed and de-stressed. When I was on vacation […]
  • 10 Best Ways to Increase Your Chances of Getting Pregnant
    If you’re wondering how to get pregnant, remember that it takes most couples about a year to get pregnant. Luckily, here you have the best ways to increase your chances of conceiving a baby! Before the tips, here’s a funny quote about breast-feeding: “There are three reasons for breast-feeding: the milk is always at the right […]
  • Women Trying to Get Pregnant – Ovulation, Fertility Supplements, Infertility Issues
    Here’s a fascinating profile of the “typical” woman who is trying to get pregnant! See how you compare to the women in this questionnaire, who answered questions about the length of time trying to conceive, infertility stress, fertility supplements, low sperm counts, and more… “Just who is the “typical” trying-to-conceive woman?” ask the experts at […]
  • Should You Try Natural Herbal Remedies to Get Pregnant?
    Trying to get pregnant is fun for awhile, but it can get frustrating! If you want to conceive a baby, you may wonder if natural herbal remedies can increase your pregnancy chances. Here are a few tips for couples thinking about natural fertility boosters, such as herbal teas or other supplements. “Herbal products are considered […]
  • Tired of Trying to Get Pregnant? 10 Ways to Fight Infertility Fatigue
    If you’ve been trying to get pregnant for more than a year (or more than five years!), you may be dealing with “infertility fatigue.” These tips for re-energizing when you’re tired of trying to get pregnant may lift your spirits and give you the energy you need to keep plugging away (so to speak). “They […]
  • If You Want to Get Pregnant Naturally – From Car Seats to Lubes
    Of course you want to get pregnant naturally – it’s easier, cheaper, and more fun! These natural fertility tips will increase your chances of getting pregnant; they’re from doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Lorne Brown, B.Sc.. Brown is the Founder and Clinical Director of Acubalance Wellness Centre in Vancouver, BC. Here’s what one of his new moms […]
  • If You Feel Depressed After Adopting a Baby, You’re Normal!
    Feeling depressed after adopting a baby is normal for many adoptive parents. Postadoption depression is similar to similar to postpartum depression, and can occur after parents adopt children. This summary of why some adoptive parents feel depressed after adopting their kids includes information about unanticipated feelings and experiences (such as a struggle to bond with the adopted […]
  • Can Natural Fertility Supplements Help Women Get Pregnant?
    Naturopathic doctors may prescribe natural supplements to increase male and fertility levels, and help women get pregnant. But, many conventional fertility doctors don’t agree that supplements improve infertility! So if a woman wants to get pregnant, what does she do? Does she listen to her fertility doctor with a medical degree — who may lean towards […]
  • Marriage Counseling for Infertile Couples – Tips for Success
    Marriage counseling for infertile couples can reduce stress and depression, and strengthen the marriage. These tips for successful marriage counseling can help spouses avoid emotional distance, separation, and even divorce. Before the tips, a quip: “It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche. If infertility is preventing you and your […]
  • A New Fertility Treatment for Women With Low Hormone Levels
    Women who can’t get pregnant because of low hormone levels will be happy to hear about this new fertility treatment! Research shows that kisspeptin increases reproductive hormones in healthy women, and can have the same effect on infertile women or women with low fertility levels. “Infertility is a devastating condition that affects millions of couples […]
  • Ovulation Predictors – How to Plan the Best Time to Get Pregnant
    Predicting the time you ovulate is the best way to plan a pregnancy, and ovulation predictor kits are the best way to figure out when your body is most fertile! Here’s a description of fertility charting and different types of ovulation predictor kits and tools… Before the tips, a quip: “There are three reasons for […]
  • How Prescription Drugs and Medications Affect Male Fertility
    Various types of prescription drugs – including medications such as antidepressants – can harm male fertility levels. This summary of the possible effects of medications on male fertility includes several tips for improving sperm health… “Everyone knows taking anabolic steroids and other recreational drugs will negatively impact health, but there is rarely a discussion of how […]
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome – Weight Loss Tips for Women With PCOS
    Though Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) can cause infertility, women can get pregnant even with this condition! Here, a registered nurse shares several tips for weight loss for women with PCOS – because a side effect of PCOS is weight gain, and obesity can be an obstacle to pregnancy. “Obesity or persistent weight gain is one […]
  • How a Woman’s Age Affects Her Fertility
    My fertility doctor warned me about certain mistaken beliefs about getting pregnant for women over a certain age.  Sure, he said, we hear about women getting pregnant in their 40s – but it’s easier said than done. Don’t let your age stop you from trying to get pregnant if you’re over 40! Read Making Babies: A Proven […]
  • Increasing Pregnancy Chances – Tips for Overcoming Infertility Stress
    Even if infertility stress doesn’t decrease your pregnancy chances, it sure takes the fun out of trying to get pregnant! These tips for overcoming the stress of fertility treatments, ovulation monitoring, temperature charting, and scheduled romps in the hay are from doctors and research studies. Before the tips, a quip: “I gained 60 pounds, and […]
  • Signs It’s Time to Stop Trying to Get Pregnant
    Is trying to have a baby a healthy goal for your life, or should you stop trying to get pregnant because it’s causing anxiety and depression? Giving up on your dream of pregnancy might be right – the key is knowing when it’s time to give up or when it’s time to try different strategies […]
  • Chinese Medicine for Fertility and Getting Pregnant
    If you’re worried about getting pregnant, learn how Chinese medicine helps increase fertility. Many holistic health practitioners find acupuncture and Chinese Medicine very effective for all sorts of health issues, including getting pregnant. Here’s one naturopathic doctor’s experience with acupuncture and getting pregnant. “I find acupuncture extremely helpful with patients dealing with infertility, whether they are going through […]
  • What is Assisted Reproductive Technology? Definitions of 8 Infertility Treatments
    I learned how to do in vitro fertilization (IVF) before I realized it was a type of “assisted reproductive technology” (ART)! If you can’t get pregnant, these definitions of eight different types of infertility treatments: ZIFT, ICSI, SUZI, MESA, TESE, MIST, GIFT, and IVF will give you something new to think about… “Assisted reproductive technology […]
  • How to Increase Physical Intimacy When You Have Infertility Issues
    Keeping the love alive can be difficult for couples coping with infertility, especially if they’re trying to conceive while dealing with male or female fertility issues! Here are several tips for increasing physical intimacy when you have infertility issues… Before the tips, a quip: “Love doesn’t sit there like a stone, it has to be […]
  • 5 Ways to Overcome PMS Symptoms
    If you suffer from premenstrual syndrome, these five tips for reducing period cramps, cravings, and PMS symptoms will help. Your hormones may be going haywire, but premenstrual syndrome and menstrual pain doesn’t have to take you down! The Premsyn PMS Formula Caplets help with PMS cramps, headaches, anxiety, and water weight gain. Before you take any […]
  • Getting Pregnant With Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
    Yes, getting pregnant if you have polycystic ovarian syndrome is possible! One of the major causes of infertility for women is polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), and it can prevent them from conceiving a baby. But, the good news is that PCOS can be treated, and women with PCOS can get pregnant. Here’s the latest information about polycystic ovarian […]
  • Infertility in Marriage – 6 Tips for Supporting Your Husband or Wife
    Not being able to get pregnant can be stressful for a marriage, and can even lead to separation or divorce. These research-based tips for supporting your husband or wife in infertility may help strengthen your marriage while you figure out what your future family will look like… Before the tips, a quip from celebrity Cindy Margolis […]
  • Organic Food for Fertility and Getting Pregnant – Necessary or Not?
    Does organic food improve fertility and increase your chances of getting pregnant? Is organic food necessarily for a healthy pregnancy? Here’s what the research shows about organic food and fertility, plus tips for saving money on organic fruits and veggies. Research shows that organic fruit, vegetables, and meat haven’t yet been proven to directly improve […]
  • 3 Fertility Operations for Women Who Can’t Get Pregnant
    These treatments for infertility are surgical procedures that can improve a woman’s chances of getting pregnant. Whether these options can help an individual woman to conceive a baby depends on the reasons for her inability to get pregnant. To determine the cause of infertility, women (and men!) must see their doctor and take a few […]
  • Prescription Drug Treatments for Female Infertility – Tips for Getting Pregnant
    If you haven’t been able to get pregnant for a year (or longer, if you’re like me!), you may be thinking about possible fertility problems. Here are four prescription drug treatments for female infertility; my next article will cover four surgical treatments for fertility problems for women. Before the tips, here’s what Dr Miriam Stoppard […]
  • How Fertility Treatments and Drugs Contribute to Multiple Births
    Fertility drugs and treatments are connected to multiple births and premature births, says the March of Dimes (a charity that promotes the health of babies). Here’s a summary of their information on how assisted reproductive technologies, such as controlled ovarian hyperstimulation, affect pregnancy and birth rates. “Many people have focused on the role of assisted […]
  • How to Eat a Full-Fat Dairy Diet Without Gaining Weight
    Research shows a low-fat dairy diet can decrease fertility. Here’s how to eat a full-fat dairy diet to increase your chances of getting pregnant – without gaining weight. Note that some doctors have responded to the full-fat dairy diets help women get pregnant research claims by saying that high-fat diets do not help prevent ovulation problems […]
  • Health Issues and Medications That Cause Irregular Menstrual Cycles
    Many prescription medications (eg, antidepressants) and health issues (eg, thyroid problems) can cause irregular menstrual cycles. This overview of a few health problems and medicines that can affect menstruation are from Dr Rebecca Booth’s The Venus Week: Discover the Powerful Secret of Your Cycle…at Any Age. “Many women may not realize the degree to which […]
  • What to Say to People Who Keep Asking If You’re Pregnant Yet
    “Are you pregnant yet?” is the most frustrating question! Here’s what to say to people who keep asking if you’re pregnant – or about your fertility life, infertility treatments, or how you’re coping with infertility as a couple? I know I am…so I created a short list of ways to deal with people who keep asking how […]
  • Semen Analysis – How Doctors Analyze a Sperm Sample
    An analysis of a sperm sample is part of a male fertility test that can help you identify why you’re not getting pregnant. Here are the basics of a semen analysis, to help you decipher a sperm test for male infertility. But first, a quip: “It is a well-documented fact that guys will not ask […]
  • 10 Ways to Increase Male and Female Fertility
    These fertility tips are from Dr Meike Uhler, a fertility expert. Here, she describes ten ways to increase male and female fertility – they’re easy, effective tips for getting pregnant! “Many couples…want to start or grow their family,” says Dr. Meike Uhler of the Fertility Centers of Illinois. “Sadly, with infertility affecting one in six couples […]
  • 5 Quick Tips for Getting Pregnant Faster
    These five quick tips for getting pregnant faster are from the experts at Early Pregnancy Tests.com. They know of what they speak, and they offer all manner of gadgets and do-hickeys that’ll increase your chances of pregnancy. Before their tips, a quip: “People are giving birth underwater now,” says Elayne Boosler. “They say it’s less traumatic for the baby […]
  • Getting Pregnant With the Law of Attraction
    I recently read The Secret to see if the Law of Attraction offers tips on getting pregnant. Since The Secret is all about attracting what you want out of life, and I want to get pregnant, I figured I had nothing to lose! If you want to learn more about the law of attraction, read The […]
  • Stress and Infertility – Ways to Reduce Anxiety to Increase Fertility
    Reducing stress isn’t a fertility cure, but it can increase your chances of getting pregnant! Here, infertility acupuncturist Kristen Burris explains how stress and infertility are connected, and offers over 20 ways to reduce anxiety. Burris offers these tips for getting pregnant in response to a reader’s question on Does Career Stress Lead to Infertility […]
  • How Full-Fat Milk Products Help You Get Pregnant
    If you’re thinking about getting pregnant, you need to know how full-fat dairy products such as milk and cheese can help. Here’s how dairy affects ovulatory infertility and pregnancy  – and why full-fat milk products are better for women who want to get pregnant. First, a surprising tip from The Fertility Diet: Groundbreaking Research Reveals Natural […]
  • Physical Fitness and Fertility – How Exercise Affects Conceiving a Baby
    Exercising too much or too little can cause problems if you’re trying to get pregnant. Here are the results of a recent research study, which explored how physical fitness affects female fertility. “Among all these women, we found two groups who experienced an increased risk of infertility,” says Sigridur Lara Gudmundsdottir, a PhD candidate in […]
  • The Best Books for Women Trying to Get Pregnant
    We haven’t been able to get pregnant for three years, and thus I’ve been reading tons of books about infertility, getting pregnant, fertility clinics, and assisted reproduction! Here are a few of my favorites – starting with the most recent book I’ve read about getting pregnant. “Most women ask themselves at one time or another what it means […]
  • Coping With Infertility Over the Christmas Holidays
    The Christmas holidays aren’t easy for couples coping with infertility. These tips for enjoying Christmas — not just surviving the holiday season — may help you cope with not being pregnant. “Isn’t it funny that at Christmas something in you gets so lonely for – I don’t know what exactly, but it’s something that you don’t […]
  • Can Multivitamins Help You Get Pregnant? How Vitamins Affect Fertility
    Taking vitamins (especially multivitamins) can enhance ovulation, help you get pregnant, and affect fertility rates. I didn’t realize how important multivitamins are for women trying to get pregnant until I read The Fertility Diet! “Does taking a daily multivitamin prevent disease or help you live longer?” ask in Jorge Chavarro and Walter Willett in The […]
  • How to Reduce Stress During Infertility Treatments – IVF Success Tips
    In vitro fertilization (IVF) isn’t the easiest way to get pregnant, but it may be your only chance! Here are a few ways to reduce stress during infertility treatments, which may decrease anxiety and help you get pregnant successfully. “There is ample evidence that lower stress levels mean better female and male natural fertility, though […]
  • How Endometriosis Affects Pregnancy After Infertility Treatments
    Here is a summary of research showing how endometriosis affects getting and being pregnant, as well as how this disease could affect the baby. Women who have endometriosis who get pregnant through infertility treatments have a higher risk of pregnancy complications, and are more likely to have a Caesarean section. Endometriosis: A Key to Healing […]
  • Why Talking About Infertility Makes You Feel Better
    One of my readers is starting to talk about her infertility, telling people that she can’t get pregnant because of endometriosis and fibroids. This, I believe, will make her feel better and start the healing process… “I’ve got endometriosis and fibroids – and also had a failed IVF,” she wrote in the comments section of Dealing With the […]
  • When Your Wife is Depressed Because She Can’t Get Pregnant
    How do you help your depressed wife cope with not getting pregnant? It often doesn’t matter if the issue is male or female infertility; what matters is she can’t have what she wants most…to get pregnant and have a baby. And, the worst thing for you as a man is that you can’t give her what […]
  • Natural Ways to Improve Male Fertility – From Herbs to Zinc
    There are several ways to improve male fertility naturally. I interviewed a fertility expert and acupuncturist for information on herbal supplements, zinc, and other natural fertility treatments for men. Fairhaven Health’s FertilAid for Men is a natural way to improve male fertility – but it doesn’t “cure” all male fertility problems. Here’s what Kristen Burris says about […]
  • 8 Surprising Benefits of Getting Your Period
    Your menstrual cycles are good for your physical, mental, and emotional health. These benefits of getting your period will make you glad to see your monthly visitor! “I’d always considered my period a nuisance,” says Trina Read, author of Till Sex Do Us Part: Make Your Married Sex Irresistible. “When I was pregnant and later breastfeeding, it […]
  • Living Without Children in a World of Families
    A reader just asked about living without children in a world that is focused on families. If you can’t have kids and it hurts you to see babies and pregnancy ads and fertility tips, then she may be echoing your own questions! Here’s what Jen said on my How to Live With the Fact That […]
  • Fertility Tests for Females
    If you can’t get pregnant and already have tried a few basic fertility tests or the easy part of an infertility workup, you might want to learn about the more complicated tests. This is part two of Having Trouble Conceiving? Basic Fertility Tests of an Infertility Workup. “Workups are expensive, and unfortunately, medical insurance coverage can […]
  • Having Trouble Conceiving? Basic Fertility Tests of an Infertility Workup
    If you’re having trouble conceiving a baby, it might be time to think about fertility tests or an infertility workup. Here’s a brief description of six basic types of fertility tests, given by a doctor or fertility specialist. “An infertility workup tests all the links in the chain of events from ovulation to an established […]
  • Clomid Challenge Test – A Fertility Test for Women
    A clomid challenge test is a fertility test for women, which my infertility doctor asked me to do. Clomid is the brand name, and clomiphene citrate is the generic name. This fertility test assesses a woman’s ovarian “reserve” and functioning. Here are the basics of a clomid challenge test — which is a relatively simple test for infertility. […]
  • Ways to Cope With Infertility Depression on Thanksgiving Day
    If you can’t get pregnant and are coping with infertility depression on Thanksgiving Day – remember that you’re not alone! About 10% of couples trying to get pregnant have fertility problems. “As month after month of prayers go unanswered, we can begin to wonder if God is even there,” writes Julie Irwin Zimmerman in A […]
  • Reasons for Low Sperm Count and Male Infertility
    These reasons for low sperm count and male infertility are from an evolutionary biologist. He explains how evolution affects sperm production and motility, and offers advice for infertile couples. If you’re worried about sperm count, production, and motility, consider a SpermCheck Fertility Test. The SpermCheck test can be conducted in the privacy of your own home, providing you […]
  • Dr Phil’s Tips for Women Obsessed With Getting Pregnant
    If you really want to have a baby – or if you’re obsessed with getting pregnant – read Dr Phil’s tips. He talked to three women who can’t think of anything but having a baby. The Impatient Woman’s Guide to Getting Pregnant by Jean M. Twenge might help you get pregnant faster, depending on the reasons you haven’t […]
  • Overcoming Infertility Depression When You Can’t Conceive
    Learning how to overcome infertility depression when you can’t conceive a baby is an ongoing process. You may never totally, completely accept the idea of never having kids…but you can learn how to live fully without getting pregnant. If you feel broken, disconnected or without hope, read Broken Vessel Restored: How to Overcome Depression, Illness, […]
  • Halloween Costumes for Couples Who Want to Get Pregnant
    If you want to get pregnant, dress up in a Halloween costumes that symbolizes fertility and pregnancy! Maybe if you visualize yourself pregnant, you’ll conceive a baby faster… These Halloween costumes focus on pregnancy, fertility, love, and relationships. If thinking about dressing up in a Halloween costume that revolves around pregnancy or fertility makes you sad […]
  • How to Live With the Fact That You’ll Never Have Children
    A reader asked how to live with the fact that she’ll never have children; she doesn’t want to feel sad all the time. I know how she feels, because we can’t have kids either. Every Drunken Cheerleader: Why Not Me? is an incredibly insightful, helpful book for couples who can’t have children. Don’t take this journey alone; […]
  • What to Do With Extra Embryos After IVF
    Deciding what to do with extra embryos after in vitro fertilization (IVF) can be difficult. Here are a few options for extra embryos after IVF, including embryo donation, plus extra things to consider. If you’re new to IVF, consider the Practical Manual of In Vitro Fertilization: Advanced Methods and Novel Devices. Sometimes the more you know about […]
  • 3 Natural Signs of Ovulation – The Best Time to Get Pregnant
    These natural signs of ovulation are an alternative to ovulation predictor kits. The best time to get pregnant is when you’re ovulating; the signs of ovulation are easy to spot – if you know what you’re looking for! “Your menstrual cycle can basically be divided into three phases: the pre-ovulatory infertile phase, the fertile phase, […]
  • Inspirational Quotations for Couples Coping With Infertility
    Are you having trouble getting pregnant? These inspirational quotations for couples coping with infertility will help, whether you’re dealing with low or no sperm counts (or male infertility) or endometriosis (female infertility, perhaps). You need to find ways to keep your spirits high – and holding on to one small phrase can help. “Trust that […]
  • How to Forgive Yourself for Not Being Able to Get Pregnant
    Some couples coping with infertility struggle with feelings of guilt or shame. These tips for forgiving yourself for not getting pregnant may help you deal with past choices that are may have caused infertility and problems getting pregnant. “To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.” ~ Lewis B. […]
  • What Kills Sperm? How Pollution, Age, Drugs Affect Fertility
    Learn what kills sperm and how pollution, age, and drugs affect male fertility. Sperm health is affected by a man’s age, air pollution, cancer, and food, according to Donald P. Evenson, Ph.D., HCLD, of the American Fertility Association. This information about male fertility could change how fast you get pregnant! And there’s good news: wine […]
  • 5 Fertility Facts – Information About Infertility and Getting Pregnant
    These five facts about fertility include information about why you may not be getting pregnant, secondary infertility, and “unexplained fertility.” Here’s an interesting fertility fact: “There is no clear cut evidence that stress prevents pregnancy,” says Patricia Mendell, L.C.S.W, of The American Fertility Association. “What most people do not know is that a healthy woman […]
  • How Vitamin B12 Deficiency Affects Health and Pregnancy
    Pregnancy and miscarriage rates are influenced by low vitamin B12 levels or a vitamin B12 deficiency. Here’s how vitamin B12 affects male and female health and pregnancy rates. BestVitality’s Natural Vitamin B12 Supplements are a good way to ensure you’re getting enough vitamin B12 in your diet – especially if you’re trying to get pregnant. Vitamin B12 […]
  • How to Know When You’re Ovulating – Ovulation Predictor Kits
    Ovulation predictor kits are the easiest, most accurate way to know when you’re ovulating. If you’re trying to get pregnant, you need to know when your eggs are coming down the chute, so you can send the sperm to meet them. These three ways to predict ovulation are easy and effective – and they don’t […]
  • 8 Natural Ways to Regulate Periods by Balancing Hormones
    You can regulate your period by balancing your hormones naturally, but it requires some experimentation because what works for one woman doesn’t work for another. These tips will get you started. Yogi Woman’s Moon Cycle Tea is a safe, natural way to experiment with what might help balance your hormones. It contains herbs to help soothe […]
  • 5 Ways to Quit Smoking When You’re TTC (Trying to Conceive)
    These tips for quitting smoking when you’re trying to get pregnant are for both men and women. Quitting is hard – there’s no doubt about it – but you can do it. You may always be a smoker at heart – just not in action. For help quitting smoking, try the NicoDerm Nicotine Patches (they worked for […]
  • 6 Causes of Spotty Periods and Irregular Monthly Cycles
    Here are the most common causes of spotty periods, ranging from prescription medications to BMI. Knowing what causes an irregular menstrual cycle is the first step to regulating your menses. The smoother and more predictable your periods are, the happier you’ll be! If you tend to spot, consider the Softcups 12 Hour Feminine Protection. They’re a […]
  • Getting Pregnant if You Have Cancer – Ovarian Transplants for Infertile Women
    Female cancer survivors can get pregnant! If you’re infertile because of cancer treatments, don’t lose hope: doctors are practicing ovarian transplants to help women with cancer conceive babies. “We are in the middle of a massive global infertility epidemic, caused by the new structure of our society where women choose not to have children until they are […]
  • 5 Tips for Creating a Fertility Vision Board
    Visualizing your pregnancy and creating a fertility vision board aren’t guaranteed to get you pregnant, but surrounding yourself with images of the life you want can help you create it. If vision boards are new to you, read Visioning: Ten Steps to Designing the Life of Your Dreams by Lucia Capacchione. You’ll learn how to focus on […]
  • 5 Tips for Choosing an Infertility Clinic
    You may feel overwhelmed and frightened if you can’t get pregnant naturally and you need to choose an infertility clinic. Here are five tips to help guide you towards the right fertility specialist. In In Vitro Fertilization: The A.R.T Of Making Babies, Geoffrey Sher, Virginia Marriage Davis, and Jean Stoess help couples coping with infertility prepare for the […]
  • Foods to Avoid for Increased Fertility Levels
    Everything you eat can increase or decrease your fertility levels – so check out these foods to avoid for increased fertility levels, especially if you’re a couple coping with infertility or trying to get pregnant! “We know that certain pollutants and chemicals in the environment can affect both male and female fertility, and there may be many more […]
  • Accepting a Childfree Life – How to be Happy Without a Baby
    Yes, you can you be happy without having a baby. These four tips for accepting a childfree life will show you that acceptance can be healthier than relentless fertility treatments and trying to get pregnant against all odds. Easier said than done, right?  But listen… “The willingness to win OR lose moves us out of an […]
  • How Laptop Computers Affect Male Fertility
    Laptop computers can cause male infertility. Here is what one reproductive specialist says about the link between male infertility and the excessive use of laptops – plus several tips for overcoming male infertility. According to Loyola, 40% of fertility issues are attributed to males. Causes of male infertility include varicocoeles (enlarged varicose veins in the scrotum, which can raise […]
  • How Vitamin D Helps Women Get Pregnant – Sunshine and Pregnancy
    Research shows a lovely, relaxing way to improve your chances of getting pregnant: Vitamin D and sunshine! Here’s how sun exposure could be a key factor in increasing fertility for both men and women. “For decades – or longer – gynecologists and even some fertility experts have been advising couples to ‘take a vacation’ if […]
  • Exercises for Fertility – How Yoga Helps You Get Pregnant
    A fertility expert describes how exercises for fertility – such as yoga – increase your chances of conception and help you get pregnant. “Studies show that pregnancy success rates decline as a woman’s weight increases,” say these fertility specialists at Pulling Down the Moon. “However, while many women are busy shaping up for spring and […]
  • Benefits and Drawbacks of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
    If you wondering if you should try in vitro fertilization (IVF), this list of benefits and drawbacks of IVF may help you decide if this fertility treatment is right for you. To learn more about in vitro fertilization, read IVF: The Wayward Stork–What to Expect, Who to Expect It From, and Surviving It All. Remember that it doesn’t matter […]
  • The Benefits and Drawbacks of Adopting a Child
    Here’s a list of benefits and drawbacks of adopting a child. As a couple coping with infertility, we’re deciding between adoption and in vitro fertilization (IVF) – and my list of pros and cons might help you with your own decision! “Adoption isn’t about finding children for families…it’s about finding families for children.” – Joyce […]
  • Vitamins and Nutrients to Increase Fertility
    Certain vitamins and nutrients directly decrease or increase your fertility levels, affecting sperm motility and count, egg development, and hormone production. Here’s a summary of the most important ones. “The risk of infertility in women and men is increased by inadequate levels of intake of vitamins C and E, beta-carotene, selenium, vitamin D, and zinc,” writes […]
  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Treatment – Acupuncture for PCOS
    A polycystic ovary syndrome treatment is acupuncture, for many women. Here’s how acupuncture for PCOS works – and since PCOS can decrease fertility levels and prevent you from getting pregnant, it’s important to do everything you can to treat it! Here’s what one woman says about acupuncture treatments and polycystic ovary syndrome: “To our great surprise […]
  • When Not to Tell Children About Their Birth Roots
    Keeping your children’s birth roots a secret – especially if they stem from infertility treatments – is generally a bad idea. However, there are specific times when it’s better not to tell them about their birth roots and the fertility treatments involved. “Honesty is good for families,” writes Diane Ehrensaft in Mommies, Daddies, Donors, Surrogates: Answering […]
  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome PCOS, Fertility, & Getting Pregnant
    Polycystic Ovary Syndrom (PCOS) affects fertility and getting pregnant. In fact, PCOS is one of the leading causes of infertility for women – but there are treatments! If you’re one of the 10% of women coping with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and you want to get pregnant, you need to learn as much as you can about […]
  • Yoga for Fertility – 5 Tips for Getting Pregnant Yogi Style
    Fertility yoga poses can increase your chances of getting pregnant, especially if you optimize all four phases of the reproductive cycle (menstrual, follicular, ovulatory and luteal). Here are the best “yoga for fertility” resources for a healthy pregnancy. Restoring Fertility – Yoga for Optimal Fertility was developed by reproductive medicine specialists who have helped thousands of […]
  • Stress Doesn’t Hinder IVF Success Rates
    In vitro fertilization (IVF) success rates aren’t affected by stress, say researchers who have recently completed the largest study on the connection between anxiety, depression, and IVF rates. “This message can be reassuring,” says lead researcher Dr. Bea Lintsen of Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Center in the Netherlands. “The chance of pregnancy seems not be […]
  • What is In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Fertility Treatment?
    In vitro fertilization (IVF) is type of fertility treatment that helps couples coping with infertility get pregnant. It’s also known as an “assisted reproductive technology.” Since I’m undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) soon, I’ve been researching this infertility treatment until I can’t stand it anymore! Here’s what I learned about in vitro fertilization (IVF) from both my fertility […]
  • How Ovulation Predictor Kits Work – Predict When You’re Ovulating
    Ovulation predictor kits predict when you’re ovulating and help you chart your fertility levels. Basically, they predict when the egg is ready for the sperm – and they help you get pregnant. One of the most popular ovulation predictor kits the Clearblue Easy Fertility Monitor Test Sticks. But remember that you’ll get what you wish for! Check this out: “By […]
  • 4 Ways Infertility Affects Marriage – How to Stay Connected
    If infertility is affecting your marriage negatively, how do you stay connected as a couple? Here are four common effects of infertility on marriage, plus tips for staying close. Before the tips, a quip: “All married couples should learn the art of battle as they should learn the art of making love,” said Ann Landers. “Good […]
  • Kegel Exercises to Improve Pregnancy and Childbirth
     Stay hopeful if you’re coping with infertility now – because you could be pregnant before you know it! These effective Kegel exercises are from a physical therapist, and they’ll improve your pregnancy and childbirth experience. “Incontinence or involuntary urine leakage is more common than you may think – it affects women in their teens, through […]
  • Tips on Saving Money for Fertility Costs
    These tips on saving money for fertility costs will help if you can’t afford infertility treatments. These tips are from Ethan Ewing, the president of Bills.com… “Money is tight these days, and so is time,” said Ewing. “If you like the idea of trimming the fat from your budget, but not the idea of spending […]
  • Surrogate Mothers and Parents – Tips for Surrogacy Parenthood
    Infertile couples may find surrogacy parenthood is the best way to conceive a baby. These tips for surrogate mothers and parents (usually couples coping with infertility) are from a woman with a great deal of experience as a surrogate mom… Before the tips, a quip about raising kids: “Biology is the least of what makes […]
  • Surrogate Motherhood – How and Why Women Get Pregnant for Infertile Couples
    A glimpse into surrogate motherhood — and how and why women get pregnant for infertile couples. Here, a surrogate mother describes how she helps couples coping with infertility have their own families. First, a quip about motherhood: “Mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible.” – Marion C. Garretty, quoted […]
  • Having a Baby in Your 40s – The Benefits of Late Motherhood
    Having a baby in your 40s equals a longer life, say researchers. The benefits of late motherhood range from financial to physical, and include social and emotional. Some women prefer to have their babies while they’re young, others think waiting until they’ve “experienced life” is better. Taking Charge of Your Fertility: The Definitive Guide to […]
  • What Not to Say to Couples Coping With Infertility
    If you know a person or couple coping with infertility, you may not know what to say or talk about! So, here are a few tips on what NOT to say to couples coping with infertility, plus six tips on what TO say. Before the tips, here’s an excerpt from I Am More Than My Infertility: […]
  • Coping With Infertility on Mother’s Day
    Dealing with the disappointment of not getting pregnant is hard, but coping with infertility on Mother’s Day is devastating. Here are five ways to deal with sadness because you can’t get pregnant, on this day in May. Before the tips, here’s a quick quip: “Remember sadness is always temporary,” said Chuck T. Falcon. “This, too, […]
  • Increase Fertility Levels by Avoiding These Toxic Chemicals
    You can increase your fertility levels and get pregnant faster by avoiding certain toxins and toxic chemicals! Eco-expert and author Terra Wellington shares tips on reducing the toxic chemicals in daily life that decrease fertility levels in women… Research from UCLA shows that women who are exposed to chemicals used in everyday items – food packaging, pesticides, clothing, […]
  • 5 Ways to Cope With Not Getting Pregnant – Silent Sorority
    Are you coping with infertility, the fear you’ll experience pregnancy, or depression because you can’t get pregnant? These tips may help — they’re from Pamela Tsigdinos, author of Silent Sorority. She knows about coping with not conceiving a baby firsthand; she wrote about not getting pregnant and accepting a childfree life. Here’s one of her key thoughts: […]
  • How to Keep Your Marriage Strong When You’re Coping With Infertility
    Infertility is one of the most stressful issues a couple can face. These tips for keeping your marriage strong will help you cope with infertility, and help save your relationship whether or not you get pregnant. “A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.” – Mignon McLaughlin If you’re […]
  • In Vitro Fertilization Process – Increase IVF Success Rates
    The in vitro fertilization process is a fertility treatment with no guarantees of getting pregnant, but you can increase IVF success rates! These fertility tips will help couples trying to get pregnant via in vitro fertilization. We tried IUI (intra-uterine insemination, where the sperm is deposited in the cervix) – but it didn’t take…even after […]
  • Dealing With the Disappointment of a Childfree Life
    You’re not alone if you’re dealing with the disappointment of a childfree life because of fibroids, endometriosis, or other issues that lead to infertility. Elisse Goldstein-Clark has coped with fibroids for the past 20 years – and is learning to live with the idea of a child-free life. “To cheer myself up, I’m currently planning […]
  • Not Getting Pregnant – Adventures in Infertility
    If you’re not getting pregnant as fast as you hoped, check out Kathleen Puls Andrade’s adventures in infertility for a break from the same old struggles. Her perspective of infertility is totally different — and includes humor and wackiness! If you feel hopeless and scared, click on the book I Am More Than My Infertility by Marina Lombardo and Linda […]
  • How Work Stress Affects Female Fertility
    The stress of pursuing a career affects a woman’s hormones, which in turn affects her fertility levels. Here are the specific ways work stress affects female fertility, from research from the University of Utah. It explains why career women may find it more difficult to get pregnant. First, a quip from Helen Gurley Brown about […]
  • Fear of Infertility – 5 Tips for Overcoming Fertility Problems
    The fear of infertility can stop you from overcoming fertility problems. Some couples don’t know if they’re dealing with infertility issues, because they haven’t overcome their fear of finding out about infertility! If you’re one of those couples, here are tips on overcoming your fear of never getting pregnant. “Fear grows in darkness,” says Dorothy Thompson. “If you […]
  • 6 Tips to Improve Fertility Through Acupuncture
    If you’re frustrated because you can’t get pregnant, read these tips for improving fertility through acupuncture treatments. They’re from traditional Chinese medicine practitioner, Rianna Poskin. The Zensufu Complete Acupressure Mat and Pillow is a wonderful option if you’re not comfortable with the idea of acupuncture needles. Acupressure is similar to acupuncture, but does not involve an acupuncturist putting needles […]
  • A Childfree Life After Infertility – 7 Ways to be Happy
    Living without having children doesn’t have to be sad, depressing, or futile. Here are seven ways to be happy after infertility, inspired by my own experience of living childfree (though I do think of myself as “childless”). If you’re struggling with the idea of living childfree or childless, read Complete Without Kids: An Insider’s Guide […]
  • 6 Foods to Avoid When You’re Trying to Get Pregnant
    Here’s a list of what foods not to eat when you’re trying to get pregnant. Avoiding eating peas, for instance, because it contains a natural chemical that affects fertility. “[Some foods] may delay or in some cases even prevent you from conceiving,” writes Niels Lauersen, MD, PhD & Colette Bouchez in Getting Pregnant: What You […]
  • How Hypnosis Can Help You Get Pregnant
    Hypnosis can not only help you get pregnant, research also shows it doubles the success rates of in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedures. Here’s what one certified clinical hypnotherapist says about how hypnosis affects infertility, stress, and your chances of getting pregnant. First, here’s how hypnosis works: “Some people believe hypnosis causes the brain to release […]
  • Household Cleaning Products and Fertility
    Here’s yet another reason to avoid housework: common household cleaners can affect male and female fertility. Here’s how cleansers, home repairs, and decorating can affect your chances of getting pregnant… Before the tips, a quip: “I’m not going to vacuum until Sears makes one you can ride on,” said Roseanne Barr. It’s not vacuuming that’s the problem […]
  • Stress and Fertility Levels – How Life Stressors Are Related to Infertility
    Stress and fertility levels are related; in fact, life’s normal stressors can lead to both male and female infertility. Here’s how stress affects fertility levels, and how you can reduce the stress in your life. The best way to determine if a situation is stressful is whether you feel out of control, says Pierce Howard, PhD, author […]
  • How a Woman’s Age Affects Her Fertility – Age and Pregnancy
    How does a woman’s age affect her fertility levels? Older women may not get pregnant as quickly because of decreased blood flow to the ovaries and decreased egg production. Here’s what’s happens to a woman’s fertility levels as she ages… “It can be frightening, this yearning for a child – it’s hard to fathom the desperate urgency.” […]
  • Marriage Tips for Couples Coping With Infertility
    When you’re a couple coping with infertility, it can be challenging to maintain physical intimacy and keep your love life strong. These marriage tips will help you stay in love — and happily intimate. “Everyone in your life will win when you start making yourself a priority,” writes Dr Read in Till Sex Do Us Part. “You’ll feel […]
  • The Cost of Infertility – 9 Ways to Save Money for Fertility Treatments
    Paying for fertility costs a lot of money — read How Much Do Infertility Treatments Cost? for details. These nine ways to save money for fertility treatments are from Ethan Ewing, a financial expert at Bills.com. The one thing worse than not being able to get pregnant on your own is not having the money to pay for in […]
  • Improve Fertility – 5 Natural Tips for Improving Fertility
    To improve fertility, you don’t necessarily need supplements! These natural tips for improving fertility will help you get pregnant by putting you in touch with your body. Here, Niels Lauersen, MD, and Colette Bouchez from the fertility website GettingPregnantNow.com describe how to improve fertility naturally… “If you’re having trouble getting pregnant but not yet ready for […]
  • 6 Tips for Coping With Infertility Stress
    These six tips for coping with infertility stress are from Danna Demetre’s book for healthy living, Change Your Habits, Change Your Life. Demetre’s tips are intended to increase energy and vitality – which is exactly what we need when we’re coping with the stress of infertility! The more energy we have, the less likely we’ll […]
  • How Endometriosis Affects Your Fertility
    Endometriosis and female fertility are closely connected. Here’s what the experts say about the effects of endometriosis on getting pregnant. “Approximately 80% to 85% of couples who are trying to become pregnant will successfully conceive within a year,” write John Gordon, MD and Michael DiMattina, MD in 100 Questions & Answers About Infertility. “Thus infertility […]
  • Dr Phil’s Response to Being Childfree
    Here’s Dr Phil’s response to a letter in Oprah Magazine from a woman who is childfree. She never got pregnant not because of infertility, but by choice, and her friend insulted her for not having kids. “You need to listen to your body because your body is listening to you,” says Dr Phil. If your body […]
  • Success Rates of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
    Here are some statistics on the success rates of in vitro fertilization (IVF), to give you hope if you’re having trouble getting pregnant or are coping with infertility. “This [research] shows that, overall, IVF is extraordinarily effective and largely overcomes infertility, especially in younger women,” says lead author Beth Malizia, MD, a clinical fellow at […]
  • How to Stay Positive When You’re Trying to Conceive
    These tips for women coping with disappointment of not getting pregnant after trying for months – or even years – are from two “real” women. They share how to stay positive when trying to conceive – one became pregnant against all odds, and the other is still hoping to get pregnant. In The Impatient Woman’s Guide to Getting Pregnant, […]
  • How to Talk to People Who Are Coping With Infertility
    These tips on talking to people who are coping with infertility are from a woman who can’t have children. Knowing what to and not to say to a woman who can’t get pregnant – or a man who can’t get his partner pregnant – can be a challenge. I’m reading this book called Mommies, Daddies, […]
  • Choosing Not to Try Fertility Treatments
    Lillian and Dave Brummet don’t regret their decision not to try fertility treatments. They’ve gone beyond coping with infertility to writing books, hosting radio shows, and changing how people treat Mother Earth. Lillian and Dave Brummet will inspire you, even if you’re disappointed or depressed that you’re not getting pregnant naturally. “We have a different way […]
  • Life After Infertility – Accepting the Hardship of Infertility
    Coping with life after infertility and accepting the hardship of infertility is difficult — and even heartbreaking. But, some infertile couples find that not having children can open up a whole new life. “Accept the hardship of infertility,” says Ellen Naylor, who couldn’t get pregnant. “God has other plans for you…so listen…and do!” It’s been almost […]
  • Foods That Increase Your Chances of Getting Pregnant
    What foods can help you get pregnant? Here’s a list of fertility foods that increase the chances of pregnancy. It’s a natural diet from a holistic treatment center for infertility called Pulling Down the Moon. For more tips on foods that improve female fertility, read The Fertility Diet: Groundbreaking Research Reveals Natural Ways to Boost […]
  • 5 Tips for Boosting Your Fertility
    These five tips for boosting your fertility may help you get pregnant – and here’s why you should keep trying to have a baby, even in these uncertain economic times. The fertility experts at Pulling Down the Moon say, “History shows that during a recession, birth rates drop as couples delay childbearing.  In current times […]
  • Coping With Years of Infertility – How to Deal With Not Getting Pregnant
    Everyone deals with not getting pregnant in different ways. Here, writer and administrator Lori LeRoy shares how she and her husband are coping with Living With Infertility. They’re a couple who focus on finding humor, researching unusual infertility stories, and writing about their struggles with getting pregnant. Lori shares about her book, whether she’s considering adopting, and her […]
  • Depression When No Pregnancy is in Sight – 6 Ways to Cope
    If you’re struggling with depression because there’s no pregnancy in sight, check out these six ways to cope. These tips for overcoming depressed feelings when you’re not getting pregnant are from two infertility experts at Pulling Down the Moon, an organization that helps women with infertility. “Issues of infertility currently affect 12% of the American […]
  • Help for Couples Coping With Not Getting Pregnant
    This help for couples coping with infertility are from real couples who can’t get pregnant. You’re not alone if you’re having trouble conceiving a child — and your marriage doesn’t have to suffer undue stress. Before the tips, a quip: “It’s okay to be down in the dumps – just don’t stay there too long,” said Catherine […]
  • Riding the Infertility Roller Coaster – 5 Ways to Cope
    Are you having trouble getting pregnant? Fertility expert Iris Waichler, author of Riding the Infertility Roller Coaster, shares five ways to cope when you’re dealing with possible or confirmed infertility. Getting pregnant can take a long time for some women…but don’t give up hope yet! “I struggled with infertility and eventually got incredibly lucky and had a healthy […]
  • How Vitamin B12 Affects Fertility
    Here’s how vitamin B12 affects fertility, plus tips for getting more vitamin B12 in your diet so you can get pregnant. And, a new test for B12 vitamin deficiency. Both male and female fertility can be seriously affected by something as simple as a vitamin B12 deficiency. If you don’t think you’re getting enough vitamin B12, […]
  • Unusual Stories of Getting Pregnant
    Here are some unusual stories of getting pregnant, to inspire you if you’re worried that you can’t conceive a baby! Keep the faith, fellow moms-to-be, even if you’re coping with infertility…your turn will come soon… Before these unusual pregnancy stories, here are Celine Dion’s plans to get pregnant: “We’ll give it a try after my […]
  • Overcoming the Shame of Infertility
    Part of infertility stigma is feeling ashamed because you can’t conceive a baby. These tips for overcoming the shame of infertility may help you cope with your feelings – and with the way people treat you. “I’ve found that most people don’t truly understand infertility or how it impacts one’s spirit,” writes Kelly Damron in […]
  • How Protein Increases Female Fertility
    If you’re not getting enough protein, you are affecting your chances of getting pregnant. Here’s how protein increases female fertility… “Inadequate protein intake can decrease the frequency of menstrual periods and may also contribute to early miscarriage,” writes Dr Christopher Williams in The Fastest Way to Get Pregnant Naturally. For more info on getting pregnant […]
  • Are Infertility Rates Increasing? Fertility Doctors Say “No”
    No, infertility rates are not increasing. Here, fertility doctors explain three reasons infertility rates are not increasing — this is one of the fascinating morsels in 100 Questions & Answers About Infertility ! Women aren’t getting pregnant any less today than they did 50 years ago. This infertility book also explains why women aren’t conceiving babies. “Approximately 80% to 85% […]
  • 5 Ways to Stop Resenting Your Pregnant Friends
    If you’re an “unpregnant woman” (months of trying, no conceiving a baby), you may resent your pregnant friends. Don’t worry – you’re normal! Here are five tips for not resenting your pregnant friends — because when you can’t get pregnant or it’s taking too long to conceive, you may notice that your friends and family are especially […]
  • 6 Goal Setting Tips for Getting Pregnant – Infertile Couples
    These goal setting tips for getting pregnant can help infertile couples conceive a baby. These fertility tips work best if you’re organized and thoughtful, and can help you clarify why you want to have a baby and set specific ways to achieve your goal of pregnancy. Before the tips, a quip: “The great thing in […]
  • Why Do Women Get Periods? 6 Facts About Your Menstrual Cycle
    Learn why women get periods, why menstruation is good for us, and what the “Venus Week” is. These facts about your menstrual cycle are from Dr Rebecca Booth. First, a quip about women and menstruation from Whoopi Goldberg… “Whenever women are together for more than two days, they talk about their periods,” says Goldberg. You’ll have […]
  • How to Prepare Your Body for Pregnancy – From Food to Treating STDs
    A healthy pregnancy isn’t just about being pregnant, it’s about preparing your body to get pregnant! Even if you’re not trying to get pregnant now, you should learn how to prepare your body for pregnancy so you can easily conceive in the future. First, a quip about pregnancy from actress Kate Winslet: “I did a lot […]
  • How to Help When Someone Has a Miscarriage or Pregnancy Loss
    How do you help when someone has a miscarriage? This support for pregnancy loss is from a mother of two who had two miscarriages. She shares some “do’s” and “don’t’s” that will help you help someone who had a miscarriage…and it will help you if you yourself need support for pregnancy loss. “It was my […]
  • 5 Steps to Being a Foster Parent
    These steps for being a foster parent may help you decide if this is a way to build your family! Here’s an interview with Laurie Tyrrell, who is a Foster Parent Liaison. She not only works with prospective foster and adoptive families, she’s also a foster parent herself. To learn more about being a foster parent, read The Foster […]
  • How Food Affects Female Fertility
    Food affects female fertility in many ways – it’s not just your main source of energy. If you eat to get pregnant, you may increase your chances of conceiving a baby. If you want to maximize your chances of getting pregnant, think about FertiliTea: A Natural Fertility Tea Blend. It enhances fertility naturally, and contains Vitex (Chasteberry), […]
  • About Infertility Treatments – Sperm Washing, In Vitro Fertilization, and Fertility Costs
    These surprising facts about infertility treatments are from embryologist Stacie Hill. Here, she shares information about sperm washing, the cost of infertility treatments, and in vitro fertilization for women who can’t get pregnant. First, a quip about sperm from writer Dave Berry: “It is a well-documented fact that guys will not ask for directions,” says Berry. “This […]
  • How Do At-Home Fertility Treatments Work? The Conception Kit
    One way to increase your chances of getting pregnant is to use a fertility monitor or fertility treatment, such as The Conception Kit. If you’re coping with infertility, however, make sure you talk to your fertility specialist first! Here, embryologist Stacie Hill describes how The Conception Kit works; she has 13 years of experience in reproductive medicine. First, a quip from Celine Dion about […]
  • Talking About Infertility With Your Partner
    These tips on talking about infertility with your partner are from Stacie Hill, an embryologist at Conceivex. She has 13 years of “hands-on” experience in reproductive medicine. “When you can’t get pregnant, you swim in a mix of emotions,” write Julie Vargo and Maureen Regan in A Few Good Eggs. “You feel insecure (how the hell did […]
  • Thinking About Fostering Kids? Info From a Father of 12
    If you’re thinking about fostering kids, check out this info from a dad of 12 biological and foster children. These tips for prospective foster parents is based on a Q & A with foster dad, adoptive father, and biological father Roger Thompson. He explains how foster parenting works in his family of twelve! His wife, Kate, is the author of Is Eight Enough? […]
  • 10 Ways to Cope With Infertility Over the Holiday Season
    Trying to get pregnant can be disappointing at the best of times – but at Christmas or Thanksgiving, it can be devastating. These ten ways to cope with infertility over the holiday season may help… First, a Christmas quip from Andy Rooney. “One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in […]
  • Marriage Tips for Couples Coping With Not Getting Pregnant
    These marriage tips for couples coping with not getting pregnant will help you deal with infertility and other reproductive problems. Unfortunately, infertility isn’t just heartbreaking for you as a woman or man, it’s hard on your marriage. Before the tips, here’s what actress Reese Witherspoon says about being pregnant: “I was surprised when the ultrasound revealed […]
  • Coping With Male Factor Infertility – A Wife’s Perspective
    A wife and mother shares how she and her husband coped with male factor infertility. If you’re struggling with male infertility, this interview with Kelly Damron will help you see your marriage – and yourself more – clearly. “When Lance Armstrong was diagnosed with testicular cancer, no one made jokes about how he was less of […]
  • Tips for Improving Male Fertility and Getting Pregnant
    These tips for improving male fertility are from physician and author Dr Jacob Teitelbaum. Here, he shares his tips for getting pregnant for men and women. First, a quip about pregnancy from actress Debra Messing: “I’d get out of the bath, and my husband and I would stand in front of the bathroom mirror and […]
  • Hot Baths and Other Things to Avoid if You Want to Conceive
    If you take a hot bath, are you decreasing your chances of getting pregnant? These tips for improving female fertility are from physician and author Dr Jacob Teitelbaum. He shares the most important things to avoid until you are at least three months pregnant. Making Babies: A Proven 3-Month Program for Maximum Fertility is an excellent […]
  • How to Find Good Websites About Getting Pregnant and Fertility
    Finding good websites about fertility, getting pregnant, and coping with infertility can be difficult, because the internet can be a swamp of misinformation! To help, here are six ways to find good websites for conceiving a baby, with input from acupuncturist Nancy Winlove-Smith.  Before the tips, a quip:  “People are well aware that infertility is a very painful situation and […]
  • Tips for Couples Coping With Infertility
    These tips for couples coping with infertility will help you deal with one of the biggest – and one of the saddest – challenges married people face. Coping with infertility is hard – but it doesn’t have to wreck your marriage! Here are several tips from a mental health expert. Before the tips, a quip from health guru Dr Wayne Dyer:  […]
  • An Acupuncturist’s Tips for Getting Pregnant
    This ‘Question and Answer’ with an acupuncturist describes how acupuncture for fertility helps men produce sperm and women get pregnant. Acupuncture can be an effective treatment for male and female infertility — and it affects men and women differently. Acupuncture & IVF: Increase IVF Success by 40-60% is a fantastic resource that will give you more insight into […]
  • How to Deal With the Disappointment of Not Being Pregnant
    These six ways to deal with the disappointment of not being pregnant will give you hope and strength. At least, you’ll see you’re not alone – especially if you learn how other women coped with childlessness. Silent Sorority: A Barren Woman Gets Busy, Angry, Lost and Found by Pamela Mahoney Tsigdinos will help you cope with […]
  • How to Find a Fertility Specialist or Infertility Doctor
    If you can’t get pregnant, you may want to start researching how to find the best fertility specialist or infertility doctor in your area. These tips will help if you’re looking for a new fertility doctor because you’re disappointed with the specialist you’ve already tried, or if you’re brand new to the infertility roller coaster and are wondering if you’ll ever […]
  • How to Stay Positive When You Can’t Get Pregnant
    Here are several tips for staying positive when you can’t get pregnant. It can be tempting to slide into a downward spiral of frustration and impatience – but this will decrease your chances of conceiving and harm your relationship with your husband. “Me and my hubby are trying to get pregnant and have a baby […]
  • How Women Cope With Infertility and Never Getting Pregnant
    Four different women share how they cope with infertility and never getting pregnant. You’ll find inspiration and hope here – learn about the possibilities after infertility! First, a quip about not stressing about infertility: “Don’t underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering,” […]
  • Surprising Facts About Reproduction, Conception and Birth
    These surprising facts about reproduction, conception, and birth are fascinating! This info ranges from the dreams of pregnant women to when a fetus acquires fingerprints and teeth. Did you know that the largest cell in the human body is the female egg and the smallest is the male sperm? That’s a surprising facts about fertility! To learn more […]
  • Surrogate Parenting – The Male Perspective
    If you’re considering surrogate parenting, knowing the male perspective might help! Most experiences with surrogacy – when one woman gives birth to a child for a woman who can’t have children – focus on the women’s perspective. Here’s the man’s perspective of surrogate parenting…  “The male role in surrogacy is often ignored,” says Robin von Halle, president of […]
  • A Couple Who Adopted While Coping With Infertility
    Are you a couple coping with infertility — and considering adoption? Here’s Kelly James-Enger’s story of adopting because she and her husband couldn’t have biological kids together. James-Enger is the coauthor of The Belated Baby: A Guide to Parenting after Infertility. “My husband and I went through seven years of infertility,” says James-Enger. “We started with a couple […]
  • Factors That Increase the Risk of Male Infertility
    Do you want to have kids? Avoid these factors that increase the risk of male infertility — such as cycling, certain illnesses, and extra weight. “In approximately 30% of couples attending for infertility investigations, ‘a male factor’ is thought to be the likely cause of the infertility,” say the experts at Sims International Fertility Clinic in Dublin, Ireland. […]
  • 4 Food Groups That Increase Male Fertility – From Beef to Broccoli
    Here’s a list of foods that increase fertility for men, and a list of harmful foods that can negatively impact male fertility. These fertility tips are from Chef MD’s Big Book of Culinary Medicine by Dr John La Puma. “Male infertility is any condition that interferes with a man’s ability to get a woman pregnant,” writes La […]
  • Should You Ask a Friend to Donate Sperm? Hints and Tips
    This interview with a sperm donor will shed some light onto the question of whether you should ask a friend or family member to donate sperm so you can get pregnant. To learn more about sperm donors and surrogate motherhood, read Mommies, Daddies, Donors, Surrogates by Diane Ehrensaft. It’ll help you navigate the intricate maze of sperm […]
  • When You Can’t Have Kids – Options for Infertile Couples
    Thinking about the options when you can’t have kids is disappointing and sad. But if you’re an infertile couple, you might find hope and inspiration in this list of ideas. Never to Be a Mother: A Guide for All Women Who Didn’t, or Couldn’t, Have Children by Linda Hunt Anton offers 10 steps to healing the […]
  • Tips for Reducing the Stress of Infertility
    These tips for reducing infertility stress will help if you’re trying to get pregnant and are coping with constant disappointment of not getting pregnant! You’re probably getting a little stressed out – and that definitely won’t help you conceive. These stress relief tips may increase your chances of getting pregnant, and will definitely improve your mood and relationships. […]
  • Causes of Female Infertility – Age, Ovulation Problems, Blockages
    What causes female infertility? It could be a woman’s age, ovulation problems, or blockages in her fallopian tubes. If you’ve been trying to conceive for over a year without success, you may want to consider consulting a fertility specialist. First, here’s a quip about pregnancy and peeing from Jenny McCarthy: “The weird thing about the pee thing is […]
  • How Adopted Children Are Treated Differently Than Biological Kids
    Parents treat adopted children differently than biological children, according to the comments on this article and research on adoption! Parenting styles, methods of discipline, and even mealtimes are different for adopted children. “[When you’re adopted], you suddenly have twice as many people to blame for all your problems.” – Alison Larkin – an adoptee and […]

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