Contrary to what a lot of people believe, it’s not always easy for pregnancy to happen. More and more couples are turning to reproductive technology to assist with pregnancy. But this isn’t always necessary for many couples who use it, nor it is necessarily a guarantee of success. So, why aren’t we focusing our attention on those simple lifestyle changes that are free and that you can do for yourself right now to maximise your chances of conceiving?
Ok! I am calling it. It is time we all stop using the word infertility to describe fertility struggles.
I work with and speak with so many women who have been trying to conceive with zero success. But these women are not necessarily “infertile”.
While 1 in 6 couples may struggle to conceive, 1 in 6 couples are NOT infertile.
More often than not when we think about fertility, we immediately start thinking about women. Yes, we are the ones who have menstrual cycles and get pregnant and grow babies, but if it wasn’t for male sperm pregnancy would never be possible. And if a couple is struggling to conceive, it’s about an even 50-50 split about whether it is a male or female cause.
In this episode, we’re talking about what makes up an individual sperm cell; how the male reproductive system works to maximise chances of fertilising a female egg and we’re also talking about sperm count – how this is actually measured, how it’s changed over the past 100 years and some advice for couples who are trying to conceive with potentially low sperm counts.
It has been a hot minute since I disappeared off the face of the earth. Morning sickness hit me hard but I’m back and it only seemed fitting to kick off the podcast with the lessons I’ve learnt during my first trimester of pregnancy. These are the things I wish someone had told me before and during my pregnancy and I hope you find that reassurance useful. Think of it as non-traditional pre-conception preparation!
Think back to high school for a moment…
If you were going to ask someone else to do your homework for you, or take an important exam for you, you’re going to ask someone smarter than you right?
Someone who could guarantee they would get a better result than you could.
Would you consider asking someone if they weren’t as smart as you, if there was no guarantee?
No, you wouldn’t.
So why are you asking an inanimate object to tell you when you’re fertile?
Getting pregnant is not a one step process, and implantation is the final step where the fertilised egg (now called an embryo) settles itself into the lining of the uterus for a 9 month stay-cation.
When you’re trying to get pregnant, it’s normal to be very aware of your body and notice every tiny change that happens, wondering if it’s a sign of pregnancy.
The frustrating part is that so many of the early signs of pregnancy and implantation are very similar to PMS, so in this episode I’m breaking down some of the most common signs of implantation that women experience.
But just because you don’t notice any of them, doesn’t mean it isn’t happening for you.
Get my simple 3-step system to understanding your body’s natural fertile signs and pinpointing ovulation day so that you can use this knowledge to achieve (or avoid) pregnancy
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