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Getting pregnant at the first possible chance may not be an issue to others but to some, it has been a discouraging, heart breaking and emotional event. If you are one of those disheartened by the mere act, here are a few tips that may likely aid you.

Watching your weight. According to William Gibbons, director of the division of reproductive endocrinology at Baylor College of Medicine, a healthy weight does affect one’s chances of fertility. Being underweight or obese can decrease your chances. So if you are considering of getting pregnant, take your weight into serious consideration.

Stop smoking. This is a red-alert call not just for women but for men as well. Smoking is a high risk factor that contributes to infertility. It causes woman’s uterus to become unreceptive to eggs while it affects the condition and production of the man’s sperms. Yet worse of all, smoking can cause abnormalities to the baby. So the next time you are planning to get pregnant, throw that stick away.

Drink in moderation. Drinking too much caffeine and alcohol can affect your fertility. For coffee and soda lovers, when you are pregnant or in the process of getting pregnant, limit yourself to 2 cups or 200 milligrams of caffeine daily, just until you have successfully gotten pregnant.  Lay off from alcohol first. Not only does it causes infertility, worse, it causes abnormalities and “> birth defects to your baby.

Keep track of your ovulation. Richard Paulson, chief of the division of reproductive endocrinology and infertility at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine advises that the best time to get pregnant is to schedule your love making three days before ovulation. Keep track of your ovulation cycle, this way you will know when to schedule your next intimate win-win moments.

Make love frequently. To some couples, making love daily may be stressful and physically tiring. Prolonging sexual activities to as long as 5 days can reduce“> sperm motility while having it daily can use up all the supply. Doing it daily may get you pregnant but doing it every 2-3 days may be as good as well. The important thing, make love not because it’s more of a task but because you enjoy sharing this intimate process with someone you love.

If everything else has failed, maybe its time you consult for professional help. You may consider an array of assisted reproduction techniques including, medications, IUI, IVF, surrogacy, adoption or egg donation.

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The truth about Male Infertility

Infertility issues are not just accounted to the wife/woman. Scientific studies show that 40% of infertility is caused by the woman, the other 40% is caused by the man and the remaining 20% is accounted to both individuals.

So, infertility issues are not just a gender’s thing. It can happen to anyone, at any age, race and economic status for that matter. It’s not just an issue bothering one country or state. It is affecting the entire globe at a rising number. Here are a few basic truths that NOT MANY know about Male infertility.

4 major causes of Male infertility.

  • Low sperm count :

Until the age of 80, men normally produce sperm eggs in massive amounts (a thousand sperms per second). A normal sperm concentration found in semen is estimated to be around 20 million/ml of semen. A lower sperm count is figured to be less than 10 million/ml of semen. Low sperm count can be caused by factors such as: extreme high temperature (sperm cells need to be kept cool. That is the reason why the male anatomy of their testicle is found outside their body so that these sperm cells won’t end up being fried), taking frequent and long sauna baths as well as intense exercise for more than 90 minutes can affect sperm production. Additional habits such as drugs and substance abuse, smoking and malnutrition (low in Vitamin C, Selenium, Zinc, and Folate) can also affect sperm quality.

  • No sperm at all:

Complete absence of sperm. This is a rare case (less than 1% of all men and 10% – 15% of infertile men). This may be caused by obstruction (blockage) of sperm cells in the testes caused by infections or exposure to harmful and toxic chemicals.

  • Low quality sperm:

In low quality sperm, the sperm’s motility (ability and speed of sperm to swim towards the uterus) as well as the shape of the sperm’s head and tail is in poor condition to make fertilization possible. This factor is said to be more important than the concentration of the sperms. Some factors causing this is contributed to: exposure to toxins, genetic disorders of the Testosterone, prostate cancer or STD, Mumps and other infections

4. No semen at all:

The semen is the fluid that surrounds, protects and transports the semen towards its journey to the woman’s uterus. Without this fluid, sperm cells are easily destroyed and dried out due to the toxicity of the woman’s vaginal wall. This can be caused by physical or structural abnormalities of the testes, pituitary gland, tubes, or other reproductive structures.

Women and men have the same chances of infertility. If you have reason to believe that you inability to become pregnant is due to a ‘’male factor’’ please seek the advice of a fertility specialist near you. There are still ways to correct it through Artificial Reproductive Techniques (ART).

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No Permanent Harm Comes to Those Who are Egg Donors

Many women wonder if by donating eggs to women who are infertile can affect their fertility later in life. There has been research that has been done over the years to help answer that question for those concerned.

Egg donations have been offered to infertile couples since the 1980s. As this form of assisted fertility treatment began to gain popularity so did the need for those selfless women who donate their eggs. It has been a concern to some that by stimulating of the ovaries through hormones can cause long term damage. The hormones are used to encourage production of the extra eggs during the egg donation cycle. Other believed that removing the eggs from the donor could later increase her infertility.

These concerns spawned a research study to take place to determine if there were long term fertility effects to those women who were at one time egg donors. This research study consisted of 194 women that donated eggs between the years of 1999 and 2010 at the Belgian center. At the time that these women were egg donors they were an average age of 30.

The surveys studied were conducted between four and five years after they participated as egg donors. 60 of the women who were surveyed reported that they became pregnant after they completed the egg donation cycle. Of the 60 women 57 of them became pregnant with no help conceiving. The other three women did need fertility help when trying to get pregnant. However, two of those three sought treatment because their partners had fertility issues. These results made it appear as though the ability to conceive children after participating in a cycle of egg donation was not an issue.

One of the problems noted, was that in some women there were temporary changes in their menstrual cycle. The menstrual cycle can be disrupted by hormonal changes in a woman. Therefore, in some women the hormones used to stimulate the ovaries changed their menstrual cycle similar to that after discontinuing birth control.

In the United States, in 2009, there were approximately 12% of all fertility treatments that used an egg donor. Some still believe that the risks of trauma to the ovaries or early menopause are reason enough to have extreme caution when becoming an egg donor. However there have been no studies that have been able to corroborate these concerns.

Every woman that takes on the amazing challenge of being an egg donor places themselves in a small group in their own. Becoming an egg donor is not something that one takes lightly, it is a decision that is thought about, pondered over, and then decided based on the best options for that woman. Providing a family with a child they may never have had can be reward on its own.  But knowing that no studies have concluded that there is long-term permanent damage as a result of being an egg donor can always make egg donation a more secure decision and experience.  To hear more of the experience some donors have had watch .

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