Understand Your Menstrual Cycle

Understand Your Menstrual Cycle

When you know your menstrual cycle, you improve your chances of becoming pregnant. The first phase starts with the first day of bleeding during your period. Your body releases hormones, such as follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), that make the eggs inside your ovaries grow. Between days 2 and 14, those hormones also help thicken the lining of your uterus to get ready for a fertilised egg. This is called the follicular stage.

What Happens During Ovulation

The average menstrual cycle is 28 to 35 days. Ovulation usually happens between days 11 and 21 of your cycle. A hormone called luteinizing hormone (LH) surges, triggering the release of the egg that’s most ripe. At the same time, your cervical mucus becomes more slippery to help sperm make their way to the egg.

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Implanting two embryos during IVF can reduce chances of pregnancy

Implanting two embryos during IVF can reduce chances of pregnancy

Source: The Guardian

Implanting two embryos during IVF can cut the chance of becoming pregnant by more than a quarter if one of the embryos is in a poorer state of health, new research suggests.

A study of almost 1,500 embryos that were implanted in women of all ages found that putting back a healthier embryo with one of poorer quality dramatically cut the chance of a successful pregnancy compared to just transferring one embryo.

Experts behind the study believe that the body tends to focus on the embryo termed the one of poorer quality and rejects a possible pregnancy, rather than focusing on the healthy embryo that would lead to a successful birth.

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How to be sensitive to those dealing with infertility

How to be sensitive to those dealing with infertility

It’s a sensitive issue that is difficult enough to deal with without awkward questions and comments from friends, family and even strangers.

As National Infertility Awareness Week in the Unites States approaches (April 23–29), some experts have suggestions for handling these difficulties, both for would-be parents and for the people who know them.

Relationship expert Andrea Syrtash said it’s all too common for women who aren’t getting pregnant to receive unsolicited advice — e.g., increasing wheatgrass consumption, relaxing, thinking positively, etc.

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Six simple ways to improve fertility levels

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Both men and women have several ways to improve fertility levels if trying for a baby. A daily nutritional supplement such as pre-Conceive will bring enormous benefits, as shown in Europe’s first-ever clinical study into the effect of a nutritional supplement on both male and female fertility. However, there are many other simple changes that can also improve fertility levels, and here we detail six of them:

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Fertility Apps – which ones can you rely on?

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A study published in Obstetrics & Gynecology, analyzing 53 online tools such as fertility apps and websites that aim to help women predict when they’re most likely to get pregnant, has revealed a shocking finding. It is that most simply don’t work very well.

The study analyzed 20 websites and 33 apps, but found that just one website and three fertility apps correctly identified when users were most likely to be fertile.

That site was Babymed.com, and the three apps were Clue, iPeriod, and My Days (android & iPhone).

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The late Dr. David Smallbone – An Appreciation

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On Friday the 31st of March, 2017, Pillar Healthcare lost a dear, dear friend and a most trusted advisor.

It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce that, Dr. David Smallbone, M.B., Ch.B., L.R.C.P., M.R.C.S., M.F. Hom., F.C.O.H., passed away late that evening.

Dr. Smallbone was the ultimate professional. Throughout his long and decorated career, he devoted himself to identifying and understanding the best ways to treat all those that came before him.

He had a deep passion and love for helping people and making them feel better, either through his vast array of medical knowledge, or as a friend, over a cup of coffee. His career is too long and distinguished to list in detail here, but all those who were treated by him or spoke to him realised they were in the presence of greatness.

The word ‘unique’ can be overused but in its raw definition, there is no better way to describe Dr. Smallbone – being the only one of his kind; unlike anyone else.

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Worldwide fertility rates continue to decline

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The provisional fertility rates numbers for Q3 of 2016 are in—and the news isn’t good. General fertility has fallen again, with younger age brackets showing the steepest declines.

While some demographers are convinced that birth rates will rebound when ‘millennials’ grow older, this risk-averse generation may continue to dash fertility expectations. Other demographic indicators (namely Hispanic and immigrant birth rates) also point to lower U.S. fertility. All told, it looks like the expected baby bump has been bumped—again.

The overall birth rate is gradually falling because the percentage drop in birth rates under age 30 is larger than the percentage rise in birth rates over age 30. Keep in mind that under-30 age brackets have always accounted for the most births, though the margin has been shrinking over time.

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Unsuccessful IVF ‘may affect women’s heart health’

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Medical News Today has reported research from Canada that suggests women who have undergone unsuccessful IVF cycles may be at greater risk of heart failure and stroke.

The research focuses on the short-term risk to such women (the study involved a follow-up period of 8.4 years), and notes that few studies have assessed the long-term impact of fertility therapy on heart health.

Of those who participated in the study however, it was found that women who did not become pregnant after fertility treatment were found to have a 19% greater risk of cardiovascular events, particularly stroke and heart failure.

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