Jul 6, 2010
Posted in Fertility

Common Fertility Blunders that Couples Make – Part I

No one is perfect and in case of baby-making, there are a number of commonly made blunders that couples unknowingly make. However these mistakes are totally rectifiable and do not necessitate high tech or costly solutions and should not be allowed to create a hindrance to getting pregnant.

Blunders Couples Make
Lubricant Usage

When sex is centred exclusively on baby-making it could lose spontaneity due to which many couples use lubricant for facilitating sexual intercourse. There is often lack of knowledge that nearly all lubricant types – saliva included – could hinder sperms. Even different kinds of oil used might augment likelihood of developing a vaginal infection. The only exemptions to this are the novel sperm-affable lubricant brands like Conceive Plus, Pre-Seed that are specifically created to facilitate easier passage of sperms.

Protracted waiting to visit an Expert

Referral to a fertility expert like reproductive endocrinologist has been a norm of sorts in case patients were incapable of conceiving in a year’s time. This would continue to make sense in those below thirty-five years of age, however in case there are obscured fertility problems (also apparent matters like a history of surgery), waiting an entire year would only needlessly be a setback, heighten one’s anxiety levels and squander valuable time.

In women is above thirty-five years of age seeing an expert subsequent to six months of attempting conception is advisable. For those above forty years old, it would always be a prudent practice to get medically checked at the earliest.

Females with an earlier pregnancy have a predominantly greater likelihood of waiting for more time than they ought to. They nurse erroneous notions that in case they were fertile earlier then they would not face any fertility issues in the future. Cases of secondary infertility abound – the incapability of conceiving or bearing another child. Women need to bear in mind that they were younger during their first conception and their eggs have presently grown old as they have aged.

Assumptions about regularly occurring menses equated to fertility

Getting your menses does not necessarily translate to a woman ovulating or that eggs being released would be of good enough quality for ensuring conception. This fallacy is mostly observed amongst females belonging to older reproductive age group. The fact is that cycling does not necessarily ensure fertility and several women could continue getting their menses till up to ten years after stoppage of good, healthful egg production.

Females irrespective of any age could go through so-dubbed ‘anovulatory’ cycles wherein there is no release of egg thus translating to no conception occurring. These menstrual cycles could cause bleeding that occurs due to build-up of the cells that line the uterus.

For ensuring whether your menses are truly authentic, confirming whether one is ovulating is important. OPKs (ovulation prediction kits) that comprise of urine testing slivers aid in tracking rising levels of luteinizing hormone or LH indicating imminent ovulation. Optionally, one could opt for fertility alertness methods like- tracking BBT (basal body temperature – temperature when one wakes up at dawn) and daily verification of the consistency of cervical fluid.

Women who do not ovulate often have a number of causal health issues inclusive of thyroid problem or PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome). Any stoppage of ovulation should warrant additional examination and therapy.

Common Fertility Blunders that Couples Make – Part II

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