STRESSFUL TIMES: Fertility and stress share unenviable link

    The bond between stress and fertility is the proverbial “catch 22.”

    When you’re trying to conceive, would be parents pay close attention to stress levels as they are directly related to your fertility or lack thereof. The frustration for those who seem to be doing everything right and simply can’t get pregnant often leads to stress put on all parties involved.

    Thus, you’re in a bit of a predicament.

    Various studies conducted link stress in women to a decreased chance in fertility. Whether that stress comes from your job, family or friends, women must make every effort to at least limit the amount of stress they endure throughout the course of a day, week, month or year, at least as long as you’re trying to get pregnant.

    The idea that stress is directly related to infertility isn’t much of a surprise, given that your body must be incredibly healthy physically and mentally for a would-be pregnancy. Being upset that becoming pregnant isn’t happening for you is also equally understandable.

    You might, however, want to seriously consider methods to decrease your stress, thus raising your chances for conception. Experts agree that an exercise program might be the best avenue to pursue as far as eliminating stress from your routine.

    The most common and recommended activity or class atmosphere would be a Yoga or Pilates type endeavor. Yoga centers on relaxation and finding inner peace and harmony, while Pilates is a low impact workout that focuses on strengthening your muscles and core. Truthfully, any type of exercise, even a leisurely stroll or bike ride, will temper any sort of stress that you might be experiencing.

    And those classes aren’t just for moms, either. While studies of infertility and stress typically focus on females, males could also use a heavy dose of exercise and stress relief as part of their day. Men tend to put pressure on themselves just as much as women when it comes to starting a family and focusing on the fertility of their female partner. Men might be better equipped to handle the pressure of infertility and the letdown from trying for so long and losing hope along the way.

    The general belief is that the moment hopeful parents start to relax and not think about getting pregnant it tends to happen when you least expect it. If you’re into playing the odds and treat fertility like more of a chess match than dumb luck, you’re first move should be dumping any and all stress that permeates through your life.

    Tips to get pregnant faster?

      Question by Wanda: Tips to get pregnant faster?
      Me and my fiance decided we wanted to try for a baby. We are finacially stable. But we were wanting to know some tips to concieve faster.

      Best answer:

      Answer by *Strawberry*
      I am infertile and i have given birth to a beautiful baby girl. Me and my husband tried for years to get pregnant before and even after i found out i was infertile. Although i knew i was infertile i also knew i still had to fight for even a 0.1% chance of getting pregnant. We tried for about 5 years to get pregnant but month after month we faced the neverending pregnancy tests. We knew we were probably never going to get pregnant because every doctor ive ever visited said I was infertile but I still wanted to try because we were desperate for a baby and we wanted to start a family more than anything. We began fighting more because of it also. I started venting my anger on facebook and to my friends who were happy with their families and one of them suggested . We were reluctant to try it because we had tried multiple medications that my doctors prescribed me but nothing worked. One night me and my husband were laying in bed and he said maybe we should just try it what harm could it do. So I ordered my copy and finished it within 3 days (I couldn’t put it down lol) am Im so glad I listened to my husband and got it. I learned an immense amount about conception and what to do and what not to do. Some of the things I didn’t even think were important when trying to conceive could make a big difference. It doesn’t matter if you have pcos or any other infertility problem (like me) they guarantee pregnancy within 3 months. Sure enough 3 months after I started doing the things it said to do me and my husband conceived and now 10 months later im watching my baby girl take her first steps. Im so grateful to have her and it’s the best feeling in the world to wake up every morning and hold her in my arms. Just remember never give up when things get tough anyways enough rambling lol and good luck on your journey to conceive!!
      P.s sorry about the essay I just wrote I didn’t realize I wrote so much! Lol

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      Needs answers, and fast. pregnant?

        Question by klee: Needs answers, and fast. pregnant?
        my boyfriend and i messed around, there was no actual intercourse but we were both naked, and our areas were touching. he was right where he could’ve went in but he didnt. so i thought over it and got freaked out because precum can get you pregnant so i went and got plan b two days afterwards, 4 days after taking it i got another period that lasted 3 days and was way heavier than spotting. then 15 days later i got really sick with abdominal pain, and bloating and vomiting so i went to the er because it was on going everyday.. they did blood tests, a urine test, and xrays. The doctors told me its between gastritis, ulcers, or just a virus they never once mentioned pregnancy.. then they set me up for a follow up appointment at my family doctor a week later.. my doctor gave me medicine. and he said everything looked good but i need to stay on that medicine.. he also let me read the results of my blood and urine. my hcg came out negative and he still never mentioned pregnancy. its been a month since this happened. is there any way i could be? please help me. im soooo stresssed.

        Best answer:

        Answer by Psychic Doc
        Yesss you are pregnant

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        Q&A: Is this a sign of ovulation?

          Question by #3 due 4/10: Is this a sign of ovulation?
          I am on Clomid and I know that ovulation should be here within one or two days. Today I have tender breasts but am not sure if that could be a sign. I never have any signifigant change in my CM so unfortunatly I can’t use that method. I am charting my bbt so will only know once it (ovulation) has happened not before. So, have any of you have tender breasts the day of ovulation? I’m on day 16 and usually ovulate with Clomid between day 16-18

          Best answer:

          Answer by Kapaxiana
          If you consistently notice that cervical fluid is scant or absent and you have been trying to conceive for a few cycles or more, then this is something to talk to your doctor about. Your charts may help your doctor identify where the issue lies (if there is one) so bring them along. It is best to consult your doctor before trying any kind of remedy to try to increase your cervical fluid.Some other possible fertility signs are:
          Ovulation Pain: it refers to a slight pain that you may feel near your abdomen or ovary at the time of ovulation. It does not necessarily occur at the exact time of ovulation and not everyone feels ovulation.
          Increased Sex Drive: You may notice that your sex drive is cyclical (You may also notice that it is not and that may be normal for you). Your sex drive may be highest at around the time before and at ovulation. .
          Ovulation spotting: Some women see slight spotting at the time of ovulation. This is quite rare, but you may see that your cervical fluid is streaked with blood or has a pink tinge.
          Tender Breasts: While your experience may be different, you may notice a pattern to the sensitivity of your breasts. They may feel more sensitive at around the time of ovulation and they may continue to feel sensitive throughout your luteal phase.

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          PREGNANT PAUSE: Things to think about post cancer when it comes to fertility

            Cancer survivors undoubtedly experience quite the cathartic moment upon realizing that they have, in fact, beaten this deadly disease but then begin pondering the days, weeks, months and years to follow, and just exactly where their journey will take them.

            Inevitably, for women, the topic turns to the prospect of pregnancy and, ultimately, whether carrying a child after having cancer is safe.
            The easy answer to this dilemma is a long, passionate and private discussion with your oncology doctor. Your physician can answer questions much more specifically in regard to your cancer, the subsequent treatment that was used to eradicate the disease and exactly what research has told them regarding cancer and how it affects fertility and safely giving birth.

            Typically, the general rule of thumb for women is a two to five year waiting period after being declared cancer free to pursue pregnancy, but that time period depends on the type of cancer you had or how aggressive the treatment was. Men are generally advised to wait within that same time period of roughly two years as well.

            Younger females diagnosed with cancer might be more inclined to stop ovulation before radiation or chemotherapy treatment culminates, thus preserving the eggs and increasing the chances of having a child once you’re cancer free.

            Thoughts at some point will turn to whether or not carrying a child is safe for the female or what risks may or may not occur during childbirth. Generally speaking, birth defects aren’t any greater for females that have had chemotherapy or radiation, and the same can be said for the most part with miscarriages. Another misnomer that permeates through the offices of obstetricians and oncologists is the fear that parents who had cancer have a great risk of passing it on to their kids. Again, the research to support that isn’t founded.

            Eventually, the talk turns back to the woman carrying the child.

            Most oncologists will advise females on the health risks before, during and after treatment if pregnancy is a topic on the table. Treatments for cancer can weaken the entire body and the strain of a carrying a child for nine months often deters women traveling down that path. It’s paramount, however, to fully understand if the type of cancer you had will put you at a greater risk for complications, and only your doctor can give you the best possible advice moving forward.

            What is most important is embracing the idea that between you, your significant other and your doctors, pregnancy isn’t quite as frightening or impossible as you may believe it to be.

            gender predictor?

              Question by ugh….: gender predictor?
              ok so you know those chinese gender predictor for your baby that goes by your age and the month you concieved? well all the ones i found start off at the age 18… can anyone find me one that has the age 16 on it please?

              Best answer:

              Answer by sammy
              maybe they think 16 yr olds shouldnt be getting pregnant

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              Chinese baby Predictor…?

                Question by me_: Chinese baby Predictor…?
                How accuratee is this thing? Has anyone tryed it.

                Best answer:

                Answer by babybluebird1988
                it was right for me. I heard it is the most accurate baby gender predictor.

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                39 and holding: Getting pregnant after 40 isn’t nearly as impossible as once thought

                  Hopeful parents that struggle with infertility might assume that once they reach the 40 year old age barrier that they’ve essentially missed their window entirely or it is rapidly closing with every day, week and month.

                  That thinking might have been perceived as gospel years ago. Today, reaching 40 doesn’t necessarily translate into being the fertility roadblock it once was. The combination of technology, medication and a better understanding of pregnancy and fertility and how it relates to age makes becoming parents at 40 more realistic than it once was.

                  Of course, the odds of getting pregnant after the age of 35 is much longer, but hardly impossible.

                  What can you do to do your part? Is there one particular aspect of your game plan that you can focus on?

                  Your best starting point from 40 in terms of fertility is finding a doctor that you not only feel comfortable with but also has a history with your age group. Don’t be afraid to do some research or even ask friends who may be in a similar situation and experienced success exactly how they went about the selection process.

                  Your physician can not only guide you in the right direction but also reassure you that your age is something all of you can take into consideration but hardly define your future aspirations to become parents.

                  For women, another thing you and your doctor an work toward is a clean bill of health by means of a physical to address any underlying issues you may have. It’s best to understand the entire scope of your health and wellness before you begin the process of tackling infertility at the age of 40. The healthier you are, the better your odds to get pregnant.

                  And that mantra can be applied, no matter what you age.

                  Stress also is applicable to any and all ages when it comes to fertility, but that along with nutrition and nixing any fatty foods, smoking or drinking of alcoholic beverages also lower your chances of conception, especially if you’re 40 or older. It’s easy to say that you simply need to clean up your food choices, exercise more and worry less but that’s easier said than done. You may want to employ the services of trained professionals from fitness to food that will help put your diet and decadence on the right track.

                  Turning 40 and tackling infertility is a daunting task, but certainly can be made easier if you have the right medical team and an attitude that is equal parts determination and optimism.