Helping Your Fertility-Related New Year’s Resolutions Come True

infertility medicationsAre you planning on having a child in 2010? If so, you may want to take some steps to make sure you give yourself every chance of greeting 2011 with a baby (or a baby on the way.)
What can you do to get yourself prepared? Depending upon your situation, there are a number of items you should consider, including the following:
Stop smoking.
Stop drinking alcohol.
Stop taking any illegal drugs.
Stop taking any prescription drugs (if possible) that may hinder fertility.
Start (or continue) a moderate exercise program.
Stop using any form of birth control.
Get checked for any kind of STDs. (They often have no symptoms and can be an unrealized cause of infertility.)
If you’ve had infertility problems, get assistance from a reputable reproductive science specialist.
Eat a diet that’s high in vitamins and lower in saturated fats.
Try to de-stress whenever possible.
Start having sex every three days or so (except during menses) to maximize your chances of natural conception.
If you’ve decided to consider surrogacy, start checking out clinics that can assist you in finding a surrogate.
Men may want to start wearing boxers. (Some studies have shown that briefs can cause sperm efficacy problems.)
Males may also want to be careful when using cell phones. (Cell phones placed in laps can possibly affect sperm quality and counts.)
If you’re considering IVF and you’re employed, you may want to look into your rights when it comes to time off or short term disability leave (if necessary).
For couples looking to conceive through the donation of a viable egg, it makes sense to connect with a clinic that offers a well-respected egg donor program.
Happy New Year to you! Feel free to contact RSI to help you make your baby dreams a reality!

Fertility isn’t “420 Friendly”

The phrase “420 friendly” is often used to denote people and websites that are open to the casual use of marijuana (cannabis). However, for those couples trying to conceive, it’s a good idea to halt any drug use, including that of marijuana.
Many studies have made a connection between marijuana use and subsequent male and female infertility issues. Although some pro-marijuana groups feel that the evidence should be challenged, the medical community generally feels that results of studies are strong enough to support the notion that anyone who wants to have a child should halt all use of marijuana.

Common Infertility Misconceptions

There are tons of myths surrounding when and how often couples who are trying to get pregnant should have sex.
For instance, some of these misconceptions include:
A woman should have sex on day 14 of her menstrual cycle.
A woman should have sex within three days of ovulation.
When a woman’s BBT temperature is highest, it’s time to have intercourse.
Couples should have sex as many times around a woman’s period of ovulation as possible.
So what’s wrong with these commonly-held beliefs? A few things:
Most women don’t have a standard cycle, which can be a huge problem if they’re trying to have sex at the “right” time. It’s better for them to have intercourse once every three days (about two days less than the average length of time that sperm can live in a woman’s body).
Tracking BBT can definitely be a good way to try to get pregnant, but it’s not an exact science. Again, if you’re having sexual intercourse regularly, you’ll naturally increase the chances for conception around the time of the highest BBT reading.
Though there’s nothing wrong with having a great deal of sex, it doesn’t necessarily translate to having a child. Sperm counts may be low, ovulation may not have taken place, etc.
The bottom line? Don’t buy in to all the “information” you’ve heard regarding infertility. Though much of it has a basis in science, it isn’t as accurate (or applicable) as you might be led to believe.