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    Any infertility tips?

    My husband and I have been trying for about 18 months now and we still have no baby. I don't want to do IVF or anything like that. I'd like to stay natural if I can.

    Does anyone one know how you can increase your fertility or chances of conceiving?

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    Hello Bergitta,

    I actually came acorss a fantastic article here on PBB called Traditional Chinese Medicine and natural fertility It has some really great information. I’ve heard certain herbs, teas, acupuncture, meditation and other things can be very helpful.

    I, too, had difficulty conceiving. I tried several things to increase my fertility such as herb tea and other things people said could potentially increase my fertility. I took my basal temperature and charted so that I could find out when I was ovulating so we could TTC during those times. I suffered two early miscarriages and finally decided to see a fertility specialist.

    I took a low dose of the fertility medicine clomid and did and IUI, which is basically a procedure that puts the sperm right in front of the egg It didn't work for us but I continued on clomid for two more cycles and became pregnant with twins. If you are considering doing any sort of medical fertility procedure you must be very prepared that you could become pregnant with multiples.

    Aussiemidwife probably has some good fertility advice for you but please I am here if you ever have any questions or even just need to vent. I know how frustrating being on the TTC rollercoaster can be.

    ~Christie

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    Hi Bergitta - Welcome to the forum. A lot of my clients have great success with Chinese Medicine - so hopefully you'll find the article Christie mentioned very helpful. Also as Christie mentioned - charting your cycle is very helpful.

    Have you seen anyone for preconception care? There are midwives, naturopaths and doctors that specialise in this area and can be very helpful in increasing your success in conceiving a baby naturally. If you live in Sydney I am happy to give you some contacts.

    I have just received a book to review by Jan Roberts (a Sydney based Naturopath) called 'Healthy Parents Healthy Baby: A guide to conception and pregnancy'. Jan was one of the co-authors of the very popular series of books called the 'Natural Way to a Better Baby', 'Natural Way to Better Birth' etc. I can't wait to review this updated book. I loved the Natural Way series as they focused very much on preconception care and what you can do to have a healthy pregnancy. You might find this book helpful.

    I hope this helps and do not hesitate to use the forum to ask questions, to seek advice and to share your journey.
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    Hi Bergita,

    The information that Jane and Christie shared above is very helpful and I'd encourage you to be working on your preconception diet and lifestyle as this can help you conceive and give birth to a truly healthy baby.

    But sometimes getting pregnant is just a matter of getting your timing and techniques perfect. We know that the egg can only be fertilized for 12-24 hours after it is released, so making love at exactly the right times before you ovulate is very important.

    Do you feel confident that you're getting your timing perfect? Are you confident that the positions and other techniques you use during baby-making-sex are giving you the highest chance of getting pregnant?

    Figuring out what your specific challenge is will be very helpful, and it may be as easy as just getting your timing or techniques perfect.

    I'm happy to answer any questions you may have to help you conceive your little one faster.

    Warm regards,

    Kate

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    Hi,

    We have been trying to get pregnant for about a year now and thinking of opting for IUI treatment but I am not sure that if it is safe to play around with my body before trying some natural aids. I am in a dilemma and don't know which way to go.

    Anukriti

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    Hi Anukriti,

    You are wise to consider supporting the body naturally before opting for more invasive treatments. One benefit to this is that you may fall pregnant on your own. The other is that your body will be better prepared for conception and supporting the pregnancy if you do opt for ART (Assisted Reproductive Technology).

    I would be curious to know how old you are, if you consider yourself to be underweight or overweight, what tests you have had and what the results were. Have you or your husband been given a reason why you're not conceiving?

    Be sure and read the page on Preconception Care and that you understand the best time for baby-making-sex in order to have the highest chance of conception each month.

    I look forward to helping you conceive faster.

    Warm regards,

    Kate

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    Hi,

    Iam now 30 years old and my husband is 31 years old. My weight is just 2 kgs over the prescribed weight and I am a diabetic. No we have not been given a reason on why we have not been able to conceiving. I do have a problem of irregular periods but other than that all my tests have come back normal (blood, urine, ECG vaginal exams, thyroid etc.)
    Can you suggest some natural infertility tips?
    Thanks once again.

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    Hi Anukriti,

    I like to see thyroid numbers down at 1.5-2.0 for optimal levels for fertility. Do you know what you thyroid test(s) was and what your thyroid level was?

    Knowing you have diabetes and irregular periods immediately leads me to suggest that you rule out PCOS (Polycistic Ovary Syndrome). PCOS is an "insulin resistance" disease (similar to diabetes) and a classic indication of PCOS is irregular cycles (usually on the long side). Being only 2 kgs overweight is not usually problematic when trying to conceive, though being obese can cause infertility. I'm not suspecting your weight to be a challenge at this point.

    Have you had any tests to rule out PCOS? Have you had any ultrasounds of your ovaries? With PCOS you will usually see a "ring of pearls" on the outside of the ovary. These are follicles that could not release an egg and became a cyst on the ovary. If you get too many cysts on the ovary, it makes it much harder for the ovary to release an egg.

    There are things you can do to help balance your hormones and have more regular cycles, whether you have PCOS or not, but I'd be curious to know if the doctor has talked about PCOS at all.

    Do you have any hair on your face (i.e. upper lip or chin)? Do you have any acne on your face or back? These are two other things that can indicate a predisposition to PCOS.

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    Yes I have had the ultrasounds and even an invasive vaginal test everything is normal. In fact the doctor said that I had 'very beautiful ovaries'. I consulted one more doctor and she said that I should increase the frequency of intercourse. Is there a number of times I should have intercourse?

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    Hi Anukriti,

    Do you know what your thyroid level is?

    Being even 2kg overweight could possibly cause irregular cycles because the extra fat can create an excess of estrogen which creates hormonal imbalance (estrogen dominance).

    If you know your husband's sperm is high quality and quantity, and you're able to have more regular cycles, then it may just be a matter of getting your baby making sex timing and techniques just right.

    Be sure you understand when you're entering your fertile window, and then you'll want to make love every other day during that window of time. I discuss this is more detail in the thread: How to conceive if you have irregular periods.

    I hope this helps.

    Warm regards,

    Kate

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