Monday, November 20, 2017
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Her friends are having babies, and Helen is getting discouraged.  It seemed they hadn’t done anything except stop using birth control.  She did that over a year ago, and still nothing.  She started marking her periods on the calendar, and they are regular and seem normal to her. She did some reading and found out that the most fertile days are when you ovulate.  So when does ovulation occur?  She began to read up on it, determined to increase her chances of having that precious baby she longs for. When Does Ovulation Occur? When the egg is released from the ovary Usually in the middle... (Read More ...)

Audrey felt she was caught between life and virtual living.  She found herself much too often going online and putting in dates to try and figure out her most fertile days.  She has tried every different online ovulation calculator she can find. She knows this is ridiculous, but finds herself doing it anyway.  It is like Albert Einstein’s definition of insanity:  “Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”  The result she really wants is to be pregnant and hold her beautiful baby in her arms. What Are 5 Myths About Using An Ovulation Calculator? Myth... (Read More ...)

Nancy wants a baby, but she is hating the stress of the process.  She is depressed every time her period comes.  Then within a few days she becomes anxious about using the stupid ovulation predictor kit pee sticks. It feels like it is all a bit too much, but she sure does not want to miss her most fertile days! As many of you know from experience, monitoring your fertility through your signs of ovulation can feel like a full time job.  It is as much an art as it is a science. What if using an Ovulation Predictor Kit is stressing you out? Stop, take a deep breath, and remember the reason for... (Read More ...)

Stacy took birth control pills for years, but stopped when she wanted to get pregnant.  That was 5 months ago, and her cycles are still not normal yet.  She cannot find any consistent pattern with her signs of ovulation, and is confused about what days she might even be fertile.  Her cycles go from 25 days to 36 days, to even skipping an entire month! Will the Birth Control Pills I Took Affect My Signs of Ovulation? Yes, they certainly can. Hormonal birth control includes the pill, but also patches, injections and vaginal rings.  All work by suppressing your own natural hormones so you do... (Read More ...)

Lynn is asking herself if she’s crazy or getting very desperate to get pregnant.  She has done all of the usual things, like following her signs of ovulation and using an ovulation calculator.  Nothing has helped.  She recently read that for thousands of years many cultures considered liver a sacred food for women trying to conceive.  And now she is actually considering eating it herself!  Her mother won’t believe it. Lynn is correct that adding liver to her fertility diet will help immensely.  Liver is an excellent source of vitamin A and vitamin D (fat soluble vitamins), vitamin... (Read More ...)

Leslie is looking for more ways to confirm her approaching ovulation.  She has not gotten pregnant after several months of trying, and figures there must be more information that she needs to know to help get the timing right.  Some of her friends are using an ovulation predictor kit, and she want to know more about this tool. The most common type of Ovulation Predictor Kit (OPK) is the urine LH stick.  You simply pee on the stick, and a positive test means that you will likely ovulate in the next 24-36 hours.  It works by measuring the leutenizing hormone (LH) in your urine.  Such... (Read More ...)

Monica has friends that use an online ovulation calculator, and they seem to find it helpful.  But it is never accurate in predicting when she will ovulate.  She finally realized it is because her cycles are so unpredictable in length.  After 2 years of trying to conceive unsuccessfully Monica is frustrated and discouraged.  Now what? Can I Use An Ovulation Calculator With An Irregular Menstrual Cycle? No, an ovulation calculator will not be accurate or helpful if your menstrual cycles are irregular.  If you are in this situation, the first thing to understand is that the health of... (Read More ...)

Rhonda had been out of work, which was stressful with so many bills needing to be paid. Now she has a new job, which is stressful with so much to learn and a fast pace. Plus, on top of all this she and her partner have been trying to conceive without luck for over a year. She feels like she just can’t take one more thing. When her friend asked her how she was doing, she quickly responded “I’m stressed out!” What is stress? Webster’s dictionary describes stress as pressure – tension, anxiety, even trauma. Stress is also described as emphasis – a weight,... (Read More ...)

Nichole is frustrated that she is still not pregnant.  She has diligently learned to follow all of her signs of ovulation and knows when she is ovulating.  She and Eric always enjoy making love on her most fertile days, and they know his sperm are good.  So what’s going on?!  After doing some more research, she has begun to understand that her menstrual cycle is not completely normal.  Her luteal phase, the second half of the cycle, is shorter than it should be.  Now what? First, some basic information about your menstrual cycle.  It is divided into 3 phases: Follicular Phase Ovulation Luteal... (Read More ...)

Have you been wondering how the heck to tell if you’re ovulating from changes in your cervix?  Kim had heard this was one of the signs of ovulation, but had never tried to figure it out.  One of her friends told her how easy it really is, and now she has one more tool to track down those sometimes elusive most fertile days during her menstrual cycle. She is willing to try anything, because she has been having difficulty conceiving. What are the main 5 main signs of ovulation? Fertile cervical mucus Changes in your cervix Saliva ferning LH surge Rise in basal body temperature In this... (Read More ...)