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Trying to conceive another baby
It is not unusual for couples trying to conceive baby #2 or #3 or even #4 to encounter obstacles. Miscarriage after a successful pregnancy is common, although many couples do not discuss it openly.
Magnesium and conception
As women, we hear a lot about how important calcium is to our health, especially our bones, but perhaps more important is magnesium. Magnesium also plays a role in conception.
Freezing embryos and conception
Rapid improvements in embryo freezing have changed the IVF game. Now the option to bank a bunch of frozen embryos and still have good pregnancy rates is here.
Autism and conception
Autism diagnoses continue to rise. Is there a link to the mother's health at conception and during pregnancy?
Missing period and conception
How long should you wait to test for pregnancy?
Contraceptives overview and conception
I'm a pharmacist, and even I get overwhelmed with how many oral contraceptives there are. Doctors usually pick the one with which they are most familiar, and there's nothing wrong with that approach. They know a few of them really well, and they can anticipate potential side effects.
Conception after 35
It seems so doom and gloom for women trying to conceive after age 35. We know peak fertility is in our 20s, but is it really that much harder later on?
Phthalates and conception
Phthalates are chemicals commonly found in cosmetics, perfumes, and other personal care products. They are potent hormone disrupters, and that's the problem.
Lifestyle changes and conception
I get a fair number of emails with questions along this line: how fast will I get pregnant after changing "insert something here"? That's a complicated question, but I'll try to answer with some examples.
Smoking and Conception
For those of you smokers trying to conceive, let me scare you with this information: women who smoke go into menopause about two years earlier than women who do not smoke. For those of you who are approaching 40 and hope to conceive, smoking could keep that dream from becoming a reality. Smoking
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