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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
Aspirin and conception
Aspirin is a cure-all. It's great for preventing heart attacks or stopping an incipient heart attack, and it helps prevent colon polyps in people with a family history. And it's great for menstrual cramps and headaches.
Breast-feeding and Conception
Can you get pregnant while breast-feeding? Yes and no.
L-arginine and conception
ink that L-arginine might be the most disputed conception aid. Some sources state it improves quantity of eggs but decreases quality.
Ginkgo Biloba and Conception
Ginkgo biloba is probably the most popular herb today. Boosting your odds of conception, though, is probably not a good use for it.
Fenugreek and Conception
Fenugreek is a plant native to India, North Africa and the Mediterranean. It has been used to treat halitosis, stomachaches, bloating, burns, and to increase breast milk production. That last use is probably its most important.
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