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Herbs and conception
Herbs for conception have been used for thousands of years. Why aren't they recommended more by doctors?
High cholesterol and conception
Cholesterol is something routinely checked annually by your doctor. If your blood test comes back with a high cholesterol, what does that mean? What if you're trying to get pregnant?
Homeopathy and conception
Homeopathy has been gaining a resurgence lately as a natural cure. It often gets lumped into the category of "alternative therapies," but I think that is too broad. I am sure you have heard of it, but what is it?
Hormonal methods of contraception
Hormonal methods of birth control have increased in recent years. Of course, there is still "the pill," but now there is also a patch, a ring and an injectable.
How to answer difficult questions
People love to ask couples if they're trying to conceive, especially if they've been married for at least a year. You would think that everyone would know how awkward that can be by now, but they don't. Here are some suggestions for what to say.
For some women, getting pregnant is not so simple. One procedure that doctors use to see if there are problems is HSG, or hysterosalpingogram. If you're told you need one, what does it involve?
Implantation versus conception
A lot of women are confused about implantation and conception. Conception is simply defined as a sperm penetrating an egg and creating an embryo. Implantation is when that embryo burrows into the uterus.
Iodine and fertility
Iodine is essential for thyroid function and also for fertility. Most people use iodized salt, but is that enough?
IUI and conception
If you're going through assisted reproduction to conceive, you probably will start with IUI, or intrauterine insemination. It's a very non-invasive procedure that can get you to your goal of conception.
IUI versus IVF and conception
If you have been trying to get pregnant for a year (if you're under 35) or six months (if you're over 35), and you have not been successful, it's time to move on to the specialist. Once there, what are your choices? Should you try IUI or go straight to IVF?
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