I am so blessed to have been able to have four children, and thankfully infertility has not been a subject I have had to research. It is estimated that between 48 million couples and 186 million individuals live with infertility globally*. If you are having trouble conceiving you undoubtedly must have many unanswered questions and are maybe at a loss to know where to start finding answers. You are certainly not alone and I have found a great resource for you…
The biggest question you will have if you are having trouble conceiving is ‘Why am I not getting pregnant?’ This is a question you may be having difficulty answering as there are many reasons why, and you may not have access to the experts and resources to answer it.
When should you seek advice when you are trying to conceive?
In the UK about 84% of couples will conceive naturally within a year if they have regular unprotected sex (every 2 or 3 days). For couples who have been trying to conceive for more than 3 years without success, the likelihood of getting pregnant naturally within the next year is 1 in 4, or less.
Some people get pregnant quickly, but for others, it can take longer. You should think about seeking advice if you have not conceived after a year of trying and women who are aged 36 and over should do so sooner – as should anyone who’s already aware they may have fertility problems.
Natural Ways to Boost your fertility
You could also try the following to boost your fertility – they can only benefit your health generally are thought to help increase fertility levels too.
Reduce your caffeine intake – caffeine can interfere with ovulation.
Stop smoking – In men, smoking can reduce sperm mobility and production.
Reduce and stop, if possible your alcohol consumption. Research from Harvard University found drinking more than six units a week – around three 175ml glasses of wine or six measures of spirits – can reduce a woman’s chance of conceiving by 18 percent, and a man’s by 14 percent.
Try acupuncture – it has been shown to improve rates of pregnancy in women having IVF by 65 percent, so it could also help with natural conception.
Infertility can be uncomfortable to talk about, you and your partner may feel awkward, embarrassed, and even guilty at discussing this very personal, highly emotional subject. Often surrounded with a lot of frustration and sadness, it is difficult to find somewhere that can give you the correct information that you can trust and rely on. Now, more than ever, when we find ourselves not as easily able to access face-to-face advice and support it is great to see a trustworthy resource with so many qualified, respected experts on hand to answer any questions you may have.
There is a wealth of information available online – you just have to make sure you access reliable websites with real experts who can help answer your questions. Your fertility questions can be answered at www.fertially.com – a dedicated website with over 60 experts answering over 180 questions.
The panel of experts includes doctors, gynecologists, embryologists, psychologists, counsellors, and more, all providing answers to the questions asked. The answers are available as short videos which are accessed on the website and Youtube. Delivering the answers via video is a groundbreaking initiative that provides patients with free access to short videos led by experts who answer questions and concerns asked by the patients themselves. The video answers are jargon-free and a welcome alternative to wading through pages of complicated text to read which can be overwhelming, confusing, and extremely difficult to digest.
Here is a taster of what Fertially offer:
Examples of questions on the website include:
*What do I need to look for when choosing an IVF Clinic?
*Where does a clinic get their donors from, and who chooses them?
*How can I control my negative thoughts, and infertility stress?
*What are the legal regulations regarding my data at a fertility clinic and is my data safe?
There are dozens of questions regarding donors, embryos, sperm, IVF, endometriosis, as well as ones including how you can tell your child they were conceived via egg donation and the best age to tell them, how to prepare for embryo transfer, supplements, acupuncture, and herb use and many more. Many questions have multiple answers from several experts which gives the reader a range of trusted information.
Accessibility and trust are at the very core of the initiative as Aleksander Wiecki, one of its Founders explains:
“FertiAlly.com is designed to help patients find answers to their questions regarding fertility issues. However, the basic idea behind the project was to create a place where patients could see and hear different approaches from fertility specialists they could trust.
Fertility patients can access a multitude of information online but many find this daunting, impersonal, and don’t know where to start and who to believe. We believe that fertility issues deserve to be considered and shared in a safe, supportive environment. One which allows emotional, delicate and medical matters to be addressed by experts who are experienced in the field and are identifiable.”
Fertially supports the European Fertility Society charity and make 5 EUR donation for every single answer published.
If you, or someone you know is struggling then I hope this post will help get your fertility questions answered and on the road to welcoming your baby.
For more information about FertiAlly.com please visit www.fertially.com
More details about the European Fertility Society can be found at www.europeanfertilitysociety.com
*Source – https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/infertility