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Getting pregnant can prove much harder than many anticipate. In fact, 1 in 6 couples face infertility issues and this statistic continues to rise. A wide variety of factors can impact one’s ability to conceive, including age, diet, environment, cycle regularity, and a host of other variables.
Know When You Ovulate: Identifying your Fertile Window
As a woman can only get pregnant 4 or 5 days each cycle, identifying these “peak fertile days” may be the most important factor when trying to conceive.
The fertile window begins roughly 4 days before you ovulate, and ends approximately 24 hours after the egg is released. To improve your odds of getting pregnant, identifying your peak fertile days, and specifically determining your ovulation date, is extremely important. There are a number of tools to help you accurately and affordably predict your ovulation date:
Urine-Based Ovulation Tests
LH urine-based ovulation tests are relatively inexpensive and a popular choice for ovulation prediction. These tests identify the spike in your luteinizing hormone (LH surge) that happens roughly 24 to 48 hours prior to ovulation. As successful conception generally occurs within 36 hours of the LH surge, a positive test allows you to properly time intercourse. LH Ovulation tests come in both midstream (encased in plastic and held directly in the urine stream) and less expensive, but equally accurate, test strips (which are dipped into a urine sample). Combination packs of multiple LH ovulation tests and hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) pregnancy tests are also available.
Electronic Fertility Monitors
For the most advanced and accurate means of ovulation prediction, look no further than the OvaCue Fertility Monitor. This device easily and accurately predicts ovulation up to 7 days in advance and confirms when ovulation has occurred. The OvaCue does this by tracking electrolyte level changes in your saliva and cervical mucus. It’s simple to use, takes only a few seconds each day with no messy urine testing or any additional products (i.e. test sticks) to buy. OvaCue comes in a stand-alone option or a mobile version that connects directly to iOS (iPhone, iPad) devices and select Android devices.
Basal Temperature Charting (BBT)
Daily recording of your waking temperature with a basal thermometer is a popular means of charting your fertility over time. As the upward shift in basal temperature occurs after ovulation, it won’t actually predict your ovulation date but it is a great way to familiarize yourself with your cycle. And gone are the days of paper charting – online tools are now available to easily track your basal temperature and other fertility indicators. OvaGraph, one such tool, is the official charting app of Toni Weschler’s best-selling book, Taking Charge of Your Fertility. OvaGraph is free (no download or subscription fees) and also integrates with TempCue, a smart basal thermometer that plugs into your mobile device to seamlessly upload readings. Visit the OvaGraph website today and download the free iOS or Android app.
Ovulation or “Ferning” Microscopes
These are inexpensive, reusable devices that predict fertility by detecting changes in estrogen levels. The “estrogen surge”, which occurs roughly 72 hours prior to ovulation, is demonstrated by crystal-like patterns that can be seen in your saliva when viewed through a small microscope. This pattern is often referred to as “ferning” and, when visible, ovulation is likely to occur within the next few days. Ovulation Microscopes like the Fertile Focus are discreet, reusable and generally under $30. Many women will choose to use an ovulation microscope along with LH ovulation tests for a more accurate ovulation date prediction.
Fluctuating hormone levels, stress, illness, insomnia, and even diet may cause cycle irregularity, all of which can make predicting ovulation a real challenge. While many women have regular, clockwork cycles, unfortunately, varying cycle length is all too common. In addition, as the total number of eggs women are born with diminishes over time, egg quality also suffers which can be detrimental when trying to conceive.
While there are certainly cases where prescription drugs or medical intervention may be needed to successfully conceive, more and more women are benefiting from natural supplementation with clinically validated vitamins, minerals, and fertility-enhancing herbs.
FertilAid is the #1-selling fertility supplement in the U.S. and was formulated by Dr. Amos Grunebaum, Director of Obstetrics and Chief of Labor & Delivery at Weill Cornell Medical Center. FertilAid contains a complete prenatal vitamin formula, including the optimal dosage of folic acid recommended for trying-to-conceive women. In addition to vitamins and minerals, FertilAid contains ingredients such as Vitex agnus castus (Chasteberry) to help balance hormonal levels and promote cycle regularity. Helpful for those with varying cycles and/or short luteal phases, FertilAid is also beneficial when coming off birth control to restore regular ovulation.
OvaBoost is a popular supplement formulated to improve egg quality and ovarian function. It is particularly helpful for women over the age of 30 or for those with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). OvaBoost includes vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that have been clinically demonstrated to improve egg health. Studies have shown that women undergoing IVF experienced substantial improvement in their egg quality when taking Myo-inositol, melatonin, and folate together – all key ingredients of OvaBoost.
FertileDetox is a doctor-formulated supplement that helps your body eliminate harmful toxins that may hamper your ability to conceive. Unfortunately, the food we eat, the water we drink, the air we breathe, and even the products we use in our everyday life can all negatively impact your reproductive health. FertileDetox helps support your body’s own detoxification systems and is beneficial to use before, and during, your conception efforts.
FH PRO for Women is a clinical-grade fertility supplement recommended by OBGYNs and fertility specialists. Designed to help complement those undergoing Assisted Reproductive Technology treatments such as IVF and IUI, FH PRO can also be used by women conceiving naturally and is particularly helpful for those with PCOS or of advanced maternal age.
Myo + D-Chiro Inositol combines two of the most popular ingredients for female fertility support in one bottle. Formulated to support healthy hormone balance, ovulation, egg quality, and regular cycles, this dietary supplement provides a daily amount of 2000 mg of myo-inositol and 50 mg of d-chiro inositol – in the 40:1 ratio found in the body.
When you are trying to conceive, making love tends to be less romantic and spontaneous, and more of a chore. Using a lubricant can help make the experience more pleasurable. When you are trying to get pregnant, it is important to understand that all lubricants are NOT created equal, and you need to be discerning when selecting a lubricant to use when baby dancing.
Most everyday lubricants have a low pH and very high salt concentrations, and are harmful to sperm. It goes without saying that using one of these everyday lubricants when you are trying to get pregnant is counterproductive – you don’t want your lubricant to make it harder for you to get pregnant! The class of lubricants specifically designated as fertility lubricants undergo specialized testing to ensure that they won’t harm sperm or eggs. BabyDance has a pH of ~7 and mimics the consistency of your cervical secretions, which help the sperm to swim through your cervix to meet the egg for conception. Not only does BabyDance mimic your own body fluids, it contains no ingredients that can be harmful to eggs or sperm. Being cleared for fertility (PEB category) is a sure way to know a lubricant, such as BabyDance, is safe to use when you are trying to conceive.
Enhancing His Fertility
There is an unfortunate tendency to look at the woman first when a couple is having difficulty conceiving. In reality, male factors play an equal role when determining the root causes of infertility. Sperm counts have decreased significantly over the past few decades and continue to decline by as much as 2% each year. Age, stress, exposure to environmental toxins, and deficient diets can have a detrimental effect on sperm parameters such as count, motility, and morphology.
FertilAid for Men, also formulated by Dr. Grunebaum, contains vitamins, minerals, herbs, amino acids, and a vast array of antioxidants to help improve reproductive health. Clinically shown in a double-blind, placebo-controlled study to increase the total number of motile sperm, FertilAid for Men is the top-selling male fertility supplement in the U.S.
CountBoost and MotilityBoost for Men are companion products to be taken along with FertilAid for those who have been diagnosed with either low sperm count or low motility (or both). These supplements contain additional antioxidants and other ingredients that have been shown to positively impact these specific parameters. Packages are available for men wanting to take all three supplements in an effort to increase their numbers.
FH PRO for Men is a clinical-grade fertility supplement recommended by REs and fertility specialists. It contains a comprehensive range of antioxidants, vitamins, amino acids, and minerals and is commonly recommended to be used in conjunction with Assisted Reproductive Technology procedures such as IVF or for those that have been diagnosed with low sperm parameters.
FH PRObiotic for Men is the newest addition to our line of male fertility supplements. With six unique strains of friendly bacteria – Bifidobacterium longum, Bifidobacterium bifidum, Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Lactobacillus reuteri, Lactobacillus plantarum, Lactobacillus acidophilus – FH PRObiotic is designed to help replenish friendly bacteria – a healthy balance between friendly and unfriendly bacteria is well known to support overall health, and emerging research suggests a role for probiotics in supporting male fertility and sperm health.
We recognize how stressful the trying-to-conceive process can be and have partnered with best-in-field medical specialists to develop safe and effective products to help couples conceive naturally. Fairhaven Health offers a broad range of doctor-recommended supplements, ovulation prediction tools, and more, plus a friendly, knowledgeable customer service team that is always available to lend support. Beyond conception, we also offer products to support a healthy pregnancy and to help women reach their breastfeeding goals. We are proud to partner with the American Pregnancy Association to support women throughout these important life stages.