The desire to conceive a child can be all-consuming. When it doesn't happen fast enough, many couples' thoughts quickly – and often erroneously – turn to the possibility of infertility. Advice from family, friends and the Internet can send a couple into information overload, often leading to fixable mistakes that will put them back on the path to pregnancy. Take this quiz and see just how much you know about common mistakes couples make when trying to conceive.Take the Quiz
After years of trying to successfully become pregnant, a viable pregnancy is the best news a reproductively challenged couple can receive. The rush of emotion is overwhelming, but not quite as strong as what they will feel in a few weeks when they learn that they were implanted with the wrong embryos.
Such is the case for Carolyn and Sean Savage of Sylvania, OH, who were faced with the decision to either terminate the pregnancy or carry it to term and hand over the newborn to its biological parents. Due to their religious beliefs, the Savages will serve as surrogates and hand the baby over to the genetic parents upon its birth. Given Carolyn Savage's medical history, this is the last pregnancy she can physically handle. Though doctors and fertility clinics are quick to explain the rarity of the situation, it is truly every fertility patient's worst nightmare. How would you handle such a situation if it happened to you?
I bet the Duggars don't use laptops. 'Cause if they did, they might not be at 18 and Counting. I crave the heat my laptop emits on a chilly night at home, but there is reason to believe it may not be worth the warmth it provides...especially in men. Studies have shown that a man's scrotal temperature can rise about five degrees when balancing a computer on his lap. That may not sound like a reason to get up in arms but other studies found, "Sperm concentration dropped by 40% when median daytime scrotal temperature rose by one to two degrees Fahrenheit (or one degree Celsius)."
Ladies who want more babies better tell daddy to take it easy on the laptop or use one of these nifty lap desks to protect their family jewels.
Scientists are now advising professional male cyclists to freeze their sperm before they begin their careers. It seems that the rigorous training causes a dramatic drop in sperm quality. Factors like heat from the tight clothing, friction of the testes against the saddle, and stresses on the body from the physical demands of the sport could all be responsible for the increased risk of infertility.
Over the years I've heard a lot of reasons for male infertility. I decided to do a little research and I've rounded up some lifestyle practices that can lead to it. (I've added a few fake examples, too!) Find out if you can spot the real from the fake and be sure to tell all your guy friends how to spare their sperm!
Things get more intense as couples get closer to slipping rings on each other's fingers. When we posed the question, "Would You Tell Your Significant Other About Infertility?" a whopping 97 percent of lilsugar readers said they'd be honest about fertility issues should things get serious. While many people practice full disclosure prior to matrimony, others might withhold facts for fear of losing their beloved. For better or worse, would you stay with someone if he told you he couldn't bear children of his own?
Though many ladies don't face infertility until they are actively trying to conceive, some are aware of their unfortunate fate before meeting the father of their children. Naturally lots of couples planning a life together envision one full of children and family gatherings. Though this can be achieved through many avenues including adoption and surrogacy, it could influence how someone chooses their life partner. Do you think women in that situation should disclose such information once things get serious with their significant other?
I am a mother to a three-month-old little girl whom I adore. I was blessed with a successful pregnancy on the first attempt with my husband, but sad, a few friends of my friends have not been so lucky. Having tried clomid and several rounds of in vitro fertilization, it is becoming increasingly difficult for my childless friends to see me with my baby. One friend has already cut me out of her life because it is too painful for her to be around any infants and I fear I am losing another one to the clutches of non-motherhood. I desperately want to keep my friends, but don't know how to do it without causing them pain every time they see us.
— Fertile Myrtle
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Within six weeks, four sets of quadruplets were born at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix. The Arizona hospital has delivered more quads than any other in the country. These days it's not unusual to see more than one set of multiples on a daily basis. Does this amaze or alarm you?
It's not always easy to talk about, but 10 percent of couples that wish to have a baby are still unable to after a year of unprotected sex. About half of these couples can achieve pregnancy within two years after appropriate treatment of the woman, the man, or both, but it can require a lot more effort than charting out your ovulation days. There are no dietary or nutritional cures for infertility, but specialists stress that a healthy lifestyle is important. For a list of lifestyle changes that can help, read more
Most mothers or future mothers know all their fertility terms and jargon, but knowing your body and understanding your cycle can be a bit more complicated. Doctors recommend that couples that are trying to have a baby have intercourse between day 10 and day 20 of a woman's menstrual cycle. However, it is still difficult for most of us to magically know exactly when ovulation is going to occur.
If you aren't certain if and when you are ovulating, you might start with an ovulation predictor kit, which can be bought at most drug stores and check for LH (luteinizing hormone) in your urine. You can also use a simple calendar to map out your cycle. For some other simple suggestions of how to identify your fertile days, read more