So you've decided you want to have a baby. Congratulations! That's huge news. But there's so much to think about - including how you can increase your chances of falling pregnant. It's thought that around one in seven couples struggles to conceive and in more than 40 percent of cases the causes are unexplained. For those planning a family and wanting to maximise their chances of success, scientists have revealed the specific months and times of the day when you should be trying to get knocked up. A study at the University Hospital Zurich on sperm and their activity brought in some interesting results. Best time of day to get pregnant They analysed semen samples from over 7,000 men aged between 25 and 40 who were undergoing fertility treatment. During the analysis they checked for things such as sperm concentration, sperm count, progressive motility and normal morphology. Researchers found that sperm have their own 24-hour internal clock and that they are most active in the early hours … [Read more...] about Best time of month and day to get pregnant
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POLYCYSTIC ovary syndrome (PCOS) is an extremely common condition which affects one in five women in the UK. While the exact cause of this condition remains unknown, what we do know for sure is that sufferers can struggle to get pregnant as PCOS affects how their ovaries work. How does PCOS affect your fertility? Women with polycystic ovary syndrome have an abnormally large number of follicles on their ovaries which makes it harder for them to conceive. Although the follicles themselves are not harmful, they cause a hormone imbalance which then affects sufferer's menstrual cycle. Most women with polycystic ovary syndrome do not ovulate regularly as the follicles containing their eggs do not develop properly. As a result, most women have to turn to fertility treatment for help conceiving. How can I get pregnant with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome? The NHS website states that most women with PCOS are able to great pregnant with the help of treatment. But before going through rounds of … [Read more...] about How to get pregnant with polycystic ovaries, how does PCOS affect fertility and are there increased risks?
Women may be harming their chances of getting pregnant because they’re avoiding fruit, or eating too much junk food, a study has found. Australian researchers found that women who ate fewer than three pieces of fruit a month took 50 per cent longer to conceive than women who ate fruit three or more times a month. Junk food consumption was also analysed, and women who rarely ate fast food got pregnant a month quicker, on average than women who ate fast food four times a week or more. Read more The raw fruits and vegetables that improve mental health Consuming fruit teas can cause tooth erosion, experts warn Millions of British people ‘can’t identify everyday fruit and veg’ While the intake of fruit and fast foods affected the time it took to get pregnant, the researchers found intake of green leafy vegetables or fish did not. As parents are getting older, one in six couples trying to conceive now struggle to get pregnant and keeping a healthy weight and … [Read more...] about Women who eat less fruit and more fast food take longer to get pregnant, finds study
Women who eat less fruit and more fast food take longer to get pregnant and are less likely to conceive within a year, according to a new study. Researchers at the University of Adelaide looked at the link between women’s diets and reproductive success. Professor Claire Roberts, who led the study, said: "The findings show that eating a good quality diet that includes fruit and minimising fast food consumption improves fertility and reduces the time it takes to get pregnant." In the study, 5,598 women pregnant with their first child were interviewed about their diet, and how long it had taken them to become pregnant. The analysis revealed that compared to women who ate fruit three or more times a day, women who ate less fruit took half a month longer to become pregnant. Similarly, compared to women who rarely ate fast food, women who consumed fast food four or more times a week took nearly a month longer to become pregnant. Dr Jessica Grieger, who also worked on the study, said: … [Read more...] about Women who eat junk food take longer to get pregnant, study finds
LISA Riley has issued a warning to prospective mothers and advised them not buy into "false hope" offered by foreign fertility clinics. The former Emmerdale star highlighted how success rates offered by centres overseas are much higher than those in the UK. Writing in her guest column for Closer Lisa revealed success rates abroad had been reported as 98 percent, in comparison to 32.5 percent in the UK. The 41-year-old said: "I think the stats sold by foreign clinics are so unfair as IVF success is affected by the individual and things like their egg count and age. "Although a lot of people have been successful with IVF, and it can be incredible, it's not always a sure-fire way to get pregnant. "I've had friends who have spent thousands on IVF and it didn't work. "Then once they decided to look into other options, like adoption, some of them fell pregnant naturally." She added: "These foreign clinics need to be regulated if they are advertising false claims and false hope to … [Read more...] about Lisa Riley warns women not to buy into false hope of IVF offered abroad after discovering she is unlikely to get pregnant