Yes, Timing is Everything when TTC

Sperm and egg must meet at that ideal time for conception to occur.
But how do you know when exactly is that ideal time for said sperm to meet said egg?

Ovulation:
Knowing when you ovulate is extremely important to know when trying to pinpoint your “ideal” time for conception.
Despite what many have heard not all women ovulate on day 14 of their cycle. Women can have varying cycles that span from 26-34+ days in each cycle. Therefore the plan to “knock-boots” around day 14 of your cycle does not work out too often. To effectively know if you are ovulating, try charting your basal body temperature, using ovulation predictor kits and/or a useful fertility app (for those of us with smartphones or tablets). It is recommended by many physicians to have sex right before ovulation and after ovulation to optimize your most fertile time of the month.

Basal Body Temperature (BBT)
To chart BBT you have to use a special thermometer that records/takes temperatures in tenths of degrees. This should be done right as you wake up in the morning as this is your basal body temperature. You can purchase these thermometers in drugstores. Right before you ovulate your BBT will increase. If you have been charting for a couple of months you will get to know your cycle’s variations in BBT and it will become easier to spot this spike in BBT before ovulation. Try charting for at least 3 months to really understand your cycle.

Cervical Mucous
Your body’s cervical mucous changes throughout your cycle and is another way to tell where you are within it.
After your period the mucous will be dry and/or sticky but will as time passes in that monthly cycle it will become slippery and stretchy (think egg-whites) when you are your most fertile.

Ovulation Predictor Kits (OPKs)
The shelves in your stores have started carrying more brands of ovulation predictor kits as the market has grown.
These are over the counter products that can help you determine when you are ovulating. They work by measuring the luteinizing hormone in your morning urine. Your LH will surge right before ovulation.
Clearblue and First Response have OPKs on the shelves at your local drugstore or Wal-Mart.

2012 The Ib2C Blog in Review

What a busy year it has been for Rinovum Women’s Health (Formerly Intimate Bridge 2 Conception). With our initial first fertility product launching in early 2013 we are looking forward to helping those trying to conceive in 2013! Enjoy the 2012 year in review on our blog and stay in touch for more news on The Stork!

January 2012:

http://wp.me/p1HaSY-5r - Introducing The Stork

The Phases of Ovulation- What really happens? http://wp.me/p1HaSY-5x

Detecting your Ovulation Cycle- http://wp.me/p1HaSY-5I

How to Use an Ovulation Predictor Kit- http://wp.me/p1HaSY-5L

Vitamins to Aid in Ovulation – http://wp.me/p1HaSY-5Q

Turkey Baster Method, ICI, Cervical Cap- Which do you prefer? – http://wp.me/p1HaSY-60

The Pill and PCOS- http://wp.me/p1HaSY-68

Dr. Oz and the Fertility Crisis- http://wp.me/p1HaSY-6f

 

February

Finally a Male Fertility Test will Make its Way onto Shelves- http://wp.me/p1HaSY-6r

How Do you make a Baby?- http://wp.me/p1HaSY-6w

We are born with all the eggs we will have, or are we? – http://wp.me/p1HaSY-6A

 

March

Today is International Women’s Day- http://wp.me/p1HaSY-6J

March is Endometriosis Month- http://wp.me/p1HaSY-6O

Fertility Apps- What are the best ones? – http://wp.me/p1HaSY-6T

 

April:

Insurance vs. Fertility Treatments- http://wp.me/p1HaSY-71

National Infertility Awareness Week- http://wp.me/p1HaSY-77

 

May

New Study Findings: Exposure to Estrogen Chemicals can lead to Fertility Issues-

http://wp.me/p1HaSY-7a

Some Amazing Research Going on to Enhance Fertility: http://wp.me/p1HaSY-7g

Have you tried an at-home insemination method that worked>: http://wp.me/p1HaSY-5W

Way to Go! What Makes a Baby: http://wp.me/p1HaSY-7t

National Women’s Health Week- 5/13-5/19/12- http://wp.me/p1HaSY-7x

Obando Fertility Festival- http://wp.me/p1HaSY-7C

Crowdfunding for Fertility Treatments- http://wp.me/p1HaSY-7I

Wi-Fi and Male Fertility: http://wp.me/p1HaSY-7P

TTC? How Our Circadian Rhythm May Be Affecting Our Fertility- http://wp.me/p1HaSY-7T

Pink Timeline Campaign from First Response: http://wp.me/p1HaSY-81

 

June:

In the News: WHO warning and Endometriosis Treatment Study: http://wp.me/p1HaSY-89

Great article on Pulling Down the Moon: http://wp.me/p1HaSY-8f

Ib2c Mentioned in the Medical Device Daily!- http://wp.me/p1HaSY-8g

Paying for Fertility Treatments : http://wp.me/p1HaSY-8l

July:

Five Millionth IVF Baby Born: http://wp.me/p1HaSY-8s

Is there a better season to have an IVF procedure done? http://wp.me/p1HaSY-8E

Childhood obesity studies say may affect future fertility: http://wp.me/p1HaSY-8N

 

August:

Vitamins: Boosting your Natural Fertility: http://wp.me/p1HaSY-95

Want to give his sperm a boost? Break out the nutcracker and WALNUTS!

http://wp.me/p1HaSY-98

Ladies: Your brain on sex (and the new fact found about semen): http://wp.me/p1HaSY-9c

New Show Alert: The New Normal: http://wp.me/p1HaSY-9g

Rinovum Women’s Health – Tech 50 Finalist: http://wp.me/p1HaSY-9j

Suffering from Male Infertility: New Research Findings http://wp.me/p1HaSY-9o

 

September:

Ovarian Tissue Transplant Explained: http://wp.me/p1HaSY-9B

Senate Committee Passes Expanded Fertility Treatment Benefits for Our Veterans: http://wp.me/p1HaSY-9F

 

October:

You got pregnant how? Old Tales Passed Down: http://wp.me/p1HaSY-9J

Emotional Stress During Infertility Treatments- New Study: http://wp.me/p1HaSY-9Q

In the News Round-Up: Egg Freezing: http://wp.me/p1HaSY-9U

 

November:

Knowing Maternal Menopause Age is Important for Your Fertility: http://wp.me/p1HaSY-9Z

Polychlorinated Biphenyls Can Hurt Fertility Study Finds: http://wp.me/p1HaSY-a4

The Importance of Prenatal Vitamins PRIOR to Pregnancy: http://wp.me/p1HaSY-aa

Infertility In The News: Week of 11/18-11/25: http://wp.me/p1HaSY-ai

 

December:

Male Infertility on the Rise Globally: http://wp.me/p1HaSY-an

Parenthood at a Later Age: http://wp.me/p1HaSY-aq

Happy Holidays To You and Yours: http://wp.me/p1HaSY-74

Male Infertility on the Rise Globally

This week in the news a report from France that tracked the sperm count of French men from 1989 through 2005 discovered what we have all suspected – decreasing sperm counts, leading to increasing male infertility issues. The startling piece of this is it may depict the falling sperm count for an entire country.

Throughout the years infertility “blame” was placed on the female and now we are discovering that this is just not the case nor has it been, as approximately 1/3 of infertility issues are related to the male. The study discovered that sperm count decreased by approximately 33.4%, while surprisingly sperm motility (how it moves) increased. There were over 26,000 men involved in the research study.

While it is still unclear from all the studies that have been completed across the globe on sperm quality over the years, the scientists are questioning what may be the cause. Some speculations are:

- Endocrine-disruptors: If you remember not too long ago endocrine disruptors were at the front of fertility news for disrupting our body’s reproductive systems in females and evidently males as well.

- Nutrition, Stress and Lifestyles: these three are always discussed when trying to conceive is the focus. A healthy diet, plenty of exercise and a health lifestyle are sure ways to help improves chances.

If you are having difficulty getting pregnant, speak with your OB/GYN who can check the both of you out before making a decision on what you may need to do in order to conceive.

News Round-Up on the Recent Study:

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-204_162-57557287/french-scientists-warn-sperm-counts-falling-for-men/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-20593467

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2243642/Male-infertility-soaring-So-doctors-blaming-woman-baby-FEMAIL-investigates.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

http://www.newser.com/story/158778/french-sperm-quality-takes-huge-hit.html

http://www.doctorslounge.com/index.php/news/hd/34090

 

 

 

 

Infertility In The News: Week of 11/18-11/25

Male Infertility:

Advice for Men Struggling with Infertility: http://mannfordeagle.com/online_features/health_and_wellness/advice-for-men-struggling-with-infertility/article_9cb3ae54-227e-5dce-a646-14d5ae5d252c.html

Sperm Length Linked to Men’s Fertility in U.S. News: http://health.usnews.com/health-news/news/articles/2012/11/15/sperms-length-linked-to-mens-fertility

Obese Teen Boys have Less Testosterone, Risk Infertility http://medicine.buffalo.edu/news_and_events/news.host.html/content/shared/smbs/news/2012/11/obese-teens-low-testosterone-205.detail.html

Infertility Awareness:

Womens’ Knowledge on Infertility: Interview with Barbara Collura by Elizabeth Stannard Gromisch on EmpowHER.com – http://www.empowher.com/infertility-fertility/content/women-s-knowledge-infertility-interview-barbara-collura

Bill & Giuliana Discuss Infertility Issues on Katie Couric’s Show: http://www.katiecouric.com/tag/infertility/

A Variety of Factors Can Create Difficulty in Couple’s Efforts to Conceive in Chicago Tribune: http://www.chicagotribune.com/health/sns-201211211730–tms–mayoclnctnmc-a20121122-20121122,0,2244916.story

Banned PCB’s Linked to Lower Fertility by Jennifer Corbett Dooren in The Wall Street Journal: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324595904578117431728021550.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

New Network for Infertile Patients in Latin America: http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-11-latam-network-aims-infertile-couples.html

UAE:

Sperm Loans: Banking Fertility Hopes for Emirati would-be parents. Published November 25th, 2012 on SyndiGate.info http://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/abu-dhabi-fertility-loans-452546

Polychlorinated Biphenyls Can Hurt Fertility Study Finds

Despite being banned in the late 1970′s PCB’s are still very much in our daily lives. The use of PCB’s has been banned in products produced after 1979, but many products may not have been disposed of properly and leak into the environment. Today most of the exposure occurs in the kitchen. High fat foods absorb the chemicals that have been leaked. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)provides the following list of what contains PCB’s (complete list found on http://www.epa.gov/osw/hazard/tsd/pcbs/pubs/about.htm):

  • Transformers and capacitors
  • Other electrical equipment including voltage regulators, switches, reclosers, bushings, and electromagnets
  • Oil used in motors and hydraulic systems
  • Old electrical devices or appliances containing PCB capacitors
  • Fluorescent light ballasts
  • Cable insulation
  • Thermal insulation material including fiberglass, felt, foam, and cork
  • Adhesives and tapes
  • Oil-based paint
  • Caulking
  • Plastics
  • Carbonless copy paper
  • Floor finish

It has been known for years that these harmful PCB’s can cause cancer and other health issues on the body’s systems. Most recently a study completed by the National Institute of Health on PCB’s and their effects on reproductive health. The study was published in the Environmental Health Perspectives and it included 501 couples that were trying to conceive during 2005-2009. The couples supplied blood tests to determine the level of chemical at the beginning of the study, kept a menstruation log and results of all home pregnancy tests completed during the study. This continued over the years of the study and researchers discovered that as the chemical levels in the couple’s increased their ability to conceive decreased (study states 18-21% in females and 17-29% in males). While there is no way to completely avoid exposure to these chemicals, one can avoid eating processed foods, microwave foods in plastic containers and foods that have been exposed to pesticides.

You can read all about the research study here: http://health.usnews.com/health-news/news/articles/2012/11/14/environmental-chemicals-may-hurt-chances-of-pregnancy

In the News Round-Up: Egg Freezing

There has been a lot of press regarding the ASRM’s discussion about Human Egg-Freezing. Below is a round-up of what we have found online in the past weeks that are quite helpful:

 

 

You got pregnant how? Old Tales Passed Down

We have all heard them at one point or another in our lives whether it be from a neighbor, doctor or that zany relative on your mother’s side. Those tips or “tales” passed down through generations on how “so and so” got pregnant from touching a statue, having sex during a certain moon phase or by using egg whites. Wives tales were the oral version of storytelling for tips (many uncertified) on certain topics- mainly how to get pregnant or puberty. However they are also used to keep children from doing “bad” things. Every culture seems to have different tips but we all have the end goal of getting pregnant in mind. No matter what you believe, some of these could be a lot of fun! As always, please consult with a physician before trying anything that could be dangerous.

Tales on How to Get Pregnant:

-Stand on your head after sex.

-Do an upside-down bicycle after sex.

-Have sex standing up.

-Have sex during the full moon.

-Throw your under on your roof, retrieve on the night of a new moon. Glamour magazine posted an article this month about 4 Weird Ways to Get Pregnant, the article can be read here: http://www.glamour.com/health-fitness/blogs/vitamin-g/2012/09/4-really-weird-ways-to-get-pre.html. A tribe in Africa’s Congo Region had this tale on how to get pregnant.

- The same article discussed eating blueberry jam straight from the jar.

-Drink grapefruit juice (Popular British tale)

-Having your husband not wear socks in bed while trying to conceive.

-Visit the Ripley’s Believe or Not! Fertility statues: You can read all about the legend here: http://www.ripleys.com/weird/the-legend-of-the-fertility-statues/

-Eat wild yams to conceive twins (Popular African tale-Yoruba Tribe)

Tips on Conceiving Boys:

-Pack your partner’s male region in ice, the theory is that sperm that carry female chromosomes prefer warmer temperatures, while “boy-makers” prefer cold.

-Eat more salt at least three months of pre-conception. For a girl, it is said to eat more sweets.

Tips on Conceiving Girls:

-Put a wooden spoon and a pair of scissors under your bed.

How to tell if it’s a boy or girl after conception:

- Take a ring suspended on a string and dangle it over your pregnant belly. Old wive’s tales say that if the ring swings from side to side it is a little girl, if it circles the belly then it’s a boy!

-Women who have acne during pregnancy are said to be carrying boys.

The best way for trying to conceive is Fertility Awareness. Recently the news was full of articles stating findings that showed women really just do not understand their fertility. In you are new to tracking your ovulation or just trying to understand your fertility the American Pregnancy Association is a great place to start as well.

Ovarian Tissue Transplant Explained

Business Insider has a 30 part series called Game Changers that explores advancements in health, technology, etc. Today’s specifically focused on “How Ovarian Tissue Transplants Work” while the article on Friday discussed the overall meaning to fertility of the treatment. Ovarian Tissue Transplants have been studied in great detail to help find ways to preserve fertility for those facing various types of cancer and would have to go through chemotherapy treatments. The results have been quite remarkable with 22 patients having successful live births from the procedure. There may be two markets that emerge from having Ovarian Tissue Transplant treatments available: those undergoing cancer treatment who wish to preserve their fertility for the later ability to have children and those young women who wish to preserve their fertility for later in life. The studies are still very much in the experimental stage and long-term issues are still unknown, but the idea that such a treatment being available in the future to preserve fertility or extend it is quite exciting!

To read more on the series on Ovarian Tissue Transplants: http://www.businessinsider.com/how-ovarian-tissue-transplants-could-change-fertility-2012-8

Rinovum Women’s Health – Tech 50 Finalist

The Pittsburgh Technology Council named Rinovum Women’s Health (formerly Ib2C) a finalist in the Life Sciences Category for their annual Tech 50 Awards. This is an exciting nomination for our company, we are very honored to be named a finalist. For more information on The Pittsburgh Technology Council and the Tech 50 Awards: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/business/news/pittsburgh-technology-council-names-tech-50-award-finalists-650705/

Rinovum Women’s Health is currently in the final development stages of their first product, The Stork, designed to aid in conception for those struggling with getting pregnant. A number of contributing factors have led to declining fertility rates in not only the U.S, but worldwide. Our company hopes that The Stork will truly be the first step on the path to conception. We look forward to bringing you more product news this fall!