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

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:

 

 

Emotional Stress During Infertility Treatments- New Study

A new study completed in four European countries that had the highest numbers of assisted reproductive treatments solidified what many women undergoing treatments has felt/known for a long time: struggling with trying to conceive places a large amount of emotional stress on the woman.

The study was completed in France, Germany, Italy & Spain, then published in Human Reproduction, Vol. 27, No.4 pg. 1073-1079, titled  Understanding the perceptions of an emotional barriers to infertility treatment: a survey in four European countries.

445 women all between the ages of 18-44 with noted difficulties in trying to conceive were included in the study. Some of the women had treatments (in the last two years), some had not received any form of treatment and the rest were currently undergoing treatments. The researchers studied/analyzed the physical and psychological stress suffered by the participants during ovary stimulation.

Anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and anger are many emotions that women go through while struggling with trying to get pregnant. Many of the patients felt that the crumbling of their relationship with their partner was the biggest cause of stress while undergoing treatments. A large number also felt high levels of anxiety about the impending injections they were about to have.

Not surprisingly, 68% of the participants never felt that they would have problems with trying to get pregnant. Honestly, what woman wants to go into trying to have a baby thinking that it will never happen the natural way, what a way to start an exciting process.

Many of the women also waited at least two years before going to see someone about issues they were having with getting pregnant. Our OB/Gyn recommends visiting a physician after 6 months of trying naturally to alert them that there may be some issues, as well as to have some tests on both the female and male ran. Many physicians will still have the couple continue to try naturally for another 6 months (resulting in a full year of trying to conceive naturally) before referring them for other treatments.

Bottom line of the study: Women struggling with trying to conceive suffer a tremendous amount of stress and other emotions. Having a strong support group may help ease some of those emotions.

To read more about the study: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/10/121003111151.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily%2Fhealth_medicine%2Ffertility+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Health+%26+Medicine+News+–+Fertility%29

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

Suffering from Male Infertility: New Research Findings

Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (right in our neighborhood!) published some findings this week that may mean great things for those who suffer from male fertility. The researchers used human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs)from skin samples (unbelievable to think that a skin graft in the future could make a man fertile again!) to create precursor sperm cells.

You can read all about the amazing research being done here: http://www.cell.com/cell-reports/fulltext/S2211-1247(12)00225-2?switch=standard

Looking forward to hearing more about this in the future.

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!

New Show Alert: The New Normal

You may or may not have seen the trailer for the new comedy coming in the fall to NBC: The New Normal. The show website says the idea behind the new show is that families come in all types, shapes and sizes- “These days, families come in all forms – single dads, double moms, sperm donors, egg donors, one-night-stand donors… It’s 2012 and anything goes.” (http://www.nbc.com/the-new-normal/about/).  The show is about the journey to parenthood for an alternative lifestyle male couple who desperately want to expand their family with the help of a surrogate.

Infertility and different types of families plot lines have been creeping up in Hollywood for the past few years. TV shows like How I Met Your Mother, Giuliana & Bill, The Fertility Chase to name a few have either included a plot line discussing difficulties in conceiving, different types of families  or different ways a family “became a family”. We are excited that a new show is going to debut specifically focused on alternative ways to create a family and the need for an alternative method of treatment for trying to conceive. What used to be (and still is to many) a hidden struggle is becoming more openly discussed which may help those trying to conceive out. The timeline for this show and the production of the book: http://www.what-makes-a-baby.com/ could not be more necessary for this day and age.

I know we are very excited to see the different paths many of us will take in life on our journey to parenthood on primetime in the Fall!