Living in the UK and Trying to Conceive?

NICE has updated the guidelines for fertility treatment funding on NHS. Are you aware of what is being updated?

The most important updates are:

-Allowing for IVF after only 2 years of trying to conceive naturally (previously 3).

-Extending the age limit for IVF treatment from 39 to 42.

-Allowing same-sex couples to be eligible.

-Allowing those with physical disabilities that make natural conception hard to be eligible.

-Referring out for treatment immediately when a problem has been identified rather than waiting the three years.

You can access all updates on the NICE website through this link: http://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/index.jsp?action=byID&o=14078

 

The Stork on The Balancing Act

We are very excited to be taping a segment on The Balancing Act today. The show will air in April and be all about taking the stress out of trying to conceive. We are thrilled to be a part of it and will be discussing The Stork (Rx) on the segment. Look for more news to come next month regarding The Stork and the segment!

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.

Fertility PlanIt! 2013

Have you heard about Fertility PlanIt! taking place in Los Angeles, CA this weekend (1/12-1/13/13)? It is going to be one of the first consumer shows dedicated to fertility and trying to conceive for all types of families. We are getting pretty excited to check it out! The show is the creation and hard-work of a wide network of supporters of fertility efforts and trying to conceive. The show will not only have exhibitors but a presentation program where speakers in the fertility space will speak about different subjects. I checked the agenda out today and they look very information.

Some of the topics:
-Beginners Guide to Infertility: What To Do When You Want To Get Pregnant but Can’t
-Becoming a Single Parent by Choice
-Male Infertility
-Naturally Fertility Planning
-Fertility Financing
 
If you don’t have any plans this weekend and feel like taking a quick plane, car or train ride (depending on your location!!), check out Fertility PlanIt! 2013: Los Angeles, CA.
For registration information or further information in general:
 
 

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

Happy Holidays To You and Yours

Rinovum Women’s Health wishes all of you a happy holiday season and health fertile wishes going into the new year! Thank you for your continued support as we are on the horizon of launching our first product focused on fertility: The Stork. We look forward to 2013!

Parenthood at a Later Age

Whether some of us have planned to have children later in life or whether nature delayed us from having children at a later age, the risks associated pre-conception, during and after birth are no longer small. Over three decades after the first IVF baby Louise Brown was born we are discovering that serious birth defects and developmental issues are affecting many children born to parents at an older age.  Trying to conceive can be difficult for those under the age of 35, but the decline in fertility after 35 makes  it extremely difficult. What we are finding is that it is a very harsh decline in fertility over the age of 35 and not solely an issue related to the female anymore. Male infertility cases are on the rise (see earlier blog post) and the news lately has been a plethora of articles regarding autism, asthma and developmental issues in children conceived through assisted reproductive treatments. It is very difficult to digest all the new information about the risks associated with ART while struggling to conceive. The New Republic had a very informational article on the variety of issues we face as older parents trying to conceive and the risks are potential children face. To read the full article: How Older Parenthood will Upend American Society. What do you know about your age and your fertility?

The Importance of Prenatal Vitamins PRIOR to Pregnancy

Most women know (or at least find out at their first ob/gyn . after conception) about the importance of prenatal vitamins during pregnancy. What some women do not know is how beneficial taking a prenatal vitamin while trying to conceive really is to boost their efforts of prepping the body for a healthy pregnancy. While it is best to check with your physician before taking any type of supplement below is a brief list of important vitamins to look for on the nutritional facts label of any prenatal vitamins you are considering. The American Pregnancy Association encourages women to look at pregnancy as not a nine-month journey, but a year-long journey prepping the body at least 3 months prior to getting pregnant.

Vitamins vital to conception and pregnancy:

Folic Acid AND B12: greatly decreases the chances of a baby being born with neural tube defects by assisting with spinal development. Adding the additional B12 supplement further reduces the risk of NTD studies have shown (http://www.madeformums.com/mums-and-dads/new-research-recommends-combining-folic-acid-with-vitamin-b12-for-conception-and-pregnancy/24145.html).

DHA’s (Omega-3′s): extremely important at least 3-6 months before pregnancy to ensure depletion of the mother’s stored omega-3 fatty acids does not occur.

For a thorough list of Essential Vitamins and Nutrients (found on the American Pregnancy Association website):

http://www.americanpregnancy.org/pregnancyhealth/nutrientsvitaminspregnancy.html

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

Knowing Maternal Menopause Age is Important for Your Fertility

While we may have cringed listening to our mothers discuss the “birds and the bees” during puberty another conversation with our mothers or grandmothers later in life is just as important. Finding out when your mother started menopause is crucial in understanding your ovarian reserve and the rate at which it will start to decrease.

A research study completed at the Fertility Clinic of Copenhagen University Hospital determined that indeed hereditary factors (menopausal age of mother/grandmother) are a strong indicator to when a female’s fertility will start to decline. The study involved approximately 527 women and looked at the following:

-Markers of Ovarian Reserve (AMH- Anti-Mullerian Hormone)

-Antral Follicle Count (AFC)

-The age of onset of natural maternal menopause

What the researchers discovered was that if your mother and/or grandmother started menopause early (defined as 45 years of age or younger), a female’s ovarian reserve will decrease earlier than those whose mothers/grandmothers hit menopause later in life (delayed decrease).

 

To read the full study completed by Janne G. Bentzen, M.D., Ph.D., from Copenhagen University Hospital in Denmark, and colleagues: http://www.pri-med.com/pmo/MedicalNewsDetail.aspx?id=7311&topic=mc-topic::KA8A584VY