"Failing to plan, is planning to fail"

Are you starting to make plans for the New Year? When it comes to fertility, it's always worth mapping out what your next steps should be, so that you can avoid the pitfalls that often accompany fertility treatments, whether they be via natural or assisted methods. I find that the week between Christmas and the New Year is a great time for reflection, for taking stock of what happened over the past year and thinking of how best to improve upon your results and achievements for the year to come. While most of us resolve to lose a bit of weight in January, especially after all the festive indulgence, for those with fertility issues the areas of focus may run a lot deeper; What are my concerns?

Wondering how to stick with your fertility diet plan over Christmas? It isn't all about denial.

What is a fertility diet? A fertility diet focuses on foods that have a high nutrient density as opposed to a high calorie density. For the most part, this means you will be focusing on whole, unprocessed foods such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, lean protein, veggie protein foods, such as nuts, seeds, lentils and healthy fats (e.g. avocado, coconut oil), along with plenty of water and warming, herbal teas. You have probably noticed that there is no mention of alcohol, caffeine, sugar, wheat, dairy and red meat in this list. I'm afraid that's because in high amounts, these foods/stimulants can have a bad effect on fertility. In particular, on the developing egg and sperm, which is to b

How to improve endometrial lining quality

Having problems with a thin endometrial lining or is your period shorter and scantier than usual? Here are my top tips to improve your endometrial lining whether you are trying to conceive naturally or via IVF. A thin endometrial lining can be very problematic when trying to conceive, whether that be naturally or via assisted methods. If you are going through IVF, the best success rates are seen when the lining has reached over 8mm by the time of transfer, ideally over 8.5mm. (See study in Fertility & Sterility medical journal; http://www.fertstert.org/article/S0015-0282(06)04546-8/fulltext Some clinics are happy to proceed with transfer when the lining has only reached 6mm by the day of the

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