A Few Important Conditions That May Affect Your Fertility

There are four conditions, any one of which you may discover while charting your cycles. The first two below will often give you obvious signs, even if you aren’t charting. With the latter two, however, you may not have any symptoms at all. In all four cases, though, treatment is often necessary before you can get pregnant. Endometriosis A [...]

By | 2017-09-12T16:35:57+00:00 September 12th, 2017|Front Page, Tips|0 Comments

The Difference Between an Anovulatory Cycle and Being Anovulatory

When you first read the heading above, did you think that I was just being nitpicky? Actually, there is a significant and practical difference between the two. An “anovulatory cycle” is, by definition, a cycle in which ovulation didn’t occur. But it’s typically transitory, occurring now and then in most women at some point in their lives. For [...]

By | 2017-08-30T15:39:32+00:00 August 30th, 2017|Front Page, Tips|0 Comments

A Fun Little Fact to Mention Next Time Grandma’s Over For Dinner

How close are you to your mom’s mother? If your grandmother is still living, you might want to blow away both of them by casually mentioning that you literally started your life inside of your grandmother. Think about it. Every female fetus, including your mom, developed all the eggs she will ever have while a fetus still inside [...]

By | 2017-08-14T16:30:57+00:00 August 14th, 2017|Front Page, Tips|0 Comments

The Elephant in the Room

If you could be a fly on the wall in bedrooms throughout the world, you’d be stunned to see how many women fake orgasms, even with men they’ve been married to for decades. Are women really that deceitful? Think again. Actually, the answer virtually always comes down to our anatomy, and how we were designed. In a word, [...]

By | 2017-07-18T15:30:59+00:00 July 18th, 2017|Front Page, Tips|2 Comments

Potential Fertility Red Flags to Watch For

If you plan to get pregnant some day and experience any of the signs listed below, you should consider consulting with your gynecologist to rule out any possible conditions that may require treatment: • Anovulation It’s normal for women to occasionally not ovulate in any given cycle, with causes ranging from illness and stress to coming off the [...]

By | 2017-06-27T15:44:04+00:00 June 27th, 2017|Front Page, Tips|0 Comments

Can a Woman Get Pregnant During Her Period?

There are a certain number of questions that seem to get recycled over and over again, either amongst friends or on the internet. One that seems to get a lot traction is the issue of whether or not a woman can get pregnant while menstruating. As with so many things in life, the explanation is not that [...]

By | 2017-06-13T15:47:39+00:00 June 13th, 2017|Front Page, Tips|1 Comment

Learning to Self-Advocate, Not to be Confused with Self-Medicate! (Part 1)

Over 30 years ago, I had a slight scare when some of the cells on my cervix came back suspicious in a routine pap test. So I had cryotherapy, in which my abnormal cervical cells were destroyed by freezing with liquid carbon dioxide. The timing of that procedure was a tad inconvenient, though, because a few days later, I [...]

By | 2017-05-16T16:00:11+00:00 May 16th, 2017|Front Page, Tips|0 Comments

What Percent of A Woman’s Cycle is Fertile?

You would think that this would be a fairly straightforward question, right? In reality, it’s not that simple. And to add more intrigue, the answer depends on whether you are trying to get pregnant or avoid pregnancy. What? While it’s true that the basic answer is that most women are fertile for only a few days per cycle, there [...]

By | 2017-04-11T15:30:28+00:00 April 11th, 2017|Front Page, Tips|0 Comments

A Menstrual Puzzle Finally Clarified!

Can a woman get pregnant if she isn’t menstruating? Or another way of putting it is: Can a woman assume she doesn’t need to use birth control because she isn’t having periods? Actually, the answer is not as intuitive as you’d think. On the surface, any self-respecting educated person might think “Of course she can’t get pregnant if [...]

By | 2017-03-28T15:09:39+00:00 March 28th, 2017|Front Page, Tips|0 Comments

The Elephant in the Womb: A Woman’s Aging Eggs (Part 2)

It would be fabulous if there were an easy way to count the remaining eggs in your ovary, in much the same way that you could open a carton of eggs from the refrigerator and count how many good ones remain. Alas, there isn’t, but there are several tests that, along with your age, offer the best tools [...]

By | 2017-02-28T16:17:45+00:00 February 28th, 2017|Front Page, Tips|0 Comments