Ferning – What the Heck Am I Looking At?

Ovatel is the easiest and most sophisticated ovulation prediction devices on the market for women trying to get pregnant today. It offers you the chance to know exactly when your most fertile period is, so you can get pregnant in a much faster time frame. The ovulation predictor also is cost effective, as you do not have to buy more and more sticks each cycle, as it uses your saliva to track your fertility.

The Ovatel monitor is actually easy to read, once you get familiar with it. When you are fertile, your saliva will contain estrogen that will cause a ferning pattern. It is the ferning pattern that you are looking for to give you the green light for fertility. The first cycle you may seem confused if you have never seen the ferning pattern before. You may even think something is wrong when you do not see it when you thought you should. Rest assured, that as long as you keep using the monitor, you will learn everything about ferning you need to know and will become an expert in no time. Once you see it once, you will know what it is.

Reading Ferning and Understanding It

Your success and ease is due to how easily you can read and understand what ferning looks like for you. Not every woman can expect the same results. There are many pictures and examples of what to look for, but your s could still look different. It is not uncommon to have to use your monitor every month for a few cycles to really learn how to use it right. Do not get discouraged if you do not see the ferning pattern right away. You may not be ovulating when you first start using the Ovatel.

What you can do while you are figuring it out is to examine what you should see. Chart on something like MyCycleDiary what you see each day. This will help you to see a pattern each cycle in black and white. Make sure to look at the many images as to what looks closest to yours. While you may never see the exact image in the photo, as time goes on, you will learn what is fertile for you.

Practice always makes perfect. The more you look at your own Ovatel each cycle, the more you will see what is normal for you when it comes to ferning. The crystal pattern is not the same for every woman.

Irregular Patterns

Have you been using your Ovatel for a few months and not getting consistent results? Irregular patterns can mean a variety of things. The first thing you need to think about is if you are not using the monitor correctly. No smoking, eating, or drinking prior to testing, as it can really mess up your results, and the Ovatel needs to be used correctly in order to help you get pregnant. If you have not been seeing a onetime ferning pattern that lasts between 2-5 days, then you may want to talk to your doctor.

Each month your estrogen should build and cause a pattern to form when your saliva dries. This means that the egg you are making is becoming mature and ready for ovulation. This ovum is what will combine with sperm to make your baby. If you are not seeing the ferning pattern build or are getting results that are not recommended, then you could have issues that are stopping ovulation.

You always want to talk to your health care provider when you see results of this type. It could mean you have fertility issues, or a simple hormone imbalance. No matter what the reason, early intervention is always best.

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Having the Birth You Want

The ideal part of motherhood for many women includes the right birth experience. This will be the first time that you will meet your precious new baby and it is very common to want it all to go perfect. While no one can promise you that you will have the exact birth you desire, there are things you can do to help to make sure that it is in the plan.

Ovatel can help you figure out how to make a good birth plan, find a great support network, and encourage you to take care of yourself to make sure that you have a good chance at delivering like you want to.

Healthy Choices Give You Healthy Options

There are so many things you need to think about prior to conception. While you are charting your cycles with MyCycleDiary, you should also be thinking about what type of lifestyle you are leading. The better your health before you get pregnant, the more likely you are to have a very uneventful pregnancy and birth. This means that you would want to begin prenatal vitamins, taking extra Folic Acid, eating better, drinking less, no smoking, and getting exercise regularly.

The more fit you are and the more you take care of your body and mind, the easier your pregnancy can be which would include your delivery. This can even be true for those who have had previous caesarian sections. These are known as VBAC – vaginal birth after c-section – and can be done when under the care of the right medical professional.

Choosing the Right Team for You

When it comes to proper prenatal care, you have two options – Midwife and OB. What you choose can depend on the type of birth you want, insurance, previous medical history, whether you are high risk or not, and what you feel the most comfortable with.

If you are looking for a birth with few medical procedures and from the view point that birth is natural and rarely needs intervention, then you might be more interested in a Midwife. Midwives look at the pregnancy and birthing process from a natural point of view. You will likely not have any or only one ultrasound, will only have the necessary tests to determine fetal health and yours. You will be highly encouraged to have a natural deliver with little medical intervention. This means that medications to help with pain will be discouraged and having a birth partner to help you through will be encouraged.

There are some midwives who will even deliver your baby at home for you. These births are for those with no risk factors and excellent bill of health throughout the pregnancy. For those who do not qualify for a home birth, Midwives also deliver in birthing centers and hospitals. This is for those who have stricter insurances or other issues that can make home birthing risky. Even when you deliver in a facility, you can still have a wonderful and natural birth. Many places offer water birthing options and will allow you to deny any interventions.

If you are at higher risk or are more comfortable with your doctor, then an OB might be for you. An OB will be more apt to do regular ultrasounds and testing if you want it or need it. They will also not discourage you from using pain medications during delivery. Many OBs are also willing to do VBACs and encourage women to do them if they can, as the recovery time is less than for C-sections.

The benefit to having an OB is that if you are high risk and need medical intervention, you will be seen and treated by your own doctor with whom you are familiar. You can also get a doula – person who advocates for your wishes to be carried out during labor, when you cannot advocate for yourself. The doula will help you through the pain of labor and delivery while respecting your birth plan and making sure it is followed, with the exception of a medical emergency.

Have a Birth Plan

The Birth Plan can sound funny, but can be your best friend when you are no longer able to speak when in labor. There are many things that one can add to a birth plan that will make it clear even before you are in labor, what you want. Several websites can give you a sample as to what one may look like and what to include. The key is to include any and all medical procedures that you do not want to happen unless an emergency for both you and baby. These can include:

Mom –

  • No IV
  • No medication during labor
  • Water birth
  • Walking during labor
  • Family and friends present
  • Able to catch baby
  • Have oneself or other parent cut cord
  • Prolonged cord clamping
  • Skin to skin immediately

 

Baby –

  • No eye ointment
  • No heel stick
  • No vaccines
  • Immediate contact with mother’s skin
  • Immediate breastfeeding
  • Room in with mother

 

Anything that means a lot to you should be in your birth plan. While there is no way to predict what can happen, you can be prepared for what you would like to happen in the event of a perfect birth. You can state under what conditions you will allow the medical people to intervene and have other people there to advocate for you.

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Babies after a Vasectomy Reversal

While no doctor will ever encourage one to get a vasectomy with the idea of reversing it in the future, it can be done. Many couples today find that they truly believe they are done having children, or a man might think he never wants children, or he might have gotten the procedure done in his first marriage and remarried. No matter what the reason, you can be successful at getting pregnant after a vasectomy. In fact, many men go on to father many children after a vasectomy reversal.

There is no guarantee that the surgery will be a success or not, but it does not hurt to try. There are many specialists who are in this specific field and can perform the surgery successfully. While you might have to contact an urologist first, most often a micro-surgeon will do the actual procedure.

What to Expect During and Right after your Reversal

During the actual procedure the tubes that carry sperm from the testicles to the penis will be reconnected. In order to give you the best chance at conceiving after the procedure, you will be required to do an examination prior. Some doctors want to see if you are even capable of producing sperm at all. If you or your partner have had children before, then that is usually good enough. If there have been no children at all, then a doctor may decide to remove a sample from the testicles to see if the surgery will be worth it.

The surgery will take place in the out-patient part of your hospital. You should be prepared to have someone drive you home and also bring an athletic cup for support. There will be no reason to have to stay the night. You will have some pain and discomfort, but pain reliever and ice will help to stop that. There is only a very small incision made on the underside of the scrotum, so often you will not even have to be asleep for the procedure.

After you or your partner is done with the surgery, he will be bandaged up and need to wear an athletic cup to put pressure on the site and reduce swelling. Make sure to use ice packs to the area to help keep swelling at bay and reduce pain. It will take up to 10 days to stop feeling tender in your nether regions. Make to follow all the directions given to you by your doctor. He will not want you to bathe for a few days, no sports, no heavy lifting, and certainly no sex until cleared.

Getting Pregnant Once Cleared

The best way to know if the reversal was successful is to get pregnant. Most doctors will have you come in for at least one semen analysis to see if you have any sperm upon ejaculation. If you do they will tell you to time sex and see what happens.

The best thing you can do is to begin to use an ovulation predictor method, such as Ovatel to know exactly when your most fertile period is. This will allow you to time intercourse perfectly to optimize conception. Be sure to chart your cycles as well. This will tell you if your body is doing what it should when it should. Many women find that basal body temping can help, as it will confirm ovulation after it has occurred.

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Surviving Infertility – Riding the Emotional Roller Coaster

If you have been actively trying to conceive for more than a year with no luck, you be facing infertility. Many couples are going through what you are and you may have known even earlier than the 12 month mark that something was not right.

Many women who use Ovatel and charting to understand their cycles better will recognize sooner than women who do not that they may be facing issues surrounding ovulation where they cannot get pregnant without help. This realization can be very hard to handle emotionally. There are also women who have perfect cycles and still are not getting pregnant. This could mean that is their partner that may have the fertility issues. No matter which partner has the issue, it is heavy on the heart and head.

What Can You Do

The world of infertility is very public today. It is not a secret that many couples will go through this at least once in their lives. One of the best things you can do for you is to get support. When it comes to infertility you will feel alone. It seems like babies are everywhere when you are trying to get pregnant. It also seems that everyone else is having one but you. This can make you isolate yourself from friends, family, and even the general public.

You need to start the healing process by first stepping back and taking care of yourself. Joining an infertility support group online or in person is one of the best things you can do for you. Being around like minded people who are going through what you are can make you feel less isolated and alone. You also will want to try to be as healthy physically as you can be. Doctors have proven that emotional wellbeing and physical health can lead to a hard time falling pregnant. The last thing you want to do is compromise your situation more than it already is. Maintain a healthy weight, eat right, and exercise regularly. This will help you physically as well as emotionally.

Medical Diagnosis

The next step when dealing with infertility is diagnosis. This can be the most stressful part of the process. Many people are not offered insurance that covers infertility. This means large medical bills that can be just as devastating as the infertility itself. There are doctors more qualified to help couples who are facing infertility, than the regular obstetrics and gynecology physician. There is a benefit to getting testing done with your regular OB/GYN first. It can be coded to your insurance as irregular periods or female issues. This can help you get some form of diagnosis prior to seeking out treatment.

The most common type of diagnostic testing is semen analysis for men and cycle day three hormone testing for women. The main reason both couple should get tested is that you want to not take any medication that will not do any good. The most common form of infertility revolves around sperm. This test is relatively cheap, even if your insurance does not cover it. It is also the easiest test to perform, as it is non-invasive.

For us gals, we need to have our blood drawn on cycle day 3 of our cycles. This will test for progesterone, estrogen, testosterone, thyroid, prolactin, and DHEA-S. These hormones have to be at the right levels in order to make a good egg that is capable of being fertilized. This is the best way to find out if you have any hormonal issues, such as PCOS, hypo or hyperthyroidism, or high prolactin. All of these can stop you from ovulating. If you do not ovulate, you cannot get pregnant. Using a basal body thermometer will help you to see on your own if ovulation is occurring or not.

Treatment Options

Depending on what diagnosis you are given, the treatment can vary. It can also vary among people with the same diagnosis. There are men with low sperm count that can still have timed intercourse and impregnate their partners, while others will have to IUI or IVF to get a viable pregnancy. It all depends on how low and motility each man is dealing with. Some men simply can stop some medications or take medications such as Clomid to raise their count over the course of 3 months or more.

For women, the diagnosis range can still vary within the same disorder. For women with PCOS, many will regain their fertility with only Metformin – the medication for PCOS – alone. Other women will also need to use Clomid or Femera to stimulate a strong enough ovulation. Then there are women who need injections to help them make enough eggs for timed sex, IUI, or IVF. Women with endometriosis can also range in treatment. Some can simply have a D&C – dilation and curettage – and then be fine for up to a year. Other women have to go on medication that puts them in menopause for a bit to clear it up. Then they have to take ovulation stimulation medication to get pregnant.

No matter what you get diagnosed with, there are many types of treatments that can help. Whether you need IUI or IVF, it does not matter. The medical technology can help you become the parent you want to become in most cases.

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Getting Pregnant After Tubal Reversal

There are so many women and couples that think they are done having children, to later decide that they want more. There are several reasons that one may change their mind down the road. The most common reason for a tubal reversal is remarrying. While no one should go into a tubal reversal with the thought that someday it can be undone, it is possible and many women have a great success rate.

The key to a successful pregnancy post tubal reversal is to act fast. There is a possibility of scar tissue build up that can make getting pregnant harder and harder as time passes. Once your doctor tells you that you are healed and ready, it is time to get started.

How Ovatel Can Help

Post a tubal reversal you can be very stressed out about whether or not it will be successful. Many women describe the feeling as anxious and similar to women suffering from infertility. Timing is very important, as you want to be sure that you are having sex during your most fertile time.

The best way to do this is to use the Ovatel fertility monitor to help you learn exactly when your fertility period is. The great thing about the saliva scope is that it can tell you up to five days prior to ovulation that you are fertile. This allows you to time sex just right so that there are plenty of sperm there to meet the egg once it is released. It is very important to time intercourse just right to be successful fast. While many women go on to have many pregnancies post tubal reversal, some women get enough scar tissue from the surgery itself to re-block the tubes over time. The quicker you get pregnant, the better for you.

What to Expect

There is not set in stone success rate for all women. To know the percentage that will pertain to you, look at statistics for your age group. You will also want to consider how long it has been since your surgery. All these factors will make a difference as to what your personal success rate will be.

Most times you will have this surgery done by a doctor that specializes in microsurgery and in an outpatient clinic. This will lessen the risk of infection and recovery time. Under normal conditions, you will be able to return to your normal activities after 5-10 days. You will want to have an HSG – hysterosalpingogram – to be sure that surgery was successful. It will allow your doctor to see that you have flow in your tubes. The reason that you will want to know if it worked is because repeat surgeries are usually not successful.

Using What You Have

The first step to getting pregnant after a tubal reversal is charting your cycles. A chart such as MyCycleDiary will allow you to know what your menstrual cycle is doing and if it is normal. After your surgery you may find that both, one or none of your tubes are open. You have to work with what you got.

If you have one or both tubes clear, it is time to start timing intercourse now. The more you help yourself to get pregnant fast, the more likely you are to succeed. Using Ovatel and your MyCycleDiary is one step, but there are added things you can do to optimize your timing efforts. There are also basal body temping and ovulation prediction kits that use urine that can help you to perfect your timing.

If for some reason your tubal reversal did not work, you are still capable of getting pregnant. You can use IVF – invitro fertilization – to help you finish the family that you desire. 

There are so many women and couples that think they are done having children, to later decide that they want more. There are several reasons that one may change their mind down the road. The most common reason for a tubal reversal is remarrying. While no one should go into a tubal reversal with the thought that someday it can be undone, it is possible and many women have a great success rate.

 

The key to a successful pregnancy post tubal reversal is to act fast. There is a possibility of scar tissue build up that can make getting pregnant harder and harder as time passes. Once your doctor tells you that you are healed and ready, it is time to get started.

 

How Ovatel Can Help

 

Post a tubal reversal you can be very stressed out about whether or not it will be successful. Many women describe the feeling as anxious and similar to women suffering from infertility. Timing is very important, as you want to be sure that you are having sex during your most fertile time.

 

The best way to do this is to use the Ovatel fertility monitor to help you learn exactly when your fertility period is. The great thing about the saliva scope is that it can tell you up to five days prior to ovulation that you are fertile. This allows you to time sex just right so that there are plenty of sperm there to meet the egg once it is released. It is very important to time intercourse just right to be successful fast. While many women go on to have many pregnancies post tubal reversal, some women get enough scar tissue from the surgery itself to re-block the tubes over time. The quicker you get pregnant, the better for you.

 

What to Expect

 

There is not set in stone success rate for all women. To know the percentage that will pertain to you, look at statistics for your age group. You will also want to consider how long it has been since your surgery. All these factors will make a difference as to what your personal success rate will be.

 

Most times you will have this surgery done by a doctor that specializes in microsurgery and in an outpatient clinic. This will lessen the risk of infection and recovery time. Under normal conditions, you will be able to return to your normal activities after 5-10 days. You will want to have an HSGhysterosalpingogram – to be sure that surgery was successful. It will allow your doctor to see that you have flow in your tubes. The reason that you will want to know if it worked is because repeat surgeries are usually not successful.

 

Using What You Have

 

The first step to getting pregnant after a tubal reversal is charting your cycles. A chart such as MyCycleDiary will allow you to know what your menstrual cycle is doing and if it is normal. After your surgery you may find that both, one or none of your tubes are open. You have to work with what you got.

 

If you have one or both tubes clear, it is time to start timing intercourse now. The more you help yourself to get pregnant fast, the more likely you are to succeed. Using Ovatel and your MyCycleDiary is one step, but there are added things you can do to optimize your timing efforts. There are also basal body temping and ovulation prediction kits that use urine that can help you to perfect your timing.

 

If for some reason your tubal reversal did not work, you are still capable of getting pregnant. You can use IVF – invitro fertilization – to help you finish the family that you desire.

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Female Health – Ovatel not for Just Getting Pregnant

When most people hear the word “Ovatel,” they think about getting pregnant or TTCing. The truth is that Ovatel in conjunction with MyCycleDiary can tell you so much more about your overall health. There are many reasons you would want to track your cycles. The most important is disease. There are many disorders that can throw off your cycle and you want to catch them early.

Using Ovatel and MyCycleDiary to track your cycles each month is very easy and will allow you to spot any changes that could mean that you are in need of medical treatment.

How to Chart Your Monthly Cycles

Charting your monthly menstrual cycles is actually very easy. There are many ways to do it, but there is a minimum amount of information you will definitely need. The more you have, the more complete your chart will be.

You need to know the first day of your period. This is the first day of real bleeding. This means that you actually have more than just spotting and it has to be before 5 PM your time. If you begin to bleed after 5 PM, then you will count your first day – cycle day 1 – as the next day. This is important, as it will tell you how long each of your cycles are. They should be relatively equal in length. While you may vary by 1-2 days, it should not be too much more or less.

Using your MyCycleDiary chart, you will want to mark down your period. You will also want to use the Ovatel to keep track of not only your fertility, but your estrogen. There are many types of disorders and diseases that will cause a surge in estrogen at odd times, or not allow you to have any surge at all. Mark down on your chart when you get ferning and when you do not. This will be very handy if you ever have to bring your charts to your doctor.

Another great charting tool is basal body temping – BBT. How this works is you get a special thermometer called a basal body thermometer and you will take your temperature each morning the moment you wake up. You need to be sure that you do not do anything at all before you take your temperature. This is the only way to get accurate results. Chart the resulting temperature on your MyCycleDiary and that will tell you if you ovulated and got a progesterone surge.

What Charting Will Tell You

There are so many things that charting can tell you, depending on what you chart. The more information you put into your chart, the more information you will gain from it. You can put in your cervical position and mucus, mood, symptoms, and sleep deprivation. This will allow you to know what effects your cycles and what does not.

Charting long term tells you many things. It can let you know if your thyroid is low or high, whether you have PCOS or Endo, if your hormones are off, and if your cycles are regular. When something suddenly changes in your cycle and you see it repeat for more than 3 cycles, you will want to take your charts to your doctor and have testing done. This will help you determine what is wrong and what the best course of action is to fix it fast.

Charting while on birth control can also tell you if you are breaking through. Often times you will release an egg on birth control, this can be very disturbing. If you see that you have a ferning pattern on your Ovatel, you can avoid sex to be sure you do not get pregnant. This can be very helpful if you are not choosing to get pregnant.

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Infertility Medications and Ovatel

There are many couples all around the world who are suffering with infertility. Many of these couples will undergo some type of fertility treatment during their journey. When undergoing infertility treatments, most doctors want you to monitor your cycles in their office and at home. This means using a fertility monitor and charting to see if the medications are working and when ovulation is about to occur.

What you will be asked to use will depend on what medications you are on and how they could affect the results of your monitoring. Many medications can skew the results of urine tests and so a monitor such as Ovatel can be a much better choice.

Clomid and Charting Ovulation

Often the first drug of choice if you are not ovulating is Clomid. Clomid is an estrogen promotion medication that helps one build many healthy follicles. It comes in several dosages and is rather inexpensive. Clomid has been used for many years with a high rate of success. Many doctors will either as a couple to take the medication and time intercourse or come into the office for IUI – intrauterine insemination.

Clomid is usually taken between cycle days 3 – 7 or 5 – 9 in most patients. You will be expected to track your cycles carefully on a chart such as MyCycleDiary. This way you will know when to begin your pills. Since the medication can cause side effects, you may want to take them at bed time. Most women on Clomid will ovulate 5 – 9 days after their last pill. Many doctors will also perform ultra sounds to see what the follicles are doing and if a trigger shot is needed to help the follicles release.

You will want to see if the medication is working by using your Ovatel Fertility monitor. AS the estrogen in your body rises, you will begin to see varying degrees of ferning. The ferning indicates that you are entering your fertile period and should begin intercourse. The ferning pattern will continue until after the egg or eggs are released. Be sure to continue intercourse until your doctor has confirmed ovulation or your Ovatel no longer shows ferning.

If you are on the wrong dose of Clomid and ovulation does not occur, you still may see some ferning. The estrogen would have risen, but not enough to make an egg. Often when this happens you will see inconsistent ferning patterns that do not make much sense. You may also not get your period on your own. This is why it is important to be followed by a physician when on any ovulation stimulation medication.

Femera and Ovulation

There are several groups of women who simply do not respond or get cysts from Clomid. Many of these women are PCOS diagnosed – Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. This means that they are at higher risk of anovulation and cysts than women without this problem. Clomid has a side effect of causing cysts, which means that many doctors are now prescribing Femera as an alternative to Clomid. Femera works in the same manner – to stimulate estrogen production to make healthy follicles – but has less of a half life. This means that it does the job and clears the body faster, so there are fewer risks.

Femera is used the same way as Clomid and so you should still monitor your cycles at home to make sure that you are taking it correctly and responding well. Your ferning pattern may a bit more intense earlier in your cycle when using your Ovatel, but this will not affect the outcome. You will still want to begin time intercourse when you see the pattern arise. The more sperm waiting for the egg, the better your chance of conception. The sperm can live up to 7 days under the right conditions.

Once ovulation has occurred, your Ovatel will no longer show the ferning pattern. It is recommended to keep using it, though. If you see a new ferning pattern arise, you could be pregnant and can take a home pregnancy test to confirm.

Injections and Estrogen

Injections are a form of fertility medication that women will use when they are not responding to lesser forms of medications. This type of medication is used in conjunction of IUI and IVF – in vitro fertilization. When you are on this medication you will be monitored by your doctor very closely. This type of fertility treatment can make the ovaries hyper react and produce a lot of eggs at once.

This means that when you are on the shots, your estrogen will be through the roof. This can make the Ovatel monitor say you are fertile when you are not even close yet. If you are using injections with timed intercourse, then you can start to have sex anytime. It will not hurt. If you are having IUI or IVF, then you will want to do as instructed by your doctor. They will want your husband to abstain for a few days to build up his number of sperm for the procedure.

Your Ovatel monitor can be used after insemination and ovulation have occurred to help determine if you are pregnant or not. You will have no ferning after ovulation is successful unless you are pregnant. If you see ferning when you should be starting your period, you should test with a urine pregnancy test to confirm the pregnancy.

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Herbal Supplementation for Conception

When it comes to conception, you want to be at your best before you start. This means that you need to make sure that you are not on any medications that can cause adverse side effects to your growing baby. Since some medications need time to get out of your body or need to be weaned slowly, you are better to start the process as soon as you decide you want to get pregnant.

Always be sure to contact your doctor before stopping any medications. Some medications may be better if you stay on, as the benefits outweigh the risks. Other medications can be stopped and herbal supplements and dietary changes can help give the same effects as if you were still on the medication, except it is all natural and safe.

Improving Health with Herbs

Herbal treatments have been used in conception for centuries. In fact, Eastern medicine is a common treatment plan for those with fertility issues. If you are looking to help your chances at a fast and successful conception, you have an array of herbal supplements that you can try to help you and your partner.

If you have been feeling a bit anxious about conception, the herb Kava Kava can help you. It quiets the mind and allows for your brain to stay calm and well focused. St. John’s Wort can help you stay in good spirits and keep you from feeling depressed while to embark on your TTC journey. There are also many other types of herbs that can help to detoxify your liver, and help to promote a healthy body and mind. You can even use an at home heavy metal test kit to make sure that you and your partner are not contaminated.

Always make sure that before you start any new herbal remedy that you first are sure that you are not currently on any over the counter or prescription medications that could be contraindicated. Even though herbs are natural, they can still be harmful if not taken correctly or with the wrong medications. When I doubt, contact a naturopath or herbalist for help. Most will be more than willing to help you figure out what is best and how to take it.

Herbal Fertility Treatments

Not only can you take herbs to keep you healthy, there are also many herbs that actually help you get pregnant. These herbs will vary between women and men, but are available to aid both.

Herbs such as Black Cohosh and Vitex have been known to help women ovulate. They even have been known to help women with PCOS get pregnant. Goat’s Rue is an herbal treatment that helps lower testosterone in women. This can greatly affect a woman’s ability to get and stay pregnant. Lowering this level naturally can allow a woman to successfully ovulate on her own.

There are also fertility herbal blends for both men and women. They aid in enhancing both reproductive systems to be sure that they are at their best. For women it encourages estrogen production, this is essential for a mature and healthy egg to be formed. Fertility blends for men will enhance testosterone production and increase sperm count and health.

It takes about 3 months for results to be seen when using herbs. They do not have an immediate effect as prescription medications. If you want to see if you are responding to the increase in estrogen, you can simply use the Ovatel fertility monitor to check for the ferning pattern that is formed when you are fertile.

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Trying to Conceive After Pregnancy Loss

Pregnancy loss is one of the hardest things a woman can go through in her life. When you are trying to get pregnant and finally see those two pink lines, the thought of losing that dear baby rarely crosses your mind. When the pregnancy is lost, you will find yourself in a plethora of emotions that can range from depression to anger to sadness.

You can find yourself in a place where you want to be pregnant again immediately, or want to take a long break before trying again. Depending on the type of loss and how far along you were when you lost the baby, your doctor will help you understand how long it will take to physically heal. The mental healing can vary from woman to woman.

Trying Again After Loss

The thought of trying for another baby after losing one or more can be exhilarating and scary. There is the fear that you will have more losses and not get your baby that you want so badly. There is the grief for each child lost as they were an individual and you cannot replace a lost child with a new one. There is the realization that you will get and stay pregnant this time and feel even more pain wondering what if. No matter where your heart lies on this matter, your body has to heal first and foremost.

There are several theories about how long a woman should wait between losses and what she should do in the mean time to up her chances of success the next time around. Doctors can seem a bit cold when you are losing a pregnancy for the first time. It is very true that early pregnancy loss is quite common and normal in most circumstances. It does not mean you have feel good about that. Most early losses are due to chromosomal disorders that make it impossible for a fetus to ever develop in the first place. Most women will be lucky to even see a positive test before the loss begins. There are those that go further in a pregnancy to lose it. Even the majority of those are a metabolic error that the mother never could have predicted or prevented.

Types of Losses

If your loss was between the 4th and 6th week of gestation, most doctors will refer to this as a chemical pregnancy. This is when the blastocyst implants into the uterus and secretes hCG to tell the ovaries to continue to make progesterone. Shortly after implantation has occurred the developing embryo realizes it will never grow and the hCG stops production. This tells the ovary to stop making progesterone and allows for bleeding. Most women will actually start to get their menses right on time or only a few days late. There are some that will go to the 6 week mark, but never have hCG amounts over 2000 mIU/ml.

When you have a chemical pregnancy, you will be able to try again immediately. The body never really registered that it was truly pregnant. There is also an advantage as the uterine lining is a bit thicker for better implant the next time around. Many women find themselves successfully pregnant the very next cycle after a chemical.

A first trimester pregnancy loss is also known as a miscarriage. It happens from the 7th -12th week of pregnancy and is considered an early loss. This is when the embryo actually starts to develop and then stops due to some reason – usually metabolic or genetic. The most common time for an embryo to cease in development is between the 7th and 9th weeks or gestation. It is also common to not find out until the 11th or 12th weeks of pregnancy.

If you have experienced a loss during this time you may find it lasts longer than a chemical and can have varying outcomes. Many women will simply begin bleeding and that is how they come to realize that they are even losing their baby. Other women go in to their doctor or midwife and find out when they cannot hear the heartbeat later on. Either way, the body will need a recuperation time. The length will depend on if it is a natural miscarriage or a D&C – dilation and curettage.

Some women’s bodies will naturally miscarry the baby in the first trimester. Other women will need a surgical procedure called a D&C to remove the baby from the uterus. If you naturally lose the pregnancy, then your hCG will drop by itself to allow this happen. Your recovery will be easier physically as your levels will return to normal fast. If you need the D&C, your body will need an extra adjustment time. While the doctor will remove the embryo, your hCG will still be high. You will have to wait for it to drop back down for the actual loss to be complete. This can be weeks to months depending on how far along you are. Your doctor will monitor your hCG levels weekly until they drop below 5 mIU/ml – the non-pregnant amount.

If you lose your baby after the 12th week but before the 20th week of pregnancy, then it is called a later term miscarriage. You may find that your body needs a long time to adjust and get back to normal. Since the fetus is much larger and the experience is much more traumatic on many levels, this is not surprising. Any loss after the 20th week is deemed a still birth and you will most likely experience the normal birthing process and have the same types of symptoms and recover period that any post partum woman would, including lactation and post partum bleeding. Many women will find that they will be fertile again by their 6 week check up after a still born, but may not be ready physically or emotionally to get pregnant that soon.

Monitoring Your Fertility After a Loss

One of things you want to do after you lose a pregnancy, no matter how far along you were, is to monitor the onset of your fertility. Some women are advised to wait at least 3 cycles before trying. This means prevention as well as seeing if you are ovulating again. MyCycleDiary will help you to monitor what your cycle is doing during the months following your loss. You simply chart what you are experiencing during each day. Each chart is designed to allow for ultimate input and documentation. That way if something seems off, you can alert your doctor early to avoid undesired consequences.

Another way to see what is going with your body is to use the Ovatel Fertility monitor. This will allow you to check for signs of ovulation. You might notice that while you are still in the middle of your loss that you will get ferning. This is because your estrogen is still high from being pregnant. You can use the monitor to watch the ferning disappear. Once it has stopped you will know your estrogen levels have dropped. You can then monitor using Ovatel until they rise again to give ferning. This would indicate ovulation. Once you have successfully ovulated prior to the loss, then you can track your cycles again to determine, with your doctor’s advice, when it is best to try again.

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Ovatel Pregnancy Prediction

The Ovatel fertility monitor can not only help you get pregnant, it can tell you if you are pregnant after ovulation has occurred. Never before have you been able to use the same device that you would use to predict your fertile window as a pregnancy test as well. The benefits are endless.

Ovatel uses saliva to detect when ovulation is getting ready to occur. It also uses saliva to detect pregnancy. This means that you will not have to waste money on expensive test strips until you are sure that pregnancy is likely.

The Science behind Pregnancy Prediction

To understand how the Ovatel fertility monitor can be used as a pregnancy test, first you need to know how it works. As your cycle progresses and you get closer to ovulation, your body makes more estrogen. This estrogen runs through your entire body. When it hits your ovaries it tells the follicles to grow and mature. When it hits your mouth it turns to a salt that when put on a microscope makes a ferning pattern.

The ferning pattern that results from the increase in estrogen right prior to ovulation only happens if you are going to ovulate. Once the egg is released, the estrogen drops and your ferning pattern will disappear. This is because progesterone takes over after ovulation has already occurred in order to make the uterine lining sticky and thick for the egg to implant.

Once the embryo implants into the uterine lining, it starts to make hCG. This tells the body to begin to make more progesterone and estrogen. Estrogen then can be found in the saliva again and ferning will return. Most women who had ferning disappear after ovulation and had it return 5-7 days later, ended up finding out they were indeed pregnant using a urine or blood test.

Benefits of Using Ovatel for All Purposes

Trying to get pregnant can be very emotionally consuming. It also can get expensive if you are buying several urine tests each cycle. Most women will use at least 7 urine ovulation prediction sticks and at least 2 home pregnancy tests. This can become costly.

Ovatel offers a reliable way to measure your fertility window as well as if you are pregnant without costing you a fortune. You would simply buy your Ovatel scope once and then use it every day. There are no sticks to buy or replace constantly. This will save you a ton of money, yet give you the accurate reading you are looking for to time intercourse right.

Once you know ovulation is complete, you can then continue to use your monitor to see if your ferning returns. This will save you money on home pregnancy tests. If you see the ferning pattern return, then you can pee on a stick to confirm you are pregnant. If you do not see the ferning pattern return, then you do not have to waste a test and your money.

More Ferning but Not Pregnant

Under normal conditions you should not get ferning more than one time in your cycle, unless you end up pregnant. Your ferning should also be consistent, not random. When you are entering your fertile window your estrogen will be rising smoothly. This will give you a ferning pattern for a few days in a row. Once the ferning stops showing on your monitor, you now know you are finished ovulating. If you see the full ferning reappear in approximately 6 days post ovulation, you could be pregnant and should take a test.

There are women who find that they get more than one bought of ferning in any given cycle. This can mean a few things. If you find you are getting a ferning pattern then it disappears to only return a few days later, then you could have estrogen issues. Other signs are no ferning at all and random ferning with no periods. If you have been using your Ovatel correctly and find you get several patches of ferning per cycle, you may want to consult your doctor or try an at home saliva hormone testing kit to see what your hormones are doing.

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