fertility

Women and Smoking

Today, about 1 out of every 5 women in America smokes, even though we know smoking is not good for our health. Women who smoke may have a modest increase in risks for ectopic pregnancy (fallopian tube or peritoneal cavity pregnancy) and miscarriage.

Stress and Infertility

If you have been trying to get pregnant, chances are that you have heard, "just relax and you'll get pregnant." Stress can have a dramatic impact on one's reproductive life. Many women with infertility will share with me that they do not feel like "real women" and are not members of the club who have experienced pregnancy and childbirth.

Does Smoking Affect Sperm Count?

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QUESTION

Dear Midwife,

My wife and I have a 4-year-old daughter, we are trying to have another.

I have a few questions:
(1) When is the best time to conceive?
(2) Will current tobacco use have any effect any my sperm count, etc.?
(3) Is 4 too young to be in the delivery room for the next child?
(4) What is the best way to keep one child from being jealous of the new baby?

Your "Real" Reproductive Age

The beauty of STRAW is that you can get a sense of what stage you are in based on your menstrual patterns, symptoms, and the overall characteristics of a stage, rather than just a certain hormone range or chronological age. Looking at the whole picture makes it clearer that reproductive capacity is unique for each individual.

What's Your Recommendation for Predicting Ovulation?

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QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
I was on birth control pills for 8 years. I went off them in October 2003. My husband and I are 23 and have been ttc since March. We both have a clean bill of health and my periods have always been regular.

Can being on the pill for that long disrupt your chances of having children? Also, what is your opinion on fertility monitors? Since they are expensive I thought maybe you would have some advice on which ones are best.Thank you in advance for any help you can give us.

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