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Ovulation is one of the most important things a woman should understand about her body since it is the determining factor in getting pregnant or preventing pregnancy. Ovulation happens when the mature egg is ejected from the ovary. The most fertile days to make love are the 1-2 days before ovulation and the day of ovulation. Making love after ovulation is unlikely to get you pregnant.

    Good Eggs and Bad Eggs

    Good eggs and low FSH on CD 3 are important to improve chances of a healthy pregnancy. There are several blood tests to check for a woman's egg quality. ... more »

    Anovulation - An Overview

    Anovulation refers to a condition in women in which an egg is not released from the ovaries. It is the #1 cause of female infertility. ... more »

    Top Reasons/Causes for Infertility

    The three major causes of infertility covering over 80% of cases include ovulation problems, sperm problems, and fallopian tube problems, while 15% of couples have unexplained infertility. ... more »

    Amenorrhea: No Menstrual Period and Not Pregnant

    If you have amenorrhea and you don't have a period and are not pregnant, then certain tests can be done to find out why you are not getting your period. ... more »

    Sex and the Five Trimesters of Pregnancy

      You’re probably thinking there only three trimesters of pregnancy, right?  After all, “tri-“ means three but it could mean that there are five distinct three-month periods associated with pregnancy and each one affects your sex life in distinctly different ways. ... more »

    7 Things You Did Not Know About Getting Pregnant in Your 30s

    These seven things here that tell you what you did not know about getting pregnant in Your 30s: ... more »

    7 Things You Did Not Know About Getting Pregnant

     1)  It takes a sperm and an egg Might seem obvious but it was a mystery until 1784.  That’s when Catholic priest / biologist / physiologist Lazzaro Spallanzani put two and two together.  He performed in vitro fertilization (IVF) on frogs and artificial insemination on a dog to prove the point.  Before that, nobody truly knew where babies came from. ... more »

    10 Things Nobody Told You About Your Postpartum Period

    Hey, new parents, how was that trip home from the hospital?  Some new parents describe the drive from hospital to home with a new baby in tow as the most nerve-wracking, frightening, looooooongest, and slooooooooowest ride of their lives and, surely, every other driver on the road was out to get them.  But you made it!  You managed to get your precious cargo home unscathed and now you’re settin ... more »

    Restore Rather Than Replace Testosterone to Preserve Male Fertility

    Some medications used to treat low testosterone levels are known to cause a reduction in sperm count.  This particular side effect can be especially alarming for men using testosterone replacement therapies, such as topical testosterone gel, as part of a regimen to treat male infertility.  The report of a study recently published in the medical journal, BJU International ... more »

    Ovulation Predictor Kit (OPK): Intercourse & Sex Calculator

    The BabyMed Ovulation Predictor Kit (OPK) Intercourse and Sex Calculator will calculate when to have intercourse in relation to a positive OPK. ... more »

    OPK Ovulation Predictor Calculator

    The OPK Ovulation Predictor Calculator calculates when to start testing for the LH surge as well as your expected date of ovulation based on the first day of your last period and your cycle length. ... more »

    Fertility & Ovulation Calculator and Calendar Predictor

    This free ovulation calculator and fertility calendar and ovulation predictor calculates your fertile days, when you ovulate, and helps you improve your fertility and chances getting pregnant. ... more »

    My Infertility Journey: Acupuncture (Part 5)

    After a year of tracking ovulation with extreme precision and no results, I decided to try a different tactic. I've long been a fan of acupuncture. I got it once a week for two years straight to help me with relaxation in my mid-20s. ... more »

    My Infertility Journey: Ovulation Tracking Obsession (Part 4)

    I'd been reading a lot about getting pregnant and was surprised to discover that there are actually only two to three days a month during which a woman can get pregnant. These days depend on your cycle. ... more »

    My Infertility Journey: Intrauterine Insemination IUI (Part 3)

    After diagnosing us with unexplained infertility, our reproductive medicine doctor went over our options with us. The first two things she recommended were intrauterine insemination and in-vitro fertilization. ... more »

    Antioxidant Use May Not Increase Fertility

    Research has not provided any high quality evidence that using antioxidants improves a woman's chances for becoming pregnant, according to a new systematic review published in the The Cochrane Library. ... more »

    Big Breakfast May Aid Fertility for Some Women

    Eating a big breakfast can boost fertility in women with PCOS, according to a new study published in Clinical Science. ... more »

    Fertility Medications: Cycloset and Parlodel (Bromocriptine)

    A doctor may prescribe Bromocriptine to help women who have an ovulation problem caused by a benign tumor in the pituitary gland, located in the brain just behind the nose. Doctors refer to this condition as pituitary adenoma. ... more »

    Follistim (Follicle Stimulating Hormone - FSH) During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

    All about Follistim during pregnancy, breastfeeding and trying to conceive (TTC). Is it safe for use? ... more »

    Clomid During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

    All about Clomid (Clomiphene) during pregnancy, breastfeeding and trying to conceive (TTC). Is it safe for use? ... more »

    Effect of Sporadic Anovulation on Ovulatory Hormone Levels

    Researchers from the Eunice Shriver Kennedy National Institute of Child Health and Human Development recently published a study on hormone levels in women experiencing anovulation. The study was published in the journal Human Reproduction. ... more »

    Will the Birth Control Pill Cause Infertility if I Take it for a Long Time?

     The birth control pill has been around for decades and despite clinical study and assurance from the prescribing physician, women continue to hear negative rumors about possible side effects of taking the pill. ... more »

    When to Work on Your Fertility

    Fertility is at the heart of reproduction, conception, pregnancy and parenthood, but many couples do not give fertility a passing thought until something goes wrong in the process. It is then that couples want to know when to work on fertility. ... more »

    How Soon After Birth Does Fertility Return?

    There is no definitive answer to this question. Some women ovulatewithin a few weeks of giving birth and other women don't ovulate formore than one year. ... more »

    Do I Have to Stop Breastfeeding to Get Pregnant?

    You do not have to stop breastfeeding to conceive, but conception is harder for some women while breastfeeding. Prolactin (breast milk stimulating hormone) may suppress ovulation making it difficult to track fertility and to get pregnant. ... more »

    Can I Get Pregnant Before I Have My First Postpartum Period?

    You can get pregnant before you have your first postpartum period. ... more »

    What is Lactation Amenorrhea?

    Breastfeeding mothers who do not experience a normal menstrual period are considered to have lactation amenorrhea. The condition is considered a natural means of birth control. ... more »

    Is Breastfeeding Preventing Me from Getting Pregnant?

    Some women experience lactation amenorrhea while breastfeeding. Amenorrhea is the cessation of your monthly period. Hormones associated with breastfeeding affect reproductive cycles. ... more »

    Does Ovulation Change While Breastfeeding?

    Your ovulation cycles will change while breastfeeding. The pituitary gland releases prolactin when you breastfeed. Prolactin stimulates milk production. ... more »

    Phyto-oestrogens, Ovulation and PCOS

    The study shows an all-natural treatment works just as well as prescription clomiphene citrate at inducing ovulation and other positive changes to support conception in patients with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). ... more »

    What Foods Interfere With the Pill?

    Birth control pills often deliver estrogen to the body in doses high enough to stop ovulation. Some foods also contain estrogen. This brings up the question of foods that could interfere with birth control pills and the effectiveness of those pills. ... more »

    The Menstrual Cycle

    It is important to understand the menstrual cycle in order to know what is normal and be able to identify when you may have an issue. ... more »

    How Long Do I Have to Wait After I Stop Taking the Pill in Order to Get Pregnant?

    The birth control pill has been around for more than 40 years. Thebirth control pill, commonly referred to as simply 'the pill,' supplieshormones to the body, preventing ovulation, altering the lining of theuterus and altering cervical mucus. ... more »

    Will I Get Pregnant if I Have Sex During My Period?

    You would think with the body expelling the uterine lining during your menstrual cycle that sex during menstruation should be the safest time to go unprotected, but that is not the case. ... more »

    Do I Ovulate When on the Pill?

    The way most birth control pills work is by preventing ovulation. Birth control pills are formulated with a combination of estrogen and progesterone or progesterone only. During a normal fertility cycle, estrogen peaks at the middle signaling the pituitary gland to release hormones that tell the ovaries to mature and release an egg. ... more »

    Explaining Anovulation - No Ovulation - And What To Do About It

    When you miss your period (amenorrhea) with a negative pregnancy test then you likely did not ovulate. ... more »

    Charting and Counting: A Man’s Guide to Ovulation

    You are a supportive partner. You are there for your partner when she needs you and have decided to start a family together. You are excited about your role in the actual conception and pregnancy process, pale though it may be in comparison to hers. ... more »

    Can I Get Pregnant With Only One Ovary?

    In most situations, getting pregnant with one ovary is not only possible, but no more difficult then if you had two ovaries. More important is whether the fallopian tubes are intact. ... more »

    Ovulation Induction Stimulation of Ovulation

    Induction of ovulation is usually done with medications to help a woman ovulate and get pregnant. ... more »

    Will Clomid Treat Your Infertility?

    If you and your partner have been trying to have a baby for a while, you’ve probably tried calculating your ovulation carefully. ... more »

    Planning Conception around Ovulation

    When you finally reach that stage in life where you feel stable and ready to raise a little one, you might find that getting pregnant is more difficult than you expected. ... more »

    How long does the egg live?

    After ovulation, the egg lives for about 12-24 hours. Fertilization can take place only during this time period, but the sperm needs at least 9-12 hours inside the woman's body to get ready. ... more »

    Semen Is More Than a Vehicle for Sperm It Induces Ovulation

    There is reason to believe semen contains a secret ingredient that promotes ovulation so the female body knows it’s time to get pregnant.   ... more »

    PCOS Does Not Have to Equal Infertility

    If you are a woman with polycystic ovary syndrome, you’ve probably wondered whether or not infertility is something you will face. 10%-15% of women are diagnosed with PCOS, and it can cause infertility by affecting hormones during ovulation. ... more »

    What are Fertility Awareness Methods?

    For a few days prior to ovulation, tiny glands in the cervix called cervical crypts produce fertile cervical fluid (a slippery, raw eggwhite consistency). ... more »

    Fertility May be Linked to Circadian Rhythm

    According to a new research study, circadian rhythm may have a lot to do with menstrual and fertility cycles. ... more »

    All About the Birth Control Pill

    Birth control pills are a combination of female hormones used to inhibit fertility. Current birth control pills are more than 99-percent effective at preventing pregnancy. ... more »