trying to conceive (TTC)

    20 Things You Probably Don't Know About Making Babies

    You may know all the smoothest moves and have pillow talk perfected to the point of poetry but there’s more to making babies than that. Check out these 20 things you probably don’t know. ... more »

    Dealing with Pregnancy Envy

    Have you ever felt like if another one of your friends calls, texts, emails or put on social media her exciting baby news, you’re going to explode? ... more »

    Healthy Pregnancy Over 35, So Possible

    In 2012, there were more than 9 times as many first births to women aged 35 years and older than there were 4 decades earlier. Translation: most people know a new mom over 35. ... more »

    Feed Fertility With These 5 Baby-Happy Foods

    Optimum health depends on a healthy, balanced diet but some foods offer a little more nutritional 'oomph' than others. ... more »

    Ovulation Calculator & Fertility Calendar Predictor

    When do I ovulate? Our ovulation calculator and fertility calendar tells you when you ovulate and when your most fertile days are to make love. ... more »

    Women with Asthma Could Face Delay in Becoming Pregnant

    A new study suggests it may take longer for women with asthma to conceive than it does women without the condition. This research adds to mounting evidence that asthma has a negative effect on fertility. ... more »

    Factors Affecting Pregnancy in Later Years

    Before actively trying to conceive, a woman may want to consider the factors that affect pregnancy after age 35 and the steps she can take before and after pregnancy that will ensure the best outcome. ... more »

    Racehorse Secretariat Inspires Extreme Infertility Treatment

    Making babies is another record-setting claim to fame attributed to Secretariat. Today, Dr. Atilla Toth is helping fertility-compromised humancouples make babies by using pregnancy preparations inspired bySecretariat's breeders. ... more »

    7 Fertility Myths Busted

    Fertility and conception expert Dr. David Knight, of Australia sees many couples experiencing difficulty getting pregnant. Knight suggests there might be some simple fixes to easy problems. ... more »

    Trying to Conceive? Get your Nutrient Stores Ready!

    Trying to conceive? You shouldn’t be waiting for the positive pregnancy test to start making some changes to prep your body. One of the most important things you can start doing right now is as simple as taking a prenatal vitamin. ... more »

    My Infertility Journey: The Ferning Test (Part 6)

    With no success with intrauterine insemination (IUI), ovulation tracking, and fertility acupuncture, I was kind of at a loss as to what to do next. IVF was the only option I knew that I hadn't tried, and it was a lot more expensive than I could afford at that time. ... 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 »

    How to Celebrate Labor Day With Your Partner When Trying to Conceive

    Trying to conceive (TTC) can seem like a life consuming goal that you and your partner are working together towards. For many couples, holidays are difficult for a number of reasons. ... more »

    Age and Female Fertility: New Discoveries Challenging Old Theories

    General medical knowledge for the past 50 years has maintained that a woman's fertility drastically declines after age 35. This has caused many women in their late 30's and early 40's to go running to a fertility doctor at the first sign of difficulty conceiving. ... more »

    Fertinex During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

    All about Fertinex 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 »

    Fertility Concerns After an Ectopic Pregnancy

    Fertility can be a complex and difficult issue for many women. After an ectopic pregnancy there are often additional concerns that have to be addressed. These are physical, but they're also mental and emotional. ... more »

    When to Work With an Adoption Agency

    Before seeking adoption there are various considerations that need to be discussed between couples and with other children in the household, if applicable. ... more »

    Some Women Seeking Fertility Treatments Too Early

    According to research completed by the University of Utah'sDepartment of Family and Preventative Medicine, some women seek out andreceive fertility treatments before such treatment is clinicallyindicated. ... more »

    Dealing With Anger When Friends Conceive

    You have been trying to conceive for what feels like forever. You want to have a child and you’ve followed every suggestion your fertility specialist has offered. You are about to jump into fertility drugs and assisted reproduction when a friend gets pregnant. ... more »

    Do Long Work Hours Affect Male Fertility?

    Long work hours leave little time for home life; they also increase fatigue and convince adults to wait longer to marry or start a family. ... more »

    Mother’s Day for Women Trying to Conceive

    Mother's Day is supposed to be a happy celebration of life and dedication. For women who have been trying to conceive, however, the day can feel more like a smack in the face than a celebration. ... more »

    Is Baby Number 1 Stopping You from Having Baby Number 2?

    When your night is spent fighting with bedtime rituals and keeping baby in her own room, the idea of conceiving another child gets pushed back behind fatigue, stress and the fights that inevitably ensue over the latter issues. Try working on that bedtime routine. ... more »

    Are You Spending Too Much Time Together?

    There was a time when I worked a minimum of 60 hours a week. My wife took care of everything that even remotely had to do with our home, kids and finances. I worked and that was the only job I needed to do as a man, or so I thought. ... more »

    Should I Potty Train Before Trying to Conceive?

    This is the reason potty training experts say toddlers should start potty training at 18 months – not because they are all emotionally ready, but because the body is physically capable of learning how to hold it at 18 months. ... more »

    Preconception Medical Issues

    When trying to conceive (TTC), preconception health is crucial for women facing medical issues, especially if medication is needed to control symptoms of the condition. ... more »

    Preconception Medications

    As you step back from the medicine cabinet it hits you ' can I takethese same medications when I'm pregnant? How about before I conceive? ... more »

    Preconception No-Nos

    Getting pregnant may be the easy part ' changing your life around to prepare for baby may be a little harder. There are a number of thingsyou need to avoid prior to even thinking about trying to conceive. ... more »

    Infertility Math - Less Sex Equals Pregnancy?

    Were couples trying to conceive really so focused on their goal that sex completely takes over their lives? If so, is filling every possible free moment with sex the best way to get pregnant? ... more »

    When to Work on Growing Your Family

    Times have changed. Couples are now living together for years, sometimes even decades, before choosing when to work on growing a family. ... more »

    When to Work on Your Sex Life

    At the heart of pregnancy is sex. If couples do not have intercourse, independent of in-vitro fertilization (IVF) and other assisted reproductive techniques (ART), pregnancy will not occur. Sex is an intimate activity driven by emotion. ... 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 »

    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 »

    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 »

    Can I Conceive While Breastfeeding?

    You can conceive while breastfeeding though you are less fertile during this time. You may notice irregular periods or a complete lack of periods, called lactation amenorrhea, for up to one year (longer for some women). ... more »

    Winter is the Season of the Sperm

    If you want to have the best chance at pregnancy, try conceiving in the winter months. Sperm are produced in larger numbers and swim faster in winter compared to the remaining three seasons. ... more »

    Lupus, Fertility and Pregnancy

    Lupus, or systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), is a disorder that affects how the body's immune system reacts to the skin, heart, lungs, jointsand brain and various other organs. The immune system attacks the bodyleading to a constant state of inflammation. ... more »

    Bringing Sexy Back With Role Playing

    Sex is at the heart of trying to conceive (TTC). It is not uncommon for couples to have sex multiple times a week or even multiple times a day, in an effort to conceive. However, the longer a couple tries to conceive, the more planned and tedious sex can become. ... more »

    Sexting: Romance for the Digital Age

    Less than 10 years ago having a cell phone was a luxury. Today, cell phones are an expected as a part of everyday life. You can access the Internet, social medial sites like Facebook and Twitter and keep in contact with people all over the world with a few clicks. ... more »

    How Much Exercise is Too Much for Fertility?

    The healthier you are, the easier it will be for you to conceive. By maintaining a healthy weight and eating right, your reproductive organs will work the right way, as will the rest of your body. ... more »

    Trouble Conceiving the Second Time Around

    There is nothing more confusing than facing male infertility when trying to conceive a second child. The first time around conception happened nearly to the day you started trying. ... more »

    Sexy Songs: Bringing Back the Magic

    Trying to conceive does not have to always be a game of fertilitycalendars and conception calculators. Sometimes, in the heat of tryingso hard, all you have to do is let romance happen and there is no better time than Valentine's Day. ... more »

    Naked Twister and Other Sexy Valentine’s Day Games

    Just because you are a married couple trying to conceive (TTC) does notmean you have to spend Valentine's Day worrying about ovulation, bodytemperature and fertility treatments. ... more »

    Take Sex Out of the Bedroom When Trying to Conceive (TTC)

    The bedroom is your place of business when you are trying to conceive (TTC), but that does not mean you have to limit your sexual encounters to the bedroom. ... more »

    Trying to Conceive (TTC): Bringing Romance Back to the Relationship

    Operation Baby is in full effect and you are tracking body temperature, checking cervical mucus, eating healthy and exercising daily to optimize fertility. Everything is on track for conception, but it is just not working. ... more »

    Male Fertility Keeping Couples from Conceiving

    Male fertility problems account for about 50% of all infertility. In the past, women were thought to play the sole role in infertility. If a couple could not conceive, the woman was to blame. ... more »

    Relax With a Couple’s Only Vacation

    There’s nothing worse than booking a vacation getaway to forget the struggles of infertility only to find your cruise, resort or hotel is packed with children. Relieving the stress associated with infertility does not mean immersing yourself in a sea of children. ... more »

    Is She Asking for Sex on Demand?

    Sex on demand in a relationship suffering infertility tends to be initiated by the woman, not the man, though men rarely say anything about it to friends, family or even his partner. ... more »

    When To Re-Visit The Doctor (Secondary Infertility)

    Well, I think we're all of about five minutes into trying to get pregnant this month... And I've already used two pregnancy tests. ... more »