Posts in Conception
Gum Disease and Fertility: How it affects you and your partner

When you decide to grow your family, it’s one of the most special times in your life as a couple. There is something so beautiful about having a baby and it’s something you and your partner will cherish forever. However, many couples may not know that their dental health can play a big role in fertility, especially if either of them are suffering from gum disease. Growing a family is a special time in a couple’s life, so it’s important that they have the best dental health while trying to conceive. I have been practicing dentistry for more than 20 years and have helped many couples with their dental health so that they can be as healthy as possible for conceiving a child. Here’s how gum disease can affect your fertility and some ways that you can work to prevent the condition

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Fertility, ConceptionOrla O'Connor
Important Nutrients for Fertility and Pregnancy By Kat Boyd ND.

Deciding to have a baby is one of the most exciting times in a couple’s life. It is only natural to want to get pregnant quickly, have a problem free pregnancy and the brightest, healthiest and most beautiful baby.

Many people start to look after themselves after they get pregnant, they stop drinking alcohol start paying attention to their diet. But, did you know that a baby body is completely formed just 10 weeks after conception?

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Vegan diets and conception

Plant foods
There is a growing trend in the western world towards eating a vegan diet.  A vegan diet is a diet that excludes all animal foods and foods produced by animals. These foods include meat, fish, dairy products, eggs, gelatine and honey.
A vegan diet is also called a plant based diet.  It relies solely on plant foods.  Plant foods are super healthy for us.  Most people do not consume sufficient plant based foods in their diets.  

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Explaining DNA fragmentation and why it impacts male fertility

Explaining DNA fragmentation and why it impacts male fertility

According to recent media reports, mounting evidence suggests that male factors may be the contributing factor in nearly half of all infertility cases.

Sperm DNA fragmentation - a term used to denote abnormal genetic material within the sperm, which may lead to male subfertility, IVF failure and miscarriage - is an increasing focus for discussion amongst researchers and fertility experts.

So, what can be done to support men who present with higher than average DNA fragmentation in their sperm?

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Women take preparing their body for conception seriously

Research with Irish women has shown that we see losing weight, taking supplements, changing diet and cutting down on alcohol as important when trying for a baby:

•    53% of women feel losing weight will boost their chances of conception
•    38%  of women are taking fertility enhancing prenatal vitamins
•    37% are exercising more
•    36% change their diet, with most adopting a low-sugar way of eating

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40 years since the first IVF baby!

Louise Brown was born on November 10, 1977 – 40 years ago. Louise was the first IVF baby.  Prof Robert Edwards and Dr Patrick Steptoe pioneered a technique that would go on to give millions of couples the chance to have children.
The process of in vitro fertilisation involves removing an egg from the woman’s ovaries, fertilising it with sperm in a laboratory and then returning the fertilised egg – the embryo – to the womb to develop. More than five million IVF babies have been born around the world in the past 4o years. 

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Secondary Infertility

Secondary infertility is the inability to become pregnant or to carry a baby to term after previously giving birth to a baby. Secondary infertility shares many of the same causes of primary infertility. Secondary infertility can be surprising and stressful.  There are no exact figures available for rates of Secondary Infertility but depending on who you speak to range from 30-60% of couples presenting to fertility clinics.  The immune system is inextricably linked with fertility issues but more so with secondary infertility. Supporting the immune function should be prioritised during the pre-conception and conception period

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How to help friends who are trying to conceive

The latest research from PROCEIVE, along with Mummy Pages highlights how women feel when they are asked are they are trying for a baby. The hardest part of the conception journey reported by our mums-to-be is when people enquire if they are ‘trying’ or by reminding them that their biological ‘clock is ticking’ (33%), when their friends make their own baby announcements (31%), and seeing pregnant women (18%).  

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To Coffee or not when trying for a baby?

Caffeine consumption is a much debated subject when it comes to conception and fertility issues. Coffee can be described as a double edged sword. Coffee beans come from a plant so they are essentially a healthy food choice. They are packed full of health promoting plant chemicals. When the beans are picked, they are roasted and this process increases their health promoting anti-oxidant levels.

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The Egg Story

Women are born with around 1-2 million follicles (immature eggs). This is their complete supply and they don’t make any more. At puberty the number of eggs has dropped by over half down to 400,000-500,000. With each menstrual cycle up to 1000 follicles begin getting ready for ovulation. Only 1 becomes mature enough to do so. The other 999 or so are lost, so once you start your regular menstrual cycles, you begin to lose eggs on a monthly basis.

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Protein for Conception

Protein is a macro nutrient and is vital for conception and pregnancy. It is comprised of many amino acids. These amino acids are the building blocks of the body. It is responsible for building and repairing cells, manufacturing hormones and a healthy reproductive function. The body needs a constant supply of protein which should be consumed at each meal. Different foods have different levels of protein.

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Selenium and Fertility

Very often when we think of fertility issues, we jump to the conclusion that it is a female issue as the woman provides the vessel to carry the baby.  We now have a much better understanding of the importance of the quality of male sperm.  Sperm testing is carried out in fertility clinics.  These tests include diagnosing issues such as low sperm count, poor mobility, poor motility and damage to the DNA.

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Lubrication and Fertility

Cervical mucus that a woman produces is there for a very good reason and actually assists conception. It is common for a woman to experience some vaginal dryness throughout her childbearing years, but if this continues it may make it difficult to get pregnant.  

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When does age become a factor when trying to conceive?

Lifestyle changes have meant that couples often leave it later than their parents and grandparents did to have children.  We know that fertility in women peaks in their mid-twenties and starts to decline from age 30 onwards.  From age 35, fertility declines further. There is a myth that age does not affect a man’s fertility – it does, though at a later age, from mid to late forties.

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Conception: the Facts

Every month, hormonal changes in a woman’s body cause the ovaries to release a single egg. This egg passes into the fallopian tubes, which link the ovaries to the uterus (womb).
At the same time, the lining of the womb thickens. This is to prepare it for the possibility of receiving a fertilised egg.

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ConceptionOrla O'Connor