It seems simple enough - and for the majority of people of birthing age conceiving is not a complex science - but with this episode we’d like to take a step back and discuss the very basics of getting pregnant!
We chatted with Dr. Beth Taylor, a Fertility Specialist at the Olive Fertility Centre in Vancouver. Dr. Beth offered a lot of great insight into how you can know if you can get pregnant, the best ways to begin trying, and when you might need to look into getting some fertility help!
We should note right from the top that for the purposes of this episode and post, we are focusing on the heteronormative paradigm of the cis female and cis male having sexual intercourse to try to conceive - but there are many other paradigms and ways to conceive we will focus on in subsequent episodes!
1. How do I know if I can get pregnant?
Most people start with the assumption that they are fertile, and often they are...
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Irregular or absent menstrual cycle: a “normal” menstrual cycle is 21-35 days. There are many things that can affect your hormones that control both ovulation and your uterine lining. We will discuss many of these in today's podcast!! Anything that affects ovulation or your uterine lining can affect your ability to get pregnant.
Ovarian reserve is a very important piece of the puzzle. Women are born with all of the eggs we will ever have, and they decrease with time, not only because they are released, but they also degrade over time.
Age: Women in their late 30s are approximately 40 percent less fertile than women in their early 20s and this is primarily because advancing...
Did you know that Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome affects up to 10% of women?
In our podcast, we review the hormonal issues that cause and result from PCOS and how PCOS affects fertility.
We discuss how the first-line treatment is diet and exercise in an effort to balance your hormones and manage your insulin and sugar levels.
By losing 5-10% of your bodyweight many women suffering from irregular cycles due to anovulation can start ovulating again and become fertile?
Drs. Sarah and Alicia review the signs and symptoms of PCOS and management including both lifestyle and medications to manage this common condition.
If you are trying to conceive, and feel like you may have PCOS, make sure to reach out to your care provider for help!!!
Did you know that almost half of pregnancies are unplanned? Whether you’re planning a pregnancy, or want to be prepared when the time is right for you, we’ve put together a list of our top ten tips for optimizing your pre-conception health! Check them out below.
Want to know the top 10 things you NEED to do when you get pregnant? Check out our free guide here!
Take control of your fertility!
Some experts call this making your reproductive health plan, others call it family planning. What does this really mean? It means taking a step back and looking at the overall life goals you’ve set for yourself and where, if at all, you see children fitting in with your goals for your education, career, travel etc. Check out this free resource to help guide you here. And if you’re currently sexually active and NOT wanting to get pregnant talk to your health care provider today about reliable options for preventing pregnancy. Learn about your...