Fertility Myths Questionnaire

Are Fertility Myths Preventing You From Getting Pregnant?

Take this Fertility Knowledge Quiz and see!  (Answer True or False)

  1. It’s usually the woman’s fault if she can’t get pregnant
  2. You cannot get pregnant when having sex during your period
  3. Sperm only live for several hours
  4. You need to wait at least three months after stopping birth control pills before you can start trying to conceive
  5. The best way to time intercourse is always on the 14th day of your cycle
  6. Having an orgasm helps you get pregnant
  7. Ovulation happens when the BBT drops
  8. You should have sex every other day if you want to get pregnant
  9. You can diagnose implantation r pregnancy from cervical changes
  10. You can get pregnant several days before and after ovulation
  11. Vaginal secretions always mean that there is an infection
  12. Stress prevents a woman from getting pregnant
  13. If you miscarried in the last pregnancy, there is an increased risk to have another miscarriage
  14. Fertilization happens inside the uterus
  15. Moderate exercise will prevent you from getting pregnant
  16. When taking your basal body temperature, you should have sex when the temperature goes up
  17. Your first pregnancy symptoms usually start before you miss your period
  18. If you have only one ovary, you ovulate only once every two months
  19. If you haven’t become pregnant after three months of trying, something must be wrong
  20. A negative pregnancy test on 12 DPO means that I am not pregnant
  21. A positive blood pregnancy test means that I a pregnant
  22. Women who can’t get pregnant often have problems with the cervical mucus
  23. Ovulation always happens on cycle day 14
  24. Sperm can survive several days inside the vagina

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Fertility Preparation

Preconception fertility care is based on helping your body produce the healthiest eggs and sperm possible.  In a woman it takes approximately 120 days for the egg to develop towards ovulation and in the male it’s approximately 116 days for sperm production to be completed.

Recommendations include:

  • Refraining from cigarette smoking and other social drugs such as marijuana
  • Avoiding the consumption of alcohol
  • Avoiding caffeine based products
  • Avoiding pesticides and chemicals where possible, for example; hair dyes, chemical household cleaners, nail polish remover, garden sprays, paint fumes and other know toxins
  • Use organically grown unsprayed produce, additive-free foods, free range eggs, fresh fish and organically reared meat and poultry where possible
  • Adopt an exercise program
  • Eliminate stress as much as possible from your life

Smoking – A report prepared by the British Medical Association had the following key findings:

  • Men who smoke have a lower sperm count and a higher proportion of malformed sperm
  • Women who smoke take longer to conceive
  • Women who smoke are twice as likely to be infertile and non smokers
  • Men and women who smoke have a poorer response to fertility treatment
  • Women who have stopped smoking take no longer to become pregnant than those who have never smoked
  • Stopping smoking improves sperm count and quality

Coffee

  • A study of 1909 women in America found the risk of not conceiving for 12 months was 55% higher for women drinking 1 cup of coffee per day.  It was 100% higher for women drinking 1 and one half to 3 cups and 176% higher for women drinking more than three cups per day.
  • Coffee  drinking before and during pregnancy was associated with over twice the risk of miscarriage when the mother consumed 2 to 3 cups of coffee per day
  • A caffeine intake of 3 or more cups a day by women or their partners doubled the rate of miscarriages in a Danish study.
Pesticides
  • In  study of Danish greenhouse workers, an unexpectedly high sperm count was found among organic farmers.  Their sperm count was more than twice as high in those men as in a control group of blue-collar workers, suggesting that consuming organically grown foods may enhance fertility.
  • Men experiencing infertility were found to be employed in agriculture/pesticide related jobs 10 times more often than a study group of men not experiencing fertility problems.
  • Miscarriage increases in women (2.1 to 4.7 times) were found after exposure to chemical solvents  The major risk chemicals were those used in dry-cleaning, paint, paint thinners and paint strippers.
Body Weight
  • A body mass index (BMI) of 25 to 29.9 in women is considered overweight and has been linked to irregular or infrequent menstrual cycles, an increased risk of infertility, an increased risk of miscarriage and decreased success with fertility treatments.  The positive news is that small amounts of weight loss (5-10%) may dramatically improve ovulation and pregnancy rates.
  • A study of Danish men found that sperm counts were lower in those men that were overweight (21.6%) and those that were underweight (28.1%)

Alcohol – A study from the University of California of 221 couples undergoing fertility treatments found;

  • For women alcohol consumption in the month before IVF attempt reduced success nearly 3 times with alcohol consumption in the week before egg pick (one glass per day) increasing the chance of miscarriage by 2 times.
  • For men alcohol consumption the month before IVF reduced success 2 and half times and alcohol (one glass per day) in the week before sperm collection reduced success more than 8 times.

The recommendation was made that couples abstain from alcohol consumption at least one month before the attempt to maximize the effectiveness and success of IVF.

  • Alcohol consumption in the week prior to conception was associated with an increased rate of miscarriage.  For women ten or more drinks a week was associated with  2 to 3 times greater risk of miscarriage while for men it was 2 to 5 times greater risk.

 

Offering Comfort

When offering comfort to somebody, their only real need is to have you be in the present moment with them.

Sometimes it is difficult to see someone we love struggling, in pain, or hurting. When this happens, we might feel like we need to be proactive and do something to ease their troubles. While others may want our help, it is important to keep in mind that we need to be sensitive to what they truly want in the moment, since it can be all too easy to get carried away and say or do more than is really needed. Allowing ourselves to let go and simply exist in the present with another person may actually provide a greater amount of comfort and support than we could ever imagine.

Perhaps we can think back to a time when we were upset and needed a kind word, hug, or listening ear from someone else. As we remember these times, we might think of the gestures of kindness that were the most healing. It may have been gentle words such as “I care about you,” or the soothing presence of someone holding us and not expecting anything that were the most consoling. When we are able to go back to these times it becomes easier for us to keep in mind that giving advice or saying more than is really necessary is not always reassuring. What is truly comforting for another is not having someone try to fix them or their problems, but to just be there for them. Should we begin to feel the urge arise to offer advice or repair a situation, we can take a few deep breaths, let the impulse pass, and bring our attention back to the present. Even though we may want to do more, we do not have to do anything other than this to be a good friend.

The more we are attuned to what our loved ones are feeling, the more capable we are of truly giving what is best for them in their hour of need. Keeping things simple helps us give the part of ourselves that is capable of the greatest amount of compassion—open ears and an understanding heart.

Today's entry is from the DailyOm
 

Let Go and Let Flow

Welcome to the Monday Wisdom Circle.  Each Monday I will post some words of wisdom for reflection for our week. Feel free to leave a comment and join each Monday for a new reflection. 

 

 

 

When you make a leap of faith you can accomplish

almost anything you set out to do

 

Many people, in heeding the guidance of their souls, find themselves contemplating goals that seem outrageous or unattainable.  In the mind’s eye, these individuals stand at the edge of a precipice and look out over the abyss at the fruit of their ambition.  Some resist the urge to jump, paralyzed by the gap between their current circumstances and the life of their dreams.  Others make a leap of faith into the unknown, unsure of what they will encounter but certain that they will gain more in their attemps than they would bowling to self-protective instincts.  This leap can be exceedingly difficult for individuals with control issues because of the act of embracing uncertainty requires them to trust that surrender will net them the rewards they seek.  Yet when you make a leap of faith, believing without a doubt that you will and safely on the other side, you can accomplish almost anything you set out to do.

There have no doubt been times in your life when you chose to go where the universal flow took you.  Yet you may encounter instances in which your objectives require you to step outside of the boundaries of your established comfort zone so that you may freely and actively jettison yourself into a new phase of your life.  While you may fear what seems to be the inevitable fall, consider that in all likelihood you will find yourself flying.  A successful leap of faith requires your attention, as it is the quiet and often indistinct voice of your inner self that will point you toward your ultimate destination.  Understand that the leap across the chasm of ambiguity may challenge you in unforeseen ways but you will make it across if you trust yourself.

If your mind and heart resist, you can dampen this resistance by building a bridge of knowledge.  The more you know about the leap you are poised to take, the smaller the gap between “here” and “there” will appear to be.  Your courageous leap of faith can lead you into uncharted territory, enabling you to build a new, more adventurous life.  Though you may anticipate that fear will be your guide on your journey across the abyss, you will likely discover that exhilaration is your constant companion.

This article is printed from DailyOm-Inspirational thoughts for a happy, healthy and fulfilling day.