Trying to Conceive Articles

Cervical Mucus (CM)

It’s a little known fact by most women, but your cervical mucus can tell us a LOT about our monthly cycles – most importantly, it indicates the days we are most fertile.

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Conception Options

One of the benefits of being a single woman who decides to become a single mother by choice is that we are in complete control of the entire decision-making process, from working with fertility clinics and treatment options to choosing the best donor.

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Cryobanks

As a single woman, whether working with a fertility clinic or inseminating at home, cryobanks prove to be an excellent source of sperm donors, egg donors and sometimes embryo donors who have been thoroughly vetted and tested.

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Cycle Tracking

Monthly cycle tracking is the most effective ways to increase the likelihood of conception and there are several ways to do it. We recommend using all three methods mentioned below in order to be the most effective.

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Donor Options

With a multitude of fertility options comes an even greater multitude of donor options for single women trying to conceive – from sperm and egg donors to embryo adoption.

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Egg Donor

Egg donation has become a more common option for women experiencing fertility issues caused by poor egg quality or diminished ovarian reserve (meaning low egg count or quality of eggs).

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Embryo Adoption

Embryo adoption is a wonderful option for women who are unable to use their own eggs or who are otherwise having difficulty conceiving.  With embryo adoption there is approximately a 50% success rate, which is similar to that of using fresh egg donation.

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Exercise to Boost Fertility

In addition to eating healthy and making sure you’re taking the best vitamins and supplements to help improve your fertility, it’s also important to get enough exercise to help give your body’s reproductive system the boost it needs.

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How Ovulation Works

When trying to conceive, it is vital to have an understanding of how ovulation works in order to improve fertility and increase chances of conception. This includes the ins and outs of your monthly cycle and the best methods for tracking it, as well as what to expect during the two weeks after ovulation.

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Intracervical Insemination (ICI)

Home insemination is one of the oldest methods and most affordable methods of artificial insemination.  With home insemination, you may use donor sperm from a sperm bank or known donor, perform an intracervical insemination (ICI) by yourself or hire a midwife or OBGYN who is able to perform intrauterine insemination (IUI).

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Menstruation

The first day of your cycle is actually when your true flow of red bleeding (menstruation) begins; if you see brown or pink spotting, then your cycle has not yet begun.

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Nutrition for Improving Fertility

By now, we all understand how our nutrition impacts our health and wellness and this is especially so when we are trying to conceive.  What many women do not realize though, is that there are specific nutrients we can add to our diet that will help improve fertility.

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Ovulation

Ovulation typically occurs between cycle days 11 and 21 and is when a follicle inside of an ovary releases an egg, which then waits to be fertilized.

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Ovulation Prediction Kits (OPKs)

Ovulation kits are another must-have for any woman who is trying to conceive and there are a variety of options, from regular LH test strips to advanced digitalized fertility monitors. Do you know which one is right for you?

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Sperm Donor

As a single woman, we are afforded the option of choosing the genetic makeup of our children and in today’s world, there is a multitude of options when it comes to finding a sperm donor.

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The Luteal Phase

The final phase of your monthly cycle is the luteal phase, which is when your body has completed ovulation and is preparing itself for pregnancy.

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The Two Week Wait (TWW)

The luteal phase, or better known to women trying to conceive as the two week wait (TWW), is the period of time after ovulation before menstruation unless a woman becomes pregnant. The most frequently asked question during this time is “Are those pregnancy symptoms I’m having, or is that my period getting ready to start?”

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