The following articles are shared by The Conception Diaries which is an independent, non-profit initiative, founded by Dr Prati A. Sharma, and co-founded by Dr Crystal Chan, to share vital fertility information with the community.
Learn to recognize the symptoms of the baby blues and postpartum depression — sadness, anxiety, irritability, worry, fatigue — and get treatment if needed.
Many women face cultural, socio-economic, and language barriers to getting pregnant. We’ll try to shed light on these barriers in this post.
Assisted reproduction has come a long way since 1978. Now, we can help same-sex couples and transgendered and single people start a family.
For years, people believed that fresh embryos were superior to frozen. But freezing technology has advanced so much that frozen embryos have now caught up.
Every woman want to be the ideal superwoman. But that stress can affect one’s fertility. So, how do you relieve the pressure? Here are a few ways.
After mourning the dream of conceiving a child in a relationship, many women discover another exciting possibility: becoming a single mother by choice.
This handy glossary of common fertility acronyms will help you better understand what might seem like an overwhelming amount of jargon.
During the IVF stimulation process, some patients expect the number of follicles to equal the number of embryos. But the human body doesn’t work like that.
Is the embryo lab a mystery to you? For the embryologist, highly trained in performing microscopic tasks, this lab is their home. Let’s look at what goes on.
What is the actual risk of a miscarriage? How do you cope if it happens to you? And what are your next steps towards a healthy pregnancy?
What happens during the IVF egg retrieval procedure? Will it hurt? What kind of anasthesia will you get? We’ll answer these questions and more.
What are the symptoms of the two-week wait (2WW), the two weeks after your fertile period when you are ovulating and trying to conceive, and what should you do?
Absent or infrequent ovulation is a common problem. Address it by tracking your menstrual cycle, and by using a basal body thermometer and an OPK.
Most IVF patients think more eggs is better. But using lower doses of fertility drugs (known as mini-IVF) could result in better-quality eggs and embryos.
Complementary treatments such as acupuncture and herbal treatments have gone mainstream. Which ones will maximize your IVF success rate?
Preimplantation genetic screening (PGS) can dramatically improve the selection of embryos for transfer, and has become a standard option in fertility clinics.
As advanced as reproductive medicine is, we still struggle to reduce the stress of infertility treatment. Mind-body wellness can play a role.
There is strong data to support your effort to maximize your health while trying to conceive. So, what vitamins and foods contribute to reproductive health?
More patients are opting for IVF sooner, resulting in more frozen embryos in IVF clinics. This begs the question, What do you do with your leftover embryos?
Most women know that fertility decreases with age. So, seeing celebrities in their 40s and 50s get pregnant, seemingly with ease, is confusing! What gives?
Single women are increasingly exploring egg freezing as an option. But what is egg freezing, how does it work, and can you afford it?
The Zika virus has made hopeful parents think twice before travelling. But what are the true risks? Is anywhere safe? Or should you just stay home?
One big decision is how to fertilize your eggs: standard insemination or intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). Let’s walk through their pros and cons.
A common question I am asked by women undergoing fertility treatment is, What are the do’s and don’ts for exercise in early pregnancy? Here are some tips.
The clinic visits, “on-call” inseminations and hormone treatment are a recipe for disaster. How do you keep your relationship going and try to have a baby?
A steady stream of information about IVF is feeding the Internet, some accurate, some less so. Here is the who, what, where, when and how of IVF treatment.
It’s day 2 of your menstrual cycle, and the start of a new cycle of fertility treatment. Exciting but daunting. What is the right next step?
Starting a family while managing kids is hard for a stepmom! But, while stressful, it can also be a very happy time. How do you keep it all together?
Infertility is not at all uncommon, and you are not alone. It affects 15 to 20% of couples. So, when is truly the right time to see a specialist?
Dealing with infertility is hard: the testing, monitoring, injections. At the end of it all, is it better just to have twins and be done with it?
The wait to do your first βhCG test to confirm a pregnancy can be one of the toughest parts of fertility treatment. Read on to know what to expect!
It’s never too early to have a fertility evaluation. Although natural fertility declines over the age of 30, every woman’s biological clock is different.
The path that brought you to the fertility clinic was probably fraught with some challenges, and feeling nervous about your first visit is normal.
We all think starting a family is a natural process. Nobody dreams of having a fertility issue, and for some, the journey may require outside intervention.