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7 Surprising Facts You May Not Know about Infertility

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Never-ending costs, raging hormones, and disappointment, that is what almost every couple with infertility issues has to face with. Sadly, infertility affects between 80 to 100 million couples worldwide. Whether you’ve just started trying to conceive (TTC) or already had trouble with it, infertility is scary. The more you know about infertility, the better prepared you are to deal with it. So, here are 7 surprising facts you may not know about infertility.

Infertility is More Common than You Think 

An estimated 1 in 8 couples (or 12% of married women) experience trouble getting pregnant or sustaining a pregnancy. While many couples believe they are alone, it is actually a very common issue. For couples experiencing infertility issues, there are many medical options available to assist and help deal with the emotional stress associated with not sustaining a pregnancy.

Infertility Does Not Only Affect Women

Although traditionally regarded as a female problem, malefactors affecting fertility are just as common. And, it’s often denied or neglected due to a variety of reasons. The reality, however, is that the female partner only accounts for these issues about one-third of cases. Infertility affects men and women equally, with the combination of both partners accounting for the remainder. Like all things in a relationship, getting pregnant is a joint effort. Also, the cause for difficulty trying to conceive can be attributed to either partner involved. There is never a need to place blame or feel guilt when such situations arise. Instead, it is best to work together to come up with a plan to overcome the obstacles in place. So, the goal of having a family can be accomplished.

The good news! Although sperm factors are often irreversible, it will be possible for most men to assist in conception via assisted reproductive technologies like IVF and ICSI!

Not Everyone Pursues Treatment 

It can be difficult to accept that you have a problem. On top of that, the financial costs that come with it can be out of reach as they may not be covered by health insurance. It is a common reason for why only 44% of women with infertility have sought medical assistance. However, of those who seek medical intervention, and only around 65% give birth.

Sometimes, It Just Takes Time

After a couple of months of trying to conceive, it is easy for many couples to get discouraged if they are not seeing any results. This is especially true for young couples who feel that their level of health should make it a breeze. After years of using contraceptive methods, it can be easy to become discouraged if results are not immediate. Particularly living in a world where we’ve grown accustomed to instant gratification.

The fact is that only 60% of couples are able to conceive after 6 months of trying without any medical assistance at all. Well, human body is still a mystery! And, there is a wide array of factors that contribute to fertility. A lack of ideal conditions in the early stages of trying does not mean that a couple won’t be able to conceive naturally without assistance.

Being Over 35 Does Not Equate With Infertility

Age is probably the most common reason most people think about when it comes to infertility. On top of that, as women age, there is a tendency to believe that women over 35 have less of an ability to become pregnant. Well, it does influence your chances of getting pregnant as well as the success of most fertility treatment programs.

However, while aging is a natural cause of infertility, the chances of that will actually affect your fertility is not that significant. Between the ages 30-40, 70 to 90 percent of women still have the ability to conceive. This is an assuring fact for women who may have found the right time to start a family later in life, as medical assistance may not be necessary regardless of their age.

Reasons for Infertility Can Remain Undiagnosed

In most cases, known factors contributing to infertility are detected and diagnosed through a range of tests. However, in roughly 30% of cases, due to the unavailability of tests to certain parts of the reproductive process, the reasons for infertility still remain undiagnosed. Almost all couples can finally have their babies after treatments. But, in some cases, the costs, unavailability of specific treatments, and skilled professionals may prevent appropriate interventions.

Stress Can Interfere with Fertility!

Whether it’s emotional or physical, stress can interfere with normal ovulation because the brain controls the process of ovulation. And, it can switch the reproductive system off if circumstances are deemed to be unfavorable for healthy reproduction. So, don’t overthink and stress yourself out too much! There is always a solution to every problem.

If you have any questions, please let us know in the comments!

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A Guide for the Pregnancy Test

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Although the pregnancy test tool has become so familiar to women when there is a need to determine if they and their husbands are about to become parents, many people are quite confused and do not fully understand the meaning of the lines that are shown on a pregnancy test. Here is our simple guide to help you read the pregnancy test result.

What is a Pregnancy Test and How to Use It?

A pregnancy test is a tool to help you to check whether you are pregnant or not. This tool mechanism is quite simple. It will respond to the hCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin) concentration in the urine sample, also known as the pregnancy hormone. Only during conception, the concentration of HCG in urine will appear and increase to confirm that a baby is growing up in your belly.

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There are many types and brands of pregnancy tests on the market. The relative use of a pregnancy test is not too complicated. Most of them have the following basic steps:

  • Read the instructions carefully before using the container
  • Wash your hands with warm water and soap, then carefully remove the test strip from the box and wrap.
  • Prepare a device (cup / small cup) for urine
  • Insert the pregnancy test strip into the urine container with the arrow pointing down. Note: Do not allow the urine to flood the arrows.
  • Leave the stick in the cup for 5-10 minutes and then lift it.
  • Read the result on the pregnancy test.

A Correct Way To Read A Pregnancy Test

Though many electronic pregnancy test devices can tell you the result accurately, the pregnancy test stick/strip is the most common device as they are not expensive and can be bought everywhere. 

The Stick Shows 2 Bold Colored Lines

Congratulations, you are pregnant!!. Now you should make an appointment with your doctor for further examination and tests. After that, you can start monitoring the pregnancy.

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The Stick Shows 1 Bold Line And 1 Faint Line

This result shows that you are probably pregnant. But it is possible that the fetus has just formed an embryo and the HCG concentration is still low, leading to the color of the line being quite pale. The longer you conceive, the more visible the color. It is best to try again after a few days. To make sure, you can visit your doctor to do tests and get an accurate result.

The Stick shows 2 Faint lines:

This result may have different meanings:

  • You are pregnant but still early to confirm. So please wait a few more days and try again.
  • You are pregnant but have an early miscarriage. Due to early miscarriage, the strip still detects the presence of hCG in the urine, but there is no live embryo.
  • You are not pregnant, and the reason is that you leave the test strip outside for too long before reading the results.

There is only 1 Bold line

This result normally means that you are not pregnant. But if you still think you are pregnant, you can try the test again after a few days or visit your doctor for a proper test.

No Line Appears On The Stick

In this case, the results cannot be read. The pregnancy test has failed due to improper storage, or the urine sample is not guaranteed or handling is incorrect. When this happens, you should use another strip, read the instructions carefully and try again.

The Result of a Pregnancy Test may be not Correct in Some Situations

  • You are having an ectopic pregnancy, a false pregnancy. This may lead to false results or the results may be different at each time. In some cases, you may have a non-pregnant result, but you still experience the obvious symptoms of pregnancy
  • The result will be incorrect if you have an ovarian cyst.
  • If you drink too much water before the pregnancy test, the HCG levels will be diluting, leading to inaccurate results.
  • IF you use poor quality, imitation or expired stick, applying the most accurate pregnancy test method still does not give the correct results.
  • Medicines such as diuretics, tranquilizers, and antibiotics are more or less likely to cause false test results.
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Now you have the simple guide to read a pregnancy test result. In any case, visiting your doctor to confirm the result is highly recommended. Do you have any tips for other mothers? Share with us in the comments

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Things you should know about IUI

It is not always following our plan when it comes to trying to have a baby. Nowadays, a lot of couples are planning to have a baby but after years and years of trying, conception still does not happen. According to medical reports, one In eight couples is struggling to conceive. Today, as modern medical technology advances, there are different kinds of fertility treatments to help the struggling couple. In fact, a lot of couples have considered the intrauterine insemination (IUI) as it’s cheaper and less invasive than in vitro fertilization (IVF). So if you also are struggling and considering this treatment, here are things you should know about the IUI.

What is IUI?

This is an artificial insemination method that injects sperm directly into the uterus close to the fallopian tubes, where fertilization takes place. As a result, the sperm will be at the right place and at the right time which will help the chances of successful conception to increase. By skipping the trip through the vagina and the cervix, the sperm do not have to swim as much as usual, allowing them to reach their target egg on time. 

Who are the candidates

Intrauterine insemination is often for a couple who are struggling with unexplained infertility or the inability to conceive after long periods of trying. In some cases, couples with male fertility problems are also good candidates. The male partner’s sperm may not enough or deformed. Sometimes, IUI will be used when the cervical environment or cervical mucus is hostile to sperm, making it hard for them to swim. Same-sex couples or single women may also turn to this kind of insemination for help to start.

IUI is not recommended for women who have fallopian tube blockages or conditions, a history of pelvic infections, or significant endometriosis. Women over 40 years old are also should not attempt this kind of insemination.

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The Success Rate Of IUI

There are plenty of factors that will affect the success rate of Intrauterine insemination. Maternal age is one of the most important factors. The younger the mother, the higher the success rate when IUI is applied. Another important factor is the quality of sperm, eggs, and the presence of fallopian tube damage. Taking fertility medications before an IUI procedure can increase the success rate of conception.  Expert’s estimates on IUI success rate on are:

  • 8-10% success rate per cycle with IUI for male-factor infertility
  • 5% success rate per cycle with IUI for tubal infertility
  • 18-20% success rate per cycle with IUI for unexplained infertility

The chances may seem low but they will increase with each additional IUI cycle.

The price of IUI

The average cost of this treatment is  300$ – 1000$. While the actual insemination may only cost a few hundred dollars, the infertility treatments, drugs, and other services can add a couple of thousand dollars to the total price. Although it may not be cheap, it is still a whole lot less than what more invasive fertility treatments typically cost. A good number of insurance companies cover IUI. There may be some variables depending on your insurance company and coverage type. Some insurance policies may include limits on how many IUI cycles are covered or may cover IUI only if certain fertility drugs are used. If you are considering doing this procedure, you should make a call to your insurance companies for detailed information.

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Here you have the things you should know about the Intrauterine insemination. We hope that these tips will help you. We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

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Trending baby names in 2020

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Choosing a name for a baby is a big action and achievements for parents, the baby’s name shows the best wishes of his/her parents.? So what do you want to names your beautiful babies? Let’s take some hints from the trending baby names in 2020.

We are considering the list of baby names that are rising fast in popularity from The Social Security Administration (SSA) which is tracking the popularity of names across the US

1. Trending baby boy names.

Trending boy names

The most popular baby boy names in the United States are Liam, Noah and William however, they may not stay for long.

The International names and names drawn from pop culture are now the biggest baby-naming trends for boys. If we look at the uprising chart of the SSA, we can see the pop culture-references names like Kylo ( base on Star War) or Sherlock, Watson(From Sherlock) is having a huge increase in rank and heading to the top of the list.

If we take a look further at this list, we can see that parents are going for plenty of names for boys borrowed from around the world, for example, Italian/Spanish names like LucaMateo; Hebrews names like Asher or Ezekiel or even Arabic name like Herman is also rising popularity

2. Trending baby girl names

trending baby girl names

According to the SAA, Enma has been the top-ranking name for girls in the US for the last years. However, a question has been raised: Will Emma continues to be one of the most baby girl names? It is completely possible as OliviaSophia, and Isabella and other few names are becoming popular each year.

We also noticed that baby-girl names inspired by the surrounding world is a trend for a few years, especially names inspired by gemstones, for example, Ruby, AmethystEmerald and Onyx ( a name for both boy and girls).

Naming your girl after celebrities and famous people’s names like Scarlett, Camila, Stella is also starting to be more and more popular. According to America’s Fastest growing first names list, these names have been given for baby girls with an increased 15% amount of times over the last 3 years.

So there are the trending names for baby boys and girls in 2020. What do you think about the names here? Is there a beautiful name that you are considering to give it to your little one? Share with us and other parents in the comment

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