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Getting Pregnant After 35

Woman adjusting back of red heart shaped clock, metaphor for biological fertility clock

Are you trying to conceive after 35? Here are 7 things you must know.  

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Fertility Spotlight10

Can You Get Pregnant With Irregular Periods? Is Your Period Irregular?

Sunday April 13, 2014

Irregular periods are a symptom of possible infertility. But do irregular periods mean you will definitely have trouble getting pregnant?

When will you ovulate next?

Not necessarily.

While it may make getting pregnant trickier, having an irregular period doesn't always lead to infertility. Whether or not you'll have trouble getting pregnant depends on just how irregular your periods are, what the cause of the irregular periods are, and whether you can time sex for pregnancy well.

Learn more about getting pregnant and irregular periods in this article:

How regular your periods are is just one aspect of your menstrual health.

There are other factors -- like how long your periods are, how heavy your bleeding is, or how bad your cramps are -- that also should be taken into consideration. There are also symptoms of infertility besides irregular periods. Check out these two quizzes to learn more:

Learn more about your period and infertility symptoms in these articles:

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What to Do with the Passover and Easter Blues

Monday April 7, 2014

Holidays are often difficult for those dealing with infertility. Passover, which begins next Monday evening, on April 14th, can be a tricky holiday for the childless. The holiday's main event - the seder, which involves telling the story of the Exodus - includes many child-centered activities. In fact, one of the primary goals of the ritual is to pass the story onto the next generation.

Family on Passover stands around table drinking wine

If you think you can't participate in the Passover holiday because you don't have children of your own, think again. You just may need to think outside of the box. In this article, I'll give you some ideas, plus a story that is sure to inspire.

Easter is also coming up, on April 20th. Family gatherings and child-centered traditions (egg hunts, Easter bunny stories) make it emotionally difficult for many fertility challenged couples.

How do you cope during the holidays? What are your struggles? Feel free to leave a comment. I'd love to hear from you!

More on coping when trying to get pregnant:

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National Infertility Awareness Week 2014 Is Coming! Things You Can Do

Friday April 4, 2014

National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW) is April 20th through 26th this year. Sponsored by RESOLVE, National Infertility Awareness Week is the perfect time to raise awareness about infertility.

Making this year extra special, it's the 25th anniversary of NIAW! Let's hear it for 25 years of raising awareness!

Man holding megaphone up to telephone

National Infertility Awareness Week is a week not just for raising awareness in those who are oblivious to the men and women living with infertility, but also a time to get educated about our options.

The more you know about infertility testing, treatment, and coping skills, the better able you'll navigate the infertility maze.

What can you do in honor of National Infertility Awareness Week?

If you're a blogger, you might want to consider entering RESOLVE's blogger challenge. The theme is "Resolve to know more...", asking bloggers to share what they've learned and help educate the public on fertility issues.

How will you be spending National Infertility Awareness Week? How do you make a difference?

Things you should resolve to know:

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Were You a Tiny Baby? You May Be at Risk for Infertility.

Wednesday March 26, 2014

Were you tiny when you were born? A new study has found that women who had low birth weights as newborns may be more likely to experience infertility.

Prematurity is a risk in a multiple pregnancy.

The study, published in BMJ Open, looked at the records of about 1,200 women born in 1973 or later, who sought fertility treatment between 2005 and 2010. Researchers considered the cause for infertility (whether it was female, male, unexplained, or a combination of male and female infertility), alongside the women's birth weights.

Women who were born at a low birth weight were 2.4 times more likely to be suffering from female infertility when compared to couples being seen for male or unexplained infertility.

Women born small for gestational age were 2.7 times more likely to be dealing with female infertility.

The question is... why? Is it a complication from being low birth weight?

I wondered about why they were born smaller in the first place. We know that infertility increases your risk of giving birth prematurely, and increases your risk of having a low birth weight baby. (This risk, by the way, applies even when you're expecting a single baby. It's not just with multiple pregnancies.)

Is it possible that their mothers had some undiagnosed fertility issue? Which caused their daughter's to be born low birth weight?

Perhaps future research will answer these questions.

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