Will You Have a Boy or a Girl?

girl and baby boyOnce your egg has been fertilized by your partner’s sperm, you truthfully have a 50/50 chance of having a boy or a girl.  You probably already know that the determining factor is the chromosome carried by the sperm that fertilized the egg.  If it is an X chromosome, you will have a girl, and if it is a Y chromosome, you will have a boy.

Through the years, articles have been published on ways to increase your chances of having a baby of a specific gender, and many of them have to do with your pre-conception diet.  It is thought that these diets can change either the content of a woman’s uterine environment or the acidity in her body, making it more receptive to one type of sperm over another.

  • The Girl Diet- To have a girl, it is recommended women consume the following on a daily basis: 3 glasses of milk, 2 additional milk products, sodium-free cheese, plain eggs, mineral water, 1 weak cup of coffee or tea for the potassium, salt-free bread and crackers, brown or white rice, 8 to 10 eight ounce glasses of water, and semolina, tapioca, corn flour, or puffed rice cereals.  This diet can be used up to a few months prior to conception.
  • The Boy Diet- To have a boy, it is recommended women both avoid acidic foods, and consume red meat, eggs, fish, beans, peas, mushrooms, zucchini, sweet corn, raisins, bread, and salty foods.  This diet can be used for a few weeks prior to conception.

Lady-Comp Baby can potentially assist you through its unique gender prediction feature.  During your fertile days, the monitor will display a “boy” or “girl” light to let you know which gender you are likely to conceive over the next 24 hours. While no prediction is guaranteed, it is something fun to think about while you are on the road to conceiving.

Being on the Pill Could Make You Choose a Boring Lover

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Photo courtesy of FrenchTribune.com

It’s a common misconception that women who choose not to take hormonal birth control have boring sex lives due to the fear of pregnancy.  In actuality, with so many alternative contraceptive methods available, this is simply not the case.  However, a 2011 study revealed that things may actually be the other way around, and that taking hormonal birth control can lead women to choose boring lovers as partners.

In the study, which was published in the October 12, 2011 edition of the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, researchers surveyed 2,5000 heterosexual women who had one child, and asked them questions about the child’s biological father.  Approximately 1,000 participants were taking hormonal birth control, while the other 1,500 were not using hormonal contraception.  The results showed that women who were taking hormonal birth control were less sexually satisfied overall.  They found their lovers less attractive and were generally more likely to initiate a separation.

The researchers developed a theory on why this might be true.  Other studies have shown clearly that a woman’s hormones fluctuate throughout the menstrual cycle, and these fluctuations actually impact the way women react to men as candidates for dating and mating.  The closer a woman is to ovulation, the more drawn she is to masculine men.  However, women on hormonal birth control do not experience these hormone fluctuations throughout the month, and are therefore more likely to be drawn to factors such a person’s financial stability, rather than to their raw physical attractiveness.

However, the results were not entirely negative.  The researchers found that women on hormonal birth control found their partner to have excellent paternal traits, such as being caring and reliable.  They also found their relationships lasted two years longer on average.

Sources:

http://www.news-medical.net/news/20111016/Women-on-birth-control-may-be-dating-sexually-boring-but-otherwise-caring-men-Study.aspx

http://vitals.nbcnews.com/_news/2011/10/13/8290413-women-on-the-pill-pick-boring-lovers-good-partners-study-claims

Loving an All-Natural Woman

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Photo courtesy of Consciouslifenews.com

Men, let’s face it.  When it comes to birth control options, the sex education you receive and the media you take in on a daily basis send the message that in terms of preventing pregnancy, the birth control pill is your best choice.  You are sent this message repeatedly to the point where if you meet a woman who is not taking the pill, you may find it odd.  However, there are many reasons you should be glad that your partner prefers non-hormonal options of birth control.

First, hormonal birth control can cause a variety of health issues in the woman you love.  For example, if the pill is taken before a woman’s first pregnancy, her risk of developing breast cancer is increased by 44%.  Birth control pill use also increases the risks of developing cervical cancer, liver tumors, blood clots to the lung, and heart attacks.  In terms of everyday side effects, hormonal birth control can cause weight gain, headache, dizziness, breast tenderness, migraine headaches, nausea, and mood swings.

There is one side effect of hormonal birth control use that can cause a great impact on your day to day relationship, and that is loss of interest in sex.  Birth control pills work by suppressing ovulation (and therefore her natural cyclical hormones) and essentially tricking her body into thinking it is pregnant. Multiple studies have linked the pill to decreased levels of testosterone, which is the fuel source for the female libido.

Finally, there is evidence to support that men find women more attractive when they are ovulating. In a 2012 study published in the journal Hormones and Behavior, researchers showed 500 men photos of 202 women’s faces while playing them recordings of the women’s voices at two different points in their menstrual cycles.  The men found the faces and voices more attractive when the women’s voices were recorded during ovulation.

In conclusion, there is definite research to support that if your partner is not on hormonal birth control, she will be healthier, and your sex life will be the better for it. What’s not to love?

 

Sources:

http://onemoresoul.com/contraception-abortion/risks-consequences/problems-associated-with-hormonal-birth-control.html

http://health.howstuffworks.com/sexual-health/contraception/5-ways-birth-control-affects-love-life.htm#page=3

http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/health/sex/birth-control-more/birth-control-pills-hurting-sex-drive/

http://www.livescience.com/25457-fertile-women-attractiveness.html

The Pros and Cons of Having Sex during Your Period

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Photo courtesy of Getty Images Paul Bradbury

Many people consider “that time of the month” to be off limits for sex.  In fact, it could be a topic you and your partner have never actually discussed.  If having sex during menstruation is something you are willing to try, you should open up a dialogue with your partner to see if it is something they are interested in as well.  Below are some potential positives and negatives to consider when having sex during your period.

There are several pros to having sex during menstruation which may not have occurred to you.  First, to state it bluntly, your menstrual blood provides natural lubrication that can improve the sensation for both parties involved.  Next, the changes in a women’s hormones during menstruation can result in an increased libido and higher sensitivity, which leads to more enjoyable sex for you.  Third, you may find that having sex during your period will actually shorten its length, as the act of having an orgasm creates muscle spasms in the uterus which will cause the uterine lining to shed more quickly.  Finally, those very same orgasms cause a release of endorphins that can help relieve your period-related cramps.

On the flip side, there are some cons to sex during your period.  First, it is definitely a messier proposition.  Therefore, you may want to limit your activity to lighter flow days, avoid any positions that require you to be on top, and either have sex in the shower, or place a towel underneath you to absorb any liquid and protect your bedding from stains.   Next, a possibility exists that one or both of you will become uncomfortable, bringing an end to the intimacy.  Simply agree in advance that if this happens, it’s OK with both of you not to continue, and credit yourself for trying something new.

 

Source: http://blogdailyherald.com/2013/04/15/sextion-sex-on-your-period/

Mid-Cycle Spotting

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It can be very frustrating to discover you are experiencing bleeding between periods, which is commonly known as mid-cycle spotting.  Not only is mid-cycle spotting an inconvenience, but it can be a sign of a variety of medical conditions.  The following are some possible causes of this condition.

  • Implantation Bleeding- Up to 33% of women will experience implantation bleeding 6 to 12 days after conceiving.  This is light pink to brown discharge that occurs when the egg implants itself in the uterine lining.  It is extremely light bleeding that may occur just once, and definitely will not exceed two days in length.
  • Cervical Abnormalities- Slight mid-cycle bleeding can be a sign of Human Papillomavirus, cervical fibroids, or cancer.
  • Hormone Imbalance- Many different health issues, such as endometriosis, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, and thyroid problems can lead to a disruption in the delicate balance of hormones in your body and cause mid-cycle bleeding.
  • Ovarian Cysts- If your mid-cycle bleeding is accompanied by a sharp pain on either side of your lower abdomen, it could be the result of a ruptured ovarian cyst.
  • Sexual Intercourse- The closer your body is to ovulating, the more sensitive your cervix becomes.  Having sex during this sensitive time can actually cause mild damage to the cervix that produces bleeding.  If you see bright red blood after intercourse, this is the likely culprit.

Even if you feel you know the cause behind your mid-cycle spotting, it is a good idea to meet with your doctor to discuss it.  To prepare for the meeting, write down the days in your cycle in which the spotting occurs, how long it lasts, the color and amount of blood, and any other symptoms you experience at the same time.  A firm medical diagnosis will allow you and your physician to discuss ways of preventing mid-cycle spotting in the future.

 

Source: http://natural-fertility-info.com/mid-cycle-spotting.html

The Birth Control Pill is Impacting Your Sense of Smell

Relaxed Girl At Peace Smelling A FlowerIn previous articles, we have discussed in-depth the negative impact synthetic hormones in the birth control pill, patch, and ring can have on a woman’s body.  However, a recent study has produced a new and shocking side effect of hormonal birth control use.

In the study, researcher Salvatore Caruso, a professor in the Department of Gynecological Science at the Ospedale S. Bambino in Italy, tested the sense of smell of 60 women who were not taking the birth control pill at a variety of points in their menstrual cycles.  He found that the women’s sense of smell was most sensitive at the exact time they were most fertile, which was when they were ovulating.  The same women were then put on birth control pills for three months and retested.  Caruso discovered that the increased sense of smell previously seen during ovulation was gone.

While it is already unpleasant to know that hormonal birth control can change a natural process inherent to our enjoyment of life, the impact extends far greater than the basic results when you consider the scientific tie between smell and libido.  The areas of the brain that control ovaries and sense of smell are in close proximity to each other in the brain.  Researchers have found that some women born without a sense of smell actually experience no activity at all in their ovaries.

Furthermore, science has proven that human beings choose their partners based on pheromones.  While you might not know you are drawn to someone due to their smell, your nose is picking up receptors that tell you if the person you are with will make a good mate for conceiving, which is typically someone genetically dissimilar to yourself.  Craig Roberts, a lecturer of Psychology at the University of Newcastle, conducted a study of odor preferences across 100 women, and found those who were taking hormonal birth control were actually drawn to genetically similar mates instead.  The devastating results of this are infertility issues and a feeling of being less attracted to your mate when you stop taking the pill.  Therefore, it seems that if you have hopes of conceiving someday, hormonal birth control is not the optimal choice for you today.

 

Sources: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/story?id=117158, http://www.viewzone.com/estrogen.html

Hormonal Birth Control and Breastfeeding

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There is a longstanding rumor that it is not possible to become pregnant while you are breastfeeding.  However, it is simply not true.  Breastfeeding does generally decrease your fertility, and therefore you may find that you do not menstruate for months after having your baby.  However, the body will typically release its first postpartum egg about two weeks before you experience your first post-baby period.  Therefore, it is very possible that you can become pregnant while you are still breastfeeding.

At that point, with all that your body has just been through, you may not want to become pregnant again immediately.  Initially, abstinence is recommended.  Doctors will usually tell women who have just given birth to put off having sex until their six-week postpartum examination, at which point the progress of their healing can be checked and they can be medically cleared.  However, once given the green light, hormonal birth control methods are not the best option for breastfeeding women. First, oral contraceptives containing estrogen are known to suppress milk production.  Second, any type of hormonal birth control will enter into the breast milk you are feeding your child.  Physicians still do not know what type of impact these hormones have on children’s long term sexual and reproductive development.

Therefore, non-hormonal forms of birth control are ideal for the nursing mother.  This can include the use of condoms, diaphragms, sponges, or cervical caps.  However, these forms of birth control are subject to human error in usage that can decrease their effectiveness.  Women have an affordable, accurate, and all-natural alternative for fertility control with Lady-Comp. Lady-Comp is a computer which will determine your ovulation with 99.3% accuracy based simply on the data you provide and your daily morning body temperature.

During the time of reduced fertility immediately postpartum and the initial stages of breastfeeding, Lady-Comp shows yellow.  Just try to take your temperature as often as possible. Your temperatures are a typical zig-zag pattern.  Lady-Comp plus a barrier method like the condoms, diaphragms, sponges or cervical caps are the best choice during this time.

Once you and your baby reduce the frequency of breastfeeding, your body starts to produce hormones inducing ovulation (FSH).  You will notice a change in the pattern of cervical mucus – sometimes being more fluid.  During this time you are potentially fertile.  Lady-comp still shows yellow, but your wake-up temperatures drop to a lower level with fewer disturbances.  This is the time to be extra cautious when making love.

As soon as your first ovulation has taken place, Lady-Comp will notice a significant change in your temperature pattern and show green when it is sure you are definitely infertile.  About 8 days later you will have your first menstruation and Lady-Comp will be able to predict future ovulations.

Be aware that only the change of temperature can show you for sure that you ovulated. The mucus pattern comes and goes like waves – thus it’s a sign of being fertile, but not good enough to establish that ovulation has definitely taken place.

 

Natural Ways to Elevate Your Sex Life

As a Lady-Comp user, you have made a conscious choice to take charge of your fertility in an all-natural way, without the use of harmful synthetic hormones.  Therefore, we thought you would enjoy learning about some all-natural ways to enhance your enjoyment in the bedroom.

  • Edible Aphrodisiacs- Your bedroom sessions can be amped up just by incorporating healthy fruits, vegetables, and spices into your dinners.  Women’s sexual desire is increased by asparagus, avocado, and artichoke, while cinnamon, cayenne, mango, pumpkin, and squash serve as sexual enhancers for men.  Both men and women will be turned on by ginger and basil.
  • Organic Lubricants- Sexual lubricants found in your local market or drugstore typically contain parabens, which research has shown to disrupt hormone function. Parabens bind themselves to estrogen receptors, mimicking an increase in estrogen in the body.  They have therefore been linked to reproductive toxicity and increased risk of breast cancer.  Other commercial lubricants contain glycerin, which is known to leach moisture from the vagina.  This not only can make sex uncomfortable, but it can increase the risk of yeast infection and other sexually transmitted infections.  Instead, search online to find an organic, water-based lubricant to enhance your pleasure.
  • Make Your Own Massage Oil- The same coconut oil you have in your kitchen Spa oilcupboard for cooking makes a wonderful, all-natural massage oil.  Consider adding a few drops of some essential oils to boost the effect. Neroli oil will stimulate libido, while ylang-ylang and lavender reduce stress.
  • Sustainable Condoms- Should you choose to use condoms on your fertile days, you will be happy to know that you can now purchase some that are environmentally friendly.  Sir Richard’s Condom Company has created a condom of sustainable latex that has been certified Vegan by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).  You can find a store near you selling the brand by visiting https://sirrichards.com/locator/.

 

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/stefanie-iris-weiss/sex_b_1997394.html

The Use of Herbs to Improve Fertility

HerbsIf you are struggling with your attempts to conceive, it can be a very stressful experience.  Well-meaning friends and family may be pushing you toward visiting a fertility doctor to seek a medical solution.  However, you may be interested in trying some all natural remedies before taking that step.  Below are some common infertility issues and herbs that have been known to remedy them.

  • Amenorrhea- If you are suffering from either irregular periods or a complete lack of them, there are several herbs that can help.  For example, motherwort is a mild uterine stimulant that is used worldwide to treat these ailments.  The flowering tops, leaves, and stalk can all be used for medicinal extracts and vinegars.
  • Cervical Mucus Issues- To encourage healthy production of cervical mucus, it is important to stay hydrated and ingest essential fatty acids, especially omega-6, and evening primrose oil is a fantastic source of this.  The seeds of the evening primrose plant are pressed into this oil, which is typically enclosed in a capsule for use as a dietary supplement.
  • Endometriosis- To soothe the pain of endometriosis, you will want to seek out herbs that reduce inflammation and strengthen your body’s immune response.  A great example of this is bee propolis, a resin mixture of tree sap, buds, and leaves which bees make to seal openings in their hives.  A 2003 study published in Fertility and Sterility showed that 60% of the participants suffering from endometriosis who took 500 milligrams of bee propolis twice a day for 9 months became pregnant, as opposed to 20% of the group taking a placebo.
  • Ovarian Cysts- Ovarian cysts can be diminished by taking herbs that promote regular ovulation, proper circulation, and hormonal balance.  Black cohosh root is known to regulate the entire menstrual cycle.  This very powerful herb, which should be used for no more than 6 months, has excellent anti-inflammatory properties, promotes healthy blood flow throughout the pelvic area, and aids in regular shedding of the uterine lining.

Before starting any herbal regimen, it is recommended you seek the advice of both your physician and an experienced herbalist.

Source: http://natural-fertility-info.com/fertility-herbs

Are You Really Infertile?

trying hard to get preg

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Are you really infertile?  A February 2012 survey from the Guttmacher Institute found that 19% of women ages 18-29 believed they were very likely to be infertile, when in reality, this is only true of 6% of women in that age group.  From a physician’s perspective, infertility is typically diagnosed when a couple attempting to become pregnant is unable to do so after a minimum of one year of trying.  While the word “infertility” carries a heavy connotation of permanence, this is not necessarily so, as 90% of all infertility has an identifiable physical cause.

In consultation with your physician, there are many healthy and natural avenues to pursue to fight against an infertility diagnosis.  First and foremost, you can work to achieve a healthy body weight.  Research conducted at Harvard Medical School indicates 40% of ovulation failures are caused by being over or underweight.  They advise that a body fat percentage and body mass index in the 20-25 range are optimal for pregnancy.  However, you should go about obtaining this the right way, through healthy eating and moderate exercise.  Research shows that women who skip meals and engaging in intense exercise have trouble conceiving, because both of these activities put stress on the body and suppress hormone surges.

Next, consider alternative medicine.  Chiropractic adjustments can stabilize your autonomic nervous system, which allows your reproductive organs to function optimally.  These adjustments can also impact your pituitary gland, balance hormones, and correct imbalance in the muscles of your pelvic floor.  If you are feeling more adventurous, acupuncture treatments are known to improve ovarian function, regulate ovulation and reproduction hormones, and increase blood flow to the endometrium, producing a thick uterine lining.  Finally, abdominal massage can help restore your uterus to its proper position, break up scar tissue around the uterus and other abdominal organs, and increase blood flow and lymph drainage in your pelvic area.

 

Sources:

http://www.justmommies.com/articles/trying-too-hard.shtml

http://health.usnews.com/usnews/health/articles/070429/7infertility.htm

http://newbeginningschiropractic.net/fighting-infertility-naturally/

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