Birth Control While Breast Feeding

You have just given birth, and while you are thrilled with your new bundle of joy, you are not ready for another just yet.  If you are in this situation, it is important for you to know that contrary to popular perception, it is possible to get pregnant while breastfeeding.

After your baby is born, your body produces lactation hormones which suppress reproductive hormones.  However, this does not render you completely infertile.  Your hormonal levels will vary depending on how often you feed your baby.  Mothers who feed less have a greater fluctuation and thus will become fertile more quickly.  Additionally, you should keep in mind that your first post-childbirth ovulation occurs a full two weeks before the start of your period, and since this could happen at any time, you need to be prepared.

While you are breastfeeding your child, you may wish to eliminate hormonal forms of birth control, such as the pill, the patch, and the ring.  According to renowned pediatrician Dr. William Sears, there are two major concerns about using hormonal birth control while breastfeeding.  The first is that estrogen, a common hormone in birth control pills, is known to suppress milk production.  Second, doctors feel that by exposing your infant to synthetic hormones through your breast milk, you could impact their long-term sexual or reproductive development.

Presented with this conundrum, you may determine it safer to pursue a non-hormonal form of birth control.  Before you head to the store to purchase disposable contraception products, consider Lady Comp.  It is a personal fertility monitor which learns and adjusts to your individual cycle regardless of irregularities or cycle length.  Lady Comp is programmed with a database of more than 900,000 cycles and uses bio-mathematical forecasting calculations, as well as the very latest computer techniques, to predict your cycle with 99.3% accuracy, primarily based on your morning body temperature.   To learn more about Lady Comp, please feel free to call us at 1-877-925-LADY.  We are looking forward to speaking with you.

This Week is National Infertility Awareness Week, April 22-28

April 22-28, 2012 is National Infertility Awareness Week, a nationwide campaign intended to educate the public about infertility.  Since 1989, RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association has hosted events and activities designed to encourage grassroots advocacy of the infertility movement.  The theme for this year is, “Don’t Ignore Infertility.” Continue reading

7 Baby-Making Facts All Women Should Know

We’ve provided several tips on how to increase your fertility if you are having trouble conceiving. Now, here are some tips for all women, whether you just started trying to get pregnant, or you’ve been trying for a while. No matter what your situation, these are important facts to know! Continue reading

Simple, Natural Ways Women Can Increase Their Fertility

ovulation-monitorYou are ready to have a baby.  You have a great partner, you’re financially stable, you’ve located a day care center right in your neighborhood, and you’ve even thought of names.  Your mental checklist is complete, but what about your physical one?  Did you know there are ways to improve your fertility through taking care of your physical health? Continue reading

Baby Making vs. Love Making

Is there a difference between “baby making” and “love making?” Ask a woman who just began the conceiving journey, and she’d more than likely say “no.” But, ask a couple who has been trying for quite some time, and their answer might be the exact opposite! When you are trying to conceive, baby making and love making may begin to seem like two very different things! Continue reading

Lady-Comp Gets Rave Reviews

ovulation monitorIf you’ve noticed Lady-Comp popping up on the internet lately, you’re not imagining things. There’s been a recent uptick in Lady-Comp reviews on health websites and bloggers sharing their Lady-Comp experiences. No surprise, since news stories about the dangerous side effects of hormonal contraceptives have also skyrocketed. Continue reading

How to Decrease Stress to Increase Fertility

Couples struggling with fertility issues have heard the saying a million times: “Relax. It’ll happen.” That may seem like a great idea, but relaxing isn’t always easy. Stress is a part of our body’s fight-or-flight mechanism. It raises adrenaline levels and increases heart rate, respiration, and blood pressure. Sometimes stress can be positive. It can initiate change, help us focus on the task at hand, and in some cases save our lives. Yet, when stress builds up, it can actually keep us from concentrating, cause illness and inhibit fertility. Here are a few ideas on to how bring your stress levels down.

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Top 6 Tips for Conceiving in 2012

Everyone is making New Year’s resolutions this season. If you’re thinking about having a family in 2012, here are our top 6 suggestions for women trying to conceive.

Get your health in order. Before you get pregnant, get a checkup. Have your pap smear done, and get tested for infectious diseases and hereditary disorders that can affect a baby. Whatever has been on your heath and dental check list, take care of it before you get pregnant. Also, make sure your partner is in good health and takes his health seriously, too. Continue reading

Coping with Being Childless During the Holidays

Most of us look forward to spending time with family this time of year. Holiday stress, however, can spike for couples who haven’t had a child yet. This most child-centered time of the year can be hard on couples who have been trying to (or trying to avoid) conceiving a child. Glad tidings can quickly be crushed by a question like, “Why haven’t you two had kids yet?”

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Enhancing Male Fertility

male-fertilityInfertility has traditionally been thought of as a woman’s issue. But since men are 50% of the initial pregnancy equation, it’s no surprise men cause or contribute to infertility in about half of all cases. What can a man do to maximize his fertility? Remember, anything that improves quality of health, like adequate sleep and nutrition, should improve fertility. Continue reading