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Posted on Mon. Jul. 21, 2014 - 12:31 am EDT

Maintaining fertility

For women today, a yearly check-up with your healthcare provider is an essential part of maintaining your fertility health at every age. The maker of First Response asked its panel of experts to share tips every woman should take to her doctor to maintain optimal fertility health at every age.

Understand your ovulation cycle. Understanding your ovulation cycle is a simple and basic step in maintaining good overall reproductive health, especially for women who are trying to get pregnant. A recent study conducted by the maker of First Response and researchers from Yale School of Medicine revealed that 40 percent of women were not aware of the timing of ovulation in relation to their period, and 60 percent incorrectly believed that intercourse should be timed after ovulation to maximize chance of conception.

To alleviate the guesswork , First Response has introduced their new global smart phone app, the First Response Tracker, available for iPhone and Android users. The app not only keeps track of a woman’s period and ovulation cycles, but also calculates her most fertile days and, if pregnant, will estimate how far along she is and predict her due date.

Knowing your sexual history and having an open line of communication with your doctor can help improve your ability to conceive.

Know the risks before you begin trying. Be aware of potential risk factors and take action before you and your partner begin trying to get pregnant. Unless you and your partner are paying for lengthy medical tests and procedures, there is no way to know whether you will struggle to conceive. But before running to your doctor, be aware of a few important factors that may affect your ability to conceive.

As Barbara Collura, president and CEO of Resolve: The National Infertility Association explains, “The guidelines state that you should seek the advice of a fertility specialist if you are under 35 and have been trying to get pregnant for 12 months or over 35 and have been trying for 6 months, but factors such as being overweight or underweight, tobacco and alcohol use, and prior health issues can all impact your fertility and chances of conception.”

A combination of good medical, mental and financial health is the cornerstone to a positive family planning experience. When it comes to trying to get pregnant, being in good health is not just physical – it’s mental and financial, too. “Planning to start your family is an important conversation for both partners to have so they can get on the same page about the major issues and responsibilities of raising a child.

Seeking the counsel of your physician for preconception care and taking folic acid before you are pregnant are important early steps to take,” says Dr. Diane Ashton, vice president for Health Equity and Deputy Medical Director of Medical Affairs at the March of Dimes. “In addition to going to the doctor and making important lifestyle changes, budgeting for baby, and making sure you are both emotionally ready to balance your careers and free time with having a family is also very important.”


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