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‘The Perfect Period’ – The inseparable bond between menstruation & fertility

Most of us are not comfortable discussing menstruation; we tend to avoid the topic. However, it is important for us to educate ourselves about this normal physiological process and understand that regular menstrual cycles are extremely important for the female fertility health and well-being of a woman.

The menstrual cycle prepares a woman’s body for pregnancy. Every woman has two ovaries in her reproductive system, and they contain several eggs called oocytes. Usually, In each cycle, one egg matures in either of the ovaries. After attaining a particular size, the egg gets released from the ovary by a process known as ovulation., to be fertilized by the sperms. There are certain hormones secreted by the ovaries that help in preparing the inner lining of the uterus for pregnancy. If the egg is not fertilized after ovulation, this thick inner lining of the uterus called the endometrium is shed out– which is what we call a “period”. You can approximately calculate the date when you are ovulating and also calculate the number of days left for your next period with Femiint’s ovulation calculator: https://femiintfertility.in/ivf-lp/.

Why is Your Menstrual Cycle Important?

Understanding your menstrual cycle plays a vital role in helping you learn, plan and make the right choice for your health, and sexual life. Regular menstrual periods indicate that your hormone levels are balanced. About 80% of women have issues with hormonal imbalance. if not addressed, it often leads to minor issues like mood swings, fatigue, to serious problems like excess weight gain, metabolic syndrome, infertility and so on. Your menstrual cycle gives an indication of the following things about your body:

  1. Hormonal balance
  2. Metabolism
  3. Health of bones and thyroid
  4. Fertility window, the time of ovulation

In addition to regularity of menstrual cycles, the pattern of menstrual period flow also impacts your health. The normal menstrual period flow is about 30 ml per menstrual period. The usual length of bleeding is about 4-6 days. The normal amount of blood loss is about 10-35 ml per period. Each menstrual cycle is about 28 days to 30 days. it can be as short as 21 days or as long as 45 days which is considered normal if the pattern is regular, for a particular woman. However, it is important for a woman to recognize any deviation from the pattern of menstruation she usually has and seek help from a doctor.

Anovulation is a condition where the egg doesn’t get released from the ovary. This leads to menstrual irregularities, weight changes, hormonal imbalance, infertility – their sets in a vicious cycle. One such condition is polycystic ovarian syndrome.

Apart from anovulation, there are other menstrual cycle problems that might affect your health and cause infertility. One of the most common is the “period pain” known as “dysmenorrhea”. Usually, the pain is experienced as cramps in the lower abdomen along with backache, it sometimes also associated with aching pain in the thighs and legs. Most of the times the woman can carry on with her daily activities but if the pain is more or intolerable it is advisable to see your doctor.

  • Some home remedies like hot water bags over the lower abdomen help
  • over the counter medicines like ibuprofen
  • Regular exercise has a long-term benefit.

An irregular period is also a sign of irregular ovulation. It is possible that if the periods are irregular, it is because you might not be ovulating every month, or you might be ovulating at different times every month. In fact, menstrual-like bleeding is also possible even if you haven’t ovulated. This usually happens when the uterine lining becomes too thick and unstable, causing it to shed naturally. There are different causes of irregular periods. Some of them might affect the process of ovulation and your ability to conceive. Some of the causes are:

  1. Polycystic ovarian syndrome or PCOS
  2. Perimenopause
  3. Disturbance in thyroid hormone secretion.
  4. Weight gain
  5. Stress -both mental and physical
  6. Increased prolactin levels

Although you might dread the 5 days of periods, regular cycles confirm that your body is working the way it should. In case of any abnormality, consult an fertility expert doctor immediately.

IVF – How You Must Prepare for the Emotional Ride and More

Couples finding it difficult to conceive because of infertility often seek for medical help through In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). In this procedure, an egg and a sperm are fertilized externally in a specialized lab. Once the egg is fertilized (embryo) it is nurtured in a safe environment for a few days before shifting it into the uterus. IVF gives many couples the hope to have a baby.

Understanding the IVF Process

At most health centers and clinics in India, the IVF treatment is coordinated by a fertility expert, assisted by a team of attendants and counselors. Here is the detailed step-by-step process involved in an IVF treatment:

  1. Initial Appointment with a Doctor: In your first appointment, the fertility expert doctor will look at your past medical records and all prior treatments.
  2. Consultation Before the Treatment Starts: During this meeting with your doctor, how you have to go ahead with your treatment will be discussed and most of your questions on the entire procedure will be answered.
  3. Treatment Starts: You will be given the medication and the nurse will explain the timeline of your treatment and train you to take the hormone injections.
  4. Monitoring Treatment: Blood tests will be carried out to measure the number of ovarian follicles and hormone levels. These tests help determine the right time for collecting the eggs.
  5. Trigger Injection: You will be given a trigger injection after which the egg collection procedure will be carried out. On the same day, your spouse will have to provide his semen sample to fertilize the eggs.
  6. Egg Fertilization: The eggs are transferred to a lab and put in media to carry out the process of fertilization.
  7. Embryo Development: The embryo is placed in incubators at a temperature that mimics the human body’s temperature.
  8. Embryo Transfer: The embryo is moved into the uterus.
  9. pPregnancy Test: Finally, you will have an appointment with your doctor to have a blood test 14 days after the transfer to find out about your pregnancy.

Emotionally Surviving the IVF Stress

Going through an IVF procedure is an all-consuming process that can emotionally drain any woman. Here are some tips that will help you prepare for it:

  1. Find support groups, blogs, and communities to join.
  2. Talk to people who have gone through IVF.
  3. Write about your experience and share it with others.
  4. Find healthy distractions and reward yourself.
  5. Try meditation.

Effective and Helpful IVF Success Tips

Normal IVF success rate is between 20-35% because a fertile couple has about 15-20% chance of conceiving on their own. Here is a list of tips that you and your spouse could try before you go for IVF:

  1. Include good fats in your diet in the right amount
  2. Avoid food items with high glycemic index
  3. Avoid caffeine, alcohol, smoking.
  4. Be physically active.
  5. Get the help of a counselor or therapist.
  6. Rest and take good care of yourself.

To find out more you can make an appointment with a doctor at Femiint Fertility by sending an email to care@femiinthealth.com.

Trying to Conceive: 7 Useful Tips to Increase Your Chances

Are you trying to conceive? Getting rid of your birth control? Are you having scheduled sexual intercourse with your partner? Are you tracking your ovulation? If the answer to all the questions above is yes, then you must also take stock of your preconception health. Constant Infertility issues hit many couples around the world often. However, if you make changes to your lifestyle, gain some inside knowledge on fertility treatments, you will not find it difficult to conceive.

Here is a list of preconception health tips and habits that will be very useful for women trying to conceive:

  • Exercise on a regular basis: Follow a moderate exercise regimen (30 minutes daily) that includes strength training and aerobics. This will not only release feel-good endorphins that will keep you relaxed but also boost your fertility.
  • Avoid getting stressed : Stress is normally bad for our health irrespective of the circumstance, but if you are trying to conceive, stress can potentially have a profound hindering effect. In a study conducted at the Ohio State University College of Medicine, it was found that women with higher levels of stress had a twofold increased risk of infertility.
  • Get enough sleep: Having a regular sleep schedule is important if you are looking to conceive. A clear link has not yet been established between the two, but there are studies that suggest women who have infertility also do not get enough sleep. Also, lack of sleep can increase your stress levels that affect fertility. So, you should ideally get seven to nine hours of sleep per night.
  • Avoid alcohol and smoking : You must quit smoking and drinking if you wish to conceive as it may reduce fertility in women. Your partner must also avoid drinking alcohol as it can affect the quality of his sperm.

The diet that you follow can also help boost fertility. Here are some tips for a healthy pre-pregnancy diet that you can follow to boost your fertility:

  • Eat a larger breakfast: Having a heavy meal in the morning could improve the hormonal effects of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), which is a major cause of infertility. However, you must also note that a heavy breakfast without reducing the portion of your meal in the afternoon and evening will lead to weight gain.
  • Reduce your carbohydrates intake: A diet low on carbs can help you maintain a healthy weight, cut insulin levels and boost fat loss. It has been found that women who consume more carbs had a much higher risk of infertility than those who followed a lower-carb diet.
  • Eat more fibre : A high-fibre diet will help your body shed excess weight and keep the blood sugar balanced which is important for a woman to conceive.
    There is a strong link between fertility and weight, so getting to an ideal weight for your body type is a significant step to take when you are trying to conceive.

If you follow the tips and fertility diet plan menu mentioned above, you will boost your fertility and increase the chances of pregnancy.

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