Should you use basal body temperature to determine ovulation?

I've been delaying writing this post for months – probably longer. Maybe I thought that women all around the world will give up on BBT charting altogether because there are better methods than measuring basal temperature to determine ovulation. But no one seems to be tired of BBT temping. On the contrary, the market is flourishing with fancy fertility apps and many women I’m coaching tell me they have detailed charts of their cycles. Are [...]

2017-12-11T14:24:49+00:00 January 11th, 2018|

Why are easy healthy snacks so difficult to find?

As I walked through a nearby park this morning, I had the impression of seeing only two kinds of people: either very fit ones who were typically jogging and working on becoming even skinnier, or obese ones, simply passing through the park. This reminded me that the holiday season is about to begin and that soon, I will be making efforts every day to not gain weight around my waist by not being able to fight [...]

2018-01-10T10:19:22+00:00 December 27th, 2017|Tags: , , |

Am I infertile? This is how you can tell

Getting pregnant and giving birth to a healthy baby seems like the most natural thing in the world. And yet sometimes it doesn’t happen. Some women will conceive the moment they first try (or even with no planning at all) while some will wait for months and years to experience this joy. Wouldn’t it be good to know to which group you will belong? To know whether there might be any troubles coming up on [...]

2017-12-10T10:41:06+00:00 December 22nd, 2017|Tags: , |

You’ll love me for this list: Fertility-related products I’ve been using for years

Instead of buying tons of Christmas presents and stuff no one really needs, this year you may want to get a few things that actually can help to get and to stay pregnant. And for good luck, maybe even one or two items you will immediately need after the baby is there. Regardless of whether you just started working on your baby project, or you’ve been struggling for a while, I’d have a few recommendations to [...]

2017-12-11T12:09:05+00:00 December 8th, 2017|Tags: , , |

IUI – How many times should you try before giving up?

Once I coached a 41-year old woman who has gone through nineteen unsuccessful insemination rounds. Yes, nineteen, and nobody told her it was time to stop. She reasoned that, if pregnancy rates are estimated at 10-15 % per insemination cycle, the only thing she has to do, is try hard enough before she gets pregnant. But this is not how inseminations work. That's why I decided to dedicate a post to this topic. Image [...]

2017-10-19T19:21:11+00:00 October 19th, 2017|Tags: , , |

I was an interview guest: Darja Wagner talks ovarian reserve and improving egg quality for women over 30

This article appeared in a blog by Alanna Lawley  two weeks ago.  Some weeks ago, Alanna and I sat together and talked about infertility, love and relationships, and the importance of women understanding their egg health. I also gave some practical tips related to determining the ovarian reserve and coping with infertility.  Photos by Petra Graf Introduction: It’s well-known and accepted that most scientific advances take two decades at least to progress from [...]

2017-10-13T13:26:29+00:00 October 10th, 2017|Tags: , , |

Hiring a doula and why I loved having mine

Looking back, hiring a doula for my second birth was one the best decisions of my life. Or should I say, NOT hiring a doula for my first labor was one of the most stupid things I ever did. But no one told me I should hire a doula. No one ever mentioned that having a female support can mean a world of difference. No one told me what doulas really [...]

2017-10-19T17:37:24+00:00 September 25th, 2017|Tags: , , , |

What I wish I had understood about fertility when I was first diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis

This post was originally written by Alanna Lawley and published at her wonderful blog Foodadit, where members of a vibrant community in Berlin share they health experiences. Alanna and I are currently working on an in-depth article about improving egg quality for women with thyroid issues. Please meet Alanna and her personal story on thyroid and infertility. Alanna's story Since 2008 I have been working to heal an auto-immune disease called Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis which led to an underactive [...]

2017-10-13T12:01:38+00:00 September 11th, 2017|Tags: , , |