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When it comes to trying to conceive, knowledge is power.  Exciting new information is always becoming available on how to best support your fertility. Women who know when they are ovulating each month have a much greater chance of becoming pregnant. Men who test for low sperm count and take steps such as antioxidant supplementation are showing huge improvements in their numbers.

In our articles, you will find resources to help you take charge of your fertility. Keep us posted on your journey!


The excitement has begun! There is probably no other time in your life where you will have so much happening within a nine month period. It all starts at the very beginning when you first start experiencing pregnancy signs and symptoms and maybe even getting a twinge of implantation pain. The rest of your nine months will be spent preparing for the big event of childbirth and baby in the house. Lots of research will keep you busy and the time will fly by.

Knowledge is power during pregnancy just like it is with fertility. You’ve heard the saying “eating for two” but now you really need to dig in and understand what certain minerals, vitamins, amino acids, antioxidants, and more can do for both you and your baby to keep your pregnancy on track. The mother’s health is critical as well and thinking ahead about things like perineal massage to avoid episiotomies, treatment for high blood pressure and preeclampsia, ultrasounds, and other miscellaneous medical aspects is important so you are informed and calm if an issue pops up.

This helpful guide for pregnant women covers pregnancy by trimester, health & nutrition, and pregnancy challenges and risks.


One of the most important decisions you will make in the early days of parenthood is how to feed your newborn. And who knew there is so much to learn about one of those choices – breastfeeding? When first learning about breastfeeding, you might come across confusing terms like let-down, foremilk, hindmilk, latching, and plenty more. Many birthing centers fortunately offer lactation consultants to help you in those early days after birth.

Because you are so busy growing your baby during pregnancy, it likely will not be your first thought that you should start early to prepare your body to nurse. Your baby is already the ultimate parasite – claiming every nutrient he or she needs even at your expense. Just like during pregnancy, it is critical to ensure you have enough minerals, vitamins, amino acids, and more on board at the right levels to sustain both you and your baby’s needs.

Get started on your breastfeeding education with these helpful articles.

Women’s Health

Menstrual cycles, ovulation, pregnancy, birth control, peri-menopause, menopause – women have a unique list of health matters to consider versus men. Hormones play a central role in women’s health. Estrogen and progesterone are most well known because of their influence on a woman’s reproductive health. Many people think males have a monopoly on testosterone but that is not the case. Testosterone belongs to a class of male hormones called androgens but women also have testosterone.

A woman’s body makes and uses many other kinds of hormones that affect other aspects of health from energy level, metabolism, insulin management, weight, mood, and more. Hormones can affect your quality of life with issues such as vaginal dryness and painful intercourse.

Start your journey to a better understanding of women’s health issues with our articles.

Featured Articles


Changemakers in Fertility & Reproductive Health: Toni Weschler, MPH

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Meet Toni Weschler, MPH For more than 30 years, Toni Weschler, MPH has devoted herself to empowering women to take charge of their reproductive health and fertility. She is the author of the groundbreaking book Taking Charge of Your Fertility, now considered a classic and beloved by countless readers. When she’s not working on revisions […]

Changemakers in Fertility & Reproductive Health: Kristyn Hodgdon

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Meet Kristyn Hodgdon Kristyn Hodgdon is the Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer at Rescripted. She is also a professional writer, voracious reader, fierce fertility advocate, and proud IVF mom of twins. She lives in Long Island, NY with her husband Dan and their two kids, Brooke and Charlie. To learn more about Rescripted and to […]

What You Need to Know About Taking Antidepressants While TTC

Chris D. Meletis, N.D.  Have you ever wondered if taking antidepressants can affect your chances of getting pregnant? A significant number of reproductive-aged women take antidepressants. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), an estimated 20.9% of women aged 40 to 44 years are using these medications.1 Likewise, depression is common in men seeking […]

New Research Confirms That Age Impacts Fertility, But in a Surprising Way

By Chris D. Meletis, N.D. You probably know that age affects a woman’s chance of getting pregnant. But a new study shows that men also have a biological clock that can impact a couple’s chances of conceiving far more than previously thought.1 The same study also found that older women’s eggs aren’t as good at […]

Changemakers in Fertility & Reproductive Health: Dr. Lora Shahine

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Meet Dr. Lora Shahine Dr. Lora Shahine, reproductive endocrinologist at Pacific NW Fertility and clinical faculty at the University of Washington in Seattle, completed her fellowship in reproductive endocrinology at Stanford University and residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of California in San Francisco. She is dedicated to educating and advocating for increased […]

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