Secondary Infertility: What It Means and How Joanne Verkuilen Dealt With It

Secondary Infertility: What It Means and How Joanne Verkuilen Dealt With It

For families who have one or more children but who are – for any multitude of reasons – struggling to have another child, secondary infertility is just as devastating and difficult as any infertility diagnosis. Secondary infertility is the inability to conceive a child naturally after successfully giving birth to one or more children without the help of assisted reproductive technology (ART) or other fertility treatments.

Endometriosis & PCOS: Can You Have Both and How to Deal with It

Endometriosis & PCOS: Can You Have Both and How to Deal with It

Roughly the same number of women have endometriosis as PCOS with 1 in 10 women having each condition respectively. While most women may be diagnosed with just one of the disorders, it’s possible to be diagnosed with both. Because both conditions affect fertility, studies suggest that having both can make it even more difficult to conceive.

New Year’s Resolutions: How to Prepare for Pregnancy

New Year’s Resolutions: How to Prepare for Pregnancy

When it comes to preparing for pregnancy, there are many factors to consider. While this can be a fun and exciting season of life, it’s important to consider factors such as nutrition, your mental and physical health, ensuring you are up to date on research and are also prepared to experience potential bumps along the way while trying to conceive.

AMH Levels & Fertility: Understanding Tests & the Results

AMH Levels & Fertility: Understanding Tests & the Results

Struggling with your fertility is an all consuming journey and there is no shortage of tips, tricks, and tests to help you understand what’s going on with your body. One test you’re definitely going to want to pay attention to on your fertility journey is your anti-mullerian hormone (AMH) levels.

Progesterone & Periods: How Is It Connected?

Progesterone & Periods: How Is It Connected?

Progesterone plays an important role in regulating your monthly cycle and preparing your body for conception. If you are using progesterone treatments, you will be wondering about the effects of this hormone on your cycle and when changes can be expected. This post will explore the role progesterone plays, what it does for your body, where it comes from, and the different ways it can affect your period.

Endometriosis and Ovulation Pain: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments

Endometriosis and Ovulation Pain: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments

1 out of every 5 women experiences ovulation pain. Most of the time, ovulation pain isn’t something to worry about — but sometimes, ovulation pain can be a sign of an underlying medical condition. One medical condition that can cause ovulation pain is endometriosis. Endometriosis ovulation pain can spread to the leg or thigh and may be more severe than “ordinary” ovulation pain.

Estrogen in Women: What It Does & What Levels to Look for

Estrogen in Women: What It Does & What Levels to Look for

Estrogen levels that are either too low or too high can result in unpleasant symptoms that can potentially become dangerous in the long-term. Read on to learn more about estrogen, including what it does for your body, what ideal estrogen levels look like, and how to tell if your estrogen levels are out of balance.

What is IVF and IUI – Understanding the Difference

What is IVF and IUI – Understanding the Difference

If you are struggling with infertility, you and your treatment team will likely consider both in-vitro fertilization (IVF) and intrauterine insemination (IUI) in order to help you conceive. But what is the difference between IVF and IUI — and which one is right for you?

Did I Ovulate or Not? Five Signs Ovulation is Over

Did I Ovulate or Not? Five Signs Ovulation is Over

We’ve talked a lot about ovulation on this blog — including signs of late ovulation and reasons you might not be ovulating at all. But since tracking your ovulation is one of the most important things you can do while you are trying to get pregnant, naturally, you may have more questions about your ovulation phase, like how to tell if you’ve ovulated at all.

How Hormones Affect Our Immune System

How Hormones Affect Our Immune System

The sex hormones estrogen, testosterone, and progesterone are known to play a role in the way that our bodies respond to sex and fertility. However, these same hormones play a much bigger role in the way our bodies function.

Here’s How Your Cycle Affects Your Sex Drive

Here’s How Your Cycle Affects Your Sex Drive

When we think about our cycles, we usually think about our period and maybe ovulation. Ovulation, as you may know, relates to our chances of becoming pregnant. Besides a few other symptoms, maybe you’ve noticed that you feel more frisky than other times during your cycle.

Symptoms of Low Estrogen And What You Can Do About It

Symptoms of Low Estrogen And What You Can Do About It

As a woman, estrogen is one of your most important reproductive hormones. Low levels of estrogen can impact your mood, fertility and overall health and wellness. But how can you tell if your estrogen levels are low — and that this problem may be contributing to infertility?

Non-hormonal Birth Control After Withdrawal

Non-hormonal Birth Control After Withdrawal

Have you been on the pill or other hormonal birth control for a while and are considering stopping? Maybe you are looking to get pregnant or you are hoping to switch to a non-hormonal or natural birth control method? Knowing what to expect when you stop will set you up for a less stressful transition.

What Does a Miscarriage Look Like?

What Does a Miscarriage Look Like?

There are many things that can cause a woman’s period to vary each month depending on one’s lifestyle. But if you’re someone that has menstrual periods regularly and can predict when it should arrive, it can be a bit alarming if your period starts later than normal.

What To Know About Coronavirus And Fertility

What To Know About Coronavirus And Fertility

The news about coronavirus is affecting every aspect of our lives and fertility is no different. For those currently on their journey to conceiving this pandemic brings up many questions. While the strain is too new to have complete scientific studies on the relationship between the infection and fertility, there are some basics to keep in mind depending on where in your journey you are.

Can You Ovulate Twice In the Same Cycle

Can You Ovulate Twice In the Same Cycle

You may be wondering – I have two luteinizing hormones (LH) peaks, does that mean  I ovulate twice in one cycle? Many people expect LH testing to have one peak within 24 hours during a cycle (this can be called rapid onset), which most people associate with ovulation.