This is a sponsored conversation from Mums the Word Network and The Stork OTC. All opinions are my own.”
Thinking back to the time when we decided we were ready to have a baby, I was blissfully unaware of how hard conceiving children could be. About a month after we decided we were ready, I saw those glorious two lines on a pregnancy test. The eight months that followed flew by easily and uneventfully. Our first born’s birth, though long, also went according to plan: med free and naturally.
When the time came when we were ready to try for our second child, we had the utmost confidence… Our first was so easy… it would be that way again. After three months of trying, I began to question what was wrong. I started to frequent TTC forums, obsessed over my cycle, and was hyperfocused on every little symptom. Finally, after 5 months of TTC, I saw those glorious two lines again. Bliss, overjoyed, excited – all the positive emotions all rolled into one. To my dismay, that joy was short lived and I became 1 in 4.
It’s been seven months since the saddest day in sweet April passed. Five months of anxiously hoping my monthly visitor would stand me up. Five months of disappointment when she ultimately arrived.
I never thought I would obsess and research about female fertility as I have this past year. Clearly, from the lack of a bun in the oven, I am no expert in this field. But I have learned a thing or two that I was never aware of before… So I am listing them here in case anyone finds them helpful.
Too little and too much body fat can impact fertility. Maintaining a healthy body weight, achieved through proper diet and exercise, is one of the best things a woman can do to increase her chances of conceiving.
Exposure to pollutants, pesticides, and industrial compounds can decrease a couple’s ability to have children by up to 29%, according to a 2013 study published in Environmental Health Perspectives. These chemicals include PCB’s and phthalates that are often found in personal care items. We started to transition to green products a few years ago when we went vegan. It’s only recently though that I started being a little more selective with my cosmetics and body care.
Through the hormones it produces, the thyroid gland influences almost all of the metabolic processes in your body. The relationship between thyroid and infertility is impacted if your hormones become imbalanced, it can have a negative impact on reproductive health, making it difficult to achieve a pregnancy. This is something that I will be addressing with my doctor during my next visit.
- Overactive thyroid produces too many hormones
- Underactive thyroid leads to inadequate hormone levels which can prevent ovulation
- Women with hypothyroidism are more susceptible to miscarriages than women with normal hormone levels
Studies show that too much and too vigorous exercise can affect fertility. One theory is because it affects the lutheal phase (typical two week wait). Hormones like progesterone are affected with too much exercise which interferes with the implantation of a fertilized egg. Other hormones like GnRH, LH, FSH, and estradiol (responsible for regulating the reproductive system) are also impacted which can lead to infertility.
Those are a few things I am keeping in mind these next few months as we begin trying for our rainbow baby again. I am exploring other options that may increase my chances of conceiving like ovulations strips and also the Stork OTC. I’ve been seeing and reading reviews about this product a lot recently and it was serendipitous when I was given the opportunity to discuss the product.
The Stork® OTC is the only conception device FDA cleared over-the-counter for use at home that is designed to help you with becoming pregnant during your fertile window. It’s comprised of two parts: the Conceptacle®, a cervical cap that collects sperm and the applicator, used to place the sperm close to the woman’s cervix which stays in place for up to six hours. This method delivers a 3.23% higher sperm concentration to the cervix than traditional intercourse. It’s also inserted and removed the same way a tampon is.
The Stork OTC is available for $59.99 at most retailers, including my favorite: Target. You can also find it at www.storkotc.com.
If you are currently TTC, be on the look out for the Stork OTC upcoming Twitter party on November 29th at 8pm EST. Chat with fellow mama hopefuls about all things TTC and get answers to questions you may have! #GettingPregnant & #StorkOTC