optimizing Your Fertility – for Women

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Learning about your fertility level for a woman is a bit more intricate than for a man.

To assess sperm quantity and quality, there are easy, affordable tests that labs offer, and outcomes are fairly accurate to directly assessing his fertility level.

For a woman, the bottom line is, we never know about egg quality, it stays a mystery. Yet, there are many ways to learn about your fertility level, most of which are best done by you yourself, committing time and attention at home.

Learning – yourself-about the physiology and anatomy of your body, and how it works naturally to be fertile, is where to start.

This can be done at the same time as some blood tests and potentially ultrasounds too, and makes your self- assessment of your fertility level the most accurate.

Additionally, learning your own body so intimately will place you at the center of your experience along your path to conceiving optimally.

I recommend doing the bulk of your assessments by tracking yourself at home over 2-3 months. This is done either prior or simultaneous to the tests that a Doc and Clinic will offer. They will do blood tests which ARE relevant but in MOST cases, far from show us the whole picture. For example, blood levels of FSH on day 3 , or AMH can be very inconclusive, unless the numbers are in extreme ranges, and usually for FSH if repeated at least twice.

At the beginning of checking your fertility, the best checks can be done at home.

And then again, either adding or moving on to Clinic-based tests, depending on what we find ourselves.

begin with:

  • over the counter LH urine tests. On amazon is better, even. see my Resources PDF page for more info
  • a daily fertility chart including: basal temp, cervical fluid, & cervical position

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