I live in Vancouver, BC with my husband Bruce, my dog Georgie, and my cat Nunki. We can't have kids, and we've made peace with it. I'm an introverted writer and morning lark! I love school, wine, animals, God, and my Quips and Tips blogs.

Jun 162014
12 Most Common Causes of Fertility Problems

If you’re having problems getting pregnant, you may unknowingly be dealing with the most common causes of fertility problems. Here’s a list of the most common reasons women don’t get pregnant, plus a solution for each problem. The Combo of Ovulation and Pregnancy Test Strips (pictured) is a must-have for women who want to get pregnant. The ovulation test predicts when there is a LH (luteinizing hormone) surge in your body, which tells you when you’re likely to

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Jun 122014
15 Things You Need to Know About Pregnancy After 40

Here’s a summary of the most important things you need to know about pregnancy after 40, mostly from the University of Maryland Medical Center. Since this list isn’t full of good news for women who want to get pregnant after age 40, we’ll start with a resource to help women get pregnant naturally, plus words of hope from the British Pregnancy Advisory Service. You Can Get Pregnant Over 40, Naturally by Sandy Robertson describes tips for

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Jun 102014
Acupuncture for Fertility and Your Chances of Pregnancy

Learn how acupuncture for fertility can affect your chances of getting pregnant. I interviewed an acupuncturist about Chinese medicine and conception rates, and gathered research on acupuncture for fertility. The Zensufu Complete Acupressure Mat and Pillow is a wonderful option if you’re not comfortable with the idea of acupuncture needles. Acupressure is similar to acupuncture, but does not involve an acupuncturist putting needles in various body parts. Nancy Winlove-Smith is a Certified Contemporary Medical Acupuncturist; I interviewed her

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Jun 052014
Alcohol and Fertility – How Drinking Affects Getting Pregnant

If you enjoy a glass of wine occasionally, you’ll be relieved to learn how drinking affects getting pregnant. Here’s what research on alcohol and fertility says about getting pregnant and drinking alcohol. Fertility experts have told me drinking alcohol can affect getting pregnant, and encouraged both me and my husband to stop drinking alcoholic beverages when we were trying to conceive. But research on fertility and alcohol does not support the idea of not drinking

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Jun 022014
Coping With Miscarriage After Fertility Treatments

These suggestions for coping with miscarriage after fertility treatments are based on recent research. Feelings of depression and sadness may be stronger if you miscarried after assisted reproduction (eg, IVF, IUI) than if you got pregnant naturally. About 20% (one in five) of pregnancies that are a result of fertility treatments end in a miscarriage, says Dr. Cheung Sze Yan Charleen of Queen Mary Hospital, Hong Kong. His researchers found that coping with miscarriage after

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May 302014
13 Tips for Getting Pregnant Without Taking Fertility Drugs

When I was trying to conceive, my health specialists gave me everything from clomid to luteinizing hormones. If you want to get pregnant without fertility drugs, this is a good place to start… Some women who are focused on getting pregnant without fertility drugs believe in starting with the pregnancy tests the day after they miss a period! Other women wait until they’ve missed two or three weeks before getting pregnancy results. Either way, you’ll

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May 212014
Fertility Loans - 6 Important Things to Consider

One way to pay for fertility treatments when you can’t afford IVF (in vitro fertilization) is by borrowing money. If fertility loans sound appealing to you, do your homework first. You may be wondering how to get pregnant when you can’t afford IVF. My husband and I were in the same boat – it was inconceivable to come up with thousands of dollars for fertility treatments. We didn’t know about fertility loans, but even if

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Mar 182014
4 Ways to Take the Stress Out of Trying to Conceive

These tips on stressing less when you’re trying to conceive are from the founder of Circle and Bloom, Joanne Verkuilen. She has PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), and had a difficult time getting pregnant. But not only did Joanne conceive, she went on to start a fertility website that helps other women who are trying to conceive! She also writes articles that help women get pregnant. This article on taking the stress out of trying to

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Mar 022014
How Getting Pregnant After Fertility Problems Affects Marriage

The good news is getting pregnant and having a baby after fertility problems will improve your marriage (or so the research shows). The bad news is NOT getting pregnant can negatively affect your relationship – and even cause it to end prematurely (again, according to the research). More good news is that not all couples are affected the same way – no matter what the research says! My husband and I had fertility problems, and

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Dec 112013
How Vitamin B9 Affects Your Plans to Get Pregnant

If you’re planning to get pregnant, you need to take the right vitamins and minerals. Both men and women need to know how vitamin B9 (folate) affects your pregnancy – it’s more important than you think! Here’s a summary of a research study that focused on how vitamin B9 (folate) affects getting pregnant and the unborn baby. If you’re planning to get pregnant, it’s important to pay attention to your man’s diet. Vitamin B9 is

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