Sperm Friendly Lubricant for Conception

Astroglide Trying To Conceive (TTC) Personal Lubricant   40 ml  (in 8 x 5ml  pre-filled applicators)

Sperm-Friendly Personal Lubricant

Specially formulated for couples who are trying to conceive, Astroglide TTC supports fertility with adjusted pH levels, compatible osmolality and a consistency similar to your body?s cervical mucus. Each package contains 8 pre-filled disposable applicators that make it easy to coat the inside of the vagina, supplementing natural fluids and enhancing comfort.

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Sperm-Friendly Personal Lubricant

Specially formulated for couples who are trying to conceive, Astroglide TTC supports fertility with adjusted pH levels, compatible osmolality and a consistency similar to your body?s cervical mucus. Each package contains 8 pre-filled disposable applicators that make it easy to coat the inside of the vagina, supplementing natural fluids and enhancing comfort.

- See more at: http://www.astroglide.com/ttc/about-ttc/#sthash.HjHDERLq.dpuf

Sperm-Friendly Personal Lubricant

Specially formulated for couples who are trying to conceive, Astroglide TTC supports fertility with adjusted pH levels, compatible osmolality and a consistency similar to your body?s cervical mucus. Each package contains 8 pre-filled disposable applicators that make it easy to coat the inside of the vagina, supplementing natural fluids and enhancing comfort.

- See more at: http://www.astroglide.com/ttc/about-ttc/#sthash.HjHDERLq.dpuf
Astroglide TTC Trying To Conceive Personal Lubricant
Sperm Friendly water based Personal Lubricant specially formulated for couples who are trying to conceive, Astroglide TTC fertility friendly lubricant supports fertility with adjusted / elevated pH levels, compatible osmolality and a consistency similar to your body?s cervical mucus. Each package contains 8 x 5ml pre-filled disposable applicators that make it easy to coat the inside of the vagina, supplementing natural fluids and enhancing comfort, to assist trying to conceive / getting pregnant.  Click here for more information on Astroglide TTC and your ovulation cycle.
Astroglide TTC Trying to Conceive Applicator

 

 

How it Works    

 

When trying to conceive, it is vital to provide an environment where sperm has a chance of survival. Environmental conditions are affected by pH levels, osmolality (the concentration of substances like sodium and potassium) and the consistency of egg white cervical mucus. During ovulation, pH levels are greatly increased. Traditional Astroglide lubricants are pH balanced / stable and may affect these conditions and inhibit sperm motility.  Studies have shown that Astroglide TTC is compatible with sperm, oocytes and embryos and allows sperm to move freely. Astroglide TTC is specially formulated with adjusted pH levels, compatible osmolality and a consistency similar to that of your own cervical mucus, making it less likely to hinder sperm motility. Astroglide TTC also contains galactose, which is found naturally in semen, as well as fructose, the main source of energy for sperm. Like all Astroglide products, TTC also temporarily relieves vaginal dryness during sexual activity. It has been specifically created based on gynaecological research to supplement your natural lubrication.

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Did you know that when a woman is ovulating, her pH levels are accelerated? During ovulation, pH levels can increase by 30% or more, is the best environment for aiding the mobility of sperm cells.

Using a pH balanced lubricant can only serve to complicate matters by reducing a female?s ovulation pH levels even further, impacting sperm mobility. If you and your partner are trying to conceive, it?s highly important to use a sperm friendly lubricant and, ideally, a specially formulated conception lubricant.

Increase your chance of conception with sperm friendly lubricant

Fertility lubricant products like Astroglide?s ?Trying to Conceive sperm friendly lubricant? are especially formulated to increase a couple?s chance of conception. Trying to Conceive lubrication products are especially formulated to actively support fertility, helping to stabilise elevated or adjusted pH levels that can occur during ovulation.

Not only this, but TTC sperm friendly lubricants offer a fluid consistency specifically designed to mimic the body?s cervical mucus and ensure compatible osmolality.

How does TTC sperm friendly lubricant work?

As our Astroglide TTC sperm friendly lubricants are compatible with sperm, oocytes and embryos and elevate and stabilise pH levels, they allow sperm to move much more freely. Astroglide TTC also contains galactose, an ingredient naturally found in semen, and fructose, which is the main energy source for sperm.

Like all of our Astroglide lubricants, Trying To Conceive sperm friendly lubricant also temporarily relieves vaginal dryness and the itching than can result, which can be common during ovulation. This makes sexual activity a much more pleasurable experience and continues to support your natural lubrication ensuring that sexual intercourse can be continuously enjoyed during ovulation.

When is the best time to use TTC sperm friendly lubricant?

If you are trying to conceive, the optimum time to use an Astroglide TTC sperm friendly lubricant is immediately before sexual intercourse when your body is at its most fertile. For women with a typical 28-day menstrual cycle, their most fertile period is within 5 days before and up to the day of ovulation.

How do I use TTC sperm friendly lubricant?

Each package of TTC sperm friendly lubricant contains 8 x 5mls pre-fill disposable applicators. The applicators make it much easier to coat the inside of your vagina with the lubricant and maximise your chance of conception. Follow the steps below to accurately apply the lubricant:

  • Remove the applicator from the wrapper and grasp making sure the nozzle is in an upright position.
  • Screw off the applicator tab and carefully insert the nozzle-end into the vagina.
  • Squeeze the bulb end of the applicator slightly 2-3 times to coat the sperm friendly lubricant directly into the vagina.
  • Remove the applicator and discard.

One must insert the applicators only once. If more lubrication is desired, use a new applicator or apply by hand.

Purchase Trying to Conceive, the leading sperm friendly lubricant Australia has to offer, directly from the Astroglide online store or from leading pharmacies across Australia.

Astroglide also supplies a number of other personal lubricants for sale online.

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Even when not trying to conceive, Astroglide TTC can be used by women who prefer to use a lubricant with easy to use disposable applicators.  Natural Rubber Latex condom safe and Polyisoprene Condom safe.

 

 

TTC And Your Ovulation Cycle

If you are actively trying to conceive, the best time to use Astroglide TTC is immediately before intercourse when your body is most fertile. For a woman with the average 28-day menstrual cycle, this is within 5 days before and up to the day of ovulation.

 

*This chart reflects the average 28-day cycle. Ovulation cycles may vary from 21-35 days. If your cycle is irregular, the day of ovulation may be determined by observing when your basal body temperature (BBT) reaches its peak. Speak to your healthcare provider about possible signs of ovulation
How do I use the applicators? To use Astroglide TTC, remove the applicator from its wrapper and hold with its nozzle pointed upright. Twist off the tab and discard. Gently insert the nozzle-end into vagina and squeeze the bulb end of the applicator 2-3 times to deposit TTC directly into the vaginal cavity. Remove the applicator while still squeezing the bulb end and discard it. Use / insert the applicators only once. If more lubrication is desired, use a new applicator or apply by hand. When using condoms, do not apply directly from the applicator - apply a small amount by hand to inner and outer surfaces of the condom.
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Fertility Support - general tips not medical advice, for which you should consult your Doctor, healthcare professional or IVF Clinic.

Everyday Activities that Affect Fertility

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When trying to conceive, many individuals start to obsess about their every daily activity. Thinking about what you should do and what you should not do and what you should eat and what you should not eat can begin to take over your life and drive even the most normal person crazy. We are firm believers that everything in moderation makes the most sense, especially when trying to conceive. For this reason, we wanted to touch base about some of the most common topics that we feel people are most concerned about.


Coffee Talk. 

Everybody loves their coffee, including people that are trying to conceive, and lucky for them, avoiding all caffeinated beverages in order to conceive is completely unnecessary. 

Most  recommend that pregnant women consume a maximum of one caffeinated beverage per day,  we believe that 1 to 2 caffeinated beverages a day while trying to conceive is completely permitted. Stopping normal activity like drinking your daily cup of coffee just to increase your chances of pregnancy does not help.

 

Hitting the Gym.

Exercise is great, and in moderation, very helpful for everyone. Exercise allows you to clear your mind and forget about your daily activities and stressors and keeps your body in healthy shape. Extreme exercising, however, isn?t so great. 

 

Again, moderation is very important in the area of exercise and physical activity. Many studies have shown that excessive amounts of exercise and a BMI (body mass index) that is below normal can decrease your chances of normal ovulation and menstrual cycling. For this reason, we think it is appropriate to exercise two to three times a week and to limit cardiovascular activity to 20 to 30 minutes at a time.

 

Diving Into the Drive-Through. 

Eating healthy is important, always. What you intake can affect your overall health in many ways. Eating a healthy, well-balanced diet that includes all food groups and three small healthy snacks a day is very important for pregnant women and also for women trying to conceive. 

 

If you are overweight, you can still have three healthy, weight-loss promoting meals a day to help promote an ideal weight. Any diet that has excessive amounts of one food group or lacks complete categories of food is not healthy. Limiting saturated fats and promoting high-protein and higher fiber foods is an excellent way of promoting good health. Foods that contain large amounts of antioxidants such as berries and leafy green vegetables are excellent and provide an amazing source of vitamins.

Staying Sexy. 

When and when not to have sex while trying to conceive sometimes takes all the fun out of a healthy sexual relationship. An ovulation predictor kit can help by using urine samples to determine days of ovulation. 

 

Once the kit is positive, that night and the following night are probably the most important times during the month to have sex. We advise couples that are trying to conceive to not plan their intimate sensual moments around an ovulation predictor kit and highly recommend promoting a healthy sexual relationship throughout the month.

 

Lovemaking with Lube.

For many people, trying to conceive causes a significant amount of stress that decreases the normal arousal and lubrication of the vagina. Many people are not even aware that lubricant they are using is actually harmful for sperm motility and decreased their chances of fertility. There are very few lubricants that are compatible with sperm, oocytes and embryos.

 

Astroglide currently has their newest product called TTC (Trying to Conceive) that?s a natural-feeling, sperm-friendly lubricant. The use of TTC will allow people to continue to have an enjoyable intercourse when trying to conceive. Becoming a parent should not be a stressful time and trying to keep the romance and fun in a relationship is incredibly important during this challenging time.

Questions You Should Ask Your Healthcare Professional when Trying to Get Pregnant


Walking into a fertility healthcare professionals office can be very intimidating, and it?s probably one of the last things anyone wants to do. For 15% of the  population, infertility is a diagnosis that makes that visit to a reproductive endocrinology and infertility specialist a reality. Many individuals struggle with fertility due to aspects of their age, their ovulation status, their hormonal imbalances, or other issues related to their reproductive systems. Luckily, technologies and innovations in the world of fertility have made successful outcomes possible for most people struggling with infertility.


We are going to be discussing some of the important questions that any person should be asking their fertility specialist upon first visit. 

 

1: How might my birth control affect my fertility?

Many people are concerned about the length of time they have been taking birth control over the years and are worried that it could have declined their fertility. To an extent, this is not true and not a big issue. Taking birth control for long periods of time can slightly decrease the activity of eggs that should exist on an ovary, but going off birth control for a few months generally allows people to go back to where their normal levels should be. Once stopping birth control, the body generally goes back to its normal state within 6 months and 6 cycles of being off of any hormonal contraception. Additionally, birth control does not ?preserve? your fertility. If for any reason your body has not returned to normal after 6 months of being off of your birth control pill, this is a topic that should be brought to the attention of your fertility specialist.

 

2:  How can you chart ovulation effectively?

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One of the most important things about trying to conceive on one?s own is to make sure you know when you?re ovulating. This is very easily said; however, for many people, it can be rather difficult to actually implement. While many people these days like to use an app on their phone to understand when they are ovulating, they don?t work for everyone. Often, these apps are built around a standard ovulation cycle, meaning that they won?t be a good fit for everyone, as many people have cycles that are shorter or longer than the average 28 days. 

Instead, we would recommend the use of ovulation predictor kits, which check certain hormones, specifically the LH hormone, which is released in the urine about 24 hours before ovulation and is an excellent predictor of when ovulation takes place. Most people start to check their urine tests daily at around cycle day 10. Generally, we count the first day of full flow of her period as the first day of the cycle and 10 days later would count as day 10. Starting on day 10, people are advised to pee on the stick once a day in the morning, and when that kit turns positive, it?s likely the next day will be the start of ovulation. More sophisticated systems such as the digital ovulation predictor kits monitor the process of ovulation on the first day of the cycle and can be more accurate at times. For most of these systems, the LH rise in hormones occurs 24 hours before ovulation and is the number-one predictor that ovulation will be occurring the next day. If for any reason an ovulation predictor kit is repeatedly showing you that you are not ovulating, you should consult a fertility specialist.

 

3:  How could my past medical history affect fertility?

Meeting with a fertility specialist for the initial consultation is a great time to discuss all aspects of a person?s previous medical and family history. Certain genetic disorders can affect fertility, and for this reason it?s important to present them to your fertility specialist. Additionally, knowing a person?s medical history and confirming that a recent physical examination has been performed (and is completely within normal limits) allows the fertility specialist to move forward with treatment and not worry about additional items that have not already been examined. 

 

Medical history should definitely include social history and environmental exposure history, so aspects such as tobacco use, alcohol use, drug use, and environmental toxins can all be discussed at the time of the consultation. In terms of a family  history, many people have hereditary that cause irregular menstrual cycles and can affect fertility as well, and this should be brought up at that time. 

 

4: How could immunisations (or a lack of them) affect fertility?

At the time of a physical examination or specific visit with a fertility specialist, a discussion about previous immunisation usually comes up, and it is important for your fertility specialist to check to make sure that you are immune to both rubella, which is measles, and varicella, which is chickenpox. Both of these infections can cause significant fetal abnormalities if contracted during pregnancy, and since vaccines are available for both, it is important to find out if you need the vaccination or not. Depending on which immunisation are given, a one to six month waiting period is necessary before conception should occur. Please make sure you discuss your most current immunisation with either your general doctor or your fertility specialist.

 

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During a thorough consultation discussing the health aspects of a person's fertility, it is very important to present to your fertility specialist all medications, supplements, and herbs that you are taking. Many supplements and medications can affect the well-being of offspring and also affect conception in itself. 

 

Also, starting a prenatal vitamin or folic acid supplement along with a DHA omega-3 fish oil may be beneficial for women prior to conception. 

 

As you can see, visiting a fertility specialist can be very educational -- and at the same time overwhelming. For many people, the timing of fertility and checking ovulation predictor kits, and even the smallest questions such as which lubricants are best to use, can become very overwhelming. People  must be aware that certain lubricants like TTC, which stands for Trying To Conceive, by the makers of Astroglide, are fine to use during the time of intercourse when trying to conceive, but other regular Astroglide lubricants can be detrimental to the process. These are just some of the items that may come up during a consultation. It is very important for women to be organised and understand the explanations that their fertility specialists are giving them to make sure their doctor is a great fit for them.

 

How Does Age Affect Fertility?

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For many people, the passing of time occurs so quickly that we just don?t realise how we hit certain milestones like our 30th and 40th birthdays. For women, the biological clock never stops, and even while most women are working hard to achieve their personal goals, their eggs and ovaries continue to age with them ? these things don?t just slow down to make things easier!

 

Luckily, understanding the aging process can provide some insight into how it affects your fertility and what you can do about it. 

Eggs and Aging 

Even when she?s just a fetus in her mother?s uterus, the average female has approximately 20 million eggs inside of her. At birth, those 20 million eggs have already been reduced to two million. By the first menstrual cycle around the age of 12 or 13, the number of eggs has shrunk even more from two million to approximately 400,000. From the age of 13 until the age of approximately 51, which is the average age of menopause in Australia, it seems logical to expect many eggs to still be available for conception, but the truth is every month when one egg is released, there are approximately 1,000 or more eggs that die in that process.

 

The quality of an egg is directly correlated to the age of the female and the amount of time that the egg has been around. Peak fertility ages are between the ages of 20 and 27 and many studies have shown that for the average woman a decline of egg quality may begin around the age of 27. Every year that passes beyond that, there is a more and more significant drop in egg quality and also egg number. Many women feel like a line is drawn in the sand at the age of 35 ? and for good reason. Many studies have shown that women 35 years of age or older may have more difficulty getting pregnant or may be at high risk for complications during their pregnancies.

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Can the aging process be stopped?

Many women ask if there are steps they can take to stop the aging process. This is a very complicated question and difficult to answer. To start, living a healthy lifestyle of course is recommended. All of your doctors will tell you to do everything you can to be healthy including eating a healthy diet, exercising, not smoking or drinking excessively, and of course not using illegal substances.

 

However, your fertility doctor may also offer you some additional tips when it comes to your everyday activities. Excessive amounts of exercise and exposure to heat and chemicals of any kind may be toxic to your health and especially affect your eggs. Overweight women who don?t exercise and eat a poor diet may see these habits lead to poorer quality eggs as well. Having a well-balanced diet and trying to be as healthy as possible with a large amount of antioxidant intake can be very helpful ? however, even this will not stop the aging of eggs and a normal decline of pregnancy rates with age.

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Are supplements the fountain of fertility youth?

Currently, there are many supplements on the market that claim to help people have better quality eggs and slow the aging process of the reproductive system. There are only a couple endorsed by medical literature that we believe have any merit.

 

Coenzyme Q10 also known as CoQ10 is a strong antioxidant and at doses of 200 mg three times a day has been shown to decrease the oxidative damage (cellular damage) to all eggs that remain within the ovary. Additionally, DHEA, which is a very mild male hormone that converts into estrogen in the female body, when taken at 25 mg orally three times a day has also been shown to help promote growth of the eggs that still remain in the female body. But keep in mind ? none of these medications and supplements will increase or change the total number of eggs.

 

Other Reproductive Issues Caused by Age

Although egg number and quality are some of the most widely discussed issues when it comes to trying to conceive as you age, they aren?t the only factors at play. When it comes to sexual desire and comfort during intercourse, the aging process can also affect women by causing vaginal dryness, which can make sex uncomfortable.

 

Luckily Astroglide TTC (Trying to Conceive) is a personal lubricant which doesn?t impede the transport of sperm into the uterine cavity, making it a great choice for partners who want to become parents. For these reasons it can be a helpful tool to have on-hand while trying to conceive ? especially if you experience vaginal dryness during intercourse caused by age.

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Preparing for the Aging Process by Planning Ahead

Despite the effects of aging on the reproductive system, many women simply don?t want to have children at a younger age (or aren?t able to for any number of reasons). For these women, the best recommendation that we could make is to think ahead and consider the egg freezing process. This can help you later in life if you decide you want to have children but have infertility issues. It?s important to remember that no matter how much you plan and how healthy a lifestyle you may live, the process of aging will occur for everyone, and having the security of knowing that younger, healthier eggs are frozen and available for the future can be very reassuring.

 

Our 5 Favourite Fertility Apps

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Trying to conceive? There's an app for that. In fact, there are quite a few! Tracking your fertility and your menstrual cycle used to require a calendar, some graph paper and lots of organisation, but now you can do it all conveniently from your mobile device.

With so many great fertility apps out there, it?s hard to imagine that people have managed to reproduce for thousands of years without smartphones. Let?s take a look at a few of our favorites

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Plenty of fertility apps help you track your cycle, but OvuView is full of rich charts and visualisations to help you keep tabs on your various fertility symptoms, from basal body temperature to breast tenderness to mood. If you?re not a fertility expert before picking up this app, you likely will be a few weeks into using it.

 

Pros: OvuView allows you to use various methods to keep track of your fertility, including the 21/20 Day Rule, the Doering Rule and the 5 Day Dry Up Rule, and includes accuracy percentages for each method. The charts and interface are beautifully designed, giving you a full 360-degree view of your fertility. In terms of richness of features and quality sex ed, OvuView tops our list of fertility apps.

 

Cons: Despite its well-designed user interface, the wealth of information on OvuView might overwhelm couples who are just trying to conceive for the first time. Also, if you?re an iPhone user, you?re out of luck ? OvuView is only available on Android at this time.

 

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2. Fertility Friend

Like OvuView, Fertility Friend helps you plot out your fertile window (that is, the time conception is most likely to occur during your cycle) based on symptoms like basal temperature and cervical mucous. Fertility Friend?s makers promise over 15 years of fertility expertise and 650,000 pregnancies.

 

Pros: Unlike OvuView, Fertility Friend is available both on Android and iOS, so you don?t have to worry about switching operating systems while you?re trying to conceive.

Cons: While Fertility Friend is feature-rich and has plenty of charts, its? user interface design isn?t quite as fun or elegant as that of OvuView.

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Clue is a period and fertility tracker that?s as serious about ovulation as it is about technology and design, promising ?no flowers, butterflies, euphemisms or pink ? ever.? If you?re trying to conceive and hate cutesy terms like ?sexytimes? or ?bun in the oven,? this is the app for you.

Pros: Clue probably wins our vote for ?Best Looking Fertility App.? Take one look at the user interface and you?ll know why. Plus, it?s available both for Android and iOS, and even includes Apple Watch integration. What time is it? Time to make some babies.

Cons: While Clue?s UI is gorgeous, you may find you prefer the more straightforward charts and calendars in OvuView or Fertility Friend.

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Lady-Comp is more than just an app ? it?s an all-in-one fertility tracking device, including a basal thermometer and a computer that charts your fertility symptoms.

Pros: Lady-Comp only takes a few seconds of your day to record ovulation symptoms. It?s basically your one-stop shop for fertility. After you?re done trying to conceive, you can continue using the Lady-Comp as a form of natural family planning (NFP) contraception.

Cons: While the other apps in this list are free, incurring a small investment if you pony up for the pro features, the Lady Comp will set you back $495. If you want the convenience of an all-in-one device, that might be worth it to you ? but if not, you can always just buy a basal thermometer and download one of the other fertility apps on this list.

5. Period Tracker Pro (Pink Pad)

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Available on iOS and Android, Pink Pad is a popular app that not only enables you to track your cycles and fertility, but also connects
you to forums and networks, advertising ?the largest trying to conceive mobile community in the world!?

Pros: The social aspect of Pink Pad makes it stand out among other fertility apps. Whether you?re trying to conceive, learning more about women?s health or trying to shed some pounds, there?s a group for you. Plus, it can be fun to customize the notifications you receive. Period time? ?There will be blood.? Ovulating? ?Get down tonight!? Get creative with it!

Cons: While we think switching up the Pink Pad UI themes is kind of fun, they?re all pretty stereotypically girly. ?Pink? is in the name, so if that sort of thing turns you off, you?re better off sticking to Clue.

 

With today?s technology, getting to know your cycle and your fertility signs is more convenient than ever. But it takes more than a smartphone to make a baby! Improve your chances by reading up on conception tips, and grab a bottle of Astroglide TTC personal lubricant instead of a traditional lubricant. Everyone knows that sex is more fun when it?s slippery, but if you don?t use the right kind of lube, you might be slowing down your swimmers. Astroglide TTC is specially formulated to imitate the PH levels, osmolality and consistency of your cervical mucous. Use it during your fertile window and the sperm can move freely.

 

Oh: and remember to have fun. You?re making a baby, after all!

Glossary of Fertility Terms
Basal Body Temperature - Your body temperature in the morning before you get out of bed
Cervical Mucus - Mucus produced by the cervix that increases in quantity and develops an egg-white consistency as ovulation approaches
Embryo - A fertilised egg.
Motility - The ability of sperm to move by themselves.
Oocyte - An immature egg cell that matures during the menstrual cycle and eventually becomes an egg.
Osmolality - A measure of the osmotic pressure exerted by a solution across a semi-permeable membrane. Osmotic pressure depends on the number of dissolved particles in a solution. Osmolality that is too high or too low can kill sperm.
Ovulation - When the ovaries release a mature egg that is ready for fertilisation.
Sperm - The main agents of male reproduction, which are produced in the testes and released into the semen.

Commonly Used Acronyms

Blogs and forums that discuss conception can be full of unfamiliar abbreviations. As you delve into more research, you might frequently come across the following acronyms:

  • 2WW - 2 Week Wait
  • AF - Aunt Flo/Menstrual Cycle
  • BBT - Basal Body Temperature
  • BD - Baby Dance
  • Beta - HCG Pregnancy Test
  • BFN - Big Fat Negative
  • BFP - Big Fat Positive
  • CD - Cycle Day
  • CM - Cervical Mucus
  • DE - Donor Eggs
  • DH - Dear Husband
  • DW - Dear Wife
  • EPT - Early Pregnancy Test
  • ET - Egg Transfer
  • HPT - Home Pregnancy Test
  • IVF - In Vitro Fertilisation
  • IVF / ET - In Vitro Fertilization & Embryo Transfer
  • LSP - Low Sperm Count
  • MF - Male Factor
  • O, OV - Ovulation
  • POAS - Pee On A Stick
  • SA - Semen Analysis

 

 

Astroglide TTC Ingredients:  Purified Water, Propylene Glycol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Fructose, Galactose, Sodium Phosphate, Potass ium Phosphate, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Sodium Hydroxide
Always read the label, use only as directed

How to Keep Your Sperm Count High

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Just as a mother-to-be prepares her body for conception, men should take steps boost their own fertility.

 

 

Try a few minor lifestyle changes to help keep your sperm count as high as possible

 

Let your boys breathe. High temperatures in the testicles can lower your sperm count. While trying to conceive, avoid tight clothing, frequent bike rides, hot baths and saunas.

 

Avoid excessive exercise. Working out to maintain a healthy weight can help fertility, but overdoing it may lower male sperm levels and cause an adverse effect. Make sure to exercise in moderation.

 

Reduce stress. Trying to have a baby can be taxing on both your mind and body. Take time to relax throughout the day with massages, walks or whatever calms you down when you feel anxious.

 

Steer clear of illegal drugs and alcohol. Tobacco, marijuana and alcoholic beverages have been linked to low sperm count and can hinder fertility.

 

Keep away from pesticides. Chemicals used in traditional farming can affect the quality of sperm. Eat organic fruits and vegetables whenever possible.

 

Keep in mind that a man?s overall health can be just as crucial to conception as that of a woman. Work together with your partner to make healthy choices every day for the best chance of becoming parents.

 

What You Should Know About Sperm

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When you and your partner are trying to bring a baby into the world, it may prove helpful to have your semen tested early in the process.

 

A healthcare professional can determine what steps to you need to take to keep your sperm healthy and abundant. A male fertility test will typically measure:

 

1. Sperm count

Your sperm count is a measure of how many sperm are in a given amount of semen - the average is about 100 million sperm per ejaculation. It only takes one sperm to fertilise an egg, but most sperm do not survive the journey through the reproductive tract. A high sperm count increases the chances of one making it to the egg.

 

2. Semen quantity

The chances of pregnancy are also affected by the amount of semen in ejaculate. Around 2-6 milliliters of semen is considered normal, while less than that may not be enough to make a baby.

 

3. Sperm motility

This is a measure of how many sperm are moving, as well as the direction of their movement. At least 50% of sperm should be moving forward in a straight line one hour after ejaculation.

 

After a doctor has established that you are fertile, timing is also an important factor in conception. Once inside a woman?s body, sperm can live for up to 5 days ? so even if you have sex before the most fertile point in her cycle, there is a chance that she will get pregnant. And though sperm production continues throughout a man?s entire life, sperm count may decrease with age.

 

3 Everyday Chemicals That Affect Fertility

If you're trying to conceive, you're probably limiting your alcohol intake and staying away from things like cigarettes. But did you know that you still may be exposing yourself to chemicals that can hurt your fertility?

 

It?s hard enough overcoming infertility without everyday household items slowing down your babymaking progress. If you?ve been trying to conceive for several months and not getting those tell-tale two lines on your pregnancy test, you may want to consider avoiding the following chemicals: 

 

1. The Culprit: Perfluorinated Chemicals (PFCs)

Where It?s Found: Certain fabrics, paints and polishes, carpets, cleaning products

You read that right: PFCs in your carpet may be slowing down your fertility progress. But don?t tear it up just yet ? studies show that women with a higher level of PFCs in their blood tend to wait longer to get pregnant, but it doesn?t mean that pregnancy doesn?t happen. And unfortunately, PFCs aren?t chemicals you can easily avoid. General environmental exposure poses a greater issue to your fertility than routine use of consumer products.

While you probably can?t be completely PFC-free, it makes it that much more important to take other health precautions (like eating a healthy diet and getting your folic acid) when you?re trying to conceive.

2. The Culprit: Bisphenol-A (BPA)

Where It?s Found: Plastic containers, including reusable water bottles, food storage containers and plastic bags

Warnings about BPAs are so commonplace now. Reproduction is a complicated orchestra of different hormones doing just the right thing at just the right time, and BPAs change the way those hormones function, making it harder to get pregnant and carry a pregnancy to term.

Unlike PFCs, however, BPAs are much easier to avoid. Look for plastic products that say ?BPA free,? use glassware in the microwave and for other hot foods, and avoid canned foods while you?re trying to conceive.

3. The Culprit: Phthalates

Where It?s Found: Body care products, like shampoos and deodorants, some plastic containers, vinyl dust 

 

Not just a pain to pronounce, phthalates can cause fertility issues in men. A year-long study following 500 couples trying to conceive found that men with the highest blood level of phthalates were 20% less likely to get their partners pregnant. As with BPAs, you can reduce your phthalate exposure by looking for household products that say they?re phthalate free, paying particular attention to your personal care products.

And one more thing: many of those phthalates turn up in household dust, so make sure you?re dusting regularly (and wear a protective mask when you do!).

Your Quick and Easy Pre-Pregnancy Diet

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When?s the best time to get healthy for your baby? That answer is easy: now, of course! Whether you?re trying to conceive for the first time, second time or beyond, it?s never too early ? or too late ? to optimise your nutrition to be the healthiest parent you can be.

 

There are plenty of reasons to consider changing up your diet when you?re ready to make a baby. The healthier you are, the more fertile you are, so eating a healthy pre-pregnancy diet can help you boost your fertility through nutrition. Plus, continuing those good habits throughout your pregnancy will lead to a healthier baby.

 

Want to eat healthier, but don?t know where to get started? While nothing replaces the advice of a highly qualified dietician, here are a few tips for a nutritious pre-pregnancy diet.

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Make Sure You?re Getting Your Vitamins

You?ve likely heard that pregnant women are often encouraged to take folic acid, a specific type of B vitamin vital to a healthy pregnancy. It?s never too early to start supplementing, especially if you become pregnant sooner than you expected. You may choose to start taking a prenatal vitamin now, or you can eat foods naturally rich in this nutrient.

 

Citrus fruits, spinach, broccoli and asparagus are delicious ways of getting your folic acid in ? try a mandarin orange salad with fresh spinach for a yummy, vitamin-rich meal.

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Eat an Adequate Amount of Calories

Maintaining a healthy weight makes it easier to get pregnant and have a healthy pregnancy. Keeping track of how many calories you eat can help you gain, lose or maintain your weight, depending on what your goals are. There are many calorie calculators available on the Internet to help you get an estimate of how much you should be eating based on your height, weight and activity level. When you become pregnant, your doctor can help you determine how many calories you should eat (contrary to popular belief, you don?t need to double your intake!)

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Eat a Healthy Balance of Macronutrients (Protein, Fat and Carbohydrates)

Macronutrients are the three basic building blocks of your diet, and it?s important to eat them in a healthy balance in order to optimise your nutrition. What that balance like depends on your current health and activity levels ? for example, if you exercise frequently, you may need more protein to repair your muscles, and you may need to reduce carbohydrates to strike the right balance in your pre-pregnancy diet.

 

Lean meats, nuts, legumes and certain grains, like quinoa, are all excellent sources of protein, while vegetables, fruits and whole grains are healthy, high-fiber sources of carbohydrates. While fat is sometimes seen as the enemy of health, it?s important to eat healthy sources of fat, like avocados, walnuts and olives. In general, you should consume refined sugars only in moderation, if at all, so now is a better time than ever to ditch your soda or candy habit.

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Sperm Has Dietary Needs, Too

While eating a healthy pre-pregnancy diet is one way to prepare for conception, it?s also important to make sure your personal lubricant isn?t holding you back. Astroglide TTC is pH balanced and similar in viscosity to your natural cervical fluid, so that it doesn?t inhibit sperm motility. In addition, TTC contains galactose, which is found naturally in semen, as well as fructose, a sugar that serves as sperm?s main energy source.

So while you?re out stocking up on healthy foods for your pre-pregnancy diet, pick up a bottle of Astroglide lube ? you can find it in these locations.

 

 

These are general tips, not medical advice, for which you should consult your healthcare professional
 

Always read the label, use only as directed