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Pregnancy / Fertility

Our Pregnancy/Fertility section contains medications, natural therapies and hormone test kits to help improve fertility and increase the chance of conception.

The different classes of Pregnancy/Fertility products are listed on the left of the page and when you click on one of these, the principal brand name products display in the left column and generic alternatives to the right

Use the search feature to quickly find the product you are looking for, by entering either the active ingredient, e.g. clomiphene or the product name, e.g. Fertomid. 

Our Pregnancy/Fertility section contains medications, natural therapies and hormone test kits to help improve fertility and increase the chance of conception.

The different classes of Pregnancy/Fertility products are listed on the left of the page and when you click on one of these, the principal brand name products display in the left column and generic alternatives to the right

Use the search feature to quickly find the product you are looking for, by entering either the active ingredient, e.g. clomiphene or the product name, e.g. Fertomid. 
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Natural fertility

Fertility is the natural ability to reproduce.  A woman’s fertility depends on several factors, including her age, menstrual cycle regularity, nutrition and general health, and increases from puberty reaching its peak during the early 20s.  Fertility then begins to fall after age 35, although conception is possible both before and after these ages.  The concept of a ticking biological clock is related to the natural fall in fertility and therefore, decreased chance of conception.  However, infertility can be unrelated to age and can be due to several other factors.  For a man, fertility is not affected by age until after he reaches his mid 50s. 

The fertile window

The fertile window defines the most fertile period of the menstrual cycle when conception is most likely to occur and is usually two days before and two days after ovulation, which is when the egg is released into the fallopian tube.  This window also depends on the lifespan of sperm, which is usually 5 days and the lifespan of the egg, which is usually 24 hours.  The menstrual cycle can vary considerably and therefore, to become pregnant, it is important to know your own cycle. 

Preparing for pregnancy  

There are several lifestyle factors that can be help improve health and wellbeing in preparation for pregnancy.  These include:

  • Good nutrition, by eating a balanced diet with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, particularly those rich in antioxidants; high fat foods can reduce fertility
  • Supplements may be needed for iron, vitamin A and calcium, if sufficient amounts are not provided from the diet, but only after discussion with a health professional
  • Taking regular moderate exercise
  • Keeping body weight within healthy boundaries, as obesity can reduce fertility in women
  • Exclude caffeine from the diet as it can reduce chance of conception in women, although it does not appear to affect sperm
  • Quit smoking and alcohol as both can reduce fertility and be harmful to the foetus

Folic acid

Folate is a B group vitamin that is found naturally in leafy vegetables like spinach, silver beet, broccoli and cabbage, also in citrus fruits like oranges, and in liver, wholemeal bread and legumes.  Folic acid that is found in dietary supplements and fortified foods and beverages is more bio-available (more readily absorbed and used in the body) and more stable, than naturally occurring folate in food.  Folic acid is known to prevent neural tube defects like spina bifida.  Since it would require large amounts of folate containing foods to be consumed to provide sufficient amounts, supplementing the diet with folic acid is recommended by the Ministry of Health.  When trying to get pregnant and up to 12 weeks into the pregnancy a dose of 0.8mgs per day is recommended, although a higher dose (5mg per day) may be needed for women with increased risk of neural tube defect in pregnancy.  

References

http://fertilityassociates3-px.rtrk.co.nz/Home.aspx

http://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/preventative-health-wellness/nutrition/folate-folic-acid
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Natural fertility

Fertility is the natural ability to reproduce.  A woman’s fertility depends on several factors, including her age, menstrual cycle regularity, nutrition and general health, and increases from puberty reaching its peak during the early 20s.  Fertility then begins to fall after age 35, although conception is possible both before and after these ages.  The concept of a ticking biological clock is related to the natural fall in fertility and therefore, decreased chance of conception.  However, infertility can be unrelated to age and can be due to several other factors.  For a man, fertility is not affected by age until after he reaches his mid 50s. 

The fertile window

The fertile window defines the most fertile period of the menstrual cycle when conception is most likely to occur and is usually two days before and two days after ovulation, which is when the egg is released into the fallopian tube.  This window also depends on the lifespan of sperm, which is usually 5 days and the lifespan of the egg, which is usually 24 hours.  The menstrual cycle can vary considerably and therefore, to become pregnant, it is important to know your own cycle. 

Preparing for pregnancy  

There are several lifestyle factors that can be help improve health and wellbeing in preparation for pregnancy.  These include:

  • Good nutrition, by eating a balanced diet with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, particularly those rich in antioxidants; high fat foods can reduce fertility
  • Supplements may be needed for iron, vitamin A and calcium, if sufficient amounts are not provided from the diet, but only after discussion with a health professional
  • Taking regular moderate exercise
  • Keeping body weight within healthy boundaries, as obesity can reduce fertility in women
  • Exclude caffeine from the diet as it can reduce chance of conception in women, although it does not appear to affect sperm
  • Quit smoking and alcohol as both can reduce fertility and be harmful to the foetus

Folic acid

Folate is a B group vitamin that is found naturally in leafy vegetables like spinach, silver beet, broccoli and cabbage, also in citrus fruits like oranges, and in liver, wholemeal bread and legumes.  Folic acid that is found in dietary supplements and fortified foods and beverages is more bio-available (more readily absorbed and used in the body) and more stable, than naturally occurring folate in food.  Folic acid is known to prevent neural tube defects like spina bifida.  Since it would require large amounts of folate containing foods to be consumed to provide sufficient amounts, supplementing the diet with folic acid is recommended by the Ministry of Health.  When trying to get pregnant and up to 12 weeks into the pregnancy a dose of 0.8mgs per day is recommended, although a higher dose (5mg per day) may be needed for women with increased risk of neural tube defect in pregnancy.  

References

http://fertilityassociates3-px.rtrk.co.nz/Home.aspx

http://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/preventative-health-wellness/nutrition/folate-folic-acid
...Read more

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