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Parenting / Life After Baby Loss

In case you missed it, Headteacher Lisa Sharrock recently wrote for us about trying to conceive and pregnancy after baby loss. This week, Lisa shares sensitively with us how she has been coping with life following her baby loss, what it has felt like and the advice she can offer to others parenting after baby [...]
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Adoption – How Becoming a Foster Mom Changed My Life

At The Ribbon Box, we love sharing real-life stories and alternative routes to parenthood, so that we can better inform people’s decisions and options. We had the pleasure of sharing Rebekah Walker’s journey of foster care and adoption, to mark National Adoption Week – 12th-18th October. Hear how one important decision and phone-call changed her [...]
Can fertility supplements improve PCOS

Can fertility supplements improve PCOS?

PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) brings with it a host of troublesome symptoms and some women don’t realise they have PCOS until they’re trying (and failing) to conceive. Fortunately, there are things you can do to improve your chances of getting pregnant with PCOS, including taking high-quality fertility supplements with specific ingredients.

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Top 5 recommended exercises for improving fertility

Exercises for fertility - choose what works for you Moderate exercise has been known to provide numerous health benefits, including improvement to fertility through reducing cortisol levels and improving ovulation and circulation of blood to the reproductive organs.  But, when going through clinical fertility treatments such as IUI or IVF, women are often advised to [...]
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TTC for the first time? An OB shares 5 expert pointers

Words by Poppy  TTC for the first time is exciting (and a little terrifying). It’s natural to feel overwhelmed with questions and concerns, so we picked up with pre-conception and pregnancy supplement experts, Beli and maternal fetal specialist Dr. Steve Rad to go over your top FAQs. Are you good-to-go with a fertility supplement? Beli’s [...]

Is Celebrity Infertility Relatable?

We understand (in)fertility doesn't discriminate.  But are celebrity infertility stories relatable? Words by Poppy Millar-Maher, featured images credit: Shutterstock.com. Shared Stories Opening up about difficulties conceiving, maintaining a pregnancy or sharing news of a miscarriage is admirable and takes a lot of courage, whether you're in the limelight or not. Recently, Idina Menzel opened up [...]
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Your Ultimate Guide to At-Home Insemination

When you're TTC naturally (and having no luck), you'll probably be tracking your cycle, testing your hormones, taking different fertility supplements and making lifestyle changes - all at home. If you're in a heterosexual couple, you may decide to try sperm-friendly fertility lube... all in an attempt to get pregnant faster. It's not uncommon to [...]
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Sex while TTC – let’s reframe it

For many, many people, the realisation dawns around two months in to trying to conceive (TTC). You’ve come off birth control, or stopped actively preventing a pregnancy. You ‘tried’ – how weird that can sound – last month, but your period arrived as normal. You’re here. You’re ready to go. But wow – it feels [...]

TTC at Thanksgiving, and Christmas – you’ve got this

TTC at Thanksgiving, Christmas or just about any big holiday can be difficult.  It's front of mind for the team here at FHH, so this week we picked up with Dr Thais Varzoni, mental health counsellor at the amazing Brown Fertility for her tips on navigating a fertility journey, during the holidays. Catch our chat [...]
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Your TTC tool kit – 9 easy tweaks to get winter-ready

Winter fertility, unpacked This article is sponsored by Fairhaven Health. Different seasons call for tailored strategies, especially when we’re on a TTC journey. At FHH, we like to reassess every six months or so, looking at our lifestyle habits, supplement protocol and shopping lists. Right now, we’re busy shoring up for the cold and flu [...]
The Best Apps for Sexual Wellness and Pleasure

5 of the Best Apps for Sexual Wellness

Are you having enough sex or too much? Is your sex drive too low or too high? Everywhere we look, we seem to be told we’re not having enough sex and we need to have more, more, more! But honestly, between ovulation tracking, fertility appointments and IVF meds, getting in the mood when trying to [...]

Missed The Fertility Show This Year? Catch Up Here

Each year, there are events the Fertility Help Hub team looks forward to. The Fertility Show is one of them. After a few years' hiatus due to Covid, The Fertility Show was back earlier this month bursting with an impressive line-up of exhibitors and speakers to help you get pregnant. Fertility clinics and specialists from [...]

What are the Best Sex Positions for Trying to Get Pregnant?

The best position to get pregnant - is it a thing? There's nothing like ovulation predictor kits, fertility trackers and the stress of TTC to stop sex from being sexy. Plus, all of the Googling. Is there really a best sex positions TTC guide in all that scrolling which has the answers? Whether you've been [...]
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Trying to conceive? Here’s how to look after your vaginal microbiome

If you're trying to conceive, you're probably following recommended advice to prepare your body for pregnancy. Following a fertility-friendly diet? Check. Cut out cigarettes and alcohol? Yep! Taking a high-quality preconception supplement? Absolutely! But did you know you can boost the chances of conception and healthy pregnancy by supporting your vagina's microbiome? TRB has teamed [...]

Can I Use my Own Eggs for Fertility Treatment in my 40s?

At Fertility Help Hub, we know there are so many reasons a woman might want to get pregnant in her 40s. Perhaps she's tried throughout her 30s with little success. Maybe she's been focusing on her career or finding a desirable relationship within which to build a family. She might be attempting a second, third [...]
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Are You Doing Everything You Can to Try to Conceive?

We asked our fertility community: What have you tried when TTC? Your answers flooded in. Following a fertility-friendly diet? Of course! Taking fertility supplements? Yep. Timed intercourse? Yes. Applying conception gels? Check. Quit smoking and drinking? You bet. Tracking fertility and ovulation? Absolutely. For some of us, we’ve tried all this and more to conceive [...]

A Doctor Told me to Break Up with my Husband because he’s Infertile

Anyone who's been candid with friends, family or strangers about trying to conceive knows that other people love sharing their advice and tips about how to get pregnant. But rarely are these suggestions novel, and they have a tendency to do more harm than good. For this year’s National Infertility Awareness Week, we’ve teamed up [...]
Why is the Mediterranean Diet So Good For Fertility

Gut Health – Why is the Mediterranean diet so good for fertility?

Given food and diet is so important for fertility, we have turned to our expert fertility nutritionist partner, Milena Mastroianni from Root and Leaf Nutrition, to hear about the importance of a Mediterranean diet when trying to conceive. Over to Milena www.rootandleafnutrition.com | @rootandleaf.nutrition The Mediterranean diet has been the subject of many nutritional studies [...]

Infertility – The Infinite Loop of Hope and Heartbreak

Anyone experiencing infertility or fertility problems knows that the journey to parenthood can be an endless cycle of hope, disappointment and drawing on diminishing energy reserves. We know that going through fertility treatment requires a positive yet realistic outlook, which can be difficult to have when trying to conceive with no success. That's why we [...]

Why B Vitamins, including Folate, are Essential When TTC

When you're trying to conceive, it's important to give your body the nutrients it needs to prepare for pregnancy. Alongside a fertility-friendly diet, fertility specialists recommend taking a high quality prenatal to supplement any missed essential vitamins and minerals when trying to get pregnant.  Wondering what supplements to take when TTC?   Fear not; we've teamed [...]

14 Tips for surviving Mother’s Day when TTC

When you're trying to conceive and not having much luck, Mother's Day is tough Mother's Day, when everyone is celebrating motherhood, can feel like a kick in the teeth - a reminder you're still not a mum. So how do you survive Mother's Day when you're TTC? We've asked our TRB community for top tips [...]

5 Speakers at The Fertility Show Who Can Help You Get Pregnant

At Fertility Help Hub, we're so excited for this year's Fertility Show (see the website here).  The line-up is bursting with talks from expert fertility specialists of top fertility clinics - all ready to help you understand your fertility struggles and learn how to boost your chances of getting pregnant. Today, Sophie from The Fertility [...]

“I was Chasing an Orgasm to Get Pregnant” – and Other Efforts TTC

We all know that trying to get pregnant can be a stressful and upsetting time.  Negative pregnancy tests, the arrival of periods, well-meaning but irritating friends and family asking: "Are you pregnant yet?" When sex isn't making a baby and the financial and emotional commitment of fertility treatment isn't an option (or perhaps not yet), [...]

6 Things You Didn’t Know About How Zinc and Vitamin D Affect Fertility

Conception vitamins, and two star players to get you started Making sure you are getting the right nutrients in the right quantities helps your body prepare to conceive.  Two important conception vitamins and minerals when trying to get pregnant are zinc and vitamin D.  But do you know why these are important nutrients and how [...]

7 Tips to Reduce Stress when Trying to Conceive

There's no denying that trying to conceive is stressful and the more difficulties we have, the more stressed we become and the harder it gets to fall pregnant. It's a vicious cycle and so many people in our community ask us: how can I reduce stress when I'm trying to conceive? The Fertility Help Hub [...]

Trying to Conceive in 2022? Here’s What Men Should be Doing Now

Are you wondering how a man can tell if he's fertile and what a man should do before trying for a baby? Unfortunately, there aren’t many signs or symptoms of male infertility, so following advice on improving sperm quality is an important step in boosting fertility and getting pregnant faster. Today, we turn to Legacy [...]

Fertility Hope for 2022

Christmas is a time for reflecting on the past year (and what a year it’s been…) and looking forward to the next. For many in our Fertility Help Hub community (you can download the free app here), 2021 was characterised by failed treatment and disappointment.  As always, we’re here for you and hope our shared [...]

How to Have a Healthy Relationship with Social Media when TTC

We've all been there: Deleted social media, loved the serenity, felt curious about what our friends are doing and downloaded it again. Repeat six months later. At Fertility Help Hub, we're aware online content can be triggering.  Whether we see a news article about someone for whom contraception failed time and time again, when celebrities [...]

How to Have a Happy Holiday Season when Trying To Conceive

The holidays can be tough when trying to conceive or when you’re struggling with (in)fertility.  Particularly at this time, speaking with people who are going through it can help.  Join our free Fertility Help Hub community (here) to connect with a caring network to help you cope with fertility struggles this holiday season. Today, the [...]

Is Celebrity Infertility Relatable?

At Fertility Help Hub, we understand (in)fertility doesn't discriminate.  Celebrities suffer from fertility struggles just like we do but is it a relatable struggle? Read on to find out... Words by Holly Pigache, featured images credit: Shutterstock.com. Shared Stories Opening up about difficulties conceiving, maintaining a pregnancy or sharing news of an abortion is admirable [...]
6 Fertility Books Worth Reading

6 Fertility Books Worth Reading

When you’re about to begin assisted reproduction treatment, it can be helpful to read books about fertility or IVF treatment (beyond the clinic's dry information leaflets).  As with every topic that has books written about it, fertility is an area that is covered well... and not so well. Here, we’ve rounded up a few of [...]

How to Make Sex Fun When Trying to Conceive

Between the ovulation tracking and the pregnancy tests, it can easily feel like sex becomes a chore when TTC. Many in our FHH community wonder how to make sex more fun when trying to conceive and we know how difficult it can be to enjoy sex when you’re focusing on getting pregnant. Working with your [...]

11 Tips for Telling a Friend TTC You’re Pregnant

I love how our Fertility Help Hub community is an excellent source for content ideas.  Last week, a reader approached us asking for help telling her friend (who’s TTC) that she’s pregnant.  This is a wonderfully caring question - and even if you’re not in this position, it can be helpful to know how to [...]

How to Enjoy Seasonal Festivities When Struggling to Conceive

Enjoying this time of year can be difficult when you are feeling low because of infertility issues. Fertility Help Hub want to make sure that you are prepared for any difficult questions that relatives throw your way and we offer tips for finding joy during the holidays. Read on for our list of suggestions to [...]

Reclaim Your Trying to Conceive Story

The grief of trying to conceive with no clear vision of how things might turn out is unimaginable. Alice Rose was initially unsure about how to deal with her grief and turmoil caused by infertility struggles, but she knew she wanted to make things better not just for herself but for everyone going through their [...]

Considerations When TTC Naturally to Help Faster Conception

When trying to conceive naturally, you could be in it for the long haul. Some people expect to conceive immediately, which is statistically not usually the case. Conception is a process of sperm 'being in the right place at the right time' and it is completely normal not to have the desired result right away. [...]

Advice to my Younger and Infertile Self

Fertility Help Hub know just how arduous that road to fertility can be. For this reason, blogger, Jess Veit, shares words of advice to her younger self as she underwent IVF treatment. Read on to find out what Jess's thoughts for those undergoing IVF or any other fertility treatments. Words by Jess Veit The other [...]
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Creating Super Sperm with Supplements and Superfoods

Learning about how diet and lifestyle changes can improve sperm health is a great way to actively consider how your day-to-day actions can affect your fertility when trying to conceive. Making these little tweaks may have an impact on your fertility, especially if you were unaware of these tips. To guide you in the right [...]

3 Things You Need To Know About Sperm

Trying to conceive naturally but need some fertility advice? Fertility Help Hub have just the thing for you. twoplus have created a conception guide device that is used during intercourse, to assist in transporting sperm successfully to the vagina for better chances of fertilisation. Read on to find out how the twoplus conception guide actually [...]
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Navigating pregnancy with PTSD

Valerie candidly shares her personal trying to conceive journey, the trials and tribulations of navigating pregnancy, suffering with PTSD, and more. At a BBQ several weeks ago, one of my husband’s family members pointed at my stomach and asked if there was something I wanted to tell him. Incidentally, my stomach had the slightest of [...]
Top UK fertility supplements you love

Top of the pops – the UK fertility supplements you love (and why)

When TTC, maintaining a healthy lifestyle and diet is often recommended to improve fertility, as nutrients found in food can improve reproductive health. But some nutrients are harder to find in our diets and so getting the right daily intake of these nutrients is not always possible through food alone. Fertility supplements can reassure you [...]

Eating Out Tips for Anyone TTC

As the world is opening up and we are beginning to tentatively venture out to restaurants again (for the first time in many months), it may seem tempting to abandon healthy eating resolutions and let go a bit. For those of us trying to conceive or going through fertility treatments like IUI and IVF, and [...]

Top 5 U.S. Fertility Supplements for Men and Women

Spoiler—your fertility supplements may not be doing as much as you think. In an unpleasant twist, both the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Paediatrics have reported that many of the popular prenatal vitamins being marketed to women don’t actually meet adequate nutrient levels for choline, folate, vitamin D, magnesium and iodine. That [...]

Guide to Learning When You’re Most Fertile

Whether you are trying to conceive naturally or not, it can be helpful to track and detect your ovulation to maximise the chances of getting pregnant. But tracking it yourself is no easy task, we know first-hand... To get the low-down, Fertility Help Hub has turned to fertility specialists, Tempdrop (a wearable basal temperature sensor, [...]

10 Celebs You Didn’t Know Struggled with Infertility

Photo credit: Shutterstock.com Here on Fertility Help Hub, to show you you're not alone, we have listed 10 celebrities who have struggled with infertility. These are ten U.S. celebrities who have travelled their own unique fertility journey to parenthood, including IVF, surrogacy, baby loss and adoption. These celebrities have shared their experiences in the hopes of [...]

Cancer Robbed me of Having a Baby

The Ribbon Box has created a community for those who struggle with infertility, to share stories and experiences. It is our hope that we all work together to de-stigmatise infertility and open up the conversation to all who need to hear it. Today, Vaishali is sharing her story. She discloses her struggle with cancer, how the [...]

Deciding to Use an Egg Donor – Camille’s TTC Story

Camille Guaty is an advocate for Donor Conception and Co-Founder of Foster a Dream. We are grateful that she is sharing with out Fertility Help Hub readers her personal trying to conceive story on making the decision to use an egg donor, advice to anyone looking for an egg or sperm donor and how her feelings [...]

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