Fertility tracking apps are big news at the moment
The tech revolution has now reached the area of female fertility as companies are realizing the potential growth for this area and tech companies are investing money in them. There are lots of them out there so you should be able to find one that you like.
They not only help you keep track of your periods but also help you predict your most fertile time.
Here are a few suggestions of the best fertility apps to help you keep track of your periods and help you to conceive
Groove period and fertility tracker: A great little app that lets you record periods, cervical mucus, temperature, cervical position, when you last had sex. It looks at the patterns to help you predict your most fertile time.
Clue is one of the best fertility tracking apps currently as it can be loaded onto most smartphones and is easy to use. It has been around for about 5 years now
My cycles period and ovulation tracker: A lovely easy to use fertility app to help you conceive, that also has fertility tips
The latest Fitbit watch Versa also has a period tracking app and it is likely that Fitbit will develop this further in the future.
Flo is a period tracking app that can also be used as an ovulation calendar and help you to predict your fertile time.
Some of the fertility apps such as Natural Cycles now incorporate temperature monitoring with a digital thermometer and this would seem an obvious thing for future Fitbits to have.
There seems to be a lot of confusion around this question.
A fertility lubricant is sperm friendly
Fertility lubricants where designed as a sperm safe alternative to intimate lubricants, for couples who are trying to conceive, and who usually use a lubricant for their lovemaking.
If you do not normally need to use a lubricant when making love, and you find that you have plenty of natural moisture (cervical mucus ), then you probably do not need to use a fertility lube.
Fertility lubricants mimic fertile cervical mucus
When you are at your most fertile time the consistency of cervical mucus changes so that it is more slippery. This is your bodies physiological response to the change in your hormones around ovulation. This fertile cervical mucus enhances lovemaking and makes it easier for the sperm to move freely through it. Fertility lubricants are water-based and are mimicking this fertile mucus. They have been developed to be similar in consistency and ph and to be sperm friendly.
If you usually need to use a lubricant for foreplay and/or sexual intercourse then you should consider using a fertility lubricant when you are trying to conceive and avoid using normal lubricants which can harm or impede sperm. Not only will it enhance your lovemaking but it will also make it easier for the sperm to move freely if dryness is a problem.
Which fertility lubricant is the best?
If you only need the lubricant for the external application to yourself or your partner then buy Conceive plus or Pre-Seed.
If vaginal dryness is a problem during intercourse then go for Pre-Seed or Zestica as they both have vaginal applicators. In the case of the Zestica they are pre-filled. With Preseed you fill the applicators yourself from the tube.
Pre-seed lubricant is the most versatile as it can be applied externally or using the vaginal applicators and it has been around the longest, but it is also the one of the most expensive of the three lubes.
Conceive plus is available in two sizes which is very useful. The smaller 30g Conceive Plus is very handy & discreet if you are going away for the weekend or on holiday. The larger 75g tube of Conceive Plus is better value than the smaller one, but unlike Pre-seed it does not come with vaginal applicators.
PreSeed has been around the longest of any of the lubes. It was developed by a sperm physiologist and it has the most positive reviews of any of the lubricants. It has recently been acquired by First Response and is now available in Boots.
If you are still unsure which one to go for then we suggest try all three and see which one suits you best. They are all safe to use when trying to conceive.
Studies show that men’s sperm counts generally are decreasing. In many cases this may be due to lifestyle choices and means that there are simple things that you can do to improve your sperm.
So what should you do to improve your sperm ?
First thing to say is that when it comes to sperm ‘fresh is best’ so don’t save it up thinking this will be better.
Have sex regularly throughout the month not just at the fertile time
Avoid anything that overheats the testicles. So tight skinny jeans, prolonged cycling, overly tight underwear, saunas, long soaks in hot tubs or very hot baths are out, while you are trying to conceive.
Keep you laptop off your lap. Not only does a laptop heat up and overheat your testicles but who know what damage the radiation from the laptop may do to your sperm. You can buy a protective mat that sits on your lap to reduce the effects, but to be honest we think it is best to put your laptop on a table.
Avoid keeping your mobile phone in your trouser pocket. Again phones can heat up and also radiation from the phone may not be good for the sperm
Cut you alcohol consumption down.
Stop or reduce smoking
If you are overweight start to cut down and eat a healthy balanced diet with lots of fresh fruit and vegetables. Being overweight can in itself cause overheating in the groin area. Consider joining a slimming class. Men who attend slimming world or weight watchers are usually very successful and often find the weight comes off quickly for them. An added bonus is you will feel much better and will have more energy for running around when the baby arrives.
If you are very underweight, this too may reduce your fertility.
Exercise but don’t over do it. Over exercising can reduce your sperm count. Again it may be an overheating effect.
Consider taking a vitamin supplement that is aimed at men
If you and your partner have been trying for over 12 months without success it is advisable to make an appointment with your GP or doctor so that they can talk to you and run some tests. They may also refer you for further investigations.
We do not know the effect that alcohol in breast milk has on babies and so with a newborn baby when you are just establishing feeding it is advisable for the mum to abstain from alcohol if breastfeeding.
These quick and easy to use test strips allow breastfeeding mothers to test their breast milk for alcohol before feeding their baby or infant after they have consumed alcohol.
The rate at which alcohol is metabolised varies from person to person and also depends on many other factors including how much food was in the stomach at the time that alcohol was consumed. These simple tests allow new mums to make sure they are not giving their infants breast milk containing alcohol.
It is important to remember that when you consume alcohol there may be a delay before the alcohol tests positive in the breast milk, and it may stay positive in the milk even after you feel the effects of the alcohol on you have subsided.
We are pleased to let you know that the popular fertility lubricant Conceive Plus is back in stock in the 75ml tube. The smaller 30ml tube is on order and should be in stock in April.
Conceive Plus Fertility Lubricant is pH and electrolyte balanced, to mimic the body’s own natural fertile cervical mucus, and has been clinically tested and shown to not harm sperm and to be safe to use when you are trying to conceive.
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