Clearblue fertility webchat, Monday 19th December, 12-1pm

Babyexpert is pleased to welcome back Dr Dawn Harper, Clearblue fertility expert, to answer your questions about fertility in a LIVE webchat on Monday 19th December, from 12-1pm.



Don't worry if you can't make the chat on the day - leave your question below now and Dawn will endeavour to answer as many questions on the day as possible.

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  • Hi Dr Dawn Harper



    My q is about fertility tests/treatment - me and my partner have been trying for our first baby for about 6/7 months now. I am 37 so I'm wondering if we should start considering taking tests and looking into ivf or other options because I'm older? Or should we keep trying (and hoping) for a bit longer?!!!



    Also, any fertility tips fo women in their late 30's?



    Thanks so much x
  • Hi!

    I'm finding it harder to get pregnant the second time round. I've read about how important it is to have sex when you're ovulating but how will I know when this is and Is it easy to spot the signs? And when is it best to have sex... jsut before you start ovulating or during. I'm trying to be as accurate as possible. Ha!



    Thanks,

    Wonderwoman47
  • Hello Lalalove19

    It is probably worth having a chat with your GP as you are 37. Normally we say that couples should try for 12 months but your GP will probably be happy to run sone blood tests for you now just to check things out

    Best wishes

    Dawn
  • Hello wonderwoman47

    You could try using a fertility monitor to help you predict your fertile days and we recommend that you have sex every couple of days around the tine of ovulation to maximise your chances if conceiving. If your cycle is regular you can predict ovulation as it will be 14 days before your next period is due but if your cycle is not clockwork, the fertility monitor will help

    Best wishes

    Dawb
  • Hello Lalalove19

    Sorry, I forgot to say, start taking a colic acid supplement and aim for a healthy Body Mass Index (18.5-25) to maximise tour chances of conceiving. Yu might also like to use a fertility monitor to help you predict your fertile days

    Dawn
  • Lalalove19

    I meant FOLIC acid! Sorry
  • Hi Dr. Dawn, web editor here...



    I think it would be great if you could remind us all of the kind of diet you should think about having to help boost fertility - especially with Christmas just around the corner. Are there any particular foods to avoid that may reduce the chances of conceiving, or any things you should be piling high on your Christmas dinner plate?!



    Thanks,

    Web Ed
  • Hello wedEd

    Anyone planning a pregnancy needs to think about a well balanced diet containing all the food groups. It's certainly not a time to omit whole food groups or try a fad diet. You should limit your alcohol intake a obviously if you smoke, you should try to give up. Zinc and selenium are thought to be good for fertility. For a list if foods rich in these visit www.foodstandards.gov

    It's also a good idea to get into the habit of avoiding foods that you should avoid when you are pregnant namely unpasteurised cheeses, pate, peanuts raw eggs and liver

    Best wishes

    Dawn
  • Hi, my son is 16 mnths. I am still bfeeding and my period has not started again since giving birth. We have started trying for the next one but I was wondering what the chance of getting pregnant is with bfeeding/no period? I am 37. Thx
  • Hello Basjan123

    I'm a little confused. Are you saying that you have been bleeding constantly since giving birth 16 months ago? If that is the case you should see your GP who will look into this for you and give you some medication to help settle things down.

    Best wishes

    Dawn
  • No, sorry, didn't make myself clear. I haven't had a period yet since giving birth. Was told it has not returned as I am still breastfeeding.
  • Hello Basjan123

    Breastfeeding can delay the restarting of periods but at 16 months your son will be on solids and therefore you will be producing less milk. It is probably worth going back to your GP who may arrange some blood tests to check your hormones. It is also possible that you are pregnant already so you may want to do a home pregnancy test just to check that out.

    Best wishes

    Dawn
  • Well, I guess that's it for now. I've enjoyed chatting to you all and I hope you have found it useful. I'll be back again soon but in the meantime if you want any more information on Clearblue's range of products and how they can help you conceive naturally, you can visit the website on www.clearblue.com/Uk or call the careline on 08705673514

    Bye for now

    Dawn
  • Hi Dr_Dawn_Harper,



    We have been TTC for 18 months now, I'm 30 and my husband is 31. I've had blood tests done which were fine, DH has has 2 sperm test done which both showed low sperm morphology only 2% and 5% although all other results were within the WHO guidelines. Does this mean we will definitely need fertility treatment? My husband is waiting to have his 3rd sperm test and the wait to see a specialist is going to be 6 months so we're thinking of going private. Is there anything that can improve sperm morphology?



    Thanks
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