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Deciding to start a family

Deciding to start a family is an exciting milestone. For some, pregnancy comes as soon as the first birth control pill is missed. But for 1 in 8 American couples who dream of parenthood, the inability to become or stay pregnant can be filled with heartache. Knowing when to turn to a fertility specialist can minimize the time spent hoping for a baby and make your family a reality sooner.

Maternal age is the greatest predictor of fertility success. Egg quality begins to decline at age 30, and sharply declines at age 35. This means, with each passing year, the chances of conception continue to fall, while the risks for chromosomal issues and miscarriage rise if pregnancy does occur.

Infertility Defined

Physicians define infertility as one year of unprotected intercourse without pregnancy in women <35 years old, or 6 months of unprotected intercourse without pregnancy in women 35+ years old. 

Fertility is a very personal issue. Once you’ve decided the time is right to start a family, it can be very upsetting when pregnancy doesn’t happen immediately. We understand. Most couples are apprehensive about admitting to each other that something might not be right. For some, it can be even more difficult to agree on when to consider meeting with a specialist.

If you are beginning to suspect there is an issue, it’s never too soon to schedule a consult, especially if you have a medical condition linked to infertility. You know your own body, medical history, and relationship.

If you are younger than 35, it is possible to improve your fertility with positive lifestyle changes to weight and nutrition, smoking, alcohol, and drug use, the timing and frequency of intercourse, and exercise.

If you are over age 35 and struggling to get pregnant, let’s have a conversation about how to help you reach your goal of a family sooner.  The more time you can give yourself with a Reproductive Endocrinologist, the better your chances will be of having a family.

Weight and Nutrition

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Weight and Fertility NYT Article

Weight and Fertility NYT Article

Check out Dr. Meyer’s interview in this New York Times article about the complicated relationship between weight and fertility. At Carolina Conceptions, we realize that weight is a sensitive topic for many. We know that weight loss is difficult. We can refer you to...

Nutrition for Fertility Seminar

Nutrition for Fertility Seminar

Curious about the connection between nutrition and infertility? Total HealthcareMD will be hosting a free seminar at Carolina Conceptions on Wednesday, April 18th from 6pm-7pm to discuss nutritional tips to increase the optimization for conception. Couples are...

What Should I Eat While TTC?

What Should I Eat While TTC?

By: Terry Hunter, RN @ Carolina Conceptions  This is a very common question asked by our patients.  As we all know, our diet is important for our overall health and well-being.  What we eat can also affect whether we ovulate or not each month.  If we do not ovulate,...

Smoking, Alcohol, and Drug Use

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Dos and Don’ts of Trying to Conceive

Dos and Don’ts of Trying to Conceive

Most people are familiar with the basics of what to do and what not to do while pregnant, but the best lifestyle choices to make while trying to conceive are somewhat less common knowledge. here are some basic dos and don’ts of trying to conceive.

Dr. Meyer Against Black Market Fertility Drugs

Dr. Bill Meyer, co-founder of Raleigh's premier fertility clinic, Carolina Conceptions, cautioned fertility patients considering the black market as a means to save money on fertility medications in a recent interview with ABC. Dr. Meyer understands the financial...

Patients: Do Not Purchase Fertility Drugs on the Black Market

ABC News recently ran an article by Kerri O'Brien about couples wanting a baby "so desperately, there is almost nothing they wouldn't try...including buying fertility medications found on the black market" in order to save money. Dr. John Park of Carolina Conceptions...

Timing and Frequency of Intercourse

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CoQ10? DHEA? Tell me what supplements to take!

CoQ10? DHEA? Tell me what supplements to take!

To improve the success of IVF many IVF clinics around the world are offering clinical adjuncts or “add-ons” to infertile couples hoping to improve their chances of a successful pregnancy. These supplements are thought to improve egg number and/or egg quality in a...

Dos and Don’ts of Trying to Conceive

Dos and Don’ts of Trying to Conceive

Most people are familiar with the basics of what to do and what not to do while pregnant, but the best lifestyle choices to make while trying to conceive are somewhat less common knowledge. here are some basic dos and don’ts of trying to conceive.

Free IVF Patient Seminar

Free IVF Patient Seminar

What Really Happens During IVF? Please join us on Monday, May 13th at 6pm. Embryologist, Dr. Sung Tae Kim will join Reproductive Endocrinologist, Dr. William Meyer in presenting an overview of the high tech facility that makes so many families a reality...

Exercise and Fertility

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Exercise, Fertility Treatments, and Early Pregnancy

Exercise, Fertility Treatments, and Early Pregnancy

Terry Hunter, RN @ Carolina Conceptions Can I exercise during fertility treatments? The answer is individualized depending on how much you exercised prior to treatment, the level of intensity, and the types of workouts you engaged in. If you currently exercise 5-7...

Yoga and Infertility

Yoga and Infertility

Kelly Moege @ Carolina Conceptions What are the benefits of yoga for fertility? Yoga increases circulation to the reproductive system, supports a healthy immune system, reduces stress and helps maintain or achieve a healthy weight to name a few. This website gives you...

Exercise, Fertility Treatments, and Early Pregnancy

Physician-Referred Exercise Program

I’ll never forget the day I sat through a lecture about exercise. ‘If you could take a pill that would help you lower your blood pressure, improve your sleep, lose weight and maintain that weight loss, control your blood sugars, lower your risk of certain cancers,...

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