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Wednesday, March 25, 2003

Fighting Infertility

One of the most common, frustrating problems we see here at the office is infertility. It's very frustrating psychologically, physically, emotionally, and also financially for couples that can't get pregnant. If you look at a book like this, the Book of Internal Medicine, there's pages and pages of causes and things to do in order to get pregnant, but there are some simple things we can do that we tend to forget about. Let me tell you what they are.

The first thing you need to know is when to have sex and how much. It's recommended that you have sex right in the middle of your cycle - in other words, when your period ends and your period begins, it's right in the middle - that's when you ovulate and a couple days before that and a couple of days after that are optimal. It's recommended that you have sex once a day because if you have sex more than that it decreases the sperm count, therefore it decreases the chances of fertility.

Also, make sure you're taking vitamins. A good vitamin regimen can make the difference. I had a personal experience right here in my own office - a girl that went through everything, but until she went on vitamins she couldn't get pregnant.

Also avoid sexually transmitted diseases. If you want to get pregnant, make sure if have multiple partners that you use condoms, not to prevent the pregnancy, but to prevent the sexually transmitted diseases.

Finally, avoid alcohol, caffiene and smoking because this can interfere with fertility. Now, if you do those simple things you just might get pregnant, and you're not going to spend a lot of money doing it.

And I'm Dr David Vastola, and that's life.

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