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05/06/2013 at 14:57
Fertility expert Dr Alex Vass will be holding a live web chat here on Monday 1 July between 12 and 1pm. Please pop the date in your diary and in the meantime, why not post the questions you'd like him to answer below.
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18/06/2013 at 16:47
hi ya i was wondering when are u ovulation day my period was 4th may 2013 just when is the best and how do u know u are ovlation with my son i had emegry c section but normal pregancy just wondering is harder to get pregant when having a c section
19/06/2013 at 10:00
Hi Dr Vass ! I was wondering if you could tell me if my very short cycle (21 days from start of one period to start of next) & relatively late ovulation (about 10-11 days, checked with Clearblue Ovulation kits) will make it difficult or even impossible to become pregnant ? I'm 42 aswell so I believe that will also make conception more difficult.
Many Thanks xx
30/06/2013 at 07:08
Hi I ovulated late around day 22 but got my bfp on 8dpo as woke on 7dpo feeling pregnant. My question is do you think I should take my due date from the first day of my cycle or would it be more accurate to go from the day I ovulated as I obviously conceived and implanted quite quick and I'm 100% sure thats when we conceived. I know ill get an accurate date at my first scan but just want something to go on till then! Thanks! X
01/07/2013 at 11:59
I'm Dr Alex the Clearblue Doctor and I am happy to be here to answer any questions about fertility, getting and being pregnant
01/07/2013 at 12:05
Most women with a 28 days cycle ovulate 12-16 days before their next period. So you can count back to see when your fertile time is. But this is not the most accurate way of indentifying your fertile time and so if you want to maximise your chance of getting pregnant I always suppest an ovulate test kit. These identify when you are about to ovultate and so can help you make love at the right time each month.
In answer to your second question - no - having a C section should not make it harder for you to get pregnant a second time
01/07/2013 at 12:07
Hi Dr Alex
My cycles are really irregular - sometimes they're 22 days, other months they're 30+ days. I didn't have trouble conceiving first time round (with twins) but second time not having much luck. How can I tell when I'm ovulating? Thanks
01/07/2013 at 12:10
Hi Top Cat
A short cycle is not a problem no. Fertiilty does decline after age 35 but many women do of course get pregnant so I imagine it is now just a matter of time
01/07/2013 at 12:13
To calcualte your due date we always go by the first day of your last period - that does build in the time to the day that you actually ovulated and conceived
01/07/2013 at 12:17
Hi Dr Alex We have been trying to concive for over a year now, im 23 and most people my age concive witin 6 monthes. its getting me really down and im really worried theres somthing wrong . when do you thinks the best time to go see my gp as it been over a year now or do i wait a bit longer. do you think i should use Ovulation kits? thanks kelly
01/07/2013 at 12:19
Yes it is tricky when you have an irregular cylce. I wonder if you have seen your GP about why your cycle is like that. An ovulation test kit is probably your best bet as other methods such as the calander method will not work for you.
01/07/2013 at 12:21
Yes for certain if you have been trying for more than a year - and making love regularly or making sure that you are making love during your fertile time each month - then you should see your GP as you and your partner need some basic fertility tests to make sure everything is ok.
Make an appointment to see your GP
01/07/2013 at 12:30
I'm about to turn 35 and I keep hearing that fertility declines after this age. If so, how long will it take me to concieve? If I want more than one child, will I find that difficult?
01/07/2013 at 12:33
Hi there, I have always had erratic periods (though there has never been an underlying cause identified). Now my partner and I would like to start trying for a baby. How would I find out when my most fertile time is? Or do I even have one?
01/07/2013 at 12:36
Many thanks for your help. Will look into buying an ovulation kit
01/07/2013 at 12:42
Hi Dr Alex , I have experienced 2 mmc's in the last 8 months, suspected both pregnancies failed at approx 5 weeks, I lost a lot of blood with the 2nd - in March , will this make it more difficult for us to conceive this time , I am 42 , my husband is 29 ,also do you think taking low dose aspirin might improve our chances ?
Thank you evemum
01/07/2013 at 12:45
You do have time so don't worry - many women conceive after the age of 35. By the age of 40 however only two in five of those who wish to have a baby will be able to do so naturally.
So the next few years are important. Maximise your health by eating a good diet, cut back on alcohol (stop smoking if you do!) and make sure that you are timing when you make love to your fertile time. As I've mentioned in other questions today the most accurate way is with an ovulation test kit.
You don't say how long you have been trying but remember that it is entirely natural to take up toa year - putting a figure your your chances is not really possible as there are lots of factors if your current and past medical history that affect fertility.
01/07/2013 at 12:49
I am on the pill and am will shortly be stopped in order to conceive. Do you become fertile immediately from stopping after your period or does it take some time for everything to get going again?
01/07/2013 at 12:50
Are there any supplements I should be taking to help me conceive as I am now 38 and would like to try for a baby?
01/07/2013 at 12:51
You share the same problem as twinmum2 - an irregular cycle. Firstly I'm surprised that your GP cannot find the cause - double check that everything has been done. This is importand as certain medical conditions such as PCOS - polycystic ovarian syndrome - can cause irregular periods and these can affect your fertility.
However I am sure you can still get pregnant but finding when you ovulate is key. Just as I recommended for twinmum2 you may want to try an ovuation test kit as they can help to identify your fertile days each month. Another option would be a fertility monitor as this stores information aboout your cycle and can then also help to identify when you are likely to ovulate.
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