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Company News, In the Media February 17, 2014

Why a Valentine’s Conception Needs More Than a Card and Roses

NEW YORK, February 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Pressure to make Valentine’s Day all about sex and passion can feel daunting for 1 in 10 women in the US who face difficulty conceiving. Moreover, over the last three decades, women have been waiting longer to start having children. However, when it comes to fertility, age matters; both women and men are at their most fertile in their early twenties.

Over recent years, establishing a career, getting on the housing ladder and ensuring financial stability are up there on the public’s to-do list ahead of starting a family. There are so many fertility myths out there that need to be addressed but what is important for couples to consider is that the chances of becoming pregnant do dwindle with age,” said leading pharmacist Raj Rohilla (Pharmacist at Battersea Pharmacy and owner of a chain of family focused pharmacies).

With a range of societal factors delaying women having children, fertility support is becoming an increasingly important part of conception for all couples trying to get pregnant.

This February 14th, SASMAR – the fertility, family planning and female health specialists – looks to debunk common fertility myths; clarifying the do’s and don’ts when trying to get pregnant.

  • Myth #1: It’s easy for most women to get pregnant

The truth: While many fall pregnant without difficulty, 1 in 10 women in the US may face issues conceiving. Fertility support can be crucial in preparing the body for conception.

  • Myth #2: Vaginal secretions usually indicate an infection

The truth: Vaginal secretions are natural and healthy. What’s known as ‘cervical mucus’ plays a fundamental role in the process of conception by nourishing and protecting sperm as it travels through the female reproductive tract to meet the egg. Around 75% of couples experience vaginal dryness when trying for a baby. Moreover, of the 70%, most do not consider it to be a problem – this despite the body’s conditions not being optimal for conception. For these couples, a scientifically tested fertility lubricant may be worth considering to ease and enhance the comfort of sexual activity, supplement the body’s natural lubrication and help couples on the path to conceiving naturally.

  • Myth #3: Sperm can only live up to three days

The truth: Actually, sperm can survive up to seven days in a woman’s reproductive tract. It is crucial that a couple trying to conceive select a fertility lubricant designed and scientifically proven to be compatible with sperm, eggs, the process of fertilisation and embryo development to help keep sperm viable for the journey.

  • Myth #4: A woman can get pregnant only one day per cycle

The truth: In most women, ovulation usually happens 10-16 days before the start of her next period. An egg lives for about 12-24 hours after being released. Sperm can survive in a woman’s body for several days after sex. If a woman wants to get pregnant, having sex every couple of days will mean there are always sperm waiting in the fallopian tubes to meet the egg when it’s released. A fertility lubricant with calcium and magnesium ions can mimic natural fertile cervical liquid and semen to create a conception-friendly environment.

  • Myth #5: You get pregnant by having intercourse in almost any position

The truth: While there are no scientific studies on the best sexual positions for baby-making, the missionary (man-on-top) position is typically considered optimal for conception. Some suggest that placing a pillow under the hips and keeping legs raised after sex may enhance the sperms’ ability to swim upstream.

For trying-to-conceive couples, a scientifically tested fertility lubricant may be worth considering. It is critical that couples trying to conceive select a personal lubricant scientifically proven for this purpose as clinical studies have found that several popular personal lubricants lower the chances of conception. However, others, such as Conceive Plus® Fertility Lubricant, can help trying-to-conceive couples increase their chances of getting pregnant.

Designed specifically for trying-to-conceive couples, Conceive Plus is the only personal lubricant that contains calcium and magnesium ions, which are naturally present in our bodies and essential for the process of fertilisation. Scientifically proven, the gentle formulation of Conceive Plus mimics natural fertile cervical liquid and semen to create a conception-friendly environment. It does not impair sperm motility or viability, nor does it harm sperm chromatin (DNA) or act as a barrier. The formulation does not harm the fertilisation process and is compatible with embryo development.

75% of couples trying for a baby experience vaginal dryness, something that can be easily overcome with the use of a personal lubricant. It’s important that a chosen personal lubricant is scientifically formulated for sperm, gamete, fertilisation and embryo compatibility. Conceive Plus contains Calcium and Magnesium ions essential for the fertilization process and is cleared by the FDA for this purpose. It can therefore be used by all trying-to-conceive couples, increasing their chances of getting pregnant naturally,” said CEO of SASMAR and creator of Conceive Plus, John-Michael Mancini.

When women are not trying to get pregnant, this product is also compatible with natural rubber latex and polyurethane condoms.

For more information on Conceive Plus, please visit http://www.conceiveplus.com.

 

Social Media January 31, 2014

Making babies: You may be doing it wrong, doctors say

Think it helps to have sex more than once a day or raise hips afterward? You have made mistake. But you are not alone, survey shows. Most women know how babies are made. But a new survey suggests they are confused or misinformed on some of the fine points.

Researchers from Yale University decided to do the survey after finding some misconceptions about conception among their own patients, says study leader Jessica lluzzi, an obstetrician and gynecologist in New Haven, Conn.

“We have patients who want to get pregnant who come in saying ‘We’re having sex several times a day after I ovulate.’

Their survey of 1,000 women ages 18 to 40 around the country found that:

• Half wrongly believed that having sex more than once a day increases chances of conceiving. Sperm counts actually decrease with such frequent sex, the researchers say.

• About 40% wrongly believed that using certain sexual positions and lying on one’s back with raised hips after sex can help. There’s no scientific evidence for that. Sperm reach the cervix within minutes “regardless of coital practices or positioning afterwards,” the paper says.

• Nearly two-thirds wrongly believed having sex in the two days after ovulation (the release of an egg from an ovary) increases chances for conception. It’s actually best to time sex a day or two before ovulation. “The sperm need to be waiting in the fallopian tube for the arrival of the egg. And not the other way around,” Illuzzi says.

• More than 25% did not know that sexually transmitted infections, obesity, smoking or having irregular periods could decrease pregnancy chances.

• Half did not know folic acid can prevent birth defects and that folic acid supplements are recommended before conception.

The study also provides one possible explanation for these knowledge gaps: 50% had never discussed reproductive health with a health care provider.

The impact of such confusion is unclear: 58% of women said they had children and 7% were pregnant at the time of the survey. Also, as the study notes, nearly half of pregnancies in the USA are unintended.

“Clearly women have been getting pregnant throughout history without knowing these details,” Illuzzi says.

In fact, she says, the survey uncovered some undue anxiety over the difficulty of getting pregnant. “We were very surprised that 40% of women thought they might have a problem getting pregnant. In actuality, the rates of infertility are closer to 5% to 15%.”

It is true that more women are delaying childbearing and that fertility declines with age. But “anxiety and lack of confidence” may be spreading to women with little reason to worry, she says.

The women in the online survey were broadly representative of women nationwide. But somewhat more educated than average, with 80% having attended college vs. 65% nationally.

The study was published Monday in the journal Fertility and Sterility.

Pregnancy tips to help you conceive

The time to start working toward a healthy pregnancy is before you conceive. If you are trying to get pregnant quick, our pregnancy tips are good start to get your body ready for conception process.

Information about Conceive Plus

If you have just started trying to get pregnant or have been trying for a while, Conceive Plus® can help increase your chances of conception naturally! Recommended by doctors, pharmacists and fertility clinics in more than 60 countries. This is the fertility friendly lubricant approved by the FDA and a prescription is not required.

For where to buy Conceive Plus, visit our where to buy page

Getting Pregnant Tips, World News June 2, 2014

Busting 27 Fertility Myths

Myth 1: I WILL GET PREGNANT AS SOON AS WE STOP USING BIRTH CONTROL

You just stopped using your birth control and your period started immediately coming month after month. This, however, is not a guarantee that you will get pregnant right away. For the majority of couples, getting pregnant doesn’t happen the first month they try to conceive. Studies show that healthy couples only have a 1 in 4 chance of conceiving in any given cycle. Still, our little trick can make this happen.

Myth 2: I NEVER USED A HORMONAL BIRTH CONTROL METHOD. WE SHOULD GET PREGNANT AS SOON AS WE START TRYING

All right, your hormones weren’t under influence from the pill. But this doesn’t necessarily mean you will conceive easier than a woman who has used contraceptives. Your fertility can be influenced by factors other than birth control, and can be problematic for no apparent reason.

 

Myth 3: BOTH OF US ARE VERY HEALTHY. NO WAY THAT WE CAN HAVE ANY INFERTILITY PROBLEMS!

Sadly, feeling healthy doesn’t mean you are immunized against infertility. Although you both may feel in a great shape, this is no 100% indicator of your fertility. Many men and women have fertility problems without showing any outward signs. On the other hand, being unhealthy can be a risk factor for infertility.

 

Myth 4. I HAVE A REGULAR PERIOD, SO I SHOULD HAVE NO PROBLEM TO CONCEIVE 

Getting your period around the same day every month indicates that you’re ovulating regularly, but it doesn’t ensure that the eggs are good quality, explain doctors. Many factors determine your fertility, including the health of your reproductive system. “Your fallopian tubes [through which the egg travels to get fertilized] could be blocked, and you’ll still get regular monthly periods,” says Dr. Leondires. Again, that means not just eating right and exercising but keeping your sexual health in top form.

A visit to your ob-gyn yearly for a Pap smear, STD screening, and cervical exam would not harm but just the opposite All of those will show potentially existing irregularities and infections so you can get treated for them before they affect your fertility.

 

Myth 5: IF WE DON’T CONCEIVE IN THE FIRST MONTHS OF TRYING, THERE MUST BE SOMETHING WRONG

Calm down. According to the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, a couple isn’t considered infertile until they have been trying to conceive for 1 year. That’s a long time to keep trying without worrying, and 80% of healthy couples will conceive by this time. Of course, to speed up the process and make it more fun, just get your Conceive Plus and leave the rest to the nature!

 

Myth 6: IF WE HAVE SEX EVERY DAY, WE WILL GET PREGNANT QUICKER

We all like having a lot of fun but sex everyday won’t speed up the process of conceiving. Conceive Plus on the other hand will increase your chances. It is important to realize that you only need to make love during a few crucial days of each month. These are your ovulation days, and unfortunately, you could have sex 29 days out for a 30-day cycle and still miss ovulation. Timing, not repetitiveness, is important. We, however, believe that fun as well is crucial in every step of the way.

 

Myth 7: AS LONG AS I AM YOUNGER THAN 35, I WILL HAVE NO FERTILITY PROBLEMS

At birth, a woman has 7 million eggs, which slims down to 400,000 at the onset of puberty. During a woman’s lifetime, approximately 400 to 500 eggs will be released. As a woman ages, the ovarian reserve declines. A woman’s egg supply takes a rapid decline in the late 20s, again in the 30s and then most notably after age 35.

In others words, fertility changes throughout a woman’s life and doesn’t suddenly decline when she turns 35. Rather, many women reach their fertile peak in their early twenties, says Dr. Shari Brasner, author of Advice From a Pregnant Obstetrician: An Inside Guide. This is an age when most women aren’t even considering having children yet, says Dr. Brasner.

But just because you’re not thinking about children doesn’t mean your biological clock isn’t ticking. Knowing and understanding this from early adulthood can prevent a lot of heartbreak later on and give you realistic expectations about your chances of conceiving. Still! While it is true that a woman’s fertility dramatically decreases once she is older than age 35, women in their 20s can also have fertility problems.

 

Myth 8: I WILL GET PREGNANT IF WE HAVE SEX 14 DAYS AFTER MY PERIOD

This is one of the biggest misconceptions. Unless you have a perfect, consistent, 28-day cycle you’re not always most fertile on day 14. While the typical menstrual cycle is 28 days, not every woman is typical. In fact, many women have a cycle that lasts from 21 days up to as many as 35 days. To calculate your day of ovulation, count backwards 14 days from the last day of your cycle.

It very well could be day 14, or day 12, or day 20. While counting helps, tracking your fertility signs and patterns will help you determine better when your ovulation period is. Try tracking your basal body temperature, watching for changes in your cervical fluid, or testing your saliva or urine for the presence of chemicals indicating ovulation is near.

 

Myth 9: WE DON’T HAVE TO DO ANYTHING DIFFERENT SEXUALLY TO CONCEIVE

Well, you don’t have to change the basics of sex. But you should make some quick updates in your choice of lubricant for one.

Replace your standard SASMAR Personal Lubricant with Conceive Plus. Our fertility lubricant has a special formula stimulating for the best conditions for natural conceiving.

 

Myth 10: FERTILITY PROBLEMS ARE VERY RARE

According to the Arizona Center for Fertility Studies, 1 of 6 couples has trouble getting pregnant.

Infertility is often a painful issue that many couples won’t bring up, and because many suffer in silence, you may not have realized that many couples you talk to may have had (or are still having) problems conceiving.

 

Myth 11: I HAD AN ABORTION AND THIS WILL AFFECT MY ABILITY TO GET PREGNANT

An abortion affects fertility only if you had a complication during or after the procedure. An infection, for example, can leave scar tissue on the uterus that could then interfere with egg implantation.

 

Myth 12: I’VE ALREADY CONCEIVED ONCE WITH A HEALTHY BABY, GETTING PREGNANT AGAIN WILL BE EASY

“This is one of the biggest misconceptions my patients have,” says Dr. Morris. “You’re older the second time, and your reproductive system changes over the years,” he says. Not only women but also men should consider the effect of ageing: researchers found out that a man’s sperm quality also declines with age.

A study of about 2,000 couples undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) found that pregnancy attempts were 70% more likely to fail if the man was 40 or older. So if you do plan on having more children, don’t wait forever. If you’re approaching age 35 – or you’re older – consider getting started on baby number two sooner rather than later and add Conceive Plus in your fun formula to get your good news quicker.

 

Myth 13: I HAD A MISCARRIAGE BEFORE, THIS WILL MAKE IT HARDER TO CONCEIVE

Miscarriage, which occurs in 20% of all pregnancies, doesn’t affect a woman’s ability to get pregnant, says Dr. Lerner, author of Miscarriage: Why It Happens and How Best to Reduce Your Risks.

In fact, experts say that in many cases, you can start trying to conceive again as soon as one month after the miscarriage. If you have three miscarriages in a row, however, it may be a sign of an underlying medical problem and your doctor should make thorough examinations to determine if something’s wrong.

 

Myth 14: I NEED TO ORGASM IN ORDER TO CONCEIVE

We all love orgasming. It most certainly is an amazing bonus, but when it comes to conceiving, it’s not actually a must.

What it does aid in doing is contracting the uterus – which definitely helps sperm travel toward the fallopian tubes faster. But even if this doesn’t happen, your baby-making efforts won’t be for naught.

 

Myth 15: LIFTING MY LEGS IN THE AIR FOR 20 MINUTES AFTER HAVING SEX WILL HELP ME GETTING PREGNANT 

It certainly sounds like a good idea in theory – the logic being that this will tip your pelvis and help your partner’s little swimmers get a direct route to your eggs. In practice however it is not necessary to torture yourself. Sperm are chemically programmed to travel directly to your baby-maker following ejaculation, regardless of what position you’re in. (Yes, those mighty sperm defy gravity.)

Skeptical? Consider this: Each time your guy ejaculates, he lets out about 2 to 3 cubic centimeters of ejaculation, with about 20 to 80 million sperm in each cc – in other words, if a little leaks out after you’ve had sex, there’s plenty more where that came from.

 

Myth 16: DRINKING ALCOHOL WILL HARM YOUR FERTILITY

This one is actually rooted in some truth. You definitely shouldn’t feel guilty about having a glass or two of wine or even an occasional couple of beers while trying to conceive. However binge drinking or drinking to excess could put your body through the ringer and affect your fertility.

Reason? Drinking too much and too often can lead to irregular cycles, cutting down your chances of conceiving each month even further, and making it nearly impossible to chart or temp accurately. Just keep any drinking on the light side and you should be fine.

 

Myth 17: DOING IT MISSIONARY STYLE IS THE ONLY WAY TO CONCEIVE

Good news: Just because you’re trying to conceive doesn’t mean sex can’t be fun. The truth is, at the end of the day, the actual position you do it in doesn’t matter much – as long as there’s deep penetration going on and, of course, your man ejaculates, it’s all the same. Let your fantasy run wild. Do it in every room of the house, make up new positions – whatever floats your boat.

You two will be at it a lot these days anyway, so there will be plenty of chances to run the gamut when it comes to trying out new positions and bringing back old favorites. Just remember: Whatever you do, don’t use your regular lube but switch to the fertility friendly Conceive Plus!

 

Myth 18: BIKE RIDING WILL REDUCE MY HUSBAND’S SPERM COUNT

If your partner is an Olympic-level, long-distance pro cyclist, it is theoretically possible (although not clinically proven) that the extra heat, jostling, and grinding on the testicular region will affect sperm count.

If you’re biking to work and back or for otherwise put just for fun – you don’t have any reason to worry.

 

Myth 19: EATING NON-ORGANIC BANANAS CAN MAKE MY HUSBAND STERILE

This claim is based on a report that chemicals used in growing bananas had a negative effect on the sperm of farm workers. There is no clinical proof that men who eat the bananas could be similarly affected.

 

Myth 20: COOLING MY MAN’S “JETS” WITH AN ICE PACK WILL INCREASE HIS FERTILITY

Like many conception myths, this one has a basis in fact: Sperm counts tend to rise in cooler temperatures. For this reason, men who are trying to conceive are advised to wear loose underwear (boxers instead of briefs), and avoid long, hot baths, saunas, and hot tubs. However, since it takes at least two months for a man’s sperm count to be positively affected by cooler temperatures, using an ice pack on his genital area is hardly a practical solution.

 

Myth 21: INFERTILITY IS MORE OFTEN A FEMALE PROBLEM

For some reason, when a problem with fertility arises with a couple, the party responsible is often assumed to be the woman—yet this couldn’t be further from the truth. Real stats: 40% of infertility problems are attributed to men. Another 40% is attributed to women, and about 20% of infertility problems can be attributed to both parties.

 

Myth 22: I CAN’T GET PREGNANT DURING MY PERIOD

Since ovulation time varies in women, it is possible to get pregnant during your period. Although unlikely, says Dr. Singh, some women ovulate as early as the 7th day or have an extended period of menstruation that lasts until ovulation. Likewise, since sperm can live in the cervical mucus for an average of two days, anything is possible.

 

Myth 23: I SMOKE, BUT I DON’T HAVE TO GIVE IT UP UNTIL I’M PREGNANT

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine estimates that up to 13% of female infertility diagnoses are due to smoking. Believe it or not, smoking as few as five cigarettes a day each has been associated with lower fertility rates in both men and women. So sorry about that, but now you have one more good reason to stop the bad habit.

 

Myth 24: LOSING WEIGHT WON’T HELP US GETTING PREGNANT EASIER

Extra weight comes with extra problems for both sexes. When carrying extra weight, hormonal shifts occur in the body that can affect ovulation and semen production. The great news is that sports can be not only a good couple exercise but also a fertility boost.

Although it is estimated that 70% of women with infertility are also obese, losing as little as 5% to 10% of body weight can boost fertility in men and women.

 

Myth 25: ONLY WOMEN NEED TO TAKE SUPPLEMENTS BEFORE A PREGNANCY

It has long been known that women should take folic acid to prevent certain birth defects, but folic acid is now known to be an important supplement in male fertility.

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley found that men had a higher rate of chromosomal abnormalities in their sperm when their diet was low in folic acid. Coenzyme Q10 has also been found to increase sperm count and sperm motility, and vitamin E also improves low sperm count.

 

Myth 26. I CAN DRINK AS MUCH COFFEE AS I WANT

Believe it or not, your favorite latte might be playing tricks on you. A study found that “women who consumed more than the equivalent of one cup of coffee per day were half as likely to become pregnant, per cycle, as women who drank less.”

Caffeine can decrease fertility, so be sure to limit intake. It’s better to opt for decaffeinated or half-caffeinated coffee, and remember there is caffeine in tea, colas and chocolate.

 

Myth 27: CONCEPTION OCCURS IN THE UTERUS

Conception actually occurs in the outer third of the fallopian tubes, and not in the uterus, as many people think. The reason for this is that an egg can only live 12-24 hours, so by the time 24 hours have passed, the egg has only traveled as far as the outer third of the tubes.

Implantation on the other hand, does occur in the uterus.

Pregnancy tips to help you conceive

The time to start working toward a healthy pregnancy is before you conceive. If you are trying to get pregnant quick, our pregnancy tips are good start to get your body ready for conception process.

Information about Conceive Plus

If you have just started trying to get pregnant or have been trying for a while, Conceive Plus® can help increase your chances of conception naturally! Recommended by doctors, pharmacists and fertility clinics in more than 60 countries, this is the fertility friendly lubricant approved by the FDA and a prescription is not required.

For where to buy Conceive Plus, visit our where to buy page