15BRAINWAVE MUSIC POWER
Here at Fertility Road we are advocates of anything that can reduce stress. Meditation in all its variant forms is a great tool for de-stressing and focusing your mind, in a positive way, on your goal of creating a new life.
You can enhance that process with Isochronic Meditation Music, produced by Brainwave Power Music and available for streaming and downloading. Their track, ‘Enhance Fertility with Isochronic Meditation Music’, is a melodic combination of beats and tones based on sound frequencies associated with the ovaries, and the ‘Earth’s pulsation’ of 7.83 Hertz, considered by some to constitute the Earth’s heartbeat.
BPM recommend daily listening – with no headphones required, this music can be used as an audio accompaniment to sleeping, relaxing, or even baby-making!
If you want to find out more about the sound therapy and healing properties of isochronic and binaural beats, you can also visit their blog – just Google ‘brainwave power music blog.’
14WINK BY KINDARA
Ah, the wonderful world of apps. These days, there really is an app for everything and this crack husband-and-wife team – “devoted to giving women the knowledge” – have created one to help women get pregnant.
Wink, by Kindara, harks back to the age- old Fertility Awareness Method which looks at BBT (basal body temperature) and cervical fluid to gauge fertility.
BBT tells you when progesterone has kicked in – and the viscosity of cervical fluid informs when your oestrogen level is rising. In other words, when ovulation is about to rear its head.
Great for smartphone obsessives and tech-heads, who will also be pleased to hear that this app is top-rated.
13THE FERTILITY CODE
Live your life by this baby-making bible and increase your chances of creating a new life. This step-by-step guide, written by bestselling author and acupuncture specialist Dermot O’Connor – who has years of doling out fertility advice to hopeful couples – will take you by the hand and hopefully lead you down the path to pregnancy.
Detoxification is key, but O’Connor also places emphasis on the psychological aspect of baby creation, where making sure you’re in the best possible head space is invaluable.
Giving the issue of male fertility some attention is this dietary supplement. It’s available to buy over the counter and is packed full of sperm-upping selenium and zinc – favoured for its antioxidant properties – as well as providing a balanced formula of other vitamins and minerals.
All he needs to do is dissolve the sachet contents in water, squash or juice, drink a glass every day for six months and watch as his little swimmers grow forth and conquer.
11SELF FERTILITY MASSAGE
Give your own body some well-earned TLC and make that twinkle in your eye become more than just a twinkle with this comprehensive DVD. And what’s cheaper than doing it yourself?
Not only does this DVD take the form of a step- by-step guide, it also has informative segments on reproductive anatomy and reflexology. Perfect for anyone with an irrational fear of massage parlours or tight purse strings.
Wearable tech is all the rage and this self-styled ‘fertility sat nav’ from DuoFertility really plugs into that trend. Rather than fumbling around with temperatures and urine tests to work out when you’re most fertile, this clever little gadget – a tiny sensor worn on the skin accompanied by a wireless handheld reader – can give you all the info you need. It lights up when you’re good to go, and even gives you six full days advance warning.
There’s also an added human element too – expert advice and feedback after every cycle, a 24/7 support line plus a confidential medical report you can share with your doctor.
Live snail facials, Godiva Chocolate Body Wraps, fish pedicures; there’s a whole world of weird and wonderful spa treatments out there but one in particular got our attention. The vaginal steam – commonly practised in both Central America and Korea – before you start imagining all sorts of scenarios, works a little like steaming your face, only this time you’re naked and your whole body’s wrapped up in a towel as you sit on top of a bowl of herb and essential oil-infused water.
Either DIY at home, or enjoy two rounds
of 15-minute steams followed by a gentle abdominal massage at the Yinova Center in New York City, this new technology is perfect for treating your nether regions to a whole lotta love.
Although male infertility is the cause of 50% of infertility problems, 80% of men in infertile couples will not receive a fertility evaluation. If you’re having trouble getting pregnant but are not quite sure if his sperm are the reason, then this home test – the only one of its kind – can hopefully give you some answers.
SpermCheck is a quick, easy, painless process – with results in less time than it takes to drink a cup of tea – and it’s a lot cheaper (and less embarrassing) than going to a clinic.
Let a little lube into your life and put the fun back into baby making (because nobody ever said getting pregnant was meant to be all hard work and no play). Sasmar Conceive Plus lubricant will make sure you have a smooth ride but can also up your chances of conceiving, by maintaining sperm viability and motility so that they are given a serious head-start in reaching that finish line.
OvuSense is an accurate way to stay in control of your fertility and it won’t break the bank. Aimed particularly at women who suffer from PCOS, this real-time fertility monitor can predict the onset of ovulation, and it’s 99% accurate, because when it comes to conceiving, timing and planning are key. Its USP? It can also tell you when you’re not going to ovulate.
There are two components to OvuSense – the reader, and a sensor which handily resembles a tampon. This works by downloading your own personal data to the reader. All that’s left for you to do is consult your personalised fertility chart before heading upstairs and jumping underneath the sheets…
Stress is a modern epidemic – according to Bupa, over six million of the UK’s population suffered at the hands of it in 2013. The effect of stress on both our physical and mental health is manifold and it can certainly get in the way of your baby-making pursuits, delaying ovulation or, worse, putting a stop to it completely.
The science bit explains that stress hormones (cortisol) prevent the LH rise that occurs prior to ovulation. You can turn to yoga, massage, even tea for chill-out time; but this pill – made from fertilised hen eggs that have been incubated for exactly nine days – is an even simpler way to suppress stress.
4THE STORK HOME CONCEPTION KIT
Far removed from the little white pregnancy lie told to children, this kit is in fact very real and very adult. The Stork can help counteract issues of low sperm count, sperm motility issues, unfavourable vaginal environment and ovulation timing, using the method of cervical cap insemination.
The uninitiated should not be alarmed by this – it’s simply a halfway point between good old-fashioned intercourse and in- clinic treatments, using a condom-like sheath to collect sperm and a tampon-like applicator to deliver to the cervix. Hey presto! So you need not be put off by strange looking gadgets…
Spirulina is one of those ‘superfoods’ that possess special magical powers of nutrition. This one is a form of blue-green algae that springs from warm freshwater regions, and sits at the top table of complete protein sources. It can tighten up your immune system, help control high blood pressure and do what we’re most concerned with here – boost fertility. Knock it back in tablet or capsule form, or use the powder to mix in with a smoothie.
Time for tea now, because pre-conception can be a trying time for everyone. FertiliTea is a concoction of chasteberry (vitex) – good at stimulating progesterone, aka ladies mantle, which is known for easing painful periods – as well as nettle and peppermint leaf giving it an overall invigorating, minty taste. It’s is easy to drink and does wonders to maintain hormone balance, and is the brainchild of leading US fertility supplier Fairhaven Health. At under £15, it’s a pre-pregnancy must-have.
Recent stallholders at London ExCeL’s annual Baby Show ‘Purple Orchid’ have devised their aptly named babystart range to help kick-start your journey. They’ve created a medically tried and tested portfolio of pre-pregnancy tests for both men and women, with the onus always on the natural. Options include a saliva-based ovulation predictor and “a cooling hydrogel patch for the scrotum which maintain optimal temperature for healthy sperm production”, aka FertilCount.
They’ve even come up with a pregnancy test that can detect results just seven days after intimacy. So with all bases covered, you need only focus on the fourth.