Questions About Infertility & Fertility

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On a daily basis our natural fertility experts answer questions about personal, specific, infertility and fertility challenges. It’s all part of the education-based fertility service we provide, designed to empower and help you learn how to optimise your fertility through insight about your mind, body and environment.

Here you’ll find links to information about ovarian reserve and age, IVF and miscarriages, questions about nutrition, diet and supplements, questions about how lifestyle factors impact fertility or contribute to infertility, plus questions about our favourite fertility topic “undiagnosed infertility”.

In order to provide answers to these frequently asked fertility and infertility questions we are now publishing the FAQ section of the website which we will link to from this page.

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Catalogue of Answers to Frequently Asked Fertility Questions

Fertility specialist Gabriela Rosa offers practical advice on how to optimise your chances of getting pregnant fast, even if you are over 40 or think you may need to use IVF/ICSI

Below you’ll find the growing list of FAQ’s. To Download a searchable copy of the table below simply click here.  If your question is not answered here already or perhaps you require more specific information about your personal fertility journey please take the free fertility discovery questionnaire.


14DFC Get Your Partner Onboard
14DFC Should my husband watch daily videos?
14DFC What Do I Do Now the 14 Day Fertility Challenge is Over?
14DFC I’m committed to doing this, too. We have made so many changes in the 14 Day Fertility Challenge. I feel so much better. Can you talk about the cost? It’s a large financial commitment, not having a tonne of extra funds. Is there anything else we can do?
14DFC How can I be accepted into fertility program? I have had a stillbirth and ectopic pregnancy, and so I would love to get your help and assistance.\
14DFC “I have learned something of value that I can apply to my life…”
14DFC I’ve been seeing discussions in the group and people asking about how to improve egg quality, expressing the fact that they’ve got poor ovarian reserve and can’t do anything about that, so that they have to go IVF. Unfortunately this is a pretty common misconception.
14DFC Facebook Need to Know :: Pinned & Daily Posts
14DFC Personal Responsibility :: 14 Day Fertility Challenge Etiquette
14DFC Constructive Feedback :: 14 Day Fertility Challenge Etiquette
14DFC 14 Day Fertility Challenge Group’s Rules and Etiquette
Age Can you give advice and hope on how to maximize the chances of falling pregnant at 45?
age Can you tell me how to get pregnant over 40 ?
Age How to Stop Worrying about Age
Age I’m 42 and have done 10 rounds of IVF over the past few years. Traditionally, at my age, people would say to give up. What are your thoughts?
Age What is the single most important thing to do to increase fertility in my mid 40s? I find it overwhelming and stressful to try and do everything perfectly in terms of diet, supplementation, lifestyle, stress reductions…so I’d like to understand what is the most important thing?
Age What to do to get my body temperature to 36.6 Celsius and how to get period back at age 49?
Dairy & Gluten Free Is there any good milk or cheese I can eat?
Dairy & Gluten Free Eating Dairy During IVF Treatment?
Dairy & Gluten Free Just wondering if anyone decided to add in any supplements after cutting out dairy and gluten such as calcium? If not, what foods are you making sure you eat to replace things you would otherwise get from dairy?
Dairy & Gluten Free My husband is a fan of Mediterranean foods how can I possibly encourage him to go gluten and dairy free?
Dairy & Gluten Free What types of cheese do you recommend?
Environment I know microwave use is bad. But can I still use our microwave for heating up my heat pack?
Environment Salt lamps, curious about your thoughts.
Environment I’m looking for safe, practical and affordable soap alternatives and found this glycerine soap that is 100 percent parabens free.
Environment Odd question but I recently heard someone discussing a vaginal steam…
Environment Toothpaste Without Fluoride
Exercise I’m wondering if I should limit the exercise that I do?
Exercise Why is running not good in the second half of the cycle?
Fertility Diet & Nutrition Hi, you say we should eat a gluten-free diet. What about eating Kamut or Spelt flour. I know it still has gluten, but was told that it’s a different type of gluten?
Fertility Diet & Nutrition Healthy Eating Plan During Pregnancy
Fertility Diet & Nutrition How do food allergies impact fertility?
Fertility Diet & Nutrition How does fat impact insulin level?
Fertility Diet & Nutrition How to Make Kale Chips
Fertility Diet & Nutrition Is cinnamon safe while trying to conceive?
Fertility Diet & Nutrition Is the Air Fryer Fertility Friendly?
Fertility Diet & Nutrition Is there a good time to eat dinner?
Fertility Diet & Nutrition Is Tofu OK for Fertility?
Fertility Diet & Nutrition My husband and I are vegan. We eat a lot of fruits and vegetables and grains. Is that good for fertility?
Fertility Diet & Nutrition Pregnancy… should I continue with this eating plan?
Fertility Diet & Nutrition Side Effects From Diet Changes
Fertility Diet & Nutrition What do you think about Himalayan pink salt?
Fertility Diet & Nutrition What is a healthy diet prior to IVF?
Fertility Diet & Nutrition What is healthy eating for fertility?
Fertility Diet & Nutrition Is coconut oil good for hormones and during pregnancy?
Infertility Will surgical removal of fibroid cause infertility?
Infertility Prevention Is it OK to reuse the same boiled water in the kettle?
Infertility Prevention Better to Use Cling Wrap or Aluminium Foil?
Infertility Prevention Effect of High Cholesterol on Fertility
Infertility Prevention Quit Smoking & Drinking to Optimize Fertility
IVF Should we stop drinking alcohol before and after an IVF cycle?
IVF I’m 40 years old, suffering from endometriosis and fibroids. I’ve had three failed IVF cycles. I’ve had also recently discovered that I had an autoimmune condition whereby my body is attacking the embryo in trying to implant.
IVF Is it helpful to chart your body basal temperature while undergoing IVF?
IVF What can I do to support my uterine lining and implantation? I have had uterine adhesions and surgery last year, but I’m struggling to get a good uterine lining during my IVF FET So that’s frozen embryo transfer?
IVF After three IVF failures, what do you do differently to achieve success?
IVF I thought my only option was IVF?
IVF IVF specialist already talking about a numbers game…
IVF What can I do to support uterine lining and implantation? I have had uterine adhesions and surgery last year, but I’m struggling to get a good uterine lining during my IVF frozen embryo transfer?
IVF I have had two failed IUI that resulted in early miscarriage. How can I get the egg, once fertilised to stay put.
IVF I am 39, 101 kilos. I have had one round of IVF which resulted in a miscarriage. I have lost kilos in the last year, do yoga 2 to 3 times a week, see my acupuncturist fortnightly and meditate regularly. What key things would be ideal for me to implement?
Male Fertility Can sperm be incompatible with the egg?
Male Fertility Do you have suggestions for improving high-viscosity sperm?
Male Fertility How would a couple work with male infertility?
Male Fertility I’m thinking of riding a bike to work. My wife is worried about loss of sperm quality…
Male Fertility If your husband has a small penis, can it affect getting pregnant?
Male Fertility Is sperm going to be affected in a diabetic person? What are the problems in regards to diabetes and male fertility?
Male Fertility How to Improve Sperm Morphology.
Male Fertility What constitutes healthy sperm?
Male Fertility 10 Key Factors of Male Fertility
Medical I have had a failed second IVF cycle that caused huge ovarian cysts, which I have never had before. Is there anything that I can do to prevent this in future cycles?
Medical My Oestradiol is high. How can I lower it?
Medical What is it that I need to do in order to conceive naturally if I have PCOS?
Medical AMH Levels Very High & I have PCOS
Medical Are there any other options to help get pregnant if you have PCOS? Can’t seem to drop enough kilos quick enough, doing acupuncture, herbal medicines and other naturopath medicines. Specialists can’t help me with anything else till I dropped down another dress size. So frustrating, no other options have been recommended for suggested. Just told can’t help you too many times now.
Medical Can You Cure PCOS?
Medical Do you recommend Vitex agnus-castus or chaste tree for luteal phase defect and do you recommend to use it up until ovulation, positive pregnancy test, or during the entire first trimester?
Medical Does anyone have any insight into thyroid tests…. I’ve had three T4 results at 15, with TSH ranging from 1.8-1.3 over the three….is this too low for fertility?
Medical Does PCOS correct with blood sugar control?
Medical Hashimotos When Trying to Conceive
Medical Hi, I’m currently trying to conceive and have discovered that I am compounded heterozygous for MTHFR genetic mutation 1298 and 677…I’m not supposed to take folic acids, but I’m here in Australia and I can’t find metlyenehydrofolate to take instead of folic acid. Every natal multi I have seen has folic acid in it. I really want to make sure that my body is in the healthiest that it can be for the baby. What should I do? Is there a natal multi that I can take Pre, Peri and Post natally which actually is healthy for my MTHFR mutation.
Medical How does sickness affect your fertility?
Medical How to Overcome PCOS before Pregnancy?
Medical Human Growth Hormone for Fertility Patients
Medical I’m 38 and I’ve had 4 miscarriages already, hypo thyroid, and I haven’t conceived in 6 months…
Medical Improve Fertility Especially with Uterine Fibroid
Medical Insights on MTHFR & B Vitamins
Medical Is it true that about 50 percent of people with PCOS have a linked hormone issue with thyroid problems?
Medical MTHFR mutation
Medical Ovary Removed for Borderline Cancerous Ovarian Cysts…
Medical Raw Greens: Not Good for Hypothyroidism
Medical Using DHEA and CoQ10 to Increase AMH and Reduce FSH
Medical What is your advice on preventing further growth of fibroids?
Medical What kind of fertility testing should I ask for?
Medical What should I do about hypoglycaemic episodes?
Medical What treatment do you suggest for natural killer cells?
Mind Matters  GPs told me that I would never conceive at 21 with my laparoscopic endo diagnosis, the doc told me if I wasn’t pregnant by 25 I would have big problems. Now, at 34, and after 3 years of trying it’s hard to get those voices out of my head. How do I stay positive?
Mind Matters How can I overcome the negativity and inferior complex of not getting pregnant?
Mind Matters I’ve been exposed to severe stress over the last two and a half years. Now I have a negative attitude towards becoming a father. How would I overcome this situation, as I am a newly married person, just four months’ marriage?
Mind Matters Anxiety During Pregnancy
Mind Matters How do you recommend keeping stress levels down to achieve conception
Miscarriage After miscarriage and four failed IVF attempts at age 41, what is the best way to pick up and try again?
Miscarriages I’ve been trying for 15 months so far without success with one miscarriage and yet my husband and I are following all the advice of not having coffee, alcohol, eating organic etc. I’ve tried naturopathy and acupuncture and taking countless supplements, but not sure what to try next. Would you have any suggestions? It is so frustrating that most of my friends have been able to conceive easily, even though they eat a lot of processed foods, sugar etc.”
Miscarriages Can poor gut function affect fertility and miscarriage as well?
Miscarriages I’d like to know if there is any type of testing or a way to figure out why a woman has trouble carrying a baby to term. My first born made it to term with bed rest and my last 4 have been extremely premature, 31 weeks, 24 weeks, 24 weeks and just last month 14 weeks. I was told that I don’t really have an incompetent cervix, but cannot figure out what is going wrong
Natural Meds & Supplements Do you recommend any herbs or supplements or essential oils to help promote fertility? I have low AMH, diminished ovarian reserve, and high FSH.
Natural Meds & Supplements I have concerns about a fertility supplement I am taking, that it is causing rather than repairing an imbalance. Is breakthrough bleeding a problem? Should I stop taking these supplements?
Natural Meds & Supplements I’m taking evening primrose oil for my skin and cholesterol as well as fish oil. Should I not be taking EPO, which is the evening primrose oil because of the omega-6 content?
Natural Meds & Supplements I’m waiting on surgery…Is there something natural that I can do as endometriosis pain management that won’t affect my future chances of getting pregnant?
Natural Meds & Supplements Is there a problem with taking significant doses of vitamin D?
Natural Meds & Supplements What fertility supplements do you recommend?
Natural Meds & Supplements Natural Inflammation Control for Endometriosis
NFB I was folic acid deficient. Once I listened to you and got rid of the chemicals and switched plastics to glass and drink from the lemon drink and now almost 40 weeks pregnant. I owe a lot of the things to you!
NFB Is this program real?
NFB It would be great to live in Sydney to see Gabriela, but I don’t live in Sydney. Do you have a list of fertility specialists that we can see near where we live?
Ovarian Reserve Does Royal Jelly and Maca help with egg quality for women over 40?
Ovarian Reserve & AMH Is it possible to improve your AMH levels? What does AMH really mean when it comes to egg quality?
Ovarian Reserve & AMH Is it possible to conceive naturally, with an AMH anti mullerian hormone level of under 10?
Ovarian Reserve AMH I was told I have an AMH score of 3 with an FSH score of below 10. Can dietary changes improve my egg reserve?
Ovarian Reserve AMH I’m 28 years old, but my AMH is 0.7. What food is best for me in order to have good quality eggs, and it is possible to get pregnant naturally with those low AMH or with that low MH?
Ovarian Reserve AMH My AMH level is 0.5, and I have three follicles on the right, and one on the left. What are my chances of conceiving?
Ovarian Reserve AMH I have a very good hormone reading after the blood test for egg reserve at 23, but that was a year ago, and I’m now 44. I had been advised to freeze my eggs, but I am not in a relationship. It looks bad, I know. Would you do this when eggs are quite
Ovulation & Cycles  With age comes irregular periods and my hypothyroid isn’t helping either. I’m afraid I’m close to perimenopause at age 45. Please advice on things to bring on my period. I’m still waiting after 80 days and feeling very discouraged.
Ovulation & Cycles Are Ovulation Kits Worth Using?
Ovulation & Cycles How does an irregular period affect fertility? My cycle ranges from 26 to 32 days, sometimes up to 45. What is considered as an irregular cycle?
Ovulation & Cycles I have blood clotting with my period. It has been like this for many years and doesn’t seem to get any better. is there anything I can do to sort it out please? My periods are only 2 to 3 days long. Is this very bad?
Ovulation & Cycles I’m 40 years old, very healthy, in shape with regular menstruation. I’ve got my hormones tested and have had ultrasounds done of my fallopian tubes. Everything was good. Why, after 2 1/2 years have I not gotten pregnant?
Ovulation & Cycles Is it normal to get leg pains or cramping from knees to the top of the hips when I have my period?
Ovulation & Cycles What do you suggest for regulating excessive cervical mucus that occurs month long? It does change to indicate ovulation, but there is never a dry day.
Ovulation & Cycles What is the best way to track ovulation?
Ovulation & Cycles What will make my period come back and me start ovulating?
Sleep I work nights. Any advice with sleep?
TTC I’m trying to conceive for the last four years to no avail. All tests done say okay. Please help me?
TTC Can I conceive using a donor egg at age 38?
TTC I have a 28-day cycle. When do I ovulate and when should I have sex?
TTC I’m 4 days late yet I have a negative pregnancy test. I kept a close eye on my cycle last month. Should I wait a week if it hasn’t shown up again?
TTC I’m trying to increase uterine lining. Are there natural ways I can increase it?
TTC My husband and I have had trouble conceiving, I wonder about all sorts of things I do that could be hindering us getting pregnant. I question everything.
TTC Trying to conceive is consuming my life
TTC TTC Three Years GP Says No Action Needed…
TTC What are some sperm friendly lubricants?
TTC What Day of Your Cycle Should You Stop Trying to Conceive?
TTC What is a Chemical Pregnancy?
TTC What’s the best way for timing conception and sexual positions for conception attempt?
TTC Is cinnamon safe while trying to conceive?
Weight Management If you could recommend five things for losing weight, what would it be?
Weight Management Should I Lose Weight Before Trying to Get Pregnant?
Weight Management Why does weight affect fertility when you have no fertility issues?
Weight Management Your thoughts on Metagenics for weight loss?
Whole Lemon Drink The Whole Lemon Drink
Whole Lemon Drink Can you throw in other things like berries?
Whole Lemon Drink Hi I have an intolerance to citrus, it gives me hives, a small amounts ok but a whole lemon, day after day, I just can’t … Can I use just a small amount ? Maybe every second day ? Or am I just wasting my time ?
Whole Lemon Drink Can you have lime?
Whole Lemon Drink How do you know you have a dairy intolerance or a gluten intolerance?
Whole Lemon Drink I found I was getting alot of heartburn whilst having the lemon drink? I have found this in the past when having anything acidic so what could I do in the future when starting with the lemon drink again?
Whole Lemon Drink I have a question about storing homemade coconut butter. I made mine last night and stored in the fridge to keep fresh without of course thinking about the fact that it would course set. My question, can homemade coconut butter be stored safely in the pantry provided it is stored in an airtight (glass of course) container?
Whole Lemon Drink I have heard that ginger could cause miscarriage and interfere with implantation, is this true?
Whole Lemon Drink I’m not a fan of chugging down raw egg. I can’t source the lethicin yet so I’m wondering if you can omit this part, then eat cooked egg for breakfast?
Whole Lemon Drink Is it ok to sweeten with some honey or do you only recommend stevia?
Whole Lemon Drink Is raw goats milk included as dairy?
Whole Lemon Drink Is St Mary’s Thistle the same thing as milk thistle? I could not find St Mary’s Thistle tea. Doing dandelion tea now, adding coconut oil to my steel cut oats in the morning, and I take 4000 mg fish oil a day.
Whole Lemon Drink Is this drink safe to drink if you are on high cholesterol prevention medication?
Whole Lemon Drink So no raw egg in the drink during that time? Can I ask why?
Whole Lemon Drink Would you clarify the two weeks wait period, please?? I’m not clear about it.. thank you!
Whole Lemon Drink Q:My coconut oil doesn’t blend properly I have big chunks. Should i still drink it as it is or any advice how to make it more smooth.