Struggling To Conceive

Struggling To Conceive

Our fertility struggles are not something I post about often. I was told it was unlikely I would be able to conceive naturally, and fertility treatments/IVF weren’t necessarily an option (it’s a postcode thing). I did manage, though it took years of trying for both our boys and the journey was not without our disappointments and heartbreaks. Struggling to conceive is a difficult time for both of you and it is ok to be disappointed, hurt and even jealous of others. It is natural. 

Struggling with conception can be a worrying time. It is worth mentioning that it is not uncommon for people to not fall pregnant immediately. We all hear stories about people who conceive in the first month of trying however it is important to remember that this is rare and not considered the norm, especially for those coming off contraceptive pills etc. Your first port of call after a year of trying or if you have worries would be your GP who can refer you to a specialist if they feel it is necessary.

If you, your partner or you both have a fertility issue, there are a range of options you could look at in order to achieve that much-awaited positive pregnancy test. 

Struggling to Conceive? Consider Your Physical Health

Of course, it would be just plain wrong to suggest that living healthily will instantly solve your problems, but sometimes, it can have a big effect, to the point where it’s worth trying. Get more exercise, more sleep, and eat a highly nutritious diet. There might be a chance that with this effort your chances of fertility could rise. However, over-exercise and being underweight has also been associated (but not fully linked) with lower fertility rates, so be sure you’re remaining careful and truly health-focused in your efforts.

Visit A Fertility Clinic

A fertility clinic directory should help you find the best treatment or assessment to help you figure out your next step. Not only will they take into account your physical requirements, but also your emotional and spiritual needs as a couple. They will be able to analyse your personal situation and offer advice based on your individual needs. Speak to your GP about taking this next step, if it is appropriate to you.

Consider Every Option

IVF treatment, adoption, surrogacy and a range of other potential options are all worth considering. Don’t dismiss these options immediately. It might not seem that these are an ideal solution for you but do the research anyway. Who knows where your fertility journey will take you?

Take Care of Each Other

Your physical health when trying to conceive is important, as is your mental health. Struggling to conceive can cause enormous strain. I, for example, always struggled with guilt. I have the fertility issues and therefore always felt bad for being the “problem”.

It’s not always easy for the men on our lives either. Support often seems to be geared more towards the women (in our experience) however if there are two of you struggling to conceive and both wanting to have a child, two of you feel the same disappointments.  Make sure you are there for each other and look at ways to stay mentally healthy as well as physically. Counselling can go a long way towards helping with this aspect of struggling to conceive.

 

Wherever you are on your journey I wish you all the very best. I’ve not got any “off-the-shelf” platitudes because I’m pretty sure you’ve heard them all before. Be kind to yourselves and keep on asking questions and researching your options.

Laser Hair Removal: It’s a Thing!

razor, laser hair removal

Laser hair removal is something I’m hearing a lot about right now. While some of us are more a winter growler kind of person, others take their grooming more seriously. Hair removal is something of a sore subject for women especially. There have been a number of public awareness campaigns about the difference in price between men’s razors and women’s razors for example. With laser hair removal an option, I can see why men and women are moving away from razors, waxing and more, opting for long-term results and less effort!

What is Laser Hair Removal

Of all the treatments I’ve heard or read about, laser hair removal is the easiest to understand in terms of how it actually works. If I’ve got this right (have a look at the Pulse Light Clinic website for a more thorough explanation), lasers target the hair follicle via laser light which eventually destroys the follicle. No follicle, no hair growth. It can eliminate some hair permanently, whereas some people may benefit from occasional top-ups. The results vary from person to person. Those with darker hair tend to benefit from more follicle eliminate than those who are very fair.

The benefits include:

  • Smoother skin
  • No or much less pesky shaving
  • Less skin irritation from hair growth
  • Significantly fewer ingrown hairs

Who Might Choose Laser Hair Removal

Anyone might opt to try laser hair removal. Someone with PCOS that struggles with excess hair growth, anyone fed up of traditional hair removal methods or for whom hair removal creams, waxing and so on isn’t appropriate and anyone who wants to feel good and/or is looking to boost their self-esteem and their confidence.

Laser Hair Removal and Me

Would I consider laser hair removal myself, absolutely! I loathe the shaving and plucking rituals I, like most women, put myself through. I don’t do it for public approval, I do it because it makes me feel good. That doesn’t mean that I enjoy all of the wasted time and the constant maintenance that comes with the grind that is hair removal.

Would you consider it? Have you had it?

 

*If you want to talk to someone about laser hair removal or any other treatments please get in touch with the Pulse Light Clinic directly who would be more than happy to answer any questions you might have.
Their contact details are:

1st Floor, Peek House,
20 Eastcheap, London
EC3M 1EB
Contact us 0207 523 5158

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