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Dr. Leondires Offers Holiday Fertility Advice
by Julie Monacelli, December 23, 2013
With all of the festivities geared toward children during the holidays, many people feel a renewed commitment towards conceiving. I spoke with Dr. Mark P. Leondires, medical director and lead physician with Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) who offered his thoughts “Over the holidays many people start to think about having a baby, especially if they have been celebrating with their families. However, I like to remind my patients to avoid undue pressure through things like deadlines. A woman who is 25 years old has a 20 - 25% chance of getting pregnant each month. When a woman who is under 35 years old has been trying to get pregnant for more than a year, then she and her partner should see a reproductive endocrinologist. For women over 35 years old, this timeframe is six months.”
- Know when you are ,ovulating. A woman with a normal ovulation will ovulate in the middle of her 28-day cycle. Ovulation kits can help.
- There are simple lifestyle habits that can have a big impact. Cut down on caffeine; stop smoking and drinking alcohol; improve your diet, including 800 mg of folic acid per day.
- Learn to manage stress; some ways that have helped my patients are yoga, meditation, acupuncture, and low impact exercise such as walking.
- Don't forget your partner; male infertility accounts for 30% of infertility cases. Men should cut down on alcohol and caffeine, stop smoking, and eat a healthy diet.
- And don't forget the mistletoe!
Dr. Mark P. Leondires, medical director and lead physician with Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT), is board certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. For the past three years, he was selected through a doctor peer-review for Best Doctors in America, which represents the top five percent of physicians across in the U.S. He is also a Castle Connolly “Top Doctor” in reproductive endocrinology.