With an increasing number of women choosing to have children at a later age and for a variety of reasons- settling into a career or business, finding the perfect partner or generally due to how fast and competitive lifestyle. Conceiving has been a challenge for many and staying on top of ovulation calendars has become a national obsession- at least for us here at the chic. We caught up with Dr. Lakeisha Richardson to answer a few questions that most of us are curious about. Dr. Lakeisha Richardson, is a well-known speaker, consultant, radio show host, and an adjunct professor. She runs her private practice of Dr. Lakeisha Ob/Gyn in Mississippi.
Q: NatureCycles and other apps have been successful at managing menstrual and ovulation cycles through temperature tracking. Do you recommend or support these new methods?
Yes, I recommend apps that help women track their menstrual cycle, basal temperature, and cervical mucus when trying to conceive. I think there is a misconception that ovulation happens on day 14 for everyone. Women are more likely to naturally conceive when they have intercourse on the right ovulation days.
Q: What do we look for when women are ovulating?
Things to look for in ovulation is a change in the cervical mucus. Cervical mucus becomes thin to help facilitate the transport of sperm Basal Body Temperature increases during ovulation as a result of rising levels of progesterone. Some women may even feel pain or slight discomfort in the ovaries during ovulation. In addition, I recommend that women use a fertility kit such as First Response Ovulation to confirm ovulation.
Q: Recently women have been delaying their pregnancies. Do you think this an effect on fertility?
Yes, I think delaying pregnancy has had a profound effect on fertility. Some women may have experienced premature ovarian failure or may have had a rapid decline in their ovarian reserve despite being less than 40 years old. I recommend women see a specialist if they plan to delay pregnancy. Women may need to consider freezing their eggs while they are young if they plan to delay pregnancy past the age of 35.
Q: At what age do women’s fertility weaken (for conceiving)?
Every woman is different, however, I would suggest that ovarian reserve starts to decline at 35 years of age and then rapidly declines at 40.
Q: Nutrition and diet – any special diets, herbs or supplements that you recommend to improve fertility?
Prenatal vitamins such as Ob Complete. If women are using a lubricant during intercourse, I would suggest a fertility friendly lubricant such as Pre-Seed. I would also suggest a fertility support dietary supplement such as Pregnanitude.
Q: Before opting for IV treatment, what do you generally recommend for women to conceive naturally?
When considering IV treatment, every female needs to be evaluated individually. Of course, we always recommend for women to try and conceive naturally if they do not have any infertility issues. However, IVF is the treatment of choice for women with fallopian tube disease, endometriosis, an ovulation, or infertility of unknown etiology. In addition, we who are advanced maternal age may also consider IVF.