BRAINWAVE 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.
WINK 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.
THE 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, were making sure you’re in the best possible headspace 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.
SELF 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.
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 steam 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.
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.
THE 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…
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.