Preconception health

Before getting pregnant, it helps to get your body prepared. Carrying a baby for nine months can demand a lot from the body. Discover more about preconception health with Ovia. This encompasses trying to conceive, sex for pregnancy, and how your body may react when trying to conceive. We also have nutrition and exercise tips for you to consider as well.

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Should I freeze my eggs?

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Egg freezing step by step

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Egg freezing FAQ

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Positive pregnancy test after an embryo transfer

Dear Ovia, Dreams of a big family

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What you can and cannot control when TTC

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The complete glossary on sexually transmitted infections

A women in gynecologist office talking to doctor about genital infections.

Everything you need to know about yeast infections, UTIs, and bacterial vaginosis

A women at computer reading about what she should've learned in sex ed class.

Five things you should have learned in Sex Ed

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Should I seek ART and/or elective care during the COVID-19 pandemic?

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COVID-19 and trying to conceive: Your questions answered

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COVID-19 and pregnancy: Your questions answered

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Different types of artificial insemination available

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Two moms journey toward becoming a family of three: Real talk about buying sperm, endless IVF shots, and adjusting to life as new parents

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What is the MTHFR gene?

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IVF and ICSI, what’s the difference?

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Nail polish, bug spray, house paint, and more: Just what’s safe?

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Healthy snack food alternatives

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Red flags down below: Signs you should call your healthcare provider

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Different types of reproductive healthcare providers

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What to expect at an appointment with your primary care provider

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Do you really need to start taking prenatal vitamins before conception?

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Foods to fix iron-deficiency anemia

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What to look for in a prenatal supplement

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How do I know if I’m pregnant, or just late?

Quiz: How well do you know your Trying to Conceive (TTC) vocabulary?

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No period, no positive pregnancy test- what happened?

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Five things that might happen after pregnancy loss

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The best time to take a home pregnancy test

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What’s a missed miscarriage? Here’s what you should know

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If you think you’re having a miscarriage, take these steps

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Trying again

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When will my cycle go back to normal?

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The details about sex after miscarriage

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Why might miscarriages happen: Common causes

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Can I conceive after an ectopic pregnancy?

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9 nutrition tips when trying to conceive

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Can tampons affect your fertility? 

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Age and male fertility

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Why do you keep hearing about “toxins”?

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Alternative therapies for fertility

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Clearing up common fertility misconceptions

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Smoking and fertility

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Talking to a male partner about his fertility

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Proper hydration and fertility

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Preparing your body for pregnancy

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Think you’re pregnant? Here are signs and symptoms to look for

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Male fertility myths busted

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How fertility and vegetarian diets work

“Is it safe to skip my period?” and other common birth control questions

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What’s the difference between infertility and sterility?

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The ABCs of TTC: The acronyms you need to know when trying to conceive

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What kind of treatment is available for depression while TTC?

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Observing Women’s History Month 2021 through her healthcare

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How to best support your future fertility – even before you start trying

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Things condoms can’t always prevent

A person putting out their cigarette and wondering how smoking may affect fertility.

Fertility tips: quit smoking

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Fertility tips: What’s the danger of shift work?

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The talk: your partner and fertility

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Take a deep breath: How simple breathing can help you start meditating 

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Early signs of implantation

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Fertility tips: Don’t save it up!

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When to count your eggs

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Should I use an ovulation predictor kit?

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Four nutrition tips to improve male fertility

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Household items that could affect fertility

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Can yoga help me conceive?

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Does a negative pregnancy test mean I’m not pregnant?

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Five signs you might be ovulating

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Should you be taking a prenatal vitamin when TTC?

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The most important nutrients to include in your preconception diet

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How can I make my cervical fluid more fertile?

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Fertility hormones: multi-tasking, heavy-lifting, pretty incredible chemicals 

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Seven things to avoid while TTC

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Five of the best ways you can prepare your body for pregnancy right now

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Tracking your cervical position

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Self-tracking devices and fertility: everything you need to know

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Trying to conceive in a bigger body

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Trying to conceive in a smaller body

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Can cervical position predict fertility?

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Are antidepressants safe when trying to conceive?

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Am I timing sex correctly?

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Can I douche while I’m TTC?

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Can Clomid help me get pregnant?

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The 24 weirdest fertility myths

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Will my laptop hurt my fertility?

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Can saliva hurt sperm?

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Should I wait a day between sex when fertile?

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How can cervical fluid problems affect conception?

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Am I seeing signs of early pregnancy?

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18 tips to get pregnant faster that actually work

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Getting pregnant after diagnosed infertility

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Getting pregnant after cancer treatment

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Lifestyle changes that may boost your fertility to improve your chances of conceiving

How to use your fertility chart

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Are you TTC? How Ovia Fertility can help you conceive faster

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Causes of infertility

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What to expect at your first infertility consultation

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Types of fertility treatments

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Fertility costs and insurance coverage

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Trying to conceive when 35 and older

A sad woman lying with her head in her partner's lap.

Miscarriage: what it is, why it happens, and how it can affect future pregnancies

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Over one year of TTC

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Trouble conceiving? Get tested for infertility

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A healthy lifestyle today can lead to a healthy pregnancy tomorrow: what you can do now

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How smoking and alcohol can affect fertility

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Nutrition to promote fertility

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Exercise and fertility

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Why you might want to get genetic testing before getting pregnant

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From superfoods to smoking: what can help and hurt your fertility

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Tracking fertility to get pregnant faster

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When exactly can you get pregnant? All you need to know about the fertile window

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7 stubborn fertility myths we’re ready to retire

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Getting pregnant: How long should it take?

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How you can benefit from tracking your fertility if you’re TTC

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How can pre-existing mental health conditions affect a pregnancy?

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Understanding abs

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Four common workout injuries and how to avoid them

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The importance of strength training

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Investigating the 2,000 calorie diet

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Five “superfoods” that might not be so super

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How to advocate for yourself as a patient to get the care you deserve

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Tracking your food and drink intake with Ovia

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Exercises you can do in your living room

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Tracking your blood pressure with Ovia

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Tracking your activity with Ovia

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Help yourself get better sleep with these routines

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Five small changes that can help you sleep better than ever

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Before bedtime no-nos: Stuff to avoid that won’t help you sleep

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Ovia Family Award winners: prenatal vitamins and health products

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The basics of meditation

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Advocate for your health by bringing a support person with you to appointment

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Do you know how much sleep is enough…or too much?

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Bedtime goodies that may help you boost that deep sleep already

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Restful nights can make happy days: Are you getting enough sleep?

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Learn about the BRCA gene and why it’s important

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Abnormal pap smears: Everything you need to know

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A beginner’s guide to exercise: starting at square one

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How Ovia can help you be your healthiest, happiest self

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Learn about when you ovulate: One egg’s epic journey

Here’s when your fertile window opens and closes

A doctor talking to their patient about what to expect from a future Pap smear with a clipboard in their hand.

Are you getting a Pap smear? Here’s the process

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When your cycle’s out of sync: how travel can affect ovulation

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How to start an exercise routine – and stick with it

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Helpful facts about migraines

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What to do about increased or nervous energy

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Oils are awesome: From olive to argan, the best oils you didn’t realize

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What’s the deal with gluten?

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Seafood and mercury levels: What you should know

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Good for you or good for nothing? What you should know about taking a multivitamin

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Pros and cons of freezing your eggs

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Six meals to boost your greens

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Menstrual cycle length: Just what’s normal? 

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Low-dose aspirin: What’s the deal?

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Future pregnancy with past abortion history

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Obvious and not-so-obvious benefits of exercise

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Understand your mammogram screening

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Endometriosis

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Tracking your cervical fluid with Ovia

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Tracking your basal body temperature with Ovia

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Tracking your sleep with Ovia

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Are you getting your omegas? 

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Go green: Six ways to work more greens into your diet

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Using Ovia to track your ovulation – even with an irregular cycle

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The good, the bad, the misunderstood: What you need to know about fats

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From cervical fluid to sleep: How tracking your body’s signs and symptoms can identify when you ovulate

A healthy recipe of lamb, quinoa, and lentils, that can help boost fertility.

Fertility recipes: Lamb koftas with date lentil quinoa and yogurt coconut creamed spinach

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Five exercise myths busted

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What you should know about the Zika virus

A person holding an egg meant to represent an egg donation for someone trying to get pregnant.

Egg donation: Thinking it through

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Fertile window for eggs and sperm

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Change in vaginal discharge: What it means

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Fertility recipes: Crème brulee

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Could I have PCOS?

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How much exercise is too much?

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What is anovulation?

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Are my periods irregular?

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Fertility recipes: chicken noodle soup

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Fertility recipes: pumpkin blueberry muffins

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Fertility recipes: apple and pumpkin oatmeal

A plate of stir fry brussel sprouts with garlic.

Fertility recipes: stir fried garlic brussel sprouts

A bowl of Caramelized onion hummus.

Fertility recipes: caramelized onion hummus

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Tracking fertility during the luteal phase

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Tracking fertility during the proliferative phase

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PCOS

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Forgetfulness: Learn the reasons behind it

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The meaning behind dark urine

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Clumsiness: Is it just having an “off” day?

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Helpful information about vaginal spotting or bleeding

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Painful intercourse: Causes and prevention

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Oily hair: What you should know

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Why the metallic taste and what it means

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Helpful information about itchy hands

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Learn more about itchy feet

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Intense lower back pain: What you should know

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Infrequent urination: What causes it and can it be avoided?

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Increased thirst: Do you need to drink more water?

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What really causes hiccups?

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Hemorrhoids: What you should know

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Smelling really good lately? Here’s why your body might be doing it