Trying to conceive (TTC)

Learn about what people may experience when trying to conceive (TTC). Ovia Health covers issues surrounding getting pregnant, including recommendations on what fertility aids to try. You can also learn about ways to improve chances for getting pregnant, including nutrition, exercise, and self-care tips. Learn how to track your ovulation cycle with Ovia Fertility, so you have a better idea on how your body may react.

Dear Ovia, My partner isn’t sure if he wants kids

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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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Should you get the COVID-19 vaccine?

Woman gets her temperature taken while wondering if she should get the COVID 19 vaccine.

Should you get the COVID-19 vaccine?

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The ups and downs of the IVF journey

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Positive pregnancy test after an embryo transfer

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IVF FAQ

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You’ve decided to start IVF, now what?

Dear Ovia, Dreams of a big family

Breaking down BMI

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The power of affirmations

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Disordered eating and fertility: Questions to ask yourself

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What you can and cannot control when TTC

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Unpacking male fertility

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TTC after a chemical pregnancy

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Cervical fluid 101

the best pregnancy test and ovulation predictor kit

The best fertility aids

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Choosing your sperm donor

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Stressless Fest recap

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Can yoga help me conceive?

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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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Thinking of having a baby? Here’s how long it can take

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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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Sperm donation 101: The facts

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Sperm donation the second time around: Using the same donor for future children

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Taking a pregnancy test: Facts and fiction

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Nutrition to boost male fertility

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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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Being your own health care advocate

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

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Building and maintaining a strong support network while TTC

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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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How is ectopic pregnancy diagnosed and treated?

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Trying again

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Finding support after a pregnancy loss 

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How to cope after a pregnancy loss

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What happens during a miscarriage? Signs to look out for

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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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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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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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Managing anxiety while TTC

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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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When all signs lead to pregnant but the home pregnancy test disagrees: Could you have gotten a false negative?

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

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Fertility tips: quit smoking

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

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Fertility tips: birth control?

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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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The TTC blues: friends with kids

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Conception, the sequel: What you should know about getting pregnant the second time around

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Lights, camera, conception! A pre-pregnancy checklist

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Fertility tips: The importance of water

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Fertility tips: Go organic

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Fertility tips: Don’t save it up!

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Doing you: protecting your emotional health while TTC

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When to count your eggs

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Spicing up TTC sex

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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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Does pregnancy loss impact future conception?

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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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Is more sex better when TTC through intercourse?

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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 herbal supplements used to boost fertility

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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

A person looking at her phone, using the Ovia Health ovulation tracker to determine fertile cervical position.

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 herbal remedies help me get pregnant?

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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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Will exercising too much hurt my fertility?

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Can saliva hurt sperm?

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How to time sex correctly if you’re trying to get pregnant

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Common emotions when TTC

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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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Can acupuncture help my fertility?

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Am I too stressed to get pregnant?

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Will having orgasms help me conceive?

A woman lying on her back trying to help increase her chances of getting pregnant.

Should I lie on my back after babymaking sex?

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18 tips to get pregnant faster that actually work

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What are the best sex positions for conceiving?

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Getting pregnant after cancer treatment

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How to take a pregnancy test

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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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What should you track when trying to conceive?

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Causes of infertility

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What to expect at your first infertility consultation

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Your initial conversation with a patient coordinator

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Types of fertility treatments

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Fertility costs and insurance coverage

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Why seek a fertility specialist

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Best herbs for fertility

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Nine nutritious foods to help boost your fertility

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Trying to conceive when 35 and older

A person holding their newborn baby and wondering 'how long should you wait to get pregnant again?'

Birth spacing: How long should you wait after having a baby before trying for your next?

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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Other options

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Infertility treatments

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IVF and assisted reproductive technologies

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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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Why you need a trusted healthcare provider when TTC

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Finances of having a baby

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How smoking and alcohol can affect fertility

A person using a spoon to eat from a bowl of oats and strawberries to represent foods to eat while trying to conceive.

Nutrition to promote fertility

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Keep it sexy: How to stay satisfied and not stressed when you’re trying to get pregnant

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Exercise and fertility

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Choosing your baby’s sex: Is it possible?

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Why you might want to get genetic testing before getting pregnant

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You’re ready to have a baby, but is your partner?

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Getting pregnant after birth control

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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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Conception planning and your 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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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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Fertility recipes: honey, lemon, and ginger tea

A plate of cranberry orange scones from the article recipe.

Fertility recipes: cranberry orange scones with whole wheat flour and Greek yogurt

A woman at doctors office getting her blood pressure checked to represent getting a blood pressure tracker.

Tracking your blood pressure with Ovia

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Tracking your activity with Ovia

Woman gets her temperature taken while wondering if she should get the COVID 19 vaccine.

Should you get the COVID-19 vaccine?

A woman sleeping in bed sideways because it’s her bedtime ritual to help her sleep better.

Help yourself get better sleep with these routines

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Ovia Family Award winners: prenatal vitamins and health products

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Ovia Family Award winners: Fertility aids 

A person watching a meditating video on their laptop while meditating.

The basics of meditation

Two women smiling while talking about how to be an advocate for their healthcare.

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

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Find a healthcare provider that really gets you

A woman who understands the importance of sleep taking a day time nap in her bed.

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

This image represents a person talking about sex with their partner while laying in bed.

Learn to communicate better in the bedroom and really connect

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It’s not easy getting greens: Six ways to get more vegetables in your life

A graphic of a leaf growing to represent the Ovia Fertility application.

How Ovia can help you be your healthiest, happiest self

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

An egg traveling in fallopian tubes to indicate ovulation signs.

All about ovulation: 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

A person traveling checking their map to represent the question: 'how does travel affect ovulation?'

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

Three people talking and getting ready to go for a run as part of their exercise routine.

How to start an exercise routine – and stick with it

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Getting pregnant with Ovia: Your quick start guide

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What to do about increased or nervous energy