For a healthy start in life: With Folic acid!
In each cycle, an egg grows in one of the ovaries. At ovulation, the egg detaches from the ovary and waits in the fallopian tube to be fertilized. The uterus now prepares to receive the fertilized egg and implant it in its thickened lining. Once this process is complete, pregnancy can begin. If fertilization does not take place, the egg moves through the uterus and disintegrates. The lining of the uterus is shed during menstruation and the next cycle begins
Calculating ovulation and fertile days
With the Folio® ovulation calculator, fertile days can be identified quickly and easily: The first day of the last period as well as the average cycle length are entered in the top fields. The length of the menstrual cycle is calculated from the first day of one period to the last day before the next period starts.
The calendar then shows the fertile days and a time window in which ovulation is expected to occur. In this way, it is possible to identify the days in the coming month when conception is most likely to succeed. Taking a 28-day cycle as an average, this cycle would begin on the first day of the period. In the middle of the cycle, i.e. on the 14th day, ovulation usually occurs. If a woman has a slightly longer cycle, ovulation takes place later. If the cycle is shorter, ovulation takes place earlier.
Note: The ovulation calendar is intended to help in narrowing down the fertile days in order to increase the likelihood of conceiving. It is in no way designed to be used as a form of contraceptive!
Calculating ovulation – When is the best time for sex?
The greatest chances of becoming pregnant are just before ovulation. Why? Sperm cells can survive for around two to three days in the woman’s vagina, uterus and fallopian tubes. Under ideal conditions and with good sperm quality, they can even survive for up to five days. However, the egg released from the ovary is only capable of fertilization for 12 to 24 hours.
If sexual intercourse takes place exactly on the day of ovulation, ovulation may already have taken place in the morning and, by the evening, the egg no longer allows the sperm to penetrate. However, if sperm cells enter the woman’s body one or two days before ovulation, they have a chance of reaching the egg in perfect condition.
Ovulation: Boy or girl?
Can couples influence the gender of the baby? To a certain extent, yes. Gender is determined by sex chromosomes. Each egg of the mother contains an X chromosome, and the sperm of the man carry either an X or a Y chromosome. The gender of the child is decided at the moment of conception, depending on the combination of chromosomes.
The combination XX produces a girl, XY a boy.
Male sperm carrying an X chromosome usually have a larger head, are slower and stronger, and can survive longer in the acidic vaginal environment. By contrast, sperm carrying Y chromosomes have a smaller head and are faster. However, they do not survive as long because they are more sensitive to an acidic environment.
- Girl: If sexual intercourse has taken place three to four days before the calculated ovulation date, sperm cells with longer-lasting X chromosomes have a greater chance of the fertilizing the egg.
- Boy: Shortly before ovulation, the faster Y-chromosome-bearing sperm cells are more likely to reach the egg.
Boy? Girl? The most important thing is that the baby is healthy!
Taking folic acid and other micronutrients is extremely important from the moment a couple is planning to conceive. This ensures that mom and baby have a sufficient supply right from the start of pregnancy.
Folic acid plays a significant role in the closure of the embryonic neural tube, from which the baby’s central nervous system later develops. This process already takes place in the first four weeks of pregnancy ‒ that is, at a time when the woman is often still unaware that she is pregnant. Taking folic acid significantly reduces the risk of malformations such as “split spine” (spina bifida).
That is why women should start taking Folio®forte Phase 1 as soon as they plan to have a baby. Just one mini tablet a day until the end of the 12th week of pregnancy will ensure that mom and baby have an optimum daily intake of 800 micrograms of folic acid, 9 micrograms of vitamin B12 (particularly important in the case of a low-meat or meat-free diet), 20 micrograms of vitamin D3 and 150 micrograms of iodine.
From the 13th week of pregnancy, women should switch to Folio® Phase 2, which likewise comes in a convenient click dispenser. One Folio® Phase 2 mini tablet contains 400 micrograms of folic acid, 9 micrograms of vitamin B12, 20 micrograms of vitamin D3 and 150 micrograms of iodine.
It is very important to continue providing the body with sufficient folic acid during the further course of the pregnancy. This is because folic acid is not only essential for all cell division and cell growth processes, but it also contributes to the growth of maternal tissue, normal blood formation and to normal immune system function.
When nursing, the fast-growing baby likewise needs an extra portion of folic acid, and so it is essential to continue taking Folio® Phase 2 until the end of the breastfeeding period. Folio® Phase 2 contains all the necessary vitamins and minerals, and is also affordable and great value for money. One pack is sufficient for three months.
If iodine should not be taken for medical reasons, mothers can also choose Folio®forte iodine-free Phase 1 and Folio® iodine-free Phase 2.
What men can do
Male fertility also plays a very important role when planning to conceive. Folio®men, the micronutrient combination specially developed for men who want to start a family, is a valuable supplement to their diet.
With the minerals zinc and selenium contained in Folio®men, males can actively promote their fertility and normal sperm formation.
Selenium, copper, vitamin B2, vitamin E and vitamin C help to protect cells from oxidative stress. This is particularly important when it comes to male fertility, as sperm are highly sensitive to this type of stress.