The 'Perfect' cycle: What are the most fertile characteristics according to the evidence?

Many of us are coaxing, teasing, encouraging (and sometimes downright manipulating) our cycles to try to optimise our chances of conceiving.  So what are we aiming for?  If we could wake up tomorrow and pick every aspect of our future cycles, what does the research suggest we should chose to be the most fertile?

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Is HSG procedure painful? Is the HSG like labour? God, I hope so.

The HSG is a fertility test used to check for blockages in fallopian tubes and abnormalities in the uterus.  It has a reputation in urban legend for being immensely painful. Writing a reassuring report was my original intention, to confirm that the horror stories were written by those with a penchant for hyperbole.  But it is with a reluctant heart that I join the ranks of the whiners and wimps.  In my experience the HSG can be described in one word: horrendous.

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Cooking the books of infertility

Coping with infertility involves being continuously slapped in the face by reality, which is why it is so great to suspend real life for one reassuring, self-deluded moment.  Someone clever once described the body as the perfect accountant, what goes in comes out and nothing goes unnoticed.  If the body is the perfect accountant then my husband and I are, well, the exact opposite.

In moments of bounding optimism, we egg each other on to cook the books of infertility, and it goes something like this:

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