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Monday, August 10, 2020

SPERM HARMED BY SOME SUNSCREENS

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 SUNSCREEN MAY HARM SPERM

With nice weather upon us, more and more people are slathering on the sunscreen.  But, if you are trying to conceive, you may want to tell the man in your life to wear a hat and long sleeve shirt.  A recent study has shown that some ingredients in sunscreen can interfere with the function of sperm cells.
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 from the article:

The researchers found that 13, or 45 percent, of the 29 UV filters tested induced calcium ion influxes in the sperm cells, thus interfering with normal sperm cell function. "This effect began at very low doses of the chemicals, below the levels of some UV filters found in people after whole-body application of sunscreens," Skakkebaek said.
Furthermore, nine of the 13 UV filters seem to induce this calcium ion influx by directly activating the CatSper channel, thereby mimicking the effect of progesterone. This finding suggests that these UV filters are endocrine disruptors, Skakkebaek said. In addition, several of the UV filters affected important sperm functions normally controlled via CatSper, such as sperm motility.
Skakkebaek called for clinical studies to investigate whether chemical UV filters affect human fertility. He added, "Our study suggests that regulatory agencies should have a closer look at the effects of UV filters on fertility before approval."

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Sunday, August 09, 2020

SCREAM! IT MAY HELP YOU CONCEIVE!

Pregnancy Over 40, Trying To Conceive Over 40, Try Screaming!

One of the turning points in my journey to get pregnant was when I completely boiled over with frustration.
I was on the edge of completely giving up and actually did give up and came to the (supposed) realization that I was never going to have a baby. One day, I was home alone and I started screaming at the top of my lungs. I cursed the world, I cursed the universe and I screamed at God and all my guardian angels for abandoning me when I needed them most. To this day, I wonder how it was that my neighbors didn't hear me! The day after this tantrum, my throat was sore and I was tired and emotionally spent.

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 But the funny thing is, I felt better. I felt like I got it all out and I felt like I was heard (by who I don't know!) As I discuss in my book, it was shortly after that I found out I was pregnant with my daughter. I don't think that was just a coincidence. Screaming really can help and it feels so good to just let it all out. Just make sure you have a safe place where you won't scare your neighbors!!

This article talks about a study which showed that screaming does reduce stress:


From the article:

London: The next time you feel like screaming from all the stress work is putting on you, well go right ahead and let it all out.

A new research has found that a good shout can cut stress by up to 25 per cent. 

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Saturday, August 08, 2020

TOP FERTILITY FOODS FOR MEN

Fertility Foods for Men


Guest post By John Lally
Estimates are that male infertility affects up to ten percent of men. However, many of those men may be
successful in treating male infertility with proper nutrition and other simple practices.
Why Male Fertility Nutrition is Important
Healthy nutrition helps a man produce healthy sperm, making it easier for his partner to conceive. Hisdiet should provide sufficient amounts of Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin D and calcium, which are important for sperm production.
For healthy fertility nutrition, a man should eat six to eleven servings of bread, grains and pasta, three to five servings of vegetables, two to four servings of fruit, two to three servings of meat and protein and two to three servings of dairy products daily.

Fruits and vegetables supply antioxidants, which aid in keeping sperm healthy with increased mobility. A wide variety of fruits and vegetables in different colors will ensure getting a healthy range of antioxidants.
Caffeine makes sperm sluggish, so limiting coffee, tea and soda can help increase sperm motility.
To help prevent birth defects, prospective fathers should get 400 micrograms of folate or folic acid daily. Good sources of folic acid are fortified breads and grains,
chickpeas, lentils, fruit, beans and leafy green vegetables.
Either too little or too much selenium can harm sperm levels, so men should aim
for approximately 55 mcg of the nutrient daily.
Some studies show that soy may interfere with male hormones and increase estrogen activity,
so men trying to become fathers may want to cut back on soy foods.
A deficiency of zinc may affect testosterone and reduce sperm count, so men
who do not eat meat, which is high in zinc, should get the nutrient from foods like nuts, yogurt and beans.
Should Men Use Fertility Supplements?
Men who believe they may not be getting enough vitamins and minerals by eating nutritional foods can benefit by taking high-quality supplements to
enhance fertility. These fertility supplements may include L-carnitine, L-arginine, grapeseed extract, vitamins C, E and A, selenium, zinc,
 co-enzyme Q and betacarotene.

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Top Fertility Foods for Men's Health

Garlic has plenty of selenium and vitamin B6. Selenium is an antioxidant
that boosts sexual virility, and vitamin B6 fortifies the immune system and regulates hormones.
Cashew nuts are a good source of zinc, which may increase testosterone levels.
Bananas contain magnesium, protein and vitamins B1, A and C, which improve and stimulate sperm production.
The high vitamin E content in avocados boosts sperm motility, and the folic acid
and vitamin B6 in the fruit help regulate the function of sexual hormones.
Asparagus has an abundant supply of vitamin C, which
 helps increase the motility and viability of sperm.
Tomatoes are a good source of lycopene, an antioxidant carotenoid that increases
 sperm count and motility and helps keep it healthy. Pink grapefruit, watermelon and other tomato products like ketchup and tomato juice are also good
sources of lycopene.
Apples are a nutritionally well-balanced fruit, and in vinaigrette form like fruit cider vinegar, particularly effective.
Pumpkin seeds contain a good supply of zinc, the most important mineral for increased testosterone levels and sperm count. The omega-3 fatty acids
 in pumpkin seeds enhance sexual function by motivating blood flow to the sexual organs.
Oysters are another good source of zinc and can help repair
 sperm damaged by chemicals in the environment.
Pomegranate juice may help with erectile dysfunction, sperm concentration, motility and cell density
as well as with reducing abnormal sperm.
Fertility Nutrition Effect on Male Sperm Health
Diet does not have an effect on a man's sperm count,
 but a healthy diet can be a valuable aid in producing healthy sperm. Free radicals can cause sperm DNA damage and poor motility. Additionally,
if conception takes place, a child may inherit genetic problems from damaged DNA. Men should eat a healthy,
balanced diet and limit alcohol consumption to less than ten glasses a week. High doses of alcohol at one time can be toxic, so any drinking
should be done in moderation. Cigarettes also contain toxins, so men who want healthy sperm should attempt to stop smoking as well.

Acupuncture may help improve sperm quality, motility and morphology, boost the number of normal sperm and diminish structural abnormalities. It can also support male fertility by increasing libido and reducing the stress and anxiety associated with trying to conceive. Timing acupuncture treatments to correspond with the partner's cycle can make them even more effective. Acupuncture can provide synergistic health benefits by increasing blood flow and relieving stress.

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Friday, August 07, 2020

SELF IUI INTERUTERINE INSEMINATION AT HOME

Get Pregnant Naturally With Self Insemination At Home

I keep hearing stories about how couples achieve a successful pregnancy by using home insemination.

 Although I've never tried it, here is an article that explains the "turkey baster" method (more instructions on the link below):

From Babymed.com

 The Turkey Baster Method is the most common way of artificial insemination to get pregnant and have an artificial insemination at home. More often than not you do NOT actually use a turkey baster but a disposable syringe.
You need the following supplies for an artificial insemination at home with a turkey baster:
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  1. Needleless syringe or oral medicine syringe (instead of the turkey baster)
  2. Collection cup, baggy or condom
  3. (Optional) Saline without additives or preservatives
  4. (Optional) Tube to attach to syringe
  5.  (Optional) Mild germicidal soap  
 

Step-by-step instructions

1. Take a clean or sterile glass or plastic cup, baggy, or collection condom and have the male ejaculate into it. Do NOT use a regular condom because it may contain chemicals that kill sperm. There are special collection condoms for this purpose which do not have sperm-killing chemicals.

You'll probably have better luck getting the semen out of a cup since you could suck the baggy or condom up to the syringe and block the opening, but you may get a larger sample with the baggy or the special collection condom. You can use a tiny bit of saline, without additives/preservatives, to help get as much sperm as possible into the syringe, but you don't need to worry too much about leaving a little behind. If you are using frozen sperm, you need to ask the sperm bank for directions on thawing.

2. Draw back on the syringe once with nothing but air, then push the air out again.

3. Draw back on the syringe again, but this time keep the end of it in the semen — the vacuum created by pulling back on the stopper will suck the semen into the syringe.

4. Try to tap out any air bubbles since you don't want to inject air into your vagina. You can do this by slowly rotating the syringe until the opening is facing up. Tap the air bubbles to the top and then push the plunger in on the catheter just a small amount — enough to get rid of air without squirting any semen out.

5. Get into a position where you can stay comfortably for a half-hour or can get into the position minimal movement. It is ideal to either have hips raised or to lay on your side making sure your pelvis is canted (usually hips provide natural angle if your hips are wider than your waist, but if your bed, or wherever you are lying, is soft, you may want to put a pillow or two underneath your hip).

6. Slowly glide the syringe, or catheter, into the vagina until it is close to the cervix — but do not try to get it into the cervix, and do this gently. Your goal is to coat the outside of the cervix and to deposit as much sperm as possible as close the cervix as you can get it.

7. SLOWLY inject sperm. If you do it too fast, it can squirt out of the vagina or at least spray away from the cervix.

8. If you are concerned about wastage in the syringe, you can use some saline, without additives . . . add some to the syringe, shake it a bit, get the air out, and inject. This is not necessary since there probably won't be enough wastage to be of concern.

9. Try to have an orgasm. Some suggest that using a vibrator for clitoral stimulation produces a bigger, more powerful orgasm. Use whatever method works best for you (unless it requires lots of water). The orgasm helps the cervix dip into the vaginal pool and suck up sperm — it helps get more sperm up there, and may speed sperm travel. Avoid penetration (intercourse or with a vibrator). 

10. It's best to use the equipment only once and then discard it to prevent contamination. Otherwise, you can use water and mild germicidal soap to clean your supplies if they will have time to dry completely before re-use or run very hot water over them. 


 

Thursday, August 06, 2020

ARE ARTICIFIAL SWEETENERS SAFE IF YOU ARE TRYING TO CONCEIVE?

When I was trying to conceive, I had heard about some of the toxic affects of aspartame and I stopped using it.  At the time I had not heard of Stevia, but I gave up artificial sweeteners all together.  Now, I do use stevia if I want to sweeten my tea.  This article (written by a chemist) gives some information on the safety of stevia and other sweeteners:

Is Stevia Safer Than Other Artificial Sweeteners?

By Oswald Eppers

The shrub Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni, commonly known as Stevia, was first mentioned by the Spanish physician and botanist Pedro Jaime Esteve (1500-1556) who found it in the north-east of the territory now called Paraguay.
Guarani Indians of this area as in southern Brazil are using "ka'a he'" ("sweet leaf"), as it is called in Guaran, since hundreds of years as a sweetener in yerba mate, and several tribes reported the use of this plant in the control of fertility of women, applying concentrated Stevia infusions for prolonged periods.
It is precisely this contraceptive property that is discussed since the 70s until today in the scientific literature. The reason is simple: Who wants to consume a sweetener that suddenly makes you barren?
Stevia leaf contains a complex mixture of glycosides (compounds where one or more sugar molecules are bound to a non-carbohydrate moiety). These compounds give the leaves an intensely sweet taste, about 30-45 times sweeter than sucrose, the sweet stuff of refined sugar. To date, ten different chemical compounds (chemically, all steviol glycosides) were isolated which are responsible for the sweet taste of the plant: stevioside, rebaudioside A, B, C, D, E and F, dulcoside A, rubusoside and steviolbioside. The highest concentration of the sweetening effect comes from Stevioside and rebaudioside A, responsible for the extract of Stevia being 250-300 times sweeter than sucrose with almost cero calories
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(about 0.2 calories per gram).
Both sweet steviol glycosides are chemically diterpenic glycosides, substances composed of two molecules of different types of sugar and a molecule called steviol. Steviol serves as "backbone" of the chemical structure and is structurally similar to the plant hormones gibberellin and kaurene. Several studies show that these glycosides are - at least partially - metabolized in the body releasing the sugar molecules and steviol
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Is It Safe to Use Stevia instead of sugar?

It is precisely this compound steviol that for many years called attention to toxicologists. In studies with bacteria and in cell-cultures it was demonstrated that this compound is genotoxic (i.e. is capable of changing the genetic information). However, more recent studies with mice, rats and hamsters, indicated that it requires relatively high concentrations of steviol to cause any considerable damage to the DNA, the molecule of life containing all our genetic information.
Browsing toxicological databases, there are hundreds of publications discussing potential adverse health effects of stevia extract, but the results are not very consistent. In particular, the effects on fertility and the potential carcinogenicity of Steviosides were subject of controversy in the scientific world. It was a study published in 1968 by Professor Joseph Kuc Purdue University in Indiana, USA, which initiated a controversial discussion about stevia and fertility. Prof. Kuc detected a clear contraceptive effect on female rats that were administered high doses of stevia. The fertility rates of the rats dropped by up to 79 percent.
While the outcome of this study was not confirmed by other scientific groups, a study published in 1999 by Prof. Melis of the University of Sao Paulo also reported a reduction of sperm quantity in male rats after applying high doses of Stevia glycosides. Concerns of carcinogenicity or mutagenicity were not confirmed in the vast majority of the toxicological studies.
Although adverse health effects of Stevia never really have been tested in humans directly, the authorities in the United States, Canada and the European Union considered Stevia extracts not to be safe in the application as a tabletop sweetener due to the lack of long-term toxicological studies. In contrast, authorities in other countries like Japan, China, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil and Mexico have a different point of view and accepted the use of extracts of Stevia as a natural sweetener. In several other countries, in particular in Latin American and Asia, Stevia and its extracts are available with and unverified regulatory status. In Japan, Stevia extracts are already commercially available since 1971 as tabletop sweetener and there are no reports about health problems associated with this product.
In the U.S., the Food and Drug Administration on (FDA) approved the use of Stevia extracts as "nutritional supplement" but not as tabletop sweetener. Only the glycoside Rebaudioside A in its pure form is considered as "Generally Recognized Safe Substance" (GRAS), since December 2008. In contrast, Stevioside, the other main compound of Stevia extracts, was not recognized as GRAS by the FDA.

Both, in Canada and the European Union (EU), the use of Stevia as a tabletop sweetener was prohibited based on the fact that there was insufficient evidence to prove its safety. But now this situation likely is going to change. In April 2010, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) performed a new evaluation of the available toxicological information. As a result of this review, Stevioside and Stevia extracts in general are now considered safe when used as a tabletop sweetener - at least under certain conditions.
EFSA established an acceptable daily intake (ADI) of 4 mg per kilogram of body weight of steviosides, the same ADI recommended by the World Health Organization according to a WHO document published in 2008. In common words, an adult weighing 70 kg can consume each day 280 mg of Stevia extract without running any health risk. As Stevia extract is about 250 times sweeter than table sugar, an adult can replace daily 70 grams of refined sugar with Stevia extract. This is equivalent to about 4-5 tablespoons or about 20 teaspoons of sugar. As children have a lower body weight, the dose should be reduced in proportion to their weight.
It is interesting to compare these data with Aspartame, the globally most used synthetic tabletop sweetener. Food safety authorities worldwide have set acceptable daily intake (ADI) values for aspartame at 40 mg/kg of body weight based on a 1980 Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives recommendation (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations). This means that - strictly based on toxicological available information - Stevia is considered about 10 times more "toxic" than Aspartame.
Even though Stevia sweetener is a product isolated from a plant and not product of a classical chemical process, being critical is never misplaced, because "natural" does not necessarily mean risk free. As a conclusion, Stevia extracts can be considered safe if not consumed in large quantities. The common idea that this "natural" product is safer than other commercially available tabletop sweetener is not supported by the available toxicological information.
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The author is chemist specialized in the evaluation of environmental and health impacts of chemical substances. He also has two websites, related to Healthy Weight Loss Techniques and Career Development.
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Wednesday, August 05, 2020

VARICOCELE AND MEN'S FERTILITY OR INFERTILITY

The Truth About Male Infertility and the Varicocele: Possible Treatments and Recommendations

Guest Post By Najeeb M Layyous

Male infertility is as much a valid pursuit in fertility treatment as female infertility. In fact, in the case of couples, both members should be tested so as to fully investigate infertility concerns. From what is thought to be the most common problems regarding male infertility that has to do with sperm production, low sperm count, problems with sperm motility, erectile dysfunction, hormone dysfunction related to LH or testosterone levels, or even retrograde ejaculation (where the ejaculate flows back to the bladder instead of the normal pathway), in some cases, alert physicians should also investigate the possibility of varicocele.
The varicocele refers to the widening and dilatation of the veins around the spermatic cord inside the
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scrotum, usually on the left side. The incidence of varicocele is that it affects about 15-20% of the general male population. Contrary to what some have been led to believe, the truth is that most of the affected males are fertile when their sperm is analyzed with a normal semen analyzer, however, it can affect 20 to 40% of infertile men, if they are smokers.

Presentation and Diagnosis of Varicocele
The average age that males first notice the varicocele is 15-25 years old. Although the condition can be asymptomatic, in some cases it may be uncomfortable. This is because those affected can experience a dull discomfort, heaviness in the scrotum that can worsen over a given day, and there might also be sensations of a lump or swelling in the scrotum. These are also considered the symptoms of varicocele, as well as its presentation upon examination by the physician. Experienced clinicians also point out that the diagnosis of varicocele is where the veins are twisted or congested and sometimes described as a bag of worms. Please note that males that self examine the testicles, as all males should do for signs of testicular cancer, a serious problem, you should always consult a physician if there are reasons for concern, and you should never assume from this article that lumps on your scrotum are simply varicocele. Leave the diagnostics for a professional. This article however, is about varicocele as it may present in some cases of male infertility.
The clinical diagnosis of varicocele is often done by the physician upon physical examination, with the patient standing, and utilizing the Valsalva maneuver. If the diagnosis of varicocele is still not definitive, the clinician may order an ultrasound of the scrotum.
Causes of Varicocele
Varicocele is due to an abnormal valve function inside the veins of the scrotum, which causes blood to back up and lead to swelling and widening of the veins. Among older geriatric men, it may be due to a kidney tumor, but that is extremely rare. Treatment considerations regarding varicocele are important in cases where males present with infertility who are also smokers. As there may be some cases of testis atrophy due to the accumulation of toxins. There was also research that showed that varicocele increases the temperature of the scrotum and the intratesticular pressure reduces the blood flow. These findings were thought to possibly lead to hypoxia and the reflux of toxic metabolites from the adrenal gland. This influenced the DNA in the sperm head. However, these studies were inconclusive, because there was not a significant difference between men who were fertile with varicocele and men who were infertile with varicocele.
Treatment Recommendations for Varicocele in Men with Infertility
First of all, in many cases of varicocele, it is harmless. No further treatment may be needed. However, there are things to be done to help relieve the discomfort of varicocele, and these could include wearing special underwear, or lying down when the discomfort is pronounced. And surgery could be considered. However the surgery option is not to be seen as a quick and easy fix, as it is not something to be recommended except in cases where there is extreme pain due to varicocele, or where men who are smokers present with both definitive varicocele and infertility.
There were studies that showed that the effects of surgery on the varicocele improved sperm motility and pregnancy rates, however later meta analyses of these studies did not show the same significantly higher rates of pregnancy following the surgery. If surgery is to be considered among the cases described (extreme pain and among those with varicocele and infertility, who are also smokers), there are several surgical options that may be considered. Namely: (a). open surgery as an outpatient operation, under general or local anesthesia through a small incision in the groin; (b). microsurgery where a microscope can be used; (c). laparoscopic surgery; this requires general anesthesia. Also, percutaneous embolization may also be performed, where this can be done under local anesthesia, but this is actually non surgical.
Because of the research frequently cited, many clinicians will recommend surgery quite readily, however, it should only be considered in cases of male infertility where varicocele is present if the male is a smoker, as well as considering other factors. These other contraindicating factors that require dutiful diligence by the clinician, should include: duration of infertility; very low sperm count and very low motility (in such cases it is unlikely that surgery will improve the count enough to result in pregnancy versus IUI or ICSI); the presence of other factors that affect fertility from the female (in the case of couples) like advanced maternal age, blocked tubes, anovulation, ovarian reserve problem. In the presence of such problems; it is not advised to do the surgery. Also, varicocele that is not detected clinically, but has only been diagnosed by Doppler ultrasound should not be operated on, as there has not been proven evidence of benefit. Finally after surgery, if the couples didn't achieve pregnancy within 6-9 months, then IUI or ICSI should still be considered.
In conclusion, varicocele is a valid condition if clinically present to be considered by the clinician in cases of infertility, if certain contraindications are not present and if the male is in extreme pain and/or is a smoker.
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Tuesday, August 04, 2020

ECTOPIC 17X HIGHER WITH IVF

Ectopic Pregnancy - Higher Incidence With IVF and Frozen Embryos

Wow, I was astounded to read this article about how frozen embryos increase the chance of ectopic pregnancy.
 I had two ectopics, which both were the result of IVF. Statistically, there is a higher risk of ectopic with IVF, but frozen embryos have a 17 times greater risk! If ectopic pregnancies rupture, it can be life threatening. Read more:

Using frozen embryos in fertility treatment raises the risk of a potentially fatal ectopic pregnancy by 17 times, researchers have found.


Using frozen embryos in fertility treatment raises the risk of a potentially fatal ectopic pregnancy by 17 times, researchers have found.

Scientists had thought that the risk of ectopic pregnancy was only slightly increased for frozen embryos compared with the use of "fresh" embryos. The American researchers said they had been surprised by the results and were not sure of the reason.

Alison Cook, a spokeswoman for the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, which regulates fertility treatment in Britain, said the study was a "serious concern". "We have never come across these figures before. We will be studying the research," she said.

When a woman first has IVF treatment, doctors usually transfer between one and three "fresh" test-tube embryos into the uterus.

In the past 10 years technology has meant that increasing numbers of couples are choosing to freeze some of the created embryos, giving them a chance of trying further IVF cycles if the first one fails. After the first attempt, women can use the frozen embryos without having to go through the painful process of hormone treatment, egg retrieval and fertilisation for a second, third or even fourth time.

Frozen embryo storage also allows patients having chemotherapy treatment and other women to create fertilised embryos and delay motherhood until they want to try for a family.

Doctors are becoming increasingly concerned at the effect of the freezing process on embryos. Last month, the fertility expert Lord Winston called for more research, and warned that some women were, in effect, being experimented on before the dangers were known.

A study carried out by Lord Winston's team at the Hammersmith Hospital in west London has shown that some types of embryo freezing may alter behaviour of a gene that supresses tumours. Delaying the transfer of embryos to a mother - another technique used in some clinics - also seemed to interfere with genes in animal experiments, he said.

The new study by scientists at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, to be presented to the annual confe- rence of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine in Texas today,has revealed more concerns. The researchers compared 2,452 cycles of IVF using fresh embryos, with 392 using frozen transfers. They found that 1.8 per cent of the fresh cycles led to an ectopic pregnancy, compared with 31.8 per cent of the frozen attempts.


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Monday, August 03, 2020

BALANCING ESTROGEN AND PROGESTERONE FOR OPTIMAL FERTILITY

Natural Hormone Balance For Woman

Author: Tracey Anne

Sex hormones include, but are not limited to estrogen, testosterone, progestrone and DHEA.

Estrogen, not one hormone, but a group of similar hormones of varying degrees of activity, is secreted by the ovaries throughout a woman's reproductive years.

Estrogen is the female hormone that is responsible for ovulation. Estrogen plays an important role in a woman's life from the time she begins puberty until the final menstrual period.

Not only does estrogen have beneficial effects on cholesterol; lowering blood cholesterol, and lipid
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levels, it also contributes the production of proteins, to bone strength and the a woman's mental well-being.

Estrogen also supports and maintains the secondary female sex characteristics such as the distribution of fat in the breasts, hips and buttocks (which is what produces those wonderful womanly curves). It also influences pitch of the voice and distribution of hair on the body.

Progesterone, the second major sex hormone in women; is the other primary hormone produced by the ovaries each month during the second half of the cycle.

Progesterone is responsible for prepping and maintaining the uterus lining so it grows a thick layer of tissue in preparation for the fertilized egg. Progesterone is necessary for the survival of the ovum and then the resulting embryo; until the placenta takes over this task.

Progesterone also works on the breasts to prime the mammary glands for milk secretion. After menopause, progesterone stimulates osteoblasts to help build bone and increase bone density.

It is the natural decline in progesterone each month that triggers the menstrual cycle. Progesterone and estrogen are closely interrelated and their actions in the body are in a very delicate balance.

So balanced that a deficit of progesterone in the system can cause face and body acne to break out and in some cases, the acne can be so bad it can cause scarring.

Progesterone dominance, or an abundance of progesterone in the body; on the other hand, can greatly increase urinary tract infections or the feeling of having an infection. One of the first signs of progesterone dominance is drowsiness. In fact, progesterone dominance symptoms that go beyond sleepiness are depression, apathy, and even suicidal ideation.

Progesterone imbalance can also cause gain weight. One drawback to this type of weight gain is that until the hormonal imbalance is corrected, the excess weight gain doesn't come off. Aside from the acne, and weight gain, progesterone dominance can reak havoc with fertility. It is difficult to conceive a child when there is an obvious hormone imbalance in the body.

Testosterone is a hormone produced by both women and men. It is not just a male sex hormone. In women testosterone is produced in the ovaries, adrenals and to a lesser extent in the skin, brain and liver.

Testosterone behaves differently in the body systems of men and women, but it plays a very important role in the overall health and well being of both sexes. In men testosterone builds muscle, enhances sex drive, elevates the mood, prevents osteoporosis and increases energy. In women testosterone enhances the sex drive, helps relieve menopausal symptoms, restores energy, strengthens bone, elevates the mood and increases the sensitivity to sexual pleasure in the nipples and genitals.

Testosterone production naturally declines as a woman ages. However, too low testosterone levels in women can contribute to depression and osteoporosis.

Excessive testosterone can also cause problems. As women approach menopause and ovarian function slows, women can often show symptoms of becoming androgen dominant. Symptoms of androgen dominance in women include male pattern baldness and facial hair growth.

DHEA, (dehydroepiandosterone) a hormone produced by your adrenal glands, works to balance many of the effects of cortisol on your body, helping it cope with stress. In research studies, DHEA has been shown to improve memory function, boost energy levels, and reduce fat production. Most importantly, DHEA appears to protect the immune system from some of the cell damage caused by aging and disease. With a decline in DHEA, comes an increase of susceptibility to diseases, which correlates with the acceleration of ageing.

When a woman's hormones are in sync, she will feel incredible. She will have energy and vitality. And, she is far less likely to experience negative hormonal symptoms throughout her fertile years, right through peri-menopause, to menopause.

Unfortunately all it takes is one alteration to this perfectly balanced cycle for hormone havoc to occur.

When hormones are out of balance, symptoms such as accelerated aging, PMS, irritability, mood swings, anger outbursts, depression, painful and/or lumpy breasts, breast tenderness, 'making mountains out of molehills', eating binges, puffiness, bloating, crying jags, foggy thinking, irregular periods, rapid weight gain, hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, insomnia, low sex drive, no sex drive, painful intercourse all can occur.
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Sunday, August 02, 2020

WOMEN HAVE HAD BABIES OVER 40 FOR CENTURIES!

Pregnancy Over 40 Is Nothing New!

I am frequently contacted by women around the world who have come across my blogs or website.
 It never ceases to amaze me how intelligent and well educated my readers are! A women from the UK who is a real history buff cited some interesting facts and figures about fertility through the ages. Here is an excerpt from her email which I am posting with her permission. Read more:

When we decided the time was right to try for a baby, all the "doom and gloom" out there about plummeting fertility over 35 was not exactly inspiring and, although I concentrated on getting myself
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into the best of health beforehand, the ease at which I conceived actually came as a huge shock given the frame of mind I was in having consulted fertility doctors already. However, when I saw my normal doctor (as opposed to a fertility doctor) said that it really shouldn't have been any surprise at all, given that I am still extremely healthy and well within normal childbearing age! She said she has many, many naturally pregnant patients over 40. Sadly, a lot of these pregnancies are apparently unplanned and, given the media impression, you can hardly blame women for thinking that they can happily toss the contraception when they are over 40! 


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One thing which has always interested me is that the media has a tendency to portray births to mothers over 40 as some kind of modern phenomenon made possible only through assisted reproductive techniques. Often, the finger is pointed at celebrity older mothers with an accusation they they must have used donor eggs. I believe this is a gross misrepresentation. Here in the UK, there were 26,419 births to women over 40 in 2008, hailed as a "record high" having nearly doubled since 1998. But let's take a step back! In 1938 there were 27,200 births to mothers over 40, at a time when our population was significantly less so that the birth rate to mothers over 40 was even higher. In fact, births to "older" mothers only really dropped with the introduction of the pill and access to abortion. Reproductive choice, rather than ART, seems to be the main factor driving the decrease and then increase in births to over 40 mums. The media never addresses this fact.

I also read quite a lot of history and one thing which has always amazed me is that women throughout history have given birth in their 40s with nobody batting an eyelid about it! Below I have listed a few examples. Unlike today's celebrities, nobody can speculate about whether these "older" mothers used ART or not!!

Eleanor of Aquitaine - wife of King Henry II of England. Born in 1122, she had numerous children, the last three arriving in 1162, 1165 and 1167, making her 40, 43 and 45.

Philippa of Hainult - wife of King Edward III of England. Born in either 1310 or 1311 (disputed but let's say 1311) she had her last child in 1355, making her 44 years old at the time.

Emma Darwin - the wife of Charles Darwin was born in 1808 and was considered a very elderly bride when she got married at nearly 31 in 1839! In those times, her age at marriage was considered far more peculiar than the ages at which she had her children. She produced 10 children in total, 4 of whom were born when Emma was in her 40s - in 1848, 1850, 1851 and 1856. Emma would have been 40, 42, 43 and 48.

Henrietta (Harriet) Countess of Bessborough - the younger sister of the more famous Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, scandalised society by taking a younger lover, Granville Leveson-Gower. Born in 1761, she bore him two children, the first when she was 39 but the second when she was 41. She subsequently made the decision to end the relationship and encourage him to marry and have a legitimate family of his own.

Queen Maria Carolina of Naples - sister of Marie Antoinette, Maria Carolina was born in 1752 and had children in 1792 and 1793 at age 40 and 41.

Marie Stopes - the contraception pioneer put her money where her mouth was when it came to advocating that women should be able to choose when to have children! Born in 1880, she gave birth to her only son Harry in 1924 when she was 44 years old.

Although she wasn't 40 I also had to laugh when I read of Queen Elizabeth of York's reaction to the death of her eldest son Arthur, leaving her husband King Henry VII with only a "spare" male heir (who became the future King Henry VIII). Henry VII was anxious for another "spare" and Elizabeth was quick to reassure him "we are still young" in terms of having more children. She was only 36 but these days she would have been put in her place with terrifying statistics of the plummeting fertility which apparently happens on a woman's 35th birthday! Back then, however, she just assumed she was still of childbearing age and, indeed, a couple of months after Arthur's death she was pregnant again. Sadly, like many women of the time, she died in childbirth at age 37.

There are many more historical births I could quote and more still if you count "older" mothers as being over 35. It also needs to be borne in mind that many women did not live to be 40 or were widowed by then. Furthermore, a lot of royal or aristocratic marriages which history focuses on were largely "arranged" and the parties often led increasing separate lives once they had had a few children so by them time a woman was 40 they were probably not "trying". In poorer families couples would often avoid sex to avoid the burden of yet another child. Thus, the opportunities or inclination to give birth over 40 were probably much lower in bygone times. But it still happened and, importantly, nobody thought of it as being uncommon!

Fertility doctors are, in my view, utterly ignorant of what can and does occur in the natural world. Their obsession with a woman's age causes a lot of distress and paranoia and it makes me angry - they will habitually blame a woman's age automatically for the slightest fertility issue even if there could well be other issues involved which could have caused fertility problems at any age. Furthermore, they are quick to offer fertility treatment based on age to women who may just need a little more time - I was told by a fertility clinic to come back "for IVF" if I had not conceived in 6 months, which is absurd. I also read a newspaper article recently profiling two women who had "left it too late" and it turned out that one of them had had severe endometriosis for years. As you and most other women know, this would always have caused fertility issues so this poor lady's problem was NOT "leaving it too late" but an actual medical condition!

Friday, July 31, 2020

SPIRULINA FOR EGG QUALITY AND FERTILITY

Increase Egg Quality For Older Women With Spirulina

If you're like many (and maybe most) people, you've probably never heard of spirulina.

But it's jammed packed with nutrients and protein all of which can help fertility. This explains what spirulina is:

Spirulina is a blue-green algae. It is a simple, one-celled form of algae that thrives in warm, alkaline
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fresh-water bodies. The name "spirulina" is derived from the Latin word for "helix" or "spiral"; denoting the physical configuration of the organism when it forms swirling, microscopic strands.

Spirulina is being developed as the "food of the future" because of its amazing ability to synthesize high-quality concentrated food more efficiently than any other algae. Most notably, Spirulina is 65 to 71 percent complete protein, with all essential amino acids in perfect balance. In comparison, beef is only 22 percent protein.


Spirulina has a photosynthetic conversion rate of 8 to 10 percent, compared to only 3 percent in such land-growing plants as soybeans.

In addition, Spirulina is one of the few plant sources of vitamin B12, usually found only in animal tissues. A teaspoon of Spirulina supplies 21/2 times the Recommended Daily Allowance of vitamin B12 and contains over twice the amount of this vitamin found in an equivalent serving of liver.

Spirulina also provides high concentrations of many other nutrients - amino acids, chelated minerals, pigmentations, rhamnose sugars (complex natural plant sugars), trace elements, enzymes - that are in an easily assimilable form.
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Thursday, July 30, 2020

FERTILITY SUPERFOODS SOME OLD SOME NEW

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I thought with all my research I knew every fertility food out there.
 Thats why I was surprised when I found this article. It mentions some new foods that I have vaguely heard of but didn't know how they could help the reproductive system. You might want to give some of these a try:


From the article:

Most Important SuperFoods:

1. Maca – helps to increase progesterone, which is extremely important to enhance fertility and the ability to hold the pregnancy. Maca comes from peru and is a tonic for the endocrine system. You cantake this product daily. It comes in liquid, capsule and powder form.
2. Spirulina – a tiny aquatic plant that has been used by humans since pre-historic times. It is packed with nutrients (protein, vitamin A, iron, phytonutrients, etc). The most important quality is its ability to detox the body and help to keep it alkaline.
3. Acai Berry - boosts energy levels, improves digestive function, improves mental clarity/focus, promotes sound sleep, provides all vital vitamins, contains several important minerals, and is an extremely powerful free radical fighter. Acai also has very high levels of fibers, cleanses and detoxifies the body of infectious toxins, strengthens the immune system, enhances sexual desire and performance, fights cancerous cells, slows down the aging process, promotes healthier and younger-looking skin, alleviates diabetes, normalizes and regulates cholesterol levels, helps maintain healthy heart function, minimizes inflammation & improves circulation.
4. Bee Pollen - Bee pollen contains all the essential components of life. The percentage of rejuvenating elements in bee pollen remarkably exceeds those present in brewer’s yeast and wheat germ. Bee pollen corrects the deficient or unbalanced nutrition, common in the customs of our present-day civilization of consuming incomplete foods, often with added chemical ingredients, which expose us to various physiological problems.
5. Royal Jelly - This rich concentrated food contains remarkable amounts of proteins, lipids, glucides, vitamins, hormones, enzymes, mineral substances, and specific vital factors that act as biocatalysts in cell regeneration processes within the human body. Although some of the elements found in royal jelly are in microgram quantities, they still can act supremely with co-enzymes as catalysts or can act synergistically. (Meaning, the elements’ action combined is greater than the sum of their actions taken separately.) Royal jelly is rich in protein, vitamins B-1, B-2, B-6, C, E, niacin, pantothenic acid, biotin, inositol and folic acid.
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Wednesday, July 29, 2020

LET GO OF YOUR "FERTILITY NUMBERS" AND GET PREGNANT

Fertility is not in your numbers

When I discontinued fertility treatments, it was such a relief to give up my dependence on doctors and lab values.  I absolutely did not want to have another lab test done.  Even when I knew I was pregnant with my daughter, I did not have an HcG test done (blood test), because I didn't want someone telling me that they weren't doubling etc.  As it turns out, this was my successful pregnancy.  Having labwork done would have done nothing for me.  Here is an article about how women should not put so much emphasis on their "numbers":

There is so much more to health and fertility than the
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numbers: One of my greatest challenges as a Chinese
medical practitioner is getting patients to let go of the
numbers and listen to what their body is telling them.
When you follow your body’s wisdom instead of a book,
test, doctor’s order, or advise column you are much more
likely to be on the right track.
A woman in her 40s might listen to her body and say,
“well, I feel good, my energy is good, digestion is fine, I
sleep well, go on walks, have little to no PMS, and my
emotions are even.” With all this information, her age is
just a number and she can know she is fertile. On the
other hand, a woman in her 20s might listen to her body
and know she is very out of balance. She may feel anxious
and nauseated, tired all the time, irritable with PMS,
not sleep well, and have chronic migraines. Despite her
age she might know that she needs to do some work to
improve her fertility.
So, the next time you want to focus on just one number,
ask yourself, what does that number really mean to me?
Be honest with your emotions and express them. Check in
with yourself and see how you are feeling overall (does it
match the number or not?) Remind yourself that numbers
can be misleading, and know that numbers can change.
Then, take a step back, look at the big picture and let
those numbers go!
by Nicole Lange Lic.Ac. MA.OM. Dipl.Om.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

CELIAC GLUTEN AND INFERTILITY

Celiac Disease - Infertility -You May Have it And; Not Know, Find Out Why It's Important!

By Bruce Dwyer

CD Female & Male Fertility
There are many dire diseases associated with celiac disease however none are so insidious as its effect on fertility. While other diseases manifest themselves with observable symptoms, infertility is the absence of something (pregnancy) that until recently could not be proved or even inferred. While the information quoted below is not definitive, it strongly suggests that untreated CD can increase infertility and that maintaining a strict gluten free diet can massively reduce infertility effects.
The effects on pregnancy are better defined and are discussed at the end of this article.

CD FEMALE FERTILITY
The papers on celiac disease and infertility seem to quote the same statistics, which since 2000 all retain the same positive message. That is, If you are celiac, you must maintain your gluten free diet while attempting pregnancy and once successful, during pregnancy. The only extra advice is to replace the vitamins and minerals that you may be missing by excluding gluten grains from your diet.
The reason for maintaining a gluten free diet during attempts at conception are that it is believed that Infertility and miscarriage in celiacs are caused by mal-absorption affects - due to the body's inability to absorb the nutrients required conceive and then carry a healthy baby. In fact studies have shown that "the incidence of celiac disease in women with unexplained infertility has been estimated at four to eight percent."
Researchers also found that "CD women who were not on the gluten-free diet started their menstrual cycle up to a year and a half later than women with celiac disease who were following the diet. In addition, researchers found that up to 39% of women not on the gluten free diet experienced periods of amenorrhea (irregular periods), compared to only nine percent of women with the disease who were on the gluten-free diet. Women with celiac disease who were not on the gluten-free diet were found to enter menopause four to five years earlier than women with celiac disease who were on the diet. Researchers who have studied women with infertility have found that they test positive for C.disease-related antibodies at a rate that is ten-fold higher than the normal population.
It is noted that many of these 'infertile' women often go onto delivering healthy babies, assisted by eating a strict gluten free diet. In Australia the typical method of resolving infertility issues is to see a naturopath, take lots of vitamins and then see an IVF specialist. The reality with this is that these methods are very costly and time consuming and if you have celiac disease and don't know it, it is likely that your chances of conceiving will not increase any.
Technically they call this unexplained infertility. And the explanation may very well lie in either being a celiac or being gluten intolerant. Either way, if you are borderline in age or other health or conception issues and you are not getting enough nutrition, the core effect of celiac disease is to decrease your vital conception nutrition even further.
Celiac disease and infertility causes the menstrual cycle to be an 'on again off again' thing. Unfortunately, under those conditions, it may take longer to become pregnant, if at all, since a gluten free diet may bring on the menstrual cycle earlier and menopause earlier.
While none of this data proves that celiac disease causes infertility, it strongly suggests that people diagnosed as celiacs are likely to have more difficulty conceiving and they can massively improve their chances when observing a strict gluten free diet.


MALE FERTILITY
Male infertility is often harder to prove than female infertility. Typical male test are just to see if the shape, number and general agility of the sperm are 'normal'. What these simplified tests do not show is anything to do with normalcy of the complex genetic code that the sperm carry. Looking normal and being normal are very different things when it comes to sperm. So even if the little feller's swim well and seem to be doing the right things, it is very possible that they contain too much junk DNA to have an embryo mature.
The other issue is that masculinity usually dictates that the man's area is handled and if a couple don't become pregnant, it's due to "women's problems". The majority of the time in an IVF cycle is spent ensuring that the women's egg is ok, they guy is there for support. Men, do not neglect to be tested for celiac disease if you have any of the symptoms.
"A Male CD person has a greater risk of infertility and other reproductive disturbances, as well as a greater incidence of hypoandrogenism." This medical condition means a deficiency of androgens in the body that leads to a lack of virility and sexual potency.
"As regards nutritional aspects, the folic acid deficiency of CD can affect rapidly proliferating tissues, such as the embryo and the seminiferous epithelium. More attention should be paid to deficiencies of fat-soluble vitamins, such as A and E, observed in Cel. D. Vitamin A is important for Sertoli cell function as well as for early spermatogenetic phases. Vitamin E supports the correct differentiation and function of epidydimal epithelium, spermatid maturation and secretion of proteins by the prostate. Therefore, male patients should be considered as vulnerable subjects" (ref 4).
The practical conclusion of this is that just as CD has a profound effect on women's fertility, it has a similar effect on male fertility via the quality of their sperm. Again a gluten free diet is the only viable 'fix' for infertility issues for males who experience unexplained infertility.
PREGNANCY
The adverse effects of this disease are equally devastating on pregnancy, though as for conception, celiacs pregnancies can be restored to near normal by following a gluten free diet. Rather than 'gild the lily' I will simply quote the known statistics below:
"In a study of 25 patients and 60 pregnancies of Coeliac women, researchers found that 21% of women who were not on the gf diet experienced pregnancy loss, and 16% of women experienced fetal growth restriction". "In a large Danish study with 211 infants and 127 mothers with celiac disease, researchers found that the mean birth weight of children born to mothers on a g-containing diet was significantly lower than babies born to mothers without celiac disease. Interestingly, this same study determined that women on the gf diet gave birth to children weighing more than those born to mothers without cd!" (ref 5)
"In a case-control study that looked at the effect of the gfree diet on pregnancy and lactation, investigators learned that women with celiac disease who were not on the gfree diet experienced pregnancy loss at a rate of 17.8%, compared to 2.4% of women with celiac disease who were on the gf diet." in a group of women with celiac disease who had been pregnant more than once, researchers looked at the effect of the gluten-free diet on their future pregnancies. They concluded that the institution of the glutenfree diet upon diagnosis caused a relative 35.6% drop in pregnancy loss, 29.4% drop in low-birth weight babies and an increase of two and a half months of breastfeeding." (ref 5)
As you can readily see, celiac disease, caused by eating grains that include gluten, has far reaching effects regarding inhibiting reproduction. If you have any of the symptoms (discussed on the site in the ref box), it is a relatively simple process to get yourself checked out. Unexplained infertility is a growing subset of the reason people can not have children. If you think you have some of the symptoms, as well as infertility, there are several non invasive tests you can try before going the IVF path.
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Monday, July 27, 2020

TEDDI MELLENCAMP REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS PREGNANT AFTER INFERTILITY


If you watch the popular "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, you've probably noticed that Teddi Mellencamp is pregnant.  She has been open about the fact that she struggled with infertility and went through assisted reproduction.  Then, in her upper 30's she got pregnant naturally!  Read more:

As someone who went through infertility challenges before welcoming her first two children, Teddi Mellencamp Arroyave was shocked to discover she was expecting again — naturally.
During a chat for Tuesday’s episode of her Teddi Tea Pod podcast, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star, 38, revealed that her current baby on the way wasn’t exactly planned, considering the hoops she and husband Edwin Arroyave had to jump through to conceive son Cruz, 5, and daughter Slate, 7.
In the emotional episode, Mellencamp Arroyave details the experience of undergoing intrauterine insemination to get pregnant with Slate — which, luckily, worked on the first try — before experiencing multiple failed rounds of in vitro fertilization and a miscarriage.
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This time around, though, pregnancy “happened naturally,” the Bravo personality says of her third child and second daughter on the way. “I had no idea. I didn’t even know I was pregnant until I was nine weeks pregnant.”

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Sunday, July 26, 2020

THE LAW OF ATTRACTION AND GETTING PREGNANT


I heard about something called "The Law of Attraction" about 20 years ago. Since then, I always try to take responsibility for my thoughts and my actions because what I put out "there" directly affects what comes back to me. "The Secret" brought this whole concept mainstream recently. Here is an article that discusses not only the Law of Attraction, but it also talks about how to "allow" what you what into your life:

Allowing and the Law of Attraction
By Wendy Betterini


As we learn more about using the Law of Attraction consciously in our lives, we become masters at visualizing, affirming, and attracting what we desire. We learn how to infuse our desires with emotion and power, we learn how to raise our vibrations through joyful thoughts and align ourselves more fully with the circumstances we want to bring about.

However, most of us forget one crucial step in the process: allowing. Allowing is a multi-faceted phase in the creation process, and it can be confusing for those of us who haven't had much exposure to the concepts.

In generations past, hard work was a way of life. In some cases, it was the ONLY way of life. Like many of you, I come from a long line of hard workers: Maine lobstermen and fishermen, lighthouse keepers, factory workers, seamstresses, midwives, housekeepers, and public servants. My ancestors were proud of their ability to roll up their sleeves and put in a hard day's work to keep food on the table and clothing on their children's backs. Hard work was simply a fact of life, not something to be resented, just something that must be done, like breathing or sleeping when the sun went down.

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Through the examples of my forebears, I was taught that nothing comes freely in life. If I want something, it's up to me to put my nose to the grindstone and work for it. This isn't a bad thing, and I don't want to diminish the accomplishments of those who paved the way for us.

However, the more deeply we delve into Law of Attraction principles, the more we realize that there is another way. Some would call it a better way, but let us see it simply as an alternate path to a similar destination. What is this alternate path? ALLOWING.

As we just covered, action is needed at the beginning stages of conscious creation. We know we need to visualize our desires, affirm our belief in a new reality, raise our vibrations (thoughts) and come into alignment with the end result so it can manifest in our lives. What most of us do then is take further action to encourage our new circumstances to form physically. We might work harder to make more money, or we might join a dating service to meet the partner of our dreams. There is nothing wrong with these actions, except the belief that we need to "do" anything to make our desires manifest.

That's where allowing comes in. What if, after we've visualized, affirmed, and expressed our desires to the universe, we simply let go? What happens then? Most of us are under the impression that nothing would happen. Ah, but we can ALLOW the universe to manifest exactly what we desire. That's the beauty of the Law of Attraction. We don't HAVE to make things happen, we can simply allow the universe to deliver our desires fully formed and neatly wrapped in a beautiful package with a bow on top.

So how do we allow? There are three key parts to allowing:

1) Let go of the "how." This seems to contradict the creation process, because isn't the whole point to control the outcome? It may seem so at the beginning, but as most of us go along, we eventually realize that the more we try to control the outcome, the less circumstances seem to work in our favor. By consciously letting go of HOW the universe will manifest our wishes, we affirm that our desired outcome is already a done deal. There's no need to beg, manipulate, or control the situation because it already exists in perfect form. We simply need to let go and trust that the universe will deliver it to us in the most beautiful and beneficial way possible.

2) Let go of the "when." This is one of the most difficult things to do because we want what we want right NOW. We don't want to wait for divine timing or anything else. Unfortunately, our very impatience can delay the process. Why? Because by wanting it right now, we place emphasis on the "wanting." Remember, we create what we focus on the most! If we focus on wanting, we create more want. By affirming that our desires will manifest at exactly the right time, we automatically focus more on trust and faith. We believe that our deepest heart's desires are on their way to us, and guess what happens? They come more quickly.

3) Appreciate. It can be hard to appreciate what we have when we're not happy with our lives, but once again, it's all about what we focus on and what we attract. The more appreciative we can be about our existing circumstances, the more we will attract things to appreciate. If you have to, start with something small and obvious. Each morning when you awake, say something like, "I appreciate the opportunity to live another day. I appreciate the bed I slept in all night. I'm grateful that I can take a hot shower and put on clean clothes today." As you go about your day, take a moment to appreciate everything you can, no matter how small and insignificant it may seem. Over time, this puts you in a gratitude mindset and will begin to attract more and more things to appreciate - and more often than not, those things continue to get bigger and bigger the more you keep up with this practice.

So, does this mean that we never have to work hard again? We can just sit back and "allow" the universe to give us everything we want? Yes, and no. There is one more important point that ties in to the concept of allowing, and that is taking inspired action. Occasionally, after we have expressed our desires to the universe and we've begun "allowing" them into our lives, the universe will provide a way for US to bring about what we want, rather than simply plopping it into our laps fully formed.

In this case, we will usually feel a nudge in a certain direction. We might be inspired to start a business, buy a lottery ticket, attend a lecture, read a particular book, or any number of other actions. If we act immediately on these nudges, circumstances usually shift and opportunities appear. These opportunities usually create an opening that can help us to manifest our desires simply and easily, and often quickly.

However, remember that inspired action shouldn't be painful or difficult. It should feel wonderful and inspiring. You will feel excited about it, and eager to do it. That's how you can tell whether you are being inspired to take a particular action, rather than feeling like you "have to" do it in order to get what you want.

Simply let go, relax, and allow the creation process to unfold exactly as it will. If you feel inspired to act, act. If not, just trust that the universe has your highest good in mind. Believe that, and let it guide your every step!

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Thursday, July 23, 2020

DHEA FOR FERTILITY AND GETTING PREGNANT

CAN DHEA HELP YOU GET PREGNANT?


If you have never heard of DHEA, you are not alone. It is not to be confused with DHA which can also be important for fertility. DHEA is talked about in the literature as a supplement to use to improve egg quality. It is a steroid hormone which is produced by your adrenal gland. It is usually at its highest around the age of 30 and declines as we get older. DHEA is a precursor to hormone production and is eventually converted to hormones like estrogen and testosterone. Around the age of menopause, women not only lack estrogens but also androgens and some estrogens originating from adrenal DHEA.

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DHEA is not to be confused with DHA which can also be important for fertility as mentioned earlier.
DHEA is talked about in the literature as a supplement to use to improve egg quality. I did not know about DHEA when I was trying to conceive, but I thought it was worth mentioning it here since studies seem to support its effectiveness. It is a steroid hormone which is produced by your adrenal gland. It is usually at its highest around the age of 30 and declines as we get older. DHEA is a precursor to hormone production and is eventually converted to hormones like estrogen and testosterone. Around the age of menopause, women not only lack estrogens but also androgens. As reported by the National Institutes of Health on a study of women undergoing IVF: “Our results show that DHEA supplementation improves the ovarian function in poor responders and in women over 40 years, suggesting that this molecule alone can raise fecundity and fertility treatment success in women with poor prognosis for pregnancy.” It is available in an over-the-counter supplement form has been studied for its effects on the female reproductive system as well as cognitive function, mood, longevity, lupus, menopause, muscle growth and osteoporosis. Although available over the counter, DHEA treatment should be carefully monitored by a physician.
Here are some of the positive fertility effects of DHEA treatment that have been reported:
  • Increases egg and embryo counts
  • Increases egg ad embryo quality
  • Decreases amount of time to achieve pregnancy in fertility treatment
  • Increases spontaneous pregnancy rates
  • Improves IVF pregnancy rates
  • Decreases miscarriage rates
  • Decreases rates of chromosomally abnormal embryos
Although the research still remains preliminary, these findings hold great promise for the future of infertility. There are differing opinions about taking DHEA as a supplement.  First, you should check with your doctor and have hormonal levels checked.  DHEA can interact with some medications and it can raise hormone levels which can be problematic if you have had, or are at high risk for, some hormone dependent cancers. The women in the study (undergoing IVF) received three tablets daily of 25 mg micronized DHEA for at least 12 weeks before starting a long stimulation protocol for IVF.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

THE BIBLICAL VIEW OF ASSISTED REPRODUCTION

I do not claim to be a biblical scholar and I'll admit my religious views have changed many time throughout my life, but when I ran an infertility support group, many women who identified as Christian did question how IVF fit in with their religious beliefs.  This article gives the Christian view of assisted reproduction and it does a good job of presenting the questions couples should ask of themselves.  Again, I know I have readers who come from different backgrounds, but for anyone from a Christian background, this article may be helpful:

 from the article:

The body was not made to endure hyperovulation, multiple pregnancies at the same time, and
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hormonal drugs. In the case of twins or higher-order multiple pregnancies, the mother will more likely develop high blood pressure or anemia,10 as well as having a higher risk for miscarriage, induced high blood pressure, preeclampsia (protein in the uterus), or gestational diabetes during pregnancy. Women carrying multiple fetuses are also more likely to have hemorrhaging, anemia, or die in childbirth compared with women who are only pregnant with one child at a time.11 The Bible tells us that our “bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit” (1 Cor. 6:19, NIV), and although in this specific context Paul addresses sexual union with someone outside of your spouse, this could be relevant to IVF, espe­cially in the case of gamete donors.12 Even without donors, the Bible gives precedence for treating the body as a place worthy of God. Second Corinthians 6:16 says, “we are the temple of the living God” (NIV), and Jesus, too, refers to His body as a temple (John 2:19). Most Christians believe that taking care of their bodies reflects the image of God, but in vitro may compromise the physical body.
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Tuesday, July 21, 2020

CAN WOMEN'S EGG QUALITY BE RESTORED?

Here is an interesting article about some of the new advances in science.  It looks like menopausal women may have hope to have a baby from their own eggs.  Read more:

“It offers hope that menopausal women will be able to get pregnant using their own genetic material“

To turn back the fertility clock for women who have experienced early menopause, Sfakianoudis and
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his colleagues have turned to a blood treatment that is used to help wounds heal faster.

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is made by centrifuging a sample of a person’s blood to isolate growth factors – molecules that trigger the growth of tissue and blood vessels. It is widely used to speed the repair of damaged bones and muscles, although its effectiveness is unclear. The treatment may work by stimulating tissue regeneration.

Sfakianoudis’s team has found that PRP also seems to rejuvenate older ovaries, and presented some of their results at the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology annual meeting in Helsinki, Finland, this month. When they injected PRP into the ovaries of menopausal women, they say it restarted their menstrual cycles, and enabled them to collect and fertilise the eggs that were released.
“I had a patient whose menopause had established five years ago, at the age of 40,” says Sfakianoudis. Six months after the team injected PRP into her ovaries, she experienced her first period since menopause.
from newscientist.com

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