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Tuesday, April 15, 2014


Pregnancy Over 40, Trying To Conceive Over 40, Prayer May Help

As I've mentioned before, I have a diverse group of readers from all over the world who hold a whole host of religious beliefs.   So whatever your belief system, you may find this site helpful or at the very least interesting. I'll admit, I said many prayers on the road to parenthood but infertility and especially miscarriage can really test your faith. You never know, maybe all those prayers didn't necessarily cause a miracle, maybe they just helped me help myself.
See also: Infertility In the Bible (getpregnantover40.com) 

St. David's Infertility Prayer

Thank you, Lord, for all the blessings in my life. Help me to remember them as I face the challenges of infertility. I pray that I can surrender myself into your hands. Let me accept the reality of this situation and have the wisdom and courage to take action where I can. Strengthen my body, mind and spirit to endure the trials of infertility. Keep me ever mindful of the needs of others and grant us your peace. Amen.
Hannah's Prayer Ministries


Fertility Foods for Men

Fertility Foods for Men

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. His diet 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.
See also: Fertility Foods Series at getpregnantover40.com
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.
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 and Male
 Fertility Treatment

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.
The Blue Heron Clinic - Galway, Ireland


Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=John_Lally


Monday, April 14, 2014


What is Vitex or Chasteberry, where does it come from?

You may have heard of Vitex (Vitex Cactus Agnus) or commonly known as Chasteberry. It is a flowering plant and it grows in warmer climates. It got it's name because it was thought to be an "anaphrodisiac" (the opposite of an aphrodisiac) so it was thought to keep women chaste. However, some sources claim it is an aphrodisiac.
Vitex is thought to have a positive affect on reproductive hormones because of its action on the hypothalamus and pituitary gland.

Click Here To Read the Full Article on Vitex and how it affects Progesterone and FSH (getpregnantover40.com)


Having A Baby Over 40

I'm thoroughly convinced that quitting my pressure cooker corporate job what absolutely critical to my successful conception and pregnancy.

 Healthy diets and staying in control of stress doesn't just help you conceive, it helps create a healthy baby. According to this article, your diet deficiencies and stress hormones can have long-term affects on the health of your child. Read more:

But one of the most important- and to some degree unavoidable- environmental variables is stress. This is commonly studied using sheep, as the lamb normally grows to the same size as a human baby in a relatively long pregnancy, and the development of major organs including the heart and brain is very similar in humans and sheep. To simulate stress in pregnancy, Professor Wintour's team exposed sheep early in their pregnancy to a stress hormone, cortisol, for a short duration. The offspring were later found to develop high blood pressure from four months after birth, which increased in severity as they aged. Kidney development was also impaired. Dr. Julie Quinlivan, working with researchers at the University of Western Australia, found that injecting sheep with stress hormones later in their pregnancies and on a number of occasions produced different effects, including the later development of insulin resistance and diabetes. This suggests that the timing of stressful insults can have varying outcomes.

The duration of exposure to stress is also crucial. Dr. Quinlivan notes, "Basically, if you have a single exposure to stress hormones, the body is very resilient. But if you have repeated exposure to stress, it affects the number of brain cells in a fetus' brain, the growth of the baby, and the development of the thyroid and the immune system, so it has multiple effects". In addition to physical effects such as hypertension or diabetes, abnormal concentrations of cortisol in-utero can also create psychological syndromes. Studies have found that infants exposed to elevated levels of cortisol in the womb- often because their mother was under stress or depressed herself- are at increased risk of depressive disorders throughout childhood, adolescence and adulthood. Such individuals also commonly exhibit cognitive delays and long-term behavioral dysfunction...

See also:  Stress, Infertility and Miscarriage at getpregnantover40.com

 ...So what does all this mean to the woman who is pregnant or hoping to become so? Put simply, she should eat well not just from the time the pregnancy is confirmed, but ideally also in the months leading up to conception, so as to avoid any potential deficiencies at a time when the fetus is particularly vulnerable. Such a diet should include lots of fruit, vegetables, bread and cereals, moderate amounts of dairy foods and lean meats, and small quantities of foods high in sugar, salt and fat. While adequate Vitamin A is essential for kidney development as noted above, supplements of this vitamin are not recommended without medical supervision, as these may cause birth deformities. Instead, try increasing the consumption of milk, eggs, green leafy vegetables and fruit. Two servings of fish per week are also recommended for their omega-3 acids, while adequate Vitamin D can be obtained from a daily ten minute exposure of the lower arms and legs to sunshine (though avoid the hours between 11am and 3pm). Iron stores can be boosted by eating red meat in conjunction with foods that enhance iron absorption, such as oranges, broccoli or potatoes.

Sunday, April 13, 2014


Having A Baby Over 40, lifestyle factors

I recall a conversation between my husband's two nieces. The 15 year old said to the 16 year old, "You weigh more than me, even though I'm taller", the 16 year old replies with "Well, I've been eating LONGER than you!" She may have had a point there.

I've always wondered about whether or not 'older' women are infertile or just imbalanced. Let's face it, the older you are, the more time you've had to gain weight, eat the wrong foods, take medications, be exposed to toxic substances, sustain long periods of stress, etc. All of these factors can lead to hormonal imbalances that can have an impact on fertility. There is such an orchestration of events that must occur for a successful pregnancy that it's understandable that if your system is out of balance you will have a hard time getting pregnant or carrying to term.

For more on my fertiity diet and how stress affects your progesterone levels, visit: getpregnantover40.com

It probably does take women over 40 a little longer to get pregnant because regaining balance isn't something that happens overnight. It's a process that occurs over time. I've heard a number of people say, "How come these twenty-something people can drink caffeine, eat junk food, or in extreme cases take illicit drugs and still get pregnant?".

My theory is that many imbalances are a result of the cumulative effect of your lifestyle. Older women have just been around longer and we live in a toxic society where stress, poor eating habits, and exposure to toxins are the norm. It's kind of like smoking. Probably one cigarette isn't going to do much damage, but if you smoke over a lifetime, watch out...

Give yourself some time to get rebalanced. It will benefit you in many ways, and you just may get pregnant.

Saturday, April 12, 2014


Ancient Fertility Sites

When I was trying to conceive, I was open to just about everything and anything that might help my chances. I found this article on ancient fertility sites and fertility rituals . No, I can't vouch for any of this, but sometimes it's fun to read about what others swear by. Read more:

If you want a holiday in the UK and you suffer from infertility problems, it may well be worth visiting Cerne Abbas in Dorset. There on a hill is a huge giant, carved into the hillside from chalk rock. He boasts a club and an impressive erection.

See also: getpregnantover40.com for more on natural methods to conceive 

It is not known exactly when the giant was carved, or how, but was thought to be somewhere around the Iron Age. There are also speculations as to whether he was meant to represent Hercules, the Greek God who held a club.
For centuries this icon has been used as a fertility site and visited by couples wishing to get pregnant (as depicted in the film, ‘Maybe Baby’), with varying degrees of success.
Praying or meditating on the hillside prior to trying to conceive is rumoured to increase your chances as is making love on the giant’s member.
from: suite101

Friday, April 11, 2014


Feng Shui Interprets the "Locked" House

By Kartar Diamond

When we think of a "locked" house, the image of a literally secure house comes to mind; one that you can only enter by breaking a lock to get in. This term "locked" house or "locked phase" has a totally different meaning in feng shui theory.
The lock refers to a phase when the occupants are metaphorically under a type of "house arrest." Some translations called it the "imprisoned" phase. During the "People Lock" the occupants will suffer more health and relationship problem than in times when the People Lock is not in force.
During a "Money Lock" the occupants can suffer financial difficulties that would not be a problem when that same house is not in the Money Lock phase.
Every single house, every single structure on the planet will go through both People Lock and Money Lock phases, no matter how good the house is deemed by feng shui standards most of the time.

See Also: Getting Pregnant With Vision Boards (getpregnantover40.com) 

These Locked phases can last for one day, one month, one year or a twenty year cycle and these phases can be calculated in classical, traditional feng shui. Sometimes it is referred to as Xuan Kong or the Flying Star School. Factoring issues of timing is what makes it non-obvious. In other words, the house does not change in its appearance to reveal that it has entered a Locked Phase.
As an example, all houses that faces North which were built between 1924-1943, are currently in a 20 year People Lock that started in 2004 and will continue until 2024. Another example is that all houses that face Northwest which were built between 1984-2003 are also currently in a 20 Year Lock (for Money) that started in 2004. In any given Era, there will be several houses types that are currently in a Lock Phase.
Whether a house is in a one year lock or a 20 year lock, the remedy is the same: The occupant needs to hear and see circulating water. This is one reason why fountains, aquariums and outside water features can be so helpful. There are in fact bad locations inside and outside when it comes to water (stay tuned for my article on water).
But for the purposes of releasing or lessening the affects of the Locked Phase, any type of water feature will help that situation. And how does one know if their water feature has worked? As an example, if a couple has been living in a house that is in a long term People Lock, they will usually have difficulty conceiving. When the water feature gets installed, pregnancy happens shortly thereafter.
With finances, if occupants have been enduring a long term Money Lock on their house, the installation of a water feature can be experienced in a tangible increase income or other financial windfalls.
Learning how to figure out if your house or business is experiencing one of these locked phases is fairly easy. Both Feng Shui for Skeptics as well as The Feng Shui Continuum show readers how to calculate this.
At Feng Shui Solutions, we are also happy to determine this for you by just supplying us with accurate information about the age of your home and its magnetic compass orientation.
Kartar Diamond is a classically trained consultant and author of four books with workbooks and other home study training materials on the way. Kartar works with local, national and international clients, both in person and over the internet.
Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Kartar_Diamond


I've read quite a bit of conflicting information on dairy and its affect on women's fertility, ovulation and her ability to get pregnant.  Some studies say to avoid dairy all together.  However, another study looked at the relationship between full fat and low fat dairy, here are the results:

Fats and Fertility 1 - Full Fat Dairy Foods Are Best!

By Judy Ford

Arriving at the dairy section of our supermarket we are met with an amazing array of milk, yogurt and cheeses. Not to mention what we see when we peek into the freezer compartment containing an array of mouth-watering ice cream, gelatin and other iced treats.
You are planning to have a family. What should you choose to increase your chances of conceiving and at the same time, eat what is best for your baby. Should it be the low fat dairy or is normal fat OK? We are always hearing that we shouldn't eat too much fat so we tend to reach for the low fat. Is the right decision? The answer is definitely 'no'.

For my entire series on foods for fertility including videos, visit: www.getpregnantover40.com 

One reason for not choosing low fat in products like ice-cream and yoghurt is that they usually have more sugar and it is important to reduce sugar intake. But there is a far more important reason for eating full fat dairy because full cream dairy improves your fertility and is probably good for your health in general.
A recent large scientific study performed a dietary analysis on a very large women over a period of 8 years. Of those who had attempted to become pregnant, 438 were unsuccessful. The researchers compared the details of intake of dairy foods in those who had become pregnant without difficulty and in those who suffered from infertility.
Women who ate low fat dairy: less was better. Eating low fat dairy about once each week had no effect on fertility but every gradual increase increased the risk of infertility. Women who ate low fat dairy twice each day or more often, were nearly twice as likely to be infertile.
Women who ate full cream (high fat) dairy: more was better. Eating full cream 2-4 times each week only gave a slight improvement in fertility but eating it more than once each day nearly halved the risk of being infertile.
Does the type of dairy food matter? Again the answer is yes. That is the study showed large effects for some types of dairy foods and only small effects for others. Whole milk was very beneficial - that is, it promoted fertility - but low fat milk was neutral. Cheeses of most types, by comparison, seemed to be good.
Does age matter? Eating full fat dairy seems to be beneficial at all ages but it is even more beneficial as you age. So if you are in your mid thirties and thinking of conceiving, change your milk to full cream and drink a glass every day. Add to that a few pieces of regular fat cheese and chances are you'll soon be in the family way!

Dr Judy Ford is an internationally respected scientist who has studied the causes of problems with male and female fertility over more than 30 years. She is passionate about sharing her findings because this will empower you to solve your own problems rather than waste money on unnecessary expensive drugs and invasive high technology. She has made important discoveries about the cause of miscarriage [http://www.itsnatural.com.au/miscarriage.shtml], causes of infertility and birth defects. Her research has shown that most problems are preventable through changes to healthy lifestyles and healthy habits. Her website http://www.ez-fertility.com.au will introduce you to her unique fertility questionnaire and other helpful information.
Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Judy_Ford

Thursday, April 10, 2014


Meditation and Visualization for Pregnancy

Call it day dreaming, call it visualization, or call it mental creation...the fact of the matter is that our thoughts are things. Before you can attract or create your reality, you need to think it and visualize it. In my Meditation and Visualization CD, I talk about exactly what I visualized to bring my daughter into my life. Sometimes the image was so clear, that I would swear that my baby was in the room with me...this was all before I even conceived her. Give it a try, it's relaxing, uplifting, and best of all, effective!

Here is a site that explains in more detail how visualization works:

Thoughts are endowed with a creative power that molds our life, and attracts what we think about. Thoughts travel from one mind to another, and if they are strong enough, they can be unconsciously picked up by people, who are in a position to help us achieve our desires and goals.

We are part of the Omnipotent Power that has created the universe, and therefore, we participate in the process of creation. Bearing this thought in mind, there is no wonder that thoughts materialize. Stop for a moment and think - You are an indivisible part of the great Universal Power! This means that your thoughts can come true! Not all thoughts of course, but those that are concentrated, well-defined, and often-repeated often.

Thought is energy, especially a concentrated thought laden with emotional energy. Thoughts change the balance of energy around us, and bring changes to the environment in accordance with them.

There is another explanation why visualization brings results. It may come as a surprise to most, but the theory of "Maya" - Illusion, which comes from the eastern philosophies, provides the explanation.

According to the Indian philosophy "Advaita- Vedanta", which is called "Nonduality" in the West, the world is not real, but only an illusion, created by our thoughts. Since most people think and repeat the same or similar thoughts often, focusing their mind and thoughts on their current environment, they create and recreate the same sort of events or circumstances. This process preserves the same "world" and status quo. It is like watching the same film over and over again, but we can change the film by changing our thoughts and visualize different circumstances and life, and in this way create a different "reality". For us, it is a reality, though in fact it is just a dream we call "reality".



Much of what I write on this blog deals with female fertility and ways to enhance egg quality naturally.  But women are only half of the equation when it comes to getting pregnant.  Here are eight important supplements which may help the man in your life.  Read more:

Eight Male Fertility Supplements

Author: Mike O Brien

A good balanced diet of natural products is one of the keys that will help you to overcome some problems with male fertility. If you find it difficult to get a reliable source of fresh fruit and vegetables you could always try supplements in your diet that have been trialed and tested and show trustworthy results to clinical trials.
There is a male fertility supplement suitable for you that can help increase semen volume and also help increase sperm count and motility. It must also be remembered that these are not miracle workers and need to be taken or used regularly for effective results to occur.
Go to the list below to find a comprehensive explanation of the most used herbs and supplements found in male fertility supplements.

See Also: DHEA for Fertility (getpregnantover40.com) 

1. Arginine
Arginine has been investigated for its effects on sperm count and activity of the sperm. L-arginine may improve sperm count and motility. There are two sources of arginine, arginine in the food chain and free-form arginine from supplements. Food-source arginine is found in abundance in turkey, chicken and other meats. Nonfood-source arginine is called L-arginine and is created through a fermentation process which separates arginine from all other proteins. Free and bound arginine is found in abundance in human male sperm and arginine has been found to stimulate sperm motility.
2. Carnitine
A naturally occurring amino acid Carnitine is concentrated in sperm and is required for normal sperm function. Many athletes have noted increased endurance and muscle building with Carnitine supplementation.
3. Coenzyme Q10
A substance that assists in the oxidation of nutrients within cells to create energy. It helps the male reproductive system increase semen volume and motility.
4. Ginseng (Panax ginseng)
A forked aromatic root found in Asia. Ginseng has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries to increase semen volume and to increase male fertility.
5. Omega fatty acids
A class of fatty acids that are found in any of several polyunsaturated fatty acids found in leafy green vegetables, vegetable oils, and fish such as salmon and mackerel. As well omega-6 fatty acids found in evening primrose and starflower oils are a recommended male fertility supplement.
6. Pumpkin seeds
A great male fertility supplement, as they contain high levels of zinc and essential fatty acids which are helpful treatment for male fertility.
7. Selenium
Selenium can helpful as a treatment for male fertility. It is one of the elements needed in trace amounts in the animal and human diet. Fish, meat, poultry, whole grains, and dairy products are good sources of this mineral nutrient.
8. Zinc
A lack of zinc is believed to be associated with a lack of sperm in the semen. Keeping your zinc levels up helps to increase semen volume, maintain adequate testosterone levels which helps keep sperm healthy.
Eat Sensibly
Remember to eat plenty of fresh vegetables, fruit, whole grains, fish, poultry, legumes, nuts, brown rice and seeds. The first step in any treatment is a well balanced diet and this will increase the chance of a positive male sperm test.
Avoid junk food, processed food and food with high saturated fat as well as limiting your intake of soda or fizzy drinks as these can be very harmful to the bodies balance and well being. Drink plenty of water to flush out any toxins in the body. However the inability to conceive may not be a male problem it could be a female infertility problem.
Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/mens-health-articles/eight-male-fertility-supplements-604981.html
About the Author

Mike O'Brien offers advice and information about a male sperm test . This is a quality web site that has a wide selection of male and female fertility information at your fingertips!

Wednesday, April 09, 2014


Pregnancy Over 40, Trying To Conceive Over 40, The Uterus' Role

We all know that a fertilized egg needs to implant in the uterus and that the uterine lining needs to be thick and nourishing.  However, according to this article, the uterus also engages in a series of contractions which helps sperm get where they need to go.  Read more:

Babies are made when a mature egg pops off of the ovary and then slides into the fallopian tube. If the woman has had sex, the ovary might meet a sperm high up in the fallopian tube, and this might seem like a passive process from the uterus's point of view. 

See Also getpregnantover40.com for more on gettting pregnant and avoiding miscarriage and recurrent miscarriage

But Elad claims that the uterus actually plays a role in make sure sperm are in the right place at the right time. Apparently, uterine contractions squirt fluid, and sperm, upwards.

After conception, the uterus waits below, for about seven days, as the newly fertilized egg takes its own sweet time to float into the womb, and then the uterus goes into action again.

When the egg finally arrives, the uterus begins to contract again, performing a welcoming dance that sucks the new embryo into the soft lining of the uterine wall, and voila, we have a baby on the way.



 Your Fertility and Health Information Privacy

Many of my readers are doing searches on some of the most private of bodily functions. Is this something that you want your ISP, employer, or anyone else knowing about you? Whenever I do a search on any of the major search engines, I am bombarded with ads that relate directly to my previous search. It can be a little embarrassing to have ads about ovulation predictors, sperm counts, etc. pop up on my computer if someone were to walk by. Even worse, what about some of the searches you may do on your break at work? Can your employer track what you're doing? Can health insurance companies get your health profile based on what kind of searches you have been doing? UGGGGHHH...it's scarier than you may think.


Tuesday, April 08, 2014


Treating Endometriosis Naturally

Endometriosis is a common cause of infertility (not to mention the pain and discomfort it causes the women who have it). It is frequently the underlying diagnosis for many pelvic surgeries. Wouldn't it be great if you could prevent and treat this condition without invasive procedures? Well, you can! Here is an article that discusses how your diet can protect you from this condition.

See also: getpregnantover40.com for more on fertility foods and additional articles on endometriosis, fertility and miscarriage 

 Read more:

Begin by decreasing your consumption of saturated fats. Examples of foods containing saturated fats include:

•Dairy products
•Animal products
•Coconut oil
•Palm oil
•Cocoa butter
Along with decreasing saturated fats, you will want to include omega-3 fatty acids in your diet. Omega-3 fatty acids stimulate the production of anti-inflammatory prostaglandins which are helpful in soothing your discomfort. Sources of omega-3 fatty acids include:

•Evening primrose oil
•Safflower oil
•Walnuts and walnut oil
•Flax seeds and oil
•Salmon, halibut or tuna
•Olive oil (do not use for frying)
•Winter squash 




Can DHEA help you conceive and get pregnant?

I've been hearing quite a bit about DHEA and how it can help fertility and egg quality.  So what exactly is DHEA?  It stands for dehydroepiandrosterone and it is a precursor to female and male reproductive hormones.  DHEA supplementation, at least in some studies has been shown to help egg quality and, for those going through fertility treatments, it improved the number and quality of eggs and embryos.  

Monday, April 07, 2014


If You're Trying To Get Pregnant  - Reduce Exercise

Although many women who experience infertility live a sedentary lifestyle and may be overweight, there is also a large segment of women who have the opposite problem: over-training or over-exercising.
See more on common causes of infertility and getting pregnant naturally at: getpregnantover40.com
 I've written about this before, but I thought I'd post this article that give more evidence that too much exercise and getting pregnant don't go together. Read more:

Even when the data were adjusted for other possible contributing factors (such as body mass index, smoking, age, marital status and previous pregnancies), the researchers found that women who trained every day had a 3.5 times greater risk of impaired fertility as women who did not train at all.

"And when we compared those who trained to exhaustion to those who trained more moderately, we found that the first group had a three-fold greater risk of impaired fertility," says Gudmundsdottir.




Getting pregnant naturally without fertility treatments

I've posted a number of other articles about how natural conceptions occured after IVF. Along those lines, this article talks about how many couples, if given time, would get pregnant without painful, expensive, and sometimes dangerous fertility treatments.

 For more articles on couples who got pregnant naturally after failed fertility treatments, visit: getpregnantover40.com

I could be their poster child since I went through years of failed fertility treatments which included multiple inseminations and two cycles of IVF which not only failed but left me with an ectopic pregnancy and the loss of a fallopian tube.  I wish I would have know then what I know now, but hindsight is always 20/20!
 Read more:

The debate in the media has focused on how many cycles of IVF are needed for women to become pregnant. But the real issue here is how many women would become pregnant anyway without IVF.

Just-released scientific reviews of IVF show that it is no more effective than other treatment options for couples with unexplained infertility - which is one third of infertile patients. The authors of the prestigious Cochrane study conclude: "Until more evidence is available, IVF may not be the preferred first line of treatment for these couples and it might be more appropriate to continue with less invasive options.".....

...Infertility is defined as the inability to conceive after 12 months of unprotected intercourse. It is a functional definition and an inadequate way to define a medical condition. Many couples conceive naturally after 12 months but can be erroneously labelled as infertile.

Media reporting of these claims are particularly confusing to women in their late 30s. In subtle ways, they are being told that they are more likely to be infertile. This is a claim that is greatly exaggerated. A study by David Dunson and his colleagues published in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in 2004 concluded that sterility did not increase with age. The authors found that even the most difficult demographic, the 35 to 39 age group, could still conceive within a two-year period in nine out of 10 cases. They just needed to relax and do what is naturally necessary to conceive.


Sunday, April 06, 2014


Uterine Massage and Lift Technique To Help Get Pregnant Over 40

Here is an interesting article about how many women have uterine displacement. This site is promoting their massage techniques to help correct this problem, but they have some interesting information about how the female organs can get out of place. Also, my DVD, "Fertility Bodywork" has a segment on pelvic massage including the uterine lift. Read more:

Maya Abdominal Lift Technique (excerpted from www.web.net)

From the article:

With so many women suffering from dysmenorrhea, we wondered how uterine massage could help. Verna said that the prostaglandins which are cited as the pain inducing culprits are in fact pro-inflammatory chemical prostaglandins PG 1 and 2. “If there is venous stasis,” she explained, “everything gets boggy. The lymph is not draining so you have a swampy area which is more prone to inflammation and the bad prostaglandins.” She went on to say that if the uterus is not sitting right, there are mechanical reasons for it to get “clogged” and “boggy”. The arteries leading to and from the uterus can get torqued. Where the uterus is supposed to be doing this gentle contracting (Verna did a smooth wave with her body) when it is misplaced or there is inflammation, “it’s like trying to hork up a hairball”. This is a combination of inflammation, poor drainage and poor blood flow.

According to Verna, the Maya say, “If a woman’s uterus is not in the right place, she can’t think right.” Verna adds that it is the centre of a woman’s creative energy.

What about endometriosis? Verna explained that 40% of the blood in the body goes through the lymph channels. When the lymph is not draining, “you are a sewer”. With endo, the technique might help once things are draining better. Verna has seen uteruses in a position (she leans over demonstrating) where the fascia between the outside of the uterus and the outside of the bladder are stuck together. You have to be very gentle, she says – “kind of like moving egg yolks around”. The uterus can go back, forward or sideways. The Fallopian tube (one arm now simulates a crushed tube) can get moved out of position. “Try getting pregnant with that!” Verna says the body “moves out of the way” of an affected organ for survival. She illustrates with the example of a person who has a heart attack and breaks their leg at the same time. “The leg won’t hurt, but the heart muscle sure will. Probably, a few days later, when the cast is on, that leg will hurt like hell. The body prioritizes.”

“What’s exciting,” she says, “is that the technique is quite easy and has potential to be so helpful”.

Saturday, April 05, 2014


Pain During Ovulation

No, that's not what you say when someone sneezes - but it might be what you say when someone ovulates. Mittleschmerz translated literally means "middle pain" usually associated with ovulation.
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I always considered myself lucky when I was TTC that I did experience mittlescherz because I knew we were on target with our intercourse schedule (and it was a schedule back then). Here is an article that explains more about mittleschmerz (it also addresses why some women may have some spotting around the time of ovulation):

"The pain is thought to be due to accompanying slight bleeding into the linings of the wall of the pelvis called the peritoneum.

Free blood in contact with the peritoneum causes irritation, transmitted as mid-cycle pain.

The bleeding may even track out as vaginal very small vaginal spotting.

The pain is usually in the lower abdomen, right or left side depending on which side an egg is released from.

The pain could be so specific that a woman may be able to tell from which ovary she has released an egg for that month. It may be severe enough to cause disruptions of normal day to day activities."

from: abdopain.com

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