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Monday, September 15, 2014


Pregnancy Over 40, Fertility Over 40 May Be Linked To Infections

Talk with you doctor about whether or not you can be tested. It seems like you should try the easy and inexpensive route before embarking on expensive and sometimes dangerous fertility treatments.
Here is a short on-line book about how an infection in your reproductive system can cause infertility.
The solution is actually quite inexpensive and easy. Read more:

In fifteen years of practice as a pathologist and obstetrician-gynecologist at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center in New York City, I have examined and treated over forty thousand patients complaining of infertility. The majority of these patients have already invested years with other physicians by the time I see them. They are confused by the complicated and contradictory theories they have heard. They are exhausted by the invasive and costly tests and treatments they've undergone. And they are intimidated by all the advanced technology they've come to suspect may hold the only solution to their problem.


By contrast, what I offer my patients is a course of infertility treatment that is simple, painless, relatively inexpensive, and most important-highly effective. Putting together what I have learned from my patients' histories, from my treatment of their cases, from my own research, and from dozens of other studies performed by my colleagues in the profession, I am convinced the fundamental cause of at least half of all infertility cases is common bacterial infections. Therefore, a high percentage of these infertility cases can be easily and safely reversed with the proper combination and dosage of antibiotics.
 from: Fertility Solution

Saturday, September 13, 2014


Reporting Dangers of Fluoride - And Mass Medication

Guest Post By Sally Wilson
Mass medication through water systems of the world began in 1951 with fluoridation. The optimum level was originally set at the rate of 1 part per million (1ppm) and considered safe.Fluoridation of the public drinking water however has many risks and dangers.
The most obvious question we must ask in trying to assess the purpose of this unusual action taken to medicate the public water supplies, is to enquire as to its real purpose. Health authorities approved fluoridation ostensibly is for the improvement of the teeth of the people. The assumption is that fluoride will improve tooth enamel and that all people will require the same amount of this chemical regardless of their age.
Firstly there is irrefutable evidence from prominent medical researchers, showing this chemical that is sufficiently toxic as to have asserted its place as a rat poison, is also harmful to humans when ingested.


In spite of this, fluoride not only continues to be used in many chemical and even pharmaceutical products but has for decades been deliberately pumped into our Australian public water supplies in spite of extensive demonstrations of objection by groups and individuals. This has left a situation where those members of the community who do not wish to have the quality of their drinking water downgraded in this way must purchase water filters in their home, laboratories, factories and hospitals. Food processing and therapeutic products and industries have been particularly affected. It would be difficult to assess the negative damage to the health of the whole community.
Logical arguments have had no influence in changing the decisions of health departments and medical authorities on a national scale in Australia and will have not the power to do so as long as state governments retain the authority on health issues. Over the years, many scientists and individuals from many countries in the world have put forward their objections. These include the following points as a basis for their argument.....
Regarding the claimed benefit to dental health:

Firstly why should it be seen to be a priority over any other health issues prevalent in the community, such as heart trouble, cancer, diabetes and other diseases? Only a minute percentage of public water will be consumed by children in the suggested time frame when there is potential benefit to their developing teeth. In fact, over-dosing of fluoride produces irregularities in the enamel of children. Appreciating that the recommended safe dose is 1ppm but difficult to guarantee that pumping stations produce an accurate dilution of the toxin in amounts that are totally safe......and that a tube of toothpaste contains up to 1500 ppm and a can of commercial fruit juice contains about 2.8 ppm and mouth rinses from 230-900 ppm we can only conclude that the majority of people in western countries are probably over the toxic limit of ingestion of fluoride prior to any water content analysis. This factor alone leaves commercial enterprises open to exhaustive litigation as the councils and water authorities and even dentists. Gum irritations and allergies are common, not only in those using fluoride toothpaste but in drinking water and medical drugs that are fluorinated.

African American children are shown to be more susceptible to fluorosis or tooth mottling than whites. This demonstrates a need to consider racial constitution as a factor in mass medicine. Those who choose to medicate with fluoride and are persuaded it is to their dental benefit are free to do so through controlled tablet intake.

Need for Pure Water
It has always been acknowledged that pure water is the basis of good health so accent should be directed by responsible community guardians towards extracting any untoward elements in the water rather than injecting toxic substances into it, even at 1ppm. There is no way to demonstrate that there is any scientific way to control the amount of fluoride any individual will ingest through their water intake because of personal differences in habit, thus making it, along with any other proposed mass medication, an offence against medical principles.
Compulsory Medication is Unethical

To endure compulsory medication through water, the most essential element for health represents a pollution that offends both our aims to good health and is a crime against our democratic principles of personal freedom of choice.
Proven Dangers and Risks

Excessive fluoride or fluorine components in the body that can occur with certain medical drugs produce mild to extreme symptoms and even fatal consequences. The dangers are not only physical such as interfering with thyroid function but include extreme mental and emotional irregularities. This has been a line of research following outbreaks of violent and irrational behavior of young teenagers that have been demonstrated over the last years.
Obesity - Heart Disease - Kidney problems- Cancer -

Obesity is now reaching epidemic proportions in western countries. The toxic affect of fluoride upon the function of the thyroid gland is considered to be a causative factor. As aluminium cookware was last century considered a serious cause of cancer and dementia, fluoride toxicity is suspected of being a factor in this as in many other diseases such as bone deformation, premature aging and nerve and brain diseases. Seemingly co-incidental with fluoridation of water supplies in the twentieth century has been the explosion of cancer and other serious health issues.
Brain and Mental Disease

Many generally prescribed medications and drugs in western countries contain fluoride in considerable amount to make them questionable negative factors and suspected of being the cause of many allergies and conditions as serious as psychotic behavior, depression, and inhibited mental abilities. Warnings include many specific drugs such as Prozac, Luvoc, Lescol, Lipitor, Crestor, Baycol with the last having been removed from the American market after fatalities from adverse reactions.

Pregnant Women are advised to take no fluoride as it can damage brain function and hormones in the foetus.

Elderly are at equal risk as fluoridated water is indicated as a possible main cause of Alzheimer's and dementia.

Children have been harmed by fluoridation and medications containing flurorine and derivatives to the extent that the numerous cases have led to parents forming support groups to lobby for changes. Most recent research shows the link between fluoride and Asperger's disease and autism because of the accumulative lead component involved.
Political Tarnish:

Motivation for the introduction of tons of fluoride into public water supplies is tarnished by considerations that are politically rather than therapeutic in their aims. This is a subject that has been explored by some who seek a reason for such an extreme and illogical action such as fluoridation. Some go further to claim that the practice violates the Nuremberg code regarding restriction on human experimentation.
Industrial Pollution:

The practice is claimed as a convenient dumping ground for industrial wastes. Some believe that the aluminium and fertilizer industries that produce fluoride as a by-product found a convenient and profitable disposal of toxic waste in the public water supply. Fluoride buried in the earth kills plant life. In the air kills stock. In the water...?

There is an almost overwhelming amount of evidence accumulating in scientific journals and forums warning of the dangers and risks of our present water fluoridation system upon health. It is widely accepted that it is unsafe a method and entirely uncontrollable in dosage. The factor of chemical allergy and damage to physiological function also give cause for great concern. On these issues there are many doctors and scientists adding their voice and is best said by Dr Arvid Carlsson, Nobel Prize winner for Medicine (2000). "I am quite convinced that water fluoridation, in a not-too-distant future, will be consigned to medical history...Water fluoridation goes against leading principles of pharmacotherapy, which is progressing from a stereotyped medication - of the type 1 tablet 3 times a day - to a much more individualized therapy as regards both dosage and selection of drugs. The addition of drugs to the drinking water means exactly the opposite of an individualized therapy."

Dr Peter Mansfield physician from UK and member of the advisory board to the government review of fluoridation (2000) states...
"No physician in his right senses would prescribe for a person he has never met, whose medical history he does not know, a substance which is intended to create bodily change, with the advice: 'Take as much as you like, but you will take it for the rest of your life because some children suffer from tooth decay.' It is a preposterous notion." The very existence of an organization 'Parents of Fluoride Poisoned Children', founded by Andreas Schuld, a recognized leading expert on fluorides, says enough.
International Consent/Dissent:

The International Dental Federation (FDI) first recommended water fluoridation in 1951. In Europe, since that date it is estimated that more than 53 million people who endured water fluoridation for years are now free of its pollution. Many countries have now ceased the practice. There are now only 6 countries where the people are still compelled to drink fluoridated water: USA, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Columbia and Singapore.
Australia - fluoridation, in spite of hot protest and many public demonstrations is now in many states. At one time the Tasmanian government sought to pass a Bill to "Prohibit public meetings on fluoridation." Our Australian Constitution allows 'the provision of..medical and dental services, but not so as to authorize any form of civil conscription.' On this basis in time fluoridation and any further attempt at mass medication will be banned.
Austria - Some report fluoride has never been added to the water supply but others say in 1956. and that caries in children decreased after stopping in 1973.
Belgium -on the basis that drinking water is not the place to deliver medicinal treatment to people fluoridation was never accepted
Canada -The Green Party of Canada seeks to end water fluoridation in Canada by introducing legislation that will ban fluoridation in Canada at the federal level, effectively overriding any and all local mandates that say otherwise. At present fluoridation of water is in current use but remains a highly controversial issue.
Japan introduced in 1952, stopped 1972 with subsequent rejection of artificial fluoridation. Sweden introduced in 1952 and withdrawn 1971 Sweden banned fluorides in drinking water, toothpaste and food.
Norway - In the later 1990's decision was taken against ever fluoridating the water
Finland introduced 1959 in one town stopped 1993 for the right of individual freedom to enjoy pure water.
Netherlands introduced 1953 withdrawn 1976 after legal ruling of the Supreme Court that there was no legal basis for fluoridation.
China- Fluoridation is banned
Czech Republic - since 1993 no treatment with fluoride has taken place on the basis of it being uneconomical, against ecological patterns, unethical, and its toxicological influence debatable.
Denmark - No Danish city has ever been fluoridated
European Union Less than 2% of the drinking water in Europe is fluoridated.
France - Fluoride is not added to treatment of water for ethical as well as medical reasons.
Germany introduced 1952 and withdrawn in 1971. It is now banned as unethical. German Democratic Republic introduced in 1959 and withdrawn 1990.
Greece - has never fluoridated water, perhaps in order to retain democratic freedom?
Hungary - once fluoridated but ceased in 1960's and now chooses to remain so.
India - has been working hard to eliminate naturally occurring fluorides from drinking water that is high in the natural groundwater. 17 of its 32 states are afflicted with people suffering crippling skeletal fluorosis without adding more toxic material.
Israel - after serious study and recent suspension of mandatory fluoridation in 2006, it is now rejected.
Italy -has strict laws against adding fluorides to drinking water.
New Zealand - is in two minds and is recently urging promotion of fluoridation.
Northern Ireland - for a short period only fluoridation in two localities but later ceased.
Scotland - never had fluoridation been introduced and in 2004 plans to add fluoride to the country's water system continued to be rejected.
Spain- a few areas practiced fluoridation of the water supplies
Switzerland in 2003 the country voted to cease Basel's water fluoridation program that had been functioning for about 40 years.
Union of Soviet Socialist Republics introduced 1960 stopped 1990
United States of America 60% of the States fluoridate their water but 200 cities have withdrawn it.
UK- fluoridation is considered by many who are fighting for its ban, to be illegal medical research. They argue that its implementation is against freedom and constitutional rights of the individual. Against all opposition, efforts of health agencies continue to push for further fluoridation of Britain, with the same power as occurred at a critical time before decision to join the European Union and surrender of the national will to its dictates.
From the information which is available to us all on the internet, the problems are considerable and cannot be commented on in detail enough to satisfy our enquiry here. There are about 202,000 postings on the dangers of fluoridation and 432,000 and 727 videos on the subject on the side effects of fluoridation, presenting us with a considerable amount of data to consider if we wish to explore this controversial matter for ourselves and assess without bias the reports of professionals.
Aromatherapy or the science of Osmics is proving immensely popular when applied in self help or in professional healing. It is a delightful way to employ natural perfumes to assist mood and mind states and is particularly helpful as an adjunct to relaxation techniques and stress relief.

 Sally Wilson is an expert in aromatics and author of one of the earliest publications on the subject, directing its use in incense and in healing and has utilized the subtle benefits in her naturopathic practice over many years. More details at associated sites...

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Thursday, September 11, 2014


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
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!
from:  by Nicole Lange Lic.Ac. MA.OM. Dipl.Om.

Tuesday, September 09, 2014


Blending Fertility Tea (Recipe)

There are plenty of fertility teas being advertised online and offline, but you can blend your own.   Common ingredients include: Vitex (Chasteberry), Red Raspberry, Green Tea, Red Clover and more.  Click here for instructions on blending your own fertility tea"


Sunday, September 07, 2014


Trying To Get Pregnant, The Meaning Of Ovulation Bleeding 

If you have experienced mid-cycle bleeding, there may be a number of causes.  For some women, bleeding during ovulation is completely normal, but in my case, mid cycle bleeding was an indication that I had some small fibroids and some endometirosis which I eventually had removed. Bleeding at times other than when you're on your menstrual cycle can be scary because you don't know what is causing it.  Many women bleed when they ovulate as the article explains below. However, sometimes this mid-cycle bleeding can be caused by conditions which should be treated (as in my case). Some of these conditions can affect fertility. Read more:


A variety of factors can cause ovulation bleeding. For most women who experience ovulation bleeding, the cause is not clear. It may be related to the emergency of follicles. Hormones prompt ovaries to produce around 20 follicles that contain an immature egg, and out of this only one follicle matures. It is during this process of maturing and bursting out from the follicle that pain or bleeding occurs. Ovulation bleeding that is severe or that lasts longer than a couple of days can be a symptom of certain medical conditions, including endometriosis.

Bleeding episodes that are 2 weeks apart suggest that there may be a lack of ovulation altogether. A variety of conditions can cause this, including irritation to the cervix, polyps in the cervix, or polyps in the uterus. 


Friday, September 05, 2014


Surrogate and Couple Pregnant At Same Time

I usually write about women who get pregnant naturally after IVF or failed IVF, but this story is about a women who hired a surrogate, but also went through IVF at the same time...and it worked in both of them. Why? Maybe it was just luck, or maybe she relaxed enough to make it happen because there was a surrogate as a "back-up". Read more:

Amber is a gestational surrogate. She was implanted last October with embryos created by Misty and Brian.

Indianapolis Dr. William Gentry selected the two healthiest embryos for Amber and four lesser quality embryos for Misty, the hopeful mom.


"Why not both of you try? I mean, who knows?" Gentry said. "I think her thought was, 'Sure, why not? But it's not going to work with me. It never works.'"

Misty was hardly expecting success after failed in vitro treatments and a miscarriage, but she got it with a set of twins from Amber and a set of twins that she is carrying.

"'You were our ace in the hole,' (Gentry) said, and he said, 'Misty was our wild card,'" Amber said.

"The whole idea for people to say, 'Just relax,' I mean, if you could have a relax switch on the wall and turn it off, you would love to be able to do it, but you can't," Misty said.

Amber knew the same emptiness, having miscarried before.


Wednesday, September 03, 2014


Overweight Women And Pregnancy

I'm all for finding natural solutions to fertility problems which is why women should look at all the factors under their control before they jump into the high tech route. Although it's hard for many people to lose weight, it can be done and it may raise your odds of conceiving by 35%. Being overweight can also sabotage your efforts of conceiving if you undergo fertility treatments.   However, weight loss should occur before trying to conceive as the body is also less likely to conceive as weight is declining. Read more:


Obese women were up to 35 per cent less likely to become pregnant and twice as likely to have a stillbirth than thinner patients having fertility treatment, researchers found.

The fatter the women were the less chance they had of having a healthy baby.

Experts warned that overweight women should try to lose weight before undergoing treatment.

More than one in four Britons is now obese and the nation’s weight problem is predicted to continue to increase in coming decades.

Being heavily overweight is known to reduce the chances of conceiving naturally, but the new research is the largest study to detail its effect on patients receiving fertility treatment. 


Monday, September 01, 2014


What is a procreation vacation?

In honor of the Labor Day holiday, I thought I would write about vacations and getting pregnant. I've read and written a number of articles over the years about "procreation vacations" .  It seems like a number of people tend to get pregnant while they are away from all of the stressors in their life.  If you are a couple that has been trying to conceive for one or more years, it almost becomes a job.  You have everything very scientifically planned out and your bodily cycles are monitored like a mission control center.
The  idea behind procreation vacations is that you put your mind and body to rest.  Yes, you still might be trying to conceive, but it is done in a very relaxed way.  There are a number of resorts that actually cater to couples who want to take a vacation for the purpose of getting pregnant

Here is a story of a couple who succeeded in getting pregnant on vacation:


Hughes and her husband, Kemry, went to the Westin at Our Lucaya Grand Bahama Island, where the three-night Procreation Vacation starts at $1,893. They lounged on the beach, swam in the pool, sipped pumpkin soup and enjoyed couple's massages. Hughes and her husband also were also served an age-old Caribbean fertility concoction three times a day: sea moss, the Caribbean's version of Viagra, mixed with evaporated milk, sugar and spices. (She said it tasted like an almond smoothie.)
The chain also offers the package at their resorts on St. John and Puerto Rico.
"My husband and I thought that we would go on the vacation and learn all these nice fertility secrets and we'd be practicing them for a number of months for them to work," said Hughes, 35, who conceived the day she got back from the trip. "We were stunned. There's definitely some truths to the foods and the elixirs." from USA today


Friday, August 29, 2014


Ayurveda and TCM for Fertility and getting pregnant

 Many people are confused about what exactly what Ayurveda is and how it can help fertility.  TCM or Traditional Chinese Medicine is something most people have probably heard of, and many people have tried different modalities.  This article will help to define what is involved with TCM and Ayurveda and how the principles of each can help you get pregnant, enhance fertility and improve your overall health:


Wednesday, August 27, 2014


Let go of pain and anger from infertility

 We've all been there...if you are struggling with infertility, it's hard not to feel pain, anger, a feeling of injustice, jealousy and a sense of unworthiness.  You see other women get pregnant at the drop of a hat and you're sure that they don't appreciate what they've been given.  I can relate to this article below....once I totally gave up on the idea of getting pregnant and having a baby....guess what? 
 I got pregnant with my daughter and had a totally uncomplicated pregnancy and delivery.  Sometimes, just letting go is all that is needed.  Although this article speaks of women going through fertility treatments, it applies to those trying to conceive naturally as well:


From the article:

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women who cope with the stress of infertility treatment by relinquishing control are nearly twice as likely to get pregnant as those who don't adopt this strategy, research from Israel shows.

The findings, say the researchers, suggest that techniques like meditation, which is focused on teaching people to "let go," could help improve women's chances of getting pregnant.


There is increasing evidence that stress and emotional distress can influence in-vitro fertilization (IVF) success, Dr. Nathalie Rapoport-Hubschman of the Rabin Medical Center in Petah Tikva and her colleagues note in the journal Fertility and Sterility. But evidence on the effects of other psychological factors has been inconclusive, they add.

Rapoport-Hubschman and her team theorized that coping mechanisms, rather than traits like anxiety or hostility, might play a role in IVF success. While problem-focused coping is an effective way to deal with situations that are under a person's control, so-called "emotion-focused coping," which can involve humor, denial, relaxation, and letting go, might be a less stressful way to handle infertility treatment, they suggest.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014


Long Island University, Brooklyn is currently conducting a research study to better understand the emotional and psychological experience of women who have experienced infertility.

Eligible participants:
·      Must be women
·      Must be between 18 and 50
·      Must have been trying unsuccessfully to conceive for at least the last 12 months or have received a diagnosis of infertility.
Participation involves:
·      Completing an online questionnaire about general demographics, infertility information, current mood and experience. The survey should take under 30 minutes to complete.
·      All participants will have the option to be entered into a raffle to win one of three $25 Amazon gift cards at the end of the data collection period, October 2014.

If you are interested or have any questions, please contact the primary investigator, Alexandra Farber, at, or proceed directly to the online study:

Monday, August 25, 2014


Trying to conceive over 40 - common factors

When I grew up, it was totally “uncool” for women to want the mommy track. It was a time when women were getting established in business and the hottest topic of discussion was how to “dress for success”. Those that went off to get married and have kids were really out of the loop.

I got a pretty good management job right out of college and I was on my way. Did I want to get married? Nope, not at all. The only role models I had were my parents who didn't really like each other all that much and were completely mismatched. My mother worked full time, my father was into his business ventures and what little time my parents had was spent on my older sisters who always had some crisis going on. Me? I was basically left to raise myself. If I do say so myself, I did a pretty good job. My parents have no idea how lucky they are that I didn't go down the wrong path and get into trouble like other kids who were starved for attention.

SEE ALSO: for more articles and support for pregnancy over 40

Parents of Baby Boomers Viewed Their Kids as A Job

Many of us in the baby boomer generation had mothers who viewed kids as their "job" - they didn't always show love the way many mothers do today.

Everyone needs recognition in their life (ever study Maslow's heirarchy?), and I was no exception. I got my just rewards by climbing the corporate ladder. Every time I got a promotion, a new contract, or bonus, that was my substitute for the approval and attention I never got as a child. I worked long hours, didn't eat much, and my main activity after work was sweating it out at the health club. From the outside, I had it all. But I really had nothing.

When I was in my early thirties, after completing graduate school, I finally realized I might want some companionship in my life. I met my husband at a professional development seminar and decided that my marriage didn't have to be like my parents. Did I want to have a baby? Not really. I think when you grow up having to raise yourself, you fell like this is “my time” now, I can't devote my time and attention to caring for a baby and all that goes with it.
Getting pregnant over 40, I thought it would happen right away
About a year after we got married we started trying to conceive. I thought it would happen right away. I was still working in my “pressure cooker” job, and I seriously thought that had nothing to do with it. To make a long story short, we went to a fertility clinic, started inseminations
with clomid and nothing happened. We went through IVF twice, wound up with an ectopic pregnancy, and two miscarriages. I was done. We discontinued fertility treatments and decided to move to “childfree”. I had quit my job at this point and I decided to pursue some hobbies that I never had time for. In the back of my mind, I was thinking, I could still get pregnant...maybe I just need to get all these drugs and hormones out of my system from the fertility treatments. I needed to get back to good old fashioned “vegetable therapy” and “happy thoughts”.

I started a whole new way of eating. I literally got to know the produce manager on a first name basis at my local grocery store because I was there so much. I ate tons of hormone balancing vegetables and embarked on a whole new way of eating. I also explored the mind-body connection. Could my upbringing and my previous desire to not have a baby have something to do with not being able to get pregnant? I became my own therapist and confronted my attitudes about marriage and family after examining my childhood, my relationship with my parents, and my need to gain approval from others as a substitute for what I didn't get as a child.
I was shocked when I got pregnant naturally fast!
Shorty after embarking on my all natural journey to conceive, I was shocked when I became pregnant naturally on my own. I miscarried, but now I knew I could do it. Mind you, I only had one fallopian tube, so this was quite an accomplishment since I was in my early 40's. I got pregnant two more times, miscarried again, but still knew that one would stick eventually and it did. I got pregnant with my daughter at the age of 44 and had a perfect pregnancy and totally uncomplicated delivery.
Fertility treatments don't have to be your first plan of action
So what did I learn? 

First, fertility treatments don't have to be your first plan of action. Examine your lifestyle, stress level and eating habits. No, it's not earth shattering information, but so many people want a quick fix...are you doing all you can do to improve your lifestyle?

Second, go back and look at your upbringing. Is there a reason that you've waited so long to have a baby? I realize that women have careers and delay marriage and childbearing, but maybe there is an underlying explanation for the path you've chosen that needs exploration.

Third, Is your mindset where it needs to be? Are you dealing with anger, frustration and all the emotions that come with not being able to have a baby? When I finally got pregnant with my daughter, I had really let go. I had accepted the fact that maybe I would never have a baby and I was okay with moving on. When I finally got rid of the anger, I had a successful pregnancy.

Saturday, August 23, 2014


Protecting Men's Fertility

Even though most of us think of men as the tougher gender, sperm are actually quite fragile.  Perhaps that's why they manufacture so many, especially over their lifetime.  Even if a man lives a healthy lifestyle, there are many pollutants in the environment that can affect sperm count.


In addition to eating organic foods to decrease pesticide exposure, the article below gives some very specific advice on what type of antioxidant supplementation can help with male fertility. Pass this information on to the man in your life. It may be just the boost he needs.  The thing I particularly like about this article is that is doesn't just give you the bad news (i.e. that many factors can affect men's sperm production and quality), but it also gives information about things that can be done to offset the damage caused by a toxic environment.
Is Pollution Stealing Your Future

Wednesday, August 20, 2014


Reproductive Problems - Could GMO's Be a Hidden Issue?

Guest Post By Pamela Levin

Canaries are miner's early warning system. They are used to warn miners about invisible but deadly levels of carbon monoxide. Are rats and other animals fed GMO's providing a similar service to humans? Here are some of the effects turning up in scientific studies.
Effect on Reproductive Tissue and Hormones Rats fed GM soy as opposed to non-GM soy had "proliferative growth (hyperplasia) of the (endometrial) cells lining the uterus".A Brazilian study published in The Anatomical Record in 2009, revealed that female rats fed GM soy for 15 months showed significant changes in their uterus and reproductive cycle. Senior UK pathologist Stanley Ewen speculated that the rats'significant hormonal changes might have implications for women who eat GM soy. He said this implies major changes in their reproductive hormones and repeated that the weedkiller in GM soybeans was the probable cause of the disruption.
Genetically modified soybeans are have a bacterial gene inserted into them which allows the soy plants to survive a normally deadly dose of Roundup herbicide, which is why they are called 'Roundup Ready'.


The active ingredient in Roundup is glyphosate, which accumulates in the soybeans. When Roundup-ready soybeans were introduced in Europe, the regulatory agencies had to increase their allowable residue levels by 200 fold.
There is mounting evidence that glyphosate - especially in conjunction with the other ingredients in Roundup - wreaks havoc with the endocrine and reproductive systems. Glyphosate, states Dr. Ewen, is "an endocrine buster that interferes with aromatase, which produces estrogen."
Aromatase is required by luteal cells to produce hormones for the normal menstrual cycle. It is these luteal cells that show significant alterations in the rats which at GM soy.
Fertility Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine accidentally discovered that rats raised on corncob bedding "neither breed nor exhibit reproductive behavior." Tests on the corn material revealed two compounds that stopped the sexual cycle in females "at concentrations approximately two-hundredfold lower than classical phytoestrogens."
Effect on Placenta of Developing Fetus Glyphosate is also toxic to the placenta, which brings in nutrients and oxygen to the developing baby and empties its waste products. A French study at the University of Caen in 2009 revealed that glyphosate can kill the cells in the outer layer of the human placenta (the trophoblast membrane), which in turn can kill the placenta. The placenta cells are, in Ewen's words, "exquisitely sensitive to glyphosate." Only 1/500th the amount needed to kill weeds was able to kill the cells. The amount is so small, according to the study authors the "residual levels to be expected, especially in food and feed derived from R[oundup] formulation-treated crops" could be enough to "cause cell damage and even [cell] death." Furthermore, the effect of the toxin may bioaccumulate, growing worse with repeated consumption from Roundup laden foods.
Ewen says, "If the endocrine functions of the placenta are destroyed by glyphosate in the test tube, by extrapolation, ovarian and endometrial function would be expected to suffer." The implications for pregnant woman consuming glyphosate, he says, could be abortion.
Miscarriage and Threatened Abortion Indeed, in a Canadian epidemiological study, which looked at nearly 4000 pregnancies in 1,898 couples, women exposed to glyphosate during the three months before getting pregnant had a significantly higher risk of abortions, especially for those above 34 years of age
Fathers exposed to glyphosate also increase reproductive risks. In the Canadian study above, even fathers who were exposed to glyphosate before their wives got pregnant showed an increase in early delivery and abortions. In addition, a study of male rabbits showed that glyphosate can cause a reduction in sexual activity and sperm concentration, and an increase in dead or abnormal sperm.
Birth Defects Birth defects increased in humans and animals. Numerous indigenous people and peasant communities in Argentina have blamed aerial spraying of Roundup on a significant rise of birth defects. Dr. Andreas Carasco of the Embryology Laboratory, Faculty of Medicine in Buenos Aires exposed amphibian embryos to a tiny concentration of glyphosate (diluted 5000 fold). Summarized by the Pesticide Action Network, effects included:

  • reduced head size,
  • genetic alterations in the central nervous system,
  • increased death of cells that help form the skull,
  • deformed cartilage, eye defects, and
  • undeveloped kidneys.

Carrasco also stated that the glyphosate was not breaking down in the cells, but was accumulating. The findings lend weight to claims that abnormally high levels of cancer, birth defects, neonatal mortality, lupus, kidney disease, and skin and respiratory problems in populations near Argentina's soybean fields may be linked to the aerial spraying of Roundup."
Although human embryos are not directly treated with glyphosate in the same way that Carrasco treated his amphibian embryos, it is known that glyphosate does cross the placenta and enters the fetal circulation.
In his article, Dr. Carrasco describes some disturbing findings in Argentina, where more than 50 million gallons of glyphosate-based herbicide is used on more than 45 million acres of GM soy.
In Argentina, an increase in the incidence of congenital malformations began to be reported in the last few years. In Cordoba, several cases of malformations together with repeated spontaneous abortions were detected in the village of Ituzaingo�, which is surrounded by GMO-based agriculture. These findings were concentrated in families living a few meters from where the herbicides are regularly sprayed.
Glyphosate may also cause reproductive disorders in the offspring of those exposed. When pregnant rats, for example, were exposed to glyphosate, their male offspring suffered reduced sperm production, increased abnormal sperm, and decrease in testosterone, in puberty and/or adulthood.
Sterility The few tests that have been done on animals are more than sobering. In April 2010, researchers at Russia's Institute of Ecology and Evolution of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the National Association for Gene Security found that after feeding hamsters GM soy for two years over three generations, by the third generation most lost the ability to have babies. They also suffered slower growth, a high mortality rate among the pups, and a high incidence of a rare phenomenon of hair growing inside their mouths.
Central Iowa Farmer Jerry Rosman also had trouble with pigs and cows becoming sterile. Some of his pigs even had false pregnancies or gave birth to bags of water. After months of investigations and testing, he finally traced the problem to GM corn feed. Every time a newspaper, magazine, or TV show reported Jerry's problems, he would receive calls from more farmers complaining of livestock sterility on their farm, linked to GM corn.
High Infant Mortality In 2005, Irina Ermakova, also with the Russian National Academy of Sciences, reported that more than half the babies from mother rats fed GM soy died within three weeks. This was also five times higher than the 10% death rate of the non-GMO soy group. The babies in the GM group were also smaller and could not reproduce. In a telling coincidence, after Ermakova's feeding trials, her laboratory started feeding all the rats in the facility a commercial rat chow using GM soy. Within two months, the infant mortality facility-wide reached 55%.
An Austrian government study published in November 2008 showed that the more GM corn was fed to mice, they had fewer the babies and the ones they had were smaller.
Testicular Changes. When Ermakova fed male rats GM soy, their testicles changed from the normal pink to dark blue! Italian scientists similarly found changes in mice testes , including damaged young sperm cells. Furthermore, the DNA of embryos from parent mice fed GM soy functioned differently.
Increased Rates of Breast and Prostate Cancer One compound also curtailed male sexual behavior and both substances contributed to the growth of breast and prostate cancer cell cultures. Researchers found that the amount of the substances varied with GM corn varieties. The crushed corncob used at Baylor was likely shipped from central Iowa, near the farm of Jerry Rosman and others complaining of sterile livestock.
In Haryana, India, a team of investigating veterinarians report that buffalo consuming GM cottonseed suffer from infertility, as well as frequent abortions, premature deliveries, and prolapsed uteruses. Many adult and young buffalo have also died mysteriously.
Biotech advocates usually deny or try to discredit the evidence, and often attack scientists who discover it. But they rarely call for follow-up studies. With little or no money to follow up on these findings, we won't know for sure if GMOs are the cause, or if it is glyphosate, or something else. But numerous medical doctors aren't waiting for more research. They are telling their patients, especially those pregnant or planning to have kids, just say no to GMOs.
So if you were still eating GMOs before you read this, perhaps it's time to take the doctors' advice.
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Monday, August 18, 2014


Having A Baby Over 40 Is Possible

There's a lot of discouraging information out there about getting pregnant over the age of 40.
 One article (actually a a radio address transcript) I have posted on my website helps to 'even the score' by confronting much of the negative information about pregnancy over 40:

Really, pregnancy over 40 doesn't have to be this terribly horrendous process that ends in a negative outcome. As long as women maintain a healthy weight, according to the article, they really don't have many more complications than younger women. Even Down Syndrome, which is every older woman's fear isn't that much more prevalent in women over 40 than in women under 35.


The 'pregnancy over 40' statistics aren't that great, I know. But most women over 40 aren't trying to get pregnant (and many have had sterilization procedures). Both my grandmothers had babies over 40 and nobody thought anything of it. That's becuase it was probably more common in the days before reliable birth control. After my failed infertility treatments, I almost decided to move on to "childfree". It's just that no matter where I went or who I talked to, I would hear yet another story of a woman conceiving naturally and giving birth over the age of 40. It was then I decided I would start trying to conceive naturally.
Here's an excerpt from the article:

But for those women of normal weight, however, who were over
40, there was no difference in high blood pressure, no increase in
large babies, no increase in fetal death rate, no more distress at
delivery. Women of normal weight over 40 did have a little more
diabetes and had a few more Caesarean sections. But their infant
outcome was no different from that of the younger women.

So the conclusion of the study was that women who are over 40,
who are of normal weight, if managed by modern obstetric standards,
can expect a good pregnancy outcome and have no more fetal
complications than younger women.
There was one other factor that was statistically significant
- not greatly so - and that was that, if she had had many babies,
was what we call a "grand multipara", then there was a very
slightly increased chance of problems for both. But the bottom
line was that there is very little additional risk to mother and
baby for a woman pregnant over 40, outside of the major risk factor
of obesity.

So if you're 40, and you want a baby, go ahead -- the odds are
heavily with you, but you better watch your weight.

A Baby at 40? (The Life Issues Institute, Inc.)

Saturday, August 16, 2014


Conceiving naturally after IVF

I continually find stories like this one: women who conceive naturally after undergoing IVF (whether or not they got pregnant with IVF). This story is quite
interesting and unusual because not only did this woman get pregnant naturally, she got pregnant with triplets naturally.


 All this happened after she already had twins through IVF since she "thought" she was infertile and of course was told she'd probably never have children without assisted reproduction. It does make you question some of the medical advice you get from the assisted reproductive industry. Read more:

Elaine and David Kaempf defied the odds by having triplets Emma Jolie, Ainsley Anne and Samantha Marie Thursday without the use of fertility drugs -- a rare feat in the delivery world, doctors say. This comes after the Kaempfs conceived their twins through in vitro fertilization and were told they'd likely never conceive naturally.

Thursday, August 14, 2014


The Catholic Church, Fertility and Assisted Reproduction

I realize my readers are from different faiths and backgrounds (from all over the world!). I'm posting this article because it gives the catholic church's stance on assisted reproduction for anyone interested. 
 I know many couples who want to be true to their faith struggle with whether or not going through IVF is consistent with their religious beliefs.  I recall when I ran a women's infertility support group, a couple of women mentioned how they had conflicted feelings about this.

Encouraging Information on Getting Pregnant Naturally

But even more than that, the article gives some encouraging information on how many (if not the majority) of couples can conceive with natural methods. Please know I realize some couples must use assisted reproduction to conceive and I pass no judgment on those that do. Read more:


From the article:

According to the Centers for Disease Control, infertility is a condition that affects 2.1 million married couples (one in eight of childbearing age) and 6.1 million women aged fifteen to forty-four. Male factor infertility accounts for 30–40 percent of all cases. These rates are increasing as more couples delay marriage and childbirth to pursue careers and educational opportunities.

But did you know that according to Harvard researcher Alice Domar, "infertile women report equivalent levels of anxiety and depression as women with cancer, HIV status or heart disease"? She adds, "The majority of infertile women report that infertility is the most upsetting experience of their lives." Such heartbreak might help to explain why hurting couples are tempted to pursue morally questionable remedies for infertility.

Fortunately, though, most couples can conceive using natural techniques that accord with the Church’s wisdom on marital sexuality. Dr. Domar counsels:

Very few people have physical conditions that make it impossible to have a child, and in many cases simple lifestyle changes and low-tech strategies can make a decisive difference. . . . Many couples can be helped by our greater knowledge of how lifestyle factors like stress, exercise, and nutrition affect conception, of better ways to regulate and target ovulation cycles, and of common medicines to avoid that can inhibit sperm and egg production.

Dr. Paul Dmowski, a leading infertility specialist, estimates that "only 8–10 percent of couples in treatment need high-tech . . . procedures" such as in vitro fertilization. Indeed, Domar concludes that "so much attention in the media is focused on the latest high-tech intervention that many people forget to give nature enough of a chance."

These observations allude to a popular prejudice in our culture that nature and science are at odds with one another. Natural alternatives are thought to be inferior to their high-tech counterparts. In reality, scientific technologies that work in accord with nature have proven very effective in treating infertility. The Creighton System’s NaProTechnology program, for instance, boasts an overall pregnancy rate of up to 50 percent for patients of all ages and diagnoses—with rates as high as 80 percent for many couples. These figures are nearly two to three times higher than results from the leading artificial technologies.


Tuesday, August 12, 2014


Fertile Cervical Mucus

If you are trying to conceive, you probably know that creating the right "sperm friendly" environment is critical to getting pregnant.  As a matter of fact, those that teach natural birth control or the rhythm method, teach women how to tell if they have fertile mucus so they can avoid having intercourse on those days.  Granted, it doesn't always work (the joke I frequently tell is: What do you call people who practice the rhythm method? Answer: Parents!)
Anyway, the point is that if you want to optimize your chances of getting pregnant each month, you not only need to recognize when you have fertile cervical mucus, you need to have it in the first place.  There are things you can do to increase the quality and quantity of your vaginal secretions.  This article explains more:


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