Fertility Jewelry With Healing Stones

Fertility Jewelry With Healing Stones
Fertility Jewelry With Healing Stones

Saturday, November 28, 2020


Trying To Conceive Over 40, Pregnancy Over 40, Dealing With The Intrusive Questions

I heard an old saying once:

When you're in your 20's, you care what everyone thinks
When you're in your 30's, you don't care what anyone thinks
When you're in your 40's, you realize nobody was thinking about you anyway!

I found this to be true now that I'm well into my 40's. Why do I bring it up here? When you're trying to

have a baby and you're not succeeding, it seems like everyone else out there blinks their eyes and presto! They're pregnant. You're left feeling like a failure and some kind of social misfit who can't peform the most basic of all human functions. You dread the "Do you have children?" question and you feel like everyone is trying to figure out if you're selfish for not having kids or if you should be pitied because you can't have any. In hindsight, I must say that most people out there aren't half as interested in your life as you think they are. I'm not saying that you aren't an interesting person, but honestly, most people are so wrapped up in their own day to day drama they don't have the time to delve into your reproductive physiology.

So the next time you fall into the trap of wondering what everyone is thinking about you, remember that everyone has their challenges in life, and they don't always share them with others. You can't control what others think, so why even spend time worrying about it? Almost without exception, whenever I have been envious of someone else's life, I later find out about some challenge they've gone through (or are going through) that makes my life seem like a walk in the park. Count your blessings - there's more on the way!


Friday, November 27, 2020



On my website, I have a couple of pages which address detoxification of your body in preparation to conceive and detoxification of your environment. One simple but important way to “detoxify” your body is good old fashioned water.
  • First of all, drink plenty of water. This isn't earth shattering information, but when was the last time you actually drank plain old water....eight glasses a day? It's a simple way to remove toxins in the form of sweat and urine. Our skin is all over our body, and is our largest organ just think how many toxins could be sweated out (see number two below).
  • Sit in a steam room. Heat causes toxins to be released from cells into the lymphatic fluid from which sweat is made. The sweat releases the toxins. This can also be beneficial to your kidneys and liver since they will not have to work as hard to remove these toxins.
  • Drink salt water first thing in the morning. Dissolve two teaspoons of salt in a quart of water and

    drink on an empty stomach in the morning. This will draw toxins out from your digestive system and detoxify your colon.
    Take an Epson salt bath Put two cups of Epson salt in a hot bath, do not use other soaps or shampoos. You may also want to add a cup of baking soda to neutralize other chemicals in your water.


Thursday, November 26, 2020


Thanksgiving Foods are Great For Fertility

Check out the fertility benefits of your favorite thanksgiving foods:


  • Turkey:  lean turkey meat is a great source of protein and iron.  Some protein is needed in your diet to help your body manufacture high quality eggs.  Iron  deficiency has been associated with ovulation problems and meat sources like turkey are the easiest for your body to absorb.

  • Sweet potatoes:  Sweet potatoes are high in vitamin C, B, and vitamin B6. These antioxidants protect against cell damage.  They have a positive affect on blood sugar and they are high in fiber which helps to eliminate toxins. 

  • Leafy Green Salad or Cooked Greens -
Kale is a superfood which is great for overall health. It's high in a number of vitamins and minerals which help to detoxify the body. Kale is also a great source of iron and calcium which is important for follicular development. Kale can help reduce inflammation in the body.
Collard greens are also a nutritional powerhouse. They are high in fiber and essential nutrients all of which are good for fertility and hormone regulation.

  • Nuts:

Nuts may not be part of the main course, but frequently nuts are  part of the appetizer portion of the meal.  If you can, eat non-roasted nuts as these have the natural beneficial oils perserved.  Almonds and walnuts are a great source of the good fats which help with hormone regulation and walnuts are helpful for women with PCOS

  • Pumpkin Pie:

Okay, I know it's probably going to have some fat and sugar, but pumkins are a fertility power house. Pumpkins are a great source of B vitamins and folate which can help prevent birth defects.  Pumpkins are also a source of calcium and iron.  If you can preserve and eat the pumpkin seeds, even better!

  • Pumpkin seeds: These are great for mens fertility as they are high in zinc and essential fatty acids

Have a wonderful, healthy and safe holiday!



Wednesday, November 25, 2020


I did practice meditation and visualization when I was trying to conceive and I created a CD to help women visualize a successful conception and pregnancy.  Here is

Meditation audio online click here
another helpful article on what to do when you are a beginner on meditation:

Learn How to Meditate - Meditation in Minutes, a Beginners Course

Guest Post By Pieter Heydenrych

.. focus one's mind for a time for relaxation or spiritual purposes/think carefully about...
As I suspect you already know, this is easier said than done. However once mastered this will make for a most amazing pastime, and remains without a doubt a worthy pursuit. It is with this in mind that I have decided to create this meditation course, which will step by step show you how to meditate and with the help of some exercises and aids.
To this end you will also find that this course has been developed to enable beginners (and advanced as refresher/and perhaps a slightly different perspective) without much effort to start almost instantly enjoying the benefits of meditation, which could be numerous including :

  • Better physical health
  • Better mental health and abilities
  • Less stress
  • Better sleeping habits
  • And of course could also include personal spiritual growth, even if not philosophically associated.
  • And many more not mentioned here....
Step 1
So as a start I would suggest that we begin with a fairly important aspect of meditation. An aspect which will have an impact on your meditations in the future :
Whilst most teachers will insist that you take up a lotus position, I have found that there is very little limitation to potential positions which are suitable for meditation at this level. Essentially three things to consider:
  • It must be a position in which you would be able to sit (or stand) for at least 5-10 minutes, and with reasonable comfort, ensuring that you reduce discomfort, and following fidgeting to a minimum.
  • It must be in a place where you will not be disturbed for the duration of your meditation. {there is little as unpleasant as being rudely awakened in the middle of a meditation session.}
  • It must be a comfortable position, but a position which is not conducive to sleep. eg. trying to meditate lying down on your bed, is the easiest way to fall asleep rather than meditate.

For the sake of ease, I have found that simply sitting fairly upright in a normal chair is fairly suitable. It is OK for the chair to have armrests and soft cushioning as this will likely increase the comfort level by just enough to keep you going. If the chair has no armrests of course you could simply rest your hands in your lap.
Of course you are welcome to attempt a lotus position, as this will likely eventually prove to be a suitable position, however I have found that not only is it a difficult position to take for normal folk, but unless you are a seasoned meditator, you are likely to find that you get distracting aches in places which will force you to fidget
To avoid this I have found that a partial lotus (only crossing one foot over your leg, and the other underneath, or one foot across and the other not totally underneath) with back support makes for a comfortable position for most meditations.
Again I must state that it remains unimportant whether or not your are able to sit in this position or not, and at this stage I would suggest that you can give up perfection for comfort, as this will have very little (if any) impact on the success of your meditations...
Oh.. and do not be afraid to stop reading to try find a comfortable position right now...
Step 2
The next step is at least as important as the first step. Fortunately this is not a difficult step, and with some help I believe you will be able to master this very quickly :
Whilst there are many techniques with which to do this, I have found that for me there is only one way. TAKE A BREATH
If this is applied correctly you will find that within seconds you will get your body relaxed, and in a fit state to start your meditation. In fact I would go as far as saying that I use this technique in preparation of every meditation that I attempt, and with perfect success every time.
Another useful benefit of applying this correctly is the fact that it immediately starts to focus and relax your mind, which makes it that much easier to get into your meditation without distraction. And no matter how long or how short your meditation, starting with this will get your there quickly and with little fuss.
"How do I apply this correctly?...
Taking preparatory breaths are easy enough and requires only that you are able to count (and do not hesitate to practice this as your read it) :
  • Taking a deep breath in. Do this over a count of 4. (about 1 second apart, or as is comfortable for you, trying to get as close to 1 second per count as possible). Also while taking the in breath imagine you are breathing in calm, relaxing, healing energy with the air.
  • Then hold your breath for 16 counts.
  • Then emtpy your lungs slowly over 8 counts. And while you breath out imagine you are blowing out stress and illness and discomfort with the air that you are blowing out.
  • Repeat this at least three times, after which your should be pretty ready to start with your meditation. If however you sense that your mind is still racing and you are not relaxed yet, you could do this as many times as you feel the need to. Please take note that whilst this form of breathing exercise does not hold any real danger to you, if you feel dizzy it is better to stop and try again later.
Step 3
Now is where you actually start to meditate. Your body and mind is prepared to start meditation, (and yet your mind keeps on wandering...).
Essentially it is now time for you to start "thinking carefully about something...".
This unfortunately is where most students falter, and the primary reason for this is simply that the question always comes up. "WHAT DO I HAVE TO MEDITATE ABOUT?...". "WHAT DO I DO NOW".
Of course there are many answers to this question however I have found that few of them will be of any real use to you, so I will offer you a little from my experience :
What most teachers will omit to teach, or tell you, is that objectively, to get the best benefit from your meditation, you have to figure out first what you consider worth the effort, and then meditate on that.
That of course does not mean that you can not go for the clearing of your mind meditation where you think about nothing. This you will find is rather on the difficult side however, and most seasoned meditators battle with this.
So to start meditating you would rather want to find a subject or topic to meditate on {think about}. These could include things like :
  • Relaxing & destressing
  • Just for fun
  • Your health
  • In preparation for a difficult task (eg. interview for a new job, first date...)
  • Some problem in your life
  • Some problem at work
  • Some spiritual pursuit
  • Things like astral projection
  • And many many more....

This probably still has you a little baffled. "HOW DO I MEDITATE TO RELAX AND DESTRESS". Well I can assure you that sitting there and thinking "I have to relax and destress" over and over again will not do the trick. Rather than focussing on trying to relax, think about the place that you feel safe and calm in and go there in your mind. Going there will also keep you going for a little while, making it possible for you to stay in this meditative state for a time. Now if you want to stay in this place a little longer start to focus on details of this place in your mind (eg. if your place is a meadow, take a closer look at the flowers that are growing there, or look at the bird flying by, and pay attention. Look at the sky, and try to identify images in the cloud formations. etc...).
Following this will likely make it possible for you to stay in meditation longer, and by the time you awaken from your meditation, you will probably feel very relaxed.
Another example of a fun meditation to do would be the elevator meditation. Essentially all you have to do is after completing your meditation preparation, in your mind's eye, get in an elevator. Select any button, and feel the elevator start moving, watch the counter move, and when the elevator doors open, look outside to see if there is anything. If there is nothing go back into the elevator, and select another floor. Do this until you reach a place where you feel comfortable getting off the elevator, and where there is something to see. Once you are there look at the details. Sense them, smell them , hear them, see them, taste them... You are likely to find this a very pleasant experience. When you are done and you want to stop, just get back in the elevator, and go back to where you started. After that awaken slowly and comfortably. Chances are you will feel the experiences of the meditation lingering. An amazing feeling....
Go ahead, do one....
Step 4
As suggested before, one of the most difficult aspects of meditation, and especially for beginners, is the ability to focus your mind for a period long enough to actually get benefit from a meditation.
And whilst there are many reasons for this, the most prevalent would be a wandering mind, added to the lack of ability to concentrate long enough on one thought to derive significant benefit from this.
Fortunately practice will make perfect, and as you start and progress on your meditation journey you will find that your skills increase and your results with this. I suspect however that you are looking for an easier way to do this than to simply try and concentrate. And happily I am pleased to say that there is a way :
Essentially giving your mind something to focus on which is external from yourself, and which does not require any major effort on your part to control. And whilst this is really just a trick, it works well and with almost instant benefit to you as meditator. And before you know it, you will be able to focus your mind for long periods of time, without any help.
Of course there is nothing that stops you from trying to do this on your own, and without assistance, however you are likely to find this difficult at best, as being human, and living a normal life will likely make it very easy for your mind to wander.
So to divert my mind I have found the use of guided meditations (diversion of your mind) to be incredibly valuable, and for many reasons. The most important of which includes the simple fact that instead of trying to concentrate your mind (and curb those ever wandering thoughts) you have to simply follow the meditation, which is guaranteed to get to a better and quicker result, simply because you will not likely be tempted by other thoughts which do not follow the meditation.
Sadly this is another place for students of meditation to get stuck. "Which meditation do I use?...", "I do not want some philosophy shoved down my throat with the meditation..." and I suspect that you could come up with a few more reasons why this is not normally acceptable. What one has to remember is that despite the difficulties you may have with this form of meditation, the technique is fantastic, even if the meditation is unsuitable for you.
So to keep things simple you can write and record your own meditations, which will suit exactly your needs. It is easier than you think...
Simply follow the formats of a few of the meditations, already quoted in this article as well as the basic suggestions and there is little that you can really do wrong...
So go ahead and try it..... (Thats how I started)
Pieter Heydenrych is a Rieki master who has created a resource at http://www.letsmeditate.net dedicated to teaching non religiously affiliated meditation to all who wishes to learn it.
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Tuesday, November 24, 2020


 Pregnancy Over 40 - Ectopic Pregnancy

One of the most devastating experiences I went through was having an ectopic pregnancy (actually, I had two).

 Most ectopic pregnancies occur in the fallopian tube, and occasionally, the tube can be salvaged, but more often than not, the damage to the tube is so severe, it must be surgically taken out. If you can catch the ectopic early enough, it is possible to treat it medically. My first ectopic had to be removed laparoscopically, however for my second, I was given a drug called "Methotrexate" which stops the pregnancy from growing in the tube so it can expel naturally.

Aside from the inevitable depression that follows most miscarriages (I've read that up to 70% of women

suffer some form of depression following a miscarriage), If you're over 40, and have had an ectopic pregnancy, you are most likely saying to yourself, "I don't have time for this! You want to try again right away, but you're still recovering from surgery. When I was going through fertility treatments, my doctor told me I had to wait until I had 3 full menstrual cycles before we could try again. What??? Three Months???That sounded like an eternity. Even if your ectopic pregnancy is treated medically with Methotrexate, you are warned not to concieve for a full three months after being given this drug because it could cause birth defects if you conceive while it is in your system.

If you are trying to get pregnant naturally, you feel like the removal of one of your fallopian tubes is a major setback because it can essentially cut your chances of conceiving in half. But as long as you still have one tube, you can still get pregnant. Interestingly, my mother's first pregnancy was ectopic and she went on to have three children. And, even though I was over the age of 40, I conceived 4 times with only one fallopian tube. So, optimally it would great to have both tubes, but you can still do just fine with one.

So, what should you do if you've had an ectopic pregnancy?

    Don't think this is the end of the world. Yes, it is a setback, but as long as you still have one functioning tube, you can still get pregnant.

    Take care of yourself. Know that you can try again. Even if you're in your 40's, just the fact that you got pregnant should be encouraging. You can use this 3 months before you try again to get your body ready. Eat foods that promote hormonal balance and overall health. Mentally go through the greiving process so you're receptive to trying again.

    Get emotional support. Join a support group, or join an on-line support forum. There are many women out there who've gone through this experience. It is very comforting to talk to others who know what you're going through. It's also encouraging to see others in your situation succeed.


Monday, November 23, 2020


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Most articles out there focus on the emotional aspects of women's infertility. but men suffer psychlogically too even when they're not physically the cause of infertility. Read more:

 Men With Fertility Problems Suffer Psychologically Too  

The scientists selected 256 men from the Copenhagen Multi-Centre Psychosocial Aspects of Infertility (COMPI) research programme. Most men were in the mid thirties, and had been married, on average, for almost 8 years. They had known that they were infertile for over 4 years, and the majority of couples had no children either together, or from previous relationships. Participants completed a series of questionnaires that included measures assessing physical health, support, and psychological and social stress. They completed the questionnaire before the start of treatment, and again after 12 months of treatment, only if their partners had not become pregnant during this time. The men were divided into four categories; unexplained infertility; female infertility; male infertility; or mixed. "We found that social stress, marital stress, coping effort, and physical stress increased over time, whereas mental health decreased", says Ms Peronace. "Perhaps surprisingly, though, we found that men in all four groups suffered equally. Infertile people appear to rely particularly on their social environment for support, and this seems to deteriorate over time. Couples should be made aware of the possible decline in their social support network and encouraged to organise support systems that no not solely include close friends and family."


Sunday, November 22, 2020


Pregnancy Over 40, Can Aromatherapy Help?

I don't know much about aromatherapy except for what I've read.
 I think we all underestimate the power of our sense of smell. Certain smells can trigger memories and change our moods. Here is an article about how aromatherapy can help boost fertility in men and

From the article:
There are several oils that are reported to help increase fertility. The first is Clary sage, a golden yellow
oil. This earthy oil is said to help calm nerves and reduce stress. It is also considered to have aphrodisiac properties. Rubbed into the skin over the reproductive organs it is said to help balance estrogen levels and remedy infertility.
Rose essential oil is another great choice to increase fertility. It has a pleasing, soothing scent. Like Clary sage, it is said to have aphrodisiac properties. Rose is excellent for enhancing both male and female fertility. Have your man take warm (not hot) baths with several drops of rose oil in the water. You can do the same. This will increase sperm count in him and help enhance reproductive health in you.

Rosemary was traditionally woven into bridal headdresses because it was believed to grant fertility to young brides. The essential oil of rosemary is also seen to have fertility enhancing properties. Rosemary oil, diluted in gentle carrier oil, can be rubbed between the hip bones to help sooth inflammation in reproductive organs, or to help open blockages. Men may also find this helps.

Finally the versatile and ever pleasing lavender oil is useful for increasing fertility. Lavender is soothing and has slight aphrodisiac effects, both of which help to make lovemaking more pleasurable. This pleasure allows for the right temperature, lubrication, and alkalinity for conception to be present in the body. Lavender oil is wonderful equalizing oil and is gentle enough to be used right on the skin or as carrier oil for drops of other fertility enhancers. 

from:  Aromatherapy: the Sweetest Way to Boost Fertility Naturally 


Saturday, November 21, 2020


With the obesity epidemic and the sedentary lifestyle in this country, we don't usually focus on people who may be underweight or people who may exercise too much. There is a segment of the population who are very health conscious and work out sometimes excessively. Here is an article about fertility and body fat and how some women may need to gain weight and curb workouts to get pregnant:

 Fertility and Body Fat 

 From the article: Unfortunately, the body that is depicted as being totally fit and sexy is not always the

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same body that is fit for pregnancy. Fortunately, many reproductive endocrinologists have been able to help many women conceive without giving up their bodies they have worked so hard to obtain. However, the level of body fat your body has does play a huge role in conception. The more fat cells your body retains, the more estrogen your body will produce. Estrogen is the hormone converted from the adrenal hormone androgen, which is one of the key hormones for egg production. Without egg production and release, you cannot get pregnant. The first consideration many women who are thinking about having children should consider is how intense their workouts are and how many calories are being consumed. Doctors are finding that it is not your weight necessarily that could be stopping you from conceiving but your body fat. Elite athletes who train many hours seven days a week would scientifically have more difficulty getting pregnant than a woman who sits behind a desk all day. The athletes calorie expenditure and metabolic rate are much higher. Unfortunately, the more intense the workout is, the more calories and ultimately, the more fat the body will burn. Of course, we must consider how many daily calories one is eating to determine if their is a deficit or not. One the flip side, too many fat cells in the body can over produce estrogen and hinder conception. The odds of this being a problem are rare. Many studies have been performed with women asked to gain weight to reach their ideal fertility weight. One study was completed by Dr. G. William Bates, a professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Medical University in South Carolina at Charleston. Dr. Bates asked women to gain weight to raise their estrogen level. Each woman worked to gain 1/2 to 1 pound per week resulting in about an average of 8.2 pounds per person. Twenty four of the twenty six women became pregnant within 1-3 years following the increased body fat. No drugs or surgery were needed to achieve ovulation or conception.


Friday, November 20, 2020


Get Pregnant Naturally Against The Odds

I'm always finding amazing stories of women who become pregnant naturally even with supposedly unbeatable odds.  When I ran an infertility support group, there was a woman there in her 40's who had

to discontinue fertility treatments to undergo chemotherapy when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. 
 This article is about a woman who was diagnosed with breast cancer after her second IVF cycle ended in miscarriage. Instead of working on having a baby, she had to undergo chemotherapy and radiation to save her life. Due to the hormonal nature of her cancer, another IVF was out of the question. But then, fate stepped in. I know you can guess the ending this story - yep she got pregnant naturally and now has two children. Read more:

The devastated couple decided they wouldn’t give up hope and started to plan for another round of IVF in January 2004. But just a month before the treatment was due to begin, Gail discovered a lump in her breast.

“It was an aggressive stage three cancer which had already spread to my lymph nodes,” said Gail, 38.

“When they found out we were planning on IVF they rang us and said we would be unable to go ahead with it.

“It was a terrible year, first losing the baby then being diagnosed with cancer. The fear you get is horrendous.

“The whole of 2004 was spent having treatment. I had 18 sessions of chemotherapy and it was very difficult at times, trying to keep everything as normal as possible for Amy who was only three at the time.”

Gail’s chemotherapy ended in the July and she then went through five weeks of radiotherapy. She was told as the cancer was hormonal, they could have no further IVF in case it caused the disease to return.

“We spoke to a geneticist about the chances of having a baby and we were told it just wasn’t going to happen.

“We had wanted another child but always said that it was more important that Amy has her mummy, rather than a sibling.

“We had been through a lot and we put it to rest and settled on being a family of three - we were very happy with that.”

In November last year, Gail began to feel unwell.

“I started to worry that the cancer was returning,” she said. “I went to the hospital for a scan, worrying that it may be ovarian cancer.

“After all we had gone through, it was terrifying. But as they did the scan, the radiographer looked at me and said they had not found cancer, they had found a heartbeat!”




Thursday, November 19, 2020


Pregnancy Over 40, Fertility Over 40 and Protein

Diets high in animal protein may not necessarily be the way to go. There are many sources of vegetable protein which may be a better option if you're trying to conceive. The daily protein needs of non-pregnant women run somewhere around 45-46 grams.  Some protein in your diet is important because

You Can Get Pregnant Over 40 Naturally

the building blocks of hormones are proteins.   Read more:

How Much Protein?

A high-protein diet increases the amount of protein you eat above recommended levels while also decreasing the amount of carbohydrates you consume. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that females ages 14 and older need 46 g of protein each day. This level of protein consumption is suitable for women during their childbearing years.

Fertility Complications

A high-protein diet might cause further complications for women with fertility-related problems. For example, a study published in the March 2004 journal "Fertility and Sterility" reported that when eaten over a one-month period during the study, a diet high in carbohydrates significantly improved fertility abnormalities for obese women with polycystic ovary syndrome. Women who ate a high-protein diet during the same period demonstrated no improvement in fertility indicators.

The source of the protein in your diet might impact your fertility. A study published in the February 2008 "American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology" found that women who consumed most of their protein from animal sources faced an increased risk of ovulatory infertility. In contrast, women who ate protein from vegetable sources instead of carbohydrates or protein from animal sources faced a "substantially lower risk of ovulatory fertility."
Other Risks

Consuming a high-protein diet impacts areas of your health other than your ability to conceive. The Better Health Channel says that high-protein diets can harm your kidneys and liver and cause dehydration. The high levels of saturated fat and cholesterol in animal protein can lead to high blood cholesterol levels and cardiovascular disease. Restricting the amount of fiber in your diet can cause constipation and increase your risk of colon cancer.




Wednesday, November 18, 2020


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Over 40 Pregnant Naturally After Failed IVF

Wow! This article tells a story strikingly similar to mine.

A woman tries for years to get pregnant, spends a huge sum of money, endures not only fertility treatments but miscarriage and other complications only to become pregnant naturally at the age of 44. There you have it! Even in the most supposedly hopeless circumstances, you can succeed. Read more:

From the article:

After 20 long years of yearning for a baby Julie Fahy abandoned hope of her dream ever coming true.

She was still childless at 44 despite repeated IVF treatments costing £15,000.

Julie endured miscarriages, serious medical scares and an emotional roller-coaster of hope and disappointment all for nothing - or so it seemed.

Then the scarcely believable happened and she found she was pregnant NATURALLY.

Now Julie and husband Chris are doting parents to Roisin, the perfect baby daughter they always wanted.

The proud mum cuddled their 11-month-old tot and said: "It's so amazing to have her with us at last. We feel like the luckiest parents in the world.

"We had stopped thinking that we would ever see the day we would be parents.

"To find out I was pregnant naturally after all we went through to try to conceive was the most incredible moment."

from:  mirror.co.uk


Monday, November 16, 2020


Pregnancy Over 40:  If You Are Trying To Conceive, Stay Away From Nitrous Oxide

If you work in the dental profession or in any other area where you may be exposed to nitrous oxide, you may be interested in this article about how exposure to nitrous oxide negatively affected dental assistants' fertility:

 Reduced fertility among women employed as dental assistants exposed to high levels of nitrous oxide

From the article:


After controlling for covariates, we found that women exposed to high levels of nitrous oxide were significantly less fertile than women who were unexposed or exposed to lower levels of nitrous oxide. The effect was evident only in the 19 women with five or more hours of exposure per week.

Although the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health proposed a recommended standard of 25 ppm for nitrous oxide in 1977,33 the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has never adopted a mandatory standard for the gas. In most parts of the United States, nitrous oxide has therefore gone virtually unregulated. Levels of exposure in dental offices remain high, frequently around 100 ppm in offices that use scavenging equipment and over 1000 ppm in offices that do not.12 , 34

There are more than 175,000 dental assistants, 80,000 dental hygienists, and 15,000 female dentists in the United States35; most are women of reproductive age. Our data suggest that exposure to high levels of unscavenged nitrous oxide can impair fertility and scavenging equipment is important in protecting the reproductive health of women who work with the gas.

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Friday, November 13, 2020


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I have frequently thought that the message given to "older" women about how "difficult" it is to get pregnant is exaggerated.  This article underscores that women can and do get pregnant and those that don't want to should take action to prevent it.  But for those of you trying to conceive, all of this should be very encouraging!  Read more:

From the article:

Experts fear older women are ditching contraception in the mistaken belief that they cannot get pregnant past a certain age.

The Family Planning Association (FPA) believes the message on infertility and age has gone "too far".
Although fertility does wane, women can still get pregnant well into their thirties, forties and even fifties.
Abortion rates for women aged 40 to 44 match those for the under 16s, figures for England and Wales show.
In 2008, both of these groups had an abortion rate of four per 1,000 women.

from http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/8503726.stm


Tuesday, November 10, 2020


I found this common sense article called "The Overachievers Guide to Getting Pregnant Fast". It gives some good information about some of the misinformation out there when it comes to fertility. Read more:

From the article:

MYTH: You are most fertile two weeks after your period starts.
This rule holds true only if your cycle length happens to be 28 days. However, many women have cycles

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that are either shorter or longer than this, or are highly irregular. (Just a reminder: The length of your cycle is defined as the length of time between the first day of one period and the first day of the next.) Since ovulation occurs approximately 14 days before the onset of your next period, if your cycle is 35 days long, you can expect to ovulate on or around day 21.

On the other hand, if your cycle is highly unpredictable—that is, 28 days one month and 35 days the next—you could find it a little more challenging to predict your fertile days. We'll be giving you some pointers on predicting your fertile days elsewhere in this chapter.

MYTH: Taking your temperature every morning will tell you when to have intercourse.
Many women who are trying to conceive make a point of taking their temperature each morning so that they can track their basal body temperature (BBT), or resting temperature. Although tracking your BBT can provide plenty of valuable information, it won't tell you when to have sex. The reason is simple: by the time your temperature starts to rise, ovulation has already occurred.

What you can learn from tracking your BBT, however, is whether you are ovulating at all, whether your luteal phase (the second half of your cycle) is long enough for implantation to occur, whether your progesterone levels (the so-called pregnancy hormones) are sufficiently high during your luteal phase, whether you are pregnant (if you have more than 18 consecutive high temperatures), whether you are in danger of having a miscarriage (if your temperature suddenly drops), and whether you were pregnant before having what seemed to be a "late period."

The only way you can use a BBT chart to predict your most fertile days is to look at a few months' worth of charts and try to determine whether your cycle conforms to any repeatable patterns. For example, if your temperature always shoots sky-high on day 14, you'll know that you have a good chance of ovulating in that same time frame during your next cycle.

MYTH: To maximize your chances of conceiving, you should make love during the days leading up to and following ovulation. Although part of this statement is correct, it's living proof that a little bit of knowledge can be a dangerous thing. It's a good idea to time intercourse on the days prior to ovulation, but you've missed your opportunity if you try to conceive more than a day after ovulation has occurred.
The reason is simple: the egg is capable of surviving for only 12 to 24 hours after ovulation, so if it hasn't been charmed by a sperm cell by then, it's too late.

A recent study conducted by researchers from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences confirmed the importance of timing intercourse prior to or at the time of ovulation: all of the 192 pregnancies that occurred in the 625 couples participating in the study resulted from intercourse the day of ovulation or within five days before it.

MYTH: There's something wrong with you if you don't conceive within the first three months of trying.
This is a particularly nasty bit of misinformation because it causes a lot of couples a tremendous amount of anxiety and grief for no good reason. Although some couples do manage to conceive within the first three months of trying, a large number of other highly fertile couples take considerably longer than that. Consider the numbers for yourself:

Your odds of conceiving in any given cycle are approximately one in four.

Approximately 60% of couples who are actively trying to conceive (having intercourse two to three times a week) will conceive within the first 6 months of trying, 75% within 9 months, 80% within a year, and 90% within 18 months.

MYTH: Your fertility declines dramatically after age 35.
Although it's true that your fertility declines as you age, you still have an excellent chance of having a baby even if you're past the reproductive world's magic age of 35. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, you have a 96% chance of conceiving within one year if you're under 25, an 86% if you're between 25 and 34, and a 78% chance if you're between the ages of 35 and 44. 



Monday, November 09, 2020


If You're Trying To Conceive, Too Much Testosterone Can Be Corrected With Vitamin D

Vitamin D seems to be the new "it" vitamin.

 It seems to play a role in everything from fatigue to cancer prevention. Now it seem to help regulate hormones by preventing overproduction of testosterone in women. Read more:

From the article:


Vitamin D plays a role in human fertility. Deficiency of vitamin D can cause infertility among women and men.

Austrian physicians Barbara Obermayer-Pietsch and Elisabeth Lerchbaum found that low levels of vitamin D often lead to too much testosterone, which therefore could increase the risk of infertility among women. Also, when men are given extra vitamin D they produce more testosterone subsequently affecting the semen quality.

Researchers said, "It may not be that controlling vitamin D is the ultimate answer to fertility problems but it could be a very cheap and simple solution at least in some cases."

The finding has been published in the European Journal of Endocrinology's.

from  www.medindia.net


Sunday, November 08, 2020


Men's Fertility Enhanced With Zinc and Folate

My husband has always taken a multivitamin and fortunately, we never had a problem with his sperm
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 However, according to this article, zinc and folate taken together can have a dramatic positive affect on sperm counts. Read more:

Recent studies indicate zinc supplements along with folic acid may increase sperm count and improve sperm motility in some men.

One published Dutch study claims men who are having difficulty impregnating their partner may increase their sperm count by up to 74% by taking 5mg of folic acid and 66mg of zinc sulfate a day for 26 weeks. It did caution however, that taken alone, there was no significant improvement in sperm count.

Although zinc is an essential mineral required to operate the human body properly, excessive amounts may be harmful, so always consult your physician before beginning any new regimen. 


Friday, November 06, 2020


Pregnancy Over 40, Trying To Conceive?  Go Easy On Exercise

I have always suspected that too much exercise will not only affect your ability to get pregnant, but also

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your ability to stay pregnant (especially in early pregnancy).

 I actually address this in my book that it just makes logical sense that if your body is bouncing around with high impact exercise, it would be harder for an embryo to "take hold" and implant the way it should.  When I was undergoing fertility treatments, my doctor said I had to lay around for at least 7 days after the embryo transfer since their success rates were higher in women who didn't  move around much after the procedure.

So many sources basically dismiss any association between exercise and miscarriage (I even had on PA in my OB's office tell me that I could run a marathon after getting pregnant and it probably wouldn't make a difference....I don't think so!). However, this article talks about a study that was done on exercise in early pregnancy and how it does seem to increase the risk of miscarriage:

From the article:

After collecting the data about the participants, the researchers compared women who did not take any exercise at all with those who exercised more than seven hours a week or played “high-impact” sports, such as ball games and racket sports.

It was found that women who played "high-impact" sports or who exercised for more than seven hours a week were approximately three-and-a-half times more likely to miscarry.

The researchers also found that miscarriage was far rarer later in pregnancy, and that the association between exercise and miscarriage disappeared after the 18-week mark.

"The results of this study suggest that leisure time exercise during pregnancy, and particularly high-impact exercise, is associated with an increased risk of miscarriage in the early stage of pregnancy," the BBC quoted the authors of the study as writing in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

However, the study has also shown that swimming, which is one of the most popular exercises among pregnant women, does not increase the risk of miscarriage. 

Strenuous Exercise During Early Pregnancy Triples the Risk of Miscarriage


Wednesday, November 04, 2020


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Does Endometriosis start before birth?

I've written before about the many theories of endometriosis.  You've probably alreay heard that this condition can be a huge factor contributing to female infertility.  This article talks about how there might be a couple of factors - babies may be exposed to environmental toxins before birth which may predispose them to the condition.

  From the article:

 The study led by Serdar Bulun, M.D., George H. Gardner Professor of Clinical Gynecology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, have discovered key epigenetic abnormalities in endometriosis and identified existing chemicals that now help treat it. These abnormalities result from epigenetic defects that occur very early on during embryonic development and may be the result of early exposure to environmental toxins One of the abnormalities he discovered is the presence of the enzyme aromatase - which produces estrogen - in endometriosis, the diseased tissue that exists on pelvic organs and mimics the uterine lining. As a result, women with endometriosis have excessive estrogen in this abnormal tissue found on surfaces of pelvic organs such as the ovaries. Bulun found the protein SF1 that produces aromatase, which is supposed to be shut down, is active in endometriosis. "Estrogen is like fuel for fire in endometriosis. "It triggers the endometriosis and makes it grow fast," Bulun said. Bulun launched clinical trials in testing aromatase inhibitors currently used in breast cancer treatment - for women with endometriosis. The drug blocks estrogen formation and secondarily improves progesterone responsiveness. "We came up with a new treatment of choice for post-menopausal women with endometriosis," Bulun said. Moreover, treatment with an aromatase inhibitor is a very good option for premenopausal women with endometriosis not responding to existing treatments, he said

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