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Friday, July 21, 2017

100 YEAR OLD FERTILITY PROCEDURE STILL WORKS!

I have read on numerous occasions that having the HSG (hysterosalpingogram) procedure can not only help your doctor find out if your tubes are open, but the procedure itself may actually open your tubes!  This article talks about how the HSG in different forms has been around for 100 years and there is a measurable success rate in helping women conceive.  Read more:

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Results show clear benefits of oil-based solution
Almost 40% of infertile women in the oil group and 29% of infertile women in the water group achieved successful pregnancies within six months of the technique being performed.
The oil-based product used in the study was Lipiodol® Ultra-Fluid, an iodised solution of fatty acids from poppy seeds. This product is currently available in 47 countries around the world.
"The rates of successful pregnancy were significantly higher in the oil-based group, and after only one treatment. This is an important outcome for women who would have had no other course of action other than to seek IVF treatment. It offers new hope to infertile couples," Professor Mol says.
The big question: why?
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'flushing out' the kind of debris that hinders fertility. The reality is, we still don't really understand why there is a benefit, only that there is a benefit from this technique, in particular for women who don't present with any other treatable fertility symptoms," Professor Mol says.

from: www.sciencedaily.com

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

BIRTH DEFECTS CAUSED BY UTI'S AND STD'S

If you are trying to conceive, you should be checked for STD's and Urinary Tract Infections. That's a little scary because these infections (especially UTI's) can be quite common.

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According to the article below, these infections might put a woman's baby at risk for birth defects. Some of these infections go undiagnosed, so it's important to check before you get pregnant. Read more:

Women with both an STD and urinary tract infection during early pregnancy are four times more likely to have babies with gastroschisis, a severe birth defect in which infants are born with their intestines and other internal organs outside the abdomen, say University of Utah researchers in the
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British Medical Journal...

The study established that women who reported having both an STD and UTI immediately before or early in pregnancy were four times more likely to have a child with gastroschisis. Although the association between having both an STD and UTI and the risk for gastroschisis needs more study, it's possible the link might be even stronger than the study suggests, according to Feldkamp, as STDs and UTIs often go undiagnosed. "One of the problems, especially with Chlamydia, is these infections are subclinical [unreported] because the woman doesn't know she has it," Feldkamp said. "We probably have many cases that go undiagnosed."

from: (www.aphroditewomenshealth.com)

Monday, July 17, 2017

CARNITINE, GREAT FOR SPERM

 Carnitine Supplements for Sperm

If you've never heard of Carnitine, you're probably not alone.  It can be found in just about every cell in your body.  Usually the liver and kidneys produce enough Carnitine, however some people don't make enough.

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 Animal products like meat, fish, poultry, and milk are the best sources. In general, the redder the meat, the higher its carnitine content. Dairy products contain carnitine primarily in the whey (NIH)
Carnitine is a supplement which is available over-the-counter. I've heard before that it can help with sperm motility. This study done specifically on Carnitine seems to confirm its usefulness. Read more:

Testing Carnitine
The study was small; only 30 men participated. Their average age was 34. All had sought help for fertility problems. The men were diagnosed with decreased sperm motility.

For three months, the men took a placebo. Then they took 2 grams of L-carnitine supplements orally every day for three months. After that, the men didn't take anything for another three months.
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Semen samples were taken four times: at the study's start, after taking the placebo for three months, after taking carnitine for three months, and three months after treatment ended.

Temporary Improvement
Sperm motility improved while the men took the carnitine supplements. The placebo didn't help at all.

The benefit's extent varied depending on the men's condition. The key may lie in their mitochondria, the main power source for cells.

Some participants' sperm had mitochondria that weren't working properly. Their sperm motility improved with carnitine, but their results didn't match those with normal mitochondria.

(www.webmd.com)

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

HOW TO GET FERTILE, SPERM FRIENDLY CERVICAL MUCUS

Improving cervical mucus to get pregnant

I've previously talked about something called hostile cervical mucus (when your body is not sperm friendly)  So, how do you improve the quality of your cervical mucus if you're trying to conceive? I was told, years ago after a post-coital test, that too many sperm had not survived.  The conclusion was that my cervical mucus was not sperm friendly.  I was able to fix this on my own since I eventually got pregnant naturally. Here is an article that talks about foods and supplements and their
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Sunday, July 02, 2017

TTC ON INDEPENDENCE DAY....THERE'S NO FIREWORKS!

Trying To Conceive and Independence Day

Remember those old re-runs of a program called "Love American Style" (or in my case you saw them the first time around)?
Fireworks represented the love and infatuation associated with your relationship and/or marriage. Well, no matter how good your relationship is, when you're trying to conceive, every aspect of your life revolves around ovulation. Intercourse can become a total chore and no, there are absolutely no fireworks. I remember a few years on independence day, I was ovulating and we could hear our neighbors shooting off firecrakers--there we were trying to "get the job done". UGGGGHHHH...not pleasant memories at all.

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Independence day is another one of those family oriented holidays. All you see around you are
families packing up the car to go watch fireworks displays, kid-oriented events, BBQ's etc. It's another holiday where you stick out like a sore thumb. I recall going to a function with my husband's sister and their kids. We met a few of their friends and then the bomb dropped. One of their friends (who was there with his four kids) says to me..."I'll bet you guys have a bunch of kids right?" I was so taken off guard...he immediately sensed me squirming as I said sheepishly..."Uh no, we don't have any". End of conversation.
After that, we decided to have our own way of enjoying the holiday. We stayed away from BBQ's and had a nice dinner out. Hey, whatever works. I'm not saying you shouldn't join in (because we did that too), but you should do whatever helps you deal with the situation at the time.

So, whatever you do this holiday, please enjoy it safely and don't be afraid to go out and have some fun - even if it's not in the traditional way.

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

HIGH RATES OF NATURAL CONCEPTION IN "INFERTILE"

Pregnancy Over 40, IVF May Not Be Necessary

When I ran an infertility support group, I personally knew a number of women who conceived between treatment cycles.  As a matter of fact, I would venture to guess that there were equal numbers of spontaneous pregnancies and assisted reproduction pregnancies in all of these supposedly infertile women. This article seems to confirm my observation. Read more:


From the article:

With 37% of patients undergoing fertility workups falling pregnant spontaneously and as many as 60% of couples who had previously been labelled as infertile conceiving naturally at some later date, many experts believe that these miracles are the result of people rushing into unnecessary IVF and
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they are calling for further investigation as to the cause of couples infertility prior to IVF being offered.

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So what are the possible explanations for spontaneous pregnancies occurring among couples who are believed to be infertile, do the herbs and healthy lifestyles really work?

The first explanation lies in the fact that, both the male and female's monthly productive ability is variable and depends upon a variety of factors. The woman's age is a typical example, women in their 30's will experience a natural decline in her fertility often meaning that it will take much longer than one year of unprotected intercourse before she falls pregnant, of course after 12 months couples are considered infertile and sent for further investigation often leading to IVF. Another important issue is the natural inconsistency of each couple's fertility. For example, sperm quality and ovulation functions are influenced by many outside in factors such as stress, illness, or medical treatments causing, temporary, abnormalities to occur.

It is also thought that in some way one pregnancy could help clear up problems that had previously caused infertility, hence couples falling naturally with a second child after conceiving their first through IVF.

The occurrence of spontaneous pregnancies during the infertility work up is well known and has been documented in a study conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO), Their data illustrates the importance of a thorough investigation prior to opting for IVF. It must also be remembered that IVF is not always the only option, nor is it necessarily the best option for treating infertility. Other treatments including timed intercourse, ovarian stimulation, and artificial insemination, are important alternatives to IVF and we should be encouraged to explore all possibilities.

Apart from all the various lifestyle changes what else should we look at before opting for IVF, the advice from WHO's study suggests our consultants and doctors should first be considering other areas including:
o Adrenal dysfunction
o Thyroid dysfunction
o Weight loss
o Nutrition
o Surgical or medical treatment
o Gonadotropin treatment
o Antibiotics, anti-inflammatory drugs

from:  www.infertileworld.co.uk

Monday, June 26, 2017

GET PREGNANT WITH SPIRULINA, SUPERFOOD FOR FERTILITY

My last post, I wrote about Wheatgrass for fertility.  Spirulina is also being called a "superfood" because it has so many health benefits.  If you are trying to conceive, spirulina has some of the following properties which can help fertility and pregnancy:
  • It is high in protein and amino acids needed for egg development and quality
  • It can work as a hormone regulator
  • It can encourage the good bacteria in your body
  • The chlorophyll can help remove toxins from the body which is important before you conceive
  • It is high in iron and folic acid which is important before and during pregnancy
  • It is high in calcium which is important in pregnancy

 Read more about the benefits of spirulina:

Spirulina Benefits - What Is Spirulina?

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By now a lot of people have heard how spirulina benefits the body, but just what the heck is it?
Spirulina is actually a single celled organism from the cyanobacterium family, which is really just a fancy way of saying algae, (which is just fancy way of saying green pond scum). Don't let his small size fool you though, spirulina has a higher nutrient concentration then almost any other natural food!
Cyanobacterium are also known as 'blue green algae' and they grow all over the world, thriving in warm climates with lots of sun. Although blue green algae often lives in the ocean, spirulina is naturally found in lakes. These lakes are very high alkaline, meaning they are very salty, and usually do not support other life forms. The saline water in which it grows is what gives this supplement it's salty taste!
The deep green color, not to mention the health benefits of spirulina, come from the high chlorophyll concentration in the cells. Chlorophyll is a product of photosynthesis, otherwise known as converting sunlight into energy, and is considered to be like the blood of plants. This green pigment is a fantastic cleansing agent and has countless benefits for our body including cleansing our blood of toxins, keeping our brains sharp and providing great energy and endurance! Spirulina is known to have the highest concentration of any food on the planet! WOW!
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This little guy is one of the oldest forms of life on earth! Dating back 3 1/2 billion years is a pretty big accomplishment! In fact, spirulina has been used as a food source for centuries as well! The ancient Aztecs and colonies who lived around Lake Chad in Africa would harvest the algae and dry it into cakes to eat.
The name 'Spirulina' is derived from the Latin word for 'spiral', as the cells link together to form microscopic spiralling strands.
Although this chlorophyll dense plant grows in the wild, most commercially available spirulina is grown in a controlled environment to ensure that pollutants do not contaminate the product. Countries like America, Mexico, Thailand and Burma (to name a few) have adopted the cultivation of spirulina in their industries.
When spirulina is harvested it is laid to dry before being crushed into flakes or powder. Flakes can be easily added to salads or sauces, while the powder can be mixed with water or in shakes. Alternatively the powder is pressed into tablets or encapsulated for easy consumption!
Start with taking just a half teaspoon a day, it is a great way to see how spirulina benefits you!
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Thursday, June 22, 2017

WHEATGRASS AND HOW IT CAN HELP YOU CONCEIVE

I have known about the benefits of green vegetables for quite some time.  But I keep running into more information about wheatgrass and how it can benefit your overall health.  As far as fertility, wheatgrass has a number of benefits.  First of all, if you are familiar with how certain foods are more alkaline vs. acidic, sperm thrive more in an alkaline environment.  Additionally, wheatgrass can detoxify the body in both men and women and it can aide in hormone production.  Read more here:
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Monday, June 19, 2017

SHOULD YOU TELL OTHERS YOU'RE TRYING TO GET PREGNANT?

Trying To Get Pregnant Over 40, How Much To Share?

Part of the time that I was trying to conceive, I was working in the corporate world.
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 I finally came to my senses and quit my high stress job which, I believe, was a key piece of my success. Yes, it was hard to give up the "golden shackles" which had accumulated over the 19 years I worked for the company, but having a baby was the absolute number one priority in my life at that time.

Anyway, I realize that not all women can just up and leave their jobs. This brings up a lot of questions about how much you should disclose to your employer. I've written before about telling your parents about your infertility, but if you are pursuing fertilty treatments, you are going to be needing time off from work and many times it's hard to predict when. This applies to men too
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(afterall, they contribute 50% to the equation). Here is an article about disclosing information

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Disclosing information to co-workers and/or subordinates can be another sticky wicket. I recall a manager I previously worked with (long before I was trying to get pregnant) and she was very open with her employees about her infertility. One disgruntled (pregnant) employee filed a complaint against her saying that this manager was treating her badly because she was jealous of her pregnancy. I'm sure this complaint was totally unfounded, but it just goes to show you how cruel some people can be.

I always considered my reproductive health extremely sensitive and private information. I told very few people. That's one reason I recommend a support group. It's a safe and confidential place to "let it all out".

Sunday, June 18, 2017

WHEN YOU'RE NOT A FATHER ON FATHER'S DAY

FATHER'S DAY: HOW MEN HANDLE INFERTILITY

We all know that it takes two to get pregnant and society is now recognizing the importance of fathers for families and kids.  Single parent homes (which are usually headed up by women) generally have higher poverty rates and kids who perform lower in school and have more behavioral problems.  I often forget how much my husband helped me through all the rough times...not just infertility, but also having a successful pregnancy and how my husband helped me through the fear that something was going to go wrong,

SEE ALSO:  STRESS, INFERTILITY AND MISCARRIAGE (getpregnantover40.com) 

I usually write about infertility and miscarriage from a woman's point of view.  But in honor of Father's Day, there's another important piece of the puzzle and that is how your husband and your
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relationship is fairing through infertility.  I recall when my husband and I were going through fertility treatments.  I was on so many different fertility drugs and hormone shots that I was pretty much a raving lunatic.  What do you expect when you are pumping yourself up with all those chemicals?  My husband used to think PMS was bad...

Even after our failed IVF's when we decided just to try naturally, it was a rollercoaster ride every month.  It would start around the time of ovulation where intercourse was mandatory (UGGGGHHH) and it would end with the anger and tears when either the pregnancy test was negative or I got my period.

Stay the course.  Take care of each other.  When that test finally comes out positive, you will know that it was all worth it.  My husband and I also had to deal with recurrent miscarriage.  But, even through it all, I just knew deep down that I would succeed (and that's probably why I did).  When all is said and done, the rollercoaster ride won't seem so crazy, it becomes a distant memory.  Let the hard times strengthen your relationship.  When you celebrate Father's Day for real, your child/children will truly appreciate parents that 'kept it together'.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

VACATIONS FOR GETTING PREGNANT

With vacation season upon us, I thought I'd write about how vacations may be a fun way of achieving your goal of having a baby.  I certainly wish we would have spent all the money we put into failed fertility treatments on a relaxing and memorable vacation.  I've read many articles about how there does seem to be evidence that couples have a higher rate of conceiving while they are on vacation.  Of course nobody knows for sure why but here are some possible reasons:
  • Aside from the stress of getting through an airport, vacations (at least the "kick back" kind) are a time when couples can really relax for an extended period and let their troubles go.  A different environment can also help you not think about the normal day to day problems that
    typically arise at home.
  • Sunshine - most relaxing vacations involve sunlight exposure.  There is some evidence that regular sun exposure can help the sleep cycle which is important for fertility, but it can also help regulate ovulation.  On top of that, you'll be getting a good dose of vitamin D which is important for fertility in both men and women.
  • Time for frequent intercourse.  Many couples forget that unless you're going through fertility treatments, there's only one way to get pregnant - good old fashioned intercourse.  Even if you're not going through your most fertile time, many women can spontaneously ovulate (which is why the rhythm method may not work!)  Also, sperm can live up to 7 days in some cases!
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Here is an article about a resort that offers "procreation vacations":

 The Five Gables keeps a light touch and sense of humor about it, including playing Barry White tunes on the stereo, but Lesher says she suspects some customers are too embarrassed to sign up for the conception package and may instead opt for the hotel's "Romantic Package."
The Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort in Marco Island, Florida, offers the similarly silly-sounding "Fertile Turtle" package, which includes a room with gulf views, a king-size bed and a private balcony. The hotel also keeps guests supplied with fertility-enhancing red clover and raspberry teas, and incorporates a massage with chaste berry, which is purported to help stimulate the pituitary gland and boost fertility.
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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

NATURAL CONCEPTION AFTER IVF, IT HAPPENS FREQUENTLY!

Natural Pregnancy After Failed Fertility Treatments

It seems like everyone knows someone who went through the rigors of fertility treatments then got pregnant naturally. Many couples have one baby, but then get pregnant with their second baby by surprise. Frequently, couples who undergo fertility treatments are diagnosed with "unexplained fertility" which basically means that nobody really knows why they are not getting pregnant (or they just blame it on their age).  If you are familiar with my story, I went through two cycles of IVF, ending tragically in miscarriage and ectopic pregnancies (and the removal of one of my fallopian tubes).  Against all odds, I conceived my daughter the good old fashioned way and had her naturally at the age of 44.

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This is why I focus so much on lifestyle changes. Sometimes, the smallest things can bring your body
back into sync and set the conditions right before your try to conceive. Additionally, preventing miscarriage occurs before you conceive as well. If your hormones are balanced, you will have the right amount of uterine lining, the right levels of estrogen and progesterone to support a pregnancy and so on.

Here is another article about couples conceiving naturally after IVF:

 An even simpler explanation is that some women are rushing into assisted reproductive technology and that given more time, they might have gotten pregnant on their own. Much about infertility and its roots is still a mystery, and to have a baby, the complex processes of ovulation and fertilization need to go just so. Around one-third of infertility cases are traced to female problems, such as ovulation disorders and structural complications; one-third stem from male problems like deficiencies in sperm count and ability to swim; and one-third are due to both partners, or are unexplained.
from huffington post

Saturday, June 10, 2017

ATTRACTING A BABY INTO YOUR LIFE

Abraham-Hicks On The Law Of Attraction

Not being able to get pregnant is sooooo frustrating. You see others have their children and move on with their seemingly normal happy lives. You sit there feeling like an unworthy second class citizen who just doesn't make the grade.

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Somehow, you got a raw deal - you're a victim of circumstance - you got put into the remedial fertility group. Have you ever felt that way? Early in my fertility journey I felt that way all the time. But then I remembered about a series of tapes I ordered years ago. My sister told me about Jerry and Esther Hicks who held seminars and distributed audio tapes on the teachings of Abraham.

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If you've seen or read "The Secret", Esther Hicks was part of that series. When I saw "The Secret" I was so happy to see her featured because I felt like I personally knew her from her tapes (which I had been listening to since the early 1990's.) When I was trying to conceive, I realized that these tapes could help me so I found them packed away in my basement and started listening to them again. They make you realize that you are in control of your life. You attract what you want by your thoughts. Anything is possible and you're not a victim of anything.
Yes, I know tapes are obsolete now, but they have plenty of recordings you can listen to for free on Youtube.

Does this mean that you'll get pregnant naturally? I don't know, but it certainly will help you attract a baby into your life by whatever means is right for you.
Somehow, when your thoughts are positive and consistent with what you want, things seem to fall into place.

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

OVULATION CAN BE DETECTED WITH SIDE PAIN

Pain During Ovulation

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

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

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

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


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


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



from: abdopain.com

Monday, June 05, 2017

UTERINE LIFT, UTERINE MASSAGE TO GET PREGNANT

Uterine Massage and Lift Technique To Help Get Pregnant Over 40

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

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


From the article:

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



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



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



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

Friday, June 02, 2017

WHY DO WOMEN DELAY CHILDBEARING?

Trying To Conceive Over 40

Research seems to show that more women delay childbearing because they haven't found Mr. Right instead of delaying childbearing because they were on the career track. I would say for many women (maybe most women) it's a combination of both of these factors. Climbing the corporate ladder or devoting time to your education and career doesn't leave much time or opportunity to date and meet that special someone. I know that was true in my case. There are only so many hours in the day, and when you have to get up and run to work early every morning, you certainly don't feel like going out in the evenings. Most of the people you meet are through work and the few times I dated men I worked with, I was always sorry. It creates an uncomfortable work environment when you stop dating.

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started their own families. It's hard to get out there and build your social life again. I found that I actually had to join singles groups with organized activities (which, by the way, is how I met my husband)to jump start my life outside of work.

If I had to do it all over again, I would have paid more attention to my social life and less attention on my career. My high stress job (which I worked in for 19 years before leaving) left me physically and emotionally stressed out. I believe this high level of stress added up over the years resulting in hormonal imbalances, physical ailments and ultimately infertility. I also wasted many of my younger days convincing myself that I didn't want to get married or have children -- a by-product of a less-than-perfect upbringing in a household where my parents were totally mismatched.

So, at least in my case, delayed childbearing was a mixture of all work, no play, and, social neglect. I'd love to turn back the clock and start over again with the benefit of hindsight, but all in all, everything turned out for the best. It was a long hard road, but a learned a lot along the way. Even though it took me until the age of 44 to become a mother, all of my heartache through infertility and miscarriage taught me how to value the things that are really important. Besides, all my friends who married and had children when they were younger had a different set of problems. They stuggled financially, some divorced, and some had challenges raising their kids. Life is a series of learning experiences - I think we all learn similar things in different ways and we all choose our own path.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

ALL ABOUT "UNEXPLAINED INFERTILITY

Pregnancy Over 40, Unexplained Infertility Means They Don't Know

Many women/couples have a diagnosis of "unexplained infertility". You may wonder, what does that mean? Well...it basically means nobody knows why you're not getting pregnant.
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The difficult part about being over 40 is that it is very tempting for the medical community, in absence of any other diagnosis, to blame it on your age. Okay, I admit, it probably does take a woman over 40 longer to conceive, but studies have shown that many women/couples with unexplained infertility will conceive in the second year of trying rather than the first.

If you suffer from recurrent miscarriage, that's another ball game. Try to get one of these doctors to tell you why you're miscarrying! My experience was, since I was over 40, they didn't even bother trying to figure it out. I was given the miscarriage statistics at my age and that was it. Well, let me clarify that - one RE did do a hysteroscopy after one of my miscarriages but my uterus looked clean as a whistle and as normal as can be (then he fell back on the miscarriage statistics over 40) Another RE wanted to do a whole work-up on whether or not my immune system was the culprit, however due to the cost involved and our lost faith in the medical system, we declined.
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My advice? If you fall in the unexplained category (and you're sure that everything's been ruled out), do everything you can to promote your fertility naturally, then keep trying. Of course, there are no guarantees, but I have many stories of couples who stayed the course and eventually succeeded.
 Here is an article about how the diagnosis of "unexplained infertility" probably shouldn't be used at all:
(www.humrep.oxfordjournals.org)

Monday, May 29, 2017

QUALITY SPERM AND MENS FERTILITY: EAT FRUITS AND VEGGIES

Male Factor Infertility Improved With Fruits And Vegetables

A healthy diet can help sperm. No surprise to me, but so much focus is put on the health of a woman trying to conceive that I think people forget that sperm needs to be healthy too.
 Here's an article about a study which found that infertile men had a low intake of fruits and vegetables because of the beneficial antioxidants. Read more:

Forty-eight infertile men and 10 fertile men who had fathered children in the last year completed questionnaires about their diets. Results showed that 83 percent of the infertile men had a low intake of fruits and veggies, defined as fewer than five servings a day, compared with 40 percent of the fertile men.

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And overall, men who ate the fewest fruits and veggies had the lowest sperm motility.

“We think that sperm quality is affected by dietary antioxidant intake,” said study author Dr. Vivian Lewis, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Rochester in Rochester, N.Y.

Antioxidants, like those found in fruits and vegetables, may help prevent damage to sperm that causes them to become sluggish and lose the ability to fertilize an egg, she said.

In particular, the antioxidants glutathione and cryptoxanthin, which are prevalent in brightly colored produce such as leafy greens, tomatoes, peppers and oranges, were associated with strong, healthy sperm, Lewis said.

She recommended that men hoping to father children eat “a variety of fruits and vegetables, at least five servings a day.”

Dr. Rebecca Sokol, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, who was not affiliated with the study, said it’s prudent for men trying to impregnate their partners to improve their diets. It could potentially help their sperm, and it certainly helps their overall health, she said.

from: 
msnbc.com

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