Monday, April 20, 2015


I'm so pleased to announce the new edition of my book which is currently available through my website.  This new edition has been years in the making and, right now, the paperback is planned to be released late spring 2015, but the ebook is currently available.  I have included new research which has been conducted and published since my original book was written and there is more encouraging information to share.

Click here to read the updated Table of Contents and chapter summaries:

Friday, April 17, 2015


Pregnancy Over 40, Sperm Health with Saw Palmetto

I have frequently seen saw palmetto in health food stores, but didn't really know what it's used for.
According to this article, it may help male fertility in a number of ways. Read more:

I. Definition saw palmetto is a popular form of the fruit of Serenoa repens extract and has been used in traditional medicine in the treatment of kidney and reproductive problems.

II effects such as saw palmetto
1 male infertility. Phytoesterol
Phytoesterol is the group of secondary plant compounds that help reduce cholesterol in the blood, not just heart disease but also help to prevent blood flow to the reproductive effect of increasing the quality and increase sperm motility. 


Fatty acids
Saw Palmetto contains a high content of essential fatty acids, which is important for the liver in the metabolism of lipids and proteins, thus balancing the production of certain hormones, including testosterone production, which is vital in the production of sperm quality and count increase.

3 kidney 

TCM believes in balancing the Yin and Yang Qi in the kidneys and the protection of renal function Jing, he not only helps toxins from the body through the urine extraction, but also renal function normalized in regulating the production of growth hormones, steroids, testosterone, including, in increasing sexual desire and performance in sperm quality.


 5-alpha reductase
5-alpha reductase is an enzyme produced only in certain tissues of the human body of male and presented in abundance, as men age. Researchers found that saw palmetto inhibited to the level of 5-alpha reductase, which helps to increase testosterone production, so the risk of libido and sperm count.



It was shown that saw palmetto for benign prostatic hyperplasia, leading to an improvement in symptoms and urinary flow to the kidneys remove toxins and deal with reducing the risk of aids to help kidney-yin-yang imbalance that the production of reduce sperm quality and increases the risk of poor ejaculation. 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015


Carbonated Fertility Tea Is a Good Alternative To Soda Pop

I think there is a concensus of opinion that soda pop isn't good for your general health and diet soda may even be worse.  But, if you're anything like me, you like carbonated beverages.
See My whole series on foods for fertility at
  There's something very refreshing about them.  Years ago, I decided to make a healthy alternative to drinking soda.  Here it is:

Brew your favorite tea I use half decaf and half regular, half green half black tea.  If you're trying to conceive, you might want to consider a "fertility blend" (link below.)

  1. Brew your favorite tea - stronger than usual because  you will be diluting it
  2. Chill overnight
  3. Pour into glass half full
  4. Add Stevia  sweetener to taste (considered one of the safe alternatives to sugar)
  5. Add lemon juice to taste
  6. Add carbonated unsweetend seltzer...this adds the fizz
  7. Enjoy!
Fertility Tea Recipe (



Saturday, April 11, 2015


Omega 3 Fats Are Beneficial To Sperm

I keep hearing about all the benefits of Omega 3 fats in your diet.  There is research showing that saturated fats are bad for sperm.  On the other hand, men should be consuming omega 3 fats like those found in fish.

 According to this study, these beneficial fats may help sperm. Although this study was done in mice, omega 3's have so many other health benefits, it probably would be a good idea for men trying to conceive to add these fats in their diet. Read more:


URBANA – According to a University of Illinois study, omega-3 fatty acids may be good for more than heart health. A little-known omega-3 may have implications for treating male infertility.

"In our experiment, we used 'knockout' mice that lacked the gene responsible for an enzyme important in making docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). In the absence of DHA, male mice are basically infertile, producing few if any misshaped sperm that can't get where they need to go," said Manabu Nakamura, a U of I associate professor of food science and human nutrition.

"We looked at sperm count, shape, and motility and tested the breeding success rate, and the mice lacking DHA simply were not able to breed," said Manuel Roqueta-Rivera, a U of I doctoral student who also worked on the study.

In the DHA-deficient knockout mice, sperm counts were extremely low. The sperm that were produced were round instead of elongated and they were unable to move well, he said.

But, when DHA was introduced into the diet, fertility was completely restored. "It was very striking. When we fed the mice DHA, all these abnormalities were prevented," he said.

This is the first time that the importance of DHA to male fertility has been shown this directly, although some studies have suggested that male fertility patients with low sperm counts and less motile sperm tend to have low levels of this fatty acid.

The DHA study is part of the Nakamura team's efforts to understand the function of the omega-3 and -6 fatty acids. As part of that work, they have developed a mouse model to help them understand a particular fat's physiological role. By knocking out genes, they can create deficiencies of the fats they are interested in and learn about their functions.

Wednesday, April 08, 2015


When I was trying to conceive, I was worried about the quality of my tap water, although I never had it tested, I bought bottled water and tried to get fluoride free water.  Fluoride is added to community water in most areas, but it has been associated with declining birth rates and hypothyroidism.


This articles explain more:

Findings We found that higher levels of fluoride in drinking water provide a useful contribution for predicting prevalence of hypothyroidism. We found that practices located in the West Midlands (a wholly fluoridated area) are nearly twice as likely to report high hypothyroidism prevalence in comparison to Greater Manchester (non-fluoridated area).

Interpretation In many areas of the world, hypothyroidism is a major health concern and in addition to other factors—such as iodine deficiency—fluoride exposure should be considered as a contributing factor. The findings of the study raise particular concerns about the validity of community fluoridation as a safe public health measure. 

Monday, April 06, 2015


Can Chiropractic Help Women Over 40 Get Pregnant?

I never tried chiropractic when I was trying to conceive, however, there does seem to be evidence that it can help fertility especially for women over 40 who may have had more stress on their body.

Chiropractic care operates on the belief that the nervous system is the center of your bodily functions.  However, it makes sense that if your body has nerve or circulation blockages, your reproductive system will be affected. Read more about research on how chiropractic could help fertility:

The 12 studies in the series found that chiropractic had positive results regardless of the woman’s age, number of years infertile, previous medical intervention or health history including miscarriages, blocked fallopian tubes, amenorrhea, colitis, or trauma.


The first in the series, “Insult, Interference and Infertility: An Overview of Chiropractic Research,” reviewed 14 retrospective articles on the possible effect of spinal problems on fertility. All of the women in these studies were found to have vertebral subluxations – misalignments and/or related problems of the spine that interfere with how the nerves work. These problems in the spine can be corrected by chiropractors with painless adjustments to the affected spinal area.

The stress histories of these infertile women included – but were not limited to – previous motor vehicle accidents, childhood falls, blocked fallopian tubes, scoliosis, and work stress that affected both mind and body. All of the women became pregnant after their subluxations were detected and corrected.

Among the cases cited in the first JVSR study was that of a 32-year-old infertile woman who had not menstruated for 12 years. The woman had undergone a number of medical infertility treatments, but still could not conceive. After two months of chiropractic care, with attention on adjustments in the lumbar region, her menses started and after regular cycles for four months, she became pregnant.

In explaining how chiropractic adjustments could affect fertility, Madeline Behrendt, D.C., associate editor of JVSR and lead researcher of this project noted, “Essential to all processes of life is the nervous system, which perceives the environment and coordinates the cellular community’s biological response to the impinging environmental stimuli. It is reasonable to consider that a system that is properly functioning to its potential may resist destructive forces more successfully and with less damage.”

Friday, April 03, 2015


I've written before about how important it is to get your required sleep if you're trying to conceive. Here is an article from Psychology Today that talks about some of the reasons why sleep is so important, especially if you've tried everything else:


From the article:

• Missing your required number of sleep hours a night can impact your ability to conceive.
• The average woman (30 to 60 years old) gets only 6 hours 41 minutes of sleep during the work week, according to the National Sleep Foundation, when she really needs 7 to 9 hours.
• Sleep has a powerful influence on the body's hormonal system, which controls a woman's cycle and regulates ovulation.
• Too little sleep leads to low leptin levels, the hormone responsible for appetite and which can impact ovulation.
• Insomniacs have a significantly higher level of the stress hormones cortisol and adrenocorticotropic, both of which can suppress a healthy fertility cycle.

Wednesday, April 01, 2015


Pregnancy Over 40 Is Possible Even With High FSH

Many women over 40 who want to conceive "live and die" by their FSH numbers.  Fertility doctors frequently recommend donor eggs if women have an FSH over 10.
When I ran an infertility support group, there were some women there who were told they needed to consider donor eggs (interesting to note, all of these women were under 40).  Two of the women who were told to consider donor eggs got pregnant naturally (one got pregnant twice naturally).  As you can see, monitoring FSH is not an exact science.  The number can fluctuate and women do get pregnant even with high FSH.  Sometimes, high FSH can actually make women more fertile because their body's FSH rises which causes them to make even more follicles than normal.  I actually know a woman who conceived (and carried to term) triplets naturally at the age of 45.  This happened long before fertility treatments were the norm, but I imagine that her FSH was high causing her to ovulate 3 eggs at once since they are fraternal.

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Sunday, March 29, 2015


Getting Pregnant Naturally May Be Possible Over 40

I have a firm belief belief that couples should look into natural options before starting expensive and sometimes dangerous fertility procedures.  I continually regret jumping into IVF treatments since I eventually got pregnant naturally well over the age of 40 but only after exhausting an exorbitant amount of money and emotional energy.
Among things mentioned in the article below, there are things you can do to improve egg quality.


In Women Over 40, IVF May Not Address The Root Cause Of Infertility

I also like the fact that Dr. Mercola (and Iva Keene in this article) states that IVF doesn't address the root cause of infertility.  There are some suggestions to decrease your exposure not only to toxins and environmental estrogens, but also to avoid things that you may be allergic to.

Read more:

Dairy products account on average for 60-70 percent of estrogens consumed. Humans consume milk from cows in the second half of pregnancy when cows estrogen levels are high. We usually associate dairy and drinking milk with calcium, and never think about what else we may be consuming along with the calcium (and dairy, by the way is not the best source of calcium). Here is a list of hormones that have been found in cows' milk:
  • Prolactin
  • Somatostatin
  • Melatonin
  • Oxytocin
  • Growth hormone
  • Lutenizing releasing hormone
  • Thyroid stimulating hormone
  • Estrogens
  • Progesterone
  • Insulin
  • Corticosteroids and many more 


Tuesday, March 24, 2015


I frequently write about women and couples who get pregnant over 40.  It's certainly not that uncommon contrary to the popular media.  But what about pregnancy over 50?  Can it happen naturally.  I have a number of cases of pregnancy over 50 on a new page on my website.  Most of these cases were surprise pregnancies and their spouse was also over the age of 50.  Read more here:


Saturday, March 21, 2015


Pregnancy Over 40, Spring and Fertility

Since spring has sprung and, along with it (at least where I live), some very nice weather, I thought I'd share an article that connects spring with everything from elevated moods to increased fertility. Read more:

Scientists know that when seasons change, the retina — the part of the eye connected to the brain by the optic nerve — naturally reacts to variations in the amount of daylight. This triggers hormonal changes.

Particularly important is the adjustment in melatonin, a hormone that affects our mood and how we sleep. As a result of light changes, the body naturally produces less melatonin during spring, causing a lift in mood, a reduced desire to sleep, an increase in sexual appetite and a need to eat less.


New findings published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, by researchers at the University of Massachusetts medical school, have also proved that activity levels rise as the days get longer. After analysing the exercise habits and food intakes of almost 600 men and women over a year, Professor Yunsheng Ma found that most subjects gained up to 2lb (1kg) in winter; they ate lots of carbohydrate and exercised little. Come spring, however, activity levels soared and calorie intake dropped. It seemed that the only reason for this was the change in season.

This is partly a psychological effect but also physical. Evolutionary biologists believe that our bodies are programmed to be more active as the hormone mix changes with more light. Released from the chemical messages that make us withdraw in winter, the body feels energised, ready to hunt for food and to give birth.

Spring is also the time, supposedly, when a young man’s thoughts turn to sex. And it is true that men are more fertile at this time of year than any other. Ironically, though, this is because levels of actual sexual activity seem to drop in spring. The less sex men have, the more they save up their sperm and the greater their sperm count when they do have sex.

Professor Michael Smolensky, a chronobiologist from the University of Texas specialising in the relationship of biology to the rhythms of hours, days and months, says that statistics indicate that sexual activity in human beings is much greater in autumn,. “When we look at couples who have kept sex diaries and single males who have kept their own data, sexual activity is rather low in spring,” Smolensky says.

This fits with studies that have shown conclusively that levels of testosterone, the male sex hormone, are higher in late summer and early autumn than spring, so that’s when men have the greatest sex drive and when conception rates are high.

But sperm counts do peak in March, April and May. Smolensky says: “In sexually active males, sperm count is affected by two factors, environmental temperature and sexual activity. When men are sexually active, sperm count goes down; when they’re not sexually active, they’re not using it, so it goes up.” That could explain Smolensky’s findings that there are more unplanned babies conceived during spring than any other time of year. There are more sperm around, so despite less sex, one’s more likely to hit the mark.

Spring not only improves our mood and energy levels, it can protect our teeth and bones. On the first few sunny days of spring many people feel the urge to take off those winter togs and do a bit of prancing in the sunshine. This is in response to the fact that for several months our bodies have been starved of vitamin D, essential for healthy bones and teeth. And we make it only when our skins are exposed to sunlight. We’re craving a top-up. 


Thursday, March 19, 2015


Pregnancy Over 40, The Light/Dark Connection

I frequently write about the importance of sleep and paying attention to the balance between light and dark on your body's cycle.
 This article does a good job of explaining the importance of light during the day and the earth's natural rhythms. Read more:

When you are in sync with the earth's natural rhythms and cycles you can boost your fertility. If you work against nature's rhythms as many of us do, then you may be harming your delicate fertility balance.

Your biological clock is intimately linked to your reproductive system by utilizing the same hormones that trigger ovulation and sperm maturation. Therefore both women and men are affected by respecting or ignoring their natural rhythms.

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Importance of Bright Light

Getting adequate sunlight or other full spectrum light during the day is key to optimum fertility for many reasons. Vitamin D is created in our bodies when we are exposed to sunlight and Vitamin D deficiencies have been linked to infertility.

Adequate sunlight also helps regulate circadian rhythms which allow you to sleep better at night. Regular exposure to the sun also helps you maintain a strong immune system which is necessary to maintain a healthy pregnancy. Women who get more sunlight also have consistent and stronger menstrual cycles.

Finally, bright light prevents your body from overproducing melatonin which suppresses fertility. This might explain why it is easier for women to conceive in southern regions and during the summer months. 

Boost Your Fertility While You Sleep by Sheryl Lyon

Monday, March 16, 2015


Woman Conceives Naturally at 47

Here's another one!
 Here's another story of a woman who got pregnant by surprise at the age of 47.  So all you "youngsters" in your early 40's, it certainly happens!  Read more:


From the article:

Becoming pregnant at age 47 wasn't a worry for Robin Brussel. "I enjoyed every minute of being pregnant," she said.
Still, it was a surprise. "I thought I was going through pre-menopause," she said. "It just happened."
Brussel, now 48, gave birth in December to a 6-pound, 10-ounce boy named Noah she carried for 39 weeks. He was a cesarean birth, as were her four older children, ages 18 to 28. Noah was the first child born to her and her husband, Mark Brussel, 56. They've been married nearly four years.
 from St. Louis Today

Friday, March 13, 2015


Luteal Phase Defect and Vitamin C

I have always associated vitamin C with the immune system.
 This article, however talks about how vitamin C may also play a role in regulating hormones which may hep with conditions like luteal phase defect.  Luteal phase defect is when your hormones fall too fast in the second half of your cycle.


From the article:

A number of factors can cause luteal phase defect. Recent findings have suggested that oxidative damage may play a role, and antioxidant levels, such as vitamin C, vitamin E, and glutathione, were found to be significantly lower in women with luteal phase defect and recurrent miscarriages than in healthy women. The potential benefits of antioxidant vitamin supplementation have not been previously explored.

One hundred fifty women with luteal phase defect seeking medical attention for infertility were enrolled in the current study. Levels of estrogen and progesterone were monitored for three menstrual cycles. The participants were randomly assigned to receive 750 mg of vitamin C per day or no treatment beginning at the onset of the third cycle of the study. During the third cycle, progesterone levels increased significantly in women receiving vitamin C but did not change in women receiving no treatment. Estrogen levels also increased in the treatment group but not the untreated group. Moreover, there was a significantly higher pregnancy rate in the vitamin C group than in the untreated group: 25% of the women receiving vitamin C became pregnant within six months of starting treatment, while only 11% of untreated women became pregnant in the same time period.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015


The expression "unexplained infertilty" means that the medical community has no idea why you're not getting pregnant.
 If you're trying to conceive over 40, your age is a neat a tidy "explanation" for your failure to conceive or an explanation of recurrent miscarriage.

Unexplained Infertility Means The Doctors Have No Idea Why You're Not Getting Pregnant

How did I deal with this? Well in an odd sort of way, part of my motivation to get pregnant naturally came from these "naysaying" doctors. I was going to prove them wrong.

How Dare You Tell Me I'm Too Old To Have A Baby!

 I would frequently think to myself, "How dare you tell me I'm too old to have a baby --- you just wait - you don't know who you're dealing with". Nobody actually came right out and said I was too old, but the message was there.

It's funny, but when I did finally succeed, one of the doctors who was quite negative about my chances of getting pregnant was bouncing off the walls with excitement. I think they really do want you to succeed and as more of us do, perhaps their attitudes toward older women will change.  You have to realize that Reproductive Endocrinologists (or fertility doctors) see the worst cases, they approach each couple with pessimism.

Unexplained Infertility May Not Exist

Here is an article about how the diagnosis of unexplained infertility may actually not mentions that perhaps it should be changed to "undiagnosed infertility". Read more:



We have presented evidence that the non-diagnosis of UI is, at best, highly subjective and inaccurate and, at worst, non-existent. Indeed, were it to be preserved, one would, at a minimum, have to accept the notion that a diagnosis of UI always has to be seen as provisional and subject to revisions. Any serious attempt to improve the didactic terminology in the field of reproductive medicine, would, however, suggest that there is no longer a place for such a diagnostic entity. A better effort should be undertaken to develop reliable tools to diagnose, hitherto often undiagnosed, conditions of endometriosis, tubal disease, premature ovarian ageing and immunological infertility, which are often misdiagnosed for UI. Diagnostic terminology should be based on evidentiary diagnostic findings and not on their absence.

Even the best, and most accurate, diagnostic approach will leave some patients without a specific diagnosis. We would argue that such patients should be considered ‘undiagnosed‘, rather than have a formal diagnosis of UI attached to them. After all, they do not have a diagnosis! 


Saturday, March 07, 2015


Explanation of How Chromosomal Abnormalities Result In Miscarriage

Miscarriage and Recurrent Miscarriage

Wow... the more I read articles like this one, the more I realize how much of getting pregnant and staying pregnant involves luck.
My site:
 The study mentioned below looked at egg formation and the arrangement of chromosomes. It isn't a perfect process and getting the right number of chromosomes almost seems like a "hit and miss" process. Read more:

During meiosis, fibres called microtubules attach themselves to the centre (kinetochore) of the chromosomes. The microtubules act like fishing lines and once a chromosome is 'caught' it is pulled to the opposite side of the cell from its partner.

But, before the microtubules hook the chromosomes, the researchers noticed that they herd them together into the centre of the cell. Despite this repositioning, almost 90 per cent of chromosomes were let off the hook only to be re-caught.

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"We saw that they [the microtubules] have to go through several tries before getting the connection right," says Ellenberg.
Third time lucky

In fact, some chromosomes were released up to six times, though most averaged three. Ellenberg says this means that the pathway that corrects the errors by uncoupling the chromosome and the microtubule is therefore heavily used and thus more prone to making mistakes — resulting in too few or too many chromosomes in the egg.

"Our findings provide a plausible explanation for the high rate of errors during egg formation."

Ellenberg adds that their observations make error correction proteins good candidates for age-related infertility.

"They form the basis to focus our future work on age-related female infertility, as it seems very likely that a component of the pathway that corrects these errors will be involved. The individual proteins that make up the machinery to correct the errors may simply not have a sufficiently long life-span to function well in very old oocytes," he says.



Trying To Have A Baby, Birth Control Pills May Give Ovaries A Rest

I know, taking birth control pills seems counter-intuitive when you're trying to conceive.
 But, birth control pills may give your ovaries a needed rest so they can start producing again. Although longer term use of the pill may be needed, I recall fertility clinics using birth control pills to give the ovaries a chance to lay dormant before they started up with fertility drugs. If you get ovarian cysts, the pill can also help your ovaries clear up before trying to conceive. Endometriosis can also be helped by birth control pills because the monthly surge of hormones is put to rest so the endometrial implants which are outside the uterus are not bleeding and causing more adhesions.  Read more about birth control pills and other natural remedies for endometriosis:
Endometriosis and Fertility(

Thursday, March 05, 2015


There seem to be hypnotherapy practitioners popping up everywhere and probably for good reason.  The mind body connection is so important in all aspects of our lives including our reproductive system.  Although I did not undergo hypnosis when I was trying to conceive, I did practice meditation and visualization (learn more about my meditation and visualization program here:,  I also created what I call "vision boards"  where you make a collage of pictures to help your mind focus on your desired outcome.  When I embarked on my all natural pregnancy protocol, I did not want to rely on paid professionals because we had already spent so much on fertility treatment.  But for anyone interested, this article from Psychology Today explains more about how hypnosis can help you conceive:

1. Hypnosis at the time of embryo transfer yielded pregnancy rates that were double those of the controls. (Eliahu Levitas, et al., “Impact of Hypnosis during Embryo Transfer on the Outcome of In Vitro Fertilization—Embryo Transfer: A Case-control Study,” Fertility & Sterility, 85 – 5 (2006): 1404 – 1408.
2. Hypnosis can be an ultimate mind/body awareness activity and can reaffirm your femininity.
3. Hypnosis or self-hypnosis allows you to feel back in control because of your active participation.
4. Post-hypnotic suggestions can enhance receptivity.
5. Hypnosis can take you under the turbulence to an “infertility-free zone.”
6. Hypnosis can support medical treatment, holistic care and even natural conception.
7. Hypnosis is relaxing.
8. Hypnosis can calm fears.
9. Hypnosis can heal heart ache.
10. Hypnosis can become a safe haven which is renewing and revitalizing.
11. Hypnosis can help you remember who you really are.
12. A hypnotic trance can convert stumbling blocks into building blocks for navigating the emotional rubble created during the journey.

pscychology today

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