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Friday, May 27, 2016


Rose Quartz - The Popular Fertility Stone

Guest Post By Cindy Richie
Rose quartz is the fertility stone that holds the power of centering love, and for hundreds of years continues to be believed to increase any woman's fertility level, reduces any depression and enhances her circulation. Many women think that the power from within the earth which was used to form a crystal is still harbored within it, that it may be captured and used to aid in the balancing of a woman's energies.
This does not seem like a far-fetched idea if you think that through an average day, we're so easily affected by things all around us. Envision you are out one day and someone does or says something that you are disgusted by. A typical instance reaction is to be upset and have trouble calming yourself down. It typically takes some time to get back to center. Or perhaps it is raining outside, which usually gets a reaction on the you that is good or bad which makes an impact on you all through out the day keeping you in that certain mood. Very different energy surrounding you continually makes you react. Rose Quartz, like all quartz, sends its power as well, so if you're close to it, you may benefit considerably from the soothing attributes.
Using the healing powers of rose quartz for fertility naturally balances a woman's reproductive organs and so allows her to begin having more regular menstruation cycles, which often, gives her better and much more foreseeable ovulation, heightens her fertility levels and betters the opportunity to conceive.  Continued below:
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When a woman's levels of hormones are balanced, she is more vibrant, her skin complexion is better and she's got an optimal reproductive system. Always keeping a rose quartz near you, by continuing to keep it near your bed, or putting it on as a piece of jewelry, enables continuing use of its effective energies to transform the body into a more healthful condition. Some women have said they noticed the rose quartz for fertility attributes almost immediately.
But because it's powers are so strong is it meant to be taken to imply that should you not want to have children you ought to avoid surrounding your self with rose quartz, for all of its fertility properties. Actually quite the opposite is true.
Because you have been encompassed by the power of the rose quartz, you have maximized your overall health and well being and your body is now working at the most effective manner, rewarding you with an increase of vitality and energy. A far more lively functioning body makes a more youthful alive body and may slow down the aging process. Taking the necessary steps to avoid getting pregnant should always be taken when you don't want to get pregnant.
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Wednesday, May 25, 2016


It can happen to women in their late 40's and even to women in their 50's!  The life force is pretty strong, and against all odds, women can get pregnant by surprise.  Here is a story of a woman from Australia who had an unexpected pregnancy at the age of 48:


from the article:

Staring at my doctor in disbelief, I couldn't quite take in what she'd just said. My heart pounded in my chest as I tried to speak. 'I'm what?' I stammered. The doctor nodded. 'You're pregnant,' she repeated. Shock engulfed me, those two words ringing in my ears.I'd woken up feeling sick and had a bloated tummy, but that was because of the menopause, wasn't it? My doctor had thought so, and we'd both had a giggle when she'd suggested doing a pregnancy test as a matter of course.
... I was able to take time out to relax, attending antenatal classes and pregnancy yoga.It was weird being surrounded by lots of other expectant mums, all so much younger than me. I thought people would judge me as my tummy grew, but actually everyone was really supportive"
from mums-club

Monday, May 23, 2016


How To Figure Out The First Day Of Your Period

I've had a number of people ask me how I figured out the first day of my menstrual cycle when I was trying to conceive, so I thought I'd do a post on the topic. When I was going through fertility treatments, this is how my doctor's office recommended counting and this is how I've done it ever since:

1. The first day of your menstrual cycle (day one)is the first day of full menstrual flow. Do not start counting if you are just having spotting.


2. Many women don't start their full flow until afternoon or evening. The general rule of thumb I was told to use was any bleeding (full flow) starting before 4:00pm would be counted as starting that day. Any bleeding after 4:00pm would be counted as the next day.

3. Mid cycle spotting should not be counted as the start of a period. You should talk to your doctor about this since mid-cycle bleeding or spotting could be a sign of another problem.

Of course, if your doctor recommends counting your cycle days differently, by all means follow his/her advice. This is simply how I've done it for many years and how I was told to do it. This method seemed to be pretty accurate since I did conceive many times while counting cycle days this way.

Hope this helps if you decide to use it!

Saturday, May 21, 2016


Shaving, waxing, plucking etc.etc.etc. It seems like we don't have enough where we want it and too much where we don't want it...of course I'm talking about hair.
Too much hair in unwanted places may not just be an annoyance, it may be a sign of hormonal imbalances. Here is an article that describes a study done on women with unwanted hair growth and their findings:

Among all 188 women in the study complaining of minimal unwanted hair growth, 102 were found to have an underlying androgen excess disorder. Ninety-four of the 102 suffered from polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a disorder characterized by numerous small cysts on the periphery of the ovaries. Women with PCOS often struggle with menstrual irregularities, skin problems, and excess weight and they are at increased risk of developing Type II diabetes, hypertension and heart disease.



Four of the study participants were diagnosed with non-classic adrenal hyperplasia (NCAH), an adrenal gland dysfunction that often leads to premature development of pubic hair, irregular menstrual periods, hirsutism and severe acne, although patients with milder forms may notice few if any symptoms. Another four patients were found to have a multi-system disorder that stems from a long-term excess of insulin in the bloodstream that up-regulates ovarian secretion of androgens. Called HAIRAN (hyperandrogenic insulin resistant acanthosis nigricans) syndrome, the disorder increases risk of hirsutism and masculinization. It may be recognized by characteristic thickened patches of dark skin (acanthosis nigricans) and other symptoms.
science daily

Wednesday, May 18, 2016


Getting Pregnant Over 40, How Yoga May Help

As I talk about in my DVD, Fertility Bodywork, Yoga can help you conceive. Not only does it help re-center your body, but certain poses can help increase pelvic circulation. Here is an article about how it helped one woman:

From the article:

She underwent three unsuccessful cycles of interuterine insemination and was prepared to go to the next step, and attempt IVF.

But before starting, she realized, as she put it, "I am a complete mess. I need to get my body ready."

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She immersed herself in yoga, which is more than a series of postures, as she explained, but a way of approaching life: from a yogic perspective, for instance, it is important to do such things as take the time to eat properly and get a proper night's rest. She began to research what she described as "specific yoga for fertility postures and approaches," began acupuncture treatments, consulted a nutritionist, and started to see an osteopath whose treatments focused on fertility.

Ultimately, she became pregnant without medical intervention. "If yoga wasn't the thing that caused me to get pregnant," she said, "it was the thing that helped me to pull myself together and helped me to carve out the space in my life to make room for a baby."


Monday, May 16, 2016


Ovarian Cysts, Fertility And Getting Pregnant

Most of us have heard of PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), however many women can get ovarian cysts without this condition.
 Most of the time, these cysts don't interfere with conception, however there are cases where they can. Read more:

Symptoms of Ovarian Cysts
Most women who have ovarian cysts have no symptoms. Those who do experience symptoms often confuse their symptoms with those caused by endometriosis, pelvic inflammatory disease, or other reproductive health issues. Ovarian cyst symptoms include:

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pelvic and abdominal pain
feelings of fullness or pressure in the abdomen
irregular menstruation
painful periods
painful sexual intercourse
difficulty urinating

Complications Associated with Ovarian Cysts
The vast majority of ovarian cysts are harmless, and will go away in time. However, large or painful cysts may signal serious health complications. Ruptured ovarian cysts, as well as those that twist or bleed, can cause severe abdominal pain. Ovarian cysts can also cause irregular periods and ovulation, making conception difficult or even impossible. Furthermore, ovarian cysts are have been linked with ovarian cancer, particularly in women over the age of 50.


Friday, May 13, 2016


Fertility May Be Affected By Childhood

I always joke around and say that my fertility problems started in kindergarten.  It seems like every aspect of our life is affected by our childhood.
 Our fertility is no exception. According to this article, your conditions growing up can affect hormone levels and fertility. Read more:

From the article:

The researchers found statistically significant differences in progesterone levels between individuals who had migrated as children, second-generation migrants, and women of European descent, as compared to the levels for Bangladeshi women who had never migrated and women who migrated as adults. Progesterone levels for the first three groups were higher than those for the Bangladeshi women who had not migrated or who had migrated as adults. The age at which women migrated also seemed to be linked to their progesterone levels.



Amongst women who migrated before the start of menstruation, those who migrated at a younger age had higher average progesterone levels. However, this relationship did not seem to hold true for women who had migrated after they started menstruating.

The research team said in the UK women would have access to better sanitation and health care, and less risk of disease.

While higher hormone levels could increase a woman's ability to conceive, it could also have some negative impact.

The significant increase in progesterone levels might also in higher breast cancer risks in subsequent generations of this community. The findings suggest that early childhood is critical in determining the rate at which girls mature and how high their reproductive hormone levels are"


Wednesday, May 11, 2016


With nice weather upon us, more and more people are slathering on the sunscreen.  But, if you are trying to conceive, you may want to tell the man in your life to wear a hat and long sleeve shirt.  A recent study has shown that some ingredients in sunscreen can interfere with the function of sperm cells.


 from the article:

The researchers found that 13, or 45 percent, of the 29 UV filters tested induced calcium ion influxes in the sperm cells, thus interfering with normal sperm cell function. "This effect began at very low doses of the chemicals, below the levels of some UV filters found in people after whole-body application of sunscreens," Skakkebaek said.
Furthermore, nine of the 13 UV filters seem to induce this calcium ion influx by directly activating the CatSper channel, thereby mimicking the effect of progesterone. This finding suggests that these UV filters are endocrine disruptors, Skakkebaek said. In addition, several of the UV filters affected important sperm functions normally controlled via CatSper, such as sperm motility.
Skakkebaek called for clinical studies to investigate whether chemical UV filters affect human fertility. He added, "Our study suggests that regulatory agencies should have a closer look at the effects of UV filters on fertility before approval."

from: science daily

Monday, May 09, 2016


Here is another great site that goes into what you can do to encourage the formation of "good" prostaglandins and avoid the "bad" prostaglandins. This can help with painful periods and ultimately improves fertility. Read more:

Another cause of painful periods can be the excess production and release of hormone-like substances called prostaglandins. Many of the prostaglandins are actually ‘healthy’, and have a beneficial effect on the body (see page 154). However, two types of ‘bad’ prostaglandins, known as PGF2 Alpha and PGE2, can be increased in some women. PGF2 Alpha is a vasoconstrictor, which means that it works to reduce the blood flow to the womb muscle, and PGE2 is a highly inflammatory substance that can trigger muscle contractions and increase the sensitivity of your nerve endings to pain.

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Research has shown that women with primary dysmenorrhoea have significantly higher levels of of both prostaglandins PGF2 Alpha and PGE2.

Prostaglandins are present in every cell in your body. They tend to be low in the first half of the cycle and then rise sharply towards your period, and can cause a variety of other symptoms including headaches, nausea and fatigue.


(taken from ‘The Natural Health Handbook
For Women’ by Dr Marilyn Glenville PhD.
Published by ‘Piatkus’ Publishers Limited,
London 2001. ISBN 0 7499 2191 9)

Friday, May 06, 2016


Well, this "holiday" coming up may be the worst one of them all if you're trying to conceive. What could be harder than watching the rest of the country celebrate the joys of motherhood while you sit there stuck in infertility  quicksand.

I know much has been written by myself and others about surviving holidays while you're trying to conceive. Mother's day is a big how do you get through it? Many years ago, I started the tradition of hosting a mother's day brunch at my house. I actually started this before I was even married and I continued it while I was struggling with infertility and miscarriage. Even though it seems counter-intuitive, it actually was a great thing to do. I love a good project and planning and organizing a big get-together was just enough to keep my mind off my woes.

Even if you decide not to host a big get-together at your house, try to find something that's going to keep you busy over the mother's day weekend. Since the weather's finally getting nicer, plan some outdoor activities. Work in your yard or garden, or plan a home improvement project. I can't tell you how many projects I completed during the six years I was trying to conceive. In retrospect, I'm glad I used my time productively...not only was it good for my mental health, but it was nice to get so many projects out of the way that I don't have time for now. It will be your turn one day...don't put your life on hold while you're waiting.

When I was trying to get pregant, I watched many mothers' days come and go. I remember thinking, wouldn't it be neat if I got pregnant right before mother's day and I could announce it to everyone on mother's day? never happens like that unless you're reading a romance novel or watching made-for-TV movie.
My advice? Don't ever put dates or deadlines on when you're going to get pregnant. You really will be setting yourself up for failure. Every pregnancy I had always came as a total shock (even though I was actively trying). I realize that when you're trying to conceive, every month is an opportunity for success, but it's when you start trying to force things into place that you get into trouble. If you're not pregnant this month, it doesn't mean that you're doomed. It simply means that you're not pregnant this month. When I really want something, I make my intentions known to the universe through visualization and meditation, and then I try to divert my attention elsewhere. That way I don't try too hard which essentially acts as a roadblock to my success.

Wednesday, May 04, 2016


As time goes on, and more couples go through assisted reproduction, the scientific community is discovering that the fertility procedures themselves may put children at risk of genetic mutations.
 I know there are couples who have no choice but to go through assisted reproduction, however, it's important to go into any procedure knowing all possible outcomes. I was never informed of any risk of birth defects or pregnancy complications as a result of the actual fertility treatments (the only risk I was informed of was age related). It's possible these genetic risks were not known at the time I underwent treatment, but it makes me question whether or not couples really give informed consent. Read more:

The use of in vitro fertilization (IVF) or another assisted fertility technique called intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) to conceive appears to increase the odds of Y-chromosome defects or "microdeletions" in male offspring, Chinese researchers report.

Such deletions could result in defective sperm production and possibly also hypospadias -- a common birth defect of the penis that occurs when the urinary outlet develops on the underside of the penis rather than at the tip.

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Although this study was small, it "at least sounds an alarm about the genetic safety of assisted reproductive technology," the investigators conclude.

Prior research has tied assisted reproductive technologies with low birth weight, preterm delivery, cerebral palsy, and major birth defects, leading some researchers to hypothesize that these therapies may induce gene mutations.

In the new study, Dr. He-Feng Huang, from Zhejiang University, and colleagues sought to answer this question by testing for genetic mutations in 19 male infants conceived through IVF, 18 conceived through ICSI, and 60 conceived naturally. The fathers of the infants were also tested. In an effort to isolate the impact of the fertility treatment, the researchers only studied infants whose parents had a normal genetic background.

Huang and colleagues found Y-chromosome microdeletions in one infant conceived with IVF (5.3 percent) and in three conceived with ICSI (16.7 percent). By contrast, no Y-chromosome deletions were seen in the control group.


Monday, May 02, 2016


Obesity, Weight, and Fertility

Most of us have heard that our weight can affect our fertility.   Being to heavy or too thin can be a problem.
 See also: for other factors that can affect your ability to get pregnant
This article talks about a study that was done on obese women who were having trouble conceiving. It found that even if these women ovulated normally, they still may experience infertility. It adds more proof that maintaining a normal weight can help you conceive. Read more:

In the first prospective cohort study to examine the relationship between body mass index (BMI) and pregnancy chances in women who have no obvious reasons for infertility but who have spent a year or more trying unsuccessfully to conceive, the study found that for every BMI unit above 29 kg/m2, the probability of pregnancy was reduced by four per cent compared to women with a BMI between 21-29 kg/m2. Very obese women (BMI 35-40) had a probability of pregnancy that was between 26 and 43 per cent lower than women with a BMI between 21-29.

Dr Jan Willem van der Steeg, the lead author of the study [1], which is published in Europe's leading reproductive medicine journal, Human Reproduction, today (Wednesday 12 December) said: "This reduction in fertility is comparable to the increment of one year in female age. This study tells us that not only obese women with anovulation have lower chances of conception, but also obese women with a regular cycle. Given the increased prevalence of obesity, this is a worrying finding." The incidence of obesity is reckoned to be 12 per cent in women of child-bearing age in Western Europe and 25 per cent in North America

 from: science daily

Thursday, April 28, 2016


I came across another remarkable story of pregnancy over 50 naturally.  Of course, I have to share these when I find them! Kate Fezigha had wanted children and even tried to adopt without success.  Just when she thought some strange symptoms were related to menopause, she found out she was pregnant.  Watch the video here:


Tuesday, April 26, 2016


I've heard quite a bit about the healing benefits of magnets and magnetic water.  This guest post talks about the many ways that magnetic water can improve your health.  Fertility is enhanced when you create a more alkaline environment which occurs in magnetized water.  Read more:

Guest Post By Janet Forsythe
What is Bio-Magnetic Water?
Water is paramagnetic - meaning that it will hold a magnetic charge. In nature, the earth's magnetic field naturally charges water in lakes, wells, and running streams. However, as water passes through treatment plants and is transported through pipes to your home or work place, it loses its magnetic charge. Treating water with magnetic fields simple restores the natural energy and balance that nature intended. Magnetized water has more hydroxyl (OH-) ions that form alkaline molecules which reduces the acidity. Normal tap water has a pH of about 7. Magnetized water is more alkaline and can have a pH as high as 9.2. Magnetizing water reduces the surface tension of the water making it feel softer. It is thinner, wetter, and more absorb able, so it is better able to penetrate cell walls and deliver the nutrients that it carries.
Health Benefits
Your body is over 70% water. All biological functions including circulation, digestion, absorption, and excretion depend on water. Water is required for blood, the lymphatic system, and healthy skin and muscles. It is well known among health professionals that when you are sick, the pH of your body is more acidic. Magnetized water, which is more alkaline, raises the pH of your body, which allows the body to get rid of the toxins. Bio-magnetized water is believed to be energy-building, activating, cleansing, and detoxifying. People have reported resolving bladder problems, recovering quickly from a stroke, alleviating arthritis pain, reducing blood pressure, and breaking up kidney and gall stones by drinking magnetic water. Scientific studies have proven that magnetized water has health benefits for animals. Therefore it seems reasonable that it should also be beneficial for
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humans. Reported health benefits of drinking magnetic water include:
o Magnetic water tastes sweeter and has more clarity.
o Magnetic water reduces acidity in the body and promotes a more alkaline pH.
o Magnetic water promotes healing of wounds and burns.
o Magnetic water has a therapeutic effect of digestive, nervous, and urinary systems.
o Magnetic water can be beneficial for asthma, fevers, colds, coughs, bronchitis, and sore throats.
o Magnetic water can be beneficial for menstrual and menopause discomfort.
o Magnetic water revitalized the body.
o Magnetic water has a positive effect on the autonomic nervous system.
o Magnetic water can help regulate the heart function and clear clogged arteries.
o Magnetic water is beneficial for kidney ailments (removal and prevention of stones), gout, obesity (it improves metabolic activity), and premature aging.
o Magnetic water helps relieve pain.
o Magnetic water infuses energy into the body, controls bacteria, and stimulates brain function.
o Magnetic water can help dissipate toxic deposits in the body's connective tissue.
o Magnetic water can regulate blood pressure (high or low).
o Magnetic water can be used to wash and disinfect external cuts and scrapes.
o Magnetic water will remove the plaque on your teeth if you use it to brush your teeth, rinse your mouth, and drink.
o Magnetic water will make your hair softer and more manageable while using less shampoo when used to wash your hair.
o Magnetic water is ionic so it helps reset the charge on cell walls, thus promoting better circulation.
Your pets will enjoy many of the same benefits from bio-magnetic water that you do. They will drink more water, have more energy, and feel younger and healthier. A friend was giving her dogs magnetic water. When she moved, she temporarily had to give them tap water. After a few days, they began scratching all the time. When she started them back on bio-magnetic water, the scratching stopped almost completely.
Bio-Magnetized water will help your plants grow stronger, greener, and larger. In one study seedlings' germination rates were 68 % with bio-magnetized water, while with non-magnetized water only 8% germinated. In another study, Texas A&M researchers found that squash weighed 24% more when it was grown with magnetized water vs. non-magnetized water. Bio-magnetic water is more solvent and has a lower surface tension, so nutrients in the water are absorbed more readily. Thus you get a healthier plant while using less fertilizer.
Other Fluids & Uses
Almost any fluid can be magnetized. Using Bio-Magnetic Water will drastically improve the taste of coffee, tea, and foods. Foods and beverages made using magnetic water will acquire the same healing powers as bio-magnetic water. Cosmetics, facial and skin products function a lot better when magnetized. Magnetized milk will give vigor and vitality to the weak and exhausted person. Magnetized milk has been proven useful for recuperating and enhancing sexual power. When fruit juices are treated with bio-magnets, they become more refreshing and give more nourishment. Beer can be magnetized to give better effect. Magnetized olive oil can be very rewarding in the treatment of gout and rheumatism.
Use bio-magnetic water to make your coffee and after a month or two the inside of your coffee maker will look like new. The bio-magnetic water will remove the scale build-up in your coffee maker.
How to make Bio-Magnetic Water
Making Bio-magnetic water is quite simple: just place a glass or container filled with water on a magnetic pad. Never use a metal container. You want to use a container that has a flat bottom without any raised edges. You want the bottom of the container touching the magnet pad. How long you need to leave the water on the magnet will depend on how much water you have. I usually use a gallon milk container and leave it on the pad for 4-6 hours or longer. It won't hurt to leave it there longer, you can even just leave the container on the pad and refill it as you use the water. The water will stay magnetized for several days after you take it off the magnet.
There is a long history of the use of magnets to improve the quality and health benefits of water. Many countries have been using magnetic water for patients with digestive, urinary, and nervous problems, for pain, swelling, and many other ailments. Whether all of the claims are true or false remains to be tested by science. However, Magnetic Therapy has been accepted by many for the relief of pain. It is now accepted that each of our cells possess a small magnetic field and that water can be magnetized. Then, the logical conclusion is that magnetic water has the ability to affect our cells and help our body perform as it was meant. There is much evidence that bio-magnetic water is beneficial and none that it can be harmful.
Visit our website for more information about Bio-Magnetic Therapy and Bio-Magnetic water.
Janet Forsythe of Forsythe & Associates is a scientist and has been involved in alternative, natural therapy for many years. Our web site deals with Magnetic Therapy Products and has several articles about the subject.
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Sunday, April 24, 2016


Did you know that in certain countries where women wear loose garments, conditions such as endometriosis are much less prevalent?
 It's true...tight clothing can cause a multitude of heath problems not just for women, but men too.   It just can't be a good thing to cut off circulation to some of your vital organs...especially your reproductive organs.  Read more:

Whether or not this study is true, it is widely believed (among doctors as well as laypeople) that tight pants do in fact damage the testicles and can cause infertility or cancer. But that’s not all. Wearing tight pants is associated with a host of negative consequences for both men and women. For starters, the same reason tight pants causes infertility problems in men (overheating of the crotch area) can cause yeast infections and urinary tract infections in women.

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According to Pravda, tight pants also limit the mobility of hip joints, cause stretching of joint capsules, and negatively affect the spine. A too-tight waist constricts the abdominal area filled with vital organs, causing problems such as reduced lymph flow from the pelvis, improper immune system function and poor circulation.
from:  (

Wednesday, April 20, 2016


Male Fertility - Diet For Father to Be

Guest Post By Stuart Hutchings
In general the diet for a healthy father-to-be should be every bit as balanced, varied, and nutritious as the diet for mother-to-be.
A balanced diet is extremely important. Research shows that poor eating habits and drinking alcohol regularly, for instance, can lower the quality and quantity of sperm. Infertility is as much a man's problem as it is a woman's. It is reported that approximately 30 - 40% of infertility can be attributed to men. Nutrition could have a direct impact on the potency of sperm. Following a healthy diet could boost your chances of conceiving a child.
Specifically, future dads should eat plenty of foods rich in vitamin C, get more zinc and increase intake of calcium, vitamin D, vitamin E and L-arginine.
There are many contributors towards the improvement of male fertility (some work more effectively in combination with others):



Promoters of fertility (in alphabetical order)

  • Calcium - is a key regulator of sperm function. It improves the vitality and longevity of sperm.
Sources: low fat milk, yoghurt, cheese, hummus, broccoli, spinach, salmon, sunflower seeds, almonds, sesame seeds.

  • Chromium - is an essential trace mineral involved with blood-sugar regulation and the hormone insulin. Severe chromium deficiency may interfere with normal growth and decreased fertility.
Sources: raw onions, romaine lettuce, tomatoes, honey, brewers yeast, oysters, liver.

  • Coenzyme Q10 - is a nutrient mainly used by the body in the production of energy but it has been linked to increases in sperm count and motility.
Sources: beef, soy, mackerel, sardines, spinach, peanuts, vegetable oil.

  • Essential Fatty Acid's - EFA's have a critical effect on every part of the body, both of the important families omega-3 and omega-6 are components of nerve cells and cellular membrane throughout the body. They act as hormone regulators. Sperm tails contain high concentrations of omega-3 fatty acids particularly DHA. Semen is rich in prostaglandin's, which are produced from fatty acids. Diet alone sometimes cannot offer sufficient intake of essential fatty acids; supplementation of fish oils can help to restore depleted levels of omega-3 levels.
Sources: linseed oil, flaxseed oil, hemp oil, starflower oil, evening primrose oil, herring, salmon, mackerel, sardines.

  • Folic Acid (also known as folate) - is a form of water-soluble B vitamins. Studies have shown those most deficient in folic acid could have lower quality and lower density of sperm. Folic acid is said to work more effectively in combination with zinc.
Sources: grains, wheat germ, spinach, liver, eggs, romaine lettuce, lentils, fortified cereals.

  • L-arginine - is an amino acid found in the head of sperm, it is essential in sperm formation; it increases sperm count and quality, and also, improves sexual desire and ejaculation.
Sources: in the food chain arginine is found in chicken, turkey and other meats.

  • L-carnitine - is an amino acid that is essential for normal functioning of sperm cells. Higher levels of L-carnitine equals higher levels of sperm count and motility.
Sources: mutton, lamb, beef, pork, rabbit, chicken, cow's milk.

  • Niacin (also known as vitamin B3) - is critical to energy production. It causes a large release of histamine all over the body it aids proper circulation for long lasting erections.
Sources: liver, peanuts, chicken, tuna, salmon, peanut butter.

  • Selenium - is an anti-oxidant that protects against sperm damage, maximises sperm formation and can reduce mobility. Low levels of selenium have been found in men with low sperm count. It works synergistically with vitamin E.
Sources: brazil nuts, tuna, beef, cod, turkey, noodles, egg, rice.

  • Vitamin B12 - is needed to maintain fertility, it improves low sperm count and sperm motility.
Sources: meat, dairy products, eggs, yeast.

  • Vitamin C - reduces the risk of sperm damage protecting them from oxidant damage. It stops sperm from clumping together making them more motile (clumping reduces fertility).
Sources: cereals, apple juice, grapefruit, orange, strawberries, asparagus, red cabbage, peppers, new potatoes, peas.

  • Vitamin D - may help to improve fertility because it assists in the absorption of calcium from the food that you eat.
Sources: low fat milk, salmon, mackerel, cod liver oil, tuna, sardines, eggs, cereals.

  • Vitamin E - increases fertility. The anti-oxidant properties are said to make sperm more fertile - by protecting from damage and increasing quality. It corrects the functioning of the endocrine glands that produce hormones, which influence growth, development and metabolic activity. Vitamin E is more effective when taken with another key anti-oxidant - Vitamin C.
Sources: wheat germ, almonds, sunflower seeds / oil, safflower oil, hazelnuts.

  • Zinc - is involved in the health of reproductive organs and prostate glands and virtually every aspect of male reproduction. It is found in high concentration in the sperm and is needed to make the outer layer and the tail of the sperm. Even short-term deficiencies can reduce sperm volume and testosterone levels. Zinc is said to work more effectively in combination with folic acid.
Sources: pumpkin seeds, baked beans, chick peas, muesli, oysters, extra lean mince beef, dark chicken meat.
It is not always possible to obtain satisfactory levels of these substances from diet alone, taking supplements can sometimes be a good way of ensuring adequate levels are maintained but do not over-do this.
Inhibitors of fertility (in alphabetical order)

  • Alcohol - can cause a decrease in sperm count and testosterone levels and contributes towards the production of abnormal sperm. It can also lead to lower proportions of motile sperm. Alcohol also inhibits zinc one of the more important minerals for male fertility. Cut out or cut back on alcohol. While an occasional drink is generally considered safe, studies show that daily consumption of wine, beer or spirits can be detrimental.
  • Caffeine - like alcohol it can prevent your body from receiving and absorbing nutrients leading to problems with sperm count, abnormalities and motility.
  • Drugs - recreational drugs such as marijuana and cocaine should be avoided. These can affect the brain chemistry responsible for releasing reproductive hormones. A father's drug use can also cause birth defects. It is also wise to check with your doctor about medicines as some of these can suppress sperm production and quality.
  • Radiation and chemicals - exposure to hazardous substances at work can also damage sperm, reduce sperm count and possibly cause genetic defects.
  • Smoking - decreases sperm count, makes sperm more sluggish and increases the number of abnormal sperm. Smoking is also known to decrease vitamin C levels in our bodies.
  • Stress - even minimal stress can cause a man's testosterone levels and sperm count to drop.
Recommendations for improving male fertility
Sperm is produced 24 hours a day, 7 days a week but it takes approximately 72-90 days (up to 3 months) to produce mature sperm. It is should be recognised that any changes in lifestyle, diet etc. need time to have an effect.
The basic message is that you need to commit yourself to a few months of clean living and healthy eating which means plenty of fruit, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, lean meats - and a safer lifestyle, you will then be in good shape to father a child. It may be necessary to take some supplements to ensure that optimum levels of minerals, vitamins and fatty acids (link) are obtained. In some cases studies have shown that RDA levels need to be exceeded to restore imbalances.
Terms used:
Motile sperms - swim forward in an essentially straight line but non-progressively motile sperms swim in a more abnormal path, such as tight circles. They are less likely to find the target!
Aggulation of sperms - relates to the 'clumping' of sperm (when sperm sticks together) it reduces fertility.
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Monday, April 18, 2016


I firmly believe that we attract things into our life not just by our actions, but by our thoughts.  Our thoughts are things and we should all be "mindful" about what we think at every moment.  Have you ever noticed how negative people hang around with other negative people?  Or some people seem to have very bad luck?  It really boils down to how they attract things into their life.  When I was trying to conceive, I had every strike against me I could think of.  I was pushing my mid forties, I had a history of multiple miscarriages, and I only had one fallopian tube after my failed fertility treatments left me with an ectopic pregnancy.  But, somehow I knew I was going to get pregnant.  Even though all the doctors looked at me like I was crazy....I knew I was going to have a baby.  I decided to ditch the doctors because I felt like they were derailing me from my goal by constantly reminding me how old I was and how the statistics were not in my favor.

Aside from all the physical steps I took to prepare my body for pregnancy, I had to prepare my mind and attract a baby into my life.  One very powerful method of doing this is using vision boards.


Saturday, April 16, 2016


Lessons on Infertility from an Ancient Fertility Goddess

Guest Post By Amy B
If you are having a hard time conceiving a child, it can often make you feel like a failure as a woman. It can be very hard to deal with infertility, and the stress of trying to conceive.
You may often feel as though your desire for a child is so great that it should be enough to help you conceive a baby. When you run into that wall again and again, it's tough.
You should know that you are not a failure as a woman. Women are amazing, strong creatures who all have their own inner fertility goddess. Get in touch with your inner goddess. Women are unique, nurturing creatures. Our biggest instinct is to 'mother.'
Let us take a look at some ancient fertility goddesses and find out what lessons they may be able to teach us while we work on our own fertility.
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Ishtar is the ancient fertility goddess of Babylon. One of the most famous stories that surround her was of her descent into the Underworld, or the world of the dead. Ishtar marches right up to the gates and demands to be let in. She tells the gatekeeper that if she is not let in, she will tear down the gates and break the locks. Well, she gets let in.
Something wonderful that we can take from the ancient fertility goddess Ishtar, and from the inner goddess in all women, is to never give up. When the gatekeeper told Ishtar that she could not come in, she demanded to be let in, and threatened great consequences if she was not. She faced the horror of the Underworld, and let nothing stop her.
Using your inner ancient fertility goddess, face your pain. Let nothing deter you, and never give up. If Ishtar would have turned around defeated and mumbled under her breath while she walked away, nations would never have worshiped her. We would never have known her story. Never give up.
Venus is the ancient fertility goddess of Rome. She is also the goddess of Love. She was, and still is the mother to a beautiful and great country. She is worshiped far and wide for her beauty and kindness. Venus was the mother of Cupid.
Reach in and take from your own inner ancient fertility goddess the ability to give birth to beauty and love. Women are natural creators, and nurturers. While working on your fertility [], allow yourself to mother a different type of creation.
Paint, draw, sing, write, perform in a play, or plant a garden. Allow the beauty inside of you to come out in some type of creation. Do something that you love. Giving of yourself through art is a beautiful thing. Allowing yourself an outlet can also help with the frustration you feel. Venus gave birth to love, and so can you.
Another important thing that you must take from your inner ancient fertility goddess is the right to be human. Possess the right to err, to make mistakes, and to mess everything up once in a while. Take the right to be imperfect, still knowing that you are a nurturer, a lover, and a creator.
Most importantly, take the ability to love yourself for what you are. You are Woman, and you are unique and beautiful. Use these goddesses, and your own inner ancient fertility goddess and remember to enjoy love and beauty, and to never give up.

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