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Friday, August 18, 2017


St Rita to the Rescue

Guest Post By Esther Gombor

Dear Friends! There is also another saint who has helped me greatly in my life, and to whom you can turn with confidence: St. Rita of Cascia, who lived during the 14th century, in the height of Renaissance Italy. She is the patron saint of hopeless cases, the saint of impossible situations, the one who intercedes when all hope seems to be lost.
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Many years ago, I was confronted with difficult and sudden change in my life, and the world around me turned upside down. Although I tried hard, I could not accept the direction my life was suddenly forced to take and the emptiness that descended upon me with all its cruel weight and force. First I crumbled, and then, slowly getting used to being in pieces, I became numb to the world. Like an automaton I walked and did what I had to do, but joy no longer lived in my heart. I switched to survival mode, streamlined my life to the bare minimum; at night a waited for the sun to rise, and
during the day I waited for it to set. I desperately wanted my old life back, filled with the joy I was used to but obviously did not appreciate. Of course, back then I was not aware of my ungrateful spirit; only later did I realize how unaware I was of the good things given to me, of the comfort of a safe heart, of a life uncomplicated and untainted. And then the bomb was dropped, and it exploded, and sharp splinters pierced through the soft veil of my cushy existence. The deeper I sank into darkness and tears, the more I knew that only a miracle would save me; human powers could no longer lift me from the despair I spiralled into. All day long I was theorizing about what had happened to me; hundreds of interpretations swirled through my head, my thoughts like fragile branches, reached out to a million directions only to hook on to one terrifying conclusion: I was no longer loved. I was like a scavenger crawling along the sandy bottom of the sea, away from the light of the world, feeding off scraps left behind by other, happier creatures.
And then, one night, in a rare hour of sleep, a dream came to me. In this dream, I saw a golden and shiny disk hovering above my face, and in a language I do not recall but could only telepathically understand, it said to me: "things are not what they seem". Startled, I woke up immediately, and I just knew this was no ordinary dream; this was a message from above. Someone in divine spheres realized that I reached the limits of despair, took pity on me, and decided to send me a ray of hope. It was little was to grasp on, but I started to build my existence around this one divine sign. Of course, later I learned that one divine sign is all we need to know that our future is about to change. As to when, that of course I did not know; timing is, as always, in God's hands.
I would love to tell you that soon after this dream my life changed, misunderstandings cleared, the stars aligned, and everything fell back to normal. But it was not the case; there was no sign of change at all. Of course, my life went on, but no resolution presented itself to my aching soul. And during these years of emptiness I realized that the miracle I needed must come from above, and so I turned to God. No one else would have understood me, and certainly there was no one who could perform the miracle I so craved. My dream of the golden disk was my invitation, and as I had no choice, I opened up like a flower and soaked up all that God allowed me to see of Him. I studied Him, spoke to Him, looked for Him and buried myself into His love. Yet, still there was no change, and God stayed silent.
Well into the second year after my dream, I spent my summer in Hungary where each day I went to my favourite little church where there is, to this day, a small shrine to St. Rita, the saint of impossible things; just the saint for me, I thought. One day, when I was completely alone in the church praying to her, always for the same thing, never giving up, I suddenly felt I was enveloped in a strong scent of roses. It felt strange; I was alone and this divine scent, strong and delightfully rosy, just descended upon me like a cloud, wrapping me into its soft folds, comforting me and bringing tears into my eyes. It lasted about a minute, and as suddenly as it came, it went, leaving me alone in the musky church, pleasantly confused and tearfully hopeful. I did not know what it was back then, but I sensed that it must have been a sign, a divine agreement, a propitious herald that soon my life would change. I felt that St. Rita had heard me, and her intercession, after so long, finally gained favour with God.
Again, I would love to tell you that soon after this rosy scented minute the pieces of my life suddenly fell into their proper and most auspicious places. Yet for long months still there was no change, and God stayed silent. I came back home and continued to pray to St. Rita to make sure that she kept me in her favour and kept interceding on my behalf.
By the third year after my dream, I learnt a lot about God and His divine systems. I researched Him day and night, and the more I knew about Him and the more efficiently I prayed, the stronger my faith grew. My life became solid and happy again; I rebuilt myself into a weaker version of earlier times, but nonetheless it was a version liveable.
In my third year of faithfully praying for the same thing, when my faith grew stronger and my life was much more solid and happier, suddenly, in the most ordinary of moments, my wish came true. When I least expected it, God granted my wish and wrapped it in circumstances so favourable that exceeded all my expectations. My desire materialized, and solutions I could never imagine were presented to me. After testing me for so long, God decided to come out of the clouds and show His divine face to me.
This was many years ago, and since then I have learnt a lot. I have learnt that He waited for my faith to grow strong before He would grant my wish. He wanted me to feel the impact of His love and generosity to make sure it became the guiding light of my life, the pivot of my existence and my work. He made sure that my experience became life-changing to me, so that through it I would change the lives of others. He expected perseverance in faith and unconditional love from me, growth in spirit and understanding of human conditions. And when He felt I was transformed into a loving receptacle of His will and ready to receive and see His divine face, He gave and gave generously, perfectly, more than I expected, and perhaps more than I was ready to handle. I also learned that the golden disk in my dream was the Holy Spirit who descended onto me with His divine message.
Years after my rosy scented minute in that little Hungarian church, I also learned that St. Rita on her deathbed in the convent of Cascia asked for a rose and a fig to be brought to her from her garden at her old home. This was a strange request in the middle of January when all the gardens were covered in deep snow. Yet, the saint's cousin went to the garden and found one single rose in full bloom and one fragrant and ripe fig which she quickly brought back to Rita. Since then, roses and the scent of roses in impossible places tell us that St. Rita is present and her intercession for us was successful. St. Rita shares this lovely symbol with St. Therese of Lisieux.
Although my wish was not granted to me immediately, now I know that that rosy scented cloud in that small church was indeed a divine sign sent from above: And the Lord spoke: "you have gained my goodwill, and I know you by name." (Exodus, 33,17).
It was a sign that God never breaks His promise to us: ask and you shall receive.
You must be getting ready to go to work soon. Remember, you also have St. Rita on your side in times of trouble and desperation. Persevere patiently; even with making you wait for a long time, God has His divine purpose that needs to be fulfilled.
Esther Gombor lives in Toronto, Canada. Her articles reflect her journey on the path that she embraced so that she may link to God in a deeper way, that she may understand and accept His message and transcend her spiritual paralysis. This article comes from her blog at
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Thursday, August 17, 2017


New Moon Manifestation Ceremony - Manifest Your Biggest Dreams

Guest Post By Rebekah Campbell

The moon's cycle is 28 days and it has a powerful effect on our energies. While a full moon completes this cycle and brings the energies of completion, ending, change, and release of those things that no longer serve us, the new moon brings the energies of creation, birth, rebirth, and manifestation.
One of the best ways to honour, recognize, and use this energy for maximum benefit is to create a
New Moon Ceremony. There are many ways to create a ceremony for this purpose, while I am sharing the new moon ceremony that I enjoy each month with my twin flame, Boyd Campbell, I want you to follow your own guidance and intuition in creating a new moon ceremony that resonates with you. If this one resonates for you, perfect! If not, make your own changes until it does, or create something completely new.
You can perform this ceremony with others or alone, and it is very powerful, especially when it becomes a regular part of your monthly spiritual cycle. Your intentions will change as you grow, so doing this each month will keep your intentions clear and focused, bringing renewed dedication. This ceremony is a natural progression following your full moon release ceremony.
The new moon is a time to reflect and become clear and focused on what it is that we are wanting to create and manifest in our lives. So let's get started!
What you will need:
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  • Sage or Sage Incense

  • One or more of the following; Jasmine Incense, Clove Incense, Sage Incense, Patchouli Incense, Cinnamon Incense, Lavender Incense, Vanilla Incense, Musk Incense, Amber Incense, Frankincense Incense, Lilac Incense, Sandalwood Incense, Cedar Incense

  • Feather

  • Himalayan Salt (in a dish)

  • Water (in a dish)

  • White Candle

  • Citrine crystals (2)

  • Clear Quartz crystals (2)

  • Paper with pen or pencil to write

  • Smudge shell or dish

  • Lighter or matches

1. To start, use your sage to smudge your ceremony area and yourself, including your sacred space/altar. Either white sage or white sage incense will work. By smudging with sage you are clearing all negative energies and leaving your space and your aura cleansed - a clean slate for your manifestation ceremony.
2. Now select whichever incense or combination of incense resonates with you for this ceremony. Light them and leave them burning throughout the ceremony.
Financial and Material Manifestations (money matters, possessions such as a new home):
Sage, Mint, Basil, Clove, Jasmine, Patchouli, or Cinnamon
Health and Well-Being (curing physical ailments, boosting energy, promoting vitality):
Amber, Frankincense, Sage, Lavender, Lilac, or Cinnamon
Love & Relationships (healing a relationship, attracting your soul mate, making yourself more attractive): Cinnamon, Jasmine, Musk, Lavender, Vanilla, or Patchouli
Spiritual Growth: Sandalwood, Jasmine, Musk, Cedar, Lavender, or Anis
Protection from Harm: Frankincense, or Sage
Strength and Courage: Lavender, Musk, or Cinnamon
Fertility: Patchouli or Musk
3. Now it's time to set up your alter/sacred space. I like to incorporate the four elements; earth, water, fire and air. I do this by setting up a cup of water (water), a cup of himalayan salt (earth), a feather (air) and lighting my white candle (fire). The white candle symbolizes universal consciousness, purity, truth, unity, happiness and spirituality - divine connection.
4. Citrine and Clear Quartz - great crystals for a manifestation ceremony. Arrange your crystals on your alter/sacred space however feels right for you. Boyd and I like to set them up in a square pattern representing the four directions. The Citrine is a premier stone of manifestation, imagination and personal will. Carrying the power of the sun, it is energizing and life giving, clearing the mind and stirring the soul into action. Clear Quartz is a high vibration crystal that helps with concentration, increased awareness, inspiration and creativity. It is also an amplifier, thus it amplifies the power of your intention and the power of the Citrine crystals.
5. Now take a few moments to become quiet and meditate. You can invite your guides, angels, ascended masters, or whoever else you would like to be there with you. When you are ready, write down on a piece of paper what it is that you want to manifest. Make a list of what you want to create in your life. Think big, these are your dreams! The new moon is a perfect time to manifest what you may feel is out of reach, don't be scared to create your vision here. These are more than just words on a piece of paper, by writing down your intentions you are making a commitment to co-creating with the universe. You are opening the doors and setting your dreams into motion. At the top of the paper write down, "I openly accept these things into my life, or something even better than I have imagined, for the highest good of everyone involved. So be it."
6. A big part of being successful with your new moon manifestations is keeping them in the forefront of your awareness. Keep them in a visible spot, or in your purse or wallet. Journal about your progress.
7. Make adjustments to your list as the month goes by, it is only natural that your desires will change over time. Check off the things that you have received. You may find it helpful to make a vision or dream collage with pictures that illustrate what you are manifesting, and be sure to spend time looking at it each day, focusing on how you FEEL as you imagine already having these things.
8. Each month you will renew this list at a repeated new moon manifestation ceremony, thus re-dedicating your intentions.
Important Factors to Note:

  • For those of you who are attuned to Reiki, use your Reiki throughout the ceremony and if you have been attuned to Reiki Symbols, draw them on your paper.

  • For those of you who know how to create crystal grids, put this list in a grid and keep it charged.
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Monday, August 14, 2017


Pregnancy Over 40, You May Not Be Infertile

I frequently write about how there is a high percent of pregnancies even in so called infertile people.
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 Here is another story of a woman who underwent a number of fertility procedures only to get pregnant on her own not just once, but twice. Read more:
Having spent three years at the frontline of fertility treatment undergoing every medical procedure known to modern man — including more than 1,000 injections and a total change of white blood cells — I managed by some fluke to get pregnant on my own (although I was on Chinese herbs at the time).

The doctors were shocked. My husband was stunned and I was totally delighted.

And now four years on, with our miracle baby Allegra now at school and all the odds still firmly
stacked against me (aged 41, I am very much in the “maternal crone” category), I have somehow managed to do it again.

Without drugs, pills or jabs, I am six-months' pregnant and can't believe it.

This time around my husband dropped his toolbox when I told him and needed a sit down. My doctor asked for early scan photos just to prove I wasn't lying.

Well, you can hardly blame them. Having undergone at least £10,000-worth of private IVF, ICSI (when they take individual sperm to fertilise the egg), artificial insemination twice and courses of Clomid fertility pills, as well as steroids, progesterone jabs, blood thinners and an IVIG (an eight-hour white blood cell transfusion) I was not an obvious candidate for a natural conception — particularly this late in the game. 

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Wednesday, August 09, 2017


Here is a very encouraging story.  The woman in this article didn't even have prospects for a lifetime partner when she was 40.  Since then, she's had three children, all conceived naturally.  The article goes on to talk about a new book that confirms what I've been saying for many years....the decline in women's fertility with age is overblown!  Read more:

...a new book by psychologist Jean Twenge has controversially argued that warnings about older women’s fertility problems are hugely overblown and based on hopelessly out‑of-date statistics.
It claims that women over 30 are being panicked into believing they have fallen over a ‘fertility cliff’, when the decline is nowhere near as steep as generally assumed.
A U.S. study, released in June, appears to back up the argument, suggesting that 80 per cent of 38 and 39-year-olds get pregnant naturally within six months of trying...


Sarah, who turns 52 in September, has just started a part-time admin job, she’s married and, most incredibly of all, is a mother of three. Her youngest child, Edward, was conceived when she was 48; all her pregnancies were natural, without any fertility treatment.
‘If, at my 40th birthday party, you’d told me that I would have three children by the time I turned 50, I would have laughed and said it was ridiculous,’ says Sarah.

Monday, August 07, 2017


Natural tea for endometriosis

Endometriosis is something that I've had and seems to be a common problem among women of childbearing age - especially those suffering from infertility.  Here is a site which gives an endometriosis "recipe" along with some other suggestions to improve this condition.  Read more:

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Endometriosis Tea

1 teaspoon each vitex berries, echinacea root, wild yam rhizome and cramp bark

½ teaspoon each horsetail stalks, red raspberry and motherwort

1 quart water

Combine herbs and water in an uncovered pot and bring to a boil. Turn down the heat and let simmer gently for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat, cover and steep for 15 minutes. Strain out herbs. Drink at least 2 cups daily. This formula can also be taken as a tincture or in capsules. 


Friday, August 04, 2017


Wow, I had no idea that sperm counts have decreased so much!  According to the article below, there has been a decrease of 50% since 1973.  That's almost as scary as global warming.  Men are exposed to many environmental chemicals and sperm are incredibly sensitive. Read more:

Alongside the deleterious effects of cigarette smoke, especially during critical stages of prenatal development, the authors of the study point out that exposure to certain synthetic chemicals has been associated with decreased fertility.
“Men residing in Western countries over the last decades were exposed to new manmade chemicals
during their life course, and there is more and more evidence that these chemicals hurt their reproductive function,” one of the study’s authors said in an interview. The authors insist that their findings should drive further research aimed at determining ways to stem the decline, including regulating the chemicals that are contributing to it.


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For close to two centuries, organic chemists have studied and manipulated the molecular world by swapping chemical groups for each other along the perimeter of carbon-based compounds, like differently shaped and colored Lego blocks. Second, there’s the nature of the chemical industry. Since the early 20th century, American chemical firms have drawn on raw materials derived from oil and natural gas. These were particularly good starting materials for producing things like lubricants, solvents, plastics, fibers — products in high demand from the military, the auto industry and the burgeoning midcentury market for consumer conveniences. Firms made enormous investments in refineries to make oil and gas into certain chemical ingredients, and in factories to convert those ingredients into certain kinds of products. With these expensive, large-scale facilities in place, chemical firms used the magic of substitution to turn out myriad varieties of these basic chemical products to be used in myriad applications.
from nytimes

Wednesday, August 02, 2017


Trying To Conceive Over 40, Are Your Cycles Too Short?

Progesterone supplementation is frequently given to women with luteal phase defect.
 However, if you're on the natural route, aside from natural progesterone cream, there are dietary
changes you can make to help correct your cycles.

When I was trying to conceive over the age of 40, I had my progesterone levels checked and I was told they had a "ski jump" pattern.  They were high in the beginning of my cycle, but then they took a nose dive too early in the second half.  This can make it difficult for you to carry a pregnancy because progesterone ("pro-gestation") is needed to sustain your uterine lining.

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Monday, July 31, 2017


Having A Baby Over 40

Estrogen levels, progesterone levels, FSH levels, egg quality, sperm quality, ovulation, fertilization, uterine lining, implantation, HcG levels, etc. etc. etc.

Whoa! STOP!

Volumes have been written on all of the above. Do we really need to delve so deeply into our reproductive physiology to have a baby? Well, I guess that's what we pay reproductive endocrinologists for. It's mind boggling to think about the synchronistic orchestration of events that have to occur to get pregnant and have a baby. But is all this really necessary? Is it all just luck or a random luck of the draw that determines who gets pregnant and who doesn't? Especially for us "long shots?" Do we all really need medical degrees? And even if we all had one, would that help us get pregnant? Is it a productive use of our time to try to control microscopic events? Whew!

Let me propose that you step back for a moment and try a different approach:
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Focus on the outcome of your desires, not the path that will get you there.

If you desperately want a baby, you need to be focused on having a baby, not on every blip of your lab work. That's one reason why I'm so glad I discontinued fertility treatments. I didn't want someone telling me every reason in the world why I wasn't going to get pregnant(and every reason why I would miscarry if I did). I was going to have a baby and that was that! So there!

So how do you shift your thinking? First of all, I do believe in preparedness. That's one reason I developed my pregnancy protocol. It helps to prepare your body for conception and pregnancy. But a major factor in success (not just in getting pregnant) is visualizing the outcome. For example:

If you desperately want a baby, visualize how happy you'll be when you hold that baby in your arms... don't focus on how you want a baby and you don't have one

Visualize playing and laughing with your baby, feeding your baby, dressing your baby, and loving your baby. Your visualizations should be so strong that you're your smiling and happy the rest of the day because you know your baby is on the way... not sad and depressed that everyone has a baby except you

It's a small but powerful shift in thinking and it's a heck of a lot easier than going to medical school (I have a CD on visualization and meditation which may help - click here.) I don't know the universal mechanics, but it's what you focus on that you attract. If you focus on your baby, you attract a baby, if you focus on not having one....guess what? If you're in the negative mindset...have a good cry, maybe even scream while your at it. Once you get it out of your system, you may be better able to focus on what you want, not what you don't have.

Friday, July 28, 2017


If you've been reading my blogs for a while, you know that I have written about gluten intolerance as a cause of infertility and possibly miscarriage.  So if you have been tested and are allergic to gluten, by all means eat a gluten free diet.  But what about the rest of us?  Is gluten really that bad?  It's amazing how many web searches will basically condemn gluten and lead us to believe that it should be banished from the earth.  Gluten can offer some benefits and it is actually VERY high in protein
What is the scientific research on gluten and should we all be avoiding it?

This interesting article in Medical News Today quoted a study from 2013 which said:

  "We found no evidence of specific or dose-dependent effects of gluten in patients with NCGS," the team concluded. In fact, the researchers found the bloating previously identified may be attributable to consumption of carbohydrates called FODMAPs (fermentable, oligo-, di-, monosaccharides, and polyols)" 

The article went on to say:

Lisa Cimperman, a clinical dietitian at the University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, OH, and a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, added: "Gluten is neither essential nor detrimental to one's health or quality of diet." 

Gluten has been 'popularized as a dietary villain'

As such, some nutritionists believe following a gluten-free diet without having received a diagnosis of
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celiac disease does not offer health benefits, but the unwarranted praise for the diet makes us believe it does. Cimperman told us:

"There are no beneficial health effects to a gluten-free diet. Wheat and gluten have recently become popularized as dietary villains by a number of books and media outlets.
Unfortunately, talk show hosts and celebrities are able to amplify such messages while having little to no health or nutrition credentials. There is no research to support gluten-free diets for anyone other than those affected by celiac disease."
In fact, some experts claim following a gluten-free diet in the absence of celiac disease may actually be detrimental to health, as it can lack the nutrients needed to maintain a healthy, balanced diet. According to the Mayo Clinic, a gluten-free diet may lead to lower levels of iron, calcium, fiber, folate, thiamin, riboflavin and niacin. 


Wednesday, July 26, 2017


Monitoring FSH and Other Hormones

If you've ever had your hormone levels tested, you probably know it's hard to know what's high, low, normal or borderline.
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I should mention that by the time I conceived my daughter, I had given up on fertility treatments and actually did not even want to know what my hormone levels were.  I figured that if the information was negative, it might derail me.  However, I know many women and their doctors do monitor and want to monitor their hormones.
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 Here is a good resouce which explains hormonal levels:

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Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) Day 3 3-20 mIU/ml FSH is often used as a gauge of ovarian reserve. In general, under 6 is excellent, 6-9 is good, 9-10 fair, 10-13 diminished reserve, 13+ very hard to stimulate. In PCOS testing, the LH:FSH ratio may be used in the diagnosis. The ratio is usually close to 1:1, but if the LH is higher, it is one possible indication of PCOS.
Estradiol (E2) Day 3 25-75 pg/ml Levels on the lower end tend to be better for stimulating. Abnormally high levels on day 3 may indicate existence of a functional cyst or diminished ovarian reserve. 

 Estradiol (E2) Day 4-5 of meds 100+ pg/ml or 2x Day 3 There are no charts showing E2 levels during stimulation since there is a wide variation depending on how many follicles are being produced and their size. Most doctors will consider any increase in E2 a positive sign, but others use a formula of either 100 pg/ml after 4 days of stims, or a doubling in E2 from the level taken on cycle day 3.
Estradiol (E2) Surge/hCG day 200 + pg/ml The levels should be 200-600 per mature (18 mm) follicle. These levels are sometimes lower in overweight women.
Luteinizing Hormone (LH) Day 3 < 7 mIU/ml A normal LH level is similar to FSH. An LH that is higher than FSH is one indication of PCOS.
Luteinizing Hormone (LH) Surge Day > 20 mIU/ml The LH surge leads to ovulation within 48 hours. 


Prolactin Day 3 < 24 ng/ml Increased prolactin levels can interfere with ovulation. They may also indicate further testing (MRI) should be done to check for a pituitary tumor. Some women with PCOS also have hyperprolactinemia.
Progesterone (P4) Day 3 < 1.5 ng/ml Often called the follicular phase level. An elevated level may indicate a lower pregnancy rate.
Progesterone (P4) 7 dpo > 15 ng/ml A progesterone test is done to confirm ovulation. When a follicle releases its egg, it becomes what is called a corpus luteum and produces progesterone. A level over 5 probably indicates some form of ovulation, but most doctors want to see a level over 10 on a natural cycle, and a level over 15 on a medicated cycle. There is no mid-luteal level that predicts pregnancy. Some say the test may be more accurate if done first thing in the morning after fasting. 


Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) Day 3 .4-4 uIU/ml Mid-range normal in most labs is about 1.7. A high level of TSH combined with a low or normal T4 level generally indicates hypothyroidism, which can have an effect on fertility.
Free Triiodothyronine (T3) Day 3 1.4-4.4 pg/ml Sometimes the diseased thyroid gland will start producing very high levels of T3 but still produce normal levels of T4. Therefore measurement of both hormones provides an even more accurate evaluation of thyroid function. 


Free Thyroxine (T4) Day 3 .8-2 ng/dl A low level may indicate a diseased thyroid gland or may indicate a non- functioning pituitary gland which is not stimulating the thyroid to produce T4. If the T4 is low and the TSH is normal, that is more likely to indicate a problem with the pituitary. 

Total Testosterone Day 3 6-86 ng/dl Testosterone is secreted from the adrenal gland and the ovaries. Most would consider a level above 50 to be somewhat elevated.
Free Testosterone Day 3 .7-3.6 pg/ml
Dehydroepiandrosterone Sulfate (DHEAS) Day 3 35-430 ug/dl An elevated DHEAS level may be improved through use of dexamethasone, prednisone, or insulin-sensiting medications. 


Androstenedione Day 3 .7-3.1 ng/ml
Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG) Day 3 18-114 nmol/l Increased androgen production often leads to lower SHBG
17 Hydroxyprogesterone Day 3 20-100 ng/dl Mid-cycle peak would be 100-250 ng/dl, luteal phase 100-500 ng/dl
Fasting Insulin 8-16 hours fasting < 30 mIU/ml The normal range here doesn't give all the information. A fasting insulin of 10-13 generally indicates some insulin resistance, and levels above 13 indicate greater insulin resistance. 

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Monday, July 24, 2017

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I have readers from all over the world with many different belief systems, but one of the most popular pages on my website is "Saints to pray to for fertility and protection of pregnancy"(click here).
Two of the most popular are Saint Gerard and Saint Rita,
I have pages devoted to both of these saints along with prayers (links to these pages above)
These saints are part of the Catholic belief system, but do you have to be Catholic to pray to saints?  No..around the world, people are taught prayers and the Rosary even though they may not have been brought up Catholic or Christian. They report finding peace and comfort in these prayers. It is thought to be not just a benefit to them, but to the entire world.
It is usually recommended to read up on the life of a saint, so you understand their history and why they have reached sainthood. Stay calm and focused and find a quiet place where you will not be interrupted. You can use the prayers on the links above, or compose your own prayer in your own words. Speak from your heart.
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Friday, July 21, 2017


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:


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?
"It was long believed that testing a woman's fallopian tubes could have fertility benefits through
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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.


Wednesday, July 19, 2017


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."

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Monday, July 17, 2017


 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.

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.


Wednesday, July 05, 2017


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


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.


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


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.


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


Monday, June 26, 2017


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!

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!
Warren is a regular guy with a passion for staying fit and naturally healthy! He discovered how spirulina benefits your life and you can too by following the links below!
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