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Thursday, February 15, 2018


Maca has come up in my reading for many years.  It is an interesting root which many women swear by to help them with ovulation and conception. It also reportedly has benefits for men.  Maca is a cruciferous vegetable which would put it in the same category as broccoli, cabbage, kale and all of those super nutritious foods.  The taste of it is described as "earthy and nutty".  Read more:
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Maca is a type of root crop, native to the Andes Mountains of Peru. The Peruvian natives have used Maca root for hundreds of years for a number of different purposes. Fighting infertility with Maca is a practice that goes back a long time and has a record of results.
How Maca Root Fights Infertility
Both men and women can fight infertility with Maca. For women, Maca can help to regulate imbalances in some of those important fertility hormones. It can also correct or at least mitigate some of the hormone dysfunction that comes with menopause.
For men, Maca can help to increase sperm count. As you probably know by now, a low sperm count is the leading cause of infertility in men. Maca can also help with sperm motility (the ability of the sperm to move forward toward the egg).
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One of the most attractive things about Maca is that it doesn’t rely on artificial manipulation of the body’s hormones to work. It actually doesn’t even contain any plant hormones. Instead, it uses plant sterols to trigger your body into producing the right amount of hormones so as to maximize fertility.
Other Health Benefits
On top of fighting infertility, Maca has been used for a number of other health purposes. People have used it to reduce stress, to help with hormone imbalances that aren’t fertility-related, to strengthen bones and teeth and to help control the symptoms of menopause.
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If you want to fight infertility in a natural way, Maca should be one of the first weapons in your arsenal.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018


Stress, Cortisol and Infertility

I've proven to myself time and time again that there is a definite connection between our minds and our bodies. Leading a stressful lifestyle increases stress hormones which can ultimately affect ovulation.
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 I worked in a high stress "corporate pressure cooker" job for 19 years.  I tried to get pregnant while I was still working and, needless to say, I was unsuccessful.  It wasn't until I quit my job and let my own natural rhythms take over my life that I succeeded.
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"Emory's Sarah L. Berga said that her work was the first to show that reducing stress through psychological intervention could restore ovulation in women whose ovarian function had previously been impaired. "Contrary to what had previously been believed, we found that multiple small stressors that seemingly would have minimal impact on reproductive competence can play a major role in causing anovulation [ovulation failure]. Up till now it was thought that failure to ovulate was usually caused by the energy deficits induced by excessive exercise and/or under-nutrition, but we asked why women undertake such behaviors. Often dieting and exercise are a way of coping with psychosocial stress, and our previous work had shown that such stress is often increased in women who do not ovulate," explained Berga.
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Berga and her team set out to study the causes of functional hypothalamic amenorrhea (FHA) in women of normal weight who had not had a menstrual period for more than six months. FHA is caused by a prolonged reduction in gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH), which signals the release into the bloodstream of hormones that simulate ovulation. Analysis of the cerebrospinal fluid in women with FHA, as opposed to women who were ovulating normally, showed increased levels of cortisol, a hormone related to stress."


Sunday, February 11, 2018


I love these stories of women who are "hopelessly infertile" and then get pregnant out of nowhere and are over the age of 40.  This heartwarming story is about a couple who wanted children, but suffered 20 years of infertility.  They had long given up on the idea of having a baby, which is why her strange symptoms were thought to be something more serious to the point that she prayed that she would "get better".  She didn't even know that she was actually pregnant until 4 weeks before she delivered.  Women can be quite fertile, even if they are over 40 and pregnancy should never be dismissed as a possibility.  The woman in this story was on some blood pressure medication that could have caused some serious problems for her baby.  But, fortunately all are doing well and the couple finally has the
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"It sounds silly, but I thought I had some form of cancer or infection," she says. "I didn't tell anyone about my ailment because I didn't want Chuck to make a fuss over me. I prayed every night, in silent prayer, that I would get better."

She adds, "It never even crossed my mind that I was pregnant. We had tried for over 20 years to get pregnant and nothing ever happened."...

"We found out we were 33 weeks, give or take, pregnant," says Udona. "And I was four weeks away from my due date."

Friday, February 09, 2018


Vitex - An Alternative Drug For Infertility

Guest Post By Aaren Humpherys

Treatments for infertility can sometimes cost a small fortune. For the average couple, the drugs from natural and herbal sources become a viable alternative. But even if you are on a budget, you must take the time to learn more about the herbal medicines you are interested in. Though they are cheap, they are often unregulated and have untested claims. If you are still on the market for an alternative, one of the herbal treatments gaining ground in the world of infertility is vitex.
Vitex is more formally known as vitex agnus castus. It has been around since the middle-ages, known as the chasteberry or chast tree. This name was due to the fact that it was believed to promote chastity
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by repressing libidos and is still known as chasteberry today. It mostly grows out of the Mediterranean and Central Asia. In Europe, it has been used as a drug to aid with the management of premenstrual stress syndrome or PMS.
The basic effects of chasteberry are on hormonal balance. It is believed to stimulate the release of luteinizing hormones or LH and inhibit the release of follicle stimulating hormones or FSH from the human pituitary glands. This leads to the rebalancing of the body's hormones, resulting in the increase of progesterone and a decrease of estrogen and prolactin in women. For women suffering from Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome or other hormonal related causes of infertility, this herb claims to have positive effects and has been reported to have led to eventual pregnancy in some women.
The herb can be taken through a brew or a tea. Just take a dried herb, place it in boiling water and let it stew for a few minutes and drink the resulting beverage. Feel free not to use the leaves because they aren't as effective as the body of the plant. They are also readily available as pills. The regular dose is about 1 to 2 tablets a day. A liquid extract from the plant can also be mixed in water to make a juice that can be taken 2 to 3 times a day.
Chasteberry is not recommended for pregnant women. The hormonal effects can impact the pregnant woman in negative ways. It is also warned that the chasteberry can cause some mild discomforts like dizziness, abdominal pains, and dry mouth. It is also not a quick acting drug and its full effects may not be felt until after about 3 to 6 months.


The downside of this plant is that there are no extensive studies and results yet published to prove all the claimed effects it has, especially concerning its role as a fertility supplement. Although its effects as a PMS management drug is documented and certified by the German Commission E Monographs, a guide that evaluates the safety and validity of the claims of drugs in Germany where chasteberry is licensed, its other claims are yet to be proven. Even its original role as a repressor of libido is unconfirmed.
Some clinical tests have been published though. A notable study available on the PubMed website which can be accessed through the National Center for Biotechnology Information or NCBI was done by the Department of Gynecology/Obstetrics of the Stanford University School of Medicine. In the study, a double blind test was conducted on the effects of a fertility blend that included chasteberry on women who were beset by infertility. Although the number of women tested was only 93, with 53 women testing the blend over 40 women testing with a placebo, the results were favorable for the fertility blend. 14 of the women taking the blend ended up pregnant, 26% of the total 53.
Chasteberry is readily available today as a drug supplement. However, it does not have an FDA approval. The FDA has a more lenient policy for supplements as these can be marketed without approval legally. The FDA does provide a great guide to using supplements and can easily be accessed through their website. A general policy the FDA promotes is to always consult a professional health worker before trying any supplement. So far, chasteberry has had a clean safety record but you should report any unwanted effects immediately.

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Thursday, February 08, 2018


Your Period, There is A Wide Range Of Normal

Getting pregnant has everything to do with your menstrual cycle. There are a number of people who believe that the moon controls the rhythm of our menstruation.
If you talk with different women, you will find that there is quite a bit of variability in the length of the cycle and the time between each cycle (the first day of your period is "day one"  Read more about menstruation and menstrual myths:



Menstrual Myths

Every woman's cycle is or should be 28 days long.
A woman cannot ovulate or get pregnant while she is menstruating. very woman will or should bleed
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every month.
Every woman will or should ovulate every cycle.
If a woman bleeds, she is not pregnant.

The above statements are myths. Every woman is different.

It's true that most women will have cycles that are around 28 days. But, a woman can be healthy and normal and have just 3 or 4 cycles a year. [However, while variations might be healthy and normal, they could also be a sign of a serious underlying problem. For example, a recent news article suggested that irregular menstrual cycles may predict Type 2 Diabetes.]

Ovulation occurs about 14-16 days before women have their period (not 14 days after the start of their period). The second half of the cycle, ovulation to menstruation, is fairly consistently the same length, but the first part changes from person to person and from cycle to cycle. In rare cases, a women may ovulate twice in a month, once from each ovary.

Conception/Fertilization of an egg, can only occur after ovulation. The egg stays alive for about 24 hours once released from the ovary. Sperm can stay alive inside a woman's body for 3-4 days, but possibly as long as 6-7 days. If a couple has intercourse before or after ovulation occurs, they can get pregnant, since the live sperm are already inside the woman's body when ovulation occurs. Thus a woman can become pregnant from intercourse for about 7-10 days in the middle of her cycle.


Tuesday, February 06, 2018


Fertility In Women Over 40

Did you know the rate of unexpected pregnancy in women over 40 is second only to teenagers?  Along with that goes a high rate of abortions in this age group.   Although those statistics may be troubling to some, it should actually be encouraging for women who are trying to conceive because it shows that they can still be quite fertile.

If you read my blog and my WEBSITE, you know that I had my daughter at the age of 44 naturally after failed fertility treatments.  I also became pregnant at the age of 49 by total surprise (even after all of us in the household had the flu and I couldn't even remember seeing my husband let alone having sex with him!) See 49 and Pregnant (
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This article explains more:
Media sensationalism and the protectionism bred by fear of medical malpractice lawsuits perpetuate the myth that having a child naturally later in life is virtually impossible —and therefore should be avoided.
The media’s infertility stories and glamorization of alternate means of achieving parenthood, along with medical experts’ reasonable cautions about pregnancy after age 35, have been distorted to mean that natural pregnancy after age 40 is rare and a significant health risk for mother and child. Yet the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists states that “many older women show no greater signs of problems than do younger women. Age need not be a barrier to a safe, healthy pregnancy.”5
The well-publicized increased chance of chromosomal defects resulting in conditions such as Down syndrome and trisomy 18 can horrify women, even though such risks are actually still very small. According to the ACOG, at 43, my age-related risk for a Down syndrome baby was two percent and three percent for a baby with any chromosomal defect.6 According to my OB-GYN’s office, when my health and my baby’s ultrasound were factored in, the calculated risks were 1.5 percent for Down syndrome and .02 percent for trisomy 18. Thus, older women who are healthy enough to conceive naturally without “trying” are often healthier than age-related risk calculations might reflect.

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Sunday, February 04, 2018


I've written before about how an HSG (hysterosalpingogram) is used to detect blockages or scar tissue which may be hindering conception.  Well, it turns out that this diagnostic procedure may actually be a treatment, especially when used with poppy seed oil.  The actual act of injecting the oil may be enough to flush out whatever is blocking the fallopian tube.  Read more:

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When couples have trouble getting pregnant, a common cause is blockages in a woman’s fallopian tubes. These prevent eggs travelling from the ovaries to the uterus. To search for blockages, doctors may put a liquid containing dye into the uterus. The dye can then be seen on X-ray scans as the liquid flows from the uterus through the tubes, revealing whether they are blocked. The procedure is called a hysterosalpingography.

Ben Mol of the University of Adelaide wondered if flushing the fallopian tubes out in this way might improve a woman’s chances of conceiving, and whether the poppy seed oil itself might help clear any mucus or blockages in the tubes.
To find out, Mol and his colleagues compared the use of poppy seed oil with water in 1119 women. Each woman was randomly given the dye dissolved in either oil or water, before having an X-ray scan. A small percentage of the women in each group went on to have IVF or other treatments, but most did not.
Of the women who received the poppy seed oil, 40 per cent got pregnant over the next six months, compared with 29 per cent of those who got water. “The size of the effect is impressive, compared with other fertility interventions,” says Child.

Friday, February 02, 2018


There are many fertility teas on the market, but if you're anything like me, you might want to try mixing it up yourself.  Many health food stores have loose teas and now, more than ever, it's easy to get all the ingredients to make your own concoction. I have a page on my site devoted to fertility tea and the common herbs that are thought to be good for hormone regulation and fertility.  The common ingredients include:
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  • Chasteberry (vitex)
  • Green tea
  • Red Raspberry
  • Red Clover
  • Nettle
  • Ladies Mantle
among others.


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Thursday, February 01, 2018


Chinese Herbs and Aromatherapy for Infertility

By Farah Khan

There are many different causes of infertility in both men and in women. The primary source of infertility in men is a low sperm count. This can be due to constitutional and environmental factors. Chinese medicine can be used to increase circulation and body temperature, which may help improve sperm count. The same herbs that are used for this purpose may also improve a man's sex drive and sexual performance. There are a number of factors involved in female infertility as well. A frequent cause of infertility is a blockage of the fallopian tube that prevents the sperm and the egg from meeting. Polycystic ovarian disease may also interfere with timely release of the eggs. Other gynecological health issues can also cause infertility such as endometriosis, salpingitis, pelvic inflammatory disease, and chlamydia. At other times, there can appear to be no structural or physical condition that is causing the infertility. While Chinese medicine and aromatherapy cannot determine the physical factors causing infertility (diagnostic testing is required for that), they can often address some of the sources of infertility once the cause is discovered.


The Chinese herbs, Leonurus (Yi Mu Cao) and Siegesbeckia (Xi Xian Cao), when used together, have been shown to open up blocked fallopian tubes in clinical research studies done in China. The majority of women responded to treatment within 10 days. The blockages in these cases were due to thickening of the lining of the tubes, excessive mucous secretion, partial blockage with scar tissue, inflammation, or infection. One remedy that may work well to treat this condition in combination with Chinese herbs is the enzyme, serrapeptase. Serrapeptase breaks down scar tissue and cystic tissue in the body while promoting circulation.
For women suffering from polycystic ovarian disease, a number of herbs and essential oils may be
useful. Saw palmetto berries are known to block the production of the type of testosterone known to cause the disease. Chasteberries may help reduce the tendency towards formation of ovarian cysts and help balance out a woman's hormones. Cypress essential oil used externally may also reduce the formation of cysts. Generally, women with this condition often need to have Damp Heat cleared from the Lower Burner, in Chinese medicine terms. They often also suffer from Kidney Yin Deficiency, and from Qi and Blood Stasis in the Lower Burner.
For women whose mucous secretions kill their husband's sperm, their could be a condition of excess congestion and acidity in the body that can be balanced out through dietary and lifestyle changes along with the use of herbs and essential oils. Changing the body's chemistry through holistic means may increase the likelihood of conception.
There are also a number of essential oils that can help to balance out a woman's hormonal and reproductive system while promoting fertility. Geranium, clary-sage, and rose essential oil all nourish a woman's system and help to bring it back into homeostasis.
Many times, there is no diagnosable reason or cause for infertility. In these cases, Chinese medicine can be highly effective in bringing back a woman's mind, body, and spirit into harmonious balance, making her more receptive to conception.
Chinese herbs can also be used to maintain a healthy pregnancy once conception has occurred. Certain herbs such as xu duan(teasel root) and tu si zi(cuscuta), have traditionally been used to discourage miscarriages and promote a healthy pregnancy. A certain percentage of miscarriages are unpreventable (25%) because they are triggered by genetic abnormalities in the fetus, but in other cases, herbs may help increase the probability of carrying a pregnancy through a full nine month term.
As you can see, there are a wide variety of ways in which Chinese Medicine and aromatherapy can be used to improve a couple's likelihood of conceiving a child, while preparing the woman emotionally and physically for conception and pregnancy.
Farah Khan New York licensed acupuncturist. You can find health products and information, including herb formulas related to infertility, at []. Her e-mail address is
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Tuesday, January 30, 2018


I always share these stories when I find's another women over the age of 50 (56 to be exact) who was enjoying her life with her kids and grandkids when she unexpectedly became pregnant.  What's even more surprising is that she was told she could be carrying twins.  This is probably another case of high FSH causing more than one egg to ovulate.
This article was from 2014, and I cannot find any updates to see how her pregnancy progressed or if she was in fact carry twins, but it certainly is encouraging that even a 56 year old can get pregnant naturally. Read more:


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“I told my doctor I was concerned because I was putting on a little weight,” Sallie recalls. “He said he would have to do a pregnancy test, because he didn’t want to give me any new medications if I was pregnant.”
Sallie rolled her eyes, but reluctantly agreed to do as her doctor had asked. A few minutes later, he returned with the stunning news.
“I liked to fainted right there in the doctor’s office,” Sallie says. “I was so overwhelmed. I said, ‘Me? Pregnant?’ I couldn’t believe it — it really threw me for a loop.”
Then came the news that Sallie could be carrying twins. She says she weighed about 170 pounds before getting pregnant, but her weight had increased to nearly 210 pounds earlier this month.
Reaction from family, friends and co-workers has been predictable. Charles had a hard time convincing his co-workers at Flowers Baking Co. in Jamestown that his wife had, well, a bun in the oven.
“They didn’t believe me,” he says. “They said, ‘Get out of here, Brown! You’re too old! You ain’t having no kid!'”


Monday, January 29, 2018


Having A Baby and Trying To Conceive From The Catholic Standpoint

When I ran an infertility support group, I recall some group members questioning how fertility treatments fit in with their religious beliefs.
Here is an article from the Catholic perspective about how fertility treatments are viewed by the
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For people of faith and goodwill, Christian or not, there are also moral qualms and questions. Is it right to manipulate Mother Nature? Are we playing God? Just because advanced medical technology can do something, does that automatically translate into obligation? Surely there are limits that define the humane and ethical use of medical science and technology.
For Catholics there are also more specific, Church-related questions. Are these procedures morally acceptable according to Church teaching? Have the pope and bishops or some council or official Church body spoken on these matters? Some Catholics, familiar with the Church’s strong defense of procreation as one of the core meanings of marital lovemaking, tend to assume that the Church must be in favor of any and all medical aids to achieve conception and the birth of a child. Not so. The Catholic viewpoint is at the same time more compassionate and more complex than a simple yea or nay. 

Friday, January 26, 2018


When I was trying to conceive, I immediately added ground flaxseeds (or "flax meal") to my diet.  I had read an article written by a dietician who gave all of the benefits of flaxseeds - not only for fertility but for overall health.  I actually just ground them myself in a coffee bean grinder (an old wedding gift I finally found a use for!)  I would just take a couple of tablespoons every day.  Some people add them to their food, but it was just easier for me to take them right from the spoon and wash them down with water.  They actually have a nice nutty taste, so they're great to throw in a salad.  But I would definitely grind them up because they can be hard to digest and they may go through your system whole and you won't get the benefit of the essential fatty acids.  Also, keep them refrigerated.  Be sure to buy them fresh and refrigerated as well because the oils inside can easily spoil.  Here is an article about the benefit of flaxseeds for reproductive hormones:


1) Lignans

Flaxseeds contain a series of chemicals called lignans, which have a phytoestrogenic effect. Phytoestrogens, or “plant-estrogens” are very weak hormone analogues that talk to the body’s hormone receptors and modulate their actions. In other words, it can help lower the estrogenic effect when you have too much or raise it when you have too little.

2) Sex Hormone Binding Globulin
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Our bodies produce a protein in our blood called Sex Hormone Binding Globulin, or SHBG. SHBG has an affinity for testosterone and estrogen – two hormones which are commonly elevated in women with hormone conditions such as PCOS or painful periods. When SHBG binds a hormone, it renders the hormone inactive, but hormone imbalance often lowers SHBG levels. A study showed the flaxseed consumption raised SHBG when it needed to be increased, and minimized the detrimental effects of excess estrogen and testosterone.

3) Regularity

The primary route of excretion of excess hormones is through the bowels. Being regular is essential to hormonal health – you need to go to the washroom at least once per day. Flaxseed is a source of fibre that gels up in the digestive tract and helps to move things along the intestines. Not only does this make flax a great option for hormones, but it also helps rid the body of excess cholesterol as well.

Thursday, January 25, 2018


Fertility Drugs and Thyroid Cancer

Many articles have come out over the years about whether or not fertility drugs may lead to ovarian cancer.

The latest research says that they don't (I'm still a little worried though). However, there is more research now that Clomid and progesterone supplementation may double the risk of thyroid cancer. I had both of these treatments before I started trying naturally. Apparently, these cancers don't show up for seven years or more after treatment. I realize, doctors probably didn't know these risks at the time, but I wish someone would have warned me. So if you're considering drug treatment for fertility issues, ask your doctor about ALL the risks involved, even the ones that don't show up for years after the fact. Read more:
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Fertility drugs used by thousands of women to boost their chances of having a baby could double the
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risk of cancer.

The 23,000 women who take clomiphene every year have twice the chance of developing thyroid cancer, a study suggests.

The drug is the most commonly used fertility treatment in Britain.

It is often given to 'kick-start' ovaries before before women start more invasive procedures such as IVF.

The study also warns that the hormonal treatment progesterone, used to improve a woman's chances of having a baby under IVF, may raise the risk of thyroid cancer by up to ten times. However, more research is needed to confirm this.

The study of more than 54,000 women, published in the medical journal Human Reproduction, last night led to calls for better regulation of fertility drugs.

Researchers from Copenhagen University Hospital found 29 cases of thyroid cancer among women aged 28 to 55, with most diagnoses taking place seven years after fertility treatment.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018


Fertility and Hormone Regulation - Avoid Xenoestrogens

I have heard about xenoestrogens for many years and I talk about them in my book on how to overcome estrogen dominance.
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 This article discusses what things to do and avoid. I should mention, I don't agree with everything in this article (for instance, it says to avoid flax seeds, which were part of may pregnancy protocol), but it still as a lot of good information. Read more:
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Did you know that synthetic estrogen and progestins are found in the urine of millions of women who take either birth control pill or hormone replacement therapy and flushed them down the toilet ending up in rivers and lakes where your drinking water comes from? Water treatment involves adding chemicals like chlorine (also a hormonal disruptor) to kill E-coli bacteria, but nothing is done to remove harmful chemicals from your drinking water! Once your body becomes contaminated with toxic chemical, it stores it in the fatty tissue.

Natural estrogen is responsible in stimulating cell division in hormone responsive tissue like the uterus lining, breast tissue and the ovaries. When xenoestrogen is overloading your body, it mimics the action of natural estrogen and stimulates tissue growth causing ovarian cysts, endometriosis, fibrocystic breast disease, and even cancer. When a women is said to suffer from estrogen dominance, it refers to the high level of estrogen over progesterone. That is why women who experience infertility are advised to detoxify before conception. Xenoestrogen can also cause miscarriages and luteal phase defect. It may be present in breast milk and cross the placenta during gestation and become especially harmful to the foetus during the development of the sexual organs.

Monday, January 22, 2018


Surprise Pregnancies In Women and Couples Over 40 Surprisingly Common

Unintended pregnancies in women over 40 is quite high...people just think their infertile over the age of 40 and they're not.   As a matter of fact, surprise pregnancies in women over 40 is second only to teenagers!
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The couple mentioned below (man 56, woman 44) get pregnant "out of nowhere". Just another example of an older couple who beat the odds. Read more:
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Man, aged 56 and diagnosed as infertile, meets woman, 44. Birth control isn't part of their whirlwind romance – and they get pregnant before you can say “oopsy baby.” Inconceivable, right?

Well, not quite. That's how a baby girl was born to Laura Arpiainen, a Vancouver architect, now 46, and her partner, an interior designer. Their 14-month-old daughter was a “gift out of nowhere,” Ms. Arpiainen says...

...The truth is, almost 40 per cent of pregnancies in women over 40 are unintended, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a New York-based non-profit research centre that tracks reproductive trends.
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Despite their years of experience with the birds and the bees, women at this stage of life may play Russian roulette with birth control, doctors say.

“Some women over 40 can get sort of sloppy [with contraception] because they don't think they can get pregnant,” says Wendy Wolfman, an obstetrician-gynecologist at Mount Sinai Hospital and an associate professor at the University of Toronto.


Sunday, January 21, 2018


Pregnancy Over 40, Sperm Allergies May Interfere

Most of us probably think of allergies as hay fever, food sensitivities and the like.
 But as the article explains below, you may have sperm allergies which may be sabatoging your efforts to conceive. Read more:

"Antisperm antibodies may be a complicating factor in as much as 5 to 10 percent of infertility cases," says Dr. Witkin. He adds that almost all men who have undergone a vasectomy (surgical operation that causes sterility) produce antisperm antibodies after the procedure. If he undergoes a vasectomy reversal, the antisperm antibodies will interfere with conception.
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So what causes the immune system to make antisperm antibodies? A genital tract infection, a congenital abnormality in the male genital tract, a vasectomy (as mentioned above) or a varicocoele (a varicose vein in the testicles) can cause these antibodies to develop. Wives of men with abnormal sperm are also at increased risk for developing antisperm antibodies.

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When a couple experiences unexplained infertility, their doctor may recommend testing for antisperm antibodies. For males, a semen analysis can detect motionless or clumped sperm and identify the need for additional testing. Females undergo a post-coital test, in which a fluid sample is obtained from the cervix six to 12 hours after intercourse. The sample is then analyzed for the presence of shaking sperm. "In some cases, however, these tests may be normal, and antisperm antibodies may still be present," says Dr. Witkin.

A definitive diagnosis is reached after a couple undergoes a sperm antibody test. Dr. Witkin recommends the immunobead binding test (IBT) or the Mixed Agglutination Reaction (MAR) test. The IBT assesses the presence of antisperm antibodies in semen, cervical mucous or the blood of either person. The MAR is performed on a semen sample. "There are other tests available but they are non-specific and inaccurate," he says. "In my office we perform the immunobead binding test."


Friday, January 19, 2018


Pregnancy Over 40 Help From Cupping Therapy

I have heard of cupping from a number of sources (including my grandmother who used to use it for belly aches!).  Cupping is somewhat like acupuncture and it is supposed to help with circulation and lymphatic flow.

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This site talks about some celebrities who have used it and it also gives reasons why some don't beleive in it:

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Dating back 5,000 years, the therapy is a form of acupuncture, and is based on the idea that suction from the cups draws the skin up and mobilises blood and energy around the body. 
‘If someone is under stress, or they’ve suffered a physical trauma like a pulled shoulder, the energy in their body can become stagnated,’ explains Ian Stones, an acupuncturist in Farnham, Surrey, and member of the British Acupuncture Council, who has been practising cupping for six years

Typically, a flame is first placed inside a glass or rubber cup, so the heat can create a partial vacuum, before the flame is removed and the cup held to the skin for about three minutes.
Although the resulting marks can look alarming, they are temporary, and this kind of cupping should not hurt in any way as the cups used are thick-rimmed and do not heat up. 

Thursday, January 18, 2018


I love sharing success stories of women who get pregnant naturally in their 40's and even 50's.  Here
is a story of a woman who already had grandchildren and found herself unexpectedly pregnant in her upper 40's.  Sometimes, when you're not planning it, pregnancy can be met with feelings of anxiety and many older women choose to terminate their pregnancies (the unexpected rate of pregnancy over 40 is second only to teenagers).  But, the woman in this story did have her baby and enjoyed every minute.  Read more:



When the test flashed up a blue line showing it was positive I was so stunned I burst into tears.
Allan was characteristically laidback saying we could talk about it in the morning.
The next day as I booked an appointment with my GP I clung to the hope that the test was wrong.

It wasn’t and my doctor cheerfully booked me in for a scan.
I knew there were risks to being a “geriatric mother” – how I was classed by doctors at the age of 46.
I was told there was a one-in-20 chance of my baby having abnormalities but hearing all the scare stories made my bond with the baby growing inside me stronger.
I felt so protective of my bump and clung fiercely to positivity and hope.
There were advantages too to being an older expectant mother.
First time round in my late teens I’d been naive...

...She was perfect and being a mum to a newborn again was like riding a bike.
Two decades had passed but I hadn’t forgotten how to do the night feeds or change nappies.
It was exhausting, yes, but it would have been whether I was 17 or 47.
This time I knew how precious every second with my baby was.


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