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Wednesday, September 28, 2016


Ive written many times about fertility tea recipes and formulas that are on the market...but what about just the regular tea you usually find in grocery stores or in restaurants?  What about green tea?  Well, it turns out that both green tea and regular tea have many helpful ingredients and nutrients that can improve overall health and fertility.  Regular tea and green tea both have polyphenols and hypoxanthine which may be responsible for more viable embryos and possibly a greater chance of fertilization. Both of these teas contain caffeine, so the decaffeinated variety may be best because there is evidence that caffeine can harm fertility and contribute to miscarriage.

Read more about green tea and regular tea to improve your chances of getting pregnant here.

Monday, September 26, 2016


Maca For Fertility - How It Works and How To Use It

Guest Post By Mark A Ament

One of the most common questions I get is from men and women who have heard about using maca to boost their chances of having a child.. Judging from these questions, there's a good deal of misinformation out there regarding how to use maca in this way. That's why I wanted to offer this detailed article.
How Maca Helps Both Men and Women
Maca is one of a few herbs that are believed to be "adaptogens." These special kinds of herbs adapt to a variety of conditions within a given body and help restore it to a healthy balance. Maca in particular works on the endocrine system to balance hormones in both men and women.
Scientific studies, some of which are referenced below, have found that using black maca boosts sperm count in men and even increases sperm activity. Similar studies show that females given maca respond with increased regularity in cycles and easier ovulation. Another result of taking the herb is a marked increase in libido for both men and women.




In addition to balancing hormones taking this superfood powder also provides excellent nutritional support. It is rich in amino acids, phytonutrients, fatty acids, vitamin and minerals. Both men and women who are properly nourished greatly increase the likelihood of conceiving a healthy child.
Tips On Using Maca To Boost Your Chances of Conception
If you do decide to use maca in this way there are several things that you should do and keep in mind in order to maximize your success.

  1. Use only high quality, fresh, certified organic products. Unfortunately there are many inferior products on the market that are made from chemically grown maca or from old maca roots that have lost their potency.
  2. Use the right amount. Using maca in this way is considered to be a therapeutic usage and therefore you need to take a therapeutic dosage consistently and regularly.
  3. Both partners should take it For maximum efficacy you and your partner should be taking the powder. Maca comes with a number of other benefits, so it should be easy to convince him/her to do so.
  4. Women should consider using red maca. It's the rarest and most nutritionally dense form of the plant. It's also the best for female fertility.
  5. Men should use black maca. It has been shown to increase sperm count and sperm motility

Scientific Studies on Maca Relevant to This Topic

  • Gonzales, G. F., et al. "Effect of Black maca (Lepidium meyenii) on one spermatogenic cycle in rats." Andrologia. 2006 Oct; 38(5): 166-72.
  • Bustos-Obregon, E., et al. "Lepidium meyenii (Maca) reduces spermatogenic damage induced by a single dose of malathion in mice." Asian J. Androl. 2005 Mar; 7(1): 71-6.
  • Ruiz-Luna, A.C., et al. "Lepidium meyenii (Maca) increases litter size in normal adult female mice." Reprod. Biol. Endocrinol. 2005 May; 3(1): 16.
  • Gonzales, C., et al. "Effect of short-term and long-term treatments with three ecotypes of Lepidium meyenii (MACA) on spermatogenesis in rats." J. Ethnopharmacol. 2006 Feb 20; 103(3): 448-54.
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  • Gonzales, G. F., et al. "Effect of Lepidium meyenii (Maca) on spermatogenesis in male rats acutely exposed to high altitude (4340 m)." J. Endocrinol. 2004; 180(1): 87-95.

If you are looking to increase your chances of getting pregnant naturally, without invasive surgical procedures, maca is certainly the supplement to try. Adding maca for fertility to any program or strategy can only help your overall health and chances of conceiving a child.
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Friday, September 23, 2016


So what exactly is inositol (or myoinositol)?  It is one of the B Vitamins (actually thought of as vitamin B8).  For women who are trying to conceive, inositol has been associated with higher quality eggs and may help with blastocyst development.  For women who have been diagnosed with PCOS, Inositol may help with insulin sensitivity of the ovary.  If you are taking a multivitamin, be sure it has the recommended daily amount of inositol.  There are also a number of supplements on the market that focus on inositol and other essential nutrients for those trying to conceive.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016


I have often talked about almonds as a fertility food, but I never knew that they were considered a "fertility symbol" for the ancient Romans!  As this article explains, perhaps they knew about the extreme nutritional value of almonds even back then.  Read more:

The Facts on Almond Nutrition

Guest Post By Shauna Hanus
almonds for fertilityAlmonds can be found in such common places as on top of a salad or as a snack while on a plane. They are packed full on nutritional value and are tasty to eat. Almonds are so versatile that they can be used as a key ingredient in dessert or found as a snack in between meals.
Did you know that one ounce of almonds has as much calcium as ¼ cup of milk as well as providing 35% of the recommended daily allowance of Vitamin E. Vitamin E has been proven to help prevent some forms of cancer.
Almonds are also high in folic acid which helps prevent birth defects and have higher levels of magnesium than those found in spinach or oatmeal.



The phosphorous found in almonds helps to build strong bones and teeth and some of the other nutrients contained in almonds are protein, fiber, iron, zinc, copper and phytochemicals.
Almonds come with a long and rich history. Almonds are mentioned in the book of Numbers which dates back to around 1400 BC. Then around 300BC explorers traveling along the "Silk Road" between Asia and the Mediterranean brought along almonds to eat. These explorers consequently began to grow almonds in such new regions as Morocco, Greece, Israel, Italy and Spain.
During Roman times almonds were considered to be a fertility charm. Maybe ancient Romans new of the nutritional value of almonds and figured it couldn't hurt with fertility. During the mid 18th century almonds made there way from Spain to California. It took a century or so for the almond trees to become established and produce the volumes of almonds we see today.
Then by the early 1900's the San Joaquin and Sacramento areas of California were well established as leaders in the almond industry.
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Sunday, September 18, 2016


I can certainly relate to the woman in this story, she struggled with infertility for years and she and her husband spent their life savings on IVF.  After they finally let go, she gets pregnant naturally out of nowhere.  This woman has now become a fertility counselor because she is convinced that there is a mental stress component to infertility.  She and her husband spent every waking moment trying to conceive and this most certainly affected their stress level.



From the article:
We put so much pressure on ourselves to have a baby that everything became very regimented, we focused all our energy on conceiving...
...And three years later I became pregnant, now I'm living proof that really letting go of all the anxiety around conceiving naturally can be solved by changing your mental attitude...
 ...After going through the heartbreak of not being able to conceive for seven years, Liz, who was already a trained therapist, decided to specialise in fertility problems to help other couples who have been through similar struggles.

Friday, September 16, 2016


Even before I was trying to conceive, I had heard about the benefits of wheatgrass.  When I joined an infertility support group a number of the women there were talking about "wheatgrass shots" which were supposed to help them get pregnant.  So, is there any truth to the claim that wheatgrass can help you conceive?  Well, yes, it seems there is.  Not only is wheatgrass a great source of chlorophyll which can help remove toxins from your body, it also has 8 essential amino acids and many more nutrients.  In addition to all of the overall health benefits, if you are trying to conceive, it can help create an "alkaline" environment which is more sperm friendly than an acidic environment.



Wednesday, September 14, 2016


Many women who have seen fertility specialist will have a number of blood tests done.  FSH is usually tested to find out how the ovaries are functioning.  FSH or Follicle Stimulating Hormone tends to rise as the ovaries are declining because the body is trying harder to stimulate them to produce and ripen the follicles.  Some fertility clinics will recommend donor eggs if a woman has high FSH because they feel that their success rates will be higher.  But, do women get pregnant with high FSH?  Yes, there is a documented case of a women getting pregnant with a FSH of 143 (doctors usually like to see an FSH of under 10 for maximum fertility). 

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Monday, September 12, 2016


One of my most popular web pages is about women who, "against all odds" got pregnant naturally over the age of 50.  Almost all of these were unplanned probably because they didn't think they could get pregnant at their age.  Heck, the media is obsessed with how you probably have a better chance at getting struck by lightning than you do getting pregnant over the age of 40!  And yet the unexpected rate of pregnancy over 40 is second only to teenagers!  It seems like there is a disconnect between what is reported and the reality.  Here are 8 cases of women who spontaneously conceived over age 50.


Thursday, September 08, 2016


I'm surprised I didn't find this story earlier, in 2014 Susan Devere reconnected with her then "ex-husband" and they decided to give their relationship another chance.  What is amazing is that there were 30 years between their first and second marriage!  They found each other through social media and one thing led to another resulting in their second marriage.  I guess fate intervened and Susan became pregnant for the first time at the age of 48.  Read more:


After marrying at the age of 18, Susan and her husband Alan fell out and divorced at the age of 20. The couple didn’t speak for almost 30 years but then found one another on friends Reunited and decided splitting up was a terrible mistake. Within four months they got married in Las Vegas and against all the odds just three weeks after they came back, Susan discovered she was pregnant.
Susan had never been pregnant before and has no other children. Alan – who has a daughter from a previous marriage – was shocked.

Tuesday, September 06, 2016


Many parts of the country are still on the old fashioned "back to school after labor day" schedule. I can't believe it, but it's already that time of year again. Some parents love it when their kids go back to school, some grieve because their kids are growing up and they spend the bulk of each day away from home. But for many, it's just another painful reminder that the world seems to be revolving without them...other people have gotten on with their life while the infertile are stuck at the starting gate. Yes, I had many Labor Days come and go while I watched life go on without me. The school bus goes by my house and for many years it was just a way to mark another day without a child.


If you're trying to conceive, remember that babies decide when they're ready to come live their life with you. You can't force them to come just because you're ready to get pregnant (just like you resist being forced into just about anything). Try to be an open vessel. Tell your future baby they are welcome here with you whenever they decide to make their journey.

I frequently tell my daughter that I waited a very long time for her to come down into my belly. At the risk of filling her mind with fantasy, I tell her that she was flying around "up there" until she finally picked me as her mother. She seems perfectly satisfied with that explanation. To me it's not fantasy, it's what I truly believe. Why didn't she come sooner? Why did it take six years? I don't know, maybe she was waiting for me to work out all my issues. There was a time when I was so frustrated and bitter that I wanted to go tell all those moms waiting at the bus stop that there's no way they could appreciate what they have. Not being able to get pregnant isn't fair and it can take a a normal reasonable person and turn them into a raving lunatic. I never would have imagined that I'd be one of "those" moms waiting at the bus stop...I never take it for granted, but, most of all, I take note of how the tables can turn. Even the most hopeless of situations can turn around when you least expect it.

Friday, September 02, 2016


 Audra McDonald is an actress and singer who has appeared on Broadway and in the series "Private Practice.  She found out that she was unexpectedly pregnant last May.  I love when celebrities announce their over-40 pregnancies, because it sheds light on the fact that getting pregnant over 40 can be quite normal.  The media frequently focuses on the doom and gloom of older age pregnancies, so here's the good news!  Read more:


 from the article:

"Who knew that tap dancing during perimenopause could lead to pregnancy?" McDonald tweeted. "Will and I are completely surprised – and elated – to be expecting a new addition to our family. I am so very grateful to everyone in New York and London for allowing me to rearrange my schedule to accommodate this little miracle.
 from eonline

Wednesday, August 31, 2016


I had daily salads when I was trying to conceive. Not only are they great for your overall health, but there a number of vegetables that can enhance fertility by providing antioxidants, vitamins, fiber and other hormone regulating nutrients. They are also quick and easy to make because they don't require cooking. Read more:

Fertility Salad Recipe

Start with red (purple) cabbage. This is a great hormone regulator because it is loaded with phytoestrogens and antioxidants. Cut it in half and save the rest for later. Shred about 1 cup with a cheese shredder as finely as possible. Raw cabbage can be a little hard to digest, so if it is shredded finely, it will help.

Cut up about 1/3 of a large cucumber. Cucumbers (especially the seeds) are considered a fertility enhancer in women.

Peel a ripe avacado, cut in half and discard the pit. Cut ½ of the avacado and save the rest for later. Avacados are a great source of the good fats and they can help enhance progesterone production and keep the balance between estrogen and progesterone.

Cut a tomato in half and cut into cube size pieces. Tomatoes are a good source of lycopene which can reduce inflammation and help with endometriosis.

Add about 1 tbs of extra virgin olive oil (a great source of the good fats)

Add some balsamic vinegar if desired

Add salt and pepper to taste.



Monday, August 29, 2016


Amethyst is one variation of quartz which is reported to have a number of helpful effects on the human body.  If you are trying to conceive, Amethyst is said to help hormone production by targeting the endocrine glands and the immune system.  It receives energy to sustain life and it gives the wearer energy to connect with all there is. It is even thought to help the human body fight off diseases like cancer.
Amethyst is thought to target the Crown Chakra which can help one connect to a higher
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consciousness and awareness.  It can help foster spirituality and was even used by Catholic priests because of this association.  Amethyst is frequently worn or used during meditation because of it's ability to help you connect  to the spiritual aspects of the universe.
Not only does Amethyst have all of these powerful qualities, but it is a beautiful stone and is seen in differing shades of purple.  The "purple ray" of Amethyst has been associated with Archangel Zadkiel who is thought to help with turning negative energy into positive and help with forgiveness and tolerance.

Friday, August 26, 2016


This story sounds very similar to mine.  A woman goes through failed fertility treatments and gets pregnant naturally in her mid forties.  Yes, all the doctors frown at you and give you the "give it up" look.  Okay, they are only doing their job, but fertility doctors usually only see the hard cases.  The women in this story got pregnant despite a fairly stressful life, high FSH, and a blood clotting disorder.  I guess when it's meant to happen, it does!


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On my 45th birthday, my chances of getting pregnant, according to the popular statistics, reached zero. I cried, and my husband assured me we could keep trying naturally. I said “ok,” but I thought he was being foolishly optimistic.  We stopped all medical treatments, and I gave up all the alternative approaches to boosting fertility I’d been using too, like acupuncture and herbs.
There Go All the Theories about What To Do and What Not to Do
Six months later, just after mother’s day and just after I wrote this post, we learned I was almost seven weeks pregnant. At the time, my beloved father-in-law was dying, and I’d been spending 4-6 hours a day in a Japanese hospital with him, where once again, I couldn’t understand any of the nurses or doctors. So there goes the theory that we just have to relax or not be stressed and we’ll get pregnant.
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Wednesday, August 24, 2016


Bee Pollen And Fertility - Can Bee Pollen Supplements Help People To Conceive?

Guest Post By V K Rajagopalan

If you have an interest in bee pollen or royal jelly, then you will almost certainly have come across articles discussing bee pollen and infertility. The big question is however, can pollen really boost fertility, or are we simply seeing shrewd internet marketers preying on people who are in a vulnerable position.
Before I continue, I must admit that I am a huge fan of bee pollen, so any articles I write are naturally a little bit biased, although I do try to keep them as unbiased as possible. So, do I really believe bee pollen can have a positive effect on fertility? I most definitely do, but it is not because I think pollen has any type of supernatural properties.
Bee pollen has been confirmed as a "complete food" since it contains every nutrient necessary to sustain life. In theory, a person could live on royal jelly and water, although to the best of my knowledge, nobody has yet attempted this. One woman did do a six month experiment during which she only had bee pollen, water, fresh juice, and an occasional salad.
The human reproductive system is an extremely complex system, and it can be severely disrupted by even small nutrient deficiencies. For this reason alone, it is to me, clearly obvious that pollen from bee hives can benefit anyone with infertility problems, unless of course they are permanently infertile for medical reasons.
Certain treatments such as radioactive treatment and chemotherapy treatment can render a person permanently infertile. In such cases, pollen from bee hives is not going to restore fertility. If on the other hand a couple is struggling to have a child simply because the man has a low sperm count, then bee pollen may very well swing the balance in their favor.



Of course there are no guarantees, but then again, even the most expensive fertility clinics in the world don't offer guarantees, simply because they are not able to. Some couples spend millions of dollars at these clinics, and they still end up not having a child of their own.
Most medical experts agree that certain vitamins and minerals are particularly important when you are trying to get pregnant, and the same applies when you are pregnant. Any vitamin of mineral your doctor recommends will be present in royal jelly.
Another way to look at this would be to look at the bees themselves. Irrespective of how big a colony is, you can be rest assured it is only the queen bee laying all those thousands of eggs. Let's face it; queen bees are ultra fertile, and yes, they live entirely on bee pollen and royal jelly.
What drew people's attention to pollen from bee hives and fertility in the first place? In 2011, researchers at Damanhour University decided to carry out a few experiments using rabbits. They noted that the rabbits that were placed on a bee pollen diet became significantly more fertile than the rabbits that were fed a regular diet. Fertility rates went up, sperm counts increased and sperm motility improved. Interestingly enough, survival rates also increased when baby rabbits were given bee pollen.
Pollen from bee hives can benefit one's health in many ways, but as with all natural dietary supplements, people need to make sure they only buy them from reputable suppliers. Lastly but not least, if you are allergic to bees, then it is best that you discuss matters with your doctor prior to taking any pollen.
I truly hope you have found this article interesting, and if so, you can read many other articles relating to bee pollen and fertility [] on my website at []. V K Rajagopalan has been teaching people about the benefits of bee pollen for a number of years, and believes one and all can benefit from it.
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Monday, August 22, 2016


I know we all like to follow the personal lives of celebrities, so most of them share their successes and their struggles.  Actress Molly Sims was already the mother of two and got pregnant by surprise at the age of 43.  Yes, this happens frequently to women who are in their 40's.  The unexpected rate of pregnancy in women over the age of 40 is second only to teenagers.  This is probably because the media and medical community have told us all how infertile we are leading many women who aren't necessarily trying to conceive to get a little lax with their birth control!



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Molly said: 'It's a Hail Mary! I'm so happy - we're so blessed. We were so shocked, but we're thrilled.'

The 'Yes Man' actress admitted the pregnancy was unplanned and joked it was the result of 'what happens when I go visit my husband on the movie set.'...

She told People magazine: 'Being 43 is a little worrisome, cause I'm like 'OK, you are going to be 90!' But then Mick Jagger [is having a baby at 72] so we're like okay, we feel good about ourselves.'

Sunday, August 21, 2016


Much has been written about the safety of aspartame especially if you are trying to conceive. Some softdrink and beverage manufacturers have discontinued the use of aspartame due to declining public opinion of the safety of this sweetener. Although many unsafe claims have been disputed, many people are now looking at stevia as an alternative. Here are some of the different brands and an explanation of what is in them:

Natural Stevia Based Sweeteners for Your Health

Guest Post By Harold Franklin
From a health standpoint sugar is your enemy but this does not mean you must give up sweeteners. The sweetener stevia is made from the leaves of stevia rebaudiana, a plant that is native to South America. In December 2008 Stevia was approved as a natural sweetener by the Food and Drug Administration. This cleared the way for many people to be able to enjoy its benefits.
Since approved as a sweetener the use of stevia has risen rapidly in the US. It is now available under the brand names such as Only Sweet, SweetLeaf, fructevia, Slimtevia, Nustevia, PureVia, Reb-A and Truvia. The following is representative but not an exhaustive list of stevia based sweeteners.
Stevia products
SweetLeaf is made by using the leaves of the stevia plant and extracting their naturally sweet taste with only cool, purified water. No chemicals, alcohols, or additives are used. SweetLeaf is the only chemical-free, zero-calorie, zero-carb, zero-glycemic index, 100% natural sweetener. Stevia is very sweet and contains zero calories. It is a good choice for use when trying to lose weight. A teaspoon of table sugar for example, contains 16 calories. Stevia seems to be the ideal sweetener for people watching their weight and needing to control their blood sugar. It however has a bitter after taste that some people find objectionable.
Fructevia is a blend of Rebaudioside A an extract from stevia, Fructose, Magnesium Carbonate,and nutritional supplements called Fructo-Oligosaccharides.
Fructevia is about three times as sweet as sugar so you use 1/3 to half as much. The company guaranties Fructevia will not have a bitter after taste. There are no genetically modified organisms (GMO's) in Fructevia and it contains no Gluten or chemicals. It is completely a product of nature. Fructevia is a healthful sweetener but much sweeter than sugar yet with a small fraction of the calories and virtually no effect on blood sugar. It is the Fructose that keeps the stevia from being bitter. This is particularly true when only small amounts are used.
The Magnesium in Fructevia is an important mineral for your health including nerves, muscles, bones, and heart. Studies have reported that Americans are dangerously magnesium-deficient.



What is fructose?
Fructose, or fruit sugar, in Fructevia is a monosaccharide (simple sugar) found in many plants. The glycemic index for Fructose is low (19). Fructose has the lowest Index rating of all natural sugars. Fructose is not the same as high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS).
The ingredients of Slimtevia are basically this same as that of Fructevia. Slimtevia like Fructevia adds a little fructose to eliminate the bitter after taste and still have a product that does not raise your blood sugar level. Slimtevia like Fructevia doesn't spike your blood sugar and does not have the bitter taste associated with pure stevia.
An individual packet is one serving which is tsp. powder (1). A packet of NuStevia contains 80 mg of stevia and 920 mg of Maltodextrinand a very small amount of natural flavors. Thus NuStevia is only 8.96% stevia and over 91% is maltodextrin. The glycemic index for maltodextrin is 150 which is high.Maltodextrinis a type of carbohydrate. It is produced from starch by partial hydrolysis. The actual glycemic index for maltodextrin (150) is high. The amount of maltodextrin however a serving of NuStevia White Stevia is less than a gram. This mixture with 91% maltodextrin is reported to not have the bitter after taste associated with regular stevia even though it will increase your blood sugar level a little. 1 tspof NuSteviais as sweet as 1 tspof sugar (1 cup= 1 cup).
The development of Truvia was supported by a major large soft drink company who was instrumental in causing FDA to approve the use of stevia. The power of money is interesting indeed. Truvia is a stevia-based sugar substitute. Truvia is a combination of two different types of sweeteners: rebiana and erythritol with natural flavors. Erythritol is a "sugar alcohol" made by fermenting glucose with yeast. Sugar alcohols are generally recognized as safe but they can cause bloating, gas, diarrhea and can have a laxative effect. Erythritol tends to present less of a problem of these effects than other types of sugar alcohols.
Rebiana is the main ingredient in Truvia. It's a purified form of rebaudioside A, which is one of the components of the stevia plant. Since its introduction in 2008, Truvia has become the number two selling sugar substitute in the United States, surpassing Equal and Sweet'n Low. It is still small next to Splenda which reportedly has negative health implications. Splenda is not a stevia product. Splenda represents 60% of the sugar substitute market. Splenda will give you a big sugar spike as it is 95% Malto-Dextrin or some variant thereof. The Glycemic Index is higher than Table Sugar. Truvia and PureVia are both stevia extract sweeteners sold by major economic powers who market soft drinks.
PureVia is Pepsi's sweetener developed from stevia. It is low-calorie sugar substitute developed jointly by PepsiCo and Whole Earth Sweetener Company PureVia is a blend of several different ingredients. It contains dextrose, cellulose powder; natural flavors as well as the stevia extract rebaudioside A.

Some stevia products such as sweetleaf are made by just extracting the sweetener using water without any additives producing a safe and healthy product. Fructevia and Slimtevia add a little fructose to eliminate the bitter after taste associated with stevia. They are a healthy sweetener that does not raise your blood sugar level. NuStevia uses Maltodextrin to eliminate the bitter taste of stevia. A serving contains 80 mg of Stevia extract and 920 mg of Maltodextrin. Thus NuStevia contains only 8.96% stevia and over 91% maltodextrin. Truvia and PureVia are developed sweeteners from stevia and made by two major soft drink manufactures.
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Friday, August 19, 2016


Ectopic Pregnancy - Higher Incidence With IVF and Frozen Embryos

Wow, I was astounded to read this article about how frozen embryos increase the chance of ectopic pregnancy.
 I had two ectopics, which both were the result of IVF. Statistically, there is a higher risk of ectopic with IVF, but frozen embryos have a 17 times greater risk! If ectopic pregnancies rupture, it can be life threatening. Read more:

Using frozen embryos in fertility treatment raises the risk of a potentially fatal ectopic pregnancy by 17 times, researchers have found.

Using frozen embryos in fertility treatment raises the risk of a potentially fatal ectopic pregnancy by 17 times, researchers have found.

Scientists had thought that the risk of ectopic pregnancy was only slightly increased for frozen embryos compared with the use of "fresh" embryos. The American researchers said they had been surprised by the results and were not sure of the reason.

Alison Cook, a spokeswoman for the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, which regulates fertility treatment in Britain, said the study was a "serious concern". "We have never come across these figures before. We will be studying the research," she said.

When a woman first has IVF treatment, doctors usually transfer between one and three "fresh" test-tube embryos into the uterus.

In the past 10 years technology has meant that increasing numbers of couples are choosing to freeze some of the created embryos, giving them a chance of trying further IVF cycles if the first one fails. After the first attempt, women can use the frozen embryos without having to go through the painful process of hormone treatment, egg retrieval and fertilisation for a second, third or even fourth time.

Frozen embryo storage also allows patients having chemotherapy treatment and other women to create fertilised embryos and delay motherhood until they want to try for a family.

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Doctors are becoming increasingly concerned at the effect of the freezing process on embryos. Last month, the fertility expert Lord Winston called for more research, and warned that some women were, in effect, being experimented on before the dangers were known.

A study carried out by Lord Winston's team at the Hammersmith Hospital in west London has shown that some types of embryo freezing may alter behaviour of a gene that supresses tumours. Delaying the transfer of embryos to a mother - another technique used in some clinics - also seemed to interfere with genes in animal experiments, he said.

The new study by scientists at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, to be presented to the annual confe- rence of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine in Texas today,has revealed more concerns. The researchers compared 2,452 cycles of IVF using fresh embryos, with 392 using frozen transfers. They found that 1.8 per cent of the fresh cycles led to an ectopic pregnancy, compared with 31.8 per cent of the frozen attempts.


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