Fertility Jewelry With Healing Stones

Fertility Jewelry With Healing Stones
Fertility Jewelry With Healing Stones

Friday, July 20, 2007

Some High Tech Procedures Make Pregnancy Less Likely

Natural Pregnancy After Being Told To Use Donor Eggs

I know a woman from the infertility support group I ran who was told by her reproductive endocrinologist to consider either donor eggs or to have her embryo's analyzed prior to implanting them.
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 She couldn't afford either one, so she took a break while she and her husband tried to save up the money. Guess what? She got pregnant naturally and wound up having a second. Well...according to the article below, pre-implantation genetic procedures may actually reduce births! Read more:


From the article:

Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis may actually reduce births by one third, reported researchers at the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam, Netherlands. They studied 408 women between the ages of 35 and 41.

The findings are a setback for the increasingly popular procedure, which involves removing a single cell from a 3-day-old embryo to look for potential birth defects, the Los Angeles Times reported Thursday.

The test, developed in the United States about 17 years ago, is based on a theory that one cell can be removed from the eight cells in a 3-day-old embryo and the remaining seven cells still will grow into a healthy baby, reported New Scientist.

Scientists don't know why the test lowers the birth rate, but they do not believe that removing one cell lowers the viability of the embryo.

Copyright 2007 by United Press International. All Rights Reserved.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

The Conception Kit - Another Natural Alternative To Fertility Treatments

Natural Insemination

I saw a review of a product called "The Conception Kit" on pregnancy.about.com.
 It sounds interesting and it seems to have some fairly good success rates. I cannot vouch for this product because it didn't exist when I was trying to conceive, however, I probably would have given it a try if it did.

I'm all for anything that doesn't involve drugs, surgery, or exhorbitant amounts of money. Actually this product sounds like a "do it yourself insemination" except it concentrates the sperm around the cervix.

Read more:


Monday, July 16, 2007

New Mothers At 45 & 46: Reunion Re-cap

Pregnant At 45, Pregnant At 46

Well, I wasn't the one with the youngest daughter at my 30 year high school reunion.
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 Another one of my classmates (female) had an "oops!" baby at 45. There was another guy who I've known since elementary school who had a 7 month old. He has an interesting story. His first wife underwent IVF some years ago and had a problem with toxemia in her pregnancy. After she delivered and went home from the hospital, she had a stroke (a few days later) and tragically died (it sounds to me like the hospital discharged her too soon or failed to recognize the severity of her condition). He remarried and he and his second wife have a new baby together. But guess how old she was when she had her baby? 46! I was dying to ask if it was a naturally conceived pregnancy, but I felt that would have been way too personal! It also appeared to be her first baby. These examples of "older women" having babies just keep coming.

People were pretty surprised when I showed them pictures of my daughter - "you of all people" I heard over and over. It was kind of fun really...the shock value and all. As I suspected, they couldn't even imagine starting over with kids at this age. But I think it's different when you start out having kids young vs. old. I truly believe it's easier when your older. Even though you may get a little more tired, you make up for it in wisdom and patience. In retrospect, even though it's probably easier to get pregnant in your 20's, that's usually the time you are establishing your career, you might be struggling financially, and you're still working out your own insecurities. All in all I'm glad the way things turned out in my life. Even though I went through the agonizing trials and tribulations of trying to get pregnant, if I hadn't, I probably would have had some other challenge.

Here's to another 30 years!

Friday, July 13, 2007

Over 40...Another Reunion

Pregnancy After 40 and High School Reunions

Well...I guess my age is no secret.
 My 30 year high school reunion is this weekend. It's funny, we had a 25 year reunion and that's just about the time I decided that a baby was not in my future. I truly was comfortable moving on to "childfree" because I had gone through so much in terms of fertility treatments, recurrent miscarriage and all the agonizing years of waiting and disappointment. With the exception of one person, I never confided in old school friends about how I was trying to conceive because most of them had grown kids and were becoming empty nesters (even at the 25 year reunion). I was known as the one who didn't want kids - I was almost embarrassed to admit I had changed my thinking. Besides, since everyone knew that I supposedly didn't want kids, they quit asking if I had any...(and by the time the 25 year reunion comes rolling around, everyone figures you're too old). As I'm sure you know, it helps not to have those probing questions hurled at you all the time.

Hmmmm...I wonder how things will go this weekend. I found out I was pregnant with my daughter exactly one month after my 25 year reunion. It just goes to show you, you never know what's around the corner - the future is so unpredictable. I'm sure nobody is as concerned with my family life as I am, but it is kind of awkward around people my age who can't even imagine starting over with baby & toddler phase.

Stay tuned...I'll let you know how things go...

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Fertility Treatments: Safety and Outcomes

 Get Pregnant Naturally vs. Fertility Treatments

If you've visited my website or read some of my entries on this blog, you probably know that I am an advocate of trying to conceive naturally.
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 I tried the high tech assisted reproduction route and I experienced everything from hyperstimulation of my ovaries to an ectopic pregnancy which had to be removed surgically. Not only did we spend $25,000 of our hard earned money, but we also paid a high price physically and emotionally. And for all this, no baby (until I got pregnant naturally). In hindsight, I am saddened that my husband and I got caught up in all the hype about how 'older' couples should RUN NOT WALK to the closest fertility clinic.

In addition to the physical and mental trauma many couples experience when going through fertility treatments, I've also read that there can be a higher incidence of birth defects with some assisted reproduction techniques:

Here is an article that tells more:

Risks of Birth Defects and Other Adverse Outcomes Associated With Assisted Reproductive Technology

It's a little scary, isn't it?

I also wonder about what all those fertility drugs did to my system. I've always been one who has lived a 'clean life'. I rarely take any kind of drug and I feel guilty for consuming diet pop or caffeinated coffee. It scares me to think what I might have done to myself with all those injections associated with fertility treatments. I can't change the past but I can live my best life now.

I realize that fertility treatments may be the only option for some couples, but like most major life decisions, you should carefully evaluate your options. Just because 'everybody's doing it' doesn't mean it's safe. Now that I have the benefit of hindsight, I would have trusted my inner voice. I knew deep down I could have a baby naturally, and I did.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Ripley's Fertility Statue

Pregnancy Over 40 With The Help Of A Fertility Statue

Years ago, when I was trying to conceive, I recall seeing a re-run of the TV show, "Unsolved Mysteries".
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The segment that caught my eye was about the African fertility statue which had supposedly helped quite a few women get pregnant. I don't know what made me think of it, but I thought I'd post a link to the Ripley's site for anyone interested...you never know!

Ripley's Believe It or Not!® Museum

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