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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Infertility and Baby Mania


Pregnancy Over 40, Trying To Conceive Over 40 Can Be Hard With Our Media

I found this great article about trying to conceive in a media obsessed culture which seems to be focused on which celebrity is pregnant and by whom, etc. etc. etc.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
These beautiful celebrities parade around in their cute "maternity wear" creating an image of pregnancy that none of us could ever obtain. While I was struggling with infertility, I would imagine what I would look like when I was pregnant. I planned out my maternity wardrobe and looked at all the cute baby stuff. I guess in some ways I was putting myself through unneccessary torture, but in other ways, I think it may have contributed to my success (i.e. visualizing what you want). I guess these media images allow us to live vicariously through others. Is that bad? I don't know, it's probably an individual thing. Here is one perspective on trying to conceive in a baby-crazed world:

Infertile in a baby-crazed world
What’s it like to not be able to get pregnant in a culture filled with “bump watches,” Hummer-size strollers and haute couture maternity wear? It’s hell, says writer Lynn Harris in Glamour's September issue. Here's why every woman should be wary of the new baby mania.
By Lynn Harris

Monday, May 28, 2007

Vacation and Infertility Memories

Trying To Get Pregnant?  Try A Vacation

I need a vacation from my vacation...I'm back and had a great time, and it's good to be home.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 But going on vacation brought back many infertile/miscarriage memories. It seems, in the past, most of our vacations were taken after a miscarriage. I sort of took on the "what the hell" attitude, "let's go on vacation...if I'm not pregnant, I'm going to live it up---besides it's easier to travel without kids, right?"

Infertility casts a dark cloud over many of the things in life that should be enjoyable. My suggestion is, if you are struggling with infertility, take vacations that aren't "family oriented". There are many package deals and destinations that are geared toward adults. It will help you from focusing on what you don't have and help to lift your spirits (and you just may get pregnant). I never believed this when people said it to me, but you really should enjoy your free time now, in the future, when you succeed in becoming pregnant, traveling with a child is more stressful (not to mention the nasty looks you get on an airplane when people cringe at the thought of sitting next to a small child). I'm not complaining one bit, just giving the facts.

Whether you take your time off at home or go to a vacation resort, know that it will be your turn one day. Enjoy your life now, you never know what's around the corner. I certainly didn't.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Infertility Stress Syndrome


Infertility and Fertility Treatments Add More Stress!

I didn't realize there was a term for it, but the stress women and couples face from infertility can be overwhelming.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 Here is a site which discusses "infertility stress syndrome". Although the link below is an adoption advocate site, there is some interesting information about the stress associated with infertility:

www.adoptionadvocatesonline.org

From the site:

Infertility Stress Syndrome

Infertility Stress Syndrome is comprised of a group of stress symptoms arising from the infertility experience. These symptoms are similar to many of the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, particularly in regard to the experience of intrusive thoughts and feelings regarding the experience, and efforts to ward off or avoid those thoughts and feelings. Problems with sleep, work, relationships—especially the marital relationship—are common. Painful sensitivity to any environmental stimuli which is related to reproduction is also found in patients who are suffering from ISS such as:

being near a woman who is pregnant
receiving birth announcements
noticing strong genetic resemblances between parents and their children, etc. 


Here is another site which discusses PTSD (post traumatic Stress Disorder) in women following fertility treatments

http://www.myhealthnewsdaily.com/2932-fertility-treatment-ptsd.html 

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Recurrent Miscarriage and Environmental Factors


Miscarriage Over 40 and Environmental Toxins

I've come across a number of articles about how ordinary products that we use every day may be responsible for (or contribute to) infertility and miscarriage.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 One product that has gained wide spread use in the last 30 years (that may be linked to recurrent miscarriage) is plastic. I think back when I was a young child, everything was packaged in glass. We thought plastic was the greatest invention ever. But we may need to rethink the use of plastics as explained in this article:

Our Stolen Future

I have completely switched to drinking all beverages and buying food products in glass whenever possible (I've heard that even canned products may be harmful because the inside of the can is lined with plastic). It's hard to find some products in glass (even in health food stores), but do the best you can. It's a good reason to switch to fresh vegetables and fruits instead of canned. Never re-use plastic bottles or containers as the plastic starts to wear down and may diffuse into your food or beverage.

Friday, May 04, 2007

Did we all jump into fertility treatments too soon?

IVF Over 40?  Not so Fast!

When I was trying to conceive, I became the women's support group leader for my local infertility organization.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 I saw some very interesting results. Many of us got pregnant between treatment cycles! Here are some examples:
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Two women were told their FSH was too high and their only chance of success was to consider an egg donor. One of these women got pregnant while looking for the egg donor, the other got pregnant while trying to save up enough money for the procedure(last time I saw her, she was about 8 months pregnant with her second!)
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One woman (43) developed an ovarian cyst after being on fertility drugs. She was forced to take a break and got pregnant while on her "break" (she went on to have a normal pregnancy and delivered a healthy baby boy on her 44th birthday - a homebirth!)
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One woman finally adopted and shortly thereafter got pregnant, had a healthy baby boy and is currently pregnant again (just saw her at her son's first birthday party!)
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And...of course there's me, the "longshot" of the group - pregnant naturally with one tube and delivered normally at the age of 44.
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It's interesting that a group of women labeled "infertile" (by the medical definition) turned out to be quite fertile indeed! The BBC news published an article (also on my website) that seems to raise the question of whether or not some couples are really infertile or perhaps just impatient:

Undue IVF pressure put on couples (BBC News)


So, if you're considering fertility treatments, maybe you should consider a little longer. The best treatment may be no treatment.

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