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Thursday, August 28, 2008

How Plastics May Be Affecting Your Fertility

Plastics Mimic Estrogens and Cause Hormone Imbalances

I heard about how the use of plastics may contribute to hormonal imbalance quite some time ago.
 My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 I try, whenever possible to drink from glass containers and if I do have water or other beverages from a plastic bottle, I never re-use it. I remember as a child how we all thought it was such a great idea to have everything bottled in plastic - afterall, it never broke. However, now that the widespread use of plastics has been going on for 35 or more years, we're seeing the affects not only on the environment but in our overall health. Here is an article that explains more about how plastics can affect fertility:


Plastics In Common Household Items May Cause Fertility Defects
Science Daily — The contaminant bisphenol-A (BPA)--widely used to make many plastics found in food storage containers and dental products--can have long-term effects in female development, according to a recent study by Yale School of Medicine researchers.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Believe It Or Not...Ripleys Fertility Statues Are Back!

Get Pregnant Over 40 With Ripley's Fertility Statue!

Quite a while ago, I did a post on the Ripleys Fertility Statue.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
Apparently the statues were "retired" some years ago, but due to popular demand, they're back! I originally learned about the statues on a re-run of the old TV show "Unsolved Mysteries". Since my original post on this, I was contacted by Ripley's and I'm happy to pass along this information:

Here is their press release:

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square
To Host Exhibit of Fertility Statues

World Famous Cote-d’Ivoire Statues are linked
to more than 2,000 pregnancies – So proceed with caution!

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. (Aug. 14, 2008) – Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium on 42nd Street in Manhattan will host the first stop of a three year, multi-city tour of the world famous Ripley’s Fertility Statues!

“Please Don’t Touch – Unless You Want a Baby!”

More than 2,000 women have reported they became pregnant shortly after touching the wooden statues. Many of them had been told by doctors they would never be able to conceive! Since the women’s stories became public in 1994, millions have visited the statues.

Beginning Aug. 26, the statues will be on display for a three-month engagement in the lobby of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium in Times Square. Would-be parents are invited to come in and touch them for FREE during regular business hours.

The five-foot tall wooden statues were acquired from the Ivory Coast (Cote-d'Ivoire ) of West Africa in 1993, and were placed in the lobby of Ripley Entertainment’s corporate headquarters in Orlando. Within months, 13 women, including staffers and office visitors were pregnant.

Following a December 1995 story in the Wall Street Journal chronicling the phenomenon, the demand to touch them became international news. In the ensuing years, the edifices made three trips around the world, stopping at Believe It or Not! museums, allowing millions easy and free access.

They were retired to the Ripley warehouse in 2001, but due to great demand, they were put on display at the Ripley headquarters in Orlando where they have been seen by hundreds each month who made a special pilgrimage to see and touch the statues.

“For years now, we have been inundated with requests to make these statues available once again at our odditoriums throughout the world,” said Edward Meyer, VP Archives & Exhibits for Ripley Entertainment. “Amazingly, people are still finding out about them and call us wanting an opportunity to come in and touch them. Due to this demand, we have decided to tour them again.”


Here is a video about the statues (although, at least on my end, the sound is muffled)

www.ripleys.com

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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

More On Smoking and Fertility


I know you already know that smoking is bad for fertiity but the article below talks about how smoking doesn't just hurt your ovaries, it also can affect the "receptivity" of your uterus:

Smoking's Effects on Uterus Harm Fertility (www.revolutionhealth.com)

From the article:

"The effect of cigarette smoking on the ovaries has been known for a while, she said. "There's often ovulatory dysfunction in heavy smokers, and they tend to have menopause at an earlier stage," Wu noted.

The authors of the study looked retrospectively at 741 non-heavy smokers (under 10 cigarettes a day) and 44 heavy smokers (over 10 cigarettes a day). All of the women had received oocyte donations as part of in vitro fertilization (IVF) between January 2002 and June 2005.

None of the women's partners smoked and none of the oocyte donors were heavy smokers.

According to the study, the lighter smokers had a significantly higher pregnancy rate (52.2 percent) than the heavy smokers (34.1 percent).

The fact that the oocytes were donated means the problem lies with the uterus, not the ovaries, the researchers noted."

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Pregnant: Another High Profile 44 Year Old


Reille Hunter Pregnant At 44 Probably Naturally

I'm not much for gossip, but it seems like everywhere you look there's another sensational story about John Edwards, his mistress Rielle Hunter, and how she had a baby which may be his.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 I have no idea who the father of her baby is, but here's another example of a woman over 40 giving birth. I know very little about this story, but I'm guessing this was a natural conception and she became pregnant somewhere around the age of 44 (the news stories say she's 44 now and she gave birth in February '08). I could be wrong, but I seriously doubt she underwent fertility treatment especially under these circumstances.

Even though this story is riddled with questions about the father of Rielle Hunter's baby, one thing is for sure - she had a baby well into her 40's. Read more here:

www.cnn.com

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

SAINTS FOR INFERTILITY AND HELP WITH GETTING PREGNANT

I realize I have readers of different faiths and beliefs, but I have received many inquiries about which saints to pray to if you are trying to conceive or struggling with infertility. The saints for fertility and conception include:
Saint Rita of Cascia, Saint Gerard, Saint Anne, Saint Mary,
St. Raymond Nonnatus, Saint Dominic of Silos.  This article has moved to my website:

Click here to read the full article on saints for fertility and getting pregnant including prayers (getpregnantover40.com)
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http://getpregnantover40.com/saint-gerard-for-fertility.htm



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See Also: Infertility In The Bible (www.getpregnantover40.com)

Friday, August 08, 2008

Miscarriage Rate Cut In Half With Fruit and Vegetables


Miscarriage Over 40, Cut Risk With The Right Diet

I can't say enough how important your diet is before and of course during pregnancy.
http://www.getpregnantover40.com
 Here is a good article about the importance of your diet in the prevention of miscarriage:

UK: eating fruit and veg 'halves miscarriage risk'

From the article:

"A good diet is vital in pregnancy. Eating fruit and vegetables daily halves the chance of miscarriage, research shows. A study of thousands of pregnant women revealed those who included fruit and veg regularly in their diet were 46 per cent less likely to miscarry..."

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Could Weight at Birth and Early Childhood Affect Future Fertility?



I found this interesting article about how low birth weight and above average childhood weight may affect how early a child gets their first period. All of these factors may also affect their future fertility. Read More:

Early weight influences age when periods start

The age at which girls begin menstruation, termed menarche, is likely to be early if they were small babies but heavy as children, according to an Australian study.

"The relationship between birth weight and age at menarche has been controversial, and mechanisms regulating this association are unclear," write Dr. Deborah M. Sloboda and colleagues in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

The researchers from The University of Western Australia, Perth investigated this topic in a group of girls who were followed from the time they were born in 1989-1991.

A total of 776 girls from the cohort were enrolled in the study, and 349 had had their first monthly period. This occurred significantly earlier in girls with below-average birth weight, the team found, and an above-average weight at age 8 years.


The age at menarche in girls with the lowest birth weight and the highest childhood body mass index, or BMI, was 12.5 years on average, while among those with the highest birth weight and lowest childhood BMI it was 13.2 years.


"Our findings provide further evidence that birth weight and childhood overweight may potentially compromise reproductive health in women," Sloboda and colleagues conclude.

"Early age at menarche may be a marker for early life events regulating reproductive, endocrine, and metabolic development that may manifest later in life as polycystic ovarian syndrome, the metabolic syndrome, and potentially breast cancer," the investigators speculate.

"Understanding factors determining age at menarche and pinpointing those individuals at risk for these diseases early in life may result in novel interventions or preventative strategies relevant to common diseases of adulthood," they suggest.

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