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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Pregnancy over 40: Yet Another Link Between Stress and Pregnancy Complications


Pregnancy Over 40, Watch Your Stress Level

I've written much about how stress can interfere with your ability to conceive and how stress can lead to miscarriage.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 Well, I also found an interesting article about how stress can be linked to pregnancy complications, specifically, "Pre-eclampsia":

Work Stress Linked to Pre-eclampsia

The article mentions that women who work during pregnancy especially in jobs that produce higher blood pressures might be at a higher risk of developing pre-eclampsia. I worked very little while I was pregnant. I taught a couple of classes at my local community college but the rest of my time I completely relaxed at home. I was always amazed at women who worked full time. How on earth did they do that? I must admit, I was pretty tired even after working just a couple of hours a day. I think many women don't listen to their bodies. Being pregnant just by itself can be very demanding on your body's resources.

Not only can high blood pressure lead to poor pregnancy outcomes, but it has also been shown to negatively affect fertility. If you're trying to conceive, evaluate your work schedule. The stress you're under may be preventing the very thing you want so much. When I worked in the corporate world, I would frequently have high blood pressure readings. Thank heavens I had the sense to leave the 'corporate pressure cooker'. Otherwise, I might still be running the 'rat race' and I may have never had my daughter.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Eicosanoids, Prostaglandins and Fertility


If You're Trying To Get Pregnant,  Reduce "Bad" Prostaglandins

I've written before about the connection between prostglandins and fertility.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 Prostaglandins are eicosanoids which are a type of localized hormone.   I have a couple of links below which describe how fish oils can keep bad prostaglandins in check and they can help develop your baby's brain as well when you get pregnant.

 This article talks about how an imbalance can cause infertility and how omega 3's can help:

www.cbn.com


From the article:

The other important factor appears to be an imbalance of eicosanoids that can be treated with the increased consumption of fish oil. Epidemiological studies of pregnant women who consume large amounts of long-chain Omega-3 fatty acids, like EPA and DHA, found in fish oil tend to carry their babies for a longer period of time. They also have a correspondingly lower rate of premature births which can cause physical and neurological problems such as learning disabilities. Since 6 to 10 percent of all births in America are premature, I feel it is quite likely this unfortunate statistic may be linked to our growing decrease of long-chain Omega-3 fatty acids containing EPA/DHA in the diet

To read more about eicosanoids, click here:

Friday, December 25, 2009

Happy Holidays




Here's hoping you receive that which you want the most.

Have a safe holiday and holiday weekend.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Holiday Dinners Hard For Everyone, Not Just Infertile



So you think you're the only one struggling with holidays? I will grant you, holiday dinners can be hard for the infertile couple. All those questions come hurling at you from relatives or new acquaintances. But, according to this amusing article, holiday dinners may be hard for everyone. This article gives some good advice on handling difficult dinners and difficult questions. Read more:


Strategies for Surviving Holiday Dinners, Family Events and Other War Zones


This excerpt sums it up:

No matter how well we may have weathered our basic training, nothing can fully prepare us for the front lines of family gatherings. We're in the thick of it, dodging live ammunition, and fighting the urge to return to our old, reliable patterns that helped us to survive while we were growing up. We may have mastered our relationship skills in one-on-one relationships. We may have improved our romantic relationships, our professional relationships and our friendships. And we may have even improved our family relationships-one family member at a time. But when we're sitting around the holiday dinner table or socializing at a wedding reception with our entire family, it's an entirely different experience.

For one thing, when we're with our entire family, we have to juggle a number of different relationships at the same time. Our attention is divided at best, and for many of us, our awareness deserts us completely after the first major skirmish. We feel like we're surrounded and have to defend ourselves from sneak attacks. We often feel that retreat is not an option. When we are cornered, we often believe that the only way that we can survive is to fight our way out, new relationship skills be damned.

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

PCOS Controlled With Low-Carb Diet Can Help Fertility

I've written before about the connection between PCOS, fertility and diet. Women with PCOS seem to have issues with controlling insulin which is where a low carb diet can help. Read more:

www.pregnancy.org

From the article:

How Many Carbohydrates Should You Eat a Day?
At this point in time, I am not aware of any studies that provide data as to the recommended level of carbohydrates for a woman with PCOS. Some diets include The Food Pyramid-based diet (55 percent of calories from carbohydrates.but select mainly from whole grains), a diet which is 40 percent carbohydrates (The Zone), or a very strict diet that allows only 20 percent of calories from carbohydrates (Atkins or Protein Power). In my experience, there is no one level that will work for all women. Dr. Walter Futterweit, clinical professor of the Division of Endocrinology of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, has been working with women with PCOS for 25 years. He suggests that nonobese women with PCOS who get regular periods eat a balanced diet, moderate.not excessive intakes of carbohydrates (approximately 50 percent of calories), and select complex unrefined carbohydrates over refined carbohydrates. An obese insulin-resistant woman should consume a diet that is 40 percent carbohydrates or less, depending upon the degree of insulin resistance. These are only guidelines.the diet should be tailored to fit the individual person. I would suggest starting with a diet that is 40 percent carbohydrates and work your way downward if need be. Some subjective indicators that the diet is "working" are: decreased cravings and increased energy levels. Some objective measures that the diet may be working are: weight loss, decreased insulin levels, regular periods. Clearly, this is an area that needs to be researched.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Your Menstrual Cycle From The Chinese Perspective

Pregnancy Over 40, Chinese Medicine Viewpoint

As much as I read and research all of the factors that influence whether or not we get pregnant every month, I learned a few things I didn't know from this article.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 It not only explains the menstrual cycle, but it also gives remedies from the chinese medicine standpoint. Read more:


conceiveonline.com

From the article:

Week Three: Fertilization and Implantation
After ovulation, the levels of luteinizing and follicle-stimulating hormones (FSH) immediately drop, and the follicle that produced the egg becomes a cyst called the corpus luteum, which produces progesterone. This part of the cycle is called the luteal phase (see week one), and needs to last for at least 10 days, allowing sufficient time for implantation if an egg is fertilized.

The TCM perspective:
Women are warmer in their luteal phase, and Chinese medicine stresses the importance of a warm uterus for implantation. Yang is what warms the body, and when temperatures rise, women are more likely to get pregnant.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Woman, 44, Pregnant Naturally After Years of Failed Treatments


Over 40 Pregnant Naturally After Failed IVF

Wow! This article tells a story strikingly similar to mine.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
A woman tries for years to get pregnant, spends a huge sum of money, endures not only fertility treatments but miscarriage and other complications only to become pregnant naturally at the age of 44. There you have it! Even in the most supposedly hopeless circumstances, you can succeed. Read more:

www.people.co.uk

From the article:

After 20 long years of yearning for a baby Julie Fahy abandoned hope of her dream ever coming true.

She was still childless at 44 despite repeated IVF treatments costing £15,000.

Julie endured miscarriages, serious medical scares and an emotional roller-coaster of hope and disappointment all for nothing - or so it seemed.


Then the scarcely believable happened and she found she was pregnant NATURALLY.


Now Julie and husband Chris are doting parents to Roisin, the perfect baby daughter they always wanted.


The proud mum cuddled their 11-month-old tot and said: "It's so amazing to have her with us at last. We feel like the luckiest parents in the world.


"We had stopped thinking that we would ever see the day we would be parents.


"To find out I was pregnant naturally after all we went through to try to conceive was the most incredible moment."

Friday, November 20, 2009

Visualization & Meditation For Fertility


Get Pregnant Over 40 with Meditation and Visualization


I'm very proud and excited to announce my new CD on Visualization and Meditation for Fertility. It's a project I've been working on for the last year and I developed it after hearing from a number of women who wanted to know how to visualize and meditate - especially with the goal of conceiving and carrying a pregnancy to term. I'm a firm believer that everything we manifest in our life starts with our thoughts. Here is more information about the CD. The link below has an area where you can listen to a preview.

Listen to a preview here:

You Can Get Pregnant Over 40, Naturally
Visualization & Meditation

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Fertility: What The Numbers Won't Tell You


Here is a great article about how women who are trying to conceive may get totally wrapped up and obsessed with every little blip in their "numbers". If you've pursued fertility treatments, you tend to "live and die" by the results of every lab test. What a source of stress. Here's an article that gives some good advice about how to deal with all of it:

What the Numbers Won’t Tell You
The 1-2-3s of Numbers, Fertility and Health
by Nicole Lange Lic.Ac. MA.OM. Dipl.Om. (lifehealinglife.com)

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Sperm Enhancing Foods For Fertility

Sperm Healthy Foods And Pregnancy Over 40

Well, I guess I'm on a roll with doing posts about foods for fertility.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
This article from naturatomica.com gives a number of natural food and supplement choices men (and women) can make to enhance their fertility. As the article says, it's worth giving the natural route a try and it's safer and healthier too. Read more:

http://naturatomica.com/category/health-conditions/mens-health/infertility-mens-health

Here are just a few things from the article:

Cauliflower (Brassica oleracea) and other foods containing vitamin B6. People who advocate micronutrient supplementation often recommend vitamin B6 for infertility. The best sources of this nutrient, in descending order of potency, are cauliflower, watercress, spinach, garden cress, bananas, okra, onions, broccoli, squash, kale, kohlrabi, brussels sprouts, peas and radishes.

Ginger (Zingiber officinale). According to reports of research with animals in Saudi Arabia, ginger significantly increased sperm count and motility. I hesitate to extrapolate one animal study to humans, but ginger is so safe and tasty that if I were troubled by a low sperm count or poor sperm motility, I wouldn't hesitate to reach for ginger tea, ginger ale, gingerbread and dishes spiced with this tangy herb.

Ginseng (Panax ginseng). California herbalist Kathi Keville, author of The Illustrated Herb Encyclopedia and Herbs for Health and Healing, tells two stories of infertile men who started taking ginseng, schisandra and saw palmetto to build up their physical stamina. Some time later, both of their wives became pregnant.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Cook Your Way Fertile


My previous post talked about eating the right kinds of fats and whole grains. In addition, I just came across this blog called "The Fertile Kitchen" which has a great recipe for carrots with cilantro and garlic. The author also has a cookbook with recipes that enhance fertility. Read more:

www.fertilekitchen.blogspot.com

Monday, November 16, 2009

Improve Fertility With Healthy Fats and Slow Carbs


No surprise here, healthy fats and the right kind of carbs will help you get pregnant. This article suggests nuts and avacados, whole grains and more:

www.kindsnacks.com

From the article:

Pregnancy Tip – “Healthy Fats” and “Slow Carbs” Improve Ovulation and Fertility Odds
New Research from Harvard Study Supports a Diet High in Monosaturated Fats from Natural Food Sources Like Nuts and Avocados
March 25, 2008 (New York, NY) – In groundbreaking news previously unknown to generations of women struggling with infertility, researchers at Harvard’s School of Public Health have confirmed a diet high in “healthy fats” from foods like nuts and avocados improves odds of fertility.

The study, printed in the November 1, 2007 edition of Obstetrics & Gynecology, showed that eating foods with a high ratio of mono-saturated fats to trans-fats and a low glycemic index (GI) can improve ovulation and fertility. With only a few simple switches in diet, couples that struggle with infertility – one in six, according to researchers in the U.S. and Europe – can improve their odds of conceiving.

Easy changes to your diet to lower GI and raise your ratio of monosaturated to transfats include:

Snacking on nuts and fruits instead of potato chips and pretzels,
Using olive oil instead of butter or processed oils,
Eating whole-grain bread instead of white bread, and
Consuming foods with natural sugars instead of processed sugars like high-fructose corn syrup.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Bacterial Infections and Male/Female Infertility


Trying To Have A Baby, Male Infections Could Get In The Way

I think most of us associate infections with pelvic inflammatory disease and female infertility due to tubal scarring, etc.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 However, according to the article below, infections may also be a cause of male infertility. Read more:

Fighting Male Infertility (www.nytimes.com)

From the article:

Dr. Attila Toth is a gynecologist and pathologist at New York Hospital's MacLeod Laboratory for Infertility, named after John Mac-Leod, one of the first and most influential researchers in the field. ''I believe that the sharp rise in infertility cases in the last two decades is the end result of the promiscuity of those years,'' Dr. Toth said in a recent interview. ''I know of 32 bacteria that are transmitted sexually. I'll show you only one photograph and this will explain to you what's happening here.'' He held up a glossy black and white picture of a single sperm with clumps of bacteria clinging to it. ''This sperm has one, two, three, ... 13 bacteria on it,'' he explained. ''But it's still moving. Visualize that this sperm dies in the woman's tube. Do you think the bacteria would die? Why would they? Now, consider how often we attribute infertility to tubal factors, to chronic pelvic infection and so on. But here you see that it is the male who is the carrier of this bacteria."

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Adrenals, Gluten and the Infertility Connection

Fertility Affected By Gluten Which Affects Hormones

I've written before about how gluten intolerance can be a risk factor for infertility.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 This article give an in-depth explanation of the chain reaction which may occur which involves the adrenal glands and how their hormone production is affected by gluten. Read more:

www.glutenfreefox.com

From the article:

You see, the adrenal glands make many hormones. The make adrenaline to give you energy and they make the precursors to all the sex hormones. When they’re tired and they can’t do everything, which do you think they’ll do – make adrenaline to get you through your day or make sex hormones? You guessed it, they make adrenaline.

The result? Inefficient hormonal production resulting in infertility, miscarriages, premature menopause. The very hormone needed to keep a fetus in the womb for the first trimester is the hormone that is “stolen” to make more adrenaline in a fatigued adrenal gland state.

The exciting thing is that something can be done about it. You don’t have to continue to suffer with weak adrenal glands. Actually they’re not that hard to fix and the program to normalize their function is a natural one, meaning no drugs or surgery.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

OVULATION BLEEDING, WHAT CAUSES IT AND HOW CAN IT AFFECT FERTILITY?


Slight bleeding around ovulation can be a normal part of the process. However, if you are trying to conceive, it might be something to get checked out since it could be a sign of underlying problems like or endometriosis. Read more:

Sometimes, during the middle of a woman’s menstrual cycle, when she is ovulating, she may have some bleeding. Ovulation bleeding is different from the regular menstrual flow. Ovulation bleeding tends to be pink to red in color. Ovulation bleeding is lighter than menstrual flow. Ovulation bleeding typically will last for one to two days.

SEE ALSO: SHORT MENSTRUAL CYCLES AND FERTILITY (getpregnantover40.com)

A variety of factors can cause ovulation bleeding. For most women who experience ovulation bleeding, the cause is not clear. It may be related to the emergency of follicles. Hormones prompt ovaries to produce around 20 follicles that contain an immature egg, and out of this only one follicle matures. It is during this process of maturing and bursting out from the follicle that pain or bleeding occurs. Ovulation bleeding that is severe or that lasts longer than a couple of days can be a symptom of certain medical conditions, including endometriosis.

Bleeding episodes that are 2 weeks apart suggest that there may be a lack of ovulation altogether. A variety of conditions can cause this, including irritation to the cervix, polyps in the cervix, or polyps in the uterus.

from
www.babyhopes.com

Monday, November 09, 2009

Fertility Drugs, Are They Worth It?

Get Pregnant Naturally vs. Fertility Drugs

I've done a number of posts about the dangers of fertility drugs.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 Here is an objective article that looks at not only the success of fertility drugs, but also the risks. Read more:

Fertility Drugs: Are they worth it?
Margaret Pendzich


From the article:



Are Fertility Drugs Safe?

One major concern surrounding fertility drugs are the instances of multiple births that arise from their use. Multiple births occur in about 50 percent of cases, especially among women in their early 30s or younger. In most cases, risks can be lowered through careful monitoring and controlling dosages of medications. For IVF, if a high number of eggs are seen developing on the ultrasound, doctors are able to remove them and place back two or three embryos. However, as Dr. Valerie Baker states, "in the case of normal or artificial insemination, we have no control. So if we see too many eggs, we may advise the couple to not attempt to get pregnant. But couples sometimes are hesitant to cancel the cycle because they have so much invested in it, both financially and emotionally". In addition, if the couple does not cancel the cycle and four or more embryos implant, the newborn babies have a high risk of neurological complications if they survive. (3).

Multiple births are also risky because they can result in the birth of sickly, premature babies. Premature babies face serious complications, including lung problems and bleeding the head, which can cause long-term physical and mental impairment. (4).

Fertility drugs are often fingered as a risk factor for ovarian cancer. There are several factors that may increase a woman's risk of ovarian cancer. One factor is that an increased number of uninterrupted ovulations in a woman's lifetime increases her chance of developing ovarian cancer. This may explain why events that interrupt the constant cycle of ovulations, such as pregnancy, breastfeeding, and oral contraceptive use, are associated with a decreased risk of ovarian cancer. Another factor is that increased levels of certain hormones associated with ovulation, such as human chorionic gonadotropin, increase the risk of ovarian cancer. Fertility drugs can increase both the number of ovulations and the levels of hormones associated with ovulation.

A conflicting study states that women who take ovulation-inducing drugs in conjunction with IVF are not are increased risk of developing breast, ovarian, or uterine cancer. However, women who seek treatment but do not take fertility drugs have more than twice the expected incidence of uterine cancer, and women with unexplained infertility have elevated rates of uterine an ovarian cancer. This study was based on date on 29, 700 women who registered for treatment at 10 IVF clinics in Australia. This study, however, only refers to increasing the risk of cancers when fertility drugs are taken in conjuncture with IVF, and not the risk of cancer when drugs are taken by themselves.

Monday, November 02, 2009

When Does Ovulation Occur?

Pregnancy Over 40, Prepare For Months In Advance

I've posted articles before by Randine Lewis. This site gives a good explanation of all the events leading up to ovulation:

From the site:

Contrary to popular reproductive belief, follicular growth from the resting state until ovulation takes up to 100 days, or more than three menstrual cycles. Follicles are selected from the primordial pool of resting follicles almost a year before ovulation, and are recruited to become active. During the initial pre-gonadotropin period the follicle responds to regulatory factors within the ovary itself, which are like hormones. These growth factors are like hormonal precursors. One important ovarian growth factor, insulin-like growth factor, is the precursor to the youth hormone which is secreted by the thymus gland called growth hormone. Others have names like insulin-like growth factor binding protein, interlukin, tumor necrosis factor, inhibin, vascular endothelial growth factor, and activin. These ovarian growth factors help determine the eventual fertility potential of the oocyte (egg).

See also: www.getpregnantover40.com for natural ways to increase progesterone and lengthen your menstrual cycle

During this period which lasts for many months, the healthy, responsive follicle determines its own fate with these regulatory proteins. The (0.03mm) follicle is first chosen from the primordial pool to double in size (to about 0.06 mm) and become a primary follicle, about 150 days prior to ovulation. It reaches its secondary phase approximately 120 days before ovulation, when it again doubles in size. The follicle then cycles through the pre-antral and early antral phase and grows from about 0.12 mm to about 1.0 mm in approximately 65 days. It has quadrupled in size during this time, and has gone through many stages of proliferation.

from: 
www.acuforconception.com

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Enhancing Male Fertility With Herbs

Trying To Conceive Over 40, Men May Benefit From Herbs


Aside from some herbal teas,  neither me nor my husband used herbs when we were trying to conceive.
 My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 However, there may be some merit in some herbs used for fertility. I've posted a number of articles on how herbs may help women, but this article focuses on how herbs may help men. Read more:


How to Increase Male Fertility With Herbs (www.ehow.com)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

PISTACHIOS ARE GOOD FOR FERTILITY AND GETTING PREGNANT NATURALLY

 Get Pregnant Naturally With Pistachios

I love pistachio nuts, but until seeing this article I had no idea how nutritious there were.
See also: www.getpregnantover40.com  for more on my series on foods for fertility and preventing miscarriage
Not only do they contain a number of fertility enhancing components, but they may also enhance your love life! Additionally, the inner nut is green which is the color of growth, the color of spring, of renewal and rebirth.

Read more:

Just 47 pistachios, a one-ounce serving, contains 13 grams of predominantly monounsaturated fat and no cholesterol. All nuts, including pistachios, contain some saturated fat but are considered low in saturated fat. Fats are a concentrated source of energy and play an important role in assisting the body to absorb fat-soluble vitamins such as vitamins A, E, D, and K.

http://getpregnantover40.com/buy-fertility-jewelry.htm


Pistachios are the richest source of potassium of all the nut family. The potassium content of one ounce of pistachios is equal to that of one orange, a whopping 310 mg. Two ounces of pistachios contain more potassium than one medium banana. More of the pistachio's nutritional attributes for one ounce include 2 mg. vitamin C, 66 IU vitamin A, 44.9 mg magnesium, 16.5 mcg folic acid, 1.9 mg. iron, 38.3 mg. calcium, 5.8 g protein, and 3.1 g dietary fiber.

That single ounce of pistachios carries more than 10% of the Daily Value for dietary fiber, vitamin B6, thiamine, magnesium, phosphorous, and copper.

In comparing raw pistachios to dry roasted, you will find that some nutrients are diminished when the nuts are dry roasted, such as only 19.8 mg vitamin C, .9 mg iron, 36.9 mg. magnesium, and 275 mg. potassium compared to the higher figures noted above.

Storage


picture: heartofthedesert.com
If you want to store a large quantity of nuts, it's best to put them in heavy-duty freezer bags and freeze them. Frozen, they will keep for several months. For shorter storage you can refrigerate pistachios for up to 4 to 6 weeks.

If pistachios stored over a long period lose their natural crispness, you can quickly revitalize them. Just place them on a baking sheet and heat them in the oven at 250 to 300 for 6 to 9 minutes.

If you simply enjoy nibbling on a handful or two of pistachios a day, and are using them up quickly, they can spend a few days sitting in a bowl on your kitchen counter without becoming rancid.

Serving
Part of the pistachio's appeal is the ritual of gathering around a bowl of nuts and cracking them open to retrieve the emerald treasure inside. Pistachios make an ideal snack to serve guests or to enjoy as a between-meal nibble.

What more perfect finish to a satisfying meal could there be than an attractive bowl of fresh pistachios. So inviting,, they beckon one to reach out, pluck a singular gem, and begin that joyful process of pulling apart the shell, and finally tasting the rich sweetness of the nutmeat itself.

RAW
Pistachios can be enjoyed whole, chopped, coarsely ground, and finely ground.

Add a few shelled, chopped raw, unsalted pistachios to soups and salads as a garnish, or use one or two handfuls as a main ingredient in a salad dish.

Grind raw unsalted pistachios in an electric coffee grinder and add them to fresh vegetable or fruit juices for a protein boost.


Add raw, unsalted pistachios to the blender when making smoothies.
 from vegparadise.com


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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Men and Infertility

Most articles out there focus on the emotional aspects of women's infertility. but men suffer psychlogically too even when they're not physically the cause of infertility. Read more:

Men With Fertility Problems Suffer Psychologically Too

The scientists selected 256 men from the Copenhagen Multi-Centre Psychosocial Aspects of Infertility (COMPI) research programme. Most men were in the mid thirties, and had been married, on average, for almost 8 years. They had known that they were infertile for over 4 years, and the majority of couples had no children either together, or from previous relationships. Participants completed a series of questionnaires that included measures assessing physical health, support, and psychological and social stress. They completed the questionnaire before the start of treatment, and again after 12 months of treatment, only if their partners had not become pregnant during this time. The men were divided into four categories; unexplained infertility; female infertility; male infertility; or mixed. "We found that social stress, marital stress, coping effort, and physical stress increased over time, whereas mental health decreased", says Ms Peronace. "Perhaps surprisingly, though, we found that men in all four groups suffered equally. Infertile people appear to rely particularly on their social environment for support, and this seems to deteriorate over time. Couples should be made aware of the possible decline in their social support network and encouraged to organise support systems that no not solely include close friends and family."

Friday, October 16, 2009

Vasectomy Reversals


You never know what the future holds. I'm always hearing yet another story of couples who have some type of surgical sterilization, then want to start a new family with a new husband or wife. I've known a number of couples who've conceived after a vasectomy reversal - so it can be done. Here is a site that details chronologically one couple's journey to get pregnant after a vasectomy reversal (which has a happy ending):

Myvasectomyreversal.com

Here is another article from webmd.com about vasectomy reversals:

A Second Chance: Vasectomy Reversals
They’re expensive and complicated, but vasectomy reversals may be worth it for men who want a second lease on fatherhood.
By Richard Sine


From the article:

Vasectomies are commonly considered a permanent form of birth control. Reversals are expensive and complicated surgical procedures, and success is not guaranteed. But many doctors report very high success rates from vasectomy reversals. And specialists in the procedure reject the notion -- widely held even in the medical community -- that the procedure is rarely successful in men who had their vasectomy more than 10 years earlier.

“If you don’t think you have a chance at a reversal, you do,” says Rick Bellah, whose vasectomy was reversed by Marks a whopping 42 years after the original procedure. Bellah and his wife, Eloi, now have a 3-year-old girl, who has a 50-year-old half-sibling

Thursday, October 15, 2009

INFERTILITY SONGS: SONGS FOR GETTING PREGNANT

Infertility-Fertility Songs

Well, I've heard of infertility support groups, infertility prayers, colors for fertility, but I've never, until now, heard of songs for infertility.
See also:  www.getpregnantover40.com for more on trying to conceive naturally and support
Music has historically been a way to deal with emotions and a way to release emotions for a many women (and men).


Here is one example:

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Depression Lowers Sex Hormones In Men


I've written before about how depression can affect fertility in women, however, depression can also affect fertility in men. The following article discusses the relationship between depression, cortisol, and testosterone. Read more:

Depression May Lower Your Sex Hormones
(www.sciencedaily.com)


From the article:

"Our data suggest that men who suffer from severe major depression have disturbance of gonadal function as reflected by decreased testosterone concentration," said Dr. Ulrich Schweiger, head of the study.

Comparison of men with depression and those without showed:

* Lower testosterone concentrations during daytime and significantly lower concentrations at night and across the 24-hour period.

* Similar concentrations of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone in both groups, but the LH pulse was lower in depressed men.

* Cortisol concentration 68 percent higher in men with major depression than in the comparison group.

* A negative relationship between cortisol and testosterone, that is, the higher the cortisol, the lower the testosterone levels.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

All About Sperm

We always hear so much about the age of our eggs, egg quality, and so on. What about sperm? Here is an informative article about semen and sperm:


Semen and sperm quality
Written by Dr John Dean, specialist in sexual medicine, South Devon Healthcare NHS Trust (www.netdotor.co.uk)


The World Health Organisation provides a definition of a 'normal' sperm count:
the concentration of spermatozoa should be at least 20 million per ml.
the total volume of semen should be at least 2ml.
the total number of spermatozoa in the ejaculate should be at least 40 million.
at least 75 per cent of the spermatozoa should be alive (it is normal for up to 25 per cent to be dead).
at least 30 per cent of the spermatozoa should be of normal shape and form.
at least 25 per cent of the spermatozoa should be swimming with rapid forward movement.
at least 50 per cent of the spermatozoa should be swimming forward, even if only sluggishly.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Invitro Success May Come With A Price

I'm not necessarily trying to discourage couples from undergoing IVF, because it may be the only option depending on your diagnosis. But you can't deny it, there are risks involved - not only are there physical risks of the drugs and procedures, but when it does succeed, there are the risks associated with having multiples. Before succeeding through natural means, I underwent IVF myself, and yes, I got pregnant with twins (and miscarried). I personally know two couples who had twins very prematurely (one couple at 26 weeks, one couple at 28 weeks). Their babies survived, but they both had many obstacles to overcome. This article sheds some light on just how risky pregnancies with multiples can be:

www.denverpost.com

From the article:

Like many other twins conceived through in-vitro fertilization, the Mastera boys will go down in the record books as a success — for the fertility clinic that helped create them and the neonatologists who nursed them to health.

But an exploration of the fertility industry reveals that the success comes with a price. While the procedure creates thousands of families a year, an increasing number of the newborns are twins, and they carry special risks often overlooked in the desire to produce babies.

While most twins go home without serious complications, government statistics show that 60 percent of them are born prematurely. That increases their chances of death in the first few days of life, as well as other problems including mental retardation, eye and ear impairments and learning disabilities. And women carrying twins are at greater risk of pregnancy complications.

In fact, leaders of the fertility industry and government health officials say that twins are a risk that should be avoided in fertility treatments. But they also acknowledge that they have had difficulty curtailing the trend.

Many fertility doctors routinely ignore their industry's own guidelines, which encourage the use of single embryos during the in-vitro fertilization procedure, according to interviews and industry data.

Some doctors say that powerful financial incentives hold sway in a competitive marketplace. Placing extra embryos in a woman's womb increases the chances that one will take. The resulting babies and word of mouth can be the best way of luring new business.

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Naturopath's Fertility Protocol - Naturopathic Medicine

Get Pregnant Naturally with Recommendations From a Naturopath

I found an interesting site hosted by a Naturopathic Doctor which gives his recommendations on conceiving and carrying to term.

See www.getpregnantover40.com for more on alternative medicine and home rememdies for fertility and pregnancy

I can't say his protocol is the same as mine, however there is some overlap. Read more:


From the site:

Protocol:

Systemic Enzymes 3 to 5 tablets 3 times a day in-between meals.
Progesta Care Cream one application twice a day 12 hours apart. An added application or two may be needed if levels of progesterone are very low. It is impossible to over do natural progesterone; there is no top level of dosing. Progesta Care may be used through the pregnancy. Stop using the cream just before the due date, as progesterone levels must go down and estrogen levels go up to trigger childbirth.
Inca Gold Maca one scoop once or twice a day.
Add to these supplements all the usual nutrition that is needed to produce a healthy baby:

Calcium: 1200-1600mg.
Magnesium: 1200-1600mg.
Zinc: 50 to 75mg.
B-12 1000mcg.
Folic Acid 800mcg.
One gram of protein per kilo (2.2lbs) of body weight.
Morning sickness is usually a physiological sign that either progesterone levels or Folic Acid levels are low. It will do no harm to mother or baby to increase the intake of either until symptoms subside, then to remain at that level of intake.

Prior to the due date avoid all sources of estrogen:

Soy in any form.
Isoflavones.
Pesticides.
Synthetic plant and vegetable fertilizers.
Estrogen rich herbs such as Black Cohosh.
Petroleum fumes.
Refer to the pregnancy section of Dr. Linda Rector Pages' book Healthy Healing for other herbs to avoid during pregnancy.
Keep using the enzymes after the birth to help heal all of your tissues faster and avoid a good bit of the inflammation caused soreness as well as to reduce spider veins. Resume using the Progesta Care 30 days post partum to end or prevent post partum depression, which is due to the great decrease in progesterone  

from

 Dr. William Wong, ND, PhD.

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Exercise With Stress Harms Fertility Even More

Exercise, Stress and Fertility

I wish I had a dollar for every article I've read, quoted, or wrote about stress and fertility. Here's another article (link below) that confirms what many of us have known all along.
See also: www.getpregnantover40.com for more on the stress, cortisol and fertility connection
However, I learned a few new things -- for instance, taking up exercise to reduce stress, without fixing the underlying cause can actually make the affects of stress worse. Read more:

Q. You’ve studied not only people but also animals. What did those studies tell you about stress?

A. Before we did the 16-woman study, we studied monkeys. We found that when we stressed monkeys alone, 10 percent stopped menstruating temporarily. When we added exercise and limited their food intake, again about 10 percent stopped menstruating temporarily. But when we combined stress, exercise, and cut down on food, 75 percent became amenorrheic.

Q. Then you did a similar study in which two groups of women — one group with normal ovulation, the other group with stress-related amenorrhea — exercised almost to their full potential. What did you find?

A. We saw that if you are stressed when you start exercise, your body reacts differently than if you are not chronically stressed and exercise. Not only does it appear that exercise was more stressful for already stressed women, but certainly exercise did not help them lower their stress hormones, which is of course one reason people take up exercising. 

from:
 (www.nytimes.com)

Friday, October 02, 2009

Need A Fun Break? Play The TTC Game




Need a break from the mundane? Try this TTC game from fertilityfriend.com

It's fun and you might learn something along the way:

www.fertilityfriend.com

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Male Fertility: Mother's Perfume May Cause Harm




There are substances called "phthalates" which are in many products even perfumes, cosmetics, and hairsprays. I've read quite a bit about phthalates, and as time goes on, they're showing up more and more in our environment. Since pregnant women may use these products, they may unknowingly be harming the fertility of their sons. Read more:

Perfume Health Scare (menshealth.about.com)

From the article:

"The European Union had previously classified both phthalates as substances, “…which should be regarded as if they impair fertility in humans” and substances, “…which should be regarded as if they cause developmental toxicity to humans.”

Monday, September 21, 2009

ENDOMETRIOSIS AND FERTILITY: Pycnogenol Can Help You Get Pregnant

Pycnogenol is a natural treament from pine bark which may help fertility

Since I've done a number of posts on infertility and endometriosis, I thought I'd post this article today on a substance called pycnogenol.

Also visit: www.getpregnantover40.com for more on overcoming endometriosis, miscarriage and infertility 

Five Women Got Pregnant In A Study On Pycnogenol's Effectiveness

This is considered a natural treatment that is apparently getting good results in treating endometriosis.  In a study done on pycnogenol's effectiveness, five women with endometriosis actually got pregnant while taking it.  It also helped women with pain control who had this condition.

 I know, that's a mouthful and impossible to pronounce, but suffice it to say that it's an antioxidant derived from pine bark.

Click Here To Read The Full Article

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Men's Fertility: Pesticides = Weak Sperm

Our environment does affect fertility for both men and women. Here is an article that explains how pesticides affect sperm quality:

Weak sperm and pesticides (www.medicalnewstoday.com)

From the article:

Men with high levels of three common pesticides in their urine are more than 10 times as likely to have low-quality sperm than men who haven't been exposed to the chemicals, according to a groundbreaking new study published today.

Researchers cautioned that the study by Shanna Swan of the University of Missouri at Columbia is far from definitive, and relied on a small sample size - just 86 men in Missouri and Minnesota.

But they said her results were so powerful that many scientists will quickly seek to test her study's suggestion that the widely-used weed killers alachlor and atrazine and the insecticide diazinon may be affecting the fertility of men who drink water tainted with the compounds.

'You just don't see [effects] this large in environmental epidemiology very often. This is interesting and intriguing,' said Dr. Russ Hauser of the Harvard School of Public Health.

The study adds new fuel to a decade-long controversy over whether toxic chemicals are responsible for the fact that male infertility is increasing in some parts of the world, including portions of Northern Europe, which has become a hotbed of research into the trend.

It also comes at a time when atrazine, the nation's most heavily used pesticide, is under intense scrutiny by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. A study last year suggested that the weed-killer is making male frogs in the Midwest grow female gonads, prompting an ongoing EPA review.

Atrazine, alachlor and diazinon have been found in drinking-water supplies throughout North America, including the Northeast, but the greatest contamination has tended to be in farm belt states like Missouri.

Swan's study, published today in the online edition of the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, is the first to look specifically at the impact of those heavily used pesticides on sperm quantity and quality in men who drink water tainted with those chemicals.

She found that the strongest effect was from alachlor, a herbicide widely used on corn and soybeans. Men with unusually high levels of the weed killer in their urine were 30 times more likely to have lower sperm counts and less vigorous sperm than men who had much lower exposures.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Getting Pregnant: Fertility Boosters and Common Sense Approach




I found a very concise but thorough article on ways to improve your fertility naturally from WebMD. I'm sure you've heard a number of these things before, but the article gives some explanation about why certain things should be done or avoided. Read more:

Getting Pregnant: Ways To Improve Your Fertility (www.webmd.com)

From the article:

For some couples fertility and getting pregnant are as easy as eating cake. For others, the world of reproductive technology becomes the only hope for conception.

In between, however, are a growing number of couples playing the fertility "waiting game." Some may not yet be ready to turn to technology while others may have failed to discover their problem even in a high-tech arena.

It is for this group that many physicians are now looking to the everyday factors that might make a difference.

"Sometimes everything looks good from a treatment standpoint, but still women don't get pregnant -- so we have begun looking at other factors that might play a role," says Margareta D. Pisarska, MD, co-director of Center for Reproductive Medicine at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and editor-in-chief of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine News

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Even Small Weight Loss Improves Fertility


Pregnancy Over 40, Small Weight Loss May Help You Conceive

Sometimes small changes can make a big difference.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 If you're overweight and trying to conceive, you may just need to lose 5-10% of your body weight to notice an improvement. The article below talks about how a little weight loss can go a long way especially for women with PCOS. Read more:

news.bbc.co.uk

From the article:

Professor Bill Ledger, from the University of Sheffield, said asking women to lose 5-10% was a "modest target".

"The message for women with PCOS is don't think you have to lose half your body weight.

"This could also encourage moderately overweight women to lose 5-10%."

Dr Daghni Rajasingam, spokeswoman for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists said the findings were interesting but the key was whether the improved blood flow ended up with a successful pregnancy.

She stressed that infertility was just one of problems which obese women who wanted a child faced.

Even if they succeeded in getting pregnant, their risk of complications was much higher, and their chances of getting to full term lower.

She said: "Being as close as possible to your ideal body weight would be a good thing for all aspects of pregnancy."

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Another Pregnancy Over 40, Duggar Does It Again


Obviously Michelle Duggar doesn't have a fertility problem except that maybe she's too fertile!
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
I was amazed to read that she's pregnant again. She thought her baby making days are over, but at the age of 42 she found herself pregnant even while nursing her last baby. It goes to show you that being over 40 doesn't necessarily predict how fertile you are. Read more:

www.google.com/hostednews/ap

From the article:

The 42-year-old mom of 18 noticed that she wasn't losing weight — even though she and husband Jim Bob were on Weight Watchers — and her youngest child, 8-month-old Jordyn-Grace, was fussing while nursing. In the past, she found a fussy infant meant a change in breast milk that came with pregnancy.

So she took a pregnancy test. "And lo and behold, I was just pleasantly surprised that this was positive," Duggar said Tuesday. "I was just jumping up and down going, 'Thank you, Lord. Here am I — 42, thinking my baby days are over — and you've blessed us with another one.'"

Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar live in Tontitown, Ark., and are featured with their family on TLC's "18 Kids and Counting."

The announcement of the Duggars' 19th child comes as their oldest, 21-year-old Josh, is about to become a father himself. Married last year, Josh and Anna Duggar are expecting their first child, a girl, on Oct. 18.

The grandchild — whom Josh and Anna plan to name Mackynzie — will be about five months older than her future aunt or uncle, due March 18.

Michelle Duggar said her health is fine and the pregnancy is going along just like the others — with a decent bout of morning sickness.


Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Men's Fertility: Diabetes May Damage DNA

The diagnosis of diabetes is seems to be increasing worldwide. Part of this may be genetic factors, and part of this may be because more and more people are overweight or obese. Whatever the underlying cause, diabetes may actually damage men's sperm affecting fertility. Read more:

Diabetes Damages DNA In Men's Sperm And May Affect Fertility

From the article:

Dr Agbaje and his colleagues examined sperm from 27 diabetic men, with an average age of 34, and 29 non-diabetic men with an average age of 33. They found that although semen volume was significantly less in diabetic men (2.6 versus 3.3 ml), there were no significant differences in sperm concentration, total sperm output, form and structure of the sperm or their ability to move. When they measured DNA damage they found that the percentage of fragmented nuclear DNA was significantly higher in sperm from the diabetic men and that the number of deletions in mitochondrial DNA was also higher - the number of deletions ranged from three to six (average four) in the diabetic men and from one to four (average three) in the non-diabetic men.

Professor Sheena Lewis, scientific director of the Reproductive Medicine Research Group, said: "Our study shows increased levels of sperm DNA damage in diabetic men. From a clinical perspective this is important, particularly given the overwhelming evidence that sperm DNA damage impairs male fertility and reproductive health. Other studies have already shown that, while the female egg has a limited ability to repair damaged sperm DNA, fragmentation beyond this threshold may result in increased rates of embryonic failure and pregnancy loss. In the context of spontaneous conception, sperm DNA quality has been found to be poorer in couples with a history of miscarriages."

Monday, August 31, 2009

Could Calorie Restriction Extend Fertility In Older Women?

Egg Quality In Women Over 40

I've read numerous reports that calorie restriction can extend your lifespan, and according to this article it may also extend female fertility.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 Obviously more study needs to be done especially since humans were not included in the study cited in the article below. But I think it lends more support to the weight and fertility connection. Read more:


www.newscientist.com

From the article:

"Our data show that adult-onset caloric restriction prevents the age-related decline in oocyte [egg precursor cell] quality and quantity," says Tilly, who is presenting his results at a meeting organised by the SENS (Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence) Foundation in Cambridge, UK, next week.

Last year, Tilly's team announced that restricting the calorie intake of adult mice extended the mice's reproductive lifespan and increased the chances of their offspring surviving after birth.

"It continues to show how little we know about the mechanisms that are involved in regulating [egg] growth, development and quality," says Evelyn Telfer of the University of Edinburgh, UK, who also researches egg development. "Manipulating nutrition is clearly modifying underlying signalling pathways."

One possibility is that restricting food intake affects the interactions between developing eggs and their support cells, says Telfer. Or it could alter the activity of germ-line stem cells, which some think could replenish depleted ovaries under the right conditions.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Air Fresheners Can Harm Fertility

Pregnancy Over 40 and Trying To Conceive Over 40:  Watch Out for Air Fresheners

If you are trying to conceive or pregnant, watch out for air fresheners.
 My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
Those supposedly clean fresh scents are anything but. This interesting article posted on aol.com explains about many of the harmful ingredients in air fresheners some of which can affect fertility and cause birth defects:

Hidden Hazzards Of Air Fresheners

From the article:

There is evidence that phthalate exposure can cause hormonal abnormalities and it has been linked to birth defects and reproductive harm, particularly in males. Phthalates are rarely listed on labels, although they are a main ingredient for fragrance.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, fragrance is the number-one cause of allergic cosmetic reactions. Exposure to phthalates has also been associated with asthma and upper airway irritation. There's more.

Formaldehyde and benzene have been detected in some air fresheners. Formaldehyde has been linked to cancers of the upper airways and benzene is known to cause leukemia in humans.

Monday, August 24, 2009

"Real Housewife NJ" Has Baby After Recurrent Miscarriage

Pregnancy After Recurrent Miscarriage With Aspirin and Progesterone


I'm a little embarrassed that I started watching the reality TV show "Real Housewives of New Jersey".
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
I'm usually more of a news magazine or informative show type of person. However, since I usually only watch TV later at night, this was one of my few choices. Anyway, one of the New Jersey housewives was have a problem getting pregnant. On the show, she was in her upper 30's, had a 17 year old from a previous marriage and a 7 year old. She had been trying to get pregnant again since her last child and was experiencing multiple miscarriages as well as infertility. I saw the episode where she was talking to her fertility doctor - he thought she was just a victim of bad luck since they couldn't find anything wrong. Well, by the time the reunion show came on, she was pregnant and subsequently had a healthy baby boy.

picture: realitytvscoop.com
 
The moral of the story is that even if you experience years of infertility and recurrent miscarriage, success is possible. Read more:

www.realitytvscoop.com

Friday, August 21, 2009

Fertility Affected By Teenage BMI

I frequently think back to when I was a teenager, my periods were quite irregular--I would go months without having one. In my youthful ingnorance I never thought this might be a problem because whenever I skipped my period I thought it was great...one less thing to deal with. However, now that I look back it's very possible that because of excessive exercise on sports teams, swimming, running, etc. my BMI may have gotten too low. The following article talks about the connection between either high or low BMI in teenagers and their future fertility. Read more:

Teenage weight may affect later fertility
Amy Norton , Reuters


From the article:

We know a lot about (the) correlation between BMI and fertility in adulthood," study co-author Dr. Liisa Keltikangas-Jarvinen, of the University of Helsinki, told Reuters Health.

In this study, she explained, there was a long-term effect of teenage BMI, independent of adulthood BMI. This was particularly true of women.

For women, an abnormally low BMI can disrupt the menstrual cycle, while obesity can lead to fertility problems. Obesity can, for example, contribute to polycystic ovary syndrome, a cause of infertility.

A man's reproductive health can also be affected by weight. Both obesity and a low BMI have been linked to poor sperm quality, and obesity can raise the risk of erectile dysfunction.

In this study, underweight and obese teenagers were also less likely than their normal-weight peers to live with a partner in adulthood -- a difference that partially explained why they had fewer children.

Given the increase in obesity rates around the world, the researchers note, the current findings suggest there could be widespread effects on adults' reproductive health.

In particular, Keltikangas-Jarvinen said, the results "stress" the potential long-term effects of obesity at a young age -- offering one more reason to prevent excessive weight gain in childhood.

SOURCE: Epidemiology, September 2007.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Having A Baby Over 40 Linked To Longer Life Span


The Benefits Of Pregnancy Over 40 and Having A Baby Over 40

I've written about this before: Women who have their first child over the age of 40 are four times more likely to live to be 100!
http://www.getpregnantover40.com
 Here is a another article which was featured on AOL Health about living a long life which also mentions older motherhood:

NBC News

From the article:

You had a baby later in life

If you got pregnant naturally after age 44, you're about 15 percent less likely to die during any year after age 50 than your friends who had their babies before age 40, reports a recent University of Utah study.

"If your ovaries are healthy and you are capable of having children at that age, that's a marker that you have genes operating that will help you live longer," says lead researcher Ken R. Smith, PhD, professor of human development at the university.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Six Fold Higher Incidence Of Placenta Preavia With IVF




I found an interesting article about how assisted reproduction may lead to a condition called placenta preavia. This is where the embryo attaches too low on the uterine wall and can either partially or fully cover the cervix leading to a number of complications. According to the article, one explanation might be that implantation rates are higher with IVF when the embryo is placed lower down in the uterus so doctors may be purposefully transferring the embryo in a low position.

Here is the article for more information:

New research links placenta praevia directly to assisted reproductive techniques

The more research I read, the more I realize how risky IVF and other assisted reproductive techniques can be. That's not to say that it doesn't work beautifully for some couples, but it should be a last resort. I regret that I didn't give the natural route a chance before rushing into medications, inseminations and IVF. Maybe it was a blessing that my all my high-tech procedures failed. After conceiving naturally, I had a normal pregnancy with my daughter. I'm glad I finally gave mother nature the chance she deserved.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Fertility and Ayurveda

For those of you interested, here is a site which explains some of the basics of Ayurveda and fertility. I know very little about Ayurveda, but it sounds like a very natural and healthy way of living. Read more:

Fertility and Ayurveda (www.whatreallyworks.co.uk)

From the site:

Ayurveda has a wonderful perspective on male and female fertility. Procreation is seen as the ultimate creative act and the most potent driving force in our human destiny.

Fertility is seen as the sum total of all optimally digested foods and experiences. The logic is based on the principles of Ayurvedic anatomy and physiology. It involves the quality of the digestive fire, the quality of the tissues and the free flowing nature of the channels. When these are all functioning properly then the reproductive tissues can be nourished and fertility can take its course.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

What Really Affects Men's Fertility?



There's a lot of information about there about what helps or hurts a man's sperm count. This article addresses the myths and the realities of maintaining sperm health. Read more:

Avoid or Ignore? 11 Sperm-Killing Suspects
Experts Provide Guidance in Separating Infertility Urban Legends From True Culprits www.abcnews.go.com

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Pregnancy Over 40 Myths Debunked

Pregnancy Over 40 Happens, Often!

I found this YouTube video which talks about the need for birth control over the age of 40. If you're reading this blog, probably the last thing you're in need of is birth control.
http://www.getpregnantover40.com
 The reason I'm posting this is because the video does talk about how many women think they're too old to get pregnant but they do unexpectedly. This should provide some encouragement to those of you trying to conceive:

Monday, July 27, 2009

Aspartame, Fertility and Pregnancy

Could Aspartame Affect Your Ability To Have A Baby?

I have removed almost all artificial sweeteners except for Stevia from my diet.
See Also:  www.getpregnantover40.com for my series on foods for fertility and environmental toxins

 Long before I became pregnant, I had heard that aspartame could be problematic for fertility and pregnancy. This article explains why:

From the article:

Another problem associated with aspartame use is infertility. Dr. Madelon Price writes, “I showed (in rodents) that both amino acids [in aspartame] freely enter the arcuate nucleus and (at low dose) cause inappropriate release of hormones, and at high dose actually destroy these regulatory neurons. That is why sexual dysfunction is associated with aspartame & MSG” (2)

According to this statement, the first issue in pregnancy resulting from aspartame is in getting pregnant in the first place. I also asked Dr. Blaylock about fertility and pregnancy. His response was “a number of studies have shown reduced fertility in both males and females - shrunken testes and ovaries were seen in the original studies by the makers of aspartame... we see reduction in the gonadotrophins-ICSH, FSH, LH and prolactin. In addition there are direct effects on the sperm and ova".

www.healthy-holistic-living.com
Here is another site which discusses aspartame:

www.soundandfury.tv

Friday, July 24, 2009

TTC? Time Intercourse BEFORE Ovulation


Intercourse Before Ovulation To Get Pregnant

If you're working on timing intercourse to get pregnant, you're better off being early than late. 
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
I have always said that sperm need to be ready and waiting BEFORE the egg is released - not after. The following article which cites a study done by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences confirms it. Read more:

Conceptual Shift (www.discovermagazine.com)

From the article:

The conventional wisdom on making babies is that the best time to try is between three days before the woman ovulates and about two days afterward. This standard advice--based on a decades-old survey of British couples--seems to be flawed, according to a new study by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. A woman’s monthly fertile period is indeed around six days long, the study concludes, but it ends on the day of ovulation, when the egg is released from the ovary. Intercourse after that is very unlikely to lead to conception...

...Of the 192 pregnancies that began during the study, all resulted from intercourse that occurred within the six days that ended with the day of ovulation, with the likelihood of conception increasing as the days passed. Intercourse that took place later than this produced no pregnancies. Although sperm can apparently survive in the uterus or the oviducts for at least five days, Wilcox suspects that the egg may break down within a day of ovulation. Alternatively, he speculates, the mucus secreted by the cervix, through which sperm must migrate to get to the egg, may become impermeable.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Gene Expression Altered With IVF



I frequently run across information about how IVF may increase the risk of certain birth defects and other problems. Although the risks are small, I think it's important for people to make informed decisions about going through fertility treatments. It seems that both doctors and patients are reluctant to discuss potential problems with the baby as this article explains:

www.nytimes.com

From the article:

“There is a growing consensus in the clinical community that there are risks,” said Richard M. Schultz, associate dean for the natural sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. “It is now incumbent on us to figure out what are the risks and whether we can do things to minimize the risks.”

And although the questions are well known, the discussion has been largely confined to scientists, said Dr. Elizabeth Ginsburg, president of the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology.

Dr. Ginsburg, who is the medical director of in vitro fertilization at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, says her center’s consent forms mention that there might be an increased risk for certain rare genetic disorders. But, she says, none of her patients have been dissuaded.

Richard G. Rawlins, who directs the in vitro fertilization and assisted reproduction laboratories at the Rush Centers for Advanced Reproductive Care in Chicago, said that when he spoke to patients he never heard questions about growing embryos in the laboratory and the possible consequences.

“I have never had a patient ask me anything” about it, he said, adding, “For that matter, not many doctors have ever asked, either.”

Dr. Andrew Feinberg, a professor of medicine and genetics at Johns Hopkins, became concerned about the lack of information about IVF eight years ago when he and a colleague, Dr. Michael R. DeBaun, were studying changes in gene expression that can lead to cancer.

Their focus was on children with Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome, characterized by a 15 percent risk of childhood cancers of the kidney, liver or muscle; an overgrowth of cells in the kidney and other tissues; and other possible abnormalities, among them a large tongue, abdominal-wall defects and low levels of blood sugar in infancy.

The syndrome, Dr. Feinberg and Dr. DeBaun found, was often caused by changes in the expression of a cluster of genes, and those changes also are found in colon and lung cancers. Children with those gene alterations had a 50 percent risk of the childhood cancers. The normal risk is less than 1 in 10,000.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Trying To Conceive -- Petition Your Angels


Having A Baby With The Help Of Your Angels

I said many prayers on the road to parenthood but they weren't always the kind of prayers that you learn in Sunday school.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 Sometimes I got into the bargaining mode (i.e. if you let me have a baby, I'll never do such and so again or I'll always do such and such...) I don't or think there is a "proper" way to ask for help from above, but I found this good article on petitioning your angels. Whatever your belief system, you may find it helpful. It actually links into a series of articles on the subject(i.e. part I, II, III, etc.)

How to petition your angels

We all need help from time to time, and it may come from the most unlikely places.

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