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Friday, March 27, 2009

What is Glutathione? How Does It Impact Male Fertility?

Pregnancy Over 40:  If You're Trying To Conceive,  Antioxidants Like Glutathione Can Help

We were fortunate that my husband had a good sperm count when we were trying to conceive.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 However, both men and women should do all they can to preserve and enhance their fertility. Here is an article about how antioxidants can protect sperm from the damage associated with pollutants and toxins:

Male Infertility and Glutathione

"But there are definite measures you can take to reduce the impact of the environmental pollutants and toxins on your body. You can prevent and, to a certain extent, repair the damage they cause to your body, through a better lifestyle and nutrition. Some nutritional therapies and antioxidants that have proven beneficial in treating male infertility and improving sperm counts, sperm morphology and motility include:> Carnitine> Arginine> Zinc> Selenium> Vitamin B-12> Vitamin C> Vitamin E> Glutathione> Coenzyme Q10Studies show that anti-oxidant supplementation - glutathione in particular - can improve sperm quality, and possibly increase your chances of conceiving.


If you smoke, drink, are exposed to stress, chemicals, radiation, pesticides or take medication or drugs (like sulfasalazine, ketoconazole, azulfidine, anabolic steroids, marijuana) that affect fertility, you should consider taking an antioxidant supplement to reverse some of the damage."

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Getting Pregnant: Keep Shamrocks All Year Long

Happy St. Patrick's Day!



Yes, we all need a little luck, and in honor of St. Patrick's day, this article gives some good advice on how to plant and care for your very own shamrocks. Read more:

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How to Plant St. Patrick's Day Shamrocks: Keeping Good Luck at Home
This article contains information about green shamrocks and how to keep them far after Saint Patrick's Day is over.
http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1430736/how_to_plant_st_patricks_day_shamrocks.html

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Conscious Conception: Removing Your Mindblocks

I really didn't need anyone to tell me that much of what we materialize in our life starts in our mind. But what is great about this article (link below) is that it actually explains some of the science behind it. It's funny to look back on it, but when I was running the infertility support group, I would always say, "My problem is all in my head". In retrospect, I think I was right. Once you get your head in the right place, everything else follows. You learn how to treat your body, and you learn how to think the right thoughts. Read more:

Your fertile mind

Fertility problems cause great distress. But could this distress make conceiving more difficult? Linda Watson-Brown meets a woman who believes that getting pregnant is all in the mind
www.independent.co.uk

From the article:

Today, 42-year-old Thomson has four children – all conceived without medical intervention. Furthermore, she has developed a process called "conscious conception", which she believes can help any woman to become pregnant, regardless of fertility concerns or a history of miscarriage.

Her approach is based on research she did while looking into positive thinking for cancer patients. For the past 20 years, psychological approaches to stress management have been at the forefront of cancer treatment. Experts recognise the value of visualisation, relaxation and hypnosis in managing nausea after chemotherapy and offering relief from pain. Thomson studied the work of theexpert Carl Simontons, who developed programmes for cancer patients, and wondered why this could not be applied to fertility. "As a lawyer, I was very much concerned with the practical side of things. I wanted evidence, I wanted proof. I read all I could, I did searches and reviews. And I couldn't come up with any feasible reason why this wouldn't work if I applied it to my own 'problems'."

Thomson's interest took her into the field of psychoneuroimmunology and the effects of the neuroendocrine-immune system. This has been shown to be intimately related to the nervous system: it sends communicating chemicals throughout the body via the circulatory system to affect the function of every cell, playing a hugely important role in physical and emotional health. Chemical mediators are released as a result of the frequencies of nerve centres in the brain and nervous system. Any action – chemical, emotional or physical – that stimulates nerve receptors and improves neuroreceptor function will temporarily relieve or alter symptoms. This process convinced Thomson that changes in thought processes could affect conception.

"One in six couples in the Western world has difficulty in conceiving their first child, and this rises to one in four when we look at secondary infertility [the inability to conceive a second or third child]. The programme I've developed uses the power of the subconscious mind, which, I believe, governs absolutely every system in our body. I would argue that many women have mind blocks that effectively stop them from getting, or staying, pregnant. To me, they are nature's contraceptives. As soon as these mind blocks are recognised, it opens the way to successful pregnancies."

Thomson believes she can help any woman to get pregnant. "One 41-year-old came to me after having tried to conceive her second child for eight years. She had been through IVF and had been advised by doctors that there was no point continuing as she was starting an early menopause. This woman worked with me for a few months, and on her fourth natural cycle fell pregnant. She had a little girl late last year.

"I have never had a client who has miscarried after using the programme. One woman started bleeding heavily after a number of previous losses. I worked with her, talked her through the traumatic time, focusing on all the work we had previously discussed, and she got through it. Previously, she had been so obsessed with the thought of miscarriage that she was never surprised when it happened. That's the sort of thinking that has to be turned around."

But are there really thousands of women suffering infertility and miscarriage who need do nothing more than change the way they think? Certainly, the idea of "mind blocks" will ring bells. "Often I have clients who say they want a baby more than anything. I find that they are actually putting substantial obstructions in their own way. I've had women who are terrified of childbirth because they have heard horror stories, or have been abused and have fears linked to the safety of their children, or have had a bad birth experience, or simply worry if they'll be a good enough mother."

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Home Fertility Products: Review



I found this fertility product review from Conceive Online. They reviewed all sorts of products that I didn't even know existed. The nice thing about this is that it is written from an objective viewpoint and it give the pros and cons of each product. The article also provides links on where to buy each product if you're interested.

Read more:

There’s a brave new world of DIY tests and gadgets to help baby-making go a little easier. We take a look at 16 of these products—from high-tech to low and everything in between www.conceiveonline.com

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

All About Self Insemination

Trying To Have A Baby With Self Insemination

Inseminations are done for a variety of reasons.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
For one reason or another, you may need donor sperm and/or a couple may feel this could increase their chances of pregnancy. Because of the high cost of going through a fertility clinic for this procedure, some couples may opt to try this at home. Here is an article that talks about performing self insemination:

Self-insemination
Using Self-insemination as a Private Conception Alternative
By Kelly Burgess

A Self-insemination Primer
Before just buying sperm and hoping for the best, Evans and Fielding did their homework. This included purchasing Brill's book and arranging for a telephone consultation with Brill prior to their self-insemination attempts. Evans credits this advance planning with their quick success – Fielding got pregnant the fourth month of insemination.
Brill works with a lot of women who self-inseminate, and in her experience, on average, it usually takes a woman over 40 about 12 months to get pregnant, a woman in her 30s about six months, and a woman in her 20s takes one to six months. The results are even better with fresh sperm. However, she always recommends that anyone trying self-insemination block out a year of their lives to allow for multiple tries and for possible miscarriages. She says timing of the insemination is crucial.

"Most of the medical infertility world is geared toward heterosexual sex, and they don't know how to counsel women who are using small amounts of frozen sperm," Brill says. "Fertility varies a lot based upon a number of factors beyond basal body temperature and ovulation predictor kits."

Brill recommends that women keep careful charts to determine their most fertile times. When this is determined, the sperm can be inserted into the vagina either using a pre-made kit, which is available via mail order from a variety of sources, or using just a disposable syringe without the needle. It's truly that simple. The rest, just like the traditional route to pregnancy, is a matter of luck.

Monday, March 02, 2009

Fertility Yoga

Here is a snippet of my new video: Fertility Bodywork. It includes a segment on Yoga, Massage, Acupressure, Reflexology and Daily Routines:


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