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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Optimizing Natural Fertility

Get Pregnant Naturally Resource

Here is a six page resource on optimizing natural fertility.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
I've probably written about most of the things in this article before, but there may be a few things you can take away from this resource. Read more:

American Society of Reproductive Medicine/Society of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (www.asrm.org)

Monday, June 29, 2009

Goodbye Farrah, Goodbye Michael

















Picture: http://www.eonline.com/, Barry King/Getty Images


I'm going to dedicate my blogs today to two icons of my generation, both of whom died last week.

First Farrah: Such a beautiful woman. If you look through my highschool yearbook, almost all the girls at least attempted to have a Farrah hairdo. We had to watch Charlie's angels - not because it was a good show, but because we had to see what they were wearing and study their hair. A little shallow, I know. Back then, we didn't have cable TV, so the shows that made it big had a huge viewership and much more control over social trends. After Farrah left the show, none of the other actresses could quite reach her level of fame. Farrah went on to do more serious acting which received rave reviews. May she rest in peace.

Michael: What talent! He's exactly my age (yep, I hit the big 5-0). Boy, that really makes you wake up and feel your own mortality. I recall walking home from elementary school (back in the days when parents didn't drive kids everywhere) and singing songs like ABC and Oh Baby Give Me One More Chance. Who would have ever predicted back then that his life would have unfolded the way it did. I feel for him because he was such a tortured soul. The older I get, the more I realize that although many people strive for fame and fortune, the happiest among us are just regular run-of-the-mill people who live ordinary lives. I hope his children find peace and can stay together. Rest in peace Michael.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Umbilical Cord Abnormalities With Assisted Reproduction

I've done a number of articles on how on abnormalities and adverse outcomes which may be more common with assisted reproduction. Here is another article which I recently came across about umbilical cord abnormalities which can occur with assisted reproductive techniques. Read more:

Umbilical Cord Abnormality More Prevalent The More Complex The Assisted Reproduction Procedure

From the article:

The more complex the assisted reproduction procedure, the more likely the umbilical cord develops in an atypical place or has other abnormalities, a scientist told the 23rd annual conference of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology. Mrs. Ilse Delbaere, from Ghent University Hospital, Ghent, Belgium, said that the study, including over 4000 twin pregnancies, was the first to examine umbilical cord abnormalities in such a large population.

For many years, scientists have known that both singletons and twins conceived after fertility treatment do worse in terms of duration of pregnancy and in live birth weight. "Certain umbilical cord pathologies, such as the insertion of the cord on the placental membranes instead of centrally in the placenta, or the absence of one artery in the cord, are known to correlate with an adverse outcome", said Mrs Delbaere, "and we wanted to find out whether these cord anomalies were more frequent after assisted reproduction."

The team studied data from the East Flanders Prospective Twin Survey (EFPTS), containing information on all multiple births in the region since 1964. "Since assisted reproduction was rather rare until the mid-eighties", said Mrs. Delbaere, "we analysed twins born between 1985 and 2004." The scientists compared cord characteristics from 2119 spontaneously conceived dizygotic (non-identical) twins and 2243 dizygotic twins who had been born as a result of assisted reproduction technologies (ART). Sub analyses looked at the different types of ART according to its 'invasiveness' and complexity.

The results showed not only that cord abnormalities occurred more frequently in ART twins, but that they varied according to the technique used.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Infertility Due To Chromosome Rearrangement

It's kind of scary how our actual DNA can change through damaged chromosomes and those damaged chromosomes can be passed on throught he generations. This article talks about how this can happen during the production of sperm. Read more:

genome.wellcome.ac.uk

The Y chromosome is the bastion of maleness. Inherit a Y chromosome from your father, and you will be male. Yet the passage of the Y chromosome through the generations can come to a grinding halt if the Y chromosome is damaged during the production of sperm – the man inheriting the disrupted Y may well be infertile.

Indeed, male infertility is surprisingly common – it is estimated that 7.5 per cent of men have reduced fertility or are completely infertile. In up to a quarter of cases, this infertility is due to deletions in the Y chromosome, leading the loss of genes involved in sperm production.

At the University of Leicester, Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow Mark Jobling is investigating why and how such deletions occur – research fuelled by his interest in the quirks and paradoxes of the Y chromosome. "The Y chromosome is fascinating because it's weird," he says. "It breaks all the rules of human genetics: it has only a few genes, it is full of repeated DNA, and it does not recombine as only the tips of the Y pair up with the X."

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Fertility and "Feminizing" Household Chemicals

I previously wrote about how laundry detergents might contain ingredients which could negatively affect your health and fertility. Here is another article about how household detergents and cleaning agents may contain additives that could be harmful:


Alarm Over Gender-Bender Chemical in Household Cleaning Products (www.mercola.com)


From the article:

Public health advocates, environmentalists and laundry workers have petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ban “gender-bender” chemical additives found in some household detergents and other cleaning agents.

They're also calling for studies on the human risks related to nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs), which are known to be potent endocrine disrupters. These chemicals are already thought to be the cause of male fish transforming into females in waterways around the world.

Some believe these transformed fish may be the proverbial canaries in the coal mine, pointing toward a much larger human problem. About 250,000 fewer boys have been born in the last 30 years in the United States and Japan, and scientists are linking the phenomenon to a body accumulation of these types of gender-bending toxins.

As endocrine disrupters, NPEs affect gene expression by turning on or off certain genes, and interfere with the way your glandular system works. They mimic the female hormone estrogen, which is the reason behind some marine species switching from male to female

Monday, June 15, 2009

Trying To Get Pregnant With A Tipped Uterus

Picture:
http://www.womens-health.co.uk/retrover.asp

If you've been told that you have a tipped uterus, you may wonder whether or not this could hurt your chances of getting pregnant. It's not likely that the tipped uterus itself is the cause of infertility, although it could lead to other indirect causes. Here is an article that explains more:

http://www.babyhopes.com/articles/tippeduterus.html

From the article:

Remember that a tipped uterus in no way can hamper with your fertility or your chances of getting pregnant. Some women are born with their uterus tilted forward or backward. Often with a pregnancy and delivery of a baby, the uterus goes back to the normal position. A tipped uterus is typically only thought to be problematic when trying to conceive after all other possible reasons for fertility problems have been investigated and ruled out. If there is no other explanation for your fertility problems a uterine suspension may be recommended by your doctor. However, this is not common.

A tipped uterus can occasionally lead to difficulties in getting pregnant. Since a tipped uterus makes sexual intercourse very painful and difficult, it can come in the way of getting pregnant but does not affect your fertility. If a doctor determines that it is causing a problem for you when trying to conceive, the uterus can be tipped into its correct position. Straightening out the uterus can often enable a woman to become pregnant, if that was the reason for the failure to conceive.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Natural Conception During IVF


I found this story amazing. It's about a couple who tried for six years to have a baby. Just when they were going through a cycle of IVF (successfully I might add), they conceived a set of twins on their own at the same time and ended up with quads. Wow! What are the odds of that? This is another example of how natural conception can happen just when you least expect it! Read more:

'Surprise' quads prepare for birthday


From the article:

The couple spent six years trying for a baby before deciding to have fertility treatment.

Then, 18 months ago, the couple conceived one set of twins naturally - at the same time as having a successful IVF treatment.

Liz Corrigan, of Bristol University's Centre for Reproductive Medicine, said: "There can only be one explanation.

"When we put the embryos back, two other eggs, which must have been in her pelvis, fertilised and resulted in these other two babies.

"They were, in effect, a natural conception."

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Naltrexone and fertility


Interesting Treatment To Get Pregnant

Obviously I'm an advocate of getting pregnant with natural methods, however, this article caught my eye.
http://www.getpregnantover40.com
 It's about a drug called Naltrexone and the reason I'm familiar with it is because a I have a relative with multiple sclerosis who takes this drug and hasn't had any symptoms in over many years since her diagnosis. This drug can be taken in a low dose form and must be formulated by a compounding pharmacy. The following article discusses how Naltrexone may be helpful with disorders involving the immune system such as MS and possibly infertility:

www.fertilitycare.net

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Moxibustion For Infertility

Trying To Concieve with Moxibustion (burning moxa)

picture: www.ancientway.com
When I first heard of "moxibustion", I thought it sounded like wierd science.  It's a form of treatment applied on acupuncture points.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
It's actually the burning of the "mugwort" herb stick and even though it sounds like something out of Harry Potter, apparently it's been found to enhance fertility. It's also something you can do yourself. Read more:

www.ehow.com

From the article:

Moxibustion is known for its ability to soothe menstrual cramps and regulate a woman's monthly cycle. It does this by stimulating blood flow to the reproductive organs through the use of heat. It can also regulate the release of fertility hormones, making it a good way to treat infertility. Medical literature is full of anecdotal reports of women who decided to use moxibustion to treat infertility and had amazing results. You can also use moxibustion to treat infertility


Monday, June 01, 2009

Announcing! Fertility Bodywork

I am very pleased and excited to share with my readers a project I've been working on for the last year. It's called "Fertility Bodywork" and it's available through my website. It's a DVD and it's designed to help prepare your physical body for conception and pregnancy. It includes fertility yoga, fertility pelvic massage, acupressure and reflexology and daily routines to enhance pelvic circulation and oxygenation.




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Fertility Bodywork

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