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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.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Light and Fertility Part II

Yesterday I posted an article about how light can affect fertility. Here's another article that talks about how light not only can affect ovulation, but it can also have an effect on testosterone production. Read more:

Bright Light Exposure Increases Male Hormone

From the article:

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine have found that the levels of a pituitary hormone that increases testosterone are enhanced after exposure to bright light in the early morning. The findings suggest that light exposure might serve some of the same functions for which people take testosterone and other androgens.

One of the study's authors, Daniel Kripke, M.D. UCSD professor of psychiatry, added "the study also supports data that bright light can trigger ovulation in women, which is also controlled by luteinizing hormone (LH), the pituitary hormone we studied."

Published in the current issue of the journal Neuroscience Letters (341, 2003, 25-28), the study looked at LH excretion following bright light exposure (1,000 lux) from 5-6 a.m. each morning for five days in 11 healthy men ages 19-30. The same group of men had their LH measured again after exposure to a placebo light (less than 10 lux) from 5-6 a.m. for five days.

The researchers found that LH levels were increased 69.5 percent after bright light exposure in the early morning.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

COLD UTERUS, COLD FOODS: Alternative Medicine TCM

Pregnancy Over 40, Do You Need Warmer Foods?

I had a few trial treatments of acupuncture and the acupunturist I went to told me to eat warm foods like soups and stews.
 This article talks about something called "cold uterus" which may be helped by warming foods. Read more:

 Click Here To Read Chinese And Ayurvedic Medicine For Fertility




Thursday, July 02, 2009

PCOS On The Rise

Pregnancy Over 40, Controlling Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

PCOS is a major cause of infertility, and, although PCOS may have a genetic component, there are controllable factors (like controlling obesity) that can help with this condition.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
As more and more women around the world are having problems with their weight, PCOS seems to be more prevalent (I should mention, however, that when I ran the infertility support group, there were two women who had PCOS neither of whom were overweight) The following article, among other things, discusses how weight reduction can help with this condition:

PCOS Expected to Rise
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Is a Cause of Female Infertility
By Salynn Boyles
WebMD Medical News


From the article:

It is the leading cause of female infertility, but most women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) never know they have the disorder until they try, and fail, to get pregnant.

Now a new review of the research predicts that more and more women will develop PCOS as obesity becomes a bigger problem throughout the world. Obesity can be a sign of PCOS, and being obese exacerbates other manifestations of PCOS like infertility and insulin resistance.

PCOS researcher Robert Norman and colleagues from South Australia's University of Adelaide made the prediction in the Aug. 25 issue of the journal The Lancet.

Current estimates vary, but it is believed that up to one in 10 women in the U.S. and one in 15 women worldwide suffer from PCOS. The cause of PCOS is not known, but it is thought that genetics and environmental factors may be involved

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