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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

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