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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.

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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."

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