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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Enhancing Male Fertility With Herbs

Trying To Conceive Over 40, Men May Benefit From Herbs


Aside from some herbal teas,  neither me nor my husband used herbs when we were trying to conceive.
 My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 However, there may be some merit in some herbs used for fertility. I've posted a number of articles on how herbs may help women, but this article focuses on how herbs may help men. Read more:


How to Increase Male Fertility With Herbs (www.ehow.com)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

PISTACHIOS ARE GOOD FOR FERTILITY AND GETTING PREGNANT NATURALLY

 Get Pregnant Naturally With Pistachios

I love pistachio nuts, but until seeing this article I had no idea how nutritious there were.
See also: www.getpregnantover40.com  for more on my series on foods for fertility and preventing miscarriage
Not only do they contain a number of fertility enhancing components, but they may also enhance your love life! Additionally, the inner nut is green which is the color of growth, the color of spring, of renewal and rebirth.

Read more:

Just 47 pistachios, a one-ounce serving, contains 13 grams of predominantly monounsaturated fat and no cholesterol. All nuts, including pistachios, contain some saturated fat but are considered low in saturated fat. Fats are a concentrated source of energy and play an important role in assisting the body to absorb fat-soluble vitamins such as vitamins A, E, D, and K.

http://getpregnantover40.com/buy-fertility-jewelry.htm


Pistachios are the richest source of potassium of all the nut family. The potassium content of one ounce of pistachios is equal to that of one orange, a whopping 310 mg. Two ounces of pistachios contain more potassium than one medium banana. More of the pistachio's nutritional attributes for one ounce include 2 mg. vitamin C, 66 IU vitamin A, 44.9 mg magnesium, 16.5 mcg folic acid, 1.9 mg. iron, 38.3 mg. calcium, 5.8 g protein, and 3.1 g dietary fiber.

That single ounce of pistachios carries more than 10% of the Daily Value for dietary fiber, vitamin B6, thiamine, magnesium, phosphorous, and copper.

In comparing raw pistachios to dry roasted, you will find that some nutrients are diminished when the nuts are dry roasted, such as only 19.8 mg vitamin C, .9 mg iron, 36.9 mg. magnesium, and 275 mg. potassium compared to the higher figures noted above.

Storage


picture: heartofthedesert.com
If you want to store a large quantity of nuts, it's best to put them in heavy-duty freezer bags and freeze them. Frozen, they will keep for several months. For shorter storage you can refrigerate pistachios for up to 4 to 6 weeks.

If pistachios stored over a long period lose their natural crispness, you can quickly revitalize them. Just place them on a baking sheet and heat them in the oven at 250 to 300 for 6 to 9 minutes.

If you simply enjoy nibbling on a handful or two of pistachios a day, and are using them up quickly, they can spend a few days sitting in a bowl on your kitchen counter without becoming rancid.

Serving
Part of the pistachio's appeal is the ritual of gathering around a bowl of nuts and cracking them open to retrieve the emerald treasure inside. Pistachios make an ideal snack to serve guests or to enjoy as a between-meal nibble.

What more perfect finish to a satisfying meal could there be than an attractive bowl of fresh pistachios. So inviting,, they beckon one to reach out, pluck a singular gem, and begin that joyful process of pulling apart the shell, and finally tasting the rich sweetness of the nutmeat itself.

RAW
Pistachios can be enjoyed whole, chopped, coarsely ground, and finely ground.

Add a few shelled, chopped raw, unsalted pistachios to soups and salads as a garnish, or use one or two handfuls as a main ingredient in a salad dish.

Grind raw unsalted pistachios in an electric coffee grinder and add them to fresh vegetable or fruit juices for a protein boost.


Add raw, unsalted pistachios to the blender when making smoothies.
 from vegparadise.com


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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Men and Infertility

Most articles out there focus on the emotional aspects of women's infertility. but men suffer psychlogically too even when they're not physically the cause of infertility. Read more:

Men With Fertility Problems Suffer Psychologically Too

The scientists selected 256 men from the Copenhagen Multi-Centre Psychosocial Aspects of Infertility (COMPI) research programme. Most men were in the mid thirties, and had been married, on average, for almost 8 years. They had known that they were infertile for over 4 years, and the majority of couples had no children either together, or from previous relationships. Participants completed a series of questionnaires that included measures assessing physical health, support, and psychological and social stress. They completed the questionnaire before the start of treatment, and again after 12 months of treatment, only if their partners had not become pregnant during this time. The men were divided into four categories; unexplained infertility; female infertility; male infertility; or mixed. "We found that social stress, marital stress, coping effort, and physical stress increased over time, whereas mental health decreased", says Ms Peronace. "Perhaps surprisingly, though, we found that men in all four groups suffered equally. Infertile people appear to rely particularly on their social environment for support, and this seems to deteriorate over time. Couples should be made aware of the possible decline in their social support network and encouraged to organise support systems that no not solely include close friends and family."

Friday, October 16, 2009

Vasectomy Reversals


You never know what the future holds. I'm always hearing yet another story of couples who have some type of surgical sterilization, then want to start a new family with a new husband or wife. I've known a number of couples who've conceived after a vasectomy reversal - so it can be done. Here is a site that details chronologically one couple's journey to get pregnant after a vasectomy reversal (which has a happy ending):

Myvasectomyreversal.com

Here is another article from webmd.com about vasectomy reversals:

A Second Chance: Vasectomy Reversals
They’re expensive and complicated, but vasectomy reversals may be worth it for men who want a second lease on fatherhood.
By Richard Sine


From the article:

Vasectomies are commonly considered a permanent form of birth control. Reversals are expensive and complicated surgical procedures, and success is not guaranteed. But many doctors report very high success rates from vasectomy reversals. And specialists in the procedure reject the notion -- widely held even in the medical community -- that the procedure is rarely successful in men who had their vasectomy more than 10 years earlier.

“If you don’t think you have a chance at a reversal, you do,” says Rick Bellah, whose vasectomy was reversed by Marks a whopping 42 years after the original procedure. Bellah and his wife, Eloi, now have a 3-year-old girl, who has a 50-year-old half-sibling

Thursday, October 15, 2009

INFERTILITY SONGS: SONGS FOR GETTING PREGNANT

Infertility-Fertility Songs

Well, I've heard of infertility support groups, infertility prayers, colors for fertility, but I've never, until now, heard of songs for infertility.
See also:  www.getpregnantover40.com for more on trying to conceive naturally and support
Music has historically been a way to deal with emotions and a way to release emotions for a many women (and men).


Here is one example:

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Depression Lowers Sex Hormones In Men


I've written before about how depression can affect fertility in women, however, depression can also affect fertility in men. The following article discusses the relationship between depression, cortisol, and testosterone. Read more:

Depression May Lower Your Sex Hormones
(www.sciencedaily.com)


From the article:

"Our data suggest that men who suffer from severe major depression have disturbance of gonadal function as reflected by decreased testosterone concentration," said Dr. Ulrich Schweiger, head of the study.

Comparison of men with depression and those without showed:

* Lower testosterone concentrations during daytime and significantly lower concentrations at night and across the 24-hour period.

* Similar concentrations of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone in both groups, but the LH pulse was lower in depressed men.

* Cortisol concentration 68 percent higher in men with major depression than in the comparison group.

* A negative relationship between cortisol and testosterone, that is, the higher the cortisol, the lower the testosterone levels.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

All About Sperm

We always hear so much about the age of our eggs, egg quality, and so on. What about sperm? Here is an informative article about semen and sperm:


Semen and sperm quality
Written by Dr John Dean, specialist in sexual medicine, South Devon Healthcare NHS Trust (www.netdotor.co.uk)


The World Health Organisation provides a definition of a 'normal' sperm count:
the concentration of spermatozoa should be at least 20 million per ml.
the total volume of semen should be at least 2ml.
the total number of spermatozoa in the ejaculate should be at least 40 million.
at least 75 per cent of the spermatozoa should be alive (it is normal for up to 25 per cent to be dead).
at least 30 per cent of the spermatozoa should be of normal shape and form.
at least 25 per cent of the spermatozoa should be swimming with rapid forward movement.
at least 50 per cent of the spermatozoa should be swimming forward, even if only sluggishly.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Invitro Success May Come With A Price

I'm not necessarily trying to discourage couples from undergoing IVF, because it may be the only option depending on your diagnosis. But you can't deny it, there are risks involved - not only are there physical risks of the drugs and procedures, but when it does succeed, there are the risks associated with having multiples. Before succeeding through natural means, I underwent IVF myself, and yes, I got pregnant with twins (and miscarried). I personally know two couples who had twins very prematurely (one couple at 26 weeks, one couple at 28 weeks). Their babies survived, but they both had many obstacles to overcome. This article sheds some light on just how risky pregnancies with multiples can be:

www.denverpost.com

From the article:

Like many other twins conceived through in-vitro fertilization, the Mastera boys will go down in the record books as a success — for the fertility clinic that helped create them and the neonatologists who nursed them to health.

But an exploration of the fertility industry reveals that the success comes with a price. While the procedure creates thousands of families a year, an increasing number of the newborns are twins, and they carry special risks often overlooked in the desire to produce babies.

While most twins go home without serious complications, government statistics show that 60 percent of them are born prematurely. That increases their chances of death in the first few days of life, as well as other problems including mental retardation, eye and ear impairments and learning disabilities. And women carrying twins are at greater risk of pregnancy complications.

In fact, leaders of the fertility industry and government health officials say that twins are a risk that should be avoided in fertility treatments. But they also acknowledge that they have had difficulty curtailing the trend.

Many fertility doctors routinely ignore their industry's own guidelines, which encourage the use of single embryos during the in-vitro fertilization procedure, according to interviews and industry data.

Some doctors say that powerful financial incentives hold sway in a competitive marketplace. Placing extra embryos in a woman's womb increases the chances that one will take. The resulting babies and word of mouth can be the best way of luring new business.

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Naturopath's Fertility Protocol - Naturopathic Medicine

Get Pregnant Naturally with Recommendations From a Naturopath

I found an interesting site hosted by a Naturopathic Doctor which gives his recommendations on conceiving and carrying to term.

See www.getpregnantover40.com for more on alternative medicine and home rememdies for fertility and pregnancy

I can't say his protocol is the same as mine, however there is some overlap. Read more:


From the site:

Protocol:

Systemic Enzymes 3 to 5 tablets 3 times a day in-between meals.
Progesta Care Cream one application twice a day 12 hours apart. An added application or two may be needed if levels of progesterone are very low. It is impossible to over do natural progesterone; there is no top level of dosing. Progesta Care may be used through the pregnancy. Stop using the cream just before the due date, as progesterone levels must go down and estrogen levels go up to trigger childbirth.
Inca Gold Maca one scoop once or twice a day.
Add to these supplements all the usual nutrition that is needed to produce a healthy baby:

Calcium: 1200-1600mg.
Magnesium: 1200-1600mg.
Zinc: 50 to 75mg.
B-12 1000mcg.
Folic Acid 800mcg.
One gram of protein per kilo (2.2lbs) of body weight.
Morning sickness is usually a physiological sign that either progesterone levels or Folic Acid levels are low. It will do no harm to mother or baby to increase the intake of either until symptoms subside, then to remain at that level of intake.

Prior to the due date avoid all sources of estrogen:

Soy in any form.
Isoflavones.
Pesticides.
Synthetic plant and vegetable fertilizers.
Estrogen rich herbs such as Black Cohosh.
Petroleum fumes.
Refer to the pregnancy section of Dr. Linda Rector Pages' book Healthy Healing for other herbs to avoid during pregnancy.
Keep using the enzymes after the birth to help heal all of your tissues faster and avoid a good bit of the inflammation caused soreness as well as to reduce spider veins. Resume using the Progesta Care 30 days post partum to end or prevent post partum depression, which is due to the great decrease in progesterone  

from

 Dr. William Wong, ND, PhD.

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Exercise With Stress Harms Fertility Even More

Exercise, Stress and Fertility

I wish I had a dollar for every article I've read, quoted, or wrote about stress and fertility. Here's another article (link below) that confirms what many of us have known all along.
See also: www.getpregnantover40.com for more on the stress, cortisol and fertility connection
However, I learned a few new things -- for instance, taking up exercise to reduce stress, without fixing the underlying cause can actually make the affects of stress worse. Read more:

Q. You’ve studied not only people but also animals. What did those studies tell you about stress?

A. Before we did the 16-woman study, we studied monkeys. We found that when we stressed monkeys alone, 10 percent stopped menstruating temporarily. When we added exercise and limited their food intake, again about 10 percent stopped menstruating temporarily. But when we combined stress, exercise, and cut down on food, 75 percent became amenorrheic.

Q. Then you did a similar study in which two groups of women — one group with normal ovulation, the other group with stress-related amenorrhea — exercised almost to their full potential. What did you find?

A. We saw that if you are stressed when you start exercise, your body reacts differently than if you are not chronically stressed and exercise. Not only does it appear that exercise was more stressful for already stressed women, but certainly exercise did not help them lower their stress hormones, which is of course one reason people take up exercising. 

from:
 (www.nytimes.com)

Friday, October 02, 2009

Need A Fun Break? Play The TTC Game




Need a break from the mundane? Try this TTC game from fertilityfriend.com

It's fun and you might learn something along the way:

www.fertilityfriend.com

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