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Friday, December 24, 2010

Happy Holidays!


Click here for an adorable holiday animation:

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Have a wonderful holiday weekend.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

ALKALINE AND ACIDIC FOODS: Do They Affect Fertility and Getting Pregnant?

Your Ability To Conceive and Get Pregnant May Be Affected By The Foods You Eat and Your Stress Levels

I found an interesting site which discusses, among other things how certain foods are either "acidic" or "alkaline".   If your body tips one way or the other, it could affect your fertility

See also:  www.getpregnantover40.com for an entire series on foods for fertility and preventing miscarriage by regulating hormones

 According to the author Karen Reynolds, R.N., M.S., L.Ac., acidic foods should be avoided and alkaline foods should be eaten to enhance female fertility. Read more:


From the article

Alkaline Fruits
Apples
Apricots
Bananas
Berries
Cantaloupe
Cherries
Currants
Raisins
Dates
Figs
Grapes
Mango
Nectarine
Papaya
Peach
Pear
Melon

Acidic Fruits
Grapefruit
Lemon
Lime
Orange
Tangerine
Cranberry
Plum
Prune
Cooked fruits

Alkaline Vegetables
Avocado
Artichoke
Asparagus
Green beans
String beans
Beets
Carrots
Lettuce
Broccoli
Cabbage
Celery
Cauliflower
Chard
Cucumber
Corn
Endive
Garlic
Jerusalem artichoke
Kale
Leeks
Okra
Onions
Parsley
Parsnips
Bell Peppers
Potatoes (red)
Pumpkin
Soybeans
Spinach
Squash

Acidic Vegetables
Dried beans
Brussels sprouts
Tomatoes

Miscellaneous Alkaline Foods
Carob
Olives (ripe)
Agar
Kelp
Almonds

Miscellaneous Acidic Foods
Dairy (all)
Alcohol
Cocoa
Coffee
Condiments
Vinegar
Teas

Alkaline Grains
Quinoa
Millet
Amaranth

Acidic Grains
ALL grains except quinoa, millet, amaranth

from: 
www.balancedrestored.com



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Friday, December 10, 2010

Interpreting Pregnancy Tests

I know I have some "pregnancy test addicts" out there like I was. Not only do some of you buy them in "bulk", but you're probably so anxious, that your doing them too early. I was surprised when I read this article that some pregnancies don't even implant until after the day of your missed period. Read more:


livestrong.com

From the article:

Step 4

Take another test in a few days if you receive negative results, but think that you may be pregnant. Ovulation and the implantation of a fertilized egg occurs during different periods of the month for different women. According to the National Women's Health Information Center, 10 percent of women don't experience implantation until a day after their missed period. HCG levels do not increase until after implantation.

Monday, December 06, 2010

Men's Fertility Impaired By Antidepressants


If you're trying to conceive, and the man in your life is on antidepressants, he may want to talk to his doctor about some alternatives. According to the article below, serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) can greatly reduce sperm counts.

Men's' fertility at risk from antidepressants


From the article:

The study revealed that both men suffered from a drop in sperm count to almost zero after taking the medicines. The sperm count recovered to normal levels after the same medicines were discontinued. Cornell Medical Centre found the same occurrence with 12 more men at the clinic though the impact of the medicines was less severe in them.

While Cornell Medical Centre has issued a warning, doctors have advised men to consult their GPs before taking any decision about discontinuing anti-depressants. Leading people in the medical fraternity have also appreciated the importance of the findings made by Cornell Medical Centre. "There are only two patients, so you have to be careful, but this is very interesting work," said Allan Pacey, senior lecturer in andrology at Sheffield University.

"It's a well designed study, with sequential measurements of sperm count and quality in the same people. These were measured while the men were on the drug and off the drug, and there seems to be a major correlation. This is something we should go out and look at in a lot more detail. Maybe this is an unknown side effect of this drug that is only just coming to light."

Prof Schlegel who led the study conducted on the two men observed “It's a dramatic effect and it has never been described before. We believe that while it has had a profound effect on these two men, it could be having a significant but more subtle effect on many more." More importantly, this could be adversely impacting couples who plan to have children.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Our Society's Discomfort With Miscarriage


I spoke with abcNEWS again, this time about miscarriage and some of the surprising medical practices and societal attitudes. George Bush wrote about his mother's miscarriage in his book and it received quite a bit of media attention. Apparently Barbara Bush saved a miscarried fetus in a jar and took it to the hospital. This practice seems rather creepy to many people, but I myself was told by a physician's assistant to save the "products of conception" when it expelled after we knew one of my pregnancies wasn't viable. I never did because the miscarriage itself was just like a heavy period when I finally started to bleed.

The article talks about how our society in general is uncomfortable with most aspects of pregnancy loss. Read more:

abcnews.com

From the article:

"We'll never look at Barbara Bush the same way again," wrote another.

The reaction, say psychologists, illustrates the "ick" factor when discussing miscarriage and misunderstandings about a loss that is still treated in hushed tones.

"It's just the sight of blood and human tissue that is hard for people to see," said Sandy Robertson, a 52-year-old Colorado professor who had six miscarriages. "Then you're dealing with the death of a baby on top of it.

"Our society, at least in this country, is so sterile anyway," she said. "People just aren't used to seeing that."

People are also uncomfortable around those who are experiencing a miscarriage and don't want to cause further discomfort, she said.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Rebecca Demornay Visualized Children Before Birth

Rebecca Demornay and Pregnancy Visualization

I have always thought Rebecca Demornay was such a good actress (but I must admit I have a hard time getting the image of her as the psycho-nanny in "The Hand That Rocks The Cradle" out of my mind!)
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 Anyway, I've always been one that enjoys a good ghost story which is why I make a point to tape a program called "Celebrity Ghost Stories" on the Biography Channel (no they didn't pay me to say that!).

The last episode I watched featured Rebecca Demornay. She gave the story about how, when she was a child, her mother was severely traumatized by the deaths of a number of her family members and she took her daughter (Rebecca) to Mexico to get away. Rebecca got ill and came close to death. But she visualized two children who she feels may have saved her life. She realized many years later that these children were the ones that actually came into her life when she became a mother.

See more about the show here:

www.biography.com

The reason I bring this up here is because I talk about visualizing your children in my CD,Meditation and Visualization. It's stories like this one that confirm my belief that you can attract babies into your life (or maybe they can attract you!)

Monday, November 08, 2010

Fertility Drugs: Risks For Mothers and Babies


I found this article about some of the risks associated with fertility drugs and why many fertility treatments fail:

High-dose fertility drugs put mothers and babies at risk


From the article:

"Now two studies discussed at a conference in London last week show that women who receive high doses of drugs to stimulate their ovaries into producing lots of eggs - so that the best possible ones can be picked once the egg has been fertilised by sperm in the laboratory - are more likely to produce embryos with genetic defects and suffer harmful changes to their womb lining.
Most embryos will never develop into babies because the defects make it impossible for them to survive when they are implanted back into the womb. But the discovery explains why so many fertility treatments fail, with thousands of women going through several expensive and painful cycles of treatment in the hope of having a child. It will add to worries that some genetic changes may occur in the children which are not yet being picked up by doctors."


When I went through fertility treatments, I did get pregnant, but I miscarried. Is it possible I was put on too high a dose of these fertility drugs? I also hyperstimulation of my ovaries which, as mentioned in the article, can be life threatening. The article does go on to say that lower doses of fertility drugs may be safer. if you are considering fertility treatments, make sure you know the risks associated with the drugs you will be taking.

Friday, November 05, 2010

My Interview with abc NEWS On Recurrent Miscarriage


I have always said that miscarriage knows no boundaries. I was contacted by abcnews.com to talk a little about some of the emotional aspects of repeat miscarriage. They were doing a story about Lily Allen and how she has suffered another heartbreaking pregnancy loss.

The article also talks about other women and celebrities who have endured the emotional trauma of multiple miscarriages (although most have gone on to have a baby). Read more:

abcnews.com

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

PREGNANCY TEST ACCURACY, COULD A NEGATIVE TEST BE WRONG?

Trying To Have A Baby Over 40, Can You Trust Pregnancy Test Results?

If you're a "pregnancy test addict" like I was, you're probably doing your tests too early.
 You're so anxious to get results that you test at the earliest possible moment. I did have some false negatives because of this.   As a matter of fact, the month I conceived my daughter, the first test was actually negative
(although I thought I saw a faint line when I looked through a magnifying glass!  I then did another test a few days later and it was definitely positive.
This article talks about a number of reasons why you may have a false negative pregnancy test. Read more:
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LEARN MORE ABOUT HCG LEVELS HERE (getpregnantover40.com)
____________

More commonly, you can get a negative result from a home pregnancy test when you're actually pregnant. This is known as a false-negative. You may get a false-negative if you:

* Take the test too early. Wait to take the test until your period is at least one day late. That's the earliest most home pregnancy tests can detect pregnancy. For the most accurate results, take the test one week after a missed period.
* Time the test wrong. If you're collecting urine, do the test within 15 minutes of collecting the sample. And be sure to give the test time to work — but not too much time. You may want to set a timer according to the package instructions.
* Use diluted urine. Drinking too much fluid before taking the test may cause a false-negative result. For the most accurate results, take the test first thing in the morning when your urine is the most concentrated.

If your period hasn't started within a week after a negative home pregnancy test, repeat the test. 

 from www.mayoclinic.com

Friday, October 15, 2010

Having A Baby Over 40: Divine Timing?

Pregnancy Over 40...When The Time Is Right

And what is divine timing you ask?
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 I thought I would repost a link about an Oprah show I saw a while back. She had a really good episode on the law of attraction and the use of vision boards. Cheryl Richardson was one of her panel guests and she said something that really struck a chord with me. She said that she believed in something called "divine timing". This is when things that you really want can take a very long time to come, but you have to believe that the universe will bring it to you when the time is right.

Click Here To Read The Full Article

Monday, September 27, 2010

High Fat vs. Low Fat Dairy and Fertility

Trying To Get Pregnant, High Fat Dairy

I have written before about the dairy debate and fertility.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 Some sources say to avoid dairy - other sources say to consume high fat vs. low fat dairy. If you're wondering where the high fat dairy recommendation came from, this article explains the study and its limitations. Read more:

www.medpagetoday

From the article:

Among other explanations, Dr.Chavarro's team suggested that a fat-soluble substance present in dairy products might explain the benefit in high-fat foods. Whole-milk and other high-fat dairy products have higher estrogen concentrations, which decrease circulating IGF-I levels, they said. Alternatively, increased insulin sensitivity among high-fat dairy consumers may have improved ovulatory function.

A limitation of the study, the researchers wrote, is that it did not include a cohort of women known to be planning a pregnancy. Cases were clearly trying to conceive, whereas some pregnancy non-cases may have conceived accidentally. Another limitation was the failure to collect information on exposures of the participants' partners, such as smoking, that might have influenced female fertility.

Given the scarcity of studies in this area, it is important that these findings be confirmed or refuted, the researchers said. It is also important to investigate whether dairy foods have an impact on fertility beyond their association with anovulatory infertility, they added.

In the meantime, Dr. Chavarro advised women wanting to conceive to consider changing low-fat dairy foods for high-fat foods, for instance by swapping skimmed milk for whole milk and eating ice cream. However, he said, they should maintain normal calorie intake and limit their consumption of saturated fats. Once they have become pregnant, they should switch back to consuming low-fat dairy food

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Men's Fertility Related to Dental Hygiene

Your Teeth And Gums May Affect Fertility Over 40

It just goes to show you, all your body parts are related in some way or another.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 Here's an article about an unlikely association between dental hygiene and men's fertility:

Can Clean Teeth Improve Male Fertility? (parenting.ivillage.com)

From the article:

Subfertile men have reduced reproductive capacity. Subfertility can be caused by many factors including a bacterial infection in the male reproductive system. Directed antibiotic therapy alone may not offer a permanent cure. This is because oral bacteria may reinfect the reproductive system when they are intermittently released into the blood stream during gingival bleeding. Indeed, the bacteria present in the semen (called bacteriospermia) or ejaculate of infected patients are often identical to common intraoral bacteria. Escherichia coli can reach the male reproductive organs via the circulatory system and reduce sperm motility (Linossier et al. 1982). Bieniek et al., (1993) found that the presence of bacteria in sperm was eliminated when dental cleanings and directed antibiotic therapy were both prescribed. Improvement in sperm motility, morphology and density has also been noted after subfertile males participated in regular dental cleanings (Ensslen et al. 1990).

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Have A Baby: Eating Disorders Must Be Addressed

I'm fortunate that I never had an actual eating disorder, however, like many women, I did have an obsession with my weight. I finally figured out that if you eat a healthy diet, you naturally keep a normal weight without excessive exercise and without fixating on food. Here is an article on how getting pregnant doesn't mix with eating disorders:


Eating Disorders and Reproduction:
A Dangerous Combination
Natalie Greer


From the article:

Eating disorders have numerous emotional, psychological, and physical consequences; despite this, many affected individuals refuse to admit that they have a problem. One of the more serious problems associated with eating disorders that may convince a young woman to seek treatment, is the negative effect disordered eating can have on fertility, pregnancy, and child rearing in general. In multiple studies anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and eating disorders not otherwise specified, have been associated with infertility, low maternal weight gain, low birth weight in infants, increased neonatal morbidity, and problems in infant feeding (Stewart, 1992). Women who are afflicted with an eating disorder at conception tend to experience a worsening in their symptoms as well as other psychological problems. In order to avoid harming herself and her infant, women with eating disorders should seek psychological treatment before attempting to become pregnant.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Men's Fertility May Be Determined In The Womb

I'm always finding articles about the importance of the environment in the womb and how it relates to a child's future health. The article below talks about how male fertility may be affected as early as 8-12 weeks gestation. Read more:

Male fertility problems are determined in the womb, research from the University of Edinburgh suggests (www.bbc.co.uk)


From the article:

It was found that levels of male hormones, such as testosterone, in a critical "window" at 8-12 weeks determine future reproductive health.

The results are published online in the Journal of Clinical Investigation.

Problems with reproductive development such as the testes not descending properly into the scrotum (cryptorchidism) or the urinary tract opening in the wrong place on the penis (hypospadias) are fairly common in young boys.

Other disorders, such as low sperm counts and testicular cancer, are thought to be part of the same pathway.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Lycopene Can Reduce Adhesions From Endometriosis

Trying To Get Pregnant With Endometriosis?  Lycopene Can Help


Endometriosis is one of the major causes of adhesions and scarring which of course can lead to infertility.
http://www.getpregnantover40.com

 If you have or are prone to endometriosis, eating tomotoes and other lycopene rich foods can reduce the severity of adhesions. Read more:

  Click Here To Read Full Article

Monday, August 23, 2010

WOMAN, 54 PREGNANT NATURALLY

Yes, Women Over 50 Get Pregnant Naturally

Wow, I'm certainly not amazed when I hear about women in their 40's getting pregnant naturally, but women in their mid fifties?
 Now that's something! Here is an article about an Italian woman who got pregnant naturally at 54!
 _____________
SEE ALSO: PREGNANT AT 49 (getpregnantover40.com) 
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From the article:

picture: dailymail.co.uk
54-year-old Italian woman has amazed doctors and herself by falling pregnant naturally.

Hospital worker Giovanni Ciardi is one of only a handful of women to have become pregnant without medical treatment in their 50s.

Doctors have described her as an 'exceptional case'.

Mrs Ciardi is 15 weeks pregnant. She is due to give birth to a girl in November - by which time she will be 55 years old.

She already has a 23-year-old daughter called Veronica through her first marriage.

Mrs Ciardi lives with her shipyard worker partner Bruno Paoli in Camaiore near Lucca in the Tuscany region.

Mrs Ciardi said: 'Back in January I missed a period and I thought well my menopause must have arrived but when I began to feel nausea and have an upset tummy I went to the doctor.

'He just smiled and said: "Your symptoms have nothing to do with the menopause - you're pregnant."
from: www.dailymail.co.uk

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

ICSI May Pass On Fertility Problems To Next Generation


Pregnancy Over 40:  ICSI and It's Safety For Your Baby

I do know a few couples who used ICSI to overcome male factor infertility.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
However, this article talks about the scary reality that this procedure may actually cause the next generation to suffer from the same male factor problem. Read more:

www.telegraph.co.uk

From the article:

However some experts have concerns about the treatment. Since it overcomes the barrier of male infertility, there are fears that genetic defects which would normally prevent conception might be allowed into the embryo.

An Australian study published in The Lancet medical journal two years ago suggested that ICSI increased the risk of delayed mental development in one-year-olds. This conflicted with other evidence showing no sign of slowed mental development by the age of two.

The first ICSI pregnancies 18 years ago were achieved by a Belgian team led by Professor Andre Van Steirteghem from the University of Brussels.

Speaking at a major science conference in the US, he said he believed ICSI was being used too often.

Prof Van Steirteghem told the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in San Diego, California: "I have noticed from the beginning that several clinics use ICSI for everyone.

"I don't think it's necessary when you have methods like conventional IVF which is certainly less invasive, and can help couples with female factor or idiopathic (no known cause) infertility when the sperm count is normal. I don't see any reason why ICSI should be used in these situations.

Monday, August 09, 2010

Friday, August 06, 2010

Ever Heard Of Hypnofertility?

Pregnancy Over 40, Help Yourself Conceive With Hypnosis


I found an article about something called "hypnofertility". As I read through it, it sounded much like the visualization that I did while I was trying to conceive.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
Read More:

Hypno-Fertility
A Natural Way To Get Pregnant


From the article:

"How Does It Work?

Hypno-Fertility is a form of hypnotherapy, or guided visualisation whilst in a relaxed state. The practitioner may ask you to visualise sperm and egg meeting, or holding a baby in your arms. Several sessions will be done, all positively suggesting how natural it is for you to get pregnant and all the joys of motherhood you have to look forward to. Each session would last between 1 and 2 hours.

These hypnotherapy sessions are sometimes done in conjunction with nutritionalist advice and accupuncture to open blocked energy points.

This technique can double the success rate of IVF and increase conception rates by up to 55%!"

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

IVF Mistakes Nearly Double

I was actually involve in a lab mix up when I underwent IUI. After waiting 2 hours in the waiting room, the doctor finally called me in and told me that there was a lab mix up and my procedure would be cancelled. Who knows where my husbands sperm went? I can only hope it didn't wind up in another woman. Here is an article about how these errors have more than doubled recently. Read more:

news.bbc.co.uk

From the article:

he Human Fertilisation and Embryology Association (HFEA) - the IVF regulatory body - said reported incidents rose from 182 in 2007/8 to 334 in 2008/9.

The HFEA said that represented below 1% of more than 50,000 cycles carried out.

Incidents range from technical failures to serious mix-ups including the wrong sperm being put with the wrong egg.

One woman told the Donal MacIntyre Show her last remaining embryos went missing during treatment.

Clare, who did not wish to give her surname, told the programme: "I was sat there, gowned up, waiting to go in and have a transfer.

The key failure of the HFEA is that when they ask clinics to put in special procedures they're not enforcing them
Dr Sammy Lee, University College London

"They said you've got one embryo remaining, the other two embryos have gone missing.

"They said in the next sentence I can assure you they haven't gone into anyone else."

"Those were two potential babies," said Clare, and the only explanation the clinic could offer was that they must have "slipped off the straw" during the freezing process.

The clinic involved, IVF Wales at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff, says its success rate in recovering embryos is among the highest in the world and all incidents are reported to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA).

The same clinic was responsible three years ago for a serious incident in which a couple's last viable embryo was implanted in another woman. An investigation showed serious failings at the clinic.

'Deeply disturbing'

Guy Forster, from Irwin Mitchell Solicitors, said Clare's was a familiar story.

In the past 12 months he said he has dealt with a dozen couples involved in similar incidents at different clinics around the country.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Check Your Blood Pressure If You're TTC

Pregnancy Over 40 and High Blood Pressure

Years ago, when I was working in the "corporate pressure cooker" I would have intermittent high blood pressure readings when I took time out of my work day for doctor's appointments.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
Aside from high blood pressure being a dangerous condition, it can also negatively affect female (and male) fertility. Here is a link to the Blood Pressure Association which discusses high blood pressure and how to manage it if you're planning a pregnancy:


Blood Pressure Association


From the link above:

"If you have high blood pressure and are planning to have a baby or if you are already pregnant and have high blood pressure then these pages are for you. They provide information about prevention and treatment, along with antenatal care and pre-eclampsia.

Planning to become pregnant

If you already have high blood pressure and you and your partner are planning to have a baby you need to talk to your doctor about preparing to conceive. You can, like any other woman, have a successful and healthy pregnancy but if you have high blood pressure you have a slightly greater chance of complications than other women do. For this reason you will need to be more closely monitored than women without high blood pressure.

If at all possible any medicines that you take for high blood pressure will be stopped by your doctor before you become pregnant. You should not become pregnant whilst you are taking atenolol (beta-blocker), ACE Inhibitors or Angiotensin Receptor Blockers as these medications can affect the development of your baby. Therefore it is important that you plan your pregnancy if you can. Examples of ACE inhibitors and Angiotensin Receptor Blockers are in the table below.

ACE Inhibitors
Angiotensin Receptor Blockers

Captopril, Cilazapril, Enalapril, Fosinopril, Lisinopril, Perindopril, Ramipril, Trandolapril
Candesartan, Eprosartan, Irbesartan, Losartan, Olmesartan, Telmisartan, Valsartan


However, some women will have to continue to take tablets for high blood pressure. If this is the case then you may find that your blood pressure falls in the middle of your pregnancy. If this happens, the tablets might be stopped. There are certain medicines that can safely be taken during pregnancy, so if you need to continue to take medications, there are choices available."

Monday, July 19, 2010

Know Your Menstrual Cycle Week By Week

Here is a great resource with quite a detailed explanation of what happens each week of your menstrual cycle. If you're trying to conceive, this will help you know exactly what is going on and helpful things you can do or avoid to maximize your chances of conception. This site is written from a Chinese Medicine perspective. Read more:

infertility.health-info.org

From the site:


The Ovarian-Hypothalamus-Pituitary female sexual hormonal axis. If this regulatory system is balanced the woman will feel very little changes throughout her cycle. Most women have some kind of imbalance, therefore they do feel the changes in their cycle, although, these are good ways to get to know what is going on, and aids in the process of rebalancing. 10-15% of miscarriages happen due to hormonal imbalances. Many infertility problems are due to hormonal ovulatory disorder. It makes good sense to get to know this part of you and start balancing it today.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

How Successful Is Tubal Reversal?

Pregnancy After Tubal Ligation Reversal

I have heard from a number of women who had tubal ligations who years later, decided they wanted another child.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 Here is an article from Inciid.org on the pregnancy success rates after a tubal reversal:

Pregnancy Rates after Tubal Reversal (Inciid.org)

"The purpose of the current study was to evaluate the outcome of tubal reversal in patients and determine which factors influenced post-reversal pregnancy rates. Participants were 202 women with a mean age of 35 years (ranging from 27 to 45), who had an average of 1.7 children prior to to undergoing sterilization. Sterilization had been accomplished in 100 patients via Fallope ring and via electrocautery in 53 cases, with the remainder of patients undergoing a variety of less common techniques. An average of 8.5 years elapsed between the time of the original surgery and the reversal, with a range of two to 21 years.

Prior to reversal, patients underwent:

Hysterosalpingogram
Pelvic ultrasound
Partner semen analysis
Diagnostic laparoscopy, if the method of sterilization was unknown
All procedures were set up so that, if accomplishing reversal via laparoscopy was determined to be non-feasible, the procedure could immediately be converted to laparotomy.

One hundred eighty-six patients were followed for a minimum of 12 months after surgery (the remainder were lost to follow-up), and analyses were conducted to examine the effects of the following variables on post-surgery pregnancy rates:

Original method of sterilization used
The location of the tube where reconstruction was carried out
Post-surgery tubal length
Whether other pelvic pathologies were discovered and removed during surgery
Whether one or both tubes were restored to function
The age of the patient at surgery
Ninety-eight of the 186 patients delivered healthy infants during the follow-up and 31 had ongoing pregnancies at the close of the study. Analyses of the above variables (which took all factors into account simultaneously) indicated two significant effects, age at surgery and whether one or two tubes were successfully repaired:

Among patients aged 25 to 29 years, the pregnancy rate was 100 percent; 30 to 34 years, 91.9 percent; 35 to 39 years, 79.5 percent; and 40 to 45 years, 70.6 percent.
Patients who only had one tube successfully reversed had a pregnancy rate of 60 percent, compared to 87 percent for patients who had both tubes successfully reversed.
Based on these results, the authors concluded that in the hands of a skilled and experienced surgeon, a laparoscopic approach to tubal reversal is an effective protocol. They also concluded that, in many cases, the success rates of tubal reversal are far superior to IVF (another treatment of choice for women with tubal sterilization who are now interested in fertility), suggesting that it may be a preferable approach for many patients, especially in view of the fact that tubal reversal does not carry the elevated risk of multiple pregnancy that IVF does."

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

HOW DHA HELPS FERTILITY AND PREGNANCY

Pregnancy Over 40, Try DHA

You've probably heard of the importance of taking fish oils - not just for fertility, but for a number of other conditions.
The reason fish oil is recommended is because of DHA. If you don't know what DHA is, here is an article that  explains how it can help fertility and pregnancy:

From the article:

I also believe that a dietary component may be involved. Americans are eating far more carbohydrates today compared to the 1960s, and this has caused a dramatic surge in our insulin levels. Another clue to increased female infertility may involve an imbalance in eicosanoids since research has indicated that low-dose aspirin significantly improves the success rates in women undergoing in-vitro fertilization. This would suggest that my dietary recommendations might provide a unique intervention to improve fertility. Let me discuss why.

SEE ALSO DHEA AND FERTILITY (getpregnantover40.com)

A primary cause of female infertility is polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). This condition is linked to increased insulin levels. In women with PCOS, the ovaries release an egg from a follicle sporadically, if at all, instead of the usual every 28 days. These irregular cycles can be corrected once women with PCOS lower their elevated insulin levels, At this point their fertility almost magically reappears. Unfortunately, even after women with PCOS become pregnant, they still have higher rates of miscarriages. Thus, simply reducing insulin levels alone is not the total answer. The other important factor appears to be an imbalance of eicosanoids that can be treated with the increased consumption of fish oil. Epidemiological studies of pregnant women who consume large amounts of long-chain Omega-3 fatty acids, like EPA and DHA, found in fish oil tend to carry their babies for a longer period of time. They also have a correspondingly lower rate of premature births which can cause physical and neurological problems such as learning disabilities. Since 6 to 10 percent of all births in America are premature, I feel it is quite likely this unfortunate statistic may be linked to our growing decrease of long-chain Omega-3 fatty acids containing EPA/DHA in the diet.
from 
www.cbn.com

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Drink Alcohol? Eating Fish May Preserve Fertility

 Pregnancy Over 40:  Essential Fatty Acids May Preserve Fertility


If you're trying to conceive, I recommend both men and women not drink alcohol. However, according to the article below, if men drink alcohol, they should also eat fish to help preserve their fertility. Fish are a good sourse of essential fatty acids. Read more:

Eating Fish Especially Important If You Drink High Levels Of Alcohol - Could Prevent Infertility (www.medicalnewstoday.com)

From the article:

Essential fatty acids (EFAs) are just that; an "essential" part of the total fat intake necessary for a healthy human diet. Most EFAs come from plants, but some are animal-sourced. A new study has found that men who binge drink have substandard intake of n-3 fats, one of two types of EFAs, indicating poor dietary choices with negative long-term health consequences.

Results are published in the August issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research.

"Essential fatty acids are important building blocks of living cells, making up a substantial part of cell walls," explained Norman Salem, Jr., chief of the Laboratory of Membrane Biochemistry & Biophysics at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism "EFAs also have many biological functions, and a lack of them leads to loss of growth and development, infertility, and a host of physiological and biochemical abnormalities." Salem is also the study's corresponding author.

The most important EFAs are polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA), said J. Thomas Brenna, professor of human nutrition and of chemistry & chemical biology at Cornell University. Particularly two types, Brenna noted: the omega-6 PUFA linoleic acid (LA), also called n-6 fats, and the omega-3 PUFA linolenic acid (ALA), also called n-3 fats. "Most Americans consume adequate amounts of LA in their diets through the use of vegetable oils, but tend to have low intakes of ALA," said Brenna.

This imbalance, added Salem, has become pronounced only in the last century and many believe it is a source of the increase of many common diseases in Western society. Salem and his co-authors wanted to investigate what influence alcohol consumption might have on EFA imbalance in the Western diet.

Researchers used data from 4,168 adults who self-reported their alcohol consumption as part of the 2001-2002 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Participants were also interviewed about their EFA intake during a single previous 24-hour period.

Results indicate that EFA intake drops as alcohol consumption increases, particularly among men.

"Our most important finding is the decrease in n-3 EFA intake in binge-drinking men," said Salem. "We really couldn't evaluate women who binge drink two or more times per week due to the low numbers in this population, although it is quite possible that we would obtain similar findings. The changes we found indicate that those who drink alcohol make food selections in such a way as to decrease foods with this important nutrient. The binge-drinking men have decreases in the longer chain n-3 fatty acids, the ones that we typically get from eating fish, and so this suggests that they eat less fish."

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Needle or Knife For Male Obstruction?

If you as a couple suffer from male factor infertility and are considering your options, this article might be of interest. Sperm may be obtained through needle aspiration directly. Read more:

www.fertilicare.org

From the article:

The alternative to surgical reversals or reconstruction / repair is sperm retrieval by needle aspiration, and the techniques commonly employed, are PESA (Percutaneous Epididymal Sperm Aspiration) and TSE (Testicular Sperm Extraction). Most men are familiar with their soft and squishies, but know little of the epididymis; sausage-like sacs attached behind each testicle that contain meters of tightly coiled miniscule tubes and canals. In essence, they connect the testicles bilaterally to the vas deferens, which constitute the main 'pipeline' of the male's reproductive tract. The epididymis is the subject of controversy, but it can be safely said that they act to accumulate and transport sperm. In the normal male, it takes 6 weeks for sperm to travel their path from genesis in the testicles to ejaculation, and a large part of that time is spent in the epididymis. The controversy though is intriguing. Some specialists believe that the very fine hairs within the epididymis literally stroke the sperm in passing and 'teach' them the fine art of swimming straight. Others believe it all has to do with the epididymal sperm being older or more mature than their testicular compatriots. Nevertheless, normal epididymal sperm generally exhibit this straight-swimming trait, and can fertilise the egg naturally, or by assisted means such as GIFT, IVF and ICSI. Aspirated testicular sperm on the other hand are immature and do little but wriggle a little and go around in circles, they cannot fertilise the egg naturally, and in fact will only effectively work in ICSI. Viable sperm can be obtained with either technique but in TSE, the sperm are immature, that's why a physician's first choice is to try for epididymal sperm, and if he has no luck, go into the testicle. Epididymal sperm freeze and thaw quite well and can be banked for future use, testicular sperm on the other hand do not and are attenuated (weakened) by the process. But above all, fresh ejaculated sperm is tops, and that dear friends sets the gold standard in fertility, naturally.

Needle aspiration is normally quite quick and convenient, with only mild resultant pain or discomfort, and can be performed under a local aneasthetic, but I personally would prefer not thank you. And be warned, if you choose this option, make sure the performing physician is skilled, this technique in hapless hands has the propensity for mass destruction to the the very fine epididymis and injury to the testicle/s. Please be absolutely sure that the physician knows his oats, and understands the importance of steering clear of the head of the epididymis where damage to the delta of minuscule canals would be very difficult to bypass or repair, if you one day decide for a reversal. Also, ask your physician to only work on the one side, and resort to the other only if things are not going to plan.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Fertility and Light Therapy

Pregnancy Over 40, Light Therapy And Getting Pregnant

I never tried actual light therapy when I was trying to conceive, however I did make a point of trying to get at least an hour of sunlight every day.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 This site has some useful information about how light is essential for strong menstrual cycles and how women tend to be indoors more than men. This site does sell products related to light therapy and I'm not necessarily endorsing them - but you may find their information helpful. Read more:

www.lighttherapy.com.au

From the site:

Two Fold Benefit of Light—Light aids fertility in two ways:
First, Bright light during the day helps increase fertility. Scientists theorize that bright morning and evening light sends a signal to the body clock that it is the right time of year to conceive. (It is more difficult to conceive during the short winter days.) Bright light also controls the overproduction of melatonin, which may stifle fertility.

Second, evening light and dusk simulation help regulate menstrual cycles, and a regular menstrual cycle increases the odds of conception. Several studies show that using light at night regulates irregular and longer menstrual cycles, even in women whose periods lasted nine weeks or more. Irregular and long menstrual cycles were normalized within a few weeks of treatment. Apollo Health has participated in many of these studies.

Why Nightlight Regulates Cycles
While our daily sleep/wake cycles are tied to bright light, menstrual cycles are tied to moonlight. As explained in Dr. Smolensky’s book, The Body Clock Guide to Better Health:

“Our words, ‘menstruation,’ ‘moon,’ and ‘month,’ all come from the Greek word for ‘measure of time.’ A woman’s menstrual cycle runs its course in about twenty-eight days, one lunar cycle.

Circadian Rhythms and Conception
The body clock dictates when the ovaries prepare and release eggs for fertilization. One of the best signs of fertility is immediately after ovulation, when body temperature increases 1°. However, conception is more likely to happen a day or two before this rise in temperature. Maintaining a normal menstrual cycle makes it easier to predict the best time to conceive, and helps relieve the stress some couples experience trying to conceive

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Are Fertility Drugs Connected To Autism?




I had read a while back that children conceived through IVF may have an increased risk for a number of conditions, one of which is autism. However, here is another recent article which confirms those findings. This study cites fertility drugs as the possible underlying cause. Read more:

www.publicradio.org

From the article:

a new study from the Harvard School of Public Health points to another culprit:infertility drugs. The study found autism was twice as common in women who were treated with infertility drugs. According to the story in Time, “the link persisted even after researchers accounted for the women’s age.”

“Moreover, the association between fertility drugs and autism appeared to strengthen with exposure: the longer women reported being treated for infertility, the higher the chances their child had an autism spectrum disorder.”

Monday, June 14, 2010

Infertility: Men Suffer Too

Here's an article that discusses an aspect of infertility that is commonly overlooked: how men may suffer too. Read more:

Men With Fertility Problems Suffer Psychologically Too (www.medicalnewstoday.com)

From the article:

"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."

Counselling in the early stages of infertility is not often a desirable option for couples, and especially for men, say the scientists. Couples should be encouraged to focus on their partnership and communicate with each other in a mutually supportive way. They might also be directed to online support services, and given the chance to speak to other couples with fertility problems

"But psychosocial counselling may be beneficial and more readily accepted in the later stages of treatment, when social networks are at their weakest, and also after repeated treatment failure", says Ms Peronace. "Men who are particularly affected by fertility problems should be considered for counselling, since this may improve their mental well-being as well as their perception of their social environment. Given the level of suffering we found among men, it is important to continue to research into their needs."

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Fertility Superfoods You May Not Have Heard Of

Foods To Help You Have A Baby

I thought with all my research I knew every fertility food out there.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 Thats why I was surprised when I found this article. It mentions some new foods that I have vaguely heard of but didn't know how they could help the reproductive system. You might want to give some of these a try:

www.simplylimliving.com

From the article:

Most Important SuperFoods:

1. Maca – helps to increase progesterone, which is extremely important to enhance fertility and the ability to hold the pregnancy. Maca comes from peru and is a tonic for the endocrine system. You can take this product daily. It comes in liquid, capsule and powder form.
2. Spirulina – a tiny aquatic plant that has been used by humans since pre-historic times. It is packed with nutrients (protein, vitamin A, iron, phytonutrients, etc). The most important quality is its ability to detox the body and help to keep it alkaline.
3. Acai Berry - boosts energy levels, improves digestive function, improves mental clarity/focus, promotes sound sleep, provides all vital vitamins, contains several important minerals, and is an extremely powerful free radical fighter. Acai also has very high levels of fibers, cleanses and detoxifies the body of infectious toxins, strengthens the immune system, enhances sexual desire and performance, fights cancerous cells, slows down the aging process, promotes healthier and younger-looking skin, alleviates diabetes, normalizes and regulates cholesterol levels, helps maintain healthy heart function, minimizes inflammation & improves circulation.
4. Bee Pollen - Bee pollen contains all the essential components of life. The percentage of rejuvenating elements in bee pollen remarkably exceeds those present in brewer’s yeast and wheat germ. Bee pollen corrects the deficient or unbalanced nutrition, common in the customs of our present-day civilization of consuming incomplete foods, often with added chemical ingredients, which expose us to various physiological problems.
5. Royal Jelly - This rich concentrated food contains remarkable amounts of proteins, lipids, glucides, vitamins, hormones, enzymes, mineral substances, and specific vital factors that act as biocatalysts in cell regeneration processes within the human body. Although some of the elements found in royal jelly are in microgram quantities, they still can act supremely with co-enzymes as catalysts or can act synergistically. (Meaning, the elements’ action combined is greater than the sum of their actions taken separately.) Royal jelly is rich in protein, vitamins B-1, B-2, B-6, C, E, niacin, pantothenic acid, biotin, inositol and folic acid.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Preconception Communication


I've always been fascinated with the concept of preconception communication. I firmly believe that I met and communicated with my daughter prior to her conception. I talk a little about this in my meditation and visualization CD. The site below expands on the concept of preconception communication with your yet to be conceived child. Read more:

healyourearlyimprints.com

From the site:

often in dreams or visitations the child will appear older, e.g. 3 or 6 years old, and multiple experiences may happen so that you really get to know your child before conception.

I felt for many years before my granddaughter was born that I knew her, knew that she would come and that she would definitely be a girl. I waited for her for a long time; at least it felt that way to me although my son was only 23 years old when she was born! We have a very strong connection even though I physically don’t see her very often. I didn’t have a visual sense of her, it was more an inner knowing of her, as if I already knew her and knew without a doubt that she would come.

Many people dream before conception about what their child will look like at a certain age and when they get to that age they look exactly the way they did in the dream. Couples who have no intention of having a baby, or who have even had tubal ligations, will dream of a child wanting to be born to them, and this will have the effect of them changing their minds, even reversing surgery. Clearly these are not your ordinary everyday dreams, they have a clear and powerful message that can be life changing. At the least they offer the opportunity to fall in love with your child right from the beginning.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Hormones - Lab Values Explained



I recall when I went through fertility treatments. There were so many lab values and terms I didn't understand, and of course, it seemed everyone at the clinic was too busy to explain them to me. Although I finally said the heck with all the numbers, I'm going to try naturally, this article may be of interest to some of you who have had lab work done. Read more:

www.fertilityplus.org

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

VEGETARIANS TRYING TO GET PREGNANT: WHAT TO EAT

Pregnancy Over 40 As A Vegetarian

I was a vegetarian for many years, however, I did start eating meat a few years before trying to conceive.
See also:  www.getpregnantover40.com for my entire series on foods for pregnancy and fertility

 Vegetarians who want to get pregnant should be aware that they may need to supplement their diet to get some nutrients they may not normally get. Here is an article in its entirety about trying to conceive as a vegetarian:

Trying To Conceive As A Vegetarian (www.getpregnantover40.com) 


 



Monday, May 24, 2010

Pregnancy Over 40 Video

Pregnancy Over 40 Well Rounded Perspective

Here is a good video that shows some of the pros and cons of pregnancy over 40 and it features women who got pregnant unexpectedly over the age of 40 as well as some who underwent fertility procedures.

I like the video because it's not one sided. It shows real women and gives and objective view of pregnancy over 40.

Watch the video here:

Pregnant Over 40 Video (this video is no longer available) but please visit my website:

My site: www.getpregnantover40.com

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Congratulations Kelly and John!! 47 and pregnant!

Picture: Star Magazine/popeater.com
Wow, to say I was surprised and elated when I heard about Kelly and John's pregnancy would be an understatement. First let me say that John Travolta has been one of my favorite celebrities since waaayyyy back. Just to give you an idea, I saw Saturday Night Fever at a drive in when I started college!!
I have followed his career ever since and I think he's very genuine. Kelly is a great actress too. I'm not as familiar with her work, but what I've seen has been great. I was heartbroken to hear about the death of their son Jett and I can't even imagine how a couple gets through that.

But now, some happy news! Kelly is 47 and pregnant. Of course, no details have been given about whether or not she conceived naturally, but that really doesn't matter. I wish them the best. They've had their share of heartbreak and they deserve all the happiness a new child will bring to them. Please send positive thoughts to them for a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby.

Read more:

www.popeater.com

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Trying To Conceive Made Easier With Fertility Moon

Pregnancy Over 40 Resource


I'm surprised I didn't find this site earlier. Fertilitymoon.com has a number of resources and a number of fun things to do that might help you conceive.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
It has everything from recipes for fertility tea to coloring sheets (yes, you heard me) that have a fertility/pregnancy theme, fertility prayers and more. The link to their site is below. Browse through their site, you may find something that helps. Read more:

www.fertilitymoon.com

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Men's Home Fertility Test


Check Sperm At Home

Checking a man's sperm count can be a humiliating experience.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 That's why this home testing kit might be of interest to the man in your life. According to this article, it's accuracy rate is pretty high and the cost is quite low in comparison. Read more:

www.reuters.com

From the article:

He said the test helps couples find out if the male is a factor in the infertility "and to do that in privacy with some cost savings."

"The product will retail for about $25. That's a lot cheaper than going in and having a full semen analysis," Herr told Reuters Health.

Herr said depending on where people lived in the United States, it would cost anythint from $65 to $250 for a semen analysis which may or may not be covered by insurance.

In the journal Human Reproduction, Herr and his team report on a study comparing the accuracy of their SpermCheck Fertility test with standard laboratory sperm count methods, using 225 semen samples.

The tests were accurate 96 percent of the time, the researchers found.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Weight: An Issue For Both Men and Women Trying To Conceive


Most of us have heard how overweight women may have trouble conceiving, however this interesting article cites a study which found that if both partners were obese it may take even longer to conceive. Read more:

Too Much Weight Spells Double Trouble For Couples Trying To Conceive

Researchers in Denmark studied 47,835 Danish couples between 1996 and 2002 and found that if both partners were obese the chances of the couple having to wait for more than a year before the woman became pregnant were nearly three times higher (2.74) than for a normal weight couple. If both partners were overweight, the likelihood they would have to wait longer than a year was 1.4 times higher. [2]

Cecilia Ramlau-Hansen, who led the study, warned that if further research supported the findings of the study that too much weight could make couples less fertile, this would have major implications for population levels, particularly in parts of the world where obesity and low fertility were, or would become, more common.

"If overweight and obesity actually is a cause of subfecundity, and if the obesity epidemic continues, this reduced capacity to reproduce could become a serious public health problem. Further research in this area is needed," she said.

Sub-fertility (or subfecundity) is normally defined as a waiting time to pregnancy of more than 12 months from the time a couple starts to have unprotected sex with an intention to conceive.

Earlier research has already shown that weight can affect fertility in both women and men, individually. However, this is the first study to look at the effect on fertility of overweight and obesity in couples. Ms Ramlau-Hansen, a doctoral student in the Department of Occupational Medicine, Aarhus University Hospital, Denmark, who is on a visiting scholarship to the University of California Los Angeles School of Public Health, USA, said: "Since it is quite common to have couples where both partners are overweight or obese, it is important to have risk estimates for couples rather than individuals."

Friday, April 16, 2010

More on Endometriosis and Infertility

One of my previous posts had a link to a good site on endometriosis and how you might try to help the condition with natural methods.

Here is an excerpt from an article from WebMD which may explain how women with endometriosis have a hard time getting pregnant:


New Endometriosis-Infertility Link Found


"Researchers say the discovery builds on previous research that found a molecule known as L-selectin needs to be present on the uterine wall for an embryo to attach itself and allow a pregnancy to begin.

In this study, researchers found that at the moment in a woman's menstrual cycle when the uterus is most receptive to embryo implantation (days 20-24 of a 28-day cycle), women with endometriosis-related infertility lack an enzyme that holds L-selectin in place on the wall of the uterus, making it impossible for the embryo to attach itself."


The good news is that this discovery may lead to new ways of diagnosing and treating endometriosis.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Endometriosis and Infertility

Infertility, Miscarriage and Endometriosis

Many women with endometriosis also suffer from infertility and early miscarriage.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com for more on endometriosis and infertility
Endometriosis is frequently painful and can cause scarring, tubal occlusion, as well as pelvic adhesions.

If you suffer from endometriosis, or if you think you may have it, here is a great resource:

TheEndoClub.com

I was really impressed by the wealth of information on this site. Sometimes, a laparoscopy is required to find out if you have endometriosis (in my case, I didn't even know I had it until I had a laparoscopy.) This site discusses a number of things you can do now to deal with this condition - or at least minimize it's affects.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Non-profit Fertility Organizations

Pregnancy Over 40, Fertility Over 40 Support

My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
One of my blog readers passed along these URL's of organizations whichhelp women trying to conceive. They offer education and financial support. If any of you are interested here they are:

http://www.cadefoundation.org

https://www.yourbump.org
 http://www.payitforwardfertility.org/

Monday, April 12, 2010

More On Vitamin D For Fertility


Here is an interesting resource about vitamin D. Vitamin D deficiency keeps popping up as an underlying cause of a number disorders and infertility might be added to that list. This site is selling a book on the subject of vitamin D, but it looks like there is a lot of helpful information as well. Read more:

www.vitaminddoc.com

From the site:

Other experiments show that rats maintained on D-deficient diets produce fewer sperm, but sperm production increases when vitamin D is again provided. Vitamin D restores fertility to deficient rats and proper testicular function in deficient chickens. Female rats mated to deficient males also have 73% fewer successful pregnancies than those mated to vitamin D-sufficient males. The ovaries and testes of rats that lack vitamin D receptors (VDR) do not function fully and properly, and vitamin D deficiency profoundly reduces sperm production.

However, that condition is reversible when vitamin D is restored to optimal levels. Also, most women who are infertile due to polycystic ovary disease, resulting in loss of menstrual cycles, experience restored menstruation and can become pregnant when vitamin D levels are increased.

Friday, April 09, 2010

EGG WHITES AS A VAGINAL LUBRICANT - CERVICAL MUCUS

Egg Whites Can Substitute For Cervical Mucus

I did once suggest to my husband that we try egg whites when I was trying to get pregnant.  He was opposed to the idea, but I'm sorry we didn't give it a try.  If you read about the optimal cervical mucus, they are supposed to have an egg white consistency.
It makes sense that egg whites could actually simulate an ideal cervical environment.

  Click Here To Read The Full Article On Using Egg Whites and Other Methods Of Improving Cervical Mucus

Thursday, April 08, 2010

More On The Mind-Body Connection - Depression Can Cause Infertility



If you've read my previous posts, you know that I'm a true believer in mind-body medicine. Many women going through the ups and downs of trying to conceive will inevitably fall into a depression a some point. Infertility hits you at the core of your being. You feel like a total failure - then you feel like you must not be as "worthy" as everyone else.

In addition to infertility, I've also heard estimates as high as 70% of women experience depression after a miscarriage. I look back on the time when I was trying to conceive. It's amazing what I endured. It definitely made me a stronger person and I learned that no matter how dismal a situation seems, there is always hope. I had to hang onto that and believe it.

Here are a few articles about the depression-infertility connection:

Emotions and infertility: depression can interfere with conception. Research shows that by using mind-body techniques, women can boost their odds of getting pregnant

and

Depression: Can it Affect Your Fertility?

I didn't go through therapy while I was trying to conceive, but I became my own therapist using a journaling system. It was so beneficial to confront all of my negative pent-up feelings. It made me a happier person and it may have been a key piece of my successful pregnancy. Not only did I confront the negativity associated with not being able to have a baby, but I went back and confronted all the baggage I had been carrying around with me since childhood. Try it...it may change your life in more ways than one.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Spring Break




I'll be taking a "Spring Break" from my blogs the week of 3/29--4/2. I'll still be here and will be checking my emails. Have a relaxing week.

Be back 4/5/10.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Pregnancy Test Sensitivity By Brand



I know how it goes, when you're trying to conceive, those pregnancy tests are what you live and die by. Not only do you stock up on them, but you want to start testing as early as possible. I've posted this topic before, but the following link seems to be more updated and it categorizes the pregnancy test brands by the amount of hCG needed to show a positive result. Read more:

www.fertilityplus.org

From the site:

In general, tests rated to detect the lowest hCG levels should be able to detect pregnancy sooner than those rated for a higher level. However, it is important to note that this chart rates the manufacturer's claimed sensitivity, not test accuracy. We did not do a laboratory analysis of the tests. Look below the FAQ for some site.

Monday, March 08, 2010

Auto-antibodies Cause Of Thyroid Problems




I've always known that thyroid disorders can be a cause of infertility and miscarriage. This article explains that the thyroid disorders themselves can be caused by an autoimmune process. Read more:

www.empowher.com

From the article:

A primary cause of hypothyroidism is the presence of so-called “auto-antibodies” that mistakenly attack the thyroid gland causing it to under produce its hormones, or in some cases, stimulate particular thyroid tissues to over secrete hormones.

Researchers do not understand why auto-antibodies develop, but an estimated five to eight percent of women carry auto-antibodies to the thyroid and are frequently not diagnosed with the problem until they try to become pregnant. Reproductive specialists are currently debating whether screening all pregnant women for hypothyroidism may be cost effective. A consensus will not be reached until ongoing studies are completed.

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Fertility Awareness 101


The following article is a good "all around" resource when it comes to fertility awareness and the effect of diet, and other factors on fertility. You may be familiar with much of what is mentioned, however, it also gets into some other important information you may not be aware of. This site differs slightly from some of the things that did when I was trying to conceive (for example, they recommend discontinuing soy) however, it's still a good resource in my opinion. Read more:

Fertility Awareness, Food, and Night-Lighting
By Katie Singer

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Some Foods May Actually Cause Infertility

Most people love bread and other wheat based baked goods. But many people who are intolerant of these foods don't realize that it could be a cause of infertility. Here is an article about celiac disease and its relation to infertility and miscarriage:

blogs.nytimes.com

From the article:

infertility, or the inability get pregnant, seems to be more common in women with untreated celiac disease, based on a variety of studies in different countries. Other gynecological and obstetrical problems may also be more common, including miscarriages and preterm births. Men with untreated disease may also face fertility issues. Although these problems were not always recognized as being related to celiac disease by doctors and other health professionals, this situation is starting to change.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Infertility In The Bible

How The Bible Can Help You Conceive

The last thing I could ever be mistaken for is a religious scholar. I grew up Catholic (and Catholics typically don't read Bibles, except for excerpts in their religious materials), but now consider myself non-denominational with a little new age thrown in.
But for anyone interested,  here is a guest post about how the bible can help you conceive:
Infertility In The Bible (www.getpregnantover40.com)

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Natural Conception: Fertility After 40

Natural Methods To Get Pregnant Over 40

I've posted articles in the past about using herbal remedies to get pregnant.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
Although I didn't go the herbal route when I was trying to conceive (aside from some herbal teas like Red Raspberry and Dong Quai, I am posting an article from Susun Weed which talks about more natural methods to increase fertility over 40.

 I can't say I've tried everything mentioned, but for anyone interested, the link below talks about everything from herbal remedies to lifestyle changes. Read more:

Fertility After Forty
by Susun S. Weed (www.storknet.com)


From the article:

But more and more women are waiting until their late thirties, early forties, even late forties, to have children. Is this too late? Are these destined to have high-risk pregnancies? Will these children have more birth defects?

The answer to these questions - and others like them - is "no!" for wise women who enlist the help of green allies to increase fertility, ensure conception, prevent birth defects, and promote a healthy pregnancy and an easy delivery.




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