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Friday, January 29, 2010

How Does Yoga Benefit Fertility?

 See: Fertility Bodywork (getpregnantover40.com).

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

If You're Trying To Conceive, You Should "Know Your Period"


Having A Baby Revolves Around Your Period

 We've all been dealing with our periods since we were teenagers (and some people even before that)...so we assume we know everything.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com

This article from WebMD goes through some things you may already know and other helpful pieces of information.
It addresses everything from "monthly mechanics" to hormones & myths associated with your period.  When you're trying to conceive, the more you know, the more you can increase your probability of success. Read on!

http://women.webmd.com/features/5-things-you-didnt-know-about-your-period

From the article:

Some women don't ovulate regularly and therefore have irregular periods, Frieder says. Stress and illness, for instance, can adversely affect the cycle.
But it's important to know the definition of a "regular" cycle before deciding you are having irregular periods, Frieder says. What some women think is an irregular cycle may not be, he says. A "regular" cycle, Frieder says, means one that is between 25 and 35 days -- counting from the first day of bleeding to the start of your next period.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Fertility Charting


Pinpointing Ovulation and Your Fertile Time Of The Month

I tried the old fashioned fertility charting. I took my temperature and waited for all the dips and rises but I stopped doing this after one of my fertility doctors basically told me that it didn't work.
http://www.getpregnantover40.com
 However, there are still a number of women who rely on this method of monitoring their fertility. The article below talks a little about the BBT method:

www.sharedjourney.com

After completing fertility treatments, rather than fertility charting, we pretty much "scheduled" intercourse for certain days of the month whether I thought I was ovulating or not. I think my method was actually pretty good since I got pregnant four times on my own. But for those of you interested, here's another site which discusses other ways to pinpoint your fertile time:

Getting Started With Fertility Charting (www.justmommies.com)

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Reproductive Hazzards

Pregnancy Over 40, Fertility May Suffer From Toxins and Pollutants

We're always hearing stories about how pollution can be a health hazzard, however, it can also negatively affect fertility in both men and women.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
The following article talks about how toxic many synthetic chemicals and solvents can be. Read more:


Women's Health: 10 Ways to Avoid Cancer & Reproductive Hazards

From the article:

Some researchers theorize that the development of synthetic chemicals, including petrochemicals and plastics, following World War II has contributed to the rise of cancers and reproductive diseases in the United States, which has the highest cancer rate of any country in the world. This rate has continued to rise over the last half-century. "In 1964, a woman's lifetime risk of breast cancer was 1 in 20. Today, the risk has risen to 1 in 7," says Nancy Evans of the Breast Cancer Fund, who recently analyzed National Cancer Institute figures. She argues that the known risk factors for breast cancer, such as family history, smoking, early age at first menstrual period, late age at menopause and late age of childbearing, explain only half of the cases.

The best-established environmental risk factor is ionizing radiation (from X-rays, sunlight and radioactivity). Several dozen man-made chemicals, however, have been linked to mammary tumors in animal studies. These include chlorinated solvents like methylene chloride (found, for example, in paint, cleaning solutions and adhesives); compounds found in gasoline and diesel exhaust such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs); organochlorines such as atrazine, a common pesticide; and dioxins, produced from chlorine bleaching of paper and incineration of PVC plastics.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

CHINESE MEDICINE TCM TO GET PREGNANT


Chinese Medicine, Food Recommendations For Fertility

I've done a number of posts on the Chinese philosophy of how to eat, acupuncture and acupressure. 

Here is an interesting and detailed article on the Chinese Philosophy regarding diet and fertility.  The article discusses "sheng" energy and acid and alkaline foods.
It's interesting, when I was trying to conceive, I had a number of things the article talks about: cold feet, lower back pain, etc.  Read more:
See Also Chinese and Ayurvedic Medicine To Get Pregnant

According to Chinese philosophy, eating is not only absorption of calories, but also a possibility to treat organism, with the help of balancing of tastes and energy, necessary for these or those organs. Sheng energy is responsible for reproductive system.

As a rule, problems with consumption are caused by lack of this energy.
Symptoms of lack of this energy include also:
As a rule, problems with consumption are caused by lack of this energy.Symptoms of lack of this energy include also:

Pain in lower part of back
Weakness in feet
Dryness of mucous membranes
Night sweating
Irregular menstruation
Low libido
Frequent desire for urination
Cold feet
and so on. Women suffer from many of these symptoms during menopause, when Sheng energy begins decreasing abruptly.
Sheng energy has differences for male and female sources. 


from 
 (www.womanspassions.com)

Monday, January 18, 2010

Flower Power Mom Supports Those Wanting Children 40+

I was contaced by Angel La Liberte about a new site called "Flower Power Mom" which is designed to support women over 40 wanting children or those starting their families at an older age. There's a lot of good stuff so check it out here:

www.flowerpowermom.com

Here is an excerpt from her site:

Against the odds and well into her forties, Angel La Liberte, BA (Hons) Psych, gave birth to two healthy children (in 2002 and 2005) without the aid of medical fertility treatments. Unwittingly, she was soon drawn into the rising international cause célèbre in the baby-making stakes—the fast-growing population of ‘mid-life moms’.
An experienced writer and public campaigner on divorce and relationship issues in the media limelight, Angel was a regular ‘guest expert’ handling live phone-ins on over 200 television and talk shows—including BBC and ITV news and breakfast programs—and leading newspaper and magazine features, in the UK through-out the 1990’s.

Following the rise of her national UK campaigning organization and magazine, Single Again, her book, Relationship Breakdown—A Survival Guide(Ward Lock, c. 1997), was published in the UK and Europe.

A ‘natural’ for campaigning for a “higher cause”, Angel moved to Canada in 2002 and launched a national network advocating more ethical business practices for complementary health practitioners. During 2004 press interviews, she was photographed sitting behind a desk because she was nearly 45 years old and eight months pregnant.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Fertility and the Wurn Technique

Pregnancy Over 40, Enhance Fertility With Pelvic Massage

I've always been a great believer in all kinds of massage. I know for myself, a good massage can get rid of everything from headaches to backaches. There are also different kinds of massages that can help with fertility. Below is an article that talks about something called the "Wurn" technique. Also, my new DVD, "Fertility Bodywork" (www.getpregnantover40.com) has a segment on self pelvic massage. Read more:

Hands-On Healing (www.sharedjourney.com)

From the article:

If you’ve suffered from endometriosis or had laparoscopic surgery for fibroids, and are having trouble conceiving, the Wurn Technique could help you. As endometriosis and fibroids heal, they may leave behind scar tissue, or adhesions, made out of connective fibers, such as collagen. These adhesions can block fallopian tubes, causing infertility and often pain. The Wurn technique uses massage to gently stretch, and apply pressure to, the affected areas, with the goal of breaking down these connective tissues.

The aim of this technique is to release tension in the connective tissues in order to reduce pain and aid mobility. However, the side benefit of breaking down the adhesions can often be an opening up of the fallopian tubes, allowing ovulation to restart and restoring fertility.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Fertility Treatments -- Not Just For "Over 40's" Anymore...




Have we really gone too far? There is so much talk about age and fertility that now, "twenty-somethings" are starting to jump on the fertility treatment bandwagon. It seems that some younger couples are so impatient, if they don't get pregnant right away, off to the fertility clinic they go:

Younger women turn to fertility specialists
One in four 20-somethings now seeking help to get pregnant


It is possible that some women may have physiological factors which may affect their fertility, but I can't help but think that this trend of younger couples jumping into fertility treatments has been brought on by a society and a media that pushes pharmaceuticals and "high tech" everything.

From the article:

It may have more to do with attitude: women unwilling to wait for what they want, after watching others wait too long.

Dr. Karl Hansen is seeing an increase in patients under 30, and says sometimes their only problem is impatience.

"With younger women, occasionally, I'll have them go try on their own for a longer period of time because they just don't need any treatment yet," he says.

But they often want it, empowered by information on the Internet and growth of the nation's $3 billion fertility industry.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Want To Get Pregnant? Try A "Procreation Vacation"


I had a previous post about how there actually does seem to be some truth to the notion that many couples who have trouble getting pregnant conceive on vacation. Maybe it's coincidence or maybe there's really something to it. I saw a clip on TV about how the travel industry is capitalizing on couples who are trying to conceive by coming up with something called "procreation vacations". Read More:

Hotels run the gamete (USA Today)

Now that I have the benefit of hindsight, I wish my husband and I had spent the $25,000 we sunk into fertility treatments on some of these vacations. It would have been a lot more fun, a lot more healthy, and a lot less traumatic!

p.s. The couple feature on the TV clip about procreation vacations did get pregnant!

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Pregnant Naturally After High FSH and Premature Menopause



If you've been diagnosed with premature ovarian failure (POF), this article may be for you. It is about a woman who conceived spontaneously 15 years after her diagnosis. As the article states her FSH was quite high with a reading of 112 before she got pregnant and 46 after her delivery. Read more:

smj.org.uk

From the article:

In 2001, over 15 years after the initial diagnosis of premature menopause our patient, conceived spontaneously. The HRT was stopped at 10 weeks gestation when the pregnancy was diagnosed. The pregnancy proceeded without problems and she delivered a healthy baby boy at term. Following the last delivery our patient, had spontaneous periods every 2-3 months and did not suffer from vasomotor symptoms. Her post delivery FSH, LH was 46.9 u/l and 26.8 u/l respectively. Her luteal phase progesterone levels were less than 0.6 nmol/l, suggesting anovulatory cycles. She was, however advised to use some form of contraception as she did not wish further pregnancies.

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