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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Psychotherapy and Infertility

Sometimes I think we all focus on the physical aspects of getting pregnant when there are other factors at work preventing conception. I've always believed in the mind-body connection and I believe it was a critical piece of my success. Here is a video about a psychotherapist who deals with fertility issues. Watch the video:

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Fertility Alternatives To Western Medicine On The Today Show

Pregnancy Over 40, Trying To Conceive Over 40 With Alternative Medicine

This article was part of a series with MSNBC called "Babyquest".
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
The Today show (part of NBC) did a story about some alternative treatments which helped a couple of women conceive naturally even after failed fertility treatments. Here is a link to the video:

Rethinking Infertility (MSNBC Today Show)


Thursday, November 17, 2011

Digital Ovulation Test Accurate Indicator

Ovulation predictor To Get Pregnant Over 40

The only time I used ovulation predictor kits is when I was undergoing inseminations before we tried IVF.
http://www.getpregnantover40.com
 When I conceived naturally, I pretty much knew when I was ovulating because I usually have some pain on one side or the other and we would have intercourse on days 11, 13 and 15. However, if you're willing to spend the money, this article tested the accuracy of Clear Blue Easy Digital test kit (20 sticks) and it had a 99% accuracy rate (Note: I am not promoting this product nor do I receive any compensation to mention it on my blog.) Read more:

www.sciencedaily.com

From the article:

picture: clearblueeasy.com
Cycle length in the study ranged from 14 to 50 days. The researchers found that use of the calendar method in women trying to conceive resulted in only one third of cycles where peak fertile days were correctly predicted. On an individual basis only one in four women trying to conceive would have correctly identified their peak fertile days using the calendar method. In 48% of cycles, the peak fertile period was identified by this method after it had occurred.

By contrast, the Clearblue tests would have been conducted on the day of the LH surge in 77% of the cycles if a seven-stick pack had been used and start day was based on average cycle length. In 6% of cycles the surge had occurred before the first test day, and in 17% of cycles it had occurred after the last test was conducted. However, if a 20-stick pack was used, a test would have been conducted on the day of the LH surge in 99% of cycles.

Previous research has shown that 46% of cycles in women aged from 18 -- 40 vary by seven days or more, and that this variation increases as women approach the menopause. At a time when more and more women are delaying pregnancy until their thirties, it is increasingly important that they have a better understanding of their own menstrual cycles and the days on which they are fertile. Failure to conceive after six months of using an accurate product such as the Clearblue ovulation test is evidence that there may be an underlying fertility issue that should be investigated, especially in older women, the researchers say.

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

45 Year Old Duggar Pregnant Again

Well, obviously, Michelle Duggar is a fertile myrtle, but she's also 45 and pregnant again! Wow, I guess this is a testament to what happens when a woman in her 40's doesn't use birth control...she gets pregnant!

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Monday, October 17, 2011

When You Are Most Fertile - Interactive Tool


If you are trying to conceive, you probably already know how to monitor your body for it's "fertile signs", however here is a link to an online tool where you enter your cycle length and the day of your LMP and it will calculate your most fertile time. Of course you need to take other factors into account (especially if you have irregular cycles), but the following link may be of benefit if used in conjunction with other methods of monitoring fertility. Read more:

Interactive Tool: When Are You Most Fertile?(www.webmd.com)

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Natural and Minimally Invasive Fertility Treatment As Effective As ART

Natural Methods To Get Pregnant Over 40

 I found this interesting article which talks about a treatment called "Natural Procreative Technology" or NPT.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 This fertility treatment uses natural methods of cycle monitoring and some minimally invasive treatments or medications (I'm not a big fan of fertility drugs, but some of these medications were to supplement hormone deficiencies). I found it interesting that the outcomes were as good as more invasive assisted reproductive technologies. Read more:

Outcomes From Treatment of Infertility With
Natural Procreative Technology in an Irish General
Practice
Joseph B. Stanford, MD, MSPH, Tracey A. Parnell, MD, and Phil C. Boyle, MB


From the article:

Conclusion
This study demonstrates that NPT is an effective
integrated system of infertility treatment that can
be done by interested and appropriately trained
generalist physicians. The cumulative crude pregnancy
rates, withdrawal rates, and adjusted pregnancy
rates are similar to cohort studies of ART
based on the limited comparable data that are available.
The treatment program is minimally invasive,
with fewer multiple pregnancies. However, it is not
an option for couples with azoospermia, ovarian
failure, or bilateral fallopian tube occlusion.

Monday, October 03, 2011

Are You Getting Enough Protein To Conceive?

Trying to Conceive and Pregnancy Over 40, Protein Requirements

My site:  www.getpregnantover40.com

Before I tried to get pregnant, I had been a vegetarian for a number of years. Although high protein diets aren't necessarily ideal if you want to conceive, you do need high quality protein in your diet. This video explains more.


Friday, September 30, 2011

How Douching Can Cause Infertility

Pregnancy Over 40, Fertility Over 40 Affected By Douching

Douching has always been a big mystery to me. I've never done it and frankly I wouldn't even know how.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 Well, it's probably a good thing I never did because according to the site below, it can cause a number of problems which could lead to infertility. Read more:

Douching (womenshealth.gov)

From the site:

Is douching safe?

Most doctors and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommend that women don't douche. Douching can change the delicate balance of vaginal flora (organisms that live in the vagina) and acidity in a healthy vagina. One way to look at it is in a healthy vagina there are both good and bad bacteria.
The balance of the good and bad bacteria help maintain an acidic environment. Any changes can cause an over growth of bad bacteria which can lead to a yeast infection or bacterial vaginosis. Plus, if you have a vaginal infection, douching can push the bacteria causing the infection up into the uterus, fallopian (fuh-LOH-pee-uhn) tubes, and ovaries.

What are the dangers linked to douching?

Research shows that women who douche regularly have more health problems than women who don't. Doctors are still unsure whether douching causes these problems. Douching may simply be more common in groups of women who tend to have these issues. Health problems linked to douching include:

Vaginal irritation
Bacterial vaginosis (vaj-uh-NOH-suhs) (BV)
STIs
Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)

Some STIs, BV, and PID can all lead to serious problems during pregnancy. These include infection in the baby, problems with labor, and early delivery.

Monday, September 19, 2011

GET PREGNANT WITH SPIRULINA FOR FERTILITY

Increase Egg Quality For Older Women With Spirulina

If you're like many (and maybe most) people, you've probably never heard of spirulina.
See Also www.getpregnantover40.com for more on foods that balance hormones to help you conceive

But it's jammed packed with nutrients and protein all of which can help fertility. This explains what spirulina is:

Spirulina is a blue-green algae. It is a simple, one-celled form of algae that thrives in warm, alkaline fresh-water bodies. The name "spirulina" is derived from the Latin word for "helix" or "spiral"; denoting the physical configuration of the organism when it forms swirling, microscopic strands.

Spirulina is being developed as the "food of the future" because of its amazing ability to synthesize high-quality concentrated food more efficiently than any other algae. Most notably, Spirulina is 65 to 71 percent complete protein, with all essential amino acids in perfect balance. In comparison, beef is only 22 percent protein.


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See Also: Greens for Fertility (www.getpregnantover40.com)
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Spirulina has a photosynthetic conversion rate of 8 to 10 percent, compared to only 3 percent in such land-growing plants as soybeans.

In addition, Spirulina is one of the few plant sources of vitamin B12, usually found only in animal tissues. A teaspoon of Spirulina supplies 21/2 times the Recommended Daily Allowance of vitamin B12 and contains over twice the amount of this vitamin found in an equivalent serving of liver.

Spirulina also provides high concentrations of many other nutrients - amino acids, chelated minerals, pigmentations, rhamnose sugars (complex natural plant sugars), trace elements, enzymes - that are in an easily assimilable form.
excerpted from: naturalways.com






 

Monday, September 12, 2011

46 AND PREGNANT AFTER TUBAL LIGATION REVERSAL

Getting Pregnant Naturally At 46

I found this very encouraging story about a woman who had previously had a tubal ligation, then had it reversed at the age of 45 and had a baby at age 46! 

CLICK HERE FOR MORE ON GETTING PREGNANT NATURALLY AFTER FERTILITY TREATMENTS 

I would be honored to have you share my story. I was really inspired to have my tubal reversal at 45 years old, primarily, because of the wonderful postings I read on your message boards. I read them on a daily basis before my procedure and continued to do so after my surgery.

Chapel Hill Tubal Reversal Center has the best website for tubal ligation reversal surgery, and more importantly, about how women feel about the reversal process, that I have seen.

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SEE ALSO: 49 AND PREGNANT (getpregnantover40.com)
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I sincerely hope my success story (giving birth 3 months before my 47th birthday) will be a source of inspiration to others. I hope the women over 40 years old will read it and continue to have faith miracles can still happen, even after 45...

...Comment About Tubal Reversal for “Older” Women from Gary Berger, MD

Dawne’s testimonial is particularly appreciated for the hope she brings to other women in their forties who want to become pregnant after having a tubal ligation. When I listen to the stories these women tell me at their preoperative consultations, it seems that many – and perhaps most – doctors are discouraging to them. Most of the women age 40 and over say that they have been advised by their doctors that only IVF using the eggs of younger women (donors) can offer them hope of success. While it is true that donor egg IVF has a high pregnancy rate, this option is not acceptable to many couples who prefer to try to have their own biological children. My view on this is that as long as a woman in menstruating and ovulating, there is the possibility of having another child after a tubal reversal procedure. The decision is a highly personal one that should be made by each couple based on accurate information and informed consent about the potential benefits, risks, and costs of tubal ligation reversal vs donor egg IVF.

Gary S. Berger, M.D.
Medical Director
Chapel Hill Tubal Reversal Center

Thursday, August 04, 2011

NY Times: Voices Of Infertility


I found this article/audio piece from nytimes.com. When I found it I realized that infertility is a fairly common problem as more widespread publications/websites have stories on the subject. Below is a link which follows seven women through their stuggles to get pregnant. Some got pregnant naturally, some eventually adopted, and some decided to live childfree. As you listen to the audio, you realize you are not alone in your frustration. Many couples go through the day to day, month to month trials and tribulations to get pregnant. Read and hear more:

Voices Of Infertility

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Former Executive Conceives at 45 With Only IUI

 Donor Eggs Aren't Always Necessary


No, donor eggs are not always a requirement for women to have babies at the age of 45.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 Here is a site of a woman who, after being in the corporate world found herself unmarried in her mid forties but wanting a baby. She underwent inseminations and succeeded in having a child. Read more:

My career continued to advance and I moved routinely for the better job and the bigger paycheck. Everywhere I moved, I made quick friends with the families and kids in the neighborhood. I listened to their parents tell me how great I was with kids and that I should have one of my own. I kept thinking that the right man and the right medical technology would come along so that I might have a chance at pregnancy over 40. The next thing I knew, I was 44 years old.
I had just moved to Ohio for a great new job as a corporate vice president with a major global corporation. I traveled internationally on business, made good money, lived in a beautiful home, and enjoyed the best of life. I had it all except a family, a child of my own.
I had a chance meeting with a new OB who asked me why I never had children. I told her my story and mentioned that it was probably too late now. She said that it was NOT too late and that there was a 46 year old woman in the next room getting ready to have a healthy baby.

Friday, July 08, 2011

Fertility Clinic Errors Not Uncommon


Pregnancy Over 40, Fertility Clinic Errors Could Change Lives Forever


I once was a victim of a fertility clinic error.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
The lab tech got mixed up as to which sperm was which when I was undergoing inseminations. Fortunately, they were honest enough to admit it and cancel the procedure. But, according to this article, there are many mistakes which either go unnoticed or unreported. Read more:


www.dailymail.co.uk

From the article:

"Every day, someone somewhere in the UK is inadvertently messing up, but luckily the chances of it producing an obvious error of the 'black twins, white twins' type is low," he told the paper.

"It is not enough to bury our heads in the sand and to say, 'It's a one-off and won't happen again'," he added.

Dr Lee said he was aware of regular mistakes at IVF clinics across the country.

He went on: "I am aware of the wrong embryos being transferred to the wrong patients at several NHS units during the past 10 years.

"I have also confidentially been told about a number of cases where the wrong sperm were used to inseminate eggs."


The scientist said he also knew of cases where eggs were damaged and that eggs and embryos sometimes landed up in the wrong containers.

He demanded new standards for assessing the competence of staff specialising in the that particular field.

He also called for the establishment of independent quality control teams to oversee correct procedures were being adhered to.

Dr Lees said that the 27,000 UK couples who try for IVF treatment every year in the UK should be warned of possible errors.

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Top Fertility Tests For Women - Reference


If you've seen a doctor to help you get pregnant, you've probably had some lab work done. The link below is an excellent resource from an integrative viewpoint to help you understand some of the lab tests and what the results mean:

Top Fertility Tests for Women An Integrative Medicine Perspective

From the article:

FSH – Follicle Stimulating Hormone

Day 3 FSH can indicate how hard the pituitary is working to stimulate the ovaries. Though traditionally a higher FSH is given a poor prognosis, I don’t always see it this way clinically. The FSH can very much change depending on the quality of the antral follicles, which depends on ovarian health over the previous months as well as ovarian reserve. The poorer the quality of the eggs, the more free radical damage they have accumulated and the poorer ovarian blood flow is, the more FSH the pituitary will have to put out in order to stimulate the antral follicles. Healthy follicles are responsive to lower amounts of FSH. If treatments are started to enhance ovarian health over 120 days of folliculogenesis prior to ovulation, the lowered FSH that can result can indeed indicate that the quality of the eggs in the ovaries has increased. Please keep in mind that I have seen many women with high FSH become pregnant when egg quality and ovarian health is worked on so having a high FSH is not untreatable.
FSH Levels (Day 3)
Excellent less than 6 mIU/mL
Good 6-9 mIU/mL
Low 10-13 mIU/mL
Very Low above 13 mIU/mL

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Pregnancy After Uterine Artery Embolization For Fibroids


Pregnancy Over 40 After Uterine Artery Embolization

I've read some articles about uterine artery embolization for fibroids which say that the procedure may not be recommended if women still want to become pregnant.
My site: www.getpregnantover49.com
However the article below concluded that most women will be able to achieve a full term pregnancy after the procedure. Read more:

Pregnancy After Uterine Artery Embolization for
Leiomyomata: The Ontario Multicenter Trial


From the article:

Women are able to achieve pregnancies after uterine artery embolization, and most resulted in term deliveries and appropriately grown newborns. Close monitoring
of placental status, however, is recommended.
(Obstet Gynecol 2005;105:67–76. © 2005 by The American
College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.)

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Stress May Cause Infertility and Miscarriage

 See my website: getpregnantover40.com which gives a great explanation of how stress causes infertility and miscarriage.  

Friday, June 03, 2011

Iron For Fertility


I've written before about the importance of iron for fertility. Here is an excellent article that not only talks about iron, but quite a few other supplements you should take (or avoid). Read more:
 From the article:

Be sure your iron levels are adequate. A blood test (a ferritin level combined with an iron level and iron binding capacity) will tell you this. Unfortunately, doctors are trained to say the iron is normal if your ferritin level is at least 9 ng/ml. Although a ferritin level of 9 shows you have enough iron to prevent anemia, one can have infertility from ferritin levels less than 40. Because of this, I would look at your ferritin test results yourself and make sure the level is at least 40 ng per ml. In a study of women with hair loss with ferritin levels less than 40, seven women who also had infertility became pregnant within 7 months when put on iron. If for some reason you are unable to get your ferritin level checked, it is not unreasonable to take iron (e.g. Chromagen FA 1 tablet a day) for 7 months. Take it on an empty stomach and with at least 200 mg of Vitamin C. Do not take it with in 6 hours of thyroid hormone therapy, or you will not absorb the thyroid. I also would take iron if the percent saturation of iron (calculated from the iron & percent saturation tests noted above) is under 22%.
from:  endfatigue.com

Thursday, May 26, 2011

7 Fertility Drugs, Side Effects and Actions


Trying To Have A Baby Over 40? Fertility Drugs, Beware

Although I'm sure most of my readers would prefer to get pregnant naturally, I know that some women over 40 pursue fertility treatments as well.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 Some of the drugs used can have major side effects. I had hyperstimulation of my ovaries, which in severe cases, can be life threatening. These medications are nothing to take lightly and I wish I would have thought twice before taking some of them. Here is an article that explains more:

www.conceiveonline.com

Here are some mentioned in the article:

Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG)
Common names:
Pregnyl, Profasi, Novarel

How it works:
hCG is a hormone that helps stimulate egg maturation and release from the follicle.

Possible side effects:
Pain and slight swelling at the injection site, as well as abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, and OHSS.

Leuprolide
Common names:
Lupron, synthetic gonadotropin inhibitor

How it works:
Typically used in women undergoing IVF, the medicine suppresses the hormones LH and FSH to keep a woman from releasing immature follicles and eggs.

Possible side effects:
Hot flashes, sweating, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, an increased need to urinate, breast tenderness, and vaginal dryness are the most common.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Estrogen In Pregnancy and Child's Future Fertility

Pregnancy Over 40, The Importance Of Estrogen

I found an interesting study done by the University of Maryland School of Medicine which found that low estrogen levels in pregnancy could affect the fertility of the offspring.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 Although this study was done on baboons, it may translate to humans. Read more:

LOW ESTROGEN LEVELS DURING PREGNANCY CAN REDUCE FUTURE FERTILITY FOR FEMALE OFFSPRING (www.umm.edu)


A team of researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore and the Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk has shown that low estrogen levels during pregnancy can impair fetal ovary development and reduce the number of follicles (eggs) a female is born with.

"Low estrogen levels during pregnancy mean the female baby will be born with fewer eggs," says Dr. Gene Albrecht Ph.D., professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and co-investigator for the study. Because women are born with all of the eggs they will ever have during their reproductive life, the findings may help to explain adult fertility problems and the early onset of menopause.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

One Woman's Story Of Getting Pregnant With The Law Of Attraction

Getting Pregnant Naturally With The Law Of Attraction


I talk about the law of attraction in my book and in my meditation and visualization CD. It really can help you in every aspect of your life - even getting pregnant. This video talks about one woman's struggle to have her second child and how she succeeded naturally:

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Fertility Drugs May Expose Women to Infectious Agents

Fertility Drugs and Infections 

My site:  www.getpregnantover40.com 
I didn't even realize that some fertility drugs were made from other women's urine...ughhh...and it doesn't stop there, some of these drugs could harbor infections that could be passed on to the recipient. Read more:

vancouversun.com

From the article:

VANCOUVER — Women who are injected with urine-derived fertility drugs are at risk of contracting prion-based illnesses such as Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, according to a study published this week in Public Library of Science ONE.

A team of researchers in Canada, France and the United States was able to detect prion proteins in injectable fertility drugs. Misfolded prions are the infectious agent that causes brain-wasting CJD in humans and bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or mad cow disease, in cattle.


“It is a risk that purification of urinary pharmaceuticals also co-purifies prion protein,” said the study’s author Neil Cashman, scientific director of PrioNet Canada and Canada Research Chair in Neurodegeneration and Protein Misfolding Diseases at the University of British Columbia.

“That means that if there is a donor incubating Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, prions in her urine would piggyback with the fertility drug and expose a young women to infectious prions through these drugs.”

Monday, May 09, 2011

Some Fertility Treatment Hormones Not Effective

Fertility Treatments - Question The Use Of Gluticosertoids


I injected myself with so many hormones and other drugs during my fertility treatments, I have no idea if I received a class of drugs called "gluticosteriods".
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 The article below discusses how these drugs have not been shown to increase pregnancy rates and their continued use should be evaluated. It just goes to show you how many women are subjected to unproven treatments which may have adverse side effects (which is especially troublesome if a women does become pregnant). Read more:

Steroid Use Fails To Boost Pregnancy Rates In Infertility Treatments (sciencedaily.com)

From the article:

The steroid hormones called glucocorticoids have potent effects on the body's inflammatory and immune responses, so many fertility specialists prescribe them in hopes of making the lining of the uterus more receptive to embryo implantation. But lead review author Carolien Boomsma says that routine practice should stop.

"This meta-analysis shows that empirical use of glucocorticoids is not supported by evidence from studies," she said. "Moreover, we don't know enough about the possible adverse effects of glucocorticoids in early pregnancy. Therefore, at present, glucocorticoids should not be prescribed in this way," said Boomsma, a researcher at the University Medical Centre Utrecht in the Netherlands.

Monday, May 02, 2011

Fertility and Pelvic Scar Tissue



Here is a website that gives some good information (including pictures) of pelvic conditions that can cause scarring leading to infertility. Read more:

Pelvic scarring, pelvic and tubal adhesions and pelvic factor infertility
Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago


This site also explains pelvic adhesions and some surgical and non surgical treatments:
danmarinmd.com

From the site:

Adhesions can be diagnosed and directly treated by surgery. Indirect treatment includes acupuncture, message, stress therapy, pain medication and other non-specific treatment. When surgery is used, laparoscopy (belly-button surgery) may decrease the chance of getting new adhesions when compared to laparotomy (open surgery). However, both of these have about the same chance of having of old adhesions. Lasers at laparoscopy were originally felt to add to this to a greater extent but the major advantage of lasers was that they were used at laparoscopy. Equipment other than lasers have the same effect.

Some surgical techniques are thought to decrease adhesions. Those techniques avoid damaging to blood vessels, decrease drying, avoid using sutures, control crushing with instruments and limiting infection. These techniques can include laparoscopy that uses air to move tissue, fluid solutions to keep tissues wet and antibiotics to avoid infection.

Specialized material is often used at surgery to keep the tissue edges apart. Permanent patches such as Gor-Tex® can be used when the two areas do not need to touch. An example of this is the area between the ovary and lateral sidewall. However, this will not work between the tube and ovary because that would stop egg transport. In this area, a material such as Interceed® can be used in a temporary fashion. Fluid solutions are also used which contain various components to help decrease the chance of adhesions. All of these have some data to support them but none have uniform support by testing.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Survey On Couple's Fertility Shows Couples Misinformed

I found the following article interesting about how couples may be misinformed about what to expect when trying to conceive. Read more:

Couples Quiet When It Comes To Concerns About Fertility (www.medicalnewstoday.com)

From the article:

"It is clear that many couples planning to have a baby are misinformed about both the difficulties associated with getting pregnant and the resources available to them," said Brad Imler, President of the American Pregnancy Association. "This lack of education can contribute not only to delays in pursuing medical intervention when it is necessary, but also in elevating anxiety for those who are unaware that getting pregnant can often take more than a few months of trying."

Men and Women Think Differently When it Comes to Fertility

In the survey, a clear disparity was found between men and women in both their concerns as well as their understanding of factors that could negatively impact their ability to conceive. While both men and women are aware that advanced maternal age can affect their chances of conceiving, many men (44 percent) are unaware that their fertility also declines with age . Women surveyed express considerable concern about their own age impacting fertility but none are aware that female fertility begins to decline at about age 26--in fact, 39 percent of the women surveyed believe there is no decline until age 35.

Lifestyle factors and their impact on the ability to conceive were also viewed differently between the sexes. 44 percent of men are unaware that heavy exposure to saunas and hot tubs could negatively impact their fertility, while most women are well aware of this particular risk. Alternatively, 48 percent of women surveyed believe that moderate alcohol consumption could affect their fertility and while it is not considered beneficial studies show it has no bearing on their fertility.

When it comes to understanding which partner is most likely contributing to difficulties conceiving, both men and women appear to be equally misinformed. In fact, while 65 percent of those surveyed believe that men and women are about equally likely to experience fertility problems most (90 percent) are unaware that in many cases both partners could have factors contributing to their difficulty conceiving. In addition, both male and female partners are more concerned about the woman's fertility and her ability to conceive than the male partner's and may be limiting their conversations related to these misperceptions. In fact, underestimating the role that both partners play in understanding fertility and their own status is often a key obstacle in many couples' efforts to conceive and an important factor in their ability to discuss concerns surrounding conception.

"Fertility is as much a couple's issue as conception and child-rearing itself," said Robert Thompson, President of Genosis Inc, the makers of Fertell. "It is here that so many couples miss the boat and end up suffering a tremendous amount of needless anxiety down the road."

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Woman, 47 Pregnant Naturally 12 Years After Babies Born Through IVF

 (my website had a number of articles about this phenomenon - scroll down to the bottom of the home page for more articles on this subject) 

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Hormone Disrupting Sunscreens

If You Are Trying To Conceive Over 40, Look At What's In Your Sunscreen

With warmer weather either here or on the way, most of us are spending more time outside in the sun.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 Most of us have heard about the importance of using sunscreen and I must admit I'm a bit obsessed with it. That's one reason why the following article really caught my eye. You may want to check the list of ingredients in your favorite sunscreen - some of them could actually hurt your chances of conceiving because of hormone disrupting chemicals. The following article which ran in The Denver Post tells more:

A Skin Deep Dilemma

From the article:

KNOW YOUR CHEMICALS.

Sunscreens are regulated by the FDA, which allows only 17 active ingredients. Two of these are minerals — titanium dioxide and zinc oxide — which work by reflecting and scattering the sun's rays away from your body. The rest are chemicals, which absorb the sun's rays and keep them from causing damage.

According to the Environmental Working Group, not all these chemicals are created equal. The group analyzed nearly 400 studies and 60 government, academic and industry databases before issuing its report on sunscreens last summer. It found numerous studies showing that the most common sunscreen chemical, octinoxate, can act like estrogen in the body, increasing the risk of breast cancer and uterine damage.

But octinoxate is not as bad as oxybenzone, the second-most common sunscreen chemical, or PABA or its derivative, padimate O. Both of these ingredients may damage cells, disrupt hormones and cause allergic reactions, according to a variety of studies.

The least harmful active ingredients in sunscreens include titanium dioxide, zinc oxide and avobenzone, according to the Environmental Working Group.

Check out the group's rankings at cosmeticsdatabase.com. You can type in the name of your sunscreen, scroll down and see how it ranks in terms of sun protection and potential chemical danger.


I think most of us also need to remember that some sun exposure is good. As time goes on, we're realizing the importance of vitamin D.

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Good News About Over 40 Motherhood!


Pregnancy Over 40, Motherhood Over 40 May Make You Healthier!

If you've undergone assisted reproduction, you may have heard or read about the possibility of fertility drugs increasing your risk of ovarian cancer.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 The last I've read is that there is no connection between the two, however, every time I turn around, I read some new risk associated with fertility drugs. Between my cycles of Clomid and my IVF's, my ovaries certainly got their workout.

Well, there's some encouraging news if you do become pregnant later in life (and let's be optimistic that you will):

Late Motherhood May Protect Ovaries

From the article:

The women who had babies later in life were much less likely to have had ovarian cancer, they found.

"We asked was it true for women who only had one baby, was it true for women who only had two babies," Pike said in a telephone interview. The number of children did not matter.

"We found it was pretty consistent."

Hormones may play key role
Earlier studies have shown that having children late in life also protects against cancer of the endometrium Ч the lining of the uterus, said Pike.

He believes that the surge in the hormone progesterone that is seen in pregnancy may be a factor in both cancers.

"This level of progestins might very well be fatal to early disease," Pike said.

In addition, the uterus is "cleaned out" with birth and the delivery of the placenta, perhaps taking away aging cells that are more likely to become cancerous, Pike said.

Pike believes the findings could have implications for preventing ovarian cancer, which, while rare, is deadly. "If you could work this out you could possibly do some prevention," he said.

Friday, March 25, 2011

The Risk Of Using Donor Eggs


Donor Eggs And Miscarriage Risk

Depending on your age, you may be encouraged by reproductive endocrinologists to consider using donor eggs.
http://www.getpregnantover40.com
Some doctors won't even consider doing IVF without donor eggs over the age of 43. But IVF cycles using donor eggs may have their own set of risks. Here is an article that tells more:

Donated eggs may increase miscarriage risk Recipients also face higher blood pressure, study finds 

This excerpt from the article explains why donor cycles may have these complications:

"Experts believe the greater risks are due to the fact that donated eggs, like transplanted organs or tissue, are not genetically identical to the recipient and probably awaken the immune system.

The placenta formed after egg donation may have more foreign elements and trigger abnormal responses from the mother, which could results in complications, such as miscarriages or high blood pressure"

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Great Holistic Resource For Infertility

Holistic Methods To Help With Pregnancy Over 40

I found a very comprehensive resource for some holistic remedies for infertility from "www.holistic-online.com".
 My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
There are many things on this site that I had never come across before so obviously I haven't tried all of their remedies. The nice thing about this site is that it has a section for women and men:

Infertility Infocenter in Holisticonline.com

This site is very well rounded since it discusses traditional diagnosis and treatment of infertility as well as alternative treatments for women and men.

Monday, March 21, 2011

IVF May Lead To Higher Stillborn Risk


Stillborn Risk With IVF Four Times Higher

I have had numerous posts about some of the risks associated with IVF, everything from a higher rate of ectopic pregnancies to fetal abnormalities, multiple births and the list goes on.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 This article talks about a study which has identified an increased risk of stillbirths in IVF patients. Read more:

telegraph.co.uk

From the article:

A study has suggested that the technique may be to blame for the increased risk rather than the couple's underlying fertility problems.

Almost 50,000 cycles of IVF are carried out each year in Britain, treating around 37,000 women.

Research carried out in Denmark found that women who conceived using in vitro fertilisation (IVF) where the eggs and sperm are mixed together in a dish, or the more advanced intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) where a single sperm is injected directly into the egg, were four times more likely to have a stillborn child than those who conceived naturally.

Fertile women who conceived naturally, those who had suffered problems but did not require treatment and those who had other, non-IVF treatments had a lower risk of stillbirth.

This shows that the IVF technique or something about the couples who have IVF is responsible for the increased risk of stillbirth, the researchers said.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Feng Shui For Fertility?


Pregnancy Over 40, Help Your Fertility With Feng shui

I know absolutely nothing about feng shui, however I've know a number of people who have designed and furnished their homes and offices using the principles of feng shui.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 I came across this article about how feng shui can promote fertility. It may be worth a try!

Learn how feng shui can help you with fertility problems
By Jakob Jelling
FengShuiCrazy.com


From the article:

According to feng shui, one first factor which might be having an important amount of incidence on a couple which has fertility problems are poison arrows. Poison arrows can appear at any part of the house as well as they can be in the exterior and pointing towards it. Examples of poison arrows are corners which make sharp angles and trees or similar structures pointing towards the house. These elements should be eliminated or covered with plants if eliminating them is not possible.

The most problematic and destructive poison arrows are those which are in the exterior of your house but near it and pointing right towards your main door. The angle of a building, a pillar or a tree pointing this way might be a very negative influence for the lives of those who inhabit the house. These poison arrows cut the energy brought by good chi and bring obstacles and trouble to the space towards which they point.

Another feng shui tip for overcoming fertility problems recommends having a fruit tree. The fruits of this tree which you would have in your garden would symbolize fertility and children, and the more fructiferous it is the better chances the couple will have of conceiving a child so you should take good care of it in order for it to be healthy and give as many fruits as possible.

A very important guideline to follow regarding fertility is one based on the personal kua numbers of the couple members. According to the personal kua number, there is a specific nien yen or fertility direction which has a direct impact on the fertility of the couple. Therefore, once you have found your personal kua number you can enhance your fertility direction and this way improve your chances of conceiving.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Another Over 40 Celebrity Has Baby Naturally After Failed IVF's

Pregnancy Over 40 Naturally:  Emily Procter

The beautiful actress, Emily Procter from CSI Miami was recently featured in parade magazine with her new baby.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
She tells of her struggle to get pregnant and her failed IUI's and IVF's. Wouldn't you know it, when she finally gave up, she got pregnant naturally. The examples of women over 40 conceiving naturally (even after failed fertility treatments) keep coming. It makes you wonder if they would have gotten pregnant sooner had they not been going through the rigors of fertility treatments. Read more:

parade.com

From the site:

CSI: Miami star Emily Procter talks about growing up adopted, her hard-won pregnancy and how both have shaped her love of family. She also admits that, while “I love my job...work had somehow gotten in the way of having children.” Procter, 42, tells PARADE, “I really beat myself up for waiting so long when I’d always wanted children and family had been the basis of happiness my whole life. We (she and music producer partner Paul Bryan) did IUI (intrauterine insemination) and two rounds of IVF (in vitro fertilization), and nothing worked. We considered adoption, but the process takes so long. In the end, we gave up on the treatments, and the very next month, I got pregnant naturally.” Procter gave birth to daughter Pippa on December 8.

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

TWINS OVER 50, JOAN LUNDEN AND OLDER PREGNANCY

Update (June 2014):
My thoughts go out to Joan Lunden and her family. Please join me in saying a prayer and sending positive thoughts after her announcement that she is battling breast cancer.

Pregnancy Over 50, Joan Lunden

I was always a big fan of Joan Lunden when she was on morning television.
 See also:  www.getpregnantover40.com for more articles on pregnancy over 40 and 50
Little did I know she would later become a hero and advocate for older mothers.  I remember hearing all the headlines about Joan Lunden and how she had twins by surrogate not once but twice (and, by the way, her surrogate was 44!).  Since I had my daughter naturally at the age of 44 (with only one fallopian tube), and I've written so many article about women who conceive naturally well into their 40's, I know that older mothers are in good company.
PICTURE: Annie Watson

 We frequently talk about being a mother over 40, over 50, but how about over 60? Even though she was in her 50's when her twins were born, she'll spend her 60's raising them! It doesn't seem to phase her a bit.
  Click Here To Read The Full Article (getpregnantover40.com)






Monday, March 07, 2011

PREGNANCY AT 45: IMAN THE MODEL GETS PREGNANT


Pregnancy Over 40, Iman Had Natural Conception

I'm surprised I hadn't run across this story yet. The beautiful model "Iman" had a baby (and conceived naturally) at the age of 45 after a couple of failed IVF's.

 Her story sounds very similar to mine. I think women over 40 automatically turn to fertility treatments (or are pushed into them), when they may be perfectly capable of conceiving on their own. Yes, it does take longer when you get older, but it's not impossible. In this article, she talks about the rewards of being an older mother.

SEE ALSO: CELEBRITIES PREGNANT OVER 40 (getpregnantover40.com)

The age difference between her two daughters — 30-year-old Zulekha and 8-year-old Alexandria ‘Lexi’ Zahra Jones — is stark, and former supermodel Iman, 53, doesn’t like reporters to do the math! “God, you’re making me sound even older than I am,” she tells PARADE. “People talk about the miracle of birth. No. There’s the miracle of conception.” She elaborates,

“I did IVF, but nothing happened. So I began to think of adoption and then I got pregnant. It was definitely a miracle.”

Motherhood the second time around has been a different experience entirely, and Iman says that she’s far more patient as a result. “I was at the height of my career when I had my first child, and I took her with me around the world,” she notes. “Then I had to root her in school; It was difficult to leave her behind.”

from: 
celebritybabies.people.com

Friday, February 18, 2011

Happy President's Weekend

I will be away Friday and Monday, but have a happy and safe holiday weekend!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

40 Year Old Tonya Harding Pregnant

 Pregnancy Over 40:  Tonya Harding


With her figure skating days long behind her along with that terrible incident with Nancy Kerrigan, Tonya Harding is pregnant at the age of 40.  I remember the olympics that year like it was yesterday...I realize Tonya Harding isn't exactly a "role model", but even fallen figure skaters can get pregnant over 40.

My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
picture: abcnews.go.com 

 The only reason I bring it up here is because of her age and from what I can tell, this was a spontaneous pregnancy. This particular blog I've linked to also says that she's trying to kick her drinking and smoking habit. Yikes! If she can get pregnant at the age of 40 with all of those strikes against her, just think what you can do if you lead a healthy lifestyle! Read more:

blogs.babycenter.com

Thursday, February 03, 2011

PICTURES OF OVULATION FROM 45 YEAR OLD WOMAN

Pregnancy Over 40, Ovulation Over 40

Here is an article and incredibly clear pictures of the actual ovulation process.  I have often wondered what is going on inside my body when I feel that little pain mid cycle (which is also called "mittelschmerz"). 
The picture shows a red protrusion from the ovary, and from that, the egg emerges. It's interesting too, that these pictures came from a 45 year old woman. So I guess she's not too old to be producing eggs!
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SEE ALSO: GETPREGNANTOVER40.COM FOR MORE ON REGULATING MENSTRUAL CYCLES, OVULATION AND PREGNANCY OVER 40
picture: news.bbc.co.uk
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The pictures, published in New Scientist magazine, were described as "fascinating" by a UK fertility specialist.

It really is a pivotal moment in the whole process, the beginnings of life in a way
Professor Alan McNeilly
MRC Human Reproduction Unit, Edinburgh

Human eggs are produced by follicles, fluid-filled sacs on the side of the ovary, which, around the time of ovulation, produce a reddish protrusion seen in the pictures.

The egg comes from the end of this, surrounded by a jelly-like substance containing cells.

The egg itself is only the size of a full-stop, and the whole ovary, which contains many immature eggs, just a couple of inches long.

They belonged to a 45-year-old Belgian woman, and Dr Donnez, from the Catholic University of Louvain, told New Scientist that the pictures would help scientists understand the mechanisms involved. 

from: 
news.bbc.co.uk

Monday, January 31, 2011

HOW CAN WHEATGRASS HELP FERTILITY AND GETTING PREGNANT?

Wheatgrass For Pregnancy Over 40

I've heard about wheatgrass for years and how it can promote fertility. It seem like most green vegetables whether it's grass or anything else is great for your overall health as well.
See also: www.getpregnantover40.com for more on fertility foods and pregnancy over 40

Wheatgrass can do everything from lowering FSH to facilitating conception.  Wheatgrass is high in magnesium and it is a natural anti-inflamatory.  All of these things can help you get pregnant naturally.


Interestingly, wheatgrass can be used topically or by bathing in it, or it can be consumed as a drink. It is supposed to increase your red blood cell count.

Click Here To Read Full Article on Wheatgrass for fertility (getpregnantover40.com)

 





Thursday, January 27, 2011

DRINKING WATER CAN HELP YOU GET PREGNANT

If You're Trying To Get Pregnant, Make Water Part Of Your Diet

I'm sure you've heard the old come back when a bunch of people get pregnant at the same time, "There must be something in the water".
Well, actually it's not that there's something in the water, it may just be the water itself. Drinking a sufficient amount of water can enhance fertility by plumping up follicles, increasing cervical mucus, and facilitating the transport of hormones.

Click Here To Read The Full Article On Improving Cervical Mucus

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Pomegranates and Fertility

Pomegranates Help Protect Sperm And Male Fertility

Tell the man in your life that he might want to switch to pomegranate juice if you're trying to conceive.

My site: www.getpregnantover40.com

 The article below talks about how pomegranates may help sperm count and motility. It is also a great source of vitamin C, polyphenols and isoflavones. Read more:

Pomegranate Juice Improves Fertility (www.laurelonhealthfood.com)

From the article:

Women’s Health Magazine reported on a new study from the journal Clinical Nutrition. Researchers found that pomegranate juice improved fertility markers in male rats (sperm count and motility). The potent antioxidants found in pomegranates may protect against damage to fatty acids found in sperm. I read some background information on the study over at Pub Med where they noted that “pomegranate fruit is inescapably linked with fertility, birth and eternal life because of its many seeds.” I never considered that before, but I thought it was very cool. Actually, it makes a lot of sense.

Pomegranates have also been found to lower systolic blood pressure and improve blood flow. They are also very high in vitamin C. Dr. Andrew Weil says the high amounts of polyphenols and isoflavones is pomegranate juice offer protection against prostate cancer. (Ref: Central Florida Natural Awakenings, June 2007, p. 34-37)

If you need a suggestion, POM juice is very good. I like to cut it in half with club soda because it’s very thick and tart. It also makes a good martini! I’ve also noticed that many grocery stores are selling 100% pomegranate juice in the frozen juice section

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

CAN FALSE UNICORN HELP FERTILITY TO GET PREGNANT?

Herbs to Get Pregnant:  False Unicorn

I didn't use a lot of herbs when I was trying to conceive or pregnant aside from some herbal teas which I combined.
see also getpregnantover40.com for more on herbs for fertility
However there are a number of herbs that promote fertility. These sites talk about a herb called "false unicorn" and they explain how it can help.   If you're wondering why they call it false unicorn, it's because the plant resembles a unicorn's horn!  Of course, you should check with your doctor before taking anything when pregnant. Read more:


From the article:
picture: anniesremedy.com

A treasured woman's botanical, false unicorn root's gently curved root, which resembles a unicorn's horn may be the source of its most common name. Used by Native American women to deter miscarriage, it is still widely used to treat a variety of problems unique to the female reproductive system. The root contains steroidal saponins which are precursors of estrogen.Steroidal saponin-containing herbs may normalize the luteal phase in women, making them useful for infertility which is associated with failure to ovulate.

from

www.anniesremedy.com

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