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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.

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