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Monday, December 31, 2012

Clear Blue Easy Fertility Monitor Receives High Marks

Clear Blue Easy Accurate For Predicting Ovulation

First, let me say I'm not being paid to promote this company.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 I have used The Clear Blue Easy product because it was recommended by the fertility clinic I went to way back when I was doing inseminations. However, I also found this article which cites some positive pregnancy statistics for women who used this product.

www.medicalnewstoday.com

From the article:

Accurately pinpointing the fertile period and timing intercourse accordingly are critical when trying to get pregnant. Healthy couples only have a 25% chance of conceiving each month(1) and it takes on average 6-18 months to get pregnant(2). But new research proves that one at-home fertility predictor in particular can significantly improve the odds of a quicker conception.

The study has shown that use of the Clearblue(R) Easy Fertility Monitor can dramatically increase a woman's chance of conception over two cycles of use(3). The results of this controlled study are being published in the February issue of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine's publication Fertility & Sterility. Clearblue Easy is manufactured and marketed by Inverness Medical Innovations, Inc.


I'm sure that other brands on the market can be used successfully as well if you decide to go this route. I did not use ovulation predictors when I got pregnant naturally since I was so good at predicting my own ovulation - but if you're having trouble figuring it out, this may be a good option.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Men's Fertility: Do This Daily


Daily Intercourse For Men's Fertility and Sperm Quality

Well, wouldn't you know it - more contradictory information. I can't tell you how many articles I've read (and posted) about how couples should have intercourse every other day to help a man build up his sperm to conceive.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 Hold that thought...it might be better every day. Read more:

Daily Sex May Help Men's Fertility (www.webmd.com)

From the article:

For the study, all of the men were asked to ejaculate daily for seven consecutive days. Afterward, they provided more sperm samples, which showed that 81% of the men had a reduction in DNA sperm damage.

That may be because the sperm spent less time in the male reproductive system, Greening writes.








Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Half Of IVF Procedures Unnecessary Says Fertility Pioneer

Pregnancy Over 40 Naturally, Don't Get Pushed Into IVF

When an industry "insider" goes out of his way to blow the whistle, I listen.
http://www.getpregnantover40.com
 This article with a link to a CBS Early Show clip features Dr. Sami David who says half of the expensive and sometimes dangerous IVF procedures done out there are unnecessary. Click through on this link to view the video:

www.cbsnews.com

CBS) A pioneer of in vitro fertilization says the procedure is being overused, and that nearly half of all procedures are unnecessary.

In his new book, "Making Babies: A Proven 3-Month Program for Maximum Fertility", Dr. Sami David takes the billion-dollar business to task.

Dr. David stopped by The Early Show to explain

"The IVF team has gone amok as far as I'm concerned, all right? There are countless women who are going through IVF unnecessarily. They don't realize they're treatable causes for their infertility. They're not having a deep enough evaluation in many cases," he explained.

Asked why he thinks doctors seem to go straight to IVF, rather than doing the detective work, Dr. David said, "Some could be lack of knowledge or lack of interest. They have a product to sell, and they sell IVF. Sometimes it's just the impatience of the patient or impatience of the doctor."

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Happy Holidays! Be Back 12/27/12

 Take A Break From Infertility and Trying To Conceive Over 40


Have A Wonderful Safe Holiday!





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Sandy Robertson
www.getpregnantover40.com

Friday, December 21, 2012

IVF Abnormalities - Part I


 IVF Over 40, Chromosome Abnormalities

I've mentioned before that one reason we decided to discontinue fertility treatments (aside from the exorbitant amount of money we spent and the physical problems I encountered) was that I had read how some babies born through IVF had physical abnormalities.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
Now, in all fairness, most babies born through IVF are normal and I know plenty of women who wouldn't have kids without IVF. Some couples, depending on their diagnosis have no choice but to go through IVF to get pregnant. However, I do believe people should be informed about some of the research that has been done on babies born through IVF. This week I'm going to do a series of articles on that subject. Here is an article about possible chromosomal problems in twins born through IVF:

Chromosome Worries For Twins Conceived Through IVF (www.aphroditewomenshealth.com)

From the article"

But the news wasn't so good for couples conceiving twins via ART. It seems that a woman who is 38 (the average age of the study participants) who has a singleton pregnancy conceived spontaneously has a 1 in 60 chance of having a child with a chromosomal disorder, but if she has a twin pregnancy, that rate jumps to 1 in 34.

"Previous studies suggested that there was an increased incidence of chromosomal disorders in twins. There was also controversy whether there was an increased risk of genetic abnormalities in pregnancies conceived through IVF. We wanted to determine if both factors were independent risk factors and if there was an increased risk of chromosomal abnormalities among twin gestations conceived through IVF," Pisarska explains. "We wanted to see if IVF treatment adds to the rate of chromosomal abnormalities in twins, and we found that it did. However, age was an important factor. Even though the age difference in the women who conceived with the help of IVF compared to those who conceived spontaneously was not very large - 39 versus 37 - it was significant enough to say that age may be a contributing factor. We need to look at this further."

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Trying To Conceive - Helpful Information Presented At Conference

If any of you are interested, I've been asked to pass along some information about a fertility educational conference which is in LA on January 12th and 13th.  For more information, click here:

Fertility Planit Show





Good Luck!
Sandy Robertson
www.getpregnantover40.com

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Supporting the Fertility Challenged Couple

Trying To Conceive Over 40, Couples Don't Want Advice

I could certainly relate the this article (below). One of the reasons we kept our struggle with infertility private is because I didn't want unsolicited advice.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
However, after I was hospitalized with an ectopic pregnancy, most of our families found out. Yes, after that, we heard many of the things mentioned in this article. I've come to the conclusion that most people are well-meaning, however, they may need to be educated on what to say and when to say it. Perhaps you should have them read the following:


Supporting A Fertility Challenged Couple (www.grandparents.com)


From the article:

DON'T: Blab to all your friends. "This is very precious information. It's not to be put up on the flagpole," says Adrienne.

DO: Explain that your help, financial or otherwise, comes without strings. Some couples decline much-needed financial assistance because they worry their parents will feel entitled to know every detail of the treatment or influence decisions. "Put the offer out there on the table and let the couple feel like they have the control to decide," says Covington.

DON'T: Offer unsolicited advice. Says Adrienne: "Avoid running in the door saying, 'I spoke to my friend. She said Dr. So-and-so is the best.'" Rather try: "I'm sure you're doing everything in your power to find the best doctor, and I'm here if you need me.'"

DON'T: Shield the couple from news of other people's pregnancies. They'll find out anyway, says Covington, "and the idea of trying to protect them becomes punitive, making the couple feel they're at fault or to blame." Just be sure to share the announcements in a kind and sensitive manner. At the same time, be understanding if the infertile couple decides not to attend child-centered gatherings.

DO: Spend as much time with your fertility-challenged child as you do with
your other children. "You don't want your child to think, 'They're always going to my sister's place because she has children,'" says Adrienne. "Create a space where your child can feel special. Do something that removes the pressure, like going to the movies."

DON'T: Pressure your child. "My parents sometimes make me feel like I must not be doing enough," says Viner. "I wish they would acknowledge that this isn't solely about effort. A lot of it is luck."

Friday, December 14, 2012

Antioxidants May Help Prevent Miscarriage

Help Fertility Over 40 and Prevent Miscarriage With Antioxidants

Here's more support that a diet high in fruits and vegetables (and their antioxidants) could help prevent miscarriage.  See also my series on fertility foods (getpregnantover40.com)
 
See my series on foods for fertility
 

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

More On Infant Outcomes with IVF and Other Fertility Treatments


IVF May Raise Birth Defects

I've written about IVF outcomes before and here is another article about how the risk of birth defects may be higher with fertility therapies.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 I should say that the overall risk is still quite low, however, it never hurts to know everything you can about how fertility treatments may affect your pregnancy and future baby. Read more:

Fertility therapies slightly raise odds of defects
Major Canadian study quantifies small but significant increase in risks (MSNBC)


From the article:

"The biggest difference was seen in the rate of gastrointestinal problems, such as defects in the abdominal wall or organs not in the right place. Babies conceived through reproductive technology were nearly nine times more likely to have such problems — one in 200 births versus six per 10,000 for the others.

However, “it’s still pretty uncommon,” said lead researcher Darine El-Chaar of the University of Ottawa.

The chance of cardiovascular defects was more than twice as high — 90 per 10,000 babies conceived through ART versus 40 among those conceived naturally. Defects like malformed limbs also were slightly more common, but not facial defects like cleft palate or problems like spina bifida."

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Alternative Medicine and Fertility


Trying To Get Pregnant Over 40 With Alternative Medicine

I found a great site which discusses a number of treatments for fertility which fall under the "alternative medicine" category.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 The article discusses everything from massage, accupuncture, fertility retreats, yoga, and much more. I can't say I tried everything mentioned on this site, but it looks like a great resource:

alternativemedicine.com

and

www.nuturance.net

From the above site:

Opening the Door to Fertility

Scan the stacks at your local library, and you’ll find shelves bowed with books on how to get pregnant. From the looks of it, one of our most primal functions—the creation of new life—seems a terribly complicated task. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what it has become for the 6.1 million women and their partners currently struggling with infertility. In their desperation to conceive, many people find themselves navigating the conventional fertility path with all its confusing twists, turns, and dead ends: beginning with invasive tests, progressing to harsh fertility drugs with countless side effects, and culminating with in vitro fertilization if all else fails.

For the most extreme cases of infertility, those in which one or both of the partners have medical issues preventing pregnancy, that path—bumps and all—might actually be the only way to get pregnant. But holistic physicians like Joel Evans, MD, OB/GYN, author of The Whole Pregnancy Handbook, find that people too often resort to drastic treatment before ever giving their innate fertility a chance to prove itself. According to Evans, “60 to 70 percent of illnesses are lifestyle related. So it would make sense to treat lifestyle issues or do lifestyle interventions, and then use medicine for the problems that are left.”

Our special section aims to shift the dialogue about infertility, so we focus on each person as an innately fertile being, who needs help manifesting this fertility, not as someone suffering from an acute dysfunction. Some approaches we explore are new and some are tried-and-true, but all of them will support your mind, body, and spirit as you find your path to parenthood.

Thursday, December 06, 2012

DHEA FOR FERTILITY, EGG QUALITY AND GETTING PREGNANT

DHEA Could Help You Have A Baby Over 40

I certainly can't vouch for the safety or effectiveness of DHEA. But I've come across a number of articles about how it can boost fertility in older women.
Many fertility clinics either have used or are beginning to use DHEA. Based on some research, DHEA is supposed to help egg and embryo quality.  I've always been an advocate of the natural route, but it certainly does sound promising for older women.

DHEA May Help Egg Production, Quality and Reduce Miscarriage


There is also some evidence that DHEA may reduce miscarriage rates. There is some thought that eggs don't necessarily deteriorate with age, but that the actual ovary does...DHEA may support the ovary's ability to form egg production.
Since the research is somewhat limited, not everyone is on board.
Click here to read the full article on DHEA, Egg Quality and Fertility (getpregnantover40.com)




Wednesday, December 05, 2012

HOW DOES FSH RELATE TO PERIMENOPAUSE

Perimenopause and FSH - Much Confusion

I frequently hear the term "perimenopause" which literally means "around the time of menopause".
Women in their 40's wonder, "Am I in perimenopause?". Well, I guess it's a matter of how you define it. 
Before I conceived my daughter, I had many signs that I was in perimenopause. It just goes to show you that there's no point in labeling yourself. Our bodies are not static. Although I don't know how high my FSH was when I conceived (the only time I had it tested was 5 years before I conceived my daughter), many women have successful pregnancies even with high FSH.  Click Here To Read Full Article:

Can You Get Pregnant Naturally With High FSH? (getpregnantover40.com)

 "...perimenopause is not a static thing. We move in and out of it depending on our hormonal balance. Women will find that they can be a little bit menopausal now and then, flowing in and out of it for 10 or more years." 
excerpted from www.womentowomen.com

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Monday, December 03, 2012

How Hypnosis Can Help Fertility

Pregnancy Over 40 With Hypnosis

You may think hypnosis for infertility is far fetched, but if you believe in the mind-body connection, it makes sense that your body is going to respond to your subconscious beliefs.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
Hypnosis can help bring those beliefs in line with having a baby. Read more:

nightingalhealing.com

From the article:

The function of hypnotherapy is to relax the person and address subconscious barriers to conception. Everyone understands that stress can cause skin rashes, headaches, and even heart attacks. If the body is under stress, the sympathehetic nervous system prepares us for fight or flight,which is totally imcompatible with preparation for reproduction.

However, it is more complicated than this. The reasons why a woman may shut down (not ovulate, or not prepare a suitable uterine lining to maintain a pregnancy) may have much more to do with factors from many years ago-messages she received and believed about her own fertility or perhaps fitness to be a mother. Messages like “all the women in my family have difficulty conceiving” can be a self-fulfilling prophecy. We are not a brain with a body attached. Every cell responds to the messages which we believe to be true. Many of them are detrimental, but because they operate at a subconscious level, they can only be addressed at a subconscious level. A woman who has had a miscarriage or abortion or has given a baby up for adoption, or has undergone other sorts of trauma, may have difficulty conceiving because emotional healing has not yet occured.

On average, a women wih a diagnosis of infertily has a 24% chance of pregancy after IVF . When this method is supplemented by hypnotherapy, acupuncture, Reiki, or other body- mind methods (preferably in combination) the stats rise to 45-65 % take-home babies.

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