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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

NATURAL SPONTANEOUS PREGNANCY AFTER INFERTILITY AND MISCARRIAGE 40 Year Old Has Identical Triplets

Natural Conception After Infertility and Miscarriage

Wow, what a great story. A woman who experienced infertility and miscarriage spontaneously conceived identical triplets.
 My site: www.getpregnantover40.com for more on natural pregnancies over the age of 40
What's even more amazing, a different 46 year old woman also naturally conceived triplets and had them at the same hospital just months earlier. Sounds like there's some pretty fertile women in their 40's out there! Read more:

The couple, from Traveston in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, had been trying for a third child for years without success.

"It's been pretty traumatic. The last miscarriage was a month before I fell pregnant with them," Mrs Pernoud said.

"I thought, 'no, that's it. I can't do it any more. There's only so much a woman can take'.

"I had made up my mind to go to the doctor to get my tubes tied."

Instead, she fell pregnant again and, weeks later, learned she was expecting triplets.

"It was very emotional. I thought, 'here we go again for another miscarriage'," she said.

"But miracles happen. They're just meant to be here. I don't know the reason but it's meant to be."

Mr Pernoud now calls his wife "Super Maman" – French for supermum.

The Pernouds have had to renovate their four-bedroom house so the babies can all fit in one room.

Queensland Fertility Group's David Molloy said having identical triplets at 40 was as rare as winning Gold Lotto.

In June, Logan grandmother Janelle Perry, 46, gave birth to naturally conceived triplet boys, Cooper, Kyle and Jordan.  (from:news.com.au)




Monday, December 30, 2013

Carbohydrates, Ovulation and Infertility

Trying To Conceive, Low Carb Diets May Help

Time to take another look at low carb diets. Put away the white bread, mashed potatoes and rice. High carbohydrate intake is linked with ovulatory infertility.
 See www.getpregnantover40.com for my entire series on foods that may help you conceive
  I've always been an advocate of only eating the "good carbs" and the "good fats".  Good carbs usually come in the form of vegetables and good fats are in certain fish, olive oil, avacados and nuts.  Read more:

In a recent study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health assessed the relationship between intake of dietary carbohydrate in women’s diets and their risk of fertility related to problems with ovulation (ovulatory infertility) [1].

The results of this study found that compared to women eating diets of lower GL values, those eating diets with the highest GL were 92 percent more likely to suffer from ovulatory infertility. Total carbohydrate intake was also associated with risk of ovulatory infertility, with highest intakes associated with a 91 percent increased risk compared to the lowest intakes. GI was also associated with enhanced risk, but only in women who had not had children.

One explanation put forward by the authors for their results is that a high-carb diet might displace certain fats in the diet that might have positive benefits for fertility (including saturated and mono-unsaturated fats).

from: 
theeopchtimes.com



Tuesday, December 24, 2013

INFERTILITY STILL HURTS EVEN AFTER HAVING A BABY

Pregnancy Over 40, Infertility Over 40, Many Of Us Endure Insensitive Remarks

First, let me say we're so happy with one child, we never even considered another. 
Even so, I'm still a little sensitive about the subject of getting pregnant.

 With the holidays here, many of us see relatives and have to endure probing questions and/or comments about family life. Well...here's an example. I have a relative (about 12 years younger) who told me she and her husband are trying to have another baby. It only took 3 months of trying for her first one (something she's announced numerous times in my presence - even though she knows it took me six years)...all that aside...when she told me that they we're trying, she said that she didn't want anyone to know in case it took a while --I guess she didn't want me to pass her the baton as the one in the family who can't get pregnant....(okay, I got pregnant, but you know what I mean.) I wonder what it would be like to actually plan how far apart you wanted your children...and then actually have them!

She then goes on to say how her mother in law was planning to take her sons and their families on a European vacation in the next year. But she and her husband had to decline because she was going to be pregnant. Wow...what confidence...I never had that luxury...When I was TTC, we planned many vacations
(and took every one of them)

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See: www.getpregnantover40.com for more on getting pregnant over 40
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Oh--I thought I was past all of this (or maybe above it)...but it just goes to show you that years of infertility and recurrent miscarriage really hurt and your self esteem and rationality are a little shaky when it comes to the subject of pregnancy. I really do wish my relative the best...but in my weak moments I think...If it took her a year or so to get pregnant, maybe she'd have a small inkling of what I went through to have my daughter...and it might put an end to a few insensitive remarks I must endure from time to time. For the most part, I've moved on from the pain of those six years - but I also realize there will always be a piece of me that remembers the frustration, jealousy, and shame for the negative thoughts that creep up from time to time.

Even if I didn't have my daughter, I never take anything for granted anymore.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Could Your Blood Type Affect Your Fertility?

Fertility, FSH and Blood Type

Most women over 40 who are trying to conceive "live and die" by their FSH numbers.
See also: www.getpregnantover40.com for more on FSH and fertility over 40 
 This article talks about an interesting connection between your blood type and your FSH. Apparently, type O may experience a higher incidence of elevated FSH. Read more:

Dr Edward Nejat, from the department of obstetrics and gynaecology at Albert Einstein College, is presenting his findings at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) conference in Denver.

He said: "In both groups of women that were seeking fertility treatment, those with blood type O were twice as likely to have an FSH level over 10 than those with blood types other than O.

"We found that women with A and AB – women with the A blood group gene – were protected from this effect of diminished ovarian reserve.

"From the population we studied, and the fact it was two different centres and there was a good mix of patients ethnically and racially, we can say that blood type O was associated with an FSH level greater than 10 

from: 

guardian.co.uk

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Holidays May Lead To Depression Especially If You're Trying To Conceive

Pregnancy Over 40, Trying To Conceive Over The Holidays

One thing that backfired when I was trying to conceive was going through fertility treatments right before the holidays.
See: www.getpregnantover40.com for more on pregnancy over 40
 I had these great ideas about how I was going to get pregnant right before Christmas and announce my pregnancy at a family gathering. All I can say about that is BAD IDEA. I did get pregnant, but miscarried just in time to squash any holiday cheer I might have had to begin with. Having timeframes and deadlines for getting pregnant can only lead to disappointment. Babies seem to come when they're good and ready.

Here is an article about how to combat depression around the holidays:

Make realistic expectations for the holiday season.
Set realistic goals for yourself.
Pace yourself. Do not take on more responsibilities than you can handle.
Make a list and prioritize the important activities. This can help make holiday tasks more manageable.
Be realistic about what you can and cannot do.
Do not put all your energy into just one day (i.e., Thanksgiving Day, New Year's Eve). The holiday cheer can be spread from one holiday event to the next.
Live and enjoy the present.
Look to the future with optimism.
Don't set yourself up for disappointment and sadness by comparing today with the good old days of the past.
If you are lonely, try volunteering some time to help others.
Find holiday activities that are free, such as looking at holiday decorations; going window shopping without buying and watching the winter weather whether it's a snowflake, or a raindrop.
Limit your drinking, since excessive drinking will only increase your feelings of depression.
Try something new. Celebrate the holidays in a new way.
Spend time with supportive and caring people.
Reach out and make new friends.
Make time to contact a long lost friend or relative and spread some holiday cheer.
Make time for yourself!
Let others share the responsibilities of holiday tasks.
Keep track of your holiday spending. Over-spending can lead to depression when the bills arrive after the holidays are over. Extra bills with little budget to pay them can lead to further stress and depression

from: 
medicinenet

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Handling The Holidays While You're Trying To Conceive

Trying To Conceive, Holidays Are Tough

Many many articles have been written about handling the holidays while you're going through infertility.   If you're anything like me, you're getting a constant barrage of  Christmas cards featuring one big happy family after another.  There you sit, stuck in infertility quicksand...waiting and watching everyone else get on with their life.  I can't tell you how many Christmas cards sat, unopened, because I knew each one contained a "landmine" of emotions.
See also: www.getpregnantover40.com for more aticles on handling infertility 
You need to do what makes you feel comfortable at a time like this.  If it means having a scaled back holiday, so be it.  You don't have to attend every function, especially if it's family oriented.  Office parties might be okay if it's adults only.  Family gatherings can be problematic because you may get questions about when you're going to have kids. 
 Here is a good article with some suggestions on how to deal with relatives and the onslaught of holiday greeting cards and festivities:


From the article:

"During the holidays people love to tell stories about their children -- what their children are doing in school, athletic achievements and funny anecdotal stories."

To help ease the heartbreak and tensions throughout the holiday season, Burris and other experts offer key survival strategies:

Smooth talk: Find a subtle way to let family members know that, yes, you are trying, but you'd rather focus on enjoying the holiday instead of talking about it right now, Elan Simckes, M.D., for Fertility Partnership of St. Peters, Mo., tells ParentDish.

"If your relatives don't get the message -- we all have that sweet-but-a-little-obtuse aunt, right? -- think of a short answer to the question before heading to the party, so you won't be put on the spot with nothing to say," Simckes says. "Be armed with other interesting news or information to share with your relatives, so you can give your answer to the baby question and then quickly turn the conversation in another direction."

from: 
parentdish.com

Monday, December 09, 2013

Tea For Fertility - Blend It Yourself To Get Pregnant

Fertility Tea

I've posted recipes before on how to make a fertility friendly tea.
 Some recipes include green tea and others include herbs with hormone regulating properties.
We frequently hear about Chasteberry and Red Raspberry for fertility, however there are other teas when used in combination can be good for fertility.

Visit this link for a good fertility tea recipe along with instructions and the fertility benefits of these herbs:

Fertility Tea Instructions (www.getpregnantover40.com)



Sunday, December 08, 2013

Infertility After You're A Mom

Secondary Infertility

Women who suffer from secondary infertility (i.e. have one child, but can't get pregnant again) probably don't get too much sympathy from women who've never had a child and can't get pregnant at all (or miscarry). However, just because you have one child doesn't mean that infertility hurts any less. One mother I knew who was experiencing secondary infertility said, "You want a second one even more because you know how wonderful it is to have one".

When I ran an infertility support group, there were a couple of women who had already had one child.  They were hesitant to share their stories for fear that the other women would resent them for being "greedy" because they already had a child and they should be happy with what they've got.  Of course, the other women accepted them and wanted them to succeed like everyone else.

There are many causes of secondary infertility.  Your body changes over time and many cases are just plain unexplained.  It can be especially frustrating, especially for couples who were able to get pregnant easily the first time.

The bottom line is that secondary infertility is the same as any other kind of infertility.  I've always believed that you have to start preparing your body at least 3-6 months before you start trying.  Assuming you don't have any blockages or other physical problems that are preventing conception, the best thing you can do is start eating hormone regulating foods (see www.getpregnantover40.com for my series on foods for fertility) and watch out for other "fertility traps" like exercising too much or being too thin or heavy.

Friday, December 06, 2013

Disclosing Information About Your Infertility

Trying To Get Pregnant Over 40, How Much To Share?

Part of the time that I was trying to conceive, I was working in the corporate world.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com for more articles on trying to conceive and pregnancy over 40
 I finally came to my senses and quit my high stress job which, I believe, was a key piece of my success. Yes, it was hard to give up the "golden shackles" which had accumulated over the 19 years I worked for the company, but having a baby was the absolute number one priority in my life at that time.

Anyway, I realize that not all women can just up and leave their jobs. This brings up a lot of questions about how much you should disclose to your employer. A few days ago, I wrote about telling your parents about your infertility, but if you are pursuing fertilty treatments, you are going to be needing time off from work and many times it's hard to predict when. This applies to men too (afterall, they contribute 50% to the equation). Here is an article about disclosing information

Sharing Information About Your Infertility (www.getpregnantover40.com)

Disclosing information to co-workers and/or subordinates can be another sticky wicket. I recall a manager I previously worked with (long before I was trying to get pregnant) and she was very open with her employees about her infertility. One disgruntled (pregnant) employee filed a complaint against her saying that this manager was treating her badly because she was jealous of her pregnancy. I'm sure this complaint was totally unfounded, but it just goes to show you how cruel some people can be.

I always considered my reproductive health extremely sensitive and private information. I told very few people. That's one reason I recommend a support group. It's a safe and confidential place to "let it all out".

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Fertility/Infertility On the Job

 Workplace Hazards To Fertility

There's been an increased awareness on the part of employers about whether or not they are exposing employees to toxic substances.
See www,getpregnantover40,com for more on environmental toxins and fertility
 However, you should be aware of some of the toxic substances or radiation you may be exposed to on the job.  Your employer should have something called material safety data sheets which show which chemicals are in your workplace and what to do if you are exposed.   Here is an article that explains more:

"Chemical or physical hazards in the workplace include:
Cancer treatment drugs such as methotrexate, which can affect health care workers and pharmacists. Known observed effects of this type of exposure include infertility, miscarriage, birth defects, and low birth weight.

Electronic and semiconductor workers may be exposed to certain glycol ethers such as 2-ethoxyethanol (2EE) and 2-methoxyethanol (2ME). Exposure to these chemicals is known to cause miscarriages.

Women whose work involves viscose rayon have been known to experience menstrual cycle changes due to exposure to carbon disulfide (CS2).

Over 100 years ago lead was known to cause miscarriages, stillbirths, and infertility in female pottery workers. Today lead is still a workplace reproductive health hazard for battery makers, solderers, welders, radiator repairers, bridge repainters, firing range workers, and home remodelers. In addition to the health effects above, lead exposure can cause low birth weight and developmental disorders.

Health care workers, dental professionals, and atomic workers may be exposed to ionizing radiation such as X-rays and gamma rays. This type of exposure can cause infertility, miscarriage, birth defects, low birth weight, developmental disorders, and childhood cancers."


from:  (womenshealth.about.com)

Monday, December 02, 2013

Are You A Victim Of Infertility? I Thought I Was Until....

Abraham-Hicks On The Law Of Attraction

Not being able to get pregnant is sooooo frustrating. You see others have their children and move on with their seemingly normal happy lives. You sit there feeling like an unworthy second class citizen who just doesn't make the grade.

Visit getpregnantover40.com for more on mind-body fertility

Somehow, you got a raw deal - you're a victim of circumstance - you got put into the remedial fertility group. Have you ever felt that way? Early in my fertility journey I felt that way all the time. But then I remembered about a series of tapes I ordered years ago. My sister told me about Jerry and Esther Hicks who held seminars and distributed audio tapes on the teachings of Abraham.

If you've seen or read "The Secret", Esther Hicks was part of that series. When I saw "The Secret" I was so happy to see her featured because I felt like I personally knew her from her tapes (which I had been listening to since the early 1990's.) When I was trying to conceive, I realized that these tapes could help me so I found them packed away in my basement and started listening to them again. They make you realize that you are in control of your life. You attract what you want by your thoughts. Anything is possible and you're not a victim of anything.

Does this mean that you'll get pregnant naturally? I don't know, but it certainly will help you attract a baby into your life by whatever means is right for you.
Somehow, when your thoughts are positive and consistent with what you want, things seem to fall into place.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Eat Healthy On Thanksgiving - It May Help Your Fertility


Pregnancy Over 40, Fertility Over 40

Thanksgiving Food May Help

Even though most of us think about the holidays as a time to gain weight, your Thanksgiving meal may be good for your health if you eat in moderation.
Visit:  www.getpregnantover40.com for more on fertility foods

 Many of the nutrients in traditional Thankgiving foods may be good for fertility. Here is an article that explains some of the nutritional benefits of a Thanksgiving dinner:


From the article:

  • Be thankful for turkey- a 3 ounce portion is a great source of protein and a good source of iron, niacin, zinc, potassium and other B-vitamins, including B-12.  
  • Be thankful for potatoes- a medium potato (with the skin) is a great source of potassium and contributes to your daily needs for vitamin C, fiber and even iron. 
  • Be thankful for sweet potatoes- these nutritional gems are a great source of vitamin A, fiber, vitamin B6, potassium and manganese. 
  • Be thankful for squash- whether acorn, butternut or spaghetti, this lovely vegetable also supplies the meal with benefits beyond belief.  Full of beta carotene and also loaded with fiber, vitamin C, vitamin B6, magnesium, folate and other B vitamins.
from: nutritioncheckup.com

Friday, November 22, 2013

INCREASING THE QUALITY OF FERTILE CERVICAL MUCUS: SPERM FRIENDLY MUCUS

Improving cervical mucus to get pregnant

I've previously talked about something called hostile cervical mucus (when your body is not sperm friendly)  So, how do you improve the quality of your cervical mucus if you're trying to conceive? I was told, years ago after a post-coital test, that too many sperm had not survived.  The conclusion was that my cervical mucus was not sperm friendly.  I was able to fix this on my own since I eventually got pregnant naturally. Here is an article that talks about foods and supplements and their affect on cervical mucus:

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Go On Vacation - Get Pregnant?

Getting Pregnant On Vacation

It seems everyone knows somebody who had trouble conceiving, went on vacation and got pregnant.
See www.getpregnantover40.com for more on how stress affects infertility 
Well...according to the article below, there really might be something to it. In retrospect, I wish we had taken all the money we spent on failed fertility treatments and taken a wonderful relaxing vacation. It would have probably been more effective and a lot more fun.   With many people traveling around the holidays, think about taking a "conceptionmoon".
Read more:

"How do conceptionmoons work?
Scientists aren't exactly clear on why stress mucks up the works, but whatever the cause, the effects are pretty clear. Research, like a 2004 study published in the journal Fertility and Sterility, shows that women who regularly worry about things like work or money problems are significantly less likely to conceive than those who don't.

Vacations are about relaxation, so it makes sense that some folks are now combining getting away from it all with something more purposeful. And as far as our survey is concerned, a conceptionmoon looks like a winner. Of the more than 1,000 BabyCenter members surveyed, 40 percent of those who took conceptionmoons conceived while on vacation.

With a success rate like that, conceptionmoons could move from being a new trend to a pre-baby must-do right up there with eating right, knowing when to say when, and tossing your birth control."


So, if you're trying to conceive, maybe you should spend a little money on a good vacation before spending a lot of money on fertility treatments!
from:  babycenter.com

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Infertility Study Participants Needed

Study Participants Needed - Fertility


Long Island University, Brooklyn is currently conducting a research study to better understand the emotional and psychological experience of women who have experienced infertility.

Eligible participants:
·      Must be women
·      Must be between 18 and 50
·      Must have been trying unsuccessfully to conceive for at least the last 12 months or have received a diagnosis of infertility.
Participation involves:
·      Completing an online questionnaire about general demographics, infertility information, current mood and experience. The survey should take under 30 minutes to complete.
·      All participants will have the option to be entered into a raffle to win one of three $25 Amazon gift cards at the end of the data collection period, June 2014.

If you are interested or have any questions, please contact the primary investigator, Alexandra Farber, at infertilitystudyLIU@gmail.com, or proceed directly to the online study: https://liubpsych.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_3OAth2rOo0BE4Bf

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Friday, November 15, 2013

Getting Pregnant Over 40 Or Any Age May Take 104 Tries!

Having A Baby Over 40, Persistence Pays Off

I've often said that a couple may be impatient, not infertile - even though some couples get pregnant by surprise, it's not that way for everyone. I was surprised at how persistent you may have to be to get pregnant.  Yes, some couples get pregnant on the first try, but certainly not all.  Older couples may have to try longer but that doesn't mean they're infertile, they may just be a little "subfertile".

My site: www.getpregnantover40.com for more on getting pregnant naturally

Half of couples at one treatment center really weren't infertile, they just didn't have their timing right.

 Getting Pregnant Requires Patience and Timing

 This article talks about how a couple has to have intercourse 104 times before getting pregnant. So patience and timing may be two very important factors - the problem is, most of us want quick results and the wait can be agonizing. Read more:

The study, carried out among 3,000 mothers was commissioned by family planning brand First Response.

Yesterday Dr. Mike Smith of First Response said: 'Having sex 104 times before falling pregnant does sound rather a lot, but as they say practice makes perfect.

'However, for those not trying to conceive it's very important to remember that many couples may also fall pregnant first time so if you are not trying for a baby please still use the necessary precautions.

'Trying for a baby is a very exciting time for a couple and many try to have sex at every opportunity in order to get pregnant.'

The study also found two thirds of women conceived much quicker than they expect to.

But while plenty of women were happy to wait for nature to take its course, others were intent on forcing the issue when the need arose.

In fact 10 per cent said they then jumped on their other half as soon as he walked through the door when they felt the time was right.

from

www.dailymail.co.uk

Organochlorines Cause Sperm Abnormalities

Sperm Is Sensitive To Organochlorines

I don't think most of us really think about how much our day to day exposure to chemicals can affect our fertility.

See www.getpregnantover40.com for more on environmental toxins and fertility 

Organochlorines are things we come into contact with every day. They are environmental toxins which are not broken down by the body and they can accumulate in fatty tissue.  Some of these chemicals occur naturally, however, many are synthetic found in pesticides, PVC's and electrical insulation. This article talks about how they can affect men's fertility and there is a link below on how you can minimize your exposure:

From the article:

The research was published online on Dec. 21, 2011 in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.

The researchers studied 192 men who were part of couples that were sub-fertile, to see if the men with higher levels of organochlorines in their blood showed evidence of increased rates of sperm abnormalities. They looked for sperm disomy, which occurs when sperm cells have an abnormal number of chromosomes. While all men have a certain number of sperm with such abnormalities, researchers found that men with higher levels of DDE and PCBs had significantly higher rates of sperm abnormalities.

"This research adds to the already existing body of evidence suggesting that environmental exposure to certain chemicals can affect male fertility and reproduction.

from
www.sciencedaily.com

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Workouts Zap Fertility But Can Be Reversed

Exercise and Decreased Fertility

It's pretty well known that female athletes experience decreased fertility. However you don't have to be an olympian to have this problem.
See www.getpregnantover40.com for more on ways to increase your fertility
Women who exercise to the point of exhaustion may be at risk too.  When women undergo fertility treatments, they are frequently told to discontinue all exercise during the embryo transfer because there are higher success rates when the body is not in motion.  I can imagine that it's harder for an egg to implant when you're jumping around.  There is also some association between exercise and early miscarriage.
Read more:

The effect of the extreme exercise did not last however, 'The vast majority of women in the study had children in the end', Gudmundsdottir said, adding 'and those who trained the hardest in the middle of the 1980s were actually among those who had the most children in the 1990s'.

It is known that elite female athletes can experience fertility problems, however, this study shows that women who push themselves in their own exercise regimes are at risk too. Experts believe that intense physical activity, such as gruelling physical workouts, can actually leave the body energy-deficient, and unable to maintain all of the required hormonal mechanisms required for successful fertilisation. Some are warning however that the study only shows an association between extreme physical activity and fertility problems, not a cause-and-effect relationship, and the results should be seen in the context of other research recommending that healthy women benefit most from moderate exercise.

fom:

www.new-medical.net

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Study Participants Needed: First Child Over 40

Dr. Dinah Meyer is interested in surveying women who had their first child at age 40
or later, and whose child is under the age of 4. This is an online survey 
that takes approximately 10 minutes to complete, and participants’ responses
are completely anonymous – their name or any other identifying information will
not be asked.  The questions ask about pregnancy, labor and delivery, and the 
post-partum period. The questions are both medical and social/emotional in nature.
Very little scholarly research has examined the experiences of new mothers over 40,
so the knowledge gained from this study will further our 
understanding and care of this growing population of mothers. 
 
This study has been approved by the Muskingum University Human Subjects 
Committee. 
 
Interested readers should go to the following website: 
 
 https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/First-timemomover40
 
From there, participants will read a brief informed consent,
and then, if interested, continue on to the survey. Please feel free
to check out the link above to view the survey questions.  Again, this 
is an anonymous survey, and participants will not be contacted in any way 
after their participation. 


 

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Fuits and Veggies Essential For Mens Fertility

Male Factor Infertility Improved With Fruits And Vegetables

A healthy diet can help sperm. No surprise to me, but so much focus is put on the health of a woman trying to conceive that I think people forget that sperm needs to be healthy too.
See www.getpregnantover40.com for more on women and men's fertility
 Here's an article about a study which found that infertile men had a low intake of fruits and vegetables because of the beneficial antioxidants. Read more:

Forty-eight infertile men and 10 fertile men who had fathered children in the last year completed questionnaires about their diets. Results showed that 83 percent of the infertile men had a low intake of fruits and veggies, defined as fewer than five servings a day, compared with 40 percent of the fertile men.

And overall, men who ate the fewest fruits and veggies had the lowest sperm motility.

“We think that sperm quality is affected by dietary antioxidant intake,” said study author Dr. Vivian Lewis, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Rochester in Rochester, N.Y.

Antioxidants, like those found in fruits and vegetables, may help prevent damage to sperm that causes them to become sluggish and lose the ability to fertilize an egg, she said.

In particular, the antioxidants glutathione and cryptoxanthin, which are prevalent in brightly colored produce such as leafy greens, tomatoes, peppers and oranges, were associated with strong, healthy sperm, Lewis said.

She recommended that men hoping to father children eat “a variety of fruits and vegetables, at least five servings a day.”

Dr. Rebecca Sokol, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, who was not affiliated with the study, said it’s prudent for men trying to impregnate their partners to improve their diets. It could potentially help their sperm, and it certainly helps their overall health, she said.

from: 
msnbc.com

Friday, November 08, 2013

Spontaneous Conception During IVF

Get Pregnant Naturally During IVF

Just when you're in the throes of fertility treatments, guess what? You find out you're pregnant (and you conceived on your own).
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com for more articles on spontaneous pregnancies
 I've known many couples who got pregnant while on a break between IVF or IUI cycles. As a matter of fact, when I ran an infertility support group, I would estimate as many women conceived naturally as did with assisted reproduction. But that brings up another problem. What happens if you're on those powerful fertility drugs and you spontaneously conceive? Here's an article about a couple that wound up having quads when that very thing happened:



From the article:

It has led them to warn that couples undergoing IVF, in which the woman has healthy fallopian tubes and the man has normal semen parameters, should be cautioned against having unprotected intercourse once the initial few days of ovarian stimulation by drugs has passed...

... He said that multiple pregnancies were medically undesirable for any patient and especially for those unwilling to undergo foetal reduction. "It may be prudent to caution IVF patients with no tubal or semen abnormalities against unprotected intercourse once the early days of ovarian hyperstimulation are over, especially if they will not consider foetal reduction in the event of a multiple pregnancy." 

from: 
 (www.aphroditewomenshealth.com)

Thursday, November 07, 2013

How A Mediterranean Diet May Help Your Fertility

Pregnancy Over 40, The Mediterranean Diet Can Help

I've heard about how the Mediterranean diet can help with weight loss, but it can also help with fertility.  This type of diet is rich in good fats with help regulate hormones.
See: www.getpregnantover40.com for more on fertility foods
 This article talks about how it can clear sugar out of the bloodstream and help balance hormones. Read more:

Rich in so many of the vitamins and minerals you (and your baby-to-be) will need to stay nourished during pregnancy, foods commonly consumed as part of a Mediterranean diet include tomatoes, spinach, olive oil, chickpeas, whole grain pasta, rice, fish, and chicken. These foods are less sugary than processed foods, notes Dr. Chavarro, but certain ingredients in these foods also play a special role in keeping hormone levels balanced and healthy.

"The Mediterranean diet contains nutrients that help your body clear sugar from the bloodstream while using less insulin to do this job. This makes it easier for the body to keep the balance of reproductive hormones," says Dr. Chavarro.
The Research

To track the effects of a Mediterranean-style diet on fertility, Spanish researchers looked at over 2,000 women, some with fertility problems and others who had already become pregnant and given birth. When women's fertility and eating habits were matched up, only 17 percent women who meticulously followed a Mediterranean-style diet said they'd experienced trouble getting pregnant, while 26 percent of women who followed the diet least closely—and instead ate more processed foods and fatty meats—ended up with fertility problems. 


from:  babyzone.com

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

CLOMID AND PROGESTERONE: THYROID CANCER CONNECTION

Fertility Drugs and Thyroid Cancer

Many articles have come out over the years about whether or not fertility drugs may lead to ovarian cancer.

The latest research says that they don't (I'm still a little worried though). However, there is more research now that Clomid and progesterone supplementation may double the risk of thyroid cancer. I had both of these treatments before I started trying naturally. Apparently, these cancers don't show up for seven years or more after treatment. I realize, doctors probably didn't know these risks at the time, but I wish someone would have warned me. So if you're considering drug treatment for fertility issues, ask your doctor about ALL the risks involved, even the ones that don't show up for years after the fact. Read more:
_________
See also: www.getpregnantover40.com for more on Clomid complications and pregnancy over 40
_________

Fertility drugs used by thousands of women to boost their chances of having a baby could double the risk of cancer.

The 23,000 women who take clomiphene every year have twice the chance of developing thyroid cancer, a study suggests.

The drug is the most commonly used fertility treatment in Britain.

It is often given to 'kick-start' ovaries before before women start more invasive procedures such as IVF.

The study also warns that the hormonal treatment progesterone, used to improve a woman's chances of having a baby under IVF, may raise the risk of thyroid cancer by up to ten times. However, more research is needed to confirm this.

The study of more than 54,000 women, published in the medical journal Human Reproduction, last night led to calls for better regulation of fertility drugs.

Researchers from Copenhagen University Hospital found 29 cases of thyroid cancer among women aged 28 to 55, with most diagnoses taking place seven years after fertility treatment.

from: 
www.dailymail.co.uk

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

FERTILITY DRUGS AND THYROID CANCER

Fertility Drugs and Thyroid Cancer

Many articles have come out over the years about whether or not fertility drugs may lead to ovarian cancer.

The latest research says that they don't (I'm still a little worried though). However, there is more research now that Clomid and progesterone supplementation may double the risk of thyroid cancer. I had both of these treatments before I started trying naturally. Apparently, these cancers don't show up for seven years or more after treatment. I realize, doctors probably didn't know these risks at the time, but I wish someone would have warned me. So if you're considering drug treatment for fertility issues, ask your doctor about ALL the risks involved, even the ones that don't show up for years after the fact. Read more:
_________
See also: www.getpregnantover40.com for more on Clomid complications and pregnancy over 40
_________
Fertility drugs used by thousands of women to boost their chances of having a baby could double the risk of cancer.

The 23,000 women who take clomiphene every year have twice the chance of developing thyroid cancer, a study suggests.

The drug is the most commonly used fertility treatment in Britain.

It is often given to 'kick-start' ovaries before before women start more invasive procedures such as IVF.

The study also warns that the hormonal treatment progesterone, used to improve a woman's chances of having a baby under IVF, may raise the risk of thyroid cancer by up to ten times. However, more research is needed to confirm this.

The study of more than 54,000 women, published in the medical journal Human Reproduction, last night led to calls for better regulation of fertility drugs.

Researchers from Copenhagen University Hospital found 29 cases of thyroid cancer among women aged 28 to 55, with most diagnoses taking place seven years after fertility treatment.

from: 
www.dailymail.co.uk

Monday, November 04, 2013

SPONTANEOUS PREGNANCY OVER 50: 55 YEAR OLD PREGNANT

 Women Do Get Pregnant Over 50

I thought I would share this article with my readers. A 55 year old woman (mother of Jane Goody) got pregnant naturally (but miscarried).

SEE ALSO: www.getpregnantover40.com for more articles on pregnancy at older ages

 The reason I share this with my readers is that even at 55, a woman can get pregnant. Granted, miscarriage is more likely at this age, but pregnancy is possible. Read more:

By Claire Rutter On September 26, 2011
Jade Goody's Mother Jackiey Budden Suffers Miscarriage

The 55-year-old, who was is a former Celebrity Big Brother contestant, having entered the house with her late daughter Jade in 2007, was less than three months pregnant with her boyfriend of one month Jack Hickinbottom. Jackiey said that she had conceived the baby while in Tenerife with Hickinbottom in July.

After suffering bleeding and cramps, Jackiey called out the emergency GP to her home in Bermondsey, when she was later taken to London's St Thomas' Hospital, where they told her that she'd suffered a miscarriage.

In an interview with The People, Jackiey said: "I thought God was giving me one last chance to bring up a child. I thought Jade was bringing me a little girl from up there. It was like she was helping me from Heaven. I've lost Jade and I've lost contact with my son Brett so I was over the moon that I had another chance."

fromm: 
www.entertainmentwise.com

Photo: WENN

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Getting Pregnant: Halloween Candy May Derail You

Halloween Candy and Fertility

Even if you're not a kid, Halloween is a time when everyone seems to be throwing candy at you. Either you have it around the house for the trick or treaters or there's a big bowl of it at work.

If you're trying to conceive, all that fat and sugar can negatively affect your fertility.
Sugar, in particular can raise and lower insulin levels which can wreak havoc on your adrenal glands.  This stress ultimately weakens them which results in hormonal imbalance.  Sugar can also leave women susceptible to yeast infections which come with a whole set of new problems which may not direct affect infertility, but may create obstacles to getting pregnant.

Chocolate has been in the media lately as having health benefits, however the chocolate they are talking about is "dark chocolate" which has a high cocoa content.  Unfortunately, most of the Halloween candy out there is made with milk chocolate which does more harm than good.

So, this Halloween, give out healthy treats or just give apples or stickers.   If you want something good yourself, have some dark chocolate.  But remember, everything in moderation!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Wow! 53 Year Old Gets Pregnant Naturally While On The Pill

Pregnancy Over 40 and Pregnancy Over 50

I frequently post stories of women who get pregnant over the age of 40 even up to their late 40's naturally.  Well, how about this story?  A women gets pregnant at the age of 53 while on the pill!
 See also my story of pregnancy at 49 (www.getpregnantover40.com)
Great story for you youngsters in your 40's who are TTC.  Read more:

When I saw the two blue lines my heart was thumping so hard I thought it would burst out of my chest,’ says Debbie, a grandmother-of-two. ‘My first thought was, “I’m too old, this can’t be right”.’
Debbie had only taken the test because her partner Paul Clarke, 45, a heavy goods vehicle driver, had joked ‘Are you pregnant?’ when she complained of a bloated tummy after they’d shared a pizza.

from:  daily mail


Saturday, October 19, 2013

CLOMID MAY HARM FERTILITY: FERTILITY DRUG COMPLICATIONS

Clomid is frequently used to stimulate ovulation

Oh, now they tell me. Back when we were undergoing fertility treatments, we tried Clomid which was one of the worst drugs for me and my body
 It's a drug you take the week before ovulation to stimulate your ovaries to release more than one egg, but it may not be all it's cracked up to be

Clomid may actually reduce the chance of pregnancy

 We used to call it "the week from hell" because my emotions were on a rollercoaster and my poor husband had to brace himself for yet another month of drama. And no, it didn't get me pregnant - and apparently I'm not the only one. Interestingly,  Clomid can actually decrease your chances of pregnancy.

Click Here To Read Full Article on Clomid and fertility (getpregnantover40.com)



 

Monday, October 14, 2013

Weight Loss Should Occur Before Conception Not While Trying

Pregnancy Over 40, Lose Weight Before Trying To Conceive

Most people have heard that being overweight can be a risk factor for infertility.  The best way to determine  your ideal weight is with a BMI calculator*.

Visit:  www.getpregnantover40.com for more articles on TTC over 40

 If you're trying to conceive, weight loss (especially rapid weight loss) can have an adverse affect on getting pregnant.
My advice is to give yourself some time to get to your ideal weight before you try to conceive. Once your weight has stabilized, then start trying.

*From WikiHow, here is how to calculate it:
Take your height in inches and square the number. In other words, multiply the number of inches by the same number of inches.Divide your weight in pounds by the second figure. The second figure is your height in inches squared.Multiply that answer by the conversion factor of 703 if you used inches and pounds.

Read more:

But he pointed out that sudden and dramatic reductions in calories and increases in activity during the periconceptual period in all women, including those undergoing assisted reproduction techniques (ART), could have potentially adverse effects. Weight-loss interventions put stress on the reproductive system that could lead to failure through a variety of mechanisms, he warned.

Apart from disruption to normal physiological mechanisms, an additional concern hypothesised is that environmental pollutants stored in fat such as DDT and organochlorine, released into the blood circulation when fat is metabolised during lifestyle interventions, could have potentially adverse effects on the pregnancy.

 from:
medicalnewstoday.com

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Beware of Common Cleaners If You're TTC

Use Nontoxic cleaners if You're Trying To Get Pregnant

Here is a good article on some things you should avoid if you are trying to conceive or pregnant.
My site: for more information on environmental toxins: www.getpregnantover40.com
 Probably household cleaners are the substances that you may come in contact with most frequently, but their safety for use in pregnancy may be in question.


According to the article:

"How Safe Are Household Cleaners?
Although household cleaners have not been proven to be completely unsafe during pregnancy, very little research has been done to prove that they are safe. What research has been performed has shown that cleaning products can, in fact, be dangerous.

A recent British study published in December 2004 showed a link between exposure to household cleaners during pregnancy and asthma in children. Investigators found that those households that used the most chemical-based based products during pregnancy were two times more likely to have children with asthma. These findings backed up a similar Australian study that was published in August of 2004.

While these results are troubling, it is important to remember that no household cleaner has yet to be recognized as a cause of birth defects. However, it doesn’t hurt to err on the side of caution and take some precautionary measures when you know you will be exposed to chemicals. You may also want to try using Environmentally Friendly Cleaning Products

Protecting Yourself
Minimize your risk of exposure to toxic chemicals by following these guidelines:

Always read the labels of your cleaners and avoid any that are marked as toxic
Always clean in a well-ventilated area
Since some chemicals can be absorbed through the skin, it is a good idea to wear rubber gloves when cleaning
Ammonia or chlorine products can trigger nausea so make sure you use these products in a well-ventilated area. However, never mix the two products together; they can create extremely dangerous fumes regardless of whether or not you’re pregnant
Consider using alternative cleaning solutions like baking soda or vinegar
Use a pump spray instead of an aerosol if you can; a pump spray creates less of a vapor cloud and therefore fewer fumes
Some cleaners that you may want to avoid or at least approach with caution include:
Bleach
Window Cleaners
Carpet Cleaners
Disinfectants
Dry-Cleaning Fluid
Aerosols
Air Fresheners
Paint Stripper "



from: pregnancy info,net



Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Trying To Conceive Over 40: The Agonizing Wait From Month to Month

TTC Over 40, It May Take Longer, But That Doesn't Mean It Won't Happen

One of the worst parts of TTC was that it was pretty much a waiting game - and although I know women over 40 can and do get pregnant every day, it can take longer.

Visit My site: www.getpregnantover40.com for more articles on pregnancy and fertility over 40

I think I got pretty good at pinpointing my fertile time, but all in all, there's a lot of waiting around. Before ovulation, you're waiting for those days when intercourse is mandatory. Even after ovulation, there's about a two week wait before you can do a pregnancy test. I can't tell you how many explatives came out of my mouth when I did get my period all those years. I didn't know who to be mad at...myself, God, the universe, my husband...etc. etc. etc.

So what can you do while you're waiting around?

1. Keep yourself busy with things you enjoy. I love decorative painting (with non toxic paint) and I redecorated my sister's entire house.

2. My husband and I went on a number of weekend getaways.

3. Reconnect with people you haven't seen for a while (especially those without children). It's nice to be around others who aren't into "kiddie" talk especially when you're feeling down about not being able to get pregnant.

4. See a movie (even if you go by yourself)

5. Cook some healthy meals - I used a lot of my "downtime" to cook vegetables and other healthy meals which helped me to stick with my healthy diet.

6. Organize and declutter your house - you'd be surprised how much better you feel when your home is in order. Do you have a room designated for your future son or daughter? Make sure it's in good shape - decorate it (not necessarily in baby decor). I had a room set aside for a nursery. It was a total mess since I sorted laundry in it. I found some flowery fabric, cleaned it up and decorated it. I think on some level, babies want an inviting environment to come into.

7. Work on creating your family tree. I contacted as many relatives as I could find to get the names of my ancestors. I also collected a number of pictures of distant ancestors which I now display on a large dresser in my bedroom. I'm so happy I did this because I know one day, my daughter will appreciate seeing all these pictures (and there's no way I would have time to do this now). This was a time consuming but very fun project. With all of the technology out there you can duplicate some very old photos to near new condition.

Those are just some ideas. Only you know what you enjoy. Keep living your life, it will lift your spirits. It seems like it was when I was busy doing something fun and/or interesting, I didn't obsess on getting pregnant -- and wouldn't you know it -- that's when I would.

Monday, October 07, 2013

SPELLS FOR FERTILITY, CHANTS AND RITUALS

Well, lets take a break from the scientific. Every now and then I come across something that's out of the ordinary, but fun and maybe informative for those who are interested. Here are some fertility rituals, spells and chants:

PROMOTE FERTILITY WITH RITUALS, SPELLS AND CHANTS:

FEMALE: Carry 3 hazelnuts to promote fertility at all times - Jasmine flowers in the home or
Click Here For More Information On The Fertility Goddess



essential oil
MALE: Carry a piece of mandrake root at all times - mandrake root contains poison so ensure to wrap and seal it well
CHARMS: Place an elephant in the west or northwest of the bedroom, wear an elephant charm or a fertility goddess charm
GEMSTONE: Rose Quartz and Amethyst symbolize fertility
 









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CHANTS

 Surround your bed with candles (pink if a girl is desired, blue if a boy is desired). Light candles, and repeat for each direction:

"With one mind, we call to thee
With one heart, we long for thee
Child of Earth, Wind, Fire, and Sea

Into our lives, we welcome thee."

_________________
 
"Baby Baby come to me,
Baby Baby Mote it be.
God will give you life with me,
Baby Baby mote it be.
Life with you will be so good,
playing games and building wood.
You'll be ours and you will see,
Baby Baby mote it be."


partially excerpted from 
spellsofmagic.com

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Defective Gene In Men Makes Conception Difficult

Pregnancy Over 40, Sperm Defects

The discovery of a gene defect may explain why some couples have difficulty getting pregnant even when everything looks okay.

See www.getpregnantover40.com for more articles on male and female fertility 

 A defective gene in sperm may make it more difficult to fertilize an egg (although not impossible). Read more:

The genetic change is in a gene called DEFB126, which codes for a protein that clings to sperm, helping them swim through the woman's body to fertilise the egg.
Abnormal sperm These sperm look normal but have more difficulty getting to the egg

Researchers believe men with the defective gene have sperm that find it harder to make their way through mucus, causing low fertility.

A study of more than 500 married couples in China found that women who had partners with two copies of the defective gene (one from the mother and one from the father) were less likely to get pregnant.

The women also took longer to get pregnant by a couple of months.

Further studies, carried out in people from the US, UK, China, Japan and Africa, found the gene mutation is common around the world.

About half of all men carry one copy of the defective gene; while a quarter have two defective copies.


from: 
www.bbc.co.uk

Monday, September 30, 2013

Phytonutrient DIM In Cruciferous Vegetables for Female Fertility


Fertility and Hormonal Balance With The Right Foods

I have previously done a post and a video about cruciferous vegetables for male and female fertility, but these vegetables are great for promoting hormonal balance and preventing cancer in women too.

See my site: www.getpregnantover40.com for my series on foods for fertility

This article talks about how these vegetable can help prevent breast cancer:

dimfaq.com

Here is my recipe for Greek coleslaw (I've heard purple/red cabbage is actually healthier than green):

Shred purple cabbage (I just use a manual cheese shredder)
Add some crumbled feta cheese (I usually buy garlic and herb flavor)
Add 4-5 greek olives
Add some viniagrette dressing (You can buy pre-made viniagrette spritzers which have very few calories)

Enjoy!

Friday, September 27, 2013

Cinnamon and Coffee For Male Fertility

 Help To Have A Baby From Cinnamon

NAC is an antioxidant found in cinnamon. According to this article, it may help male fertility.
My site www.getpregnantover40.com has a series on foods for fertility
As far as coffee, it seems like one day the media says it's good, the next day it's bad...but this article also has good news for coffee drinkers! Read more:

Two recent trials describe a new application for NAC, improving male fertility. The first study involved 120 men who were diagnosed with idopathic infertility. 60 of the patients were given 600 mg of NAC per day for 3 months. The remainder received an inactive placebo for the same duration of time. Those receiving the NAC demonstrated improvements in sperm motility, viscosity and volume. In addition, the antioxidant levels in the blood increased, while oxidative stress decreased. Another trial from 2009 found that adding 200 mcg of selenium (a trace mineral) to 600 mg of NAC resulted in positive hormonal changes and improved semen parameters. The authors of that experiment concluded that, “These results indicate that supplemental selenium and N-acetyl-cysteine improve semen quality. We advocate their use for male infertility”. (1,2,3)

Uncontrolled blood sugar can endanger the health of diabetics or those with a tendency toward blood irregularities (”pre-diabetics”). A new paper published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine describes one simple way to improve long term blood glucose levels. A group of 109 type 2 diabetics were randomly given either 1 gram of cinnamon daily or a placebo for 90 days. All of the participants began and continued to receive conventional treatment in addition to the cinnamon or placebo. The researchers tested the patients’ hemoglobin A1C levels at the beginning and end of the trial. HbA1C is a test that reveals long term (3-4 months) blood sugar management. The men and women receiving the cinnamon showed a drop in HbA1C of .83%. It’s important to note that the change found in the cinnamon users could bring dramatic improvements to the overall health of diabetics. The lead author of the study concluded that, “According to the United Kingdom Prospective Diabetes Study, a drop of HbA1C from 7.9% to 7% lowers the risk of macrovascular disease 16%, retinopathy 17% to 21%, and nephropathy 24% to 33%; thus, a 0.83% drop in HbA1C levels in patients might be expected to yield similar reductions in morbidity.” There may even be applications for cinnamon in the population at large. Recent research from Baylor University proposes that cinnamon may help attenuate insulin resistance caused by a lack of sleep. (4,5,6)

from: 
www.healthyfellow.com

Thursday, September 26, 2013

pH Diet and Fertility

Pregnancy Over 40, Diet, and pH

I've read quite a bit of contradictory information about pH balance and fertility. Some resources will list certain foods as acidic and a different resource will list the same food as alkaline.

 See My Series on Foods For Fertility at www.getpregnantover40.com

Here is an article that talks in simple terms about pH and fertility

Chemistry 101

All you need to know about pH to start reaping the health benefits of a more balanced body chemistry, is that it is a measure of acidity (think vinegar) or alkalinity (think baking soda) from 0 to 14. Zero is the most intense level of acidity possible and 14 is the highest level of alkalinity possible, with neutral being in the middle.

Your body maintains much tighter reins than that range and will work diligently to balance your blood at a just slightly alkaline rate of 7.36. However, our highly acid-forming diet (meat, dairy products, sugar and other sweets, wheat and white-flour baked goods and pastas, coffee, tea, trans fats, and food additives found in most packaged and prepared foods) and our high stress lifestyles can take their toll on our body's pH balancing mechanisms, leading to acidity.

To be clear, it's not the acidity of the food itself that matters, but rather the effect of the food on your body chemistry. Food may test acid or alkaline in a laboratory setting, but that has no direct impact on whether it will have an acidifying or alkalizing effect on your body when metabolized. Lemons are a great example. They test highly acidic, but once inside your body they will help to alkalize it.


from: 
www.babyzone.com

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Leptin, Body Fat and Fertility

Pregnancy Over 40 May Be Affected By Low Levels of Fat in Thin Women

I have actually spent quite a bit of time talking about how women
(and men) who are overweight may have trouble conceiving.

See www.getpregnantover40.com for more articles on foods for fertility and resources on getting pregnant naturally

 But women with too little body fat have a problem as well.   I've known a number of women who are thin (or who are muscular with very little body fat) who have trouble conceiving.  It's hard to convince people that they  need to actually gain weight to get pregnant.  This article talks about the role of "leptin" produced in body fat and it's connection to fertility.
From the article:

Leptin is often recognized as an appetite and weight regulation hormone. But did you know that the hormone leptin also serves an indicator that tells the brain and other organs when extremely low energy is available?

Mantzoros goes on, “We know that leptin is produced by the body’s fat tissue and is secreted into the bloodstream in proportion to the amount of energy stored in fat. From there, it travels to the brain where it communicates exactly how much energy is available.” Because of this process, leptin regulates a number of important physiological functions that depend on adequate energy balance. These physiological functions include reproduction, metabolism, and bone function.

As a result, when women have severely low levels of body fat, which may occur after excessive dieting or exercise or in women with eating disorders, the body enters a state of “negative energy balance” that adversely affects reproductive function and metabolism according to Dr. Mantzoros. 

from: Read more:womenshealth.about.com

Monday, September 23, 2013

CUPPING TO GET PREGNANT: FOR FERTILITY

Pregnancy Over 40 Help From Cupping Therapy

I have heard of cupping from a number of sources (including my grandmother who used to use it for belly aches!).  Cupping is somewhat like acupuncture and it is supposed to help with circulation and lymphatic flow.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com for more on alternative medicine for fertility and links to my Fertility Bodywork Video

This site talks about some celebrities who have used it and it also gives reasons why some don't beleive in it:

From the site:
Dating back 5,000 years, the therapy is a form of acupuncture, and is based on the idea that suction from the cups draws the skin up and mobilises blood and energy around the body. 
‘If someone is under stress, or they’ve suffered a physical trauma like a pulled shoulder, the energy in their body can become stagnated,’ explains Ian Stones, an acupuncturist in Farnham, Surrey, and member of the British Acupuncture Council, who has been practising cupping for six years

Typically, a flame is first placed inside a glass or rubber cup, so the heat can create a partial vacuum, before the flame is removed and the cup held to the skin for about three minutes.
Although the resulting marks can look alarming, they are temporary, and this kind of cupping should not hurt in any way as the cups used are thick-rimmed and do not heat up. 

 from: dailymail.co.uk

New Study Confirms Higher Rate Of Birth Defects With ART

Fertility Treatments and Birth Defects

I have done a number of posts about how fertility treatments are associated with a higher rate of birth defects.  A new study confirms this and includes quite a bit of data. 

See My site www.getpregnantover40.com for natural ways to conceive 

I know some couples must undergo assisted reproduction to get pregnant, but Clomid which is a common drug given to women to use with inseminations is also associated with defects.  If you see my posting from Friday, Clomid doesn't even seem to increase the rate of pregnancy over trying naturally.  Read more:

IVF's main alternative, Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), which involves the injection of a single sperm directly into an egg, posed a higher risk for defects that cannot be controlled for by female fertility factors, and resulted in defects in one in 10 pregnancies.

However, ICSI is primarily used for male fertility problems, and its risk was significantly decreased using frozen eggs, according to the study's lead author, Associate Professor Michael Davies of the University of Adelaide.

He explained: "This may be due to developmentally compromised embryos failing to survive the freeze/thaw process," adding, "while assisted reproductive technologies are associated with an increased risk of major birth defects overall, we found significant differences in risk between available treatments".

In 2005, the last year for which data was available, 5,935 babies were born as a result of IVF treatment compared to 5,265 babies born with the help of ICSI.

One surprising find within the research was a tripling of risk among women who used the drug clomiphene citrate to stimulate ovary production,

from 
www.express.co.uk

Sunday, September 22, 2013

SEAWEED FOR FERTILITY AND GETTING PREGNANT

Pregnancy Over 40, Fertility Over 40 Help From Seaweed

I have heard about the nutritional benefits of seaweed for years.  It's starting to catch on in this country and has been very popular in Asia.

my site www.getpregnantover40.com has an entire series on foods for fertility, check it out here

Here is an article about the benefits of seaweed. If you scroll down to the bottom of the article, it also gives some recipes. Seaweed helps many bodily systems and functions including hormonal balance. Read more:

From the article:

SEAWEED IS A WAY TO GET YOUR JUICES FLOWING

Daily use of seaweed provides optimum nourishment for the hormonal, lymphatic, urinary, and nervous systems. The hormonal system uses minerals and trace elements so richly available from seaweed to repair tissue, build new cells, and create hormones responsible for regulating blood pressure, metabolism, fertility, sexuality, and reaction to allergens, to name but a few.


The lymphatic and immune systems are avid partakers of seaweed’s splendid feast of nutrients. Combined with this optimum nourishment, the communication enhancing effects of seaweed further enhance response time and strength in the immune system. This reduces opportunist bacterial and viral infections and helps prolong youth and vitality, not to mention joy and ease in life. 


see also: greens for fertility (www.getpregnantover40.com)

The urinary system gets a special boost from seaweed’s seeming excess of potassium and sodium. Those with cystitis, kidney weakness, gout diabetic kidney ills, and bladder weakness find health / wholeness / holiness with seaweed and Wise Woman Ways.

The nervous system relaxes in the presence of seaweed’s mineral abundance. Seaweed creates an inner environment where nerve signals flow more smoothly and where brain chemicals are produced as needed: to maintain alertness, increase memory, reduce pain, and provide a sense of buoyant bliss. (Envision the head sized floats of kelp bobbing on a gently undulating sea.) 

from: 


www.herbshealing.com

Friday, September 20, 2013

Reflexology For Fertility

Fertility Bodywork - Reflexology

My DVD called "Fertility Bodywork" has everything from fertility yoga, pelvic massage, to acupressure and reflexology which you may perform on yourself. I thought this article might be of interest from the UK's Daily Mail. One reflexologist claims an amazing success rate. Read more:

From the article:

Reflexology, a traditional healing art dating from the ancient Egyptians and Chinese, involves manipulation of pressure points in the hands and feet and is often used to ease period pain, headaches, sinus and back problems as well as the effects of chemotherapy.
Practitioners claim the soles of the feet are like a mini map of the inside of the body and are linked to our inner organs and systems, including the fallopian tubes and ovaries. By massaging different points on the feet therapists claim they can unblock energy pathways in the body and so help the body to regain its natural balance and heal itself.
Some points on the foot are associated with a woman's egg production and by manipulating these areas reflexologists claim they can correct the imbalances which can hamper pregnancy.
The latest research, a two year clinical trial at the IVF unit at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, is the brainchild of reflexologist Jane Holt. She approached the unit after 13 of the 23 women she treated with a range of fertility problems fell pregnant last year

 from:
(www.dailymail.co.uk)

New Gel May Help Sperm Swim

Trying To Conceive Over 40, Give Sperm A Boost

I have heard of and written about "sperm friendly" lubricants before, however, there is a new gel on the horizon which may actually help more sperm swim through the cervical canal.
Visit www.getpregnantover40.com for more articles on natural ways to conceive
This is a totally noninvasive treatment which may give just the boost a couple needs to get pregnant. Read more:

Fertility treatments basically involve helping sperm to reach the egg," said Jackson Kirkman-Brown, senior lecturer in reproductive biology at the University of Birmingham and director of the Centre for Human Reproductive Science, Birmingham.

"The majority of these involve doing something quite invasive to the woman, often even though she may be perfectly healthy. If you can give the man's sperm a little more va-va-voom, you could help fertility in a far less invasive way and it would be far cheaper," he said.

"We now have some compounds, that are in the early stages of testing, which can make more sperm swim through cervical mucus, which means you would get more sperm into the uterus. This should increase natural fertility," added Kirkman-Brown, according to the Telegraph. 

from: 
www.mid-day.com

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

USING DONOR EGGS OVER 40, SOME EGG DONORS HAVE REGRETS

Donor Eggs Over 40

Let me say up front that I personally know a number of women (and their children) who have used donor eggs to get pregnant.  However, I also know a couple of women who were told they needed donor eggs but wound up getting pregnant on their own - even over the age of 40.  One woman was taking a break to save up enough money for the procedure when she spontaneously conceived.

My site: www.getpregnantover40.com for more about donor eggs and IVF over 40


 I realize this is a viable option (and perhaps the only option) depending on your diagnosis. However, sometimes I wonder if the women who decide to undergo the rigors of donating their eggs really understand what the consequences are (some even claim that their future fertility was compromised). This article talks about a survey that was done with women who donated their eggs and their physical and emotional state afterwards. Read more:


From the article:

The study, from the University of Washington, examined 80 women from 20 states who had donated eggs from two to 15 years earlier. Participants, whose average age was 30, completed a detailed questionnaire. The researchers found that 16% of women complained of subsequent physical symptoms and 20% reported lasting psychological effects after donation. The physical complaints included bloating, pain, cramping, ovarian hyperstimulation, mood changes, weight gain or weight loss. Several women claimed the process damaged their ovaries, leading to a decrease or loss of fertility.

Psychological repercussions were feelings of attachment to the eggs or to the potential or resulting offspring, concern that a resulting child may want to have a relationship with them and stress resulting from the process. Some complained of being treated callously by clinic staff.

Egg donors are often college students, and they are paid an average of almost $4,000 for their services. The study showed that women who said they were motivated to donate for the money had less satisfying experiences compared with women who said they donated for altruistic reasons. About 19% said their motivations were purely financial and 32% said they just wanted to help others. The remainder of the women said both factors motivated them to donate.

"We were asking these women years later and a feeling of helping may last longer than money," said the study's lead author, psychologist Nancy Kenney, in a news release. "We know if clinics don't offer money, most women won't donate. Great Britain, where there is no paid egg donation program, for example, has a tremendous shortage of donors. But, as one of our donors said, 'If you do this just for money, you'll be sorry.' "

The study also found that a large number of women were not aware of the possible physical risks related to donation. Twenty percent said they did not recall being made aware of the physical risks at the time of their first donation. Young women, in particular, may not fully comprehend the risks, Kenney says. "Risks don't mean much to young women . . . If you are 25 and are told that something may cause cancer when you are 45 that may seem to be forever." More of the women reported being aware of the potential psychological risks.

The study seems particularly relevant during the current economic downturn, as more women might be considering egg donation as a way to make money. One Los Angeles infertility clinic employee I spoke with recently said the number of women enlisting as egg donors has quadrupled in recent months.

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  (www.latimes.com)

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