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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Genetically Modified Corn (GMOs) May Affect Fertility

Pregnancy Over 40, Fertility and GMO's

I don't know much about genetically modified crops, but I do know that their safety has been questioned.
I also know that, many processed products already contain genetically modified ingredients. Even the "health food" stores are carrying these products. See more here:

Whole Foods Admits Its Organic Foods Contain Genetically Modified Ingredients

This article talks about how these crops can affect fertility. Read more:

The work was done at the University of Vienna, using a GM maize hybrid line called NK603 x MON810, which has two copies of the RR gene in it, each copy with its own, different promoter sequence, as well as the MON810 gene. In one of the very few long-term nutrition studies conducted so far with an approved GM product (2), it became apparent over a period of 20 weeks that the fertility of GM corn fed mice was seriously impaired, with fewer offspring than mice fed on non-GM equivalent material. In a multi-generational trial, mice fed with GM maize had fewer offspring in the third and fourth generations, and this difference was statistically significant. 

See also: GMO's and Fertility 

Mice fed with GM-free corn reproduced more rapidly. In a series of carefully-controlled trials, it was also discovered that there was a statistically significant decrease in litter weight in the third and fourth litters of mice in the GM-fed group as compared to the control group.

See Also: Detoxify Your Environnment To Get Pregnant (www.getpregnantover40.com )  and

Fertility Foods (www.getpregnantover40.com)

Although the Austrian authorities have announced the findings in a somewhat cautious fashion, stressing the urgent need for "further studies", the implications of the work are immediate and far-reaching. Speaking for GM Free Cymru, Dr Brian John said: "This work will do huge damage to the GM industry worldwide, since it shows that a crop -- Monsanto's maize line NK603 x MON810 -- which has been approved as safe by EFSA, and given consent for use in food and feed by the EC, is in fact dangerous to health. It demonstrates that the approvals process is at best inadequate and at worst corrupt. 
from: 
organicconsumers.org

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Omega 3 Supplements Boost Fertility

Pregnancy Over 40, How Omega 3 Supplements Can Help

Omega-3 Supplements Boost Fertility click here for the full article



Omega-3 Supplements Boost Fertility

Guest Post by
By Dr. Yannick Pauli

Diet and nutrition can contribute to a person's chances of conceiving, and studies show that omega-3 from fish oil pills can boost fertility in both men and women. Omega-3 supplements have been found to regulate hormone levels and create an ideal environment for a healthy pregnancy. Omega-3 fatty acids also have a positive effect on specific problems with male and female infertility.
Omega-3 for Female Fertility
The first condition required for female fertility is a healthy and regular menstrual cycle with minimal cramps and pre-menstrual syndrome. If a woman's menstrual cycle is too irregular, it will be difficult for her to predict her most fertile days and schedule intercourse around it. Women with irregular menstrual cycles are also likely to experience anovulation, a condition where the ovaries fail to release a mature egg. Women who take daily doses of omega-3 fatty acids have observed decreased menstrual clamps, less clots in their menstrual blood, and fewer PMS symptoms like depressions.
Aside from these benefits, research shows that omega-3 fatty acids can treat polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a form of infertility closely related to high insulin levels. Simply reducing insulin levels won't treat PCOS; studies show that an imbalance in eicosanoids also triggers this condition. Clinical studies on women with PCOS show that consuming omega-3 supplement with long-chain EPA increased their chances of getting pregnant and reduced the risk of miscarriage. They also had lower rates of premature births, which can cause a number of developmental problems in childhood.

See Also: Fish Oil To Prevent Miscarriage (www.getpregnantover40.com)


Even if you don't have PCOS, consuming fish oil supplements is essential for pre-natal care. 60% of the human brain structure is made up of omega-3 fatty acids, and the mother's omega-3 stores are critical for the baby's brain development. The baby's need for long-chain DHA is greatest during the third trimester as this is when neurons and nerve cells are formed at a prodigious rate. Without an adequate supply of omega-3 fatty acids, the baby's brain cannot keep up with the need for DHA, and he or she could be at risk for learning disorders and other developmental problems.
Omega-3 for Male Fertility
Omega-3 essential fatty acids are critical for a healthy prostate gland and sperm production. The anti-inflammatory capabilities of omega-3 fatty acids prevent a condition called prostatitis, or the swelling of the prostate. Daily doses of fish oil lower blood pressure and moderate the amount of blood that travels to the genitals and prostate. This lowers the risk of erectile dysfunction and promotes a healthy prostate. However, male fertility involves more than just healthy sperm production. For an egg to be fertilized, sperm needs to be strong, plentiful, mobile, and healthy.
Omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA make up part of the structure of all cell membranes in the body, including sperm cells. Research shows that men with low sperm viability and poor sperm motility have low levels of DHA in their sperm cells when compared to fertile men. Often, low DHA levels in sperm are related to unhealthy eating habits of infertile men. When the body has more cholesterol than omega-3 fatty acids, cholesterol makes up part of the sperm membrane's structure, preventing it from maturing properly. Not only are immature sperm cells unable to penetrate the egg, but they also create free radicals that cause the oxidation of healthier sperm cells. Fortunately, this situation can be reversed with daily consumption of omega-3 supplements.
Omega-3 fatty acids are critical to forming and sustaining life, and every fertility diet should make room for this importance substance. Make fish oil supplements a part of your pre-natal care and fertility plan.
Dr. Yannick Pauli is a Swiss natural health expert and the author of The Healing Power of Omega-3s. To get your free copy of this e-book or watch educational videos (no sign-up required!), visit his site Omega 3 Fish Oil Vitamins.



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Monday, July 29, 2013

More On the Aspartame Debate

Pregnancy Over 40, Trying To Conceive Over 40 and Aspartame

First let me say that I have tried to completely cut aspartame out of my diet. But, having said that, there are differing reports out there about whether or not aspartame is safe in moderate doses.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
Personally, I feel that when you are trying to conceive or pregnant, you should try to eliminate anything that has the potential to be usafe for you or your pregnancy. This article explains more about the dangers of aspartame:

A document from the European Parliament says that

the use of aspartame increases the exposure to its metabolites methanol/formaldehyde and phenylalanine, and is reported to provoke headaches, nausea and allergic reactions, especially in the case of vulnerable persons. Its widespread use should therefore be re-evaluated by the Commission and the relevant scientific committees, taking into account all available data and respecting the precautionary principle. A historical evaluation is required as there seems to be evidence that original studies did not prove the safety of aspartame.

See Also: Fertility Tea, Make Your Own (www.getpregnantover40.com)

There is also a call for proposals to improve the labeling of products containing aspartame and Parliament wants the new directive to be implemented in the Member States within a year. They are concerned about a lack of warning labels for pregnant women and children's health.

Rightly so, since aspartame is an abortifacient and a teratogen. It also stimulates prolactin. It is an endocrine disrupting chemical. It changes the menses triggering infertility. Then if the consumer is off aspartame and gets pregnant she may lose the baby if she gets back on it.

from  www.genhealth.com

Friday, July 26, 2013

50 Year Old Pregnant: Conceives Naturally

Pregnancy Over 40 and Pregnancy over 50

It's nothing to hear about 40 year old women conceiving naturally. I hear from women every day who conceive without fertility treatments.  I myself had a surprise pregnancy at the age of 49 (See my story here: 49 and Pregnant (www.getpregnantover40.com)

It is somewhat more rare to hear about 50 year old women getting pregnant, but it certainly happens. Read more:

After marrying later in life, the couple had been advised by doctors that they would "need a miracle" to have a baby.

Mrs Burns stopped using the contraceptive pill and thought she had begun menopause, but her husband had not given up hope.

"Peter had been on a complete detox and suggested Anthea take a pregnancy test. The result was positive," the source said.

Gold Coast real estate agent Joe Farr, who has been marketing the waterfront home, said he was stunned when Mr Burns delivered the news.

"I've known him for about four years. They wanted to sell their home and downsize," Mr Farr said. "Now they're going to be a middle-aged couple with their first child. I was just blown away."


From: 50 Year Old Conceives Naturally

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Can a Tipped or Retroverted Uterus, or Arcuate Uterus Cause Infertility?

Retroverted Or Tipped Uterus and Pregnancy Over 40

Most of the articles and research I've read on having a retroverted uterus claim that this condition in and of itself does not cause infertility (unless it is associated with a condition like endometriosis).
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 However, it can cause some discomfort. There are treatments, both natural and surgical if it becomes a problem. Read more:

If you are experiencing symptoms of a retroverted uterus, you may want to make an appointment with your health care provider for an examination. By performing a few simple tests, your health care provider can easily diagnose the condition. Diagnosis usually consists of:

* a pelvic exam
* an abdominal ultrasound

Occasionally, it is difficult to differentiate a retroverted uterus from a pelvic tumor. In this case, your health care provider may have to perform a rectovaginal exam.

See Also, Trying To Conceive With An Arcuate Uterus and Other Uterine Abnormalities (www.getpregnantover40.com)

Are There Any Health Complications Associated with a Retroverted Uterus?

Few women with retroverted uteruses experience health complications as a result of their condition. However, sometimes a retroverted uterus can be a warning sign of another underlying reproductive issue, including pelvic inflammatory disease or endometriosis. Be sure to contact your health care provider if you are experiencing:

* severe abdominal or pelvic pain
* irregular menstrual periods
* irregular ovulation or infertility

If left untreated, these conditions can have dangerous effects on your reproductive organs and overall health.

from:

womens-health.co.uk

Monday, July 22, 2013

Feng Shui and Male Fertility

How Feng Shui Can Help The Man In Your Life To Help You Conceive

I have guests posts on my blog from time to time and this is one on feng shui and male fertility.
http://www.getpregnantover40.com  I'm certainly not an expert in feng shui, but this is a very informative article on the subject:

Guest Post By Kartar Diamond

In past articles and in my books, I have written about some Feng Shui circumstances which can affect fertility, with the assumption and emphasis on the woman's role.
However, there are some things a man can do to increase his own fertility. In the East-West School of Feng Shui, each person has good and bad personal directions based on their personal Kua. This is also called a Personal Trigram and it is based on your year of birth. In The Feng Shui Matrix, I give a run down of what each of the eight basic directions means for each personal trigram. What might be a positive direction for one person could be negative for another.
One general principle is that for a woman, if she sleeps with her head pointing to her personal trigram direction, it is considered supportive for conception. The personal trigram direction is always associated with relaxation. So it is interesting to see that in this system it is considered easier for a woman to conceive if she is sleeping in her most relaxing direction. For example, a woman born in 1983 is the Dui trigram which is associated with west. If she sleeps with her head to west, this can be one of a half dozen different techniques to help increase the prospects of getting pregnant.
For a man, it is totally different. Each person, male and female, has a personal direction that is considered the best for attracting prosperity. And for a man, sleeping with his head toward his major prosperity direction also makes him more fertile. When I learned this, I found it odd and amusing that for a man to produce offspring is part of the concept of being wealthy. We know for a fact that men who father many children are not necessarily wealthy in reality, but the children themselves are considered manifestations of a different type of prosperity. I knew one very successful businessman who beamed when he was telling everyone about the coming of his fourth child. And he actually said that he had no financial worries because he felt that he had became more successful with each child. Having an attitude like that certainly helps!
If you are a man who wants to know what your combination Major Prosperity/Fertility Sleeping Direction is, I have created a list in this article. It should be noted that for the Personal Trigram Birth Charts, the first day of any given year for the Chinese Solar Calendar begins on February 4th, and not on January 1st. For example, if a man was born in January or February 1st, 2nd, 3rd, in any given year, he is actually a year older on the Trigram calendar. February 4th is the mid-way point between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox, so it should not be confused with the Chinese Lunar Calendar which vacillates by weeks from year to year.
A man born in January of 1957 for example, would be considered born in 1956. Or a man born on February 3rd of 1961 would be considered born in 1960.
These Personal Trigrams repeat every nine years perpetually and the sleeping direction refers to the direction ones head is pointing when laying down.
Males born in 1940, 1949, 1958, 1967, 1976, 1985, 1994

Fertility Sleeping Direction=West
Males born 1941, 1950, 1959, 1968, 1977, 1986, 1995

Fertility Sleeping Direction= Northeast
Males born in 1942, 1951, 1960, 1969, 1978, 1987, 1996

Fertility Sleeping Direction=North
Males born in 1943, 1952, 1961, 1970, 1979, 1988, 1997

Fertility Sleeping Direction=South
Males born in 1944, 1953, 1962, 1971, 1980, 1989, 1998

Fertility Sleeping Direction=Northeast
Males born in 1945, 1954, 1963, 1972, 1981, 1990

Fertility Sleeping Direction=Southeast
Males born in 1946, 1955, 1964, 1973, 1982, 1991

Fertility Sleeping Direction=East
Males born in 1947, 1956, 1965, 1974, 1983, 1992

Fertility Sleeping Direction=Southwest
Males born in 1948, 1957, 1966, 1975, 1984, 1993

Fertility Sleeping Direction=Northwest
Kartar Diamond is an acclaimed Feng Shui author and classically trained consultant since 1992. You can preview her books and professional services at http://www.FengShuiSolutions.net
Kartar consults world wide, in-person and over the internet. She is the originator of the comprehensive long distance consultation and now has an on-line mentoring program called the Feng Shui Case Study Club. Find out the details for this special program at http://www.FengShuiSolutions.net/case-study-club.htm

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Saturday, July 20, 2013

How Air Quality May Affect Your Health and Hormones

Pregnancy Over 40 and Air Quality

Most of us have heard about how there can be some common pollutants in our homes which can affect our lungs and overall health.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 This article talks about everything from radon to fragrances which can affect our hormones and overall health. Read more:

From the article:

LAY OFF THE FRAGRANCES. America's mania for pleasant scents (in the air and on our bodies) is making indoor air worse. Joint research from the Environmental Working Group and the University of Washington found that all top-selling laundry products emit at least one substance regulated as toxic or hazardous. And many air fresheners contain phthalates, hormone-disrupting chemicals that may affect reproductive development. It's best to choose soaps and cleaners free of perfumes and dyes; to scent your home, boil citrus peels or herbs like sage, rosemary, or mint.

from:  www.prevention.com

Thursday, July 18, 2013

More On Our "Drug" Culture

Pregnancy Over 40, Fertility Drugs and IVF Are Not Always The Answer

I have previously mentioned how our society and medical system is run by pharmaceutical companies.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 I'm not saying that there are aren't some drugs that save lives, but I have an incident of how are medical system revolves around pharmaceuticals. I have a relative who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. MS is a neurological autoimmune disorder where your own immune system starts attacking itself. Fortunately, she seems to have a mild and slow moving form of the disease. She began seeing a neurologist who is considered an expert in the area.

My relative has been doing her own research on natural methods of treating or slowing the disease. The basic "mainstream" treatment for MS is to prescribe a certain classification of drugs which are extremely expensive and only proven to work in about 30% of patients. Many insurances (including hers)don't cover the cost.

My relative has opted not to take the drugs. I guess she has the same mindset that I do. But the real clincher is after she told her doctor that she didn't want to take the drugs, this doctor started treating her like she was a total moron and quit returning her phone calls. Aside from the lack of professionalism, this whole situation is another example of how western medicine is totally and completely dependent on the pharmaceutical industry. Maybe her doctor has stock in the drug companies? Just kidding about the stock, but it makes you wonder how our society became so drug oriented.

The same thing seems to hold true for fertility treatments. If you visit an RE, they rarely prescribe natural methods. The treatment usually revolves around bombarding your system with ovarian stimulation drugs along with other forms of high tech intervention. I'm sure there are countless stories of how people overcome "incurable" diseases through the natural route - unfortunately, these stories never get the same attention as the well-publicized pharmaceuticals do.

By the way, since I originally did this post, my relative has gone on an organic "anti-inflammatory" diet and her last MRI showed the MS lesions on her brain have shrunk! She has absolutely NO symptoms of the disease and it has been over 6 years since diagnosis.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Metabolic Syndrome and Male Fertility

Pregnancy Over 40 and Male Factor Infertility

Obesity, hypertension and insulin resistance can all affect men's fertility.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 The article below discusses "metabolic syndrome" and men's fertility:


From the article:

The Metabolic Syndrome and Review
Male Infertility
SANJAY S. KASTURI,* JUSTIN TANNIR,* AND ROBERT E. BRANNIGAN
From the *Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and the Department of Urology, Northwestern
University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois.
ABSTRACT: Metabolic syndrome (MetS) is highly prevalent,
affecting more than 47 million US residents. This condition is also
multifaceted, potentially leading to significant disturbance of numerous
physiologic processes. This review article evaluates the
literature regarding metabolic syndrome and male reproductive
health. Links between obesity, dyslipidemia, hypertension, and
insulin resistance are each examined with regard to their associated
detrimental effects on male fertility. At the end of this manuscript, we
propose a new MetS/male infertility paradigm. Additional studies
specifically addressing the components of MetS and their impact on
male reproduction will enhance our understanding of the underlying
pathophysiology. These studies may also help clarify the role for
therapeutic intervention.
J Androl 2008;29:251–259 

from:
www.andrologyjournal.org

Monday, July 15, 2013

Fertility and Uterine Abnormalities

Uterine defects or Abnormalities May Affect Your Ability To Get Pregnant Or Stay Pregnant


When I worked in healthcare, I recall talking to a surgical assistant about an amazing C-section he worked on.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com

 He talked about how this particular woman had a double uterus. Apparently this must have been a surprise in the operating room. This is very rare, but there are other uterine abnormalities which could affect a woman's ability to get pregnant or carry a pregnancy. Read more:



From the article:

What are the main abnormalities of the uterus?

There are quite a few different kinds of problems of the uterus:

A bicornuate uterus (a womb with two 'horns') is the most common. Instead of the womb being pear-shaped, it is shaped like a heart, with a deep indentation at the top. This means that the baby has less space to grow than in a normally shaped womb.

See Also, TTC With An Arcuate Uterus and Other Abnormalities (www.getpregnantover40.com)

A unicornuate uterus (a womb with one 'horn') happens when the tissue that forms the womb does not develop properly. This is a very rare condition. A unicornuate uterus is just half the size of a normal womb and the woman has only one fallopian tube. However, she usually has two ovaries.

A double uterus, technically called a "uterus didelphys", is when the uterus has two inner cavities. Each cavity may lead to its own cervix and vagina, so the woman has two cervixes and two vaginas. Again, this is very rare.

A septate uterus is where the inside of the uterus is divided by a wall (septum). The septum may extend only part way into the uterus or it may reach as far as the cervix.

Normally, the uterus leans forwards over the top of the bladder. Doctors call this position "anteverted" and "anteflexed". Some women have a tilted uterus (which may also be described as "backward", "retroflexed", "retroverted" or "tipped") which leans away from the bladder rather than over it...
What effect do uterine abnormalities have?

On fertility A tilted uterus does not make a woman less fertile, and a woman with a uterine septum only occasionally has infertility problems. Women with a unicornuate uterus may have difficulties conceiving, because they have only one fallopian tube. However, pregnancy in women with this condition is far from unknown. In general, uterine abnormalities do not prevent a woman from getting pregnant, but they may make it more difficult for her to carry a baby for the full nine months of pregnancy.

On miscarriage The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists says that it's hard to tell whether there is a link between uterine abnormalities and miscarriage. However, a review of research into pregnancy outcomes of women with abnormal uteri found that miscarriage is higher in women with an abnormality than in women with normal uteri, but the rates vary according to the type of abnormality -- for example, women with a septate uterus are at a greater risk of miscarriage than women with other abnormalities. 

from:
Abnormalities of the uterus (BabyCentre UK )

Friday, July 12, 2013

New Twist On Sperm Donation

Pregnancy Over 40, Sperm donation

With all of the online resources nowadays, people are opting for the "do-it-yourself" approach to getting pregnant.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
This article and video talks about a couple who found their own sperm donor and performed the insemination themselves. Watch here:
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From the article: Drew Sollenberger, a 26-year-old single software engineer who does work for government agencies, donates to several charities and even donated a kidney to a child. He is also an active donor on Free Sperm Donor Registry. He told "20/20" that he has no interest in monetary gain for donating his semen, and views this as a way to help women and bring children into the world without the responsibilities of marriage or fatherhood. "I would love to have a standard, nuclear family. But to do that, I have to get married and I decided that I was not going to get married… I still wanted to have a child."

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Babies, Babies Everywhere...Dealing With The Fertile World

Pregnancy Over 40, Dealing With The Fertile World

I've written about this before...the world seems to be blooming with new babies, especially when you're the one who can't have one (or the one who had to wait years and/or had to endure one or more miscarriages).
 My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 Even though I feel that I've completed my family with the birth of our daughter, I still feel that little "pang" in my stomach when people happily announce their pregnancies - it's only natural that you assume they don't fully appreciate what they've been given. I have two cousins who I'm fairly close to who both announced their pregnancies in the last month. I also have a neighbor who just adopted a baby boy (her second adopted child) in the last couple of days...my daughter started pleading with me..."I want a baby too!"

Believe me, I'm thankful and completely content with what I have. One thing I've learned loud and clear is that babies are a gift and you must accept what you're given and be grateful everyday for what you have.

One piece of advice I have if you're TTC and you're feeling left behind as others move on with completing their families, is this:

there are enough babies to go around!

Just because others get pregnant before you, that doesn't mean your chances are any less. Everyone is on their own path and your timeline may be totally different from someone elses. Now that I have the benefit of hindsight, I'm happy I had my daughter when I did. Most people my age are going through the trauma of becoming empty nesters. By the time I go through that, I'll be good and ready (I'll be an official senior citizen and even eligible for Medicare and Social Security!) Whenever I've been jealous of someone elses life, it seems like I later find out that they're dealing with some other challenge that makes my life look like a walk in the park.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Unexplained Infertility - Are You Too Acidic to Conceive?

Trying To Get Pregnant...pH and Acidity May Be The Cause

 I have always found the subject of body pH to be confusing.  As a matter of fact, many sources contradict each other as to which foods are acidic or alkaline. 
Here is a post which includes information about pH and how it can affect a woman's ability to conceive.

My site: www.getpregnantover40.com


From the site:
  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.
Microorganisms like yeast, fungi, bacteria, viruses, and others thrive in an acidic environment. Some of these nasty critters interfere with enzyme and coenzyme production in the body, including ones that are essential to hormone health, as well as many other health concerns. If a particular coenzyme is depleted, hormones that are critical to fertility and reproduction (in both men and women) can become imbalanced. Additionally, many of the microorganisms that begin to thrive in an acidic body can feed on hormones, causing deficiencies. 
from: 

  babyzone

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Menstrual Cramps May Be A Sign Of Fertility Problems

Pregnancy Over 40, Menstrual Cramps and Fertility

Everything in our body is connected.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 If you are experiencing painful periods, this can be a sign of fertility problems to come. There are a number of things that can cause menstrual cramps and some may signal underlying problems like endometriosis, overproduction of prostaglandins, and even pelvic infection. All of these conditions can affect fertility. Read more:


Release of prostaglandins and other inflammatory mediators in the uterus (womb) is thought to be a major factor in primary dysmenorrhoea (Wright et al. 2003). Prostaglandin levels have been found to be much higher in women with severe menstrual pain than in women who experience mild or no menstrual pain. Drugs which inhibit the production of prostaglandins, such as the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) Naproxen, Ibuprofen and Mefenamic Acid, can provide relief for the discomfort and other associated symptoms of excessive prostaglandin release, such as nausea, vomiting, and headache...

...The mechanisms causing the pain of secondary dysmenorrhoea are varied and may or may not involve prostaglandins. Some causes of secondary dysmenorrhoea are endometriosis, pelvic inflammation, fibroid tumours, adenomyosis, ovarian cysts, and pelvic congestions. The presence of an IUD (intrauterine device) for contraception may also be a potential cause of menstrual pain, although they usually lead to pelvic pain only around the time of insertion. Some women also find that use of tampons exacerbates menstrual cramps and pain.


from:  
medic8.com

Sunday, July 07, 2013

FALLOPIAN TUBE DAMAGE, FIBRIA DAMAGE

Pregnancy Over 40: Adhesions Cause Fallopian Tube Damage To Fimbria

Those mysterious fallopian tubes.
So small, but so important to getting pregnant. If you recall, you may have learned about this in your anatomy class. The fallopian tubes have little finger like projections called fimbria. These may get damaged with scar tissue from infections or endometriosis which can contribute to infertility.

Click Here To Learn More About Natural Remedies For Endometriosis 

 This article explains more about fallopian tubes:

The health of the fallopian tubes--named in honor of the sixteenth-century Italian anatomist Gabriele Fallopio--is central to a woman''''s fertility. Damage to the fallopian tubes can interfere with this process. Most problems fall into the category of tubal occlusion next to or around the fimbria. Only 10 to 20 percent of tubal obstruction occurs within the fallopian tubes and next to the uterus, says Edmond Confino, M.D., associate professor and director of the In Vitro Fertilization Program at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

One type of obstruction is caused by pelvic adhesions. Bands of connective tissue attach to the surface of the ovary or form a barrier between the ovary and the fallopian tubes. These adhesions are sometimes the result of endometriosis, a disease where tissue similar to the lining of the uterus is located outside the uterus. Another cause of the adhesions is pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), a condition of the female pelvic organs that''''s often caused by sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) such as gonorrhea and chlamydia. Both endometriosis and infections like PID can also block tubes at their connection to the uterus.

The fallopian tubes can become obstructed if the fimbriae are damaged, says Dr. Confino. Occasionally, a blockage within the tube is created by microplugs--small masses of proteinlike tissue that form inside the tubes. 
excerpted from: (www.mothernature.com)

Saturday, July 06, 2013

Fertile Days: More Than You Think

Pregnancy Over 40 and Fertile Days

Here's an encouraging article if you're having difficulty timing intercourse for the optimal days to conceive.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 I'm always hearing stories about how some women accidentally get pregnant and they swear it must have been the "immaculate conception". They had intercourse nowhere near their supposed ovulation date. Women in their 40's are no exception. The number of unintended pregnancies in women over 40 is second only to teenagers. Read more:

Science Daily — Guidelines for getting pregnant -- or avoiding pregnancy -- usually assume an average woman is fertile between days 10 and 17 of her menstrual cycle. But researchers at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences have demonstrated what some accidentally pregnant women may have long suspected:

Only about 30 percent of women actually have their fertile window entirely within that timespan.

In fact, the researchers found, there is hardly a day in the menstrual cycle during which some women are not potentially fertile. Women in this study were of prime reproductive age (most between 25 and 35) when the menstrual cycles are most regular. The window of fertility wsould be even more unpredictable for teenagers or for women approaching menopause, the NIEHS researchers said.

Describing data on tests during nearly 700 menstrual cycles of 213 healthy North Carolina women, NIEHS' Allen J. Wilcox, M.D., Ph.D., statistician David Dunson, Ph.D., and epidemiologist Donna Day Baird, Ph.D., reported in the British Medical Journal (Vol. 321, pp 1259-1262) that "women should be advised that the timing of their fertile window can be highly unpredictable, even if their cycles are usually regular."

from: 
 (www.sciencedaily.com

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Trying To Get Pregnant: There's No Fireworks


SEE: SHARING INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR INFERTILITY (getpregnantover40.com)

Caffeine Alters Estrogen

Pregnancy Over 40, Estrogen and Fertility Affected By Caffeine

Most of us have heard that caffeine can affect fertility and can contribute to miscarriage.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
This article, however, talks about how caffeine can alter estrogen. Sometimes it increases and sometimes it decreases. Although they did not find an alteration in women's menstrual cycles, it seems that there must be some reproductive ramifications if hormones are being altered. Read more:


From the article:

The researchers gathered data on over 250 women aged 18 to 44 years from 2005 through 2007. They drank an average of 90 milligrams of caffeine per day - a little more than the equivalent of a cup of coffee's worth.

The participants came into the clinic from once to three times a week during two of their menstrual cycles. The researchers gathered data on what they had eaten during the previous 24 hours, as well as details on their sleeping hours, smoking, exercise and other lifestyle patterns. Their estrogen levels were also measured.

In an Abstract in the journal, the authors concluded:

"Moderate consumption of caffeine was associated with reduced estradiol concentrations among white women, whereas caffeinated soda and green tea intakes were associated with increased estradiol concentrations among all races. Further research is warranted on the association between caffeine and caffeinated beverages and reproductive hormones and whether these relations differ by race."



from:  medicalnewstoday.com



Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Fallopian Tube Function

 Pregnancy Over 40, Ovulation and Fallopian Tubes

Have you ever wondered exactly what is going on in your fallopian tubes?
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 They really are quite small, but very important to conception and pregnancy. The following article is an excellent resource on fallopian tube function and fallopian tube pathology. Read more:

Here is an excerpt from the article:

The tube has three sections, the cornu, the isthmus, and the ampulla and fimbria. The cornu, which is the connection to the uterus, is a narrow valve that opens and closes in response to uterine contractions. It measures about half an inch in length, and is lined by glands that make fluids.

The isthmus, the narrowest connecting part of the tube is an intricate and tiny tube lined with cilia, the tiny hair-like projections off of cells that move in waves to pull sperm and embryos along the tube. The walls of the isthmus are thrown up into multiple complex folds. The isthmus is hardly a simple conduit, but rather a complex and active moving pathway.

The ampulla, the funnel-shaped end of the tube, is connected to the fimbria, feathery fingers that reach out to the ovary and pick up the newly released egg. These three portions of the tube work together to carry sperm out to the end of the tube, pick up the egg, and provide a site for fertilization. They then carry the fertilized embryo to its resting spot in the uterus.

The pathway to the egg is an arduous one; only a small proportion of the ejaculated sperm find the egg. At ejaculation, sperm are deposited in the vagina and then swim through the cervix and uterus and into the fallopian tubes. Some reports indicate that sperm can be found in the fallopian tubes within five minutes of ejaculation 51; they are quite speedy. The sperm travel with the motion of their own tails and with assistance from muscular contractions in the uterus and tubes, and with the motion of cilia, tiny hair-like cells that line the inside of the tube. The sperm travel to the end of the tube, where they meet and fertilize the egg. The fertilized egg, or embryo, then moves back down through the tube to the uterus, taking several days to make the journey.


The article goes on to talk about fallopian tube pathology.


Tubal Problems Carl M. Herbert, MD (www.healthline.com)

Monday, July 01, 2013

Get More Fertile By Clearing Your Clutter?

Pregnancy Over 40:  Improve Your Fertility Over 40, Clear Your Mind, Clear Your Clutter!

I have always been of the mindset that you have to clear out the old to make room for the new. If you want to attract a baby into your life, you need to clear your clutter.
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 Believe it or not, cleaning your house can help clear your mind and it can help you make room in your life for a new baby. We had a spare room in our house that I knew would be the nursery one day, but I was using it as a catch all room for spare furniture and sorting laundry. One day I decided to clean it up and decorate it. I didn't decorate it in baby decor, just flowery fabric
(which I wound up using in the nursery). I truly believe you need to have an inviting environment for your baby, not just physically, but mentally and emotionally. Clearing out your clutter not only makes your house more inviting, but it frees your mind and makes you more receptive to what will come next in your life.

If you were a baby making your way into this world, wouldn't you want to have an organized environment to live?  I believe that your home is the visual equivalent to what is going on in your mind (and your life).  

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