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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Reconnecting With Another Woman Who Had Her Baby at the Age of 44

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

DHEA TO HELP YOU CONCEIVE, EGG QUALITY AND GETTING PREGNANT

DHEA Dehydroepiandrosterone (D-hi-dro-epp-E-an-dro-ster-own) For Fertility

If you haven't heard of DHEA, it is a natural steroid hormone manufactured by the adrenal glands.   The adrenal glands convert cholesterol into DHEA and ultimately into estrogen and testosterone.
As women get older and as with other hormones, DHEA declines.  DHEA is thought to help with a number of conditions including Alzheimer's disease, MS, Parkinson's and a number of sexual disorders.  In terms of fertility, it is supposed to help women with diminished ovarian reserve.  DHEA is thought to help restore the function of the ovaries.     Click here to read full article (getpregnantover40.com)



Monday, February 18, 2013

IVF Myths


Pregnancy Over 40, Getting Pregnant Naturally:  IVF Myths

If you're a frequent reader of this blog, you know I'm an advocate for conceiving through natural means.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 My intent is not to scare those of you considering fertility treatments since I know for some couples this may be the only option. However, I do occasionally post articles like this one which give the facts and don't just focus on positive outcomes. Read more:

www.livescience.com

From the article:



Myth 4: IVF increases fertility

Actually, a woman undergoing IVF must first take hormones to shut down her fertility cycle, Franklin explained. The prospective mother is then injected with synthetic hormones to amplify her egg production or synchronize her cycle to that of a donor's. Hormone treatment is continued throughout implantation and the early stages of pregnancy. This technique, which was first developed in agriculture, results in side effects that range from "mild to incredibly uncomfortable," Steinbock said.

Myth 5: The children will be fine

"The voice that gets lost in all these debates is that of the child," Spar said. No one knows the long-term effects of spending, as an embryo, a few days in cultured media or exposed to surges of synthetic hormones, she said.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Do Genetically Modified Foods (GMOs) Affect Fertility?

Pregnancy Over 40 and Trying To Conceive - Genetically Modified Foods May Be A Problems

Don't panic yet, this study wasn't done on humans, but apparently, genetically modified foods lower fertility in mice.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com for more on toxins in the environment
Yikes, many processed food already contain genetically modified grains and you probably don't even know you're eating them.  I should say that there are arguments for GMO's because they have cut pesticide use signficantly - you have to judge for yourself.   Read more:

www.dailymail.co.uk

From the article:

Professor Dr Jurgen Zentek, Professor for Veterinary Medicine at the University of Vienna and lead author of the study, said a GM diet effected the fertility of mice.

GM expert at Greenpeace International, Dr Jan van Aken, said: 'Genetically Engineered food appears to be acting as a birth control agent, potentially leading to infertility.

'If this is not reason enough to close down the whole biotech industry once and for all, I am not sure what kind of disaster we are waiting for.

'Playing genetic roulette with our food crops is like playing Russian roulette with consumers and public health.'


See Also: GMOs and Fertility

The Austrian scientists performed several long-term feeding trials with laboratory mice over a course of 20 weeks.

One of the studies was a so-called reproductive assessment by continuous breeding (RACB) trial, in which the same parent generation gave birth to several litters of baby mice.

The parents were fed either with a diet containing 33per cent of GM maize, a hybrid of Monsanto's MON 810 and another variety, and a normal feed mix..

The team found changes that were 'statistically significant' in the third and fourth litters produced by the mice given a GM diet. There were fewer offspring, while the young mice were smaller.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Soy or No Soy For Men Who Are TTC?

Can Soy Harm Men's Fertility?

Whether or not soy should be consumed for women has quite a bit of contradictory information out there. 
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
But up until now, most of the literature seemed to agree that men should stay away from it if they're trying to conceive.   The phytoestrogens in soy were thought to have a feminizing affect on men, which of course, would not be good for their fertility.  Just to give you both sides of the issue, this article talks about a study whichs concluded that it may be okay. Read more:

CTVNews

From the article:

Thirty-two healthy young men agreed to take part and drink a daily shake made from reconstituted powder. For three 57-day periods, they consumed a milk protein isolate, a low-isoflavone soy protein isolate or a high-isoflavone soy protein isolate, until they had gone through all three kinds of drinks. In between, there were 28-day washout periods when they took a break.

Isoflavones were measured in urine samples collected near the end of each treatment period, and semen was collected on the first and last day of each treatment period.

"We found absolutely no effects of consuming the soy, regardless of how much isoflavones were in it, on the semen parameters, either semen volume, sperm concentration, sperm counts, sperm morphology, sperm motility. There was no changes at all," Duncan said of the findings, which were published late last year in the journal Fertility and Sterility

Monday, February 11, 2013

Castor Oil Packs For Detoxification and Fertility - Make Your Own Easily

Make Your Own Castor Oil Packs To Enhance Fertility

Castor Oil packs used on the abdomen are thought to help reduce inflammation and increase pelvic circulation.  They may also help with liver detoxification and strengthening the immune system.
See also:  www.getpregnantover40.com for more natural remedies to conceive and enhance your fertility
 Most of us think of castor oil as the awful stuff that you ingest.  However, castor oil can be used externally as well.  You can buy castor oil packs, however it's quick, easy and inexpensive to make your own.

I have uploaded a quick video which shows how you can make your own castor oil packs in just minutes.

Click Here To Watch The Video Online



Infertility and Questioning Your Faith

 

SEE ALSO: INFERTILITY IN THE BIBLE (getpregnantover40.com)

 

Friday, February 08, 2013

Pregnancy Over 40, Greens Are A Fertility Superfood

Get Pregnant Over 40, Eat Your Greens For Hormonal Balance and Phytonutrients

Many people want to get more greens in their diet, but they pretty much stick with salads which are frqequently made with iceberg lettuce (not that nutritious.)
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com

I freqently buy greens like Kale and Collard Greens and I make a big batch to eat throughout the week. When I was at the checkout counter at the grocery store, the clerk says to me, what in the heck are these and how to you make them? It made me realize that first of all, many people are totally unfamiliar with greens and second of all, they have no idea how to make them. So I decided to make this quick video on how to cook greens. Enjoy!





Secondary Infertility: Hard to Find Support

Pregnancy Over 40, Secondary Infertility Is Painful Too

I've met and heard from many women who are experiencing secondary infertility.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
When I ran a women's infertility support group there were a couple of women who already had a child but couldn't get pregnant again. They would freqently feel the need to apologize to the group because they felt guilty for already having a child when everyone else would be elated with just one. One of these women explained to the group that you want another child so badly because you know how wonderful it is to have one. Let's face it...not being able to get pregnant is heartwrenching no matter whether you've already had a child or not. Here is an article that explains more about secondary infertility:


Secondary Infertility - Caught Between Fertile and Infertile Worlds


From the article:

"Moreover, there are emotional aspects that are unique. The couple experiencing secondary infertility often find it difficult to gain understanding or sympathy from family, friends and relatives. Since they have one child, most people assume that the couple will have no problem having another. Even other infertile couples offer little sympathy! Patients with primary infertility often resent couples who have a baby and believe their own pain would disappear if only they too could bear one child. A common remark is, "You have one child, you should be grateful for that." Couples who are victims of secondary infertility thus, are caught between two worlds, fertile and infertile --- and are excluded from both!"

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Can Folate Help Men's Fertility?

Sperm Quality And Chromosomal Abnormalities Reduced With Folate

We hear so much about folic acid prevent birth defects for women who are either trying to conceive or already pregnant. They are told to take it before conception and during pregnancy.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 Apparently, men should take it as well bewcause low levels could increase abnormalities in sperm.   So when you take your folic acid supplement, give some to your partner as well.  Read more:

Folate intake linked to genetic abnormalities in sperm, says new study (berkely.edu)

From the article:

men who report lower levels of the nutrient folate in their diets have higher rates of chromosomal abnormalities in their sperm, according to a new study by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Women of child-bearing age are encouraged to maintain adequate levels of folate in their diet, but the new findings, to be published Thursday, March 20, in the journal Human Reproduction, provide evidence that what men eat may also affect reproductive health.

"Recent studies have suggested that paternal diet affects sperm count and motility, which is important for conception, but this new study takes it further to say that male diet may be important for healthy offspring as well," said study coordinator Suzanne Young, a researcher at UC Berkeley's School of Public Health. "Our study is the first to look at the effects of diet on chromosomal abnormalities in sperm. These abnormalities would cause either miscarriages or children with genetic syndromes if the sperm fertilized an egg."

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Fertility Test - 22 Questions

Pregnancy Over 40, Fertility Over 40, Test Your Knowledge

Sometimes, it helps to get an objective viewpoint on your fertility.  On the UK's Daily Mail site, I found a fertility test which was developed by university researchers.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 If you click through on the Daily Mail link, then click on the picture, you can see a larger version which is easier to read:


dailymail.co.uk

This fertility test is simply a way to rank the probability of fertility problems, many of which can be overcome naturally. However, there are some conditions for which medical treatment may be necessary.

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Vitamin D and Fertility

Pregnancy Over 40, The Importance Of Vitamin D For Fertility

Getting enough sunlight and eating a healthy diet may be a key piece of enhancing your fertility.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 If you're unable to get a healthy dose of sunlight, make sure you're diet is fortified with vitamin D. Here is an article about vitamin D and it's importance in our diet:

The Miracle of Vitamin D

Here is an excerpt from the article about vitamin D and fertility:

"Infertility is associated with low vitamin D. Vitamin D supports production of estrogen in men and women. PMS has been completely reversed by addition of calcium, magnesium and vitamin D. Menstrual migraine is associated with low levels of vitamin D and calcium...

...PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) has been corrected by supplementation of D and calcium"

Friday, February 01, 2013

When A Friend Is Pregnant and You're Not

Trying To Conceive Over 40, Many Get Pregnant Before You

If you've been trying to conceive for a while, you see friends and family get pregnant and complete their families while you're stuck at the starting gate.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com
 The "fertility diaries" from WebMD talks about three friends and their stories of pregnancy and struggles with infertility. Read more:

Fertility Diaries 

From the article:

Jody: "You don't know what to say, and you don't want to say the wrong thing. It was so hard. You can't imagine how you survive something like that, how you even keep breathing. I told Jenny and Sean that if they wanted dinners, or anything like that, I'd bring them over. I wanted her to know that I cared, but didn't want to do anything that would make her feel worse."

But in fact, Jenny discovered that it was easier to talk about her feelings with Jody and other friends she'd first met online -- including Carrie, 31, a marketing manager who had recently moved to Ohio from Texas. "If you become friends online first, it's anonymous for a while, and you feel comfortable talking about things you might not talk about with your other friends," Jenny says. "So by the time Jody and Carrie and I met in 'real life' and started spending time together, we'd gotten used to being really open."

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