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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

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