Fertility Jewelry With Healing Stones

Fertility Jewelry With Healing Stones
Fertility Jewelry With Healing Stones

Tuesday, December 30, 2014


Pregnancy Over 40, Getting Pregnant For The New Year Starts With Gratitude

I've written before about how you need to acknowledge what you do have to attract what you want in your life.
 I spent many years wanting a baby and part of realizing what might have been "the impossible dream" (i.e. 44 with only one fallopian tube)was to take a hard look at the positive aspects of my life. Many of us fall into the trap of only looking at what we don't have. I assure you, our lives could be much worse. So, here is a list of what I've been thankful for in 2014 (there's 20 things here, but I could think of many more). You'll notice some things are little and some are big. That's okay. Just get into the mindset of gratitude. You'll be surprised how it helps you achieve the impossible.
1. I'm thankful every minute of every day that my daughter selected me as her mother
2. I'm thankful that I never gave up hope of having a baby - even though I was slammed by the medical community
3. I'm thankful that every miscarriage I had didn't incapacitate me and I kept listening to my internal "knowing" that I would have a baby.
4. I'm thankful I have a husband who has stuck by me through all the hard times
5. I'm thankful I have a home
6. I'm thankful I have a car
7. I'm thankful I have extended family close by
8. I'm thankful I have this blog with thousands of readers from all over the world
9. I'm thankful for my south facing windows which keep the house warm with solar heat
10. I'm thankful for my close friends
11. I'm thankful for my computer which I actually know how to use now
12. I'm thankful I like healthy food
13. I'm thankful that I'm in good health
14. I'm thankful for all the new technology which has come about in my lifetime which has made life easier
15. I'm thankful for my kickboxing class
16. I'm thankful for my part-time college teaching job which allows me to be a stay-at-home mom
17. I'm thankful for for my good neighbors
18. I'm thankful for the mountain in back of my house
19. I'm thankful for my fuzzy robe I wear in the morning when I'm freezing
20. I'm thankful that I'm thankful

Well...that's a start for me, how about you?

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Saturday, December 20, 2014


When you're having trouble getting pregnant, holidays like this one can be excruciatingly painful. I recall a time when I was trying to concieve, I got the stomach flu the night before a big family holiday dinner. I was sick but happy that I didn't have to attend.

I felt like an alien from another planet. Somehow I was given this body that couldn't reproduce! It seemed so natural and easy for everyone else. I always felt that people were wondering what's wrong with me. Now that I have the benefit of hindsight, I realize that I projected my own feelings on to others. They didn't obsess on my reproductive physiology half as much as I did (if at all).


One of the best ways I found to deal with holidays or other times when I was feeling left out, is I would remember that it will be my turn one day. I always held firm to that belief. If I saw the cute little kids dressed up in their holiday clothes happily participating in all the festivities I would smile and imagine how cute my kid is going to look some day. Instead of being angry and jealous, it helps to join in. It's easier to do this with kids because they don't ask those probing questions about getting pregnant, etc. If you want to attract something into your life, you need to see yourself as already having it (and behave as if you already have it). Kids attract kids. You may think this process would be too painful, but once I realized how I manifest what I want in my life, it changed my thinking. It gave me hope. 

Friday, December 12, 2014


What are castor oil packs? Can you make your own?

Castor oil, when used on the skin (externally) will absorb and it is thought to help detoxify the body.  Castor oil increase lymphocytes which remove toxins from your body.  They also can help increase circulation and decrease inflammation.  Here is one of my videos on how to make your own:

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Monday, December 08, 2014


Pregnancy Over 40, Many Women Still Very Fertile

I've written before about how doctors, the media, and society in general seems to think that if you're over 40 you'd better run not walk to the closest fertility clinic because time is running out.
 This message may be creating a new problem: unplanned pregnancies in "older" women. If you've been following my blogs, you probably saw that I, myself, got pregnant completely by surprise at the age of 49 (but miscarried). The FPA which is an organization that provides education and assistance on sexual health and birth control options in the UK is starting an awareness campaign about this very problem. Of course, if you're trying to conceive, this may be good news...it may not be as tough as you think. Read more from: www.fpa.org.uk

SEE ALSO: 49 AND PREGNANT (getpregnantover40.com)

From the site:

“Whilst the message about fertility declining with age is an important one, it is often overplayed, alongside disproportionate messaging about unplanned teenage pregnancies. It sends an inaccurate message to women and society that only the young fall pregnant and is leading older women to believe their fertility has gone long before it actually has”.

“Unplanned pregnancies at any age are very difficult” she continued.

“For the last 80 years, FPA has been helping women plan and prevent pregnancies. It’s important that women realise it’s entirely conceivable that just one night of unprotected sex in your late 30s, 40s, even 50s can end in an unplanned pregnancy. Our helpline receives calls from such women, shocked this has happened to them. They thought their age would protect them from becoming pregnant.

Saturday, December 06, 2014



First, let me say that most couples who are experiencing the heartbreak and frustration of infertility would welcome a baby of any gender.  I used to jokingly say that I would gladly accept a boy, a girl or an alien when I was trying to conceive.  But there are many couples who do seem to have a strong desire for one gender over another.  That has led to a lot of speculation about whether or not there are things you can do to encourage conception of a girl or a boy.  There are many experts out there that say your chances of a boy or girl are the same as they always have been....50/50.  But those that believe you can tip the odds of having a girl in your favor think that creating a more acidic environment in your cervical mucus will encourage conception of a female.  The reasoning here is that sperm that create girls are heartier and and survive the acidic environment better than sperm that create boys.  The problem?  If you are having trouble conceiving....creating an acidic environment may hurt your chances of getting pregnant at all.  In general, it is believed that an alkaline environment is best to get pregnant.
Read more (including examples of acidic and alkaline foods):


Tuesday, December 02, 2014


Get Pregnant Naturally, This Woman Did At 45!

I thought I would re-post this story I did back in 2011 about a women who contacted me from the "blogosphere" who had three children over the age of 40.  Read more:

I heard from a woman who suffered from "infertility" when she tried to conceive in her 30's.
 She then proceeds to have three children naturally over the age of 40 (her last when she was 45!) I asked if I could share her story to give my blog readers proof that some women are more fertile in their 40's than their younger years.
 She also has a long-term perspective of parenting over 40 since her oldest child is now 18. Read more from Dorothy Handelman:
Dorothy Handelman and Family

Prior to turning 40, my future as a mother was uncertain. I had had a failed pregnancy that was accomplished with the assistance of a noted fertility expert in New York. So, I was not optimistic that I had the time or the ability to have the children that I desired. When my marriage of 2 ½ years came to an abrupt end, I remember telling my mother that I felt like “my life was over”. Trying to console me, she thought that “a few more things were going to happen to me.”

Returning to the dating pool as a divorcee I didn’t realize that possibilities even existed. I met a great a guy and found myself pregnant at 40, 43 and 45 without any fertlity assistance. Motherhood over 40 has many blessings and many challenges. Along the way I have mostly had the patience required for my children but not always the energy to ride bikes all day or climb mountains. Our three kids (now 18, 15, and 13) are fine, happy and able bodied and their dad and I are very grateful that we have created this family.

Turning 40, I was very hopeless that I would have any children as the experts painted a very pessimistic image of an older woman’s chances of conception. But, sometimes the experts have it all wrong.

To read Dorothy's blog, click here:

curb appeal in sleepy hollow

Friday, November 28, 2014


Fertility Cleanse with Spirulina, Great for Health and Pregnancy

If you're feeling a bit bogged down after eating so much over the holiday, you might want to try spirulina as a meal substitute.  Spirulina is a natural algae and it is very high in protein.  It can benefit fertility in many ways:
  • Spirulina is a protein rich food which is needed for hormone production and high egg quality
  • Spirulina is high in the beneficial omega 3's which not only help with hormone production, but they have an overal anti-inflammatory affect on the body
  • Spirulina has chlorophyll which helps to detoxify  the body.  It can bind with heavy metals to remove them.
  • Spirulina is high in iron which has been shown to help with fertility and is very important should you become pregnant
  • Spirulina is high in B vitamins including folic acid which you should start taking before becoming pregnant to reduce the chance of birth defects
  • Spirulina is high in calcium which is important for pregnancy (it can have 26 times the amount of calcium in milk!)

    Wednesday, November 26, 2014

    Monday, November 24, 2014


    http://getpregnantover40.com/chakras-for-fertility.htmFERTILITY, SACRAL CHAKRA AND THE COLOR ORANGE 

    I recall when I was trying to conceive, I wore quite a bit of orange because I had read that it was associated with fertility.  This is because the sacral chakra"vibrates" at the rate of the color orange.  Confused?  This new page on my site explains more about how our bodies are made of energy and chakras: 







    Saturday, November 22, 2014


    I came across a product that I thought was a wonderful idea and it looks pretty tasty too! It's called "Fertilishake". It has a wonderful blend of countless nutrients, probiotics, herbs, you name it. There is one for women and one for men. I'm not discounting the need for fresh fruits and vegetables, but this looks like a good idea for breakfast, especially if you're in a hurry. I love smoothies and if you are craving something sweet, its a great way to make your calories count.  You can add the fruits of your choice. Here is a list of the nutrition facts:

    Thursday, November 20, 2014



    On my website, I have a couple of pages which address detoxification of your body in preparation to conceive and detoxification of your environment. One simple but important way to “detoxify” your body is good old fashioned water.
    • First of all, drink plenty of water. This isn't earth shattering information, but when was the last time you actually drank plain old water....eight glasses a day? It's a simple way to remove toxins in the form of sweat and urine. Our skin is all over our body, and is our largest organ just think how many toxins could be sweated out (see number two below).
    • Sit in a steam room. Heat causes toxins to be released from cells into the lymphatic fluid from which sweat is made. The sweat releases the toxins. This can also be beneficial to your kidneys and liver since they will not have to work as hard to remove these toxins.
    • Drink salt water first thing in the morning. Dissolve two teaspoons of salt in a quart of water and drink on an empty stomach in the morning. This will draw toxins out from your digestive system and detoxify your colon.
      Take an Epson salt bath Put two cups of Epson salt in a hot bath, do not use other soaps or shampoos. You may also want to add a cup of baking soda to neutralize other chemicals in your water.

    There are also a number of products on the market like for detoxification.


    Tuesday, November 18, 2014


    Did you know:

  • The rate of  unexpected pregnancies in women over 40 is second only to teenagers?

  • You are still considered fertile until 12 months without a menstrual cycle?

  • The majority of women who experience miscarriage will go on to have a healthy pregnancy - even those with recurrent miscarriage?

  • Women who give birth to their first child over the age of 40 are 4 times more likely to live to be 100?

  • It is estimated that half of all fertility procedures are unnecessary, and given time, these women and couples would conceive naturally?

  • One third of women who go through IVF have a subsequent natural pregnancy?

  • Pregnant women over 40 with a normal weight prior to conception have similar infant outcomes to younger women?

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    Saturday, November 15, 2014


    Get Pregnant Naturally After IVF

    I recently had a mini reunion with a bunch of my old high school friends.
     Of course I was the one with the youngest child...most had kids who were in their 20's and beyond. (one of my friends who flew in from out of town had a child in her mid 30;s...she got pregnant in her senior year of high school and had the baby that summer).

    Anyway, we were talking about one of my classmates who couldn't make it, but another mutual friend was telling me she had 4 kids. Apparently she went through IVF twice which produced her two oldest children. Then...guess what? Yep, you got it...she got pregnant naturally with twins. What are the odds of that? I'm beginning to thing the odds are actually pretty good. I'm not necessarily talking about the odds of having twins, but the odds of getting pregnant naturally after IVF.

    See also:  www.getpregnantover40.com for more on women who conceived spontaneously after failed IVF

    Thursday, November 13, 2014


    I thought I would give you a summary of the women who were previously in my infertility support group and now have one or more children. Believe me, I'm not doing this to torture you, I'm letting you know that all of these women were in various stages of desperation - sometimes angry, sometimes hopeless, and always wondering if getting pregnant was the impossible dream. Here's a recap:

    M.A. = Conceived at the age of 43 (naturally) had her baby at the age of 44. Got pregnant after she was turned down for IVF because she was too "old".

    J.S. = Tried at least 3 years to conceive with various low tech fertility treatments (i.e. inseminations, drugs etc.)then adopted an 8 year old boy. Had some endometriosis removed, conceived naturally in her upper 30's had a son, then conceived naturally again a year later, had a daughter.

    SEE ALSO: GETTING PREGNANT NATURALLY (getpregnantover40.com)

    S.S. = Was told her FSH was too high, egg quality too low and should consider IVF with genetic testing on embryo's prior to implantation. Took a break from fertility treatments to save up enough money to try again and conceived naturally in her upper 30's had a boy, conceived naturally again, had a daughter.

    M.S. = Had male factor infertility and she had surgery to remove strange tissue around ovaries. Got pregnant with ICSI and IVF, now has a daughter

    M.R. = Had PCOS, conceived first try IVF, now has a daughter

    S.C. = Unexplained infertility, has two children through IVF.

    There were many others that I know succeeded both naturally and with fertility treatments, but I've lost touch with them. The moral of the story? There's always hope. Everyone of these people succeeded despite feeling like they NEVER would. Even though I'm an advocate of getting pregnant with natural means, I do understand that depending on your diagnosis, fertility treatments may be necessary. But no matter whether or not you go the high tech. route, there are many people out there who were labeled "long shots" by the medical community (including me) and succeeding in giving birth. It could happen to you too.

    Sunday, November 09, 2014



    Have you ever wanted to practice visualization (with or without meditation) especially if you are trying to conceive?  When I was trying to conceive, I made visualization and meditation part of my "pregnancy protocol" and I believe it was a key piece of my success.  If you think this idea is "way out there", this practice is quite common within the sports community.  And if you're the kind of person that needs proof it works, there was a study done by an Australian psychologist who worked with basketball players.  Half the players in the study practiced daily, and the other half just visualized outstanding performance.  The player who visualized only were almost equal to those who practiced daily.
    So how do we translate this to getting pregnant?  If you want to attract a baby into your life, don't just say "I want a baby", you need to actually SEE yourself with your baby.  That's where visualization can help.  I created a vision board and I looked at it every day.  This page on my site explains more:

    PREGNANCY VISUALIZATION (getpregnantover40.com)

    Friday, November 07, 2014


    Ovulation Can Occur More Than Once Per Month

    Question: What do you call people who use the rhythm method of birth control?
    Answer: Parents!
    Have you ever heard anyone (in the fertile world) say, "I don't know how I got pregnant, I wasn't anywhere near ovulation!" Well recent research may have found the answer (see article below)

    This may not be good news for fertile people using the rhythm method, but if you're trying to conceive, it should be very encouraging. I once heard a doctor on a television program say: "If you want to get pregnant, have sex and have it often". He said it in a joking sort of way, but it may be good advice.


    When you're trying to conceive, it seems you put all your eggs in one basket (no pun intended!) for the one or two days when you think you might be ovulating. I know many infertile couples experience so much stress that lovemaking becomes a "job". But it just may be helpful to be a little more spontaneous throughout the month.

     from the article: "It's been assumed until now that women have just one wave per monthly cycle, leading to one ovulation, but nobody has actually carried out detailed analysis before," said Roger Pierson, who led the study. "In fact, all the women in our study had at least two waves and 30 per cent of them had three."

    Wednesday, November 05, 2014


    Flaxseeds are a wonderful food.  they have a number of nutritional properties that can help with female and male fertility.  They are an excellent source of the "good fats" which can help manufacture hormones in women and, for men, sperm production.  Read more from this guest post:

    Overcome Male Infertility - How to Treat Infertility With Flaxseed

    Guest Post By Kyle J Norton
    As we mentioned in previous articles, infertility is defined as inability of a couple to conceive after 12 months of unprotected sexual intercourse. It effects over 5 millions couple alone in the U. S. and many times more in the world. Because of unawareness of treatments, only 10% seeks help from professional specialist.We have spent most of the time in this series discussing the conventional and Chinese medicine in treating fertility. I believe, it is the best time to change the subject by discussing how to treat male infertility with flaxseed oil.
     I. Definition

    Flax, also known Linum usitatissimum, is a member of the genus Linum. Belonging to the family Linaceae, it's seed has been used in traditional medicine in treating heart diseases caused by high levels of cholesterol.
    II. How flaxseed oil effects male fertility
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    1. Essential fatty acid

    Flaxseed oil contains high levels of essential fatty acid Omega 3 and 6, it not only help to eliminate the trans fat and saturate fat through liver waste elimination, but also helps to increasing blood flow to the reproductive organs resulting in increasing the production of sperm count and sperm quality.
    2. Lignan

    flaxseed contains high amount of ligan, it is proven in helping to strengthen not only the immune system in fighting against irregular cells growth, but also improve it's function in protecting the body own tissues, including sperm.
    3. Lecithin

    Lecithin is a fat like substance (phospholipid) found in flaxseed not only helps to inhibit the levels of bad cholesterol, but also is a key building block of cell membranes resulting in protecting protects cells from oxidation in the surrounding the brain, thus lessening the risk of nervous tension, hormone imbalance and low libido.
    4. Fiber

    Flax seeds contain high amount of fiber which is vital in helping liver in regulating spleen in insulin production, resulting in decreasing the risk of blood stagnation and qi imbalance in spleen, leading to normalizing the production of testosterone and increasing the chance of good quality sperm production.
    5. Alpha linolenic acid

    It also contains high levels of alpha linolenic acid which is vital for a healthy prostate gland, resulting in increasing the kidney function in regulating sperm production as well as strong ejaculation.
    III. Side effects

    1. Intestinal blockage, if it is taken in large amounts. Please remember to drink a lot of liquids to avoid this to happen.

    2. Because of it' high concentration of fiber, it may reduce the effectiveness of some oral medicine.

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    "Let You Be With Your Health, Let Your Health Be With You" -Kyle J. Norton
    I have been studying natural remedies for disease prevention for over 20 years and working as a financial consultant since 1990. Master degree in Mathematics, teaching and tutoring math at colleges and universities before joining insurance industries. Part time Health, Insurance and Entertainment Article Writer.
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    Monday, November 03, 2014


    Pregnancy Over 40 and Fertility Over 40 Affected By Adrenal Glands

    I've been researching causes of infertility for years and I've never come across "adrenal hyperplasia".
     It does seem to be similar and possibly related to PCOS. The good news is, if you have this condition, it is treatable.

    SEE ALSO: FERTILITY AND ADRENAL FATIGUE (getpregnantover40.com)

    From the article:

    The condition is nonclassical congenital adrenal hyperplasia, or C.A.H. — a hormone deficiency that leads to excess production of androgens. In women it can interfere with ovulation; in men it can cause low sperm count. In addition, it can lead to short stature, body odor, acne, irregular menstruation and the excessive hair growth called hirsutism. (Ms. Citrone, now 38, had some of these symptoms, too.)

    “The treatment is so cheap and easy,” said Dr. Maria New, a professor of pediatrics and human genetics at Mount Sinai School of Medicine who is considered the leading authority on C.A.H.

    The diagnosis is based on a blood test for excess levels of a hormone called 17-hydroxyprogesterone — there is also a genetic test — and treatment involves small doses of the steroid dexamethasone. It can reverse many of the symptoms in three months to two and a half years. 

      from: (www.nytimes.com)

    Friday, October 31, 2014


    Trying To Conceive, Dealing With Reminders

    Halloween is the beginning of the holiday season which revolves around kids. How do you survive these family and kid oriented days and nights like Halloween?
    Well, for starters, you really can't get away from it. Depending on where you live, you'll probably have kids at your door. It's easy to be bitter that everyone else seems to be out there having fun with their kids while you're marinating in thoughts of failure and feelings of being left out.


    If You Are Trying To Get Pregnant and Dealing With Infertility, Try These Survival Tactics During Halloween

     My best advice is the following:

    -Join in as much as possible - when I was TTC, at times like halloween, I would have fun opening my door to all the kids. I'd make a mental note of the cute little costumes imagining how my baby/child would look when I dress them up (yes, I know this is all before they're conceived, but if you really want something, you have to behave as if you already have it).

    -Engage the kids in conversation when they come to your door. It really is fun to talk to them - ask them about their costumes and compliment them on how good they look. Being around kids will attract kids into your life - remember, what you put out "there" comes back to you.

    -When I was TTC, it wasn't the kids that made me feel bad, it was usually the parents who were endlessly going on and on about all the fun things they were going to do. Try to have fun with the kids on Halloween - it will help you visualize you future life with one of your own.   Remember, you will attract to yourself what you focus on.

    Sunday, October 26, 2014


    Trying to Conceive: Can Egg Whites Help Fertility?

    Most fertility doctors will tell you to stay away from the traditional vaginal lubricants because they may hinder sperm because of their thickness and consistency.  However, there are a number of vaginal lubricants on the market that are actually quite sperm friendly and can help facilitate the transport of sperm and ultimately fertilization (some examples are "Pre-seed" and "ToConceive" see the banners at the top of this page).   
    Many women may want to use natural methods if they want to improve their own cervical mucus or even use things like eggs whites.  Here is a page on my site that give instructions on how to use egg whites and how to improve your cervical mucus naturally:

    USING EGG WHITES AS A VAGINAL LUBRICANT (getpregnantover40.com)



    Friday, October 24, 2014


    Secondary Infertility Hurts Too

    I frequently hear from women who had a child or children when they were younger and want to have another when they're older.  When I ran an infertility support group, there were a few women who had secondary infertility.  They had an older child or they perhaps had fertility treatments for their first child.  They wanted a second child, but could not get pregnant again. 
    Sometimes they remarry or sometimes they just decide it's time to add to their family. Since they already have a child, they are very surprised and frustrated to find they can't seem to get pregnant again.


    Secondary infertility doesn't seem to get as much attention and the women and couples suffering from secondary infertility often don't get as much sympathy or support because they attitude may be: "At least you have one child, I don't have any".  The New York Times did an article on this subject and how the couple may feel about their secondary infertility:
    from the article:
    And I got to experience this not just once but twice. Now I have two beautiful, dazzling little girls. And I feel lucky. And sort of greedy. Because I desperately want a third. And a part of me feels like I should be satisfied with my two healthy children. But my family just feels incomplete.

    Wednesday, October 22, 2014


    Thyroid, Fertility and Miscarriage

    Your thyroid may be one important factor if you are failing to conceive.  When I ran an infertility support group, two of the women there were finally diagnosed with thyroid disorders and, after treated, both went on to have babies.  If the thyroid is underfunctioning, it can lead to hormone imbalance in estrogen, progesterone and prolactin.  There are natural ways to correct a thyroid imbalance, but of course, you should consult a health professional if you are trying to conceive.  Read more:


    Monday, October 20, 2014


    Pregnancy Over 40, What You Wear May Help!

    I've always loved the paisley pattern, and come to find out, it is supposed to represent fertility.
     Is this all nonsense? Will you really become more fertile if you wear paisleys? I don't know, but if you think you will be more fertile, you probably will!
    This article explains the paisley-fertility connection:

    "There are so many theories," explains Valerie. "Some people think the motif is a mango, others a Chinese dragon, others half of the yin-yang symbol. We prefer the idea that it represents the growing shoot of the date palm, which was a "Tree of Life" in that region of the world, important for food, shade and building materials. Gradually the symbol came to represent growth and fertility."

    SEE ALSO: FERTILITY JEWELRY (getpregnantover40.com)

    Well there can't be any argument about that. As I peered at the mannequins in the glass cabinets, their dress morphing with the fashions from the 18th to the 20th century, I was struck by the sensuality of the motif. It makes you think of germinating seeds, fecund wombs and wriggling spermatozoa. It encapsulates every Western stereotype about the erotic East. And yet it writhes sexily across the blue-and-white "kirking shawls" once worn by respectable Scottish ladies to weddings and christenings.

    Thursday, October 16, 2014


     Considerations when using donor eggs

    First, let me say that I know a number of women who have had babies with the use of donor eggs and their husband's sperm and they were perfectly happy with their pregnancies and they have never regretted their decision.  I never considered using donor eggs even though the option was presented to me by my doctor when I was trying to conceive and experiencing recurrent miscarriage.  My gut instinct told me to hang in there because the thought of having a third party involved was more than I could handle at the time. 
    So should you consider using donor eggs?  Of course its a decision that you have to make with your doctor and a number of factors need to be taken into consideration.  However, if your infertility is "unexplained" it may not necessarily be your egg quality as an underlying cause.  Here are some things to consider when using donor eggs...


    Tuesday, October 14, 2014


    Fertility Jewelry, Gems and Symbols

    There are a number of symbols that represent fertility and have been worn throughout the ages to help women and couples conceive.  My website just started carrying a line of fertility jewelry which includes the following:

    Kokopelli earrings:

    Kokopelli is a flute player with feathers on his head.  He originated in the Native American Culture and is thought to deliver unborn babies to women (which he carries on his back).  The rose quartz on these earrings also attracts love energy and targets the heart chakra.

    Fertility Angel Necklace:

    This necklace has the traditional fertility goddess shape combined with angel wings.  It symbolizes angels looking after your future child and your fruitful womb. It comes with a black silk organza voile ribbon cord.


    Sunday, October 12, 2014


    Surprise Pregnancies over 40

    On my website, I write about how I became pregnant by surprise at the age of 49 after having my successful pregnancy with my daughter at the age of 44. I know most of you reading this blog would be elated to become pregnant. But I've written before about how there are quite a few women who become pregnant unexpectedly over the age of 40 because they think they're too old or going through menopause. Here is a video and article that discusses unplanned pregnancies over 40 (it could happen to you!)

    Emily James of Marie Stopes International said: "Many older women facing an unplanned pregnancy are completely shocked to find themselves in this position - many assume that their irregular periods are due to menopause, and are surprised to learn that they are in fact pregnant.
    from: news.bbc.co.uk

    Wednesday, October 08, 2014


    Pregnancy Over 40, Yes, Stress Can Cause Infertility and Miscarriage!

    The term "stress management" is used so much anymore that people seem to almost overlook it. We live in a society that is so "hustle bustle" that most people don't even know what a normal existence is.

    The outward manifestions of a stressful life could be anything from tapping your foot because your computer isn't working fast enough to feeling that 'punch' in the pit of your stomach when you interact with less than diplomatic people. When I worked in the corporate world (which I did for 19 years before embarking on my natural journey to pregnancy), I would run around like a maniac multitasking to the point of not having enough eyes, hands, and phones to do everything at once. I would frequently get irritated with people who didn't move as fast as I did. The funny thing is, at the time I would have told you "my stress is totally under control"
    I have this article posted on my website: getpregnantover40.com which gives a great explanation of how stress causes infertility and miscarriage.

    More From WebMD:

    Researchers have long known that during times of stress, the brain releases several hormones -- including one called corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH). In past research, women who deliver prematurely or have low-birth-weight babies were often found to have high levels of CRH in their bloodstream, and other studies show a greater risk of miscarriage in women reporting stress. CRH is a hormone the brain secretes in reaction to physical or emotional stress, and it is also produced in the placenta and the uterus of a pregnant woman to trigger uterine contractions during delivery.

    But this new research suggests that CRH and other stress hormones may also be released elsewhere in the body, where it specifically targets localized mast cells -- those best known for causing allergic reactions. Mast cells are abundant in the uterus. During stress, the local release of CRH causes these mast cells to secrete substances that can cause miscarriages.

    Wednesday, October 01, 2014


    Inflammation and men's fertility

    Inflammation seems to be the buzz word among all the health gurus nowadays. It seems to be responsible for everything from cancer to infertility. Here is an article about how men can be affected by a pro-inflammatory substance call MIF.  This substance seems to be found in people who have inflammatory diseases and autoimmune diseases.  I have known a number of people with autoimmune disease who were able to control it (even without medication) by eating an "anti-inflammatory diet.  Most of the foods I recommend for fertility (see (see fertility foods - getpregnantover40.com) are anti-inflammatory.

    Read more:

    Yousef Al-Abed, PhD, and his colleagues at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research have isolated an immune substance called macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF) in semen samples from infertile and reproductively healthy men. MIF is key to helping sperm mature, which is necessary for its union with an egg. The finding could lead to a diagnostic test to determine fertility status.

    The study appears in the latest issue of Molecular Medicine. The semen samples were collected from men three to five days after a period of sexual abstinence. The scientists had no idea when analyzing levels of MIF whether the sample came from any of the 68 men who had problems conceiving or from the 27 healthy controls. The findings have a Goldilocks kind of quality: Those with infertility problems had MIF levels that were either too high or too low. Those who had no problems conceiving had levels that were just right. 


    Friday, September 26, 2014


    A Silent Epidemic

    Guest Post By Eric Daiter, MD

    Billboards, television ads, and 7th grade health teachers all proclaim the message of safer sex, yet the U. S. Department of Health and Services estimates that 13 million people become infected with a sexually transmitted disease every year.  According to the Center for Disease Control, Chlamydia is the most common sexually transmitted disease in the United States with 3 million new cases occurring each year.  This article will talk about signs and symptoms of Chlamydia, how to treat it, and how to avoid it.


    Chlamydia is caused by the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis and is transmitted through vaginal, anal, or oral sex.  It can also be transmitted to a new born baby as it passes through the birth canal of the infected mother.  50-75% of women infected with Chlamydia show no signs or symptoms and have no idea they are infected, which is why it is sometimes referred to as "the silent epidemic".  Chlamydia, when untreated, can cause pelvic inflammatory disease.  This puts the woman at risk for infertility, endometriosis, and damage to the reproductive system.   Endometriosis symptoms can be extremely painful, and if considering conception, may require infertility treatment.  Common symptoms of Chlamydia include unusual vaginal bleeding or discharge, pain in the abdomen, fever, and painful urination.   In order to diagnose Chlamydia a culture swab must be obtained
    Once detected, Chlamydia can be cured with antibiotics.  The most commonly used antibiotics in treatment of Chlamydia are Azithromycin, Doxycycline, Tetracycline, and Erythromycin.  Antibiotics must be prescribed by a physician and are administered orally according to the doctor's specifications.  It is also important to complete your course of medication completely in order to recover from the infection. It may be a good idea to return to your doctor for Chlamydia testing every year, as it is possible to be re-infected with the disease even after treatment.  Abstain from sex while being treated for the disease even if you no longer have symptoms.  You can resume sexual activity once your course of antibiotics is finished.
    The risk for transmission is dramatically reduced with the use of condoms with a water based lubricant, such as K Y Jelly.  Petroleum based lubricants, such as Vaseline, should not be used because they break down latex (the material the condom is made of).  The only sure way to avoid becoming infected with Chlamydia is abstinence (not having sex) or monogamy with an uninfected partner.
    It is important for partners to discuss their sexual history before having sex and have STD tests done.  Essential to prevention for sexually active individuals is an understanding of sexually transmitted diseases and how they are spread.
    Eric Daiter has been sponsored by The NJ Center for Reproductive Medicine, a leading provider of infertility treatment, to write information about endometriosis symptoms.  For more information, please visit www.infertilitytutorials.com
    Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Eric_Daiter,_MD

    Wednesday, September 24, 2014


    Celiac and Infertility

    I've written before about how celiac disease can be a cause of infertility and may contribute to miscarriage. Celiac disease occurs when an individual is gluten intolerant resulting in digestive problems, malabsorption and the list goes on. Now you may be able to screen for the often missed disease at home. Read more:

    Infertility affects as many as one in six couples in their reproductive years in America. Of those, about 15 per cent are from no apparent cause. At the same time, the symptoms of celiac disease are not always obvious. It may be years before symptoms worsen and the disease is diagnosed, and by then child-bearing years may be over. The Biocard™ Celiac Test Kit, first developed in Finland, gives these couples an easy way to find out if celiac disease is a possible cause for their infertility.

    See for more on fertility foods to help you conceive (getpregnantover40.com)

      Celiac disease affects people differently and not all symptoms are obvious. Classic celiac symptoms include diarrhea, stomach pain, weight loss and, in children, delayed growth. For others, the symptoms are subtler, such as such as bloating, or excess gas. Fatigue, weakness, joint pain and migraines -- symptoms typically not associated with the gut -- are also reported, and the diagnosis is often anemia, stress, irritable bowel syndrome or chronic fatigue syndrome. Without treatment, celiac disease increases the risk of malnutrition, osteoporosis (because of poor absorption of calcium and vitamin D), certain digestive tract cancers and other disorders such as Type 1 diabetes and thyroid disease. 


    Tuesday, September 09, 2014


    Blending Fertility Tea (Recipe)

    There are plenty of fertility teas being advertised online and offline, but you can blend your own.   Common ingredients include: Vitex (Chasteberry), Red Raspberry, Green Tea, Red Clover and more.  Click here for instructions on blending your own fertility tea"


    Friday, September 05, 2014


    Surrogate and Couple Pregnant At Same Time

    I usually write about women who get pregnant naturally after IVF or failed IVF, but this story is about a women who hired a surrogate, but also went through IVF at the same time...and it worked in both of them. Why? Maybe it was just luck, or maybe she relaxed enough to make it happen because there was a surrogate as a "back-up". Read more:

    Amber is a gestational surrogate. She was implanted last October with embryos created by Misty and Brian.

    Indianapolis Dr. William Gentry selected the two healthiest embryos for Amber and four lesser quality embryos for Misty, the hopeful mom.


    "Why not both of you try? I mean, who knows?" Gentry said. "I think her thought was, 'Sure, why not? But it's not going to work with me. It never works.'"

    Misty was hardly expecting success after failed in vitro treatments and a miscarriage, but she got it with a set of twins from Amber and a set of twins that she is carrying.

    "'You were our ace in the hole,' (Gentry) said, and he said, 'Misty was our wild card,'" Amber said.

    "The whole idea for people to say, 'Just relax,' I mean, if you could have a relax switch on the wall and turn it off, you would love to be able to do it, but you can't," Misty said.

    Amber knew the same emptiness, having miscarried before.


    Wednesday, September 03, 2014


    Overweight Women And Pregnancy

    I'm all for finding natural solutions to fertility problems which is why women should look at all the factors under their control before they jump into the high tech route. Although it's hard for many people to lose weight, it can be done and it may raise your odds of conceiving by 35%. Being overweight can also sabotage your efforts of conceiving if you undergo fertility treatments.   However, weight loss should occur before trying to conceive as the body is also less likely to conceive as weight is declining. Read more:


    Obese women were up to 35 per cent less likely to become pregnant and twice as likely to have a stillbirth than thinner patients having fertility treatment, researchers found.

    The fatter the women were the less chance they had of having a healthy baby.

    Experts warned that overweight women should try to lose weight before undergoing treatment.

    More than one in four Britons is now obese and the nation’s weight problem is predicted to continue to increase in coming decades.

    Being heavily overweight is known to reduce the chances of conceiving naturally, but the new research is the largest study to detail its effect on patients receiving fertility treatment. 


    Monday, September 01, 2014


    What is a procreation vacation?

    In honor of the Labor Day holiday, I thought I would write about vacations and getting pregnant. I've read and written a number of articles over the years about "procreation vacations" .  It seems like a number of people tend to get pregnant while they are away from all of the stressors in their life.  If you are a couple that has been trying to conceive for one or more years, it almost becomes a job.  You have everything very scientifically planned out and your bodily cycles are monitored like a mission control center.
    The  idea behind procreation vacations is that you put your mind and body to rest.  Yes, you still might be trying to conceive, but it is done in a very relaxed way.  There are a number of resorts that actually cater to couples who want to take a vacation for the purpose of getting pregnant

    Here is a story of a couple who succeeded in getting pregnant on vacation:


    Hughes and her husband, Kemry, went to the Westin at Our Lucaya Grand Bahama Island, where the three-night Procreation Vacation starts at $1,893. They lounged on the beach, swam in the pool, sipped pumpkin soup and enjoyed couple's massages. Hughes and her husband also were also served an age-old Caribbean fertility concoction three times a day: sea moss, the Caribbean's version of Viagra, mixed with evaporated milk, sugar and spices. (She said it tasted like an almond smoothie.)
    The chain also offers the package at their resorts on St. John and Puerto Rico.
    "My husband and I thought that we would go on the vacation and learn all these nice fertility secrets and we'd be practicing them for a number of months for them to work," said Hughes, 35, who conceived the day she got back from the trip. "We were stunned. There's definitely some truths to the foods and the elixirs." from USA today


    Friday, August 29, 2014


    Ayurveda and TCM for Fertility and getting pregnant

     Many people are confused about what exactly what Ayurveda is and how it can help fertility.  TCM or Traditional Chinese Medicine is something most people have probably heard of, and many people have tried different modalities.  This article will help to define what is involved with TCM and Ayurveda and how the principles of each can help you get pregnant, enhance fertility and improve your overall health:

      AYURVEDA AND TCM FOR FERTILITY (getpregnantover40.com)

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014


    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, October 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

    Monday, August 25, 2014


    Trying to conceive over 40 - common factors

    When I grew up, it was totally “uncool” for women to want the mommy track. It was a time when women were getting established in business and the hottest topic of discussion was how to “dress for success”. Those that went off to get married and have kids were really out of the loop.

    I got a pretty good management job right out of college and I was on my way. Did I want to get married? Nope, not at all. The only role models I had were my parents who didn't really like each other all that much and were completely mismatched. My mother worked full time, my father was into his business ventures and what little time my parents had was spent on my older sisters who always had some crisis going on. Me? I was basically left to raise myself. If I do say so myself, I did a pretty good job. My parents have no idea how lucky they are that I didn't go down the wrong path and get into trouble like other kids who were starved for attention.

    SEE ALSO: getpregnantover40.com for more articles and support for pregnancy over 40

    Parents of Baby Boomers Viewed Their Kids as A Job

    Many of us in the baby boomer generation had mothers who viewed kids as their "job" - they didn't always show love the way many mothers do today.

    Everyone needs recognition in their life (ever study Maslow's heirarchy?), and I was no exception. I got my just rewards by climbing the corporate ladder. Every time I got a promotion, a new contract, or bonus, that was my substitute for the approval and attention I never got as a child. I worked long hours, didn't eat much, and my main activity after work was sweating it out at the health club. From the outside, I had it all. But I really had nothing.

    When I was in my early thirties, after completing graduate school, I finally realized I might want some companionship in my life. I met my husband at a professional development seminar and decided that my marriage didn't have to be like my parents. Did I want to have a baby? Not really. I think when you grow up having to raise yourself, you fell like this is “my time” now, I can't devote my time and attention to caring for a baby and all that goes with it.
    Getting pregnant over 40, I thought it would happen right away
    About a year after we got married we started trying to conceive. I thought it would happen right away. I was still working in my “pressure cooker” job, and I seriously thought that had nothing to do with it. To make a long story short, we went to a fertility clinic, started inseminations
    with clomid and nothing happened. We went through IVF twice, wound up with an ectopic pregnancy, and two miscarriages. I was done. We discontinued fertility treatments and decided to move to “childfree”. I had quit my job at this point and I decided to pursue some hobbies that I never had time for. In the back of my mind, I was thinking, I could still get pregnant...maybe I just need to get all these drugs and hormones out of my system from the fertility treatments. I needed to get back to good old fashioned “vegetable therapy” and “happy thoughts”.

    I started a whole new way of eating. I literally got to know the produce manager on a first name basis at my local grocery store because I was there so much. I ate tons of hormone balancing vegetables and embarked on a whole new way of eating. I also explored the mind-body connection. Could my upbringing and my previous desire to not have a baby have something to do with not being able to get pregnant? I became my own therapist and confronted my attitudes about marriage and family after examining my childhood, my relationship with my parents, and my need to gain approval from others as a substitute for what I didn't get as a child.
    I was shocked when I got pregnant naturally fast!
    Shorty after embarking on my all natural journey to conceive, I was shocked when I became pregnant naturally on my own. I miscarried, but now I knew I could do it. Mind you, I only had one fallopian tube, so this was quite an accomplishment since I was in my early 40's. I got pregnant two more times, miscarried again, but still knew that one would stick eventually and it did. I got pregnant with my daughter at the age of 44 and had a perfect pregnancy and totally uncomplicated delivery.
    Fertility treatments don't have to be your first plan of action
    So what did I learn? 

    First, fertility treatments don't have to be your first plan of action. Examine your lifestyle, stress level and eating habits. No, it's not earth shattering information, but so many people want a quick fix...are you doing all you can do to improve your lifestyle?

    Second, go back and look at your upbringing. Is there a reason that you've waited so long to have a baby? I realize that women have careers and delay marriage and childbearing, but maybe there is an underlying explanation for the path you've chosen that needs exploration.

    Third, Is your mindset where it needs to be? Are you dealing with anger, frustration and all the emotions that come with not being able to have a baby? When I finally got pregnant with my daughter, I had really let go. I had accepted the fact that maybe I would never have a baby and I was okay with moving on. When I finally got rid of the anger, I had a successful pregnancy.

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