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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

GETTING PREGNANT IN THE NEW YEAR

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.

SEE ALSO: VISION BOARDS FOR PREGNANCY VISUALIZATION (getpregnantover40.com) 

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?

Sunday, December 28, 2014

ZINC IMPROVES FERTILITY IN WOMEN AND MEN


Trying To Get Pregnant, The Importance Of Zinc

 I've written before about the importance of zinc for fertility.  Foods high in zinc include:
  • oysters
  • wheat germ
  • beef and lamb
  • pumpkin seeds (and squash seeds)
  • cashews
  • cocoa powder
  • Chicken and Pork
  • Some beans
This article talks about how an egg needs zinc to become fertilized and become an embryo. Although this study was not done on humans, it's probably good to make sure your diet includes zinc rich foods or take a supplement that includes zinc. Read more:

SEE HOW ZINC CAN IMPROVE MENS FERTILITY HERE (getpregnantover40.com)

Northwestern scientists, working with mice, discovered the egg becomes ravenous for zinc and acquires a 50 percent increase in the metal in order to reach full maturity before becoming fertilized. The flood of zinc appears to flip a switch so the egg can progress through the final stages of meiosis. Meiosis is when the egg sheds all but one copy of its maternal chromosomes before it can be fertilized by a sperm and become an embryo.

"Zinc helps the egg exit from a holding pattern to its final critical stage of development," said O'Halloran, the Charles E. and Emma H. Morrison Professor of Chemistry in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern. "It's on the knife's edge of becoming a new life form or becoming a cell that dies. It only has 24 hours. Zinc seems to be a key switch that helps control whether the egg moves forward in its development stage. "

 www.sciencedaily.com

Friday, December 26, 2014

WHAT IS LUTEAL PHASE DEFECT? HOW DOES IT AFFECT FERTILITY?


Pregnancy Over 40, Luteal Phase Defect

If you've been reading up on infertility or if you've read articles on trying to conceive, you've probably heard of luteal phase defect.
The luteal phase of a menstrual cycle is the time between ovulation and the beginning of your period. Sometimes, women have a problem with their luteal phase being too short.

As the article explains, there are treatments for luteal phase defect. I believe I had this very problem, however, I was able to overcome this it through natural means. After I started my all natural pregnancy protocol, my cycles did lengthen and, most importantly, I was able to carry my last pregnancy to term.

SEE ALSO: SHORT MENSTRUAL CYCLES AND FERTILITY: HOW TO LENGTHEN THE TIME BETWEEN PERIODS (getpregnantover40.com) 


Why the Defect?
Information gathered by the InterNational Council on Infertility Information Dissemination, Inc. (INCIID) in Arlington, Va. describes LPD as a commonly misunderstood condition that frequently affects fertility.

In a normal cycle, your body creates a hormone called FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) which causes the formation of a mature, egg-containing follicle in one of the ovaries. The follicle bursts and turns into what is called the corpus luteum, which secretes the hormone progesterone. The elevated progesterone causes the uterine lining to thicken and gives the embryo a place to attach. When a luteal phase is less than 10 days, a pregnancy cannot be sustained because there is not enough progesterone being produced.

There are several places where a normal menstrual cycle can be interrupted. Poor follicle production, premature demise of the corpus luteum and failure of the uterine lining to respond to normal levels of progesterone are some of the causes. These can be separate problems, or they can overlap each other in causing disruption to the normal cycle.

from 
Luteal Phase Defect
How It Affects Fertility (www.preconception.com
)

Saturday, December 20, 2014

HOW TO HANDLE HOLIDAYS WITH INFERTILITY

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).

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

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. 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

INFERTILITY IN THE BIBLE: STORIES OF BARREN WOMEN

I know that many of my readers come from different religious backgrounds and beliefs.  I find, however that even if you are not of a particular faith, there can be helpful aspects of learning about their beliefs and writings.  I grew up Catholic and did not do a lot of bible reading.  However, here is a guest post from a woman who helps women and couples with infertility from a biblical perspective:

INFERTILITY IN THE BIBLE (getpregnantover40.com)

LEAVE BABY WITH MOTHER AFTER BIRTH TO LESSEN INFANT STRESS

 SEE:

http://pregnancyover40-over40motherhood.blogspot.com/2014/12/leave-baby-with-mother-to-lessen-infant.html 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

CAN YOU COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR FUTURE BABY?

Pregnancy Over 40 and Preconception Communication

I have written before about something call preconception communication where you receive some kind of visit or communication from your yet to be born or conceived child (see my previous post here: Preconception Communication)

I've been watching a show  called "Celebrity Ghost Stories" which used to be on the biography network, but is now on the Lifetime Movie Network.  It is a very interesting series of stories told by different celebrities about their paranormal experiences.
 One epsiode had Tracey Gold and she told the story of how she kept seeing a little boy and then subsequently had the feeling that she had to get pregnant again. She is sure this vision of the little boy was her youngest son who was conceived and born shortly thereafter.

 So if you continuously see or dream about a child, this may be a good sign! Be sure to be an open vessel and invite this child into your life.

SEE ALSO: VISION BOARDS FOR PREGNANCY VISUALIZATION (getpregnantover40.com)

Friday, December 12, 2014

WHAT ARE CASTOR OIL PACKS? HOW CAN THEY HELP FERTILITY?

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:



If you prefer to buy pre-made castor oil packs, click here:

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

COUGH SYRUP FOR CERVICAL MUCUS

Guaifenesin Cough Syrup For Cervical Mucus

I remember hearing about taking a certain type of cough syrup to help with cervical mucus and I actually did try it. I'm not sure if it helped or not because I had stopped using it when I got pregnant with my daughter. But for anyone interested, this article explains how cough syrup can help (please note, the article mentions "Robitussin", however, the active ingredient is Guaifenesin which may be found in many other over-the-counter cough medicines):

SEE ALSO: IMPROVING AND INCREASING CERVICAL MUCUS NATURALLY (getpregnantover40.com)

How does Robitussin improve cervical mucus?
Robitussin is an expectorant, which means it helps thin out the mucus in your lungs.  This helps with coughing because it is easier to clear the mucus out of your lungs when you cough if the mucus is thinner.  What’s nice about Robitussin is that it doesn’t just work on the mucus produced in your lungs, it also helps thin out cervical mucus.  Thinner mucus is better for sperm and may improve your chances of getting pregnant.
When should you take Robitussin?
The best time to take Robitussin is about 5 days before you expect to ovulate and also on the day of ovulation.  If you are using OPKs (or ovulation prediction kits) continue taking until 2 to 3 days after your have had a positive OPK.  The recommended dosage is two teaspoons taken orally three times a day.

excerpted from:   justmommies.com

Monday, December 08, 2014

UNPLANNED PREGNANCY OVER 40: WOMEN STILL FERTILE

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

CONCEIVING A GIRL WITH ACIDIC FOODS VS ALKALINE FOODS?

ACIDIC, ALKALINE FOODS FOR CONCEPTION AND ODDS OF A GIRL

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):

ACIDIC VS ALKALINE FOODS FOR FERTILITY AND GETTING PREGNANT (getpregnantover40.com)

Thursday, December 04, 2014

UNUSUAL FERTILITY FOODS YOU MAY NOT HEARD OF

If you are trying to conceive, I'm sure you are aware that there are food that can help you get pregnant.  However, there are some superstars that are a bit unusual that may not be readily available in your local grocery store.  Here are some you might try:
  • Bee Pollen and Royal Jelly - these are super concentrated food that include many essentials for a complete explanation and description of bee pollen and royal jelly, click here
  • Maca - grows in the Andes region and is also called Peruvian Genseng  it is known as a fertility enhancer by increasing sperm count in men and increases female fertility because is it high in iron and it helps to regulate hormones by working on the pituitary gland and assisting with the proper balance of estrogen and progesterone.
  • Acai Berry - this is thought to increase egg quality (studies are currently underway in humans, but it has shown to help egg quality in animals).  Acai helps with sleep which is also important for women to regulate their cycles.  It fights free radicals and its fiber helps to detoxify the body.

  • Spirulina - helps with egg quality and hormone production, it is also a powerful anti-inflammatory. See my post about spirulina here.

SEE ALSO: MY SERIES ON FOODS FOR FERTILITY HERE (getpregnantover40.com) 

    Tuesday, December 02, 2014

    WOMAN HAS THREE CHILDREN OVER 40 NATURALLY

    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.

    SEE ALSO: 49 AND PREGNANT (getpregnantover40.com) 

     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

    Sunday, November 30, 2014

    WATERCRESS FOR FERTILITY: HEALTHIEST VEGETABLE RANKED BY CDC

    I frequently post articles about foods for fertility and I have a whole section on my website (getpregnantover40.com) on foods and recipes to help you get pregnant.  But, much to my surprise, the healthiest vegetable from a study performed by the center for disease control (CDC) is none other than watercress!  If you don't know a lot about watercress, you are probably not alone.  It is a cruciferous vegetable (like broccoli), but it outranks all others (Calculated as the mean of percent daily values (DVs) (based on a 2,000 kcal/d diet) for 17 nutrients (potassium, fiber, protein, calcium, iron, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, zinc, and vitamins A, B6, B12, C, D, E, and K) as provided by 100 g of food, expressed per 100 kcal of food. Scores above 100 were capped at 100 (indicating that the food provides, on average, 100% DV of the qualifying nutrients per 100 kcal)

    So how can watercress help fertility?  Well, if you look at the nutrients that were used to calculate it's rating, most of them are good for fertility.  For example, protein for egg quality and hormone
    production, folate to prevent birth defects, zinc for sperm health, iron for ovulation (and essential for pregnancy), fiber to remove toxins and the list goes on. 

    CDC

    Friday, November 28, 2014

    HOW CAN SPIRULINA HELP FERTILITY?

    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:
    SEE ALSO: FOODS FOR FERTILITY INCLUDING GREENS (getpregnantover40.com)
    • 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

      SACRAL CHAKRA: FERTILITY AND REPRODUCTION

      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: 

      CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL ARTICLE ON CHAKRAS AND THE SACRAL CHAKRA FOR FERTILITY (getpregnantover40.com)

      http://getpregnantover40.com/chakras-for-fertility.htm

       

       

       

       






      Saturday, November 22, 2014

      FERTILITY SMOOTHIE, FERTILITY SHAKE

      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

      FERTILITY AND PREGNANCY DETOXIFICATION

      DETOXIFY TO CONCEIVE

      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.

      SEE ALSO: FERTILITY DETOX (getpregnantover40.com)

      Tuesday, November 18, 2014

      GETTING PREGNANT OVER 40 ENCOURAGING INFORMATION

      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?



    • Want to share the good news?  Share this on your site:

      PREGNANCY OVER 40 - An infographic by the team at getpregnantover40.com

      Embed PREGNANCY OVER 40 on Your Site: Copy and Paste the Code Below


      Monday, November 17, 2014

      FERTILITY DOLLS AND ARTIFACTS, DO THEY WORK?

      DO FERTILITY SYMBOLS WORK?

      Have you ever wondered if fertility artifacts and dolls really work?  I'll have to admit, I do put some belief in them.  Just from the standpoint of the law of attraction, what you focus on is what you will attract to yoursel, these artifacts just help you focus.  Here is an article about artifacts and dolls for fertility.  Did I get this off some obscure website? No, I got it from "The NY Times"! Does that lend this credibility? I don't know, that's for you to decide. For anyone interested, read more:

      Click Here For More Information On The Fertility Goddess
      As legend has it, a woman named Akua was barren until a healer instructed her to carry and care for a doll as if it were a child. Villagers jeered, but her faith was rewarded with the birth of a daughter -- the ''ba,'' or child, in the doll's name. Now recognized all over Africa as a symbol of political empowerment and intellectual freedom as well as fertility, the doll is mass-manufactured for export and domestic use (both play and ritual). 

      SEE ALSO: FERTILITY GEMS AND SYMBOLS (getpregnantover40.com)

      ''My wife is pregnant, and we have two of them,'' says Mark Bessire, a former Fulbright Fellow in Tanzania who with his wife, Aimee, is the curator of ''Art of Identity: African Sculpture From the Teel Collection'' at the Fogg Museum of Art at Harvard University through next year. ''While you're carrying this figure, you're thinking about the positive experience of having a baby. It's a kind of training. People decorate them or put beads on them to empower them. It's very personal.''

      In African practice, once a doll has done its job, it is piled with others on the shrine of the healer who prescribed it, much as Western women send baby photos to a doctor's office, where they are displayed as proof of the doctor's skill.

      In the African view, fertility is a gift from ancestors, infertility an evil rooted in the discontent of ancestors. Activated by the power of play, dolls function like a wish that is about to come true.
        (www.nytimes.com)
       

      Saturday, November 15, 2014

      PREGNANT NATURALLY AFTER IVF

      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

      PREGNANCY SUCCESS FROM AN INFERTILITY SUPPORT GROUP

      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

      CREATE A VISION BOARD FOR PREGNANCY VISUALIZATION

      VISUALIZATION WITH VISION BOARDS

      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

      CAN YOU OVULATE MORE THAN ONCE PER MONTH?

      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.

      SEE ALSO: SHORT MENSTRUAL CYCLES AND FERTILITYT (getpregnantover40.com)

      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."
       from
      newscientist.com

      Wednesday, November 05, 2014

      FLAXSEEDS FOR WOMEN AND MENS FERTILITY

      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.

      SEE ALSO: INCREASING SPERM COUNT NATURALLY (getpregnantover40.com) 

      and

      FOODS FOR FERTILITY (getpregnantover40.com) 

      I. Definition

      http://getpregnantover40.com/buy-fertility-jewelry.htmFlax, 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

      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.
      Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Kyle_J_Norton
      http://EzineArticles.com/?Overcome-Male-Infertility---How-to-Treat-Infertility-With-Flaxseed&id=2765481




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      Monday, November 03, 2014

      ADRENAL HYPERPLASIA AS A CAUSE OF INFERTILITY

      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

      SURVIVING HALLOWEEN WITH INFERTILITY

      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.

      SEE ALSO: STRESS, INFERTILITY AND MISCARRIAGE (getpregnantover40.com)

      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.

      Monday, October 27, 2014

      TOP 5 THINGS TO GET PREGNANT OVER 40

      I know there is a lot of information out there about getting pregnant over 40 or any age.  I am frequently asked,  "If you could pick the top 5 recommendations, what would they be?"
      I thought I would develop an infographic (which you can share with the code below) that summarizes the top recommendations to get pregnant over 40:
      1. Hormone Regulating Foods
      2. Self Pelvic Massage, Reflexology and Acupressure
      3. Meditation and Visualization to attract a baby into your life
      4. Stress and Cortisol Reduction
      5. Healthy Weight and Only light exercise


      Top 5 Things To Get Pregnant Over 40 - An infographic by the team at getpregnantover40.com

      Embed Top 5 Things To Get Pregnant Over 40 on Your Site: Copy and Paste the Code Below





      Sunday, October 26, 2014

      CAN EGG WHITES BE USED AS A VAGINAL LUBRICANT?

      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)

      http://www.getpregnantover40.com/improving-cervical-mucus.htm

       

      Friday, October 24, 2014

      SECONDARY INFERTILITY: GETTING PREGNANT AGAIN

      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.

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

      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.
       nytimes.com

      Wednesday, October 22, 2014

      HYPOTHYROID, HYPERTHYROID AND INFERTILITY

      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:

      CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE ON THYROID, FERTILITY AND MISCARRIAGE (getpregnantover40,com)

      Monday, October 20, 2014

      PAISLEY PATTERN: REPRESENTS FERTILITY

      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.
      from: 
      www.telegraph.co.uk

      Saturday, October 18, 2014

      PREGNANCY SUCCESS DESPITE HIGH FSH

       THREE PREGNANCIES WITH HIGH FSH  USING THEIR OWN EGGS

       Many women are told they have high FSH and immediately told to consider donor eggs (see also: do you need donor eggs over 40? getpregnantover40.com)  Here are three success stories as reported in the Oxford Journals Human Reproduction:

      Case #1 was a 36 year old with an FSH of 143
      Case #2 was a 35 year old with an FSH of 105
      Case #3 was a 46 year old with an FSH of  22
      If you have undergone fertility testing, you are probably aware that doctors usually want to see an FSH under 10.
      Although all the women in the report citing these three cases underwent fertility treatments to get pregnant, they did NOT use donor eggs and they had normal live births.

      _SEE ALSO: CAN I GET PREGNANT WITH HIGH FSH? (getpregnantover40.com)

      ____________

       "The relatively quick success of these patients with very inexpensive therapy allows the treating physician at least to advise a couple not interested in using donor oocytes or adoption that, although a successful outcome is unlikely, there does not appear to be a ceiling on the FSH concentration where conception in a woman with incipient ovarian failure is not possible. Furthermore, they can be advised that there is at least one precedent for temporary reversal of apparent overt menopause with successful delivery in women up to the age of 45 years."
      oxford journals

      Thursday, October 16, 2014

      DO YOU REALLY NEED DONOR EGGS?

       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...

      CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE ON USING DONOR EGGS (getpregnantover40.com)

      Tuesday, October 14, 2014

      FERTILITY JEWELRY AND SYMBOLS

      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.

      http://www.getpregnantover40.com/buy-fertility-jewelry.htm

      Sunday, October 12, 2014

      SURPRISE PREGNANCY OVER 40: AGE IS NOT A CONTRACEPTIVE!

      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

      Friday, October 10, 2014

      HAVING A NATURAL MISCARRIAGE

      NATURAL MISCARRIAGE VS. D & C

      I had a number of miscarriage on my journey to a successful pregnancy.  Some miscarriages were so early that an early pregnancy test and a few minor symptoms were the only reason I knew I was pregnant.  The pregnancy expelled on its own and I went on to have normal cycles the next month.  However, I did have one pregnancy that had progressed further, miscarried but did not expel.  To make a long story short, I had my HcG levels checked and it was alarming that they were continuing to go up.  My doctor was concerned that I had a molar pregnancy (a nonviable pregnancy where the tissue can turn malignant).  I had a D & C which showed that the pregnancy was not a molar, it just was taking a long time to expel.

      There are ways to encourage your body to expel a non-viable pregnancy if you are trying to avoid having a D & C.  Like all surgical procedures, D & C's have risks, and if  you are trying to conceive again, you probably want to do all you can to avoid scarring and other complications.  This page on my site summarizes my research on how to have a natural miscarriage:

      HAVING A NATURAL MISCARRIAGE (getpregnantover40.com)

      Wednesday, October 08, 2014

      STRESS, CORTISOL, FERTILITY AND MISCARRIAGE

      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.

      Monday, October 06, 2014

      IRON FOR FERTILITY AND GETTING PREGNANT

      How Iron Helps You Get Pregnant

      Iron may be just what you need if you are trying to conceive.  First, women may be losing iron through their monthly periods (especially if you have heavy bleeding).  Second, if you do become pregnant, your body may become deficient as the baby will take quite a bit of iron from your body.
      Additionally,  iron may actually make you more fertile.  Women who take iron supplements have fewer ovulatory disorders.  Research has shown that women who took more than 41 mg of iron daily had a 62% lower chance of having a problem with ovulation.  Other sources of iron are non-heme iron which is found in plants.  Non heme iron is harder to absorb, but both are important because heme iron may help the absorption of non-heme iron.  Foods high in vitamin C can also help get the iron into your system.
        Foods rich in heme iron:
      • Scallops
      • Shrimp
      • Salmon
      • Tuna
      • Eggs
      • Lean beef
      • Lean pork
      • Poultry (dark meat, in particular)
        Foods rich in non-heme iron:
      • Leafy green vegetables such as turnip greens, kale, broccoli, and spinach
      (see my instructions on how to cook greens  here (getpregnantover40.com)
      • Beans (black, kidney, lima, pinto)
      • Raisins
      • Hummus
      • Oatmeal or cream of wheat
      • Enriched breads, pastas, and cereals
      • Prunes and prune juice
      • Figs
      • Peanut butter
      • Tofu
        Foods rich in vitamin C:
      • Oranges and orange juice
      • Tomatoes
      • Red peppers
      • Broccoli
      • Strawberries
      • Kiwi

      Saturday, October 04, 2014

      LEPTIN, BODY FAT AND INFERTILITY

      Body Fat and Fertiltiy

      All you diet and exercise fanatics out there may not be doing your fertility any favors. Although these are things that we typically think as good, too much of a good thing may sabotage your efforts to get pregnant. Losing too much body fat can affect your levels of "leptin" which starts a chain hormonal reaction. This article explains more:


      Now, a study led by researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) offers the first definitive proof that a lack of leptin contributes to hypothalamic amenorrhea (HA) and that treatment with a synthetic form of the hormone can restore fertility and reduce the risk of bone fractures in this group of patients. The findings are reported on-line this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

      SEE ALSO: SHORT OR IRREGULAR MENSTRUAL CYCLES AND FERTILITY (getpregnantover40.com)

      "This condition accounts for over 30 percent of all cases of amenorrhea in women of reproductive age, and is an important problem for which we didn't have a good solution," explains senior author Christos Mantzoros, MD, Dsc, Director of the Human Nutrition Unit at BIDMC and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

      "Our findings now prove beyond any doubt that leptin is the missing link in women with significantly diminished body fat, and that this, in turn, results in numerous hormonal abnormalities." Without leptin, he explains, menstrual periods cease, the body becomes chronically energy-deprived and women experience bone loss and an increased risk of bone fractures.

      from: 
      www.sciencedaily.com

      Wednesday, October 01, 2014

      HOW INFLAMMATION CAN HURT MENS FERTILITY

      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. 

      from:
      medicalnewstoday.com

      Monday, September 29, 2014

      INFERTILITY, ANGER AND JEALOUSY

      Trying To Get Pregnant Over 40 Can Be Psychologically Difficult

      I hear from women all the time who aren't just dealing with the physiological aspects of infertility, they are dealing with the emotional aspects as well - there are so many feelings that erupt inside of you.

      I guess that's a nice way of saying they're downright angry, enraged, fuming, you name it. Almost anything dealing with pregnancy, children, and of course trying to conceive is a landmine ready to explode. This anger affects their relationships with family and friends and can be very isolating (sometimes its just easier to avoid everyone). All this anger has other side effects too. That constant churning in the pit of your stomach or in the center of your chest can't be helping your body prepare for conception or pregnancy.

      Infertility Leads To Anger and Jealousy

      I don't know why drug addicts or teenagers who eat junk food, smoke and drink get pregnant time after time...I've often wondered why the "powers that be" thought them more worthy than so many couples who have so much to give to a new baby. None of us will ever know why things like that happen...but one thing I do know is that holding on to anger and jealousy will only keep you or at the very least delay you from realizing your dream of having a child.  Everyone is on their own path in life and your job is to prepare your body and mind for a new life.

      Try To Get The Anger of Not Being Able To Get Pregnant Out of Your System

      Remember your goal here is to get pregnant, right? Think of a baby deciding whether or not to come to you as their mother. Would they want a calm peaceful loving environment or one filled with rage, envy, and ill will? Perhaps it's no coincidence that I got pregnant with my daughter right after I screamed and cried so loud that I'm surprised my neighbors didn't come over. I finally got all that built up rage out of my system - I'm convinced it made made my body more receptive because I got pregnant with my daughter right after that.  Maybe you do need to find a private place to let it all out.  Believe me, it feels good to release the tension and "not be strong" if even for a little while.

       Here's an article about changing your mindset to conceive

      Why Can't I Have A Baby?

      Friday, September 26, 2014

      CHLAMYDIA AS A CAUSE OF INFERTILITY

      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.

      CLICK HERE FOR MORE ON INFECTIONS AND INFERTILITY (getpregnantover40.com) 

      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
      http://EzineArticles.com/?A-Silent-Epidemic&id=930833

      Wednesday, September 24, 2014

      CELIAC AND INFERTILITY: SCREEN AT HOME

      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. 

      (www.medicalnewstoday.com)

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