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Friday, January 31, 2014

Soy and Fertility

Does Soy Help Or Hurt Fertility?

It seems that lately there's been a Soy "backlash". First you hear how good it is for overall health and fertility, then all of a sudden it's bad. I did make Soy part of my diet while I was trying to conceive, and I can tell you from experience, it didn't hurt my fertility. Besides, think of all of the Asian cultures where soy is a staple in their diet...they certainly don't seem to be underpopulated! One argument that critics of soy make is that Asian cultures eat fermented soy like tofu which is healthier.
See my site: www.getpregnantover40.com for my entire series on foods for fertility 
Most Americans could benefit from eating more fruits and vegetables. If you're concerned about Soy, eat it in moderation. It's a great source of vegetable protein and there's so many different ways to get it in your diet.  Protein is a necessary component of hormone production.
Here is an article that I've published before and it addresses soy and fertility:

Our results suggest that a high-soy diet probably won't compromise fertility in women," says researcher Jay Kaplan, PhD, of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, in a news release. The results of the study were presented today at the annual meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.
from webMD


Thursday, January 30, 2014

CAN FIBROIDS OF THE UTERUS AFFECT FERTILITY?

Leiomyomas (Fibroids), Fertility, and What You Can Do

If you have uterine fibroids, it doesn't necessarily mean that you will be infertile. Sometimes, however, depending on the location, size and number of fibroids, it can be a cause of infertility.
See also: www.getpregnantover40.com for more on natural ways to improve fertility and get pregnant without IVF
I had three fibroids removed in my early 30's. I didn't even want to get pregnant at that time. My main reason for having them removed was because they were growing so fast. Unfortunately, I didn't know it at the time, but there was much I could have done to resolve the condition naturally. I'm not saying I shouldn't have had the surgery, but if I had led a healthier lifestyle to begin with, I may not have had fibroids in the first place.
Here is a good article about fibroids, some possible causes and treatments (both natural and medical/surgical).

Food, Diet and Fibroids risk
Uterine fibroids are hormonally responsive; estradiol and progesterone stimulate their growth, and gonadotrophin-releasing hormone agonists shrink them. Phytoestrogens, including isoflavones and lignans, can act as weak estrogens or antiestrogens. There appears to be a modest inverse association between lignan ingestion and uterine fibroid risk. Whether this relation represents an effect of lignans per se or of other constituents of lignan-containing foods on the development of uterine fibroids remains to be determined.

from: Uterine Fibroids by Ray Sahelian, M.D.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Fertility Nutrients

Foods That May Help You Get Pregnant

I found a good article that talks about not only the nutrients that may help you conceive, but it gives a listing in each category of the actual foods you should (or shouldn't) be eating.
I also have a whole section on my website (www.getpregnantover40.com) on fertility foods

From the article:

Vitamin A
This vitamin encourages the production of sex hormones and is key to embryo development. In the past Vitamin A supplements have been advised against due to suggestions of birth defects. Foods naturally rich in Vitamin A include:
whole milk
eggs
yellow fruit and vegetables
oily fish
B vitamins
Fertility and B vitamins such as B1, B2, B5, B6 and B12 are the best of friends.

The B vitamins have a role in ensuring a successful conception (B5 together with zinc), ovulation (B1), DNA development (B12) or maintaining healthy oestrogen levels (B6). Severe B vitamin deficiency can cause a reduction in sex hormones, making it harder to conceive.
Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) is particularly important as the liver uses it to remove expired hormones from the body which, if allowed to acumumlate, can decrease the production of new, healthy hormones. Miscarriages and low birth weight have been linked to low B2 levels. Find B vitamins in:
nuts and seeds
salmon and other fish
green vegetables
meat such as lamb and poultry
pulses
wholegrain foods
Iron
Low iron levels can result in anaemia which will make it a lot more difficult to conceive, while increasing iron intake can reduce the risk of miscarriage. Sources of iron include:
dried fruit, especially prunes
parsley and green leafy vegetables
oatmeal
cherries
lean meat
Magnesium
Magnesium goes hand in hand with vitamin B1 as the two are needed for energy production and cell metabolism. Low levels of magnesium have been linked to infertility and miscarriage. Find magnesium in:
bananas
molasses
brown rice
tofu
buckwheat
kelp and leafy green veg

(from virginmedia.com)

Sunday, January 26, 2014

IVF and The Harsh Financial Reality

IVF Over 40, A Financial Strain

When I read the following article, it brought back one of the many unpleasant realities of going through fertility treatments.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com for my interview on paying for fertility treatment from Huffington Post
 It's expensive and it's a gamble. We spent more than $25,000 on IVF and other fertility treatments before we said enough is enough. When I started conceiving on my own, although I was happy, it almost made me sick to think how I could have saved all that money and put it in a college fund for my daughter. I realize, however, some couples, depending on their diagnosis, must go through high tech fertility treatments to conceive. The article below has some financial advice:

Like the Witts, approximately 7 million Americans are infertile--that is, they have been actively trying to conceive for at least a year without getting pregnant. Less than half of those who are infertile seek treatment, though, and experts say the high cost is a big reason why. Since most insurance companies don't cover in vitro, embryonic transfer and other advanced fertility treatments, couples are forced to come up with the money themselves. That's $10,000 to $20,000 for IVF--and sometimes double or triple that price if, as often happens, pregnancy doesn't result the first time and the procedure is repeated. "For infertile couples, we're a country of haves and have-nots," says Pamela Madsen, executive director of the American Fertility Association. "If you're wealthy enough to pay out of pocket, you get treatment. But if you're middle class, you often can't get in the door.
(money.cnn.com)

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Natural Pregnancy Following IVF Lawsuit

Getting Pregnant Spontaneously After Fertility Treatments

I found an interesting article while reading the BBC news. This particular article is a number of years old, however it's still an interesting story. Apparently, a woman underwent IVF and only wanted two embryos transferred. As it turned out, three were transferred and she had triplets.
See My story about having a baby at 44 without IVF: www.getpregnantover40.com
 She and her husband subsequently sued the clinic because of the financial hardship this put on the couple. Who would have ever predicted this one? I'm sure those of us who struggle with infertilty have a hard time relating to this, but it does raise some questions about all of the things that can go wrong with assisted reproduction. 

Another reason I wanted to post this article is because the woman in the story, after having triplets with IVF (and after receiving a financial settlement from the clinic for transferring three embryos) became pregnant naturally with a fourth child! It just goes to show you, the natural route may deserve a chance - just think of all of the stress and turmoil this couple could have avoided.
from:
 (BBC News)

Friday, January 24, 2014

Infertile? How Can You Laugh At A Time Like This?

Trying To Conceive Over 40, It Can Be Funny

Ok, I know there's nothing funny about the heartbreak, pain, anger, and frustration associated with infertilty. But, if you think about everything you go through and you stand back and view it from an objective viewpoint, there are some funny things that happen along the way.
See also: www.getpregnantover40.com for more on stress relief and fertility
Here's a few from my own experience:

- One month when I knew I was ovulating (and intercourse was mandatory), my husband fell asleep early that night. I practically had yell, sing, and annoy him long enough to wake him up. Talk about a less than pleasurable experience...I must commend him on performing on demand.

-When we were going through fertility treatments, my husband had to make his "donation" at the fertility clinic. The "donation" rooms had a back exit door for privacy (and a box where the samples should have been left), but some other guy comes out the front door carrying his "sample" to the receptionist. Everybody in the waiting room starting snickering (hey, they'd all been in there too!)

-When we were going through fertility treatments and my husband had to give me a shot at 8:00 every night, it was very interesting when my husband's cousins came in from out of town. We invited them over for dinner but when 8:00 came rolling around, we had to disappear upstairs with needles and medication bottles out of the refrigerator. We made up some totally ridiculous story about how my cat was sick and we had to give her shots. I wonder if anyone bought that line?

I could go on...but one thing I learned is that even though infertility is so stressful and crazy, you do get through it. I had to learn how to keep plugging along even in the most hopeless of situations. Laugh whenever you can. It's very cathartic and it actually has been shown to lower stress and strengthen the immune system.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Getting Pregnant After Moving To Childfree...Did It Help?

Spontaneous Pregnancy Over 40 After Infertility And Moving To Childfree

After struggling with infertility and the rigors and complications of fertility treatments, my husband and I moved on to childfree...twice.
More on natural ways to conceive at: www.getpregnantover40.com
 How is that possible you ask? Well...after two cycles of IVF ending in miscarriage, I decided it was time to quit. Adoption wasn't an option for us...we couldn't handle another rollercoaster ride. So, we made peace with a childfree choice. But, it was almost like some kind of universal backlash, I kept running into and hearing stories about people getting pregnant (naturally) well into their 40's. No matter where I went or who I talked to, another story of pregnancy over 40 would always come up. I took this as a sign that it wasn't time to give up. That started me on my all natural journey and low and behold, I started getting pregnant on my own.

After three naturally conceived pregnancies and three miscarriages, at the age of 43, we decided again, maybe we need to really move on to childfree. It certainly is more empowering to make the decision rather than move into it unwillingly. I screamed, cried, stomped my feet, and after that, I actually felt better than I had in years. I told myself that life isn't made to order...maybe you really can't have everything you want in life. I made peace with my failure to have a baby.

So there I was...feeling quite content with myself, I had gone through the dark tunnel of infertility and came out the other side. I really did feel like the weight of the world had been taken off my shoulders. I was actually happy to start a new life, free of the rigors of monitoring every bodily function and every morsel that went into my mouth. We started to think about the future by making travel plans, buying a season ski pass, and realizing that we had so many choices even if we didn't have a baby. We finally came to the realization that you can lead a wonderful full life without the responsibilities that come with parenthood.

Two weeks later, I found out I was pregnant with my daughter, and the rest, as they say, is history. Hmmmmm....makes you wonder...did my tantrum help me conceive? Did I relax just enough to make it all come together? I do believe that if you want something in your life, you need to allow it in. Forcing things into place can backfire. Maybe I had to let go to succeed. It's kind of like when I can't get my daughter to come with me at the shopping mall...the more I chase her, the more she runs away. Once I stop, walk the other way, and pretend I'm going to leave without her, she comes running.

So, although I do believe in the power of positive thinking, it's possible that you need to find some outlet to rid yourself of the bad to make room for the good. Maybe a good scream and cry is in order. Perhaps making peace with the unthinkable could put you in a more receptive state of mind.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Frozen Produce As Good (Maybe Better) Than Fresh

Fruits and Vegetables for Fertility

A key piece of overcoming infertility is preparing your body by eating fruits and vegetables. The antioxidants in colorful produce aren't just good for your egg quality (and sperm quality for men), but they are great for cancer prevention and overall health.  Cruciferous vegetables are also great for hormone regulation. 
See also: www.getpregnantover40.com for my series on foods for fertility and hormone regulation
Eating a healthy diet can be hard for many women because it's not as convenient and it may require multiple trips to the grocery store. first let me say, I'm all for buying locally and supporting your local farmers. However, that may not be possible for city dwellers and some produce isn't available locally at certain times of the year. That's when frozen fruits and vegetables can be a great option. According to to this article and many others, frozen produce can actually be better than "fresh" produce that isn't really that fresh after the distribution process. Read more:

Industry representatives argued that produce frozen just after picking was nutritionally equivalent to fresh. They bolstered their position by saying that such items as spinach, grapes or carrots may spend a long time between being picked and being consumed -- on trucks, or in store displays -- losing nutrients as they age.

The FDA found merit in that claim, concluding that the overall goal is to get Americans to eat more fruits and vegetables, at least five servings a day. Many nutrition professionals agree.

``Frozen foods are frozen at their peak in terms of freshness and nutrition,'' says Diane Quagliani, a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association. ``So there's really no reason that people should not choose frozen. I love fresh vegetables, don't get me wrong, but frozen vegetables are wonderful items in terms of convenience.''

That's also the message from Christine Perry, senior editor at the Tufts University Health & Nutrition Letter in Boston.

``It's better to focus on getting fruits and vegetables in your diet, whether they are fresh or frozen,'' she says. ``It's tricky to say that one is better than the other; fresh produce loses vitamins if it has been sitting on the shelf. Others may argue that the fresh stuff tastes better and it's good to support local farmers.''

The decision is easy in the summertime, when farmers' markets offer freshly picked produce and when home gardens yield ingredients that barely have time to cool before being put in a salad. But as winter approaches, local sources shut down and much of the produce consumed through the spring comes from other states or other countries.

Food held at temperatures above freezing after being picked begins to lose nutrients, according to the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine's ``Total Nutrition'' guide.

from
www.prohealth.com

Saturday, January 18, 2014

How To Protect Yourself From Radiation Naturally

How Radiation Can Affect Fertility

A while back, everyone was watching the stories about Japan and we're all worried about radioactive plumes traveling around the world. In times like this, it's good to know what you can do to protect yourself especially if you're trying to conceive or already pregnant.
See also: www.getpregnantover40.com for more on environmental threats to fertility
Here is a good article on some natural ways to minimize the effects of radiation. I should say, most "official" sources feel that the exposure is minimal, however it's hard to know how accurate the reports really are. Read more:

In 1968 Canadian researchers reported that sea vegetables contained a polysaccharide substance that selectively bound radioactive strontium and helped eliminate it from the body. In laboratory experiments, sodium alginate prepared from kelp, kombu, and other brown seaweeds off the Atlantic and pacific coasts was introduced along with strontium and calcium into rats. The reduction of radioactive particles in bone uptake, measured in the femur, reached as high as 80%, with little interference with calcium absorption.

The evaluation of biological activity of different marine algae is important because of their practical significance in preventing absorption of radioactive products of atomic fission as well as in their use as possible natural decontaminators.
Source: Y. Tanaka et. Al. " Studies on Inhibition of Intestinal Absorption of Radioactive Strontium", Canadian Medical Association Journal 99: 169-75. (Sea Vegetables)

WHOLE GRAINS PROTECT IN FIVE WAYS

Whole grains help to protect us from the deleterious health effects of radiation exposure in five ways:

1) Grains are low on the food chain. Although they may have been exposed to pollution and radiation, they do not have the concentration of contaminants that is found in meat and large fish, which are at the top of the food chain.

2) Important with respect to radiation protection is the high fiber and phosphorous contents in grains. The binding ability of these substances helps the body to remove poisons.

3) The bulking factor of grains lessens the intestinal transit time and so hasten the elimination of all toxins.

4) Being neither very acid nor very alkaline, grains help us to maintain the middle-range pH that has been found to increase our resistance to radiation.

5) Whole grains provide vitamin B6, which is indispensable for the thymus. In addition, their calcium content guards against uptake of radioactive strontium, and their vitamin E and selenium prevent cellular damage caused by free radicals.

from lightnet/health

Friday, January 17, 2014

Fond Memories of The Fertility Clinic...NOT!

IVF Over 40 Isn't Always The Answer

I was thinking the other day about everything I went through to finally have my daughter. You'd think I'd be over it by now, but it still makes me a little sick to think about what a horrific experience it was to have my life run by a fertility clinic for a couple of years - especially since my best success was following an all natural protocol.
See www.getpregnantover40.com for more on my story of getting pregnant over 40
I recall once, sitting in the waiting room at the fertility clinic and a very insensitive receptionist was talking on the phone. Apparently she thought she'd forgot to schedule a patient so she called her. From what I could hear, this "patient" must have told the receptionist that she didn't need an appointment because she miscarried. The receptionist got off the phone, and within earshot of everyone in the waiting room, mutters to herself, "Well, I'm sorry you had a miscarriage, but you saved my butt!"
I couldn't believe my ears!

Along the same lines, after my second IVF attempt resulted in what we thought might be an ectopic, I went in for a shot of Methotrexate (which is a drug they give to stop the pregnancy from growing so it expels naturally without rupturing your fallopian tube). I knew most of the nurses well by this time, but it seems like when you become one of their "failures", nobody wants to talk with you. Here I was, devastated, and they avoided eye contact with me and acted like I was invisible. The shot was given to me by a rookie nurse who didn't really seem to know what she was doing. After the shot, I was sent on my way with barely a "good bye". Since that time, I've seriously thought about starting some kind of compassion training course for fertility professionals.

I'm really not one that needs a lot of hand holding, but a little kindness certainly would have been in order. I guess that wasn't included in the thousands of dollars we paid for that failed cycle. Actually, I should have thanked them--my best treatment was NO treatment - and they certainly pushed me in the right direction.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Fertility Gods

Pregnancy Over 40 and Fertility Gods

I found a very interesting website which has subjects covering mythology, ancient civilizations and so on. Here is some information on the site about "fertility gods". I have readers with a number of religious beliefs (visit www.getpregnantover40.com for infertility in the Bible)
This particular site has a number of links to other topics as well such as positive affirmations, acupuncture and so on - scroll down to the bottom of the page of the following site to read more:


In truth - all of the gods are one soul playing different roles in the various creational stories that are part of planet Earth's history. The same is true of the goddesses. In many cases - their names - in different civilizations is recognized.
Tellus Mater (Celtic) Goddess of fertility and marriage.

Venus (Roman) Roman equivalent to Aphrodite. Venus was the goddess of love, beauty, sexuality, and fertility.

Shiva (India) God of fertility, medicine, and physical love.

Sophia - Creational Goddess

Belet-Ili - Sumerian goddess of the womb 


from:  (www.crystalinks.com)

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Fertility Bodywork...Yoga, Acupressure, and Massage For Fertility


Fertility bodywork is a combination of yoga for fertility, acupressure and reflexology, and pelvic massage. I'm going to focus on pelvic massage here, but my DVD demonstrates all of these methods for improving pelvic circulation and overall fertility. The good news is that you don't need to hire professionals to do this for you. You can learn to perform these techniques in the privacy of your own home.

What is pelvic massage?

Pelvic massage includes basic abdominal massage, ovarian massage, fallopian tube massage, uterine lift, uterine massage and the femoral massage. Some of these techniques involve the use of circular motions on and around the reproductive organs using adequate pressure to break up small blockages and encourage circulation to the affected area. As odd as it sounds, many women don't really know exactly where their organs are located. The pelvis and abdominal area have a number of organs that are not part of the reproductive system and knowing exactly where to focus the massage can be challenging. When I first started trying to conceive, I was actually surprised how low the reproductive organs are in the pelvis. I had these pictures in my mind of the uterus being quite large (after all, it has to hold a baby) but in fact, the uterus in its non-pregnant state is quite small. Ovaries and fallopian tubes in their normal state are also amazingly small. It's hard to believe these organs are responsible for so much!

Pelvic massage is best done lying supine on a comfortable but supportive surface. With practice, it can be done quickly and efficiently and the tips of your fingers get quite skilled at knowing where to massage. The uterus can be found by making a triangle with your thumbs and index fingers pressed together. The thumbs should be placed on your naval and the point of the triangle located at your index fingers should be the top of your uterus. You may apply moderate pressure and massage in small circles around the uterus and on the surface of the uterus. The ovaries and fallopian tubes are located on either side and small circular motions are made back and forth on these structures as well. The uterine lift involves using your finger to get under the base of the uterus and lifting it up to correct a uterus lying too low in the pelvis. This can occur after years of heavy lifting, some types of exercise, previous childbirth and so on. The femoral massage involves finding the femoral vessel located in the groin area, applying pressure to temporarily impede the circulation, then letting go to let the blood saturate the area. The femoral massage should not be done if you have problems with circulation, heart disease, high blood pressure, thrombosis or varicose veins.

Visit:  www.getpregnantover40.com for more information

Monday, January 13, 2014

The Pill Delays Fertility


Trying To Conceive After Birth Control Pills

If you're trying to conceive, birth control is probably the last thing on your mind. However, many women who try to conceive later in life, have been on the pill for many years before they decide to get pregnant.  
See also: www.getpregnantover40.com for more on trying to conceive 
This is a question that arises frequently when trying to conceive and nothing is happening.  Does it take longer to get pregnant after being on the pill?  How much longer?  According to this article, birth control can delay conception for a number of months.

From the article:

Women using oral contraceptives took "significantly longer" to conceive than those who relied on condoms.

But Professor Killick said women should not worry about delays of weeks not months.


"It's hardly surprising when you think about it, because these women have taken contraceptive steroids to suppress their ovaries," he said.

Combined pill

"We've known for some time that injectible contraceptives can reduce fertility for several months after they've been used.

"We showed a similar effect from the combined oral contraceptive pill."

Professor Killick said the average time it took women who stopped using condoms to conceive was three and a half months.

For those who stopped using a combined oral contraceptive pill, it was just over five and a half months. 


from: l(news.bbc.co.uk)

Sunday, January 12, 2014

TTC Over 40: Trying To Conceive Over 40 Is Not Uncomon

Trying To Have A Baby Over 40

Ok, I did play with dolls when I was a kid, but it wasn't always in a motherly way. I was more into "Barbie" than baby dolls.
See: www.getpregnantover40.com for more on natural ways to enhance fertility and conceive over 40

I don't want to get into the "PLOM" mode (poor little ol' me) but I really didn't receive much mothering as a child. By the time I came along, my mother saw me as more of a nuisance than a baby or child to be nurtured. She admitted that I was an "accident" - maybe too much information - nobody likes to hear they were unwanted. I guess that was the beginning of my fertility problems.

It wasn't until I was in my late 30's that my motherly instincts kicked in. I basically did an "about face". I went from someone who snarled at other people's misbehaved kids to someone who desparately wanted one of my own (screaming, crying and all). All of a sudden it seemed like I couldn't get pregnant fast enough - I wanted a baby and I wanted one NOW.

But...it's hard to change a lifetime of thinking. Even in high school, people knew I didn't want to get married and have kids. It's no wonder my body was sabotaging my efforts to get pregnant and stay pregnant. I truly believe that certain patterns of thinking can change your physiology. I used a combination of visualization and meditation to retrain my thought patterns which, I believe, ultimately changed my ability to conceive and carry to term. Infertility isn't all in your head, but it just may start there.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Psychological Stress, Mental Health and Conception Difficulties

Trying To Have A Baby Over 40

I've written countless posts on the mind/body connection, stress and infertility.
 (see www.getpregnantover40.com for my article on stress and fertility). 
Stress increases cortisol which robs the body of progesterone.  Progesterone, of course, is needed for a healthy pregnancy ("progest = pro-gestation").
Here is another article that draws a link between psychological stress and it's affect on fertility:

I Think I Can - Mental Health and Conception
By Shel Franco
(www.preconception.com)


From the article:

Margaret Paul, PhD, a relationship expert and best-selling author, recalls that many of her friends and clients believed they wanted children but could not conceive until they either adopted or started the adoption process. Dr. Paul concludes that, "Some fear kept them from getting pregnant."


Biologically Speaking
Can emotions alter biological processes? "I think that this is a very difficult topic," says Susan Dantoni, M.D., an obstetrician and gynecologist in Geneva, N.Y. "From a purely scientific perspective, there is no evidence that stress and depression diminish a woman's fertility biologically, [as in] inhibiting ovulation and conception."

Yet, foreign researchers are beginning to show a different story. A study conducted at two university hospitals in Denmark concluded that psychological distress may indeed be a risk factor for infertility in some women.

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Coenzyme Q-10 Helps Male Fertility

Male Factor Infertility and CoQ10

Sperm are very sensitive creatures.  Even though men make billions of sperm, that doesn't mean they're all healthy.  It may be more important for men to watch what they eat and to stay away from harmful environmental toxins.
Also visit: www.getpregnantover40.com for mens and women's fertility articles 
I'm hearing more and more about the wonders of coenzyme Q-10. Here is an article about how it can give sperm motility a boost. Read more:

Coenzyme Q10 Boosts Sperm Health
Researchers say coenzyme Q10 is known to be active in the testes and is an antioxidant that plays an important role in forming the membranes and other structures within cells by fighting the effects of oxidative stress.

In the study, published in the January issue of Fertility & Sterility, researchers looked at the effects of daily oral supplementation with 200 mg of coenzyme Q10 in 22 infertile men with low sperm motility.

At the start of the study, researchers found the men had lower-than-normal levels of coenzyme Q10 in their seminal fluid. After six months of supplementation with the antioxidant, the men experienced a significant increase in these levels.

In addition, researchers also found a significant increase in sperm motility, and this increase was linked to the rise in coenzyme Q10 levels.

from: 
www.webmd.com

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Syndrome O and Fertility

Metabolic Syndrome and Fertility

I've heard of syndrome X, but this is the first time I've heard of something related called syndrome O.
Visit: www,getpregnantover40.com for more on natural ways to regulate hormones 
You may have heard this referred to as "Metabolic Syndrome".  It involves weight gain, difficulty with insulin regulation, reproductive hormone imbalance and too much testosterone in women.

This article explains how it can affect fertility:

The basic hallmarks of Syndrome O are best defined as: 1) Overnourishment: a chronic mismatch in how calories are taken in and burned, leading to insulin overproduction and a tendency toward obesity; 2) Ovarian imbalance: causing improper levels of male and female hormones within the ovaries; and 3) Ovulation disruption: blocking the development and release of healthy eggs.

As two of many vital organs involved, women's ovaries are supposed to produce uniquely female hormones - estrogen and progesterone - in a pattern as predictable as the phases of the moon. When overnourished and bombarded with inappropriate levels of insulin hormones, the ovaries become confused, producing some estrogen, a bit too much androgen like testosterone (male hormone), and too little progesterone. This problem now affects millions of women, even if they appear to be ovulating regularly!

The Syndrome O phenomenon has a close common link with Syndrome X, a problem many medical experts have come to understand as a high-insulin metabolic state. This is also called the "metabolic syndrome," and commonly promotes too much weight gain, obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and coronary artery disease in women and men. It is estimated that as many as 50% of Americans are affected by the metabolic syndrome. For young women, their reproductive system and destiny are profoundly affected.
from:www.newliving.com

Monday, January 06, 2014

Trying To Conceive Over 40 - You Can Succeed!

Trying To Conceive Over 40? It's More Common Than You Think!

There’s a lot of discouraging information out there about trying to conceive over the age of 40. Many of us out there didn’t consciously wait until we were 40, it’s just that our life circumstances worked out that way.

See: www.getpregnantover40.com for more on pregnancy, fertility and miscarriage support

Some of us didn’t want children when we were younger, and some of us married later in life and just didn’t have the opportunity to have children until now. Another common scenario is that women have children when they’re younger, divorce, remarry, and want to start a new family with their new husband.

Whatever your life situation, it has brought you here—-over the age of 40 and wanting a child. It’s really no different being 40 than being 20, if you want to have a baby, it can be an all consuming desire. You eat, sleep, and live for getting pregnant. Everything you do in life is centered around whether or not it will help you conceive. If you start trying to gather information, you are bombarded with dismal statistics, high miscarriage rates, birth defects, and pregnancy complications. Discouraging is putting it mildly. It’s enough to make you want to pack up your marbles and go home with empty arms. But, after doing much research, I realized that getting pregnant over 40 naturally isn’t all that uncommon. It’s just that most of the information out there is pessimistic. I’m sure most women over 40 aren’t trying to get pregnant (and many have had sterilization procedures) skewing the statistics negatively. Many of the pregnancy complications cited in the literature can be prevented by going into a pregnancy with a normal weight, good eating habits, and good prenatal care.

Even though I had a rollercoaster ride of ups and downs while trying to conceive, I learned a very valuable lesson: I am in control of my body and if I treat my body right, it is capable of amazing things. I have the ability to attract what I want in my life no matter how far fetched it may sound to others. Besides, many of the naysayers out there are people who probably had their kids too young and struggled every inch of the way to raise them. They can't imagine starting over in their 40's. But what they don't know is that even after factoring the challenges of being an older parent, it's just a whole lot of fun raising kids when you have maturity and experience under your belt (not to mention that when you raise your kids right, they're easier to raise!)

I had a number of RE's,GYN doctors and even a accupuncturist give me that "give it up, honey" look. I know the doctors were trying to be realistic with me, but I had to look past all the negativity and follow my basic instincts. I could feel my baby hovering over me. I'm glad I followed my heart and not conventional medical "wisdom".
I just heard from a 44 year old woman who had previously read my book (I'm not taking credit here) and is currently 18 weeks pregnant. She had experienced some past miscarriages but refused to jump into the standard medical fertility practice of pumping her body full of drugs and hormones. There certainly is something very appealing about the simplicity of letting nature take its course - she and her spouse lived a healthy lifestyle which facilitated conception and pregnancy.

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