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Friday, February 28, 2014

PREGNANCY AND FERTILITY DETOXIFICATION (DETOX)

If You're Trying To Get Pregnant, Detox With Simple Foods and Water

I'ver read about fertility diets, but not necessarily about "fertility detox" - that is - until I found this article.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com for more on natural fertility
Detoxing your body is actually simple.  If you're eating a lot of processed food, trying to eat things in their natural form.  If you're drinking soda and other processed drinks, try going back to plain old water.   You may have heard of many of these recommendations, but there are also some new ones you may not have hear of.  Read more:

Fertility Detoxification (www.getpregnantover40.com)

See More About Probiotics and Fertility (www.getpregnantover40.com)

Can I Get Pregnant With High FSH (Follicle Stimulating Hormone) Naturally?

FSH:  Follicle Stimulating Hormone

Women who are trying to conceive, especially those over the age of 40 usually wonder:
"Can I get pregnant with high FSH?
Although having high FSH isn't a good thing when you're trying to get pregnant, it doesn't automatically mean that you are hopelessly infertile.  Many women do spontaneously conceive with high FSH levels - sometimes very high.  On the other hand, FSH is not a static thing, it can move up and down.
This video shows some things you can do naturally to lower your FSH and balance your hormones.

Click here to read the full article and watch the video: "Get Pregnant With High FSH from www.getpregnantover40.com"

What Is The Average Age Of Menopause?

Pregnancy Over 40 Is Possible Until A Full Year of Menopause

Many women in their 40's who are trying to conceive wonder what the average age of menopause is for the general population.
See Also:  www.getpregnantover40.com for more on FSH and fertility
 According to this article, the average is about 50. Again, this is an average - some women will go through menopause later, some earlier. Menopause is defined as the absence of periods for a full 12 months. Until that time, pregnancy is possible - as this article mentions:
One important point made in the article is the following:

Menopause is a gradual process that can take several years. You're not really through menopause until you haven't had a period for 12 months. (During this time, keep using birth control if you don't want to become pregnant.)
from 
familydoctor.org

Thursday, February 27, 2014

FERTILITY FOODS AND DIET FOR SPERM

Healthy Sperm With Healthy Eating

I've written before about how men can eat to enhance their fertility. This article give a nice summary of what the man in your life can do to enhance their sperm quality:
See My Series In Foods For Fertility at www.getpregnantover40.com
From the article:

Oysters: they are high in zinc which is scientifically proven to increase sperm count: Journal of Laboratory Clinical Medicine” found that zinc deficiency in men decreased sperm count in four out of five study members, and as soon as they started increasing zinc intake, a sperm count increased.

Spinach is rich in folic acid – a vitamin that increases overall sperm count and motility, especially when eaten in conjunction with vitamin C rich foods that promote absorption of folic acid. Men with low levels of folate have more sperm with chromosomal abnormalities. A study that was published in an issue of Fertility and Sterility showed that the combination of zinc and folic acid were found to have a positive effect in increasing sperm count.

Eggs, promote male fertility and improve chances of conception, because they are high in vitamin E. Vitamin E is in case of deficiency linked to testicular tissue degeneration.

Fruits that is rich in vitamin C, such as citrus fruits, strawberries, cherries, asparagus, snow peas, cooked tomatoes, Study proved that a semen of men with a diet of up to 1,000 mgs of vitamin C a day has less clumping than that of their deficient counterparts. This means their semen had increased motility and of course increased possibility of fertilization.

Food rich in vitamin A, including carrots, red peppers, oatmeal, dried apricots, dark green lettuce, broccoli, spinach, sweet potatoes etc. Vitamin A helps grow healthy sperm, and deficiencies in vitamin A in men are linked to lowered fertility due to sluggish sperm.

Nuts: every person should eat a hand full of nuts every day. It is your choice: nuts, almonds, walnuts, brazil nuts… take what you want. Scientists recommend eating choosing walnuts and almonds because they are both rich with arginine, an amino acid that increases sperm production and blood flow. Increased blood flow is related with stronger erections, which, though unrelated to sperm count, is correlated with higher rates of fertilization. On the other hand Brazil nuts are high in selenium that is an essential mineral for developing normal sperm and in increasing sperm motility.

Whole grains increase chromium levels, thereby increasing your sperm count; studies namely prove that low chromium levels are correlated with decreased sperm count.

Make sure to include DHA and other essential omega-3 fatty acids into your diet because they help improve blood flow to the genitals and increase sexual function. DHA and other essential omega-3 fatty acids are found in salmon, sardines, anchovies, walnuts, arugula, crab, shrimp, flax, chicken, fish oil,


excerpted from: 
trying-to-conceive.com

Fertility And The Mind-Body Connection, Don't Label Youself Infertile

Infertility, The Mind/Bondy Conection


Don't label yourself infertile. Don't say you can't have a baby. And, select your healthcare professionals wisely. This very interesting article talks about something called the "nocebo" affect.
See www.getpregnantover40.com for many more articles on the mind-body connection and fertility
Basically this means that when you receive a diagnosis, even if its wrong, you may actually manifest that condition. I finally gave up working with doctors when I was trying to conceive. It was too depressing to be constantly labeled "infertile" and there was a piece of me that knew pumping myself full of hormones and chemicals just wasn't the best way to go. Maybe that's why I had my best success following an all natural route. Read more:


Though the mechanism remains a mystery, but at least now this kind of phenomenon has a name. The "nocebo effect" is the lesser-known opposite number of the placebo effect, and describes any case where putting someone in a negative frame of mind has an adverse effect on their health or well-being. Tell people a medical procedure will be extremely painful, for example, and they will experience more pain than if you had kept the bad news to yourself. Similarly, experiences of side effects within the placebo groups of drug trials have shown that a doctor's warning about the possible side effects of a medicine makes it much more likely that the patient will report experiencing those effects.

This is not just in the mind: it is also about physical effects. The stress created by the nocebo effect can have a long-lasting impact on the heart, for example – perhaps serious enough to cause fatal damage.

from:  (www.newscientist.com)

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Have You Ruled Out Infection As a Cause of Infertility?

Infection Could Be Cause Of Infertility

I have posted below a couple of articles that may apply to many couples who are struggling with infertility.
The articles bring up a very common but not well publicized cause of infertility: you may have an underlying infection which can easily be treated. I'm not a big advocate of using or over-using antibiotics, but if you do have an infection, treating it could save you tens of thousands of dollars and the need to undergo risky assisted reproduction procedures.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com for more on natural methods of enhancing fertility
I was surprised to read the huge percentage of infertile women who have these infections (a recent study that just hit the mass media was how many teenagers are now being diagnosed with STD's which could later harm their fertility). The possibility of infection should at least be something you talk with your doctor about. To my knowledge, I never had an infection in my reproductive system, but I was never tested either!

BEFORE EVALUATION FOR INFERTILITY, TAKE AZITHROMYCIN (www.drmirkin.com)

and

ANTIBIOTICS FOR INFERTILITY (www.drmirkin.com)

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Getting Pregnant Naturally After IVF and Cancer

Get Pregnant Naturally Against The Odds

I'm always finding amazing stories of women who become pregnant naturally even with supposedly unbeatable odds.  When I ran an infertility support group, there was a woman there in her 40's who had to discontinue fertility treatments to undergo chemotherapy when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. 
For more fertility after 40 resources, visit:  www.getpregnantover40.com
 This article is about a woman who was diagnosed with breast cancer after her second IVF cycle ended in miscarriage. Instead of working on having a baby, she had to undergo chemotherapy and radiation to save her life. Due to the hormonal nature of her cancer, another IVF was out of the question. But then, fate stepped in. I know you can guess the ending this story - yep she got pregnant naturally and now has two children. Read more:

The devastated couple decided they wouldn’t give up hope and started to plan for another round of IVF in January 2004. But just a month before the treatment was due to begin, Gail discovered a lump in her breast.

“It was an aggressive stage three cancer which had already spread to my lymph nodes,” said Gail, 38.

“When they found out we were planning on IVF they rang us and said we would be unable to go ahead with it.

“It was a terrible year, first losing the baby then being diagnosed with cancer. The fear you get is horrendous.

“The whole of 2004 was spent having treatment. I had 18 sessions of chemotherapy and it was very difficult at times, trying to keep everything as normal as possible for Amy who was only three at the time.”

Gail’s chemotherapy ended in the July and she then went through five weeks of radiotherapy. She was told as the cancer was hormonal, they could have no further IVF in case it caused the disease to return.

“We spoke to a geneticist about the chances of having a baby and we were told it just wasn’t going to happen.

“We had wanted another child but always said that it was more important that Amy has her mummy, rather than a sibling.

“We had been through a lot and we put it to rest and settled on being a family of three - we were very happy with that.”

In November last year, Gail began to feel unwell.

“I started to worry that the cancer was returning,” she said. “I went to the hospital for a scan, worrying that it may be ovarian cancer.

“After all we had gone through, it was terrifying. But as they did the scan, the radiographer looked at me and said they had not found cancer, they had found a heartbeat!”

from: 

(www.gazettelive.co.uk)

Monday, February 24, 2014

44 Year Old Woman, 56 Year Old Man Get Pregnant "Out of Nowhere"

Surprise Pregnancies In Women and Couples Over 40 Surprisingly Common

Unintended pregnancies in women over 40 is quite high...people just think their infertile over the age of 40 and they're not.   As a matter of fact, surprise pregnancies in women over 40 is second only to teenagers!
See also: www.getpregnantover40.com for many more articles on women getting pregnant naturally over 40 and after failed fertility treatments
The couple mentioned below (man 56, woman 44) get pregnant "out of nowhere". Just another example of an older couple who beat the odds. Read more:

Man, aged 56 and diagnosed as infertile, meets woman, 44. Birth control isn't part of their whirlwind romance – and they get pregnant before you can say “oopsy baby.” Inconceivable, right?

Well, not quite. That's how a baby girl was born to Laura Arpiainen, a Vancouver architect, now 46, and her partner, an interior designer. Their 14-month-old daughter was a “gift out of nowhere,” Ms. Arpiainen says...

...The truth is, almost 40 per cent of pregnancies in women over 40 are unintended, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a New York-based non-profit research centre that tracks reproductive trends.
See also: 49 and pregnant (getpregnantover40.com)
Despite their years of experience with the birds and the bees, women at this stage of life may play Russian roulette with birth control, doctors say.

“Some women over 40 can get sort of sloppy [with contraception] because they don't think they can get pregnant,” says Wendy Wolfman, an obstetrician-gynecologist at Mount Sinai Hospital and an associate professor at the University of Toronto.

from: 
www.theglobeandmail.com

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Improving and Increasing Cervical Mucus - Sperm Friendly Mucus

Cervical Mucus Critical To Getting Pregnant

I think most of us underestimate the importance of cervical mucus when trying to conceive.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com for more articles and resources on fertility over 40
 We focus on many of the other factors, but many sources claim that cervical mucus is critical and probably one of the best predictors of success.   The quality of your cervical mucus can be affected by your diet, fluid intake and supplements.  Here is an article that addresses what to look for and how to improve your cervical mucus. Read more:


  Click Here To Read Full Article On Improving Cervical Mucus

Saturday, February 22, 2014

GREEN TEA, DOES IT HELP OR HURT FERTILITY AND MISCARRIAGE?

Getting pregnant Over 40 Naturally may be helped by green tea, but can it lead to miscarriage?

Most sources agree that green tea is great for your overall health - it's loaded with antioxidants and once you acquire a taste for it, it's a great beverage hot or cold.  I've written before about whether or not green tea can enhance fertility and there are a couple of sides to the issue. 

See also:  www.getpregnantover40.com for more on fertility foods and a fertility tea recipe

There are some sources that say green tea can enhance fertility because of the polyphenols.  On the other hand, there are some sources that say drinking green tea can increase the risk of miscarriage because of "catachins".  Catachins are the compounds in green tea which may inhibit cancer cell growth by blocking certain enzymes.  However, they could also negatively affect a pregnancy because these enzymes are needed for the developing embryo.

 I'll admit, it's confusing. In my case, I did drink some green tea while trying to conceive, however I probably didn't drink it in the amount that would make a difference either way.
Click here to read the full article
 

Friday, February 21, 2014

Anti-bacterial Soaps Hurt Fertility

Trying To Get Pregnant? Antibacterial Soap May Be A Problem

It seems Americans have gone a little too far with the whole "cleanliness thing".
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com has more articles on environmental threats to fertility
 I've never been much of a "germaphobe" and neither were my parents. Funny thing is I hardly ever got sick as a child other than the occasional cold (and I never had allergies). Maybe our immune systems got the workout they needed by allowing our bodies at least some exposure to germs. Additionally, the whole "antibacterial" soap craze may not only kill germs, but these soaps my be affecting your hormonal balance.
Having a properly functioning thyroid gland is important for fertility - so you may want to switch back to the good old fashioned soap your mom used.
Here's an article that explains more:

"UVic molecular biologist Caren Helbing found while triclosan -- common in soaps, clothing, toys and other items having antibacterial properties -- isn't lethal in small quantities, it can potentially affect the human thyroid gland. The thyroid plays a role in development, body temperature and metabolism.

"For most things, regular soap is just fi ne. In terms of children's products, they shouldn't have triclosan in them at all," Helbing said in an interview."


from canada.com

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

NATURAL SPONTANEOUS PREGNANCY AT 45, MONICAL BELLUCCI

Monica Bellucci Pregnant At 45, Grandmother Pregnant At 47

I thought I would repost this article about an Australian actress who got pregnant at the age of 45 which I originally posted in 2010.  I don't know Monica Bellucci but she has a very encouraging story.
See also my story of pregancy at 49:  www.getpregnantover40.com
 The article says she got pregnant naturally and her grandmother had a baby at the age of 47!

Read more:
'"Women who have children late like me are always told how brave they are and it's true that the older you are the more risks you run both for the child and yourself.

"But I don't feel brave I just feel very lucky. I already have a healthy daughter who I gave birth to in Umbria (Italian region) like an ordinary farm wife.

"This second pregnancy is just as fantastic but I wouldn't say I was an example to follow."

Monica said that she had not used medical treatment to fall pregnant."
"Maybe it's because my paternal grandmother had a child at 47 years old but I think I'm just lucky.
from: news.com.au
picture: dailytelegraph.com.au

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) Tapping For Fertility and Getting Pregnant

Emotional Freedom Technique and Fertility

I actually have tried EFT for different aches and pains and it was surprisingly effective.  EFT is something you can do on yourself and it incorporates the principals of acupuncture.  It involves "tapping on different points and repeating certain statements.  It works to relaxing the body and to get your mind on board with what you want to achieve or overcome.
see also: www.getpregnantover40.com for more information on my DVD, "Fertility Bodywork" and my CD, "Meditation and Visualization" for pregnancy
The article I have listed below draws yet another link between stress and infertility.

Click Here To Read Full Article


Sunday, February 16, 2014

Stress-GnRH-Infertility Connection

 Stress Hormones and Fertility:  Stress May Prevent Release Of GnRH

We all know that stress can impact fertility. Fight or flight responses affect hormones and so on. But another hormone, GnRH is also affected and a lack of this hormone prevents other hormones from releasing at the right time.
see also: www.getpregnantover40.com for more on stress, hormones, and infertility
 Gonadotropin-Inhibitory Hormone can prevent the release of GNRH and it has a connection with stress.  We've all probably heard of cortisol as the stress hormone, but this article talks about GNIH and how it can cause hormonal imbalance.

So there really is a reason to take a "procreation vacation". Read more:

New research from the University of California Berkeley is also showing that stress can also impact fertility by causing the increase of another reproductive hormone called Gonadotropin-Inhibitory Hormone (GnIH). This hormone further impedes procreation by preventing the GnRH hormone from being released.

"Stress had already been shown to affect all those other more traditional players in the sex hormone cascade but no one had looked at GnIH yet," says Elizabeth Kirby, a member of the research team. "So, our research basically adds a new piece to the puzzle of sex and reproduction - a new hormone known to suppress reproduction is also now known to increase in response to stress."

from 
chicagotribune.com

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Xenoestrogens (endocrine disruptors) and Infertility

Fertility and Hormone Regulation - Avoid Xenoestrogens

I have heard about xenoestrogens for many years and I talk about them in my book on how to overcome estrogen dominance.
For more on natural ways to regulate hormones, visit:  www.getpregnantover40.com
 This article discusses what things to do and avoid. I should mention, I don't agree with everything in this article (for instance, it says to avoid flax seeds, which were part of may pregnancy protocol), but it still as a lot of good information. Read more:

Did you know that synthetic estrogen and progestins are found in the urine of millions of women who take either birth control pill or hormone replacement therapy and flushed them down the toilet ending up in rivers and lakes where your drinking water comes from? Water treatment involves adding chemicals like chlorine (also a hormonal disruptor) to kill E-coli bacteria, but nothing is done to remove harmful chemicals from your drinking water! Once your body becomes contaminated with toxic chemical, it stores it in the fatty tissue.

Natural estrogen is responsible in stimulating cell division in hormone responsive tissue like the uterus lining, breast tissue and the ovaries. When xenoestrogen is overloading your body, it mimics the action of natural estrogen and stimulates tissue growth causing ovarian cysts, endometriosis, fibrocystic breast disease, and even cancer. When a women is said to suffer from estrogen dominance, it refers to the high level of estrogen over progesterone. That is why women who experience infertility are advised to detoxify before conception. Xenoestrogen can also cause miscarriages and luteal phase defect. It may be present in breast milk and cross the placenta during gestation and become especially harmful to the foetus during the development of the sexual organs. 

from:  natural-health-for-fertility.com

Sunday, February 09, 2014

GETTING PREGNANT NATURALLY AFTER FAILED IVF

Pregnancy Over 40 After Failed IVF

Many women out there have undergone fertility treatments, which, in many cases either fail or end in miscarriage.
My site: www.getpregnantover40.com for a number of articles on getting pregnant naturally after IVF
 The process is so expensive and emotionally draining, these women can't bear the thought of going through it again and sinking their life savings on a gamble. So the question comes up...do people actually get pregnant naturally when IVF has failed?

In one article (on my website through the link above), it stated that 45 percent of women became pregnant after failing IVF (they were under 35, but it goes to show you that IVF isn't always the answer).
Another article (also through the link above says that 25% of women going through IVF (no age breakdown) will conceive naturally within the next two years.

I have a number of other examples of women who have conceived naturally after failed fertility treatments (lower tech treatments and IVF).  Of course there's me who was 44, but there was another women in the support group I ran who also got pregnant naturally at the age of 44 after her lower tech treatments failed and her fertility clinic told her she was past their age limit for IVF.


Saturday, February 08, 2014

Organic Foods - Do They Help Fertility? Do Genetically Modified Foods (GMO) Hurt Your Ability To Get Pregnant?

Getting Pregnant By Eating Organic Food:  The Danger Of Genetically Modified Foods

Before I was trying to conceive, I wondered if the organic food industry was just a bunch of throwbacks from the sixties who were trying to convince the rest of us that the world was a dangerous contaminated place just so we'd buy their products. But the more I've read and researched, I realized that there are good reasons to buy organic.
See also www.getpregnantover40.com for my entire series on fertility foods and my fertile kitchen
I've heard differing reports on whether or not organically grown foods really have more nutritional value. Some say organic foods have up to 30% more nutrients and others say that it hasn't been proven. Now I must confess, while I was on my natural journey to pregnancy, I did not always eat organically grown foods. Sometimes I did, sometimes I didn't. I did the best I could at the time. It's time consuming to run to the regular supermarket for some items and to the health food store for others. It can also be more expensive to buy organic. For most people, just adding more fruits and vegetable to their diet would be a major improvement whether they're organic or not. But if you can, it makes sense to try to eliminate as many toxins from your diet as possible by going the organic route. Many of the pestides used can mimic estrogens which throw your hormones out of whack.

Another thing to watch out for is genetically modified foods.  There have been a number of studies now that indicate GM foods have caused problems in animals.  Read more:
Dr. Smith writes:
“GM foods are particularly dangerous for pregnant moms and children. After GM soy was fed to female rats, most of their babies died—compared to 10 percent deaths among controls fed natural soy.2 GM-fed babies were smaller, and possibly infertile.3
Testicles of rats fed GM soy changed from the normal pink to dark blue.4 Mice fed GM soy also had altered young sperm.5
Embryos of GM soy-fed parent mice had changed DNA.6 And mice fed GM corn had fewer, and smaller, babies.7
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See Also: GMO's And Fertility 
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In Haryana, India, most buffalo that ate GM cottonseed had reproductive complications such as premature deliveries, abortions, and infertility; many calves died.
About two-dozen US farmers said thousands of pigs became sterile from certain GM corn varieties. Some had false pregnancies; others gave birth to bags of water. Cows and bulls also became infertile.8
In the US, incidence of low birth weight babies, infertility, and infant mortality are all escalating.
from examiner.com


Friday, February 07, 2014

Don't Label Yourself "Infertile" - The Power Of Words

Infertility:  I Can't Have A Baby, Don't Say It!

Did you ever notice that somehow people seem to live up to their "labels"? I recall back when I was in elementary school, the kids that were labeled "difficult" or "troublemakers" seemed to live up to their reputations. It's almost like they couldn't break free from it.
 See also: www.getpregnantover40.com for trying to conceive with vision boards
 So what does this have to do with getting pregnant? Well...if you're having trouble conceiving, labeling yourself "infertile" may actually make you infertile. Who knows how our brains latch on to things...I know, for me, whenever I know I can do something, I do it. When I think or "know" I can't do something, I can't.

Years ago, when I was engaged to be married, people asked me if we were going to have kids, and I would laugh and say "oh I'm probably infertile....haha". I wonder how much that was a self fufilling prophecy? I never wanted kids when I was younger. As a matter of fact, when I went to my 20 year high school reunion, people would say to me, "you always said you didn't want kids, and here you are, 20 years later, you were true to your word". Little did they know that I was trying to get pregnant at the time. I didn't share that with anyone because it was so out of character for me to want kids!

The moral of the story is, if you've been trying to get pregnant for a while (perhaps a year or longer) try labeling yourself "a future mom". It may change what you manifest in your life.

Here is an article about the power of our words and their connection to what we bring into our life:

Another very important aspect of conscious language is the LAW OF FOCUS. What ever we place our attention on is what we create. It's important to focus on the positive thing we desire rather than the negative thing we want to avoid. For example, never focus on NOT AGING. Focusing on not aging ensures that you will age and quickly. Instead focus on being healthy, vibrant, and youthful.
from: 

www.spiritofnature.org

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Your Diet May Not Only Help Fertility, It May Help Prevent Genetic Disorders

Pregnancy Over 40, Diet Helps Prevent Birth Defects

I usually talk about how a good diet can help you conceive.
See My site: www.getpregnantover40.com for my series on foods for fertility
 If you are reading this blog, you are probably trying to conceive. Now is the time to examine your diet and to start taking the supplements you need.But I also found a great article about how a good diet can prevent many birth defects. Most of us already know how folic acid can help prevent neural tube defects (like spina bifida), but it may also play a role in Down Syndrome and other disorders. Read more:
  Folic Acid Deficiency Caused by Genes - Some segments of the population have genes that makes them more susceptible to folic acid deficiencies. Prenatal folic acid deficiencies are an established cause of birth defects such as spina bifida and cleft palates. As noted above, impaired folate metabolism has recently been implicated as a factor in Down syndrome.
 
 from:  (www.ctds.info)

ALOE VERA PROTECTS FERTILITY: MALE FACTOR INFERTILITY

 This article has moved

SEE ALSO: NATURAL WAYS TO IMPROVE MENS FERTILITY (getpregnantover40.com)


 

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Private Browsing, Is it Really Private?

How Much Data Are They Collecting On you?

Many of my readers are doing searches on some of the most private of bodily functions.  Is this something that you want your ISP, employer, or anyone else knowing about you?  Whenever I do a search on any of the major search engines, I am bombarded with ads that relate directly to my previous search.  It can be a little embarrassing to have ads about ovulation predictors, sperm counts, etc. pop up on my computer if someone were to walk by.  Even worse, what about some of the searches you may do on your break at work?  Can your employer track what you're doing?  Can health insurance companies get your health profile based on what kind of searches you have been doing?  UGGGGHHH...it's scarier than you may think.
 Click Here To Read The Full Article (getpregnantover40.com)

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Traditional Chinese Medicine - TCM To Help You Have A Baby

Traditional Chinese Medicine Helps Women Get Pregnant

I'm always finding success stories about women over 40 who use alternative treatments or traditional chinese medicine to get pregnant. Although I didn't use these methods to conceive my daughter, I certainly think they are a good option for some couples.  I did, however, work on increasing pelvic circulation as I show in my DVD on Fertility Bodywork (www.getpregnantover40.com).
Read more about  Dr Xiao-Ping Zhai:

The first – and as yet only – woman Zhai sent over to the London Fertility Centre successfully conceived on her second try – at the age of 43. Amanda (not her real name) married when she was 40 and started trying immediately with no success. Her baby is due on 1 January next year and she is over the moon.
See also: alternative medicine and home remedies for miscarriage at www.getpregnantover40.com

and
Acupuncture for fertility (getpregnantover40.com)
"I'm now 44," she says. "I'd had three IUIs and IVF before going to Zhai, and my consultant told me to give up because I was just too old and my eggs were too weak. I saw Zhai throughout 2008 and then we did one IUI in the LFC and I got pregnant but miscarried. The second time, in April, it worked. I was 43. I still can't believe it. It can only be because of her – not only did she improve my egg quality, but the IUI at the LFC, with her in charge, was completely different to any other clinic, where you are aware that, really, you have people around you thinking you're past it and should have a donor egg."


Watching a Zhai consultation is bizarre. She will check the tongue, the pulse, sleep patterns, whether a patient is thirsty, peeing a lot and their bowel movements. Often changes are made to the diet – no sugar, coffee, alcohol, dairy, wheat, spicy foods – and every month a woman is asked to keep a temperature chart.
Slowly, through the use of herbs and acupuncture, Zhai begins to regulate the vital energy, or Qi, that flows through the body. According to this ancient practice, good health and metabolism depend on Qi. As it flows, it provides warmth and distributes body fluids.
Each organ has its own pattern of Qi and each organ is represented on the tongue, which presents Zhai with a kind of map of the body's health. If one organ is not functioning properly, it affects the rest of the body: "It only takes one thing to be wrong to throw the whole system out," she explains.
Common diagnoses seem to be too much liver heat and blood stagnation, damp-heat obstruction in the abdomen, slow blood circulation to the ovaries – you get the picture.
Zhai says she can start seeing changes within three months but will not put a time frame on treatment: "Every woman is different."
The herbs she uses are mostly shipped in from China and made up to her prescriptions, although she is currently looking at manufacturing them in the UK. They include carthamus flower (huang hua) for regulating the flow of Qi to alleviate pain, glossy privet fruit (nu zhen zi) for nourishing the kidney and liver, as well as peach kernel, angelica root and codonopsis root.
from:  www.guardian.co.uk

Monday, February 03, 2014

Hidden Threats To Fertility From Wireless Technology

I am publishing an article in its entirety about how some wireless technology which we take for granted can harm fertility and possibly your pregnancy. Read more:

How Modern Technology Can Harm Your Fertility:

The hallmark of modern technology is convenience and it can come with at a high price. Modern technology emits high levels of electromagnetic radiation, which is a definite hazard to optimum fertility and the developing embryo. The best way to protect your fertility and safeguard the health and well-being of you and your prospective family is to avoid devices that harm your body's delicate cells.
In some instances it can actually be impossible to completely avoid radiation but being aware of specific sources of radiation and reducing your exposure to these devices is the best approach. One very simple way of doing this is to ensure that you don't carry your mobile phone close to your body such as in a pocket for example.
Here are some of the sources of radiation, which can harm reproduction you need be aware about:
MOBILE PHONES

Mobile phones produce radio frequency (RF) radiation. Most mobile phones transmit and receive RF radiation at frequencies between 825 and 915 megahertz (MHz). These radio waves are emitted by both mobile phone handsets and base stations. RF radiation has the ability to heat human tissue, similar to the way in which microwave ovens heat food. The thermal effects produced by the electromagnetic field of the radio waves cause polar molecules in the body to generate dielectric heat and this heat can cause live tissue to die.
In addition, essential to be aware of children's and developing babies' vulnerability to mobile phone radiation. Some studies have shown that mobile phone radiation can cause damage to the DNA of cells - there was damage to chromosomes, changes to the activity of certain genes, and an increase in the rate of cell division and replication. At a time when cells are rapidly dividing and growing into specialized cells and tissues, we need to realise that any interference in this process may result in the development of birth defects or illnesses. Many studies also link module phone use with decrease in production and quality of a man's sperm.
CORDLESS PHONES

Cordless phones emit the same type of radiation as mobile phones, however some experts believe they are even more dangerous than mobile phones. This belief is due to the fact that the base stations of cordless phones emit the same type of radiation as a mobile phone station tower, and depending on the model sometimes more than twice the amount of radiation as mobile phone tower. Radiation emissions from the base station of a cordless phone can be as high as six volts per metre - which is twice as strong as those found within 100 metres of mobile phone station towers. When standing two metres away from the base of a cordless phone, you would still receive radiation as high as 2.5 volts per metre-that's 50 times what scientists regard as a safe level.
The best way to avoid exposure to cordless phone radiation is to not have one in your home or office. Use a standard fixed line and location phone instead-this particularly important if you are working to overcome fertility problems and/or miscarriages and want to have the healthiest possible baby. However, if this is not an option, try limiting the amount of time you spend on your cordless phone, and when you are not using the handset, keep it on the base station (at least 5 metres away from where you spend a lot of time in, such as living room, home office, bedroom etc. It is a good idea to move the base station to an area in your home where you do not spend a lot of time - such as the foyer or entry, or your garage.
WIRELESS TECHNOLOGY

Wireless technology such as wireless internet, computer networks and hot-spots as well as wireless mice, keyboards and speakers, also operate by using radio frequency non-ionising radiation similar to that used by mobile and cordless phones. Many believe that exposure to these low-level electromagnetic waves radiated from wireless technology devices can be as harmful to health and fertility, causing cellular damage and possibly cancer as the other types of radiation already previously described.
Studies conducted in this area show the non-thermal effects of this type of radiation include DNA damage and inability to self-repair, the opening of the blood-brain barrier (allowing toxins and pathogens to reach the brain), lowered immunity, decreased melatonin levels, cell damage, formation of micronuclei, changes in calcium metabolism affecting communication between cells, changes in brainwave patterns as seen on EEG's, plus effects observed on many different systems of the body. Although there are still no long term studies on the effects of exposure to the radiation emitted by wireless technologies, it is estimated the results will be very similar to those discussed previously, linked to mobile and cordless phone use.
ELECTRIC BLANKETS

Electric blankets (a blanket with a built-in heating element so the person sleeping can maintain a desired temperature) are very popular around the world. Many people use electric blankets because their use can reduce home heating costs, however, what a price for your health to pay. Electric blankets have been seen to produce electromagnetic radiation over 70,000 times higher than normal acceptable levels. The electromagnetic radiation produced by electric blankets is able to penetrate about 6-7 inches (close to 20cm) into the body. Studies have shown that the use of electric blankets has been linked to an increase in the incidence and development of childhood leukemia.
The use of electric blankets have also been linked to an increased rate of miscarriage, impaired baby development, increased stress levels, memory problems and possibly other types of cancers. One study showed that due to electromagnetic radiation emitted during operation, women who used electric blankets while pregnant had both, longer pregnancies and a higher miscarriage rate.
Mostly radiation is something we have to learn to live with because it is not going away. However making better choices to reduce your exposure is ideal for optimum fertility and the health of your prospective child.
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