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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

D & C MAY LEAVE YOU INFERTILE

Trying To Get Pregnant Naturally May Be Complicated By Previous D & C

I did have a few D and C's after two of my miscarriages.
 I really wanted to let them expel naturally, however if they don't, sometimes you are advised to have the remains of the pregnancy removed surgically. I was always afraid that more instruments poking around inside of me could do damage (although, interestingly, I don't recall any of the surgeons truly explaining the extent of the risk). Apparently, I was justified in my fear. Read more:
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SEE ALSO: DO YOU NEED A D & C AFTER MISCARRIAGE? (getpregnantover40.com)
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But it was only thanks to her own persistence that she eventually discovered she had Asherman’s syndrome – where scarring in the womb after surgery such as D&C (dilation and curettage) can cause missed periods, miscarriages and infertility if left untreated.

More than 60,000 D&Cs are carried out in the UK every year. The procedure is used to clear the womb after a miscarriage, childbirth or termination.

While the exact number of Asherman’s sufferers is not known, it’s estimated that 5% of D&Cs cause the condition – that’s about 3,000 new cases a year.

But doctors often fail to mention the risks involved – or check for Asherman’s following a high-risk procedure. “No one ever warned me about it and now it’s too late,” says Sophie, 37. “It’s treatable in the early stages, but it took two years for me to get a diagnosis.”

from:
www.mirror.co.uk

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

LUTEAL PHASE DEFECT AND FERTILITY: TTC WITH SHORT MENSTRUAL CYCLES

LPD and Short Menstrual Cycles

If you've never heard of Luteal Phase Defect or LPD, it's a fancy way of saying that your menstrual cycles are short.  Basically the last half of your menstrual cycle after ovulation  doesn't last long enough for and egg to implant because the uterine lining sheds.  Luteal phase defect can occur because of inadequate progesterone production or because the uterus is not responding to the progesterone that is being manufactured. Progesterone got its name because it is the "pro-gestation" hormone.  There are ways you can correct luteal phase defect naturally.  I was actually diagnosed with this when I saw a fertility doctor.  They tested my progesterone and I was told it had a "ski jump" pattern.  It rose quite nicely at the beginning, but it plummeted at the end of the cycle.


CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE ON SHORT MENSTRUAL CYCLES AND FERTILITY (getpregnantover40.com

VARICOCELE AND MENS FERTILITY

The Truth About Male Infertility and the Varicocele: Possible Treatments and Recommendations

Guest Post By Najeeb M Layyous

Male infertility is as much a valid pursuit in fertility treatment as female infertility. In fact, in the case of couples, both members should be tested so as to fully investigate infertility concerns. From what is thought to be the most common problems regarding male infertility that has to do with sperm production, low sperm count, problems with sperm motility, erectile dysfunction, hormone dysfunction related to LH or testosterone levels, or even retrograde ejaculation (where the ejaculate flows back to the bladder instead of the normal pathway), in some cases, alert physicians should also investigate the possibility of varicocele.
The varicocele refers to the widening and dilatation of the veins around the spermatic cord inside the scrotum, usually on the left side. The incidence of varicocele is that it affects about 15-20% of the general male population. Contrary to what some have been led to believe, the truth is that most of the affected males are fertile when their sperm is analyzed with a normal semen analyzer, however, it can affect 20 to 40% of infertile men, if they are smokers.
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SEE ALSO: NATURAL WAYS TO ENHANCE MENS FERTILITY AND INCREASE SPERM COUNT (getpregnantover40.com) 
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Presentation and Diagnosis of Varicocele
The average age that males first notice the varicocele is 15-25 years old. Although the condition can be asymptomatic, in some cases it may be uncomfortable. This is because those affected can experience a dull discomfort, heaviness in the scrotum that can worsen over a given day, and there might also be sensations of a lump or swelling in the scrotum. These are also considered the symptoms of varicocele, as well as its presentation upon examination by the physician. Experienced clinicians also point out that the diagnosis of varicocele is where the veins are twisted or congested and sometimes described as a bag of worms. Please note that males that self examine the testicles, as all males should do for signs of testicular cancer, a serious problem, you should always consult a physician if there are reasons for concern, and you should never assume from this article that lumps on your scrotum are simply varicocele. Leave the diagnostics for a professional. This article however, is about varicocele as it may present in some cases of male infertility.
The clinical diagnosis of varicocele is often done by the physician upon physical examination, with the patient standing, and utilizing the Valsalva maneuver. If the diagnosis of varicocele is still not definitive, the clinician may order an ultrasound of the scrotum.
Causes of Varicocele
Varicocele is due to an abnormal valve function inside the veins of the scrotum, which causes blood to back up and lead to swelling and widening of the veins. Among older geriatric men, it may be due to a kidney tumor, but that is extremely rare. Treatment considerations regarding varicocele are important in cases where males present with infertility who are also smokers. As there may be some cases of testis atrophy due to the accumulation of toxins. There was also research that showed that varicocele increases the temperature of the scrotum and the intratesticular pressure reduces the blood flow. These findings were thought to possibly lead to hypoxia and the reflux of toxic metabolites from the adrenal gland. This influenced the DNA in the sperm head. However, these studies were inconclusive, because there was not a significant difference between men who were fertile with varicocele and men who were infertile with varicocele.
Treatment Recommendations for Varicocele in Men with Infertility
First of all, in many cases of varicocele, it is harmless. No further treatment may be needed. However, there are things to be done to help relieve the discomfort of varicocele, and these could include wearing special underwear, or lying down when the discomfort is pronounced. And surgery could be considered. However the surgery option is not to be seen as a quick and easy fix, as it is not something to be recommended except in cases where there is extreme pain due to varicocele, or where men who are smokers present with both definitive varicocele and infertility.
There were studies that showed that the effects of surgery on the varicocele improved sperm motility and pregnancy rates, however later meta analyses of these studies did not show the same significantly higher rates of pregnancy following the surgery. If surgery is to be considered among the cases described (extreme pain and among those with varicocele and infertility, who are also smokers), there are several surgical options that may be considered. Namely: (a). open surgery as an outpatient operation, under general or local anesthesia through a small incision in the groin; (b). microsurgery where a microscope can be used; (c). laparoscopic surgery; this requires general anesthesia. Also, percutaneous embolization may also be performed, where this can be done under local anesthesia, but this is actually non surgical.
Because of the research frequently cited, many clinicians will recommend surgery quite readily, however, it should only be considered in cases of male infertility where varicocele is present if the male is a smoker, as well as considering other factors. These other contraindicating factors that require dutiful diligence by the clinician, should include: duration of infertility; very low sperm count and very low motility (in such cases it is unlikely that surgery will improve the count enough to result in pregnancy versus IUI or ICSI); the presence of other factors that affect fertility from the female (in the case of couples) like advanced maternal age, blocked tubes, anovulation, ovarian reserve problem. In the presence of such problems; it is not advised to do the surgery. Also, varicocele that is not detected clinically, but has only been diagnosed by Doppler ultrasound should not be operated on, as there has not been proven evidence of benefit. Finally after surgery, if the couples didn't achieve pregnancy within 6-9 months, then IUI or ICSI should still be considered.
In conclusion, varicocele is a valid condition if clinically present to be considered by the clinician in cases of infertility, if certain contraindications are not present and if the male is in extreme pain and/or is a smoker.
Dr. Najeeb Layyous is a Consultant Gynecologist and Infertility Specialist..To find out how We can help you get pregnant and read more go to http://www.layyous.com
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Monday, April 28, 2014

INFERTILITY, MAY NOT BE FAILURE TO CONCEIVE FOR A YEAR

Infertility, Trying To Conceive Over a Year?

Perhaps we need to rethink this...I have come accross this research a number of times and I feel it is worth repeating. Here is an excerpt from one article from NIH that mentions it.

Even though this article does mention that age increases the number of cycles needed to acheive pregnancy, it also makes clear that "among outwardly healthy couples with no known conditions associated with infertility, most who failed to conceive naturally within the first year will conceive naturally in the second year -- regardless of age."
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See also: getpregnantover40.com for more articles on women who conceived naturally after infertility and IVF
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I certainly wish I would have read this research before jumping into fertility treatments! I'm a perfect example of someone who fell into the unexplained category and just needed some time to get myself back in balance.

So, if you're over 40 and trying to conceive, and you fall into the unexplained category, maybe you need to redefine your definition of "infertility".
from: NIH

TELLING PARENTS ABOUT YOUR INFERTILITY

Infertility and Your Parents

People struggling with infertility frequently have to deal with people in the fertile world who just don't know the right thing to say. Couple that with the inevitable hypersensitivity of an infertile person and there's bound to be some hurt feelings, anger, etc.  Furthermore, getting pregnant involves some quite private bodily functions...egg quality, sperm quality, when and how to have intercourse and so on.  It doesn't get much more private than that!

I found this good article written for the parents of a person struggling with infertility. If you've shared with your parents that you're trying to conceive, maybe you should give them this information. It will help both of you get through this in a way that preserves everyone's feelings and privacy.  Read more:
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SEE ALSO: SHARING INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR INFERTILITY WITH OTHERS (getpregnantover40.com)
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Infertility is real. Whether the doctors are able to find a reason for it or not, it's real. Telling your child that s/he should "relax" or that "it always takes time" or that "Suzy's daughter got pregnant the minute they decided to adopt." doesn't help. Denying your child's infertility might make you feel better, but it can make him/her feel like s/he's being ridiculed.

This is your child's experience, not yours. Though you might be yearning to have a grandchild, you did have your chance to raise a child. Your child, while going through infertility, is dealing with the fact that s/he may never have a child of his or her own. Let the pain belong to them and keep your pain to yourself.

Your child is an adult. S/he deserves privacy. Infertility is a very intimate topic, so never push your child to discuss any more than s/he wants to. Keep in mind that infertility is usually a serious issue in a marriage. They may have decided together what they want to reveal and what not to reveal. Pushing your child to say more than s/he wants to may mean that s/he is violating a confidence with her/his spouse. This is something you don't want to be a part of.
from: fertilitystories.com

Sunday, April 27, 2014

EGG QUALITY AND FERTILITY HELPED WITH DHEA

DHEA for fertility: can it hep you get pregnant?

DHEA has been in the media as the so called "fountain of youth" because it is thought to help with age related conditions.  So what exactly is DHEA?  It stands for dehydroepiandrosterone and it is a precursor to female and male reproductive hormones.  DHEA supplementation, at least in some studies has been shown to help egg quality and, for those going through fertility treatments, it improved the number and quality of eggs and embryos.  
CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE ON DHEA AND FERTILITY (getpregnantover40.com)

Saturday, April 26, 2014

IS ENDOMETRIOSIS AND INFERTILITY HEREDITARY?

Endometriosis and Infertility, Hereditary?

My father (who passed away many years ago, has a brother who is 14 years younger than him. When I was trying to get pregnant over the age of 40, I started researching how old my grandmothers were when they had their last child. Both of my grandmothers were in their 40's. But as it turns out, I found out the reason why my father's mother had her last child was because her doctor told her that this would help with her "monthly pain". I don't know for sure, but I believe she had endometriosis (pregnancy is supposed to help because it stops the monthly ebb and flow of hormones which can make the condition worse). I don't know if the pregnancy actually helped her condition (and obviously she conceived long before fertility treatments were invented), but I, too, had endometriosis. Hereditary?
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SEE ALSO: ENDOMETRIOSIS AND GETTING PREGNANT

SEE ALSO: ENDOMETRIOSIS AND MISCARRIAGE
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According to NHS:

Endometriosis is sometimes believed to be hereditary, being passed down through the genes of family members. It can affect women of every ethnicity, but is less common in women of African-Caribbean origin and more common in Asian women than in white women. This suggests that genes may play a part.
 

Friday, April 25, 2014

FIBROIDS (LEIOMYOMA) AND FERTILITY: GETTING PREGNANT

 Fibroids And Trying To Get Pregnant, Do They Impair Fertility?

Uterine fibroids ("leiomyomas" in medical jargon) are extremely common. I had a number of them removed when I was in my early 30's and I believe my healthy lifestyle prevented more new fibroids from growing. At the time I had them removed, I was much younger and I was not trying to conceive, but my doctor said if they got too big, they could press up against other structures and cause infertility by creating blockages. Here is an article about how fibroids can impair fertility:
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See Also: Trying To Conceive With An Arcuate Uterus 
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Theories about how leiomyomas may impair fertility revolve around two major mechanisms: obstruction of gamete transport, and impaired implantation. Myomas can affect sperm or ovum transport in several ways. An intramural leiomyoma may block the endocervix or tubal ostia. A large posterior myoma may interfere with the normal anatomic relationship between tube and ovary. A uterus enlarged by leiomyomas may have a larger cavity, increasing the distance that sperm have to migrate. Dysfunctional uterine contractility secondary to myomas can also interfere with sperm migration and ovum transport. Even if the sperm is able to fertilize the ovum, leiomyomas can impede implantation by distorting the cavity, impairing the blood supply to the endometrium, and disturbing the endometrium by thinning, ulceration, hyperplasia, inflammation, or atrophy. The impact on sperm and ovum transport may be overcome by in vitro fertilization (IVF), but the potential negative effect of leiomyomas on implantation raises the question of whether they should be removed routinely in infertile patients—particularly those undergoing an assisted reproductive technique (ART). fro

from
(www.femalepatient.com)

Thursday, April 24, 2014

GETTING PREGNANT: ASPARTAME AND ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS HOW DO THEY AFFECT FERTILITY?

When I was trying to conceive, I had heard about some of the toxic affects of aspartame and I stopped using it.  At the time I had not heard of Stevia, but I gave up artificial sweeteners all together.  Now, I do use stevia if I want to sweeten my tea.  This article (written by a chemist) gives some information on the safety of stevia and other sweeteners:

Is Stevia Safer Than Other Artificial Sweeteners?

By Oswald Eppers

The shrub Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni, commonly known as Stevia, was first mentioned by the Spanish physician and botanist Pedro Jaime Esteve (1500-1556) who found it in the north-east of the territory now called Paraguay.
Guarani Indians of this area as in southern Brazil are using "ka'a he'" ("sweet leaf"), as it is called in Guaran, since hundreds of years as a sweetener in yerba mate, and several tribes reported the use of this plant in the control of fertility of women, applying concentrated Stevia infusions for prolonged periods.
It is precisely this contraceptive property that is discussed since the 70s until today in the scientific literature. The reason is simple: Who wants to consume a sweetener that suddenly makes you barren?
Stevia leaf contains a complex mixture of glycosides (compounds where one or more sugar molecules are bound to a non-carbohydrate moiety). These compounds give the leaves an intensely sweet taste, about 30-45 times sweeter than sucrose, the sweet stuff of refined sugar. To date, ten different chemical compounds (chemically, all steviol glycosides) were isolated which are responsible for the sweet taste of the plant: stevioside, rebaudioside A, B, C, D, E and F, dulcoside A, rubusoside and steviolbioside. The highest concentration of the sweetening effect comes from Stevioside and rebaudioside A, responsible for the extract of Stevia being 250-300 times sweeter than sucrose with almost cero calories (about 0.2 calories per gram).
Both sweet steviol glycosides are chemically diterpenic glycosides, substances composed of two molecules of different types of sugar and a molecule called steviol. Steviol serves as "backbone" of the chemical structure and is structurally similar to the plant hormones gibberellin and kaurene. Several studies show that these glycosides are - at least partially - metabolized in the body releasing the sugar molecules and steviol.
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SEE ALSO: FOODS FOR FERTILITY (getpregnantover40.com) 
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Is It Safe to Use Stevia instead of sugar?

It is precisely this compound steviol that for many years called attention to toxicologists. In studies with bacteria and in cell-cultures it was demonstrated that this compound is genotoxic (i.e. is capable of changing the genetic information). However, more recent studies with mice, rats and hamsters, indicated that it requires relatively high concentrations of steviol to cause any considerable damage to the DNA, the molecule of life containing all our genetic information.
Browsing toxicological databases, there are hundreds of publications discussing potential adverse health effects of stevia extract, but the results are not very consistent. In particular, the effects on fertility and the potential carcinogenicity of Steviosides were subject of controversy in the scientific world. It was a study published in 1968 by Professor Joseph Kuc Purdue University in Indiana, USA, which initiated a controversial discussion about stevia and fertility. Prof. Kuc detected a clear contraceptive effect on female rats that were administered high doses of stevia. The fertility rates of the rats dropped by up to 79 percent.
While the outcome of this study was not confirmed by other scientific groups, a study published in 1999 by Prof. Melis of the University of Sao Paulo also reported a reduction of sperm quantity in male rats after applying high doses of Stevia glycosides. Concerns of carcinogenicity or mutagenicity were not confirmed in the vast majority of the toxicological studies.
Although adverse health effects of Stevia never really have been tested in humans directly, the authorities in the United States, Canada and the European Union considered Stevia extracts not to be safe in the application as a tabletop sweetener due to the lack of long-term toxicological studies. In contrast, authorities in other countries like Japan, China, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil and Mexico have a different point of view and accepted the use of extracts of Stevia as a natural sweetener. In several other countries, in particular in Latin American and Asia, Stevia and its extracts are available with and unverified regulatory status. In Japan, Stevia extracts are already commercially available since 1971 as tabletop sweetener and there are no reports about health problems associated with this product.
In the U.S., the Food and Drug Administration on (FDA) approved the use of Stevia extracts as "nutritional supplement" but not as tabletop sweetener. Only the glycoside Rebaudioside A in its pure form is considered as "Generally Recognized Safe Substance" (GRAS), since December 2008. In contrast, Stevioside, the other main compound of Stevia extracts, was not recognized as GRAS by the FDA.

Both, in Canada and the European Union (EU), the use of Stevia as a tabletop sweetener was prohibited based on the fact that there was insufficient evidence to prove its safety. But now this situation likely is going to change. In April 2010, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) performed a new evaluation of the available toxicological information. As a result of this review, Stevioside and Stevia extracts in general are now considered safe when used as a tabletop sweetener - at least under certain conditions.
EFSA established an acceptable daily intake (ADI) of 4 mg per kilogram of body weight of steviosides, the same ADI recommended by the World Health Organization according to a WHO document published in 2008. In common words, an adult weighing 70 kg can consume each day 280 mg of Stevia extract without running any health risk. As Stevia extract is about 250 times sweeter than table sugar, an adult can replace daily 70 grams of refined sugar with Stevia extract. This is equivalent to about 4-5 tablespoons or about 20 teaspoons of sugar. As children have a lower body weight, the dose should be reduced in proportion to their weight.
It is interesting to compare these data with Aspartame, the globally most used synthetic tabletop sweetener. Food safety authorities worldwide have set acceptable daily intake (ADI) values for aspartame at 40 mg/kg of body weight based on a 1980 Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives recommendation (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations). This means that - strictly based on toxicological available information - Stevia is considered about 10 times more "toxic" than Aspartame.
Even though Stevia sweetener is a product isolated from a plant and not product of a classical chemical process, being critical is never misplaced, because "natural" does not necessarily mean risk free. As a conclusion, Stevia extracts can be considered safe if not consumed in large quantities. The common idea that this "natural" product is safer than other commercially available tabletop sweetener is not supported by the available toxicological information.

The author is chemist specialized in the evaluation of environmental and health impacts of chemical substances. He also has two websites, related to Healthy Weight Loss Techniques and Career Development.
Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Oswald_Eppers
http://EzineArticles.com/?Is-Stevia-Safer-Than-Other-Artificial-Sweeteners?&id=4420277






Wednesday, April 23, 2014

WOMAN HAS SURPRISE PREGNANCY AT 48

Pregnancy Over 40 AND Pregnancy At 48!

Here is a story about a woman who found herself pregnant at the age of 48.
She has some younger children also, but she writes about different stages of her pregnancy. This pregnancy appears to be a surprise. Read more:

"I'm still in denial that I'm ­having a baby, although the evidence is now ­overwhelming. Baby-shaped limbs can clearly be seen pushing against my abdominal wall. I ask other women I know if they couldn't grasp they were having a baby until it popped out. I think for me it has always been like this, but if so, why didn't I realise I was weird before?
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SEE ALSO: PREGNANT AT 49 (getpregnantover40.com)
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Other mothers of my generation seem, like me, to only really have engaged with their babies after birth. Younger mothers are more likely (in my limited sample) to not only know the sex of their baby but to name it and then talk about it, as if it's real. "Ollie hasn't arrived yet," they will say, as though their baby has a tendency to be late.



 from: (www.guardian.co.uk)

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

GETTING PREGNANT: WHY ARE LEAFY GREENS (GREEN VEGETABLES) SO GOOD FOR FERTILITY?

Greens For Fertility

I jokingly say that when I was trying to conceive naturally (after all of those horrible fertility drugs which did nothing but cause complications) I started on "vegetable therapy".  When I was running an infertility support group, most of the women there were going through fertility treatments and I continually said I was trying naturally with vegetable therapy.  Yes, a few eyebrows were raised, especially considering my age, but...guess what?  It worked!  Aside from all of the colorful vegetables I ate (deep bright colors indicate high antioxidant content), I also ate a lot of greens: leafy green vegetables.  So why are they so good for fertility?
  • Greens contain a high content of fiber (I also ate these when I was pregnant which help me avoid pregnancy constipation)
  • Greens are high in iron and calcium
  • Greens are high in vitamin K which is good for blood vessels
  • Greens are a rich source of B vitamins
  • Greens are low carb which is a bonus since they are low in calories and have anti-inflammatory properties and are great for detoxification
CLICK HERE FOR MORE ON GREENS AND COOKING INSTRUCTIONS  (getpregnantover40.com)

CASTOR OIL PACKS FOR FERTILITY, WHAT ARE THEY? HOW DO THEY HELP YOU GET PREGNANT?

How Can Castor Oil Packs Help You Get Pregnant?

When I was trying to conceive, I had heard of pelvic massage, but I did not know about the benefits of castor oil and castor oil packs.  I knew about taking castor oil internally and the benefits of the "good fats", but using them externally was new to me.  Castor oil is probably something your grandmother used to treat all sorts of problems because it can be used as a laxative, antimicrobial and as a way to stimulate your immune system.  But what about its external uses?  When castor oil is applied to the skin, it is absorbed and is thought to increase lymphocytes.  These lymphocytes aide the removal of toxins from your body.  Edgar Cayce was one of the pioneers in the use of external castor oil and recommends the use of castor oil packs.  You can buy these pre-made, but if you have a few minutes, you can easily make them yourself. 

CLICK HERE TO LEARN HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN CASTOR OIL PACKS IN JUST MINUTES (getpregnantover40.com)

Monday, April 21, 2014

WHAT IS AN ARCUATE UTERUS? CAN IT HURT FERTILITY AND PREGNANCY?

Trying to conceive with an arcuate uterus

Years ago when we started going through fertility treatments, I had an HSG (hysterosalpingogram) which injects dye through your uterus and up through the fallopian tubes to identify any possible blockages.  While my doctor was doing this procedure and on some subsequent examinations, I was diagnosed with an arcuate uterus.  My doctor at the time wasn't too concerned.  His exact words were "If I could wish it away, I would, but I doubt it will keep you from getting pregnant."  My arcuate uterus was in the "minor" category and I did wind up having a normal and natural conception, pregnancy and delivery.  However you may be wondering what an arcuate uterus is and how it can affect fertility.  This article explains more:

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ABOUT TRYING TO CONCEIVE WITH AN ARCUATE UTERUS

INCREASE SPERM, TOP THINGS TO DO OR AVOID

Male Factor Infertility - Help Sperm Naturally

I frequently focus on women's fertility foods and supplements, but men are important too.  Sperm are very fragile creatures (which is probably why each ejaculate contains anywhere from 40 million to over a billion!)  Perhaps the sheer number of sperm helps to compensate for any damage done.  However, if you are trying to conceive, there are some do's and don'ts for the man in your life.  There are some nutrients and supplements (some work better in combination) which will help manufacture healthy sperm. 

CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE ON INCREASING SPERM QUANITTY AND QUALITY

Saturday, April 19, 2014

CLOMID MAY HURT CERVICAL MUCUS

Clomid, Fertility and Cervical Mucus

When I was first trying to conceive, one of the "low tech" ways our fertility clinic started us off with was to take Clomid. We would take it on certain cycle days and then have intercourse at the time of ovulation. Of course it didn't work, so then we moved on to using Clomid along with inseminations. That was probably a good idea, because, as I later found out, Clomid can actually hurt cervical mucus. The reason is that Clomid affects estrogen which can thicken cervical mucus. If you've been trying to conceive naturally, you know that the consistency of cervical mucus is critical and it should be more like egg whites (see improving cervical mucus).

Now I'm wondering why we wasted our time with trying Clomid without the inseminations.  Just as a side note, out of all the fertility drugs I took (even the IVF drugs), I found Clomid to be the most difficult.  When I took it, we called it "the week from hell".  I can handle PMS, but Clomid magnified it by about 100!

Click here to read the full article about how Clomid may harm fertility (getpregnantover40.com)

Friday, April 18, 2014

PREGNANCY OVER 40 LOWERS OVARIAN CANCER and ENDOMETRIAL CANCER

Good News For Later Age Pregnancy

According to a study published in Fertility and Sterility, the risk of ovarian cancer and endometrial cancer goes down when women have babies later in life.  The study found that women who had a child over the age of 35 had a 58% lower chance of these cancers than women who had never had a child.  Women who had children earlier in life also had a lower risk than women who never gave birth, but it wasn't as dramatic.

There are a couple of reasons why the researchers believe that these cancers occur less frequently in women who have babies at older ages.  One reason is the protective affect of the high levels of progesterone in pregnancy against endometrial and ovarian cancer.  Another reason for lower endometrial cancer is that the uterus is cleaned out at the time of delivery along with abnormal cells which could become problematic.

SEE ALSO: NATURAL WAYS TO INCREASE PROGESTERONE (getpregnantover40.com)

GETTING PREGNANT AS A VEGETARIAN

Trying To Conceive As A Vegetarian

There are many cultures around the world who do not eat animal protein.  When I was younger, I did not eat meat (but I did eat dairy).  I found the diet rather easy to follow and now its much easier since most restaurants have vegetarian choices (even some of the fast food restaurants where you order at the counter have meatless dishes).  But when you're trying to conceive, getting enough protein can be important because hormones are made from proteins.  It is estimated that pregnant women need 71 grams of protein per day.  Also of importance is getting enough of the right fats as well as some essential nutrients. 
Many vegans have already figured out how to optimize the protein in their diet by combining legumes and grains as well as consuming things like bee-pollen, but you also need to make sure that you're getting everything you need for a healthy pregnancy.
CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE ON TRYING TO CONCEIVE AS A VEGETARIAN (getpregnantover40.com)

Thursday, April 17, 2014

FOODS FOR MEN'S FERTILITY - SPERM FRIENDLY FOODS

Fertility Foods for Men
Fertility Foods for Men

Guest post By John Lally
Estimates are that male infertility affects up to ten percent of men. However, many of those men may be
successful in treating male infertility with proper nutrition and other simple practices.
Why Male Fertility Nutrition is Important
Healthy nutrition helps a man produce healthy sperm, making it easier for his partner to conceive. His diet should provide sufficient amounts of Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin D and calcium, which are important for sperm production.
For healthy fertility nutrition, a man should eat six to eleven servings of bread, grains and pasta, three to five servings of vegetables, two to four servings of fruit, two to three servings of meat and protein and two to three servings of dairy products daily.
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SEE ALSO: FOODS FOR FERTILITY WHICH CAN REGULATE HORMONES getpregnantover40.com 
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Fruits and vegetables supply antioxidants, which aid in keeping sperm healthy with increased mobility. A wide variety of fruits and vegetables in different colors will ensure getting a healthy range of antioxidants.
Caffeine makes sperm sluggish, so limiting coffee, tea and soda can help increase sperm motility.
To help prevent birth defects, prospective fathers should get 400 micrograms of folate or folic acid daily. Good sources of folic acid are fortified breads and grains,
chickpeas, lentils, fruit, beans and leafy green vegetables.
Either too little or too much selenium can harm sperm levels, so men should aim
for approximately 55 mcg of the nutrient daily.
Some studies show that soy may interfere with male hormones and increase estrogen activity,
so men trying to become fathers may want to cut back on soy foods.
A deficiency of zinc may affect testosterone and reduce sperm count, so men
who do not eat meat, which is high in zinc, should get the nutrient from foods like nuts, yogurt and beans.
Should Men Use Fertility Supplements?
Men who believe they may not be getting enough vitamins and minerals by eating nutritional foods can benefit by taking high-quality supplements to
enhance fertility. These fertility supplements may include L-carnitine, L-arginine, grapeseed extract, vitamins C, E and A, selenium, zinc,
 co-enzyme Q and betacarotene.
Top Fertility Foods for Men's Health
Garlic has plenty of selenium and vitamin B6. Selenium is an antioxidant
that boosts sexual virility, and vitamin B6 fortifies the immune system and regulates hormones.
Cashew nuts are a good source of zinc, which may increase testosterone levels.
Bananas contain magnesium, protein and vitamins B1, A and C, which improve and stimulate sperm production.
The high vitamin E content in avocados boosts sperm motility, and the folic acid
and vitamin B6 in the fruit help regulate the function of sexual hormones.
Asparagus has an abundant supply of vitamin C, which
 helps increase the motility and viability of sperm.
Tomatoes are a good source of lycopene, an antioxidant carotenoid that increases
 sperm count and motility and helps keep it healthy. Pink grapefruit, watermelon and other tomato products like ketchup and tomato juice are also good
sources of lycopene.
Apples are a nutritionally well-balanced fruit, and in vinaigrette form like fruit cider vinegar, particularly effective.
Pumpkin seeds contain a good supply of zinc, the most important mineral for increased testosterone levels and sperm count. The omega-3 fatty acids
 in pumpkin seeds enhance sexual function by motivating blood flow to the sexual organs.
Oysters are another good source of zinc and can help repair
 sperm damaged by chemicals in the environment.
Pomegranate juice may help with erectile dysfunction, sperm concentration, motility and cell density
as well as with reducing abnormal sperm.
Fertility Nutrition Effect on Male Sperm Health
Diet does not have an effect on a man's sperm count,
 but a healthy diet can be a valuable aid in producing healthy sperm. Free radicals can cause sperm DNA damage and poor motility. Additionally,
if conception takes place, a child may inherit genetic problems from damaged DNA. Men should eat a healthy,
balanced diet and limit alcohol consumption to less than ten glasses a week. High doses of alcohol at one time can be toxic, so any drinking
should be done in moderation. Cigarettes also contain toxins, so men who want healthy sperm should attempt to stop smoking as well.

Acupuncture and Male Fertility Treatment
Acupuncture may help improve sperm quality, motility and morphology, boost the number of normal sperm and diminish structural abnormalities. It can also support male fertility by increasing libido and reducing the stress and anxiety associated with trying to conceive. Timing acupuncture treatments to correspond with the partner's cycle can make them even more effective. Acupuncture can provide synergistic health benefits by increasing blood flow and relieving stress.
The Blue Heron Clinic - Galway, Ireland.
http://www.blueheronclinic.com
Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=John_Lally
http://EzineArticles.com/?Fertility-Foods-for-Men&id=6846492











ENDOMETRIOSIS AND INFERTILITY: DOES IT CAUSE MISCARRIAGE?

Prostaglandins, Endometriosis, Fertility and Miscarriage

When I was trying to get pregnant and in the process of developing what I now call my "pregnancy protocol", I discovered a group of hormone-like substances called "prostaglandins". It can be somewhat confusing because there are so called "good" prostaglandins and "bad" prostaglandins. When you are trying to conceive, you need to help your body make the good ones because they assist with fertilization, implantation and the timing of when you get your menstrual cycle. If your uterine lining sheds too fast, pregnancy loss will occur.

Click Here To REad the Full Article on Endometrosis, Fertility and Miscarriage (getpregnantover40.com)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

LAURA LINNEY HAS BABY AT 49

Pregnancy and Baby at 49

I know the public is obsessed with celebrities and I hate to admit that I'm no exception.  However, I usually pay the most attention to celebrities who had babies over 40.  Now most of them won't admit whether or not they had fertility treatments, but it certainly makes the public re-think the question of how old is too old to have a baby (not that its anyone's business anyway!)

I've always thought that Laura Linney was a great actress and even though I'm not a big movie watcher, it's amazing how many of her movies I have seen.  Laura got married to her husband,  Mark Schauer when she was 45 and just had her baby in 2014 at the age of 49.  A big congratulations to her and her husband.

See Also: Celebrities Pregnant Over 40 - New Mothers Over 40 and 50 (getpregnantover40.com)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

PRAYER FOR INFERTILITY, GETTING PREGNANT AND FERTILITY

Pregnancy Over 40, Trying To Conceive Over 40, Prayer May Help

As I've mentioned before, I have a diverse group of readers from all over the world who hold a whole host of religious beliefs.   So whatever your belief system, you may find this site helpful or at the very least interesting. I'll admit, I said many prayers on the road to parenthood but infertility and especially miscarriage can really test your faith. You never know, maybe all those prayers didn't necessarily cause a miracle, maybe they just helped me help myself.
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See also: Infertility In the Bible (getpregnantover40.com) 
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St. David's Infertility Prayer

Thank you, Lord, for all the blessings in my life. Help me to remember them as I face the challenges of infertility. I pray that I can surrender myself into your hands. Let me accept the reality of this situation and have the wisdom and courage to take action where I can. Strengthen my body, mind and spirit to endure the trials of infertility. Keep me ever mindful of the needs of others and grant us your peace. Amen.
Source:
Hannah's Prayer Ministries



WHAT SHOULD MEN EAT FOR FERTILITY?


Fertility Foods for Men



Fertility Foods for Men

By John Lally



Estimates are that male infertility affects up to ten percent of men. However, many of those men may be
successful in treating male infertility with proper nutrition and other simple practices.
Why Male Fertility Nutrition is Important
Healthy nutrition helps a man produce healthy sperm, making it easier for his partner to conceive. His diet should provide sufficient amounts of Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin D and calcium, which are important for sperm production.
For healthy fertility nutrition, a man should eat six to eleven servings of bread, grains and pasta, three to five servings of vegetables, two to four servings of fruit, two to three servings of meat and protein and two to three servings of dairy products daily.
Fruits and vegetables supply antioxidants, which aid in keeping sperm healthy with increased mobility. A wide variety of fruits and vegetables in different colors will ensure getting a healthy range of antioxidants.
Caffeine makes sperm sluggish, so limiting coffee, tea and soda can help increase sperm motility.
To help prevent birth defects, prospective fathers should get 400 micrograms of folate or folic acid daily. Good sources of folic acid are fortified breads and grains,
chickpeas, lentils, fruit, beans and leafy green vegetables.
Either too little or too much selenium can harm sperm levels, so men should aim
for approximately 55 mcg of the nutrient daily.
Some studies show that soy may interfere with male hormones and increase estrogen activity,
so men trying to become fathers may want to cut back on soy foods.
A deficiency of zinc may affect testosterone and reduce sperm count, so men
who do not eat meat, which is high in zinc, should get the nutrient from foods like nuts, yogurt and beans.
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See also: Fertility Foods Series at getpregnantover40.com
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Should Men Use Fertility Supplements?
Men who believe they may not be getting enough vitamins and minerals by eating nutritional foods can benefit by taking high-quality supplements to
enhance fertility. These fertility supplements may include L-carnitine, L-arginine, grapeseed extract, vitamins C, E and A, selenium, zinc,
 co-enzyme Q and betacarotene.
Top Fertility Foods for Men's Health
Garlic has plenty of selenium and vitamin B6. Selenium is an antioxidant
that boosts sexual virility, and vitamin B6 fortifies the immune system and regulates hormones.
Cashew nuts
 are a good source of zinc, which may increase testosterone levels.
Bananas contain magnesium, protein and vitamins B1, A and C,
 which improve and stimulate sperm production.
The high vitamin E content in avocados boosts sperm motility, and the folic acid
and vitamin B6 in the fruit help regulate the function of sexual hormones.
Asparagus has an abundant supply of vitamin C, which
 helps increase the motility and viability of sperm.
Tomatoes are a good source of lycopene, an antioxidant carotenoid that increases
 sperm count and motility and helps keep it healthy. Pink grapefruit, watermelon and other tomato products like ketchup and tomato juice are also good
sources of lycopene.
Apples are a nutritionally well-balanced fruit, and in vinaigrette form like fruit cider vinegar, particularly effective.

Pumpkin seeds contain a good supply of zinc, the most important mineral for increased testosterone levels and sperm count. The omega-3 fatty acids
 in pumpkin seeds enhance sexual function by motivating blood flow to the sexual organs.
Oysters are another good source of zinc and can help repair
 sperm damaged by chemicals in the environment.
Pomegranate juice may help with erectile dysfunction, sperm concentration, motility and cell density
as well as with reducing abnormal sperm.
Fertility Nutrition Effect on Male Sperm Health
Diet does not have an effect on a man's sperm count,
 but a healthy diet can be a valuable aid in producing healthy sperm. Free radicals can cause sperm DNA damage and poor motility. Additionally,
if conception takes place, a child may inherit genetic problems from damaged DNA. Men should eat a healthy,
balanced diet and limit alcohol consumption to less than ten glasses a week. High doses of alcohol at one time can be toxic, so any drinking
should be done in moderation. Cigarettes also contain toxins, so men who want healthy sperm should attempt to stop smoking as well.



Acupuncture and Male
 Fertility Treatment

Acupuncture may help improve sperm quality, motility and morphology, boost the number of normal sperm and diminish

structural abnormalities. It can also support male fertility by increasing libido and reducing the stress and anxiety associated with trying to conceive.
 Timing acupuncture treatments to correspond with the partner's cycle can make them even more effective. Acupuncture can provide synergistic
 health benefits by increasing blood flow and relieving stress.
The Blue Heron Clinic - Galway, Ireland

http://www.blueheronclinic.com



Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=John_Lally


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Monday, April 14, 2014

WHAT IS VITEX CHASTEBERRY? HOW DOES IT HELP FERTILITY?

What is Vitex or Chasteberry, where does it come from?

You may have heard of Vitex (Vitex Cactus Agnus) or commonly known as Chasteberry. It is a flowering plant and it grows in warmer climates. It got it's name because it was thought to be an "anaphrodisiac" (the opposite of an aphrodisiac) so it was thought to keep women chaste. However, some sources claim it is an aphrodisiac.
Vitex is thought to have a positive affect on reproductive hormones because of its action on the hypothalamus and pituitary gland.

Click Here To Read the Full Article on Vitex and how it affects Progesterone and FSH (getpregnantover40.com)

TRYING TO CONCEIVE, A HEALTHY BABY STARTS NOW

Having A Baby Over 40

I'm thoroughly convinced that quitting my pressure cooker corporate job what absolutely critical to my successful conception and pregnancy.

 Healthy diets and staying in control of stress doesn't just help you conceive, it helps create a healthy baby. According to this article, your diet deficiencies and stress hormones can have long-term affects on the health of your child. Read more:

But one of the most important- and to some degree unavoidable- environmental variables is stress. This is commonly studied using sheep, as the lamb normally grows to the same size as a human baby in a relatively long pregnancy, and the development of major organs including the heart and brain is very similar in humans and sheep. To simulate stress in pregnancy, Professor Wintour's team exposed sheep early in their pregnancy to a stress hormone, cortisol, for a short duration. The offspring were later found to develop high blood pressure from four months after birth, which increased in severity as they aged. Kidney development was also impaired. Dr. Julie Quinlivan, working with researchers at the University of Western Australia, found that injecting sheep with stress hormones later in their pregnancies and on a number of occasions produced different effects, including the later development of insulin resistance and diabetes. This suggests that the timing of stressful insults can have varying outcomes.


The duration of exposure to stress is also crucial. Dr. Quinlivan notes, "Basically, if you have a single exposure to stress hormones, the body is very resilient. But if you have repeated exposure to stress, it affects the number of brain cells in a fetus' brain, the growth of the baby, and the development of the thyroid and the immune system, so it has multiple effects". In addition to physical effects such as hypertension or diabetes, abnormal concentrations of cortisol in-utero can also create psychological syndromes. Studies have found that infants exposed to elevated levels of cortisol in the womb- often because their mother was under stress or depressed herself- are at increased risk of depressive disorders throughout childhood, adolescence and adulthood. Such individuals also commonly exhibit cognitive delays and long-term behavioral dysfunction...

See also:  Stress, Infertility and Miscarriage at getpregnantover40.com

 ...So what does all this mean to the woman who is pregnant or hoping to become so? Put simply, she should eat well not just from the time the pregnancy is confirmed, but ideally also in the months leading up to conception, so as to avoid any potential deficiencies at a time when the fetus is particularly vulnerable. Such a diet should include lots of fruit, vegetables, bread and cereals, moderate amounts of dairy foods and lean meats, and small quantities of foods high in sugar, salt and fat. While adequate Vitamin A is essential for kidney development as noted above, supplements of this vitamin are not recommended without medical supervision, as these may cause birth deformities. Instead, try increasing the consumption of milk, eggs, green leafy vegetables and fruit. Two servings of fish per week are also recommended for their omega-3 acids, while adequate Vitamin D can be obtained from a daily ten minute exposure of the lower arms and legs to sunshine (though avoid the hours between 11am and 3pm). Iron stores can be boosted by eating red meat in conjunction with foods that enhance iron absorption, such as oranges, broccoli or potatoes.
from: 
www.familymagazinegroup.com

Sunday, April 13, 2014

ARE YOU INFERTILE OR IMBALANCED?

Having A Baby Over 40, lifestyle factors

I recall a conversation between my husband's two nieces. The 15 year old said to the 16 year old, "You weigh more than me, even though I'm taller", the 16 year old replies with "Well, I've been eating LONGER than you!" She may have had a point there.

I've always wondered about whether or not 'older' women are infertile or just imbalanced. Let's face it, the older you are, the more time you've had to gain weight, eat the wrong foods, take medications, be exposed to toxic substances, sustain long periods of stress, etc. All of these factors can lead to hormonal imbalances that can have an impact on fertility. There is such an orchestration of events that must occur for a successful pregnancy that it's understandable that if your system is out of balance you will have a hard time getting pregnant or carrying to term.

For more on my fertiity diet and how stress affects your progesterone levels, visit: getpregnantover40.com

It probably does take women over 40 a little longer to get pregnant because regaining balance isn't something that happens overnight. It's a process that occurs over time. I've heard a number of people say, "How come these twenty-something people can drink caffeine, eat junk food, or in extreme cases take illicit drugs and still get pregnant?".

My theory is that many imbalances are a result of the cumulative effect of your lifestyle. Older women have just been around longer and we live in a toxic society where stress, poor eating habits, and exposure to toxins are the norm. It's kind of like smoking. Probably one cigarette isn't going to do much damage, but if you smoke over a lifetime, watch out...

Give yourself some time to get rebalanced. It will benefit you in many ways, and you just may get pregnant.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

FERTILITY SITES AND FERTILITY RITUALS

Ancient Fertility Sites

When I was trying to conceive, I was open to just about everything and anything that might help my chances. I found this article on ancient fertility sites and fertility rituals . No, I can't vouch for any of this, but sometimes it's fun to read about what others swear by. Read more:

If you want a holiday in the UK and you suffer from infertility problems, it may well be worth visiting Cerne Abbas in Dorset. There on a hill is a huge giant, carved into the hillside from chalk rock. He boasts a club and an impressive erection.

See also: getpregnantover40.com for more on natural methods to conceive 

It is not known exactly when the giant was carved, or how, but was thought to be somewhere around the Iron Age. There are also speculations as to whether he was meant to represent Hercules, the Greek God who held a club.
For centuries this icon has been used as a fertility site and visited by couples wishing to get pregnant (as depicted in the film, ‘Maybe Baby’), with varying degrees of success.
Praying or meditating on the hillside prior to trying to conceive is rumoured to increase your chances as is making love on the giant’s member.
from: suite101

Friday, April 11, 2014

GETTING PREGNANT NATURALLY WITH FENG SHUI

Feng Shui Interprets the "Locked" House

By Kartar Diamond

When we think of a "locked" house, the image of a literally secure house comes to mind; one that you can only enter by breaking a lock to get in. This term "locked" house or "locked phase" has a totally different meaning in feng shui theory.
The lock refers to a phase when the occupants are metaphorically under a type of "house arrest." Some translations called it the "imprisoned" phase. During the "People Lock" the occupants will suffer more health and relationship problem than in times when the People Lock is not in force.
During a "Money Lock" the occupants can suffer financial difficulties that would not be a problem when that same house is not in the Money Lock phase.
Every single house, every single structure on the planet will go through both People Lock and Money Lock phases, no matter how good the house is deemed by feng shui standards most of the time.

See Also: Getting Pregnant With Vision Boards (getpregnantover40.com) 

These Locked phases can last for one day, one month, one year or a twenty year cycle and these phases can be calculated in classical, traditional feng shui. Sometimes it is referred to as Xuan Kong or the Flying Star School. Factoring issues of timing is what makes it non-obvious. In other words, the house does not change in its appearance to reveal that it has entered a Locked Phase.
As an example, all houses that faces North which were built between 1924-1943, are currently in a 20 year People Lock that started in 2004 and will continue until 2024. Another example is that all houses that face Northwest which were built between 1984-2003 are also currently in a 20 Year Lock (for Money) that started in 2004. In any given Era, there will be several houses types that are currently in a Lock Phase.
Whether a house is in a one year lock or a 20 year lock, the remedy is the same: The occupant needs to hear and see circulating water. This is one reason why fountains, aquariums and outside water features can be so helpful. There are in fact bad locations inside and outside when it comes to water (stay tuned for my article on water).
But for the purposes of releasing or lessening the affects of the Locked Phase, any type of water feature will help that situation. And how does one know if their water feature has worked? As an example, if a couple has been living in a house that is in a long term People Lock, they will usually have difficulty conceiving. When the water feature gets installed, pregnancy happens shortly thereafter.
With finances, if occupants have been enduring a long term Money Lock on their house, the installation of a water feature can be experienced in a tangible increase income or other financial windfalls.
Learning how to figure out if your house or business is experiencing one of these locked phases is fairly easy. Both Feng Shui for Skeptics as well as The Feng Shui Continuum show readers how to calculate this.
At Feng Shui Solutions, we are also happy to determine this for you by just supplying us with accurate information about the age of your home and its magnetic compass orientation.
http://www.FengShuiSolutions.net
Kartar Diamond is a classically trained consultant and author of four books with workbooks and other home study training materials on the way. Kartar works with local, national and international clients, both in person and over the internet.
Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Kartar_Diamond
http://EzineArticles.com/?Feng-Shui-Interprets-the-Locked-House&id=1667320








DAIRY FOR FERTILITY: STUDY SAYS EAT FULL FAT DAIRY

I've read quite a bit of conflicting information on dairy and its affect on women's fertility, ovulation and her ability to get pregnant.  Some studies say to avoid dairy all together.  However, another study looked at the relationship between full fat and low fat dairy, here are the results:

Fats and Fertility 1 - Full Fat Dairy Foods Are Best!

By Judy Ford

Arriving at the dairy section of our supermarket we are met with an amazing array of milk, yogurt and cheeses. Not to mention what we see when we peek into the freezer compartment containing an array of mouth-watering ice cream, gelatin and other iced treats.
You are planning to have a family. What should you choose to increase your chances of conceiving and at the same time, eat what is best for your baby. Should it be the low fat dairy or is normal fat OK? We are always hearing that we shouldn't eat too much fat so we tend to reach for the low fat. Is the right decision? The answer is definitely 'no'.

For my entire series on foods for fertility including videos, visit: www.getpregnantover40.com 

One reason for not choosing low fat in products like ice-cream and yoghurt is that they usually have more sugar and it is important to reduce sugar intake. But there is a far more important reason for eating full fat dairy because full cream dairy improves your fertility and is probably good for your health in general.
A recent large scientific study performed a dietary analysis on a very large women over a period of 8 years. Of those who had attempted to become pregnant, 438 were unsuccessful. The researchers compared the details of intake of dairy foods in those who had become pregnant without difficulty and in those who suffered from infertility.
Women who ate low fat dairy: less was better. Eating low fat dairy about once each week had no effect on fertility but every gradual increase increased the risk of infertility. Women who ate low fat dairy twice each day or more often, were nearly twice as likely to be infertile.
Women who ate full cream (high fat) dairy: more was better. Eating full cream 2-4 times each week only gave a slight improvement in fertility but eating it more than once each day nearly halved the risk of being infertile.
Does the type of dairy food matter? Again the answer is yes. That is the study showed large effects for some types of dairy foods and only small effects for others. Whole milk was very beneficial - that is, it promoted fertility - but low fat milk was neutral. Cheeses of most types, by comparison, seemed to be good.
Does age matter? Eating full fat dairy seems to be beneficial at all ages but it is even more beneficial as you age. So if you are in your mid thirties and thinking of conceiving, change your milk to full cream and drink a glass every day. Add to that a few pieces of regular fat cheese and chances are you'll soon be in the family way!

Dr Judy Ford is an internationally respected scientist who has studied the causes of problems with male and female fertility over more than 30 years. She is passionate about sharing her findings because this will empower you to solve your own problems rather than waste money on unnecessary expensive drugs and invasive high technology. She has made important discoveries about the cause of miscarriage [http://www.itsnatural.com.au/miscarriage.shtml], causes of infertility and birth defects. Her research has shown that most problems are preventable through changes to healthy lifestyles and healthy habits. Her website http://www.ez-fertility.com.au will introduce you to her unique fertility questionnaire and other helpful information.
Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Judy_Ford
http://EzineArticles.com/?Fats-and-Fertility-1---Full-Fat-Dairy-Foods-Are-Best!&id=2079002






Thursday, April 10, 2014

VISUALIZATION FOR FERTILITY AND PREGNANCY

Meditation and Visualization for Pregnancy

Call it day dreaming, call it visualization, or call it mental creation...the fact of the matter is that our thoughts are things. Before you can attract or create your reality, you need to think it and visualize it. In my Meditation and Visualization CD, I talk about exactly what I visualized to bring my daughter into my life. Sometimes the image was so clear, that I would swear that my baby was in the room with me...this was all before I even conceived her. Give it a try, it's relaxing, uplifting, and best of all, effective!

Here is a site that explains in more detail how visualization works:

Thoughts are endowed with a creative power that molds our life, and attracts what we think about. Thoughts travel from one mind to another, and if they are strong enough, they can be unconsciously picked up by people, who are in a position to help us achieve our desires and goals.

We are part of the Omnipotent Power that has created the universe, and therefore, we participate in the process of creation. Bearing this thought in mind, there is no wonder that thoughts materialize. Stop for a moment and think - You are an indivisible part of the great Universal Power! This means that your thoughts can come true! Not all thoughts of course, but those that are concentrated, well-defined, and often-repeated often.

Thought is energy, especially a concentrated thought laden with emotional energy. Thoughts change the balance of energy around us, and bring changes to the environment in accordance with them.

There is another explanation why visualization brings results. It may come as a surprise to most, but the theory of "Maya" - Illusion, which comes from the eastern philosophies, provides the explanation.

According to the Indian philosophy "Advaita- Vedanta", which is called "Nonduality" in the West, the world is not real, but only an illusion, created by our thoughts. Since most people think and repeat the same or similar thoughts often, focusing their mind and thoughts on their current environment, they create and recreate the same sort of events or circumstances. This process preserves the same "world" and status quo. It is like watching the same film over and over again, but we can change the film by changing our thoughts and visualize different circumstances and life, and in this way create a different "reality". For us, it is a reality, though in fact it is just a dream we call "reality".

from: 
successconciousness.com

SUPPLEMENTS FOR MALE FERTILITY: TOP 8

Much of what I write on this blog deals with female fertility and ways to enhance egg quality naturally.  But women are only half of the equation when it comes to getting pregnant.  Here are eight important supplements which may help the man in your life.  Read more:

Eight Male Fertility Supplements

Author: Mike O Brien

A good balanced diet of natural products is one of the keys that will help you to overcome some problems with male fertility. If you find it difficult to get a reliable source of fresh fruit and vegetables you could always try supplements in your diet that have been trialed and tested and show trustworthy results to clinical trials.
There is a male fertility supplement suitable for you that can help increase semen volume and also help increase sperm count and motility. It must also be remembered that these are not miracle workers and need to be taken or used regularly for effective results to occur.
Go to the list below to find a comprehensive explanation of the most used herbs and supplements found in male fertility supplements.

See Also: DHEA for Fertility (getpregnantover40.com) 

1. Arginine
Arginine has been investigated for its effects on sperm count and activity of the sperm. L-arginine may improve sperm count and motility. There are two sources of arginine, arginine in the food chain and free-form arginine from supplements. Food-source arginine is found in abundance in turkey, chicken and other meats. Nonfood-source arginine is called L-arginine and is created through a fermentation process which separates arginine from all other proteins. Free and bound arginine is found in abundance in human male sperm and arginine has been found to stimulate sperm motility.
2. Carnitine
A naturally occurring amino acid Carnitine is concentrated in sperm and is required for normal sperm function. Many athletes have noted increased endurance and muscle building with Carnitine supplementation.
3. Coenzyme Q10
A substance that assists in the oxidation of nutrients within cells to create energy. It helps the male reproductive system increase semen volume and motility.
4. Ginseng (Panax ginseng)
A forked aromatic root found in Asia. Ginseng has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries to increase semen volume and to increase male fertility.
5. Omega fatty acids
A class of fatty acids that are found in any of several polyunsaturated fatty acids found in leafy green vegetables, vegetable oils, and fish such as salmon and mackerel. As well omega-6 fatty acids found in evening primrose and starflower oils are a recommended male fertility supplement.
6. Pumpkin seeds
A great male fertility supplement, as they contain high levels of zinc and essential fatty acids which are helpful treatment for male fertility.
7. Selenium
Selenium can helpful as a treatment for male fertility. It is one of the elements needed in trace amounts in the animal and human diet. Fish, meat, poultry, whole grains, and dairy products are good sources of this mineral nutrient.
8. Zinc
A lack of zinc is believed to be associated with a lack of sperm in the semen. Keeping your zinc levels up helps to increase semen volume, maintain adequate testosterone levels which helps keep sperm healthy.
Eat Sensibly
Remember to eat plenty of fresh vegetables, fruit, whole grains, fish, poultry, legumes, nuts, brown rice and seeds. The first step in any treatment is a well balanced diet and this will increase the chance of a positive male sperm test.
Avoid junk food, processed food and food with high saturated fat as well as limiting your intake of soda or fizzy drinks as these can be very harmful to the bodies balance and well being. Drink plenty of water to flush out any toxins in the body. However the inability to conceive may not be a male problem it could be a female infertility problem.
Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/mens-health-articles/eight-male-fertility-supplements-604981.html
About the Author

Mike O'Brien offers advice and information about a male sperm test . This is a quality web site that has a wide selection of male and female fertility information at your fingertips!

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

THE UTERUS AND GETTING PREGNANT: MORE THAN IMPLANTATION

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See Also getpregnantover40.com for more on gettting pregnant and avoiding miscarriage and recurrent miscarriage

FERTILITY PRIVACY ONLINE: HOW PRIVATE IS YOUR SEARCH ENGINE?

 Your Fertility and Health Information Privacy

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 ABOUT THE PRIVACY OF YOUR INTERNET SEARCHES  (getpregnantover40.com)

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

ENDOMETRIOSIS, FERTILITY, AND DIET TO PREVENT

Treating Endometriosis Naturally

Endometriosis is a common cause of infertility (not to mention the pain and discomfort it causes the women who have it). It is frequently the underlying diagnosis for many pelvic surgeries. Wouldn't it be great if you could prevent and treat this condition without invasive procedures? Well, you can! Here is an article that discusses how your diet can protect you from this condition.

See also: getpregnantover40.com for more on fertility foods and additional articles on endometriosis, fertility and miscarriage 

 Read more:

Begin by decreasing your consumption of saturated fats. Examples of foods containing saturated fats include:

•Butter
•Lard
•Dairy products
•Animal products
•Coconut oil
•Palm oil
•Cocoa butter
Along with decreasing saturated fats, you will want to include omega-3 fatty acids in your diet. Omega-3 fatty acids stimulate the production of anti-inflammatory prostaglandins which are helpful in soothing your discomfort. Sources of omega-3 fatty acids include:

•Evening primrose oil
•Safflower oil
•Walnuts and walnut oil
•Flax seeds and oil
•Beans
•Salmon, halibut or tuna
•Olive oil (do not use for frying)
•Winter squash 

from: 

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Monday, April 07, 2014

EXERCISE AND INFERTILITY - HOW MUCH AFFECTS PREGNANCY RATES?

If You're Trying To Get Pregnant  - Reduce Exercise

Although many women who experience infertility live a sedentary lifestyle and may be overweight, there is also a large segment of women who have the opposite problem: over-training or over-exercising.
See more on common causes of infertility and getting pregnant naturally at: getpregnantover40.com
 I've written about this before, but I thought I'd post this article that give more evidence that too much exercise and getting pregnant don't go together. Read more:

Even when the data were adjusted for other possible contributing factors (such as body mass index, smoking, age, marital status and previous pregnancies), the researchers found that women who trained every day had a 3.5 times greater risk of impaired fertility as women who did not train at all.

"And when we compared those who trained to exhaustion to those who trained more moderately, we found that the first group had a three-fold greater risk of impaired fertility," says Gudmundsdottir.

from 

(www.sciencedaily.com)

CAN YOU GET PREGNANT WITHOUT IVF? ARE YOU REALLY INFERTILE?

Getting pregnant naturally without fertility treatments

I've posted a number of other articles about how natural conceptions occured after IVF. Along those lines, this article talks about how many couples, if given time, would get pregnant without painful, expensive, and sometimes dangerous fertility treatments.

 For more articles on couples who got pregnant naturally after failed fertility treatments, visit: getpregnantover40.com

I could be their poster child since I went through years of failed fertility treatments which included multiple inseminations and two cycles of IVF which not only failed but left me with an ectopic pregnancy and the loss of a fallopian tube.  I wish I would have know then what I know now, but hindsight is always 20/20!
 Read more:

The debate in the media has focused on how many cycles of IVF are needed for women to become pregnant. But the real issue here is how many women would become pregnant anyway without IVF.

Just-released scientific reviews of IVF show that it is no more effective than other treatment options for couples with unexplained infertility - which is one third of infertile patients. The authors of the prestigious Cochrane study conclude: "Until more evidence is available, IVF may not be the preferred first line of treatment for these couples and it might be more appropriate to continue with less invasive options.".....

...Infertility is defined as the inability to conceive after 12 months of unprotected intercourse. It is a functional definition and an inadequate way to define a medical condition. Many couples conceive naturally after 12 months but can be erroneously labelled as infertile.

Media reporting of these claims are particularly confusing to women in their late 30s. In subtle ways, they are being told that they are more likely to be infertile. This is a claim that is greatly exaggerated. A study by David Dunson and his colleagues published in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in 2004 concluded that sterility did not increase with age. The authors found that even the most difficult demographic, the 35 to 39 age group, could still conceive within a two-year period in nine out of 10 cases. They just needed to relax and do what is naturally necessary to conceive.

from: 
theage.com

Sunday, April 06, 2014

DISPLACEMENT OF UTERUS AND FERTILITY

Uterine Massage and Lift Technique To Help Get Pregnant Over 40

Here is an interesting article about how many women have uterine displacement. This site is promoting their massage techniques to help correct this problem, but they have some interesting information about how the female organs can get out of place. Also, my DVD, "Fertility Bodywork" has a segment on pelvic massage including the uterine lift. Read more:

Maya Abdominal Lift Technique (excerpted from www.web.net)


From the article:

With so many women suffering from dysmenorrhea, we wondered how uterine massage could help. Verna said that the prostaglandins which are cited as the pain inducing culprits are in fact pro-inflammatory chemical prostaglandins PG 1 and 2. “If there is venous stasis,” she explained, “everything gets boggy. The lymph is not draining so you have a swampy area which is more prone to inflammation and the bad prostaglandins.” She went on to say that if the uterus is not sitting right, there are mechanical reasons for it to get “clogged” and “boggy”. The arteries leading to and from the uterus can get torqued. Where the uterus is supposed to be doing this gentle contracting (Verna did a smooth wave with her body) when it is misplaced or there is inflammation, “it’s like trying to hork up a hairball”. This is a combination of inflammation, poor drainage and poor blood flow.



According to Verna, the Maya say, “If a woman’s uterus is not in the right place, she can’t think right.” Verna adds that it is the centre of a woman’s creative energy.



What about endometriosis? Verna explained that 40% of the blood in the body goes through the lymph channels. When the lymph is not draining, “you are a sewer”. With endo, the technique might help once things are draining better. Verna has seen uteruses in a position (she leans over demonstrating) where the fascia between the outside of the uterus and the outside of the bladder are stuck together. You have to be very gentle, she says – “kind of like moving egg yolks around”. The uterus can go back, forward or sideways. The Fallopian tube (one arm now simulates a crushed tube) can get moved out of position. “Try getting pregnant with that!” Verna says the body “moves out of the way” of an affected organ for survival. She illustrates with the example of a person who has a heart attack and breaks their leg at the same time. “The leg won’t hurt, but the heart muscle sure will. Probably, a few days later, when the cast is on, that leg will hurt like hell. The body prioritizes.”



“What’s exciting,” she says, “is that the technique is quite easy and has potential to be so helpful”.

Saturday, April 05, 2014

MITTLESCHMERZ: PAIN WITH OVULATION

Pain During Ovulation

No, that's not what you say when someone sneezes - but it might be what you say when someone ovulates. Mittleschmerz translated literally means "middle pain" usually associated with ovulation.
Click here for more on regulating menstrual cycles and lengthening your menstrual cycles (getpregnantover40.com)
I always considered myself lucky when I was TTC that I did experience mittlescherz because I knew we were on target with our intercourse schedule (and it was a schedule back then). Here is an article that explains more about mittleschmerz (it also addresses why some women may have some spotting around the time of ovulation):


"The pain is thought to be due to accompanying slight bleeding into the linings of the wall of the pelvis called the peritoneum.

Free blood in contact with the peritoneum causes irritation, transmitted as mid-cycle pain.

The bleeding may even track out as vaginal very small vaginal spotting.


The pain is usually in the lower abdomen, right or left side depending on which side an egg is released from.


The pain could be so specific that a woman may be able to tell from which ovary she has released an egg for that month. It may be severe enough to cause disruptions of normal day to day activities."



from: abdopain.com

Friday, April 04, 2014

HOW OLD IS TOO OLD TO HAVE A BABY OR GET PREGNANT?

Are you Ever Too Old to Have A Baby?

I always hate when I see articles about being "too old to get pregnant".  First, let me say that I had my daughter with a natural conception and a totally normal delivery at the age of 44.  I had no complications and in my totally unbiased opinion, my daughter is perfect.
Second, let me say that I got pregnant again by surprise at the age of 49 (See: 49 and Pregnant) which I swear must have been the immaculate conception since we all had the flu immediately preceding my positive pregnancy test.  I miscarried very early, but it does go to show you that age is just a number and if you ovulate, you can still get pregnant.
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If a pregnancy happens naturally (which it does even in women over 50, then obviously your body doesn't think you're too old!)  If you ask your grandparents how old they were when they had their last child (or how old their acquaintances were when they had their last child), you'll most likely find that a high percentage of them were over the age of 40.  Before the days of reliable birth control, tubal ligations and vasectomies, families were large and it was nothing to see pregnant women well into their 40's.  Granted, it was their last child instead of their first, but they still had a baby!
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For more stories on women who conceived naturally over 40 (and after failed IVF) see getpregnantover40.com

 If a pregnancy is achieved through IVF or donor eggs, then of course a women's health needs to be taken into account.   Who am I to say who can have a baby and at what age?  Now would I want a baby at the age of 60?  No, I wouldn't, but I can't tell you how many grandparents I've met who, for one reason or another, are raising their grandchildren.  Somehow they manage, and the ones I've seen do a pretty good job of it.  What about the argument that you won't be around to see your children grow up?  Well...statistically speaking, women who have their first child over the age of 40 are four times more likely to live to be 100!

So, all of the naysayers out there who think there's some type of cut off to have a baby, mind your own business!!

Thursday, April 03, 2014

SPIRITUAL HELP TO GET PREGNANT

Spiritual Intervention To Conceive

I usually listen to talk radio since I'm pretty much at the age where I can't relate to any of the new music out there. One evening, while surfing through the AM dial, I stumbled upon a program called:  "The Other Side" with Steve Godfrey. Steve is a spritual medium who connects with those who have passed on. I listened to the program for a couple of weeks and then decided to call in one Saturday night. Amazingly, I got through and I spoke with Steve on air. One of the rules of the show is that you can't tell Steve who you would like to talk to so I just said I wanted to know if he had any "connections" for me.

The first thing he said was "I need to congratulate you on your new addition to the family". I was really taken by surprise since my daughter was under a year old at the time (and still very much a new addition). He told me how my deceased father had a hand in bringing my daughter into this world. He then went on to give me some accurate identifying information about my father to verify that it truly was him coming through. "Very interesting", I thought, because right before I got pregnant, I almost gave up. I screamed and shouted when I was home alone one day...about why I couldn't have a baby. I spoke to God, the universe, my deceased father, my deceased grandmothers, my deceased mother-in-law and the list goes on. After all of that, I finally felt at peace...if I couldn't have a baby, then so be it. Of course, two weeks later I found out I was pregnant with my daughter.

See also: www.getpregnantover40.com for more on getting pregnant over 40, vision boards and meditation and visualization

I never really felt much of a connection with either one of my parents especially my father - he pretty much was the provider for the family going to work every day and working out in the garden when he got home. But, interestingly I had many dreams about him after he passed away. They were so vivid and real...when I woke up, I had to re-orient myself that he wasn't alive. I hope he did have a hand in bringing my daughter into this world. Maybe what he couldn't give me in life he gave me after his death. Now that I'm older, I realize what I missed out on by not knowing him better. I hope we all will be reunited one day.

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