80 % of American society is afflicted with adrenal fatigue at some point in their life yet most are unaware of the problem. They simply know they don't feel well or perhaps symptoms lead them to explore other disorders; we do know that often symptoms denote multiple possibilities and sometimes overlap disorders.
What is adrenal fatigue?
Adrenal fatigue is simply the allowance of stressors to influence and perhaps take control over your life. Stress is a big issue in most people's lives and all too often the person has no idea how to deal with the stress. The result is adrenal fatigue as well as many other imbalances within the body, mind and spirit of the individual.
CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE ON ADRENAL FATIGUE AND INFERTILITY (getpregnantover40.com)
Monday, June 30, 2014
Friday, June 27, 2014
Boxers, Briefs or Snowballs for SpermI had to chuckle when I heard the name of this product, but it sounds like a great idea! The product is called "Snowballs" (click here for more information).
Snowballs are a special kind of underwear that have freezable gel wedges that supply the cooling power to the organic cotton. Apparently, men with fertility problems were found to have testes that were an average of one degree Celsius warmer than men without fertility problems. So instead of asking "boxers vs. briefs", getting to the source of the problem may be what is needed.
SEE ALSO: INCREASING SPERM COUNT NATURALLY (getpregnantover40.com)
Men's testicles may overheat for a number of reasons....everything from laptops to heated car seats and possibly their choice of underwear. Whatever the cause, even a slight increase in temperature can damage sperm.
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Fertility Yogurt Tastes Like Ice Cream!Here is a yogurt combination which I came up with myself when I wanted a healthy sweet alternative to ice cream. All of the ingredients either help fertility or substitute other harmful substances. I'm totally hooked and even though I'm not trying to conceive now, I still eat it every day.
Here is my recipe:
- 1/2-1cup Plain Unflavored, Unsweetened Yogurt (I use non-fat, but some sources claim that full-fat yogurt is better for female fertility )... CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL RECIPE AND VIDEO ON HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN FERTILITY YOGURT (getpregnantoverr40.com)
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Alkaline Vs. Acidic Foods for FertilityFirst the basics. Water has a pH (measured according to the potential of hydrogen scale) of 7.0. This range is considered neutral, as water is neither alkaline or acid. Any substance with a pH greater than 7.0 is alkaline, and any substance with a pH lower than 7.0 is acidic. For a human to maintain a proper balance, it is best to shoot for a range between 6.0 and 6.8.
The acid-alkaline balance of the blood must be stabilized via the food we eat and, as such, we must give the body a constant supply of potassium, magnesium, calcium, and sodium because these important minerals help neutralize the acid wastes that accumulate when we consume proteins, sugars, and starches.
Acid wastes can also be especially dangerous because they are believed to cause a variety of health problems and chronic diseases.
CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE ON ACIDIC VS. ALKALINE FOODS FOR FERTILITY (getpregnantover40.com)
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Jewelry Symbolism Can Help Fertility and Attract A BabyKokopelli, is an ancient fertility god but is still used to symbolize fertility today. You probably have seen this figure playing the flute with feathers on his head. Kokopelli originated in the Native American Culture and he is thought to carry unborn babies on his back which he gives to women. There are a number of other fertility symbols and gemstones which are thought to increase your chances of getting pregnant.
CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ABOUT FERTILITY SYMBOLS AND GEMS (getpregnantover40.com)
Monday, June 23, 2014
Endometriosis and FertilityEndometriosis can not only be a cause of pain and bleeding (outside the normal menstrual cycle), but it can also cause scarring and adhesions that lead to infertility. There are a number of natural treatments for endometriosis which I've written about on this blog and others. If you like tomatoes or tomato sauce, you may be in luck. The lycopene may help reduce the scarring of endometriosis.
CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE ON ENDOMETRIOSIS AND FERTILITY: HOW LYCOPENE AND OTHER NATURAL TREATMENTS MAY HELP (getpregnantover40.com)
Saturday, June 21, 2014
How To Treat A Thin Uterine Lining To Improve FertilityGuest Post By Dr. Spence Pentland
One of the major causes of infertility and IVF failure is a thin uterine lining, inadequate blood flow to the uterus, i.e. low uterine artery pulsatility index. Treatment to increase blood flow is essential to improving fertility and reducing chances of miscarriage. It should be noted that stress, lack of exercise, not enough rest, lack of joy, and certain foods all can inhibit blood flow to the uterus and ovaries. The following are effective treatments for a thin endometrial lining...
Acupuncture. An area of research, as well as my own experience, has shown extreme effectiveness with acupuncture and its affect on the increase of blood flow to the reproductive organs (uterus, ovaries, testis). This may very well be a primary reason that acupuncture displays benefit to women going through IVF fertility treatments in Vancouver. Simply, blood bring the medications to the ovaries and uterus, and if the flow is unimpeded, then more IVF medications arrive at their intended destination which results in better responses and positive outcomes.
Chinese herbal medicine. Many of the herbals in the Chinese medicine pharmacy have the effect of increasing blood flow to the reproductive organs. Many are said to 'quicken and invigorate blood'. Others 'nourish and build blood'. Science is now showing that many of these herbs have the identical physiological effects of Viagra (Sildenafil), a drug well known for its effect on erectile health. This drug, and the mentioned herbs, simply increase blood flow to the uterus, ovaries, and penis (causing erections) via the increase of Nitric Oxide release, a substance that dilates blood vessels.
SEE ALSO CHINESE MEDICINE AND AYURVEDA FOR FERTILITY (getpregnantover40.com)
Femoral massage. Perform from end of menses to ovulation or retrieval date if undergoing IVF. Do 2-3 times each leg (separately), 1-2 times per day. This massage increases the blood flow to the pelvic organs, providing more nourishment to the uterus and ovaries, testes and penis. Compress the femoral artery with your fingers, fairly heavy pressure will be required. When you feel the flow has ceased, hold for 30 seconds. The femoral artery can be located level with your pubic bone, just beneath the crease in your groin between your thigh and lower abdomen. The blood will then back up and increase the pressure gradient in the iliac arteries which forces more blood into the pelvic arteries. This floods the pelvic organs and genitals with more blood. When the hold is released, you should feel a sensation of warmth rushing down your legs as the blood supply returns to the lower extremities. Do not perform this exercise if you: are pregnant, are post-transfer during an IVF cycle, have high blood pressure, have heart disease or circulatory problems (aneurisms, varicose veins, phlebitis, thrombosis), have a history of strokes, or detached retinas.
THIS MASSAGE IS DEMONSTRATED IN THE FERTILITY BODYWORK DVD (getpregnantover40.com)
Castor Oil Pack. A castor oil pack is placed on the skin to increase circulation and to promote elimination and healing of the tissues and organs underneath the skin. It is used to stimulate the liver, relieve pain, increase lymphatic circulation, reduce inflammation, and improve digestion. Castor oil packs are made by soaking a piece of flannel in castor oil and placing it on the skin. The flannel is covered with a sheet of plastic, and then a hot water bottle is placed over the plastic to heat the pack. Castor oil should not be taken internally. It should not be applied to broken skin, or used during pregnancy and breastfeeding. METHOD: Place the flannel in the container. Soak it in castor oil so that it is saturated, but not dripping. Place the pack over the lower abdomen, above the uterus. Cover with plastic. Place the hot water bottle over the pack. Leave it on for 45-60 minutes. Rest while the pack is in place. After removing the pack, cleanse the area with a dilute solution of water and baking soda. Store the pack in the covered container in the refrigerator. Each pack may be reused up to 25- 30 times. NOTE: It is generally recommended that a castor oil pack be used for 3 to 7 days in a week to treat a health condition or for detox. best if the packs are used on alternating days for the first week. After that, usually the packs may be used on consecutive days from that point on. 30-60 min per use.
FOR INSTRUCTIONS ON MAKING YOUR OWN CASTOR OIL PACKS (WITH VIDEO), CLICK HERE (getpregnantover40.com)
Food. Here are a few dietary principles you can implement to help create a thick uterine lining; Avoid sour food when bleeding (yogurt, vinegar, pickles, grapefruit, currants, and green apples. Eat more blood nourishing foods when bleeding such as eggs, carrots, spinach, dates, & goji berries. Consume more blood invigorating foods when bleeding such as fish, ginger, cinnamon, and turmeric.
SEE ALSO: FOODS FOR FERTILITY (getpregnantover40.com)
Dr. Spence Pentland is a board licensed Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and certified Fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine. Since 2004 Spence has focused exclusively on the treatment of reproductive disorders in both men and women in Vancouver Canada. To book an appointment or for a free 15 minute phone consultation visit www.drspencepentland.com. He and his wife are also 'bringing sexy back to baby-making' with their new line of 'fertility friendly' men's underwear!
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Friday, June 20, 2014
How Reflexology Can Help With Trying to Get PregnantBy Michelle M Dufresne
If you are trying to get pregnant but are experiencing difficulty, reflexology is a holistic and natural therapy that can be of great benefit to help and comfort.
Reflexology can help to improve a person's fertility by directing the flow of energy where it is needed in specific reflex points. Reflexology involves manipulating pressure points in the feet in order to affect a corresponding area of the body. Energy pathways are unblocked, allowing the energy to flow freely as it should.
There are reflex points on the feet that correspond with the reproductive system in the body, and by manipulating these points imbalances that can lead to problems conceiving can be corrected.
How Reflexology Can Help Fertility
SEE ALSO: FERTILITY BODYWORK, HOW TO PERFORM REFLEXOLOGY ON YOURSELF IN THE PRIVACY OF YOUR OWN HOME (getpregnantover40.com) ______________
Reflexology can be helpful for reproductive system issues that can have an impact on a person's fertility such as:
Pelvic inflammatory disease
Blocked or damaged fallopian tubes
Stress related problems
Reflexology is great for helping relieve stress. It is very important to reduce stress if you are trying to increase your fertility and become pregnant. Stress can affect your ability to conceive. Whether it's issues worrying about becoming pregnant, stress from family/friends, job related stress, etc. Reflexology is known for being calming and relaxing.
Reflexology is great for balancing hormones, which can help with regular menstruation, relieving the symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome/endometriosis and promoting ovulation.
Reflexology and Conventional Medicine
If you are undergoing medical tests to find out the cause of infertility, trying a course of fertility drugs, or seeking out other treatments such as IVF, ICSI, GIFT, or ZIFT, reflexology can be of great benefit to you. This is because it is a holistic and natural therapy, and will not have an effect on the treatments you are undergoing or take in place of them. Reflexology can support your body physically and mentally. It will give you the strength that you need in order to ease anxiety/stress as well as give you the needed support. It will help give the treatment the best possible chance of succeeding.
A Personal Success Story
About 4 years ago I had a client couple a husband and wife coming to me weekly for reflexology treatments. The female client was a 30 year old (at the time) but wasn't experiencing any difficulties with getting pregnant. Her husband was in his 30's and he was told by a doctor that he would never be able to have kids due to his condition of varicocele which is a swelling of a vein in the scrotum. I had made a special aromatherapy blend for his specific condition to use and continued with the reflexology treatments. I got the call from his wife about 4 weeks into the reflexology treatments. She said she found out why she had been getting sick and it was because she was pregnant. I never felt such joy and happiness in my life before knowing that I had helped someone struggling and succeeding by giving them such a beautiful gift. It was very exciting and overwhelming.
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Michelle Dufresne,is a Certified Aromatherapist and Holistic Practitioner.Her training includes certification in Aromatherapy Massage, Foot Reflexology, Spa Therapies, Indian Head Massage, Hot Stone Massage and RainDrop Therapy.
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Thursday, June 19, 2014
There is so much information out there about what to do to enhance fertility. I am frequently asked, what are the top 5 things you would recommend. I've written thousands of blogs posts about enhancing fertility and if I had to come up with 5, here is what I would recommend:
- Eat fertility enhancing fruits and vegetables
- Reduce cortisol by reducing stress (since cortisol robs progesterone from your body)
- Perform pelvic massage to increase circulation and break up blockages
- Perform Meditation and Visualization to get your mind in sync with your body
- Examine your overall weight and pattern of exercise to create optimum health for pregnancy
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Caprice from Ladies of London Pregnant NaturallyI'll admit, I've been bitten by the "reality TV bug" as much as the next person. I haven't seen all of the "Ladies of London" episodes on Bravo TV, but I happened to be watching the other night. One of the characters on the show is over 40 model (and originally American) "Caprice". She is pregnant on the show, but she dropped the "bomb" that she was pregnant with two babies...just one in her belly. The other baby is being carried by a surrogate. As with many so called "infertile" women and couples, pregnancy can come as a bit of a surprise. From what I could gather from the show, Caprice was having trouble getting pregnant, hired a surrogate who conceived, and then she got pregnant herself naturally. I wish I had a dollar for every time I heard something like this happen. One of my good friends has an adopted daughter from China, got pregnant naturally half way through the adoption and wound up with two kids the same age. Then she got pregnant naturally again and currently has three kids. That's quite a few for someone who supposedly "can't have kids"!
SEE ALSO MY SURPRISE PREGNANCY AT 49 (getpregnantover40.com)
CELEBRITIES PREGNANT OVER 40 (getpregnantover40.com)
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Pregnancy Over 40 With YogaWhen I was trying to conceive, I had to evaluate what kind of physical activity was the best. In the past, I had been somewhat obsessive about working out.
I recall a time when I went to the gym every day of the week. I even went through a time back in college (many years ago!) when I worked out so much I stopped getting my period for a few months. Yoga is a good form of exercise when you're trying to conceive and I've included a segment on Yoga in my DVD See: Fertility Bodywork (getpregnantover40.com).
Here is an article that explains how yoga can help:
Yoga enhances the flow of energy through energy channels, which are part of the "chakra" system. Fertility yoga focuses on the second chakra, which is important for sexual health. It is located near the lower abdomen and groin and controls the reproductive organs and influences sensation, pleasure, sexuality and fertility. Most fertility yoga sessions focus on deep relaxation poses to reduce stress and to balance the body's hormones, as well as poses designed to increase circulation to the reproductive organs.
from: preconception weekly
Sunday, June 15, 2014
FATHER'S DAY: HOW MEN HANDLE INFERTILITYWe all know that it takes two to get pregnant and society is now recognizing the importance of fathers for families and kids. Single parent homes (which are usually headed up by women) generally have higher poverty rates and kids who perform lower in school and have more behavioral problems. I often forget how much my husband helped me through all the rough times...not just infertility, but also having a successful pregnancy and how my husband helped me through the fear that something was going to go wrong,
SEE ALSO: STRESS, INFERTILITY AND MISCARRIAGE (getpregnantover40.com)
I usually write about infertility and miscarriage from a woman's point of view. But in honor of Father's Day, there's another important piece of the puzzle and that is how your husband and your relationship is fairing through infertility. I recall when my husband and I were going through fertility treatments. I was on so many different fertility drugs and hormone shots that I was pretty much a raving lunatic. What do you expect when you are pumping yourself up with all those chemicals? My husband used to think PMS was bad...
Even after our failed IVF's when we decided just to try naturally, it was a rollercoaster ride every month. It would start around the time of ovulation where intercourse was mandatory (UGGGGHHH) and it would end with the anger and tears when either the pregnancy test was negative or I got my period.
Stay the course. Take care of each other. When that test finally comes out positive, you will know that it was all worth it. My husband and I also had to deal with recurrent miscarriage. But, even through it all, I just knew deep down that I would succeed (and that's probably why I did). When all is said and done, the rollercoaster ride won't seem so crazy, it becomes a distant memory. Let the hard times strengthen your relationship. When you celebrate Father's Day for real, your child/children will truly appreciate parents that 'kept it together'.
Friday, June 13, 2014
Ayurvedic Tips for Kapha SeasonGuest Post By Nicole Perriella
Based on ancient texts called the Vedas, Ayurveda is a comprehensive healthcare system from India. It is known as the "Science of Life." Ayurveda emphasizes the importance of creating and maintaining health through proper diet, daily and seasonal routines, appropriate exercise and lifestyle. Ayurveda is the sister science of yoga and utilizes the same techniques like asana, meditation and pranayama. Its focus is on preventing the imbalances that eventually lead to disease. Health and disease have two locations: the physical body and the mind. By taking proactive steps towards perfect health before symptoms appear, we can often prevent illness.
SEE ALSO: CHINESE MEDICINE AND AYURVEDA FOR FERTILITY (getpregnantover40.com)
In Ayurveda, an individualized, multidimensional approach is taken based on unique mind-body constitution. The doshas are the three energies that govern all the functions of the body. When a person understands his/her unique mix of the three doshas (vata, pitta, kapha), he/she can adjust diet and lifestyle accordingly to maintain balance and achieve optimal health.
Late winter and early spring are considered Kapha Season in Ayurveda. This means that we can adjust our daily lifestyle choices to find balance in body and mind. When one quality is present (for example, cold), we create balance by adding the opposite quality (hot).
Kapha dosha is dominated by the water and earth elements. If you mix water and earth, you create mud. It makes sense that kapha energy is heavy, sticky, lubricated, steady, cold and nurturing. Just like the fertile mud gives rise to beautiful plants and flowers, kapha energy stabilizes us for growth.
6 Tips for Kapha Season
1. Exercise every day! This is especially important for people with a Kapha-dominant constitution. Walking, swimming, biking, running and yoga are all good choices. Since we remove ama (toxins) through movement and sweat, this one tip will make a huge difference.
2. Add some spice to your life. Sprinkle cardamom, wasabi, cayenne, ginger, garlic, cloves, cinnamon, pepper and mustard seed on your food to add heat and spark agni, the all-important digestive fire. Foods that are dry, warm and spicy clear congestion and keep things moving.
3. Sip warm water. Warm foods and drinks are easier to digest and help keep us regular. Consider warm water with 1/4 tsp cayenne powder, 1 tbsp lemon juice, and 1 tsp raw honey for a detoxifying tea.
SEE ALSO: FOODS FOR FERTILITY (getpregnantover40.com)
4. Breath freely by using a neti-pot. Since Kapha dominates the chest and upper stomach regions of the body, it's wet and sticky nature causes mucus to get stuck. The neti-pot helps flush out mucus and seasonal allergens.
5. Favor light fruits like apples, pears, pomegranates and apricots. Avoid heavy fruits like bananas, avocado, pineapple, orange, dates and figs.
6. Declutter! Kapha-dominate people tend to collect things. This type of material "congestion" weighs us down. Instead, spend a few minutes each day recycling papers, donating clothes or cleaning things up. It will help you feel free and light in mind and body.
Incorporate these tips to breathe freely and enjoy balance during this beautiful season.
Nicole Perriella is an Ayurvedic Health Coach and Hatha Yoga Teacher at the Glow Natural Health Center in Seattle, WA. Through diet, lifestyle, herbs, yoga, meditation and pranayama, Nicole guides clients to correct imbalances to look and feel their best. She specializes in digestion, weight loss, anxiety, stress management, skin and sleep. Her writing has been featured on Seattle Seedling, Ayurveda Apothecary and Inner Glow. Find her at http://www.nicoleperriella.com.
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Thursday, June 12, 2014
Fluoride May Hurt Male Fertility and SpermFluoride is added to water to benefit our teeth to help prevent cavities, however it may be damaging the rest of our body - including our reproductive system. I have posted many articles over the years about the debate between tap water vs. bottled water. Even if you drink bottled water, you need to be careful about the source of it and be assured that it's not just bottled tap water. Here is an article about the effects of fluoride (even at low levels) on sperm:
SEE ALSO: IMPROVING MALE FERTILITY AND SPERM COUNT NATURALLY (getpregnantover40.com)
When given at high doses, fluoride has been found to damage virtually any tissue in the body, whether it be the thyroid
, the brain, or the reproductive system. On this, there is now little debate. What is still disputed, however, is whether low levels of fluoride can also cause harm. Towards this end, it will be important for researchers conducting animal studies in the future to put greater focus on low-level effects than has heretofore been the case. In 2007, two research teams did this, in separate investigations of how fluoride ingestion may affect sperm function.
The two studies examined the effect of water fluoride concentrations ranging from 1 to 10 ppm. Since rats and mice are significantly more tolerant to fluoride than humans, 1 to 10 ppm represents a notably low level of fluoride for these animals. It has been estimated, for example, that rats are 5 times less sensitive to fluoride than humans (Turner 1996), and thus a 4.5 ppm concentration would be roughly equivalent to 1 ppm for humans, while 10 ppm fluoride would be roughly equivalent to 2 ppm. It is striking, therefore, that these 2 studies found damaging effects of fluoride on sperm at these levels.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Trying To Conceive Over 40, Women and Men Should Avoid Too Much SugarWhere do we begin....sugar is bad on so many levels.
It has been blamed for everything from the obesity epidemic, and from my standpoint it harms fertility in both women and men. In women, the insulin resistance can disrupt hormones, and in men, according to this article it can harm semen. It is unclear whether its the sugar itself that causes problems or if it is the after effects of the sugar that is the culprit (i.e. high blood sugar, obesity, diabetes, etc.) Read more:
SEE ALSO: MALE FACTOR INFERTILITY: INCREASE SPERM COUNT (getpregnantover40.com)
The body also turns surplus sugar into fat and stores it around the vital organs, placing us at risk of liver and heart disease.
Some experts now believe excess sugar is behind the UK’s enormous rise in obesity.
There are also fears that high sugar diets and the spikes of insulin they trigger may fuel the growth of cancerous tumours, while other research has found that sugar may coat semen and damage male fertility.
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Folates vs. Folic acid supplements and fortification:If you are trying to get pregnant, you have no doubt heard about the importance of folic acid. Vitamin supplements should be the secondary way you get essential nutrients in your diet. Eating right should be the primary. I frequently come across articles which talk about how certain supplements don't absorb as well in your body. Eating foods that naturally have certain nutrients is always the best way to round out your diet. As this article explains, some supplements can actually accumulate in your system and become toxic.
SEE ALSO: FOODS AND RECIPES FOR FERTILITY (INCLUDING FOODS HIGH IN FOLIC ACID NATURALLY - getpregnantover40.com)
And therein lies the big problem with the nutrient known as B9. Folic acid, the molecule that is used to fortify our food supply, and is used in most studies and is in most vitamins is a man-made funny looking molecule, a fully oxidized, synthetic chemical compound It is what seems to cause all the mischief. It costs less and is more stable than the nature made form of this nutrient.
On the other hand, the nature made form or forms called “folates” do not seem to cause problems. This molecule is often found in foliage – dark green leafy vegetables, hence the name folate. This can enter your normal biochemical pathways and gets properly metabolized. The folic acid may not be converted or metabolized by the body increasing cancer and disease risk. The excess folic acid becomes oxidized and promotes free radical production and genetic instability leading to cancer and other disease.
Now it gets a bit more complicated. We are all biochemically individual and genetically unique and about 35% of us have a genetic variation in a gene called MTHFR that helps neutralize the folic acid. If this doesn’t work well, then more of the folic acid accumulates from the fortified food and supplements. Those who have this gene are at increased risk of colon cancer because they produce more pre-cancerous colon polyps. High dose folate supplementation in these people reduced their risk of polyps.(iv)
The good news is that you can take the nature made form of this nutrient – it is called methyl-folate (and there are a few forms of that too). This is what should be in food and vitamin supplements. Many contentious companies are now using only this form of the nutrient, but is more expensive.
Monday, June 09, 2014
How can reflexology help fertility and getting pregnant?Reflexology is an ancient art which uses points on the hands and feet to unblock energy circuits and balance the body. You may have seen the charts where the foot provides a map to the body. There are points on the feet which involve the reproductive system and when these points are manipulated, it may help a women's egg production and fertility. Many women and couples use reflexology in conjunction with traditional fertility treatments and for many, it improves outcomes. Reflexology is something you can perform on yourself. This is important to many women and couples because they've already spent quite a bit of money on fertility treatments and they don't want to spend more time and money going to a professional.
CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT REFLEXOLOGY AND "FERTILITY BODYWORK" (getpregnantover40.com)
Saturday, June 07, 2014
Pregnancy Over 40 Is Nothing New!I am frequently contacted by women around the world who have come across my blogs or website.
It never ceases to amaze me how intelligent and well educated my readers are! A women from the UK who is a real history buff cited some interesting facts and figures about fertility through the ages. Here is an excerpt from her email which I am posting with her permission. Read more:
When we decided the time was right to try for a baby, all the "doom and gloom" out there about plummeting fertility over 35 was not exactly inspiring and, although I concentrated on getting myself into the best of health beforehand, the ease at which I conceived actually came as a huge shock given the frame of mind I was in having consulted fertility doctors already. However, when I saw my normal doctor (as opposed to a fertility doctor) said that it really shouldn't have been any surprise at all, given that I am still extremely healthy and well within normal childbearing age! She said she has many, many naturally pregnant patients over 40. Sadly, a lot of these pregnancies are apparently unplanned and, given the media impression, you can hardly blame women for thinking that they can happily toss the contraception when they are over 40!
SEE ALSO: GETPREGNANTOVER40.COM FOR MORE STORIES OF PREGNANCY OVER 40, GETTING PREGNANT AFTER IVF AND FAILED FERTILITY TREATMENTS
One thing which has always interested me is that the media has a tendency to portray births to mothers over 40 as some kind of modern phenomenon made possible only through assisted reproductive techniques. Often, the finger is pointed at celebrity older mothers with an accusation they they must have used donor eggs. I believe this is a gross misrepresentation. Here in the UK, there were 26,419 births to women over 40 in 2008, hailed as a "record high" having nearly doubled since 1998. But let's take a step back! In 1938 there were 27,200 births to mothers over 40, at a time when our population was significantly less so that the birth rate to mothers over 40 was even higher. In fact, births to "older" mothers only really dropped with the introduction of the pill and access to abortion. Reproductive choice, rather than ART, seems to be the main factor driving the decrease and then increase in births to over 40 mums. The media never addresses this fact.
I also read quite a lot of history and one thing which has always amazed me is that women throughout history have given birth in their 40s with nobody batting an eyelid about it! Below I have listed a few examples. Unlike today's celebrities, nobody can speculate about whether these "older" mothers used ART or not!!
Eleanor of Aquitaine - wife of King Henry II of England. Born in 1122, she had numerous children, the last three arriving in 1162, 1165 and 1167, making her 40, 43 and 45.
Philippa of Hainult - wife of King Edward III of England. Born in either 1310 or 1311 (disputed but let's say 1311) she had her last child in 1355, making her 44 years old at the time.
Emma Darwin - the wife of Charles Darwin was born in 1808 and was considered a very elderly bride when she got married at nearly 31 in 1839! In those times, her age at marriage was considered far more peculiar than the ages at which she had her children. She produced 10 children in total, 4 of whom were born when Emma was in her 40s - in 1848, 1850, 1851 and 1856. Emma would have been 40, 42, 43 and 48.
Henrietta (Harriet) Countess of Bessborough - the younger sister of the more famous Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, scandalised society by taking a younger lover, Granville Leveson-Gower. Born in 1761, she bore him two children, the first when she was 39 but the second when she was 41. She subsequently made the decision to end the relationship and encourage him to marry and have a legitimate family of his own.
Queen Maria Carolina of Naples - sister of Marie Antoinette, Maria Carolina was born in 1752 and had children in 1792 and 1793 at age 40 and 41.
Marie Stopes - the contraception pioneer put her money where her mouth was when it came to advocating that women should be able to choose when to have children! Born in 1880, she gave birth to her only son Harry in 1924 when she was 44 years old.
Although she wasn't 40 I also had to laugh when I read of Queen Elizabeth of York's reaction to the death of her eldest son Arthur, leaving her husband King Henry VII with only a "spare" male heir (who became the future King Henry VIII). Henry VII was anxious for another "spare" and Elizabeth was quick to reassure him "we are still young" in terms of having more children. She was only 36 but these days she would have been put in her place with terrifying statistics of the plummeting fertility which apparently happens on a woman's 35th birthday! Back then, however, she just assumed she was still of childbearing age and, indeed, a couple of months after Arthur's death she was pregnant again. Sadly, like many women of the time, she died in childbirth at age 37.
There are many more historical births I could quote and more still if you count "older" mothers as being over 35. It also needs to be borne in mind that many women did not live to be 40 or were widowed by then. Furthermore, a lot of royal or aristocratic marriages which history focuses on were largely "arranged" and the parties often led increasing separate lives once they had had a few children so by them time a woman was 40 they were probably not "trying". In poorer families couples would often avoid sex to avoid the burden of yet another child. Thus, the opportunities or inclination to give birth over 40 were probably much lower in bygone times. But it still happened and, importantly, nobody thought of it as being uncommon!
Fertility doctors are, in my view, utterly ignorant of what can and does occur in the natural world. Their obsession with a woman's age causes a lot of distress and paranoia and it makes me angry - they will habitually blame a woman's age automatically for the slightest fertility issue even if there could well be other issues involved which could have caused fertility problems at any age. Furthermore, they are quick to offer fertility treatment based on age to women who may just need a little more time - I was told by a fertility clinic to come back "for IVF" if I had not conceived in 6 months, which is absurd. I also read a newspaper article recently profiling two women who had "left it too late" and it turned out that one of them had had severe endometriosis for years. As you and most other women know, this would always have caused fertility issues so this poor lady's problem was NOT "leaving it too late" but an actual medical condition!
Thursday, June 05, 2014
surprise pregnancy in woman over 40I have done a number of posts about women in their 40's who go through an entire pregnancy without knowing they are pregnant! It seems impossible, but it happens. TLC network has a show (old episodes can probably be watched online) called "I didn't know I was pregnant. A number of the cases they feature are women who are over 40 who thought they were too old to get pregnant! I found an interesting article about a 40 year old Scottish woman who unexpectedly became a mother. She had no idea she was pregnant and neither did her doctor.
SEE ALSO: GET PREGNANTOVER40.COM FOR MORE ARTICLES ON WOMEN GETTING PREGNANT OVER 40
According to the article, the doctors dismissed any chance of pregnancy and she was assured that her strange symptoms were because she was "just going through menopause". Apparently, even medical professionals need to be educated that women over 40 can still be quite fertile. Read more:
From the article:
Over the past nine months Liz Landymore has complained about stomach pains, feeling bloated and exhaustion, but was assured by doctors that she was going through the menopause. Her GP arranged a series of tests, including hormone checks and a brain scan, but dismissed suggestions that she might be pregnant.
She learned the truth two weeks ago when she experienced severe stomach pains at home one morning. Hours later she gave birth to a 7lb 13oz baby son at Forth Park Maternity Hospital, Kirkcaldy, Fife.
Wednesday, June 04, 2014
Fertility Over 40 and AyurvedaIf you've never heard of Kapha, Pitta and Vata, I'm sure you're not alone.
These "doshas" are energies found throughout the body and mind. They control all physical and mental functions.
The doshas come from the Five Elements. Vata is composed of Space and Air, Pita of Fire and Water, and Kapha of Earth and Water.
They are terms relating to Ayurveda. Ayurveda is considered to be a form of complementary and alternative medicine. It's origins are in India and it seems it's being practiced more and more as people want alternatives to the pharmaceutical options offered in western medicine. Here is an article about the Aurvedic view of fertility:
SEE ALSO: CHINESE MEDICINE AND AYURVEDA FOR FERTILITY (getpregnantover40.com)
The Ayurvedic view of the menstrual cycle:
Average menses are considered to be 4-5 days, moderate flow, moderate colour, no clots, no discomfort.
Kapha phase: End of bleeding until ovulation is a time of building the endometrium and increasing kapha. (Oestrogen is increasing).
Pitta phase: Ovulation until bleeding. (Progesterone is high and is secreted by the corpus luteum - prepares endometrium for implantation and breasts for milk secretion).
Vata phase: Apana vayu (the downward descending wind) pushes the menstrum down and out, therefore emptying the contents of the womb.
If there is any disturbance in these phases then they need to be balanced. The main problem with the female menstrual cycle is that the downward descending energy (apana vayu) is blocked. This causes all sorts of fluctuations from pain, bloating, dryness, anxiety, insomnia, scanty periods, irregular cycle, clots and infertility. The strategy is to first clear any obstructions and then to tonify with nourishing boosting herbs.
Tips to balance the menstrual cycle:
1. Ensure that there is no obstruction in the pelvic cavity; this means making sure you are not constipated and have no pain during ovulation or menstruation- use organic Triphala and organic Aloe vera to help with this.
2. Daily self-massage with warm organic sesame oil followed by a warm shower or bath. Focus on a clockwise abdominal massage for 5 minutes a day.
Learn more about abdominal self massage here (www.getpregnantover40.com)
3. Take organic Aloe vera juice throughout the cycle from day 7 until day 21 to cleanse and nourish the tissues.
4. Take organic Shatavari capsules to boost fertility and normalise menstruation.
5. Drink a tea made from organic fennel seeds, liquorice, saffron and fresh ginger.
6. Drink organic rose water regularly as it prepares the uterus for implantation.
7. If there are any menstrual irregularities try Pukka Herbs Shatavari Plus, which contains herbs that regulate ovulation and promote a healthy cycle.
8. Use the insight of Ayurveda into the phases of the menstrual cycle to promote your health.
Balance vata during the vata bleeding phase by relaxing, resting, staying warm and calm. Especially keep your abdomen warm and avoid the cold.
Balance kapha during the proliferative phase by eating nourishing soups that strengthen the blood and enhance ovulation- include beetroots, aloe vera, shatavari, nettles and whole grains in your diet.
Balance pitta during the last phase of the cycle by keeping off foods that might aggravate heat and stress in your body, i.e. coffee, chocolate, alcohol. Increase your yoga practice, have lots of warm baths and clockwise abdominal massage and increase organic Triphala and organic Aloe vera in your regime to keep the pelvic region uncongested.
excerpted from Infertility and Ayurveda
Tuesday, June 03, 2014
Having A Baby Over 50 Does Happen NaturallyI found this very interesting and encouraging article (link to the pdf below) about a women in Japan who married late in life, went through unsuccessful fertility treatments, but conceived spontaneously at the age of 50! Before the days of birth control (and assisted reproduction), women routinely got pregnant over 40 and some even over 50.
SEE ALSO: PREGNANT AT 49 (getpregnantover40.com)
The interesting thing about this article from the Tokai University School of Medicine is that they concluded that the anxiety, depression and other psychological effects of fertility treatments may have been a factor in her failure to conceive. Interestingly, they recommend stopping fertility treatments to achieve pregnancy in women with these psychological factors to achieve pregnancy! I certainly can relate to that. Read more:
A healthy woman, married at age 45, hoped to have their child without delay. She and her
husband subsequently decided to pursue in-vitro-fertilization and embryo transfer (IVF-ET).
In the succeeding year, ET was performed twice from four oocyte retrieval attempts, which
represented six ovarian stimulation cycles. Pregnancy was not achieved. Because of her poor
responses to ovarian stimulation, inferior oocyte grading and prohibition of donor oocyte
usage in Japan, the couple decided to discontinue further IVF treatment at age 48 years, 10
months. One and one-half years later, at age 50 years, 3 months she presented to our clinic
eight weeks pregnant. At term she delivered vaginally a 2740 g healthy infant at 38 weeks gestation;
Apgar scores were 9 and 10. During her pregnancy, she willingly participated in our
questionnaire designed to provide information about her psychological well-being during the
past three years. During the time spanning her treatment for infertility, anxiety, depression,
irritability, fatigue and grief were revealed to coexist with her high hopes of having a child.
After termination of infertility treatments these adverse psychological findings were markedly
lessened and her vigour was restored. Stopping infertility treatment might be a viable
alternative for achieving pregnancy in similarly psychologically-challenged infertile women.
How light and full spectrum light may help ovulationI've read on numerous occasions that the right combination of darkness and light can encourage ovulation. However, first of all, women need to be exposed not just to light, but the right kind of light. Full spectrum light is important to trigger ovulation and other hormonal changes that can encourage a pregnancy. I've often heard that women who go on vacation are more likely to get pregnant. This could be for a couple of reasons. First, they are more relaxed, and second, they are in the sun more.
SEE ALSO: SHORT MENSTRUAL CYCLES AND HOW TO LENGTHEN AND REGULATE YOUR CYCLES (getpregnantover40.com)
From the article:
At the Bronx Zoo curators credit full-spectrum lighting with helping the tufted puffin, a shy sea bird, survive in captivity. Under the influence of "indoor sunshine," the puffins, for the first time, laid eggs that hatched.
Strange things happened in Burnett Park Zoo in Syracuse, N.Y., when sunlight-simulating lights were installed in an effort to stop vandalism. "The zoo became a veritable maternity ward," said director Charles T. Clift.
"The cougars fell in love all over again and produced their fourth litter, we collected five goose eggs, at least 8 lambs were born, and the deer population increased by 20. Big Lizzie gave birth to a bear cub. The wallaby produced a new mini-kangaroo and the chimpanzee got pregnant."
Phillip Hughes Ph.D., a scientist at Duro-Test Corp., North Bergen, N.H., said the Syracuse zoo's experience is just one example of the effects of natural-like light. Hughes is a vice president at Duro-Test, the firm that makes the most widely used full-spectrum fluorescent light, Vita-Lite.
A specialist in neurological sciences, physiology and psychology, Hughes said. "Light is definitely a nutrient. It is essential to life and the whole endocrine system. Light has a role in triggering hormones.
"Vitamin D is synthesized by ultraviolet in the skin. Vitamin D receptors help proper bone development and prevent development of rickets. Vitamin D facilitates the absorption of calcium.
"Under light not closely approximating the sun, one study found calcium absorption dropped off in the elderly in the indoors in winter. But those under full-spectrum lighting had an increase in calcium absorption."
In an upcoming book on holistic medicine, produced with funding from the National Institute of Mental Health, Hughes says: "Along with food, air, and water, sunlight is a most important survival factor in human life. Solar radiation activates other important biochemical events in our bodies involved in endocrine control, timing of our biological clocks, entrainment of 24-hour circadian rhythms, immunologic responsiveness, sexual growth and development, regulation of stress and fatigue, control of viral and cold infections, and dampening of functional disorders of the nervous system."
He said the last two or three generations are the first to have spent three-fourths of their lives under artificial light. "We do not fully know the effect," he said.
Monday, June 02, 2014
Trying To Conceive With Fertility Drugs Adds Much StressI recall a time when we were going through fertility treatments with shots. We decided that we did not want to share our struggle with infertility with family or friends . I had to get my shot at the same time every night. One night, we had company and we had to get the medication out of the refrigerator. Since our company was right there, we made some crazy excuse about my cat needing shots. Then we had to get my cat, go into the bedroom and pretend like we were giving the cat a shot! Not only can ovarian stimulation drugs be dangerous, but women who undergo treatment with these drugs not only have stress from the infertility itself but the drug regimen adds even more stress (that's probably no surprise to most of us). As the article mentions below, women tend to worry about whether or not they're taking the drugs correctly and they have to work their life around injection schedules. Read more:
SEE ALSO: HOW STRESS LEADS TO INFERTILITY AND MISCARRIAGE (getpregnantover40.com)
From the article:
While female patients having IVF or ICSI consistently describe high levels of stress associated with the procedure, study results reported this week indicate how stressful the ovarian stimulation can be and what a negative impact it may have on day-to-day activities. Indeed, the psychological burden associated with the whole IVF treatment program - especially the long course of daily hormone injections - has its own impact on everyday life quite distinct from concern about fertility or the outcome of treatment.
The findings come from a study (in France, UK and USA) of how the ovarian stimulation part of IVF and ICSI affects patients. This pre-egg collection phase may last from two to six weeks and currently requires at least one hormone injection each day, usually self-administered at home. Patients interviewed in the study described the timing of injections as a "major convenience issue", requiring considerable coordination with work, social life, spouse and children. Problems with the storing and transporting medications, mixing medications, and the disposal of needles were frequent.
While the doctors interviewed in the study understood that patients do worry about being able to self-inject correctly, they underestimated how many of the women believed they had made mistakes with dosages, taken the wrong medications and/or used incorrect self-injection techniques.
Sunday, June 01, 2014
Trying To Get Pregnant - Are Menstrual Cramps A Sign Of Problems?While I was trying to conceive, I read a number of articles about what constitutes a normal period and how to regulate and lengthen menstrual cycles. I have always had a little pain on the first day of my menstrual cycle, but some sources say that pain with your period isn't really normal. Through my research, I identified a group of hormon-like substances called prostaglandins. Some of these are good and some are bad. In terms of getting pregnant and avoiding miscarriage, there are things you can do to encourage your body to manufacture the good prostaglandins. Read more:
SEE ALSO: HOW ENDOMETRIOSIS CAN CONTRIBUTE TO MISCARRIAGE (getpregnantover40.com)
From the article:
The lining of your uterus releases special substances called "prostaglandins." These substances increase the contractions and can cause nausea and lightheadedness. When you are having regular menstrual periods, or when you are ovulating (when your ovaries release an egg each month), your body releases more "prostaglandins".
"When you have your menstrual period, you may get mild to bad menstrual cramps or pain in your abdomen or back. You may also have nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, a headache, or lightheadedness. Some or all of these problems may start a day or two before your menstrual period and last for part of or all of your menstrual period. Menstrual cramps are caused by contractions of your uterus as the blood leaves your uterus.
from: Menstrual Cramps (www.alternativemedicines.tv)
If you've been diagnosed with PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), you probably know that it can cause a number of problems including infertility.
PCOS Can Be Treated For Infertility
However, there are things you can do to help with this condition--some things involve dietary changes. Read more:
SEE ALSO: FERTILITY FOODS AND MY ENTIRE SERIES ON ENHANCING FERTILITY WITH DIETARY CHANGES (getpregnantover40.com
Role of Insulin in PCOS
Exactly why and how PCOS develops is not quite clear. Most experts, however, now agree that insulin plays a major role. Insulin is a powerful hormone that is released by the body's pancreas in response to eating food—especially carbohydrates. It transports sugar out of the blood and into muscle, fat, and liver cells, where it is converted to energy or stored as fat. Many women with PCOS have insulin resistance. This means that the process of getting the sugar out of the blood and into the cells is defective—the cells are "resistant" to insulin. The pancreas must secrete more and more insulin to get sugar out of the blood and into the cells. High levels of insulin or hyperinsulinemia, can wreak havoc in the body, causing any or all of the following conditions: polycystic ovaries, weight gain and/or difficulty losing weight, increased risk of heart disease by increasing LDL and triglycerides, decreasing HDL and increasing clotting factors.
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