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Thursday, April 30, 2015


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Monday, April 27, 2015


Conception and implantation can be a very confusing subject....there is an orchestration of events that must occur for a successful pregnancy.  Factors that determines whether or not a pregnancy will progress include not only when the egg is fertilized, but also the day it implants.  Read more:


Fertilized eggs attach themselves to the lining of the womb six to 12 days after ovulation, the research shows. In most successful pregnancies, that implantation -- the real start of pregnancy -- occurs on day eight, nine or 10 following ovulation. Day eight appears to be the most successful.

 "The risk of early loss was strongly related to the time of implantation," the authors wrote. "Early loss was least likely when implantation occurred by the ninth day (13 early losses among 102 pregnancies, or 13 percent) rising to 26 percent (14 of 53 pregnancies) when implantation occurred on the 10th day, 52 percent (12 of 23) on the 11th day and 82 percent (9 of 11) with implantation after day 11.

Thursday, April 23, 2015


Pregnancy Over 40 and Ovulation

Here is an interesting article in it's entirety about how women can get pregnant at times other than the traditional "ovulation time".  See guest post below.

Did You know Women Can Be Fertile Twice a Month?

Guest Post By Nadia MacLeod

It's true... and it's all because of the moon.
Most women watch their menstrual cycles and are taught that their prime time to fall pregnant is during mid cycle or biological ovulation.
What they might not know is that the moon can trigger ovulation and bring on fertility at any time during the menstrual cycle including before, after or even during your menstrual period. It all depends on what phase the moon was in when you were born.
The moon has been linked to female fertility for thousands of years. In fact, the ebb and flow of the moon is responsible for the spawning, mating and birthing behaviour of many creatures on our earth. So really, why should we humans be any different?
Intuitively, women have always understood that the moon, their menstrual cycles and fertility are intimately connected. In folklore and ancient traditions the connections between the three are taken as fact.
Consider the following:

  • A healthily fertile woman's menstrual cycle runs its course in about twenty-nine days, one lunar cycle.
  • A standard healthy pregnancy runs for 42 weeks or 10 lunar months.
  • The relationship between the moon's cycles and menstruation is so basic that our words, 'menstruation', 'moon' and 'month' all come from the Greek word for 'measure of time.'


Recent scientific research has revealed how the moon plays its part in female fertility. They have discovered that the production of the hormone Melatonin is controlled by the amount of moonlight reaching the eye.
The Body Clock, which is also responsible for our sleep / wake cycle, responds to the levels of moonlight reaching the eye to produce varying amounts of Melatonin. These Melatonin changes tell the ovaries, through other hormones to develop the egg at the beginning of the menstrual cycle and to release the eggs at mid cycle, so ovulation will occur.
When we all lived in huts or caves without artificial light, women generally bled on the new moon and ovulated and gave birth on the Full Moon. That's just the way it was.
But as humankind has embraced artificial light, the female fertility clock has been disturbed. Women now ovulate and give birth at any time during the lunar month. This means that women now have two fertility cycles to work with.
The truth is that the FULL Moon still exerts a powerful influence on women even if they were not born under that phase.
Many women find that they do in fact ovulate with the full moon. But if they were not born under the full moon phase then they will have a SECONDARY LUNAR fertility pattern that can and does trigger spontaneous ovulation.
Remember the moon's trigger effect is increased by two factors - stress and sexual intercourse. That is, if you are having sex during your lunar fertile time, the chances of ovulation being triggered and conception occurring increase.
This can come as quite a surprise to many people and can be very worrying for women who are not looking to get pregnant.
Being aware of lunar fertility and synchronising you biological cycle to your lunar cycle can be beneficial for many women.
For example:

  • if you are trying to avoid pregnancy it is essential to know when your natal lunar fertile time occurs so you are prepared with appropriate contraception.
  • if you are trying to fall pregnant, synchronising your cycle maximises your chance of falling pregnant at your fertile time, and
  • if your menstrual cycle is irregular then using the moon can be a simple, non invasive technique to help you get regular again.
About The Author: Nadia MacLeod is the founder and creator of the ultimate menstrual web resource Quite simply, our aim is to provide you with information, products, and an alternative viewpoint about menstruation so that you can feel great about being a woman every day of the month!
Copyright 2006 - Nadia MacLeod.
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Monday, April 20, 2015


I'm so pleased to announce the new edition of my book which is currently available through my website.  This new edition has been years in the making and,the paperback and ebook are both now available.  I have included new research which has been conducted and published since my original book was written and there is more encouraging information to share.

Click here to read the updated Table of Contents and chapter summaries:

Friday, April 17, 2015


Pregnancy Over 40, Sperm Health with Saw Palmetto

I have frequently seen saw palmetto in health food stores, but didn't really know what it's used for.
According to this article, it may help male fertility in a number of ways. Read more:

I. Definition saw palmetto is a popular form of the fruit of Serenoa repens extract and has been used in traditional medicine in the treatment of kidney and reproductive problems.

II effects such as saw palmetto
1 male infertility. Phytoesterol
Phytoesterol is the group of secondary plant compounds that help reduce cholesterol in the blood, not just heart disease but also help to prevent blood flow to the reproductive effect of increasing the quality and increase sperm motility. 


Fatty acids
Saw Palmetto contains a high content of essential fatty acids, which is important for the liver in the metabolism of lipids and proteins, thus balancing the production of certain hormones, including testosterone production, which is vital in the production of sperm quality and count increase.

3 kidney 

TCM believes in balancing the Yin and Yang Qi in the kidneys and the protection of renal function Jing, he not only helps toxins from the body through the urine extraction, but also renal function normalized in regulating the production of growth hormones, steroids, testosterone, including, in increasing sexual desire and performance in sperm quality.


 5-alpha reductase
5-alpha reductase is an enzyme produced only in certain tissues of the human body of male and presented in abundance, as men age. Researchers found that saw palmetto inhibited to the level of 5-alpha reductase, which helps to increase testosterone production, so the risk of libido and sperm count.



It was shown that saw palmetto for benign prostatic hyperplasia, leading to an improvement in symptoms and urinary flow to the kidneys remove toxins and deal with reducing the risk of aids to help kidney-yin-yang imbalance that the production of reduce sperm quality and increases the risk of poor ejaculation. 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015


Carbonated Fertility Tea Is a Good Alternative To Soda Pop

I think there is a concensus of opinion that soda pop isn't good for your general health and diet soda may even be worse.  But, if you're anything like me, you like carbonated beverages.
See My whole series on foods for fertility at
  There's something very refreshing about them.  Years ago, I decided to make a healthy alternative to drinking soda.  Here it is:

Brew your favorite tea I use half decaf and half regular, half green half black tea.  If you're trying to conceive, you might want to consider a "fertility blend" (link below.)

  1. Brew your favorite tea - stronger than usual because  you will be diluting it
  2. Chill overnight
  3. Pour into glass half full
  4. Add Stevia  sweetener to taste (considered one of the safe alternatives to sugar)
  5. Add lemon juice to taste
  6. Add carbonated unsweetend seltzer...this adds the fizz
  7. Enjoy!
Fertility Tea Recipe (



Saturday, April 11, 2015


Omega 3 Fats Are Beneficial To Sperm

I keep hearing about all the benefits of Omega 3 fats in your diet.  There is research showing that saturated fats are bad for sperm.  On the other hand, men should be consuming omega 3 fats like those found in fish.

 According to this study, these beneficial fats may help sperm. Although this study was done in mice, omega 3's have so many other health benefits, it probably would be a good idea for men trying to conceive to add these fats in their diet. Read more:


URBANA – According to a University of Illinois study, omega-3 fatty acids may be good for more than heart health. A little-known omega-3 may have implications for treating male infertility.

"In our experiment, we used 'knockout' mice that lacked the gene responsible for an enzyme important in making docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). In the absence of DHA, male mice are basically infertile, producing few if any misshaped sperm that can't get where they need to go," said Manabu Nakamura, a U of I associate professor of food science and human nutrition.

"We looked at sperm count, shape, and motility and tested the breeding success rate, and the mice lacking DHA simply were not able to breed," said Manuel Roqueta-Rivera, a U of I doctoral student who also worked on the study.

In the DHA-deficient knockout mice, sperm counts were extremely low. The sperm that were produced were round instead of elongated and they were unable to move well, he said.

But, when DHA was introduced into the diet, fertility was completely restored. "It was very striking. When we fed the mice DHA, all these abnormalities were prevented," he said.

This is the first time that the importance of DHA to male fertility has been shown this directly, although some studies have suggested that male fertility patients with low sperm counts and less motile sperm tend to have low levels of this fatty acid.

The DHA study is part of the Nakamura team's efforts to understand the function of the omega-3 and -6 fatty acids. As part of that work, they have developed a mouse model to help them understand a particular fat's physiological role. By knocking out genes, they can create deficiencies of the fats they are interested in and learn about their functions.

Wednesday, April 08, 2015


When I was trying to conceive, I was worried about the quality of my tap water, although I never had it tested, I bought bottled water and tried to get fluoride free water.  Fluoride is added to community water in most areas, but it has been associated with declining birth rates and hypothyroidism.


This articles explain more:

Findings We found that higher levels of fluoride in drinking water provide a useful contribution for predicting prevalence of hypothyroidism. We found that practices located in the West Midlands (a wholly fluoridated area) are nearly twice as likely to report high hypothyroidism prevalence in comparison to Greater Manchester (non-fluoridated area).

Interpretation In many areas of the world, hypothyroidism is a major health concern and in addition to other factors—such as iodine deficiency—fluoride exposure should be considered as a contributing factor. The findings of the study raise particular concerns about the validity of community fluoridation as a safe public health measure. 

Monday, April 06, 2015


Can Chiropractic Help Women Over 40 Get Pregnant?

I never tried chiropractic when I was trying to conceive, however, there does seem to be evidence that it can help fertility especially for women over 40 who may have had more stress on their body.

Chiropractic care operates on the belief that the nervous system is the center of your bodily functions.  However, it makes sense that if your body has nerve or circulation blockages, your reproductive system will be affected. Read more about research on how chiropractic could help fertility:

The 12 studies in the series found that chiropractic had positive results regardless of the woman’s age, number of years infertile, previous medical intervention or health history including miscarriages, blocked fallopian tubes, amenorrhea, colitis, or trauma.


The first in the series, “Insult, Interference and Infertility: An Overview of Chiropractic Research,” reviewed 14 retrospective articles on the possible effect of spinal problems on fertility. All of the women in these studies were found to have vertebral subluxations – misalignments and/or related problems of the spine that interfere with how the nerves work. These problems in the spine can be corrected by chiropractors with painless adjustments to the affected spinal area.

The stress histories of these infertile women included – but were not limited to – previous motor vehicle accidents, childhood falls, blocked fallopian tubes, scoliosis, and work stress that affected both mind and body. All of the women became pregnant after their subluxations were detected and corrected.

Among the cases cited in the first JVSR study was that of a 32-year-old infertile woman who had not menstruated for 12 years. The woman had undergone a number of medical infertility treatments, but still could not conceive. After two months of chiropractic care, with attention on adjustments in the lumbar region, her menses started and after regular cycles for four months, she became pregnant.

In explaining how chiropractic adjustments could affect fertility, Madeline Behrendt, D.C., associate editor of JVSR and lead researcher of this project noted, “Essential to all processes of life is the nervous system, which perceives the environment and coordinates the cellular community’s biological response to the impinging environmental stimuli. It is reasonable to consider that a system that is properly functioning to its potential may resist destructive forces more successfully and with less damage.”

Friday, April 03, 2015


I've written before about how important it is to get your required sleep if you're trying to conceive. Here is an article from Psychology Today that talks about some of the reasons why sleep is so important, especially if you've tried everything else:


From the article:

• Missing your required number of sleep hours a night can impact your ability to conceive.
• The average woman (30 to 60 years old) gets only 6 hours 41 minutes of sleep during the work week, according to the National Sleep Foundation, when she really needs 7 to 9 hours.
• Sleep has a powerful influence on the body's hormonal system, which controls a woman's cycle and regulates ovulation.
• Too little sleep leads to low leptin levels, the hormone responsible for appetite and which can impact ovulation.
• Insomniacs have a significantly higher level of the stress hormones cortisol and adrenocorticotropic, both of which can suppress a healthy fertility cycle.

Wednesday, April 01, 2015


Pregnancy Over 40 Is Possible Even With High FSH

Many women over 40 who want to conceive "live and die" by their FSH numbers.  Fertility doctors frequently recommend donor eggs if women have an FSH over 10.
When I ran an infertility support group, there were some women there who were told they needed to consider donor eggs (interesting to note, all of these women were under 40).  Two of the women who were told to consider donor eggs got pregnant naturally (one got pregnant twice naturally).  As you can see, monitoring FSH is not an exact science.  The number can fluctuate and women do get pregnant even with high FSH.  Sometimes, high FSH can actually make women more fertile because their body's FSH rises which causes them to make even more follicles than normal.  I actually know a woman who conceived (and carried to term) triplets naturally at the age of 45.  This happened long before fertility treatments were the norm, but I imagine that her FSH was high causing her to ovulate 3 eggs at once since they are fraternal.

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