Fertility Jewelry With Healing Stones

Fertility Jewelry With Healing Stones
Fertility Jewelry With Healing Stones

Tuesday, June 30, 2015


Getting Pregnant Over 40, Raise Your Vibration To Tap Into The Universal Power

 I've written before about the law of attraction and how you will attract what you desire when you have a high positive "vibration".  If you are trying to conceive and your are in a constant state of disappointment because you are not getting pregnant, you create a vicious circle that spirals downward.
Babies are pure positive energy - you need to raise your vibration to attract one into your life. At the risk of sounding a bit "new agey"....I must say it works.  Here are some tried and true ways I change my vibration:

  • Listen to your favorite music, this can be done anytime (while driving, walking, at home or at work).  I prefer upbeat music that is a bit faster pace.
  • Take a walk outside, if you can, remove your shoes to connect with the earth's energy (there are actually studies that show that connecting with the earth can heal and improve well-being)
  • Start a gratitude journal.  Appreciate all the positive aspects of your life, this will help you to attract more of what you want.
  • Practice visualization and meditation.  When I was trying to conceive, I constantly would daydream about my future child.  I would find myself smiling when I did this.  (see more about visualization and meditation here.)
  • Prepare your favorite meal or try a new recipe.  Cooking can be a very creative art.  I always love to make up my own dishes and make them with healthy ingredients.
  • Don't let yourself get too hungry.  It's hard to be in a good mood when your body is craving food.
  • Find an opportunity to help others.  When I was trying to conceive, I ran an infertility support group.  It was really a relief to focus on helping others rather than myself. 

Sunday, June 28, 2015


Basal Temperature Charts Measure Thyroid Function As Well As Ovulation

Guest Post By Judy Ford

Basal temperature is frequently measured by women wishing to discover when and if they are ovulating normally. Women also use this to discover the best time to have sex and there are various products that promise success.
Keeping a basal temperature chart can be a very informative exercise and is a far cheaper alternative than expensive hormonal tests. Strangely enough, although it is so 'low tech' the humble temperature chart can reveal a great deal more useful information than many laboratory tests. One of these outcomes is the diagnosis of previously unsuspected thyroid problems. Despite being quite common, thyroid disease can often remain undiagnosed for many years and can be a source of general health, psychological and reproductive problems. Clinicians other than Endocrinologists seem to be generally tuned out to the possibility of thyroid problems despite its prevalence and importance.
Women suffering from thyroid problems have reduced fertility. The thyroid gland is the controller of our metabolism and its normal functioning is critical to the health of our bodies. In some ways we can think of the thyroid as the conductor of the orchestra of the body, in the sense that it sets the correct time and rhythm. One of its critical functions is to control body temperature. Low thyroid function is characterized by tiredness, weight gain, feeling the cold, depression, slowed reflexes, coarsening and dryness of the skin and deepening of the voice especially when tired.
My first experience of diagnosing hypothyroidism (low thyroid function) happened thirty years ago when I was asked to counsel a woman who was both infertile and depressed. She had been receiving treatment for her conditions from both a psychiatrist and fertility specialist. When she arrived I noticed that she had a large goiter and asked who was treating her thyroid problem? She in turn said "What thyroid problem"? Neither specialist had observed this most obvious symptom because it was not in their area of specialization!

See also the Fertility Shop for more information on pregnancy and fertility

Another case came when I was jointly advising an infertility client with a naturopath. In this case I observed low temperatures on the basal temperature chart and asked whether the thyroid function had been tested. The naturopath had no idea that these low temperatures indicated a thyroid problem so was pleased that we had shared the information as a learning experience.
Low thyroid function can be caused by iodine deficiency, which is correctable by supplementing the diet. If the temperature is only slightly low and no other symptoms are present then the condition might be cured by eating seaweed and eating Sushi is a great way of doing this. However low thyroid function is often the result of an inherited autoimmune condition called Hashimoto's thyroiditis and must be treated with medication by a Specialist.
It is important to recognise the early signs of thyroid disease as it can lead to both infertility and miscarriage. When a woman is hypothyroid it is still possible for her to become pregnant. If she does, maternal antibodies against the thyroid can cross the placenta and destroy the baby's thyroid gland. Babies affected in this way are born with hypothyroidism, which causes a condition known as cretinism. If not treated at birth, the child will have deformed growth and mental retardation.
The other extreme of thyroid disease is the overactive thyroid. The symptoms are loss of weight, feeling hot, profuse sweating and eyes that appear to be about to pop out of their sockets. This is a potentially very dangerous illness and needs immediate treatment. However it is not usually picked up in basal temperature charts.
Dr Judy Ford is an internationally respected geneticist who has undertaken considerable research into the causes of miscarriage, causes of infertility and birth defects. Her research has shown that most problems are preventable through changes to healthy lifestyles and healthy habits. More information can be found on her websites http://www.ez-fertility.co.uk and http://www.itsnatural.com.au.
Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Judy_Ford

Thursday, June 25, 2015


 Uterine Scarring May Hurt Fertility

I did have a few D and C's after my miscarriages, and it always worried me to be undergoing this surgery.
 The instrument used almost resembles a coat hanger and if it's hard to believe the many women don't walk away with some scarring. This article talks about "Asherman's symdrome" which can cause infertility if not treatted. Read more:

From the article:

SEE ALSO: D&C AFTER MISCARRIAGE (getpregnantover40.com)

MICHAELA KHATIB was told by eight different doctors that she would never have a second child after developing Asherman's syndrome (AS).

Nine years later baby Jasmine proved them wrong.

Schoolteacher Michaela, 40, mother to Jasmine, now 22 months, as well as 10-year-old Emily, campaigns to raise awareness for this little-known condition which often goes undiagnosed and leaves women fearing they are infertile.

It is believed that as many as 3,500 UK women develop AS each year but only a tiny percentage are diagnosed and even fewer receive treatment.

AS is caused when scar tissue forms in the womb following a surgical procedure such as a caesarean section or a D&C (dilation and curettage), which is carried out after a miscarriage or to remove a retained placenta or to terminate a pregnancy. 



Sunday, June 21, 2015


Varicocele Explained

Most people aren't familiar with the term "varicocele", however, according to the article below, it can be a very common cause for infertility in men.
 Here is a good article which explains what a varicocele is as well as other causes of infertility or subfertility in men:


Myth 3. Varicoceles don't cause infertility
The most common cause of male infertility is varicocele. A varicocele is an abnormal dilation of the pampiniform plexus of the internal spermatic vein and is typically identified on the left side. This condition has been found to be a contributing factor in up to 40% of cases of primary and up to 80% of cases of secondary male subfertility. Varicoceles have also been identified in up to 15% of the general population (14).

In the healthy state, the intratesticular temperature is maintained at several degrees below body temperature by means of a countercurrent temperature system. The spermatic arteries are surrounded by the multiple veins of the pampiniform plexus. The warm arterial blood is cooled by convection from these veins. Varicoceles are thought to increase the intratesticular temperature through the loss of venous valvular function. This leads to pooling of the warm blood in the testis, thus causing altered spermatogenesis, Leydig's cell dysfunction, and subsequent infertility (15).

Diagnosis and treatment
Diagnosis of a clinical varicocele is usually made by physical examination, with or without the aid of Doppler ultrasound. Diagnosis and treatment of subclinical varicoceles (those identifiable only by radiographic means) remain controversial (16). Several operative and nonoperative treatment options are available. Nonoperative therapy includes transvenous ablation with use of thrombotic agents (17). Traditionally, surgical repair of a varicocele is performed by an inguinal (18), a retroperitoneal (19), or a subinguinal approach (20).

The primary indications for treatment of a varicocele are (1) male subfertility, usually detected by abnormal findings on seminal fluid analysis, although abnormal function or morphology may be the only evident factor; (2) adolescent testicular growth retardation that is persistent during a 6-month observation period; and (3) intractable pain that is not attributable to other intrascrotal causes. Although some controversy remains about the utility and effectiveness of repairing varicoceles, most investigators agree that treating a varix in a subfertile male improves seminal parameters and yields higher pregnancy rates than does no treatment (21).

It was originally reported that varix size did not affect the improvement seen postoperatively (22), but more recent reports have contradicted this finding (23). Furthermore, in two studies (24,25), morphology of the sperm as judged by Kruger's criteria (26) was increased by varicocele repair.

Myth 4. It's cheaper to proceed directly to assisted reproductive techniques
In a study of treatment costs, Comhaire (27) examined the cost per delivered baby for various treatments of subfertility. Varicocele repair was found to be the least expensive option ($1,700 per delivery), as compared with intrauterine insemination (IUI; $2,566 per delivery) and IVF ($11,667 per delivery with intracytoplasmic sperm injection [ICSI] and $18,333 without). 

 from: ayurveda.nz.wb

Thursday, June 18, 2015


Trying To Have A Baby Over 40 With High FSH

Most people who are trying to conceive probably know all about FSH (FSH stands for "Follicle Stimulating Hormone").

What we're usually told is that the higher the FSH, the lower the chances you will conceive (under 10 is usually considered workable - but read on...)

I'm frequenty asked what my FSH was when I conceived my daughter. My answer is "I don't know" because I had discontinued fertility treatments and I never had it tested after my initial "work-up" when I was 38. I'm glad I didn't have it tested again...it probably would have served no purpose but to discourage me. I'm sure my FSH had gone up - but maybe that's why I got pregnant!


Click Here For More Information:

I found this interesting article about how older women are more likely to have twins because their FSH is higher:


Thursday, June 11, 2015


Pregnancy Over 40, Do Not Ask If You've Considered Adoption

I mean no disrespect to those who are considering adoption or to those who have already adopted.
 It's just that when I was trying so hard to get pregnant, if someone said "have you considered adoption?" it was absolutely devastating. First of all, I never considered adoption. It's not because I have anything against it, it's just that I had already been on such a roller coaster ride of ups and downs with infertility and miscarriage, I couldn't even imagine starting a whole new process of paperwork, social workers, home visits, and a birth mother. I just wanted to smack whoever said "have you considered adoption"?

Ok, enough ranting, it's just that when you're certain that you can succeed in getting pregnant, having someone suggest adoption is a slap in the face. It's almost like they're telling you that you need to move on and "give it up". I kept my struggle with infertility and miscarriage very private for this very reason. I didn't want unsolicited advice. One person who suggested adoption to me was a physician assistant who I saw after one of my miscarriages. She was a quite rough around the edges and bit of a loose cannon. There I was grieving my lost pregnancy and instead of saying something truly consoling, her adoption comment left me feeling like I was at the end of the road. I never went back to that clinic and I now always insist on seeing a doctor, not a PA.

Anyway, I should mention that I've known many people who have happily adopted. I know people who've adopted older children, I known people who've done foreign adoptions, and I've seen many open adoptions where the birth mother is very much a part of the child's life. It can work beautifully. It's just that considering adoption needs to be your decision. Every person/couple struggling with infertility knows that adoption is an option. I guess most people who ask if you've considered it just want to help. Let them know that you understand your options and you'll arrive at your own decision when the time is right.

See also the Fertility Shop

Tuesday, June 09, 2015


Fertility Treatments Over 40 - Mishaps

I recall back when I was going through fertility treatments before I embarked on my all natural journey to pregnancy.
 We tried medications, inseminations, and IVF. I never really understood what I was getting myself into until after it was over. One of the scariest moments was when we tried intrauterine inseminations to increase chances of conception by by-passing a less than friendly vaginal/cervical environment.

I went in for my insemination after my husband gave his "donation". After signing into the doctor's office, I waited and waited. The receptionist kept giving me these weird looks and after I waited an hour and a half, the doctor himself called me into his office. He sheepishly told me there was a "mix up" in the lab and they had to cancel my insemination. The nurse jokingly says, "We wouldn't want a baby that doesn't look anything like you, now would we?" I sat there somewhat stunned, thinking "EXCUSE ME??? You mean to tell me my husband's sperm is floating around in the wrong pipette? And even worse, some other guy's sperm was in my pipette?!" Well, in their defense, at least the lab technician admitted to the error. I really could have had someone else's baby.


SEE ALSO: DO YOU REALLY NEED IVF OVER 40 (getpregnantover40.com) 

In retrospect, all of this really does make me think about all of the things that can happen when you fool with mother nature. I know that some couples have no choice but to undergo fertility treatments, but it is a little worrisome that you really never know what's going on in the lab. Everything is microscopic, if something gets mislabeled.....it's all over (or you could have a major dilemma the rest of your life). The same holds true for couples undergoing IVF or donor cycles. Check out the clinic ahead of time. Ask what safeguards their lab has in place. Better yet, try the natural route. Even though it doesn't have a 100% success rate, it has 100% accuracy.

If you do an internet search on "IVF Lab mix-ups" you will find many stories like this one.

Wednesday, June 03, 2015


The BBT method of monitoring fertility has been used for many years by women who either are trying to conceive or by women an couples who are trying to avoid pregnancy.  It reminds me of a joke I heard,
Question: What do you call people who use the rhythm method?
Answer: Parents!
Well the reason that joke came to be is that there is some truth about the unreliability of the BBT charting method.  Of course, I look at this from the standpoint of trying to conceive rather than trying to avoid pregnancy, but either way, this method has a number of pitfalls.  First and foremost, when you take your temperature, what you are looking for is an increase which shows when you have ovulated.  That's the biggest problem with this method.  Many studies have confirmed that you need to have intercourse BEFORE ovulation.
This article has moved, see the Fertility Shop

Monday, June 01, 2015


Watch out for those “bad” carbohydrates.  I’m sure you’ve already heard that you should avoid many of the processed “white foods”.  These foods break down easily and raise blood sugar.  This raises insulin levels which could increase the level of male hormones produced by the ovary.  This ultimately could result in ovulation irregularities.  One study found: “total carbohydrate intake and dietary glycemic load were positively related to ovulatory infertility”.[1]  On the other hand, “good” carbohydrates are digested more slowly.  These include darker breads, beans and vegetables.  The glycemic index ranks foods based on how they affect blood sugar or glucose.  Foods that are high on the glycemic index quickly raise blood sugar and insulin.

 SEE ALSO: FOODS FOR FERTILITY (getpregnantover40.com)

So what type of carbs should you be eating?  
Here is a guide with some common foods from the American Diabetes Association[2] (GI stands for glycemic index and the lower, the better):

100% stone-ground whole wheat or pumpernickel bread
Oatmeal (rolled or steel-cut), oat bran, muesli
Pasta, converted rice, barley, bulgar
Sweet potato, corn, yam, lima/butter beans, peas, legumes and lentils
Most fruits, non-starchy vegetables and carrots

Whole wheat, rye and pita bread
Quick oats
Brown, wild or basmati rice, couscous

White bread or bagel
Corn flakes, puffed rice, bran flakes, instant oatmeal
Shortgrain white rice, rice pasta, mac-n-cheese from mix
Russet potato, pumpkin
Pretzels, rice cakes, popcorn, saltine crackers
Melons and pineapple

[1] AChavarro, J. E., Rich-Edwards, J. W., Rosner, B. A., & Willett, W. C. (2009). A prospective study of dietary carbohydrate quantity and quality in relation to risk of ovulatory infertility. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 63(1), 78–86. doi:10.1038/sj.ejcn.1602904
[2] Glycemic Index and Diabetes. (2014, May 14). Retrieved March 7, 2015, from http://www.diabetes.org/food-and-fitness/food/what-can-i-eat/understanding-carbohydrates/glycemic-index-and-diabetes.html

You May Also Be Interested in these products from my website:


The material provided on this blog and products sold on associated websites are for informational purposes only. The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this site and/or products sold on this site. We also provide links to other websites for the convenience of our site visitors. We take no responsibility, implied or otherwise for the content or accuracy of third party sites.