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Friday, January 30, 2015

THE PITFALLS OF CLOMID FERTILITY DRUG

Many women who are trying to conceive are given Clomid (Clomifene or clomiphene) for the first round of treatment.  The drug is typically taken for 5 days and is started around the 5th day of your menstrual cycle.  It works by stimulating the pituitary gland to make reproductive hormones to stimulate ovulation.  When I was trying to conceive, we tried Clomid without any other interventions for a number of cycles.  When that didn't work, we tried Clomid along with inseminations.  We did not get pregnant.  At that time, I was not aware of the research about how Clomid can actually hurt your chances of getting pregnant because of its affect on your cervical mucus.....

CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE ON CLOMID SUCCESS RATES AND SIDE EFFECTS (getpregnantover40.com)

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

STUDY SHOWS STRESS INFERTILITY CONNECTION

This isn't groundbreaking research, but it certainly is worth repeating...a recent study showed that women can regulate their cycles with therapy to reduce stress.  The part of the article that I could relate to was that these "go getter" women look very "pulled together" but their self worth depends on achievement.  That was me back when I worked in the corporate pressure cooker.  If you would have asked me if I was stressed out...I would have said "no".  When I finally left my job, I looked back at my day to day existence and I couldn't believe how crazy my life really was!

SEE ALSO: STRESS, INFERTILITY AND MISCARRIAGE (getpregnantover40.com)

From the article:

The therapy was designed to give women a better sense of perspective and improved self-worth to help cut stress levels. But Professor Berga said it did not involve telling women to 'pull themselves together'.
'This population actually looks very well pulled together,' she said. 'They don't report stress. They say everything is just fine. It may be the fact that the people who say everything is fine are the most stressed.
'They have unrealistic attitudes about themselves and others and think they can get more done in the day than is realistic, and their sense of worth depends on achievement.'
'We know that lifestyle factors can influence the menstrual cycle'
Twenty weeks later the researchers found 80 per cent of those given therapy had started ovulating again compared with 25 per cent in the other group. Two months later two of the women became pregnant.
Professor Berga said that although the study involved women whose monthly cycle had stopped, the findings may apply to other women who have fertility problems which are harder to discover because they still menstruate.

Monday, January 26, 2015

LAW OF ATTRACTION AND GETTING PREGNANT


I heard about something called "The Law of Attraction" about 20 years ago. Since then, I always try to take responsibility for my thoughts and my actions because what I put out "there" directly affects what comes back to me. "The Secret" brought this whole concept mainstream recently. Here is an article that discusses not only the Law of Attraction, but it also talks about how to "allow" what you what into your life:

Allowing and the Law of Attraction
By Wendy Betterini


As we learn more about using the Law of Attraction consciously in our lives, we become masters at visualizing, affirming, and attracting what we desire. We learn how to infuse our desires with emotion and power, we learn how to raise our vibrations through joyful thoughts and align ourselves more fully with the circumstances we want to bring about.

However, most of us forget one crucial step in the process: allowing. Allowing is a multi-faceted phase in the creation process, and it can be confusing for those of us who haven't had much exposure to the concepts.

In generations past, hard work was a way of life. In some cases, it was the ONLY way of life. Like many of you, I come from a long line of hard workers: Maine lobstermen and fishermen, lighthouse keepers, factory workers, seamstresses, midwives, housekeepers, and public servants. My ancestors were proud of their ability to roll up their sleeves and put in a hard day's work to keep food on the table and clothing on their children's backs. Hard work was simply a fact of life, not something to be resented, just something that must be done, like breathing or sleeping when the sun went down.

SEE ALSO: MEDITATION AND VISUALIZATION (getpregnantover40.com)

Through the examples of my forebears, I was taught that nothing comes freely in life. If I want something, it's up to me to put my nose to the grindstone and work for it. This isn't a bad thing, and I don't want to diminish the accomplishments of those who paved the way for us.

However, the more deeply we delve into Law of Attraction principles, the more we realize that there is another way. Some would call it a better way, but let us see it simply as an alternate path to a similar destination. What is this alternate path? ALLOWING.

As we just covered, action is needed at the beginning stages of conscious creation. We know we need to visualize our desires, affirm our belief in a new reality, raise our vibrations (thoughts) and come into alignment with the end result so it can manifest in our lives. What most of us do then is take further action to encourage our new circumstances to form physically. We might work harder to make more money, or we might join a dating service to meet the partner of our dreams. There is nothing wrong with these actions, except the belief that we need to "do" anything to make our desires manifest.

That's where allowing comes in. What if, after we've visualized, affirmed, and expressed our desires to the universe, we simply let go? What happens then? Most of us are under the impression that nothing would happen. Ah, but we can ALLOW the universe to manifest exactly what we desire. That's the beauty of the Law of Attraction. We don't HAVE to make things happen, we can simply allow the universe to deliver our desires fully formed and neatly wrapped in a beautiful package with a bow on top.

So how do we allow? There are three key parts to allowing:

1) Let go of the "how." This seems to contradict the creation process, because isn't the whole point to control the outcome? It may seem so at the beginning, but as most of us go along, we eventually realize that the more we try to control the outcome, the less circumstances seem to work in our favor. By consciously letting go of HOW the universe will manifest our wishes, we affirm that our desired outcome is already a done deal. There's no need to beg, manipulate, or control the situation because it already exists in perfect form. We simply need to let go and trust that the universe will deliver it to us in the most beautiful and beneficial way possible.

2) Let go of the "when." This is one of the most difficult things to do because we want what we want right NOW. We don't want to wait for divine timing or anything else. Unfortunately, our very impatience can delay the process. Why? Because by wanting it right now, we place emphasis on the "wanting." Remember, we create what we focus on the most! If we focus on wanting, we create more want. By affirming that our desires will manifest at exactly the right time, we automatically focus more on trust and faith. We believe that our deepest heart's desires are on their way to us, and guess what happens? They come more quickly.

3) Appreciate. It can be hard to appreciate what we have when we're not happy with our lives, but once again, it's all about what we focus on and what we attract. The more appreciative we can be about our existing circumstances, the more we will attract things to appreciate. If you have to, start with something small and obvious. Each morning when you awake, say something like, "I appreciate the opportunity to live another day. I appreciate the bed I slept in all night. I'm grateful that I can take a hot shower and put on clean clothes today." As you go about your day, take a moment to appreciate everything you can, no matter how small and insignificant it may seem. Over time, this puts you in a gratitude mindset and will begin to attract more and more things to appreciate - and more often than not, those things continue to get bigger and bigger the more you keep up with this practice.

So, does this mean that we never have to work hard again? We can just sit back and "allow" the universe to give us everything we want? Yes, and no. There is one more important point that ties in to the concept of allowing, and that is taking inspired action. Occasionally, after we have expressed our desires to the universe and we've begun "allowing" them into our lives, the universe will provide a way for US to bring about what we want, rather than simply plopping it into our laps fully formed.

In this case, we will usually feel a nudge in a certain direction. We might be inspired to start a business, buy a lottery ticket, attend a lecture, read a particular book, or any number of other actions. If we act immediately on these nudges, circumstances usually shift and opportunities appear. These opportunities usually create an opening that can help us to manifest our desires simply and easily, and often quickly.

However, remember that inspired action shouldn't be painful or difficult. It should feel wonderful and inspiring. You will feel excited about it, and eager to do it. That's how you can tell whether you are being inspired to take a particular action, rather than feeling like you "have to" do it in order to get what you want.

Simply let go, relax, and allow the creation process to unfold exactly as it will. If you feel inspired to act, act. If not, just trust that the universe has your highest good in mind. Believe that, and let it guide your every step!

Wendy Betterini is a freelance writer specializing in self-improvement and personal development concepts. Visit her website, http://www.WingsForTheHeart.com for free articles on positive thinking, goal-setting, self-esteem, personal growth, and more.

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

HOW DOES MACA IMPROVE FERTILITY?

How Maca Can Help You Conceive

I've heard on and off about a plant called "maca".  Maca is related to the radish and has ingredients like phytonutrients, amino acids, vitamins and fatty acids.  It is a cruciferous vegetable (like cabbage) which have endless health benefits.  Maca is believed to support your adrenal glands and balance hormones in both in and women.
Read more:

...Today, maca's popularity is very much on the increase, as people discover that the plant really does boost libido, sexual function and overall energy. Acreage in Peru dedicated to Maca cultivation is increasing every year to meet demand, and a number of scientists have turned their attention to the properties of the root. In Peru, maca is used by men and by women who want to put more fire into their sex lives. And in the U.S., Europe and Japan, dietary supplements containing maca are gaining ardent devotees...

SEE ALSO: FOODS FOR FERTILITY (getpregnantover40.com)

...Arizona physician Gary Gordon, M.D., former president of the American College for Advancement in Medicine, is also a maca supporter. "We all hear rumors about various products like maca. But using this Peruvian root myself, I personally experienced a significant improvement in erectile tissue response. I call it nature's answer to Viagra.

What I see in maca is a means of normalizing our steroid hormones like testosterone, progesterone and estrogen. Therefore it has the facility to forestall the hormonal changes of aging. It acts on men to restore them to a healthy functional status in which they experience a more active libido."...

from healthdiscovery.com





Thursday, January 22, 2015

INOSITOL FOR FERTILITY AND GETTING PREGNANT

You may never have heard of inositol but it is sometime classified as one of the B vitamins, but  it is naturally found in cell membranes.  Vegetables and fruits that are sources of  inositol are cabbage, beans, legumes, seeds, nuts, cantaloupe, bananas, raisins, oranges and other citrus fruits, among many others.  Inositol has been found to help with ovulation in some studies.  It is also thought to be very beneficial to women with PCOS.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE ON INOSITOL (MYOINOSITOL) FOR FERTILITY (getpregnantover40.com)

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

PROLACTIN AND INFERTILITY: NATURAL SOLUTIONS

Have you been told you have high prolactin?  Prolactin in a hormone produced by your pituitary gland and is is most commonly known as the hormone responsible for producing milk in lactating women after birth,  However, there are times when this hormone may be elevated outside of pregnancy.  It can happen in both men and women and can be a cause of infertility.  There are underlying medical conditions (like tumors) that can cause hyperprolactinemia and there are also prescription medications that can contribute to the condition.  So, it is important to see a doctor as medical treatment may be necessary.  However, there are also natural ways to deal with this condition.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE ON PROLACTIN, INFERTILITY AND NATURAL WAYS TO DEAL WITH THIS CONDITION (getpregnantover40.com)

Sunday, January 18, 2015

PREGNANCY ENVY, JEALOUS OF OTHER PREGNANT WOMEN

Just admit it...we've all been there - jealous of another woman's pregnancy. I remember this happening many times...especially with women who took their pregnancy for granted. Their "flip" attitude about how they're having another one because they want a girl, or comments like "I'm showing so early this pregnancy, I already can't fit into my clothes". These seemingly innocent remarks cut through you like a knife. You want to give them a piece of your mind, but of course you have to smile and suck it up. This article talks about how pregnancy envy is totally normal and how to deal with it:

SEE ALSO: SHARING INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR INFERTILITY (getpregnantover40.com)

From the article:

The guilt-envy cycle
While you’re trying to conceive, you might not only feel envious of someone else’s pregnancy, you might also feel guilty about that envy. “There’s a sense of guilt that goes along with feelings of envy toward another’s joy,” says Suzanne Kavic, M.D., director of reproductive endocrinology and infertility services at Loyola University Health System near Chicago.

So how do you escape these feelings? First, realize that feeling envious doesn’t make you an ogre. “It’s a perfectly natural emotion,” says Dr. Kavic. Just because you feel jealous doesn’t mean you’re a bad person. Be honest about your feelings, though, and talk about them with someone you trust. Just don’t obsess over them, cautions Dr. Kavic. “It can lead to depression.”

excerpted  from conceiveonlinecom

Thursday, January 15, 2015

FISH OILS TO HELP FERTILITY IN MEN AND WOMEN

Omega 3's In Fish Oil Can Help You Get Pregnant

Fish oils have become a regular supplement in my diet. It seems like they are a miracle cure not just for infertility but a number of other inflammatory health disorders.
This article focuses on how omega 3's can help male fertility and there is another link at the bottom which explains the benefits for women as well:

From the article:

Essential fatty acids and cholesterol make up a large part of sperm cell membranes. And over 60% of the fatty acids are DHA, which is an omega 3 fatty acid found in fish oil. [Molecular Human Reproduction, Vol. 4, 111-118]

SEE ALSO: FISH OILS TO PREVENT MISCARRIAGE (getpregnantover40.com)

And research shows that men with a male fertility problem have a much lower level of DHA in their sperm cell membranes compared to fertile men.

So, DHA has a significant effect on the health and viability of sperm.

The amount of cholesterol in sperm is another telltale sign of infertility. The more cholesterol present, the more infertile he is. Some scientists believe this is caused by low fatty acids in the sperm. [Biology of Reproduction, vol. 59, 7-11]

Here's why. When there's not enough good fatty acids present in a man's body, cholesterol takes its place in the sperm membrane. This keeps the sperm from ever maturing properly.

In other words, low fatty acids cause a man to be shooting blanks.

But there's more trouble on the horizon. Immature and abnormal sperm cells create free radicals, which cause the oxidation and destruction of any normal healthy sperm cells. This also increases male infertility. [Current Medical Chemistry, Vol. 8, 851-862]

So, fish oil omega 3 fatty acids for a male fertility problem are a perfect match.

excerpted from:  www.the-fertility-acupuncturist.com
Here's another link which explains how fish oils can help women with everything from painful periods, getting pregnant and staying pregnant:

nih.gov

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

COULD ADRENAL FATIGUE BE CAUSING INFERTILITY?

Adrenal fatigue is a term describing your adrenal glands inability to meet the demands of stress on your body.  The adrenal glands help your body respond to stress (this can come in the form of physical stress, emotional stress, the stress of illness, surgery, or the stress of major life events).  If the demands of stress are too high, you may be experiencing some of the following:

  • Do you crave sweets or salty snacks?
  • Do you have a constant feeling of being overwhelmed and tired?
  • Does it take you a long time to get over illnesses (colds, flu, etc)
  • Is it impossible to get up in the morning (even when going to bed early or at your regular time)?
  • Do you always feel tired during the day
  • Do you have a surge of energy later in the day or evening (after 6)?
If you are experiencing some or all of the above, it may mean that you are suffering from "adrenal fatigue".  If you are trying to conceive, of course this can be a problem.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE ON ADRENAL FATIGUE, SYMPTOMS, FERTILITY AND HOW TO RE-BALANCE YOUR BODY (getpregnantover40.com)



Sunday, January 11, 2015

PREGNANCY OVER 40: THE REAL RATE OF BIRTH DEFECTS AND COMPLICATIONS


When I was trying to conceive over the age of 40, I was bombarded with all of the dismal statistics about pregnancy complications over the age of 40. That's assuming I could get pregnant over the age of 40 which, if you believe everything you read, is harder than winning the lottery.  Well, lets set the record straight.  Pregnancy outcomes, birth defects and other complications are not that much higher in women over 40 than the general population.  Statistics can be stated in a number of different ways to make them appear worse than they are...

CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE ON PREGNANCY COMPLICATIONS, MISCARRIAGE AND BIRTH DEFECTS OVER THE AGE OF 40 (getpregnantover40.com)

Friday, January 09, 2015

INFERTILITY: IF ALREADY STRESSED, EXERCISE MAKES IT WORSE

Before I was trying to conceive and in our initial year of trying to get pregnant (before going through fertility treatments), I must say I was a bit of an exercise addict.  I can't always say it did it for my health, I usually did it to maintain my weight and figure.  On top of a fairly rigorous exercise program (that was the days of high impact aerobics), I was also working in a corporate pressure cooker job.  I felt like I was dodging bullets all day...when one problem was resolved, a worse problem would take its place.  From the company's standpoint...the more hours I put in, the better.   Because of my busy schedule (and being away from home most of the day) I didn't always eat right.  I would grab a bite to eat between meetings and wolf down my lunch and I would eat a not-so-healthy dinner after my exercise class.  Wow, what a recipe for disaster...and infertility.

SEE ALSO: STRESS, THE MOST OVERLOOKED FACTOR IN INFERTILITY (getpregnantover40.com)

Well...come to find out...exercise coupled with high stress may make infertility worse.  According to this article,  exercise for an already stressed-out body only adds to the problem.  Most people think that exercise lowers stress, but at some point you need to deal with the underlying cause of the stress to make a positive change in your health and fertility.  Read more:

Q. Then you did a similar study in which two groups of women — one group with normal ovulation, the other group with stress-related amenorrhea — exercised almost to their full potential. What did you find?
A. We saw that if you are stressed when you start exercise, your body reacts differently than if you are not chronically stressed and exercise. Not only does it appear that exercise was more stressful for already stressed women, but certainly exercise did not help them lower their stress hormones, which is of course one reason people take up exercising...

...Ideally, it would be good for doctors and patients to understand the link between stress and fertility so that they would know when to offer some sort of intervention. For instance, cognitive behavioral therapy is a relatively simple and inexpensive 16-week program that sometimes removes the need for expensive and risky infertility drugs and procedures. 
from nytimes.com 

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

EFT TAPPING TO GET PREGNANT

When I was trying to conceive, I came across and article in my local newspaper about something called "Emotional Freedom Technique" or "tapping".  EFT is a form of  acupressure, based on the same energy meridians used in traditional acupuncture.  Since I was trying to conceive at the time, I wondered if there was any way it could help me get pregnant.  I had suffered so many miscarriages and so may disappointments that I was sure that the constant failure may be created some type of mental block to having a successful pregnancy.
Some refer to EFT as psyochological acupressure  because it helps to clear out emotional negativity.
While you are doing the tapping, you also repeat positive affirmations to clear out negative thoughts and blockages from your body's energy system. 

CLICK HERE TO READ HOW EFT CAN HELP YOU GET PREGNANT (getpregnantover40.com) 

Monday, January 05, 2015

SURPRISE PREGNANCIES AT 42, 44 AND 46!

Well, there you have it!  Here is a story of a woman who thought she was hopelessly infertile because she couldn't seem to get pregnant in her younger years.  But....some older women seem to have a surge in their fertility in their 40's.  This is probably because their FSH may rise.  FSH is your follicle stimulating hormone and it tends to rise as your body is trying harder to produce follicles.  Although fertility doctors consider this to be a bad thing...it can create a window of opportunity to get pregnant in older women.  Read more:

SEE ALSO: 49 AND PREGNANT (getpregnantover40.com)

Life was just returning to an even keel when, in September 2011, a bombshell struck: I was pregnant again. We'd barely come to terms with the news when my 12-week scan revealed two little hearts beating - it was twins. Here I was, a woman who'd spent nearly 20 years trying for a baby, having two at once.
It seemed ungrateful not to be ecstatic but I admit I worried. I was 46 and Bernard was 64 - four babies in five years would be tough on any parents, let alone ones our age
from dailymail.co.uk
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Saturday, January 03, 2015

TRYING TO CONCEIVE OVER 40: TOO MUCH NEGATIVE INFORMATION

Pregnancy Over 40, Trying To Conceive Over 40, Many Women Keep It Secret

When I was trying to conceive over the age of 40 I kept it totally "under wraps". It's hard to find people that are supportive of women over 40 who are trying to conceive.  All you hear are dismal statistics and how "selfish' older women are for want this basic part of life.

 Most people just don't get it - especially if they had their kids when they were young. They look at all of the issues they had to deal with and they can't imagine starting that all over again (although I've heard from many women who have grown kids and want to get pregnant again).  The thing is that if you raise your kids right (as older women do), they're easier to raise!

SEE ALSO: PREGNANY OVER 40 (getpregnantover40.com)

Doctors and even alternative health professionals can be discouraging about getting pregnant over 40

Members of the medical community of course are the worst and reproductive endocrinologists are no exception. This is one reason why I developed my own "pregnancy protocol" that didn't involve paid professionals. I wanted to be in charge and I didn't want anyone, no matter how educated, to get in my way or "mess up my mind". I recall a time when I was thinking about acupuncture. I called around and found an acupuncturist who supposedly specialized in fertility. I had just turned 43 and was brought to tears after she bluntly told me my chances were slim to none - those weren't her exact words, but that was the message(she went on to say that even if I got pregnant, with my history of miscarriage, I would probably deliver prematurely). Even though I was tempted to call her up after I conceived naturally and had a perfectly normal pregnancy and delivery, I should probably thank her for saving me a lot of money when I had it in me all along to succeed (Just for the record, I have nothing against acupuncture--even though it wasn't part of my pregnancy protocol, I've read a number of articles on how it can help you conceive).

Pregnancy Over 40:  Look at the positive information out there about getting pregnant over 40

Here are a few tips I've learned along the way:

- Be careful who you talk to. Only share your information with those who will be uplifting and supportive. Look past the negative and see the positive. I remember when I was a kid, and my mother was saying something I didn't want to hear, I would humm and plug my ears. I practically did the same thing when I ran into people or those in the medical community who only had bad things to say.

-Be careful what you read. There's plenty of naysayers out there - read success stories or books/articles that show how others "beat the odds". Surrounding yourself with others' success will help you attract your own.

-Know that anything is possible. I wish I had a dollar for everyone that I've heard say, "If I can get pregant, anyone can!"

-Remember that you are in control of your body and your mind. Stay the course and do not let others derail you.

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