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Thursday, May 28, 2015

SUCCESS TTC NATURALLY BETTER THAN ASSISTED REPRODUCTION?

Trying To Conceive Naturally May Be Best

Wow, I thought this article was talking about me. Apparently, according to this study, fertility treatments may actually decrease your chance of conception! Maybe that's why I started getting pregnant naturally when I "threw in the towel". Read more:

Researchers from the Center for Reproductive Medicine in Amsterdam tracked approximately 500 couples that had an "intermediate" chance of spontaneous conception -- about 30 to 40 percent -- for six months. The group was split into two subgroups: The first was given intrauterine insemination (IUI) treatment -- which involves insertion of sperm into the woman's uterus while the woman takes drugs to stimulate greater egg production -- while the second group tried to conceive naturally.n

Taking into account the miscarriage rate of 31 percent among the IUI treatment group, and the 15 percent rate in the natural conception group, researchers concluded that overall, 34 percent of the natural conception couples experienced successful pregnancies, compared to the 29 percent success rate in the IUI group.

See Also, Why Clomid May Hurt Your Chances Of Pregnancy (www.getpregnantover40.com)



The study's lead researcher, Dr. Pieternel Steures, says that the fertility treatment does not greatly benefit the particular category of couples in the study, and recommends couples in similar situations opt for the "do-nothing," natural approach to conception.

Couples considering IUI treatments should take into account that the therapy comes with side effects and higher mortality rates for both mother and child versus natural conception, and has been shown to increase the chances of multiple births, which can be a physical and financial strain.

Non-conventional treatments for infertility include Traditional Chinese Medicine, which uses acupuncture to boost the circulation, function and energy flow of reproductive organs.


from: naturalews.com

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

PARSLEY FOR FERTILITY AND MENSTRUAL CYCLES

Getting Pregnant Over 40, Try Parsley For Regular Cycles

When I was trying to conceive, I juiced quite a few vegetables in my juicing machine.
 I included parsley since it was a little more difficult to eat it right from the stems. Parsley is usually used as a garnish, and believe it or not, some people wouldn't dream of eating it!  Parsley has quite a few health benefits - including regulating your menstrual cycle. Read more:

It is also believed that parsley when consumed daily can help to regulate menstruation cycles, balance hormones and in general helps to build a stronger, healthier immune system. One of the things that makes parsley so effective at helping to improve health is the fact that this vegetable can easily be included as part of your diet without making big changes in your eating habits.

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See Also: My Series On Foods For Fertility(www.getpregnantover40.com)

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Adding fresh parsley to soups, stews and salads is simple and easy. You can also use frozen or dried parsley and there are parsley supplements available as well. Since parsley is all natural and is grown in abundance it is neither expensive nor difficult to purchase. Considering all its health benefits, it simply makes sense to include parsley as part of your daily diet. It is one of the simplest ways to protect and improve your health. 


excerpted from:  www.benefitsofparsley.info

Saturday, May 23, 2015

PAPERBACK NOW AVAILABLE, YOU CAN GET PREGNANT OVER 40 NATURALLY

I am excited to announce that the new expanded edition of "You Can Get Pregnant Over 40, Naturally" is now available as a paperback (with free shipping in the USA).  It was previously only available as an ebook while the new edition was being printed. This new 2015 edition cites over a hundred research articles not only on ways to help you conceive, but also on overcoming miscarriage. I have had quite a few inquiries so it couldn't come soon enough!  Click on picture for more information on how to order:

http://www.getpregnantover40.com/purchasehardcopy.htm


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Thursday, May 21, 2015

HERBS BETTER THAN FERTILITY TREATMENTS?

I did not take a lot of herbs when I was trying to conceive, however, I do know a number of women who did and succeeded in becoming pregnant. This interesting article talks about how one study found that herbal treatment may have higher success rates than tradition fertility treatments. Read more:

SEE ALSO: TOP 5 HERBS TO GET PREGNANT (getpregnantover40.com)


Study methodology
The study examined abstracts in English of studies investigating infertility, menstrual health and TCM. Researchers then did meta-analyses of (non)randomised controlled trials (RCTs) or cohort studies and compared clinical pregnancy rates achieved with Chinese herbal medicine versus Western medicine drug treatment (IVF). In addition, they collected common TCM pattern diagnosis in infertility in relation to the quality of the menstrual cycle and associated symptoms. Eight RCTs, 13 cohort studies, three case series and six case studies involving a total of 1851 women with infertility were included in the systematic review.

Results
The results showed a 3.5 greater likelihood of achieving a pregnancy with Chinese herbal medicine therapy over a four-month period compared with Western medicine drug therapy alone. Average pregnancy rates were 60 ± 12.5% (60%) for Chinese herbal medicine compared with 32 ± 10% (32%) using Western medicine drug therapy. Meta-analysis of selected cohort studies showed a mean clinical pregnancy rate of 50 percent using TCM compared with 30 percent for IVF.


www.naturalnews.com

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

CATHOLIC VIEW OF INFERTILITY TREATMENTS

Although I grew up in the Catholic Church, I have not considered myself a Catholic in my adult life.  Actually, I probably lean more to the "spiritual" side rather than the "religious" side, but I am certainly respectful of all beliefs.  I recall when I ran a women's infertility support group, there were those who brought up how fertility treatments may conflict with their religion.  For anyone interested, this site gives the Catholic view of infertility treatments:

SEE ALSO: INFERTILITY IN THE BIBLE (getpregnantover40.com)

Reproductive Technologies in Agreement with Catholic Teachings:


  1. Observation of the naturally occuring sign(s) of fertility (Natural Family Planning). Time intercourse on the days of presumed (potential) fertility for at least six months before proceeding to medical interventions.
  2. General medical evaluation of both spouses for infertility.
  3. Post-coital test to assess sperm count and viability. These tests are undertaken after normal intercourse.
  4. Appropriate evaluation and treatment of male factor deficiency. Seminal fluid samples can be obtained from a non-lubricated, perforated condom after normal intercourse.
  5. Assessment of uterine and tubal structural competence by imaging techniques (e.g., ultrasound, hysterosalpingogram, etc.).
  6. Appropriate medical treatment of ovulatory and hormonal dysfunction.
  7. Appropriate (usually surgical) correction of organic problems underlying male or female infertility
 from catholicinfertiliy.org

Sunday, May 17, 2015

WOMAN CONCEIVES AT 48 BY SURPRISE

Having A Baby At 48

Here's an article about a woman who conceived naturally (by surprise) at the age of 48! Of course, pregnancy is always the last thing considered at that age - but shouldn't be. Read more:

CLICK HERE FOR MORE ON PREGNANCY OVER 40 INCLUDING MY SURPRISE PREGNANCY AT 49 (getpregnantover40.com)

From the article:

I finally decided to see my health practitioner. When he asked what my symptoms
were, I again said that I felt pregnant – ha ha ha. I told him about stopping my
medication and he agreed that this was the most likely explanation for my lethargy,
hormonal weirdness, and beautiful breasts. Neither of us considered that I could
actually be pregnant – I was too old!

...One night at about ten o’clock, after succumbing to a two-day craving for a buffalo
burger, it struck me like a lightning bolt: Oh my God, maybe I AM pregnant! Even
though I’d joked about it repeatedly, the thought was so shocking and bizarre that I
couldn't think straight or sit still. I drove straight to the nearest pharmacy to buy a
pregnancy kit. It was positive - yikes! I still couldn't bring myself to believe it. I did a
fairly good job of convincing myself that I could be one of those rare false positives.


from
www.lotusfertility.com

Friday, May 15, 2015

HOW CAN CHIROPRACTIC HELP FERTILITY AND GETTING PREGNANT?

Chiropractic and Infertility

Guest Post By Robert C Davis

Many different clinical case studies have emphasized the advantages and wonderful results of chiropractic therapy for patients who were unproductive in their effort to bear children. Although chiropractic care is not a direct treatment for infertility, it can contribute to enhanced homeostasis and physiological adjustment therefore allowing the body to have a better level of health as a result.
In three consecutive issues of the peer-reviewed Journal of Verebral Subluxation Research (JVSR), case studies were published regarding women who were struggling with their infertility, and who opted to utilize chiropractic rehabilitation. It demonstrated a strong connection linking the utilization of chiropractic therapy and the resolution of infertility. In the following cases, chiropractic care was initiated and the outcomes were recorded and published.

SEE ALSO: AYURVEDA AND TCM FOR FERTILITY (getpregnantover40.com)

In the December 8, 2003 issue of the JVSR, a case study involving a 32-year-old female whose infertility was accounted for. Since August 1999, she attempted to get pregnant. Prior to this, she had tried various conventional medical interventions such as treatment with Clomid, a fertility drug, artificial insemination, detailed fertility testing, and in vitro fertilization. Having no success, she sought chiropractic therapy in November 3, 2001. Over the next six weeks, chiropractic examination and rehabilitation were done. At this time, the patient's other concerns of headaches and pain in the lower back portion dramatically improved. In addition, the patient's estrogen levels, endometrial thickness, and cervical mucus levels also improved compared to the time when the patient's fertility specialists attempted the first in vitro fertilization. On February 17, 2002, the second in vitro fertilization was done and the patient displayed a positive pregnancy test on March 2, 2002.
Another case was about a 34-year-old woman who sought for chiropractic therapy on January 10, 2000. She had various conditions which included a history of infertility. Other than the onset of chiropractic rehabilitation, the patient made no changes in her clinical condition and lifestyle. About 4-5 weeks into the chiropractic care, the patient naturally became pregnant.
The last case was concerned with a 65-year-old female who presented with severe lumbar degeneration and low back pain. It's fascinating because she was not trying to get pregnant. When she was 13 years old, she had an accidental fall which caused in a total cessation of her menstrual cycle at the age of 18. She was then diagnosed as infertile. It was interesting to note that after four weeks of chiropractic care, she began spotting again and diagnosed with having regular menses.
In these clinical studies, chiropractic care was utilized specifically for the improvement of vertebral subluxations that were verified to be meddling with the nervous system's normal functioning. The subluxations resulted in the disruption of the patients' reproductive system. The studies showed that women who were having difficulties with infertility had some evident interference in their nervous system, as perceived by the incidence of subluxations.
The studies also noted the vast expense of treatment options for infertility utilized by many couples. The range of expenses can go from a few hundred to impractical thousands. The studies also observe that there is proof of long term risks associated with in vitro fertilization. A research published online by the American Journal of Human Genetics (November 2002) reported that "babies conceived by in vitro fertilization may be at increased risk for a rare genetic disorder that predisposes them to cancer."
According to the author, Elizabeth Anderson-Peacock, DC, DICCP, "Although chiropractic care is not a treatment for infertility, it is postulated that improvement of spinal neural integrity through specific chiropractic adjustments may have contributed to improved homeostasis and physiological adaptation thus allowing the body to express a greater level of health as an outcome." In summary, these studies state that, "The human structure is naturally healthy and to procreate. Injuries of this capability signifies malfunction on an essential level. Spinal subluxations and dysfunction in the nervous system can hinder the normal functioning of the human systems."
Learn more about Chiropractic Care. Stop by http://www.MyChiropracticColoradoSprings.com where you can find DCs in your area and get in touch with them.
Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Robert_C_Davis
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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

FERTILE WINDOW HARD TO PINPOINT

 Pregnancy Over 40, Menstrual Cycles and Fertile Windows Have A Lot Of Variability

I've written many times about how ovulation can be quite hard to pinpoint.  That's why having a regular pattern of intercourse is important.
Since ovulation can occur at different times, your fertile window may be very hard to predict. Here is an article that talks about a women's "fertile window"  I found it interesting that only 30% of women were within their fertile window entirely between the days  10-17 of their cycle (this doesn't mean that they weren't fertile during some cycles within in this range, just not all cycles).  Read more:

  SEE ALSO: SHORT MENSTRUAL CYCLES AND FERTILITY (getpregnantover40.com)

Results: The fertile window occurred during a broad range of days in the menstrual cycle. On every day between days 6 and 21, women had at minimum a 10% probability of being in their fertile window. Women cannot predict a sporadic late ovulation; 4-6% of women whose cycles had not yet resumed were potentially fertile in the fifth week of their cycle.
Conclusions: In only about 30% of women is the fertile window entirely within the days of the menstrual cycle identified by clinical guidelines—that is, between days 10 and 17. Most women reach their fertile window earlier and others much later. Women should be advised that the timing of their fertile window can be highly unpredictable, even if their cycles are usually regular.

from: bmj 

Monday, May 11, 2015

JOB STRESS = SHORT MENSTRUAL CYCLES

Job Stress Leads To Short Menstrual Cycles

Stress, infertility, and miscarriage all seem to be related especially for women who are on the "career track".
 Here is an interesting study that looked at how job stress can affect the length of your menstrual cycle, which, of course, could affect fertility:

RESULTS

Women whose work was classified as stressful were
twice as likely to experience short cycles as those
working in other jobs (table 2). This relation was also
seen when cycle length was examined as a continuous
variable; stressful work was associated with a decrease
in mean cycle length of almost 1 day...


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See Also "Short Menstrual Cycles and Fertility (www.getpregnantover40.com)

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...Exposure to stress has a number of known physiologic
consequences (1-3). There are plausible mechanisms
through which stress could alter hormonal profiles
and, in turn, menstrual outcomes (2, 3). The
hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis is activated during
stress and can affect the female reproductive system
(2). Stress can increase the levels of corticotropinreleasing
hormone and glucocorticoids (2). The former
suppresses hypothalamic gonadotropin-releasing hormone
secretion, which stimulates the production of
follicle-stimulating hormone and luteinizing hormone,
which activate the ovary to secrete estradiol and progesterone
(3). Glucocorticoids inhibit pituitary luteinizing
hormone and ovarian estrogen and progesterone
secretion (3). High levels of luteinizing hormone and
high peak levels of luteinizing hormone have been
reported to be associated with long menstrual cycles
(30). One possible explanation of work-related stress
and increased risk for short cycle length is that
luteinizing hormone secretion has been inhibited by an
increase in corticotropin-releasing hormone or glucocorticoids.
Menstrual outcomes are important as they may be
intervening mechanisms or markers for other health
outcomes such as fertility, osteoporosis, and breast
cancer (5).

 excerpted from American Journal of Epidemiology

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

FERTILITY HELPED WITH AYURVEDIC REMEDIES


Ayurveda Medicinal Properties of Kapikacchu - Mucuna Pruriens

Guest Post By Dr. Savitha Suri

Mucuna pruriens is a legume, found in Africa, India and the Caribbean. It is an annual, climbing shrub which grows over 13 - 15 m height. The young plant is completely covered by hair where as older plants are free of it. The leaves are tripinnate. Flowers are white, lavender, or purple. The fruits are leguminous. The husk is very hairy and carries up to seven seeds. Its seed pods are about 10 cm long and are covered in loose, orange hairs that cause a severe itch if they come in contact with skin. The chemical compounds responsible for the itch are a protein, mucunain, and serotonin.
This plant is also known as cowhage, cowitch, Velvet Bean, Itchy bean, Buffalo bean etc. In India it is known as Kevancha, kavach or kevach (Hindi).
Ayurveda acharyas have grouped this plant under Balya (body strengthening herbs), Madhura skanda (herbs with sweet taste) and Vatasamshamana (Herbs which normalize vata dosha).
According to ayurveda principles the plant Mucuna pruriens or kapikacchu is heavy to digest and increases moistness of tissues. It has both sweet and bitter taste and the potency is hot.
Ayurveda medicinal properties:
This plant normalizes vata and increases kapha and pitta. Hence it is administered in diseases caused due to vitiation of vata.
The roots and seeds of kapikacchu help to strengthen the nervous system and reduce stress. Therefore it is used as nervine tonic.
The hairs on fruits help to eliminate intestinal parasites. It is usually administered with honey, butter and jaggery.
Seeds of mucuna pruriens act as vrishya (aphrodisiac). The seeds of this plant are eulogized as the best vrishya and vajikara which increase sexual functions in men. They help in conditions like erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation and low sperm count. Regular use of these seeds increase libido in men. Hence seeds of kapikacchu are used in vajikarana preparations. Kapikacchu seeds increase sperm count and sperm motility.

 SEE ALSO: CHINESE MEDICINE AND AYURVEDA FOR FERTILITY (getpregnantover40.com)


Seeds of velvet bean or mucuna are also effective in dysmenorrhea (gynecological condition of pain during menstruation) in women. Texts of ayurveda mention the usage of seeds to strengthen the muscles of vagina.
Roots of velvet bean have diuretic properties.
Ayurveda acharyas recommend use of this herb to strengthen the body, increase stamina and muscle bulk.
Studies have shown that Mucuna Pruriens help to increase the male hormone testosterone. Testosterone increases muscle mass, libido and rectifies erectile dysfunction. The seeds improve male fertility by increasing concentration of male hormones. This increases quality and quantity of semen.
Seeds contain protein, lipids, dietary fiber, ash, carbohydrates, minerals and it contains plenty of alkaloids, saponins and sterols. The main ingredients are L-dopa, mucanine and serotonin. L-Dopa acts as anti-Parkinson's and increases testosterone.
The tribal people use plant and its extracts as anti venom for various snake bites.
This article is copy righted. The author Dr.SavithaSuri is an Ayurvedic Physician and web master of Ayurveda help through ayurveda consultations. drsavithasuri@gmail.com

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Monday, May 04, 2015

FIBROIDS, FERTILITY AND HYPERTENSION

Fibroids Can Lead To Fertility Problems

I've heard about the many problems which may be caused by high blood pressure in both men and women.  Hypertension is especially worrisome both when trying to conceive and in pregnancy. Here is another interesting association between high blood pressure and fibroids. It's especially worthy of note to me because when I worked in the corporate pressure cooker, I did frequently have high blood pressure readings and I had fibroids (which I later had removed). Also interesting is that since I quit my high stress job years ago, I've always had normal gynecological exams (even though fibroids can recur). Fibroids, in some cases can lead to fertility problems as well.  And, by the way, my blood pressure is now always normal!

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

Read more:

Fibroids are common among women of reproductive age. Estimates are that as many as 25 percent of women in the United States have symptoms that suggest they may have fibroids. These non-cancerous tumors grow within the uterine wall, and appear either as a single tumor or in clusters.

Symptoms include heavy bleeding or painful periods, bleeding between periods, a feeling of fullness in the lower abdomen, a need to urinate often, painful sex, lower back pain, and reproductive problems like infertility or recurrent miscarriages.2

Though fibroids aren't unusual, Rosalind Wright, MD, an assistant professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and a team of researchers wrote that little is known about what factors underlie their development. But high blood pressure may be a culprit, they hypothesized. "Elevated diastolic blood pressure may increase fibroid risk though uterine smooth muscle injury, not unlike atherosclerosis," Wright and her colleagues wrote.

How did the researchers make that link? It's well known that people with high blood pressure are at increased risk of developing atherosclerosis, a disease characterized by hardening and narrowing of the arteries due to the formation of plaque.3 These lesions of plaque are made of fatty substances, cholesterol, cellular waste products and calcium, among other things.4 In high blood pressure, studies have suggested that abnormal changes occur in the smooth muscle cells that line the interior of arteries.3 Smooth muscle cells also make up the uterine wall.

   (www.fertilityneighborhood.com)

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