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Monday, May 30, 2016

MEMORIAL DAY, REMEMBERING BABIES LOST

Infertility and Pregnancy Losses

Memorial Day is not only a time when most people pay their respects to our armed forces, but it's also a day to remember other loved ones lost.
 Many women experiencing infertility have had one or more miscarriages. This site gives some ways to remember your babies lost:

From the article:

Janice and her husband Bob experienced three miscarriages over the course of two years. After grieving these losses, they wanted to move forward emotionally, but they did not want to forget the hopes and dreams for these children who would never be born to them. So they decided one winter to spend time designing a back yard garden to plant in the spring. They planned their garden with three sections, each one unique in colors and plantings. Poring over seed catalogs during the winter, they planted some seeds in small pots indoors and purchased others in local greenhouses during the spring. 

SEE ALSO: WHY CAN'T I HAVE A BABY? (getpregnantover40.com) 

Once the threat of frost was over, they devoted several weekends to tilling the soil, planting the bulbs, seeds and sprouting blooms, and applying fertilizer and mulch. Janice, still hoping for a healthy pregnancy, kept herself at a distance from the fertilizer, as she offered suggestions to Bob. Both of them found the garden to be a source of pleasure and calm during the warm months of spring and summer, and as they weeded and watered, they found their own relationship strengthening as they were able to talk openly about their diminishing grief and their continuing hopes for parenthood.
 from:www.psychologytoday.com

Friday, May 27, 2016

ROSE QUARTZ POPULAR FERTILITY STONE

Rose Quartz - The Popular Fertility Stone

Guest Post By Cindy Richie
Rose quartz is the fertility stone that holds the power of centering love, and for hundreds of years continues to be believed to increase any woman's fertility level, reduces any depression and enhances her circulation. Many women think that the power from within the earth which was used to form a crystal is still harbored within it, that it may be captured and used to aid in the balancing of a woman's energies.
This does not seem like a far-fetched idea if you think that through an average day, we're so easily affected by things all around us. Envision you are out one day and someone does or says something that you are disgusted by. A typical instance reaction is to be upset and have trouble calming yourself down. It typically takes some time to get back to center. Or perhaps it is raining outside, which usually gets a reaction on the you that is good or bad which makes an impact on you all through out the day keeping you in that certain mood. Very different energy surrounding you continually makes you react. Rose Quartz, like all quartz, sends its power as well, so if you're close to it, you may benefit considerably from the soothing attributes.
Using the healing powers of rose quartz for fertility naturally balances a woman's reproductive organs and so allows her to begin having more regular menstruation cycles, which often, gives her better and much more foreseeable ovulation, heightens her fertility levels and betters the opportunity to conceive.  Continued below:
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When a woman's levels of hormones are balanced, she is more vibrant, her skin complexion is better and she's got an optimal reproductive system. Always keeping a rose quartz near you, by continuing to keep it near your bed, or putting it on as a piece of jewelry, enables continuing use of its effective energies to transform the body into a more healthful condition. Some women have said they noticed the rose quartz for fertility attributes almost immediately.
But because it's powers are so strong is it meant to be taken to imply that should you not want to have children you ought to avoid surrounding your self with rose quartz, for all of its fertility properties. Actually quite the opposite is true.
Because you have been encompassed by the power of the rose quartz, you have maximized your overall health and well being and your body is now working at the most effective manner, rewarding you with an increase of vitality and energy. A far more lively functioning body makes a more youthful alive body and may slow down the aging process. Taking the necessary steps to avoid getting pregnant should always be taken when you don't want to get pregnant.
Are you trying to conceive? A fertility bracelet  can help increase your chances of getting pregnant. Beautiful as well as practical, a fertility bracelet  may be just the good luck charm you need to get pregnant fast!
Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/expert/Cindy_Richie/604404
http://EzineArticles.com/?Rose-Quartz---The-Popular-Fertility-Stone&id=5346477

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

48 YEAR OLD UNEXPECTEDLY PREGNANT

It can happen to women in their late 40's and even to women in their 50's!  The life force is pretty strong, and against all odds, women can get pregnant by surprise.  Here is a story of a woman from Australia who had an unexpected pregnancy at the age of 48:


SEE ALSO: NATURAL PREGNANCY OVER 50, TRUE STORIES (getpregnantover40.com)


from the article:

Staring at my doctor in disbelief, I couldn't quite take in what she'd just said. My heart pounded in my chest as I tried to speak. 'I'm what?' I stammered. The doctor nodded. 'You're pregnant,' she repeated. Shock engulfed me, those two words ringing in my ears.I'd woken up feeling sick and had a bloated tummy, but that was because of the menopause, wasn't it? My doctor had thought so, and we'd both had a giggle when she'd suggested doing a pregnancy test as a matter of course.
... I was able to take time out to relax, attending antenatal classes and pregnancy yoga.It was weird being surrounded by lots of other expectant mums, all so much younger than me. I thought people would judge me as my tummy grew, but actually everyone was really supportive"
from mums-club

Monday, May 23, 2016

MENSTRUAL CYCLE CALCULATE FIRST DAY

How To Figure Out The First Day Of Your Period

I've had a number of people ask me how I figured out the first day of my menstrual cycle when I was trying to conceive, so I thought I'd do a post on the topic. When I was going through fertility treatments, this is how my doctor's office recommended counting and this is how I've done it ever since:

1. The first day of your menstrual cycle (day one)is the first day of full menstrual flow. Do not start counting if you are just having spotting.

SEE ALSO: HOW TO LENGTHEN SHORT MENSTRUAL CYCLES (getpregnantover40.com)

2. Many women don't start their full flow until afternoon or evening. The general rule of thumb I was told to use was any bleeding (full flow) starting before 4:00pm would be counted as starting that day. Any bleeding after 4:00pm would be counted as the next day.

3. Mid cycle spotting should not be counted as the start of a period. You should talk to your doctor about this since mid-cycle bleeding or spotting could be a sign of another problem.

Of course, if your doctor recommends counting your cycle days differently, by all means follow his/her advice. This is simply how I've done it for many years and how I was told to do it. This method seemed to be pretty accurate since I did conceive many times while counting cycle days this way.

Hope this helps if you decide to use it!

Saturday, May 21, 2016

TOO MUCH HAIR MAY INDICATE HORMONAL IMBALANCE

Shaving, waxing, plucking etc.etc.etc. It seems like we don't have enough where we want it and too much where we don't want it...of course I'm talking about hair.
Too much hair in unwanted places may not just be an annoyance, it may be a sign of hormonal imbalances. Here is an article that describes a study done on women with unwanted hair growth and their findings:

Among all 188 women in the study complaining of minimal unwanted hair growth, 102 were found to have an underlying androgen excess disorder. Ninety-four of the 102 suffered from polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a disorder characterized by numerous small cysts on the periphery of the ovaries. Women with PCOS often struggle with menstrual irregularities, skin problems, and excess weight and they are at increased risk of developing Type II diabetes, hypertension and heart disease.

SEE ALSO: ADRENAL FATIGUE AND INFERTILITY (getpregnantover40.com)

 

Four of the study participants were diagnosed with non-classic adrenal hyperplasia (NCAH), an adrenal gland dysfunction that often leads to premature development of pubic hair, irregular menstrual periods, hirsutism and severe acne, although patients with milder forms may notice few if any symptoms. Another four patients were found to have a multi-system disorder that stems from a long-term excess of insulin in the bloodstream that up-regulates ovarian secretion of androgens. Called HAIRAN (hyperandrogenic insulin resistant acanthosis nigricans) syndrome, the disorder increases risk of hirsutism and masculinization. It may be recognized by characteristic thickened patches of dark skin (acanthosis nigricans) and other symptoms.
from: 
science daily

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

YOGA TO HELP YOU GET PREGNANT

Getting Pregnant Over 40, How Yoga May Help

As I talk about in my DVD, Fertility Bodywork, Yoga can help you conceive. Not only does it help re-center your body, but certain poses can help increase pelvic circulation. Here is an article about how it helped one woman:

From the article:

She underwent three unsuccessful cycles of interuterine insemination and was prepared to go to the next step, and attempt IVF.

But before starting, she realized, as she put it, "I am a complete mess. I need to get my body ready."

See Also: Having A Baby With Vision Boards (www.getpregnantover40.com)

She immersed herself in yoga, which is more than a series of postures, as she explained, but a way of approaching life: from a yogic perspective, for instance, it is important to do such things as take the time to eat properly and get a proper night's rest. She began to research what she described as "specific yoga for fertility postures and approaches," began acupuncture treatments, consulted a nutritionist, and started to see an osteopath whose treatments focused on fertility.

Ultimately, she became pregnant without medical intervention. "If yoga wasn't the thing that caused me to get pregnant," she said, "it was the thing that helped me to pull myself together and helped me to carve out the space in my life to make room for a baby."

 from:  canada.com

Monday, May 16, 2016

DO OVARIAN CYSTS HURT CHANCES OF PREGNANCY

Ovarian Cysts, Fertility And Getting Pregnant

Most of us have heard of PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), however many women can get ovarian cysts without this condition.
 Most of the time, these cysts don't interfere with conception, however there are cases where they can. Read more:

Symptoms of Ovarian Cysts
Most women who have ovarian cysts have no symptoms. Those who do experience symptoms often confuse their symptoms with those caused by endometriosis, pelvic inflammatory disease, or other reproductive health issues. Ovarian cyst symptoms include:

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

pelvic and abdominal pain
feelings of fullness or pressure in the abdomen
irregular menstruation
painful periods
painful sexual intercourse
difficulty urinating

Complications Associated with Ovarian Cysts
The vast majority of ovarian cysts are harmless, and will go away in time. However, large or painful cysts may signal serious health complications. Ruptured ovarian cysts, as well as those that twist or bleed, can cause severe abdominal pain. Ovarian cysts can also cause irregular periods and ovulation, making conception difficult or even impossible. Furthermore, ovarian cysts are have been linked with ovarian cancer, particularly in women over the age of 50.

from: 
(www.epigee.org)

Friday, May 13, 2016

CHILHOOD STRESS AND ADULT INFERTILITY

Fertility May Be Affected By Childhood

I always joke around and say that my fertility problems started in kindergarten.  It seems like every aspect of our life is affected by our childhood.
 Our fertility is no exception. According to this article, your conditions growing up can affect hormone levels and fertility. Read more:

From the article:

The researchers found statistically significant differences in progesterone levels between individuals who had migrated as children, second-generation migrants, and women of European descent, as compared to the levels for Bangladeshi women who had never migrated and women who migrated as adults. Progesterone levels for the first three groups were higher than those for the Bangladeshi women who had not migrated or who had migrated as adults. The age at which women migrated also seemed to be linked to their progesterone levels.

SEE ALSO: HOW STRESS AND CORTISOL CAN HARM FERTILITY AND CONTRIBUTE TO MISCARRIAGE (getpregnantover40.com)

 

Amongst women who migrated before the start of menstruation, those who migrated at a younger age had higher average progesterone levels. However, this relationship did not seem to hold true for women who had migrated after they started menstruating.

The research team said in the UK women would have access to better sanitation and health care, and less risk of disease.

While higher hormone levels could increase a woman's ability to conceive, it could also have some negative impact.

The significant increase in progesterone levels might also in higher breast cancer risks in subsequent generations of this community. The findings suggest that early childhood is critical in determining the rate at which girls mature and how high their reproductive hormone levels are"


from:

www.bio-medicine.org

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

SUNSCREEN MAY HARM SPERM

With nice weather upon us, more and more people are slathering on the sunscreen.  But, if you are trying to conceive, you may want to tell the man in your life to wear a hat and long sleeve shirt.  A recent study has shown that some ingredients in sunscreen can interfere with the function of sperm cells.

SEE ALSO: NATURAL REMEDIES TO INCREASE MALE FERTILITY (getpregnantover40.com)

 from the article:

The researchers found that 13, or 45 percent, of the 29 UV filters tested induced calcium ion influxes in the sperm cells, thus interfering with normal sperm cell function. "This effect began at very low doses of the chemicals, below the levels of some UV filters found in people after whole-body application of sunscreens," Skakkebaek said.
Furthermore, nine of the 13 UV filters seem to induce this calcium ion influx by directly activating the CatSper channel, thereby mimicking the effect of progesterone. This finding suggests that these UV filters are endocrine disruptors, Skakkebaek said. In addition, several of the UV filters affected important sperm functions normally controlled via CatSper, such as sperm motility.
Skakkebaek called for clinical studies to investigate whether chemical UV filters affect human fertility. He added, "Our study suggests that regulatory agencies should have a closer look at the effects of UV filters on fertility before approval."

from: science daily

Monday, May 09, 2016

PROSTAGLANDINS AND FERTILITY

Here is another great site that goes into what you can do to encourage the formation of "good" prostaglandins and avoid the "bad" prostaglandins. This can help with painful periods and ultimately improves fertility. Read more:

Another cause of painful periods can be the excess production and release of hormone-like substances called prostaglandins. Many of the prostaglandins are actually ‘healthy’, and have a beneficial effect on the body (see page 154). However, two types of ‘bad’ prostaglandins, known as PGF2 Alpha and PGE2, can be increased in some women. PGF2 Alpha is a vasoconstrictor, which means that it works to reduce the blood flow to the womb muscle, and PGE2 is a highly inflammatory substance that can trigger muscle contractions and increase the sensitivity of your nerve endings to pain.

See Also: DHEA For Fertility (www.getpregnantover40.com)

Research has shown that women with primary dysmenorrhoea have significantly higher levels of of both prostaglandins PGF2 Alpha and PGE2.

Prostaglandins are present in every cell in your body. They tend to be low in the first half of the cycle and then rise sharply towards your period, and can cause a variety of other symptoms including headaches, nausea and fatigue.

from 
www.herbs-hands-healing.co.uk

chart: herb-hands-healing.co.uk
(taken from ‘The Natural Health Handbook
For Women’ by Dr Marilyn Glenville PhD.
Published by ‘Piatkus’ Publishers Limited,
London 2001. ISBN 0 7499 2191 9)

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

CAN IVF CAUSE GENE MUTATIONS?

As time goes on, and more couples go through assisted reproduction, the scientific community is discovering that the fertility procedures themselves may put children at risk of genetic mutations.
 I know there are couples who have no choice but to go through assisted reproduction, however, it's important to go into any procedure knowing all possible outcomes. I was never informed of any risk of birth defects or pregnancy complications as a result of the actual fertility treatments (the only risk I was informed of was age related). It's possible these genetic risks were not known at the time I underwent treatment, but it makes me question whether or not couples really give informed consent. Read more:


The use of in vitro fertilization (IVF) or another assisted fertility technique called intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) to conceive appears to increase the odds of Y-chromosome defects or "microdeletions" in male offspring, Chinese researchers report.

Such deletions could result in defective sperm production and possibly also hypospadias -- a common birth defect of the penis that occurs when the urinary outlet develops on the underside of the penis rather than at the tip.

See Also: IVF Over 40 (www.getpregnantover40.com)

Although this study was small, it "at least sounds an alarm about the genetic safety of assisted reproductive technology," the investigators conclude.

Prior research has tied assisted reproductive technologies with low birth weight, preterm delivery, cerebral palsy, and major birth defects, leading some researchers to hypothesize that these therapies may induce gene mutations.

In the new study, Dr. He-Feng Huang, from Zhejiang University, and colleagues sought to answer this question by testing for genetic mutations in 19 male infants conceived through IVF, 18 conceived through ICSI, and 60 conceived naturally. The fathers of the infants were also tested. In an effort to isolate the impact of the fertility treatment, the researchers only studied infants whose parents had a normal genetic background.

Huang and colleagues found Y-chromosome microdeletions in one infant conceived with IVF (5.3 percent) and in three conceived with ICSI (16.7 percent). By contrast, no Y-chromosome deletions were seen in the control group.


From: 
dalje.com


Monday, May 02, 2016

OBESE WOMEN MAY OVULATE BUT BE INFERTILE

Obesity, Weight, and Fertility

Most of us have heard that our weight can affect our fertility.   Being to heavy or too thin can be a problem.
 See also: www.getpregnantover40.com for other factors that can affect your ability to get pregnant
This article talks about a study that was done on obese women who were having trouble conceiving. It found that even if these women ovulated normally, they still may experience infertility. It adds more proof that maintaining a normal weight can help you conceive. Read more:

In the first prospective cohort study to examine the relationship between body mass index (BMI) and pregnancy chances in women who have no obvious reasons for infertility but who have spent a year or more trying unsuccessfully to conceive, the study found that for every BMI unit above 29 kg/m2, the probability of pregnancy was reduced by four per cent compared to women with a BMI between 21-29 kg/m2. Very obese women (BMI 35-40) had a probability of pregnancy that was between 26 and 43 per cent lower than women with a BMI between 21-29.

Dr Jan Willem van der Steeg, the lead author of the study [1], which is published in Europe's leading reproductive medicine journal, Human Reproduction, today (Wednesday 12 December) said: "This reduction in fertility is comparable to the increment of one year in female age. This study tells us that not only obese women with anovulation have lower chances of conception, but also obese women with a regular cycle. Given the increased prevalence of obesity, this is a worrying finding." The incidence of obesity is reckoned to be 12 per cent in women of child-bearing age in Western Europe and 25 per cent in North America

 from: science daily

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