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Monday, April 24, 2017


Are Fibroids Preventing You From Having Children?

Guest Post By Vladimir Troche, M.D.

Fibroids are sometimes found during an infertility evaluation when tests such as a pelvic ultrasound, hysterosonogram or hysterosalpingogram are ordered. Fibroids or leiomyomas are benign smooth muscle tumors of the uterus. They are classified according to their location in three types: (1) subserosal - when the fibroid grows under the outer layer or serosa of the uterus; (2) intramural - when the fibroid grows within the muscular wall of the uterus (myometrium), and (3) submucosal or intracavitary- when the fibroid grows just under the lining of the uterine cavity (mucosa) or it occupies the inside of the uterine cavity. Submucosal or intracavitary fibroids can change the shape of the uterine cavity. Large intramural fibroids may alter the blood flow to the uterine lining and may
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also alter the shape of the uterine cavity. Subserosal fibroids usually don't alter the shape of the uterine cavity, but when large can cause discomfort.

SEE ALSO: TRYING TO CONCEIVE WITH AN ARCUATE UTERUS ( fibroids are usually small, asymptomatic, and don't require treatment. These benign tumors only need close gynecological observation to document changes in size or the early onset of symptoms. Common symptoms associated to fibroids are back pain, abdominal pressure or discomfort, urinary frequency, rectal pressure or discomfort, and periods that can be painful, heavy and prolonged.
Fibroids are associated with infertility in 5 to 10% of cases. Nevertheless, when all other causes of infertility are excluded fibroids may account for only 2 to 3% of infertility cases. Fibroids may cause reduced fertility or infertility by:
1. Creating an abnormal uterine cavity. An enlarged or elongated cavity could interfere with the sperm transport, and a cavity with an abnormal contour could prevent normal implantation.

2. Fibroids can result in a markedly distorted uterus and cervix. The distortion could result in decreased access to the cervix by the ejaculated sperm preventing its effective transport to the uterus.

3. The uterine segments of the fallopian tubes could be obstructed or distorted by fibroids.
When infertile women present with uterine fibroids every effort should be made to exclude any other possible causes of infertility. A standard infertility evaluation should take place and an assessment of the uterine cavity should be performed by hysterosalpingogram (HSG) or "fluid" ultrasound (hysterosonogram). Only then a decision should be made regarding the management of the fibroids.
Most uterine fibroids don't need to be removed except in select cases. The medical literature suggests that removal can be beneficial when the uterine cavity is distorted by the fibroids. In addition, some reports suggest that their removal may also be indicated when they are 5 centimeters or more in diameter and are located within the wall of the uterus (intramural). Otherwise, expectant management is recommended when the uterine cavity is normal, the fibroids are small, or when they are located on the surface of the uterus.
Fibroids are removed in a surgical procedure called a "myomectomy". Three types of myomectomy can be performed: abdominal myomectomy, laparoscopic myomectomy, and hysteroscopic myomectomy. The abdominal myomectomy requires an abdominal incision usually of the "bikini" type, and through the incision the fibroids are removed from the uterus. This abdominal approach is the best procedure when fibroids are large, numerous, and or located deep within the muscle of the uterus. Fibroids can also be removed by laparoscopy, and this type of myomectomy is best when fibroids are few in number, superficial in location and small in size. Hysteroscopic myomectomy is recommended when most of the fibroid is located within the cavity of the uterus. Through the uterine cervix an operative hysteroscope is inserted and the myomectomy is then performed. Endoscopic scissors, laser or electrocautery are employed to perform this type of myomectomy.
A myomectomy is a relatively safe procedure that results in few serious complications. Postoperative adhesion formation is a common complication and good surgical technique combined with adhesion-prevention barriers should be routinely used at myomectomy.
There are other options for the treatment of uterine fibroids, but these alternatives are not recommended for women who desire fertility. Some of these options are:
1. Uterine artery embolization (UAE) - results in the obstruction of blood flow to the fibroids, which then causes them to shrink. This procedure is quite successful in reducing tumor size and decreasing symptoms. Pregnancies have been reported after UAE but the safety of this procedure in women who want to get pregnant has not been established.
2. Medical therapies with agents such as GnRH agonists, progestational agents, and RU486 (mifepristone). These agents can decrease uterine size and symptoms, but once the treatment is discontinued the fibroids can grow back to their initial size. The use of these drugs is not effective in promoting fertility and is not recommended when women are attempting pregnancy.
3. New techniques are being developed for the treatment of uterine fibroids. One of these new techniques is laparoscopic myolysis in which a needle is used to apply electric current directly to fibroids. The goal is to disrupt the blood flow of fibroids and cause them to shrink over time. A similar laparoscopic procedure uses super cooled cryoprobes to destroy the fibroids. Another technique uses magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to target a high intensity ultrasound waves to destroy the fibroids. Again, the safety of these procedures in women who want to get pregnant has not been established.
Educating yourself about your options and your physician treating you for fibroids is essential. Go to Dr. Troche's West Valley Fertility Center Arizona and get more information and knowledge.
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Friday, April 21, 2017


 Stress Hormones and Fertility:  Stress May Prevent Release Of GnRH

We all know that stress can impact fertility. Fight or flight responses affect hormones and so on. But another hormone, GnRH is also affected and a lack of this hormone prevents other hormones from releasing at the right time.
 Gonadotropin-Inhibitory Hormone can prevent the release of GNRH and it has a connection with stress.  We've all probably heard of cortisol as the stress hormone, but this article talks about GNIH and how it can cause hormonal imbalance.

So there really is a reason to take a "procreation vacation". Read more:

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New research from the University of California Berkeley is also showing that stress can also impact fertility by causing the increase of another reproductive hormone called Gonadotropin-Inhibitory Hormone (GnIH). This hormone further impedes procreation by preventing the GnRH hormone from being released.

"Stress had already been shown to affect all those other more traditional players in the sex hormone cascade but no one had looked at GnIH yet," says Elizabeth Kirby, a member of the research team. "So, our research basically adds a new piece to the puzzle of sex and reproduction - a new hormone known to suppress reproduction is also now known to increase in response to stress."

Wednesday, April 19, 2017


Trying To Get Pregnant?  Know When You're Ovulating

If you've been trying to conceive, you're probably already an expert on predicting ovulation.
It seems like there are so many factors that come into play when you're trying to conceive, but ovulation is one of the major ones. 
Here is an article which talks about some methods you've already heard before, but it has some new ones as well. Read more:

The "Regular" Menstrual Cycle– Generally speaking, ovulation occurs 14 days prior to the first day of the next menstrual cycle. For women that have no physical signs of ovulation, ovulation predictor kits, which test the urine for a hormone (LH) secreted prior to ovulation, can be used.
Changes in Cervical Mucous – Cervical mucous becomes copious, clear and stretchy.
Mid-cycle Cramps – This may signal that ovulation is occurring or has occurred.
Basal Body Temperature (BBT) – This is only good to signal that ovulation has already occurred. The
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general rule is that you have ovulated when your temperature rises 0.2 degrees higher than any temperature from the previous 6 days, and it stays elevated for at least 3 consecutive days after ovulation. 

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  Changes in the Cervix – During the beginning of your cycle, your cervix is low, hard and closed. As ovulation takes place, it pulls up, softens and opens just a bit. You can check with two fingers and track what it feels like. Along with the other clues, this can be a good indicator of ovulation.
Changes in Emotions – Because of the shift in hormones, many women become moody during ovulation. If you get moody during the middle of your cycle, you may be such a woman.
Breast Tenderness – Many women get breast tenderness and pain during ovulation. Again, this is caused by the hormone shift.
Increased Sex Drive – An amplified libido is often a sign of ovulation.
Swollen Vulva – Some women experience a swollen vagina or labia during ovulation.
Bloating – Some signs of ovulation mimic the signs of PMS, and many women feel bloated during this time.


Monday, April 17, 2017


Getting Pregnant With The Help Of Inositol

I've been hearing more and more about inositol for female fertility. Inositol or sometimes called myo-inositol can help with insulin resistance and it is one of the B vitamins. It can help with ovulatory disorders and help women who have stopped getting their periods as a result. Here is an

excerpt from a study done on women who took myo-inositol
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"the number of mature oocytes was significantly increased in the myo-inositol group compared to D-chiro-inositol. Concurrently, the number of immature oocytes decreased in myo-inositol treated patients. Furthermore, the myo-inositol-treated group showed an increase in the mean number of top quality embryos and in the total number of pregnancies compared to the D-chiro-inositol-treated group.
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Friday, April 14, 2017


I always find it interesting how certain traditions and customs get started.
With Easter here on Sunday. I thought I would post this article about Easter, Easter Eggs, the Easter Bunny and fertility.
For those you who celebrate it, Happy Easter!


From the article:

In the British Isles and Germany, the spring fertility festival involved eggs and bunnies, because they
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are natural symbols of fertility, and it also involved worshipping trees. The Christian missionaries who brought Christianity to the British Isles and to Germany suffered quite a lot of grief at the hands of our ancestors when they chopped down the sacred trees to demonstrate that they weren’t gods. Since the people did not actually worship the bunnies and eggs, the missionaries figured they could just Christianize them. So the custom began of painting Christian art on eggshells and they just tolerated the bunnies. I guess they would be greatly saddened if they could see that the eggs and the bunnies once again overshadow the cross.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017


Mind-body Connection For Conception and Pregnancy

I found this great article written by Teresa Robertson who lives in my area. A friend of mine actually went to her for counseling while she was trying to conceive (and she did!)
This insightful article quotes Christianne Northrup and others who take a more natural approach to getting pregnant. I think this article hits the nail on the head in terms of identifying some of the underlying challenges women have within themselves when trying to conceive. Read more:


From the article:

We live in a time in which a commonly held belief is that our fertility is diminished and that we need outside help to conceive. This belief has become very evident for women in the "baby boomer generation" who have embraced and mastered the male aspect qualities of doing and making it happen - yet conceiving eludes them. Creating a baby is a receptive act that requires embracing and using our female aspect. For many women, there exists an inner conflict and imbalance between their inner female and male aspects. As many women have learned to accomplish success by relying strongly on utilizing their male aspect, many have forsaken, forgotten and invalidated their female side. This female side includes qualities and abilities such as to be vulnerable, open and to receive.

The all too common picture I witness, is the career woman who is creating, doing, and nurturing
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everyone else and has no time to receive or give to herself because to do so would be perceived as a weakness. Instead of interpreting their bodies' not conceiving as a message or cry for help, often these women further invalidate their bodies as being "non-productive" and "an infertile failure," and often force their bodies to create from an empty well. As Christianne Northrup, MD writes: "Many infertile women are working 60-80 hours a week and are exhausted; then they pursue having a child as though they were writing a PhD dissertation. Conceiving a child is a receptive act, not a marathon event that can be programmed into your Day Timer."\


Monday, April 10, 2017


Don't label yourself infertile. Don't say you can't have a baby. And, select your healthcare professionals wisely. This very interesting article talks about something called the "nocebo" affect.
Basically this means that when you receive a diagnosis, even if its wrong, you may actually manifest that condition. I finally gave up working with doctors when I was trying to conceive. It was too depressing to be constantly labeled "infertile" and there was a piece of me that knew pumping myself full of hormones and chemicals just wasn't the best way to go. Maybe that's why I had my best
success following an all natural route. Read more:


Though the mechanism remains a mystery, but at least now this kind of phenomenon has a name. The
"nocebo effect" is the lesser-known opposite number of the placebo effect, and describes any case where putting someone in a negative frame of mind has an adverse effect on their health or well-being. Tell people a medical procedure will be extremely painful, for example, and they will experience more pain than if you had kept the bad news to yourself. Similarly, experiences of side effects within the placebo groups of drug trials have shown that a doctor's warning about the possible side effects of a medicine makes it much more likely that the patient will report experiencing those effects.

This is not just in the mind: it is also about physical effects. The stress created by the nocebo effect can have a long-lasting impact on the heart, for example – perhaps serious enough to cause fatal damage.

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Thursday, April 06, 2017


I was very surprised to hear the number of infertile women who have some type of infection going on.  Before you embark on expensive and sometimes dangerous fertility procedures, you may want to find out if there is some type of infection that should be treated with antibiotics.  That alone could improve your chances of pregnancy.  Read more:



Of women being evaluated for infertility, 40 percent are infected with chlamydia, mycoplasma or
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ureaplasma, as are 36 percent of those with a previous history of uterine infection and 50 percent of those with tubal blockage. More than 60 percent had evidence of a past infection (9). The more partners you have, the more likely you are to be infected (10), although you can be infected by one contact (11). An infection can prevent pregnancy by blocking the uterine tubes (12,13,14). It can damage sperm (14A), so they can't swim toward the egg (15), and it can cause abortions, premature birth and low birth weight (16,26,27,28,29). Infected people may have burning on urination, discomfort when the bladder is full or an urgency to void. Women may have only spotting between periods (17).

Monday, April 03, 2017


How To Treat A Thin Uterine Lining To Improve Fertility

Guest Post By Dr. Spence Pentland

One of the major causes of infertility and IVF failure is a thin uterine lining, inadequate blood flow to the uterus, i.e. low uterine artery pulsatility index. Treatment to increase blood flow is essential to improving fertility and reducing chances of miscarriage. It should be noted that stress, lack of exercise, not enough rest, lack of joy, and certain foods all can inhibit blood flow to the uterus and ovaries. The following are effective treatments for a thin endometrial lining...
Acupuncture. An area of research, as well as my own experience, has shown extreme effectiveness with acupuncture and its affect on the increase of blood flow to the reproductive organs (uterus, ovaries, testis). This may very well be a primary reason that acupuncture displays benefit to women going through IVF fertility treatments in Vancouver. Simply, blood bring the medications to the ovaries and uterus, and if the flow is unimpeded, then more IVF medications arrive at their intended destination which results in better responses and positive outcomes.
Chinese herbal medicine. Many of the herbals in the Chinese medicine pharmacy have the effect of increasing blood flow to the reproductive organs. Many are said to 'quicken and invigorate blood'. Others 'nourish and build blood'. Science is now showing that many of these herbs have the identical physiological effects of Viagra (Sildenafil), a drug well known for its effect on erectile health. This drug, and the mentioned herbs, simply increase blood flow to the uterus, ovaries, and penis (causing erections) via the increase of Nitric Oxide release, a substance that dilates blood vessels.
Femoral massage. Perform from end of menses to ovulation or retrieval date if undergoing IVF. Do 2-3 times each leg (separately), 1-2 times per day. This massage increases the blood flow to the pelvic organs, providing more nourishment to the uterus and ovaries, testes and penis. Compress the femoral artery with your fingers, fairly heavy pressure will be required. When you feel the flow has ceased, hold for 30 seconds. The femoral artery can be located level with your pubic bone, just beneath the crease in your groin between your thigh and lower abdomen. The blood will then back up and increase the pressure gradient in the iliac arteries which forces more blood into the pelvic arteries. This floods the pelvic organs and genitals with more blood. When the hold is released, you should feel a sensation of warmth rushing down your legs as the blood supply returns to the lower extremities. Do not perform this exercise if you: are pregnant, are post-transfer during an IVF cycle, have high blood pressure, have heart disease or circulatory problems (aneurisms, varicose veins, phlebitis, thrombosis), have a history of strokes, or detached retinas.


Castor Oil Packs. A castor oil pack is placed on the skin to increase circulation and to promote elimination and healing of the tissues and organs underneath the skin. It is used to stimulate the liver, relieve pain, increase lymphatic circulation, reduce inflammation, and improve digestion. Castor oil packs are made by soaking a piece of flannel in castor oil and placing it on the skin. The flannel is covered with a sheet of plastic, and then a hot water bottle is placed over the plastic to heat the pack. Castor oil should not be taken internally. It should not be applied to broken skin, or used during pregnancy and breastfeeding. METHOD: Place the flannel in the container. Soak it in castor oil so that it is saturated, but not dripping. Place the pack over the lower abdomen, above the uterus. Cover with plastic. Place the hot water bottle over the pack. Leave it on for 45-60 minutes. Rest while the pack is in place. After removing the pack, cleanse the area with a dilute solution of water and baking soda. Store the pack in the covered container in the refrigerator. Each pack may be reused up to 25- 30 times. NOTE: It is generally recommended that a castor oil pack be used for 3 to 7 days in a week to treat a health condition or for detox. best if the packs are used on alternating days for the first week. After that, usually the packs may be used on consecutive days from that point on. 30-60 min per use.


Food. Here are a few dietary principles you can implement to help create a thick uterine lining; Avoid sour food when bleeding (yogurt, vinegar, pickles, grapefruit, currants, and green apples. Eat more blood nourishing foods when bleeding such as eggs, carrots, spinach, dates, & goji berries. Consume more blood invigorating foods when bleeding such as fish, ginger, cinnamon, and turmeric.



Dr. Spence Pentland is a board licensed Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and certified Fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine. Since 2004 Spence has focused exclusively on the treatment of reproductive disorders in both men and women in Vancouver Canada. To book an appointment or for a free 15 minute phone consultation visit He and his wife are also 'bringing sexy back to baby-making' with their new line of 'fertility friendly' men's underwear!
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Saturday, April 01, 2017


If you've never heard of a "chakra", it is a Sanskrit word and it means wheel or vortex. A chakra is thought to be part of the non-physical body through which energy moves. Although there are many more than 7, typically the following represents the main chakras of the body:

You can see that each chakra has a name and is associated with a particular color and stone.  The sacral chakra governs both female and male fertility.  I have created a new page on my website with
much more.  If you are trying to conceive, you will probably be most interested in the Sacral Chakra which controls the reproductive system.  The stone associated with the sacral chakra is Carnelian which is said to improve blood flow and circulation which is important for all aspects of health but especially for the menstrual cycle and the pelvic organs.
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Tuesday, March 28, 2017


Now this is an interesting study conducted by "Netmums" and reported by the Daily Mail (UK).   The study showed that women over 40 really didn't experience the long hard road to pregnancy that we're led to believe will happen at older ages.  From the article:


Despite fears that fertility levels plummet for women over the age of 35, the new research has shown
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women over the age of 40 have the same chance of conceiving within six months, as younger women.

A quarter of 40-somethings became pregnant in the first month, a further fifth conceived after three months and by six months more than half were carrying a child.
And more than twice as many women over 40 have surprise pregnancies than younger women in their teens and 20s 


Sunday, March 26, 2017


Treating Infertility With Yoga Practice

Guest Post By Chris Ramos and Lucas Rockwood

You can obtain a fit and fertile body with yoga. Following a sequence of recommended poses, you can minimize the natural aging and malfunctioning of all organs, including eggs, uterus and ovaries. Yoga also makes it possible to increase your reproductive time. Exercise will improve performance of the glands, balance production of hormones in the body and stimulate the eggs to ripen and the ovaries to discharge them. Anxiety and worries, in a woman, disturb her hormones negatively and
result in infertility. Pranamaya (breathing exercises) replenish oxygen to the brain; this soothes the mind and body. Meditation on a regular basis unifies the body, mind and the spirit. With these techniques positive thinking can be induced; a woman stops feeling that her own body has betrayed her. Her focus shifts from mental tensions towards the stability and robustness of her body. This decreases stress level and facilitates conception. In this way yoga not only heals physically but prepares the mind to deal with the emotional trauma of infertility.

The reproductive area in the body is known as the second chakra, or seat of creation. Certain fertility-enhancing asanas concentrate on the reproductive organs and the pelvic area. Flow of blood to these parts is enhanced and energy is stirred. The abdominal region is softened and pressure from the uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes is relieved. You can begin the series with Supported Headstand and Bridge postures. This workout will stimulate the reproductive hormones in your body. To revitalize the whole body, Child, Cobbler and Bound Angle poses can be performed. Wide-angle seated forward bend also holistically invigorates your body. Reclining Bound Angle, Lotus and Reclining Hero postures excite and unwind the second chakra, the abode for the reproductive organs. In the beginning if you feel that these poses make you uncomfortable, you can use props like a pillow or a folded towel. This will help you perform easily. An appropriate way to end this yoga session will be by relaxing with Legs on the Wall pose. You will make a 90 degree angle with the wall by stretching your legs up the wall, while your torso lies flat on the floor. Breathe and hold the position for a few minutes then lower your legs to the ground at a slow pace. Adopting this posture right after intercourse enables the body to allow sperm to penetrate the uterus and results in pregnancy.
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With the right attitude and constructive views generated by yoga, you will feel stronger and more certain of your body. You will be more attentive towards your wellness. You will be encouraged to take up a healthy and meaningful lifestyle; your diet will improve. Good eating habits and improved way of living also enhance the probability of conception. Yoga practice is helpful even to women in their mid-thirties, who have failed to get pregnant earlier, as it sparks the balanced release of reproductive hormones and promotes the overall restoration of the body. Fertility positions will also widen the pelvis and hip joints, improve blood circulation in the pelvic region, and even stimulate the
ovaries. A success rate of 50% has been observed in such cases; endorsing the fact that in many individuals infertility was the outcome of hormone imbalances only.
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Thursday, March 23, 2017


Over the years, I've seen this scenario play out many times.  An infertile couple decides to discontinue fertility treatments and completes the adoption process (sometimes adopting two children over a number of years).  Then, out of nowhere, they get pregnant.  They're happy right?  Well, not always.  This can cause some mixed feelings.  Raising children is a very life consuming job...whether you've been infertile or not.  One of my daughter's friends has an adopted sister, but they are both the same age.  I've never wanted to pry, but this appears to be a couple who started the adoption process and then got pregnant.  
I think people don't always realize that fertility is a fleeting thing.  Sometimes, the orchestration of events that leads to pregnancy involves not only luck, but the right body chemistry that comes about in ways related to lifestyle, sleep, diet and so on. 
Here is the article about a 42 year old woman who gets pregnant by surprise:



I finally screw up the courage to see my gynecologist, a lovely, warm Italian woman, who saw me through the infertility treatments. She's ecstatic and can't contain herself: "This is a miracle! Let's drink champagne!"
I sob uncontrollably in her office, feeling guilty that I can't share even a tiny bit of her joy.
At times, I know what my doctor means. Miracle or not, there is a strong sense of fate here. And I don't want to mess with fate. I'm a religious person and believe that God has a plan, and it usually works out if we just ride with it. In rare moments I can imagine this will all be okay, that I'll be able to handle three children and even like it. But most of the time I want to scream, What kind of sick joke is God playing on me? I'm a weary mother of two with a high-pressure job and a house that's falling apart! I can't raise another child.
And what about my two gorgeous, hilarious girls, the lights of my life? Roma, who is 5, is just beginning to understand adoption and has heartbreaking talks with me. They go something like this:
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"Mommy, I didn't grow in your belly, did I?"
"No, you didn't, sweetie."
"But I wish I had grown in your belly."
"I wish you had, too."
"How come I didn't grow in your belly?"
"Well, I guess God just didn't want it that way. Sometimes women can't grow babies in their tummies and so they adopt."
What do I tell her now? God changed his mind? (Evidently he did.)


Tuesday, March 21, 2017


 I love to share stories of surprise pregnancies over the age of 40, 45 and even 50!  Here is a story from an Irish news outlet about Author Kate Kerrigan and her surprise pregnancy at the age of 45. 
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Author Kate Kerrigan had her second son when she was 45, eight years after she gave birth to her first son. “I had my first child when I was 37 and I was very much thinking this was the last gas station before the desert. I was in my mid-30s before I met a man willing to marry me. By that time I was in a panic to get pregnant. I had a lot of anxiety about leaving it too late.
...When I was 45, I got pregnant again. I thought I was menopausal and had gained a little weight. I did the test as a dare because my friend mentioned my thick ankles. When it came up positive it was a shock.”
 “We are led to believe that when a woman is a certain age, she’s not going to get pregnant. But it’s just not true. There are times in your life when it suits you to have a baby in your twenties or thirties and there’s a time when it’s 40-plus.”
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Sunday, March 19, 2017


 What is FSH and why does it affect women's fertility?

Many women who have seen fertility specialist will have a number of blood tests done.  FSH is usually tested to find out how the ovaries are functioning.  FSH or Follicle Stimulating Hormone tends to rise as the ovaries are declining because the body is trying harder to stimulate them to produce and ripen the follicles.  Some fertility clinics will recommend donor eggs if a woman has high FSH because they feel that their success rates will be higher.  But, do women get pregnant with high FSH?  Yes, there is a documented case of a women getting pregnant with a FSH of 143 (doctors
usually like to see an FSH of under 10 for maximum fertility).


Friday, March 17, 2017


Pregnancy Over 40, Not just luck

Was getting pregnant over 40 just the luck of the Irish? Well, not for me...I'm not in the least bit Irish.  But in honor of St. Patrick's Day, I thought I'd talk a little bit about luck.
I sometimes hear: "Boy you were lucky to have a baby at your age". Actually I agree to a point. If you think about all the things that have to come together to get pregnant and carry a baby to term, there's a bit of luck no matter what your age. Was it a surprise I got pregnant at the age of 44? Yes and no. Yes because I think everyone is surprised when they get pregnant and no because I didn't just get pregnant by accident. I followed a systematic method of preparing my body and mind - I knew deep down I would succeed.



As far as luck goes, the world seems to be divided into two types of people. The lucky and the unlucky. Well, I came to this realization long ago:

To a great degree: you make your own luck
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I often say that when I got pregnant, it was a matter of preparedness meeting opportunity. Is that luck? Yes a little, but it never hurts to assess all the factors you can control and do everything in your power to tip the odds in your favor.

As reported in BBC News, Professor Richard Wiseman said:

My research eventually revealed that lucky people generate good fortune via four principles.

They are skilled at creating and noticing chance opportunities, make lucky decisions by listening to their intuition, create self-fulfilling prophesies via positive expectations, and adopt a resilient attitude that transforms bad luck into good.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017


DHEA is not to be confused with DHA which can also be important for fertility.  DHEA is talked about in the literature as a supplement to use to improve egg quality.   I did not know about DHEA when I was trying to conceive, but I thought it was worth mentioning it here since studies seem to support its effectiveness. It is a steroid hormone which is produced by your adrenal gland. It is usually at its highest around the age of 30 and declines as we get older. DHEA is a precursor to hormone production and is eventually converted to hormones like estrogen and testosterone. Around the age of menopause, women not only lack estrogens but also androgens. As reported by the National Institutes of Health on a study of women undergoing IVF: “Our results show that DHEA
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supplementation improves the ovarian function in poor responders and in women over 40 years, suggesting that this molecule alone can raise fecundity and fertility treatment success in women with poor prognosis for pregnancy.” (1).

There are differing opinions about taking DHEA as a supplement.  First, you should check with your doctor and have hormonal levels checked.  DHEA can interact with some medications and it can raise hormone levels which can be problematic if you have had, or are at high risk for, some hormone dependent cancers. The women in the study (undergoing IVF) received three tablets daily of 25 mg micronized DHEA for at least 12 weeks before starting a long stimulation protocol for IVF.


1. (Fusi FM, Ferrario M, Bosisio C, Arnoldi M, Zanga L., DHEA supplementation positively affects spontaneous pregnancies in women with diminished ovarian function.
Gynecol Endocrinol. 2013 Oct;29(10):940-3. doi: 10.3109/09513590.2013.819087. Epub 2013 Jul 26)

Friday, March 10, 2017


If You're Trying To Conceive Over 40, Watch Out for Soda

With all the beverage choices out there, I'm sure many of you will drink some soda along the way.
 Think twice about over indulging - according to this article, some sodas can cause some pretty adverse side effects including reduced fertility.   When I was trying to conceive I quit drinking soda and made my own carbonated tea.
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After a few extreme soda binges—not too far from what many gamers regularly consume—a few patients have needed medical attention for skin lesions, memory loss and nerve disorders, all symptoms of overexposure to bromine. Other studies suggest that BVO could be building up in human tissues, just like other brominated compounds such as flame retardants. In mouse studies, big doses caused reproductive and behavioral problems...

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...Brominated flame retardants lately are under intense scrutiny because research has shown that they are building up in people's bodies, including breast milk, around the world. Designed to slow the spread of flames, they are added to polystyrene foam cushions used in upholstered furniture and children's products, as well as plastics used in electronics. Research in animals as well as some human studies have found links to impaired neurological development, reduced fertility, early onset of puberty and altered thyroid hormones...

...a study confirmed that bromine was building up in humans. Researchers measured the serum levels of people in the United Kingdom—where BVO was in use—and in their counterparts in the Netherlands and Germany, where BVO was not used.

"During this time UK citizens had higher bromine serum levels compared to the inhabitants of Germany and the Netherlands," Vetter said. The largest amounts of lipid-bound bromine were found in tissues from children in the UK, according to the study.

Tuesday, March 07, 2017


How to Use Acupressure For Infertility Treatment

Guest Post By Eddy Wai KK

Acupressure, a variety of Chinese medicine, is a traditional method of transmitting force all through the body to cure and to lessen the pain. While it is more conventionally recognized in healing, acupressure can be also as a treatment for infertility.
There are a lot of medicinal treatments that can be used to help out a couple to conceive. Several citizens also have illustrated success in using acupressure with medical treatments. With the use of pressure and massage on definite spots of the body, a flow of fertility associated hormones and ovulation occur. While there can be several causes of infertility, ahead of consulting a physician, the less expensive cure is acupressure. A lot of couples have immediately discovered the pain of infertility. Acupressure has impressive achievement in helping a lot of couples to complete their aspiration to have a baby.
This variety of medication has proved very functional and efficient for approximately all types of
illnesses. The treatment is exceptionally trouble-free and do not have several derivatives. The particular spot on your body is to be pressurized depending upon the defective appendage of your body. Several implications may possibly facilitate you all to take this healing process effectively from the skilled individuals in this field
Infertility can be a psychologically and economically tough dilemma. Couples frequently spend a lot of money on therapeutic treatments that frequently do not succeed. As an outcome, numerous individuals are trying acupressure to see if acupressure therapy is capable of restoring the usual task of their reproductive systems. This piece of writing will guide you all the way through a variety of acupressure procedures you can utilize on your body to enhance your sexual productivity.
1. Uphold an overall healthy body by stimulating and rubbing between your eyebrows. Fertility is most advantageous when the whole body is working at its peak intensity. This acupressure point will assist you to reach your optimum level by escalating circulation.
2. Lightly massage your fingertips back and forth right on your hairline. This technique will facilitate you to regulate your ovulation and menstrual flow. It is most helpful to exercise this technique or you notice you are not ovulating regularly every month.
3. Massage your belly a couple of inches below your belly button during your period.
4. Hold both earlobes with your thumbs. Massage the spaces between the earlobes.
Healing can be helpful for both ladies and gentlemen, even though the medications will obviously be unusual. Acupressure productiveness treatment has been a blessing for a lot of couples.
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There are a lot of scientific explanations and medications for infertility. Nevertheless acupressure is considered to be safe and efficient. Try it, you will not regret it.
Eddy Wai KK is an avid researcher on infertility and pregnancy for the last 5 years. 
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Saturday, March 04, 2017


I know many people use prayer instead of or with visualization and meditation.  If prayer is part of your daily ritual and religion is an important part of your life, by all means, make it part of your fertility routine.  Even though I said many prayers on the road to parenthood, I found visualization and meditation to be empowering as well (see my meditation page here).  Do both if you choose.

If you need some fertility prayers, here are a few from the Christian perspective.  I realize I have readers from all over the world with different religions, but these can be modified to fit your belief system:


Catholic Prayer
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You know my deep desire for a child
A little one to love and to hold, to care for,
to cherish. Grant that my body may conceive
and give birth to a beautiful, healthy baby in
Your holy image.
Guide me in all my choices so that this
conception, my pregnancy and my baby's birth
are in line with Your will.
Heavenly Father and Holy Mother,
hear this prayer of my heart, mind and spirit.

Prayer for Fertility and Pregnancy

Lord bless us with a healthy child
Allow my body to conceive and carry a baby
Let this child be a symbol of our love as a couple
Let this child be born into our happy home

Help us let go of our disappointment and give us patience
We trust that you will send us a child when the time is right
We trust in your abundance
We are grateful for what you have given us and for what we have
We know that you are perfect in every way and our child will be a reflection of you and your love

Prayer and Promise for A New Life

Blessed is this new life who will come into our family
We wait for your birth and we pray for your health
You are sent by God as a divine gift
We promise to love and cherish you throughout your life
We promise to raise you according to the word of God
We promise to protect and keep you from harm

Prayer for Miscarriage
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It is now that we reluctantly part
But I’ll always keep you in my heart
Goodbye to what could have been
Goodbye until we meet again
Rest in peace with God and the Angels

Thursday, March 02, 2017


Flax Seeds for Fertility and Conception

Flax seeds are a great hormone regulator and help with estrogen metabolism.  You should keep flax seeds either refrigerated or frozen because their natural oils can easily spoil. When I was trying to conceive, I would consume flax seeds in the form of flax meal (gound up).  Flax seeds contain something called lignans.  Lignans are phytoestrogens which, bind to estrogen receptors blocking the effects of the stronger more harmful estrogens.  Flax seeds are also a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids which help your body manufacture the “good” prostaglandins.   
Prostaglandins play a critical role in menstruation, conception, and pregnancy.  There are different types of prostaglandins, some are helpful and some are harmful.  Some prostaglandins assist the uterus and the fallopian tubes to contract which moves the egg to the portion of the tube where fertilization is most likely to occur.  Prostaglandins also surge at the end of a menstrual cycle causing
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the corpus luteum of the ovary to shrink down which tells the body to start a new cycle.



If there is an overproduction of prostaglandins (with endometriosis, for example) and woman becomes pregnant or is pregnant, this could cause the uterine lining to shed ending in a miscarriage. Additionally, overproduction of prostaglandins could cause contractions so powerful that the egg moves too fast before conception can occur.

In terms of getting pregnant and staying pregnant, it is important to help your body manufacture and shift the balance to good prostaglandins by eating foods that create the building blocks for these substances. Specifically, you need to be consuming essential fatty acids since your body can’t manufacture these by itself.  Omega-3 fatty acids are particularly helpful.  The three main forms are eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), and alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). EPA and DHA are considered long-chain forms of omega-3 and are found in fish, fish oil supplements, and algae extract. ALA, the short-chain form, is found in foods like flax seeds.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017


This shouldn't come as a surprise because the unexpected rate of pregnancy over 40 is second only to
teenagers.  Many of you remember Tori Spelling from Beverly Hills 90210 and her reality shows.  But the actress has given birth to her fifth child recently and she revealed to the media  that it was a "total surprise".  It doesn't sound like she was one that struggled with infertility, but all that aside, she did get pregnant at the age of 43 without the help of fertility treatments.  I love to share these stories because it helps to reinforce what I write about all the time:  women can be quite fertile over the age of 40.  Pregnancy is possible, even when you least expect it!
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Revealing her shock pregnancy in People the 43 year old explained: "It was a total surprise. But we always wanted a big family. I’m really excited.”


Sunday, February 26, 2017


Fertility Acupuncture: Foods for Fertility

Guest Post By John Z Wheeler

Acupuncture is now widely used to help with Infertility. Chinese Medicine also uses nutrition along with acupuncture to increase fertility. Here are a few tips to increase fertility:
Warm cooked foods are strongly recommended, especially root vegetables. Chicken soup with ginger is often recommended in China for women trying to conceive.
Add vegetables such as cabbage, broccoli, brussel sprouts and cauliflower. These foods contain di-indolymethane (DIM) which increases the metabolism of estradiol (a form of oestrogen) which will help the body use it more efficiently. In excess estradiol is associated with breast pain, weight gain, uterine cancer and moodiness with low libido. Adding DIM will counteract these effects.
Balancing blood sugar levels will help with hormonal regulation and energy levels. This involves reducing high carbohydrates, the foods which release glucose quickly into the body. These include white sugar, biscuits, cakes, sugary drinks, too much fruit, cereals, bread, pasta, caffeine and alcohol.
Try to:
Eat a warm breakfast within one hour of waking up. Preferably oats, quinoe and a boiled egg or two.
Have protein with every meal.
Do not skip meals.
Google GI Foods and choose foods with low GI index.
Eat more alkaline foods then acidic foods for a better pH balance for conception. Eat alkaline foods such as vegetables, sprouts, non citrus foods and cereal grasses such as wheat and barley grass. Acidic foods include meat and dairy products. Chewing food thoroughly will increase this through the alkalizing property of saliva. Do this instead of drinking anything at meal times. Avoid heavy meals late at night.
Always try to use organic plant sources, these are stronger in Qi and essence which is important in Chinese medicine for fertility.
Get plenty of essential fatty acids from unprocessed plant sources and deep sea fish.
These are essential for the health of our cells and are crucial in ovulation.
Good sources include:
Fish and fish oil.
Soy products.
Raw nuts and seeds.
Flaxseed and Pumpkin seed oils
Dark green vegetables.
It is essential to avoid junk food, do lots of healthy exercise like yoga or tai qi, long walks etc and more important then anything else... Relax.
Supplement your diet with natural, high-potency multivitamin and mineral complex with iron, folic acid and B vitamins.
The vitamins and minerals important for reproductive health (Vit A,C,E, B complex, zinc and selenium) enhance fertility yet are lacking in the usual western high processed diet. If these nutrients were adequately supplied through the diet, many fertility problems could be avoided. Other supplements to keep in mind are as follows:
Folic Acid - Extremely important and should be taken as soon as possible. The lack of folic acid can impair the early development of the nervous system of the foetus.
Bee pollen and/or royal jelly are regenerative and tonifying.
Blue-green algae i.e. chlorella and spirulina nourish the endocrine, nervous and immune system, regulate metabolism and repair tissue.
Wheatgrass is tonifying and enhances immunity and restores hormonal function.
Vitamin B6 recommended for hormonal function. Best to take complete B complex. (Viridian does a B6 complex which has all the B vitamins with a strong B6 content.
Co-enzyme Q-10 assists energy levels working on the cells powerhouse.
I would recommend starting with a mild detoxification programme for 7-10 days to improve your chances of fertility. This will help the liver in its function of filtering toxins.
Foods you can eat liberally:
Vegetables - eat a large variety of vegetables, especially:
Broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower as previously mentioned.

Garlic and onions (with detoxifying, sulphur-containing compounds)

Asparagus, avocado (containing detoxifying glutathione)

Green leafy vegetables, such as kale and cabbage (containing detoxifying B vitamins)

Artichoke and beetroot (both natural detoxifiers)

Carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, spinach, celery, watercress and peas (all of which contain antioxidants

Herbs such as parsley and coriander.
Fruit - eat a large variety as possible, especially:
Apples, pears (core fruits which contain pectin)

Apricots, peaches, mangos, melons, papayas, pineapples, kiwi fruits, all berries (containing valuable antioxidants to support the liver

Lemons - use the juice for salad dressings

Pulses - peas, beans and lentils (for soluble fibre and protein)

Whole grains/cereal - whole grain rice and millet

Olive oil - for cooking and salad dressing
Fruit (except orange) and vegetable juices - try beetroot, celery, apple and carrot or apple, pear, carrot and ginger (highly recommended). Do not drink concentrated, make sure it is pure.


Dandelion coffee

Fruit and herbal teas

Juice of half a lemon in warm water 20 mins before breakfast or on waking.

Water- filtered or bottled only
Foods you can eat moderately:
White meat - chicken, game

White fish - sole, cod, haddock, plaice, skate, herring, sardines, pilchards, tilapia


Nuts - almonds, brazil nuts, walnuts

Seeds - sunflower, pumpkin, sesame, linseeds (ground)

Dried fruit - dates, figs, apricots, raisins

Grains - barley, rye, oats

Cow's milk substitutes - oat milk, almond milk

Potatoes and tomatoes

Live natural organic yoghurt.
Foods to avoid or significantly reduce
Non organic foods


Caffeinated drinks - e.g. coffee, tea, and colas (also avoid the decaffeinated alternatives, which still contain substances requiring detoxification by the liver.

Orange juice

Sugar and foods containing lots of sugar - sweets and chocolate (these stress the immune system)

Refined carbohydrates - white version of foods such as bread, pasta, rice, and cakes and biscuits

Red meats and dairy products (these are pro-inflammatory)

Wheat - found in pastry, cakes and biscuits.

Foods containing additives and preservatives

Packaged and processed foods, including processed meats

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Thursday, February 23, 2017


Elephants are frequently seen as fertility symbols, especially in the art and science of Feng Shui.  Elephant is also considered as a sacred animal in Buddhist traditions. Buddha is often depicted riding an elephant. Legends say that Buddha’s mother dreamt about a white elephant and got pregnant after that.
It is recommended to place an elephant in the West or Northwest direction. You can also wear an elephant charm (see the fertility bracelet here) which can also promote fruitfulness in the wearer. It is also recommended to put one elephant inside the bedroom door and another outside the bedroom door to welcome your new baby into your life.
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Elephants have been used perhaps the longest as a symbol of fertility. When pointed upwards, the truck is a symbol of good luck. The word for elephant in Chinese is written and pronounced the same as the Chinese word for “sign” or “things to come”, just like your baby that may be on the way!  For this reason, people frequent "pair" the elephant with other symbols to encourage what they want to attract into their life.


Tuesday, February 21, 2017


Conceiving naturally after IVF

I continually find stories like this one: women who conceive naturally after undergoing IVF (whether or not they got pregnant with IVF). This story is quite
interesting and unusual because not only did this woman get pregnant naturally, she got pregnant with triplets naturally.


 All this happened after she already had twins through IVF since she "thought" she was infertile and
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of course was told she'd probably never have children without assisted reproduction. It does make you question some of the medical advice you get from the assisted reproductive industry. Read more:

Elaine and David Kaempf defied the odds by having triplets Emma Jolie, Ainsley Anne and Samantha Marie Thursday without the use of fertility drugs -- a rare feat in the delivery world, doctors say. This comes after the Kaempfs conceived their twins through in vitro fertilization and were told they'd likely never conceive naturally.

Sunday, February 19, 2017


Of course you remember the Spice Girls!  Well, back in January, Geri Horner gave birth to a baby at the age of 44.  Was it a natural conception?  It doesn't really matter to me, but according to this article, she hinted that it was when she said, "God Bless Mother Nature".
There are many other celebrities who have had babies over 40, and I've devoted a page on my website
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to this very topic, see here:


Geri announced in October that she was expecting a baby with husband Christian. The singer - who already has 10-year-old daughter Bluebell from a past relationship - delighted fans with the news on social media, making the surprise announcement with a meme, calling herself "Mama Spice".
Alongside a sketch of a pregnant woman, she borrowed a line from her single It's Raining Men to announce her happy news, and wrote: "God bless Mother Nature #MamaSpice."
The star's team said in a statement that the couple were "delighted" with the news. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017


Yoga Poses To Help You Get Pregnant Over 40

Even though we're a nation of couch potatoes, or perhaps more accurately, "office chair potatoes", for much of my adult life, I had the opposite problem. I worked out too much. I was an exercise fanatic - and the harder and more high impact the exercise was, the better.
When I went in for a few trial treatments of acupuncture, the acupuncturist told me that my body didn't have the "constitution" for heavy exercise. She said it was much harder to conceive when you're under so much physical stress.

"So what should I do"? I asked. She recommended yoga. After some research, I found that there are
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some yoga poses and postures that can directly benefit the reproductive system by opening up the pelvic region and the surrounding structures to increase pelvic circulation. Additionally, yoga can help with overall relaxation.

Here is a summary of some of the yoga poses which can benefit the reproductive system:

1. The Bridge Pose - the bridge stimulates abdominal organs and can relieve menstrual discomfort if done regularly. It calms the brain and can help with stress. Start by lying on the floor. Bend your knees, put your fee flat on the floor as close to your sit bones as possible. Bring your buttocks up until you form a bridge and bring your hands together clasped underneath you.
2. The Cobbler's Pose - this pose also stimulates abdominal organs, ovaries and is thought to be a natural remedy for infertility. Sit on the floor, bend your knees and let them lay out to the side. Bring your feet together and hold the toes or ankles with your hands.
3. The Lotus pose - this pose stimulates the pelvis, spine, abdomen and bladder. It can help ease the pain of childbirth if done throughout pregnancy. This pose starts by sitting cross legged on the floor. Slowly bring one foot on top of your thigh then the other foot on top of the other thigh. If this is painful, you may stay seated cross legged. Bring your thumb and middle fingers together and rest on your knees
4. The Reclining Hero pose - this pose probably needs to be done with support (a bolster pillow can be used along the length of your back). The reclining hero pose helps open up and stretch the abdomen and it can ease menstrual pain. This pose begins by kneeling then sitting down between your feet then slowly reclining down until you are laying on the floor. This is an intermediate pose and you may need additional support with a second pillow on your back until you become more experienced.

In my DVD, "Fertility Bodywork"( I demonstrate these yoga poses among others and I also have a segment on fertility pelvic massage, acupressure and reflexology and daily routines which help increase pelvic circulation and oxygenation.

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