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Wednesday, May 31, 2017


Pregnancy Over 40, Unexplained Infertility Means They Don't Know

Many women/couples have a diagnosis of "unexplained infertility". You may wonder, what does that mean? Well...it basically means nobody knows why you're not getting pregnant.
See also: getpregnantover40.com for more on natural ways to conceive, even over 40
The difficult part about being over 40 is that it is very tempting for the medical community, in absence of any other diagnosis, to blame it on your age. Okay, I admit, it probably does take a woman over 40 longer to conceive, but studies have shown that many women/couples with unexplained infertility will conceive in the second year of trying rather than the first.

If you suffer from recurrent miscarriage, that's another ball game. Try to get one of these doctors to tell you why you're miscarrying! My experience was, since I was over 40, they didn't even bother trying to figure it out. I was given the miscarriage statistics at my age and that was it. Well, let me clarify that - one RE did do a hysteroscopy after one of my miscarriages but my uterus looked clean as a whistle and as normal as can be (then he fell back on the miscarriage statistics over 40) Another RE wanted to do a whole work-up on whether or not my immune system was the culprit, however due to the cost involved and our lost faith in the medical system, we declined.
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My advice? If you fall in the unexplained category (and you're sure that everything's been ruled out), do everything you can to promote your fertility naturally, then keep trying. Of course, there are no guarantees, but I have many stories of couples who stayed the course and eventually succeeded.
 Here is an article about how the diagnosis of "unexplained infertility" probably shouldn't be used at all:

Monday, May 29, 2017


Male Factor Infertility Improved With Fruits And Vegetables

A healthy diet can help sperm. No surprise to me, but so much focus is put on the health of a woman trying to conceive that I think people forget that sperm needs to be healthy too.
 Here's an article about a study which found that infertile men had a low intake of fruits and vegetables because of the beneficial antioxidants. Read more:

Forty-eight infertile men and 10 fertile men who had fathered children in the last year completed questionnaires about their diets. Results showed that 83 percent of the infertile men had a low intake of fruits and veggies, defined as fewer than five servings a day, compared with 40 percent of the fertile men.


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And overall, men who ate the fewest fruits and veggies had the lowest sperm motility.

“We think that sperm quality is affected by dietary antioxidant intake,” said study author Dr. Vivian Lewis, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Rochester in Rochester, N.Y.

Antioxidants, like those found in fruits and vegetables, may help prevent damage to sperm that causes them to become sluggish and lose the ability to fertilize an egg, she said.

In particular, the antioxidants glutathione and cryptoxanthin, which are prevalent in brightly colored produce such as leafy greens, tomatoes, peppers and oranges, were associated with strong, healthy sperm, Lewis said.

She recommended that men hoping to father children eat “a variety of fruits and vegetables, at least five servings a day.”

Dr. Rebecca Sokol, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, who was not affiliated with the study, said it’s prudent for men trying to impregnate their partners to improve their diets. It could potentially help their sperm, and it certainly helps their overall health, she said.


Monday, May 22, 2017


Hand Sanitizers May Hurt Fertility

I talk in my book about how you should avoid some hand sanitizers if you are trying to conceive - especially those with triclosan. Triclosan can be quite dangerous and it is in a number of consumer products, not just hand sanitizers. Please read the labels and do your research! I was surprised to find out that triclosan isn't just a hormone disruptor, it's also a carcinogen. Yikes!

From the article:

The EPA considers triclosan a high risk for human health and the environment. When introduced in 1972, triclosan was confined to health care settings in a surgical scrub.1-4

Triclosan may not be a familiar term to most consumers, though it is now ubiquitous in most American households, masquerading under the unassuming term, "antimicrobial." In the United States, "antimicrobial" has become synonymous with cleanliness and good health.

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 See Also:   Environmental Toxins and Your Fertility (www.getpregnantover40.com)

The chemical industry has fostered a fear of germs among American consumers and developed a lucrative market selling products designed to protect us from germs. The EPA estimates sales of antimicrobial products now constitute a billion dollar per year industry...

...The chemical structure of triclosan resembles certain estrogens. One study on a species of Japanese fish did not indicate any estrogenic effects, but found androgenic effects resulting in changes in fin length and sex ratios.2

Triclosan is lipophilic, attaching to fatty tissue. It can accumulate in the liver, lungs, and kidneys, reaching toxic levels. As a chlorophenol, it is categorized as a persistent organic pollutant, along with dioxins and PCBs. These chemicals persist in the environment and bioaccumulate up the food chain. Being at the top of the food chain, humans harbor the most concentrated amounts of these toxic chemicals.2-4

Triclosan's use is already so widespread it has made its way into the human body. Studies show triclosan residues in the umbilical cord blood of infants and in the breast milk of nursing mothers.9 Triclosan has not been thoroughly tested nor evaluated for potential risks to human health and the
environment though it is in a category of very toxic and carcinogenic chemicals. It is chemically similar to Agent Orange.

 excerpted from:  www.townsendletter.com

Friday, May 19, 2017


I try to have a variety of articles on my blogs...I know not everyone can relate to all my posts, but I thought I'd go in a different direction today and talk about fertility spells, dieties and rituals.  Here is an interesting article that explains how these may help.  Read more:

...fertility is linked with the feminine aspects of the universe, which are related to night time and the moon. This is why fertility spells are usually cast on a full moon, as this is when divine feminine energies are most present, and your words are more personified or heard. As part of the spell, ask that within the next full moon cycle, you will become pregnant, and meditate on the days in which you are most fertile in your menstrual cycle. When you are aware of these aspects of your menstrual cycle and how it is linked with the moon phases, this will make the spell more accurate.
Daily Blessings
Before or after conception, drink charged water as a daily blessing to the universe and yourself that
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you experience healthy pregnancy. Daily blessings are a way of thanking deity or the universe for your success, but also encouraging this process to reach your end goal - child birth. In the morning, drink this water or anoint over your lower stomach.
To create charged water, leave purified water in a glass container outside during night. Allow the moons energies to absorb into the water. You may also leave gemstones in the water, as vibrational energies from these gemstones will also be absorbed into the water. For example, you may want to include Moonstone, Amethyst or Agate, as these gemstones are related to fertility and health. When we consume this water, we are taking in those energies. This can be useful to you, as this could aid with maintaining health and fertility thought the pregnancy. Alternatively, you could find jewellery with these gemstones or symbols relating to pregnancy to wear often.
Help from Deity
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You may also connect with deity, and ask that they ensure a healthy and successful pregnancy. Goddesses you may want to do some research on are: Astarte, Freya and Ishtar. These are only a few of the many Goddesses you could call upon in regards to fertility. Once you have found a Goddess which you feel a connection to and are most familiar with, you may include them in spell work or ritual, or attempt to speak with them and ask for their blessings. Following a guided meditation may help with trying to communicate with deity.
To further strengthen this connection, you may also want to display images of deity you chose to work with. This could be a picture on an altar, placed on a desk, or kept in your pocket to take with you often.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017


Here is an interesting article about some of the new advances in science.  It looks like menopausal women may have hope to have a baby from their own eggs.  Read more:

“It offers hope that menopausal women will be able to get pregnant using their own genetic material“

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To turn back the fertility clock for women who have experienced early menopause, Sfakianoudis and his colleagues have turned to a blood treatment that is used to help wounds heal faster.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is made by centrifuging a sample of a person’s blood to isolate growth factors – molecules that trigger the growth of tissue and blood vessels. It is widely used to speed the repair of damaged bones and muscles, although its effectiveness is unclear. The treatment may work by stimulating tissue regeneration.

SEE ALSO: DO WOMEN NEED IVF OVER 40? (getpregnantover40.com) 


Sfakianoudis’s team has found that PRP also seems to rejuvenate older ovaries, and presented some of their results at the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology annual meeting in Helsinki, Finland, this month. When they injected PRP into the ovaries of menopausal women, they say it restarted their menstrual cycles, and enabled them to collect and fertilise the eggs that were released.
“I had a patient whose menopause had established five years ago, at the age of 40,” says Sfakianoudis. Six months after the team injected PRP into her ovaries, she experienced her first period since menopause.
from newscientist.com

Thursday, May 11, 2017


Getting Pregnant:  Prayer For Fertility

Although I wasn't a particularly religious person, I grew up Catholic and fell back on my faith during the traumatic times while going through fertility treatments and miscarriage.  I said many prayers on the road to parenthood...and eventually they were answered.  Would I have liked to get pregnant sooner than 6 years of trying?  Yes!  But I also realize that babies come when they're ready, not when you demand they come.
I found an interesting article about how prayer can help increase the rate of pregnancy success.
 Although the study deals with women going through IVF, I found the results encouraging:

"According to a double blind study in the Journal of Reproductive Medicine, intercessory prayer can double the success rate of in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments.

A team of U.S. researchers asked groups of people around the world to pray for pregnancy in one half of almost 200 women undergoing the fertility treatment in South Korea. The prayers continued throughout the three-week course of IVF treatment. The prayer groups were given only photographs of the women. The participants in the study were asked to either pray directly for an increased
pregnancy rate in these women, or to pray that these prayers would be effective. 

See also:

SAINTS FOR INFERTILITY (getpregnantover40.com) 


This was a double-blind study, meaning that neither the women nor their doctors were aware of the study.

The 199 women were treated at the Cha General Hospital in Seoul. Members of various Christian denominations in the U.S., Canada and Australia were given photographs of half the women, in batches of five at a time. An independent statistician had randomized the women into the two groups.

Researchers controlled for age, length of infertility, type of infertility and number of prior attempts to become pregnant following IVF.
Fifty percent of the women who were prayed for became pregnant.
Only 26 percent of women in the control group became pregnant.
The fertilization rates in each group of women were similar. But the embryo implantation rate was significantly higher in the prayer group. The number of multiple pregnancies was also higher in this group."


Tuesday, May 09, 2017


How I Became Pregnant With Holistic Health Treatments

By Carolan B Deacon

Barefoot to Baby- How Reflexology Helped a Childless Couple Become Parents
When I first heard the tick-tock of my biological clock turn into a clang, I had been married to Dennis exactly one day. One day was all it took for me to decide it was time to get pregnant. My sweet, handsome husband is the man that I dreamed of marrying for years before actually meeting him. I couldn't wait to have our child to cherish together! We began trying to become pregnant. Wait, let me be honest here... I began trying to become pregnant. I armed myself with ovulation kits, charts and a digital thermometer. At the beginning of each menstrual cycle, I would calculate the dates of my fertile window. Then I would devise creative ways to seduce Dennis on those days. Gradually, Dennis realized my lusty and insatiable need for him occurred only on days 12 through 16 of each month. If he wasn't in the mood, I became a little militant. I needed seed for my egg, NOW! He began to wear a look a fear when he saw me appear in his office wearing nothing but a determined look. Month after
month, I was not pregnant. To make matters worse, it felt like everywhere I went I saw happy women with their pregnant bellies. How my heart ached!
We decided to go for fertility testing. Both of us tested normal except for test results that showed
some abnormal sperm motility. His doctor's comment was "The motility could be a problem but I doubt it- this is unexplained infertility". Infertility! Us? We made an appointment with a reproductive endocrinologist and he suggested we try intrauterine insemination with hormone drugs. When the eggs were ready to be fertilized, we would race to the clinic for the insemination. We both found this to be extremely stressful. I had read somewhere that caffeine stimulates sperm so I would ask Dennis to drink extra coffee in hopes that his little tadpoles would swim harder and faster to my waiting egg. He felt pressured and I was very emotional from the hormones. Is this the way trying to conceive our baby should feel? Our last cycle of IUI, the doctor came in with the prepared sample, shook his head and said "if this doesn't work, I think you guys would be better off with invitro fertilization." Looking back, I never had the strong feeling these treatments were going to be successful, even while undergoing them. And they weren't. I still felt somehow we would be parents one day. My intuition was whispering guidance to me and I ignored it, determined to do the treatments anyway. We put ourselves through this process four times in six months before quitting the intrauterine insemination. My body and mind needed a chance to recuperate if we were going to try invitro fertilization.
The words "invitro fertilization" triggered a sense of foreboding in me. I knew there must be alternatives. I was doing acupuncture with an amazing healer and friend and I was still using kits so I knew our best time for conception each month. What else was out there to help us? I actively researched this online and through health practitioners and couldn't find anything on conception treatments that we had not done. But one thought kept coming to my mind: I wondered if the anti-inflammatory medications Dennis had been taking for several years for his spinal stenosis played a part in the abnormal sperm motility. Referred by our talented and wise acupuncturist, he began working with a functional medicine doctor who was able to help him reduce his need for medications significantly. This change was important because the drugs taken long term were dangerous for his health.
Still no baby... every month when I got my period, I cried. In the meantime, I asked that God remove this desire for children from me if I was not meant for motherhood as it was too painful. Even while I asked this, I knew in my heart that God put the desire for children in my heart for a reason. I prayed for patience and guidance.
Several months went by with no baby and we agreed to give invitro fertilization a try. Nothing and no one prepared me for the horrible effect of the drug Lupron on my body and mind. Lupron is a drug used for prostate cancer and is also used in invitro fertilization to shut down the female reproductive system before overstimulating it with fertility drugs. One night I stepped out of the shower about two thirds of the way through the cycle and felt like I could not breathe. I stood dripping water and literally felt like I was dying. I knew there was no way a healthy baby was going to come to me feeling like this. I talked to Dennis and stopped the medications the next day. I felt like I had just dodged a very big bullet. Again, I continued to pray for patience and guidance.
Throughout my life, I have had moments of intuitive inspiration. I know that they are a communion with God and I think of them as God's guiding grace for my life. I began to spend more time with morning prayer and returned to habits of self-nurturing and meditation. That was when I felt led to explore holistic healing on a deeper level and decided to become a certified reflexologist. Reflexology is a healing art in which the feet are maps of reflex points that correspond to the entire body system. Healing occurs when these points are worked to correct balance in the body. I went to the best reflexology class I could find taught by a dynamic healer. My teacher had a kind graceful demeanor and I was impressed with her grounded healing methods. She had a crowded class and taught effectively and efficiently. She shared with us the importance of a reflexologist's intention when working with clients. This was a new concept to me and a profound one. I became certified as a reflexologist and began using this amazing healing art to help people.
Six months later Dennis and I decided to pursue domestic adoption. We started the process of completing our home study and then joined an online adoption site. Shortly after posting our profile we were contacted by a young birthmother who had just given birth to an adorable baby girl. The birthmother had seen our adoption profile online and was interested in us as adoptive parents! I still remember the joy and excitement we felt of finally having found our child. Dennis was as excited as I was! We fell in love with the mother and her baby and made plans to meet her. Then, just as we were getting ready to fly out to see her, we lost contact. No phone calls, no email... nothing. For three weeks we tried to reach her. We were crushed. About a month went by when I checked my email and saw a message from her in my box! Oh Joy! I read the email and stood up, stunned. The message was from the young birthmother's mother. The mother was writing to let us know that her daughter had suffered a massive stroke due to a congenital heart defect and had been in a coma for weeks and was not expected to live. Her mother let us know that if her daughter died she would be adopting the baby, her grandaughter. She stopped all contact with us. After a month of trying to reach her, we knew that our sweet birthmother had passed on.
We gingerly picked up the pieces of our grieving hearts. Other birthmothers contacted us as adoptive parents but nothing clicked and we were still grieving. Adoption is a beautiful way to start a family and I always encourage people to pursue it wholeheartedly. I have no doubt that it does work well. It just wasn't the right time or situation for us.
Life moved along.Then I began having these intuitive thoughts to contact my reflexology teacher. At first, I ignored the impulse as Dennis and I had enough of the effort of trying to conceive our child. But the thought turned into a gentle urging so I called her and asked her if she treated people for infertility. Her response was "Yes, I have had great results with conception, the key is treating the man and woman together". Really? Energetically, this made perfect sense to me and over the past year, I had seen amazing results with my own reflexology clients so I knew firsthand how powerful these treatments were. We had to wait until the first past of January for our appointment. The first treatment was in a warm low-lit room with candles burning. It was such a change from the fluorescent lighting and stark white reality of the hospital treatment rooms. We each took our turn melting into a warm bed while she worked on our feet. I felt comforted and hopeful as a deep relaxation overcame me. As she worked on Dennis, she allowed me to observe and take notes. She actually incorporated reflexology with Chinese medical massage and moxibustion, paying special attention to Dennis' kidney acupressure points 1, 2 and 3 and she worked all his reproductive reflexology points. One me, she worked the reproductive reflexology points and made sure my fallopian tubes were clear by dragging her knuckles from the ovary points over and across my ankle to the uterine point. During the week I would repeat these treatments on Dennis. We had two sessions in January 2010 and one session in February before celebrating our 5th year anniversary.
After five hard years of trying to become parents, my husband and I were more than ready to go someplace fabulous to celebrate our anniversary. Why not Italy? We had our third reflexology treatment on Sunday February 21 and then hopped on a plane to Rome on Friday February 26, 2010, our 5 year anniversary. I loved Italy! Eating in Rome was an incredible experience until I got greedy with cream pastries and got food poisoning. A week later (and ten pounds lighter), I returned home. Two weeks passed and my period never arrived. Maybe it was the food poisoning that threw my cycle off. Or maybe....Nope, I was not even going to think about it.
A few days later, I decided to take a pregnancy test. I watched in disbelief as two pink lines appeared in the window! Pregnant at last! Excitement and gratitude swelled up inside me. I sprinted down the hall to tell my husband Dennis with the pregnancy test hidden behind my back. He was on the phone so I slapped the stick with two bright pink lines on his desk in front of him and waited for his reaction. A split second of confusion, then huge joy spread across his face. He jumped up and hugged me with tears of happiness while I stood there smiling and wondering who we were going to call first!
It's now one year from that day. I am writing this with my daughter on my lap and my heart is full of loving gratitude. We journeyed through 5 years of unsuccessful fertility treatments and a heartwrenching adoption attempt while trying to bring our child to us. We had become healthier during this process, but I felt that intuitive urging to use the art of reflexology to help us conceive.There is amazing power in holistic health to change, overcome and thrive.
Then, three reflexology sessions put us into a state of balance that allowed us to conceive. This was divine wisdom. This was following my intuition. I feel truly blessed to be able to share our story in faith that it will help others who are struggling. I know there is amazing power in holistic healing. I know intuition is God's guiding grace for my life, for everyone's life.
When I learned to trust that intuition,
it changed everything. Everything!
by Carolan Deacon
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Sunday, May 07, 2017


Women has baby at 47 Naturally

My website has a number of articles about women conceiving naturally after failed fertility treatments or after having children through IVF.  I personally know quite a few couples who either adopted, had children through IVF or gave up trying to have children after fertility treatments only to get pregnant naturally.  We know a number of families who have adopted children nearly the same age as their biological children because of this (i.e. they get pregnant during the adoption process). Of course, I myself got pregnant naturally against all odds.  Here is another story of a women who got pregnant naturally at the age of 47 after having children through IVF.  It's amazing and encouraging story!  It makes you wonder if the
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IVF was really necessary since a natural pregnancy was obviously possible all along!

Susan and Ambrose Samulski used fertility treatments to help conceive their three children. So it was a bit of a surprise when, 12 years later, they found out they were pregnant with a fourth.

"I thought I'd gone through menopause," says Susan, who was 47 at the time. "I went to the doctor and had a list of all the things that were bothering me. He said, `Could you be pregnant?' and I said, `No way.'

"I made him test me twice – I just didn't believe it.

from: thestar.com

Thursday, May 04, 2017


Pregnancy Over 40, Fertility Problems and Delayed Childbearing

Many of us see plenty of extended family throughout the year. Sometimes it makes you revert back to old childhood behaviors and those old memories come flooding back. This article (link below) really hit the nail on the head for me. My mother openly admitted that I was an "accident" (probably not something I would ever admit to a child...) and as I got older I realized this is probably why I felt quite isolated and somewhat neglected when I was growing up. When I came along, the last thing my mother wanted was another baby. As a result, I think she subconsciously had this attitude like she was doing me a favor by caring for me and the least I could do is be quiet and stay out of her way. My mother did all the "right" things, she fed me, clothed me, educated me, and brought me to church - but I always knew I was the "outsider" - my sisters definitely had higher standing in the family. So self esteem. I threw myself into my career where I finally received some much needed positive feedback. Unfortunately, the stress of my job took a toll on my body. Couple that with marrying at an older age and what you have is a recipe for infertility.
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what did this have to do with my fertility? Well...because of my lack of parenting, the last thing I wanted was my own child (until I was older) and, for much of my adult life, I suffered from very low self esteem.

SEE ALSO: PREGNANCY OVER 40, YES, IT'S NORMAL! (getpregnantover40.com)

From the article:

The study, funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, was conducted by sociologists William G. Axinn, Jennifer S. Barber and Arland Thornton, all researchers at the Institute for Social Research.

Based on interviews conducted over 23 years, first with a random, population-based sample of 800 married women, and later with their children, the study is among the first to show that unintended pregnancies have negative, long-term social consequences for the children themselves.

“Being born unwanted probably reduces parental support and participation, as well as the quality of the parent-child relationship,” says Axinn, first author of the study report. “Women who didn’t want to have a child when they got pregnant may be less likely to invest time and emotional resources in that child, which may result in lower self-esteem for the child years later.”

 from umich.edu

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