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Thursday, February 15, 2018

WHAT IS MACA AND HOW CAN IT HELP YOU CONCEIVE?

Maca has come up in my reading for many years.  It is an interesting root which many women swear by to help them with ovulation and conception. It also reportedly has benefits for men.  Maca is a cruciferous vegetable which would put it in the same category as broccoli, cabbage, kale and all of those super nutritious foods.  The taste of it is described as "earthy and nutty".  Read more:

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Maca is a type of root crop, native to the Andes Mountains of Peru. The Peruvian natives have used Maca root for hundreds of years for a number of different purposes. Fighting infertility with Maca is a practice that goes back a long time and has a record of results.
How Maca Root Fights Infertility
Both men and women can fight infertility with Maca. For women, Maca can help to regulate imbalances in some of those important fertility hormones. It can also correct or at least mitigate some of the hormone dysfunction that comes with menopause.
For men, Maca can help to increase sperm count. As you probably know by now, a low sperm count is the leading cause of infertility in men. Maca can also help with sperm motility (the ability of the sperm to move forward toward the egg).
A Natural Approach to Fertility
One of the most attractive things about Maca is that it doesn’t rely on artificial manipulation of the body’s hormones to work. It actually doesn’t even contain any plant hormones. Instead, it uses plant sterols to trigger your body into producing the right amount of hormones so as to maximize fertility.
Other Health Benefits
On top of fighting infertility, Maca has been used for a number of other health purposes. People have used it to reduce stress, to help with hormone imbalances that aren’t fertility-related, to strengthen bones and teeth and to help control the symptoms of menopause.
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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

CORTISOL STRESS HORMONE AND DISRUPTED OVULATION

Stress, Cortisol and Infertility

I've proven to myself time and time again that there is a definite connection between our minds and our bodies. Leading a stressful lifestyle increases stress hormones which can ultimately affect ovulation.
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 I worked in a high stress "corporate pressure cooker" job for 19 years.  I tried to get pregnant while I was still working and, needless to say, I was unsuccessful.  It wasn't until I quit my job and let my own natural rhythms take over my life that I succeeded.
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"Emory's Sarah L. Berga said that her work was the first to show that reducing stress through psychological intervention could restore ovulation in women whose ovarian function had previously been impaired. "Contrary to what had previously been believed, we found that multiple small stressors that seemingly would have minimal impact on reproductive competence can play a major role in causing anovulation [ovulation failure]. Up till now it was thought that failure to ovulate was usually caused by the energy deficits induced by excessive exercise and/or under-nutrition, but we asked why women undertake such behaviors. Often dieting and exercise are a way of coping with psychosocial stress, and our previous work had shown that such stress is often increased in women who do not ovulate," explained Berga.
See Also: Stress, and How It contributes to miscarriage and infertility (what you may not know)

Berga and her team set out to study the causes of functional hypothalamic amenorrhea (FHA) in women of normal weight who had not had a menstrual period for more than six months. FHA is caused by a prolonged reduction in gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH), which signals the release into the bloodstream of hormones that simulate ovulation. Analysis of the cerebrospinal fluid in women with FHA, as opposed to women who were ovulating normally, showed increased levels of cortisol, a hormone related to stress."


  (www.aphroditewomenshealth.com)

Sunday, February 11, 2018

20 YEARS INFERTILE, THEN NATURAL PREGNANCY

I love these stories of women who are "hopelessly infertile" and then get pregnant out of nowhere and are over the age of 40.  This heartwarming story is about a couple who wanted children, but suffered 20 years of infertility.  They had long given up on the idea of having a baby, which is why her strange symptoms were thought to be something more serious to the point that she prayed that she would "get better".  She didn't even know that she was actually pregnant until 4 weeks before she delivered.  Women can be quite fertile, even if they are over 40 and pregnancy should never be dismissed as a possibility.  The woman in this story was on some blood pressure medication that could have caused some serious problems for her baby.  But, fortunately all are doing well and the couple finally has the
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"It sounds silly, but I thought I had some form of cancer or infection," she says. "I didn't tell anyone about my ailment because I didn't want Chuck to make a fuss over me. I prayed every night, in silent prayer, that I would get better."

She adds, "It never even crossed my mind that I was pregnant. We had tried for over 20 years to get pregnant and nothing ever happened."...

"We found out we were 33 weeks, give or take, pregnant," says Udona. "And I was four weeks away from my due date."
people.com

Friday, February 09, 2018

VITEX-CHASTEBERRY: WHY IS IT GOOD FOR FERTILITY?

Vitex - An Alternative Drug For Infertility

Guest Post By Aaren Humpherys

Treatments for infertility can sometimes cost a small fortune. For the average couple, the drugs from natural and herbal sources become a viable alternative. But even if you are on a budget, you must take the time to learn more about the herbal medicines you are interested in. Though they are cheap, they are often unregulated and have untested claims. If you are still on the market for an alternative, one of the herbal treatments gaining ground in the world of infertility is vitex.
Vitex is more formally known as vitex agnus castus. It has been around since the middle-ages, known as the chasteberry or chast tree. This name was due to the fact that it was believed to promote chastity
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by repressing libidos and is still known as chasteberry today. It mostly grows out of the Mediterranean and Central Asia. In Europe, it has been used as a drug to aid with the management of premenstrual stress syndrome or PMS.
The basic effects of chasteberry are on hormonal balance. It is believed to stimulate the release of luteinizing hormones or LH and inhibit the release of follicle stimulating hormones or FSH from the human pituitary glands. This leads to the rebalancing of the body's hormones, resulting in the increase of progesterone and a decrease of estrogen and prolactin in women. For women suffering from Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome or other hormonal related causes of infertility, this herb claims to have positive effects and has been reported to have led to eventual pregnancy in some women.
The herb can be taken through a brew or a tea. Just take a dried herb, place it in boiling water and let it stew for a few minutes and drink the resulting beverage. Feel free not to use the leaves because they aren't as effective as the body of the plant. They are also readily available as pills. The regular dose is about 1 to 2 tablets a day. A liquid extract from the plant can also be mixed in water to make a juice that can be taken 2 to 3 times a day.
Chasteberry is not recommended for pregnant women. The hormonal effects can impact the pregnant woman in negative ways. It is also warned that the chasteberry can cause some mild discomforts like dizziness, abdominal pains, and dry mouth. It is also not a quick acting drug and its full effects may not be felt until after about 3 to 6 months.

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The downside of this plant is that there are no extensive studies and results yet published to prove all the claimed effects it has, especially concerning its role as a fertility supplement. Although its effects as a PMS management drug is documented and certified by the German Commission E Monographs, a guide that evaluates the safety and validity of the claims of drugs in Germany where chasteberry is licensed, its other claims are yet to be proven. Even its original role as a repressor of libido is unconfirmed.
Some clinical tests have been published though. A notable study available on the PubMed website which can be accessed through the National Center for Biotechnology Information or NCBI was done by the Department of Gynecology/Obstetrics of the Stanford University School of Medicine. In the study, a double blind test was conducted on the effects of a fertility blend that included chasteberry on women who were beset by infertility. Although the number of women tested was only 93, with 53 women testing the blend over 40 women testing with a placebo, the results were favorable for the fertility blend. 14 of the women taking the blend ended up pregnant, 26% of the total 53.
Chasteberry is readily available today as a drug supplement. However, it does not have an FDA approval. The FDA has a more lenient policy for supplements as these can be marketed without approval legally. The FDA does provide a great guide to using supplements and can easily be accessed through their website. A general policy the FDA promotes is to always consult a professional health worker before trying any supplement. So far, chasteberry has had a clean safety record but you should report any unwanted effects immediately.

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Thursday, February 08, 2018

WHAT IS A NORMAL MENSTRUAL CYCLE? MYTHS AND TRUTHS

Your Period, There is A Wide Range Of Normal

Getting pregnant has everything to do with your menstrual cycle. There are a number of people who believe that the moon controls the rhythm of our menstruation.
If you talk with different women, you will find that there is quite a bit of variability in the length of the cycle and the time between each cycle (the first day of your period is "day one"  Read more about menstruation and menstrual myths:

 SEE ALSO: HOW TO LENGTHEN SHORT MENSTRUAL CYCLES TO INCREASE CHANCES OF PREGNANCY (getpregnantover40.com) 

 


Menstrual Myths

Every woman's cycle is or should be 28 days long.
A woman cannot ovulate or get pregnant while she is menstruating. very woman will or should bleed
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every month.
Every woman will or should ovulate every cycle.
If a woman bleeds, she is not pregnant.

The above statements are myths. Every woman is different.

It's true that most women will have cycles that are around 28 days. But, a woman can be healthy and normal and have just 3 or 4 cycles a year. [However, while variations might be healthy and normal, they could also be a sign of a serious underlying problem. For example, a recent news article suggested that irregular menstrual cycles may predict Type 2 Diabetes.]

Ovulation occurs about 14-16 days before women have their period (not 14 days after the start of their period). The second half of the cycle, ovulation to menstruation, is fairly consistently the same length, but the first part changes from person to person and from cycle to cycle. In rare cases, a women may ovulate twice in a month, once from each ovary.

Conception/Fertilization of an egg, can only occur after ovulation. The egg stays alive for about 24 hours once released from the ovary. Sperm can stay alive inside a woman's body for 3-4 days, but possibly as long as 6-7 days. If a couple has intercourse before or after ovulation occurs, they can get pregnant, since the live sperm are already inside the woman's body when ovulation occurs. Thus a woman can become pregnant from intercourse for about 7-10 days in the middle of her cycle.

from:
(www.feministwomenshealth.org)

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

MEDIA DISTORTS CHANCES OF PREGNANCY OVER 40 AS 'RARE'

Fertility In Women Over 40

Did you know the rate of unexpected pregnancy in women over 40 is second only to teenagers?  Along with that goes a high rate of abortions in this age group.   Although those statistics may be troubling to some, it should actually be encouraging for women who are trying to conceive because it shows that they can still be quite fertile.

If you read my blog and my WEBSITE, you know that I had my daughter at the age of 44 naturally after failed fertility treatments.  I also became pregnant at the age of 49 by total surprise (even after all of us in the household had the flu and I couldn't even remember seeing my husband let alone having sex with him!) See 49 and Pregnant (getpregnantover40.com)
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This article explains more:
Media sensationalism and the protectionism bred by fear of medical malpractice lawsuits perpetuate the myth that having a child naturally later in life is virtually impossible —and therefore should be avoided.
The media’s infertility stories and glamorization of alternate means of achieving parenthood, along with medical experts’ reasonable cautions about pregnancy after age 35, have been distorted to mean that natural pregnancy after age 40 is rare and a significant health risk for mother and child. Yet the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists states that “many older women show no greater signs of problems than do younger women. Age need not be a barrier to a safe, healthy pregnancy.”5
 
The well-publicized increased chance of chromosomal defects resulting in conditions such as Down syndrome and trisomy 18 can horrify women, even though such risks are actually still very small. According to the ACOG, at 43, my age-related risk for a Down syndrome baby was two percent and three percent for a baby with any chromosomal defect.6 According to my OB-GYN’s office, when my health and my baby’s ultrasound were factored in, the calculated risks were 1.5 percent for Down syndrome and .02 percent for trisomy 18. Thus, older women who are healthy enough to conceive naturally without “trying” are often healthier than age-related risk calculations might reflect.

from clmagazine

Sunday, February 04, 2018

FLUSHING FALLOPIAN TUBES WITH POPPY SEED OIL SHOWS PROMISING

I've written before about how an HSG (hysterosalpingogram) is used to detect blockages or scar tissue which may be hindering conception.  Well, it turns out that this diagnostic procedure may actually be a treatment, especially when used with poppy seed oil.  The actual act of injecting the oil may be enough to flush out whatever is blocking the fallopian tube.  Read more:


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When couples have trouble getting pregnant, a common cause is blockages in a woman’s fallopian tubes. These prevent eggs travelling from the ovaries to the uterus. To search for blockages, doctors may put a liquid containing dye into the uterus. The dye can then be seen on X-ray scans as the liquid flows from the uterus through the tubes, revealing whether they are blocked. The procedure is called a hysterosalpingography.

Ben Mol of the University of Adelaide wondered if flushing the fallopian tubes out in this way might improve a woman’s chances of conceiving, and whether the poppy seed oil itself might help clear any mucus or blockages in the tubes.
To find out, Mol and his colleagues compared the use of poppy seed oil with water in 1119 women. Each woman was randomly given the dye dissolved in either oil or water, before having an X-ray scan. A small percentage of the women in each group went on to have IVF or other treatments, but most did not.
Of the women who received the poppy seed oil, 40 per cent got pregnant over the next six months, compared with 29 per cent of those who got water. “The size of the effect is impressive, compared with other fertility interventions,” says Child.
newscientist.com

Friday, February 02, 2018

HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN FERTILITY TEA

There are many fertility teas on the market, but if you're anything like me, you might want to try mixing it up yourself.  Many health food stores have loose teas and now, more than ever, it's easy to get all the ingredients to make your own concoction. I have a page on my site devoted to fertility tea and the common herbs that are thought to be good for hormone regulation and fertility.  The common ingredients include:
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  • Chasteberry (vitex)
  • Green tea
  • Red Raspberry
  • Red Clover
  • Nettle
  • Ladies Mantle
among others.

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Thursday, February 01, 2018

AROMATHERAPY AND HERBS FOR FERTILITY

Chinese Herbs and Aromatherapy for Infertility

By Farah Khan

There are many different causes of infertility in both men and in women. The primary source of infertility in men is a low sperm count. This can be due to constitutional and environmental factors. Chinese medicine can be used to increase circulation and body temperature, which may help improve sperm count. The same herbs that are used for this purpose may also improve a man's sex drive and sexual performance. There are a number of factors involved in female infertility as well. A frequent cause of infertility is a blockage of the fallopian tube that prevents the sperm and the egg from meeting. Polycystic ovarian disease may also interfere with timely release of the eggs. Other gynecological health issues can also cause infertility such as endometriosis, salpingitis, pelvic inflammatory disease, and chlamydia. At other times, there can appear to be no structural or physical condition that is causing the infertility. While Chinese medicine and aromatherapy cannot determine the physical factors causing infertility (diagnostic testing is required for that), they can often address some of the sources of infertility once the cause is discovered.

SEE ALSO: HERBS FOR FERTILITY AND PREGNANCY (getpregnantover40.com) 

The Chinese herbs, Leonurus (Yi Mu Cao) and Siegesbeckia (Xi Xian Cao), when used together, have been shown to open up blocked fallopian tubes in clinical research studies done in China. The majority of women responded to treatment within 10 days. The blockages in these cases were due to thickening of the lining of the tubes, excessive mucous secretion, partial blockage with scar tissue, inflammation, or infection. One remedy that may work well to treat this condition in combination with Chinese herbs is the enzyme, serrapeptase. Serrapeptase breaks down scar tissue and cystic tissue in the body while promoting circulation.
For women suffering from polycystic ovarian disease, a number of herbs and essential oils may be
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useful. Saw palmetto berries are known to block the production of the type of testosterone known to cause the disease. Chasteberries may help reduce the tendency towards formation of ovarian cysts and help balance out a woman's hormones. Cypress essential oil used externally may also reduce the formation of cysts. Generally, women with this condition often need to have Damp Heat cleared from the Lower Burner, in Chinese medicine terms. They often also suffer from Kidney Yin Deficiency, and from Qi and Blood Stasis in the Lower Burner.
For women whose mucous secretions kill their husband's sperm, their could be a condition of excess congestion and acidity in the body that can be balanced out through dietary and lifestyle changes along with the use of herbs and essential oils. Changing the body's chemistry through holistic means may increase the likelihood of conception.
There are also a number of essential oils that can help to balance out a woman's hormonal and reproductive system while promoting fertility. Geranium, clary-sage, and rose essential oil all nourish a woman's system and help to bring it back into homeostasis.
Many times, there is no diagnosable reason or cause for infertility. In these cases, Chinese medicine can be highly effective in bringing back a woman's mind, body, and spirit into harmonious balance, making her more receptive to conception.
Chinese herbs can also be used to maintain a healthy pregnancy once conception has occurred. Certain herbs such as xu duan(teasel root) and tu si zi(cuscuta), have traditionally been used to discourage miscarriages and promote a healthy pregnancy. A certain percentage of miscarriages are unpreventable (25%) because they are triggered by genetic abnormalities in the fetus, but in other cases, herbs may help increase the probability of carrying a pregnancy through a full nine month term.
As you can see, there are a wide variety of ways in which Chinese Medicine and aromatherapy can be used to improve a couple's likelihood of conceiving a child, while preparing the woman emotionally and physically for conception and pregnancy.
Farah Khan New York licensed acupuncturist. You can find health products and information, including herb formulas related to infertility, at http://www.yinessence.com [http://www.yinessence.com/home.html]. Her e-mail address is farah@yinessence.com.
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