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Thursday, August 30, 2018

INOSITOL, MYOINOSITOL FOR FERTILITY, EGG QUALITY

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
 from: nih.gov:
 "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.CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE ON INOSITOL AND HOW IT CAN HELP YOU CONCEIVE (Getpregnantover40.com)

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

LAUGHING: FUN WAY TO GET PREGNANT, REALLY!

Laughing Can Help Fertility

Much has been written about the healing power of laughter and it can be an important factor in changing your mindset and lowering your resistance.  Laughter can lower your blood pressure, reduce stress (and stress hormones), increase endorphins (natural painkillers) and strengthen the immune system.    Best of all it’s free and fun! 

Has laughter ever been studied in regards to fertility? There was actually a study done in Israel on women undergoing IVF.   Half of them were entertained by a clown for about 15 minutes after the embryos were transferred into their wombs.  The routine included jokes, tricks, and magic and was performed on a one-to-one basis.  The study sample included 219 patients (110 in the intervention group and 109 in the control group). There were no significant differences between the groups regarding age. The pregnancy rate in the intervention group was 36.4%, compared with 20.2% in the control group. Researchers thought “laughter may have an effect on the embryo-uterine interplay through neuroendocrine pathways or non-ovarian stress reduction, augmenting uterine receptivity”.[1]

SEE ALSO: HOW STRESS CAN CONTRIBUTE TO MISCARRIAGE AND INFERTILITY (getpregnantover40.com)


Although this study was done on women undergoing IVF, I can’t help but believe that the beneficial effect of laughter can help women who are trying to conceive naturally too.
How can you laugh at a time like this?  You just have to figure out what tickles your funny bone.  For me, watching the television show where people send in their silly home videos was a guaranteed laugh.  Sometimes I’d have tears running down my face I would laugh so hard.  Try it!  I didn’t always feel like laughing, but I’d start watching and I couldn’t contain myself!  Many cable channels play the reruns at all hours and you can find almost anything online, so it’s pretty easy to find at least one episode per day.  It’s those belly laughs that make you cry that are especially healing and cathartic.    


[1] Friedler, Shevach et al.,The effect of medical clowning on pregnancy rates after in vitro fertilization and embryo transfer, Fertility and Sterility , Volume 95 , Issue 6 , 2127 - 2130

Sunday, August 26, 2018

WHY ARE FLAXSEEDS SO GOOD FOR FERTILITY, GETTING PREGNANT?

When I was trying to conceive, I immediately added ground flaxseeds (or "flax meal") to my diet.  I had read an article written by a dietician who gave all of the benefits of flaxseeds - not only for fertility but for overall health.  I actually just ground them myself in a coffee bean grinder (an old wedding gift I finally found a use for!)  I would just take a couple of tablespoons every day.  Some people add them to their food, but it was just easier for me to take them right from the spoon and wash them down with water.  They actually have a nice nutty taste, so they're great to throw in a salad.  But I would definitely grind them up because they can be hard to digest and they may go through your system whole and you won't get the benefit of the essential fatty acids.  Also, keep them refrigerated.  Be sure to buy them fresh and refrigerated as well because the oils inside can easily spoil.  Here is an article about the benefit of flaxseeds for reproductive hormones:

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



1) Lignans

Flaxseeds contain a series of chemicals called lignans, which have a phytoestrogenic effect. Phytoestrogens, or “plant-estrogens” are very weak hormone analogues that talk to the body’s hormone receptors and modulate their actions. In other words, it can help lower the estrogenic effect when you have too much or raise it when you have too little.

2) Sex Hormone Binding Globulin

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Our bodies produce a protein in our blood called Sex Hormone Binding Globulin, or SHBG. SHBG has an affinity for testosterone and estrogen – two hormones which are commonly elevated in women with hormone conditions such as PCOS or painful periods. When SHBG binds a hormone, it renders the hormone inactive, but hormone imbalance often lowers SHBG levels. A study showed the flaxseed consumption raised SHBG when it needed to be increased, and minimized the detrimental effects of excess estrogen and testosterone.

3) Regularity

The primary route of excretion of excess hormones is through the bowels. Being regular is essential to hormonal health – you need to go to the washroom at least once per day. Flaxseed is a source of fibre that gels up in the digestive tract and helps to move things along the intestines. Not only does this make flax a great option for hormones, but it also helps rid the body of excess cholesterol as well.

from:www.wallisforwellness.com

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

WOMAN PREGNANT OVER 50 NATURALLY, TRUE STORY

I frequently post stories of women who got pregnant over 40 naturally...and...I frequently post stories of women who got pregnant over 50 naturally!  As a matter of fact, I have a page on my website devoted to true stories of documented cases of women pregnant naturally over 50 (click here getpregnantover40.com).
Well, here is another story which I just came across from parenting.com.  A woman by the name of Morgan Zantua of course thought she was too old to have a baby since she was over 50.  Well, fate had other plans and she was shocked to find out that she was pregnant:  From the article:

...at age 51, Zantua was in graduate school and juggling three jobs. She and her husband, then 56, planned to eventually sell their home in Tacoma and travel around the world. Then Zantua noticed she couldn't button her skirts and often felt exceptionally warm and tired. She thought, "Boy, menopause is hitting awfully fast," and she booked a consultation with her doctor.
Before the appointment, a friend suggested she take a pregnancy test. And since she always tried to be open-minded, she did—and discovered she was having a baby. "I was stunned," she says. "I have friends younger than I am who are grandparents, and here I was becoming a mom." Luckily, she says, her husband kept her calm. "I was overjoyed and totally petrified at the same time, but George was such an anchor," she says. "He was surprised, too, of course, but he helped me shift gears for this next stage in our lives. We were both elated."
The next day Zantua's gynecologist confirmed she was five months pregnant with a healthy baby girl.
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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

VITEX, CHASTEBERRY: HOW IT HELPS FERTILITY AND HORMONES

What is Vitex or Chasteberry, where does it come from?

You may have heard of Vitex (Vitex Cactus Agnus) or commonly known as Chasteberry. It is a flowering plant and it grows in warmer climates. It got it's name because it was thought to be an "anaphrodisiac" (the opposite of an aphrodisiac) so it was thought to keep women chaste. However, some sources claim it is an aphrodisiac.
Vitex is thought to have a positive affect on reproductive hormones because of its action on the hypothalamus and pituitary gland.
Vitex acts on the hypothalamus and pituitary glands inside the brain by increasing luteinizing hormone (LH) production and mildly inhibiting the release of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH).
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The result is a shift in the ratio of estrogen to progesterone, in favor of progesterone.

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Friday, August 17, 2018

WHO IS SAINT GERARD, PATRON SAINT OF FERTILITY PREGNANCY

I did grow up Catholic, but I would have to say my religious beliefs are a bit more open minded now that I'm older.  However, Catholic Saints are still a part of the world culture and many people pray to saints for help with difficult situations in their life.  This post is about Saint Gerard who is considered the Patron (helping) Saint of Fertility, Pregnancy and Motherhood.  So how did Saint Gerard Majella become known as the Saint to help with getting pregnant?  Here is the story:

Majella's last recorded miracle is one that many credit toward his becoming the patron of expectant mothers. Shortly before his death, Majella encountered a young girl. He had dropped his handkerchief and she set out to return it, only to be told to keep it. Majella told her she "may need it someday." Years after Majella's passing, the young girl became married and with child. She unexpectedly went into labor and was on the verge of losing her baby. She called for Majella's handkerchief to be applied to her. Almost immediately, her pain abated and she proceeded to give birth to a healthy child.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

PREGNANCY OVER 50, YES, IT HAPPENS NATURALLY, NO IVF

I frequently write about pregnancy over 40...I share how I prepared my body, mind with the right foods, the right lifestyle and paying attention to the mind-body connection.  My pregnancy was very deliberate.  But what about older women who get pregnant by surprise?  Most women over 50 aren't trying to get pregnant.  Yes, there are those who use donor eggs and go through fertility treatments, but there are also those who are completely shocked that they got pregnant.  Pregnancy over 40 certainly isn't as common as pregnancy over 40, but it does happen.  I have devoted a page on my website to this topic.  These are documented cases of women who were shocked to find out that they were pregnant.  Most thought they were going through some type of terminal illness.  It just goes to show you that age is just a number.

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Monday, August 13, 2018

COENZYME Q10 FOR FERTILITY IN MEN AND WOMEN

I have written and number of articles about CoQ10 and male and female fertility, here is a fairly recent article written by 

Coenzyme Q10 (a.k.a. CoQ10) is all the rage right now with male and female fertility. So why is this one supplement, creating all the buzz? Well, CoQ10 is found in virtually almost all cells of our body including the ovaries. It is the fuel source for the mitochondria – which are the so called “power plant” within our cells where energy is generated. So, it is important for our body! Below is everything you need to know about this popular supplement and its benefit to fertility.
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What is CoQ10’s function?

CoQ10 is a fat-soluble molecule allowing it to flow freely in our cellular membrane (the layer that covers our cells). CoQ10 has a specific role in the mitochondria – it transfers electrons across the cellular membrane in the “electron transport chain.” Electrical energy is generated through this process creating energy in the form of ATP. All of the cells in our body use ATP as fuel!
CoQ10 is also known for its antioxidant properties – meaning it inhibits oxidation reactions. Sounds confusing? Well, oxidation reactions can produce free radicals that can be damaging to our cells.

 SEE ALSO: DHEA AND FERTILITY IN OLDER WOMEN (getpregnantover40.com)

Sources of CoQ10

Our bodies naturally create CoQ10 so it is not considered a vitamin and it does not need to be supplied through the diet. We do get some CoQ10 from meat, poultry, or sardine consumption. However, studies haven’t shown that increasing dietary intake of CoQ10 results in higher levels in the body.

CoQ10, Energy and Egg Quality

It is well documented that female fertility declines around age 30. But why is this the case? The main issue is the quality of eggs. Egg quality is important because it relates to the genetic status of the egg. As we age, our mitochondria also become more damaged and become less efficient at generating energy. The human egg has more mitochondria than any other cell in the body! (Remember, CoQ10 is the fuel source for the mitochondria!).

The concentration of CoQ10 in the body begins to decline around 30 years of age

So, in theory, older eggs result in increased mitochondrial damage and decreased CoQ10. If the eggs could function more efficiently and effectively, with more energy produced by the mitochondria with the help of CoQ10, maybe the egg quality would be better as well.
It is really about ensuring the egg has the energy it needs to complete all the processes that are involved in ensuring proper maturation and fertilization. 

Benefits CoQ10 for Fertility

Several studies have been completed monitoring teh concentration of CoQ10 in aging mice. One study showed that CoQ10 increases energy production and number of eggs ovulated after hormone stimulation.
A human study done on women was able to analyze CoQ10 levels in ovarian follicles and found that higher CoQ10 levels in mature eggs produced good quality embryos. Therefore, it is believed that using CoQ10 before IVF can increase mitochondrial activity – resulting in increased egg numbers and quality.

As always, please speak with your healthcare professional before starting any supplement. There are specific doses and forms of CoQ10 that should be considered for each person.

References:

Ben-Meir, Assaf et al. “Coenzyme Q10 Restores Oocyte Mitochondrial Function And Fertility During Reproductive Aging”. N.p., 2017. Print.
Bentov et al. “Coenzyme Q10 Supplementation And Oocyte Aneuploidy In Women Undergoing IVF&Ndash;ICSI Treatment”. N.p., 2017. Print.
Fett, Rebecca. It Starts With The Egg. 1st ed. Print.

Friday, August 10, 2018

LIGHT THERAPY MAY RESOLVE INFERTILITY, HELP GETTING PREGNANT

Pregnancy Over 40, Light Therapy And Getting Pregnant

I never tried actual light therapy when I was trying to conceive, however I did make a point of trying to get at least an hour of sunlight every day.
 This site has some useful information about how light is essential for strong menstrual cycles and how women tend to be indoors more than men.  . Read more:

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Two Fold Benefit of Light—Light aids fertility in two ways:
First, Bright light during the day helps increase fertility. Scientists theorize that bright morning and evening light sends a signal to the body clock that it is the right time of year to conceive. (It is more difficult to conceive during the short winter days.) Bright light also controls the overproduction of melatonin, which may stifle fertility.

Second, evening light and dusk simulation help regulate menstrual cycles, and a regular menstrual cycle increases the odds of conception. Several studies show that using light at night regulates irregular and longer menstrual cycles, even in women whose periods lasted nine weeks or more. Irregular and long menstrual cycles were normalized within a few weeks of treatment. Apollo Health has participated in many of these studies.


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Why Nightlight Regulates Cycles
While our daily sleep/wake cycles are tied to bright light, menstrual cycles are tied to moonlight. As explained in Dr. Smolensky’s book, The Body Clock Guide to Better Health:

“Our words, ‘menstruation,’ ‘moon,’ and ‘month,’ all come from the Greek word for ‘measure of time.’ A woman’s menstrual cycle runs its course in about twenty-eight days, one lunar cycle.

Circadian Rhythms and Conception
The body clock dictates when the ovaries prepare and release eggs for fertilization. One of the best signs of fertility is immediately after ovulation, when body temperature increases 1°. However, conception is more likely to happen a day or two before this rise in temperature. Maintaining a normal menstrual cycle makes it easier to predict the best time to conceive, and helps relieve the stress some couples experience trying to conceive

 from: www.lighttherapy.com.au

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

PRAYERS TO GET PREGNANT, FERTILITY, MOTHERHOOD & MISCARRIAGE

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:


SEE ALSO: SAINTS FOR FERTILITY, PREGNANCY (getpregnantover40.com)


Catholic Prayer


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& Prayer for Fertility, Pregnancy and Motherhood
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.
Amen.
 from catholic.org

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
Amen.

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
Amen.

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
Amen.

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

HOW PESTICIDES CAN THREATEN PREGNANCY AND FERTILITY

Pesticides in Pregnancy

I previously published an article about how pesticide exposure in pregnancy can affect the child's IQ. I've also heard that if you examine the breast tissue of most women, you will find pesticides and other hormone disrupting chemicals.
 That's scary since most women don't live near areas where these chemicals are sprayed. We're just exposed to them in our day to day lives. Pregnant women are no exception.  The University of Granada found that there were fifteen different pesticide chemicals and substances found in pregnant women.  Substances called organochlorines could affect a baby's urogenital system development.
It's hard to avoid these substances because they can not only be in our food, but also our water, air and soil.

SEE ALSO:  PREGNANCY AND FERTILITY DETOXIFICATION, CLEANSE

AND: DETOXIFYING YOUR ENVIRONMENT FOR FERTILITY AND PREGNANCY (getpregnantover40.com)
 
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Sunday, August 05, 2018

BEST INTERCOURSE POSITIONS TO GET PREGNANT

Trying To Conceive Over 40, Positions That Help

Okay, this isn't exactly a dinner table topic when you're at your mom's house, but it is certainly worth reading about.
 There are certain sexual positions which are better than others if you're trying to conceive. Here is an article that explains more  (the first one mentioned is how I conceive my daughter):

From the article:


Best Positions
The man-on-top position works well when trying to conceive. Place a small pillow under your hips
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following intercourse so that your cervix basically rests in the pool of semen for a short time (perhaps 20 minutes or so). This will allow the sperm time to easily swim up through the cervix. (Important Note: Do not use a large pillow, or you may sabotage your efforts, since the sperm may then puddle behind your cervix. Not a good place to be when trying to reach that egg.)

SEE ALSO: THE PROS AND CONS OF FERTILITY CHARTING BBT (getpregnantover40.com)

If you have a tipped uterus, you may have better luck having intercourse from behind (hands and knees position). By having intercourse in this position it allows the sperm better access to the cervix.

Positons to Avoid
For most women it makes sense to avoid straddling their partner while making love -- woman-on-top, sitting or standing -- since this can cause the semen to leak and may result in fewer sperm making their way to the egg.

from ivillage.com

Thursday, August 02, 2018

YOGA POSES TO HELP GET PREGNANT, IMPROVE FERTILITY AND CIRCULATION

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
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.
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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"(www.getpregnantover40.com) 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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Wednesday, August 01, 2018

PROSTAGLANDINS CAN HARM OR HELP FERTILITY

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

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

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

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

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

from 
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