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Monday, December 30, 2019


Trying To Get Pregnant?  Smell Of Flowers May Help

I found the following site which at first glance looks like it might be part of the "old wives tales and folklore" category that I posted earlier.
however, as I read through it, a lot of what is said makes sense. I've read numerous articles about how we underestimate our sense of smell and it's affect on brain chemistry and body chemistry. Here is an article about flower essences and fertility:

From the site:
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To begin with we need to understand how the mind and body communicate and how negative emotions affect hormonal balance. All our experiences from in-utero to now are stored in the emotional brain - some of these experiences we remember, many of them are stored in the subconscious. Emotions such as anger, fear or depression are our responses to these experiences. The brain transforms these emotions into biochemical and electrical messages from the hypothalamus and pituitary glands and they are distributed throughout the body via the bloodstream. This negative hormonal communication along the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonad axis is responsible for many reproductive problems. Research is now showing that resolving unfinished business from childhood and earlier adult life can impact positively on our hormonal systems, thereby enhancing our ability to conceive and birth a healthy baby.

How flower essences can be used and how they will help you to feel if you are trying to conceive:
Essences can help you to feel less anxious before or during a doctor's visit or medical procedures or when waiting for results.
You will recover more quickly emotionally and physically after surgery, failed cycles, miscarriage or stillbirth and other traumatic events or procedures.
Essences can help you cope more easily when you hear about other women conceiving and/or at Xmas or a family gathering where there are babies or young children present.
You will become more aware of how you really feel and learn to express these feelings appropriately. For example grief and anger are both emotions that when not expressed can, over time, have serious psychological and physiological consequences.
Essences over time will help you become more intuitive and peaceful and more able to know what is right for you (which treatment to follow, how long to carry on trying etc) and feel less affected by negativity around you - regarding e.g. your age or diagnosis. Personally, I feel that labels such as infertile or too old are incredibly damaging and can ultimately impact on how the woman or man feels about her/himself and therefore negatively affecting fertility.
Essences can help us become more accepting and forgiving each time pregnancy does not occur and ultimately if we decide to stop trying.
Finally and very importantly, flower essences can help us to make contact again with the beautiful, creative, joyful woman inside of us all. 

Fertile Emotions (www.flower-essences.net)

Sunday, December 29, 2019


Greens For Fertility

I jokingly say that when I was trying to conceive naturally (after all of those horrible fertility drugs which did nothing but cause complications) I started on "vegetable therapy".  When I was running an infertility support group, most of the women there were going through fertility treatments and I continually said I was trying naturally with vegetable therapy.  Yes, a few eyebrows were raised,
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especially considering my age, but...guess what?  It worked!  Aside from all of the colorful vegetables I ate (deep bright colors indicate high antioxidant content), I also ate a lot of greens: leafy green vegetables.  So why are they so good for fertility?
  • Greens contain a high content of fiber (I also ate these when I was pregnant which help me avoid pregnancy constipation)
  • Greens are high in iron and calcium
  • Greens are high in vitamin K which is good for blood vessels
  • Greens are a rich source of B vitamins
  • Greens are low carb which is a bonus since they are low in calories and have anti-inflammatory properties and are great for detoxification

Saturday, December 28, 2019


Women Do Get Pregnant Over 50

I thought I would share this article with my readers. A 55 year old woman (mother of Jane Goody) got pregnant naturally (but miscarried).

The reason I share this with my readers is that even at 55, a woman can get pregnant. Granted,
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miscarriage is more likely at this age, but pregnancy is possible. Read more:

By Claire Rutter On September 26, 2011
Jade Goody's Mother Jackiey Budden Suffers Miscarriage

The 55-year-old, who was is a former Celebrity Big Brother contestant, having entered the house with her late daughter Jade in 2007, was less than three months pregnant with her boyfriend of one month Jack Hickinbottom. Jackiey said that she had conceived the baby while in Tenerife with Hickinbottom in July.

After suffering bleeding and cramps, Jackiey called out the emergency GP to her home in Bermondsey, when she was later taken to London's St Thomas' Hospital, where they told her that she'd suffered a miscarriage.

In an interview with The People, Jackiey said: "I thought God was giving me one last chance to bring up a child. I thought Jade was bringing me a little girl from up there. It was like she was helping me from Heaven. I've lost Jade and I've lost contact with my son Brett so I was over the moon that I had another chance."


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Thursday, December 26, 2019


I've heard quite a bit about the healing benefits of magnets and magnetic water.  This guest post talks about the many ways that magnetic water can improve your health.  Fertility is enhanced when you create a more alkaline environment which occurs in magnetized water.  Read more:

Guest Post By Janet Forsythe
What is Bio-Magnetic Water?
Water is paramagnetic - meaning that it will hold a magnetic charge. In nature, the earth's magnetic field naturally charges water in lakes, wells, and running streams. However, as water passes through treatment plants and is transported through pipes to your home or work place, it loses its magnetic charge. Treating water with magnetic fields simple restores the natural energy and balance that nature intended. Magnetized water has more hydroxyl (OH-) ions that form alkaline molecules which reduces the acidity. Normal tap water has a pH of about 7. Magnetized water is more alkaline and can have a pH as high as 9.2. Magnetizing water reduces the surface tension of the water making it feel softer. It is thinner, wetter, and more absorb able, so it is better able to penetrate cell walls and deliver the nutrients that it carries.
Health Benefits
Your body is over 70% water. All biological functions including circulation, digestion, absorption, and excretion depend on water. Water is required for blood, the lymphatic system, and healthy skin and muscles. It is well known among health professionals that when you are sick, the pH of your body is more acidic. Magnetized water, which is more alkaline, raises the pH of your body, which allows the body to get rid of the toxins. Bio-magnetized water is believed to be energy-building, activating, cleansing, and detoxifying. People have reported resolving bladder problems, recovering quickly from a stroke, alleviating arthritis pain, reducing blood pressure, and breaking up kidney and gall stones by drinking magnetic water. Scientific studies have proven that magnetized water has health benefits for animals. Therefore it seems reasonable that it should also be beneficial for
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humans. Reported health benefits of drinking magnetic water include:
o Magnetic water tastes sweeter and has more clarity.
o Magnetic water reduces acidity in the body and promotes a more alkaline pH.
o Magnetic water promotes healing of wounds and burns.
o Magnetic water has a therapeutic effect of digestive, nervous, and urinary systems.
o Magnetic water can be beneficial for asthma, fevers, colds, coughs, bronchitis, and sore throats.
o Magnetic water can be beneficial for menstrual and menopause discomfort.
o Magnetic water revitalized the body.
o Magnetic water has a positive effect on the autonomic nervous system.
o Magnetic water can help regulate the heart function and clear clogged arteries.
o Magnetic water is beneficial for kidney ailments (removal and prevention of stones), gout, obesity (it improves metabolic activity), and premature aging.
o Magnetic water helps relieve pain.
o Magnetic water infuses energy into the body, controls bacteria, and stimulates brain function.
o Magnetic water can help dissipate toxic deposits in the body's connective tissue.
o Magnetic water can regulate blood pressure (high or low).
o Magnetic water can be used to wash and disinfect external cuts and scrapes.
o Magnetic water will remove the plaque on your teeth if you use it to brush your teeth, rinse your mouth, and drink.
o Magnetic water will make your hair softer and more manageable while using less shampoo when used to wash your hair.
o Magnetic water is ionic so it helps reset the charge on cell walls, thus promoting better circulation.
Your pets will enjoy many of the same benefits from bio-magnetic water that you do. They will drink more water, have more energy, and feel younger and healthier. A friend was giving her dogs magnetic water. When she moved, she temporarily had to give them tap water. After a few days, they began scratching all the time. When she started them back on bio-magnetic water, the scratching stopped almost completely.
Bio-Magnetized water will help your plants grow stronger, greener, and larger. In one study seedlings' germination rates were 68 % with bio-magnetized water, while with non-magnetized water only 8% germinated. In another study, Texas A&M researchers found that squash weighed 24% more when it was grown with magnetized water vs. non-magnetized water. Bio-magnetic water is more solvent and has a lower surface tension, so nutrients in the water are absorbed more readily. Thus you get a healthier plant while using less fertilizer.
Other Fluids & Uses
Almost any fluid can be magnetized. Using Bio-Magnetic Water will drastically improve the taste of coffee, tea, and foods. Foods and beverages made using magnetic water will acquire the same healing powers as bio-magnetic water. Cosmetics, facial and skin products function a lot better when magnetized. Magnetized milk will give vigor and vitality to the weak and exhausted person. Magnetized milk has been proven useful for recuperating and enhancing sexual power. When fruit juices are treated with bio-magnets, they become more refreshing and give more nourishment. Beer can be magnetized to give better effect. Magnetized olive oil can be very rewarding in the treatment of gout and rheumatism.
Use bio-magnetic water to make your coffee and after a month or two the inside of your coffee maker will look like new. The bio-magnetic water will remove the scale build-up in your coffee maker.
How to make Bio-Magnetic Water
Making Bio-magnetic water is quite simple: just place a glass or container filled with water on a magnetic pad. Never use a metal container. You want to use a container that has a flat bottom without any raised edges. You want the bottom of the container touching the magnet pad. How long you need to leave the water on the magnet will depend on how much water you have. I usually use a gallon milk container and leave it on the pad for 4-6 hours or longer. It won't hurt to leave it there longer, you can even just leave the container on the pad and refill it as you use the water. The water will stay magnetized for several days after you take it off the magnet.
There is a long history of the use of magnets to improve the quality and health benefits of water. Many countries have been using magnetic water for patients with digestive, urinary, and nervous problems, for pain, swelling, and many other ailments. Whether all of the claims are true or false remains to be tested by science. However, Magnetic Therapy has been accepted by many for the relief of pain. It is now accepted that each of our cells possess a small magnetic field and that water can be magnetized. Then, the logical conclusion is that magnetic water has the ability to affect our cells and help our body perform as it was meant. There is much evidence that bio-magnetic water is beneficial and none that it can be harmful.
Visit our website for more information about Bio-Magnetic Therapy and Bio-Magnetic water.
Janet Forsythe of Forsythe & Associates is a scientist and has been involved in alternative, natural therapy for many years. Our web site http://www.bio-magnetictherapy.com deals with Magnetic Therapy Products and has several articles about the subject.
Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/expert/Janet_Forsythe/114566

Wednesday, December 25, 2019



 Many women are told they have high FSH and immediately told to consider donor eggs  Here are three success stories as reported in the Oxford Journals Human Reproduction:

Case #1 was a 36 year old with an FSH of 143
Case #2 was a 35 year old with an FSH of 105
Case #3 was a 46 year old with an FSH of  22
If you have undergone fertility testing, you are probably aware that doctors usually want to see an
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FSH under 10.Although all the women in the report citing these three cases underwent fertility treatments to get pregnant, they did NOT use donor eggs and they had normal live births.

 "The relatively quick success of these patients with very inexpensive therapy allows the treating physician at least to advise a couple not interested in using donor oocytes or adoption that, although a successful outcome is unlikely, there does not appear to be a ceiling on the FSH concentration where conception in a woman with incipient ovarian failure is not possible. Furthermore, they can be advised that there is at least one precedent for temporary reversal of apparent overt menopause with successful delivery in women up to the age of 45 years."
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Monday, December 23, 2019


Trying To Conceive Over 40 and The Holidays

I posted this article last year, and I wanted to post it again during this holiday season. Even though trying to conceive unsuccessfully for many years isn't the least bit funny, the title of the article made
me laugh (Fa la la la la blah blah blah blah). Oh how I felt like a big Scrooge every Christmas (it seemed like every holiday season was right after a miscarriage or failed fertility treatment). Katie gives some good advice for dealing with the holidays:
From the article:

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 My heavily Catholic mother was fond of saying how “funny” it
was that she never wanted any children and had six, and I wanted them but
couldn’t seem to have any. She often repeated that my childlessness was
probably God’s way of telling me I wouldn’t be a good mother.
I had a great aunt who was going deaf who would pat my stomach and
holler, “Is anyone in there yet?” And then there are the idiotic bosses who,
after a few drinks, tell you to lighten up and offer to pinch hit for your

husband, ha, ha, ha.
 from: (www.mindbodyfertility.com)

Friday, December 20, 2019


Fertility and PCOS Helped By Walnuts and Almonds

I love eating almost every kind of nut. The more I read, the more I learn about the health benefits nuts
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can offer.  I ate walnuts as part of my fertility protocol and still eat them today.

Nuts have omega 3 fats which are great for a number of conditions including infertility.  They can help regulate hormones which, of course, can help with the cyclical process of ovulation and menstrual balance.

Nuts are being studied to see if they can help women with PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) because it is thought that women with PCOS suffer from insulin resistance and the beneficial fats in nuts may actually help with this condition.
Both walnuts and almonds seem to help with the androgens which are present  in women with PCOS and they seem to help regulate their menstrual cycles:

 Insulite Laboratories, a Boulder, Colorado USA based company, is committed to reversing Insulin Resistance - a potentially dangerous imbalance of blood glucose and insulin. Scientific research has revealed that this disorder can be a primary cause of excess weight gain and obesity, plus Pre-Diabetes and Type 2 Diabetes. Insulin Resistance can also underlie the cluster of increased risk factors for cardiovascular damage called Metabolic Syndrome (Syndrome X) as well as PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) - a major source of serious conditions as well as heartbreaking female infertility.

from: http://www.betternetworker.com 

Wednesday, December 18, 2019


I teach at my local community college and my students' ages range from 16 to well over 50 (and even 60!) But last summer I had something interesting come up. One of my younger students missed a few classes and emailed me that she was pregnant and very upset. She told me that she was going to try to pull herself together enough to start attending class and she had made a decision that she was going to keep the baby. I was really take off-guard.

I dealt with infertility for so many years that I forgot that the vast majority of women (especially avoid pregnancy. Statistically speaking, half of all pregnancies are unplanned (that includes older women too!) I'm sure many of those pregnancies are met with panic, sadness and even termination. I think those of us who've stuggled with infertility and miscarriage have a hard time understanding the plight of those fertile women who get pregnant by accident.
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younger women) spend most of their reproductive years trying to

For me, I try to remember what it would have been like to get pregnant while I was in college. That really would have been a crisis. The last thing I wanted back then was a baby! I had such a distorted view of family and parenting. It truly was a blessing that I didn't get pregnant until I was in my 40's. I had plenty of time to get my priorities straight and plenty of time to confront my less-than-perfect childhood. Oh what a difference 20 years can make! I think back to the clueless and sometimes misguided young woman I was in high school and college. In retrospect, I'm glad I had every one of those 20 years to get my act together. Maybe my daughter waited on purpose to come down and start her life with us. Perhaps she had the wisdom I didn't.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019


This story is very insightful about a woman who had a baby every decade of her adult life.  Her final pregnancy just before she turned 44.  She has many interesting observations about her parenting style.  Read more from the Daily Mail:

And then, shortly before my 44th birthday, my second husband and I celebrated the arrival of Isabel, who has just turned nine.
I am, in spite of my mother's misgivings, the proud mother of three children, each born in a different
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decade of my life. 

It sounds dramatic, but what difference does a woman's age really make to motherhood? Plenty, I'd say. Probably the first thing is that women find it easier to get pregnant when youth is on their side.
A few years back, three experts in obstetrics and women's health stuck out their necks to point out the fairly obvious: 'While the age at which women in Western societies choose to start their families has changed, their biology has not.'
It was true for me, too. I fell pregnant easily in my 20s and 30s; I needed a little more time in my 40s, but it still happened, for which I am eternally grateful. The pregnancies themselves were not radically different, except that by the time I was expecting in my 40s the stakes were far higher.

Monday, December 16, 2019


Pregnancy Over 40, IVF Over 40

When I was going through fertility treatments (which I don't have fond memories of), I remember feeling like somewhat of a spectator who would occasionally have eggs harvested, drugs injected, and blood extracted.  It was almost like I was watching a movie and somehow I was in it.

 I felt like my life was at the mercy of a few insensitive nurses who probably saw me as just another desperate woman who wants a baby. And for all this, I paid dearly(about $25,000--but who's counting?) The price I paid wasn't just financial, it was emotional and physical as well.

After My Second IVF I Quit Fertility Treatments

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After my second failed IVF, I couldn't take it anymore. I had to take a good look at what I was doingI was in control of my body, not the doctors. Once I did, my life changed. It was so empowering to regain control of my body and my life. After recovering from my second IVF (which ended in miscarriage), I started my all natural journey to pregnancy, and guess what? I got pregnant in a matter of months (long story short I got pregnant 4 times on my own). My last pregnancy carried to term.
to myself. I had completely turned over my body to the doctors and totally lost control. It's no wonder my fertility treatments failed. I needed to come to the realization that

It's amazing what can happen when you take back your power. After conceiving naturally and miscarrying, I had a number of RE's look at me with that "give it up honey" look and I would think, "hey, you don't know the first thing about me...yes, you know my age and you've read my medical records, but you don't know who you're talking to..."

I've always been tempted to call all those skeptical doctors up or send them pictures of my daughter (assuming any of them even remember me)to show them how wrong they were. But, the fact is, I got the sweetest revenge of all.

Saturday, December 14, 2019


Well, lets take a break from the scientific. Every now and then I come across something that's out of the ordinary, but fun and maybe informative for those who are interested. Here are some fertility rituals, spells and chants:


FEMALE: Carry 3 hazelnuts to promote fertility at all times - Jasmine flowers in the home or

essential oil
MALE: Carry a piece of mandrake root at all times - mandrake root contains poison so ensure to wrap and seal it well
CHARMS: Place an elephant in the west or northwest of the bedroom, wear an elephant charm or a fertility goddess charm
GEMSTONE: Rose Quartz and Amethyst symbolize fertility


 Surround your bed with candles (pink if a girl is desired, blue if a boy is desired). Light candles, and
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repeat for each direction:

"With one mind, we call to thee
With one heart, we long for thee
Child of Earth, Wind, Fire, and Sea
Into our lives, we welcome thee."

"Baby Baby come to me,
Baby Baby Mote it be.
God will give you life with me,
Baby Baby mote it be.
Life with you will be so good,
playing games and building wood.
You'll be ours and you will see,
Baby Baby mote it be."

partially excerpted from 

Friday, December 13, 2019


Soy and Fertility - There are conflicting reports on female fertility

I did eat a certain amount of soy while I was trying to conceive because I have read that it can be a hormone regulating food.
  Since that time I've come across some claims that soy can actually hurt fertility. However, this article (cited below) and many others are reassuring that soy will not negatively affect fertility. However, soy is not recommended for men when their partner is trying to conceive since the phytoestrogens may have an effect on their hormones. Read more:

Women in Asian countries where a lot of soy is consumed have dramatically lower rates of breast
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cancer than women in the United States. One explanation is that plant estrogens, called isoflavones, increase menstrual cycle length or reduce ovarian hormones both which would reduce lifetime exposure to estrogen. However, these changes in the menstrual cycle could also impair fertility.

In a study of monkeys, which have menstrual cycles similar to those of women, Kaplan and colleagues tested the hypothesis that the estrogen in soy can affect menstrual cycles.
"Our study was designed to determine whether a soy supplement containing twice the level of plant estrogen consumed by Asian women would alter any aspect of the menstrual cycle or ovarian function in monkeys," he said.

For one year, half of the monkeys were fed a high-soy diet and half got their protein from animal sources. All monkeys were evaluated during this period for changes in ovarian hormones and menstrual cycles.

"Soy treatment did not change any characteristics of the menstrual cycle, including length, amount of bleeding or hormone levels," said Kaplan. "This suggests that any protection that soy may provide against breast cancer does not come from changes in the menstrual cycle." 

 from (www.sciencedaily.com)

Monday, December 09, 2019


 Sperm Helped By Vitamin E and Selenium in Brazil Nuts

Here is an article from Men's Health about ways for men to spice up their sex life and

 The site gives a number of foods that are good for a man's reproductive system.  In terms of fertility, tell the man in your life to eat Brazil Nuts and liver...maybe not what he's used to, but it's worth a try.  Read more:

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The benefit: Shape up your swimmers

Cigarette smoke, air pollution, and other toxins in the air can damage your sperm, altering the DNA inside your cells and possibly increasing your child's risk of birth defects. Your best bet for fighting these pollutants? Call in the Brazilians. Brazil nuts are a top source of selenium, a vitamin that helps keep sperm cells healthy while also helping the little buggers swim faster. When researchers in the United Kingdom had men with fertility problems increase their selenium intake, the men produced hardier, more viable sperm cells.

"Brazil nuts are also a good source of vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps protect sperm cells against free-radical damage," says Keith Ayoob, RD, a spokesman for the American Dietetic Association.

The food: LIVER
The benefit: Boost your sperm count when it counts

It doesn't sound sexy, but ounce for ounce there are few better sources of fertility-boosting vitamin A than liver. Studies show that men who get plenty of A each day have higher sperm counts and perform better sexually than men who don't.

"When your body's low on A, your sperm production goes down dramatically," says Lachance. Liver is also an excellent source of zinc. Your body expels 5 milligrams of zinc -- a third of your daily requirement -- every time you ejaculate, so a single amorous weekend could leave your body's zinc reserves running on empty. 

from menshealth.com

Saturday, December 07, 2019


Pregnancy Over 40: Adhesions Cause Fallopian Tube Damage To Fimbria

Those mysterious fallopian tubes.
So small, but so important to getting pregnant. If you recall, you may have learned about this in your anatomy class. The fallopian tubes have little finger like projections called fimbria. These may get damaged with scar tissue from infections or endometriosis which can contribute to infertility.
 This article explains more about fallopian tubes:

The health of the fallopian tubes--named in honor of the sixteenth-century Italian anatomist Gabriele
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Fallopio--is central to a woman''''s fertility. Damage to the fallopian tubes can interfere with this process. Most problems fall into the category of tubal occlusion next to or around the fimbria. Only 10 to 20 percent of tubal obstruction occurs within the fallopian tubes and next to the uterus, says Edmond Confino, M.D., associate professor and director of the In Vitro Fertilization Program at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

One type of obstruction is caused by pelvic adhesions. Bands of connective tissue attach to the surface of the ovary or form a barrier between the ovary and the fallopian tubes. These adhesions are sometimes the result of endometriosis, a disease where tissue similar to the lining of the uterus is located outside the uterus. Another cause of the adhesions is pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), a condition of the female pelvic organs that''''s often caused by sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) such as gonorrhea and chlamydia. Both endometriosis and infections like PID can also block tubes at their connection to the uterus.
The fallopian tubes can become obstructed if the fimbriae are damaged, says Dr. Confino. Occasionally, a blockage within the tube is created by microplugs--small masses of proteinlike tissue that form inside the tubes. 
excerpted from: (www.mothernature.com)

Friday, December 06, 2019


Pregnancy Over 40, Fertility Over 40 May Be Linked To Infections

Talk with you doctor about whether or not you can be tested. It seems like you should try the easy and inexpensive route before embarking on expensive and sometimes dangerous fertility treatments.
Here is a short on-line book about how an infection in your reproductive system can cause infertility.
The solution is actually quite inexpensive and easy. Read more:

In fifteen years of practice as a pathologist and obstetrician-gynecologist at New York Hospital-
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Cornell Medical Center in New York City, I have examined and treated over forty thousand patients complaining of infertility. The majority of these patients have already invested years with other physicians by the time I see them. They are confused by the complicated and contradictory theories they have heard. They are exhausted by the invasive and costly tests and treatments they've undergone. And they are intimidated by all the advanced technology they've come to suspect may hold the only solution to their problem.By contrast, what I offer my patients is a course of infertility treatment that is simple, painless, relatively inexpensive, and most important-highly effective. Putting together what I have learned from my patients' histories, from my treatment of their cases, from my own research, and from dozens of other studies performed by my colleagues in the profession, I am convinced the fundamental cause of at least half of all infertility cases is common bacterial infections. Therefore, a high percentage of these infertility cases can be easily and safely reversed with the proper combination and dosage of antibiotics.
 from: Fertility Solution

Thursday, December 05, 2019


Before I was trying to conceive and in our initial year of trying to get pregnant (before going through fertility treatments), I must say I was a bit of an exercise addict.  I can't always say it did it for my health, I usually did it to maintain my weight and figure.  On top of a fairly rigorous exercise program (that was the days of high impact aerobics), I was also working in a corporate pressure cooker job.  I felt like I was dodging bullets all day...when one problem was resolved, a worse problem would take its place.  From the company's standpoint...the more hours I put in, the better.   Because of my busy schedule (and being away from home most of the day) I didn't always eat right.  I would grab a bite to eat between meetings and wolf down my lunch and I would eat a not-so-healthy dinner after my exercise class.  Wow, what a recipe for disaster...and infertility.
Well...come to find out...exercise coupled with high stress may make infertility worse.  According to this article,  exercise for an already stressed-out body only adds to the problem.  Most people think that exercise lowers stress, but at some point you need to deal with the underlying cause of the stress
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to make a positive change in your health and fertility.  Read more:

Q. Then you did a similar study in which two groups of women — one group with normal ovulation, the other group with stress-related amenorrhea — exercised almost to their full potential. What did you find?
A. We saw that if you are stressed when you start exercise, your body reacts differently than if you are not chronically stressed and exercise. Not only does it appear that exercise was more stressful for already stressed women, but certainly exercise did not help them lower their stress hormones, which is of course one reason people take up exercising...

...Ideally, it would be good for doctors and patients to understand the link between stress and fertility so that they would know when to offer some sort of intervention. For instance, cognitive behavioral therapy is a relatively simple and inexpensive 16-week program that sometimes removes the need for expensive and risky infertility drugs and procedures. 
from nytimes.com 

Monday, December 02, 2019


What Can I Do to Increase Sperm Count Naturally?

By Dr Andrew Napier
All the reasons due to which one may have low sperm count can be treated by herbal supplements to increase the count. Though herbal supplements can cure all the possible causes but by healthy lifestyle, habits and diet one can support the effects of herbal supplements to get better results in short time. Herbs are excellent treatment as they naturally cure the problem and leave no side effects.
There are many reasons because of which one may suffer from low sperm count. Some reasons are
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related to lifestyle like wearing tight undergarments, too much alcohol intake, too much smoking, excessive stress, long sitting hours and being over weight. People suffering with diseases like hydrocele, varicocele, malformed reproductive organs, problems related to prostrate gland and zinc deficiency also have lesser sperms in their semen. Some people are in the habit of masturbation or have frequent sex, such people also have poor quality semen due to frequent ejaculation and most of the time lack of quality semen is due to low semen count. Certain types of medicines, over exposure to toxins and anabolic steroids also cause low sperm count.
There are many herbal supplements which can increase the sperm count caused due to any reason, but most effective of them are maca roots. These roots are adaptogenic herbs which work to treat the problems according to gender and age. These herbs have rich sources of amino acids, carbohydrates, vitamin B1, B2, C, and E and provide vital minerals like iron, magnesium, calcium, phosphorous and zinc. Ample quantity of zinc in the body increase sperm count and promotes good functioning of reproductive organs for better sexual health. It increases immunity system, provides sexual energy, maintains hormonal balance and promotes healthy sperm count. Ginseng has been used in Chinese medication since ancient times to cure problems of impotence, low libido and lack of energy. This herb improves production and secretion of testosterone hormone to promote healthy semen production and strengthen muscles for more power and energy for sexual performance. Secretion of testosterone hormone increases sex drive in a male.
Tribulus terresteris is powerful nervine tonic and aphrodisiac, it treats infection and problems of prostrate gland and increases testosterone secretion for healthy sperm count and increased sexual desire and energy. Mucuna pruriens increases muscular strength by providing protein to the muscles, it has anti-depressant properties, supports weight loss, increase testosterone secretion and promotes energy to counter fatigue and weakness. Saw palmetto is used as an ingredient in many herbal medicines because of its extremely effective properties helpful for tissue building and gland stimulation to strengthen the reproductive organs. This property of saw palmetto is also beneficial in increasing the effects of herbs which are taken along with this and these properties augur well for healthy sperm count in males. All of these herbs can increase low sperm count if taken as supplement or as herbal medicine. The effects of these herbs are supplementary to each other to affect all the possible aspects of the problem.
Helping the effects of herbs by exercising, taking healthy and timely diet, avoiding alcohol and smoking and taking proper rest and sleep to avoid stress will bring better results in short time.
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Sunday, December 01, 2019


The EPA estimates that the average American has at least 400 toxic compounds in their body! Here are some ways to help you body detoxify especially if you are trying to enhance your fertility and prepare your body for pregnancy:

It has been estimated that your egg quality is determined up to three months before ovulation. So the time is now to start detoxifying.



Psyllium is a form of fiber made from the husks of the Plantago ovata plant’s seeds. Psyllium is used
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as a laxative and is found in many over the counter preparations. I've been taking psyllium for years. The recommended dose is about a tablespoon, but you need to drink plenty of water afterwards because it expands and you will want to flush it out. Psyllium has been associated with lowering cholesteral and blood sugar regulation as well. I just feel better when I have a lot of fiber in my diet. There's something cathartic about emptying your colon. You feel lighter and it has to have a detoxifying affect to rid yoursel of the organisms and intestinal contents. I usually take psyllium after meals, but it can also help you eat less over a day because it makes you feel full longer.

Water, Water, Water

I know there have been some stories in the media about how it’s a myth that you need 8 glasses of water a day – I don’t believe it and neither do plenty of experts who say just the opposite. Much has been written about the critical role water plays in almost all bodily functions and I think it was an essential piece of my successful pregnancy. Water helps to keep your bowels regular. You don’t want toxic substances building up in your system by getting constipated (eating fruits and vegetables will help with this too). If you’re dehydrated, your cervical/vaginal fluids will not be the right consistency for sperm to swim upstream. Your fallopian tubes need to be properly lubricated for the egg to travel down. It just makes sense if you don’t have enough hydration, everything is going to be dried out. You want to get in the habit of drinking lots of water now because you’ll want to continue this when you’re pregnant. When I was pregnant I drank between 64-80oz of water per day and I always had a good volume of amniotic fluid (there is a special test they do to measure amniotic fluid – it looks somewhat like an ultrasound machine). The nurse would always say “I’ll bet you drink a lot of water” because my test results always looked good. In Ayurvedic medicine, there is a practice of drinking water the first thing in the morning on an empty stomach called “Usha Paana Chikitsa”. This is thought to help cleanse the colon and purify the blood. The body is better able to absorb nutrients after this process. This is thought to help with a number of conditions including infertility. You should not consume alcoholic beverages the night before and you should not eat anything for one hour after drinking the water. Sources on this recommend 5-6 glasses of water upon waking, however, I am hesitant to recommend this amount all at once since too much water too quickly can overload your kidneys. I frequently did (and still do) drink a couple of glasses of water first thing in the morning.

Detoxification Bath With Epsom Salt

I have also taken Epsom salt baths. Not only are baths very relaxing which can help with stress, Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) are thought to have a number of detoxifying and health promoting properties. The salts draw out toxins. Epsom salt baths are also thought to facilitate insulin transport, absorbtion of nutrients, regulation of enzymes, reduction of inflammation and reduction of muscle cramps, they aide with tissue and protein production, and they reduce headaches like migraines.

To take your Epsom salt bath:

Draw your bath water to your desired temperature, add 2 cups of Epsom salt while the water is running. Do not eat before your bath, but drink water before and after.


A type of blue-green algae, the Aztecs discovered spirulina thousands of years ago and soon made it a staple in their diet. Now days, spirulina is considered a “superfood.” Spirulina contains chlorophyll which is used for “detoxification” by helping remove toxins such as heavy metals and other pollutants from the circulatory system. Spirulina is available in powdered form and it usually comes with recipes for smoothies and cooking suggestions. The benefits of spirulina include:

Spirulina is a protein rich food which is needed for hormone production and high egg quality

Spirulina is high in the beneficial omega 3's which not only help with hormone production, but they have an overall anti-inflammatory affect on the body

Spirulina has chlorophyll which helps to detoxify the body. It can bind with heavy metals to remove them.

Spirulina is high in iron which has been shown to help with fertility and is very important should you become pregnant

Spirulina is high in B vitamins including folic acid which you should start taking before becoming pregnant to reduce the chance of birth defects

Spirulina is high in calcium which is important for pregnancy (it can have 26 times the amount of calcium in milk!)

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Reporting Dangers of Fluoride - And Mass Medication

Guest Post By Sally Wilson
Mass medication through water systems of the world began in 1951 with fluoridation. The optimum level was originally set at the rate of 1 part per million (1ppm) and considered safe.Fluoridation of the public drinking water however has many risks and dangers.
The most obvious question we must ask in trying to assess the purpose of this unusual action taken to medicate the public water supplies, is to enquire as to its real purpose. Health authorities approved fluoridation ostensibly is for the improvement of the teeth of the people. The assumption is that fluoride will improve tooth enamel and that all people will require the same amount of this chemical
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Firstly there is irrefutable evidence from prominent medical researchers, showing this chemical that is sufficiently toxic as to have asserted its place as a rat poison, is also harmful to humans when ingested.
In spite of this, fluoride not only continues to be used in many chemical and even pharmaceutical products but has for decades been deliberately pumped into our Australian public water supplies in spite of extensive demonstrations of objection by groups and individuals. This has left a situation where those members of the community who do not wish to have the quality of their drinking water downgraded in this way must purchase water filters in their home, laboratories, factories and hospitals. Food processing and therapeutic products and industries have been particularly affected. It would be difficult to assess the negative damage to the health of the whole community.
Logical arguments have had no influence in changing the decisions of health departments and medical authorities on a national scale in Australia and will have not the power to do so as long as state governments retain the authority on health issues. Over the years, many scientists and individuals from many countries in the world have put forward their objections. These include the following points as a basis for their argument.....
Regarding the claimed benefit to dental health:

Firstly why should it be seen to be a priority over any other health issues prevalent in the community, such as heart trouble, cancer, diabetes and other diseases? Only a minute percentage of public water will be consumed by children in the suggested time frame when there is potential benefit to their developing teeth. In fact, over-dosing of fluoride produces irregularities in the enamel of children. Appreciating that the recommended safe dose is 1ppm but difficult to guarantee that pumping stations produce an accurate dilution of the toxin in amounts that are totally safe......and that a tube of toothpaste contains up to 1500 ppm and a can of commercial fruit juice contains about 2.8 ppm and mouth rinses from 230-900 ppm we can only conclude that the majority of people in western countries are probably over the toxic limit of ingestion of fluoride prior to any water content analysis. This factor alone leaves commercial enterprises open to exhaustive litigation as the councils and water authorities and even dentists. Gum irritations and allergies are common, not only in those using fluoride toothpaste but in drinking water and medical drugs that are fluorinated.

African American children are shown to be more susceptible to fluorosis or tooth mottling than whites. This demonstrates a need to consider racial constitution as a factor in mass medicine. Those who choose to medicate with fluoride and are persuaded it is to their dental benefit are free to do so through controlled tablet intake.

Need for Pure Water
It has always been acknowledged that pure water is the basis of good health so accent should be directed by responsible community guardians towards extracting any untoward elements in the water rather than injecting toxic substances into it, even at 1ppm. There is no way to demonstrate that there is any scientific way to control the amount of fluoride any individual will ingest through their water intake because of personal differences in habit, thus making it, along with any other proposed mass medication, an offence against medical principles.
Compulsory Medication is Unethical

To endure compulsory medication through water, the most essential element for health represents a pollution that offends both our aims to good health and is a crime against our democratic principles of personal freedom of choice.
Proven Dangers and Risks

Excessive fluoride or fluorine components in the body that can occur with certain medical drugs produce mild to extreme symptoms and even fatal consequences. The dangers are not only physical such as interfering with thyroid function but include extreme mental and emotional irregularities. This has been a line of research following outbreaks of violent and irrational behavior of young teenagers that have been demonstrated over the last years.
Obesity - Heart Disease - Kidney problems- Cancer -

Obesity is now reaching epidemic proportions in western countries. The toxic affect of fluoride upon the function of the thyroid gland is considered to be a causative factor. As aluminium cookware was last century considered a serious cause of cancer and dementia, fluoride toxicity is suspected of being a factor in this as in many other diseases such as bone deformation, premature aging and nerve and brain diseases. Seemingly co-incidental with fluoridation of water supplies in the twentieth century has been the explosion of cancer and other serious health issues.
Brain and Mental Disease

Many generally prescribed medications and drugs in western countries contain fluoride in considerable amount to make them questionable negative factors and suspected of being the cause of many allergies and conditions as serious as psychotic behavior, depression, and inhibited mental abilities. Warnings include many specific drugs such as Prozac, Luvoc, Lescol, Lipitor, Crestor, Baycol with the last having been removed from the American market after fatalities from adverse reactions.

Pregnant Women are advised to take no fluoride as it can damage brain function and hormones in the foetus.

Elderly are at equal risk as fluoridated water is indicated as a possible main cause of Alzheimer's and dementia.

Children have been harmed by fluoridation and medications containing flurorine and derivatives to the extent that the numerous cases have led to parents forming support groups to lobby for changes. Most recent research shows the link between fluoride and Asperger's disease and autism because of the accumulative lead component involved.
Political Tarnish:

Motivation for the introduction of tons of fluoride into public water supplies is tarnished by considerations that are politically rather than therapeutic in their aims. This is a subject that has been explored by some who seek a reason for such an extreme and illogical action such as fluoridation. Some go further to claim that the practice violates the Nuremberg code regarding restriction on human experimentation.
Industrial Pollution:

The practice is claimed as a convenient dumping ground for industrial wastes. Some believe that the aluminium and fertilizer industries that produce fluoride as a by-product found a convenient and profitable disposal of toxic waste in the public water supply. Fluoride buried in the earth kills plant life. In the air kills stock. In the water...?

There is an almost overwhelming amount of evidence accumulating in scientific journals and forums warning of the dangers and risks of our present water fluoridation system upon health. It is widely accepted that it is unsafe a method and entirely uncontrollable in dosage. The factor of chemical allergy and damage to physiological function also give cause for great concern. On these issues there are many doctors and scientists adding their voice and is best said by Dr Arvid Carlsson, Nobel Prize winner for Medicine (2000). "I am quite convinced that water fluoridation, in a not-too-distant future, will be consigned to medical history...Water fluoridation goes against leading principles of pharmacotherapy, which is progressing from a stereotyped medication - of the type 1 tablet 3 times a day - to a much more individualized therapy as regards both dosage and selection of drugs. The addition of drugs to the drinking water means exactly the opposite of an individualized therapy."

Dr Peter Mansfield physician from UK and member of the advisory board to the government review of fluoridation (2000) states...
"No physician in his right senses would prescribe for a person he has never met, whose medical history he does not know, a substance which is intended to create bodily change, with the advice: 'Take as much as you like, but you will take it for the rest of your life because some children suffer from tooth decay.' It is a preposterous notion." The very existence of an organization 'Parents of Fluoride Poisoned Children', founded by Andreas Schuld, a recognized leading expert on fluorides, says enough.
International Consent/Dissent:

The International Dental Federation (FDI) first recommended water fluoridation in 1951. In Europe, since that date it is estimated that more than 53 million people who endured water fluoridation for years are now free of its pollution. Many countries have now ceased the practice. There are now only 6 countries where the people are still compelled to drink fluoridated water: USA, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Columbia and Singapore.
Australia - fluoridation, in spite of hot protest and many public demonstrations is now in many states. At one time the Tasmanian government sought to pass a Bill to "Prohibit public meetings on fluoridation." Our Australian Constitution allows 'the provision of..medical and dental services, but not so as to authorize any form of civil conscription.' On this basis in time fluoridation and any further attempt at mass medication will be banned.
Austria - Some report fluoride has never been added to the water supply but others say in 1956. and that caries in children decreased after stopping in 1973.
Belgium -on the basis that drinking water is not the place to deliver medicinal treatment to people fluoridation was never accepted
Canada -The Green Party of Canada seeks to end water fluoridation in Canada by introducing legislation that will ban fluoridation in Canada at the federal level, effectively overriding any and all local mandates that say otherwise. At present fluoridation of water is in current use but remains a highly controversial issue.
Japan introduced in 1952, stopped 1972 with subsequent rejection of artificial fluoridation. Sweden introduced in 1952 and withdrawn 1971 Sweden banned fluorides in drinking water, toothpaste and food.
Norway - In the later 1990's decision was taken against ever fluoridating the water
Finland introduced 1959 in one town stopped 1993 for the right of individual freedom to enjoy pure water.
Netherlands introduced 1953 withdrawn 1976 after legal ruling of the Supreme Court that there was no legal basis for fluoridation.
China- Fluoridation is banned
Czech Republic - since 1993 no treatment with fluoride has taken place on the basis of it being uneconomical, against ecological patterns, unethical, and its toxicological influence debatable.
Denmark - No Danish city has ever been fluoridated
European Union Less than 2% of the drinking water in Europe is fluoridated.
France - Fluoride is not added to treatment of water for ethical as well as medical reasons.
Germany introduced 1952 and withdrawn in 1971. It is now banned as unethical. German Democratic Republic introduced in 1959 and withdrawn 1990.
Greece - has never fluoridated water, perhaps in order to retain democratic freedom?
Hungary - once fluoridated but ceased in 1960's and now chooses to remain so.
India - has been working hard to eliminate naturally occurring fluorides from drinking water that is high in the natural groundwater. 17 of its 32 states are afflicted with people suffering crippling skeletal fluorosis without adding more toxic material.
Israel - after serious study and recent suspension of mandatory fluoridation in 2006, it is now rejected.
Italy -has strict laws against adding fluorides to drinking water.
New Zealand - is in two minds and is recently urging promotion of fluoridation.
Northern Ireland - for a short period only fluoridation in two localities but later ceased.
Scotland - never had fluoridation been introduced and in 2004 plans to add fluoride to the country's water system continued to be rejected.
Spain- a few areas practiced fluoridation of the water supplies
Switzerland in 2003 the country voted to cease Basel's water fluoridation program that had been functioning for about 40 years.
Union of Soviet Socialist Republics introduced 1960 stopped 1990
United States of America 60% of the States fluoridate their water but 200 cities have withdrawn it.
UK- fluoridation is considered by many who are fighting for its ban, to be illegal medical research. They argue that its implementation is against freedom and constitutional rights of the individual. Against all opposition, efforts of health agencies continue to push for further fluoridation of Britain, with the same power as occurred at a critical time before decision to join the European Union and surrender of the national will to its dictates.
From the information which is available to us all on the internet, the problems are considerable and cannot be commented on in detail enough to satisfy our enquiry here. There are about 202,000 postings on the dangers of fluoridation and 432,000 and 727 videos on the subject on the side effects of fluoridation, presenting us with a considerable amount of data to consider if we wish to explore this controversial matter for ourselves and assess without bias the reports of professionals.
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Saturday, November 30, 2019


Can Vitex Improve Fertility?

Guest Post By Doris Shneydor

Vitex Agnus Castus (Chasteberry) is a well known fertility herb that has been used throughout history in order to improve conditions caused by hormonal imbalances in women. Its main effect however, is not actually on a woman's hormones. Chasteberry works with the hypothalamus and pituitary glands, and indirectly increases luteinizing hormone (LH) and progesterone production, while also inhibiting follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) production. These indirect effects on hormone production are what allow Vitex to belong in the family of fertility herbs.
Hormone imbalances are responsible for or associated with a variety of conditions, including; absent menses, lack of ovulation, PCOS, endometriosis, and infertility in women. There are countless possible causes for these imbalances, but typically the uneven ratio of estrogen vs. progesterone is to
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blame for many fertility issues. In assisting to eliminate this imbalance, Chaste Tree Vitex helps women to achieve Vitex fertility and find relief for their hormone induced issues. In studies, Vitex has been shown to be effective a majority of the time for women who have previously experienced infertility or hormone imbalance problems. It should be noted that Vitex does not begin showing improvement immediately however. In order to see results, a woman typically has to take Vitex for an average of 3-6 months first. For most women experiencing infertility or hormone issues however, this may seem like a small price to pay for actual relief.


You should consult a licensed naturopathic physician prior to adding Chaste Tree Vitex (or any other fertility supplements) to your daily routine. This is to ensure that the Vitex will not have any interactions with your current medical therapies (which will be possibly if you are on anything meant to alter your bodies natural hormonal state) and that you are taking the correct dosage for your body and situation. It is important to remember that every woman's body and medical history is slightly different, and that seeking guidance prior to taking anything new is always advisable. However, in most cases Vitex has been shown to be safe to use and without any dangerous or uncomfortable side effects for an extended period of time.
You can buy Vitex as a fertility herb on its own, or as part of a fertility blend such as Fertile XX. You should be comfortable with the reputability of the establishment you are purchasing your fertility supplements from, and ensure that the Vitex Agnus Castus you are purchasing is derived from standardized Vitex extract.
Vitex can be used to achieve your fertility goals naturally. For hundreds of years Vitex and fertility have been considered to go hand in hand - isn't it time you found out how Vitex can help you?
About This Author:
Doris Shneydor has been researching infertility issues for years during her studies of Aromatherapy, Shiatsu and Chinese Medicine. She is also a mother who gave birth to 3 healthy kids on her late 30's and early 40's. She happily shares with others her knowledge and Natural Holistic Approach to Fertility Problems through [http://getpregnanthelp.net]. If you have made the decision to get pregnant get your free Trying to Conceive Tips today.

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Thursday, November 28, 2019


Trying To Get Pregnant, The Meaning Of Ovulation Bleeding 

If you have experienced mid-cycle bleeding, there may be a number of causes.  For some women, bleeding during ovulation is completely normal, but in my case, mid cycle bleeding was an indication that I had some small fibroids and some endometirosis which I eventually had removed. Bleeding at times other than when you're on your menstrual cycle can be scary because you don't know what is
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causing it.  Many women bleed when they ovulate as the article explains below. However, sometimes this mid-cycle bleeding can be caused by conditions which should be treated (as in my case). Some of these conditions can affect fertility. Read more:
A variety of factors can cause ovulation bleeding. For most women who experience ovulation bleeding, the cause is not clear. It may be related to the emergency of follicles. Hormones prompt ovaries to produce around 20 follicles that contain an immature egg, and out of this only one follicle matures. It is during this process of maturing and bursting out from the follicle that pain or bleeding occurs. Ovulation bleeding that is severe or that lasts longer than a couple of days can be a symptom of certain medical conditions, including endometriosis.

Bleeding episodes that are 2 weeks apart suggest that there may be a lack of ovulation altogether. A variety of conditions can cause this, including irritation to the cervix, polyps in the cervix, or polyps in the uterus. 


Friday, November 22, 2019


Lessons on Infertility from an Ancient Fertility Goddess

Guest Post By Amy B
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If you are having a hard time conceiving a child, it can often make you feel like a failure as a woman. It can be very hard to deal with infertility, and the stress of trying to conceive.
You may often feel as though your desire for a child is so great that it should be enough to help you conceive a baby. When you run into that wall again and again, it's tough.
You should know that you are not a failure as a woman. Women are amazing, strong creatures who all have their own inner fertility goddess. Get in touch with your inner goddess. Women are unique, nurturing creatures. Our biggest instinct is to 'mother.'
Let us take a look at some ancient fertility goddesses and find out what lessons they may be able to teach us while we work on our own fertility.
Ishtar is the ancient fertility goddess of Babylon. One of the most famous stories that surround her was of her descent into the Underworld, or the world of the dead. Ishtar marches right up to the gates and demands to be let in. She tells the gatekeeper that if she is not let in, she will tear down the gates and break the locks. Well, she gets let in.
Something wonderful that we can take from the ancient fertility goddess Ishtar, and from the inner
goddess in all women, is to never give up. When the gatekeeper told Ishtar that she could not come in, she demanded to be let in, and threatened great consequences if she was not. She faced the horror of the Underworld, and let nothing stop her.
Using your inner ancient fertility goddess, face your pain. Let nothing deter you, and never give up. If Ishtar would have turned around defeated and mumbled under her breath while she walked away, nations would never have worshiped her. We would never have known her story. Never give up.
Venus is the ancient fertility goddess of Rome. She is also the goddess of Love. She was, and still is the mother to a beautiful and great country. She is worshiped far and wide for her beauty and kindness. Venus was the mother of Cupid.
Reach in and take from your own inner ancient fertility goddess the ability to give birth to beauty and love. Women are natural creators, and nurturers. While working on your fertility [http://www.fertilitybynature.com/], allow yourself to mother a different type of creation.
Paint, draw, sing, write, perform in a play, or plant a garden. Allow the beauty inside of you to come out in some type of creation. Do something that you love. Giving of yourself through art is a beautiful thing. Allowing yourself an outlet can also help with the frustration you feel. Venus gave birth to love, and so can you.
Another important thing that you must take from your inner ancient fertility goddess is the right to be human. Possess the right to err, to make mistakes, and to mess everything up once in a while. Take the right to be imperfect, still knowing that you are a nurturer, a lover, and a creator.
Most importantly, take the ability to love yourself for what you are. You are Woman, and you are unique and beautiful. Use these goddesses, and your own inner ancient fertility goddess and remember to enjoy love and beauty, and to never give up.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019


Trying To Conceive, Low Carb Diets May Help

Time to take another look at low carb diets. Put away the white bread, mashed potatoes and rice. High carbohydrate intake is linked with ovulatory infertility.

  I've always been an advocate of only eating the "good carbs" and the "good fats".  Good carbs usually come in the form of vegetables and good fats are in certain fish, olive oil, avacados and nuts.  Read more:

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In a recent study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health assessed the relationship between intake of dietary carbohydrate in women’s diets and their risk of fertility related to problems with ovulation (ovulatory infertility) [1].

The results of this study found that compared to women eating diets of lower GL values, those eating diets with the highest GL were 92 percent more likely to suffer from ovulatory infertility. Total carbohydrate intake was also associated with risk of ovulatory infertility, with highest intakes associated with a 91 percent increased risk compared to the lowest intakes. GI was also associated with enhanced risk, but only in women who had not had children.

One explanation put forward by the authors for their results is that a high-carb diet might displace certain fats in the diet that might have positive benefits for fertility (including saturated and mono-unsaturated fats).


Sunday, November 17, 2019


Donor Eggs Over 40

Let me say up front that I personally know a number of women (and their children) who have used donor eggs to get pregnant.  However, I also know a couple of women who were told they needed donor eggs but wound up getting pregnant on their own - even over the age of 40.  One woman was taking a break to save up enough money for the procedure when she spontaneously conceived.

 I realize this is a viable option (and perhaps the only option) depending on your diagnosis. However, sometimes I wonder if the women who decide to undergo the rigors of donating their eggs really understand what the consequences are (some even claim that their future fertility was compromised). This article talks about a survey that was done with women who donated their eggs and their physical and emotional state afterwards. Read more:

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The study, from the University of Washington, examined 80 women from 20 states who had donated eggs from two to 15 years earlier. Participants, whose average age was 30, completed a detailed questionnaire. The researchers found that 16% of women complained of subsequent physical symptoms and 20% reported lasting psychological effects after donation. The physical complaints included bloating, pain, cramping, ovarian hyperstimulation, mood changes, weight gain or weight loss. Several women claimed the process damaged their ovaries, leading to a decrease or loss of fertility.

Psychological repercussions were feelings of attachment to the eggs or to the potential or resulting offspring, concern that a resulting child may want to have a relationship with them and stress resulting from the process. Some complained of being treated callously by clinic staff.

Egg donors are often college students, and they are paid an average of almost $4,000 for their services. The study showed that women who said they were motivated to donate for the money had less satisfying experiences compared with women who said they donated for altruistic reasons. About 19% said their motivations were purely financial and 32% said they just wanted to help others. The remainder of the women said both factors motivated them to donate.

"We were asking these women years later and a feeling of helping may last longer than money," said the study's lead author, psychologist Nancy Kenney, in a news release. "We know if clinics don't offer money, most women won't donate. Great Britain, where there is no paid egg donation program, for example, has a tremendous shortage of donors. But, as one of our donors said, 'If you do this just for money, you'll be sorry.' "

The study also found that a large number of women were not aware of the possible physical risks related to donation. Twenty percent said they did not recall being made aware of the physical risks at the time of their first donation. Young women, in particular, may not fully comprehend the risks, Kenney says. "Risks don't mean much to young women . . . If you are 25 and are told that something may cause cancer when you are 45 that may seem to be forever." More of the women reported being aware of the potential psychological risks.

The study seems particularly relevant during the current economic downturn, as more women might be considering egg donation as a way to make money. One Los Angeles infertility clinic employee I spoke with recently said the number of women enlisting as egg donors has quadrupled in recent months.



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