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Sunday, June 23, 2019


Wow, what a story. This article talks about a woman who tried to get pregnant for 14 years.
She had numerous failed IVF's and even tried surrogates. Imagine the time, money, and emotional turmoil she went through only to get pregnant naturally.

25% Of Women With Failed IVF Go On To Get Pregnant Naturally

 She did have complications with her pregnancy, but I wonder how much sooner she may have gotten
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pregnant had she not been through all the rigors of fertility treatments.  Last Friday, I posted an article about how 25% of women failing IVF go on to have natural pregnancies.  Here's another one... read more:

From the article:
Lucy Fitzpatrick gave birth to Louis on her 40th birthday after seven attempts at IVF, a twin miscarriage and two tries at using surrogates. She finally became pregnant naturally, but then developed serious complications and gave birth prematurely.
The property developer from central London, who is now 47, was helped to have her son by the research centre at St Thomas' Hospital, funded by baby charity Tommy's. Last week, she returned with Louis, seven, to thank its head of obstetrics Professor Andy Shennan and his team.
In an interview with the Standard, Mrs Fitzpatrick, who conceived Louis naturally, called for more funding for research into preventing complications during pregnancy.

Friday, June 21, 2019


I've been finding quite a few stories of women in their upper 40's who unexpectedly get pregnant.  While I'm on a roll, here is another one!  This article is quite amazing because the woman in the story, Judy Brown, didn't even know she was pregnant until about an hour before she gave birth.  Now, that's a surprise pregnancy.  This was also her first baby.
from the article:

Brown and her husband, Jason — who have been married 22 years — were never fixated on having a
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child, according to ABC affiliate WCVB. The couple described their laidback approach to having a child like so: “If it happens, it happens.” It wasn’t as if Brown didn’t notice her body going through unexpected changes, she told WCVB. A bulge had appeared around her midsection in recent months, she said, but she attributed the sudden weight gain to aging. Being pregnant, she said, never crossed her mind.
“I felt like I was turning into my mother,” she said.

...even women in their late 40s should not assume they are unable to become pregnant.
“Most physicians who see women in their 40s should be counseling them on contraception"


Sunday, June 16, 2019

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We've all been there...if you are struggling with infertility, it's hard not to feel pain, anger, a feeling of injustice, jealousy and a sense of unworthiness.  You see other women get pregnant at the drop of a hat and you're sure that they don't appreciate what they've been given.  I can relate to this article below....once I totally gave up on the idea of getting pregnant and having a baby....guess what? 
 I got pregnant with my daughter and had a totally uncomplicated pregnancy and delivery.  Sometimes, just letting go is all that is needed.  Although this article speaks of women going through
fertility treatments, it applies to those trying to conceive naturally as well:
From the article:

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women who cope with the stress of infertility treatment by
relinquishing control are nearly twice as likely to get pregnant as those who don't adopt this strategy, research from Israel shows.

The findings, say the researchers, suggest that techniques like meditation, which is focused on teaching people to "let go," could help improve women's chances of getting pregnant.


There is increasing evidence that stress and emotional distress can influence in-vitro fertilization (IVF) success, Dr. Nathalie Rapoport-Hubschman of the Rabin Medical Center in Petah Tikva and her colleagues note in the journal Fertility and Sterility. But evidence on the effects of other psychological factors has been inconclusive, they add.

Rapoport-Hubschman and her team theorized that coping mechanisms, rather than traits like anxiety or hostility, might play a role in IVF success. While problem-focused coping is an effective way to deal with situations that are under a person's control, so-called "emotion-focused coping," which can involve humor, denial, relaxation, and letting go, might be a less stressful way to handle infertility treatment, they suggest.

Thursday, June 06, 2019


Workouts May Hurt Fertility

I've posted before about the association between vigorous exercise and infertility or delayed fertility. 
Here is an article about a study which confirms that exercises such as running or aerobics may reduce the chances of a woman getting pregnant.  The article also mentions that it may be harder for a fertilized egg to implant if a woman is too active.  Read more:
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The researchers found that moderate exercise, such as walking, cycling or gardening, was associated with getting pregnant more quickly for all women, regardless of weight.
Women who spent more than five hours per week doing moderate exercise were 18 percent more likely to become pregnant during any given menstrual cycle than women who performed moderate exercise for less than an hour each week.
However, normal-weight and very lean women who reported high levels of vigorous exercise, such as running or aerobics, took longer to get pregnant. Those who exercised vigorously for more than five hours each week had a 32 percent lower chance of becoming pregnant during a given cycle than women who did not exercise vigorously at all...

... Having too little body fat may be a factor for some women, and it's known that competitive female athletes and very underweight women sometimes experience menstrual irregularities.
Exercise may also affect the fertilized egg's ability to implant in the uterus. One previous study of women undergoing in vitro fertilization found a higher risk of implantation failure among women who did a lot of running or cycling.


Monday, June 03, 2019


Luteal Phase Defect and Vitamin C

I have always associated vitamin C with the immune system.
 This article, however talks about how vitamin C may also play a role in regulating hormones which may hep with conditions like luteal phase defect.  Luteal phase defect is when your hormones fall too fast in the second half of your cycle.
From the article:

A number of factors can cause luteal phase defect. Recent findings have suggested that oxidative damage may play a role, and antioxidant levels, such as vitamin C, vitamin E, and glutathione, were found to be significantly lower in women with luteal phase defect and recurrent miscarriages than in
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healthy women. The potential benefits of antioxidant vitamin supplementation have not been previously explored.

One hundred fifty women with luteal phase defect seeking medical attention for infertility were enrolled in the current study. Levels of estrogen and progesterone were monitored for three menstrual cycles. The participants were randomly assigned to receive 750 mg of vitamin C per day or no treatment beginning at the onset of the third cycle of the study. During the third cycle, progesterone levels increased significantly in women receiving vitamin C but did not change in women receiving no treatment. Estrogen levels also increased in the treatment group but not the untreated group. Moreover, there was a significantly higher pregnancy rate in the vitamin C group than in the untreated group: 25% of the women receiving vitamin C became pregnant within six months of starting treatment, while only 11% of untreated women became pregnant in the same time period.

Saturday, June 01, 2019


I have often talked about almonds as a fertility food, but I never knew that they were considered a "fertility symbol" for the ancient Romans!  As this article explains, perhaps they knew about the extreme nutritional value of almonds even back then.  Read more:

The Facts on Almond Nutrition

Guest Post By Shauna Hanus
almonds for fertilityAlmonds can be found in such common places as on top of a salad or as a snack while on a plane. They are packed full on nutritional value and are tasty to eat. Almonds are so versatile that they can be used as a key ingredient in dessert or found as a snack in between meals.
Did you know that one ounce of almonds has as much calcium as ¼ cup of milk as well as providing 35% of the recommended daily allowance of Vitamin E. Vitamin E has been proven to help prevent some forms of cancer.
Almonds are also high in folic acid which helps prevent birth defects and have higher levels of magnesium than those found in spinach or oatmeal.
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The phosphorous found in almonds helps to build strong bones and teeth and some of the other nutrients contained in almonds are protein, fiber, iron, zinc, copper and phytochemicals.
Almonds come with a long and rich history. Almonds are mentioned in the book of Numbers which dates back to around 1400 BC. Then around 300BC explorers traveling along the "Silk Road" between Asia and the Mediterranean brought along almonds to eat. These explorers consequently began to grow almonds in such new regions as Morocco, Greece, Israel, Italy and Spain.
During Roman times almonds were considered to be a fertility charm. Maybe ancient Romans new of the nutritional value of almonds and figured it couldn't hurt with fertility. During the mid 18th century almonds made there way from Spain to California. It took a century or so for the almond trees to become established and produce the volumes of almonds we see today.
Then by the early 1900's the San Joaquin and Sacramento areas of California were well established as leaders in the almond industry.
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Wednesday, May 29, 2019


I can certainly relate to the woman in this story, she struggled with infertility for years and she and her husband spent their life savings on IVF.  After they finally let go, she gets pregnant naturally out of nowhere.  This woman has now become a fertility counselor because she is convinced that there is a mental stress component to infertility.  She and her husband spent every waking moment trying to conceive and this most certainly affected their stress level.

From the article:
We put so much pressure on ourselves to have a baby that everything became very regimented, we
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focused all our energy on conceiving......And three years later I became pregnant, now I'm living proof that really letting go of all the anxiety around conceiving naturally can be solved by changing your mental attitude...
 ...After going through the heartbreak of not being able to conceive for seven years, Liz, who was already a trained therapist, decided to specialise in fertility problems to help other couples who have been through similar struggles.

Friday, May 24, 2019


What are the principles of feng shui for babies?  This guest post explains some do's and don'ts to create the right environment according to the principles of feng shui design.

Creating Good Feng Shui in Baby's Room

Guest Post By Kathryn Weber

Getting ready for a new baby requires a lot of thought and planning from what diapers the baby will
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wear down to the decoration and arrangement of baby's room. Today's parents want to create a haven for their little one that will help the baby feel comforted and nurtured, as well as stimulated enough so that they thrive. Increasingly, parents are going beyond the traditional coordinated "theme" rooms to ensure baby has a healthy environment by incorporating feng shui.
Feng shui, the Chinese system for arrangement and placement, so often used in businesses and homes is now making its way into the nursery, and for good reason, too. Feng Shui proposes that by arranging and aligning the room correctly, energy will flow better in the room and that all who reside in the room will thrive and prosper better than if the energy is the room was incorrect or did not flow smoothly. Understandably, no one needs to thrive and prosper more than a baby.
To maximize the energy in baby's room, there are several important factors to consider, such as room location, safety, colors, and furniture arrangement. Using feng shui in the nursery will help to make babies less fussy, who will feel more comfortable in their surroundings, and who will be healthy and flourish. What does it take to accomplish this? Following some basic considerations will help both baby and parents create a room that makes them both happy.
Select a good location for the baby's bedroom. A new baby should have a bedroom that is not over a garage or has an empty space below. The bedroom also shouldn't be located where there is excessive noise that might keep the baby from sleeping, such as close to a living room where the TV is on, or close to a noisy street or neighbor.
Bed placement is important. The bed should not be against a window or be directly in line with the door. Put the baby on a solid wall with the head of the crib against the wall, rather than lengthwise. Make sure the baby does not sleep or is placed against a slanted wall. These press on the baby. Avoid placing the baby against a wall that is shared with a bathroom, toilet, storage, or utility-type room.
Opt for soothing colors. Children benefit from bright colors in play areas, but if these are used in a baby's room, infants can be over stimulated to the point that they do not rest well. Because deep sleep in babies is necessary for healthy growth, be sure to select restful, muted colors. Whites are excellent for children, but avoid black and white color scheme because there is too much contrast. Select color palettes that are close to one another and harmonious, such as green and blue, white and beige, or pink and yellow.
Create soft movement in the room. A room that is too still becomes stagnant and this is not beneficial for the growth of the child. To create good, but soft energy and movement, hang mobiles close to a window to move gently in the breeze and keep soft music playing in the room. You can also place a small fan on a dresser turned on low to keep air moving in the room. Avoid placing the baby under a ceiling fan as these disrupt their body energy.
Watch for pointed objects. Make sure there are no hard corners from dressers or changing tables pointed at the baby's head or body. Move these to another part of the room where they are not pointed in the direction of the bed.
Select design motifs with care. Make sure that designs do not have harsh points, such as arrows, crosses, diamonds, or triangles. Nature designs are excellent and promote growth. Animal designs should also be chosen carefully. Ferocious or aggressive animals, even when they are made for a baby's room, should not be chosen. Some of these are found in jungle motif designs and include lions, tigers, bears, and reptiles. Motifs with fish are fine as long as the watery theme is not overly dominant. Otherwise, respiratory, lung, nasal, or kidney problems could develop.
Keep lighting balanced. During the day, the light in the baby's room should neither be too bright or too dark. Install blinds that can be lowered or raised as needed to keep the room at a pleasant level of lighting. If the room is too bright, the baby won't rest deeply. If too dim, the room would be too "yin" and the baby could fail to thrive or have respiratory problems.
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Thursday, May 23, 2019


Believe me, I'm not a "Pollyanna" who always sees the glass half full, but I have learned how to visualize what I want and know that somehow, someway, I'm going to get it. I guess I'd put that in the category of positive thinking. Here is an article about positive thinking and how it may help you conceive (and how negative emotions may be keeping you from your goal):

From the article

A study published in the Italian fertility journal, Minerva Ginecologica, suggests that emotional
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 stress can cause severe upheaval in a woman’s reproductive cycle. Women with fertility problems were found to have very high levels of the stress hormone cortisol in their bloodstream. This is the same hormone that has been found to shut down ovulation in female athletes. The study also discovered that more than 5% of all women experienced disruptions in the menstrual cycles merely because of emotional stress. This can make conception difficult or even impossible for some couples.

A study performed at the University of California at San Diego analyzed women undergoing differing levels of depression. This study found that women who showed the most markers of depression were up to 93% less likely to become pregnant than their less-depressed peers. A study performed in 1992 showed similar results for men who were experiencing depression. Couples in which the male partner was depressed were much less likely to conceive than those couples who were not going through depression.
A study at Brown University in Rhode Island also concluded that depression and infertility appear to be linked. In this study regarding women’s mental health, Brown University researchers discovered that women with a past history of depression were up to twice as likely to undergo examinations for fertility concerns."

...Does Positive Thinking Work?
According to recent studies, there is some merit in maintaining positive thought patterns when it comes to improving fertility. A study was performed in 2000 examining the effects of positive thinking on fertility rates in women struggling with infertility.

The 184 women involved in the study were divided into three separate groups: a cognitive restructuring group (those that took cognitive restructuring lessons), a support group (those who attended support groups to deal with the emotional stress of infertility), and a control group (those who sought no additional support for their infertility). Pregnancy rates amongst the women in the control reached only 20%, while pregnancy rates for the other two groups were between 54% and 55%. Therefore, it appears that the power of positive thought really may have an influence on your fertility.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019


Wow, I could have written this article myself!  It is called, "IVF, and the great lie about fertility in the over 40's".  It gives stories of women who were "hopelessly infertile" and told they were unable to have children (and many had undergone failed IVF's) only to conceive naturally and have a baby!

From the article:
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What if women of 38 and over were needlessly spending thousands of pounds on IVF to get pregnant? Or if women who felt their families were already complete were having unwanted pregnancies because of the mistaken belief that their chances of conceiving were negligible?

Recent figures from the Office for National Statistics show that live births to mothers aged 40 and over have nearly doubled in the past decade, and the Mail revealed that the number of women having abortions in their 40s has risen by almost a third in ten years...

...It wasn’t until someone commented on my new cleavage that it occurred to me to take a pregnancy test. I had been so brainwashed into believing that I was too old for motherhood that I had not used contraception. I took four home pregnancy tests — all positive — before I made an appointment to see my GP.

Despite a trouble-free pregnancy, I could sense a feeling of caution whenever I went for a scan or a check-up, as if my pregnancy were a freak accident that was bound to end in tears. In fact my daughter, Deia, was born healthy and well...


Sunday, May 19, 2019


Lay still For Conception

I recall back when I started fertility treatments, we began with inseminations.
 After the procedure, they had me sit still with my legs up in the air for 15 minutes. Apparently, according to this article, there is research to suggest this does help success rates. I'm sure if you're trying naturally, the same would be true. Lay still and let nature take its course! Read more:

Women who lie still for fifteen minutes after insemination, rather than getting up and walking around,
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are more likely to get pregnant.

Women who have artificial insemination should lie back and stay still for 15 minutes after the procedure to "significantly" increase their chances of getting pregnant, scientists recommend today.

The Dutch researchers found that the pregnancy rate among women who did so was 27%, compared to 18% for for those who got straight up and moved around.

Writing in the British Medical Journal, they said clinics should offer facilities for "immobilisation", which was easy and cost very little, to allow women to lie still after insemination.

"Although immobilisation takes more time and occupies more space in busy rooms, the intervention will be economic in the long run, as pregnant patients will not return in subsequent cycles," the team, from the Academic Medical Centre in Amsterdam, said.

They studied 391 couples, getting 199 of the women to stay lying down and asking 192 to move around.

Friday, May 17, 2019


First, let me say I am not, by any stretch of the imagination, a religious scholar.  But through my reading, I have discovered that the grandmother of Jesus (Mary's mother) was considered quite elderly when she had her daughter Mary.  Most sources say that Anne and her husband Joachim were
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married for 20 years and still had no children, although they certainly wanted them.  The legend suggests that Anne prayed that if she were given a child, she would dedicate it to the Lord's service.  An angel came to Anne and told her she would conceive a child.

They did have a child (again at an "elderly" age (although I can't seem to find how old she actually was) and of course named her Mary.  Even though they longed for this child, when Mary was three, they brought her to the Temple of Jerusalem where they left her to be brought up.  And, Mary became the mother of Jesus.

I realize I have a number of readers of different faiths, but every now and then I like to bring up historical stories of infertility and older motherhood.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019


Amethyst is one variation of quartz which is reported to have a number of helpful effects on the human body.  If you are trying to conceive, Amethyst is said to help hormone production by targeting the endocrine glands and the immune system.  It receives energy to sustain life and it gives the wearer energy to connect with all there is. It is even thought to help the human body fight off diseases like cancer.
Amethyst is thought to target the Crown Chakra which can help one connect to a higher

consciousness and awareness.  It can help foster spirituality and was even used by Catholic priests
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because of this association.  Amethyst is frequently worn or used during meditation because of it's ability to help you connect  to the spiritual aspects of the universe.
Not only does Amethyst have all of these powerful qualities, but it is a beautiful stone and is seen in differing shades of purple.  The "purple ray" of Amethyst has been associated with Archangel Zadkiel who is thought to help with turning negative energy into positive and help with forgiveness and tolerance.

Monday, May 13, 2019


 I found this article to be very insightful about women's fertility and pregnancy over the age of 40.  Many women get pregnant by surprise forgetting that, despite the doom and gloom reported in the media about women having babies at older ages, women can be quite fertile even through their mid forties.  If they do get pregnant, they are bombarded with negative outcomes, when in fact, the vast majority  babies born to women over 40 are perfectly normal.
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 Media sensationalism and the protectionism bred by fear of medical malpractice lawsuits perpetuate the myth that having a child naturally later in life is virtually impossible —and therefore should be avoided.
The media’s infertility stories and glamorization of alternate means of achieving parenthood, along with medical experts’ reasonable cautions about pregnancy after age 35, have been distorted to mean that natural pregnancy after age 40 is rare and a significant health risk for mother and child. Yet the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists states that “many older women show no greater signs of problems than do younger women. Age need not be a barrier to a safe, healthy pregnancy.”5
The well-publicized increased chance of chromosomal defects resulting in conditions such as Down syndrome and trisomy 18 can horrify women, even though such risks are actually still very small. According to the ACOG, at 43, my age-related risk for a Down syndrome baby was two percent and three percent for a baby with any chromosomal defect.6 According to my OB-GYN’s office, when my health and my baby’s ultrasound were factored in, the calculated risks were 1.5 percent for Down syndrome and .02 percent for trisomy 18. Thus, older women who are healthy enough to conceive naturally without “trying” are often healthier than age-related risk calculations might reflect.

Due to my age, I chose an OB-GYN practice that specialized in “high risk” pregnancies. Much screening and testing of my baby was recommended. Each time I refused a procedure, the physician meticulously recorded my refusal. At each subsequent appointment, I was asked to confirm that, if my baby were born with a birth defect, I had knowingly declined testing and the option of ending the pregnancy. The experience was emotionally disturbing and faith-testing, as I was tempted to second-guess my choices.


Friday, May 10, 2019


Well, this "holiday" coming up may be the worst one of them all if you're trying to conceive. What could be harder than watching the rest of the country celebrate the joys of motherhood while you sit there stuck in infertility  quicksand.

I know much has been written by myself and others about surviving holidays while you're trying to conceive. Mother's day is a big how do you get through it? Many years ago, I started the tradition of hosting a mother's day brunch at my house. I actually started this before I was even married and I continued it while I was struggling with infertility and miscarriage. Even though it seems counter-intuitive, it actually was a great thing to do. I love a good project and planning and
organizing a big get-together was just enough to keep my mind off my woes.

Even if you decide not to host a big get-together at your house, try to find something that's going to
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keep you busy over the mother's day weekend. Since the weather's finally getting nicer, plan some outdoor activities. Work in your yard or garden, or plan a home improvement project. I can't tell you how many projects I completed during the six years I was trying to conceive. In retrospect, I'm glad I used my time productively...not only was it good for my mental health, but it was nice to get so many projects out of the way that I don't have time for now. It will be your turn one day...don't put your life on hold while you're waiting.

When I was trying to get pregant, I watched many mothers' days come and go. I remember thinking, wouldn't it be neat if I got pregnant right before mother's day and I could announce it to everyone on mother's day? never happens like that unless you're reading a romance novel or watching made-for-TV movie.

My advice? Don't ever put dates or deadlines on when you're going to get pregnant. You really will be setting yourself up for failure. Every pregnancy I had always came as a total shock (even though I was actively trying). I realize that when you're trying to conceive, every month is an opportunity for success, but it's when you start trying to force things into place that you get into trouble. If you're not pregnant this month, it doesn't mean that you're doomed. It simply means that you're not pregnant this month. When I really want something, I make my intentions known to the universe through visualization and meditation, and then I try to divert my attention elsewhere. That way I don't try too hard which essentially acts as a roadblock to my success.

Thursday, May 09, 2019


Fertility and Hormone Regulation - Avoid Xenoestrogens

I have heard about xenoestrogens for many years and I talk about them in my book on how to overcome estrogen dominance.
 This article discusses what things to do and avoid. I should mention, I don't agree with everything in this article (for instance, it says to avoid flax seeds, which were part of may pregnancy protocol), but it still as a lot of good information. Read more:

Did you know that synthetic estrogen and progestins are found in the urine of millions of women who

take either birth control pill or hormone replacement therapy and flushed them down the toilet ending up in rivers and lakes where your drinking water comes from? Water treatment involves adding chemicals like chlorine (also a hormonal disruptor) to kill E-coli bacteria, but nothing is done to remove harmful chemicals from your drinking water! Once your body becomes contaminated with toxic chemical, it stores it in the fatty tissue.
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Natural estrogen is responsible in stimulating cell division in hormone responsive tissue like the uterus lining, breast tissue and the ovaries. When xenoestrogen is overloading your body, it mimics the action of natural estrogen and stimulates tissue growth causing ovarian cysts, endometriosis, fibrocystic breast disease, and even cancer. When a women is said to suffer from estrogen dominance, it refers to the high level of estrogen over progesterone. That is why women who experience infertility are advised to detoxify before conception. Xenoestrogen can also cause miscarriages and luteal phase defect. It may be present in breast milk and cross the placenta during gestation and become especially harmful to the foetus during the development of the sexual organs.

Tuesday, May 07, 2019


When I was trying to conceive, I was worried about the quality of my tap water, although I never had it tested, I bought bottled water and tried to get fluoride free water.  Fluoride is added to community water in most areas, but it has been associated with declining birth rates and hypothyroidism.


This articles explain more:

Findings We found that higher levels of fluoride in drinking water provide a useful contribution for
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predicting prevalence of hypothyroidism. We found that practices located in the West Midlands (a wholly fluoridated area) are nearly twice as likely to report high hypothyroidism prevalence in comparison to Greater Manchester (non-fluoridated area).

Interpretation In many areas of the world, hypothyroidism is a major health concern and in addition to other factors—such as iodine deficiency—fluoride exposure should be considered as a contributing factor. The findings of the study raise particular concerns about the validity of community fluoridation as a safe public health measure. 

Sunday, May 05, 2019


I consider mustard to be the hero of condiments.  Why is mustard good for your health and fertility?  Mustard comes from the seeds of the mustard plant which is one of the superstar cruciferous vegetables. 
Not only is mustard extremely healthy, but you can eat a lot of it, guilt free.  It is extremely low in calories and it adds a lot of tangy flavor to your food.  So what are the benefits of eating mustard if you are trying to conceive?
  • Mustard it high in phytonutrients which help regulate hormones.
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  • Mustard is high in Selenium which  has been found in large healthy follicles and it has been associated with a decreased risk of misarriage.
  •  Mustard is high in Magnesium. Magnesium supplementation has been shown to help previously infertile women succeed in getting pregnant.  The women in one study received supplemental magnesium which normalized their red cell magnesium levels and helped with fertility
  •  Mustard is a source of omega 3 fatty acids which can help with hormone production.

I've actually started adding some mustard to my balsamic vinegar salad dressing (I mix olive oil, balsamic vinegar and mustard with some salt and pepper).  It's really delicious and it adds a creamy texture to the dressing.  You can also eat "mustard greens"  

Friday, May 03, 2019


Pregnancy Over 40 and Ovulation

Here is an interesting article in it's entirety about how women can get pregnant at times other than the
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traditional "ovulation time".  See guest post below.

Did You know Women Can Be Fertile Twice a Month?

Guest Post By Nadia MacLeod

It's true... and it's all because of the moon.
Most women watch their menstrual cycles and are taught that their prime time to fall pregnant is during mid cycle or biological ovulation.
What they might not know is that the moon can trigger ovulation and bring on fertility at any time during the menstrual cycle including before, after or even during your menstrual period. It all depends on what phase the moon was in when you were born.
The moon has been linked to female fertility for thousands of years. In fact, the ebb and flow of the moon is responsible for the spawning, mating and birthing behaviour of many creatures on our earth. So really, why should we humans be any different?
Intuitively, women have always understood that the moon, their menstrual cycles and fertility are intimately connected. In folklore and ancient traditions the connections between the three are taken as fact.
Consider the following:

  • A healthily fertile woman's menstrual cycle runs its course in about twenty-nine days, one lunar cycle.
  • A standard healthy pregnancy runs for 42 weeks or 10 lunar months.
  • The relationship between the moon's cycles and menstruation is so basic that our words, 'menstruation', 'moon' and 'month' all come from the Greek word for 'measure of time.'
Recent scientific research has revealed how the moon plays its part in female fertility. They have discovered that the production of the hormone Melatonin is controlled by the amount of moonlight reaching the eye.
The Body Clock, which is also responsible for our sleep / wake cycle, responds to the levels of moonlight reaching the eye to produce varying amounts of Melatonin. These Melatonin changes tell the ovaries, through other hormones to develop the egg at the beginning of the menstrual cycle and to release the eggs at mid cycle, so ovulation will occur.
When we all lived in huts or caves without artificial light, women generally bled on the new moon and ovulated and gave birth on the Full Moon. That's just the way it was.
But as humankind has embraced artificial light, the female fertility clock has been disturbed. Women now ovulate and give birth at any time during the lunar month. This means that women now have two fertility cycles to work with.
The truth is that the FULL Moon still exerts a powerful influence on women even if they were not born under that phase.
Many women find that they do in fact ovulate with the full moon. But if they were not born under the full moon phase then they will have a SECONDARY LUNAR fertility pattern that can and does trigger spontaneous ovulation.
Remember the moon's trigger effect is increased by two factors - stress and sexual intercourse. That is, if you are having sex during your lunar fertile time, the chances of ovulation being triggered and conception occurring increase.
This can come as quite a surprise to many people and can be very worrying for women who are not looking to get pregnant.
Being aware of lunar fertility and synchronising you biological cycle to your lunar cycle can be beneficial for many women.
For example:

  • if you are trying to avoid pregnancy it is essential to know when your natal lunar fertile time occurs so you are prepared with appropriate contraception.
  • if you are trying to fall pregnant, synchronising your cycle maximises your chance of falling pregnant at your fertile time, and
  • if your menstrual cycle is irregular then using the moon can be a simple, non invasive technique to help you get regular again.
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Tuesday, April 30, 2019


I'm constantly finding stories of women who conceive naturally at older ages.  Many women over 40 and over 45 think they're too old to get pregnant and they forget about their birth control.  Here is a story of a women who had a surprise pregnancy at the age of 47 and a Baby at 48!  Imagine her surprise not only because of her age, but because she already has a 28 year old child (and her husband who is 56 has a 36 year old).
Well, it just goes to show you that babies come when they're good and ready.
from the article:

New mom Robin said she realizes that when she's 60, Noah will be 12. She says to that fact, "But with
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the way our children are with him, I know he's going to be loved and cared for no matter what happens to us." New dad Mark recalls his thoughts upon finding out that his wife was pregnant, "When she told me she was pregnant, I said, 'Unbelievable. It's gotta be a mistake, you gotta go to the doctor.' My concern was that they were healthy. When the doctor said that, I was excited about it."
Being a dad at this age will help keep him young, he said. Teaching Noah how to throw a baseball and other sports, "I'm sure gonna try" he said.
Having lost a daughter when she was 18 in a car accident, Mark said "Maybe this is God's way of repaying me."
 Read more here

Monday, April 29, 2019


How Iron Helps You Get Pregnant

Iron may be just what you need if you are trying to conceive.  First, women may be losing iron through their monthly periods (especially if you have heavy bleeding).  Second, if you do become pregnant, your body may become deficient as the baby will take quite a bit of iron from your body.
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Additionally,  iron may actually make you more fertile.  Women who take iron supplements have fewer ovulatory disorders.  Research has shown that women who took more than 41 mg of iron daily had a 62% lower chance of having a problem with ovulation.  Other sources of iron are non-heme iron which is found in plants.  Non heme iron is harder to absorb, but both are important because heme iron may help the absorption of non-heme iron.  Foods high in vitamin C can also help get the iron into your system.
    Foods rich in heme iron:
  • Scallops
  • Shrimp
  • Salmon
  • Tuna
  • Eggs
  • Lean beef
  • Lean pork
  • Poultry (dark meat, in particular)
    Foods rich in non-heme iron:
  • Leafy green vegetables such as turnip greens, kale, broccoli, and spinach
  • Beans (black, kidney, lima, pinto)
  • Raisins
  • Hummus
  • Oatmeal or cream of wheat
  • Enriched breads, pastas, and cereals
  • Prunes and prune juice
  • Figs
  • Peanut butter
  • Tofu
    Foods rich in vitamin C:
  • Oranges and orange juice
  • Tomatoes
  • Red peppers
  • Broccoli
  • Strawberries
  • Kiwi

Sunday, April 28, 2019


Body Fat and Fertility

All you diet and exercise fanatics out there may not be doing your fertility any favors. Although these are things that we typically think as good, too much of a good thing may sabotage your efforts to get pregnant. Losing too much body fat can affect your levels of "leptin" which starts a chain hormonal reaction. This article explains more:

Now, a study led by researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) offers the first definitive proof that a lack of leptin contributes to hypothalamic amenorrhea (HA) and that treatment
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with a synthetic form of the hormone can restore fertility and reduce the risk of bone fractures in this group of patients. The findings are reported on-line this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). "This condition accounts for over 30 percent of all cases of amenorrhea in women of reproductive age, and is an important problem for which we didn't have a good solution," explains senior author Christos Mantzoros, MD, Dsc, Director of the Human Nutrition Unit at BIDMC and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

"Our findings now prove beyond any doubt that leptin is the missing link in women with significantly diminished body fat, and that this, in turn, results in numerous hormonal abnormalities." Without leptin, he explains, menstrual periods cease, the body becomes chronically energy-deprived and women experience bone loss and an increased risk of bone fractures.


Friday, April 26, 2019


Hormone Imbalance and Recurrent Miscarriage

I've always described getting pregnant as a synchronistic series of events like an orchestra where every instrument must play on cue. This article explains how hormonal imbalance can throw everything off just a bit causing a miscarriage when you conceive. There are a number of things that can throw hormones out of whack including body weight, stress, poor diet and so on.

From the article:
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The simplest way of thinking about this in terms of its negative effects on a successful pregnancy is that the abnormal cycles indicate that the patient is either not ovulating at the appropriate time (around day 14, counting from the first day of the last period) or, if she is, she has inappropriate production or action (in terms of timing, amount, or effect) of the hormone progesterone that is made by the ovary (the corpus luteum at the site from which the egg was hatched) during the second half of the menstrual cycle and the early weeks of pregnancy.

 Unusually long cycles usually reflect a delay in ovulation and are more common in women with thyroid disorders, excess amounts of the pituitary hormone prolactin (hyperprolactinemia) from any cause, and women who have ‘polycystic ovary syndrome’ that may be accompanied by hyperandrogenemia (increased levels of male hormones), elevated levels of luteinizing hormone (LH, another pituitary hormone that stimulates androgen production in the ovary), and insulin resistance. Unusually short cycles usually indicate an inadequate progesterone effect on the endometrium (often called “luteal phase defects’) and may result from too little progesterone production or from an endometrium that is less responsive to the hormone..

Wednesday, April 24, 2019



Chaste tree berry acts on the hypothalamus and pituitary glands

by increasing luteinizing hormone (LH) production and mildly inhibiting the release of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH). The result is a shift in the ratio of estrogen to progesterone, in favor of progesterone. The ability of chaste tree berry to raise progesterone levels in the body is an indirect effect, so the herb itself is not a hormone.

Lack of menstruation (amenorrhea) that is caused by a lack of ovulation, and therefore a lack of progesterone production, should result in menses when progesterone is taken. Progesterone-induced
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menses indicates an intact reproductive system that just isn't going through its cycle.

It suggests that the body is producing enough FSH to stimulate the ovaries, and that the ovaries can develop follicles. It also indicates that follicular production of estrogen is sufficient to cause the lining of the uterus (endometrium) to grow and that the sloughed endometrium is able to pass through the cervical opening and the vagina. Therefore it's possible that the problem is a dysfunction in the hypothalamus or pituitary glands. The ability of chaste tree to modulate the hypothalamus or pituitary then makes this herb a good candidate for treating amenorrhea (infertility).

It inhibits prolactin release by the pituitary gland, especially when you are under stress.

The Evidence for Vitex Agnus Castus

Here are some vitex studies relating to the use of the chasteberry:
Vitex and Fertility. In this study, a chasteberry preparation was used in a study of 3,162 women to assess the effectiveness of vitex for corpus luteum insufficiency. 77.4% had menstrual cycle disturbances of various types and the others suffered from a range of gynecological problems which included symptoms of corpus luteum insufficiency. The average length of treatment was 5 months. Hormone cytology and symptoms were used to assess the treatment.

The women reported the treatment as completely effective (33%), significant improvement (55%), and no change (7%). Their doctors reported very good results in 68% of cases, adequate in 22%, and no change in 7%.

High levels of the hormone prolactin are commonly found with corpus luteum insufficiency. Vitex is useful for reducing high prolactin levels.

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By Nancy Dunne, ND, Naturopathic Physician Bitterroot Natural Medicine

Here is another article on how vitex can help fertility

The Vitex Fertility Solution - How Does the Vitex Fertility Solution Work?
By Guest Post by Olivia Hall
A well known herb called Vitex or Chasteberry is said to have a lot of ingredients that can correct a lot of hormonal imbalances in women. One of the most important factors in attempting to conceive is a regular menstrual cycle. Can the Vitex fertility solution help with this?
It has been proven time and again that Chasteberry or Vitex can correct problems including insufficient progesterone. If a woman has insufficient progesterone, she may be susceptible to ovarian cysts, endometriosis and uterine fibroids. So how does Vitex work, exactly?
1. This herb increases lutenizing hormone (LH) production and reduces or inhibits the release of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH). These hormones are produced in the hypothalamus and pituitary glands. This causes a change in the ratio between estrogen and progesterone, increasing the progesterone.
2. High levels of prolactin can be a barrier to fertility. Vitex works to reduce the high levels of this particular hormone.
3. If a woman is not having regular periods, or has no periods at all, the increase in progesterone should cause her to begin menstruating, naturally. If a woman lacks progesterone, the egg may not be released, and, of course, if the egg is not released, there is no chance of conception.
4. A daily dose of 60 drops of a tincture containing vitex or 175 mg of an extract is recommended as a vitex fertility booster.
There are some known drug interactions included with hormone replacement therapy, oral contraceptives, and dopamine agonists. Of course, if you are trying to increase fertility, you are likely not taking any oral contraceptives. In order to get the best results from this course of treatment, you will need to take vitex for a minimum of three to six months.

Most women report noticeable results around the fourth month or menstrual cycle of taking this supplement. Vitex can be taken for up to 18 months continuously.
It is important to obtain Vitex in a supplement that is as close to natural as possible. Many so called supplements on the market contain very little active ingredient or actual herb extract, so you will need to examine and read labels very carefully.
Working towards a better hormonal balance and eventually, inducing ovulation can be achieved, with this supplement. The key to becoming pregnant is ovulating and having a regular monthly period and menstrual cycle. You can achieve this regularity with the vitex fertility treatment option.
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Monday, April 22, 2019


Dandelion Fertility Tea Recipe

I'll have to admit, I've always thought of dandelions as a nuisance...until I found out what a superfood they really are.  Their bright yellow color is the first indicator that they are high in antioxidants!  You know the old colorful fruits and vegetables for maximum health.  Dandelions are obviously inexpensive...most of us with lawns or parks nearby can easily find them.  What are the benefits of dandelions?

They cleanse the blood and help rid the body of toxic waste
They lower blood sugar
dandelion fertility tea recipe, picture of teaThey are effective against fungal and bacterial infections (including candida)
They can lower blood pressure
They are rich in vitamins, calcium potassium, iron, magnesium and more.

All of these nutrients and benefits are important if you are trying to conceive.

To make dandelion tea, first, pick fresh dandelions from an area that you are sure has not been
fertilized or sprayed with herbicides or pesticides.
Although the entire dandelion is edible, the green parts are bitter, so separate out the yellow petals for your tea.
Use fresh water in a teapot (if you are concerned about your water quality, use bottled spring water) and boil to about 170-180 degrees. Put the dandelion petals in a tea ball and place in the cup and put your heated water in the cup with the tea ball. If you would like to make a pitcher of tea, you can use a “tea sock” which will hold much more of the petals. Drink fresh or place the pitcher in the refrigerator after it is brewed to have later. It is usually recommended to drink within 72 hours for maximum freshness.
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Sunday, April 21, 2019


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

From the article:

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

Saturday, April 20, 2019


Pregnancy Over 40 After Tubal Reversal

There is a segment of women over the age of 40 who previously completed their family, have their tubes tied, but for whatever reason decide they want a child later in life.
 Many times, these women are in a new relationship or are in a point in their life that they want another child. Here is an article in its entirety about how tubal ligation reversal may be better than IVF:

Study The Success Rate Of Tubal Reversal

By Den Hamphery
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Due to the influx of information on these treatment plans. Always with careful consideration and advice from a supplier such as those in the Atchafalaya Obstetrics and Gynecology judgments you can decide which method is best for you.
Many women (and even patients and their doctors) think that IVF is the only real option for pregnancy after tubal pregnancy compared to later. However, in reality, the reverse tubal ligation is a
real option in many cases, probably the best option for the treatment procedure for most women. PS reversal of tubal replacement offers a higher success rate and only the cumulative effect of a successful pregnancy significantly cheaper.
A study of more than 5,000 women undergoing tubal reversal in the Atchafalaya Obstetrics and Gynecology in the last 8 years has revealed important facts will be valid only if you are considering a reversal of tubal ligation. In the study, only 36% of women undergoing in vitro fertilization has managed to unlock the passage of pregnancy and even less, only 30% of women in the study, carried a pregnancy to term and have a baby. In comparison, women who have chosen compared with IVF, tubal reversal became pregnant contributed to 66% of the hourly rate of pregnancy. Moreover, for most, a woman over 40 who often have more difficulty becoming pregnant, the results were even more striking: only 1.6 IVF women who chose to have a successful pregnancy, compared with 1 three women who had a baby after tubal reversal, double the luck with the IVF! For years, younger women or with 33% probability of live births with tubal reversal, while in vitro fertilization rate for this age group are around 15%.
In addition to being more successful in the survey are tubal ligation reversal procedure expensive because the transaction involves a lump sum at the time of surgery, after which a woman can pregnancy test is repeated as many times as she wants. Compared to IVF, where costs can be quite impressive, and compared to that, for IVF, you are obliged to pay for each treatment cycle - if you are pregnant. This means that if a cycle fails, you're not pregnant, the next time you invest again next cycle. In fact, some women pay for repeated cycles of IVF month after month without ever being pregnant at all!
Obviously do not just take our word for it. If you had a tubal ligation and are considering becoming pregnant, be sure to check it is advisable to check the pregnancy statistics and research on the success rate of reversal of tubal compared to IVF for you. We are confident that after watching it, you'll be convinced that a tubal reversal is cheaper, more efficient and flexible procedure for your pregnancy! If we hope to convince you of the prettier of the two alternatives for having more children after tubal ligation!
Women under 30 years old, the age is 43% of women gave birth to a child, while in vitro fertilization, more than half (55%) than their peers to choose the opportunity to experience a live birth, compared to 55% of IVF and Tubal Reversal became mothers. These data show that tubal reversal is an effective and much better than a good choice for comparison, you can easily make you understand the power of tubal reversal than IVF in vitro fertilization.
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Thursday, April 18, 2019


The Best Herbs for Male Infertility

There are a multitude of herbs available that greatly help rebuild a strong nutritional base and can potentially eliminate male infertility. System tonics that increase and nourish vitality and help reverse low adrenal energy are is the best place to begin your healing journey.

Saw Palmetto
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Saw palmetto is an herb highly regarded for its applications for impotence, physical and mental debility concerning sexual performance, and as a tonic that nourishes the entire male reproductive system. It also treats testicular atrophy.


This tonic herb has been used for centuries in the Peruvian highlands for its fertility enhancing
abilities and adaptogenic effects. When taken consistently over time, maca is known to increase seminal volume, sperm count, sperm quality, and sperm motility. This herb is also an amazing sexual tonic for women by increasing fertility.


This herb looks like a goat’s head and packs a wallop not only on the bottom of your foot when stepped on but also for when you’re in need of stimulating healthy sperm production. Tribulus also increases the motility and quality of sperm and most notably the survival of sperm cells.

Horny Goat Weed

Traditionally used as a potent herb for impotence, horny goat weed is also used for increasing testosterone levels and stimulating sensory nerves. It also increases the production of healthy sperm.
Saw Palmetto
Saw palmetto is an herb highly regarded for its applications for impotence, physical and mental debility concerning sexual performance, and as a tonic that nourishes the entire male reproductive system. It also treats testicular atrophy.


Ginseng is a remarkable sexual rejuvenator and adaptogenic tonic. The ginsenosides it contains positively effects the gonadal tissues as well as the central nervous system. It improves stamina and metabolism which play important roles in a male’s sexual health and fertility.
Note- If you run hot then ginseng may not be the right herb for your constitution. In this case, try Siberian Ginseng instead.

Ho Shou Wu

This herb helps a man retain is “essence” from being involuntarily released. Ho Shou Wu is also renowned as a rejuvenating tonic that can be taken for long periods of time. For this reason, it is an amazing way to retain youthfulness, build the blood and sperm, and alleviate impotence.


Ashwagandha is an adaptogenic and energy enhancing herb that strengthens stamina and increases energy. It improves sexual performance and fertility and it one of the best tonics for reversing adrenal burnout.

Schisandra Berry

This highly regarded herb is one of the best tonice for enhancing sperm production. It also increases RNA, enzymes, and glycogen which are essential for kidney and gonad gland health. For women, this herb is often taken for 100 days to help increase sexual desire and fertility.

Astragalus Root

Not only is astragulus great for immunity it is also considered an exceptional herb for increasing the quantity and motility of sperm.
Note- Do not take astragalus if you are currently sick as it will aid the virus you are trying to get rid of.


Shilajit is a sticky resin that exudes from rocks in the Himalayan mountains. It’s considered one of the most potent rejuvenators known as it contains over 85 ionic minerals, vitamins, and fulvic acid which improves the overall function of the genitourinary system. Shilajit helps prevent anemia and flagging sexual energy. It’s an amazing addition for reversing male infertility.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019


Getting Pregnant: Yoga Poses and Postures That Help Enhance Fertility

When I was trying to conceive, I did everything I could to get my body ready for a healthy pregnancy.  After some research, I found that there are
some yoga poses that can  open up the pelvis to increase pelvic circulation.  These poses include
  • The Reclining Hero pose
  • The Bridge Pose
  • The Cobbler's Pose

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Monday, April 15, 2019


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Feng Shui can be used to attract baby chi for pregnancy. Feng Shui was originally developed in China and it is considered both an art and a science. If you are wondering exactly what feng shui means, the word "feng" means wind, and the word "shui" means water. It is thought that our spaces are filled with energy or "Chi". One goal is to make sure that your living area has positive energy flow. So how can Feng Shui help with fertility and getting pregnant? Your environment can help create positive baby "Chi". Read more:

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Sunday, April 14, 2019


Omega 3 Fats Are Beneficial To Sperm

I keep hearing about all the benefits of Omega 3 fats in your diet.  There is research showing that saturated fats are bad for sperm.  On the other hand, men should be consuming omega 3 fats like those found in fish.

 According to this study, these beneficial fats may help sperm. Although this study was done in mice, omega 3's have so many other health benefits, it probably would be a good idea for men trying to conceive to add these fats in their diet. Read more:

URBANA – According to a University of Illinois study, omega-3 fatty acids may be good for more
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than heart health. A little-known omega-3 may have implications for treating male infertility.

"In our experiment, we used 'knockout' mice that lacked the gene responsible for an enzyme important in making docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). In the absence of DHA, male mice are basically infertile, producing few if any misshaped sperm that can't get where they need to go," said Manabu Nakamura, a U of I associate professor of food science and human nutrition.

"We looked at sperm count, shape, and motility and tested the breeding success rate, and the mice lacking DHA simply were not able to breed," said Manuel Roqueta-Rivera, a U of I doctoral student who also worked on the study.

In the DHA-deficient knockout mice, sperm counts were extremely low. The sperm that were produced were round instead of elongated and they were unable to move well, he said.

But, when DHA was introduced into the diet, fertility was completely restored. "It was very striking. When we fed the mice DHA, all these abnormalities were prevented," he said.

This is the first time that the importance of DHA to male fertility has been shown this directly, although some studies have suggested that male fertility patients with low sperm counts and less motile sperm tend to have low levels of this fatty acid.

The DHA study is part of the Nakamura team's efforts to understand the function of the omega-3 and -6 fatty acids. As part of that work, they have developed a mouse model to help them understand a particular fat's physiological role. By knocking out genes, they can create deficiencies of the fats they are interested in and learn about their functions.

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