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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

GETTING PREGNANT CAN TAKE 104 TRIES! NOT NECESSARILY INFERTILE!

Having A Baby Over 40, Persistence Pays Off

I've often said that a couple may be impatient, not infertile - even though some couples get pregnant by surprise, it's not that way for everyone. I was surprised at how persistent you may have to be to get pregnant.  Yes, some couples get pregnant on the first try, but certainly not all.  Older couples may have to try longer but that doesn't mean they're infertile, they may just be a little "subfertile".


Half of couples at one treatment center really weren't infertile, they just didn't have their timing right.

 Getting Pregnant Requires Patience and Timing

 This article talks about how a couple has to have intercourse 104 times before getting pregnant. So
patience and timing may be two very important factors - the problem is, most of us want quick results and the wait can be agonizing. Read more:

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The study, carried out among 3,000 mothers was commissioned by family planning brand First Response.

Yesterday Dr. Mike Smith of First Response said: 'Having sex 104 times before falling pregnant does sound rather a lot, but as they say practice makes perfect.

'However, for those not trying to conceive it's very important to remember that many couples may also fall pregnant first time so if you are not trying for a baby please still use the necessary precautions.

'Trying for a baby is a very exciting time for a couple and many try to have sex at every opportunity in order to get pregnant.'

The study also found two thirds of women conceived much quicker than they expect to.

But while plenty of women were happy to wait for nature to take its course, others were intent on
forcing the issue when the need arose.

In fact 10 per cent said they then jumped on their other half as soon as he walked through the door when they felt the time was right.

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Friday, July 26, 2019

HOW FOOD HELPS EGG QUALITY AND FERTILITY

Dietary Nutrients Can Help Egg Quality

I know I sound like a broken record when I keep stressing the importance of the connection between diet and fertility.
We could eliminate so many health problems in this country if we all ate a well balanced diet high in fruits and vegetables. We could reduce the incidence of cancer, diabetes, heart disease and many more life threatening conditions if we took better care of ourselves. If you're trying to get pregnant, you need to treat your body with the utmost care. You're going to be expecting a lot from it!
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Here is yet another article that draws a connection between diet and fertility:


From the article:
The blood supply into the ovary carries the nutrients into the ova and the graafian ovarian follicles help to mature the ova using those nutrients. You also have the endometrium, which has to be nutrient-rich in order for the blastocysts to implant and grow. In fact, the latest research is showing that the blastocysts actually roll down through the endometrium to find a spot to attach where it is rich in nutrients. The attachment enzyme requires zinc and vitamin E.

We know that, in order to mature and produce healthy ova, we need sound nutrition. I have just worked with a woman of 42 years and she has had six failed IVFs eight years ago and was told her eggs were very poor quality. I worked with her for five months and she has gone back and done IVF, as she had her fallopian tubes removed, and she was told her eggs were the quality of a twenty-year-old and she is now pregnant with twins. So there is obviously a mechanism whereby the nutrients for maturing egg and sperm are crucial to fertility.

Dr Stephen Kennedy, MD: Are there any particular foods the couples should avoid and are there are any particular foods that people should be encouraged to take?

Dian Shepperson Mills: Foods, I think, from research, using Mormon women as controls because they do not drink, they do not have alcohol, they do not have coffee, they avoid smoking. It would appear that caffeine has a detrimental effect on ovarian function, so caffeine in strong coffee, chocolate and strong tea and fizzy-cola-type products should be kept at a low level.

Certainly, you need to ensure if you have digestive problems, the main two gut irritants would be caffeine and citrus because they do irritate the gut membrane. So, if you have digestive problems, which could be compromising your absorption of nutrients, those would be the first two foods to avoid.

There is some research now showing that wheat can be a problem - wheat gluten or the gliadin factor in wheat. It used to be felt that one in 2,500 people have what is known as coeliac disease, but there is now a category known as non-coeliac dysfunction and that is finding that one in 100 to 1 in 200 people have problems with gliadin and gluten digestion and it can impact on fertility.

The main research looking at that is in America and they are finding that you can get all sorts of problems with this and it can impact on thyroid function. So, in certain people, there may be a gene, and you need to look at this, Sir, which proposes that you have sensitivity to gluten. The people affected by this are Jewish people, people from Scandinavian countries and the Irish - they carry the gene for gluten sensitivity. This is another area that needs looking into.

Other foods you need to be careful with: there is some research on aspartame interfering with the hypothalamus and pituitary functions. People who are drinking eight cans of fizzy diet whatever a day, could be having problems because it could be interfering with digestion and fertility.

The other area is people who are dieting. When I was doing my MA, I worked with 50 couples in Denmark and 50 couples in Britain, who were undergoing IVF, and they had to fill in a food diary for seven days so that I could track what they were eating. It was very obvious that I had to hunt vegetables and hunt protein – and you need the oils and vitamins and proteins to help hormone function.

The other problem was that, while they were undergoing IVF, a lot of the women who were taking Clomid,, Gonal-F and Perganol because of the action of the drug, they were bloating and retaining fluid and these women were dieting because they did not want to put weight on. There is a point in time when you are desperately trying to get pregnant that you need sound nutrition. In animals, there is a system known as flushing where before you put an animal into the fertility zone, as it were, you actually flush the animal with nutrients and animals always get pregnant, from veterinary research, on a rising body weight, never on a falling body weight.

Dieting at the very moment you are trying to conceive is a very, very bad idea. A), you are not taking in the nutrients you need and b) you are upsetting pituitary function because there is research showing that if you skip a meal, it can impact on the pituitary, which then does not send the right message to the ovaries for the next 24 hours.

There are lots of things you need to eat to be healthy. They would be fresh fruit and fresh vegetables, the fresher the better. Organic if you can get them but I do not like people being paranoid because we cannot always get organic, so if you can’t get organic then peel, and do the best you can with the money you have.

Fresh deep-water fish: there is pollution in shallow seas so trying to avoid oily fish from shallow seas would make sense because we know dioxins and PCBs are in that food, but certainly deep-sea oily fish - fish oils seem to help fertility. Two-thirds of the brain is oil, every cell membrane is oil, and it seems to be crucial in the ovary and testes and sperm. So eat fish oils, lean meat, nuts and seeds because the oils in the nuts and seeds are also very important; berry fruits because they contain proanthacyanadins, which are anti-oxidant in function, and peas, beans and lentils. Again, you have to be careful not to have too many legumes because in peas there is a chemical which can cause sterility if eaten to excess. This research was looking at Tibetan men, who only, on average, fathered two children and they wanted to know why. Because they have high pea content in their diet, they found it was a phyto chemical. So peas, beans and lentils are fine in moderation but not in excess. 

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Sunday, July 21, 2019

NATUROPATH EXPLAINS THYROID FUNCTION FOR FERTILITY

Is Poor Thyroid Function Impacting Your Fertility?

Guest Post By Christine Sullivan
If you have been unsuccessfully trying to get pregnant for more than 6 months, before you embark on invasive medical procedures and spend thousands of dollars for assisted reproductive technology, ensure that your thyroid is functioning at its optimum.
Many women don't realize that good thyroid function is necessary for fertility, the ability to conceive and to maintain a pregnancy. An under (or over) functioning thyroid can prevent you from achieving that much desired pregnancy. While there are many and varied reasons for infertility, suboptimal thyroid function may be that "missing link" especially for those with no specific reproductive problems.
A full thyroid evaluation is essential, and should be done as soon as possible for any woman who
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wants to get pregnant, especially if she -

  • Has been trying unsuccessfully to get pregnant for more than 6 months
  • Has had two or more miscarriages
  • Has an irregular menstrual cycle
  • Has any family history of thyroid problems.

What Does the Thyroid Gland Do?
The thyroid gland is located near the front of the throat, just below the voice box & just above the collar bones. Every cell in the body depends upon thyroid hormones for regulation of the body's metabolism, blood calcium levels, energy production, fat metabolism, oxygen utilization, balance of other hormones & weight maintenance.
Hormones involved with thyroid function include Thyroid Releasing Hormone (TRH) released from the hypothalamus in the brain, which stimulates the pituitary gland at the base of the brain to release Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) which in turn stimulates the thyroid gland to produce Thyroxine (T4) & Triiodothyronine (T3). Much of T4 is converted to T3 (the active form) in the liver. Thyroid hormones are synthesized from iodine and the amino acid Tyrosine (from protein), and the conversion to the active form is reliant on the trace mineral Selenium.
Healthy Thyroid function can be affected by -

  • Exposure to environmental toxins - electromagnetic radiation, chemicals, pesticides, heavy metals e.g. mercury & fluoride
  • Genetic susceptibility
  • High levels of stress
  • Nutrient deficiencies
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Infections
  • Other hormone imbalances e.g. oestrogen dominance, high prolactin levels
How Does Hypothyroidism (Low) affect fertility?
Anovulatory cycles - not releasing an egg / ovulating. This makes pregnancy impossible.
Luteal Phase Problems - With a short second half of the menstrual cycle a fertilized egg can't implant securely and ends up leaving the body at the same time that menstruation would occur (very early miscarriage) & is often mistaken as a regular period.
High Prolactin Levels - due to elevated levels of Thyroid Releasing Hormone (TRH) and low levels of Thyroxine (T4) resulting in irregular ovulation or no ovulation.
Other Hormonal Imbalances - reduced sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG), oestrogen dominance, progesterone deficiency, all of which interfere with proper reproductive hormone balance.
Your check list for thyroid assessment:
1. Do you have any of the common signs & symptoms associated with low thyroid function?

  • Inability to conceive / infertility
  • Miscarriage
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Period pain
  • Low libido
  • Lethargy & fatigue
  • Susceptibility to the cold / cold hands & feet
  • Inability to lose weight
  • Changes in texture of skin, nails, hair, hair loss
  • Recurrent infections
  • Constipation
2. Is your basal temperature consistently below 36.5 degrees C? Take your oral temperature at rest first thing in the morning before moving out of bed for 7 -10 days in the first 14 days of your cycle. Your temperature should be between 36 degrees and 37 degrees C but ideally above 36.5 degrees C.
3. Blood Tests - For full thyroid assessment you require readings for TSH, T4, T3, rT3 & Thyroid Antibodies. TRH may also be required. For optimum fertility, your TSH level should be between 1 and 2. Your doctor or naturopath can order these tests for you.
4. Urinary Iodine - Iodine is a key component of thyroid hormone. Excessive iodine as well as a deficiency of iodine can result in low thyroid function. Your doctor or naturopath can order this test for you.
5. Diet & Lifestyle - Our modern western diet is a major contributor to increasing thyroid health problems. Foods detrimental to thyroid health include refined grains, simple sugars, soy products, peanuts & peanut products, caffeine, hydrogenated oils, cigarette smoking and alcohol. Excessive consumption of vegetables such as cabbage, broccoli, turnips, Brussels sprouts have the ability to block the absorption of iodine.
Exposure to heavy metals e.g. mercury (amalgam fillings) and fluoride (water supply, toothpaste) may also be detrimental.
Stress management is imperative. Stress results in elevated levels of cortisol, the main hormone released by the adrenal glands. Increased cortisol will inhibit the conversion of T4 to the active T3 hormone.
Exercise is beneficial as it will stimulate thyroid hormone secretion and increases tissue sensitivity to thyroid hormones.
Treating thyroid function is not a magic cure for all fertility issues but I have found that for many women, once thyroid health has been improved, their fertility issues were resolved and they have gone on to have a healthy pregnancy and enjoyed the treasures of motherhood.
If you suspect that less than ideal thyroid health may be contributing to your fertility difficulties or just impinging on your health generally, take action now!
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With qualifications in Naturopathy, Herbal Medicine, Nutrition Medicine and Natural Fertility Management as well as more than 20 years of clinical experience, Christine seeks to provide excellence in nutrition medicine and natural health care through supporting, informing and educating women of all ages to achieve optimum health.
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Saturday, July 20, 2019

SPERM BOOSTED WITH CARNITINE FOR MEN'S FERTILITY

 Carnitine Supplements for Sperm

If you've never heard of Carnitine, you're probably not alone.  It can be found in just about every cell in your body.  Usually the liver and kidneys produce enough Carnitine, however some people don't make enough.


 Animal products like meat, fish, poultry, and milk are the best sources. In general, the redder the meat, the higher its carnitine content. Dairy products contain carnitine primarily in the whey (NIH)
Carnitine is a supplement which is available over-the-counter. I've heard before that it can help with sperm motility. This study done specifically on Carnitine seems to confirm its usefulness. Read more:

Testing Carnitine
The study was small; only 30 men participated. Their average age was 34. All had sought help for fertility problems. The men were diagnosed with decreased sperm motility.

For three months, the men took a placebo. Then they took 2 grams of L-carnitine supplements orally every day for three months. After that, the men didn't take anything for another three months.

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Semen samples were taken four times: at the study's start, after taking the placebo for three months, after taking carnitine for three months, and three months after treatment ended.

Temporary Improvement
Sperm motility improved while the men took the carnitine supplements. The placebo didn't help at all.

The benefit's extent varied depending on the men's condition. The key may lie in their mitochondria, the main power source for cells.

Some participants' sperm had mitochondria that weren't working properly. Their sperm motility improved with carnitine, but their results didn't match those with normal mitochondria.
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Thursday, July 18, 2019

ARE YOU PREGNANT? VERY EARLY SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS

STRANGE UNUSUAL PREGNANCY SYMPTOMS

Do you think you may be pregnant but you're not sure of the signs and symptoms? I had quite a few pregnancies before I had my daughter. Even though most of them ended in miscarriage, I noticed that there were some strange signs and symptoms of pregnancy. Even in my earliest days after conception, I could feel butterflies in my abdomen. I also would have sore breasts and tiny little waves of nausea. It seems crazy that such a microscopic change in your body can create such noticeable symptoms. When I ran an infertility support group, there was one woman there (who finally became pregnant naturally) who swore she felt herself conceive! Impossible? Maybe not! Read more about some strange signs and symptoms that you might be pregnant:

Here are some symptoms you may not have heard of (or some you have)
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1. Sore breasts – Most women will report very early changes in breasts...swelling and pain (this was always one of my most pronounced signs of VERY early pregnancy

2. Metallic Taste In Mouth – Hormones can cause odd tastes in your mouth

3. Constipation and Flatulence: Hormones again can be responsible for these changes. Increasing
your fiber can help with constipation, but for some it can increase flatulence. Drink plenty of water to help with these symptoms.

4. Stuffy nose and congestion has been reported by many pregnant women.

5. Odd pigmentation, especially on your face – Pregnancy hormones can cause little areas of pigmentation on your face that look like age spots. These will lessen after pregnancy

6. Ravenous hunger – This was always one of my first pregnancy symptoms. It seemed like I had to eat just about every two hours. It got to the point that I never had enough food in the house. Eating also helped with the little waves of nausea in very early pregnancy (the butterfly feeling)

7. Spotting or slight bleeding – This bleeding may be dark red or even brown. This can be caused by the implantation of the pregnancy. I spotted with all my pregnancies, even my successful one, so spotting isn't necessarily a sign of danger, but it might be something to check out especially if it turns to full bleeding.

8. Frequent trips to the bathroom – Even in early pregnancy before the baby can be seen with the naked eye, many women report having to urinate much more than usual. This again could be hormonal changes.

9. Slight cramping – Even though cramping could be a sign of miscarriage, many women report cramping to the point that they think they are getting their period. If you think you may be pregnant, do not take any medications before you know if you truly are pregnant. I had cramping with all my pregnancies, even my successful one.

10. Extreme fatigue – I was very tired all throughout my successful pregnancy, even in the very early stages. The good news is, at least in my case, that I slept better than ever.

11.Leg cramping and tiredness – My legs were very achy and tired. I have always been big on exercise, but my legs were so tired that I usually stayed off my feet in early pregnancy.

If you think you may be pregnant, it's a good idea to take a pregnancy test. This way you will be sure to watch what you eat, avoid alcohol and other environmental toxins.


Wednesday, July 17, 2019

WOMAN PREGNANT AT 47 NATURALLY AFTER IVF

47 and Pregnant After Children Born Through IVF

I just love stories like this one. This woman had her children through IVF, then spontaneously conceives at the age of 47! It just goes to show you that babies come when they are ready!  As a matter of fact, there does seem to be a trend that couples conceive naturally after having children
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born through IVF.

From the article:

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

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

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

It was a total shock, agrees Ambrose – he had worried his wife had a terminal illness.

As for the children, "My son said something like, `You crazy kids,'" Susan recalls. "But we were all thrilled."

from:
www.thestar.com

Sunday, July 14, 2019

HOW YOUR FERTILITY IS TIED TO THE MOON

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
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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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Monday, July 08, 2019

EVENING PRIMROSE OIL TO HELP YOU CONCEIVE

GETTING PREGNANT WITH EVENING PRIMROSE OIL


EPO or Evening Primrose Oil has been known to enhance women's fertility for women who are trying to conceive and get pregnant. It comes from a wildflower which grows in North America (the oil is extracted from the seeds.) You can take this supplement in in capsules or liquid form in the amount of 1500mg to 3000mg per day. It should be kept in the refrigerator and out of sunlight. Of course, you should talk with your doctor before taking any supplement

Evening Primrose Oil is high in vitamin E and GLA (gamma-linolelic acid) which helps your body
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manufacture the “good” prostaglandins. These “good” prostaglandins are hormone-like substances which improve the cervix and cervical mucus. GLA also works as a vessel dilator and blood thinner.

Evening primrose oil is also thought to improve the uterine lining and strengthen the placenta. It acts as an anti-inflammatory which can help with conditions like endometriosis and pelvic inflammatory disorders. It should be noted that some studies have questioned it's effectiveness as a fertility enhancer, however this could be attributed to poor study design. If you are having problems with the quality of your cervical mucus, Evening Primrose Oil may help with this as well. If you are experiencing thick or hostile cervical mucus, it may help you attain the "egg white" consistency that is necessary to help sperm swim. It is recommended not to use this supplement during the last half of the menstrual cycle (luteal phase) since it may cause uterine contractions. If you are trying to conceive, this could make conception less likely since it may be harder for the egg to implant.



Saturday, July 06, 2019

YOGA FOR FERTILITY, POSES TO GET PREGNANT

 What Yoga Poses Help Fertility and Getting Pregnant?

Here is a summary of some of the yoga poses which can benefit the reproductive system:
1. The Bridge Pose - the bridge stimulates abdominal organs and can relieve menstrual discomfort if done regularly. It calms the brain and can help with stress. Start by lying on the floor. Bend your knees, put your fee flat on the floor as close to your sit bones as possible. Bring your buttocks up until you form a bridge and bring your hands together clasped underneath you.
2. The Cobbler's Pose - this pose also stimulates abdominal organs, ovaries and is thought to be a natural remedy for infertility. Sit on the floor, bend your knees and let them lay out to the side. Bring your feet together and hold the toes or ankles with your hands.
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3. The Lotus pose - this pose stimulates the pelvis, spine, abdomen and bladder. It can help ease the pain of childbirth if done throughout pregnancy. This pose starts by sitting cross legged on the floor. Slowly bring one foot on top of your thigh then the other foot on top of the other thigh. If this is painful, you may stay seated cross legged. Bring your thumb and middle fingers together and rest on your knees
4. The Reclining Hero pose - this pose probably needs to be done with support (a bolster pillow can be used along the length of your back). The reclining hero pose helps open up and stretch the abdomen and it can ease menstrual pain. This pose begins by kneeling then sitting down between your feet then slowly reclining down until you are laying on the floor. This is an intermediate pose and you may need additional support with a second pillow on your back until you become more experienced.
In my Video, "Fertility Bodywork" (available at the fertility shop) I demonstrate these yoga poses among others and I also have a segment on fertility pelvic massage, acupressure and reflexology and daily routines which help increase pelvic circulation and oxygenation. All of these fertility enhancing techniques can be done by yourself in the privacy of your own home without the services of a paid professional.



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Wednesday, July 03, 2019

INDEPENDENCE DAY HOLIDAY...NO FIREWORKS WITH INFERTILITY

Trying To Conceive and Independence Day

Remember those old re-runs of a program called "Love American Style" (or in my case you saw them the first time around)?
Fireworks represented the love and infatuation associated with your relationship and/or marriage. Well, no matter how good your relationship is, when you're trying to conceive, every aspect of your life revolves around ovulation. Intercourse can become a total chore and no, there are absolutely no
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fireworks. I remember a few years on independence day, I was ovulating and we could hear our neighbors shooting off firecrakers--there we were trying to "get the job done". UGGGGHHHH...not pleasant memories at all.
Independence day is another one of those family oriented holidays. All you see around you are
families packing up the car to go watch fireworks displays, kid-oriented events, BBQ's etc. It's another holiday where you stick out like a sore thumb. I recall going to a function with my husband's sister and their kids. We met a few of their friends and then the bomb dropped. One of their friends (who was there with his four kids) says to me..."I'll bet you guys have a bunch of kids right?" I was so taken off guard...he immediately sensed me squirming as I said sheepishly..."Uh no, we don't have any". End of conversation.
After that, we decided to have our own way of enjoying the holiday. We stayed away from BBQ's and had a nice dinner out. Hey, whatever works. I'm not saying you shouldn't join in (because we did that too), but you should do whatever helps you deal with the situation at the time.

So, whatever you do this holiday, please enjoy it safely and don't be afraid to go out and have some fun - even if it's not in the traditional way.


Monday, July 01, 2019

FERTILITY BBT CHARTING, IT DOESN'T ALWAYS WORK!

FERTILITY CHARTING: DOES IT REALLY WORK?

Fertility Charting, Why It May Not Work

Monitoring ovulation has never been an exact science and recent research has shown it’s even less so than previously thought. Many women ovulate or have the potential to ovulate more than once per month, so having intercourse at other times besides your predicted ovulation date could lead to conception. To further complicate the issue, one study found “in only about 30% of women is the fertile window entirely between days 10 and 17… women can reach their fertile window earlier and
others much later. Women should be advised that the timing of their fertile window can be highly
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unpredictable, even if their cycles are usually regular.” (1)
When I tried taking my temperature to see when I was ovulating I found my temperature fluctuated so much I really couldn’t find a pattern. It was also difficult for me to remember to take my temperature at the same time every day. The other problem is that by the time it goes up, you may have already ovulated. Another study found “among healthy women trying to conceive, nearly all pregnancies can be attributed to intercourse during a six-day period ending on the day of ovulation”(2). So you can see if you wait for your temperature to go up, you've pretty much missed your fertile window.

I’ve talked with a number of doctors about the “temperature” method and they weren’t crazy about it. My first fertility doctor came out and said “it doesn’t work”. One way you could use the temperature method is to establish a pattern of your ovulation cycle day just so you can start planning intercourse well before then. For that reason, I have included the BBT method below.

BBT Charting To Establish A Pattern

1. Begin taking your temperature on the first day of your cycle (see above)
2. Take it the same time every day before you get out of bed in the morning and before you eat or drink anything (you will need to keep a thermometer and chart next to your bed and you may need to set an alarm)
3. Take your temperature orally using a digital thermometer (or check with your local drugstore for a special BBT thermometer)
4. Using a piece of graph paper (or a chart), record your temperature each day with temperature on the left (vertical) with each square representing .1 degree. Put the day on the bottom of the graph (horizontal)
5. After ovulation, your temperature should go up about .1 to .4 degrees. Although this is a small change, it is significant. Your temperature may stay elevated until you get your period again (pregnancy will also keep your temperature elevated.)
6. There might be a very slight dip in temperature immediately preceding ovulation

If you go back and analyze the chart after a month or two, you should see that the “follicular” temperatures (those before ovulation) should be lower and the “luteal” (after ovulation) temperatures should be higher. Again, there are pitfalls to this method because there are things unrelated to ovulation and pregnancy that can affect your BBT. Everything from illness, lack of sleep, too much heat or heated blankets, exhaustion and alcohol can all affect your temperature.



References:
(1)Wilcox AJ, Dunson D, Baird DD., The timing of the "fertile window" in the menstrual cycle: day specific estimates from a prospective study, BMJ. 2000 Nov 18;321(7271):1259-62.
(2)Wilcox AJ, Weinberg CR, Baird DD,Timing of sexual intercourse in relation to ovulation. Effects on the probability of conception, survival of the pregnancy, and sex of the baby, N Engl J Med. 1995 Dec 7;333(23):1517-21.

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