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Friday, February 05, 2016

ANOTHER WOMAN 44 AND HER SUCCESSFUL PREGNANCY

Pregnancy Over 40, Infertility and Dealing With The Fertile World

I received an e-mail from a woman I met when I ran the women's support group for my local infertility organization. She conceived naturally while on a break from her fertility treatments and had her baby on her 44th birthday.
 She was talking about how other women who conceive easily have no clue what infertility is like. It's still a bit of a sore spot with most of us even after we succeed in having a baby.  Other people just seem to take for granted what a miracle it is to have a child.

THIS ARTICLE MAY ALSO BE HELPFUL: SHARING INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR INFERTILITY (getpregnantover40.com)

It reminds me of a time when I was talking with some other mothers at our local library's "storytime". One woman was trying to conceive her second child and was getting a bit impatient because two months had gone by and she still wasn't pregnant.   It almost made me want to laugh because after everything I had gone through, two months was a blink of an eye.  Without thinking, I blurted out "try six years". I immediately knew I shouldn't have said that. She and a few others turned and looked at me dumbfounded like I was some kind of freak. Since then I'm much more selective who I share my information with.

The moral of the story is that going through infertility teaches you how to appreciate even the smallest of blessings. That's a blessing in itself. When you appreciate what you have or what your given, life is so much more rewarding.

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

NATURAL FERTILITY TREATMENT: TALKING!

Fertility Support Groups and Talk Therapy May Help You Get Pregnant

Before you jump into the high tech, expensive and sometimes dangerous world of fertility treatments, don't forget one of the oldest forms of healing: Talking. That's why I usually recommend a support group for women or couples who are trying to conceive and experiencing infertility.

SEE ALSO: INFERTILITY AND THE STRESS CONNECTION (getpregnantover40.com)

I've written countless times about how stress affects fertility. Then you throw in a holiday along with the end of the year or a birthday (with no baby yet) and you have a recipe for disaster. Talking it out may be the most effective treatment of all. Here's an article that seconds that notion:

Couples who are undergoing infertility treatment could benefit from talk therapy, researchers have said.

Many women suffer from stress-related infertility, particularly during the winter months.

Dr Deidra Rausch, a counsellor in the US who specialises in infertility, explained: "For them, the end of the year becomes another marker in their inability to have children.

"Plus, the seasonal emphasis on family can become a painful reminder of their ongoing struggles."

Dr Rausch cited new research presented at a fertility conference in Prague that found evidence of the benefits of talk therapy.

The study, conducted by scientists at Emory University, found that of eight women who participated in a cognitive behaviour therapy course, six regained full fertility and two became pregnant within two months.

The expert concluded that a mental health professional could help couples undergoing infertility treatment by alleviating feelings of depression and anxiety and boosting self-esteem.

from 
www.privatehealth.co.uk

Monday, February 01, 2016

INFLAMMATION OF PROSTATE AND MENS FERTILITY

Pregnancy Over 40, Men with Prostatitis Do Conceive Babies:  Many Causes Of Prostatitis Are Treatable

Prostatitis by definition is "inflammation of the prostate" which can affect a man's fertility.
This site has quite a bit of information about causes and treatments in men with this condition. Read more:

There are many possible causes to prostatitis, including neurological-muscular tension disorders, bacterial infection or infection by other pathogens such as yeasts or viruses, and the possibility that prostatitis is a disordered immune response. The very best doctors have a difficult time proving to themselves which it is, and even when they are sure, they do not all have really high rates of cure...Does this mean you or your husband should give up? I don't think so.
The reasons not to give up include:

SEE ALSO: MALE FACTOR INFERTILITY AND NATURAL SOLUTIONS (Getpregnantover40.com)

Your husband has something that millions of men have and he can take some solace in communicating with other men with prostatitis. We're working together through The Prostatitis Foundation to get some of the scientific questions answered.
By talking to each other, men with prostatitis have flushed out of the woodworks some things which are helpful, but which were not widely known, or widely appreciated, before we got together on the Internet. Among these are Quercetin, which helps men who do not seem to have active bacterial infections, and "drainage," which is very firm massage of of the prostate gland to squeeze out the contents. ALL interventions in prostatitis have some risks, and NONE work for everybody. But these and other tools that your doctor may not know about or recommend can help. Note that many spouses do drainage themselves to help their husbands reduce prostatitis symptoms.
Many men with prostatitis have managed to conceive children.

from: 
prostatitis.org

Friday, January 29, 2016

SWEETS AND DESSERTS FOR GETTING PREGNANT

Pregnancy Over 40, Some Desserts May Help

Yum...trying to conceive might involve having some great desserts.
 This article talks about how some delicious recipes may be good for your fertility. 

From the article:

Eνеr wonder wһу women аrе tһе ones wһο crave chocolate? Studies suggest tһаt women аrе more affected bу tһе “magic” οf phenylethylamine (PEA, аn endogenous neuroamine/antidepressant). Wһο cares tһаt wе саnnοt pronounce іt, аѕ long аѕ іt mаkеѕ υѕ very, very һарру.

Oh, yes! A tantalizing ƖіttƖе pleasure, chocolate іѕ loaded wіtһ tһе stimulant PEA аחԁ therefore chocolate ԁοеѕ іt аƖƖ, frοm something аѕ wonderful аѕ increasing energy tο tһаt pizazz οf stimulating sexual arousal аחԁ pleasure. Forget tһе appetizers аחԁ entrees аחԁ јυѕt mаkе уουr chocolate goodies tһе entire meal! Aחԁ аѕ a touch οf fertility enticement, ѕοmе believe tһаt green M&M's аrе lusty ƖіttƖе aphrodisiacs. Hey, green ԁοеѕ mean ɡο!

See also:  Foods For Fertility (www.getpregnantover40.com)

Or һοw аbουt chocolate’s lusty ƖіttƖе friend, vanilla. Vanilla’s scent חοt οחƖу calms аחԁ relaxes, bυt аƖѕο acts аѕ a powerful аחԁ mysterious sex enhancer. Experiment wіtһ уουr vanilla desserts іח tһе forms οf ice cream, cakes, smoothies… οr drop a vanilla bean οr two into уουr champagne fertility toast. Cheers tο vanilla!

Lеt’s talk éclairs аѕ a particularly powerful аnԁ well-endowed fertility dessert. Tһе shape, tһе
picture: wikipedia.org
luscious creamy custard… wе′re blushing аt tһе sheer mention. Bυt һοחеѕtƖу, аѕ far back аѕ tһе Middle Ages, Liebesknochen (translation – bone οf Ɩονе), οr wһаt wе call éclairs, wеrе baked, eaten, and enjoyed аѕ a fertility custom. Now tһаt уου know tһе significance, Ɩеt éclairs work fοr уου.

Wе саn’t talk romantic desserts without raising awareness οf tһе “raising” merits οf pumpkin pie. Tһе scent οf аnу home cooked pie mау tantalize уουr partner, bυt pumpkin pie ԁοеѕ іt аƖƖ. Abundant іn phosphorus, pumpkin pie іѕ known tο increase penile blood flow bу up tο 40%

from: 
fertilitychicago.org

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

ONE WOMAN'S STORY OF SUPRISE PREGNANCY AT 43

 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. (click here to read about the real rate of pregnancy complications and birth defects over age 40.,.from getpregnantover40.com).
Read more from celebrate life magazine:


 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.

clmagazine

Sunday, January 24, 2016

WOMAN, 52 HAS TRIPLETS: NATURAL CONCEPTION

 I frequently tell stories of women in their late 40's who conceive and have babies naturally, however it's something special when women over 50 have a baby.  I have devoted a page on my website (getpregnantover40.com) to women who have had natural pregnancies over age 50.  What makes this case amazing (as reported by the Daily Mail (UK), a woman had triplets! She also claims a relative had a baby at 51. Read more:


Yesterday Mrs Mellone, who also has a grandson of six months, said: 'I have never used fertility treatment. In our family this is not unusual. Last year my cousin of 51 had a baby girl.
'I only found out I was expecting triplets when I was five months pregnant.' Her children from her first marriage are 23, 26 and 29.
Her second husband, 38-year-old Gerardo Montefusco and father of the triplets, said: 'We had wanted a child but to get three is amazing.'
 The mother says she did not use any fertility treatment and there is no record of it so we must believe her.

dailymail.uk

Thursday, January 21, 2016

ST. ANNE WAS AN ELDERLY MOTHER

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 married for 20 year and 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.
picture: catholic.org

SEE ALSO: INFERTILITY IN THE BIBLE and BIBLICAL STORIES OF INFERTILITY (Getpregnantover40.com) 

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.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

SIMPLE LIFE CHANGES = 80% LESS INFERTILITY

Get Pregnant Naturally By Changing Lifestyle and Eating Habits

I rest my case! More evidence that making simple lifestyle changes can drastically improve your chances of getting pregnant.
 I'm so happy when I see articles which support natural methods of enhancing fertility especially since so many couples are pushed into fertility treatments before really addressing their diet and other lifestyle factors. Read more about the study:

SEE ALSO: FOODS FOR FERTILITY AND PREGNANCY (Getpregnantover40.com)


The team devised a scoring system on dietary and lifestyle factors that previous studies have found to predict ovulatory disorder infertility. Among those factors were:

• The ratio of mono-unsaturated to trans fats in diet

• Protein consumption (derived from animals or vegetables)

• Carbohydrates consumption (including fiber intake and dietary glycemic index)

• Dairy consumption (low- and high-fat dairy)

• Iron consumption

• Multivitamin use

• Body mass index (BMI, weight in kilograms divided by the square of height in meters)

• Physical activity. 
from:
harvard.edu

Sunday, January 17, 2016

MUSTARD FOR FERTILITY: THE HERO OF CONDIMENTS

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?

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

  • Mustard it high in phytonutrients which help regulate hormones.
picture: wikipedia.org
  • 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"  See how to prepare greens here (getpregnantover40.com) 

Friday, January 15, 2016

WOMAN, 45 HAS BABY AFTER UTERINE DEFORMITY

Pregnancy Over 40, It wasn't the menopause, it was a miracle

I'll warn you right up front, the following article is a little scary, and it made me a little angry to read it. It's about a 45 year old woman who became unexpectedly pregnant (after she was told that a uterine deformity would render her infertile) and since doctors never considered the possibility of pregnancy, they put her through a multitude of tests exposing her to drugs, radiation and the list goes on.
The moral of the story is, 45 year olds do get pregnant - even against the odds. Somehow, the medical community needs to realize that and take precautions just like they would with any other woman! Just because you're in your forties doesn't mean that you are not of "child bearing age". Read more:

SEE ALSO: TRYING TO CONCEIVE WITH AN ARCUATE OR MISSHAPED UTERUS (getpregnantover40.com)


From the article:

On Friday, September 10, 1999, I saw another doctor. She suspected a large uterine or ovarian tumour and sent me for an emergency CAT scan. Afterwards, I fell asleep in the waiting area. 'Mrs Cohen.' Someone was shaking my shoulder.

'Mrs Cohen. We did find something in you. We found a baby.'

Since my identity is predicated on my infertility, the statement made no more sense than if he'd said: 'Mrs Cohen, we discovered that you're a man.' Or: 'Mrs Cohen, we found out that you're black.' Obviously, it was a dream.

In shock, I said: 'What do you mean a baby?' They brought me to the ultrasound room to see for myself.

 from: www.dailymail.co.uk

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

CAN BEING SICK HELP YOU CONCEIVE?


Having A Baby Over 40, Could Getting Sick Help?


I've pondered this question for many years.  Could being sick actually help you get pregnant?


The reason I thought about this is because many of my pregnancies occurred when I either wasn't feeling well or was downright sick.  My case in point:  I unexpectedly got pregnant right after I had the stomach flu (this happened at the age of 49 - but I miscarried shortly thereafter).  I believe conception occurred before I got the flu, but I'm thinking the embryo attached while I was sick.  If you've followed my site for a few years, you probably saw that post, but if you didn't here's the link to it:

49 AND PREGNANCY (getpregnantover40.com)


I recently read about a theory behind the possibility that being sick could help you get pregnant.  It has to do with the immune system.  It could be possible that your immune system may be sabotaging your ability to get pregnant by attacking the pregnancy.  If you're body is busy attacking a real predator, it may help save your pregnancy by not attacking the baby.  I don't know if there's any real science behind this because my sources on this aren't based on research, however it does make sense. 

I have read from credible sources that pregnant women in general do have supressed immune systems and tend to be more susceptible to colds, flu, etc.  Again, the theory here is that the immune system is suppressed so it doesn't attack the pregnancy. 

Anyway if being sick can really help you get pregnant, all you have to do is figure out how on earth you're going to actually have intercourse in that physical state!

Monday, January 11, 2016

HOW ARE THE MOON AND WOMEN'S FERTILITY CONNECTED?

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.

SEE ALSO: SHORT CYCLES AND FERTILITY (getpregnantover40.com)

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.'

picture: earthsky.org
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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Nadia MacLeod is the founder and creator of the ultimate menstrual web resource http://www.menstruation.com.au Quite simply, our aim is to provide you with information, products, and an alternative viewpoint about menstruation so that you can feel great about being a woman every day of the month!
Copyright 2006 - Nadia MacLeod.
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Friday, January 08, 2016

IS GLUTEN REALLY THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL (AND INFERTILITY?)

If you've been reading my blogs for a while, you know that I have written about gluten intolerance as a cause of infertility and possibly miscarriage.  So if you have been tested and are allergic to gluten, by all means eat a gluten free diet.  But what about the rest of us?  Is gluten really that bad?  It's amazing how many web searches will basically condemn gluten and lead us to believe that it should be banished from the earth.  Gluten can offer some benefits and it is actually VERY high in protein
What is the scientific research on gluten and should we all be avoiding it?

This interesting article in Medical News Today quoted a study from 2013 which said:

  "We found no evidence of specific or dose-dependent effects of gluten in patients with NCGS," the team concluded. In fact, the researchers found the bloating previously identified may be attributable to consumption of carbohydrates called FODMAPs (fermentable, oligo-, di-, monosaccharides, and polyols)" 

The article went on to say:

Lisa Cimperman, a clinical dietitian at the University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, OH, and a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, added: "Gluten is neither essential nor detrimental to one's health or quality of diet." 

Gluten has been 'popularized as a dietary villain'

As such, some nutritionists believe following a gluten-free diet without having received a diagnosis of celiac disease does not offer health benefits, but the unwarranted praise for the diet makes us believe it does.
Cimperman told us:

"There are no beneficial health effects to a gluten-free diet. Wheat and gluten have recently become popularized as dietary villains by a number of books and media outlets.
Unfortunately, talk show hosts and celebrities are able to amplify such messages while having little to no health or nutrition credentials. There is no research to support gluten-free diets for anyone other than those affected by celiac disease."
In fact, some experts claim following a gluten-free diet in the absence of celiac disease may actually be detrimental to health, as it can lack the nutrients needed to maintain a healthy, balanced diet. According to the Mayo Clinic, a gluten-free diet may lead to lower levels of iron, calcium, fiber, folate, thiamin, riboflavin and niacin. 

SEE ALSO: FOODS FOR FERTILITY (Getpregnantover40.com) 

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

GETTING PREGNANT WITH HIGH FSH

If you've had fertility testing, and your FSH is over "10", you may wonder if you can still get pregnant. Yes, many women with high FSH do conceive and carry to term. On my website (getpregnantover40.com), I site cases where women get pregnant with an FSH over 100!
See more here:



Monday, January 04, 2016

HANDLING PROBING QUESTIONS ABOUT HAVING CHILDREN

Infertility, people don't always assume you're going through it, especially if you're over 40
Oh, I remember as if it were yesterday...we were with my husband's sister and her family at an event. They had also invited other friends and, of course, it was a family oriented extravaganza.

There I was, minding my own business, waiting for the show to start and one of the other people there says...
"I bet you guys have a bunch of kids right?”
 Silence.
 “Uh no, actually we don't have any”....more silence....”Um how many do you have? “Four”. 
“Oh”. 
I don't know why that blindsided me, but it did. After that experience we went to most events by ourselves and I made a mental note to come up with a “canned” response to the “do you have children” question.
Be prepared for the "when are you going to have a baby" or "do you have children" question
Preparation is really the key to getting through tough situations. I found the worst part of any encounter of this nature was being unprepared. I know the last thing people want is to make you feel bad, and even now, after everything I've gone through, I frequently ask people if they have kids...I don't automatically assume that they're struggling with infertility.  I have even asked if they're planning on having a baby.
The fertile world doesn't know how you feel and you are hypersensitive right now
You have to remember you are hypersensitive right now and people in the fertile world just don’t know how it feels just as you may not understand certain aspects of their life.

You are probably feeling angry and frustrated and it’s hard not to transfer that on to others. If you say something rude or nasty to someone who makes a comment that hurts you, you will probably feel worse about yourself later which will add to your stress.  I know the feeling of being on the edge of saying something I would regret later.
Responses to the having a baby or child question
First let me tell you my response to the “having children” question:
 “We got married later in life and by the time we really considered it, we felt we were on a different path.”
Yes, I lied and a little white lie now and then is OK. The reason I gave this response is it seemed any other response would give people more information than I wanted to share. I really didn’t want people to know I was trying to get pregnant because I was so sensitive about my age. I also found this response stopped this line of questioning dead in its tracks. If you do get pregnant and you see these people again, you can say, “what a pleasant surprise!” and you won’t be lying!

Other responses I’ve heard include:
We’re trying
 Not yet
 Someday
We can’t
 Apparently not!
We’re very blessed with what we have
Babies seem to come when they’re good and ready
 When we decide (or when we do), you’ll be the first to know!
SEE ALSO: SHARING INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR INFERTILITY (getpregnantover40.com)
If you share information about your struggle with infertility, others will know what questions not to ask, thereby avoiding uncomfortable situations. They will hopefully be more sensitive to your needs and they will be less likely to hurt your feelings with needless “kiddie” talk. This also gives you the opportunity to talk freely about your feelings and release some of your stress which can ultimately help you relax. The downside of telling others is they may purposefully avoid talking with you about certain subjects which can leave you feeling isolated and like somewhat of an outcast. To me, there would be nothing worse than finding out a mutual acquaintance is pregnant and then find out everyone was trying to keep it from me. Only you can decide the right way to handle this dilemma for yourself, but my best advice is to plan it out ahead of time so you're prepared when the question arise.

Friday, January 01, 2016

ANOTHER YEAR, NO BABY: INFERTIITY ON NEW YEARS

Pregnancy Over 40 Is Possible, New Year, New Expectations

I recall going through six years of trying to conceive. The holidays back then were just a way of marking time...another year - no baby.
 January was always such a relief because I could put all the holiday hoopla to rest. I wouldn't have to sit through tiring social get togethers for another year and I could get back into my comfortable routine.

Even though I went through six holiday seasons without a baby, somehow a new year always brought new expectations: this is the year I'm going to have a baby. I often wondered if I was a glutton for punishment. What made me think the new year would be any different from all the rest? To make matters worse, one of the years I went through IVF, I got pregnant and found out I miscarried right before Christmas. There's nothing like having a miscarriage to put you in the holiday spirit. All sarcasm aside, somehow I kept on going. Even though my age, the statistics and my reproductive history were against me, deep down I knew I couldn't quit.

SEE ALSO: PREGNANCY OVER 40 (getpregnantover40.com)

 My baby was somewhere hovering over me and I knew my persistence would pay off. The moral of the story is that the new year can be different. There's something about putting your past behind you that opens up new possibilities. Instead of seeing the new year as a reminder that you're still not pregnant, see it as a new start. That was then and this is now. Stay away from the naysayers (for me it was the reproductive endocrinologists) - they may derail you from your goal. So when I say Happy New Year, I mean it. Past performance does not predict future results.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

DHEA FOR EGG QUALITY AND FERTILITY


DHEA is not to be confused with DHA which can also be important for fertility.  DHEA is talked about in the literature as a supplement to use to improve egg quality.   I did not know about DHEA when I was trying to conceive, but I thought it was worth mentioning it here since studies seem to support its effectiveness. It is a steroid hormone which is produced by your adrenal gland. It is usually at its highest around the age of 30 and declines as we get older. DHEA is a precursor to hormone production and is eventually converted to hormones like estrogen and testosterone. Around the age of menopause, women not only lack estrogens but also androgens. As reported by the National Institutes of Health on a study of women undergoing IVF: “Our results show that DHEA supplementation improves the ovarian function in poor responders and in women over 40 years, suggesting that this molecule alone can raise fecundity and fertility treatment success in women with poor prognosis for pregnancy.”[1]

There are differing opinions about taking DHEA as a supplement.  First, you should check with your doctor and have hormonal levels checked.  DHEA can interact with some medications and it can raise hormone levels which can be problematic if you have had, or are at high risk for, some hormone dependent cancers. The women in the study (undergoing IVF) received three tablets daily of 25 mg micronized DHEA for at least 12 weeks before starting a long stimulation protocol for IVF.

SEE ALSO: DHEA FOR FERTILITY AND EGG QUALITY (getpregnantover40.com) 



[1] Fusi FM, Ferrario M, Bosisio C, Arnoldi M, Zanga L., DHEA supplementation positively affects spontaneous pregnancies in women with diminished ovarian function.
Gynecol Endocrinol. 2013 Oct;29(10):940-3. doi: 10.3109/09513590.2013.819087. Epub 2013 Jul 26.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

FEMALE SAINTS FOR FERTILITY AND MORE

Candle Burning to Petition the Female Saints

Guest Post By Samantha Stevens
Here they are, our Ladies of Mercy and Divine Benevolence. Petitioning the Saints for Special Favours has been a big subject in the chat rooms lately, so in the spirit of Christmas and the Goddess energies associated with these martyrs and popularized pagan deities, I have compiled a list that tells you how to use candle burning to request favours.
When you ask the Catholic Saints for help, it is common to write your request on a piece of paper and place it on the appropriately coloured candle. If a totem animal, emblem or object is suggested, you can also place that item, or a picture of that item on her altar as well. If you can find a picture of the Saint in a religious store and place it on the altar that is even better.
Saint Agnes
Burn a white or blue candle on a Friday to ask for her help to: keep a husband faithful, find a soulmate, or reveal dishonesty in a relationship (find out the truth about someone). Her animal is the lamb.

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Saint Ann (also known as Anne and Ana)
Burn a white candle on a Monday to ask her for a peaceful and happy home. She is the patron Saint of grandmothers, housekeepers, housewives, mothers and women in labour. Petition her for help with the deaf and the blind.
Saint Barbara
Burn a red candle on a Saturday to drive a way evil, to protect your relationship from rivals, to protect yourself from meddling in-laws, to clear your path of obstacles, to help someone be released from prison and for protection from storms. She is also the patron saint of wives whose men are at war. Her emblem is the Tower.
Saint Maria Goretti
Burn a pink candle on a Friday to ask for fidelity in marriage, help with an abusive or battering male partner and a pardon from the death penalty.
Saint Brigid of Kildare
Burn a yellow candle on a Sunday to ask her: to become fertile, for healing, for happiness and health of pets and farmyard animals, to assist with breeding livestock, for inspiration, for literary gifts (especially poetry) and the gift of prophecy. Her symbol is a cow.
Saint Clare of Assisi
Burn a white candle on a Monday for protection against astral attack and for help overcoming addiction to drug and alcohol.
Saint Catherine of Alexandria
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Burn a yellow or white candle on a Saturday to petition her for beauty, fertility, a peaceful death, confidence, seductiveness and confidence when public speaking. Her symbol is the wheel.
Saint Dymphna
Burn a blue candle on a Monday for help with nervous disorders, mental afflictions, epilepsy, insanity, obsession and astral attack. Her symbol is a sword pointed downwards.
Saint Cecilia
Burn a green candle on a Wednesday for success in a career in the arts, particularly if you are a musician, poet or singer. Her emblem is an organ.
Saint Francis Xavier Cabrini
Burn a white candle on a Sunday to help with matters of immigration, with moving to another city or state or for matters pertaining to health, education or insurance.
Saint Helen of Jerusalem
Burn a pink or red candle on a Friday to ask for the return of a strayed lover and to overcome sorrow, obsession and unhappiness. Her emblem is a cross.
Saint Joan Of Arc
Burn a grey candle on a Tuesday to petition her for spiritual strength, freedom from prisons of all kinds (emotional and otherwise) and for ways to overcome rivals and energies.
Saint Lucy
Burn a white candle on a Wednesday to ask her to help with insoluble or impossible problems, depression, and protection from the evil eye or astral attack, to help you to find the right lawyer and to conquer temptations or addictions.
Saint Martha
Burn a green and/or a white candle on a Tuesday to ask for aid with financial problems, the necessities of life, to bring a lover closer, to keep a husband or boyfriend faithful, to subdue or conquer romantic rivals or enemies or bring a new love. Her symbol is a dragon.
Saint Philomena
Burn a pink or green candle on a Saturday to help with desperate situations, problems with children, unhappiness in the home, the sick, selling real estate, food for the poor and mental illness. Philomena is a favourite of single mothers. Her symbol is an anchor.
Saint Rita of Cascia
Burn a white candle on a Sunday to assist with an abusive relationship, to relieve loneliness, for deliverance from evil and for spiritual fortitude and strength
Saint Therese of Liseux
Burn a yellow candle on a Wednesday to be loved by all, for popularity, for help with addiction and alcoholism, for protection from black magick and to restore faith. Her emblem is a bouquet of roses.
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