Sunday, April 29, 2007

Why Dad's Habits Matter, Also

More and more research points to men as being at least half responsible for the fertiity problems that are becoming increasingly common among couples.  This is a big shift in what used to be perceived as a "womans problem."  Men need to step up and take action to make some changes to improve their fertility, especially if they are over 35. Have a look at this article which has a nice overview of the "male factor."

Why Dad's Habits Matter, Too
U.S. News & World Report, DC - Apr 27, 2007
Two thirds of the time, the man is a contributing-if not the sole-explanation for a couple's infertility, according to the American Society of Reproductive ...

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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

10 Ways To Improve Fertility

For those just starting out on the journey to become pregnant, this article has a nice overview of all the factors to take into consideration which can impact your fertility.  There are many
lifestyle choices you can make which can increase your chances of getting pregnant, and several of them apply to men as well as women.  Check it out here...

10 ways a woman can boost her fertility
Vanguard,?Nigeria?- Apr 23, 2007
Whether or not she’s trying to conceive, these simple health moves can help maximize and protect her fertility. Excess body fat can lead to an ...

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Sunday, April 22, 2007

Immune Disorder Causes Infertility

This article talks about a subject that is close to my heart.  I suffered from the immunologic disorder that they discuss, which caused me to have multiple miscarriages.  The idea that your own body is attacking the growing embryo inside you is very difficult to comprehend and cope with.  In addition to causing miscarriages, this type of immune response can also cause implantation failure, which is interpreted as "unexplained infertility."  Read more...

Immune system disorder may be the cause of unexplained infertility, Australia - Apr 19, 2007
"For years we've aggressively treated miscarriages or problems of infertility caused by the mother's immune system with unbelievable success." ...


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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Can High Heels Reduce Your Fertility?

I'm always amazed when a new study comes out linking some lifestyle issue with fertility problems.  In this article, it is suggested that women who constantly wear very high heals can end up with a condition that can make it more difficult to get pregnant.  It has to do with the way your body adapts to the high heals by shifting your posture which can have an impact on your internal organs.  Read more....

Stick to flatties as high heels may risk your fertility
Hindustan Times,?India?- Apr 17, 2007
"Most important are the potential problems that high heels can cause in relation to fertility, menstrual cycles and abdominal function. ...

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Monday, April 16, 2007

Increasing Your Pregnancy Odds

I really liked this article, which offers a very informative overview of the many factors that can affect your fertility and what you can do to increase your chances of getting pregnant.  It talks about health factors as well as the lifestyle factors that have an impact on your fertility, such as weight and nutrition.  Have a read...

Upping your pregnancy odds
MSNBC?- 20 hours ago
But while some causes of infertility are hereditary or due to health problems beyond your control, reproductive experts say there are a few steps you can ...

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Saturday, April 14, 2007

Ten Things To Know Before Conceiving

There is a lot to think about and prepare for when you decide it's the right time to have a baby.  Especially important is the understanding that an embryo's organs begin to form only 17 days after conception, when many women won't even know they are pregnant yet.  This is the most critical part of fetal development so it is of the utmost importance that women are being very careful with their health at this time--eating properly, avoiding anything toxic, etc.  This article focuses on ten things that you should consider before you actually try to get pregnant.  Click the link to have a read...,1510,15753,00.html#anchor7

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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Smoking Increases Chances of Conceiving A Girl

A new study suggests that couples who smoke have a much higher chance of having a girl than a boy.  It seems that something in the smoke reduces the chance of the "male" sperm from fertilizing an egg.  What's alarming about this article is there is an actual concern that couples wanting a girl might take up smoking in order to increase their chances of having one.  I know that it's easy to resort to desperate measures when you want a child very badly, but taking up smoking to favor having a particular gender??  That is really pathetic.  And just in case anyone is seriously thinking along those lines...smoking increases the chances of miscarriage and can have negative effect on fertility overall, so definitely not a good idea.

Smokers more likely to have girls: study
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia - 1 hour ago
An Australian fertility expert has voiced concern that the startling results could encourage wannabe parents to take up the habit to control their baby's ...

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Sunday, April 08, 2007

Getting Pregnant: One Woman's Story

Anyone who has been trying for a while to get pregnant has their own personal feelings about how long they are willing to wait before seeking help, be it information they can find on their own (often online), or consulting with their doctor or a fertility specialist.  Infertility is defined as being unable to conceive after one year of trying (six months if you're over 35), but after passing that time frame, it doesn't necessarily mean you have anything medically wrong with you.  In fact, many couples can and do get pregnant naturally after they were considered infertile due to the passing of a year.  Read one woman's story of how she is dealing with this....

LifeFiles: Help Me Get Pregnant - ColumnistsNews Story - WRTV Indianapolis

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Friday, April 06, 2007

Help For Endometriosis

If you're someone who suffers from endometriosis, a condition which can lead to painful periods and infertility, there is encouraging news.  A drug used to treat diabetes may be a possible treatment for endometriosis without affecting fertility in any negative way.  If you have endometriosis or suspect that you do, this article has some really helpful information.

Hope For Ending Pain, Infertility Of Endometriosis, NC - Apr 5, 2007
University of Michiganre searchers explore possible use of diabetes medication to treat endometriosis in women. Jan Ruma's pain was getting worse, ...

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Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Acupuncture For Infertility

As always, any new article on acupuncture catches my attention as I firmly believe that it had a major impact on my ability to conceive my two children. In this article the holistic approach of Eastern medicine is discussed, as it contrasts with the way infertility is treated with Western medicine which often uses drugs and/or surgery. Read more...

For women dealing with infertility, the process helps to balance their hormones, increase blood flow to the uterus, boost the immune system and relieve stress, all helping their body to conceive, Jurkovic said. Treating infertility with acupuncture

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Monday, April 02, 2007

Baby Lust - One Woman's Tale Of The Infertility Rollercoaster

I just came across this article by a fantastic writer named Peggy Orenstein who details her life experience in her quest to have a baby in her new book.  It is called "Waiting for Daisy: A Tale of Two Continents, Three Religions, Five Infertility Doctors, an Oscar, an Atomic Bomb, a Romantic Night and One Woman’s Quest to Become a Mother.”  Judging from the title and after reading this article by the author, I am off to my local library tomorrow to check out this book.  I did some quick research and the book reviews for it are amazing.  Read the article first, and if her writing captures your attention like it did mine, go get the book.  I'm certainly going to.

Men’s drive to procreate is certainly as strong as women’s — for both sexes, it is, on a biological level, the primary purpose of our existence — but whether because of denial or something else, they tend, as the sociologist Arthur Greil has written, to experience infertility as “disappointing but not devastating.” Women find it “intolerable, identity threatening.”

Babies - Pregnancy - Feminism - Baby Lust - Peggy Orenstein - New York Times

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