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Image: When Are You Too Old for Pregnancy?Nov. 3, 2004 -- Late pregnancy is an option, but after age 40, you'll need both health and luck. And after 45, you'll need wealth, too.

Since women can't count on luck or wealth, those wanting to become pregnant should do so before age 45, argues Linda J. Heffner, MD, PhD, in the Nov. 4 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine.

Faced with career advancement or the dreaded mommy track, more and more women are delaying pregnancy. First births to women aged 40 to 44 jumped 70% between 1991 and 2001, notes Heffner, professor and chairwoman of obstetrics and gynecology at Boston University.

The great news is that if you are in the 35-45 age group and have not been in a position to have children - if you do get pregnant and stay pregnant past the first trimester - you have every reason to expect a good outcome, Heffner tells WebMD. But the issue is that by your late 30s and early 40s, your ability to become pregnant is diminishing and your pregnancy loss risks are increasing.

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by Lisa Olsen

-- A 279-page, instantly downloadable e-book presenting a 5-step, sure-fire, 100% guaranteed, clinically proven holistic and ancient Chinese system for permanently reversing your infertility and your partner's infertility disorders and getting pregnant quickly, naturally and safely within 2-4 months without drugs, dangerous surgeries, side effects, or expensive infertility treatments.

It's probably the most powerful infertility reversal system ever developed, and currently the best-selling e-book of its kind on the entire Web!

Here's what the author Lisa Olson had to say about her incredible program:
After 14 years of trial, error and experimentation, I finally discovered the answer to infertility and developed a fool-proof system to getting pregnant the natural way - no drugs, or surgery necessary.


It took a lot of research to get to where I am today, to know exactly what works and what doesn't. Yes, after desperate trial and error, countless of useless treatments, disappointments and agony, a simple holistic system opened the door to my new and much brighter life of motherhood.

I was also excited to see that my other infertility related symptoms had diminished. After years of waiting I was finally free from Infertility! I have become a proud mother of two.

"And now I'm finally revealing my secrets in this new 'encyclopedia' of pregnancy called, Pregnancy Miracle."

"I will be your own personal coach, take you by the hand, and lead you through the lousy advice, hype and gimmicks... and directly to the sort of inner balance perfection that will end your battle with infertility forever and help you become a proud mother of your healthy children."

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Image: Maternity Photos. Photo credit: Roberta Lott (syposinc), on FreeImages.comA woman named LaDawna originally posted this on the New High FSH Support Forum in July of 2005. I thought it was worth sharing again, and so I can keep it on file for myself...

LaDawna wrote: I'm not a doctor nor do I consider myself one. This is information I've collected from studies, research and from those who study herbs. I highly recommend consulting a doctor or a professional before taking any of them.

Please note that only some of the herbs listed below indicate whether or not they are safe for pregnancy. Please treat all as being unsafe until speaking about their usage with your RE or OB/GYN.

* Vitamin A - is an antioxidant that helps prevent free-radical damage to cell mitochondria.

* Angelica (Dang Gui) - can help to regulate the menstrual flow (scanty flow) and aids in the lining of the uterus. Can also help to lower FSH.

* Alpha-linolenic acid - is important for ovulation. Aids in the egg release (from the follicle) and allowing the development of the corpus luteum that is responsible for progrestrone production.

* Alfalfa - Aids in pituitary problems. This works well with fertility drugs.

* B6 - see Lecithin.

* Baby aspirin - used after ovulation to help in preventing pregnancy loss. Most often recommended after IUI/IVF.

* Bee pollen - Taken with Royal Jelly can possibly improve or eliminate menstrual problems. Is rich in vitamins, minerals, nucleic acids, and steroid hormones. Strengthens the pituitary gland.

* Beechwood - Used often while taking Clomid or Serophene. Beechwood aids in building cervical mucus and is an alternative to Robitussin (plain ONLY). It can be found in most health food stores.

* Black Cohosh - A natural supplier of estrogen. Black Cohosh should ONLY be taken from menstruation to ovulation. When used other than specifically for fertility can lead to early pregnancy loss.

* Blessed Thistle - is used when Black Cohosh isn't tolerated.

* Blue-green algae - Contains chlorophyll, amino acids, vitamins, and minerals. Strengthens pituitary gland. There are two types—Chlorella (from freshwater) and Spirulina (from saltwater)* Vitamin C - is an antioxidant that helps prevent free-radical damage to cell mitochondria.

* Camp Bark - is considered a reproductive tonic. Take from menstruation to ovulation.

* Catnip - Elevates the mood. Can help prevent pregnancy losses and morning sickness. * Cayenne - Increases the effectiveness of other herbs. Taken from menstruation to ovulation.

* Chaste Tree (aka Vitex) - Inhibits FSH and can make hormones more subdued. Regulates estrogen and progesterone. Great to take a few months before doing an FSH level test or CCT to help lower the results of FSH levels.  
**Note** Works against Maca, Damiana, and infertility drugs including clomid!*

 Coenzyme Q-10 (COQ-10) - Helps support and improve mitochondrial (powerhouse of cells) function. During aging, the mitochondrial DNA is damaged by free radicals in our system contributing to poor egg quality occurring with aging.

* Damiana - Enhances FSH and LH. A natural aphrodisiac.

* DHEA - is a hormone building block that decreases with aging. It can be used in place of growth hormone to help the ovaries respond. A study reported that taking 80 milligrams per day for 2 months improved response to gonadotropic drugs.
**Note** don't take for long periods of time. Women with elevated male hormones should not take DHEA.

* Dong Quai - Is a hormone regulator and uterine tonic. It is known as the female hormone regulator. Dong quai should be taken in the first half of the cycle from menstruation to ovulation.  
**Note** Do not take during pregnancy

* Evening Primrose Oil (EPO) - is a uterine toner and helps to increase the fertile quality cervical fluid. Regulates menstrual flow (scanty, dark flow) and aids in the lining of the uterus. It neutralizes over-acidity in the body. EPO should be taken the first half of the cycle - from mensturation to ovulation.

* Vitamin E - is an antioxidant that helps prevent free radical damage to mitochondria (in cells). This is very important if you wish to conceive.

* Eskimo 3 - Contaminant free fish oil to assist with EWCM production.

* False Unicorn Root (Helonias) - Lowers estrogen. Tones and strengthens the muscles of the uterus. Prevents pregnancy loss (especially when used with Lobelia). Used for some types of complications of pregnancy. Can possibly help to lower FSH.

* Folic acid - important for cell division. It also can help prevent spinal bifida. Active ingredient in most prenatal vitamins.

* Gingko - Improves blood flow to the brain and pituitary gland.

* Ginseng - Contains steroids similar to estrogen and progesterone. Aids in reducing stress. Can possibly help lower FSH. Regulates male hormones especially when taken with Sarsaparilla. Take from menstruation to ovulation.

* Hawthorn - Can help prevent pregnancy loss.

* Hops - Has estrogenic effects. Can have a calming effect.
**Note** Also can slow down sex drive.

Kelp - Great for the pituitary glands. Helps lower prolactin levels.

* Lady´s Mantle - considered a reproductive tonic. Take from menstruation to ovulation.

* L'arginine - Improves blood flow to the pelvic organs. In a study, this amino acid was found to increase ovarian response, endometrial receptivity, and pregnancy rates in IVF patients who took 16 grams of L-arginine by increasing blood flow to the ovaries. It not recommended to take that much though.

* Lecithin - B6. For pituitary gland. It is known for helping to normalize hormone levels which in turn helps to lengthen the luteal phase and to minimize PMS and morning sickness.

* Licorice Root - Contains Estroil, an estrogen. Depresses the pituitary gland. Helps stabilize blood sugar levels. Take from menstruation to ovulation
**Note** shouldn't be taken for long periods of time or in large doses. Works against fertility drugs.

* Lobelia - Helps to prevent pregnancy loss. Works great with False Unicorn Root.

* Loveage - is considered a general reproductive tonic. Take from menstruation to ovulation.

* Maca - Can enhance FSH, LH, and reduce stress.

* Magnesium - Low magnesium levels are associated with low progesterone. Can lower the risk of premature birth, may reduce preclampsia, cerebral palsy and mental retardation.

* Motherwort - considered a reproductive tonic. Take from menstruation to ovulation.

* Nettle - is considered a reproductive tonic. Take from menstruation to ovulation.

* PABA (Para-aminobenzoic acid) - a B vitamin which stimulates the pituitary gland and sometimes restores fertility to a woman. PABA affects the formation of red blood cells, and stimulates the production of folic acid in the intestines. Supplements of 300 to 400 milligrams daily has been found to prevent and correct aspects of some autoimmune conditions including infertility.

* Pantothenic acid - Is a B5 vitamin. Synthesizes hormones and cholesterol. Improves the body's resistance to stress. Deficiencies can cause infertility, though being deficient is rare.

* Pycnogenol (or oligomeric proanthocyanidins) - is a super-antioxidant that helps prevent free-radical damage to cell mitochondria.

* Red Clover - Used to aid fertility. Take from menstruation to ovulation.

* Red Raspberry leaves - Strengthens the uterus and entire reproductive system. Can help prevent pregnancy loss.

* Royal jelly - with Bee Pollen can improve or eliminate menstrual problems. Contains high amounts of amino acids, vitamins, and enzymes. Considered to be the queen bee's equivalent of fertility drugs.

* Sarsaparilla - Contains both male and female hormones. For men, it increases sperm count especially when taken with Ginseng. For women, it balances female hormones, strengthens the pituitary gland and enhances both FSH and LH. Contains progesterone.

* Saw Palmetto - may be beneficial for infertility, menstrual disorders, ovarian dysfunction, lactation, thyroid deficiencies, and painful menstrual periods. This herb is mainly used for male problems and have only found it to “may be” work for female problems.

* Selenium - an antioxidant that helps prevent free-radical damage to cell mitochondria. A deficiency of selenium can lead to infertility in women.

* Valerian root - basically does the same thing as wheatgrass. Very relaxing to the whole body.

* Vitex - See Chaste Tree

* Wheatgrass (or Barley Grass) - helps the cervical mucus and uterus have the right PH balance needed for conception and implantation. Can help restore hormonal functioning.

* White Peony (Bai Shao) - Can help to regulate menstrual flow (scanty flow and aid in the lining of the uterus.

* Wild Yam - Used to Increase progesterone. Can help prevent pregnancy loss.

* Wobenzyme - Used by women that have pregnancy loss caused by immune issues. Contains Rutin.

* Zinc - is an antioxidant that helps prevent free-radical damage to cell mitochondriaI

Originally found this list at asmallwwweb.com/Over40, but that page is not currently loading.

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Image: Eat, Love, Get Pregnant: A Couple's Guide To Boosting Fertility and Having A Healthy Baby, by Karen Daniels. Publication Date: July 29, 2011Eat, Love, Get Pregnant: A Couple's Guide To Boosting Fertility and Having A Healthy Baby
by Karen Daniels

-- "A breakthrough revolutionary plan for getting pregnant fast, solving common fertility problems and having a healthy baby – this is NOT your average book on getting pregnant !"

Renowned fertility expert Dr. Niels Lauersen and women’s wellness expert Colette Bouchez help readers take charge of their fertility with a revolutionary new self-help plan designed to show couples how to work together to boost their conception odds, plan for a healthy pregnancy, and get pregnant faster – all without the use of expensive fertility treatments or medications.

Based on scientific research and tested on thousands of couples Eat-Love- GET PREGNANT is a simple yet revolutionary plan that provides the quintessential “missing link ” absent from most other fertility programs – namely, the importance of not only boosting both male and female fertility simultaneously, but bold new evidence showing how, when couples work together in certain special and unique ways, they can create a unified “fertility power boost” strong enough to take them from infertile to fertile in as little as three months

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Can you lower your FSH? Can you improve your egg quality? Doctors will tell you that you can't. That your eggs are as old as you are, and nothing you will do will make any difference.

You will be told that Your eggs are too old and You are a poor responder, Even that 2/3 of women over the age of 35 require medical intervention in order to conceive.

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Yes, some women will need help to conceive.
But keep in mind there is a large financial incentive for you to believe these demoralizing prognoses – reproductive medicine is an ever growing multi billion dollar per year cash industry, whose financial rewards grow exponentially when you submit to the belief that your only chance of becoming a parent is through medical intervention. They make no money when you conceive on your own. They make maximum profit when multiple women are involved in helping you achieve a pregnancy at all costs.

So what CAN you do to help yourself?
Ovarian health depends upon three factors – nutritional status, blood flow, and the balance of reproductive hormones with stress hormones.

1) Nutritional status – the reproductive system, like the rest of our body, has certain nutritional requirements. Most of my patients are asked to avoid sugar, wheat, and dairy. They take nutritional supplements specific to their Traditional Chinese Medicine pattern of imbalance. Most women with high FSH or poor ovarian reserve take supergreens like wheatgrass, royal jelly, and Co-Enzyme Q-10, to name a few.

2) Blood flow – a woman of age 40 typically has five times less blood flow to her ovaries than a woman of age 20. This dramatically impedes the attention that the ovary requires during the follicles' all important growth phase, the 90 day process before ovulation in which the quality of the egg is determined. The follicles insist upon adequate oxygenation and circulation to function efficiently (i.e., with a healthy egg, capable of fertilization and implantation.)

3) Hormonal balance – the endocrine system is a delicate interplay of the reproductive hormones, stress hormones, and emotions, in symphony with each other. This system operates via feedback, which means that anytime you introduce an outside hormone into its influence, it shuts that system down. Synthetic hormones can't cure hormonal imbalances, they can only override them. The endocrine system is the most sensitive bodily system which requires the perfect balancing act of multiple factors, inside and out. Like all other mammals, our bodies do not want us pregnant when our endocrine systems are stressed.

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Image: Taking Charge of Your Fertility, 10th Anniversary Edition: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement, and Reproductive Health, by Toni Weschler. Publisher: Collins; 10th anniversary edition (October 31, 2006)Taking Charge of Your Fertility, 10th Anniversary Edition:
The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement, and Reproductive Health
by Toni Weschler

-- For any woman unhappy with her current method of birth control; demoralized by her quest to have a baby; or experiencing confusing symptoms in her cycle, this book provides answers to all these questions, plus amazing insights into a woman's body.

Weschler thoroughly explains the empowering Fertility Awareness Method, which in only a couple minutes a day allows a woman to:
• Enjoy highly effective, scientifically proven birth control without chemicals or devices
• Maximize her chances of conception or expedite fertility treatment by identifying impediments to conception
• Increase the likelihood of choosing the gender of her baby
• Gain control of her sexual and gynecological health


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More and more people are delaying parenthood until they are in their forties or even older.

Women over 35 getting pregnant, are the fastest-growing demographic in our modern world.

With the increased prevalence of older parents, it seems there is also increased controversy, discussion and resources swirling around the “older parents” movement.

There is a bevy of information online for older parents - whether you are considering adoption or pregnancy and birth, are interested in how children of older parents do in comparison to those whose parents are younger, or just want to gather information.

One of the best resources listed is my Stories of Pregnancy and Birth Over 44y blog!
PregnancyOver44.com is a fun site with a collection of thousands of stories and articles about and by older mothers. This resource focuses on women who give birth to biological children after the mid-forties, not necessarily parents who have adopted.
More resources:

While this site is in the United Kingdom, Mothers Over 40 is a positive and encouraging site with articles, resources and links relating to over forty parenting.

Hot Flashes, Warm Bottles is a book written by Nancy London, M.S.W. is a great, about-time book for moms who are older.

Adopting.org has a wealth of information for adoptive parents over the age of forty online. This site provides stories, articles and links to other resources for older parents.

For a positive spin, the article What are the Advantages of Having Children Later in Life written by Jan Anderson. This article has a nice, first-hand approach and lots of encouragement and personal experience information.

Get Pregnant Over 40 says, If you are over 40 and trying to conceive without success, or if you continually miscarry, you start to believe that a successful pregnancy over 40 is impossible. I'm here to tell you that it was possible for me - naturally.

Fertility Over 40 has a list of professional resources for those trying to get pregnant over 40.

A Child After 40 provides a great resource library of even more resources to check out!

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Image: How to Make Love to a Plastic Cup: A Guy's Guide to the World of Infertility, by Greg Wolfe. Publisher: Harper Paperbacks; 1 edition (August 10, 2010)How to Make Love to a Plastic Cup: A Guy's Guide to the World of Infertility
by Greg Wolfe

-- The man's guide to anything and everything in the infertility universe.

Greg Wolfe went through four cycles of IVF on his rocky journey to fatherhood—and now, with profound sympathy and side-splitting humor, he lays it all out for guys on similar baby-making quests.

How to Make Love to a Plastic Cup is not your typical nuts and bolts (no pun intended) medical guide but a helpful handbook designed specifically with the male partner in mind, with answers to his most pressing questions about the infertility process...

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Image: Men Diagnosed With Infertility Suffer Intense Negative Sexual, Personal and Social StrainsA new research study published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine and led by noted men's health researcher Dr. Paul Turek has a powerful conclusion: that men diagnosed with infertility suffer intense negative sexual, personal and social strains that might be considered typical for other medical illnesses, including cancer.

Traditionally viewed as a silent disease in men, the psychological toll infertility takes on men's health was previously not well known by medical researchers. Researchers at the University of California San Francisco, in collaboration with Dr. Turek, a nationally recognized urologist, male infertility specialist and founder of the renowned Turek Clinic in San Francisco, conducted the study.

Since male infertility is such a common problem, it is important to understand the real impact it has on male health and relationships, Dr. Turek said. This study makes clear, for the first time, that male infertility is a 'disease' like any other, silent or not, and can have a serious effect on the overall well-being of the individual, the couple, and the family.

The study shows that the diagnosis of infertility increases social strain in male partners of infertile couples. Male partners in couples with perceived, isolated male factor infertility have a lower sexual and personal quality of life compared to male partners of couples without perceived male factor infertility.

About one in eight couples – around 7.3 million Americans – has trouble conceiving. Half of those cases have male infertility issues – often easily treatable ones. Male infertility affects 10% to 15% of reproductive aged couples worldwide and is treatable in many cases.

The goal of the research was to measure the personal, social, sexual and marital impact of a diagnosis of male factor infertility among men in couples evaluated for infertility. Among the 357 men studied, no male factor was reported in 47%, isolated male factor was present in 12%, combined male and female factors were present in 16%, and unexplained infertility was present in 25% of couples. The research involved cross-sectional analysis of 357 men in infertile couples from eight academic and community-based fertility clinics. Participants completed validated, written surveys, face-to-face and telephone interviews at study enrollment. More information about the study can be found on The Journal of Sexual Medicine Web site at: http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/118495964/home.

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About The Turek Clinic
-- The Turek Clinic is a next-generation men's healthcare medical practice specializing in issues facing reproductive age men, including male infertility, vasectomy, vasectomy reversal, varicocele repair, and other minimally invasive procedures. The practice was founded in 2008 by Dr. Paul Turek, a leading surgeon and former endowed chair professor at the University of California San Francisco. Dr. Turek's work combines innovative and cutting edge techniques with the wisdom of old-world medicine to treat and solve the problems of men 21 to 55 years of age. For more information, visit TheTurekClinic.com or Dr. Turek's blog.


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Image: Overcoming Male Infertility, by Leslie R. Schover and Anthony J. Thomas Jr. Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (December 28, 1999)Overcoming Male Infertility
by Leslie R. Schover and Anthony J. Thomas Jr.

-- Hope and strategies for couples dealing with male infertility If you or your partner is suffering from male infertility, you're not alone.

Millions of couples are struggling with this problem. About 40% of these couples have exclusively male infertility problems, while another 20% have both male and female infertility problems.

Now, two leading experts, a urologist specializing in male infertility and a psychologist, team up to write the most complete guide available on male infertility.

From the latest, state-of-the-art treatments to advice on how to handle the emotional aspects of male infertility, you'll find out where to get the help you need.

Overcoming Male Infertility also covers the psychological issues that are unique to men, and gives advice to women on helping their man through the trauma of infertility treatment--including how to get him to see a doctor in the first place.

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Image: Fertile at Forty – Tips on Getting Pregnant Over 40
Many will say that getting pregnant over 40 isn't that easy. In fact, studies show that among women who do not use contraception, there was a sharp decline once they reach the age of 35.

While many may believe that age is just a number, this is not necessarily true when discussing reproduction.

We often read about celebrities who've successfully conceived their 1st child well into their 40s. Doctors however especially fertility specialists caution us to look beyond the glitter of celebrity moms.

All too often, what you don't hear is these celebrity moms have undergone some type of fertility treatment. In fact, there's been an outcry among fertility doctors for these women to disclose that they have used technology and to help debunk the myth that waiting until you're over 40 to get pregnant does not carry any risk.

For those who are over 40 and interesting getting pregnant, here are some tips...

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Image: The Mind-Body Fertility Connection: The True Pathway to Conception, by James Schwartz. Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (July 8, 2008)The Mind-Body Fertility Connection: The True Pathway to Conception
by James Schwartz

-- Now there is new hope for the millions of women worldwide who have had difficulty trying to conceive.

The Mind-Body Fertility Connection explores the feelings, emotions and beliefs that may be blocking conception, and it provides the necessary tools to create a successful pregnancy.

By bringing together the latest scientific data and innovative mind-body techniques, this book unveils a new pathway to conception: a pathway of healing through the emotions which allows women to unblock the potential for childbearing.

This book dissects the feelings, beliefs and old emotional injuries which often create subconscious obstacles that can disrupt an otherwise healthy functioning reproductive system.

It delves into an unexplored realm that not only exposes the hidden barriers which can cause infertility but also reveals the secrets that can lead to a successful pregnancy.

The Mind-Body Fertility Connection helps women experience their fertility as a journey of empowerment and presents a fresh new perspective on how to create conception.

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Image: Relationship between women's age and basal follicle-stimulating hormone levels with aneuploidy risk in in vitro fertilization treatment, Fertility and Sterility, August 2008Relationship between women's age and basal follicle-stimulating hormone levels with aneuploidy risk in in vitro fertilization treatment

Objective
To assess the relationship of age and basal FSH level to the genetic quality of the embryo and the association with IVF treatment outcome.

Patient(s)
One hundred fifty-one women who underwent IVF treatmentcycles in conjunction with preimplantation genetic diagnosis for aneuploidy screening before fresh embryo transfer, between July 2003 and July 2005.

Intervention(s)
Basal FSH levels (days 2–4) were determined at an earlier cycle, and women were divided into two groups: high basal FSH (greater than or equal to 10 IU/L) and low basal FSH (less than 10 IU/L). Chromosome analysis was performed on a single blastomere by using fluorescence in situ hybridization.

Main Outcome Measure(s)
Percentage of aneuploid embryos.

Result(s)The percentage of aneuploid embryos was not statistically significantly different between the high– (50.0%, n = 32) and low– (50.2%, n = 119) basal FSH groups. However, the percentage of aneuploid embryos was statistically significantly higher (56.2%, n = 109) for women aged greater than or equalto 38 years, as compared with women less than 38 years of age (37.5%, n = 42), independent of basal FSH levels.

Conclusion(s)
Elevated basal FSH levels reflect lower ovarian reserve but have no association with genetic quality of embryos. The percentage of aneuploid embryos is increased with advanced maternal age.

Source: Relationship between women's age and basal follicle-stimulating hormone levels with aneuploidy risk in in vitro fertilization treatment, Fertility and Sterility, August 2008




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All over the country, women are having babies later in life. Careers, desire for financial stability, and divorce and remarriage have all played a factor in this new profile of motherhood.

There are some definite advantages to being midlife parents. Older men tend to be more involved fathers. The baby boomer fathers today may not remember having much affection or physical contact from their dads. They are changing this trend by being more involved with their children and being more committed to fatherhood.

Older parents are more established in their careers. Once career issues are ironed out, children are less of a threat, and parents can devote more time to their families. This also allows for greater financial stability when raising children. It also means parents can probably afford quality child care.

Midlife parents say they are more patient, calm, and better able to go with the flow than when they were younger. They've reached a new maturity level. They don't need children to fulfill their ambitions and prove they are good people. Their children are freer to be individuals and grow up with loving, supportive parents. Older parents also make more time to spend with their children. They want to make the most of the wonderful gift they've been given.

Where there's an up, there's a down, and there are some disadvantages to being an older parent. The most obvious is age. How will children feel about having older parents? How old will parents be when their children graduate from high school or college? Age can cause some isolation from other parents who are much younger. Older parents may have less energy, but parents today are very health conscious and that isn't as much of a drawback. The big question is how much energy will parents have to play something like soccer at age 50?

Having a baby at any age is a big decision. Age shouldn't make a difference in how much a parent loves and cares for a child. Children love their parents, whatever their age.

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Image: The Impatient Woman's Guide to Getting Pregnant, by Jean M. Twenge Ph.D. Publisher: Free Press; Original edition (April 17, 2012)The Impatient Woman's Guide to Getting Pregnant
by Jean M. Twenge Ph.D.

-- Complete guide to the medical, psychological, social, and sexual aspects of getting pregnant, told in a funny, compassionate way, like talking to a good friend who’s been through it all.

And in fact, Dr. Jean Twenge has been through it all—the mother of three young children, she started researching fertility when trying to conceive for the first time.

A renowned sociologist and professor at San Diego State University, Dr. Twenge brought her research background to the huge amount of information—sometimes contradictory, frequently alarmist, and often discouraging—that she encountered online, from family and friends, and in books, and decided to go into the latest studies to find out the real story.

The good news is:

There is a lot less to worry about than you’ve been led to believe. Dr. Twenge gets to the heart of the emotional issues around getting pregnant, including how to prepare mentally and physically when thinking about conceiving, how to talk about it with family, friends, and your partner, and how to handle the great sadness of a pregnancy loss; as well as how to know when you’re ovulating, when to have sex, timing your pregnancy, maximizing your chances of getting pregnant, how to tilt the odds toward having a boy or a girl, and the best prenatal diet.

Trying to conceive often involves an enormous amount of emotion, from anxiety and disappointment to hope and joy.

With comfort, humor, and straightforward advice, The Impatient Woman’s Guide to Getting Pregnant is the bedside companion to help you through it.

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Young black women who are obese or heavy through the hips were less likely to become pregnant, according to a substudy of the ongoing, prospective Black Women’s Health Study.

Fecundity was significantly reduced in a dose-response fashion for women who were overweight (fecundity ratio, 0.89), obese (FR, 0.75) and very obese (FR, 0.68) after adjustment for age, education, smoking history, alcohol intake, physical activity, parity, region, and waist-to-hip ratio.

A large waist-to-hip ratio (defined as 0.8 or greater), also was significantly associated with lower fecundity (FR, 0.73), with fecundity ratios less than 1 indicating reduced fecundity or longer time to pregnancy (TTP).

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