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Image: Fertility Centers - EmbryoscopeThe first baby has been born from donor eggs in an in vitro cycle using a specialized incubator called an Embryoscope®, the Fertility Centers of New England have reported. The incubator uses time-lapse photography to give embryologists revolutionary insight into an embryo's development. Doctors can actually watch embryos develop and monitor healthy cell divisions in a way previously impossible.

The Fertility Centers of New England previously announced the first successful births following embryo culture using the Embryoscope® (Unisense/Fertilitech, Aarhus, Denmark), a new advancement for the IVF laboratory. This new development marks the first live birth in a Donor IVF cycle.

We are proud to once again be at the forefront of using this new technology and the first IVF center in the United States to report this live birth in a Donor IVF cycle, said Fertility Centers of New England President and CEO, Joseph A. Hill, MD. We are also proud to be the only IVF center in New England using this technology clinically on a daily basis.

The Embryoscope® incubator is a state-of-the-art system, with a built-in camera providing automated and continuous time-lapse photography of fertilized oocytes from conception until the time of embryo transfer without disturbing the culture environment.

This innovative device allows embryologists to assess an embryo's development by closely observing cell division at key time periods. As we continue to culture more embryos in this innovative system, we will also be able to design specific selection or de-selection parameters to assist with embryo selection, said Fertility Centers of New England Laboratory Director Dr. Michael Tucker. This type of technology may prove to be very useful in reducing the number of twins and triplets by selecting a single embryo for transfer that is the most likely to result in the birth of a healthy baby.

Not only are we pleased to offer patients the latest laboratory technology, said R. Ian Hardy, MD, PhD, Medical Director for the Fertility Centers of New England. We currently have the highest reported live birth rates for donor cycles on the East Coast.

We also recognize that the cost of Donor IVF can be a barrier to access for many patients and are proud to offer our Egg Assist™ program to help our patients build healthy families. An exciting benefit of the Embryoscope® is that we can also offer new parents a video record of their baby from conception to the point of embryo transfer.

Example of videos can be found here.
-- The Fertility Centers of New England is proud to be at the forefront of advanced infertility treatment and for increasing access to care by providing the most affordable treatment options without compromising quality and results.

Press Release found at PRWeb.com

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Image: You Make Me Feel Like an Unnatural Woman: Diary of an Older Mother, by Judith Newman. Publisher: Miramax (April 21, 2004)You Make Me Feel Like an Unnatural Woman: Diary of an Older Mother
by Judith Newman

-- Today the number of women having their first child over thirty-five has increased by a bazillion fold, or some equally scary large number, and Newman is the first to write a book that tells what it's really like when a trip to the drugstore entails the purchase of both diaper cream and wrinkle cream; when "getting your shots" means both immunization and Botox.

You Make Me Feel Like an Unnatural Woman is not only about having children later in life: it's about what happens to a marriage—and to the spirit, when even the most sought-after baby comes.

Wry, warm, and brutally honest, this is the book for any woman—whatever her age—who has awakened at 3AM to the insistent shrieks of her darling and thought: Oh man, I'm too old for this.

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Image: Cpl. Gretch Sweeney and Elaine Sexton play with baby Emily- FMWRC - US Army - 100813, by U.S. Army on FlickrChicago, IL (PRWEB) January 30, 2008 -- In an effort to foster more dialog around alternative solutions to family building -- especially the myths, realities and ethics behind them -- a Chicago firm has launched a new blog called Conception Connections: Continuing conversations on alternative paths to building families.

Alternative Reproduction Resources, an agency specializing in bringing intended parents together with egg donors and gestational surrogates, believes the blog is an ideal way for members of this community to share their triumphs and struggles.

Infertility affects more than 6 million women and their partners in the United States alone, says Robin von Halle, president of ARR, which she founded in 1992.

In vitro solutions are on the rise as science continues to advance. But we, as a community, need to work harder to share our knowledge and experiences for the benefit of others.

In addition to contributions by donors, surrogates and parents, Conception Connections features posts by von Halle, and ARR Partner Mary Ellen McLaughlin.

Nidhi Desai, ARR's legal counsel and partner at the Chicago law firm of Ballard, Desai, Bush-Joseph and Horwich, will also contribute.

Early contributions include von Halle's posts on Alexis Stewart's efforts to conceive, and on vanity pregnancies through surrogates.

Other posts include an African American egg donor's reflections on the need to grow awareness in her cultural community of in vitro solutions and the need for ethnic donors, and another donor's hope that her eggs ended up gifting a couple with a child.

Infertility affects many people, so we are excited to shed some light on this subject and give people a chance to interact, says von Halle.

Established in 1994, Alternative Reproduction Resources was one of the first agencies in the United States dedicated to locating and matching egg donors and, more recently, gestational surrogates with intended parents from around the world.

For further information, contact von Halle at 773.327.7315.

Source: prweb.com

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Image: What Every Woman Should Know About Fertility and Her Biological Clock, by Cara Birrittieri. Publisher: Career Press (May 26, 2009)What Every Woman Should Know About Fertility and Her Biological Clock
by Cara Birrittieri

-- Until now, there has been little practical advice on what women can do about ticking biological clocks.

What Every Woman Should Know About Her Biological Clock is the first book to explore a woman's reproductive life span completely, from beginning to end.

Based on Cara Birrittieri's own experience of running up against a slowing biological clock, she shows women for the first time how to tell what time it is with a simple blood test that gives them a peek at the state of their ovaries.

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A simple way of establishing on which days in a woman's menstrual cycle she is fertile has been identified by US and Italian fertility experts, according to research published in Europe's leading reproductive medicine journal, Human Reproduction,* today.

Analyzing cervical secretion and time to pregnancy data obtained from a large multinational European database – the European Study of Daily Fecund-ability - they were able to demonstrate that intercourse is unlikely to result in a conception if vaginal dampness is not noticeable on that day or the day before.

All a woman has to do is to notice when she has any vaginal dampness, not associated with menstruation, intercourse or disease. Women wishing to avoid pregnancy should avoid unprotected intercourse unless they have not had vaginal dampness for 2 days.

This algorithm, which was developed by the Institute for Reproductive Health at Georgetown University, is called the TwoDay method. The research teams used their data to analyze the relationship between the presence of noticeable secretions and the daily probabilities of pregnancy in cycles when intercourse was on a given day relative to the identified ovulation day.

The TwoDay method differs from other symptom-based natural family planning methods in that it is not necessary to keep detailed records of cervical mucus characteristics and basal body temperature. This simple algorithm may outperform expensive urinary kits, which can miss the majority of the fertile interval that occurs one or more days prior to ovulation.

Dr David Dunson of the Biostatistics Branch of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in North Carolina said: This method is effective, both in identifying the fertile days of the cycle and in predicting days within that fertile interval that have a high pregnancy rate. It's the first direct evidence that cervical secretions are associated with higher fecund-ability within the fertile window.

For couples of normal fertility having intercourse two days prior to ovulation on the most fertile day of the cycle, the probability of pregnancy is essentially doubled from 0.18 (18%) if secretions have not been noticed in the last two days to 0.33 (one third) if secretions have been noticed. A normal couple who abstains from intercourse during the days classified as fertile by our system would have around an 8% chance of becoming pregnant within a year of frequent intercourse – compared with a 97% chance for a couple not following our system.

*The relationship between cervical secretions and the daily probabilities of pregnancy: effectiveness of the TwoDay Algorithm. Human Reproduction Vol. 16. No. 11. pp 2278-2282. D.B. Dunson, I.Sinai, B Columbo. Biostatistics Branch, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, North Carolina; Institute for Reproductive Health, Georgetown University, Washington DC, Department of Statistics, University of Padua.

This story has been adapted from a news release issued by European Society For Human Reproduction And Embryology.

Source: TwoDay Method | Institute of Reproductive Health

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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: What Every Woman Should Know About Fertility and Her Biological Clock, by Cara Birrittieri. Publisher: Career Press (May 26, 2009)What Every Woman Should Know About Fertility and Her Biological Clock
by Cara Birrittieri

-- Until now, there has been little practical advice on what women can do about ticking biological clocks.

What Every Woman Should Know About Her Biological Clock is the first book to explore a woman's reproductive life span completely, from beginning to end.

Based on Cara Birrittieri's own experience of running up against a slowing biological clock, she shows women for the first time how to tell what time it is with a simple blood test that gives them a peek at the state of their ovaries.

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Image: older moms having babiesWhy are more and more women today opting to become mothers in their forties and even as late as fifty?

What are the risks and what are the benefits?

Read on for some questions, some conceived in ignorance and others from semi-intelligent observation.

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Having children makes you no more a parent than having a piano makes you a pianist. – Michael Levine
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Psychologically speaking (through the eyes of a non-psychologist), there is always going to be someone who will tell the older mother that she is crazy to consider having a baby later in life.

Ultimately, however, it is only that mother-to-be who has to make that choice and answer for it.

The desire to be a mother is no different at forty-five than at twenty-five.

And why shouldn't it be fulfilled, as long as the mother can provide for the child and give it what it needs to grow up to be a responsible adult?

And so to those who ask why, you should say because. To those who ask how, you should reply the usual way.

And like the true color of one's hair and size of one's bank account, whose business and life is it anyway?

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Image: Inconceivable: A Woman's Triumph over Despair and Statistics, by Julia Indichova. Publisher: Three Rivers Press (October 9, 2001)Inconceivable: A Woman's Triumph over Despair and Statistics
by Julia Indichova

-- A memoir of hope for the thousands of women struggling with infertility, from one who beat the odds by simply tuning in to her body and tapping her well of sheer determination.

At a time when more and more women are trying to get pregnant at increasingly advanced ages, fertility specialists and homeopathic researchers boast endless treatment options.

But when Julia Indichova made the rounds of medical doctors and nontraditional healers, she was still unable to conceive a child.

It was only when she forsook their financially and emotionally draining advice, turning inward instead, that she finally met with reproductive success. Inconceivable recounts this journey from hopeless diagnoses to elated motherhood.

Anyone who has faced infertility will relate to Julia’s desperate measures: acupuncture, unidentifiable black-and-white pellets, herb soup, foul-smelling fruit, even making love on red sheets.

Five reproductive endocrinologists told her that there was no documented case of anyone in her hormonal condition getting pregnant, forcing her to finally embark on her own intuitive regimen.

After eight caffeine-free, nutrient-rich, yoga-laden months, complemented by visualization exercises, Julia received amazing news; incredibly, she was pregnant.

Nine months later she gave birth to a healthy girl.

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Quote: Around half of all pregnancies in women over 40 end in miscarriage.

Quote: Patients over 40 may have a miscarriage rate as high as 50%.
Miscarriage rates for 40-year-old women are about twice that for 20-year-old women.

Quote: Generally, the rate of infertility in women over 40 is 30% greater than in younger women, while the miscarriage rate in women over 40 is about 50% using ART

Here is hope! I was just looking on the BFP Over 40 [Big Fat Positive on a pregnancy test] post on Fertility Friends website and thought the following numbers might be helpful:

May - 28 BFP - 13 losses
June - 7 BFP - 2 losses
July - 13 BFP - 7 losses
August - 12 BFP - 7 losses
Sept - 15 BFP - 7 losses
October 21 BFP - 6 losses
November 13 BFP - 3 losses

Total: 109 positive pregnancy tests within 7 months, with 45 losses

So the ratio is just over 60% success! And these are women who have struggled to get pregnant, so they often have a higher risk. The average 40 year old woman will have a much higher success rate!

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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Pregnancy MiraclePregnancy Miracle
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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Science Daily — A moderately high protein diet could reduce a woman's chances of becoming pregnant, according to new research presented at the 20th annual conference of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology on Monday.

Researchers from the USA have found that a diet containing 25% protein disrupted the normal genetic imprinting pattern in mice embryos at a very early stage in their development. The diet also adversely affected subsequent embryo implantation in the womb and foetal development.

Previous research has shown that the amount of protein in the diet affects the levels of ammonium within the female reproductive tract in cows and mice. It is known that ammonium adversely affects mouse embryos developed in culture in the laboratory, inducing altered imprinting of the H19 gene and retarding foetal development. The H19 gene, found on chromosome 7, is an important gene involved in growth.

Normally, genes act in the same way, whether they are transmitted by the mother or the father. But, a few genes break this genetic rule. Whether they are switched on (expressed) or off depends on whether they are inherited from the mother or the father. The process of inheriting specifically from the mother or the father is called imprinting.

Source: European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology
Full article: Sciencedaily.com

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Image: Inconceivable: A Woman's Triumph over Despair and Statistics, by Julia Indichova. Publisher: Three Rivers Press (October 9, 2001)Inconceivable: A Woman's Triumph over Despair and Statistics
by Julia Indichova

-- A memoir of hope for the thousands of women struggling with infertility, from one who beat the odds by simply tuning in to her body and tapping her well of sheer determination.

At a time when more and more women are trying to get pregnant at increasingly advanced ages, fertility specialists and homeopathic researchers boast endless treatment options.

But when Julia Indichova made the rounds of medical doctors and nontraditional healers, she was still unable to conceive a child.

It was only when she forsook their financially and emotionally draining advice, turning inward instead, that she finally met with reproductive success. Inconceivable recounts this journey from hopeless diagnoses to elated motherhood.

Anyone who has faced infertility will relate to Julia’s desperate measures: acupuncture, unidentifiable black-and-white pellets, herb soup, foul-smelling fruit, even making love on red sheets.

Five reproductive endocrinologists told her that there was no documented case of anyone in her hormonal condition getting pregnant, forcing her to finally embark on her own intuitive regimen.

After eight caffeine-free, nutrient-rich, yoga-laden months, complemented by visualization exercises, Julia received amazing news; incredibly, she was pregnant.

Nine months later she gave birth to a healthy girl.

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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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Image: How did I ever get stuck with *two* kids?
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.

TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
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


Image: Buy Now on Amazon.comPaperback: 512 pages
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Image: Buy Now on Amazon.comHardcover: 496 pages
Click to order/for more info: Taking Charge of Your Fertility
Find on Amazon: US | Canada | UK




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