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Image: Cervical mucus (a fluid that is secreted from inside the cervix) plays an important role in achieving pregnancy
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Cervical Mucus as a Natural Fertility Sign
One of the purposes of cervical mucus is to sustain sperm in a healthy medium and facilitate sperm movement.

Therefore, during ovulation, there is an increase in cervical fluids, as well as a change in CM texture. During this time, CM becomes more pliable, stretchable, and slippery (resembling raw egg whites) and is therefore a reliable indicator of fertility.

To observe CM, simply use clean, dry fingers or toilet paper to collect and examine your cervical mucus. During non-fertile times of the month, you will typically observe a dryness (or scant amount of cervical mucus). However, as you near ovulation, the amount of CM will increase and the texture will change.

Before Ovulation, a woman typically experiences very little visible cervical fluids. Gradually, more mucus will accumulate - but it will be yellow or cloudy and exhibit a sticky texture. This is non-fertile cervical mucus (sometimes referred to as hostile cervical mucus).

As you begin to near your ovulation date, the presence of cervical mucus will increase markedly due to higher levels of estrogen in your body. First, there will be a moistness or slight tackiness to the mucus, and it should exhibit a white or cream-colored appearance. However, as you near your most fertile time, CM will become thinner and more slippery.

During Ovulation, the amount of cervical fluids will increase greatly and the appearance will resemble raw egg whites. The texture of the CM will become increasingly slippery and stretchable, and may appear semitransparent. This is your most fertile time of the month for conceiving.

After Ovulation (luteal phase), the slippery, thin quality of the CM will lessen and the texture will once again become sticky and cloudy. Post-ovulatory dryness may also ensue as the levels of progesterone rise in your body.

As a natural fertility sign, monitoring changes in cervical mucus is a reliable method of ovulation prediction.

Certain vitamins may help increase your cervical mucus. They can include:

Vitamin C - Makes your blood vessel walls stronger, fight off infections, and speed healing of any wounds. As well, Vitamin C can increase the amount of fluid in your cervical mucus, giving you plenty of cervical mucus.

Nitric Oxide [NO] - Makes blood vessels dilate, allowing your blood to flow to your reproductive organs, which are your genitals, uterus, and ovaries. Studies suggest NO helps increase the amount of mucus secreted by your cervix.

Lactobacilli - Not exactly a vitamin, Lactobacilli are tiny organisms - an important part of a healthy environment in your vagina. Lactobacilli helps create the best environment to make cervical mucus more effective.

Grapeseed Extract - Works with Vitamin C, making it more effective. The presence of this antioxidant gives additional support and protection to your man's sperm.

Evening Primrose Oil - A herb often used specifically to increase your cervical mucus. It is an essential fatty acid, also an anti-inflammatory. It not only helps increase your cervical mucus, it also helps increase the quality and effectiveness of your cervical mucus, producing more egg-white cervical mucus.

Read more: Enhancing Fertility Naturally


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Cervical mucus (a fluid that is secreted from inside the cervix) plays an important role in achieving pregnancy.
During most of a woman's cycle, very little cervical fluids are produced.
However, around the time a woman ovulates, the presence of cervical mucus increases in order to help nourish sperm and facilitate sperm transport.
It also insulates sperm from the natural acidity inside the vagina.

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Photo credit: Fertility Lizard, by Andrea Wren
Our diet is one of the most important factors when it comes to trying to have a baby. Making sure we watch what we eat then is vital if we want to ensure we maximize our fertility chances.

However, even if you have been the type of person who has always remained fit and health and watched what you ate, you may still have problems trying to conceive. This is because the human body can play tricks with us.

So, making sure that you create the most fertile environment possible is your number 1 aim if you are trying to have a baby.

One way that you can use to maximize the chances you have of having a baby is to make sure you use natural fertility treatment supplements when you are trying to get pregnant. Each type of natural fertility treatment supplement will vary depending on whether it is the man taking the natural fertility treatment supplement or the woman.

Men
Typically good natural fertility treatment supplements for men include Vitamin A, Vitamin B, Potassium, Zinc, and Selenium. Of particular importance to helping in the male fertility treatment are:

Vitamin B5 and Zinc are needed in order for the testes to be healthy and to encourage a high sperm count. It should also be noted that if you have a zinc deficiency this can lead to low levels of testosterone and chromosomal abnormalities in the sperm.

Vitamin B12 and Potassium are needed to help the male sperm mobility.

Selenium is needed to help produce male sperm. A lack of selenium levels in the body is one of the most common reasons why males have low sperm counts.

Women
Unlike males, nearly all natural fertility treatment supplements are of importance and have some form of role to play. Nonetheless, of particular importance are:

Vitamin A – as this helps keep the Fallopian tubes healthy.

Vitamin B – as a lack of Vitamin B levels may result in a miscarriage following pregnancy.

Calcium – as this produces fertile mucus in the vagina

Magnesium – as a lack of magnesium levels will result in probable problems with the Fallopian tubes

Zinc – which happens to be one of the most important natural fertility health supplements.

The wonderful additional aspect of taking natural fertility supplements is that not only do they help you to achieve your primary aim of conceiving a child, but they also help to give you extra zest and energy. As such, if you continue to take the correct natural supplements after you have conceived you'll find the normal problems associated with being pregnant, such a fatigue and general tiredness, far less worrisome. That said, pregnant women do need to be careful which vitamin supplements they are taking during pregnancy, so make sure you consult with your physician first to ensure you are not going to be causing yourself and your baby any problems.

As far as how you take these natural fertility substances, you can either digest these as vitamin supplement pills or as part of your regular diet. It's not so much the manner of the consumption, provided you know that the body is getting what it needs in order to maximize your chances of conceiving a child.

Author: Melvin Ng


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Pregnancy Miracle: clinically proven holistic and ancient Chinese system for permanently reversing your infertilityPregnancy 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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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


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 lifespan 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: Khat plant boosts sperm powerA chemical found in the khat plant could boost the power of men's sperm, researchers have found.

Lab tests by King's College London found treated sperm became fertile faster, and stayed fertile for longer, than untreated sperm.

Khat is mild narcotic, producing a high when chewed, but its use has been linked to long-term problems.

The study was presented at the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology conference in Berlin.

The researchers say their findings could lead to products to help couples conceive.

Read more...


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Image: Zita West's Guide to Getting Pregnant, by Zita West. Publisher: Thorsons Publishers (August 1, 2005)Zita West's Guide to Getting Pregnant
by Zita West

-- A pioneer in the field of fertility, Zita West's programme is invaluable for couples trying to conceive.

Harley Street's most popular fertility expert and favorite consultant to celebrity clients guide the reader through a process of vital physical and mental preparation.

The book is for every couple trying to conceive and has fascinating advice taken from Zita's 20 years of experience as midwife and 7 years as an acupuncturist.

It provides a structured, easy-to-follow step-by-step programme, complete with case studies and enormously detailed questionnaire.

The guide includes details on:
• when and how often to have sex
• what can prevent fertilization and conception
• everything you need to know about sperm and ovulation
• nutrition, supplements, and herbs
• complementary therapies such as acupressure, lymphatic massage, and hypnotherapy
• how to overcome stress and other emotional blocks to pregnancy
• PCOS, endometriosis and other health issues
• tests and procedures if there is a problem
• and much much more.

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Image: Irregular Period - It Could Be More Than Just Stress
Dr. Nelson is researching a treatment for primary
ovarian insufficiency. Michael Spencer, NIH
When a young woman's menstrual periods get out of whack — extra-long, extra-short or intermittent — she may just chalk it up to stress and ignore it.

To even out monthly cycles, doctors often prescribe birth control pills, without doing much of an evaluation first.

But both those approaches are a mistake, says gynecologist Lawrence Nelson, of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

Nelson studies primary ovarian insufficiency, a disruption in reproductive hormones that affects 1 in 100 women by age 40.

His research has shown that POI greatly reduces fertility, impairs bone health and often goes undiagnosed for years.

Read more...


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Rewinding Your Biological Clock: Motherhood Late in Life, by Richard J. Paulson M.D., Judith Sachs. Publisher: iUniverse Publishing (July 13, 2011)Rewinding Your Biological Clock: Motherhood Late in Life
by Richard J. Paulson M.D., Judith Sachs

-- In 1996, Dr. Richard Paulson assisted a 63-year-old woman to conceive using in vitro fertilization with a donor egg, and she became the oldest woman in the world to give birth.

This incredible example of how assisted reproductive technologies, or ART, can change the course of nature, raises tough biological, emotional, and ethical issues.

Rewinding Your Biological Clock is a unique exploration of each of these issues, especially the how-to of peri- and post-menopausal pregnancy.

Written by a leading fertility specialist and a health educator, this original and daring book rethinks society's most fundamental beliefs about motherhood, aging, and life itself.

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Image: Walking with Grandma, by Kristýna Matlachová on Pixabay
Why 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.

Psychologically speaking (through the eyes of a non-psychologist), there is always going to be someone who will tell the older mother she is crazy to consider having a baby later in life.

Ultimately, however, it is only the mother-to-be who has to make the 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?

Read more: hange of Life Babies: Do They Really?, by Marjorie Dorfman


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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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Copenhagen, Denmark: Women who have a special genetic profile can conceive spontaneously after the age of 45 years, a scientist said at the 21st annual conference of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology today (Tuesday 21 June 2005).

Dr. Neri Laufer, from the Hadassah University Hospital, Jerusalem, Israel, told the conference that his team's work to identify a specific gene expression profile linked to later fertility would help to understand of the aging process, as well as enabling the development of better treatments for infertility in older patients.

Dr. Laufer and colleagues studied a large group of 250 women over 45 who conceived spontaneously. Women are generally not fertile after this age due to the aging of the ovaries, so the scientists thought that there might be some special factor that was allowing these women to conceive.

Mostly they had had a large number of children and also a low miscarriage rate, he said and these two factors indicated to us that they had a natural ability to escape the aging process of the ovaries.

We decided to see if we could find any differences in gene expression between 8 such women and another 6 women of the same age group who had finished their families at the age of 30.

Using gene chip technology, the scientists found that blood samples from the 8 women had a unique pattern of gene expression that did not exist in the control group.

The two main groups of genes expressed in these women were involved in apoptosis (cell death) and in DNA repair mechanisms.

These women appear to differ from the normal population due to a unique genetic predisposition that protects them from the DNA damage and cellular aging that helps age the ovary, said Dr. Laufer. What we do not yet know is whether this reproductive success is linked with potential longevity.

The women were all Ashkenazi Jews but Dr. Laufer's team does not believe that the gene profile is unique to this group.

We already have preliminary results demonstrating similar results from another group, he said. The team intends to study women from different ethnic, and hence genetic, groups and study their genetic fingerprints against those of the first group.

Identifying women with these genetic fingerprints will enable doctors to know which women are still fertile at an advanced age and may determine the counseling they require, said Dr.Laufer.

However, the question of motherhood over the age of 45 is a delicate and complex one. It is very dependent on the religious and cultural background of the women in question.

Our first study group came from an ultra-religious sector which encourages natural conception and discourages contraceptive use. These women would, in any event, continue to challenge their reproductive system until menopause.

But for other groups, the ethical implications may be different and counseling on all the aspects of late motherhood will play an important part in determining what is best for the individual woman.

Source: Unique genetic profile helps over-45s conceive naturally


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Making Babies: A Proven 3-Month Program for Maximum Fertility, by Sami S. David and Jill Blakeway. Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1 edition (August 12, 2009)Making Babies: A Proven 3-Month Program for Maximum Fertility
by Sami S. David and Jill Blakeway
-- MAKING BABIES offers a proven 3-month program designed to help any woman get pregnant. Fertility medicine today is all about aggressive surgical, chemical, and technological intervention, but Dr. David and Blakeway know a better way.

Starting by identifying fertility types, they cover everything from recognizing the causes of fertility problems to making lifestyle choices that enhance fertility to trying surprising strategies such as taking cough medicine, decreasing doses of fertility drugs, or getting acupuncture along with IVF.

MAKING BABIES is a must-have for every woman trying to conceive, whether naturally or through medical intervention. Dr. David and Blakeway are revolutionizing the fertility field, one baby, at a time.

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Photo credit: Day 183/365 Doing nothing, by Daniel Oines
Many women live through painful periods and discomfort, totally oblivious of the possibility of enlarged fibroids until their reproductive system is affected. Ms. Ann Kyobe discovered she had fibroids at 30 after two pregnancy losses and she had a premature birth by caesarean section after that.

Before this, she had lived through painful and heavy menstrual periods that lasted two weeks each time. Occasionally, Ms. Kyobe felt pain in her lower back. According to Dr. Rhona Mijumbi of International Air Ambulance, Ms. Kyobe exhibited typical signs that one could be having enlarged fibroids.

Ms. Kyobe says that she had scanty knowledge of fibroids so there was no way she could suspect anything was wrong just because her periods were painful and heavy. There are many women who have heavy or painful periods so I thought it was normal, she says. Dr. Mijumbi describes fibroids as non-cancerous swellings that grow in, on or around the walls of the uterus.

They could grow to as many as 20 or just one in varying sizes: they can be as small as a pea or as large as a basketball. The size, number, and location determine the severity and what effects they will have on their victims.

The most severe of effects are reproductive-related. They include birth by cesarean section, pregnancy loss, or failure to conceive in the first place. Frequent urination, a feeling of fullness in the lower abdomen, bleeding between periods and painful sexual intercourse could also indicate their presence. If they are growing on the outer lining of the uterine walls, the fibroids could cause the stomach to bulge.

In school, we were taught that fibroids affected women above the age of 35 but the reality in the field is that although it is prevalent (in that group), even women as young as 20 are diagnosed with them, says Dr. Mijumbi.

According to Dr. Charles Kiggundu, a gynecologist at Mulago Hospital, the prevalence rate for fibroids among Ugandan women is 30 percent. This accounts for three out of every 10 women in their 30s and four out of every 10 women in their 40s.

These are however based on the women that have been diagnosed, excluding those that have not gone for a medical check-up, he says.

Dr. Mijumbi says although over time, black women have been found to be more prone to developing fibroids than their white counterparts and 20 percent of sufferers worldwide are above 40 years of age. Kiggundu further explains that women who give birth late or have few children are more prone to fibroids.

This highlights the fact that the more affluent woman who takes a longer part of her life studying, making money and thus gives birth later in life to fewer children is at a higher risk of suffering from fibroids.

A hormone, estrogen favors the growth of fibroids while another called progesterone, which is produced in large amounts during pregnancy helps counter the possibility of developing fibroids. The earlier one bears children, therefore, the more progesterone they produce in their bodies which helps reduce their chances of developing fibroids, explains Dr. Kiggundu.

Having this in mind, many women have been driven to seek male companions in a rush to stop the hand of nature. Ms. Julia Nabunya says that when her 42-year-old aunt found out she had fibroids, she advised her to get a baby as soon as possible to avoid developing them as well.

Thus, at 22, Ms. Nabunya got pregnant, not caring much about who she picked for her child's father. Although early birth may reduce the risk of getting fibroids, there is no definite way to prevent them.

At best, the doctors advise medical examinations if any of the symptoms are experienced so that if fibroids are found early, one can plan on how to manage pregnancy, for example.

There are cases where we advise women to give birth early, but not to prevent them as some women think, Dr. Mijumbi says. It is instead to ensure that one gives birth before the fibroids are too big to interfere with pregnancy.

In other cases, the fibroids are cut out if found severe and causing a lot of complications. At worst, the entire uterus is removed. According to doctors, fibroids are not known to have any direct effect on fertility but rather interfere with conception and pregnancy depending on their size and location.

If a fibroid is located at the entrance of the uterus or is blocking the fallopian tube(s) and is big enough to cause blockage, the sperm and ova might not get to meet and thus there is no fertilization, Dr. Paul Ssemugoma of International Medical Centre says.

Dr Mijumbi adds that in cases where a fibroid grows at the entrance to the womb, sex could be painful and delivery complicated resulting into birth by cesarean.

This is an example where we would need to operate and remove the fibroids but we can't operate when one is pregnant so we wait and see whether the foetus survives long enough to be delivered by caesarean then operate later before their next pregnancy, she explains.

The other instance where they are removed is when a swelling twists on its stalk. Fibroids have a stalk attached to the uterine wall. When one of the fibroid swellings begins to twist on its stalk, it causes unbearable pain. In that case, surgery to remove the fibroid has to be carried out.

Fibroid swellings thrive on estrogen - a female hormone produced by the ovaries which increases in the body during ovulation, menstruation, and pregnancy. They enlarge during heavy surges of the hormone in the body causing heavy and painful periods as they expand and contract.

Some patients are in fact injected with estrogen free hormones to hinder the development of the fibroids but this hormone impacts negatively on their fertility rates, says Dr. Mijumbi.

During pregnancy, they enlarge and if they are growing on the inner walls into the uterus, they compete for space with the fetus and usually win thus causing pregnancy losses or premature births. In most cases though, even when the doctors diagnose fibroids, the patients are left to live with them.

They are usually small and harmless save for the painful and heavy periods that most women can live with taking painkillers, says Dr Ssemugoma. Otherwise, the fibroids die out with menopause because the ovaries stop producing the estrogen they thrive on.

REAL LIFE EXPERIENCE:
It happened to me: Grace Areymo a 49-year-old mother of five shared her experiences with Winifred Agudo. When I was growing up, this complication was attributed to women who decided not to give birth. This was to change drastically in 1998 when my menstrual cycle became constantly heavier, more painful and would last two weeks.

I immediately sought medical help and fortunately, a female doctor attended to me. She recommended antibiotics for one week, thinking it was an infection. A week later, with no improvement, I was forced to see the doctor again, this time around however, it was a male doctor.

He prescribed pills for my pain for 30 days, thinking it was a hormonal imbalance. I was fooled into thinking the problem was gone when the bleeding stopped, but my next period was very painful so I was advised to see a gynecologist.

After several tests and sound scan in 2000, I was diagnosed with fibroids. My first reaction was shocked because society always had it that fibroids exist among Nuns and women who deliberately refuse to give birth, besides I am a mother. Since then my abdomen has gradually expanded so much, that it is uncomfortable.

People who knew me before keep wondering what happened and this has put pressure on me to look like did before. Thinking back now, remember this complication could have started when was in my 30s, though I ignored it then.

I have tried some preventive methods like herbal medicine, which has slightly reduced the size of my tummy. I am still hesitant to have an operation because of the side effects.




TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Pregnancy Miracle: Permanently Reverse Your Infertility, by Lisa OlsonPregnancy 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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Image: At 40, Gina Bumgarner was pregnant with her twins sons Baylor, right, and Blaine, who is pictured playing with sister Addison, 14
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In her early 40s, Deborah Walker still had hopes of becoming a mom.

Like many of her peers, she'd chosen to first focus on her career and then on children. The Hermitage, Tenn., woman had already suffered a pregnancy loss. But four days before moving from New York to Nashville to join her husband, she found herself pregnant.

At the age of 42, she gave birth to little Madeline.

You have a rich life tapestry to wrap around your child, says Walker, now 45. I love that I'm an older mom. I wasn't ready before; I wasn't the person I wanted to be to be a mother. I am now.

This is the age of the older mom. But fertility favors the young, raising the question of, biologically, how old is too old to have a baby. When a woman reaches her late 30s and her 40s, the possibility of conceiving naturally -- or conceiving at all -- is a door slowly swinging shut. Plus, there are higher risks of pregnancy loss and genetic issues that accompany pregnancy at an older age.

Beyond that, there are ramifications to consider, such as simultaneously funding college tuition and retirement. But many women feel there are inherent rewards in waiting those extra years.

Many women in their 40s have had a chance to figure out who they are, says Dr. Cornelia Graves, medical director of Baptist Hospital's perinatal and obstetrics program in Nashville. That's really important because when you're in your 20s, sometimes you have children because it's the expected thing to do. Whereas women in their 40s, this is what they've elected to do. 

The risks of conceiving

Fertility drops off sharply in a woman's late 30s. But women can still conceive naturally up until around age 50, Graves says.

But biologically, the best time for having a baby is between the ages of 22 and 32, she says.

If you're trying to get pregnant in your late 30s or early 40s, the literature says you should try for a year before seeking help, Graves says. I say three to six months because your time is much more limited.

A woman's fertility is highest and the possibility of complications lower, earlier on. Women are born with a finite number of eggs. Not only do those eggs wane in number as a woman ages, but they've weathered more. When you're 40, your eggs are 40. That's why the possibility of genetic irregularities such as Down syndrome, a chromosomal disorder, grows as a woman gets older.

Fertility starts to slide in a woman's 30s, says Dr. Gloria Richard-Davis, chairwoman of obstetrics and gynecology at Meharry Medical College in Nashville. By age 40, the decline becomes even more drastic.

For all those reasons, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine encourages women to have all their kids by age 37, she says.

Obviously, that's not realistic for many women and the type of lifestyle we have now, Richard-Davis adds. Women are getting married later and having children later. It doesn't mean if you're over 40, you can't get pregnant, but the probability dramatically declines.
However, Hollywood has provided some recent examples of older moms.

Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry had her daughter in March at age 41. Nicole Kidman, who's 40 and married to country music singer Keith Urban, is expecting her first biological child in July. (Kidman has two adopted children with former husband Tom Cruise.)

Why women wait

Age-related infertility is increasingly more common. One in five women wait until they're older than 35 to start their families, reports the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.

ASRM attributes the trend to several factors: the availability of contraception and the high divorce rate, coupled with more women in the workforce, women marrying at an older age and married couples waiting to be financially secure before starting their families. Add to this mix that many women simply just don't realize fertility begins to wane in their late 20s.

Then there are the added complications of raising a child at a later age.

Vikki Adkins of Mt. Juliet, Tenn., got married at age 33. She had her first child when she was 39 and her second at 41. Adkins considers herself a high-energy person, but keeping up with a 6-year-old girl and 8-year-old boy can still be tough.

She worries about the future, funding her children's college educations and her own retirement. Not to mention adolescence and menopause will probably make concurrent appearances.

I am 48 now and lucky I have my children, Adkins says, but I think it is harder than when you are in your 20s and early 30s.

Not that there aren't advantages, too, to have children later in life. Many moms feel their age is an asset, giving them patience they lacked before. Medical professionals also notice the difference.

I think you've kind of learned to roll with the punches of life, so you don't fixate on every little thing, says Baptist's Graves.


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