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Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) Midstream Tests
Hormone Levels and Fertility Bloodwork

Hormone to Test : Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH)

Time to Test : Day 3

Normal Values : 3-20 mIU/ml

What Value Means : FSH is often used as a gauge of ovarian reserve. In general, under 6 is excellent, 6-9 is good, 9-10 fair, 10-13 diminished reserve, 13+ very hard to stimulate.

In PCOS testing, the LH:FSH ratio may be used in the diagnosis. The ratio is usually close to 1:1, but if the LH is higher, it is one possible indication of PCOS.

Source: www.fertilityplus.org

But what does it really mean?
Having a too high FSH really only means you will probably get kicked out of the doctor's office, and they will be no longer willing to help you.

It DOES NOT mean you can't get pregnant. It might mean it will be harder, and take longer to get pregnant. Or it might not mean anything at all for you.

It might even mean a higher chance of pregnancy for you, since having a high FSH means your body is working overtime to push out those eggs. Which means you might even have 2-3 eggs in a cycle, even without fertility drugs.

So don't lose heart, trust your body!

From Stories of Pregnancy and Birth Over 44 Years Old:
Story one: My highest CD3 FSH was 28. I'm now 23 weeks into my first ever pregnancy at age 43 (I conceived naturally, i.e. no medical help) a few weeks before my 43rd birthday....)

Story two: Julia Indichova wrote the book Inconceivable. She had an FSH of 42 when she was 42. When she was approximately 44 she got pregnant, and gave birth when she was 45. The month she got pregnant, her FSH was 30.

Story three: We had a amazing story today....sort of a slap in the face to all the docs who kept poo-pooing this wonderful patient: 46 year old....never been pregnant.....highest FSH: 65!!!!!!!!! (CD 2, E2: 102 so the FSH was really much higher)
Several IUIs (IVF with own eggs not an option in our clinic if over 42 or FSH over 15...whatever) DE speech over and over and over. Last cycle...LTZ with boosting. One follie.
*************PREGNANT************* bHCG: 20,000 !!!!!!! (She didn't do a HPT since she just knew there was no chance. Finally broke down after no period for 4ish weeks.)

Story four: I am 45 years old. This is my husband’s and my first baby. I too was told by my docs with a FSH of 65 and high TSH that TTC was not going to happen.. Well I am here to tell all of our sisters on this site, Dream the Impossible!

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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Having Your Baby Through Egg Donation, by Ellen Sarasohn, Evelina Weidman Sterling. Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Pub; 1 edition (January 15, 2012)Having Your Baby Through Egg Donation
by Ellen Sarasohn, Evelina Weidman Sterling

-- A comprehensive book for people considering parenthood through donated ova, and those supporting them.

It takes readers through the decision-making process, focusing on questions they are likely to be asking themselves, including: Are we candidates for egg donation? Will it work?

How much does it cost? How do we find a donor?

How do we talk about our decision with others? How will we tell our children? Ethical questions related to egg donation are also examined:

Can a donor truly have informed consent Is it ethically correct for donors to receive payment, and, if so, is the payment for time and effort or for their eggs?

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Image: NatureWise Vitamin D3 5,000 IU in Organic Olive Oil, Non-GMO, USP Grade, 360 countSupplemental vitamin D comes in two forms: ergocalciferol (vitamin D2) and cholecalciferol (vitamin D3).

They have generally been regarded as equivalent and interchangeable, but that notion is based on studies of rickets prevention in infants conducted seven decades ago.

Recent studies have shown that vitamin D3 is a more potent form of vitamin D. Vitamin D2 has a shorter shelf life, and its metabolites bind with protein poorly, making it less effective.

One unit of cod liver oil (containing vitamin D3) has been shown to be as effective as four units of Viosterol (a medicinal preparation of vitamin D2).

However, the form of vitamin D used in prescriptions in North America is almost invariably vitamin D2.

Source: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition October 2006; 84(4): 694-697

Editor's Note: After reading this article, I went to check mine. I am taking Exact Vitamin D 1000 U.I. (a Canadian Loblows no-name brand), Checking the bottle, it says that it is Vitamin D3.

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Contraindications and Precautions:
Vitamin D is contraindicated in those with hypercalcemia and in those with evidence of vitamin D toxicity. Vitamin D is contraindicated in those with hypersensitivity to any component of a vitamin D-containing product.

Pregnant women and nursing mothers should avoid vitamin D supplemental intakes greater than U.S. RDA amounts of the vitamin unless higher amounts are prescribed by their physicians. The U.S. RDA for vitamin D is 400 IU or 10 micrograms daily.

Pharmaceutical use of vitamin D must only be undertaken under medical supervision.
Supplemental vitamin D should be used cautiously in those on digoxin or any cardiac glycoside. Hypercalcemia in those on digoxin may precipitate cardiac arrhythmias. Supplemental doses of vitamin D greater that upper limit intake levels (UL) should only be used if medically prescribed and should be avoided by those on digoxin or other cardiac glycoside. The UL for adults is 2,000 IU or 50 micrograms daily.

Concomitant use of thiazides and pharmacologic doses of vitamin D may cause hypercalcemia in some.

Source: Dr. Mercola's Comment and Importance of Vitamin D

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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Zita West's Guide to Fertility and Assisted Conception: Essential Advice on Preparing Your Body for IVF and Other Fertility Treatments, by Zita West. Publisher: Random House UK (April 12, 2010)Zita West's Guide to Fertility and Assisted Conception: Essential Advice on Preparing Your Body for IVF and Other Fertility Treatments
by Zita West

-- Embarking on IVF—or any assisted fertility treatment—can be a very demanding and stressful experience, but the right physical, nutritional, and emotional support can lessen these stresses and strains and increase the chances of success.

Here a leading fertility and pregnancy expert offers an in-depth explanation of all aspects of fertility and, uniquely, addresses the issues involved in using assisted conception.

She explains fertility from preconception and trying naturally to assisted conception, what is involved in the IVF process, how to prepare your body to increase the chances of conceiving successfully, the importance of a proactive approach to diet and nutrition, and how complementary therapies, such as acupuncture, can increase the chances of success.

Including interviews with leading experts in the field, case histories from patients, and the author's own holistic principles, this is an invaluable guide for the growing number of people who are considering, or have already embarked on, medical intervention to enable them to conceive.

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Image: IVF New Jersey Offers Significant Discount for Active U.S. Military Personnel and Veterans
As a passionate advocate of making family wishes come true, IVF New Jersey Fertility Center is helping active U.S. military personnel and veterans by offering significant discounts on fertility treatments and subsidized medications.

Due to the risks of being on active duty in Iraq or Afghanistan, more than 1,800 U.S. military members have incurred injuries affecting the reproductive tract. While the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs does the best they can, they are unable to cover the costs of in-vitro fertilization for veterans, which averages between $12,000 and $15,000.

This is an ongoing discount because the affects of their injuries are also ongoing, says Jane Tervooren, IVFNJ Markeing Director. When many of these young men and women were deployed, they didn’t leave their dreams of having a family behind. We’re just thrilled that we are able to contribute in some way to help them grow their families when they return.

The topic of providing fertility services to U.S. military has been covered by several major media sources, including the Associated Press. It’s a real need that IVFNJ was well-aware of before the headlines. Their fertility experts have a history of working with these men and women, with positive testimonials going back several years. The program will continue to service these personnel at their five convenient locations throughout the Northeast.

IVF New Jersey Fertility Center has helped patients from across the globe and boasts one of the highest success rates in the United States. They have successfully matched more than 2,000 recipients through their egg donation program. Their physicians have received international industry recognition for their work as well as publicity on the Today Show and New York Magazine. But their main sources of inspiration come from many heart-warming success stories, several of which can be read on their website.

We understand that it’s humbling enough to have to come to a physician’s office and discuss infertility, much less having to add a need for financial assistance on top of that, says Tervooren. What we want these service men and women to know when they arrive at our office, is that we are honored to have a chance to serve them. For all they’ve done for our country, this is really a program for our benefit because it gives us a chance to give back.

For active U.S. military personnel and veterans to participate in this offer, they need only make an appointment with one of IVF New Jersey’s five locations.

About IVF New Jersey Fertility Center:
IVF New Jersey Fertility Center was founded in 1990 with the goal of creating a fertility practice that combines the best of big-city medicine with the personalized care of a private setting. For the past 22 years, IVFNJ has helped bring thousands of babies to couples in the metropolitan region and throughout the world. IVFNJ’s unique cutting-edge facilities allow the physicians to perform all standard infertility diagnostic and treatment procedures under one roof, all in a comfortable, private, non-hospital setting. IVFNJ is one of the largest fertility centers in the nation with some of the highest success rates in the U.S. according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC). For more information visit IVFnj.com.


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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Image: No one talks about it: Just as you reach the menopause, every fibre of your being yearns for one more babySometimes things you wouldn’t have thought for a second would affect you leave you gasping for breath in pain.

Three months ago, a friend of mine posted a picture of her newborn online. There he was, lying in his pram, resplendent in a cuddly brown coat replete with little bear ears on the hood.

I could imagine the warmth of him, his breathing; his little tummy as it rose and fell. His delicious smell.

But instead of smiling and admiring this brand-new perfect little life, I felt as if I had been punched. Because that was the moment it hit me: I would never have another baby again.

I burst into tears. When my husband, Peter, asked what on earth was the matter I could barely articulate what I was feeling. It seemed ridiculous.

When, sobbing, I tried to explain, he looked puzzled. We agreed ages ago that we didn’t want any more, he pointed out, quite reasonably. Besides, you’re too . . .

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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Every Drunken Cheerleader: Why Not Me?, by Kristine Ireland Waits. Publisher: Endurance Publishing (March 1, 2010)Every Drunken Cheerleader: Why Not Me?
by Kristine Ireland Waits

-- If you're eager to have a baby, doesn't the title say enough? Laugh, cry, share, relate - LOVE this book and all it offers to your soul. It's wit, wisdom and warmth from an author you'll quickly see as your sincere fertility-challenged friend.

This information-packed, inspiring story is for women who are struggling with infertility and for those trying to support them.

Enjoy an easy-reading journey you'll remember throughout life. Overwhelmed at the idea of dealing with friends' baby showers, insurance, husbands, needles, tears, heartbreak and surprises?

This book captures it all in a delightful way that's packed full of truths and challenges to keep you moving forward. Indulge in a journey - reading this book - that will have you throwing your head back in laughter, curling up in the comfort of feeling understood, having raw honesty give you permission to be exactly who you are.

Indulge. You deserve this! Get one for your best friend and your mom too.

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Image: Marsupial Mating Proves Promiscuity Pays
So maybe that's what we've been doing wrong?

Perhaps it explains why some women end up with babies without even trying or wanting them, when others try diligently for years without any success.

But now does it have to be all at once, or serial???

Do you have multiple partners around the same time, or does having different partners, one after another, make the difference?

Marsupial Mating Proves Promiscuity Pays

SPEED MATING: Mouselike marsupial Antechinus stuartii, blending in with a tree trunk (pictured above), practices polyandry. Once in their lives, males copulate with as many females as they can over several hours.

Studies in insects have shown that such promiscuity, known more technically as polyandry, or multiple fathers, produces better young -- better in this case being a measure of offspring survival. Some have proposed that males with more competitive sperm create more viable offspring, but this hypothesis has yet to be unequivocally demonstrated, largely because it is difficult to distinguish whether such survival is the result of better fathers or more mothering from females.

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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: The Fertility Guide: A Couples Handbook for When You Want to Have a Baby (More Than Anything Else), by John C., II Jarrett and Deidra T. Rausch. Publisher: Health Pr (September 1998)The Fertility Guide: A Couples Handbook for When You Want to Have a Baby (More Than Anything Else)
by John C., II Jarrett and Deidra T. Rausch

-- This Fertility Guide provides a concise, sensible, appropriately scientific, but yet easily understood approach to modern fertility diagnosis and treatment.

Dr. Jarrett and Dr. Rausch have translated their vast and highly successful clinical experience into a "must" for the couple who "want to have a baby more than anything else."

The most important contribution of this book is that it translates the "high tech" into common sense and fills an important void in the specialty... -- E.P. Peterson, MD, Past President of American Society of Reproductive Medicine, Clinical Professor Dept OB/GYN University of Michigan.

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Image: newborn by Emery Co Photo, on FlickrNow, I know many of you are saying, "Oh no, not another 'get pregnant in 7 days' program".

To be totally honest, I thought the same thing. Rest assured, this is not the case. It is NOT a quick fix, or gimmick.

It is 250+ pages of solid, clinically proven holistic information for getting pregnant. She starts from square one and teaches you everything you need to know. Doesn't matter what type of infertility you have and regardless of your age or lifestyle, you WILL learn something from this book.

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Here is a small sample of what you'll learn with the Pregnancy Miracle System™ today:

The proven 5- step multi-dimensional Pregnancy Miracle™ Success System that has helped thousands of women in 135 countries worldwide to eliminate almost all types of infertility and get pregnant naturally within 2-4 months using modern alternative medicine with powerful ancient Chinese techniques.

The shocking truth about conventional Infertility treatments and the medication trap and how you can finally free yourself and use the natural approach forever

The top ten best fertility foods you should eat all the time

The top ten worst foods you should never eat when you are struggling to get pregnant. Did you know for example that there is a certain beverage which can decrease your chances of conceiving by 50%?

Finally: the whole TRUTH about How to Get Together The Right Way: Learning When & How to Do It Making Sex Work to Your Advantage using ancient Chinese secrets

• SECRET #1: Discover the 1st most important element that when eliminated can virtually dissolve over 85% of all Infertility cases (and almost all women do it)

Discover EXACTLY When You Are Most Ready to Make a Baby: Knowing the Signs of fertility are crucial for your success !

The one secret 100% natural hormonal balancing supplement that you should always take on a daily basis, and is guaranteed to make a dramatic impact on your Infertility condition sometimes in a matter of days!

The cardinal sin of infertility treatment almost every woman is guilty of, which instead of reversing your Infertility, weakens and destroys your body's natural ability to defend itself, thus putting your health in serious risk and making your reproductive system worse in the long run (and almost everybody's doing it!)

• SECRET #4: Discover the link between insulin resistance, ovarian cysts and Infertility and how to start fighting this problem right now, reverse it and prevent potential health complications

• SECRET #7: What must you NEVER do, even if your doctor tells you

A simple task you can do to determine exactly when you ovulate so you will not miss your fertility "window"

The 7 most important nutritional foundations to an effective fertility program (ignore these and you'll it will become even more difficult to conceive)

• SECRET #9: The most up-to-date and detailed illustrations, diagrams and step by step instructions for using Acupuncture and Acupressure to Cleanse Your Energy for Conception

• SECRET #12: How to get pregnant fast using an exclusive PROVEN technique that shortcuts your way to success by turning anovulatory cycles into ovulatory ones.

17 common household products you MUST avoid that interfere with your hormonal production system and significantly contribute to the development of infertility

Several of the best-kept anti-Infertility supplements that almost NOBODY knows about...compiled by a 14 year study

Finally the complete and honest answer as to why you have Infertility and why some women always seem to make their Infertility worse and how you can GUARANTEE to stop it permanently

The amazing connection between physical activity and Infertility and why, when, where and how you can start 'exercising' your way to pregnancy today!

The 2 breathing strategies that significantly help your body to start heal itself , normalize hormonal production and fight Infertility

Why no special diet or detox program will ever cure your Infertility

• SECRET #18: WARNING! don't use any makeup that contains the following ingredient. If you do so, you will never get rid of your Infertility

An ingenious method to cleanse your digestive organs and get rid of chemicals that mimic hormones that aggravate your condition

• SECRET #27: The Three Part Secret to Conceiving a Healthy Fetus. This technique has been voted "the best" .

Why you'll never get the whole truth about drugs, birth control pills and risky surgeries from almost any doctor (Even if they wanted to tell you, this is why they CAN'T!)

• REVEALED: The most potent vitamins which improve the quality of your cervical mucus dramatically.

Why this "almost magical" combination of three types of herbs will empower your body's self-immune mechanism and cleansing abilities (required to eliminate Infertility) dramatically!

Discover How the East and West Differ in Their Views regarding infertility and How It Can Help You Get the Baby You Dream Of. Learn the answer to the controversial question: Does Infertility Even Exist?

Why Infertility is a WARNING sign that something is wrong in your system and in some cases even a warning sign for much worse diseases and what you can learn from it and do about it.

The simple, cheap yet deadly effective method of getting rid of internal system blockage and allowing your body to strengthen, heal and fortify itself and thus reverse Infertility quickly and efficiently.

• REVEALED! The hidden truth behind your everyday activities and their negative impact on your fertility. Discover how to stop sabotaging your chances of getting pregnant!

A secret yet very simple technique to double your chance of conception overnight (this tactic is ignored by 99% of women )

The CRUCIAL link between insomnia, stress and Infertility and exactly what you should do to significantly control or completely eliminate these afflictions from your life.

Discover 3 simple things that your partner can do right to increase sperm count and motility.

And much much more...

And believe me.... this is just the tip of the iceberg! Pregnancy Miracle™ is so much more than just an "e-book" - it's a complete holistic system for sure-fire freedom from Infertility and all hormonal/insulin resistance disorders - possibly the most comprehensive pregnancy enhancement system that has ever developed.


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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Image: Fertility test Photographic Print, by Science Photo Library
FSH stands for follicle stimulating hormone, and is one of the more important ways in which the brain talks to the ovaries. Simply, the brain releases FSH when it wants the ovaries to mature an egg; as the ovaries choose and mature the egg, hormone products from the ovaries signal the brain to decrease the release of FSH. This is an example of a feedback loop.

The FSH test is the simplest method we know of in 1998 to test the ability of the eggs to talk back to the brain. If the system is functioning the way it should, then the FSH level early in the cycle should be on the lower end of the scale. How low? That depends on the laboratory doing the testing. Each lab, by nature of the way the test is done there, will report a different level for a given test. One of the great confusions regarding FSH testing is that a similar level means very different things at different places. Also, some clinics characterize their tests very carefully; others less so. FSH is reported in "units" and results from 2 units to 7 are probably normal in just about any lab. Levels above 25 are probably abnormal.

The area between 9-24 may represent normal or abnormal levels, depending on how the test is performed. Adding to the confusion is that FSH bounces around quite a bit. One month the result may be a 7 and the next month may be a 13. For a while we thought that it might be possible to wait for a month with a better level and improve the odds that a given cycle would work. Unfortunately we learned that the intermittent high FSH is as bad a prognostic sign in months where the FSH is normal as in months where it is high.

Full article: Good Eggs, FSH levels and Ovarian Reserve by David Sable, MD

Image: Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) Midstream Tests
Diagnostic role of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) measurements during the menopausal transition--an analysis of FSH, oestradiol and inhibin.
Burger HG Prince Henry's Institute of Medical Research, Clayton, Victoria, Australia.

This review examines the role of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) measurement in assessing the significance of symptoms and possible continuing fertility during the menopausal transition. Follicle-stimulating hormone measurement is advocated frequently as a useful diagnostic tool in perimenopausal patients. Several investigators have shown that the serum FSH level increases in the early -- mid-follicular and early postovulatory phases in women over the age of 40 years who continue to experience regular menstrual cycles.

The serum oestradiol level may fall (although this is controversial) and the immunoreactive inhibin level falls, being inversely correlated with the rising FSH level. When alterations in menstrual cyclicity or flow commence, signalling the onset of the menopausal transition, FSH levels may change abruptly, rising into the normal postmenopausal range and falling again into the range normally seen in young fertile women. Oestradiol and inhibin generally fluctuate in parallel with each other but inversely to FSH, although at times oestradiol in particular may be increased markedly.

Postmenopausal FSH levels may be followed by endocrine evidence compatible with normal ovulation. After the menopause, FSH levels rise 10-15-fold, with low oestradiol and undetectable inhibin levels. It is concluded that FSH measurement is of little value, if any in the assessment of women during the menopausal transition because it cannot be interpreted reliably and because, apparently, ovulatory (and, presumably, potentially fertile) cycles may occur subsequent to the observation of postmenopausal FSH levels. Both oestradiol and inhibin are important negative feedback regulators of circulating FSH.

Source: Diagnostic role of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) measurements during the menopausal transition--an analysis of FSH, oestradiol and inhibin.

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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Midlife Motherhood: A Woman-to-Woman Guide to Pregnancy and Parenting, by Jann Blackstone-Ford. Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; First Edition edition (November 1, 2002)Midlife Motherhood: A Woman-to-Woman Guide to Pregnancy and Parenting
by Jann Blackstone-Ford

-- What's a woman to do when she's facing menopause, toddlers, and elder care all at the same time?

Women who have "been there and done that" provide some insight in Midlife Motherhood.

Offering humor, warmth, and frankness, this is a hand-holding guide for the uninitiated.
What's on their minds:
• Common fears and concerns: from Down's syndrome to being too old
• Fertility challenges and what to physically expect from pregnancy
• How to juggle postpartum demands-parenting, working, caring for aging parents . . . and all at once!
• Hot flashes and warm bottles: coping with hormonal changes while caring for a new baby

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Image: sperm_count_recipe_ayurvedic  by kamikaze gecko, on FlickrThis plan can help many over 40 women:

If you don't have fertile-quality cervical mucus, the sperm may only last 2 hours.
Older men sometimes can't perform as often.
Older men sometimes have lower sperm counts.
The sperm needs to be there, waiting, before your egg is released. So you need to start "trying" before your OPK turns positive.
Regular sex increases his testosterone, his sperm count, and your cervical mucus and helps ramp up your hormones, especially estrogen - getting everything working well.

The Plan - Short Version:
"Try" every other night starting Day 8
Buy 10 ovulation predictor kit sticks
Begin ovulation testing on Day 10
When test is positive, "try" that night, plus two additional nights in a row
Skip one night, then do one last "try"
Take a home pregnancy test 15 days after your ovulation test was positive, if your period has not begun
If your ovulation test never goes positive, continue "trying" every other night until Day 35, then do a pregnancy test if your period has not begun.

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How Sexual Frequency Affects a Woman's Sexual Responsiveness, Fertility, and Health

The less often a woman has sex, the less she will want sex, the less she will enjoy sex, and the more difficult it will be for her to become aroused and climax.

Women who had sex two or more times a week had the most regular cycles, women who had sex once a week were slightly less regular, celibate women were still less regular, and women who had sporadic sex, or sex less than once a week, had the most irregular cycles. A variety of hormonal differences were seen, including higher estrogen levels in the women who had regular sex.

The benefits of the hormonal changes in those having intercourse at least twice a week include: better fertility, stronger bones, better cardiovascular health, less depression, lower incidence of fibrocystic breast disease and uterine cancer, and a decrease in menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes and depression.

Full article: How Sexual Frequency Affects a Woman's Sexual Responsiveness, Fertility, and Health

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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: The Sperm Meets Egg Plan: Getting Pregnant Faster, by Deanna Roy. Publisher: Casey Shay Press (October 9, 2012)The Sperm Meets Egg Plan: Getting Pregnant Faster
by Deanna Roy

-- The Sperm Meets Egg Plan is a step-by-step guide to achieving pregnancy without taking invasive tests, charting temperatures, or making mistakes in predicting your ovulation that result in mistimed attempts at fertilization.

Designed by Deanna Roy after months of trying made her believe she had a fertility problem, the plan will help you time intercourse whether you have a typical or atypical cycle.

It includes adjustments for common fertility problems, what to do if you are over forty, and considerations for trying again after a pregnancy loss.

This booklet includes 40 pages of instruction plus a 10-page sneak peek of Deanna's book Baby Dust.

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Image: baby aspirinHabitual abortions - don't you just love that term??? As if women just have a bad habit of aborting their babies!? But it's an interesting study, and just might help those who are experiencing recurrent loss.

Note: these women received 20mg/day of prednisone for up to 12 weeks, plus 100mg/day of aspirin until the end of their seventh month.

Habitual abortions in 678 healthy patients: investigation and prevention
The objective of this study of patients with habitual abortion (HA), was to determine their autoimmune profile and to try to prevent new abortions using low-dose aspirin for 7 months with prednisone in the first trimester only, or with low-dose aspirin alone.

Habitual abortion (HA) may be associated with anatomic, genetic, or hormonal abnormalities, or autoimmune diseases, such as systemic lupus erythematosus or antiphospholipid syndrome.

Prednisone and aspirin treatment have the same success rate in both autoantibody-negative and autoantibody-positive women. The results presented here confirm those of a recent study (Geva et al., 1998).

In autoantibody-negative women, the rate of live births in the group of women treated with prednisone in the first trimester and aspirin until the end of the seventh month was significantly increased compared with women treated with aspirin alone: 90.7% of women (146 out of 161) treated with prednisone and aspirin had live births compared with 74.5% of women (47 out of 63) treated with aspirin alone.

In autoantibody-positive women (45 out of 53) the rate of live births was 84.9%; there was no significant difference in the rate of live births between autoantibody-negative and autoantibody-positive women.

As observed in women with aCL greater than 30 uGPL, prednisone plus aspirin appeared to be less successful than in a group of aCL 30 uGPL, it is suggested that in the former group, after prednisone is stopped, heparin should be considered if the aCL titre rises. With lupus anticoagulant, heparin should be the treatment of choice as heparin is superior to low-dose aspirin (Kutteh et al., 1996; Di Simone et al., 1997).

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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: I Never Held You: Miscarriage, Grief, Healing and Recovery, by Ellen M. DuBois. Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 23, 2006)I Never Held You: Miscarriage, Grief, Healing and Recovery
by Ellen M. DuBois

-- Speaks to the heart of women, their families and friends who have either lived through the pain and grief after pregnancy loss, or who want to better support someone who has.

Author Ellen M. DuBois shares her own painful journey after loss taking you from her darkest moments of grief, despair, isolation, anxiety, fear and depression to the steps she took towards healing and recovery.

Her suggestions prove to be helpful in balancing the emotional peaks and valleys after suffering such a heartbreaking loss.

I Never Held You validates your grief after losing a baby to loss, and assures you that you're not alone in your struggle.

With the help of contributing author Dr. Linda Backman, Ed.D., licensed grief counselor, psychologist and author, you'll come to better understand grief - and why it's so important to allow yourself the time necessary to heal.

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