Amazon.com lists over 8,000 items under the search term "fertility"
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How you eat affects your chances of making babies, says Times nutritionist Jane Clarke

CAREFUL WITH CAFFEINE
Although research is mixed, I suggest keeping caffeine intake down to a couple of cups of tea or coffee a day — especially men, because caffeine affects the mobility of sperm. (A sperm must flick its tail 800 times to move one millimeter.)

Caffeine is thought by some to delay conception — several studies say women who drink coffee find it three times as difficult to conceive within a year as those not drinking it. So give it up if you can. If you're watching the caffeine during the day and find yourself lacking energy at night, chocolate can be an ally, since it is high in phenylethylamine, which stimulates the production of feelgood and energetic endorphins. Why not indulge in a little good-quality, high cocoa-bean content chocolate therapy?

S IS FOR SELENIUM
Over the past few years, selenium has shot to the forefront of fertility research. Worryingly, selenium levels in European soil, and consequently in most food we eat (vegetables and vegetable-eating animals being its richest dietary sources), are far lower than, for example, in the US. Indeed, in a study of Scottish men, selenium supplements were shown to increase significantly the sperm cells' ability to swim, indicating they had been selenium-deficient.

However, we don't know enough about how much selenium we need in our diet to recommend supplements (although experts think it's about 60 micrograms a day for women and 75 men). So I'd advocate boosting your intake of the most concentrated dietary sources of selenium instead. These include Brazil nuts (254 micrograms per 100g), dried mushrooms (110 micrograms per 100g), lentils (40 micrograms per 100g cooked weight) and tinned tuna (80 micrograms per 100g).

VARIETY IS THE SPICE OF LIFE
Zinc and vitamin C are both linked with fertility and libido, so it's vital to have a well-balanced diet rich in fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and pulses. Zinc deficiency has been shown to cause low sperm count and mobility, which means eating plenty of fresh figs when they're in season, seafood such as oysters, lean red meat and crumbly cheese such as Wensleydale.

Vitamin C has been found to increase sperm production, thereby improving chances of conception — so think about plenty of freshly-squeezed fruit juices; green leafy vegetables such as spinach and broccoli; and blueberries, kiwis, pomegranates, and the aptly named passion fruit. Cook foods lightly; eat as much raw food as you can, and as quickly after cutting and peeling as possible, to minimize the amount of vitamin C lost on exposure to the air.

FAT IS A FERTILITY ISSUE
The body needs essential fats — omega 3 and omega 6 oils — which are contained in oily fish such as salmon (preferably organic or wild), sardines, fresh tuna (tinned is fine, but contains fewer omega oils), herrings and mackerel, hemp oil, nuts and seeds. They're critical for both female and male fertility, regulating fluidity of cell membranes and allowing cells to function efficiently. Seeds and nuts (wholewheat products such as wholegrain bread, oat biscuits, and porridge are other options) are also rich in vitamin E, good for ensuring a healthy blood supply to the genitals.

Conversely, hydrogenated and partially-hydrogenated oils, trans-fats (in crisps, kinds of margarine — declared on labels, luckily) and saturated fats (in fatty meat and dairy) are to be kept low, as they block the absorption of the essential omega fats.

Full article: TimesOnline.co.uk


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Getting Pregnant the Natural Way (Women's Natural Health), by D. S. Feingold, Deborah Gordon. Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (October 30, 2000)Getting Pregnant the Natural Way
(Women's Natural Health)
by D. S. Feingold, Deborah Gordon

-- Are you experiencing infertility?

Written by an authority in complementary medicine, Getting Pregnant the Natural Way is a compassionate guide offers natural approaches to help you now.

Drawing on the benefits of herbal medicine, homeopathy, nutritional therapies, and mind-body medicine - in conjunction with the latest medical therapies, Dr. Deborah Gordon explains the mechanisms of fertility and the possible causes of infertility, then outlines a simple six-step program to help you:

• Prepare your body, mind, and spirit for pregnancy
• Prevent, control, or reverse conditions impairing fertility
• Improve your overall feelings of health and well-being
• Reduce stress and anxiety
• Create balance in your life

Uniquely created from a woman's perspective, Getting Pregnant the Natural Way offers support, wisdom, and hope for you to reach your goal of a healthy pregnancy.

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(CNN) -- An experimental fertility treatment transferring part of a woman's egg into another's raised hopes among millions of infertile Americans, but U.S. government concerns about the procedure's safety have forced those seeking it to travel to other countries.

By 2000, Sharon and Paul Saarinen of West Bloomfield Township, Michigan, had spent 10 years and gone through four in vitro fertilization attempts without success.

Doctors told Sharon Saarinen she was premenopausal and her eggs were not vital enough to create a healthy embryo. She said she was told nothing more could be done.

It was so devastating, but in my heart, I knew I was going to have a child, she said. So I knew there had to be another option; I wouldn't accept no.

That option was with Dr. Michael Fakih, a fertility expert who was willing to try a controversial treatment called cytoplasmic transfer.

Taking the cytoplasm -- the jellylike soup that holds a cell's contents -- from a healthy donor egg, Fakih implanted it into Sharon Saarinen's weaker egg to help it survive. Once the egg was fertilized, it was implanted in her uterus and she was pregnant.

I was home alone, and just broke down and started crying, she recalled. I had waited 10 years to hear that news.

But two years later, when the Saarinens wanted a sibling for daughter Alana, they were told cytoplasmic transfer, along with some other experimental procedures, had been banned in the United States.

In cytoplasmic transfer, the donor plasm contains mitochondrial DNA that gives the egg the energy to survive but does not determine any physical traits.

Ninety-nine percent of the genetic material from the embryo basically is from the patient herself, and then maybe 1 percent is from the third person, Fakih said.

Yet some doctors said chromosomal abnormalities and birth defects are possible if there are three people's DNA in one embryo.

These concerns spurred the U.S. government to ban the procedure in 2001. Federal officials decided that any method involving the transfer of genetic materials without the fusion of egg and sperm requires the oversight and involvement of the Food and Drug Administration.

Kathy Hudson, director of the Genetics and Public Policy Center at Johns Hopkins University, said the repercussions of this fertility treatment are unknown.

There have been no reports published of the studies to follow the health and the development of those children, Hudson said. And what we don't know is: What about the children who weren't born?

Controversial procedure
Fakih said the donor eggs are carefully tested and that all of the seven babies he has delivered from this procedure are healthy.

But the FDA said that rigorous testing would be needed to proceed with cytoplasmic transfer and get the agency's approval.

But Fakih disagrees.

Most of these women are in their late 30s, and they really don't have time, he said. Time is really precious, and they don't have the time to wait for approval.

For the Saarinens' second attempt, Fakih agreed to do the procedure in his clinic in Lebanon, where the treatment is legal.

The couple decided the risk was worth it, and they spent another $10,000 and traveled halfway across the world to try the procedure again. But this time, it didn't work.

It's a drive, it's almost a disease -- you can't get it out of your head [to have a baby], Sharon Saarinen said. It's only these last couple of months I've reconciled with that in my heart. I have one child. I have to be happy with that.

Hudson said one day such procedures may become acceptable in the United States country but that guidelines are needed for the rapid changes in technology and ethical questions remain.

There have been from the beginning of in vitro fertilization 25 years ago to the present time incremental technological advances which have altered the way in which it's possible to have children, she said.

[But] is there a limit or line that individuals, or we as a society would like to draw that we don't want to [cross]? ... And what kind of future do we want to have with regard to how we make babies and what babies we make?

Source: Edition.cnn.com


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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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Vitamin C and Sperm
Smoking generates massive amounts of free radicals, so smokers are especially vulnerable to sperm damage.
They need at least twice as much dietary vitamin C as non-smokers.

Men who smoke 20 or more cigarettes per day have blood vitamin C levels up to 40 percent lower than non-smokers.
They also have sperm counts 17 percent lower, reduced sperm motility and a greater percentage of abnormal sperm.

Vitamin E and Sperm
High-dose vitamin E has been tested as a treatment for subfertility in men.
By mopping up superoxide free radicals, doses as high as 600 mg vitamin E per day has shown a significant benefit on sperm numbers.

This leaves vitamin E in an inactive form which is rapidly reactivated by vitamin C.
It is therefore important for men to obtain adequate dietary supplies of both vitamins.

Betacarotene and Sperm
Vitamin A is thought to be important for sperm maturation as they pass through the epididymis.
Vitamin A can bind to sperm at special receptor sites and seems to enter the egg at fertilization.
Sperm vitamin A may be important during the early stages of foetal development.

Zinc and Sperm
Zinc is an antioxidant mineral  also important in protecting sperm against free radical attack.
Semen is rich in zinc, with each ejaculate containing 5 mg ­ one-third of the recommended daily nutrient intake.

This would imply it plays an important role in sperm health.
Three additional functions of zinc have been discovered apart from its important antioxidant one.

Alcohol and Sperm
As much as 40 percent of male subfertility has been blamed on moderate alcohol intake.
Alcohol damps down testosterone secretion and also hastens its conversion to oestrogen in the liver.
This can lead to lowered sperm counts and a decreased sex drive.

Research shows refraining from alcohol brings sperm counts up to normal within three months in 50 percent of men with subfertility.
Sperm motility also improves.

Exercise and Sperm
It is well known excessive exercise can affect the fertility of female athletes by stopping the normal menstrual cycle (a condition known as 'runners' amenorrhoea').
New research shows overtraining can damp down fertility in males, too.

Immediately after overtraining, their sperm counts fell by as much as 43 percent.
After three months, sperm counts had dropped to 52 percent lower than before they overtrained.
The number of immature and non-viable sperm increased.
All semen samples stayed within the accepted fertile range, however, and this would not be expected to interfere with fertility except where sperm counts were already low.


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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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Menopause is the time in a woman's life when her reproductive system shuts down and her reproducing days are over... or are they? For some women, pregnancy is still a concern during menopause.

How is this possible? There may be more than one factor that plays a role in the possibility. For this reason, the best way to understand how pregnancy can occur during menopause is to understand what happens to a woman's body during this change of life.

For starters, menopause occurs when a woman has gone 12 consecutive months without a period cycle. The lack of menses is a sign that estrogen and progesterone production has stopped. The ceasing of these hormones means that the ovaries will no longer produce eggs.

However, sometimes, even though a woman is menopausal, she may still produce enough estrogen for an egg to be implanted within the uterus lining.

The reason why hormone production can still occur is due to the fact that menopause is not characterized by a single event. It is better described as a process that takes place over a few years.

Therefore, it is not unheard of for a woman to have fluctuating hormones for as many as five years after she becomes menopausal. At any time during this five year period when hormones are unpredictable, it's possible for a woman to become pregnant during menopause.

Thus, if there is no other reason why a woman cannot become pregnant (I.E. previous hysterectomy or medical condition), she may want to consider talking to her doctor about birth control during menopause if pregnancy is a concern.

Women cannot become pregnant naturally when they are post menopausal (after they have completed menopause). This is because they no longer produce the hormones that are required for menses to take place.

Women who believe they have become pregnant after menopause actually became pregnant during menopause because it is not possible to become pregnant without medical intervention after menopause. It is simply impossible because pregnancy can only occur if estrogen and progesterone are being produced.

Women who have experienced an early menopause (usually before the age of 45) and who had difficulty becoming pregnant or wished to start a family later on in life, can still become pregnant with hormone therapy during menopause and through an egg donation procedure after menopause.

However, it is important for women who are of an older reproducing age (I.E. 35 and up) to understand that there are certain risks involved in becoming pregnant.

Women who become pregnant during menopause are at a greater risk for pregnancy loss, infection, hemorrhaging, embolisms, gastrointestinal diabetes and developing hypertension disorders. In addition, strokes, seizures, and eclampsia are also risk factors for older pregnant women.

Furthermore, medical research has discovered that 40-year-old women put themselves at high risk of developing these health conditions if they become pregnant, and the risk grows even higher with each passing year after 40.

As you can see, although it is rare for a woman to become pregnant during menopause, it is plausible. That being said, pregnant menopausal women need to be kept under the watchful eye of their doctor to protect the health of the expectant mother and the heath of her unborn fetus.

Keep in mind that while a woman can become pregnant during menopause this is a rare occurrence. Therefore, despite what you may read in magazine articles or online if you have concerns about becoming pregnant, or suspect that you are pregnant, the best person to speak with for advice is your doctor or gynecologist.

About the Author: By Kathryn Whittaker.
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Image: Pregnancy Miracle | the most powerful infertility reversal system ever developedPregnancy 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 for 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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Photo Credit: Couple Holding Ultrasound, by Kelly Sikkema
Assessing how changes in endometrial thickness could predict the chances of IVF success.

MedWire News: Initial changes to endometrial thickness could help identify those patients most likely to achieve IVF success, a US study suggests.

Grant McWilliams (Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, Hawaii) and John Frattarelli (Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey, Somerset) used transvaginal ultrasound to examine endometrial changes among 132 couples undergoing a fresh, autologous IVF cycle, of whom 70 conceived.

Pregnancy rates were lower with an endometrial thickness of less than 6 mm on the sixth day of gonadotropin stimulation (so after 6 days of taking fertility drugs) compared with greater thickness, at 38.0 versus 64.5 percent, respectively.

A difference in endometrial thickness between baseline pituitary suppression and the sixth day of gonadotropin stimulation of less than 2 mm was also linked to lower pregnancy rates than greater differences, at 42.0 versus 62.7 percent, respectively.

Pregnancy rates were also higher with an endometrial thickness of at least 8 mm on the day of human chorionic gonadotropin administration (this is the trigger shot), with a change from baseline of at least 3 mm, and no change from day 6 of gonadotropin stimulation.

The researchers suggest: Continued use of transvaginal ultrasound to evaluate endometrial thickness and the change occurring during ovarian stimulation can aid providers in counseling patients and predicting IVF success.

Source: Fertility and Sterility 2007; 88: 74-81


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: The Fertility Code, by Dermot O'Connor. Publisher: Ybooks (July 27, 2012)The Fertility Code
by Dermot O'Connor
-- The Fertility Code program delivers a powerful and practical step-by-step approach for those who wish to give themselves the best chance of starting a family.

As many as 500,000 couples in the UK and Ireland actively seek help with fertility, such as IVF treatment each year. While some are legitimate candidates, many have been proven to just need proper lifestyle and fertility advice and assistance in order to conceive.

The Fertility Code is designed for these people, and for those who need more serious intervention, to optimize their fertility. There are a variety of factors that can contribute to preventing a couple from having a baby.

This is why it is important that a fertility plan should address as many of these potential issues as possible. Through many years' experience of helping thousands of couples to become parents, Dermot O'Connor knows that such a plan must be easy to understand, easy to implement and genuinely effective.

The Fertility Code combines the best of both Eastern and Western medicine to provide a comprehensive guide to conceiving successfully and carrying a baby to full term.
It details the optimum plan to enhance fertility, and delivers a proven strategy, incorporating the key elements consistently utilized by the couples Dermot has helped:

• Fertility Awareness Strategies
• The psychology of fertility
• Optimum nutrition for conception and pregnancy
• The importance of detoxification

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Positive Test, by Miss Pupik
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



WAIT! 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!


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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Photo credit: Maternity Photos, by Roberta Lott
A 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 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 may 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 menstruation 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 Spina Bifida. The 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 is not recommended taking 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 Estoril, 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 pre-eclampsia, 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 have been found to prevent and correct aspects of some autoimmune conditions including infertility.

* Pantothenic acid - 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 has only found it to maybe 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 mitochondria


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
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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New studiesstate 27 years old now considered on the cusp of advanced age (something about it getting much harder to conceive after age 26).

Researchers find the probability for pregnancy is twice as high for women between 19 and 26 years old - when compared to women ages 35 to 39 years old.

The previous belief was fertility begins to drop significantly when a woman is in her early thirties.

One study shows the drop actually starts to happen at about age 27.

While these young women still represent a minority of infertility patients, their numbers are growing, thanks to an exploding fertility industry and an information blitz in the media and on the Internet about the risks of waiting too long to have children.

There are little recent hard data on the trend, though, so the evidence is largely anecdotal, coming from doctors and patients alike.

From 1995 to 2002 -- the most recent year for which statistics are available -- the percentage of female college graduates 22 to 29 years of age who had received fertility treatments at some point in their lives doubled, to 23 percent, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Survey of Family Growth.

At Conceive magazine, a publication aimed at women trying to get pregnant, 46 percent of readers are younger than 30 years of age (73 percent of the readers are younger than 35) and 86 percent have college degrees or higher.

Don't think it's possible one day you will be told you are too old to have a baby? This is the problem when we restrict reproductive rights.

I do worry about a woman over 60 having a baby. I worry about the use of donor eggs. I worry about the effect all the fertility drugs have on women going thru IVF. I even worry about the effects of adoption, on the child and on the family - beyond the fact it's better to be adopted than have no parents.

But they usually don't allow an older woman to adopt unless they take an older child or a special needs child. The majority of doctors won't help a woman over 45 years old to get pregnant with her own eggs. Most REs won't even help a woman over 50 years old get pregnant with donor eggs.

So it's not likely there are suddenly going to be tons of women having babies in their sixties. That's why it is so sensationalized when a doctor breaks all the rules and helps a woman get pregnant at such an advanced age.
Who says you're too old?

It's not hard to understand the fears surrounding conception. Yes, the statistics show a woman's fertility declines as she ages, but you must keep in mind these numbers may have nothing to do with YOU.

In fact, over the last 20 years, births to women over age 40 have increased by 50%... And in 1991, 92,000 women in the U.S. over age 40 had babies. That number continues to rise.

A lot of forty-something women don't realize how fertile they are, which may account for the fact they are second only to women ages 18-25 in the frequency of abortions. Who says your eggs are too old?

Furthermore, you should know the vast majority of babies born to women in their forties are healthy. And in healthy women, the vast majority of pregnancies are completed without a hitch.

- Christiane Northrup, M.D., Health Wisdom for Women (July 1997)


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Empty Womb, Aching Heart: Hope and Help for Those Struggling With Infertility, by Marlo Schalesky. Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (May 1, 2001)Empty Womb, Aching Heart: Hope and Help for Those Struggling With Infertility
by Marlo Schalesky

-- Contains frank and emotionally resonate stories from both men and women facing the struggle of infertility.

Mother's Day is not a joyful occasion for all women, particularly those who would like to have children but cannot.

Marlo Schalesky's Empty Womb, Aching Heart: Hope and Help for Those Struggling with Infertility does for Christian women what Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin's Tears of Sorrow, Seeds of Hope: A Jewish Spiritual Companion for Infertility and Pregnancy Loss did for Jewish women: provide comfort and camaraderie in the face of infertility and pregnancy loss.

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Endometriosis, by Na Saetang
Painful periods, heavy menstrual bleeding and pain during defecation -- all symptoms suggestive of the notoriously painful uterine lining disorder called endometriosis.

Affecting up to one in 10 women, you probably know someone -- a sister, aunt or friend -- who suffers from these crippling cramps.

What you may not know about endometriosis, however, is it is a leading cause of infertility.

The relationship between endometriosis and infertility is a little confusing.

Several studies have shown 30 to 50-percent of women with endometriosis are infertile, and 25 to 50-percent of all infertile woman have endometriosis.

So, while there is a definite association between the two, having one does not necessarily mean you have or will develop the other.

Read more: Endometriosis: A Silent Cause of Infertility


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
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 a 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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