Amazon.com lists over 11,000 items under the search term "fertility"
Image: Dr. Ali Eroglu, reproductive biologist and cryobiologist at the Medical College of Georgia
A tiny, six-legged critter that suspends all biological activity when the going gets tough may hold answers to a better way to cryopreserve human eggs, researchers say.

Tardigrades, also called water bears, can survive Himalayan heights or ocean depths as long as they have moisture.

When they don't, they produce a sugar, trehalose, slowly dehydrate and essentially cease functioning until the rain comes, says Dr. Ali Eroglu, reproductive biologist and cryobiologist at the Medical College of Georgia.

Tardigrades are not alone in their amazing ability to outlast adverse conditions. A type of brine shrimp, often called a sea monkey, comes back to life with water.

The Baker's yeast Dr. Eroglu uses when he bakes bread with his children does as well. Similarly, arctic wood frogs use the sugar, glucose, to tolerate frigid temperatures until the summer thaw.

While humans don't naturally produce trehalose, researchers think they can use it to safely preserve human eggs – and those of endangered species – giving better options to young women facing cancer therapies that may leave them infertile and others who simply want to delay reproduction.

Our hypothesis is when we introduce sugars into cells and into oocytes, we can protect them against freezing-associated stresses, says Dr. Eroglu, who received a $1.2 million grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to continue pursuing his hypothesis. We also hypothesized if we used trehalose, we also could use conventional cryoprotectants, which can be toxic, in lower concentrations to minimize their toxicity while maximizing overall protection.

Pilot data show it works like a charm, at least in mouse eggs. Researchers injected eggs with trehalose, cooled them to liquid nitrogen temperature, thawed them and exposed them to sperm. They got healthy babies at a similar rate to unfrozen controls.

We were very excited, says Dr. Eroglu, whose work has prompted desperate calls from young cancer patients wanting to preserve their eggs. We got very good development rates, then we transferred the embryos to foster mothers and got pups that were completely healthy. In fact, those pups had healthy pups. His limited testing in human eggs indicates they also can be preserved and thawed safely using this approach, however further research is needed to pursue clinical applications.

The NIH grant enables him to use monkey eggs, which are similar to human eggs, to find the optimal mix of sugar, conventional cryoprotectants and freezing to maximize egg preservation. Collaborators at Emory University are providing the eggs and at the Georgia Institute of Technology are developing a mathematical model to predict cooling rates while avoiding destructive intracellular ice formation. Dr. Eroglu also is working with the MCG Section of Reproductive Endocrinology, Infertility and Genetics In vitro Fertilization Program to obtain discarded eggs that failed to fertilize.

Dr. Eroglu looks for a better way because current approaches are fraught with problems. Scientists have been freezing human eggs for about two decades but not very successfully. Embryo cryopreservation is relatively successful, but to freeze oocytes, we have to overcome many hurdles, he says. A major problem is the protective, exterior jelly coat of an egg doesn’t freeze well. The jelly coat protects the egg from mechanical stress and serves as a receptor for sperm. Sperm must pass through the coat then penetrate the interior plasma membrane. As soon as a single sperm penetrates, it triggers intracellular signaling that transforms the coat into a hard, impermeable structure and with good reason: if multiple sperms penetrate, chromosomal abnormalities result. Interestingly, traditional freezing, even with cryopreservatives, can cause these problems and more. The jelly coat hardens, making it impossible for sperm to get through the traditional way. You don’t have this issue with an embryo because fertilization already has occurred, Dr. Eroglu says.

Intracytoplasmic sperm injection came into use in 1997 to help overcome the hardened jelly coat but other problems persist. Chemical stress, freezing or warming can disrupt the egg's mechanism for dividing chromosomes – babies get half their chromosomes from mom and half from dad – so they don't line up as they should. In addition to hardening the jelly coat, cold stress can change intracellular signaling resulting from sperm penetration. Lipids or fats in the egg can fuse and the membrane can become leaky.

The bottom line is only about 1-5 percent of eggs develop to term after standard cryopreservation techniques, which include a combination of slow freezing in conjunction with low levels of cryoprotectants such as dimethyl sulfoxide, or rapid freezing with more cryoprotectants.

Dr. Eroglu says the sugars, which help protect the natural structure of proteins, enable the use of warmer temperatures and fewer cryoprotectants. He uses the tried and true intracytoplasmic sperm injection approach to deliver sugar – instead of sperm - to eggs before cooling. One of his ultimate goals is to design sugars that can easily penetrate the egg’s membrane, but at least for now, tardigrade sugars seems to work just fine in mice.

One of his many hopes is that freezing embryos won't always be necessary, whether it's a human or an endangered species. Rather, eggs and sperm – which have been frozen successfully for decades – can be kept apart until fertilization is desirable. This could preclude the controversy of destroying unused embryos and perhaps the debate over embryonic stem cells, he says.

Eggs, which can reprogram cell function by turning genes off and on, can produce cells that can become essentially anything, Dr. Eroglu says. If he can better understand how they do this, regular body cells might be reprogrammed in a test tube to embryonic-like stem cells for therapeutic use.

Source: Durable Critters Providing Insight For Human Egg Preservation


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: You Can Get Pregnant Over 40, Naturally II: Overcoming infertility and recurrent miscarriage in your late 30s and 40s naturally , by Sandy Robertson (Author). Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2 edition (May 14, 2015)You Can Get Pregnant Over 40, Naturally II: Overcoming infertility and recurrent loss in your late 30s and 40s naturally
by Sandy Robertson

-- After years of infertility and failed fertility treatments, Sandy Robertson developed an all-natural pregnancy protocol leading to the birth of her daughter at the age of 44.

In this new expanded edition, she shares her research including over 100 references.

She explains how she:
- Overcame recurrent miscarriage
- Conceived multiple times of the age of 40 with one Fallopian tube
- Balanced hormones
- Increased pelvic circulation

Image: Buy Now on Amazon.comPaperback: 248 pages
Click to order/for more info: You Can Get Pregnant Over 40, Naturally



Image: Bronson Natural Vitamin E Complex 400 I.U. (D-alpha Tocopherol) | Vitamin E has been found to help to diminish the effects of aging
Bronson Natural Vitamin E Complex
Found on the Women Over 40 with High FSH:

Enriched flaxseed oil no fish tale for dry eye, meibomitis

When taking fish oil, it depletes Vitamin E in the body, so you need about 400IU EXTRA (make sure it's mixed topherols).

Vitamin E deficiency ironically can cause infertility, increased FSH and LH.

First, vitamin E, acting as an antioxidant, maintains the integrity of the oils.

Second, long-term supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids, whether from flaxseed oil or fish oil, depletes serum levels of vitamin E.

Source: Enriched flaxseed oil no fish tale for dry eye, meibomitis


Personal Health: Fish stories and the hoopla over fish oils

There is also concern about the inhibiting effects of fish oils on the immune system. Whereas suppressing excessive immune reactions may be beneficial to those with autoimmune disorders, it may also reduce the ability of certain white blood cells to fight off infections. And unless taken with vitamin E, large doses of fish oil can deplete the body's supply of this critical antioxidant nutrient.

Source: Personal Health: Fish stories and the hoopla over fish oils

400 IU of a mixed-tocopherol supplement

Vitamin E is an antioxidant that works especially well to prevent oxidation of omega-3 fats in cell membranes, thus helping to prevent the damage that leads to inflammation, cancer, and heart disease.

Source: hpakids.org

Lipid peroxidation and oxidant stress regulate hepatic apolipoprotein B degradation and VLDL production

Our finding that infusion of DHA in mice increased hepatic lipid peroxide content is consistent with a large body of literature, primarily from studies of animals fed on diets enriched in PUFAs (45, 64–67). For example, feeding rats on diets enriched in EPA, DHA, or LNA increased hepatic lipid peroxidation and the breakdown of vitamin E (64). In another rat-feeding study, the ingestion of DHA-containing oils decreased triglyceride concentrations in the plasma and liver at the same time that hepatic levels of lipid hydroperoxides and TBARSs rose and vitamin E fell (65).

Source: Lipid peroxidation and oxidant stress regulate hepatic apolipoprotein B degradation and VLDL production


Personal Health: Sorting out the benefits of taking extra vitamin E


Taking fish oil supplements or consuming a high-fish diet can use up the body's supply of vitamin E. And most vegetable oils and margarine supply the wrong kind of tocopherol and increase the body's need for vitamin E. (Olive oil, in contrast, is rich in the form of tocopherol that is biologically most effective.)

Source: Personal Health: Sorting out the benefits of taking extra vitamin E

EDITOR'S NOTE: We had stopped taking extra vitamin E a couple months ago. Little did I know that fish oil is an oxidator. My joints have really been bothering me (I've tested negative for RA), and I'm wondering if it's because of a vitamin E deficiency. Note that if you eat a lot of olive oil (which I don't) you should be OK.

CONTRAINDICATIONS AND PRECAUTIONS:

Vitamin E is contraindicated in those with known hypersensitivity to any component of a vitamin E-containing product.

Those on warfarin should be cautious in using high doses of vitamin E (i.e., doses greater than 100 milligrams daily of d-alpha-tocopherol or 200 milligrams daily of d1-alpha-tocopherol), and if they do use such doses, they should have their INRs monitored and their warfarin dose appropriately adjusted if indicated. Likewise, those with vitamin K deficiencies, such as those with liver failure, should be cautious in using high doses of vitamin E. Vitamin E should be used with extreme caution in those with any lesions that have a propensity to bleed (e.g., bleeding peptic ulcers), those with a history of hemorrhagic stroke and those with inherited bleeding disorders (e.g., hemophilia). Supplemental doses of vitamin E higher than RDA amounts should be avoided by pregnant women and nursing mothers.

High dose vitamin E supplementation should be stopped about one month before surgical procedures and may be resumed following recovery from the procedure. Use of supplemental vitamin E in low birth weight premature infants must be undertaken with extreme caution and only by trained medical personnel.

Source: Importance of Vitamin E


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.

Image: Buy Now on Amazon.comPaperback: 116 pages
Click to order/for more info: Eat, Love, Get Pregnant

Image: Buy Now on Amazon.comStart reading Eat, Love, Get Pregnant on your Kindle in under a minute!

Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.



Image: Tea Cup, by saxon, on Flickr
Photo credit: Tea Cup, by Saxon
ABSTRACT OBJECTIVES: The effect of caffeine consumption on fertility was examined prospectively in 210 women.

METHODS: Women reported on caffeinated beverage consumption and pregnancy status monthly. Odds ratios for becoming pregnant were calculated for both high and moderate vs low consumption.

RESULTS: No significant association was found for any of the caffeinated beverages except tea. Drinking one-half cup or more of tea daily approximately doubled the odds of conception per cycle.

CONCLUSIONS: These data suggest that caffeine may not be the responsible agent for variation in fertility associated with consumption of the beverages examined.

Full text is available as a scanned copy of the original print version. Get a printable copy (PDF file) of the complete article (1.4M), or see the PubMed citation or the full text of some References.

Source: Differences in fertility associated with caffeinated beverage consumption


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
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.

Image: Buy Now on Amazon.comPaperback: 208 pages
Click to order/for more info: Inconceivable

Image: Buy Now on Amazon.comStart reading Inconceivable on your Kindle in under a minute!

Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.



Image: The steak 2: A steak being cut up with a knife. Photo credit: Klaus Post (sh0dan), on FreeImages
Photo credit: A steak being cut up with a knife, by Klaus Post
High Protein Diet may Inhibit Conception
-- Women on the Atkins diet, or a low-carbohydrate /high-protein diet, may have a lower chance of conceiving than those women who follow a regular diet.

Research has shown that mice which were fed a high-protein diet conceived less frequently.

As well, the mice that did conceive on a high-protein diet, had a higher rate of difficulty with their embryos in the early stages of development.

Source: Joseph Brean, National Post

On the other hand...

High Protein, Low Carb Diets Greatly Improve Fertility

-- A diet rich in proteins appears to have a pronounced positive effect on fertility, according to new research presented today at the Annual Clinical Meeting of The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments who consumed high levels of protein and low levels of carbohydrates had better quality eggs and embryos.

Source: High Protein, Low Carb Diets Greatly Improve Fertility


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Fertility Facts, by Conceive Magazine Editors. Publisher: Chronicle Books (September 1, 2008)Fertility Facts
by Conceive Magazine Editors

-- The ultimate compendium of pre-pregnancy advice, essential not only for the one in six couples struggling with fertility challenges, but also for anyone starting a family.

This chunky volume offers hundreds of ways, sourced from doctors and the latest research by the experts at Conceive Magazine, for women to conceive faster.

Each page offers a new and often surprising tip: women should avoid taking ibuprofen, while men looking to increase sperm count should double up on pumpkin seeds!

With this highly accessible reference in hand, readers will be one step closer to parenthood.

Image: Buy Now on Amazon.comPaperback: 312 pages
Click to order/for more info: Fertility Facts

Image: Buy Now on Amazon.com-- Start reading Fertility Facts on your Kindle in under a minute!

Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.



Image: Lunaria 2018 Lunar Astrology Wall Calendar | perfect instrument to help us live in harmony with the powerful effects of the moon, planets, and seasons
Lunar Astrology Wall Calendar
Dr. Eugen Jonas, medical doctor, made in 1950's the following discoveries:

The Lunar Conception: Women can conceive not only directly after ovulation, i.e. at the moment in their hormonal cycle, when their ovule is ripe and ready for conception. They can also conceive at the moment when lunar phase in the sky (i.e. angle between the Moon and the Sun) reproduces the phase which was at the moment of their birth.

Say, if a woman was born when the First Quarter of the Moon was in the sky, then every First Quarter of the Moon will be for her the moment of very high probability of conception.

This information can be used for contraception, but, more importantly, this moment of Lunar Conception is so powerful that those who couldn't conceive scientifically, often got pregnant by utilizing the knowledge of Lunar Conception.

If Lunar Conception coincides with ovulation, the probability of conception is very high. Strangely enough, it is also very high when the moment of Lunar Conception coincides with menstruation. This explains many unbelievable cases which just cannot be explained by official science, but which exist in real life.

Read more: Lunar Conception: a Discovery of Dr. Jonas

Image: Lunar Cycle Journal | perfect place to record your ruminations, insights, and experiences

Free Moon Angle Calculator

Free Lunar Conception Calculator

The Solar Lunar Calendar 2013

Lunar Cycle Journal


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: The Sperm Meets Egg Plan: Getting Pregnant Faster, by Deanna Roy. Published: 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. It should be a free download.

This FREE booklet is a THANK YOU to all the women who have supported Deanna's web site since the loss of her first baby in 1998.

Image: Buy Now on Amazon.comStart reading The Sperm Meets Egg Plan on your Kindle in under a minute!

Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.



Image: How old is too old to have a baby?Can someone ever be too old to be a parent? 

Several recent cases involving older single women having children have helped bring this issue into the spotlight and make it a topic of national debate.

At first glance, the question appears pretty straightforward — but it isn't.

In order to answer it there must be an agreement both on what would make a potential parent too old, and who would enforce rules that limit access to reproductive technologies based on age.

The case of the world's oldest mom
Assistance in knowing how old is too old has now been provided by a Romanian woman named Adriana Iliescu.

The 66-year-old unmarried professor and writer gave birth by emergency Caesarean section to a baby girl on Jan. 17 at the Giulesti Maternity Hospital in Bucharest.

She is now the oldest woman in the world ever to give birth.

Her doctor, when asked why he would use reproductive technology to permit a 66-year-old woman to become pregnant, said he helped her because that is what she wanted to do, and because he was impressed with her faith in God and with her determination.


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.

Image: Buy Now
Click to order/for more info on this helpful program:
Pregnancy Miracle



Image: Mango Pineapple Coconut Salad, by Chelsea Nesvig (ozmafan), on Flickr
Photo credit: Mango Pineapple Coconut Salad, by Chelsea Nesvig
They say it's actually the core of the pineapple that works best, not the pineapple itself.

It's an enzyme called Bromelain, you can also take tablets from the health food store, but I don't know if it would work as well.

Some say it needs to be fresh pineapple, because it is an enzyme.

However, some say that fresh pineapple, if eaten in excess could cause a pregnancy loss, as it can cause uterine cramping.

So if you are going to try it, it might be better to stick to the following routine:

Using Pineapple to Assist Implantation: Pineapple contains bromelain. Bromelain is a proteolytic enzyme that breaks up proteins that inhibit embryo implantation. Consuming a whole pineapple (focusing on the core as it has the highest concentration of Bromelain) during a fertility cycle can be beneficial.

For IVF [in vitro fertilization] cycle: one pineapple, divided into 5 portions - consume one portion each day, over five days, beginning on the day of your embryo transfer.

IUI [intra-uterine insemination] cycle: one pineapple, divided into 5 portions - consume one portion each day, over five days, beginning on the day of your IUI.

Timed intercourse cycle: one pineapple, divided into 5 portions - consume one portion each day, over five days, beginning on the day after ovulation.

Note: Be careful not to start consuming pineapple too early in the cycle. Beginning to consume pineapple BEFORE the recommended days above can actually affect your vaginal and cervical mucus PH, making it more acidic.

Source: DearReilly.blogspot.com


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.

Image: Buy Now
Click to order/for more info on this helpful program:
Pregnancy Miracle



Image: Belly, by Alena Getman, on Flickr
Photo credit: Belly, by Alena Getman
Vitex/Chasteberry has been billed as the natural Clomid for quite a few years.

It can be found at health food stores and other places that sell supplements. You can also order it along with B6 through Amazon.

** Recipe #1 **

Take Whole Cycle:
1 Prenatal Vitamin Daily
1 Baby Aspirin Daily
1 50 mg B6 Vitamin in the morning.
1 B-50 Complex in the evening

From Cycle Day 1 until Ovulation:
Two Vitex, 500mg Capsules in the morning
Two Vitex, 500mg Capsules in the evening

From End of Period until Ovulation:
Robitussin: full strength as if you have a bad cough.

Label Directions: adults and children 12 years and over, 2-4 teaspoonfuls every 4 hours. Do not take more than 6 doses in any 24 hour period. Consult label for accuracy, warnings, and ingredients.

Active ingredient: Guaifenesin ONLY, do NOT get any type with other active ingredients or letters such as Robitussin DM or Robitussin CF.


*** Recipe #2 ***


Take Whole cycle:
1 Prenatal Vitamin Daily
1 B6 100mg Vitamin 2-3 times a day. Start with twice a day and can take up to 300mg. Only take as much as YOUR body needs to produce good quality mucus.
1 B-50 Complex, Timed Release Tablet, once a day.
1 Baby Aspirin, once a day.

Cycle Day 5 until Period Shows or Confirmed Pregnant:
1 Vitex 500mg Capsule 2-3 times a day with meals or a glass of water. Suggest starting at twice a day and going up if needed.

Around Ovulation
Robitussin: Use label directions on your bottle if possible.

Label Directions: adults and children 12 years and over, 2-4 teaspoons full every 4 hours. Do not take more than 6 doses in any 24 hour period. Consult label for accuracy, warnings and ingredients.

Active ingredient: Guaifenesin ONLY, do NOT get any type with other active ingredients or letters such as Robitussin DM or Robitussin CF.

CD1-5 - Stop Vitex and let body rest and use the herbs already taken.

Notes: Recipe #1 and Recipe #2 have both resulted in happy healthy babies. Recipe #2 is a little more controversial than #1 in that it includes Vitex until pregnant and it includes a higher dose of B6. Be informed regardless of which one you use.

Disclaimer:
The information on this page in no way constitutes medical advice nor is it guaranteed to work. Baby After 40 is not liable for any use of this information. We offer this information for information purposes only. Please check with your doctor before taking anything. Do not let this delay anyone seeking treatment for infertility. Taking Vitex in no way helps certain disorders such as PCOS or clotting disorders. Please follow your doctor's advice.

TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Superfoods: The Food and Medicine of the Future, by David Wolfe. Publisher: North Atlantic Books; 1 edition (April 28, 2009)Superfoods: The Food and Medicine of the Future
by David Wolfe

-- Superfoods are vibrant, nutritionally dense foods that have recently become widely available and which offer tremendous dietary and healing potential.

In this lively, illustrated overview, well-known raw-foods guru David Wolfe profiles delicious and incredibly nutritious plant products such as goji berries, hempseed, cacao beans (raw chocolate), maca, spirulina, bee products, and a host of others.

As powerful sources of clean protein, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, antioxidants, good fats and oils, essential fatty and amino acids, and other nutrients, they represent a uniquely promising piece of the nutritional puzzle.

Each superfood is described in detail, accompanied by easy and delicious recipes.

This accessible guide presents persuasive arguments, based on sound science, for the pivotal role of superfoods in promoting nutritional excellence, health and well-being, beauty enhancement, sustainable agriculture, and the transformation of diet, lifestyle, and planet.

Image: Buy Now on Amazon.comPaperback: 352 pages
Click to order/for more info: Superfoods: The Food and Medicine of the Future

Image: Buy Now on Amazon.comStart reading Superfoods: The Food and Medicine of the Future on your Kindle in under a minute!

Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.



Image: Lymph Node Sign
Photo credit: WoombInternational.org - All rights reserved
The Lymph Node Sign is helpful in about 75% of cases.

Around ovulation a lymph gland in the groin on the same side as the ovulating ovary enlarges to about the size of a pea and becomes tender when pressed.

Daily examination of this gland will reveal the increase in size and tenderness.

This is best done lying down with fingers straight, and pointing to the leg, so that the middle finger can feel the pulsating artery to the leg.

The index finger will then be over the lymph gland.

Source: Variations of the Cycle and Reproductive Health


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 favourite consultant to celebrity clients, guides 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 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.

Image: Buy Now on Amazon.comPaperback: 400 pages
Click to order/for more info: Zita West's Guide to Getting Pregnant

Image: Buy Now on Amazon.comStart reading Zita West's Guide to Getting Pregnant on your Kindle in under a minute!

Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.



Popular Posts