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Image: Lemon water to boost health and fertilityInclude this simple lemon water drink into your fertility diet as it has so many health benefits!

Great for anyone in the preconception stage (men and women).

Lemon water can aid with bringing the body back into harmony!

Firstly staying hydrated is essential for maintaining optimum bodily functions and flushing out unwanted toxins.

Most doctors recommend that we should be drinking at least eight x 8-ounce glasses of water per day.

Other health benefits include: detoxification, hormonal balance, enhanced immunity, liver health, digestive health, and great skin.

How do you make this type of water? You simply have to add 1 to 2 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice to your warm drinking water.

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Image: The Fertility Diet: Groundbreaking Research Reveals Natural Ways to Boost Ovulation and Improve Your Chances of Getting Pregnant, by Jorge Chavarro, Walter Willett, Patrick Skerrett. Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (April 6, 2009)The Fertility Diet: Groundbreaking Research Reveals Natural Ways to Boost Ovulation and Improve Your Chances of Getting Pregnant
by Jorge Chavarro, Walter Willett, Patrick Skerrett

-- Reveals startling new research from the landmark Nurses' Health Study, which shows that the food you eat can boost your fertility.

The book prescribes ten simple changes in diet and activity that can increase your chances of getting pregnant.

Groundbreaking findings into changes you can put into practice today, setting the stage for a healthy pregnancy and forming the foundation for an eating strategy that will serve you well for the rest of your life.

The Fertility Diet also offers a week's worth of meal plans and delicious recipes that will make following the guidelines easy and tasty.

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Image: Test tubes of blood draws, by Antonio Corigliano on PixabayThis discussion of the FSH test took me back to my menopausal transition, reminding me of some of the more horrifying absurdities foisted on me by the medicalization of menopause.

For example, when, at 48, heavy bleeding drove me to the doctor's office, I was given the test - as part of a general check up to see what was going on, or so I thought.

When the results came back the doctor told me they would have to perform an endometrial biopsy to check for cancer since my FSH was similar to a 29 year old's. Great.

So, then, after the (very painful for me) endo. biopsy showed nothing abnormal, they put me on ever-increasing doses of Provera to curtail the bleeding - which paradoxically increased to the point where I had a 70 day continuous bleed accompanied by cramps just this side of childbirth. Weak from exhaustion/anemia, I dragged myself in again to the same doctor who then gave me a second FSH test. (The fact that I was taking 20 mg of provera a day seemed immaterial to him!)

Studying the new FSH results, he then told me because of my unexplained POSTmenopausal bleeding I would require a more-or-less immediate hysterectomy. I should sign up right then and there because he was very busy in October.

When I reacted with shock, since the biopsy, which was normal, was also based on the FSH results which suggested a NON post-meno. status, the doctor became very condescending. He indicated that this second blood test indicated that my FSH had gone from 9 to 51 (in a couple of months) and suggested that I was now, suddenly, POST menopausal. Then he began to hint darkly at the possibility that I may have cancer or at least fibroids because POST menopausal bleeding is one of the major signals of serious trouble. As angry as it makes me to recount this, it also strikes me the fact the doctor was an insensitive jerk helped in the long run since my distrust prompted me to check out things on my own.

Fortunately, by this time, I'd discovered alt.support.menopause and was reading Susan Love's book (Dr. Susan Love's Menopause and Hormone Book: Making Informed Choices) as well as a number of books on hysterectomy, including Cutler's. Looking back and checking my bleeding journal, the entire situation reminds me eerily of childbirth, in which case, the fetal monitor, like the FSH test, is often the excuse for rampant, unnecessary intervention in a normal physiological process... an intervention which may, in the end, have dire consequences (such as the loss of perfectly healthy body parts). Incidentally, this doctor's remark to me when I fired him to get a second opinion, was don't come crying to me when you get ovarian cancer.

PS. To the newbies: I am doing just fine now. I feel better than I have since my 30s and have not bled for two years. I take no drugs other than the occasional ibuprofen and a multi-vitamin when I think about it. My only symptoms (hate that word) were a few hot flashes for several months as I made the adjustment to a drug free state. After what I went through, it was hard to go back to a doctor regularly though I do reluctantly get an annual PAP and mammogram.

Gail Gillespie
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I'm shocked because I went to the doctor and he did a blood test called FSH which showed I'm menopausal even though I'm having regular periods. How can this be?

Hormonal blood tests are notoriously unreliable as hormone levels vary widely from day to day and even during the day. The FSH test is basically useless for determining what stage of the perimenopausal transition anybody is in.

Here are statements from the abstracts of three studies you can find on Medline. You might like to print out the whole abstracts and show them to your doctor if you want to convince him. Of course he *could* simply mean perimenopausal - the two words are often used interchangeably (and confusingly!)
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Extract from: Canadian Consensus on Menopause and Osteoporosis (Update Sept 12, 2002)
RECOMMENDATIONS:
A2 Healthcare providers should not use random serum markers of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), luteinizing hormone (LH), and estradiol E2 for the purpose of predicting menopause since clear markers for predicting menopause are yet to be identified. (II-2)
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Pituitary-ovarian function in normal women during the menopausal transition.
Clin Endocrinol (Oxf) 1981 Mar;14(3):245-255

It is concluded that the appearance of high levels of FSH and LH is characteristic of the perimenopause and often precedes the sustained loss of sex hormone secretion by the ageing ovary. Postmenopausal biochemical parameters are no guarantee of the postmenopausal state.
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Perimenopausal patterns of gonadotrophins, immunoreactive inhibin, oestradiol and progesterone.
Maturitas 1993 Dec;18(1):9-20

It was concluded that typical postmenopausal hormone patterns may occur at the time of entry into the normal menopausal transition, and in some women with anovulatory infertility, but may be completely and relatively abruptly reversible. Elevation of serum FSH into the postmenopausal range, with undetectable INH concentrations, does not provide reliable evidence that the menopause (or permanent ovarian failure) has occurred. INH contributes to elevations of serum FSH during the menopausal transition.
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Diagnostic role of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) measurements during the menopausal transition--an analysis of FSH, oestradiol and inhibin.
Eur J Endocrinol 1994 Jan;130(1):38-42

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.

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Extract from Menopause 1999;6:29¬35. © 1999, The North American Menopause Society

Among U.S. women aged 35¬60 years, median FSH and LH levels began to increase for women in their late 40s and reached a plateau for women in their early 50s.This study supports the previously reported association between serum FSH and age (i.e., serum FSH and LH levels increase with age) and smoking (i.e., current smoking was associated with an increased level of serum FSH). At FSH levels of = or greater than 15 IU/L or = or greater than 20 IU/L, 70 and 73% of women, respectively, were postmenopausal. Our study also found an interaction between age and oophorectomy. In addition, the present data suggest that women with only one ovary may have higher FSH levels than women with both of their ovaries.

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So what are normal levels for FSH?

Note the wide range and overlap:
Normal values:
male: 4 to 25 U/L
female:
premenopausal: 4 to 30 U/L
midcycle peak: 10 to 90 U/L
pregnancy: low to undetectable
postmenopausal: 40 to 250 U/L
Note: U/L = units per liter


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Image: 50 Things You Can Do Today to Increase Your Fertility, by Sally Lewis and Nim Barnes. Publisher: Summersdale (October 1, 2011)50 Things You Can Do Today to Increase Your Fertility
by Sally Lewis and Nim Barnes

-- Practical advice and a holistic approach to help you conceive, including simple dietary and lifestyle changes and do it yourself complementary therapies.

In this accessible and informative guide, Sally Lewis explains how age, sexual infections, diet, excess weight, stress, and anxiety affect fertility.

Teaching how to discover the best time for conception; understand the link between body, mind, and fertility; and manage stress and relax to prevent anxiety, this is the ultimate guide to increasing the likelihood of conception at any age.

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Infertility may be broadly defined as the inability to get pregnant after trying for at least one year without using any birth control. In Western countries, infertility affects an estimated 15% of the population.

While a part of them are trying to conceive using alternative methods like IVF, others prefer to optimize the chances of getting pregnant naturally. Trying to get pregnant naturally may be very important, since many couples and individuals who are diagnosed with infertility may be able to get pregnant without treatment (and hence should be defined as "subfertile" rather than "infertile").

When trying to get pregnant naturally, the most important factor is to understand the menstrual cycle and the timing of ovulation, which leads to the optimum chances of getting impregnated. Usually, ovulation occurs around the fourteenth day, and hence, to get pregnant naturally, a couple should have as much sexual intercourse as possible between the twelfth and the fifteenth day. Different women have slightly varying menstrual cycles.Hence, to improve the chances of becoming pregnant, it is imperative to study one's periods, and calculate exactly when one ovulates.

Determining the signs of ovulation.

To check for the right timings of ovulation, a woman can do one, or many, of the following things:

• Keep a calendar. Keeping a calendar to chart the days is an easy and effective method to determine the right time to have sexual intercourse.

• Keep a check on vaginal fluids. Mucus discharge from the vagina usually becomes heavier, thinner, clearer and stretchy during ovulation when compared to the usual times.

• Feel the inside of the vagina. During ovulation, the cervix is softer and slightly more open than usual.

• Keep tabs on any sharp pain in the abdomen. Sharp pains in the abdomen, or some slight spotting, may be indicative of ovulation.

• Other physical conditions. Headaches, bloating, breast tenderness and pain may be signs of ovulation.

Having checked for ovulation, there are some other things that an individual can do to increase the chances of getting pregnant naturally. These include lying still for a while after having sexual intercourse, avoiding the bathroom for about thirty minutes after having sexual intercourse, and most importantly, figuring out how many times one should have sexual intercourse.

Men often neglect their own part to play in this whole scenario. The sperms need to be of the correct constitution, correct shape and correct motility too, or else, however fertile the women may be, impregnation does not occur naturally. A way of ensuring that the sperms are undamaged is by wearing boxers instead of briefs. Boxers help in keeping the testicles from overheating and damaging sperms.

For both women and men, the anatomical and hormonal factors are not the only ones to be monitored and corrected. In most cases, failure to conceive may result from an improper diet, undue stress, the use of drugs like alcohol and nicotine, and even environmental factors such as proximity to harmful doses of pesticides. Abstinence from such factors goes a long way in ensuring a pregnancy.

One should always keep in mind that the holistic approach to solving a problem is the optimal way to tackle infertility. Getting regular health checkups, taking supplements to combat existing problem, exercising and stress reduction techniques are only part of the holistic solution to infertility which considers the problem as part of a whole unlike the conventional approach which tackles a specific body organ in its attempt to heal. The holistic approach is not only a surefire way to increase your chances of conception it also guarantees a safe and healthy pregnancy.

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This article is based on the book, "Pregnancy Miracle" by Lisa Olson. Lisa is an author, researcher, nutritionist and health consultant who dedicated her life to creating the ultimate pregnancy solution guaranteed to permanently reverse the root of infertility, help you get pregnant quickly and naturally and dramatically improve the overall quality of your life, without the use prescription medication and without any surgical procedures.



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by Lisa Olsen

-- A 279-page, instantly downloadable e-book presenting a 5-step, sure-fire, 100% guaranteed, clinically proven holistic and ancient Chinese system for permanently reversing your infertility and your partner's infertility disorders and getting pregnant quickly, naturally and safely within 2-4 months without drugs, dangerous surgeries, side effects, or expensive infertility treatments.

It's probably the most powerful infertility reversal system ever developed, and currently the best-selling e-book of its kind on the entire Web!

Here's what the author Lisa Olson had to say about her incredible program:
After 14 years of trial, error and experimentation, I finally discovered the answer to infertility and developed a fool-proof system to getting pregnant the natural way - no drugs, or surgery necessary.


It took a lot of research to get to where I am today, to know exactly what works and what doesn't. Yes, after desperate trial and error, countless of useless treatments, disappointments and agony, a simple holistic system opened the door to my new and much brighter life of motherhood.

I was also excited to see that my other infertility related symptoms had diminished. After years of waiting I was finally free from Infertility! I have become a proud mother of two.

"And now I'm finally revealing my secrets in this new 'encyclopedia' of pregnancy called, Pregnancy Miracle."

"I will be your own personal coach, take you by the hand, and lead you through the lousy advice, hype and gimmicks... and directly to the sort of inner balance perfection that will end your battle with infertility forever and help you become a proud mother of your healthy children."

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Image: Have you considered taking DHEA?Barad D.H., Gleicher N. Increased oocyte production after treatment with dehydroepiandrosterone (2005) Fertility and Sterility, 84 (3), pp. 756.e1-756.e3.

Abstract Objective: To describe a case of dramatically improved ovarian reserve in a 42.7-year-old woman who was using the dietary supplement dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) as well as acupuncture.

Setting: Private IVF center.

Patient(s): A 42.7-year-old patient with initial severely decreased ovarian reserve. Intervention(s): Serial ovulation induction with concomitant use of DHEA dietary supplementation as well as acupuncture.

Main Outcome Measure(s): Peak E2 concentration, oocytes retrieved, and cyropreservable embryos.

Result(s): In her first treatment cycle peak E 2 was 1,211 pmol/mL. After seven months of DHEA supplementation her peak E2 in cycle 8 was less than18,000 pmol/mL.

Because of fear of hyperstimulation we reduced her gonadotropin stimulation by 25%.

In the ninth cycle peak E2 was 9,178 pmol/mL, resulting in retrieval of 17 oocytes (16 embryos).

In the last 11 months the patient has undergone nine treatment cycles while continuously and dramatically improving her ovarian response and banking of 66 embryos overall.

Conclusion(s): This case illustrates the possibility that ovarian function may be salvaged, even in women of advanced reproductive age.

©2005 by American Society for Reproductive Medicine.



Barad D., Gleicher N. Effect of dehydroepiandrosterone on oocyte and embryo yields, embryo grade and cell number in IVF (2006) Human Reproduction, 21 (11), pp. 2845-2849.

Abstract Background: The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of treatment with dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) on fertility outcomes among women with diminished ovarian reserve.

Materials and Methods: This is a case-control study in an academically affiliated private in-fertility centre.

Twenty-five women with significantly diminished ovarian reserve had one IVF cycle before and after DHEA treatment, with otherwise identical hormonal stimulation.

Women received 75 mg of DHEA daily (25 mg three times daily) for an average of 17.6 ± 2.13 weeks.

We performed a comparison of IVF outcome parameters, before and after DHEA treatment, including peak estradiol (E2) levels, oocyte and embryo numbers, oocyte and embryo quality and embryo transfer statistics.

Results: Paired analysis of IVF cycle outcomes in 25 patients, who underwent cycles both before and after DHEA supplementation, demonstrated significant increases in fertilized oocytes.

Conclusion: This study confirms the previously reported beneficial effects of DHEA supplementation on ovarian function in women with diminished ovarian reserve.

© 2006 Oxford University Press.



Barad D., Brill H., Gleicher N. Update on the use of dehydroepiandrosterone supplementation among women with diminished ovarian function (2007) Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics, 24 (12), pp. 629-634.

Abstract Objective: We assessed the role of DHEA supplementation on pregnancy rates in women with diminished ovarian function.

Design: This is a case control study of 190 women with diminished ovarian function.

The study group includes 89 patients who used supplementation with 75 mg daily of oral, micronized DHEA for up to 4 months prior to entry into in vitro fertilization (IVF).

The control group is composed of 101 couples who received in-fertility treatment, but did not use DHEA.

The primary outcome was clinical pregnancy after the patient's initial visit.

We developed a Cox proportional hazards model to compare the proportional hazards of pregnancy among women using DHEA with the controls group.

Results: Cumulative clinical pregnancy rates were significantly higher in the study group (25 pregnancies; 28.4% vs. 11 pregnancies; 11.9%; relative hazard of pregnancy in study group)

Conclusions: DHEA treatment resulted in significantly higher cumulative pregnancy rates.

These data support a beneficial effect of DHEA supplementation among women with diminished ovarian function.

© 2007 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.



Fernandez-Shaw S., Ruesta C., Cercas R., Pons I.
Use of dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) in low responders [Uso de dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) en bajas respondedoras]
(2008) Revista Iberoamericana de Fertilidad y Reproduccion Humana, 25 (4), pp. 233-238.

Abstract Objective: To compare results in IVF cycles from patients with ovarian failure before and after treatment with Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA).

Method: We included 16 patients with ovarian failure and a previous IVF cycle with a very low response.

Ovarian stimulation was carried out following short protocols with recombinant FSH.

We compared paired IVF results from women before and after treatment with DHEA (75 mg for 4 months).

Results: Basal FSH and estradiol were the same before and treatment with DHEA.

Treatment with DHEA lowered the number of cancelled cycles and increased, although not significantly, the number of growing follicles, retrieved oocytes, mature oocytes, embryos and pregnancies obtained.

Out of the 16 patients enrolled, one got pregnant spontaneously after two months of treatment with DHEA, 4 abandoned the study and 11 performed a cycle of IVF after treatment with DHEA.

Conclusion: Exogenous DHEA might be a concomitant treatment to offer to low responders to improve their ovarian stimulation, increasing the number of patients that achieve embryo transfer, and improving therefore their chances of pregnancy.

However, success of this treatment is moderate, since patients, even after treatment with DHEA, continue to be low responders.


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Image: It Starts with the Egg: How the Science of Egg Quality Can Help You Get Pregnant Naturally, Prevent Miscarriage, and Improve Your Odds in IVF, by Rebecca Fett. Publisher: Franklin Fox Publishing LLC (March 25, 2014)It Starts with the Egg:
How the Science of Egg Quality Can Help You Get Pregnant Naturally, Prevent Miscarriage, and Improve Your Odds in IVF
by Rebecca Fett

-- Whether you are trying to conceive naturally or through IVF, the quality of your eggs will have a powerful impact on how long it takes you to get pregnant and whether you face an increased risk of miscarriage.

Poor egg quality is emerging as the single most important cause of age-related infertility, recurrent miscarriage, and failed IVF cycles. It is also a major contributor to infertility in PCOS.

Based on a comprehensive investigation of a vast array of scientific research, It Starts with the Egg reveals a groundbreaking new approach for improving egg quality and fertility.

With a concrete strategy that includes minimizing exposure to toxins such as BPA and phthalates, choosing the right vitamins and supplements to safeguard developing eggs, and harnessing nutritional advice shown to boost IVF success rates, this book offers practical solutions that will help you get pregnant faster and deliver a healthy baby.

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Image: Chicago Fertility Clinic Offers Baby or Your Money Back GuaranteeIn an effort to help all patients afford treatment and significantly boost their chance of pregnancy success, in 2009 Fertility Centers of Illinois (FCI) announced the Attain IVF Refund Program.

This was a unique treatment option designed to increase the odds of a baby for infertility patients, by offering an affordable course-of-treatment approach.

The program promised patients a baby, or their money back (70% - 100%) - guaranteed.

Additional Program Information:

Many infertility patients drop out of treatment too early due to financial concerns and don't realize their dream of having a baby
60% of IVF patients under the age of 35, and almost 70% of patients aged 35-37 may need more than one IVF cycle to have a baby
Nearly 50% of donor egg recipients may need more than one IVF treatment cycle to have a baby
Attain provides multiple IVF treatment cycles for one discounted fixed fee
They receive up to 6 cycles (3 IVF and 3 frozen embryo transfers)
If they don't have a baby, they are guaranteed a refund – 70% for IVF treatment procedures
Special program for patients using donor eggs – up to 100% refund
Three out of four participants who complete the program have a baby

For more information of the Attain IVF Refund Program visit Fertility Centers of Illinois

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Image: Laughing IS Conceivable: One Woman's Extremely Funny Peek into the Extremely Unfunny World of Infertility, by Lori Shandle-Fox (Author). Publisher: Lori Shandle-Fox (March 26, 2012)Laughing IS Conceivable
by Lori Shandle-Fox

-- Laughing IS Conceivable is One Woman's Extremely Funny Peek into the Extremely Unfunny World of Infertility.

What happens when a professional humor writer and former stand-up comic goes through months and months of fertility treatments?

She uses her comedy background to help her cope with it all of course.

Laughing IS Conceivable was almost entirely written while the author was in the trenches going through IUI and IVF right alongside the reader... uncertain of the outcome.

It uses humor to de-stress infertility sufferers, their families and medical teams.

It's relief for those who feel they just can't deal with infertility one minute more and that nobody truly understands.

It's a fun and cheap gift for those friends and relatives who still don't.

It's a glimpse over the reception desk and at the other end of the examination table for medical professionals and their staffs who meet and treat infertile patients every day.

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African Fertility StatuesStanding hand-in-hand, Meagan and Eli Soto look at the 70-pound ebony wood statue and say a prayer.

It's pretty much both of our dreams … grow old together and have children, beams Meagan Soto who wants to get pregnant and rubs the statue during a recent visit to Grand Prairie.

 If it can work for 13 people in 13 months, maybe we'll get lucky.

The Sotos are not the only ones who have flocked to a pair of African fertility statues in hopes of defying science to reproduce.

The statues will be on display at the Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum.

No museum admission required to view and touch the statues.

Also on display are stories from people who credit the totems -- made by the Baule Tribe from the Ivory Coast of Africa -- for helping them grow their tribes.

Skeptics aren't far behind, however.

Dr. Robert Kaufmann says according to Western medicine, when it comes to getting pregnant much of the formula boils down to healthy eggs, ovulation, sperm, timing and age.

It's fairly complex, he says. You almost wonder how anybody gets pregnant if you really think about it.

The male statue is a king holding a mango, which is a sign of fertility, explains Clay Stewart with the museum.

He says the statues have worked for the Baule Tribe many times.

If either partner touches them, it's the sign of fertility and that's how they build their tribe.

Stewart says the museum has received letters of gratitude from couples who have become pregnant within days of touching the statue – including museum staffers.

I know there's a girl here who says she has a 10-foot rule... so, she won't go 10 feet near it.

Eli Soto hopes their brief time with statue will be the magic touch that adds to their family.

You do have to come up to the statue with belief, he adds.

Museum officials remind hopefuls that although they are on display at the museum, there is no cost to see or touch them.

Some women even say touching an image of the statue helped them get pregnant.

Let us know if it works for you!

Legendary African Fertility Statues - Going Back On Tour

Ripley posted: Our famous African fertility statues have traveled around the world to every Ripley Odditorium three times since 1996.

For the past five years, they have been on permanent display at our Orlando Odditorium. After a visit to London and a visit to Copenhagen, the statues are back on tour!

Visit now at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! in Myrtle Beach from January 15 – March 18.

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Image: The Secret Diary of a New Mum Aged 43 1/4, by Cari Rosen. Publisher: Vermilion (September 12, 2011)The Secret Diary of a New Mum Aged 43 1/4
by Cari Rosen

-- Whatever your age, becoming a mum for the first time brings with it excitement, anxiety and numerous challenges.

But how do you cope when, to top it all, you discover you are old enough to be the mother of everyone else in your NCT group?

The story of one woman, one new baby, a slipped disc and rather too many wrinkles, The Secret Diary of a New Mum (Aged 43 1/4) follows the tale of a midlife mum as she tries to make the transition from experienced TV producer to utterly inexperienced parent.

One in five babies is born to a mum over 35, and the number of over 40's giving birth has doubled.

The first humorous narrative account of what it's really like to be a midlife mum - whether it's deftly side-stepping any questions about age and baby number two or weeping as younger counterparts ping back into their size ten jeans within thirty seconds of giving birth.

This is the thoroughly entertaining, insightful and often hilarious account of what happens as you face up to menopause and new motherhood at the same time.

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Image: Periodus, by Gaboka86 on Wikimedia Commons, the free media repositoryABSTRACT

Background Implantation of the conceptus is a key step in pregnancy, but little is known about the time of implantation or the relation between the time of implantation and the outcome of pregnancy.

Results There were 199 conceptions, for 95 percent of which (189) we had sufficient data for analysis.

Of these 189 pregnancies, 141 (75 percent) lasted at least six weeks past the last menstrual period, and the remaining 48 pregnancies (25 percent) ended in early loss.

Among the pregnancies that lasted 6 weeks or more, the first appearance of chorionic gonadotropin occurred 6 to 12 days after ovulation; 118 women (84 percent) had implantation on day 8, 9, or 10. The risk of early pregnancy loss increased with later implantation.

Among the 102 conceptuses that implanted by the ninth day, 13 percent ended in early loss.

This proportion rose to 26 percent with implantation on day 10, to 52 percent on day 11, and to 82 percent after day 11.

Conclusions In most successful human pregnancies, the conceptus implants 8 to 10 days after ovulation.

The risk of early pregnancy loss increases with later implantation.

Full Text: Time of Implantation of the Conceptus and Loss of Pregnancy


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Image: Fertility Wisdom: How Traditional Chinese Medicine Can Help Overcome In-fertility, by Angela C. Wu, Katherine Anttila, Betsy Brown. Publisher: Rodale Books; 1 edition (September 5, 2006)Fertility Wisdom: How Traditional Chinese Medicine Can Help Overcome In-fertility
-- At Wu's Healing Center in San Francisco, miracles are happening.

Women and their partners come to the clinic--often from across the country -- to fulfill a passionately held yet fragile dream: to conceive and deliver the healthy baby that mainstream doctors have told them they cannot have.

Using traditional Chinese medical techniques, sometimes integrated with Western fertility treatments, Dr. Angela Wu is helping these couples experience the miracle of birth.

At a time when one in five U.S. couples is struggling with fertility problems, this practical and uplifting volume, filled with the inspirational stories of Dr. Wu's grateful patients, will be a godsend.

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Onset of capacity for childbearing in women is dated biologically by menarche, although actual onset may be delayed.

The end of childbearing is less understood but recent demographic and biological research on fertility at older ages in clarifying the end of fertility.

The demographic view of declining fertility with age is based on age-specific fertility in natural fertility populations, artificial insemination and pregnancy rates by age and World Fertility Survey data.

New data from the Demographic and Health Surveys on exposure to the risk of pregnancy shows that whereas older women biologically need longer exposure to pregnancy, exposure declines on behavioral grounds such as duration of marriage. Actual fecundity is obscured by factors of fecundability.

Recent research on medically assisted conception is adding to the understanding of declining fecundity with age, especially the relative contributions of endometrial and ovarian ageing. This paper reviews the available information on declining fertility with age and discusses the implications of the extension of fertility through new medical technologies.

PIP: This literature review on fecundity and age interactions discusses studies on menopause, on artificial insemination, on sexual behavior, and on assisted reproductive technology<. Challenges to the age old notion of biological reproductive declines with age have appeared since the advent of new technologies and the understanding of reproductive potential.

With donated oocytes, acyclic women can have a higher probability of conception than young women conceiving naturally. The beginning of childbearing is easily demarcated with the advent of menstrual cycles and fecundity with first ovulation. There are societal constraints on fecundity. Fixing a date on the end of childbearing is not as clear cut.

An understanding of the limits of childbearing comes from research on cessation of ovarian follicular function, on natural childbearing populations and ages of women at their last birth, and on achieved pregnancy among women artificially inseminated. The end of menopause tends to occur during the mid-50s, but natural population data indicate that fecundity usually ends at around 39-41 years.

The gap between fecundity and menopause is determined to be about 8-10 years. Findings from the artificial insemination literature indicate conception rates decline for women older than 30 years. Van Noord-Zaadastra finds that conceptions among women aged 31 years and older are 66% of those for women aged 21-30 years, after 12 cycles of insemination.

Young women conceive in about 90% of cases in 24 cycles. Comparisons with natural fertility indicate that use of fresh sperm increases pregnancy rates in cases of insemination. Sex behavior surveys find that coital frequency declines with age, which reduces the risk of pregnancy.

Coital frequency is also related to marriage duration; studies reveal women married for 30 or more years have half the coital frequency rate of women married for four years or less. Reports of intercourse within the past month show a decline by age. Coital frequency and acceptance of extramarital relations have been found to be culture-dependent.

Kerin at al. show oocyte production and fertilization rates decline with age. The quality of the uterus also declines with age. Navot et al. find a high pregnancy rate in women aged 40 years and older when oocytes are donated.

Related Links
-- Reproductive potential in the older woman [Fertil Steril. 1986]

-- Fecundity and natural fertility in humans [Oxf Rev Reprod Biol. 1989]

-- Fertility in older women [IPPF Med Bull. 1984]

-- Age and infertility in a micronesian atoll population [Hum Biol. 1993]

-- Delaying childbearing: effect of age on fecundity and outcome of pregnancy [BMJ. 1991]

Source: The end of fertility: age, fecundity and fecundability in women


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