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Pregnant Women Over 50 Do Pretty Well Study Finds - CREDIT: Pregnancy photo via ShutterstockThe average age of women becoming mothers has risen in the United States, and in the last 20 years, a few women have even entered motherhood in their 60s.

By implanting embryos produced by in-vitro fertilization using egg cells donated by younger women, women who have passed menopause can become pregnant and give birth.

A new study of 101 women age 50 and older who had children using donated eggs reveals that pregnancy at this age carries about the same risks as similarly induced pregnancies in younger women.

The study is the largest one to date looking at pregnancy in post-menopausal women.

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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: The Infertility Cure: The Ancient Chinese Wellness Program for Getting Pregnant and Having Healthy Babies, by Randine Lewis. Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (March 21, 2005)-The Infertility Cure: The Ancient Chinese Wellness Program for Getting Pregnant and Having Healthy Babies
by Randine Lewis

-- Infertility affects one out of six couples today.

Dr. Lewis presents a groundbreaking alternative approach to infertility, explaining how she used traditional Chinese medicine to treat her own infertility, successfully conceiving and giving birth to two children.

In Lewis's experience, women who have undergone three to six months of the dietary changes, herbs and acupuncture treatments become pregnant with no further effort.

Lewis intersperses her somewhat technical examination of the program with anecdotes about her patients, weaving in discussions on diet, herbal supplements, acupuncture, older women and problems related to infertility.

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More the merrier!
The simple rules of probability apply to baby making too. It is a myth to think you should have less sex in order to conceive. All the evidence shows that the more you have sex, the better your chances of getting pregnant. With the way our lives are getting cramped and fast paced, it is not surprising that infertility experts regularly observe how many people are having problems trying to get pregnant because they are simply not having sex often enough, especially during the woman's most fertile few days of her cycle – ovulation.

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Sex during ovulation
To capitalize on your chances of getting pregnant you must first understand ovulation and why it is important for conception. It is the most fertile period in your cycle when the egg or ovum is released into the uterus. During this fertile period you need to make love every couple of days. By doing this you can almost double your chances of getting pregnant. Remember that the sperm can live for anywhere from 48-72 hours within the woman's reproductive system depending on the how favorable the cervical environment is. Sexual intercourse every 2-3 days, around or at the time of ovulation, should be adequate to achieve pregnancy.

Full article: Do I Need to Have Sex Every Day to Get Pregnant?


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The Brotherhood of Joseph: A Father's Memoir of Infertility and Adoption in the 21st Century, by Brooks Hansen. Publisher: Modern Times; First Edition edition (May 27, 2008)-The Brotherhood of Joseph: A Father's Memoir of Infertility and Adoption in the 21st Century
by Brooks Hansen

-- Offering men a chance to be heard and women a rare opportunity to view the struggle with infertility from a male perspective, The Brotherhood of Joseph brings to life the anger, frustration, humor, heartbreak, and sense of helplessness that come to dominate the husband's role.

As his remarkable account reaches its finale in Siberia, however, Hansen's once again becomes the story of a husband and a wife who, even after years of medical frustration and fruitless paperwork, still must take one last risk together and trust in their most basic instincts before their new family can be born.

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1. Statistics rarely apply to the individual.

-- Population statistics are derived from a large group of people in all states of health. These statistics do not apply to every individual.

For you, or any other individual within the population, it can actually be misleading, if not downright inaccurate.

Although it is true that fertility rates in the population at large decrease with age, this often does not apply to a woman whose biological age may be far younger than her chronological age.

In my opinion, telling all women over the age of 35 that they will have trouble getting pregnant is like telling everyone over the age of 50 they will get high blood pressure and diabetes — it is simply not true.

2. It is possible to conceive a baby right up until menopause.

-- This is why every woman is told by her doctor to use birth control for a full year after her final menstrual period.

If you still think pregnancy at menopause cannot happen, I suggest reading Hot Flashes, Warm Bottles, by Nancy London, MSW.

This book details the challenges faced by women going through menopause who have babies.

3. Stress is a large factor in unexplained infertility.

-- Infertility clinics capitalize on women’s fears — the same fears that are fueled by stories like the one on 60 Minutes.

Studies have shown that women who participate in programs to alleviate stress — such as those taught by Dr. Alice Domar at Boston IVF and in her books, Healing Mind, Healthy Woman and Conquering Infertility — have higher rates of conception or healing their relationship to fertility.

Niravi Payne's The Whole Person Fertility Program, and visualization tapes can also help you relieve stress and get started on the road toward fertility.

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Image: Hot Flashes Warm Bottles : First-Time Mothers Over Forty, by Nancy London. Publisher: Celestial Arts; 1 edition (April 19, 2001)-Hot Flashes Warm Bottles : First-Time Mothers Over Forty
by Nancy London

-- The first prescriptive and anecdotal guidebook for the multitudes of older moms, and distills the wisdom, insight, and practical advice gathered during her years as a therapist and support group leader.

With tips for renewing physical and sexual energy, parenting after infertility and adoption, balancing career and family, and caring for elderly parents, the personal stories from these older moms are often humorous, sometimes surprising, but always reassuring.

Without exception, the reader will be left with the comforting knowledge that she is not alone on her journey. Hot Flashes fills a much-needed place in the parenting field, at a time when more and more women are embracing motherhood later in life.

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Image: Fertility Profile Home Hormone Test Kit | Provides a Thorough Evaluation That Can Identify Many Problems Related To Hormone Imbalances That Are Associated With Infertility-
FSH stands for follicle stimulating hormone, and is one of the more important ways in which the brain talks to the ovaries. Simply, the brain releases FSH when it wants the ovaries to mature an egg; as the ovaries choose and mature the egg, hormone products from the ovaries signal the brain to decrease the release of FSH. This is an example of a feedback loop.

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

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

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

Image: Menopause Test | FSH levels that are high can indicate that a woman's body is trying to stimulate ovulation without success. Failure to ovulate is one of the initial symptoms of menopause and infertility
Diagnostic role of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) measurements during the menopausal transition--an analysis of FSH, oestradiol and inhibin.
Burger HG Prince Henry's Institute of Medical Research, Clayton, Victoria, Australia.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Image: BeeFertile Gives Hope to Couples Struggling with InfertilityWhen one couple started having troubles with fertility, they never thought ingesting a formula with bee products would turn their troubles into a family.

Josh Bellows and Chavah Bellows, co-founders of Hive Naturals, created BeeFertile from an old family formula using bee products to help couples struggling with fertility to increase their chances of having a child.

They said the main thing that sets this fertility supplement apart from the others is their use of bee products.

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Image: Curing Infertility with Ancient Chinese Medicine: How to Become Pregnant and Healthy with the Hunyuan Method, Yaron Seidman (Author). Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing; 1 edition (June 4, 2013)-Curing Infertility with Ancient Chinese Medicine:
How to Become Pregnant and Healthy with the Hunyuan Method
-- Planning to have a baby is an exciting time for any family, but difficulties with conception can quickly turn excitement into anxiety and worry.

For 14 percent of couples in the United States, creating a life is not the miraculous experience they expected, but rather one filled with stress, trips to the doctor, and invasive procedures.

But infertility treatment doesn't have to be invasive and distant. In Curing Infertility with Ancient Chinese Medicine, fertility expert Dr. Yaron Seidman teaches couples how to live healthier, more balanced lives and create an environment where a baby can grow without resorting to surgery.

Curing Infertility with Ancient Chinese Medicine shows you how it is possible to conceive even when Western medicine has deemed it impossible. Dr. Seidman explains in a clear, concise, and easy-to-follow way how patients can use the Hunyuan Method to dramatically increase their ability to conceive in a healthy, natural way and improve overall health using ancient Chinese herbal medicine.

Primarily intended for infertility patients, Curing Infertility with Ancient Chinese Medicine is also aimed at modern Chinese medical practitioners, most of whom lack any training in the classical ways. Inside, Dr. Seidman shows time and time again that it is, in fact, possible to conceive.

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What is Maca?
Maca is a cruciferous root vegetable indigenous to the high Andean mountain plateaus of Peru. Also called Peruvian Ginseng Maca is an exceptionally hardy plant growing where no other crops can survive.

At altitudes of 14,000 ft., Maca must endure extreme conditions ranging from freezing cold, fierce winds, to intense sunlight, often all within a period of 24 hours.

Herbalists believe that resilient plants are especially valuable from a medicinal perspective and in this category, Maca knows no equal.

What is Maca for?
Maca promotes fertility, and helps to balance your hormones.

It increases sperm count, motility, and volume by 200%; increases follicle size, and helps your eggs to mature. It also helps with erectile dysfunction, increasing desire, and interest.

It is great for increasing your progesterone numbers, and helps to prevent miscarriage.

How much Maca should I take?
My research says you need to take at least 1,500 mg to be worthwhile. After that, you need to decide for yourself how much is right for you.

The Peruvians who discovered Maca take an average of 3,000-5,000 mg/day.

Some women have posted that 500 mg feels perfect for them. I have been increasing my dose month by month and find the real difference came at 2 tsp of powder/day for me.

When in your cycle should you take Maca?
Quote: Because Maca is not replacing hormones, it is fine to start using this product at any time and to stop at any time without danger to the body.

It can be used on and off without fear of causing adrenal, ovarian or erectile dysfunction.

Quote: While some people notice marked improvement in energy and well-being quickly (within 7 to 10 days), others respond more slowly (after 4 weeks), as the endocrine system responds to the support and balancing Maca provides.

If there is not a significant improvement in the way you feel after one week on the initial dose, you may increase the amount taken by a small amount each week until an improvement is noticed.

The total daily amount taken should not exceed three teaspoons (15 grams), except on the advice of a health professional.

Is there anyone who should not take Maca?
QUOTE: Women with a hormonally related cancer, such as an estrogen receptive breast cancer, or those with endometriosis are discouraged from using Maca.

Women using estrogen blockers such as Tamoxifen should not use products that affect estrogen levels. Men with a hormonally related cancer, such as prostate cancer are discouraged from using Maca.

QUOTE: Women who have been on HRT for years may respond more slowly from ovarian atrophy. One physician tapers his patients off HRT over two weeks while having them ingest 6 capsules per day of Maca.

Men with high PSA levels or prostate cancer, and women with breast or other hormonal related cancers should avoid Maca.

Anyone with liver disease should probably avoid it also.
Naturally, anyone with an allergy to Maca should not take it, either.

QUOTE: People who suffer of high pressure and everyone who has heart troubles.

QUOTE: Contraindications. Do not take Maca if you suffer any glandular cancers, except under the supervision of a herbal specialist.

Men should not take Maca if they are suffering from an enlarged prostate, or prostate or testicular cancer. Women suffering from any hormone-related cancers should avoid Maca.


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

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Image: Source Naturals Progesterone Cream - Supports Hormonal Balance
Progesterone has been used as therapy for PMS syndrome and for women with infertility or frequent pregnancy loss.
Is it better to take progesterone as a pill, a shot, a vaginal suppository or a cream?
All of the above forms of progesterone and progestogens have been used.

Absorption and duration of action will vary by the form of progesterone used:

Pills - peak absorption is about 1-4 hours and is cleared by 24 hours. Taking the pills with food enhances absorption.

Shots - usually given in the form of progesterone in oil, doses peak at about 12 hours after administration and take at least 48 hours or more to clear. There are depot forms of medroxyprogesterone acetate (Depo-Provera®) that last at least 12 weeks which gives it its contraceptive effect.

Vaginal suppositories, cream - absorbed to peak in 4 hours and cleared by 24 hours. Sometimes mixed in cocoa butter or propylene glycol as the carrying agent. A cream is also commercially available (Crinone®).

Skin creams - creams tend not to absorb through the skin very well but alcohol-based gels are effective with a once a day application. A 10% alcohol and propylene glycol base also seems to be quite effective and clears by 24 hours.

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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Pregnancy Over 40: An In-depth Guide for a Safe and Healthy Pregnancy Over 40, by Kelley D Smith. Publisher: CreateSpace (May 10, 2012)pixel
Pregnancy Over 40:
An In-depth Guide for a Safe and Healthy Pregnancy Over 40
by Kelley D Smith

-- There are a lot of reasons why women put off having children. In most cases, they prioritized their careers over their own personal life.

Others were just simply not ready for the commitment that motherhood demands. Becoming a mother is one of the most fulfilling jobs that everyone would be lucky enough to go through during their entire lifetime.

The problem is that despite the fact that this is seen by some as a gift, there are also others that see it as a tiring job – fulfilling but at some point, it can take a lot out of you.

The fact is that getting pregnant in your 40s is no easy task. The probability of conceiving alone is quite low in comparison to women who are in their 20’s or early 30’s.

But this does not mean that a woman in her 40s cannot bear a child. If you are in your 40s and have found out that you are pregnant, there are a lot of things that you should prepare for.

Although there are a lot of articles and other written works that say that getting pregnant in your 40s can lead to a lot of problems for both you and your child, there are still a couple of upsides to this situation.

We have an entire chapter dedicated to what you can look forward to when you are having a baby during this delicate age.

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Image: nNewborn, by J.K. Califf on FlickrNow, I know many of you are saying, Oh no, not another 'get pregnant in 7 days' program.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And much much more...

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



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Here are some of the functions of estrogen:
It stimulates the rebuilding of the uterine lining after menstruation; it helps cells in the Fallopian tubes, uterus and vagina divide and mature, and it helps to maintain the structure of the vagina and prevent atrophy.

It helps to form the shape of the breasts and hips during puberty; it helps to dilate blood vessels to carry more oxygen, and helps maintain a healthy cholesterol balance.

It also helps to maintain the blood supply and prevent atrophy in the urinary tract, and in the skeleton, it slows the rate of bone loss in the maturing body; in the brain, it helps to regulate the menstrual cycle and the body's thermostat.

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When you are trying to get pregnant, there is a lot of talk of not having too high of Estrogen. One concern is that if your estrogen is over 75 pg/ml, it may mean your FSH is falsely low. Also mid-range levels of estrogen usually mean you will stim better for the RE. And if your estrogen levels are very high, you could have a functional cyst, or even diminished ovarian reserve. All these mean that you may have harder time getting pregnant, or getting medical help.

Hormone to Test : Estradiol (E2)
Time to Test : Day 3
Normal Values : 25-75 pg/ml
What Value Means : Levels on the lower end tend to be better for stimulating. Abnormally high levels on day 3 may indicate existence of a functional cyst or diminished ovarian reserve.
Source: Maternity, Newborn, and Women's Health Nursing

But what if your estrogen is too low? Can that be a problem too? Yes, if your estrogen is low on day 3 of your cycle, and doesn't climb, it may take you a very long time to ovulate - or you may not even ovulate that cycle.

If you are having a long unending cycle, and your estrogen is still low, taking Prometrium or Provera to try to kick-start your next cycle, probably won't work.

If you can't maintain your estrogen levels in your luteal phase (from ovulation to menses), you may not be able to maintain a pregnancy. Your body needs both estrogen and progesterone to maintain a pregnancy.

Symptoms of Low Estrogen – Hot flashes, Shortness of breath, Night sweats, Sleep disorders, insomnia,Vaginal dryness, Dry hair/skin, Hair loss, Anxiety, Mood swings, Headaches, Depression, Short term memory loss, Frequent urinary tract infections, Heart palpitations, Frequent yeast infections, Vaginal shrinking, Loss of pubic hair, Painful intercourse, Inability to reach orgasm.

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Excessive exercise, low body weight, and eating disorders all adversely affect the pituitary gland, so that it doesn't send proper signals to the ovary. Women with these conditions are found to have very low levels of estrogen; they do not bleed in response to the progestin challenge. These women also do not release eggs and hence can not ovulate

Treatment for low estrogen levels.
In situations where a woman is not getting her periods normally (ovulating only four to six times a year) and the underlying cause can't be changed, estrogen-containing medications can help to induce ovulation. Natural remedies such as tofu, dong quai and yams have some estrogenic qualities, but there has not been much medical literature published on their benefits.

Certainly, it's crucial from a medical perspective to diagnose and treat low-estrogen levels. In addition, low estrogen levels can also have harmful emotional and psychological effects arising from late puberty or hampered fertility.

Source: Can Low Estrogen Levels Affect Ovulation?

Estrogen Maintains Pregnancy, Triggers Fetal Maturation:
With one hormone triggering the production of another, which in turn regulates the development and release of still others, and with cells changing structure and function as they mature, it’s a complicated story. Estrogen regulates progesterone, protecting pregnancy. It also kick-starts one of the major processes of fetal maturation. Without it, a fetus’s lungs, liver and other organs and tissues cannot mature.

Source: Estrogen Maintains Pregnancy, Triggers Fetal Maturation

Luteal Estrogen Supplementation In Pregnancies Associated With Low Serum Estradiol Concentrations

The frequency of preclinical pregnancy losses among the 102 women with hCG less than 5mIU/ml and E2 [100pg em="em" ml="ml"](p=0.04) The increase in preclinical pregnancy loss rates among women not receiving luteal E2 resulted in a decrease in ongoing pregnancy rate (8%), compared to those receiving luteal E2 supplementation (31%) (p=0.002). Our results indicated that a subset of women losing pregnancies preclinically after GnRHa and FSH stimulation due to low luteal phase serum E2 level may benefit from luteal estrogen supplementation.

Source: Luteal estrogen supplementation in pregnancies associated with low serum estradiol concentrations


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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.

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