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Can you lower your FSH? Can you improve your egg quality? Doctors will tell you that you can't. That your eggs are as old as you are, and nothing you will do will make any difference.

You will be told that Your eggs are too old and You are a poor responder, Even that 2/3 of women over the age of 35 require medical intervention in order to conceive.

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Yes, some women will need help to conceive.
But keep in mind there is a large financial incentive for you to believe these demoralizing prognoses – reproductive medicine is an ever growing multi billion dollar per year cash industry, whose financial rewards grow exponentially when you submit to the belief that your only chance of becoming a parent is through medical intervention. They make no money when you conceive on your own. They make maximum profit when multiple women are involved in helping you achieve a pregnancy at all costs.

So what CAN you do to help yourself?
Ovarian health depends upon three factors – nutritional status, blood flow, and the balance of reproductive hormones with stress hormones.

1) Nutritional status – the reproductive system, like the rest of our body, has certain nutritional requirements. Most of my patients are asked to avoid sugar, wheat, and dairy. They take nutritional supplements specific to their Traditional Chinese Medicine pattern of imbalance. Most women with high FSH or poor ovarian reserve take supergreens like wheatgrass, royal jelly, and Co-Enzyme Q-10, to name a few.

2) Blood flow – a woman of age 40 typically has five times less blood flow to her ovaries than a woman of age 20. This dramatically impedes the attention that the ovary requires during the follicles' all important growth phase, the 90 day process before ovulation in which the quality of the egg is determined. The follicles insist upon adequate oxygenation and circulation to function efficiently (i.e., with a healthy egg, capable of fertilization and implantation.)

3) Hormonal balance – the endocrine system is a delicate interplay of the reproductive hormones, stress hormones, and emotions, in symphony with each other. This system operates via feedback, which means that anytime you introduce an outside hormone into its influence, it shuts that system down. Synthetic hormones can't cure hormonal imbalances, they can only override them. The endocrine system is the most sensitive bodily system which requires the perfect balancing act of multiple factors, inside and out. Like all other mammals, our bodies do not want us pregnant when our endocrine systems are stressed.

TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Taking Charge of Your Fertility, 10th Anniversary Edition: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement, and Reproductive Health, by Toni Weschler. Publisher: Collins; 10th anniversary edition (October 31, 2006)Taking Charge of Your Fertility, 10th Anniversary Edition:
The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement, and Reproductive Health
by Toni Weschler

-- For any woman unhappy with her current method of birth control; demoralized by her quest to have a baby; or experiencing confusing symptoms in her cycle, this book provides answers to all these questions, plus amazing insights into a woman's body.

Weschler thoroughly explains the empowering Fertility Awareness Method, which in only a couple minutes a day allows a woman to:
• Enjoy highly effective, scientifically proven birth control without chemicals or devices
• Maximize her chances of conception or expedite fertility treatment by identifying impediments to conception
• Increase the likelihood of choosing the gender of her baby
• Gain control of her sexual and gynecological health


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More and more people are delaying parenthood until they are in their forties or even older.

Women over 35 getting pregnant, are the fastest-growing demographic in our modern world.

With the increased prevalence of older parents, it seems there is also increased controversy, discussion and resources swirling around the “older parents” movement.

There is a bevy of information online for older parents - whether you are considering adoption or pregnancy and birth, are interested in how children of older parents do in comparison to those whose parents are younger, or just want to gather information.

One of the best resources listed is my Stories of Pregnancy and Birth Over 44y blog!
PregnancyOver44.com is a fun site with a collection of thousands of stories and articles about and by older mothers. This resource focuses on women who give birth to biological children after the mid-forties, not necessarily parents who have adopted.
More resources:

While this site is in the United Kingdom, Mothers Over 40 is a positive and encouraging site with articles, resources and links relating to over forty parenting.

Hot Flashes, Warm Bottles is a book written by Nancy London, M.S.W. is a great, about-time book for moms who are older.

Adopting.org has a wealth of information for adoptive parents over the age of forty online. This site provides stories, articles and links to other resources for older parents.

For a positive spin, the article What are the Advantages of Having Children Later in Life written by Jan Anderson. This article has a nice, first-hand approach and lots of encouragement and personal experience information.

Get Pregnant Over 40 says, If you are over 40 and trying to conceive without success, or if you continually miscarry, you start to believe that a successful pregnancy over 40 is impossible. I'm here to tell you that it was possible for me - naturally.

Fertility Over 40 has a list of professional resources for those trying to get pregnant over 40.

A Child After 40 provides a great resource library of even more resources to check out!

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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: How to Make Love to a Plastic Cup: A Guy's Guide to the World of Infertility, by Greg Wolfe. Publisher: Harper Paperbacks; 1 edition (August 10, 2010)How to Make Love to a Plastic Cup: A Guy's Guide to the World of Infertility
by Greg Wolfe

-- The man's guide to anything and everything in the infertility universe.

Greg Wolfe went through four cycles of IVF on his rocky journey to fatherhood—and now, with profound sympathy and side-splitting humor, he lays it all out for guys on similar baby-making quests.

How to Make Love to a Plastic Cup is not your typical nuts and bolts (no pun intended) medical guide but a helpful handbook designed specifically with the male partner in mind, with answers to his most pressing questions about the infertility process...

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Image: Men Diagnosed With Infertility Suffer Intense Negative Sexual, Personal and Social StrainsA new research study published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine and led by noted men's health researcher Dr. Paul Turek has a powerful conclusion: that men diagnosed with infertility suffer intense negative sexual, personal and social strains that might be considered typical for other medical illnesses, including cancer.

Traditionally viewed as a silent disease in men, the psychological toll infertility takes on men's health was previously not well known by medical researchers. Researchers at the University of California San Francisco, in collaboration with Dr. Turek, a nationally recognized urologist, male infertility specialist and founder of the renowned Turek Clinic in San Francisco, conducted the study.

Since male infertility is such a common problem, it is important to understand the real impact it has on male health and relationships, Dr. Turek said. This study makes clear, for the first time, that male infertility is a 'disease' like any other, silent or not, and can have a serious effect on the overall well-being of the individual, the couple, and the family.

The study shows that the diagnosis of infertility increases social strain in male partners of infertile couples. Male partners in couples with perceived, isolated male factor infertility have a lower sexual and personal quality of life compared to male partners of couples without perceived male factor infertility.

About one in eight couples – around 7.3 million Americans – has trouble conceiving. Half of those cases have male infertility issues – often easily treatable ones. Male infertility affects 10% to 15% of reproductive aged couples worldwide and is treatable in many cases.

The goal of the research was to measure the personal, social, sexual and marital impact of a diagnosis of male factor infertility among men in couples evaluated for infertility. Among the 357 men studied, no male factor was reported in 47%, isolated male factor was present in 12%, combined male and female factors were present in 16%, and unexplained infertility was present in 25% of couples. The research involved cross-sectional analysis of 357 men in infertile couples from eight academic and community-based fertility clinics. Participants completed validated, written surveys, face-to-face and telephone interviews at study enrollment. More information about the study can be found on The Journal of Sexual Medicine Web site at: http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/118495964/home.

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About The Turek Clinic
-- The Turek Clinic is a next-generation men's healthcare medical practice specializing in issues facing reproductive age men, including male infertility, vasectomy, vasectomy reversal, varicocele repair, and other minimally invasive procedures. The practice was founded in 2008 by Dr. Paul Turek, a leading surgeon and former endowed chair professor at the University of California San Francisco. Dr. Turek's work combines innovative and cutting edge techniques with the wisdom of old-world medicine to treat and solve the problems of men 21 to 55 years of age. For more information, visit TheTurekClinic.com or Dr. Turek's blog.


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Overcoming Male Infertility, by Leslie R. Schover and Anthony J. Thomas Jr. Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (December 28, 1999)Overcoming Male Infertility
by Leslie R. Schover and Anthony J. Thomas Jr.

-- Hope and strategies for couples dealing with male infertility If you or your partner is suffering from male infertility, you're not alone.

Millions of couples are struggling with this problem. About 40% of these couples have exclusively male infertility problems, while another 20% have both male and female infertility problems.

Now, two leading experts, a urologist specializing in male infertility and a psychologist, team up to write the most complete guide available on male infertility.

From the latest, state-of-the-art treatments to advice on how to handle the emotional aspects of male infertility, you'll find out where to get the help you need.

Overcoming Male Infertility also covers the psychological issues that are unique to men, and gives advice to women on helping their man through the trauma of infertility treatment--including how to get him to see a doctor in the first place.

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Image: Fertile at Forty – Tips on Getting Pregnant Over 40
Many will say that getting pregnant over 40 isn't that easy. In fact, studies show that among women who do not use contraception, there was a sharp decline once they reach the age of 35.

While many may believe that age is just a number, this is not necessarily true when discussing reproduction.

We often read about celebrities who've successfully conceived their 1st child well into their 40s. Doctors however especially fertility specialists caution us to look beyond the glitter of celebrity moms.

All too often, what you don't hear is these celebrity moms have undergone some type of fertility treatment. In fact, there's been an outcry among fertility doctors for these women to disclose that they have used technology and to help debunk the myth that waiting until you're over 40 to get pregnant does not carry any risk.

For those who are over 40 and interesting getting pregnant, here are some tips...

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Image: The Mind-Body Fertility Connection: The True Pathway to Conception, by James Schwartz. Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (July 8, 2008)The Mind-Body Fertility Connection: The True Pathway to Conception
by James Schwartz

-- Now there is new hope for the millions of women worldwide who have had difficulty trying to conceive.

The Mind-Body Fertility Connection explores the feelings, emotions and beliefs that may be blocking conception, and it provides the necessary tools to create a successful pregnancy.

By bringing together the latest scientific data and innovative mind-body techniques, this book unveils a new pathway to conception: a pathway of healing through the emotions which allows women to unblock the potential for childbearing.

This book dissects the feelings, beliefs and old emotional injuries which often create subconscious obstacles that can disrupt an otherwise healthy functioning reproductive system.

It delves into an unexplored realm that not only exposes the hidden barriers which can cause infertility but also reveals the secrets that can lead to a successful pregnancy.

The Mind-Body Fertility Connection helps women experience their fertility as a journey of empowerment and presents a fresh new perspective on how to create conception.

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Image: Relationship between women's age and basal follicle-stimulating hormone levels with aneuploidy risk in in vitro fertilization treatment, Fertility and Sterility, August 2008Relationship between women's age and basal follicle-stimulating hormone levels with aneuploidy risk in in vitro fertilization treatment

Objective
To assess the relationship of age and basal FSH level to the genetic quality of the embryo and the association with IVF treatment outcome.

Patient(s)
One hundred fifty-one women who underwent IVF treatmentcycles in conjunction with preimplantation genetic diagnosis for aneuploidy screening before fresh embryo transfer, between July 2003 and July 2005.

Intervention(s)
Basal FSH levels (days 2–4) were determined at an earlier cycle, and women were divided into two groups: high basal FSH (greater than or equal to 10 IU/L) and low basal FSH (less than 10 IU/L). Chromosome analysis was performed on a single blastomere by using fluorescence in situ hybridization.

Main Outcome Measure(s)
Percentage of aneuploid embryos.

Result(s)The percentage of aneuploid embryos was not statistically significantly different between the high– (50.0%, n = 32) and low– (50.2%, n = 119) basal FSH groups. However, the percentage of aneuploid embryos was statistically significantly higher (56.2%, n = 109) for women aged greater than or equalto 38 years, as compared with women less than 38 years of age (37.5%, n = 42), independent of basal FSH levels.

Conclusion(s)
Elevated basal FSH levels reflect lower ovarian reserve but have no association with genetic quality of embryos. The percentage of aneuploid embryos is increased with advanced maternal age.

Source: Relationship between women's age and basal follicle-stimulating hormone levels with aneuploidy risk in in vitro fertilization treatment, Fertility and Sterility, August 2008




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All over the country, women are having babies later in life. Careers, desire for financial stability, and divorce and remarriage have all played a factor in this new profile of motherhood.

There are some definite advantages to being midlife parents. Older men tend to be more involved fathers. The baby boomer fathers today may not remember having much affection or physical contact from their dads. They are changing this trend by being more involved with their children and being more committed to fatherhood.

Older parents are more established in their careers. Once career issues are ironed out, children are less of a threat, and parents can devote more time to their families. This also allows for greater financial stability when raising children. It also means parents can probably afford quality child care.

Midlife parents say they are more patient, calm, and better able to go with the flow than when they were younger. They've reached a new maturity level. They don't need children to fulfill their ambitions and prove they are good people. Their children are freer to be individuals and grow up with loving, supportive parents. Older parents also make more time to spend with their children. They want to make the most of the wonderful gift they've been given.

Where there's an up, there's a down, and there are some disadvantages to being an older parent. The most obvious is age. How will children feel about having older parents? How old will parents be when their children graduate from high school or college? Age can cause some isolation from other parents who are much younger. Older parents may have less energy, but parents today are very health conscious and that isn't as much of a drawback. The big question is how much energy will parents have to play something like soccer at age 50?

Having a baby at any age is a big decision. Age shouldn't make a difference in how much a parent loves and cares for a child. Children love their parents, whatever their age.

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Image: The Impatient Woman's Guide to Getting Pregnant, by Jean M. Twenge Ph.D. Publisher: Free Press; Original edition (April 17, 2012)The Impatient Woman's Guide to Getting Pregnant
by Jean M. Twenge Ph.D.

-- Complete guide to the medical, psychological, social, and sexual aspects of getting pregnant, told in a funny, compassionate way, like talking to a good friend who’s been through it all.

And in fact, Dr. Jean Twenge has been through it all—the mother of three young children, she started researching fertility when trying to conceive for the first time.

A renowned sociologist and professor at San Diego State University, Dr. Twenge brought her research background to the huge amount of information—sometimes contradictory, frequently alarmist, and often discouraging—that she encountered online, from family and friends, and in books, and decided to go into the latest studies to find out the real story.

The good news is:

There is a lot less to worry about than you’ve been led to believe. Dr. Twenge gets to the heart of the emotional issues around getting pregnant, including how to prepare mentally and physically when thinking about conceiving, how to talk about it with family, friends, and your partner, and how to handle the great sadness of a pregnancy loss; as well as how to know when you’re ovulating, when to have sex, timing your pregnancy, maximizing your chances of getting pregnant, how to tilt the odds toward having a boy or a girl, and the best prenatal diet.

Trying to conceive often involves an enormous amount of emotion, from anxiety and disappointment to hope and joy.

With comfort, humor, and straightforward advice, The Impatient Woman’s Guide to Getting Pregnant is the bedside companion to help you through it.

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Young black women who are obese or heavy through the hips were less likely to become pregnant, according to a substudy of the ongoing, prospective Black Women’s Health Study.

Fecundity was significantly reduced in a dose-response fashion for women who were overweight (fecundity ratio, 0.89), obese (FR, 0.75) and very obese (FR, 0.68) after adjustment for age, education, smoking history, alcohol intake, physical activity, parity, region, and waist-to-hip ratio.

A large waist-to-hip ratio (defined as 0.8 or greater), also was significantly associated with lower fecundity (FR, 0.73), with fecundity ratios less than 1 indicating reduced fecundity or longer time to pregnancy (TTP).

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Image: But I Don't Feel Too Old to Be a Mommy!: The Complete Sourcebook for Starting (and Re-Starting) Motherhood Beyond 35 and After 40, by Doreen Nagle. Publisher: HCI (February 7, 2002)But I Don't Feel Too Old to Be a Mommy!: The Complete Sourcebook for Starting (and Re-Starting) Motherhood Beyond 35 and After 40
by Doreen Nagle

-- The first and only book to fully address the concerns of the ever-growing but greatly ignored audience of literate, educated women who have delayed motherhood.

In this comprehensive work, women who are considering parenting in their 30s, 40s and later-whether for the first time or starting over-will find all the information they need to make informed choices.

Complete with quotes from medical experts, later-in-life moms and their kids, this one-stop book will calm the doubts and fears of women considering motherhood after 35 and beyond 40 by providing supportive yet realistic information.

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Image: Cervical mucus (a fluid that is secreted from inside the cervix) plays an important role in achieving pregnancy
Cervical Mucus as a Natural Fertility Sign
One of the purposes of cervical mucus is to sustain sperm in a healthy medium and facilitate sperm movement.

Therefore, during ovulation, there is an increase in cervical fluids, as well as a change in CM texture. During this time, CM becomes more pliable, stretchable, and slippery (resembling raw egg whites) and is therefore a reliable indicator of fertility.

To observe CM, simply use clean, dry fingers or toilet paper to collect and examine your cervical mucus. During non-fertile times of the month, you will typically observe a dryness (or scant amount of cervical mucus). However, as you near ovulation, the amount of CM will increase and the texture will change.

Before Ovulation, a woman typically experiences very little visible cervical fluids. Gradually, more mucus will accumulate - but it will be yellow or cloudy and exhibit a sticky texture. This is non-fertile cervical mucus (sometimes referred to as hostile cervical mucus).

As you begin to near your ovulation date, the presence of cervical mucus will increase markedly due to higher levels of estrogen in your body. First, there will be a moistness or slight tackiness to the mucus, and it should exhibit a white or cream-colored appearance. However, as you near your most fertile time, CM will become thinner and more slippery.

During Ovulation, the amount of cervical fluids will increase greatly and the appearance will resemble raw egg whites. The texture of the CM will become increasingly slippery and stretchable, and may appear semitransparent. This is your most fertile time of the month for conceiving.

After Ovulation (luteal phase), the slippery, thin quality of the CM will lessen and the texture will once again become sticky and cloudy. Post-ovulatory dryness may also ensue as the levels of progesterone rise in your body.

As a natural fertility sign, monitoring changes in cervical mucus is a reliable method of ovulation prediction.

Certain vitamins may help increase your cervical mucus. They can include:

Vitamin C - Makes your blood vessel walls stronger, fight off infections, and speed healing of any wounds. As well, Vitamin C can increase the amount of fluid in your cervical mucus, giving you plenty of cervical mucus.

Nitric Oxide [NO] - Makes blood vessels dilate, allowing your blood to flow to your reproductive organs, which are your genitals, uterus, and ovaries. Studies suggest NO helps increase the amount of mucus secreted by your cervix.

Lactobacilli - Not exactly a vitamin, Lactobacilli are tiny organisms - an important part of a healthy environment in your vagina. Lactobacilli helps create the best environment to make cervical mucus more effective.

Grapeseed Extract - Works with Vitamin C, making it more effective. The presence of this antioxidant gives additional support and protection to your man's sperm.

Evening Primrose Oil - A herb often used specifically to increase your cervical mucus. It is an essential fatty acid, also an anti-inflammatory. It not only helps increase your cervical mucus, also helps increase the quality and effectiveness of your cervical mucus, producing more egg-white cervical mucus.

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FertileCM
- designed to help a woman produce her own cervical mucus - naturally.

Cervical mucus (a fluid that is secreted from inside the cervix) plays an important role in achieving pregnancy.

During most of a woman's cycle, very little cervical fluids are produced.

However, around the time a woman ovulates, the presence of cervical mucus increases in order to help nourish sperm and facilitate sperm transport.

It also insulates sperm from the natural acidity inside the vagina.

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Image: Day 183/365 Doing nothing - Photo credit: Daniel Oines on FlickrMany women live through painful periods and discomfort, totally oblivious of the possibility of enlarged fibroids until their reproductive system is affected. Ms Ann Kyobe discovered she had fibroids at 30 after two pregnancy losses and she had a premature birth by caesarean section after that.

Before this she had lived through painful and heavy menstrual periods that lasted two weeks each time. Occasionally, Ms Kyobe felt pain in her lower back. According to Dr Rhona Mijumbi of International Air Ambulance, Ms Kyobe exhibited typical signs that one could be having enlarged fibroids.

Ms Kyobe says that she had scanty knowledge of fibroids so there was no way she could suspect anything was wrong just because her periods were painful and heavy. There are many women who have heavy or painful periods so I thought it was normal, she says. Dr Mijumbi describes fibroids as non-cancerous swellings that grow in, on or around the walls of the uterus.

They could grow to as many as 20 or just one in varying sizes: they can be as small as a pea or as large as a basketball. The size, number and location determine severity and what effects they will have on their victims.

The most severe of effects are reproductive-related. They include birth by caesarean section, pregnancy loss, or failure to conceive in the first place. Frequent urination, a feeling of fullness in the lower abdomen, bleeding between periods and painful sexual intercourse could also indicate their presence. If they are growing on the outer lining of the uterine walls, the fibroids could cause the stomach to bulge.

In school,we were taught that fibroids affected women above the age of 35 but the reality in the field is that although it is prevalent (in that group), even women as young as 20 are diagnosed with them, says Dr Mijumbi.

According to Dr Charles Kiggundu a gynaecologist at Mulago Hospital, the prevalence rate for fibroids among Ugandan women is 30 percent. This accounts for three out of every 10 women in their 30s and four out of every 10 women in their 40s.

These are however based on the women that have been diagnosed, excluding those that have not gone for medical check up, he says.

Dr Mijumbi says although over time, black women have been found to be more prone to developing fibroids than their white counterparts and 20 percent of sufferers worldwide are above 40 years of age. Kiggundu further explains that women who give birth late or have few children are more prone to fibroids.

This highlights the fact that the more affluent woman who takes a longer part of her life studying, making money and thus gives birth later in life to fewer children is at a higher risk of suffering from fibroids.

A hormone, oestrogen favours the growth of fibroids while another called progesterone, which is produced in large amounts during pregnancy helps counter the possibility of developing fibroids. The earlier one bares children therefore, the more progesterone they produce in their bodies which helps reduce their chances of developing fibroids, explains Dr Kiggundu.

Having this in mind, many women have been driven to seek male companions in a rush to stop the hand of nature. Ms Julia Nabunya says that when her 42-year-old aunt found out she had fibroids, she advised her to get a baby as soon as possible to avoid developing them as well.

Thus, at 22, Ms Nabunya got pregnant, not caring much about who she picked for her child's father. Although early birth may reduce the risk of getting fibroids, there is no definite way to prevent them.

At best, the doctors advise medical examinations if any of the symptoms are experienced so that if fibroids are found early, one can plan on how to manage pregnancy, for example.

There are cases where we advise women to give birth early, but not to prevent them as some women think, Dr Mijumbi says. It is instead to ensure that one gives birth before the fibroids are too big to interfere with pregnancy.

In other cases, the fibroids are cut out if found severe and causing a lot of complications. At worst, the entire uterus is removed. According to doctors, fibroids are not known to have any direct effect on fertility but rather interfere with conception and pregnancy depending on their size and location.

If a fibroid is located at the entrance of the uterus or is blocking the fallopian tube(s) and is big enough to cause blockage, the sperm and ova might not get to meet and thus there is no fertilization, Dr Paul Ssemugoma of International Medical Centre says.

Dr Mijumbi adds that in cases where a fibroid grows at the entrance to the womb, sex could be painful and delivery complicated resulting into birth by caesarean.

This is an example where we would need to operate and remove the fibroids but we can't operate when one is pregnant so we wait and see whether the foetus survives long enough to be delivered by caesarean then operate later before their next pregnancy, she explains.

The other instance where they are removed is when a swelling twists on its stalk. Fibroids have a stalk attached to the uterine wall. When one of the fibroid swellings begins to twist on its stalk, it causes unbearable pain. In that case, surgery to remove the fibroid has to be carried out.

Fibroid swellings thrive on oestrogen - a female hormone produced by the ovaries which increases in the body during ovulation, menstruation and pregnancy. They enlarge during heavy surges of the hormone in the body causing heavy and painful periods as they expand and contract.

Some patients are in fact injected with oestrogen free hormones to hinder development of the fibroids but this hormone impacts negatively on their fertility rates, says Dr Mijumbi.

During pregnancy, they enlarge and if they are growing on the inner walls into the uterus, they compete for space with the foetus and usually win thus causing pregnancy losses or premature births. In most cases though, even when the doctors diagnose fibroids, the patients are left to live with them.

They are usually small and harmless save for the painful and heavy periods that most women can live with taking painkillers, says Dr Ssemugoma. Otherwise, the fibroids die out with menopause because the ovaries stop producing the oestrogen they thrive on.

REAL LIFE EXPERIENCE:
It happened to me: Grace Areymo a 49-year-old mother of five shared her experiences with Winifred Agudo. When I was growing up, this complication was attributed to women who decided not to give birth. This was to change drastically in 1998, when my menstrual cycle became constantly heavier, more painful and would last two weeks.

I immediately sought medical help and fortunately, a female doctor attended to me. She recommended antibiotics for one week, thinking it was an infection. A week later, with no improvement, I was forced to see the doctor again, this time round however, it was a male doctor.

He prescribed pills for my pain for 30 days, thinking it was hormonal imbalance. I was fooled into thinking the problem was gone when the bleeding stopped, but my next period was very painful so I was advised to see a gynaecologist.

After several tests, and sound scan in 2000, I was diagnosed with fibroids. My first reaction was shock, because society always had it that fibroids exist among Nuns, and women who deliberately refuse to give birth, besides I am a mother. Since then my abdomen has gradually expanded so much, that it is uncomfortable.

People who knew me before keep wondering what happened and this has put pressure on me to look like did before. Thinking back now, remember this complication could have started when was in my 30s, though I ignored it then.

I have tried some preventive methods like herbal medicine, which has slightly reduced the size of my tummy. I am still hesitant to have an operation because of the side effects.

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Image: Pregnancy Miracle: Permanently Reverse Your Infertility, by Lisa OlsonPregnancy Miracle
by Lisa Olsen

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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