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Getting Pregnant Tips, World News December 23, 2013

New Discovery Offers Hope for Infertile Women

Chinese scientists have discovered a protein complex which could help women who suffer from infertility.

Scientists have discovered that cullin-ring finger ligse-4 (CRL4) complex is crucial in maintaining female fertility. For the first time its molecular mechanism can be revealed.

A paper on CRL4 complex and how it works was published in U.S.-based Science Magazine on Friday Beijing time.

Fan Hengyu, research group leader from Zhejiang University, said the discovery has revealed how CRL4 complex works in sustaining fertility and postponing the menopause. This can increase the length of the reproductive period.

A baby girl has 100,000 follicles at birth, which are dormant. From the age puberty parts of the follicles begin to grow every month and mature into eggs that are released during ovulation each month, Fan explained.

“During the course of her lifetime, a woman will ovulate only around 300 to 400 mature eggs, and the end of ovulation means the beginning of the menopause,” said Fan.

For those with Premature Ovarian Insufficiency (POI), characterized by entering the menopause early before the age of 40, getting pregnant remains a dream as there is no treatment.

Specific oocyte genes are essential for follicles and female fertility, the paper said, but the mechanism that regulates the gene expression was poorly understood.

In a laboratory experiment, the scientists deleted the CRL4 complex from a mouse through gene knockout techniques. Showing no abnormality, the mouse was later diagnosed to be infertile. It had symptoms of rapid oocyte loss, POI and fewer fertility maintaining genes.

Further research has revealed how the CRL4 complex works.

“It activates proteins that are involved in fertility to help regulate the expression of genes, and make sure gene reprogramming for fertility is correct,” according to Yu Chao, the paper’s first author.

According to Yu, a woman will enter the menopause earlier without the existence of CRL4 complex, but this may not be the only reason.

Science Magazine has said it is a groundbreaking discovery, as it illustrates the importance of CRL4 complex and provides a possible answer to the cause of infertility.

Fan Hengyu said further studies will be done on females lacking the CRL4 complex.

Through intervening the gene expression women can avoid POI and delay the menopause, which will be a direction for future research, Fan said.

“It offers hope, especially at a time when the country has lifted the ban on having a second baby,” Fan added.

[Source: Xinhua]

Getting Pregnant Tips, World News October 14, 2013

Study ties chemical to possible miscarriage risk

The Associated Press
Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013 | 9:31 p.m.
New research suggests that high levels of BPA, a chemical in many plastics and canned food linings, might raise the risk of miscarriage in women prone to that problem or having trouble getting pregnant.

The work is not nearly enough to prove a link, but it adds to “the biological plausibility” that BPA might affect fertility and other aspects of health, said Dr. Linda Giudice, a California biochemist who is president of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. The study was to be presented Monday at the group’s annual conference in Boston. Last month, ASRM and an obstetricians group urged more attention to environmental chemicals and their potential hazards for pregnant women.

BPA, short for bisphenol-A, and certain other environmental chemicals can have very weak, hormone-like effects. Tests show BPA in nearly everyone’s urine, though the chemical has been removed from baby bottles and many reusable drink containers in recent years. The federal Food and Drug Administration says BPA is safe as used now in other food containers.

Most miscarriages are due to egg or chromosome problems, and a study in mice suggested BPA might influence that risk, said Dr. Ruth Lathi, a Stanford University reproductive endocrinologist.

With a federal grant, she and other researchers studied 115 newly pregnant women with a history of infertility or miscarriage; 68 wound up having miscarriages and 47 had live births.

Researchers analyzed blood samples from when the women were discovered to be pregnant and divided them into four groups based on BPA levels. Women in the top quarter had an 80 percent greater risk of miscarriage compared to those in the bottom group even though they were similar in age and other factors. However, because the study is relatively small, there was a big range of possible risk _ from only slightly elevated to as much as 10 times higher.

“It may be that women with higher BPA levels do have other risk factors” for miscarriage that might be amplified by BPA, Lathi said.

The study is not cause for alarm, but “it’s far from reassuring that BPA is safe” for such women, she said.

To minimize BPA exposure, avoid cooking or warming food in plastic because heat helps the chemical leak out, she said. Don’t leave water bottles in the sun, limit use of canned foods and avoid handling cash register receipts, which often are coated with resins that contain BPA.

“It’s impossible to avoid it completely,” Lathi said.

 http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2013/oct/13/us-med-chemicals-fertility/
Getting Pregnant Tips August 16, 2012

7 Pregnancy Tips To Help You Conceive

It is important to have a healthy body and mind ready for conception. This means reducing toxins and bad habits from your lifestyle. This not only goes for the female but also the male. A man’s sperm take months to develop before ejaculation and therefore a toxin free lifestyle is important too. These pregnancy tips might help!

Most doctors believe in a holistic approach to maximizing a TTC couple’s likelihood of conceiving a baby naturally, the pregnancy tips below are a number of simple steps both partners can take to assist the path to getting pregnant. These steps have been developed taking into consideration generally accepted health professional advice as well as recognized health research.

1. Smoking

According to the Health Insite, (Australian Government initiative) smoking is an important risk factor for the three diseases that cause most deaths in Australia: heart disease, stroke and lung cancer. Smoking has also been linked to cancers of the mouth, bladder, kidney, stomach and cervix, among others. Smokers are also at increased risk of having reduced lung function from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Using tobacco has been linked to a variety of other conditions, such as diabetes, peptic ulcers, some vision problems, and back pain. Smoking in pregnancy can lead to miscarriage, stillbirth or premature birth. Smoking can negatively affect sperm and your fertility.

2. Stress Management

Trying to conceive can be a stressful time in a couple’s relationship. Stress negatively affects fertility in many ways. Look for ways to reduce stress in your life. Perhaps try yoga, mediation, swimming; look for something you will enjoy and that you feel is relaxing. Most importantly, fun and laughter will help with a happy mental state. Try and create a fun environment for sex, enjoy love making rather than focusing on it as a task.

3. Weight Management

It is important throughout all times in our life to maintain a healthy weight range. So of course being a healthy weight around the time of conception is an important step. Both being underweight and overweight can reduce fertility. Look at a balanced diet with lots of grains, fruit, vegetables and small amounts of organic meat and fish; perhaps seek a dietitian or nutritionist advice. Regular exercise combined with a healthy diet should help to create healthy body and mind.

4. Alcohol Consumption

Alcohol can affect fertility. We advise against drinking alcohol before and during pregnancy. Drinking alcohol can increase the risk of miscarriage and abnormalities in the baby. Alcohol can also affect healthy sperm so it is advisable for men to reduce their alcohol consumption.

5. Medication/Drugs

It is best to discuss with your GP or specialist about any medications you are taking that may affect fertility. It is also important to review any over the counter medications you and your partner are taking as they may also affect fertility and sperm count.

6. Other Toxins

Your home or workplace may be potential sites for toxins that may be damaging to fertility and pregnancy. Seek the advise of a healthcare practitioner to identify and sources and provide treatment for the elimination of substances.Workplace and home environment substances could include: pesticides e.g. DDT, dibromochloropropane, chlordecone, ethylenedibromide, chlorpyrifos (Dursban) herbicides e.g. Dioxin fungicides hydrocarbons e.g. vehicle emissions, benzopyrene, PCB chemical solvents e.g. xylene, acetone, trichlorethylene, petroleum distillates, paint thinners and strippers, glycol ethers found in paint, solder vapors toxic smoke from burning synthetic and plastic based compounds textile dyes dry cleaning chemicals lead, mercury, cadmium gasoline, oil-based paints, cleaning solvents, adhesives exposure to radiation can be toxic to a pregnancy.

7. Foods To Avoid When Trying to Conceive

Peas: A chemical in peas have anti-fertility effects for both men and women. Scientists discovered that the birth rate in Tibet was considerably lower than other parts of the world. The cause was found to be peas, a staple food for the population. In clinical trails performed in the USA women were given the chemical (in capsule form) found in peas and pregnancies dropped by 60%. In men sperm rates were slashed by 50% too.
Soft drinks: Soft drinks contain more sugar than almost anything else you can eat. A single can contains approximately 10 teaspoons of sugar. Unfortunately, switching to diet soda won’t solve the problem.
Soy Products: Soy foods contain a natural source of estrogen which can be beneficial but if you are trying to get pregnant any excess in estrogen can cause hormonal imbalances. The result is often interference with ovulation and egg production. It is therefore wise to avoid all forms of soy foods when you are trying to get pregnant.

 

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Getting Pregnant Tips August 15, 2012

HOW BODY WEIGHT (BMI) CAN IMPACT OUR CHANCES OF GETTING PREGNANT

If you are thinking about getting pregnant or trying, it is important to be aware of how exercise, or lack of exercise may be affecting your natural fertility. The fact is most of us never think that exercise can impact our infertility, however too much or too little exercise may delay or even prevent you from becoming pregnant.

It’s widely accepted that obesity has a negative affect on our health both for girls and for guys, but did you also know that over exercise and low body weight (BMI) may also affect fertility.

What is BMI?

Body mass index (BMI) is a measure of body fat based on height and weight that applies to adult men and women, regardless of gender, age, or frame size.

What’s so important about BMI?

Being too thin (a body mass index of less than 18.5) or overweight (a BMI of 25 or more) may affect your natural fertility and additional research shows obesity may increase the risks of complications during pregnancy and even your baby’s health. If you are concerned about your weight you should consult your General Practitioner.

Use our tool to calculate your pre-pregnancy BMI. This will give you a starting point for recommended weight gain or loss.

WHAT IS MY BMI – BODY WEIGHT

Calculate your BMI here

less than 18.5  = I am underweight

Between 18.5-24.9 = I am normal weight

Between 25-29.9 = I am Overweight

BMI of 30 or greater = I am classified as having Obesity

Some research about being Overweight

Danish researchers in a study of over 5000 men found a link between obesity in men and lower sperm count compared to normal weight men (see 1)  and in the same study found a lower IVF success rate for women with a BMI over 35 (13% compared to 19% among healthy weight women). They were also less likely to become pregnant after two in-vitro fertilization attempts (22% became pregnant vs more than 20% of normal or underweight women. If you are overweight, losing 5 percent to 10 percent of your current weight is often enough to improve ovulation.

What About being Underweight?

A Harvard researcher, Professor Rose Frish has conducted a range of studies showing how under nutrition and intense physical activity can have a limiting effect on female fertility. Women who have too little body fat, because of over dieting and/or intensive physical activity show a disruption or impairment of their reproductive ability (see 2) . If you are too lean, gaining 2-5kg can sometimes be enough to restart ovulation and menstrual periods.

1.  Jensen, T. Fertility and Sterility, October 2004; vol 82: pp 863-870. Ryley, S. “Influence of body mass index (BMI) on the outcome of 6,827 IVF cycles,” presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, Philadelphia, Oct. 16-20, 2004.

2.  Rose E. Frisch Associate Professor of Population Sciences, Emerita Member, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies Department of Population and International Health

Pregnancy tips to help you conceive

The time to start working toward a healthy pregnancy is before you conceive. If you are trying to get pregnant quick, our pregnancy tips are good start to get your body ready for conception process.

What is Conceive Plus

If you have just started trying to get pregnant or have been trying for a while, Conceive Plus® can help increase your chances of conception naturally! Recommended by doctors, pharmacists and fertility clinics in more than 60 countries, this is the fertility friendly lubricant approved by the FDA and a prescription is not required.

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Social Media, Success Stories August 1, 2012

BFP! After 2 Miscarriages in a Row and About to Start IVF…

Conceive Plus user testimonial

Posted on Mon, 07/30/2012 – 11:23
Hi, I am 36 and my fiancée is 37. I have a very regular cycle. We started TTC in November 2011 and fell pregnant in December 2011. Unfortunately found our baby had no heartbeat at 9 weeks, had a D&C. Was absolutely gutted but fell pregnant again 4 months later only to start bleeding at 8 weeks – my OB found NOTHING on my scan and suspected an Ectopic.

Went in for an emergency D&C and Laparoscopy and thankfully it was not in my tubes – she couldn’t find it, which meant it, was classified as an “unknown location”. I felt something was wrong at the 6th week mark of this pregnancy as I started spotting and I had ZERO symptoms – sure enough…

5-6 months down the track we were referred to a Fertility Specialist and had all our tests done. My tests came back all normal but DH’s sperm morphology was only 2% (motility and count were normal) which is probably why we weren’t having any success. So, for the past 11 weeks he has been leading a healthier lifestyle and taking lots of vitamins!! We were all booked in to start IVF in 4 weeks time but to our surprise got our BFP yesterday morning!!! We are very excited but also very very nervous.

Here is what we did different which I think helped us achieve our BFP:

* Ovulated on CD 17 – BD 15, 16 and 17 – previous months we just BD’d every 2nd day from CD 10-18;
* Used Ovulation Kit and took my BBT, which I did every month anyway;
* used Conceive Plus (pre-filled applicators);
* DH has been on menevit, zinc, vitamin C for past 3 months (and cutting back on alcohol);

And what I think really helped was I had a HSG done 6 weeks ago. My tubes were both clear but it must have just given them a really good flush out. I would do this again. I am just praying everyday that this one sticks. It has to be my turn this time! I wish all you ladies TTC the very best of luck. It can be a very tough and emotional rollercoaster but what ever happens with this one, I am prepared for anything that comes my way. It is totally out of my control anyway. I have already started having symptoms like nausea and my test line came back faster and darker than the control line.. (that hasn’t happened before :)) So feeling very hopeful.

Baby dust to you all. xxx
(as posted on http://www.twoweekwait.com/node/5083)

Getting Pregnant Tips August 14, 2010

Pregnancy Tips To Increase Your Chances Of Getting Pregnant

It is important to have a healthy body and mind ready for conception. This means reducing toxins and bad habits from your lifestyle. This not only goes for the female but also the male. A man’s sperm take months to develop before ejaculation and therefore a toxin free lifestyle is important too.

Try taking a holistic approach to maximizing the likelihood of pregnancy, below are a number of simple steps both partners can take to help you on the path to getting pregnant and conceiving a baby naturally. These steps have been developed taking into consideration generally accepted health professional advice as well as recognised health research.

Smoking

According to the Health Institute, (Australian Government initiative) smoking is an important risk factor for the three diseases that cause most deaths in Australia: heart disease, stroke and lung cancer. Smoking has also been linked to cancers of the mouth, bladder, kidney, stomach and cervix, among others. Smokers are also at increased risk of having reduced lung function from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Using tobacco has been linked to a variety of other conditions, such as diabetes, peptic ulcers, some vision problems, and back pain. Smoking in pregnancy can lead to miscarriage, stillbirth or premature birth. Smoking can negatively affect fertility and sperm health. If you are trying to get pregnant consider stopping smoking.

Stress Management

Trying to conceive can be a stressful time in a couple’s relationship. Stress negatively affects fertility in many ways on top of the stress you already have trying to get pregnant! Look for ways to reduce stress in your life. Perhaps try yoga, meditation, swimming, look for something you will enjoy and that you feel is relaxing. Most importantly, fun and laughter will help with a happy mental state. Try and create a fun environment for sex, enjoy love making rather than focusing on it as a task.

Weight Management

It is important throughout all times in our life to maintain a healthy weight range. So of course being a healthy weight around the time of conception is an important step. Both being underweight and overweight can reduce fertility. Look at a balanced diet with lots of grains, fruit, vegetables and small amounts of organic meat and fish; perhaps seek a dietitian or nutritionist advice. Regular exercise combined with a healthy diet should help to create healthy body and mind.

Alcohol Consumption

Alcohol can effect fertility. The Australian National Research advises against drinking alcohol before and during pregnancy. Drinking alcohol can increase the risk of miscarriage and abnormalities in the baby. Alcohol can also effect male sperm health so it is advisable for men to reduce their alcohol consumption.

Medication/Drugs

It is best to discuss with your doctor or specialist about any medications you are taking that may affect fertility. It is also important to review any over the counter medications you and your partner are taking as they may also affect fertility and sperm count.

Other Toxins

Your home or workplace may be potential sites for toxins that may be damaging to fertility and pregnancy. Seek the advice of a healthcare practitioner to identify and sources and provide treatment for the elimination of substances.
Workplace and home environment substances could include:
pesticides e.g. DDT, dibromochloropropane, chlordecone, ethylenedibromide, chlorpyrifos (Dursban)
herbicides e.g. Dioxin
fungicides
hydrocarbons e.g. vehicle emissions, benzopyrene, PCB
chemical solvents e.g. xylene, acetone, trichlorethylene, petroleum distillates, paint thinners and strippers, glycol ethers found in paint, solder vapors
toxic smoke from burning synthetic and plastic based compounds
textile dyes
dry cleaning chemicals
lead, mercury, cadmium
gasoline, oil-based paints, cleaning solvents, adhesives
exposure to radiation can be toxic to a pregnancy

Foods To Avoid When TTC Trying to Conceive

Peas: A chemical in peas have anti-fertility effects for both men and women. Scientists discovered that the birth rate in Tibet was considerably lower than other parts of the world. The cause was found to be peas, a staple food for the population. In clinical trails performed in the USA women were given the chemical (in capsule form) found in peas and pregnancies dropped by 60%. In men sperm rates were slashed by 50% too.

Soy Products: Soy foods contain a natural source of estrogen which can be beneficial but if you are trying to get pregnant any excess in estrogen can cause hormonal imbalances. The result is often interference with ovulation and egg production. It is therefore wise to avoid all forms of soy foods when you are tyring to get pregnant.

Maintain his sexual virility

There is two of you to consider when you are trying to get pregnant and his health impacts on the volume of his sperm ejaculation. Aside from all of these easy and practical tips, another option that one can take to achieve sexual health is by regularly taking a dose of multivitamins. They may initially appear to be extra costs on the daily budget, but multivitamins actually offer several beneficial effects. They can help improve one’s appetite and relieve stress that can come from various fronts, including the workplace. Stress and a poor appetite need to be properly addressed as these usually have adverse effects on sexual urges.

Getting Pregnant Tips March 29, 2010

Getting Pregnant – your path to pregnancy

It is important to have a healthy body and mind ready for conception. This means reducing toxins and bad habits from your lifestyle. This not only goes for the female but also the male. A man’s sperm take months to develop before ejaculation and therefore a toxin free lifestyle is important too.

SASMAR® believes in a holistic approach to maximizing a couple’s likelihood of conception, below are a number of simple steps both partners can take. These steps have been developed taking into consideration generally accepted health professional advice as well as recognised health research. The number of benefits that can be availed from researches like these solely lie testimony to how beneficial their contribution is to the medical field. Hence, it goes without saying that research studies must be encouraged. Places like www.pharmaseek.com have the same motive in mind & assist research studies in administration and taking a load off their backs.

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