Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Cycle #3

Well AF finally showed yesterday. Today I had blood work done and a baseline ultrasound. I will be on a new protocol this cycle, the Lupron Flare. So I will be adding menopour to my list of shots. This will be a very fast cycle compared to my last two.

I am excited to get this cycle started, but nervous because this will be our last IVF cycle no matter what happens. My insurance will only pay for 3 cycles. We can't afford to pay out of pocket.

I do have a good feeling about this cycle though. I have been going to get acupuncture for the last 6 weeks. I have been eating better than before and drinking a lot less caffeine. If nothing else, I can at least say that I did everything possible to make this work.

Good luck to all of you who are going through IVF or about to go through any kind of infertility treatment. I hope that the information I have on this blog with help you become pregnant and have a healthy full term pregnancy.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

The Infertility Cure

I finally finished reading the best book I have found for IVF. This books goes through everything from how your eggs mature and grow to acupuncture and acupressure to herbs. This book is geared mostly toward women, but it does have a short chapter toward the back about men. And it does mention what will work for both men and women sprinkled throughout the book.

This is definitely a book about Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and how it can help you reach your goals. The author also talks about how TCM can be used in conjunction with Western Medicine's IVF treatments. Chinese medicine is based on balancing the energy flow in your body by using natural herbs, massage, acupuncture, food, meditation, and breathing.

The first thing you do is go through some questions to find out where your are deficient in energy. The rest of the book is based on your findings from the questionnaire.

The only thing I found confusing in the herbs. Most of these I have never heard of and all the rules that goes with what you should and shouldn't take and what time of the month these herbs should be taken. Before taking any of the herbs suggested in the book, I would consult an certified herbalist or Chinese Doctor.

I did make some changes from the suggestion I found in the book. I am cutting down to very little sugar since that seems to be a big problem in my diet and on processed foods. Here are some items that should be cut out entirely no matter where you are energy deficient:

This book goes into detain on what you should and shouldn't eat. If you have a lot of warm energy it suggests you eat cool foods like raw fruits and vegetables. If you have a lot of cool energy, eat warm foods and nothing straight out of the refrigerator.

Here are some Diet and Lifestyle tips:

  • Perform the massage techniques shown in chapter 6 to improve blood flow to the pelvic organs before and during the IVF process, but not after embryo transfer.
  • Do not smoke, use nicotine patches, or chew nicotine gum.
  • Do not drink alcohol.
  • Do not drink any coffee.
  • Eat well, suing the pattern discrimination dietary guidelines listed in chapter 6.
  • Take wheatgrass supplements, bluegreen alge; co Q-10, pycongenal, fish oil, and royal jelly. (You may take these all the way through your hormonal stimulation if your physician allows) These nutritional supplements will help keep you from depleting your Essence (and tax your Kidneys) any further.
  • Exercise daily before an IVF transfer, but do not begin any exercise program just before or during a cycle. If you do exercise, avoid sit-ups or any jarring, high-impact, or heavy weight-lifting exercises that make you grunt and raise intra-abdominal pressure. She recommends walking, except on the days immediately after embryo transfer.
  • After the egg retrieval, you may feel very uncomfortable and bloated. The best thing to do is drink lots of water and avoid sodium after retrieval
  • After transfer, remain as calm and stationary as possible. Meditate. Breath deeply. Listen to soothing music. Order takeout.
  • Avoid straining with a bowl movement in the days following transfer. If you are prone to constipation, increase dietary fiver or take a mild stool softener (but not a cathartic/laxative) (Poop Paste Recipe)
  • Listen to yourself. Do your best to keep stress hormones out of the equation. Give the embryo within you as much help as you can to settle in to its new home.

The is so much more information that can help each couple in this book that it is hard to highlight everything. For anyone going through or about to go through IVF or any kind of fertility treatments, I highly recommend this book.

Please leave comments on this book or recommend other books.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (OHSS) and IVF

After going through two cycles of IVF, I have been lucky not to have OHSS. It is a potential side effect of IVF treatments. While OHSS is typically mild, but it can be life threatening. Catching the symptoms early can lower the risk of serious complications. You may have mild OHSS during your cycle, however, severe symptoms usually occur 6 to 8 days after egg retrieval.
Symptoms are:

Mild
  • Abdominal bloating and feeling of fullness

  • Nausea

  • Diarrhea

  • Slight weight gain

Moderate
  • Rapid weight gain, more than 10 pounds in 3 to 5 days

  • Severe abdominal pain

  • Severe Bloating

  • Severe nausea (so much that you can’t keep down any food or fluids)

  • Diarrhea

  • Skin and hair may feel dry

  • Thirst

  • Dizziness

Severe
  • Trouble urinating

  • Shortness of breath

  • Rapid heartbeat

  • Fullness/bloating up above the belly button

  • Calf and chest pains

  • Lower abdominal pain

Prevention and Treatment
  • Avoid sexual intercourse

  • Reduce activities, no heavy lifting, straining, or exercise

  • Drink clear fluids around 10 to 12 glasses a day of ginger ale, cranberry juice, Gatorade, or ensure. ( I don’t remember where I saw that a doctor also suggested V8 juice.)

  • Total bed rest can increase the risk of some complications

  • Put your feet up. This helps your body get rid of the extra fluids

In rare cases when OHSS is severe, you may be hospitalized. The hospital may remove some of the fluids in your belly by needle. Usually the symptoms will decrease once you get your period.

If you get pregnant, your symptoms may stick around for several weeks. Pregnancy can also make the symptoms worse, so your doctor will want to monitor your situation carefully.

Sources:

About.com - http://infertility.about.com/od/infertilitytreatments/a/ohss_symptoms.htm
IVF.com - http://www.ivf.com/ohss.html

Friday, September 26, 2008

My Other Blogs

IVF is very expensive, especially if you have to pay for everything out of pocket. I am one of the few lucky ones that my insurance pays for most of it including meds. But that doesn't keep me from trying to cut some costs to save some pennies here and there.

Last April I my sister and I started a blog called Frugal Sister to help each other save money and cut costs. We also learn from each other on how to invest what little money we do have even if it is just in a high interest savings account. Lately I have been learn how to survive this financial crisis we are in.

For those who are trying to stay healthy while going through IVF, check out Healthy Living Frugally. There I post articles on foods of the week, stress, and exercise.

I have been asked how you make money by blogging. One way is to click on the advertisements that you are interested in or buying the books I have on the blog by clicking on the book. Please only do this if you are interested in the advertisement or the book. I have also posted a similar message as this one on my other blogs today. I usually don't do this, but I thought that I would share with those who are interested in the same subjects.

Please feel free to leave other web sites that you love to visit or your blog in a comment. I am always interested in other blogs and web sites.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Change The Way I Think

Today as I was going through some financial blogs, I discovered a theme. Most of them are talking about slowing down, taking time to breath, de-stressing, and getting organized. One of the biggest things you can do for yourself and your family is to try and stay as stress free as possible, especially when you are going through IVF.

Simple Mom had an article about writing things down to help declog the brain and de-stress the body. Keeping a list of things that need to get done, projects to start or finish, or grocery list in a notebook or on a computer program or web site will help you stay organized and not be so stress out trying to keep it all in your brain.

So I spent the next 2 hours going through my Palm Treo and updating my Tasks to get them all out of my brain. I also updated my calendar and added some alerts so that I don't forget what is coming up.

After thinking about other ways I can de-stress my life I have decided to put some other things into action like:
  1. Meditating for 10 minutes after I finish Tai Chi Chuan in the morning
  2. Going for a walk on the weekends on a bike trail next to my home
  3. Spending 10 minutes a day not doing anything
  4. Organizing my time and my house
  5. Cutting down my daily to-do-list so that I do have time for myself

Clutter is a big deal for me. It makes me crazy especially when I can't find something. Even though I have been working on getting my house organized for the last 6 years, it is time to get back to the chore (this is a long story that will not fit into the blog).

What are some things you can start doing to help you de-stress? Leave your tips in a comment.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

IVF Tips

After going through 2 cycles of IVF and reading a lot of posts on the fertility forums, I have put together some really good tips.

  1. When your meds are finally delivered at the door, you will be a little overwhelmed at all the needles and packages. It helps to organize everything. Getting one of those plastic 3 drawer containers to put med, needles, band aids, alcohol swabs, etc.

  2. Setting up a special place in your house for a shot station. This may help with stress especially if you don’t like needles. It will also keep everything in one place so you don’t lose your tiny bottle of lupron.

  3. For some shot other than progesterone, use ice before you get your shot. It will help. No ice or heat with the progesterone because that may kill the properties in the medicine. Extreme heat or cold is not good for progesterone.

  4. If you mix your meds, let it sit for about 10 minutes before you give yourself the shot. This lessens the stinging.

  5. Be prepared for mood swings no matter what meds you are on. Warn neighbors, family, and friends that you may become Mrs. Hide after the cycle starts.

  6. Don’t be afraid to call your doctor if you are having some problems. They are there to help. You may want to ask the question on message boards like Fertility Community. Most of the women there could probably give you some good advice and relieve some anxiety before the doctor is able to get back to you.

  7. If you have questions write them down. This way you don’t forget to ask when the doctor or nurse while they are on the phone. Remember that they have a lot of women they are taking care of and may not call you back right away.

  8. Write down the answers to the questions you asked. This way you can use it as a reference later when you’ve forgotten that you already asked the question or forgot the answer.

  9. After you give or get your shot, don’t be surprised that you may get some seepage back out the whole when you pull out the needle. Don’t panic, this sometimes happens. There is not enough seepage to worry about.

  10. You may bruise. I know I nicked a blood vessel in my last cycle and I had a huge purple bruise on my tummy for a couple of weeks. It was a little tender to the touch.

  11. It is always a good idea to join some of the message boards. The women will give you plenty of support and help when no one else can.


    1. IVF – Infertility.com - http://www.ivf-infertility.com/phpBB2/

    2. Fertility Community - http://forums.fertilitycommunity.com/vitro-fertilization-ivf/%20o%20%20%20%20IVF%20Forum%20-%20http://ivfforum.net/

    3. IVF Forum - http://ivfforum.net/

    4. Pregnancy Calendars, IVF Experience - http://www.pregnancy-calendars.net/forums/forum.asp?FORUM_ID=90


  12. Stims will make you feel bloated and you may look like you are 4 months pregnant. Have those fat clothes ready.

  13. Enjoy the day or so after the trigger shot. It will be the only day or so without any shots and hopefully for 6 to 10 weeks. You will be on progesterone starting the day of egg retrieval until you are about 6 to 10 weeks pregnant or you receive that dreaded call from the doctor saying that your pregnancy test came back negative.

  14. Some women take the time between egg retrieval and egg transfer off work to relax and destress.

  15. Some doctors require that you are on bed rest for 2 to 3 days after egg transfer. This is the time to really pamper yourself. Have a few movies, some books or magazines ready to keep you busy. Maybe start crocheting an afghan or knitting a sweater. It was suggested that you start a pamper box and when you come across an movie or book that you don’t have time for at the moment, throw it in the box.

  16. Bed rest does not mean you need to stay in bed the whole time. It is recommended that you lay down for most of the day, but you can get up to go to the bathroom, fix something light to eat, let the dogs out (but don’t take them for a walk). If you can, have someone stay with you to help out.


I know that I have missed some really good tips. What other tips to do have?

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Trans Fat Could Cause Fetal Death

MSNBC reported that a study has shown eating a diet high in trans fats could cause fetal death.

" The investigators assessed trans fat intake when the women were 39.5 years old on average. Among these women, 57 percent reported no fetal loss, 24 percent reported one fetal loss, and the remaining women had 2 or more losses."

Even Wikipedia has reported infertility under other effects of trans fats.

"Infertility: One 2007 study found, "Each 2% increase in the intake of energy from trans unsaturated fats, as opposed to that from carbohydrates, was associated with a 73% greater risk of ovulatory infertility…".

I was just reading the information in "The Infertility Cure: The Ancient Chinese Wellness Program for Getting Pregnant and Having Healthy Babies" that warns that "trans fatty acids can impaire the proper functioning of the immune and reproductive systems."

But not all trans fats are created equal.

Some foods have natural trans fat in them like fish, eggs, soy products, raw nuts and seeds, dark-green and winter vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, beets, carrots, kale, collards, cabbage, turnips, rutabega, and brussels sprouts.

Other that you should stay away from are: vegetable oils, shortening, margarine, lard and animal fat, hydroginated vetegable oils which are found in many processed foods.

Omega-3 fatty acids are a key to healthy blood.

"Omega-3 fatty acids have been found to clean the blood of fat deposits, reduce clotting, and encourage blood flow to the tissues, includign the uterus. Omega-3 fatty acids also boost the immune system and have been found to reduce certain immune cells which prevent the embryo's implantation in the uterus. The omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid and docohexaenoic acide are also essential to in fetal brain development."

I if you are having problems staying pregnant, it might be an idea to cut out all processed foods along with the bad trans fats.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Plastic and Babies

There have been a bunch of articles out lately about plastic and baby bottles. WiseBread did have a short statement about plastic affecting pregnancy. Check out these articles.

WiseBread

MSNBC

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Cabbage and Fertility

I use Google as my home page with a bunch of widgets. One of the widgets is The World’s Healthiest Foods. Every week they spotlight a food and give a lengthy report. This week is cabbage. There were a couple of really interesting facts that jumped out at me.

Cabbage is high in antioxidant that reduces the risk of cancer especially in the lung, stomach, bladder cancer, breast cancer and colon. Idole-3-carinole, sulforaphane, and idoles found in cabbage have been shown to improve estrogen detoxification.

The biggest fact that I found was “In addition, recent research is showing that it’s not only how much estrogen a woman has that puts her at risk for breast cancer, but how her estrogen is metabolized.” The route of estrogen metabolism determines how active and possibly mutagenic a woman’s estrogen is. According to “The Infertility Cure” low estrogen can affect the quality of eggs and delay ovulation.

Just 3 to 5 servings a week (1 serving = 1 cup) will help you decrease your risk of cancer and will help your body metabolize estrogen when TTC.

Sliced, chopped, or steamed is the best way to prepare cabbage to receive the most nutrients.
You may want to stop by the store and pick up some coleslaw for dinner.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Freezing Eggs

Freezing eggs is a concern for those going through IVF and hoping to have good quality blasts to save for another cycle of trying to have a baby. But some women are opting to freeze eggs so that they have a better chance of becoming pregnant later in life. Some are even freezing eggs because of cancer treatments or other serious illnesses that affect the ovaries.

A new process for freezing eggs has improved pregnancy rates with slow freezing or vitrification methods. The process is explained very well at The Infertility Center of St. Louis.

"This new technique of freezing called “vitrification” avoids the damage caused by ice forming inside the cell by not trying to pull every last molecule of water out, because it is impossible to do this 100%. In fact, 70% of the cell is water, and at best you can reduce that to 30%. So with the conventional controlled rate slow-freezing technique, there is always going to be some intra-cellular ice crystal formation, causing some damage to embryos, and severely damaging most eggs. Vitrification uses a super high concentration of antifreeze (DMSO and ethylene glycol), and drops the temperature so rapidly that the water inside the cell never becomes ice. It just instantaneously super-cools into a solid with no ice crystal formation at all.

We can now freeze and thaw, and even refreeze and rethaw, with impunity, using this new protocol from Dr. Masashige Kuwayama from the Kato Clinic in Tokyo. With conventional “slow freezing,” the temperature of the embryo goes down at precisely 0.3°C per minute. With vitrification (using four times the concentration of antifreeze, or cryoprotectant), the temperature is dropped at 23,000 degrees C° per minute, that is 70,000 times faster. At that speed of cooling, and at that concentration of antifreeze, ice crystals simply cannot form."

According to the CBS new article Flash frozen eggs survive more than the vitrified eggs.

"University of Michigan researchers compared the techniques, and found slightly more flash-frozen eggs survived thawing. And it took 21 vitrified eggs to generate a pregnancy, compared with 45 slow-frozen ones. "

Find out which process your clinic uses and ask about their success rates. This might be one of the reasons you choose or not choose to use a certain clinic.

Warning: There is a risk no matter what process is used that some or all of the eggs will not survive the thawing process.

Sources:

The Infertility Center of St. Louis
CBS News article
Extended Fertility
MayoClinic.com

Please post any information you have on the subject.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Discount IVF Pharmacies

I am fortunate that my insurance pays for all my meds. Well I have to pay 10%, but that is nothing to what it costs if you have to pay for everything. So I thought that I would put together a list of places that seem to be less expensive than your regular pharmacy and that specialize in fertility drugs.

Sharfts/Walgreens

Ascend Speacialty

IVF Meds

Freedom Drug

IVPCare

IntegraMeds - now has a coupon for those who are in a shared risk program for $500.00 off meds. See IVF Coupon. Good until October 31, 2008.


If I find more I will add them to the list. If you have a pharmacy that you love please leave the information in a comment.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Pineapple and Grape Juice

There is a big buzz about the IVF community about the benefits of eating pineapple including the core and drinking grape juice before and after egg retrieval and egg transfer. There is plenty of testimonies on all the IVF and TTC message boards. But it is very hard to find any solid scientific evidence on why it works.

In “The Infertility Cure” Dr. Randine Lewis suggests eating pineapple for the enzyme bromelain, which helps implantation.

At BabySnark supplements and tips web site spells out some of the same information that I have found.

"Grapefruit Juice Usage: I researched grapefruit juice and could find nothing anywhere supporting the various claims that it helps to increase cervical mucus and/or helps a fertilized egg to implant. I believe this to be an old (or new!) wives' tale. Grapefruit juice is rich in calcium, potassium, vitamin A and vitamin C, and is of course somewhat high-carb due to the fructose (fruit sugar).

Recommended Dosage: However much you feel like it, unless it gives you heartburn!

Food Sources: Grapefruits.

Side Effects: If you drink too much of it, you might get heartburn. You might also find yourself having to pee a lot if you drink a lot. Heh heh...

Pineapple Juice Usage: There is an old wives' tale floating around that pineapple juice will help a fertilized egg implant. However, pineapple juice is not recommended for use in TTC and/or pregnancy. In large doses, it can cause uterine contractions and bring on spontaneous abortions (miscarriage).

Recommended Dosage: Drink only in small quantities, if at all.

Food Sources: Pineapples.

Side Effects: Large doses may cause uterine contractions, miscarriage, vomiting, diarrhea, skin rash, very heavy menstrual periods. Unripe pineapple is poisonous, causing excessive diarrhea."

I have found more web sites that state that eating pineapple core is only a wives tale and should only be eaten in moderation. There is more information that eating an excess of pineapple can actually cause the uterus to contract and cause miscarriage. If you plan to eat pineapple, eat it sparingly, only 1/5 of the pineapple a day.

As for grape juice, it is another really good antioxidant and can help clean the body, but there is no proof that I could find that it helps with fertility at any stage. It is best to drink the unsweetened juice to receive the most benefits of antioxidants.

Sources:

http://forums.fertilitycommunity.com/vitro-fertilization-ivf/276751-pinapple-grape-juice.html http://www.babysnark.com/ttc-supplements/ttc-supplements.asp http://www.beginnerbaby.com/improve-fertility.phphttp://www.fertile-paths.com/index.html http://ivf.ca/forums/index.php?showtopic=7755&st=30 http://www.medhelp.org/posts/show/363169

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Caffeine Helps Male Fertility

According to research, in some cases caffeine can help increase male fertility. If the sperm count is low, caffeine may help increase the number of sperm. If your count is normal, caffeine may decrease the number of sperm.

Most research says to abstain from caffeine while the below links says it may actually help. Other items to stay away from are smoking, recreational drugs, hot tubs, and alcohol.

http://www.ivf1.com/caffeine-and-fertility/

“Much confusion has arisen over caffeine use in males. When sperm are treated under laboratory conditions with caffeine there is a short increase in the percent of motile sperm. However, over the longer term, the percent of moving sperm declines more quickly.
When men drink caffeine, most studies show a decrease in their ability to produce a pregnancy. The same Danish study that found a decrease in fertility from caffeine in women also found a similar decrease when men were the ones consuming caffeine.”

According to the Mayo Clinic coffee in moderation may actually increase motility. However large amounts had the opposite effect and caused sperm to swim slower.

It has been reported on some of the message boards that drinking a Mountain Dew the day before and day of ER has increased sperm count and vitality. The advise that applies to women also applies to men. Stop drinking coffee, tea, and hot chocolate, and no chocolate candy for everyone involved in the baby making process.

Sources: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/fertility/MC00023
http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0NAH/is_7_33/ai_107637368 http://www.babycenter.ca/preconception/activelytrying/caffeineandfertility/

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

What you need to do before IVF?

I wish that I had started this blog long before I started my first IVF cycle. Fortunately I am learning more with every cycle. The biggest thing that I learned is that I should have started 3 months before my first IVF cycle.

Dietary changes should be made three months to a year before you start IVF treatments. Don’t go crazy! Some women will still get pregnant even if you just started making changed in the middle of their cycle. For the best results make the change to eat fresh fruits and veggies, lower the amount of red meat, and avoid junk food, caffeine, tobacco, sodas, sweeteners, and refined carbohydrates as soon as possible.

Most of the information I have found is from “The Infertility Cure”. There is a link on the right column to Amazon.com. Below are some other web sites with great information.

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/ReproductiveHealth/Story?id=4379398&page=1

Katz says, "The general advice is that if you want to make any changes to your diet in the hopes of conceiving and having a baby, you should probably be looking for a healthy diet with lots of whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and high in folate and omega-3 fatty acids."

http://health.msn.com/pregnancy/articlepage.aspx?cp-documentid=100198030

“When it comes to getting pregnant, the old adage "you are what you eat" rings true. "What you eat affects everything from your blood to your cells to your hormones," says Cynthia Stadd, a nutrition specialist at the Berkeley Center for Reproductive Wellness and Women's Health in New York City. According to the American Pregnancy Association, a nonprofit that promotes reproductive health, you should allow three months to a year for dietary changes to take root. But if you're already in the throes of baby-making, don't fret -- it's never too late to get a leg up. Read on for tips on getting your diet into baby-making shape.”

http://www.healthinharmonytcm.com/fertility.php

“When you are trying to get pregnant, each passing month can seem like a wasted cycle, and three to six months or more can seem like a very long time. However, studies show that at least three months of preparation with TCM is optimal for a healthy pregnancy and baby. In TCM, no cycle is a "wasted" cycle. Each treatment strengthens your body and brings it closer to optimal reproductive health, a healthy pregnancy, and a healthy baby.”

Please feel free to add any other helpful tips or web sites.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Acupuncture and Infertility

On the message boards I have been hearing a lot about acupuncture helping women become pregnant when used in conjunction with IVF treatments.

Acupuncture is a technique of inserting and manipulating fine filiform needles into specific points on the body with the aim of relieving pain and for therapeutic purposes. According to traditional Chinese acupuncture theory, these acupuncture points lie along maridians which energy flows.
Modern science has never been able to explain how acupuncture works.

“However, the National Institutes of Health in the United States have noted that many researchers are investigating the issue. Some possible theories as to just why acupuncture works include:

Changes to the central nervous system during acupuncture sessions alter the regulation of blood pressure and flow as well as body temperature.

Acupuncture stimulates the central nervous system causing neurotransmitters and neurohormones to be released, thereby boosting your body’s natural ability to heal itself.

Acupuncture reduces pain by releasing the endorphins, which naturally occur in the body’s pain control system, into the central nervous system.”

Acupuncture has been used for centuries to treat some causes of infertility. Acupuncture is not a cure for infertility. In some cases like blocked tubes or endometriosis, acupuncture can still improve the chances of fertility treatments bringing you a BFP. Acupuncture can help with elevated follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), repeated pregnancy loss, unexplained infertility, luteal phase defect, hyperprolactinemia, polycycstic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) with annovulatory cycles, and male factor including men affected with sperm DNA fragmentation.

Treatment should start three to four months before in vitro fertilization or donor-egg transfer. This period seems to have the best results.

Sources:
http://www.pregnancy-info.net/infertility_acupuncture.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acupuncture
http://www.americanpregnancy.org/infertility/acupuncture.htm

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Children and Kites

Syndicated columnist Erma Bombeck once wrote a piece the likened children to kites.

"You spend a lifetime trying to get them off the ground. You run with them until you're both breathless. They crash. They hit the rooftop. You patch and comfort, adjust, and teach. You watch them lifted by the wind and assure them that someday they'll fly."

Finally, they are airborne. They need more string and you keep letting it out. But with each twist of the ball of twine, there is a sadness that goes with joy. The kite becomes more distant, and you know it won't be long before that beautiful creature will snap the lifeline that binds you two together and will soar as it is meant to soar, free and alone. Only then do you know that you did your job."

Friday, September 5, 2008

Does drinking coffee or even decaf coffee affect fertility?

I love coffee and really didn’t want to give it up. Most doctors say that you can drink 1 to 2 cups a day and not have any effect on your chances for conceiving a baby. I decided to do my own research so that I can make a better decision for myself.

I found out that I should have given up coffee at least 3 months before I started any kind of IVF treatment. It takes 90 to 150 days for changes in the diet to affect the body. In some research caffeine can prevent the fertilized egg from attaching to the uterine wall. Below are links to the web sites that I found and quotes from the articles.

For me, since I don’t have a problem getting pregnant but I do have a problem staying pregnant, caffeine is now totally out of my diet. I did cut out caffeine a month before I became pregnant with my DD. So I have substituted hot water for my morning cup of coffee.

Below are links to some of the web sites I have found and quotes that I wanted to highlight.

http://www.pregnancy-info.net/diet_and_fertility.html

“Diet soda should be avoided, as it contains aspartame. Caffeine should also be limited, especially if you're having trouble conceiving, or while undergoing IVF. Caffeine constricts blood vessels, which reduces blood flow to the uterus and prevents eggs from attaching to the uterine wall.”

http://health.msn.com/pregnancy/articlepage.aspx?cp-documentid=100198030

“The research on whether caffeine can affect fertility is mixed. Experts generally agree that low to moderate caffeine consumption (less than 300 mgs a day or about two 8-ounce mugs of coffee) won't get in the way of getting pregnant. But you might want to cut out caffeine altogether if you're having difficulty conceiving or undergoing in vitro fertilization, says fertility specialist Leondires. He says that caffeine constricts blood vessels, slowing blood flow to the uterus and potentially making it harder for an egg to grab hold.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coffee_and_health

http://fertility.amuchbetterway.com/does-coffee-impair-fertility/

http://www.teeccino.com/PDFs/women.pdf

http://www.fertility.com/international/treatment/Enhance_Your_Well_being/Caffeine.jsp

Let me know what you have decided to do.

Monday, September 1, 2008

IVF Coupons

One of the ladies posted this link to a coupon for meds through IntegraMeds. If you are going through the shared risk program you can use this coupon for $500.00 off. It is good through October 31, 2008.