July 2010


In Conceiveonline (http://www.conceiveonline.com/fertility-health/19-ways-boost-fertility/?cmpid=enews072710) they had a list of “19 Ways to Boost Your Fertility”.  So I checked it out thinking after all the articles I have read, I would probably know most of them.

To my surprise – Two thoughts were new to me – #5 & #7:

5. Lick an ice cream cone
Research has shown that women who consume full-fat dairy products have a lower rate of ovulatory infertility than women who stick with the nonfat versions. According to Jorge Chavarro, M.D., co-author of The Fertility Diet (McGraw-Hill, 2007), the hormones in milk are concentrated in the fat, “and because the majority of cows are milked when they’re pregnant, fertility-enhancing hormones such as progesterone and estradiol are passed through the milk.” Eating too much full-fat dairy (like butter or cheese) won’t do the arteries or waistline any good. So stick to one serving a day and cut back calories in other ways to compensate.
7. Make sure your carbs are fertility-smart
It’s hard to believe that bagels and doughnuts can damage fertility (waistlines are another matter), but that definitely seems to be the case. These “bad” carbs (which include white flour, sugar, white rice, white potatoes) are primarily sugar, and are absorbed into the bloodstream very quickly. Insulin levels rise to move the sugar from the blood into the cells where it can be used as energy. When the body is constantly taxed by higher blood-sugar levels, unpleasant things start to happen: You gain weight, your bad cholesterol rises, and your reproductive hormone levels get thrown out of whack. For more even fuel-burning and optimal fertility, stick to “good” carbs, including vegetables, fruit, whole-grain breads and pastas, and beans. Eating this way might even help ward of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a condition that affects 1 in 10 women and is a leading cause of infertility.

What surprised you??? Let us know.

My daughter will be turning 10 this year which means that my miscarriage was over 10 years ago.  I am still amazed that when the topic of miscarriage comes up with people I meet throughout my day (old friends, new friends and strangers) that everyone knows someone who has had at least one miscarriage – sadly sometimes more than one. 

If I am speaking with the woman who actually had the miscarrige, somewhere in our conversation there are 2  sentences that I usually hear – “Oh – I wish Our Hope Place was around when I had my miscarriage” and “I would have loved a place to connect with others who experienced a miscarriage – I felt so alone.”

Realizing how we felt after our miscarriages is what inspired Sharon & I to start www.OurHopePlace.com.  I  hope that if you are reading this blog that you pass our link onto anyone who you know who could benefit from having a place to connect with others who have experienced the same loss so they will not feel so alone.

Genetics, is a b*#&@, or it can be.  Given my recent news that I have a prolapsed uterus requiring surgery and that it is genetic, I want to scream from the roof tops (or at least a blog) and tell EVERYONE – ask your mom about her health, and ask about your grandmother’s as well!!!  It just might help!!!  Get over what ever is in the way, and have the conversation… (if it is at all physically possible).

This months Real Simple magazine article, “are you destined to become your mother?” by Stacy Colino, echos my sentiment.  In that it is important to understand your genetics and your predisposition.

I love that they wrote and published this article.  I wish I had seen something like this years ago… but at least I am learning now…  This article talks about how various conditions and/or diseases (including:  arthritis, breast, ovarian and colon cancers, oral care, depression, heart disease, menopause, migraines, osteoporosis, pregnancy and labor, and substance abuse), your mom may have and it’s genetic link to you and how to stay healthy.

I can’t stress how important it is to know your mother (and I would add grandmothers) health factors.  Also, I don’t have a sister, I do have a close cousin, so we can compare some things… this has also proven to be very helpful!!!

Now don’t get  me wrong, I am not saying all that comes your families way, will come to you…  but interestingly I have had a number of items that my family has… including when my mom was pregnant, her water broke before she went into labor (all 3 times), my grandmother had a prolapsed uterus, my other grandmother had multiple miscarriages, my cousin has cystic ovaries.  Now I am watching my mom go through double knee replacement.  She is doing so well, but my knees have sympathy pains.  In an effort to make them go away, I am going to change my exercise plan…

So I am selling my treadmill (anyone interested?), and I have purchased a machine that is a cross between a stationary bike and an eliptical machine;  basically and eliptical that you sit at (can’t stand and exercise with a prolapsed uterus – gravity is not my friend).  I am working on being healthier.  Hope this will help.

Talk to your mom!  Give her a hug too!

Last week I went to the gyn for a test to check my bladder (little leakage when I am sick and I cough); the thought was this was this is a little issue.

Well turns out not a little thing, actually a little bit bigger.

Following the test, I had a consult with the doctor.  Seems I have a prolapsed uterus due to very weak muscles – really, really, really weak muscles.  So weak my doctor said, this is genetic.  Huh?  And I need surgery, a 5 hr surgery, HUH?  With tears running down my face, I tried to get some notes down.

I had no idea that when my grandmother had an issue with this (ps she was 80) that it could impact me.  Why didn’t anyone ask, tell or mention anything?    I had no idea when someone said I had a titled uterus, that was the beginning of this.  Again, why no conversation.

My doctor said years ago, even recently, most doctors would have said… just go on your way.   Maybe that is why no one asked or mentioned.

Turns out there are other factors that contribute to this – multiple pregnancies, difficult labors, over weight, …  Though my doctor said that regardless of other factors, this is genetic and the other factors just impact time (usually within 5 years).  That there are all kinds of studies on twins…  one with factors and one with out (amazing they could find all these people, but the did), both twins developed a prolapsed uterus – the only difference was time…

Here’s the thing, I wish I had known.  There are things you can try to do to prevent a prolapsed uterus (again, my doctor said it wouldn’t have helped me).  But once you have one, there isn’t much you can do…  and I read some of those natural treatments (mashed carrots where? no thanks!).  I also read that they don’t help very advanced cases like mine.  (Boo!)

It is amazing to me the things women are not prepared for…  I was not prepared for my miscarriage, I was not prepared for a prolapsed uterus, and I was not prepared for the (thankfully benign) lumps in my breasts).  Why isn’t there education?

There are 1 million miscarriages each year.  Approximately 50% of women 50 years and older have some degree of prolapsed uterus.  We need to better inform people…

Share this with a woman you know and love and want to be aware of things in life that could impact them:

for miscarriage:  ourhopeplace.com

for prolapsed uterus