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.

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Hi www.OurHopePlace.com,
Thank you for creating your website. I could have used it when I went through my miscarriages 2 – 5 years ago. Here’s my survival story.
Thank you,
Lori

After four devastating miscarriages, I went on to carry a baby to full term. Here’s a quick recount of my miscarriages.

#1 There was never any heartbeat. I started to miscarry at the grocery story (sweating, cramping) and had to rush home. I was 7 weeks along. Advil helped with the cramps.

#2 The egg and the sperm met but nothing happened. I miscarried on my birthday and the due date of my first pregnancy. Since this pregnancy wasn’t very far along, the miscarriage was like a really heavy period with a lot of cramping.

#3 Perhaps the most devastating. There was a heartbeat during one sonogram and then the baby died and there wasn’t any heartbeat during the second sonogram. This was one of the few times I had seen my husband cry.

After this sonogram, we decided infertility tests were in order. Husband has incredibly low sperm count. With his low sperm count it was amazing that he was getting me pregnant. I was diagnosed with Poly Cystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and was put on Glucophage to control my blood sugar and told to eat a low glycemic diet. The fertility specialist did see some scar tissue in my uterus. Possibly from the miscarriages.

I got pregnant and miscarried baby number four and decided to go in for a D&C to see why I was having all these miscarriages. I passed all the other miscarriages naturally. The D&C did not reveal anything wrong with me. It was a typical miscarriage with an “abnormality in chromosome number 16.”

After being on Glucophage for more than two years, I weaned myself off and decided to control my blood sugar and continue with my healthy eating habits.

Things that helped after all these miscarriages: Doing something nice for myself. Getting a pedicure, buying some wonderful-smelling bath gel and taking a bath and writing the experiences down in my journal.

A little over a year later, I got pregnant again. This one carried to term and my daughter was born on January 9, 2007.

Here are my theories on why I was able to sustain this pregnancy:
The D&C had cleaned out that scar tissue.
Getting off of Glucophage.
I had done two herbal cleanses to clean my system out of toxins.
The month I got pregnant, was the first time in my life that I had forgotten to mark an X on calendar at the start of my period. I had finally let go. It’s very true about how stress can alter your cortisone levels and cause unknown stress in your body. I had finally found a peaceful state with my infertility situation and that’s when it happened.