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I know of two women in my town who have unexpectedly found themselves pregnant with "bonus" babies.

One was 52 years old when she conceived, and the other had just turned FIFTY-SIX!!!

Both children were born perfectly healthy and are doing well.



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Image: Test Tubes and Testosterone (Male Infertility), by Michael Saunders. Publisher: Nell James Publishers (May 6, 2011)Test Tubes and Testosterone (Male Infertility)
by Michael Saunders

-- What do you need to make a baby? A willing partner? A good sense of timing? Some wine maybe? A nice meal and some amorous music? Not always.

There are times when all the romance (and luck) just simply will not do.

In those times, what you need is a specimen pot, a heap of drugs, so many ultra-sound scans that your wife or partner begins to glow in the dark and an unfeasibly large amount of tea.

Providing a rare yet enlightening male perspective on the world of IVF, Test tubes and testosterone is one man's experience of infertility and the IVF journey he embarked on with his wife in order to start a family.

Told with humour, wit and insight, this book sheds light on issues that can be hard to discuss even with the closest of friends or relatives, making it a valuable book for anyone contemplating or going through IVF.

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I conceived my children naturally.

I had my first child at 44 years, 11 months old.

Good luck!



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Image: What to Do When the Doctor Says It's Endometriosis: Everything You Need to Know to Stop the Pain and Heal Your Fertility, by Thomas L Lyons, Cheryl Kimball. Publisher: Fair Winds Press (November 1, 2003)What to Do When the Doctor Says It's Endometriosis: Everything You Need to Know to Stop the Pain and Heal Your Fertility
by Thomas L Lyons, Cheryl Kimball

-- Endometriosis can disrupt women's lives. It is responsible for chronic, sometimes crippling pain, hundreds of thousands of missed work hours, and in its most extreme cases, infertility.

There is hope! Thomas L. Lyons, M.D., whose philosophy is to "treat the patient, not the disease," has developed leading edge surgical techniques to address endometriosis.

Dr. Lyons demystifies this puzzling disease, covering issues from fertility to dietary concerns, alternative treatments to surgical options but the main focus is on the key issue of pain management for this potentially debilitating disease.

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Image: Little Baby Nati. Special dedication for Ania and Darek (parents Natalia) - Photo credit: Maciej Gauszka on freeimages.com
I went for peri-natologist visit the other day, and his oldest patient was 55 last year...

Now he didn’t tell me she used DE [donor egg], and I didn’t dare ask...

But either way, she had her life long dream of becoming a mommy...

Maternal drive never dies for most of us, whether we can't conceive due to high FSH [follicle stimulating hormone] or menopause..

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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Is Your Body Baby-Friendly?: Unexplained Infertility, Miscarriage and IVF Failure - Explained, by Alan E. Beer, Julia Kantecki, Jane Reed. Publisher: AJR Publishing; 1 edition (October 28, 2006)Is Your Body Baby-Friendly?:
Unexplained Infertility, Miscarriage and IVF Failure - Explained
by Alan E. Beer, Julia Kantecki, Jane Reed

-- A unique book—the first of its kind. No longer do patients have to accept that their infertility is "just bad luck" and they just have to "keep on trying."

No longer should women with recurrent miscarriages have to listen to their doctor telling them that their loss was "God's will" or that they ought to be thankful because their baby was probably chromosomally abnormal.

The statistics simply do not support such claims—in fact, they show that repeated reproductive failure can be a symptom of wider health problems in the mother.

Furthermore, the root cause can be treated—not only to promote the chances of a successful pregnancy, but to improve the mother's health long-term.

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Isn't it funny how when you are 20 years old, you think that 40 is too old to have a child, and when you hit 40 years old, it doesn't seem too old at all.

I know plenty of women who had children later rather than sooner in their lives.

My sister had her first at 40 years old - and her second at 43 years old.

Her kids keep her young, and she is so much more relaxed about it then I see some young mothers being.

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Image: Ordinary Miracles: A Journey through Primary and Secondary Infertility, by Krissi Marie McVicker. Publisher: iUniverse.com (March 27, 2012)Ordinary Miracles: A Journey through Primary and Secondary Infertility
by Krissi Marie McVicker

-- We had trouble conceiving and it was shocking news. When we found out that in-vitro fertilization would most likely be our only chance for success, our anxiety grew. But, with the help of my husband's amazing insurance, after three cycles, we were able to have our daughter, Ella.

And after three more cycles, our twins Logan and Mia graced us with their presence and we were truly blessed. I know that we were one of the lucky couples. Many people can't afford one IVF cycle, let alone six. And, I've never taken that for granted.

After my daughter was born, I started writing Ordinary Miracles. I wanted to share my story with others because I remember hearing success stories when I was in the midst of my struggle and it inspired me to believe that if it could happen to them, maybe, it would happen for me too.

After my twins were born, I started my blog: Stress Free Infertility. I wanted a place on the Internet where couples could go to and read about others, get solicited advice, and be inspired by other success stories; a place to ease the stress of infertility, at least a little bit.

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Image: It must be love - A roll of film that needed to be finished and an opportune moment - Photo credit: Jeff Osborn on freeimages.com
I was a Dr. Toth's patient in April 2005. I come to him after losing almost any hope to have another child. (My daughter is 24 years old).

After 2.5 years of acupuncture, 3 cycles of Clomid, 4 medicated IUIs, 3 IVFs with transfer and another 3 IVFs which were cancelled due to no response, by Cornell doctor's opinion, I had no chances to conceive using my own eggs.

Dr. Toth was my last hope.

My husband and I got tested and my husband was diagnosed with Chlamydia infection and some other bacteria. He was tested multiple times in different infertility clinics, they found nothing. Not NYU, not Cornell, nor Columbia.

We both had full Dr. Toth's treatment in April 2005 (by the way it was covered as out-network procedures by Cigna and United Health Care)

After we finished the treatment, Dr. Toth told me, You will get pregnant in 6 months. And I did get pregnant in Oct 2005. But I miscarried in December due to chromosomal abnormality.

I had D+C in December 2005 and got pregnant again, second cycle after the D+C. I am 44 years old and now I have a beautiful baby boy. Natural pregnancy!!!

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Image: First Time Mothers, Last Chance Babies: Parenting at 35+, by Madelyn Cain. Publisher: New Horizon Press (February 25, 1994)First Time Mothers, Last Chance Babies: Parenting at 35+
by Madelyn Cain

-- Advice and comfort for baby boomer mothers.

First-Time Mothers, Last-Chance Babies takes an extremely thoughtful look into a subject that is ignored in our society.

Her carefully written and researched book reveals the truth about the difficulty, and the rewards, of parenting later in life.

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Image: Baby 3 No no... not now... I'm busy! Photo credit: Kavitha Shivan (pkavitha1)

I had my first daughter at 41 years old.

I got pregnant on this one at 44 years old.

I will be 45 years old when I have the baby.

Please God!



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Image: Perfect Hormone Balance for Fertility: The Ultimate Guide to Getting Pregnant, by Robert A. Greene M.D. and Laurie Tarkan. Publisher: Three Rivers Press (April 29, 2008)Perfect Hormone Balance for Fertility: The Ultimate Guide to Getting Pregnant
by Robert A. Greene M.D. and Laurie Tarkan

-- You have more than one hundred hormones circulating in your body – reproductive hormones, pregnancy hormones, sex hormones, metabolic hormones, and stress hormones – relaying messages from tissue to tissue, organ to organ, brain to body, and body to brain.

An equilibrium, a perfect balance in both partners, often determines your ability to conceive and support a pregnancy.

When your body is imbalanced, conception becomes very difficult. Luckily, hormonal imbalances can be corrected.

Drawing on the latest research in this field – which links underlying hormonal issues with infertility in men and women – Dr. Robert Greene, fertility specialist, ob/gyn, and reproductive endocrinologist, has created the Perfect Balance Fertility Program to help patients attain the optimal hormonal health that is necessary for conception.

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I wanted to add us to the list:

Gave birth in April 2006 to a healthy baby boy at the age of 43, four months before my 44th birthday.


If you have good egg reserve, clear ovulation patterns and good timing, and there are no other obvious problems, you may just have to be patient and wait for the good egg.


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Image: Inconceivable: A Woman's Triumph over Despair and Statistics, by Julia Indichova. Publisher: Three Rivers Press (October 9, 2001)Inconceivable: A Woman's Triumph over Despair and Statistics
by Julia Indichova

-- A memoir of hope for the thousands of women struggling with infertility, from one who beat the odds by simply tuning in to her body and tapping her well of sheer determination.

At a time when more and more women are trying to get pregnant at increasingly advanced ages, fertility specialists and homeopathic researchers boast endless treatment options.

But when Julia Indichova made the rounds of medical doctors and nontraditional healers, she was still unable to conceive a child.

It was only when she forsook their financially and emotionally draining advice, turning inward instead, that she finally met with reproductive success. Inconceivable recounts this journey from hopeless diagnoses to elated motherhood.

Anyone who has faced infertility will relate to Julia’s desperate measures: acupuncture, unidentifiable black-and-white pellets, herb soup, foul-smelling fruit, even making love on red sheets.

Five reproductive endocrinologists told her that there was no documented case of anyone in her hormonal condition getting pregnant, forcing her to finally embark on her own intuitive regimen.

After eight caffeine-free, nutrient-rich, yoga-laden months, complemented by visualization exercises, Julia received amazing news; incredibly, she was pregnant.

Nine months later she gave birth to a healthy girl.

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I don't know what her FSH [Follicle Stimulating hormone] was, but a friend of mine was successful on her fourth IUI [Intrauterine Insemination] at the age of 44 (first time pregnancy).

The first three times, she took no meds and the last one she took Clomid but her RE [Reproductive Endocrinologist] doesn't think Clomid was the factor.

She said that she kept in her mind that since she had a 10% chance every month, the odds that she would succeed within a year was good.

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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: The Fertility Guide: A Couples Handbook for When You Want to Have a Baby (More Than Anything Else), by John C., II Jarrett and Deidra T. Rausch. Publisher: Health Pr (September 1998)The Fertility Guide: A Couples Handbook for When You Want to Have a Baby (More Than Anything Else)
by John C., II Jarrett and Deidra T. Rausch

-- This Fertility Guide provides a concise, sensible, appropriately scientific, but yet easily understood approach to modern fertility diagnosis and treatment.

Dr. Jarrett and Dr. Rausch have translated their vast and highly successful clinical experience into a "must" for the couple who "want to have a baby more than anything else."

The most important contribution of this book is that it translates the "high tech" into common sense and fills an important void in the specialty... -- E.P. Peterson, MD, Past President of American Society of Reproductive Medicine, Clinical Professor Dept OB/GYN University of Michigan.

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Pregnancy and fertility in older women - This article discusses the case of a 54-year old woman who stopped taking oral contraceptives at age 52 on the advice of her doctor.

A regular cycle developed but after a few months amenorrhoea occurred lasting 3 months, followed by a period of about 4 months with irregular bleeding.

At first she believed the menopause had taken place but she developed morning sickness and tightness in the breasts and presented to her gynaecologist with the belief that she was pregnant. It was a molar pregnancy.

Statistics on pregnancy in women older than 50 are sketchy and only about 1 birth in 75,000 occurs to women in that age group.

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Image: The Baby Chase: An Adventure in Fertility, by Holly Finn. Publication Date: July 8, 2011The Baby Chase: An Adventure in Fertility
by Holly Finn

-- I’m not over 40 and childless for no reason, writes Holly Finn. I smoked in my twenties. I preferred red wine to sparkling water. I ate too much milk chocolate. I liked limericks. I know all the wrong I’ve done. But also, more than any of that, I’ve always longed for children.

Yet there she was: successful, social, mostly happy, and not a mother. Knowing that her chances of becoming pregnant naturally were quickly fading, Finn decided to gamble: she—like some 85,000 other women in the U.S. each year—would attempt in vitro fertilization.

Almost three years later, she’s still trying, and in the process has become an accidental pioneer (and, at times, a guinea pig) in the ever-evolving science of IVF.

Length: 50 pages

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