I just gave birth at 43 1/2 to a beautiful baby boy who weighed in at 9 pounds 6 ounces and has the best temperament ever! Someone asked me to post my story on this page, so here it is.
I got pregnant using a ovulation monitor right away but miscarried at 9 weeks. I decided I should go to a fertility specialist the next time as to not waste one minute of fertility time.
Everything with these guys is about success rates. If they think you will bring their numbers down, they don't really won't do too much to help you. I was told at my age (almost 43) that I should adopt or use an egg donor. I asked about medication and he said it wouldn't help me. (again protecting their success rates)
I asked for a hormone panel just to see where my fertility levels (FSH) were. The doctor called me back very surprised, and said I was still fertile. I was 6.6 and anything under 9 is considered good. He was suspicious though, and said if I came back next month and repeated the test and IF the levels were still low, he MAY consider me for a new fertility medication trial they were about to conduct.
Well guess what? I was already pregnant, and didn't need his medication! So my point is to hang in there, ask questions and really push those doctors to look beyond their success rates.
What I felt worked was using the ovulation monitor but having sex 4 days before ovulation as well as on the days of ovulation. I read an article on WebMD.com that you are actually most fertile 4 days before.
The other things I did were staying flat for at least 30 minutes afterwards or with a pillow under your hips, cutting out anything (food wise) processed and taking my prenatal vitamins. I also visualized me getting pregnant and the sperm connecting with the egg.
Sounds funny but I got pregnant twice using following this advice and luckily for me, the second one took and I now have a beautiful baby boy! Good luck to all of you.
This web site will help you and the support you get here is amazing. Keep trying and don't let anyone tell you it can't be done!
Photo credit: Baby running off with a chair, by Jasmine Adams
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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Cooking for Fertility
by Kathryn Flynn (Actor), Tiffany Pollard (Actor), RJ McHatton (Director) | Format: DVD
Rating: 5.0 out of 5 stars (1 review)
-- In this 105 minute DVD, you will learn how to make 12, scrumptious, easy to prepare, fertility enhancing meals.
Discover the healing and regenerative powers of these foods and understand how time tested Chinese Medicine principles apply to your vitality and your virility!
In Cooking for Fertility, Kathryn and Tiffany walk you through fertility meal preparation, taking you beyond the recipes and into the most fertile methods for preparing your foods.
From there you can create many of your own Cooking for Fertility meals in a snap! Includes full recipes, important resources, and bonus footage to support you on your journey to conception. Enjoy!
Run Time: 105 minutes
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