Fertility Figure Symbols across the World

The Venus of Willendorf (30000-25000 BCE) The Venus of Willendorf is considered to be one of the fertility symbols of paleolithic woman. The statue is of a larger woman, with what is considered to be “child-bearing” hips. Her belly, breasts, vulva and buttocks are prominently displayed and swollen. Some statues unearthed had red ochre coloring in the statue’s pelvic region indicating menstruation and may have been used in rituals.

Kokapelli- is a Hopi fertility symbol. The hunchback, flute-playing “Casanova” has been dated back to almost 3000 years ago. This male fertility symbol has many legends circulating around him. Some of them are: that he travelled from village to village from winter to spring, bringing with him the change into spring. Some say the hunch of his back was from seeds that he brought to bring new life to the village, the flute he played to bring in the warmth of spring to the village. Many images depict his long, erect phallus (more modern depictions have left this part out).Other legends state that women who could not bear children would send for him and his healing powers. He was said to have spent most of his time sewing his seed with village women. Whichever legend you believe or follow, his power to bring fertility hope to women crosses thousands of years and legends. Asherah- Cannanite Fertility Goddess, Semitic Goddess- a powerful fertility goddess. Diana of Ephseus- this statue has been considered a fertility symbol largely from legends surrounding the statues many breasts. Other popular fertility/pregnancy/motherhood symbols from other cultures:  Female:                                                                                                      

  • Chupicuaro- Peru
  • Ixchel- Mayan
  • Isis- Egypt
  • Bastet- Egypt
  • Freyja- Norse goddess
  • Ala, Minona- African
  • Aphrodite- Greek
  • Bendis- Greek
  • Juno- Roman
  • Macha- Irish

 Male:

  • Min- Egypt
  • Osiris-Egypt
  • Shiva- India

Ripley’s Famed Fertility Statues: These two statues have been said to have brought fertility luck to MANY women. Currently they are in Florida (road trip anyone?).  http://www.ripleys.com/orlando/ripleys-famous-fertility-statues-now-in-orlando/

Tree of Fertility & Fertility Symbols

This week I discovered an article on an old fresco called the ‘Tree of Fertility’ in Tuscany that had been undergoing a three year restoration.  Apparently, the restored version no longer includes many of the 25 phallic images in the fresco. The fresco originally had included a tree which had the symbols dangling from it and women underneath reaching for them (hence the tree of fertility title).

http://www.italymag.co.uk/italy/tree-fertility/tuscan-fertility-fresco-pruned-phalluses

In the region where the fresco is, people have been questioning the restoration and why the images have been taken out mostly. There is some speculation that a previous restoration had actually added MORE of the phallic images, so the recent restoration restored it to its original imaging.

The article made me start thinking of all the other fertility symbols or images out there, stay tuned this week!!!!!

Infertility (even) goes to TV

Infertility plot lines are everywhere, movies, books, and even cable television. Once again, while briefly hitting the subject of female infertility, male infertility, artificial insemination and A.R.T, none of these episodes have yet to dig deep into the real emotions, financial costs, physical tolls on the female (and male).

 

While they may not even come close to the true background or surroundings around challenges trying to conceive, the subject being in Hollywood TV and movies has made the topic seem less forbidden to discuss.

 

How I Met Your Mother- this is one of the first shows to bring up male infertility lately. The main characters Lilly and Marshall have been having problems getting pregnant. The plot lines involve seeing fertility specialist to test both of them. In the end, they end up being both fine and she becomes pregnant at the end of the season.

 

Rules of Engagement- A surrogate is used in these episodes of ROE. The characters have IVF done and their embryos are transferred to a surrogate. Despite the more advance acknowledgement of A.R.T, they do not show the very high cost to such procedures that goes above and beyond the  reach of the average couple.

 

Grey’s Anatomy- Meredith suffered a miscarriage in Season 6 Finale and has been struggling to conceive ever since. The show depicted her experience with fertility drugs (they made her blind) and have shown some of the emotion she experiences when seeing others become pregnant so easily or others. Meanwhile, other characters have become pregnant with relative ease.

 

What other popular television shows have had story lines with infertility challenges in them?

Infertility Goes to Hollywood

Even back in 1941 the hardships of a couple trying to conceive were portrayed by actors on film. The movie Penny Serenade (1941): starring Cary Grant and Irene Dunne, chronicles a couple starting their life together. They meet, marry and try to have children. The main character loses her first baby to miscarriage and is diagnosed as no longer being able to have children. The remainder of the heartfelt movie is about their challenges with adoption.

In the past 20-30 years, more so recently, we have seen an enormous amount of movies shedding light (as if it wasn’t in a spotlight for many for years) on trying to conceive and the emotions behind it.

Raising Arizona (1987): the couple (Nicolas Cage and Holly Hunter) are so desperate for a baby, they decide to steal one. Although from a comedic standpoint (Nicolas Cage plays a holdup man), the emotion is still so raw in the film- the characters are so desperate for a baby; they feel (and actually do) go so far as to steal a child.

Miss Conception (2008): stars Heather Graham. In this film, the character learns she can only conceive for another month. In this scramble, she loses her non-wanting children boyfriend, dates/sleeps around only to miss her “window” of opportunity. Of course, like all the rest there is a perfect ending and she ends back with her original boyfriend and alas, pregnant. In the movie the character tries to use a turkey baster for artificial insemination.

The Switch (2010): starring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman is again about artificial insemination using a sperm donor. The “sample” is switched and the movie continues about unspoken love and less about fertility.

Even in the children’s movie UP there is a montage of the couple planning a nursery and then tearfully speaking to a doctor.

The Back Up Plan (2010) (J.Lo), the character uses artificial insemination to become pregnant after deciding she is happy with her career and does not have a boyfriend to have a family with. She then, of course, meets the “one” and the remainder of the movie is about their 9 month long path to baby in a new relationship.

These movies have all explored some of the many different paths a woman may take in life and their paths meet infertility. While all these movies continue the awareness that infertility and the challenges of trying to conceive are a life crisis, they all lead to happy endings. They do not portray all the real heartaches, emotions, physical toll on a woman’s body and financial costs infertility takes. What are some other popular movies about infertility?

 


Ib2C “Facelift”

Over the next couple of months before product launch you may notice questions regarding your opinion on product names. We value all of our follower’s opinions regarding our product and value all feedback received if/when we rename FocusTouch™.

There may be changes to the name, blog, twitter and Facebook account during the next couple of months, but please be assured that it is the same FocusTouch™, that can be used monthly to optimize your chances for conception.

We look forward to assisting you on your natural path to conception and building your family.

 

 

 

Finalist for Startup of the Year

Ib2C was nominated in August as a finalist in the Pittsburgh Technology Council’s Tech 50 Awards; Category: Startup of the Year

Pittsburgh Technology Council Website:

http://www.pghtech.org/aboutus/default.aspx

The Council is dedicated to helping technology companies in the region succeed. They have held an annual event for the past 15 years honoring the fastest growing, most innovative companies in the region. This year Ib2C was nominated in the Startup of the Year category. Below is the description of the category from the Tech 50 website; http://tech50.pghtech.org/categories/.

“Startup of the Year candidates are the future of southwestern Pennsylvania. Burgeoning entrepreneurial firms no more than five years old are eligible. Entrants should offer innovative products or unique services and show promise of becoming major economic forces”

Check out the website link to see our video for Ib2C’s FocusTouch product and while you’re there check out the other great finalists for the awards! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWczYefq100&feature=player_embedded

Gluten-Free to combat Celiac Disease

Studies have shown that an increased number of women with unexplained infertility end up being diagnosed with celiac disease.

Celiac disease is a gluten-intolerance. Symptoms of celiac disease may include:

  • Anemia
  • Arthritis
  • Bone density loss
  • Borborygmi (stomach rumbling)
  • Depression and irritability
  • Fatigue
  • Infertility
  • Joint pain
  • Nausea
  • Seizures
  • Numbness in the patient’s hands and feet

Following a gluten-free diet early on may help help bolster chances for conception.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/08/110818190600.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed:+sciencedaily/health_medicine/fertility+(ScienceDaily:+Health+%26+Medicine+News+–+Fertility)

 

Eating Antioxidants to Help Infertility

Have you been eating your blueberries? Recent studies have shown that foods full of antioxidants may promote overall sexual health; by balancing your oxidative stress and nitric oxide.

With oxidative stress being an underlying factor for infertility, if we can find a way to help balance that out, we may be able to increase our chances for conception.

Below is a list of some foods rich in antioxidants, eat up!

  • Blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, cranberries, strawberries
  • Red kidney beans, pinto beans.
  • Avocados, plums, pineapple, kiwi, cherry
  • Green tea
  • Artichokes, broccoli, sweet potatoes
  • Walnuts, pecans
  • Dark chocolate!
Not only may a diet rich in foods full of antioxidants help combat infertility, it also may help against other diseases such as heart disease. But as always, too much of a good thing can be bad, just watch your daily value intake; especially that of beta-carotene and Vitamin E.
Have a great Friday!
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FocusTouch Video on YouTube

Good Afternoon from Ib2C!

The video on YouTube is successfully up and ready to be viewed. We hope this video helps provide more information on the company and product. We look forward to hearing any/all feedback.

Have a great rest of the afternoon!

 

 

Ib2C Video on YouTube

Thanks to our recent finalist spot in the Pittsburgh Technology Council Tech 50 Awards (Start-Up of the Year), we have just launched our YouTube account. Our first video is a project we put together regarding trying to conceive challenges and our FocusTouch™ product.

The video is a compilation of feelings/emotions, members of our team or close family members have felt in their trying to conceive process. Infertility is a life crisis, you are NOT alone on the path to conception.

Ib2C believes that the path of ART has been made so complicated that having a successful fertility cycle can feel nearly impossible. We hope our FocusTouch™ product can address some of those challenges we meet on the path to conception.

Stay tuned for video link and have a great Tuesday!