“Off-the Beaten Path” of Trying to Conceive

Trying to conceive or want to “increase” your chances of getting pregnant? People across the globe have flocked to the below sites for decades for the opportunity to increase their chances of conception. These global sites have been known to “spark” fertility.

Japanese Fertility Sites/Festivals:

Hounen Matsuri -This fertility festival is celebrated every year on 3/15 in the town of Komaki. The highlight of the festival is the 2.5M (96 inch) Phallus statue carried on the parade route on a Mikoshi to Tagata Jinja shrine, which is said to date back 1500 years.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1fTMCkGyUk

 Nagahama Taiko Hot Springs –This famous hot spring at the site of the Nagahama Castle is known for tourists and locals with infertility.

Hawaiian Fertility Sites/Festivals:

Phallic Rock- located in Molokai, is a 6 ft high phallus shaped rock that carries with it an interesting legend. Women flock to the site to leave pray and leave gifts in hopes to increase their chances for conceiving.

http://www.hawaiiweb.com/molokai/html/sites/phallic_rock.html

Philippine Fertility Festival:

Obando – This three day festival (May 17th-19th) in Obando on Bulacan includes a fertility dance ritual that asks the spirit of life to enter a women’s womb.

http://www.lakbaypilipinas.com/festivals/obando_fertility_rites.html

England Fertility Site:

Cerne Abbas Giant- this hillside carving of a naked man in Dorset, England has carried with it stories from locals and tourists across the globe, as an aid of fertility and becoming pregnant after visiting the site.

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-vh/w-visits/w-findaplace/w-cernegiant.htm

 Italian Fertility Site:

St. Mary Frances “Miracle Chair” in Naples Italy, is an armchair that people flock to from all over the world to ask for a fertility miracle, evidenced by the amount of thanks and birth announcements that adorn the site.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2007/12/03/us-italy-religion-chair-idUSL2825550120071203

Australian Fertility Site:

Kununurra “fertility waters”- It is rumored that Nicole Kidman became pregnant after swimming in these waters, along with 6 others women.

http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/news/entertainment/something-in-kununurra-water-kidman/2008/09/24/1222193826065.html

 

Study Shows Mediterranean Diet May Help Fertility

A recent study found that following a Mediterranean diet, rich in fruits, vegetables, fish, whole grains and olive oil may help with fertility. You can find the details of the study here.

The study suggests that the diet indirectly influences ovulation. Need to know more about ovulation; read our past blog post regarding your body and ovulation here.

Not sure what the Mediterranean Diet consists of?

Portion control, fresh healthy fruits and vegetables, healthy fats and olive oil are all components of the diet, which came onto the scene in 2006.

  • Fresh, healthy fruit and vegetables
  • Eat plenty of nuts (almonds, cashews, walnuts, natural peanut butter)
  • Eat whole grains, rather than white, processed foods
  • Use plenty of olive oil
  • Use spices to flavor your food rather than salt
  • Eat fish 1-2 times a week
  • Limit red meat intake
  • Change dairy intake to low-fat options

We wish you the best of luck on your path of conception.

Non-Traditional Sperm Donation

In the news last week , there were some articles regarding non-traditional sperm donation; a growing practice across the United States, U.K. and most likely behind bathroom door across the globe.

Women can register on sperm donation sites like Free Sperm Donation Registry as a recipient of sperm from a donor, FREE OF CHARGE. The donors are like the man mentioned in the ABC News article by Susan James.  The articles state that similar types of groups have shown up on Yahoo and various online sites.  It mentions that after the women receive the donation, they then fill the cervical cap with the sperm and place it onto their cervix.  Whether or not this type of insemination is a method you would feel comfortable using, what method of placement would you use?

Women use at-home insemination techniques due to the many constraints placed on trying to conceive: hard to get appointments with their doctors, insurance does not cover many fertility treatments, time constraints from their daily lives and cost. See our previous post regarding at-home insemination techniques for trying to conceive and FocusTouch ™.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Almost everyone knows someone or of someone that has been affected by breast cancer.
Breast Cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in women and the second leading cause of cancer death in women.

Causes and Risks:

  • Age
  • Gender
  • Family History of breast cancer
  • Menstruation – early start of periods and women who have gone through menopause late appear to have an increased risk for breast cancer
  • Genetics:  BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes may have a common gene defect that makes a woman more susceptible to developing breast cancer.
  • Childbirth: research shows women who have never had children or had children over the age of 30 are more susceptible to developing breast cancer.
  • Alcohol Use
  • HRT (hormone replacement therapy)
  • Radiation

Symptoms (early breast cancer does not generally have any symptoms; later stages may include):

  • Breast lump or a lump in the armpit
  • Any changes in the feel of the breast of the size or shape.
  • Fluid coming from the nipple.

The Susan G. Komen Foundation is an excellent place to receive more information, donate or become actively involved in the fight against breast cancer.

http://ww5.komen.org/AboutUs/AboutUs.html

We think you should check out the website often! We at Ib2C are dedicated to women’s healthcare and encourage every woman to continue to check at home by conducting a self-breast exam as well as at her doctors.