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Friday, March 30, 2018


Xenoestrogens and How to Minimize Your Exposure

Guest Post By Elizabeth Allard

Our modern world is full of wonderful conveniences that many of us can't imagine being without. Automobiles, cell phones, computers, and television, as just a few examples, benefit our lives in many positive ways. We love the convenience of microwaving a meal, grabbing a bottle of water on the way to the gym, and choosing from endless products on supermarket shelves. But, as time goes
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on, we are beginning to recognize the drawbacks that accompany our modern conveniences, especially those in the form of harmful chemicals. Endocrine disrupting chemicals known as xenoestrogens offer a prime example.
Estrogen, like every hormone naturally produced by the body, is a vital chemical messenger that transports a signal from one cell to another. However, xenoestrogens, a group of chemicals present in
the environment and the products we use every day, mimic the effects of estrogen and compromise normal hormone function. Combined with the estrogen naturally produced by the body, these foreign chemicals create an excess of estrogen. Since we know that breast cancer develops in the presence of estrogen maintained over a prolonged period of time, this puts both women and men at risk for developing the disease.
Research shows that xenoestrogens are not only linked to high rates of breast cancer, but also contribute to endometriosis, precocious puberty (unusually early onset of puberty), infertility, and miscarriages. In men, xenoestrogens are believed to contribute to decreased sperm counts, and prostate and testicular cancers. Other health problems such as thyroid disorders, diabetes, and behavioral abnormalities in children, may also be linked to xenoestrogens interfering with the estrogens naturally produced by the body.
In relation to breast cancer, organochlorines are among the most concerning of the xenoestrogens. Organochlorines, or compounds which contain chlorine and carbon, do not easily breakdown in the environment and accumulate in high concentrations in the fat of humans. Organochlorines are produced as by-products of industrial processes involving chlorine, organic matter and heat, such as bleached paper, burning of hazardous, municipal and medical waste, and chemical production. They are also found in pesticides, pharmaceuticals, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic and much more.
Nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs) are yet another class of endocrine disrupting chemicals. They are commonly used as detergents in many industrial processes (including the production of oil, pulp and paper, synthetic and natural textiles and leather) and common household products. NPE'S are used as additives in latex paints and cosmetics, as anti-oxidants and stabilizers in some plastics and in some pesticides. Nonoxynol-9, a form of NPEs, is the active ingredient in contraceptive spermicides.
Clearly, we are constantly exposed to endocrine disrupting xenoestrogens making them impossible to avoid altogether. However, with education and awareness, each and every step taken to identify and minimize our exposure to these and other toxic chemicals will contribute to our future health and that of the planet. Simple steps can make a huge difference, like choosing a food-grade stainless steel water bottle over plastic and/or switching to chemical free personal care products. Each positive choice we make, no matter how small, matters. Now is the time to begin.
What can you do right now to make a positive impact on your health and reduce your risk for developing breast cancer and other diseases? Begin by examining the products you use on a daily basis. Check the ingredients in your personal care products like shampoo, conditioner, facial care products, deodorant, etc. where many xenoestrogens are commonly found. Reduce your exposure to chlorine by using a chlorine filter shower head and choosing unbleached products. Limit your use of plastics, especially drinking from plastic water bottles and microwaving in plastic containers. Learn to identify and minimize as many xenoestrogens as possible.
Identifying chemicals shown to have estrogenic effects:


o Alkylphenol

o Atrazine (weedkiller)

o 4-Methylbenzylidene camphor (4-MBC) (sunscreen lotions)

o Butylated hydroxyanisole / BHA (food preservative)

o Bisphenol A (monomer for polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resin; antioxidant in plasticizers)

o Chlorine and chlorine by-products

o Dichlorodiphenyldichloroethylene (one of the breakdown products of DDT)

o Dieldrin (insecticide)

o DDT (insecticide)

o Endosulfan (insecticide)

o Erythrosine / FD&C Red No. 3

o Ethinylestradiol (combined oral contraceptive pill)

o Heptachler (insecticide)

o Lindane / hexachlorocyclohexane (insecticide)

o Metalloestrogens (a class of inorganic xenoestrogens)

o Methoxychlor (insecticide)

o Nonylphenol and derivatives (industrial surfactants; emulsifiers for emulsion polymerization; laboratory detergents; pesticides)

o Pentachlorophenol (general biocide and wood preservative)

o Polychlorinated biphenyls / PCBs (in electrical oils, lubricants, adhesives, paints)

o Parabens (methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben and butylparaben commonly used as preservatives in personal care products.

o Phenosulfothiazine (a red dye)

o Phthalates (plasticizers)

o DEHP (plasticizer for PVC)

o Propyl gallate
Guidelines to minimize your personal exposure to xenoestrogens:
o Choose chlorine-free products and unbleached paper products.

o Avoid all pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides.

o Use filtered water to drink and bathe in to avoid chlorine.

o Whenever possible, choose organic foods.

o Buy hormone free meats and dairy products to avoid hormones and pesticides.

o Use chlorine free tampons, menstrual pads, toilet paper, paper towel, coffee filters, etc.

o Reduce the use of plastics whenever possible.

o Do not microwave food in plastic containers.

o Avoid the use of plastic wrap to cover food for storing or microwaving.

o Use glass or ceramics whenever possible to store food.

o Do not leave plastic containers, especially your drinking water, in the sun.

o If a plastic water container has heated up significantly, throw it away - do not drink the water.

o Don't refill plastic water bottles.

o Avoid freezing water in plastic bottles to drink later.

o Buy food grown locally and in season, organic if possible.

o Peel non-organic fruits and vegetables.

o Use chemical free, biodegradable laundry and household cleaning products whenever possible.

o Use chemical free soaps and toothpastes.

o Avoid creams and cosmetics that have toxic chemicals and estrogenic ingredients such as parabens and stearal konium chloride.

o Minimize your exposure to nail polish and nail polish removers.

o Use naturally based fragrances, such as essential oils.

o Read the labels on condoms and diaphragm gels.

o Minimize X-rays whenever possible.

o Be aware of noxious gas such as from copiers and printers, carpets, fiberboards, and at the gas pump.
Guidelines to protect the environment:
o Share this information with family and friends.

o Insist on your right to know before chemicals are used in your neighborhood, schools and work.

o Ask your local grocery to carry non-toxic products and non-bleached products.

o Demand action from politicians, industry and environmental regulators to phase out known endocrine disrupting chemicals.

o Press for disclosure of information on endocrine disruptors in consumer products, packaging, industrial emissions, pesticides and food.

o Support groups that are working for the phase-out of harmful chemicals in the environment.

o Maintain a strong immune system. Exercise regularly and eat well. Eat a diet high in fruits and vegetables-reduce consumption of animal protein. Reduce stress in your life as much as possible.

o Minimize car and energy use; walk, bicycle, bus or car pool instead.

o Recycle cell phones and other electronic devices and rechargeable batteries to keep estrogenic heavy metals from leaching into the environment.

o Use biodegradable detergents that use plant- or vegetable-based surfactants, since these types of ingredients don't form estrogenic chemicals that can contaminate the environment.
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Medical Disclaimer: This information is not intended to be a substitute for the advice, diagnosis or treatment of a medical professional. If you suspect the possibility of any physical or psychological disorder, please seek expert medical care.
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Monday, March 26, 2018


Pregnancy Loss High With Donor Eggs

According to the article below, the miscarriage risk is higher when conceiving with donated eggs. They believe this may happen because of some type of rejection similar to transplanted organs and the recipient's immune system. Donated eggs may also affect blood pressure. Read more:

COPENHAGEN, Denmark - New research indicates that women who become pregnant with donated eggs are more likely to suffer miscarriages and dangerous high blood pressure than those who undergo fertility treatments with their own eggs.

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In a study presented Tuesday at the annual meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology, South Korean scientists reported that the risk was even higher if the donated egg came from a woman who was not related to the patient.
Experts believe the greater risks are due to the fact that donated eggs, like transplanted organs or
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tissue, are not genetically identical to the recipient and probably awaken the immune system.


Thursday, March 22, 2018


Miscarriage and Spotting or Bleeding

I wish I would have had this information when I was pregnant.  I experienced spotting with all my pregnancies.  Yes, some miscarried, but even my successful pregnancy had spotting.  This article from NIH, although technical in nature, may be comforting if you have light spotting in the beginning of pregnancy.  They concluded that heaving bleeding early in pregnancy raises the odds of miscarriage, but light spotting - especially if only 1-2 days does not. Read more:
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METHODS: Women enrolled in a community-based pregnancy cohort study before or during early pregnancy. Detailed first-trimester bleeding data were collected by telephone interview. Bleeding episodes proximal to miscarriage (within 4 days) were excluded. We used discrete-time hazard models to evaluate the association between bleeding and miscarriage. Models were adjusted for maternal age, prior miscarriage, and smoking. Exploratory regression tree analysis was used to evaluate the relative importance of other bleeding characteristics (duration, associated pain, color, timing).
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RESULTS: Of the 4,510 participants, 1,204 (27%) reported some first-trimester vaginal bleeding or spotting, and 517 miscarriages were observed. Eight percent of those with bleeding reported heavy bleeding episodes. When we evaluated any bleeding, including episodes of only spotting, the unadjusted relative odds ratio (OR) of miscarriage for women with bleeding (n=1,204) was 1.1 (95% confidence interval [CI] 0.9-1.3). However, women who reported heavy bleeding (n=97) had nearly three times the risk of miscarriage compared with women without bleeding during the first trimester (OR 3.0, 95% CI 1.9-4.6). Adjustment for covariates had little effect on estimates. Further analyses suggested that women with heavy bleeding accompanied by pain were the group accounting for most of the elevated risk.

CONCLUSION: Heavy bleeding in the first trimester, particularly when accompanied by pain, is associated with higher risk of miscarriage. Spotting and light episodes are not, especially if lasting only 1-2 days.

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Sunday, March 18, 2018


Uterine Lining, Pregnancy Over 40, and Miscarriage

I recall when going through fertility treatments, They frequently measured my endometrial thickness.

Your endometrium may be a measure of pregnancy success

 According to this article, patients with a lower endometrial volume had a significantly higher miscarriage rate.   Interestingly, one of the nurses at my previous fertility clinic had told me that baby aspirin can help build up the endometrial lining.

This article talks about the relationship between endometrial thickness and pregnancy success.   Read
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Abstract Purpose: To evaluate the role of 3-D US measurement of the endometrium during early IVF-pregnancy and before the appearance of gestational sac in the prediction of pregnancies outcome.
Methods: 60 pregnant women following IVF treatment were included in the study. The women underwent transvaginal 3D US measurements of endometrial volume and thickness on day 15–17 post ET. Patients were followed and classified according to pregnancy outcome into 2 further groups. The group with early pregnancy loss and the group with ongoing pregnancy.
Results: While no differences were observed between those who miscarried and those who did not in gestational age, endometrial thickness or volume, spontaneous early pregnancy loss was significantly higher in patients with endometrial volume 2 mL.
Conclusions: 3-D US measurement of endometrial volume of less than 2 mL during early IVF pregnancy and prior to the appearance of gestational sac is a powerful predictor of pregnancy loss.

Thursday, March 15, 2018


Miscarriage and Red Raspberry Leaf

I've heard about Red Raspberry Leaf for fertility, but according to this article, it can help prevent miscarriage too. Of course you should check with your doctor before taking any herbs in pregnancy.  I am not endorsing the use of herbs in pregnancy, but I am just providing this information for anyone interested.

From the article:

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As a pregnancy tonic, raspberry leaf is widely known, as it has a long, well-documented history of use by pregnant women in China, Europe, and North America (Lieberman, 1995). Steeped in boiling water, the fresh or dried leaves make a nutritionally rich, flavourful tea that is said to nourish and tone the gravid uterus. In addition, "for centuries, women prone to miscarriage have been urged to drink raspberry leaf tea throughout their pregnancy to help them carry the baby to term" 

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 This recommendation may reflect the role of nutrition in preventing complications such as miscarriage, postpartum hemorrhage, and premature or postdate labour  . The herb contains vitamins A, B complex, C, and E ( as well as calcium, iron, phosphorus, and potassium   Magnesium and manganese are also present in high levels   as are selenium, tin, and aluminum


Tuesday, March 13, 2018


Miscarriage After Infertility

I guess this didn't come as a suprise to me - if it takes a long time to get pregnant, a miscarriage may be more likely.
I'm guess that some of the factors that lead to infertility also lead to miscarriage. I will say, however, that even though it took us a while to conceive my daughter, I had a normal pregnancy and normal delivery.  Read more:

From the article:

The length of time it takes for a couple to achieve a pregnancy may have a direct impact on the outcome of the pregnancy, such as miscarriage, stillbirth, or multiple pregnancy. That's the finding of
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a study from Sweden1 based on a review of earlier research.

But in an e-mail interview, study researcher Anna Axmon, PhD, stressed that this study "was an epidemiological one. This means that the results presented are only applicable to groups of women, i.e., as a group, women with extrauterine pregnancies have longer TTPs [time to pregnancy] than does the group of women who give birth to singleton live [infants]."

Thus, no conclusions can be drawn from this study about individual women, she pointed out. For instance, when analyzing individual cases in the study, there were women who experienced a miscarriage after becoming pregnant relatively quickly and there were women were took much longer to become pregnant and had a healthy baby, Axmon explained.

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Still, Axmon and Lars Hagmar, MD, in the division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and Psychiatric Epidemiology at University Hospital in Lund, Sweden, wanted to explore the association between the length of time it took women, as a group, to become pregnant and certain pregnancy outcomes that had not been assessed in earlier research.

"Previous studies have found that pregnancies ending in miscarriage took longer to achieve than those ending in live birth," they wrote. "The aim of the present study was to further explore a possible association between TTP and the risk of preterm delivery, as well as different pregnancy outcomes such as miscarriage, stillbirth, multiple birth, and extrauterine pregnancies."


Sunday, March 11, 2018


Much has been written about the stress and infertility connection.  Many sources say that stress doesn't cause miscarriage.  However, it's all how we define "stress".  This term can mean a lot of different things, but what I do know is that the stress hormone, "cortisol" when elevated can cause
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hormonal changes in the body.  Stress has been associated with everything from heart disease, headaches, stomach ulcers, asthma, depression, diabetes, obesity among other health conditions.  I don't know why anyone would think that stress can't affect fertility, pregnancy and miscarriage.

Everyone responds to stressors differently, and everyone has episodes of acute stress where your fight or flight system is activated.  But when your are under a constant state of stress, you get used to it (as I did when I worked in a corporate pressure cooker job).  The stress response releases cortisol. Cortisol also curbs functions that would be nonessential or detrimental in a fight-or-flight situation. It alters immune system responses and suppresses the digestive system, and the reproductive system.

 Studies have associated elevated cortisol with miscarriage, pre-eclampsia, fetal growth retardation, premature birth, and other negative birth outcomes....


Thursday, March 08, 2018


Where Do Miscarried Babies Go?

I've often wondered what happens to those miscarried souls.  It's stories like these that make me think
that they are still floating around up there just waiting to meet the rest of their family.
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Many religions embrace the afterlife concept and I've always believed that the physical world is only one of our dimensions. This is a story about a boy who died or came close to death and tells of meeting his miscarried sibling.

From the site:
picture:  Colton Burpo 
Colton claims that while on the operating table he went to heaven and that he met his great-grandfather Pop. Colton says his grandfather didn't look like the man in the photo in his house, but instead looked like the man in the picture sent months later by his Grandmother, a young man without glasses.
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But perhaps the most shocking part of Colton's story, the baby he never knew about.
One day while Colton was playing he walked up to his mom, and out of the blue asked, "Mom, I have two sisters, you had a baby die in your tummy didn't you?"
Sonja was shocked and overwhelmed by what her little boy had just said. When she asked him who told him, he said, "she did Mommy, she said she died in your tummy."
Todd and Sonja had never told their son about the miscarriage Sonja had before Colton was born. After all, it was more than a four-year-old would ever need to know.
Colton went on to tell his mom that she was a girl and, "she looked familiar and she started giving me hugs and she was glad to have someone in her family up there."

Tuesday, March 06, 2018


Miscarriage, How Folic Acid and CoQ10 May Help Prevent Miscarriage and Lower Homocysteine

We all have heard the importance of folic acid to help prevent birth defects, but folic acid deficiency has also been associated with miscarriage. This article also talks about the importance of CoQ10.

From the site:
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The following therapies may help to prevent miscarriage:

Folic Acid:


Women who are deficient in folic acid have up to three times the risk of miscarriage compared with non-deficient women.

One of the causes of miscarriage is elevated levels of the toxic amino acid, homocysteine. Folic acid reduces homocysteine levels.


400 – 800 mcg per day.



Several human studies have found that women who experience a miscarriage have significantly lower serum selenium levels compared with pregnant women who do not miscarry.

A study conducted on sheep found that selenium supplementation helped to prevent miscarriages.

Selenium’s protective effect against miscarriage is believed to occur via its antioxidant properties (especially its role in the generation of the enzyme glutathione peroxidase).


200 – 400 mcg per day.

Coenzyme Q10:


Two clinical studies have demonstrated that women with low plasma coenzyme Q10 levels have an increased incidence of miscarriage.


50 - 100 mg per day.

Vitamin B6:


Elevated homocysteine levels increase the risk of miscarriage. Vitamin B6 supplementation helps to lower elevated homocysteine levels and may thereby reduce the risk of miscarriage.


50 – 250 mg per day.


Sunday, March 04, 2018


I could really relate to this article about what goes through your head when you experience miscarriage, infertility, or miscarriage after infertility.  You see other people with their happy little lives and their happy little pregnancies.  You feel like the oddball...the one who can't get pregnant or the one who can't stay pregnant.  The rest of the world seems to go on their merry way while you're still stuck at the starting gait or pushed back further and further.   It's a lonely, angry and jealous place to be which, of course, only makes you feel worse about yourself.  This blogger put things into words which many of us have felt on our journey through infertility and miscarriage:
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The truth of the matter is ,  we don’t always know other people’s pain.
Appearances can be deceiving. After I began having miscarriages, I began sharing these experiences on my blog. And to my surprise, many of my friends with children began to approach me with their own stories of pregnancy loss. Because they had at least one successful pregnancy, I subconsciously assumed they had done so without any of the complications I’ve experienced. This is default thinking, of course.
Infertility and pregnancy loss  affects 6.7 million women (or approximately 11% of women 15–44) in the US alone...
So those of us who are going through it may not have a frame of reference in the form of a friend or relative who has also gone through a similar experience.
In all likelihood, we actually have several friends and relatives who have experienced infertility and/or pregnancy loss, we just don’t know it. Of course, this lack of dialogue just bolsters our tendency to think of women as, essentially, fertile or infertile.
In turn, this binary way of thinking can lead us to either wishing “we” have what “they” have, or glad things are not as awful for “us” as they are for “them.” This is spiritually depleting. It’s also inaccurate. Women are not divided into two mutually exclusive camps, those who easily have successful pregnancies and those who are doomed to a life of fertility curve balls.  

Friday, March 02, 2018


 Miscarriage, Faith and Spirituality

Many people seek some time of spiritual explanation for their miscarriage. They ask God why and they sometimes feel lost and abandoned.

This article talks of a book which discusses "spirit babies" and some possible explanations of why one woman's miscarriage happened and the baby's "readiness" to come into the world. Read more:


From the article:
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In one story, a woman comes to him, having had a miscarriage the year before and afraid of having another one, yet anxious that this worrying might keep her from getting pregnant again. Makichen writes, "Looking into Delia's aura, I saw the familiar green oval of a spirit baby. Dangling from that oval, like a string on a balloon, were the remnants of the conception cord that attached the spirit to its new body .... When I connected with her telepathically, she sighed. "I'm supposed to be a woman this lifetime. I've never been one before. I'm not ready. I must be prepared.' ... I felt a strong sense of isolation and fear emanating from her." He explained to Delia that it might be a very long time before this spirit felt sufficiently prepared, if it were left to her. He gave Delia a practice to do that he calls "A Mother's Healing Touch" because it can calm and reassure a spirit baby and strengthen the mother-baby bond, supporting conception and full-term pregnancy. This client conceived after several months of doing the simple practice and continued to do it daily throughout her pregnancy.

Makichen writes that in the case of most of his clients who have experienced miscarriages, the baby itself is unprepared to face its new commitment to life. Other babies are patiently waiting for a particular woman or couple to be ready. One thing he makes perfectly clear: All spirit babies, are quite sensitive to the parents' emotions and to their environment. The environment of one set of parents' lives can be acceptable to one baby and discomforting or unacceptable to another, depending on its innate temperament and personality.


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