Is pregnancy possible after pelvic organ prolapse? [Guest Post]

This is a guest post from drugwatch.com. It has some important information you may want to know about if you suffer from pelvic organ prolapse. If you suffer from this and are trying to get pregnant naturally, you may find this very informative!

Pelvic organ prolapse is a pelvic floor disorder that is extremely common in women, affecting half of those who have given birth to at least one child. While this condition most often appears in women 50 years of age or older, it can happen to some women well before that age, and in rare cases, POP occurs in young women who have no children.

Many younger women for whom POP has become a problem might have plans to start a family or add to one. For these women, the question that might be foremost in their minds upon receiving their diagnosis is whether pregnancy is possible after POP. The answer to that question depends largely upon the individual circumstances of each woman, but the fact is that many POP sufferers have gone on to have successful pregnancies, sometimes several of them.

If you have been diagnosed with pelvic organ prolapse, whether pregnancy is a good idea for you depends on your individual circumstances, such as your overall heath and the type and degree of prolapse you have, among other factors. This is a determination that can only be made through discussion with your health care professional. However, if you do decide to go forward, there are two basic ways that women and their doctors approach the issue. Some will delay aggressive treatment of POP until after they have finished having children, while others will have corrective surgery first, planning pregnancy after a two- to three-year healing period.

Whichever approach you use, it is important that you know that pregnancy may be quite hard on your body, and you are likely to have more discomfort during those nine months than the average mother-to-be. In some women, POP may progress to a more serious degree due to pregnancy, so women who begin a pregnancy with mild or moderate prolapse could emerge from the experience with more serious issues that require corrective surgery. Women who have already had corrective surgery may see a recurrence of prolapse after pregnancy, making another POP repair procedure necessary.

In some cases, women will be placed on bed rest through a portion of the pregnancy, and depending upon the type and degree of prolapse, there may be an elevated risk for preterm labor. While some women with pelvic organ prolapse are able to deliver vaginally, your doctor may recommend a Cesarean section. Of course, this list is just of potential complications; they do not happen to every woman, and many have smooth, relatively uncomplicated pregnancies.

Last but not least is the issue of POP surgery. If you will have it, either before pregnancy or after, take your time and discuss all options with your doctor, especially procedures that do not use transvaginal mesh implants for POP repair.

According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), those implants have been associated with serious complications in thousands of women, such as mesh erosion, protrusion through vaginal walls, organ perforation and infection. Hundreds of transvaginal mesh lawsuits have been filed by Women harmed by the surgical mesh. The FDA states that most cases of POP can be resolved without mesh, and that transvaginal mesh procedures have not been shown to have better results than traditional POP repair. Given the high risk of serious complications, avoiding them in favor of safer POP repair options is wise.

Elizabeth Carrollton writes about defective medical devices and dangerous drugs for Drugwatch.com.


How to Get Pregnant with a Boy Naturally

Do you want to choose the sex of your child? Many people do! People throughout history have always wanted to choose whether they are having a boy or girl. Many men want a boy so he can take him fishing or hunting. Let’s explore what options you as a couple have on how to get pregnant with a boy naturally!

Women, if you want to get pregnant with a boy naturally, many of the methods are not a whole lot different than any other way of getting pregnant naturally. However, there are a couple of things you can do that will increase your chances of conceiving a boy. Warning: These are not “for sure” ways of having a boy, but may increase the chances only.

  • It’s all about speed. Some say that the male sperm are faster. The quicker you get the sperm to the egg, the better. Even thought the missionary position is good, try doing a standing sex position, with you on your stomach or on all fours. Deep penetration is important here. The sperm should get deposited very close to the uterus.
  • Male sperm love an alkaline vagina! During sex, make sure that you orgasm, because it enables the vagina to make more alkaline, something that males sperm loves! They say you should let your partner climax first, not proven but why not give it a go…he’ll love you for it all the more!
  • Make sure you are both eating well. Theory says if you eat red meat and salty food before sex, your chances to get pregnant with a boy naturally are higher!
  • Have sex, or intercourse about 12 hours before you ovulate. Also, make sure the male doesn’t ejaculate 4-5 days prior to ovulation (about.com)

Try these and let us know if they work! Remember that the males is actually the one who determines the sex. He has both X and Y, you only have XX. So his sperm ultimately decides the sex. The big thing to take away from this, is to get that sperm to the cervix as quickly as possible! Doing this may help you get pregnant with a boy naturally in no time!


The Best Foods for Getting Pregnant

Previously, I’ve mentioned the importance of living a healthy life style if you are trying to get pregnant naturally. Naturally, we want to know what the best foods for getting pregnant are then…right?! We are what we eat! There are obviously tons of food out there that will help with your infertility, but I’m going to just focus on three today!

Complex Carbs

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Make sure that the carbs that you eat are complex! All of those other carbs, like refined ones, can make your sugar do crazy things! If you are trying to get pregnant you want your sugar to be stable, as high insulin levels may mess up your reproductive hormones. Though, one may not be able to directly make a link here, we should assume that increased insulin levels means we are generally unhealthy. When we start eating healthier, we put our body back in balance. So keep to that wheat bread and brown rice…they taste great anyways!

Green, Green, Green

Everybody knows that eating green stuff is healthy for you. But you can’t just have any greens in your salad. You should make sure you are eating the dense stuff, like spinach and romaine. These healthy foods not only help you ovulate, but they actually may increase the quality of your partner’s sperm.

Nuts, Seeds, and Beans

Foods to eat while trying to get pregnant

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Getting protein from those juicy steak might be great, but you might increase your infertility by getting too much! You might try to get some of that protein from some pumpkin seeds, almonds, and beans! And pumpkin seeds have some good iron in them…and you know how important iron is to your body!

You know that if you are trying to get pregnant naturally, that being healthy is of utmost importance. It’s all about balancing out your body and becoming healthy once again! Let us know in the comments below what your best foods for getting pregnant are!


Getting Pregnant with Polycystic Ovaries (PCOS)

Pregnant WomanFirst off, if you are struggling with PCOS, or Polycystic Ovaries you are not alone. There are many women who are struggling with PCOS and are having a hard time getting pregnant naturally. Let’s try to understand a little about what this ovarian problem is.

PCOS can be genetic or come about because of an unhealthy lifestyle. Which ever your case is, this doesn’t mean that you can’t get pregnant. If you are suffering from a bad lifestyle, putting good habits in your life may help to heal PCOS in your body. If it is genetic, you may not experience complete relief, but you can control it.

What is PCOS?

PCOS is generally identified when you have irregular periods or no periods at all. It is also given the name Stein Leventhan Syndrome. Of course, if you have no periods, that is going to make it very difficult to conceive. Extra hair growth and acne can also identify it. Many women do experience cysts in their ovaries, but this doesn’t always mean you have PCOS.

What to do!

The best thing for you would be to consult your OBGYN and make sure that you are suffering form this problem. They will run a couple of tests on you that will include ultrasounds and some blood work. There are symtoms you can look for. If you are having less than 9 menstrual periods a month, you should probably check with your doctor. If you experience extra hair growth, this is also a sign or result of PCOS.

There is some medication you can take like Clomid and some types of surgery known as ovarian drilling. However, before trying any of that, I would encourage you to try the best way…to do it naturally! What does this mean?

Live healthy!

Many people who suffer from PCOS are generally overweight and need to bring this under control. If you hormones are all out of whack, becoming healthy may help bring polycystic ovaries under control. So start by living a healthy lifestyle! Watch what you eat and exercise. Also…just make sure you relax and have fun. You’re body won’t fix overnight, but it will take a while of consistent lifestyle habits to bring your body back to it’s proper balance!

If you have done all you can to get pregnant naturally with the guidance of your doctor (OBYGN), then going a medication route might be an option. But we want to exhaust all other options first!

Pregnant CoupleDon’t give up! People get pregnant will PCOS on a regular basis. You are not alone and it is possible! Relax, enjoy your partner, and you may end up getting pregnant with polycystic ovaries!

If you have any comments or suggestions or what to tell your story, let us know in the comments below! Also don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter off to the side of our page!

May thanks to the doctors over at healthtap.com for their advice that went into this article! Note: I’m not a doctor, just the researcher! Make sure you consult with your doctor!


Getting Pregnant With Irregular Periods

Pregnant CoupleWhen it comes to getting pregnant naturally, everyone’s problem is different. Ideally, you would find out when your cycle is, so then you can determine the best time to have sex. However, getting pregnant with irregular periods may leave you wondering if you will ever conceive at all! And can leave you very discouraged!

See, the thing is, when you want to get pregnant naturally…it’s supposed to be natural. That means that your body was meant to get pregnant naturally. Think of it as the way God created you! So, when we talk about getting pregnant naturally, it means that anything that is irregular we want to see become regular or back to it’s natural state!

Relationship between periods and getting pregnant

Most women will have their menstrual cycle about every month. Usually the cycles land around the same time every month. Whenever you are ovulating, you are dropping an egg. That time during the month is the best time to conceive, because it’s prime time for your partner’s sperm to meet the egg. That is why it’s important to know your cycle and keep track of it!

What are irregular periods and why is it problematic?

Irregular periods happen when your period doesn’t land at the same time every month. For most women, they land about every 30 days or so. If you menstruate more than once every 21 days, or not at all in a 35 day time frame, then you are experiencing irregular periods. Sometimes it’s nice if you missed a month (who wants all than pain?)

The problem arises when you are not ovulating and this can happen if you have irregular periods.  If you are not dropping any eggs then you obviously can’t get pregnant naturally. (You can check out whether or not you are ovulating with free ovulation tests online.) But, don’t worry too much you are not alone in this, as about 1/3 of women experience these random cycles.

What on earth causes these menstrual problems?

Probably the biggest culprit of period problems is an unhealthy lifestyle. Remember what I said about getting pregnant naturally…it’s natural. That means our body needs to be in the best bodily health it can be to become pregnant. Your body was designed to carry life. If you are not healthy, then your body may not be able carrying a baby. I have a theory that our bodies know whether or not we are healthy enough to carry a baby. So, watch out for these things in your life, as they can affect your pregnancy!

Pregnant WomanStress: If you have stress in your relationship with your partner, at work, with other kids, or finances this can keep you from conception. This may sound weird, but it’s kind of a body, mind, and soul thing. They all need to work together!

As a side note, stress can be cause by friction with people, also known as unforgiveness or anger. If you are experiencing these things, they can block your ability to get pregnant, because they can become the root of a deep level of stress.

Hormonal Imbalance: You may have a hormonal imbalance. If you think you do, see a doctor and be tested, just to make sure.

Weight: Being overweight or underweight may be the cause of irregular cycles.  We need to start eating good foods and exercising to get our bodies back to their natural state. By doing this, we put our bodies back into a balanced mode.

What steps can I take?

See a doctor: If you have these symptoms, it would be wise to consult your doctor first. They generally give the best advice, especially when getting pregnant with irregular periods! They can also run tests to check out your hormone levels. If they are out of whack, there are some naturally supplements you can take! They can also check out any sexual health problems…if any.

Time your cycle: Make sure you are timing your cycle. Even if you have irregular menstrual periods, knowing your body and how it works is an important step to get pregnant.

Health: Remember…eat healthy, live healthy, and relax! Making babies is supposed to be fun, so relax and hopefully the problem of getting pregnant with irregular periods will be a thing of the past!

If you have any questions or comments, let me know in the comment box and I will do my best to answer!