Archive | July 2012

How To Increase Progesterone Levels Naturally In Your Body | TestCountry Articles

Eating these foods can help improve your progesterone levels: Wild Yams, walnuts, whole grains, soy milk, red meat, chicken, shellfish, turkey, turmeric, thyme and oregano. Foods that are rich in vitamin B-6, zinc, and promote progesterone production like these can help.

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Effects of Progesterone & Estrogen


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Effects of Progesterone & Estrogen


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Progesterone Effects : Maintains secretory endometrium, Protects against breast fibrocysts, Helps use fat for energy, Natural diuretic, Natural anti-depressant & calms anxiety, Prevents cyclical migraines, Promotes normal sleep patterns…Much more is listed on the website.


Estrogen Effects: Creates proliferative endometriu,, Breast cell stimulation (fibrocystic breasts*), Increased body fat and weight gain*, Salt and fluid retention, Depression, anxiety, and headaches*, Cyclical migraines*, Poor sleep patterns*, Interferes with thyroid hormone function*, Impairs blood sugar control*, Increased risk of blood clots*, Little or no libido effect*…Much more is listed on the website.






Nicotine Effects on a Blastocyst |

Nicotine Effects on a Blastocyst

By Jacquelyn Jeanty, eHow Contributor

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Nicotine Effects on a Blastocyst

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Within the process of conception to birth, the blastocyst appears in the first week of conception. Once a woman’s egg is fertilized, it travels through the Fallopian tube to the uterus. During this time, the fertilized egg divides into two groups of cells. One group of cells combines to form what will be the embryo, while the second group becomes the outer membrane, or shell for the embryo. This formation is the blastocyst. Its appearance marks the second stage of embryo development.

Embryo Transport

The blastocyst is moved through the Fallopian tube by hair-like structures called cilia that work to brush it along. Its movement through this tube is precisely timed to ensure that the blastocyst implants itself within the uterus under the perfect set of conditions. The ability of the embryo to be moved by the cilia, and its ability to grab onto the uterian wall, is dependent on the health of the blastocyst. Any chemical alterations made at this time can adversely affect the success of this process. Nicotine is one of those chemicals, and is so labeled as a developmental toxin when present during fetal development.

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Hormonal Processes

As the blastocyst moves through the Fallopian tube, a number of hormone secretions take place. The two hormones released at this time are estrogen and progesterone. The balance between these two hormones determines the rate at which the egg moves through the tube, and its ability to implant itself in the uterus. Ongoing nicotine use is associated with a reduction in estrogen levels. When conception takes place, this lack of available estrogen can have adverse effects on the Fallopian tube’s ability to move the egg through, as well as the egg’s ability to respond to the tube’s movements.

Ectopic Pregnancy

Women who smoke might be three times more likely to have an ectopic pregnancy than those who don’t smoke, according to An ectopic pregnancy occurs when the egg attempts to implant itself within the Fallopian tubes instead of inside the uterus. As a result of nicotine, the blastocyst’s surface might become sticky, and slow the egg’s movement through the tube. Or it might not be sticky enough, to the point where it doesn’t adhere at all.

Embryo Implantation

While the blastocyst is making its way to the uterus, the uterus is undergoing physical changes in preparation for the gestation process. Gestation begins once the egg implants itself in the uterus. To prepare for the egg’s arrival, the lining in the uterus begins to thicken. This lining is known as the endometrium. Once the egg implants itself, nutrients from the mother will flow through this lining into the placenta and provide nourishment for the developing fetus.

Birth Complications

One of the effects of ongoing nicotine use is a less-than-viable uterine lining. The thickness of the endometrium, the health of its cell receptors and its ability to grab onto the embryo are all affected by nicotine’s presence in the mother’s system. As a result, the likelihood that a fetus will miscarry, be born premature, or have a low birth-weight increases due to the lining’s inability to transfer needed nutrients to the embryo.

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Sperm transport in the female reproductive tract

Sperm transport in the female reproductive tract

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At coitus, human sperm are deposited into the anterior vagina, where, to avoid vaginal acid and immune responses, they quickly contact cervical mucus and enter the cervix. Cervical mucus filters out sperm with poor morphology and motility and as such only a minority of ejaculated sperm actually enter the cervix. In the uterus, muscular contractions may enhance passage of sperm through the uterine cavity. A few thousand sperm swim through the uterotubal junctions to reach the Fallopian tubes (uterine tubes, oviducts) where sperm are stored in a reservoir, or at least maintained in a fertile state, by interacting with endosalpingeal (oviductal) epithelium.

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Listeriosis during pregnancy | BabyCenter


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Listeria monocytogenes, the bacterium responsible for listeriosis (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Listeriosis during pregnancy


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Listeriosis is a serious infection that you can get by eating food contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes. Pregnant women and their developing babies – as well as newborns, people with weakened immune systems, and the elderly– are particularly susceptible to Listeria, which can cause a blood infection, meningitis, and other serious and potentially life-threatening complications. The primary threat for a pregnant woman is the devastating effect this disease may have on her pregnancy and her baby.


Fortunately, the illness is relatively rare: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that about 2,500 people contract listeriosis in the United States every year. About a third of reported cases occur in pregnant women.


How could listeriosis affect me and my baby?


Unless you have some underlying disease that affects your immune system, it’s unlikely – though possible – for listeriosis to seriously affect your health. But even if it doesn’t make you seriously ill, the infection can have grave consequences for your developing baby, especially if you’re not treated promptly.


Listeria can infect the placenta, the amniotic fluid, and the baby, and can cause miscarriage or stillbirth. Infected babies who survive are likely to be born prematurely. Many will be born severely ill or get sick soon after birth, with problems that can include blood infection, difficulty breathing, fever, skin sores, lesions on multiple organs, and central nervous system infections such as meningitis.


Some newborns of infected mothers appear healthy at birth and first have signs of infection, usually meningitis, a week or even several weeks after delivery. This so-called “late-onset listeriosis” may be the result of a baby becoming infected during labor and birth (an infected woman may harbor the bacteria in her cervix, vagina, or gastrointestinal tract), or, more rarely, from transmission from a source other than the mother.


Unfortunately, many infected babies will die or suffer long-term consequences.


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Common parasite causes defects in newborns


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Common parasite causes defects in newborns.


(NaturalNews) Research conducted with the support of the NIH proves that toxoplasmosis screening should be performed on pregnant women. Toxoplasmosis is caused by the Toxoplasma gondii parasite, and now researchers have pinpointed the strains of this parasite that are the cause for the serious birth defects and premature births in the USA. A new blood test was created by scientists at NIAID, a division of the National Institutes of Health, to diagnose strains of Toxoplasma gondii (T.gondii) parasite, which a fetus can contract in the womb, if the mother is infected.



Study – When pregnant moms eat more nuts, their kids have fewer allergies

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Study – When pregnant moms eat more nuts, their kids have fewer allergies. (NaturalNews) Could eating more peanuts and tree nuts during pregnancy actually reduce a child’s risk of developing nut and other allergies? A new study out of Denmark suggests so, having found that expectant mothers who continue to eat nuts during their pregnancies produce children with fewer overall allergies compared to children born of mothers who follow outdated recommendations that advise against nut consumption during pregnancy.