Trying to Conceive? Eat Eggs and Butter

by Ann Marie Michaels on August 14, 2008

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There’s a great post on Chris Masterjohn’s blog, Cholesterol and Health, about food and fertility:

Butterfat contains arachidonic acid. As detailed in my PUFA Report, arachidonic acid is critical to fertility in both men and women. In men, it is necessary for the production of testosterone and sperm. In women, it is necessary for ovulation, and when it is time for birth it is necessary for the induction of labor.

The best sources of arachidonic acid are liver and egg yolks. Butter is a decent source, and other animal fats also have small amounts.

Read the whole post here.

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Anna August 14, 2008 at 7:02 AM

Confirmed in my case: Two years ago my total cholesterol was in the 140′s, which is cited as a “dangerously low” level for women in childbearing years, linked to premature birth and miscarriage. I’ve since gotten it up to as high as 172, but it is a challenge.

Hubby will be thrilled to know I need to eat more liver, bacon & eggs. ;)

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cheeseslave August 14, 2008 at 7:31 AM

So Anna do you have trouble with fertility or have you just not started trying to conceive yet? I thought you guys were still getting settled before starting to try to conceive.

I am extremely fertile. Seth and I conceived Kate without even trying — I mean we discussed wanting to try to conceive in the future (like the following year) and I got pregnant that week!

I wonder if it’s because I have never followed a low-fat diet. I always thought low-fat was hogwash. I always cooked with butter. NEVER margarine. Always cooked my eggs in butter, put butter on my toast and my pancakes.

My favorite egg dish is Eggs Benedict — and I used to order extra Hollandaise sauce! Funny, huh.

I have also always eaten a lot of cheese and I’ve always loved liver pate. I’ve always avoided salads — unless they were heavily laden with meats and cheeses. LOL!

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cheeseslave August 14, 2008 at 7:31 AM

Oh, and my favorite bread? Croissants! Croissants are like HALF butter. I love them and I’ve always eaten them — with extra butter.

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Christine Kennedy August 14, 2008 at 8:36 AM

Same here Ann Marie!

Once I went off the pill with Tyson and actually started trying, I got pregnant right away. Same with Jasmine. Though, I never did, and never will again go back on the pill. This time again, we weren’t even trying. I get pregnant so easily, and other than this dreaded morning sickness (which hopefully should be over soon!), my pregnancies and births have gone so well, even breastfeeding. I have never had a miscarriage (thank the Lord, and knock on wood!). I have always thought that margarine was evil and good natural fats could never harm you. I have been eating the WAPF way for over a year now. Though, I have always eaten full-fat, organic dairy and lots of meat. I finally felt good enough yesterday to make your new mexican liver recipe. It was quite good! I really haven’t been able to eat that great these past few weeks, but I am still drinking raw milk everyday, eating eggs when I feel like it, and some fruit. Not many veggies though. Cooking has been a challenge as all I have been doing is laying around and feeling soooo nauseaus. CLO has also taken a backseat for now. I have been managing to still take some iodoral and the other glandulars though. I have been trying to eat sprouted bread and put raw butter on as much as I can think of. It is difficult though when you feel like this, you don’t want to eat much meat, fat, or veggies!

Your post makes me think of a lady I know who, though in her early 40′s, had to conceive her first child through in-vitro, and now has had several failed attempts trying to conceive her 2nd. They have litterally spent thousands of dollars. I have always envied her very slim figure. She doesn’t have an inch to pinch. Now, I am assumming that she like most people probably use margarine, and low-fat everything. Society is so brainwashed. Me on the otherhand, I have never been slim like that. I think that the ease of fertility I have, I could never trade that in for a stick figure. No matter how frustrated I get with the size and shape of my body, I would never want the problems that other people have with conceiving. She said that she had been to several fertility clinics, and the waiting list is long, and the waiting rooms are packed. More and more people have this problem than ever before. And she said these women are desperate and will pay anything to have a baby. It’s funny how a pound of grass-fed butter doesn’t cost quite as much as those fertility treatments do!

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Ellen August 14, 2008 at 8:54 AM

Anna-
I’m curious how you got your cholesterol up to 172. Mine is dangerously low like yours (was).. mine has been as low as 100 and as high as 150′ish when I started eating fried chicken wing skin.
Right now I’m on a saturated fat load kick– eating lots of butter, coconut oil, coconut milk, bacon fat and CLO. Hoping it will help raise it because my hormone production absolutely stinks! Low estrogen, low testosterone, and very weak adrenals.

Any tips? Have you been able to maintain a higher cholesterol level?

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amanda August 14, 2008 at 10:41 AM

you know, i have been eating eggs, particularly raw yolks, and butter and other good animal fats for 3+ years now. in fact, for the last year or so i went low carb very high fat and have had at least a cup of raw full fat cream, 6+ egg yolks, 4-8 T. butter and red meat EVERY DAY and we have been trying to conceive for 6 months now. i am very discouraged and sometimes question all of my diet improvements b/c with my 3yo it was a no brainer. we weren’t even trying–the irony is though, that at that time i had whittled down my diet to raw vegan!! i had been vegetarian off and on for years and then strictly veg for the 2-3 years before getting pregnant. i would never change my diet from what it is now, but i am hoping our fertility issue is just a matter of timing rather than health.

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Anna August 14, 2008 at 1:30 PM

AM ~ Yes, we are officially trying now for the last 3 or 4 cycles. Though not diagnosed, I know I have had low progesterone/short luteal phase difficulties for several years. A nuisance if you are not seeking pregnancy but a giant hassle if you want to. I am petrified to go see a OB/GYN or fertility specialist because they would immediately put me on Clomid or some other horrid round of invasives.

Maybe a connection with the Autism? I know many folks with ASD also have a list of autoimmunity/hormonal trouble. Interestingly, last cycle I gave up aluminum antiperspirant and it was as almost normal as I could remember in the last 6 years! Connection, perhaps? Let’s see what happens this month. ;) I’m still continuing to see improvements, bit by bit with diet changes, NT style.

Ellen~ Let’s see. I gained about 12 pounds during that time, from an almost too thin BMI to the healthy upper limit of my height/weight ratio. Its been a big deal for me, body-image wise, to accept that I need some giggly.

Switched my cooking fats to Good Fats, like butter, olive oil, and coconut oil. Have eaten lots of local dairy and raw goat milk. A daily dose of cod liver oil for the last 4 months. I have added some cold-pressed flaxseed oil recently. Ditto on the adrenal/electrolytes. I know I have to be seriously careful in the summer to eat enough (sea) salt and nibble as I get the hunger twinge or else I will pass out. My hormone levels are still within the technically ok range, but if you look at my cycle variations and the zits on my face(!), the problem is apparent. I’ve even had an MRI to check for a pituitary tumor! Egad.

SO I hope that offers some encouragement for you, Ellen.

~Anna

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Kate August 14, 2008 at 4:21 PM

I’ve gained weight since switching to NT also. I went from about 120-125 to 130ish. I’m 5’3, so I’m at a totally healthy weight, but I can’t help getting frustrated. I’m a personal trainer so I’m under a lot of pressure to “look fit”. The thing is though, I feel so good! Better than I have since I was 18. Plus we want to conceive soon, so maybe the extra weight is good? I’m trying to be okay with it, but I definitely like the thinner version! Sigh.

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Ellen August 14, 2008 at 5:48 PM

Anna- thanks for the feedback.
Well, I went into an early menopause at 44 :( I haven’t had a period since Oct 07 so technically I’m not considered menopausal yet, at least for a couple more months. Anyway, I’m pretty sure that my poor cholesterol level contributed to the early menopause.
I’m just about 5’4 and currently weigh 120. I exercise and lift weights– so I do have some muscle. My b/f % is probably 19-20% — so I’m definitely not too lean. I think my weight/size is healthy. I think.
Oh well, I’ll keep chugging the coconut oil and eating my daily eggs. Maybe I’ll try some liver :D

I love this blog!
Is there a forum?

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Henriette August 15, 2008 at 1:11 AM

Thanks AM for this post
I am starting trying for a baby next month – so I am happy that I the last months have switched to even more butter and eggs :-D
Still need to work on the liver and shellfish … not so good wit that.
I had unsafe sex -all the time when I was vegan – never got pregnant- then switched to eating eggs and yoghurt and butter – and bingo got pregnant :D and had my daughter

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cheeseslave August 15, 2008 at 5:17 PM

What a great topic for discussion…

I don’t have a forum on this blog but that is a good idea… maybe I will do that!

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cheeseslave August 15, 2008 at 5:19 PM

Christine, I know about that morning sickness and not being able to cook and just needing to lie down. It will end soon.

Can you eat ice cream? How about cheeseburgers? Another thing I loved when I was preggo was egg sandwiches cooked in butter with melted cheese.

Why are you not taking the CLO? Does it make you sick? Maybe you could mix it in some juice.

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cheeseslave August 15, 2008 at 5:23 PM

Henriette, that is so exciting! When did you decide to have another baby? Yay!

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Kate August 15, 2008 at 8:18 PM

A forum would be fun!!

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Henriette August 16, 2008 at 12:18 AM

Well I have wanted another baby for years ( Since my girl was 3 years I guess :) and she turns 14 next week)
- but some how it just didn´t happy:
Was too busy with my degree at University, new work, had the wrong boyfriends etc…
So a few months I decided to look for a nice known donor
I turned 36 yesterday- so I really can´t wait for a new boyfriend forever- and I have been a great single mum to 1 so why not 2 ?
Denmark is a rather open minded country so it wont be a problem.
I have met this very nice guy a few times- so we plant to try sometime next month :-)

I know it might not be as easy as first time but hopefully I´ll have another baby at my next b-day :D

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Henriette August 16, 2008 at 12:19 AM

I am tired :) I meant didn´t happend….
Yeah a forum would be great.

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Ellen August 16, 2008 at 3:54 AM

AM said:
“I don’t have a forum on this blog but that is a good idea… maybe I will do that!”

Yippee! yes yes do it AM. It would be very active I think. :D

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Christine Kennedy August 16, 2008 at 6:48 AM

AM,

I am eating ice cream (all homeade), but haven’t been able to make any homeade cheeseburgers. I have been eating way more carbs than I was before now. I am eating toast with raw butter and peanut butter, brown rice pasta, etc. I am trying to eat lots of eggs and cheese.

Even thinking about CLO right now turns my stomach. I took it once last week when I wasn’t feeling too bad. Putting it in juice is not a bad idea. I am trying to eat lots of raw cream too. Putting extra in my milk, smoothies, or seasonal fruits in cream! Hopefully I’ve only got a couple more weeks of this!

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cheeseslave August 16, 2008 at 7:06 AM

OK I’ll create a forum.

I am planning on moving this blog in the next couple of weeks and when I do I can set up a forum. That would be neat!!

I just need to think of a good name for the new blog…

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cheeseslave August 16, 2008 at 7:06 AM

Henriette, that is AWESOME! I’m so excited for you! Woo hoo!!!!

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cheeseslave August 16, 2008 at 7:08 AM

Christine, I have heard that if you take CLO in a little juice you can’t taste it.

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maria March 3, 2011 at 10:30 AM

Hi Ladies,

My name is Maria, I’m 44, and married for three and a half years. I have been a preschool teacher since my early twenties. I LOVE children! I’ve always wanted my own. I met my husband on a Catholic Singles website and we were married when I was in my early forties.

Hubby and I have been trying to concieve since we were married. It’s been very frustrating. A few years before I was married I was told I had a cyst on my ovary and I would need surgery for it, but when I visited an OB/GYN they didn’t do anything about it. All the OB/GYN did was give me an exam, told me they would keep an eye on the cyst, and that was it. After three visits to the OB/GYN, I was scheduled for another visit but the appointment was canceled. I never went back.

When I was married and moved to a new city, I told my new doctor about the cyst, was sent to another OB/GYN, several ultrasounds, and was told I needed surgery. The first surgery was done in February 2008. After the first surgery, I was diagnosed with endometriosis stage four. I was so upset to learn I had endometriosis because I had a childhood friend with endometriosis who I last saw when I was in my early twenties and remember she and her husband had difficulty trying to concieve. After the surgery, we continued trying to concieve, but had no success. I had a second surgery in the spring of 2009 to clean up more endometriosis, cysts on both my ovaries, and more adhesians. Again, hubby and I have been trying to concieve since then, but again with no success.

My heart and arms ache for a child! I never imagined that after years of waiting to find the right guy and getting married that I would have problems conceiving, be diagnosed with endometriosis stage four, and not be able to have any children. It’s really frustrating. I have cried so many tears over this. I pray every day to be able to concieve and have a child.

I have a wonderful friend who I have known for years. She is very special to me. She is 40, She met her husband on the same Catholic Singles website and they were married February 2010. She and I share the same dream of being Mommies. We are both Catholic and prayed a 54 day rosary novena to be able to concieve. Well, one day before the rosary novena was finished I found out she was pregnant! Yes, I was very happy for my friend but very sad for me. I burst into tears. When she called to tell me her news, I couldn’t come to the phone. I was too upset and couldn’t stop crying. Now it’s nine months later and her baby girl is due this month. Every night I pray the St. Gerald prayer for her and her baby girl for a happy and safe delivery and birth.

I have tried everything to try to get pregnant. I lost weight. I stopped drinking soda. But nothing seemed to help. On top of everything, after the second surgery in April 2009 I skipped my period a few times that year and then my cycle started getting longer and longer. I bought some vitamins from a place online called vitacost, started taking them in Dec. 2010, and now my cycle is back to normal again. I am not sure I ovulate anymore though.

Again, so frustrating! You’re all in my thoughts and prayers!

Maria In Mass
marialehan4608@aol.com

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LeahS July 11, 2011 at 8:48 PM

Wow. That’s so cool. I had never heard specifically why they were good for fertility

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