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It seems like making babies should be the most natural thing in the world. But whether you are just starting to consider pregnancy or having been trying to conceive for some time, it can be a ...

It seems like making babies should be the most natural thing in the world. But whether you are just starting to consider pregnancy or having been trying to conceive for some time, it can be a challenge to know what to do to enhance your chances of a healthy pregnancy.

Join Dr. Watson as she explores the current research on natural ways to enhance your fertility - from which foods to eat and which to avoid, the impact of your mood, stress and exercise, which supplements are useful and whether acupuncture can improve your chances of conception. This seminar is for anyone who wants to take charge of their fertility and improve their chances of achieving a healthy pregnancy, naturally.

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  • infertility – no pregnancy with live birth after 1 year for less than 35yoa, or 6 months if >35yoaa woman’s fertility peaks in her early 20s and starts to decline as early as age 27. By 35 her chances of conceiving are decreased by 50%, shrink to 20% by the time she hits 40.
  • Clean your worldLifestyleExerciseManage StressBalance hormonesFertility AwarenessTiming is everythingFertility dietVitamins and mineralsTCM and Acupuncture
  • contaminated or low-oxygenated air due to poor ventilation, dirty heating or AC systemsdangerously high temperatures – especially hazardous for men
  • Much of what has been alleged about computers and fertility was based on rumor and not fact.
  • Women who work on video display terminals have an increased incidence of endometriosis as well as a greater incidence of cervical factor infertilityMore than 20 hours per week on computers – twice as many miscarriages in the first 3 monthsFive hours per day – 40% increase in number of babies with congenital malformations
  • The Environmental Protection Agency found that in many homes the levels of pollutants are three to five times higher than they are outside.
  • Length of time that dad smoked for is more significant than the number of cigarettes smoked
  • 33.8_C +/- 0.8_C and33.6_ C +/- 1.1_ Cinthe boxer andbriefgroup, respectively
  • 33.8_C+/-0.8_C and33.6_ C+/-1.1_ Cintheboxerandbrief group, respectively
  • GnRH – gonadotrophin releasing hormone  LH and FSH from the pituitary  estrogen from the ovaries and progesterone from the corpus luteum
  • you can find clinics full of doctors who can diagnose and treat infertility. But it’s much harder to find a physician who will help you cope with the anger, jealousy, sadness, confusion and profound yearning that accompany infertility80% of chronic health problems are exacerbated by stress
  • depression is a disease with biochemical origins - it is NOT a weakness of character
  • Guided Imagery Self hypnosis Yoga
  • Depending on your individual imbalance you may need a combination of therapies to correct the underlying cause of imbalance. In general you’ll need at least 3 cycles to see changes in hormone balance – so if you or your ND think you have an imbalance it’s best to start early.
  • PCOS affects up to 1 in 5 infertile couples
  • Intercourse BEFORE ovulation is the best way to dramatically increase your potential for pregnancy- a report featured in the New England Journal of Medicine found that even ONE DAY after ovulation the chance of getting pregnant drops so dramatically it is almost impossible to conceive.
  • To have a girl: missionary style, shallow penetration and NO orgasm – the acidic vaginal environment will kill off the male spermTo have a boy: deep entry, doggy style, have an orgasm – more alkaline environment favours male spermSELNAS method – around $400 – computer generated calendar based on your cycle – gives you an indication of the ionic draw of your egg – for X or Y sperm – 98.7% success rate
  • Minimize for at least 6 weeks prior to conception
  • Fewer chromosomal abnormalities  decreased incidence of non-viable embryos
  • The Harvard University school of Public Health advises women trying to get pregnant to avoid ALL trans fatsTrans fats can increase your risk of infertility by as much as 70%
  • Nutrients for men either help the production of sperm or protect sperm from damage
  • Men should supplement with upt to 100mg daily Food sources: nuts (haha) and whole grainsToo much can be toxic to sperm and result in infertility.
  • seminal plasma contains the highest concentration of antioxidants of any human fluidsperm are particularly vulnerable to damage from oxidative stressAn imbalance in antioxidants makes sperm more susceptible to harmAntioxidants keep sperm DNA from becoming damaged
  • Shown to increase sperm count
  • NO ADVERSE EFFECTS
  • 2-3g per day
  • Acts as a free radical scavenger – decreasing ROS damage
  • Increased risk of miscarriage?? Studies suggest that they way that folic acid protects against birth defects is by helping the body recognize and subsequently naturally abort a fetus with severe defects
  • NEEDS to be taken in conjunction with B2 and other B vitamins – B6 in isolation can lead to hormonal disruption rather than harmony. Up to 500mg daily with a B100 complex
  • (bc progesterone production by luteinized granulosa cells is inhibited by H202 – a ROS)preventing interference w/ endogenous progesterone production at the level of the ovaries
  • Increases LH, slightly decreases FSH and results in increased progesterone compared to estrogen – often balancing the ratio in favour of fertility.
  • There are MANY MANY other botanicals that can be useful for a woman seeking optimal fertility – but they need to be individually selected based on a woman’s individual symptoms and imbalances. You should NEVER self prescribe botanicals. They have profound impacts on the functioning of our body’s physiology and should only be used under supervision.
  • TCM is a complete system of medicine – just like Western medicine. It differs in that it has a more holistic (rather than reductionist) approach and emphasizes the environment that the organism (you) is living in. Changes to what you eat, how you move, etc are all important ways to bring your body back into a state of natural harmony and balance.
  • one of the beauties of Eastern medicine is that there is no separation of mind, body, emotions, and spirit, and TCM therapy is based upon ministering to them all
  • Chinese herbs act on the endocrine system by stimulating hormone production, altering the rate of hormone metabolism, or changing the response of the hormone receptors
  • Prostaglandins act like hormones but only function locally rather than remotely.
  • Intracytoplasmic sperm injection

Enhancing Fertility Naturally Enhancing Fertility Naturally Presentation Transcript

  • EnhancingFertilityNaturallyPresented byDr. Lisa Watson and theIntegrative Health Institute
  • NaturalFertilityFertilityAwarenessFertilityDietLifestyleManageStressTCM&AQVitamins&MineralsCleanyourWorldBalanceHormonesTimingisEverythingExercise
  • 1 CleanYour World
  • 1CleanYour WorldReproductive disorders are one ofthe top ten work-related illnessfor both men and womenFertility Factors•Radiation – faxmachines, computers• Poor ventilation,low-oxygenated air• Toxic chemicals• Extreme temperatures
  • 1CleanYour WorldComputersA mix of fact and fiction…Links that appear to be true:• Increased risk ofmiscarriage• Increased risk of birthdefects• Decreased fertility formen and women
  • 1CleanYour WorldComputersComputer monitors are asource of very low frequency(VLF) radiationThis type of radiation impactsboth male and female fertility
  • 1CleanYour WorldComputersFertility Tips• Stay clear of thetransformers at the rearof the monitor• Turn your monitor offwhen doing non-computer tasks• Use a laptop or flat-stylemonitor
  • 1CleanYour WorldHousehold CleanersChemicals lurking in common householdcleaners can have cumulative negativeeffects on fertility.An Australian study found commonhousehold chemicals were associatedwith a 33% increase in infertility and a 75%increase in miscarriage.
  • 1CleanYour WorldHousehold CleanersThe Biggest Offenders• Rug or upholstery shampoo• Furniture polish• All-purpose sprays• Bug sprays• Bathroom cleaners• Room deodorizers
  • 1CleanYour WorldPesticides, Insecticides& FungicidesMany chemicals used on food crops havebeen identified as endocrine disruptorsThey have widespread effects on ourhormonal systems – and as a resultour fertility.
  • 1CleanYour WorldPesticides, Insecticides& FungicidesSome of the effects of exposure to thesechemicals include:• menstrual irregularities• decreased sperm count• high number of abnormal sperm• increased risk of miscarriage
  • DIRTY DOZEN Buy Organic CLEAN FIFTEEN1. Apples2. Celery3. Cherry tomatoes4. Cucumber5. Grapes6. Hot Peppers7. Nectarines8. Peaches9. Potatoes10. Spinach11. Strawberries12. Bell peppersAlso:Kale and collard greensSummer squash1. Asparagus2. Avocado3. Cabbage4. Cantaloupe5. Sweet corn6. Eggplant7. Grapefruit8. Kiwi9. Mango10. Mushrooms11. Onions12. Papaya13. Pineapple14. Sweet peas – frozen15. Sweet potatoes
  • 2ModifyyourLife Style
  • 2Modify yourLife StyleQuit SmokingSmokers are 4x more likely to takelonger than a year to conceiveRate of pregnancy per menstrualcycle is 22% in smokers(32% in non-smokers)
  • Modify yourLife StyleQuit SmokingFemale smokers:Smoking affects the inside of thefallopian tubes causing difficulty inegg transport, implantation anddelivery of the fertilized egg to theuterusIncreased risk of ectopic pregnancy2
  • Modify yourLife StyleQuit SmokingMale smokers:Smoking is very damaging to thesperm, causing changes in spermquality and shape and decreasesin sperm count and motilityBabies whose fathers smoked atany time in their lives are 33% morelikely to develop childhood cancer2
  • Modify yourLife StyleTamponsDuring manufacture a chemicalknown as dioxin is producedDioxin has been linked to cancer,endometriosis and infertilityDirect exposure to the vaginalmucosa can lead to absorption ofdioxin and cumulative toxicity2
  • Modify yourLife StyleTamponsThe only safety studies looking atthe impact of dioxin and humanhealth are done by themanufacturers.If you are planning on becomingpregnant, limit use of tampons oruse organic cotton products thatare manufactured without dioxin.2
  • Modify yourLife StyleBoxers or Briefs?Myth: Briefs increase the scrotaltemperature and negatively impactsperm productionFact: A study found no significanttemperature differences betweenmen wearing boxers and briefs2
  • Modify yourLife StyleBoxers or Briefs?So...While the impact of boxers overbriefs may have been exaggerated aman with a lower sperm countmay still opt for boxers in thedays before planned intercourse.Even small changes can make abig difference.2
  • Modify yourLife Style 2One of the most important things youcan do to enhance your fertility.Both underweight and overweightwomen are at risk for lowered fertility.Achieve aHealthy Weight
  • Modify yourLife StyleAchieve aHealthy Weight2Risks of being underweight:•Up to one-third of the body’s estrogen isproduced in fat cells• Inadequate estrogen can result in a poor qualityuterine lining that won’t support implantationand growth of a fertilized egg• Drops in body fat (10% below normal) can lead tocomplete hormonal shutdown
  • Modify yourLife StyleAchieve aHealthy Weight2Risks of being overweight:• Excess fat cells results in excess estrogen• Elevated levels of estrogen can cause yourbody to react as if it’s on birth control –preventing ovulation
  • Modify yourLife StyleAchieve aHealthy Weight2Risks of being overweight:• Being overweight is associated with increasedinsulin levels• Elevated insulin causes the ovaries toover-produce male hormones(testosterone), blocking egg release• This causes cysts to form on the ovaries and acondition known as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
  • 3 Exercise
  • 3 ExerciseEndurance workouts can lead tomenstrual irregularities andreduced fertility• marathon running• excess jogging• frequent high-intensity aerobics•triathalon training
  • 3 ExerciseEndurance workouts impact thefunction of the hypothalamus –the source of GnRH – the firststep in the hormone cascadethat leads to egg developmentand release
  • 3 ExerciseExercise should be a part of ahealthy fertility plan.• Mild-moderateaerobics• Swimming• Dancing• Cycling• Walking• Stretching• Tennis• Weight lifting• Yoga
  • 3 ExerciseYogaAlso an effective stress managementtechnique, promoting healthy function ofthe hypothalamus.Yoga has also been shown to improveblood flow and circulation to the ovariesand uterus.
  • 3 ExerciseGeneral Guidelines• Have a day of rest between workout days• Maximum of 45-60 minutes per session• Avoid heavy competition – even withyourself
  • 4StressManagement
  • 4StressManagementStress can play a major role indisrupting hormone functionThe hypothalamus is verysensitive to both physical andemotional tension – any stresscan have immediate impactson its function
  • 4StressManagementThe HypothalamusThe link between thenervous system (thoughts)and the hormone systemMediates the relaxationresponse and regulates allaspects of reproduction
  • 4StressManagementInfertility is a major cause ofstress and depressionOne-third of infertile womenare depressed - with ratesincreasing the longer she istrying to conceive
  • 4StressManagementDepression may:•Reduce egg quality•Delay ovulation•Prevent implantation•Decrease levels offertility hormones•Decrease sperm counts
  • 4StressManagementThere are a number of waysto manage stress• Healthy diet• Exercise• Supplements• Deep breathing• Progressivemuscle relaxation• Meditation• Prayer• Mindfulness• Guided imagery• Self hypnosis• Yoga
  • 5
  • BalanceHormones5Many of the most common causes ofinfertility are due to imbalancedhormones•PCOS• Endometriosis• Elevatedprolactin• Amenorrhea• Thyroid disorders
  • BalanceHormones5Hormone imbalances are specific toeach person and requiretargeted, personalized care• Nutrition• Lifestyle• Supplements• Herbs• Acupuncture
  • BalanceHormones5Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)One of the most common causes of lowfertility in women.An imbalance ofestrogen andtestosteroneresulting in lack ofovulation
  • BalanceHormones5Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)Insulin resistance is another characteristicof PCOS. This leadsto further increasesin testosterone andcontinues the cycleof hormone imbalancein PCOS.
  • 6FertilityAwareness
  • 6FertilityAwarenessBasal BodyTemperatureTracking your basal body temperature isone of the simplest ways to track thefluctuations in your hormone cycle
  • 6FertilityAwarenessBasal BodyTemperatureTakes less than a minute and provides awealth of information for pregnancyplanning (or natural birth control).• If you are ovulating• When you are fertile• How long each phase of yourcycle is
  • 6FertilityAwarenessBasal BodyTemperatureSimple instructions:1. Take your daily temperature firstthing in the morning every day2. Take it at the same time every day3. Ideally you must have been asleepfor at least 3 hours to get anaccurate reading
  • 6FertilityAwarenessBasal BodyTemperature
  • 6FertilityAwarenessBasal BodyTemperatureFactors that can influence temperature:• Alcohol• Sleeping in late• Restless night• Fever
  • 6FertilityAwarenessCervical FluidOvulating women experience a change ofcervical fluid patterns throughout theircycle.Charting your cervical fluid changes willtell you quickly when you are fertile.
  • 6FertilityAwarenessCervical FluidSteps to observing cervical fluid1. Begin checking the first day after yourperiod has ended2. Check every time you use thebathroom – or a minimum of threetimes daily3. Do Kegels on your way to thebathroom to get the cervical fluid tothe opening of the vagina
  • 6FertilityAwarenessCervical FluidSteps to observing cervical fluid4. Separate your vaginal lips and checkyour cervical fluid at the loweropening closest to your perineum5. Rub the fluid between your fingersand notice how it feels –dry, sticky, creamy, slippery (like eggwhites)
  • 6FertilityAwarenessCervical FluidSteps to observing cervical fluid6. Open your fingers slowly to see if thecervical fluid stretches7. Note the quality and quantity of thecervical fluid(colour, opacity, thickness)8. Close to ovulation your cervical fluidmay become very thin but you shouldfeel a slippery vaginal sensation
  • 6FertilityAwarenessCervical FluidOnce you have charted a month or two ofcervical fluid you will be able to identifyyour Peak Day - or most fertile day.This is the last day of slippery fertilecervical fluid or a slippery vaginalsensation.This is most likely the day you ovulate orthe day before.
  • 7
  • Timing isEverything7Having a high amount of fertilityawareness allows for you tomaximize your chances ofconception by identifying ovulationand fertile days.
  • Timing isEverything7Timing intercourse is importantbecause once an egg is ovulated itis viable for no more than 24 hours.While the egg lasts only a day, spermcan live in your reproductive tract forup to five days.
  • Timing isEverything7Partner has Normal SpermCountIf your partner has normal spermcount have intercourse every daythat you have wet cervical fluid, upto and including the day of yourtemperature rise.
  • Timing isEverything7Partner has Low Sperm CountIf your partner has a low spermcount you may choose to haveintercourse every other day that you havewet cervical fluid, up to and including the dayof your temperature rise.Be sure to have intercourse on your Peak Day.
  • Timing isEverything7Time of dayGenerally time of day doesn’tseem to impact fertility, howevera man’s sperm count is highest in themorning – providing you didn’t makelove the night before.
  • Timing isEverything7Time of yearResearchers have found that havingsex from October to March candouble your chances of pregnancy!Egg quality and uterus health canincrease in relation to changes intemperature and light that occurduring these months.
  • Timing isEverything7Boy or Girl?Dr. Shettles, MD recommends:Boy: have intercourse as close toovulation as possible (Y-containingsperm are faster and shorter-lived)Girl: have intercourse 3-5 days beforeovulation, then abstain (X-containingsperm are slower but live longer)
  • FertilityDiet8Foods to Avoid&
  • Fertility Diet – Foods to AvoidCoffeeYale University study of 2000 women:The risk of not conceiving in one year is55% higher if you drink as little asone cup of coffee per day.One and a half cups – risk jumps by 100%Three or more cups – risk jumps by 176%8
  • Even more troubling…A study by McGill University found that2-3 cups of coffee before conceptiondoubled the risk of miscarriage.Fertility Diet – Foods to AvoidCoffee 8
  • FertilityDietA Note on Tea…Drinking one-half cup of caffeinatedtea every day can increase the oddsof conceivingThought to be due to the aromaticpolyphenols – inhibit development ofchromosomal abnormalities8
  • Tea also containshypoxanthine which is acomponent of follicular fluidand helps foster eggmaturation and fertilization8FertilityDietA Note on Tea…
  • AlcoholAs little as one glass of wine or beerdaily can cut a woman’s chance ofconception by up to 50%Alcohol can interfere withovulation, egg movement in thefallopian tubes and healthyimplantationFertility Diet – Foods to Avoid8
  • Consuming four drinks per day cansignificantly lower sperm count.Fertility Diet – Foods to AvoidAlcohol 8
  • The anti-fertility effects of peas were firstrecognized in 1949A natural compound in peas –M-xylohydroquinonehas contraceptive effectsIn high doses can decreasesperm counts by up to 50%8Fertility Diet – Foods to AvoidPeas
  • Monosodium glutamate is one of themost common food additivesEspecially damaging to male fertility –regular consumption can decreasesuccess in impregnation by up to 50%8Fertility Diet – Foods to AvoidMSG
  • • Artificial sweeteners• Soda, candy• Rare red meat• Hot dogs, salami, bologna, luncheon meats• BHA – a preservative in baked goods andsnack foods – mimics estrogen and confusethe body’s natural estrogen receptorsFertility Diet – Foods to AvoidOther foods to avoid… 8
  • Fertility Diet – Foods to EnjoySlow Carbs 8Slow carbs – those high in fiber likewhole grains, beans, lentils andvegetables – cause a slow andgradual rise in blood sugar
  • Fertility Diet – Foods to EnjoySlow Carbs 8Slow carbs minimize insulinresistance, regulate bloodsugar, improve fertility and preventgestational diabetes in pregnancy.Eliminate all white carbs –white bread, pasta, rice,potatoes and flour.
  • Fertility Diet – Foods to EnjoyPlant Foods 8Plant-based foods include a rainbowof high fiber, high antioxidant fruitsandvegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds, and whole grains.Improves overall health,prevents disease andsupports fertility.
  • Fertility Diet – Foods to EnjoyPlant Foods 8A high plant-food diet is naturallyhigh in antioxidants.Fruits, vegetables, herbs and spicesdecrease oxidative stress - a majorfactor in male and female infertility.
  • Fertility Diet – Foods to EnjoyPlant Foods 8Select primarily organic produce – ithas been shown in studies to behigher in antioxidants (and free ofhormone-disrupting pesticides!).
  • Fertility Diet – Foods to EnjoyHealthy Fats 8Healthy fats improve hormonesensitivity and combat inflammation.Your diet should includemonounsaturated fats in rawolive oil and avocado,polyunsaturated fats in fish andnuts and the medium-chain fattyacids found in coconut oil.
  • Fertility Diet – Foods to EnjoyHealthy Fats 8Avoiding unhealthy fats is alsoimportant – trans fats (found as ashelf-stabilizing agent in processedfoods) can disrupt normalovulation by interfering with acell receptor that controlsinflammation, glucosemetabolism and insulin sensitivity.
  • Small amounts of full-fat dairyproducts daily have been found inlarge studies to enhance fertility.Choose from:• Live culture yogurt• Kefir• Organic goat and cow cheesesFertility Diet – Foods to EnjoyHigh Quality Dairy 8
  • Vitamins &Minerals& Other Supplementsfor Fertility9
  • Vitamins &Minerals9Eating a nutritious diet is thecornerstone of health.Vitamins and minerals can build on thatfoundation and allow us to fine-tune ourfertility and support thehealth of our babies.
  • Vitamins &Minerals9Prenatal vitamins are a good place tostart – providing a wide variety ofnutrients to support a healthypregnancy.
  • Vitamins &Minerals9Nutrients for MenSeveral nutrients are required for theproduction of sperm. Most notable are:• Vitamin A• Zinc
  • Vitamins &Minerals9Nutrients for MenVitamin AEssential to sperm production, deficienciesof vitamin A have been directly linked toinfertility in men.If a deficiency exists,supplementation canimprove sperm count.
  • Vitamins &Minerals9Nutrients for MenZincThe “Manhood” mineral.Naturally secreted by the prostate andfound in semen.
  • Vitamins &Minerals9Nutrients for MenZincEven a minimal deficiency can lead to lowtestosterone and low sperm count andmotility.It is estimated that 79%of men consume less thanthe RDA for zinc.
  • Vitamins &Minerals9Nutrients for MenZincRequired for DNA transcription and repair italso has anti-oxidant properties.Supplementation canimprove sperm countsand motility.
  • Vitamins &Minerals9Nutrients for MenFolateNot just important for female fertility!The folic acid concentrationof seminal fluid is correlatedwith sperm count.
  • Vitamins &Minerals9Nutrients for MenFolateFolate is necessary for all rapidly dividingcells – including sperm.It also an antioxidant.64% of men consumeless than the RDA.
  • Vitamins &Minerals9Nutrients for MenFolateWhen given together with zinc spermconcentrations improve by up to 74%.
  • Vitamins &Minerals9Nutrients for MenAntioxidantsThe leading cause of male infertility isoxidative stress.Free radicals can easilydamage sperm, resultingin lowered counts andmore abnormal sperm.
  • Vitamins &Minerals9Nutrients for MenAntioxidantsVitamin C is found in high concentrations inthe semen (8x higher than in blood!)Supplementation canincrease sperm count,sperm motility anddecrease abnormal sperm.
  • Vitamins &Minerals9Nutrients for MenAntioxidantsSelenium is an antioxidant and is essentialfor normal sperm production, motility andfunction.Sperm motility is highlycorrelated with seminallevels of selenium.
  • Vitamins &Minerals9Nutrients for MenAntioxidantsSelenium can also balance male hormones– decreasing LH and FSH and increasingtestosterone.
  • Vitamins &Minerals9Nutrients for MenAntioxidantsN-acetyl cysteine (NAC) is often given withselenium for male infertility.A precursor to glutathione – the body’snatural antioxidant.
  • Vitamins &Minerals9Nutrients for MenAntioxidantsNAC and selenium supplemented togetherare associated with increased spermcounts, sperm concentration andpercent normal sperm.
  • Vitamins &Minerals9Nutrients for MenL-CarnitineLevels of this amino acid are found to bedecreased in a large number of infertile men.Supplementation isassociated with asignificant increase inpregnancy rates.
  • Vitamins &Minerals9Nutrients for MenL-CarnitineImprovements in sperm motility and fewerabnormal sperm are seen, but not increasesin sperm count.Also acts as an energysource for spermpost-ejaculation.
  • Vitamins &Minerals9Botanicals for MenAmerican Ginseng – PanaxquinquefoliumAn antioxidant, antistress and immuneenhancing botanical.Can improve male libido,sperm motility anddecrease sperm defects.
  • Vitamins &MineralsNutrients for WomenFolateNot only can folate decrease the incidenceof spinal defects in your offspring, it canalso enhance fertility.9
  • Vitamins &MineralsNutrients for WomenVitamin B6B6 increases levels of serotonin anddopamine – two neurotransmitters thatinfluence the productionof LH and FSH.9
  • Vitamins &MineralsNutrients for WomenVitamin DWith receptors in both the hypothalamusgland and the ovaries, deficiencies maycontribute to infertility.Canadians have low levelsin winter months.9
  • Vitamins &MineralsNutrients for WomenCalciumIn a state of calcium deficiency, estrogenproduction decreases. This impacts eggproduction andovulation.9
  • Vitamins &MineralsNutrients for WomenIronAn iron deficiency can disrupt the menstrualcycle, in some cases stopping it all together.Also important forfetal health and preventingpregnancy complications.9
  • Vitamins &MineralsNutrients for WomenN-Acetyl CysteineImproves insulin sensitivity in PCOS andwhen used with folate decreases the riskof miscarriage in womenwith recurrentpregnancy losses.9
  • Vitamins &MineralsNutrients for WomenMelatoninAn antioxidant that can help protect eggsagainst oxidative damage.Supplementation can leadto higher numbers ofmature eggs and higherquality embryos.9
  • Vitamins &MineralsNutrients for WomenMelatoninRestoration of deficient progesteronelevels has been found with melatoninsupplements.This is important in womenwith a luteal phase defector recurrent miscarriage.9
  • Vitamins &MineralsNutrients for WomenCoenzyme Q10 – CoQ10Women who supplement with CoQ10 havemore mature eggs and healthier embryos.Protects eggs fromfree radical damage.9
  • Vitamins &MineralsBotanicals for WomenChasteberry– Vitexagnus-castusA phenomenal herb for hormonalimbalances it acts at the level of thehypothalamus andpituitary – impacting levelsof LH and FSH and ultimatelyestrogen and progesterone.9
  • Vitamins &MineralsBotanicals for WomenChasteberryUseful for luteal phasedefect, PMS, elevated prolactin levels andirregular menstrual cycles.9
  • Vitamins &MineralsBotanicals for WomenBlack CohoshUseful for normalizing hormonalactivity, especially estrogen, that maysupport more regular ovulation.Also an antispasmodic thatcan smooth the transition ofa fertilized egg to the uterus.9
  • TraditionalChineseMedicine &Acupuncture10
  • Traditional ChineseMedicine & Acupuncture 10Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)recognizes infertility as a state ofimbalance and strives to correct thatbalance through a combination ofdiet, lifestyle, herbs and acupuncture.
  • Traditional ChineseMedicine & Acupuncture 10TCM can be used alone, in conjunction withother natural therapies or with cuttingedge assisted reproductive techniques.TCM treatments are designed to stimulateyour body’s natural production ofhormones while restoring health andharmony to your body and mind.
  • Traditional ChineseMedicine & Acupuncture 10TCM Four Step Approach to Fertility1. Diagnose your imbalances and how yourreproductive energies need to beharmonized2. Change your diet to support balance3. Clear and balance the energy meridiansusing acupuncture4. Increase chance of conception throughherbs
  • Traditional ChineseMedicine & Acupuncture 10TCM treatments are designed to work withnature rather than against it – to allowconception to occur rather than to force it.The focus is on removing obstacles topregnancy, restoring our body to itsnatural fertile state.
  • Traditional ChineseMedicine & Acupuncture 10The herbs used in TCM are selected to helpthe body produce the proper levels ofhormones on it’s own, rather thanproviding chemically based substitutes.
  • Traditional ChineseMedicine & Acupuncture 10AcupunctureThe basis of all TCM is energy (Qi) – everyliving organism is simply energy that hastaken form (E=mc2)Acupuncture allows us to access the energymeridians of the body, removing blockagesand restoring proper energy flow.
  • Traditional ChineseMedicine & Acupuncture 10AcupunctureAcupuncture directly impacts our hormonal system.Acupuncture causes the body to releaseprostaglandins which in turn stimulate productionof chemicals in nerve endings. These chemicalstransmit a message to the hypothalamus – theregulatory center for all hormonal activity.
  • Traditional ChineseMedicine & Acupuncture 10AcupunctureAcupuncture also:• increases production of endorphins (whichincrease GnRH release from thehypothalamus)• decreases levels of stress hormones• increases blood flow to the uterus andovaries.
  • Traditional ChineseMedicine & Acupuncture 10AcupunctureStudies and systematic reviewsoverwhelmingly support the use ofacupuncture for fertility, either alone or incombination with assisted reproductiontechniques (like IVF).
  • Traditional ChineseMedicine & Acupuncture 10AcupunctureAcupuncture has been found to increasesuccess rates of IVF from 26.3% to 42.5%
  • NaturalFertilityFertilityAwarenessFertilityDietLifestyleManageStressTCM&AQVitamins&MineralsCleanyourWorldBalanceHormonesTimingisEverythingExercise
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