Fertility Jewelry With Healing Stones

Fertility Jewelry With Healing Stones
Fertility Jewelry With Healing Stones

Monday, June 30, 2014


 80 % of American society is afflicted with adrenal fatigue at some point in their life yet most are unaware of the problem. They simply know they don't feel well or perhaps symptoms lead them to explore other disorders; we do know that often symptoms denote multiple possibilities and sometimes overlap disorders.
What is adrenal fatigue?
Adrenal fatigue is simply the allowance of stressors to influence and perhaps take control over your life. Stress is a big issue in most people's lives and all too often the person has no idea how to deal with the stress. The result is adrenal fatigue as well as many other imbalances within the body, mind and spirit of the individual.

Friday, June 27, 2014


Boxers, Briefs or Snowballs for Sperm

I had to chuckle when I heard the name of this product, but it sounds like a great idea!  The product is called "Snowballs"
Snowballs are a special kind of underwear that have freezable gel wedges that supply the cooling power to the organic cotton.  Apparently, men with fertility problems were found to have testes that were an average of one degree Celsius warmer than men without fertility problems.  So instead of asking "boxers vs. briefs", getting to the source of the problem may be what is needed.
Men's testicles may overheat for a number of reasons....everything from laptops to heated car seats and possibly their choice of underwear.  Whatever the cause, even a slight increase in temperature can damage sperm.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014


Jewelry Symbolism Can Help Fertility and Attract A Baby

Kokopelli, is an ancient fertility god but is still used to symbolize fertility today.  You probably have seen this figure playing the flute with feathers on his head.  Kokopelli originated in the Native American Culture and he is thought to carry unborn babies on his back which he gives to women.  There are a number of other fertility symbols and gemstones which are thought to increase your chances of getting pregnant.


Monday, June 23, 2014


Endometriosis and Fertility

Endometriosis can not only be a cause of pain and bleeding (outside the normal menstrual cycle), but it can also cause scarring and adhesions that lead to infertility.  There are a number of natural treatments for endometriosis which I've written about on this blog and others.  If you like tomatoes or tomato sauce, you may be in luck.  The lycopene may help reduce the scarring  of endometriosis.

Saturday, June 21, 2014


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Friday, June 20, 2014


How Reflexology Can Help With Trying to Get Pregnant

By Michelle M Dufresne

If you are trying to get pregnant but are experiencing difficulty, reflexology is a holistic and natural therapy that can be of great benefit to help and comfort.
Reflexology can help to improve a person's fertility by directing the flow of energy where it is needed in specific reflex points. Reflexology involves manipulating pressure points in the feet in order to affect a corresponding area of the body. Energy pathways are unblocked, allowing the energy to flow freely as it should.
There are reflex points on the feet that correspond with the reproductive system in the body, and by manipulating these points imbalances that can lead to problems conceiving can be corrected.
How Reflexology Can Help Fertility
 Reflexology can be helpful for reproductive system issues that can have an impact on a person's fertility such as:
Polycystic ovaries

Cervical problems

Scar tissue

Pelvic inflammatory disease

Pre-menstrual syndrome

Hormonal imbalances

Blocked or damaged fallopian tubes

Stress related problems

Menstrual problems
Reflexology is great for helping relieve stress. It is very important to reduce stress if you are trying to increase your fertility and become pregnant. Stress can affect your ability to conceive. Whether it's issues worrying about becoming pregnant, stress from family/friends, job related stress, etc. Reflexology is known for being calming and relaxing.
Reflexology is great for balancing hormones, which can help with regular menstruation, relieving the symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome/endometriosis and promoting ovulation.
Reflexology and Conventional Medicine
If you are undergoing medical tests to find out the cause of infertility, trying a course of fertility drugs, or seeking out other treatments such as IVF, ICSI, GIFT, or ZIFT, reflexology can be of great benefit to you. This is because it is a holistic and natural therapy, and will not have an effect on the treatments you are undergoing or take in place of them. Reflexology can support your body physically and mentally. It will give you the strength that you need in order to ease anxiety/stress as well as give you the needed support. It will help give the treatment the best possible chance of succeeding.
A Personal Success Story
About 4 years ago I had a client couple a husband and wife coming to me weekly for reflexology treatments. The female client was a 30 year old (at the time) but wasn't experiencing any difficulties with getting pregnant. Her husband was in his 30's and he was told by a doctor that he would never be able to have kids due to his condition of varicocele which is a swelling of a vein in the scrotum. I had made a special aromatherapy blend for his specific condition to use and continued with the reflexology treatments. I got the call from his wife about 4 weeks into the reflexology treatments. She said she found out why she had been getting sick and it was because she was pregnant. I never felt such joy and happiness in my life before knowing that I had helped someone struggling and succeeding by giving them such a beautiful gift. It was very exciting and overwhelming.
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Michelle Dufresne,is a Certified Aromatherapist and Holistic Practitioner.Her training includes certification in Aromatherapy Massage, Foot Reflexology, Spa Therapies, Indian Head Massage, Hot Stone Massage and RainDrop Therapy.
http://itsessentiallyyou.webs.com/ Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Michelle_M_Dufresne http://EzineArticles.com/?How-Reflexology-Can-Help-With-Trying-to-Get-Pregnant&id=7682135

Thursday, June 19, 2014


There is so much information out there about what to do to enhance fertility.  I am frequently asked, what are the top 5 things you would recommend.  I've written thousands of blogs posts about enhancing fertility and if I had to come up with 5, here is what I would recommend:
  • Eat fertility enhancing fruits and vegetables
  • Reduce cortisol by reducing stress (since cortisol robs progesterone from your body)
  • Perform pelvic massage to increase circulation and break up blockages
  • Perform Meditation and Visualization to get your mind in sync with your body
  • Examine your overall weight and pattern of exercise to create optimum health for pregnancy

Wednesday, June 18, 2014


Caprice from Ladies of London Pregnant Naturally

I'll admit, I've been bitten by the "reality TV bug" as much as the next person.  I haven't seen all of the "Ladies of London" episodes on Bravo TV, but I happened to be watching the other night.  One of the characters on the show is over 40 model (and originally American) "Caprice".  She is pregnant on the show, but she dropped the "bomb" that she was pregnant with two babies...just one in her belly.  The other baby is being carried by a surrogate.  As with many so called "infertile" women and couples, pregnancy can come as a bit of a surprise.  From what I could gather from the show, Caprice was having trouble getting pregnant, hired a surrogate who conceived, and then she got pregnant herself naturally.  I wish I had a dollar for every time I heard something like this happen.  One of my good friends has an adopted daughter from China, got pregnant naturally half way through the adoption and wound up with two kids the same age.  Then she got pregnant naturally again and currently has three kids.  That's quite a few for someone who supposedly "can't have kids"!


Tuesday, June 17, 2014


Pregnancy Over 40 With Yoga

When I was trying to conceive, I had to evaluate what kind of physical activity was the best. In the past, I had been somewhat obsessive about working out.
 I recall a time when I went to the gym every day of the week. I even went through a time back in college (many years ago!) when I worked out so much I stopped getting my period for a few months. Yoga is a good form of exercise when you're trying to conceive and I've included a segment on Yoga in my DVD See: Fertility Bodywork 

Here is an article that explains how yoga can help:

 Yoga enhances the flow of energy through energy channels, which are part of the "chakra" system. Fertility yoga focuses on the second chakra, which is important for sexual health. It is located near the lower abdomen and groin and controls the reproductive organs and influences sensation, pleasure, sexuality and fertility. Most fertility yoga sessions focus on deep relaxation poses to reduce stress and to balance the body's hormones, as well as poses designed to increase circulation to the reproductive organs. 
from: preconception weekly

Tuesday, June 10, 2014


Folates vs. Folic acid supplements and fortification:

If you are trying to get pregnant, you have no doubt heard about the importance of folic acid.  Vitamin supplements should be the secondary way you get essential nutrients in your diet.  Eating right should be the primary.  I frequently come across articles which talk about how certain supplements don't absorb as well in your body.  Eating foods that naturally have certain nutrients is always the best way to round out your diet.  As this article explains, some supplements can actually accumulate in your system and become toxic.
Read more:
And therein lies the big problem with the nutrient known as B9. Folic acid, the molecule that is used to fortify our food supply, and is used in most studies and is in most vitamins is a man-made funny looking molecule, a fully oxidized, synthetic chemical compound It is what seems to cause all the mischief. It costs less and is more stable than the nature made form of this nutrient.

On the other hand, the nature made form or forms called “folates” do not seem to cause problems. This molecule is often found in foliage – dark green leafy vegetables, hence the name folate. This can enter your normal biochemical pathways and gets properly metabolized. The folic acid may not be converted or metabolized by the body increasing cancer and disease risk. The excess folic acid becomes oxidized and promotes free radical production and genetic instability leading to cancer and other disease.

Now it gets a bit more complicated. We are all biochemically individual and genetically unique and about 35% of us have a genetic variation in a gene called MTHFR that helps neutralize the folic acid. If this doesn’t work well, then more of the folic acid accumulates from the fortified food and supplements. Those who have this gene are at increased risk of colon cancer because they produce more pre-cancerous colon polyps. High dose folate supplementation in these people reduced their risk of polyps.(iv)

The good news is that you can take the nature made form of this nutrient – it is called methyl-folate (and there are a few forms of that too). This is what should be in food and vitamin supplements. Many contentious companies are now using only this form of the nutrient, but is more expensive. 

from: healthiertalk.com

Thursday, June 05, 2014


surprise pregnancy in woman over 40

I have done a number of posts about women in their 40's who go through an entire pregnancy without knowing they are pregnant!  It seems impossible, but it happens.  TLC network has a show (old episodes can probably be watched online) called "I didn't know I was pregnant.  A number of the cases they feature are women who are over 40 who thought they were too old to get pregnant!  I found an interesting article about a 40 year old Scottish woman who unexpectedly became a mother. She had no idea she was pregnant and neither did her doctor.
 According to the article, the doctors dismissed any chance of pregnancy and she was assured that her strange symptoms were because she was "just going through menopause". Apparently, even medical professionals need to be educated that women over 40 can still be quite fertile. Read more:

From the article:

Over the past nine months Liz Landymore has complained about stomach pains, feeling bloated and exhaustion, but was assured by doctors that she was going through the menopause. Her GP arranged a series of tests, including hormone checks and a brain scan, but dismissed suggestions that she might be pregnant.

She learned the truth two weeks ago when she experienced severe stomach pains at home one morning. Hours later she gave birth to a 7lb 13oz baby son at Forth Park Maternity Hospital, Kirkcaldy, Fife.

from: telegraph.co.uk

Wednesday, June 04, 2014


Fertility Over 40 and Ayurveda

If you've never heard of Kapha, Pitta and Vata, I'm sure you're not alone. 
These "doshas" are energies found throughout the body and mind. They control all physical and mental functions.
The doshas come from the Five Elements. Vata is composed of Space and Air, Pita of Fire and Water, and Kapha of Earth and Water.
 They are terms relating to Ayurveda. Ayurveda is considered to be a form of complementary and alternative medicine. It's origins are in India and it seems it's being practiced more and more as people want alternatives to the pharmaceutical options offered in western medicine. Here is an article about the Aurvedic view of fertility:
The Ayurvedic view of the menstrual cycle:
Average menses are considered to be 4-5 days, moderate flow, moderate colour, no clots, no discomfort.
Kapha phase: End of bleeding until ovulation is a time of building the endometrium and increasing kapha. (Oestrogen is increasing).
Pitta phase: Ovulation until bleeding. (Progesterone is high and is secreted by the corpus luteum - prepares endometrium for implantation and breasts for milk secretion).
Vata phase: Apana vayu (the downward descending wind) pushes the menstrum down and out, therefore emptying the contents of the womb.

If there is any disturbance in these phases then they need to be balanced. The main problem with the female menstrual cycle is that the downward descending energy (apana vayu) is blocked. This causes all sorts of fluctuations from pain, bloating, dryness, anxiety, insomnia, scanty periods, irregular cycle, clots and infertility. The strategy is to first clear any obstructions and then to tonify with nourishing boosting herbs.

Tips to balance the menstrual cycle:
1. Ensure that there is no obstruction in the pelvic cavity; this means making sure you are not constipated and have no pain during ovulation or menstruation- use organic Triphala and organic Aloe vera to help with this.
2. Daily self-massage with warm organic sesame oil followed by a warm shower or bath. Focus on a clockwise abdominal massage for 5 minutes a day.

3. Take organic Aloe vera juice throughout the cycle from day 7 until day 21 to cleanse and nourish the tissues.
4. Take organic Shatavari capsules to boost fertility and normalise menstruation.
5. Drink a tea made from organic fennel seeds, liquorice, saffron and fresh ginger.
6. Drink organic rose water regularly as it prepares the uterus for implantation.
7. If there are any menstrual irregularities try Pukka Herbs Shatavari Plus, which contains herbs that regulate ovulation and promote a healthy cycle.
8. Use the insight of Ayurveda into the phases of the menstrual cycle to promote your health.
Balance vata during the vata bleeding phase by relaxing, resting, staying warm and calm. Especially keep your abdomen warm and avoid the cold.
Balance kapha during the proliferative phase by eating nourishing soups that strengthen the blood and enhance ovulation- include beetroots, aloe vera, shatavari, nettles and whole grains in your diet.
Balance pitta during the last phase of the cycle by keeping off foods that might aggravate heat and stress in your body, i.e. coffee, chocolate, alcohol. Increase your yoga practice, have lots of warm baths and clockwise abdominal massage and increase organic Triphala and organic Aloe vera in your regime to keep the pelvic region uncongested.   

excerpted from  Infertility and Ayurveda

Monday, June 02, 2014


Trying To Conceive With Fertility Drugs Adds Much Stress

I recall a time when we were going through fertility treatments with shots.  We decided that we did not want to share our struggle with infertility with family or friends . I had to get my shot at the same time every night.  One night, we had company and we had to get the medication out of the refrigerator.  Since our company was right there, we made some crazy excuse about my cat needing shots.  Then we had to get my cat, go into the bedroom and pretend like we were giving the cat a shot!  Not only can ovarian stimulation drugs be dangerous, but women who undergo treatment with these drugs not only have stress from the infertility itself but the drug regimen adds even more stress (that's probably no surprise to most of us). As the article mentions below, women tend to worry about whether or not they're taking the drugs correctly and they have to work their life around injection schedules.   Read more:

From the article:

While female patients having IVF or ICSI consistently describe high levels of stress associated with the procedure, study results reported this week indicate how stressful the ovarian stimulation can be and what a negative impact it may have on day-to-day activities. Indeed, the psychological burden associated with the whole IVF treatment program - especially the long course of daily hormone injections - has its own impact on everyday life quite distinct from concern about fertility or the outcome of treatment.

The findings come from a study (in France, UK and USA) of how the ovarian stimulation part of IVF and ICSI affects patients. This pre-egg collection phase may last from two to six weeks and currently requires at least one hormone injection each day, usually self-administered at home. Patients interviewed in the study described the timing of injections as a "major convenience issue", requiring considerable coordination with work, social life, spouse and children. Problems with the storing and transporting medications, mixing medications, and the disposal of needles were frequent.

While the doctors interviewed in the study understood that patients do worry about being able to self-inject correctly, they underestimated how many of the women believed they had made mistakes with dosages, taken the wrong medications and/or used incorrect self-injection techniques.

 from:   (www.medicalnewstoday.com)

Sunday, June 01, 2014


Saints for Fertility Necklace
 This article on prostaglandins has moved to a new location here


 See also:  how to treat endometriosis


PCOS Can Be Treated For Infertility

If you've been diagnosed with PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), you probably know that it can cause a number of problems including infertility.
However, there are things you can do to help with this condition--some things involve dietary changes.  Read more:

 Role of Insulin in PCOS
Exactly why and how PCOS develops is not quite clear. Most experts,  however, now agree that insulin plays a major role. Insulin is a  powerful hormone that is released by the body's pancreas in response to  eating food—especially carbohydrates. It transports sugar out of the  blood and into muscle, fat, and liver cells, where it is converted to  energy or stored as fat. Many women with PCOS have insulin resistance.  This means that the process of getting the sugar out of the blood and  into the cells is defective—the cells are "resistant" to insulin. The  pancreas must secrete more and more insulin to get sugar out of the  blood and into the cells. High levels of insulin or hyperinsulinemia,  can wreak havoc in the body, causing any or all of the following  conditions: polycystic ovaries, weight gain and/or difficulty losing  weight, increased risk of heart disease by increasing LDL and  triglycerides, decreasing HDL and increasing clotting factors. 

from:  sciencedaily.com


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