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Thursday, November 29, 2018



When I was going through fertility treatments, the first medication I was prescribed was Clomid. We tried the clomid alone which did not result in a pregnancy. After that, we tried Clomid with inseminations which failed as well. Although some women do benefit from Clomid, recent studies have questioned it's use, especially in women who aren't necessarily experiencing ovulatory problems (i.e. their infertility is unexplained or due to other factors).

As reported in the BBC News, in Scotland, a six month study done on 580 women with unexplained infertility. The results showed that 17% of the women who tried naturally became pregnant. Those on Clomid alone had a pregnancy rate of only 14% and those with inseminations had a rate of 23%. As you can see, trying naturally may actually be a better plan than taking Clomid.

Side-effects of Clomid

Clomid can lead to ovarian cysts and even hyperstimulation of the ovaries which, although rare, can
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be life threatening. More commonly, women may experience mood swings, depression and even some visual side-effects. When I was taking Clomid, I called it “the week from hell” because it felt like my regular PMS but magnified by 100. Of course, if you are stimuating ovulation, and you do happen to conceive, the chance of having multiples increases which can lead to a number of pregnancy complications. Lastly, a study published in the journal "Human Reproduction" found a possible connection between Clomid and thyroid cancer. Although more study is needed, it worries me that I took these drugs without knowing all of these possible complications.

Why Clomid May Reduce The Chance Of Pregnancy

If you are taking Clomid, but not using inseminations, it actually may reduce the chance of pregnacy. Why? Clomid reduces estrogen which has a negative affect on cervical mucus. Optimal cervical mucus has an egg-white consistency. Clomid tends to make it thick. So, although you may be stimulating ovulation, you may not be able to take advantage of it since your mucus is not sperm friendly.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018



The Difference Between Sweet Potatoes and Yams

Many sources claim that yams can help you conceive twins. You may have heard that sweet potatoes or “yams” are good for fertility. Well, it's very true, the are! First let's clear up the confusion between yams and sweet potatoes. True yams (called Dioscorea) are not the ones you usually find in American grocery stores. They can be found in Africa and Asia and perhaps in some specialized grocery stores
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in the United States and elsewhere. I've looked for them in my local healthfood store and they didn't know what I was talking about. In some areas of the world where Dioscorea are readily available, women have a high rate of twins. These yams are thought to stimulate ovulation.

Since regular sweet potatoes or sometimes called “yams” (orange in color) are the most readily available, lets talk about the ways they may benefit fertility. Sweet potatoes are high in vitamin C, B, and vitamin B6. These antioxidants protect against cell damage – your eggs may benefit, no matter how old they are. Sweet potatoes also have an anti-inflammatory affect in the body. They have a positive affect on blood sugar and they are high in fiber which helps to eliminate toxins. Most Americans eat sweet potatoes as part of their Thanksgiving meal, however, they're starting to show up in fast food restaurants as a substitute to the traditional “side of fries”. The only problem is that they may be cooked in unhealthy oils. This video shows how you can quickly and easily make your own sweet potato fries in 15 minutes:

Friday, November 23, 2018



Drinking tea is a good way to add herbs to your diet. There are many fertility teas on the market, but why not blend your own? Here are some of the common ingredients in fertility tea:

Chasteberry (also called vitex)

Chasteberry is supposed to have a positive affect on your FSH by increasing LH (and thereby decreasing FSH). High FSH (over 10) is considered to be an indication of ovarian failure. Chasteberry can also help if a woman has high prolactin levels. High prolactin can have a negative
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affect on fertility.

Green Tea

There are differing opinions about whether or not green tea can either help or harm fertility. Green tea has polyphenols and hypoxanthine which may be responsible for more viable embryos and possibly a greater chance of fertilization. Although green tea has caffeine, it is found in lesser amounts than other caffeinated beverages. On the downside, tannic acids in green tea may have a negative affect on a developing embryo and constrict blood vessel formation.
Read more about green tea and fertility here.

Red Raspberry Leaf Red Raspberry Leaf can promote fertility because it has a positive affect on uterine and pelvic muscle tone. Red Raspberry is also thought to lengthen your menstrual cycle by increasing the second half after ovulation.

Red Clover

Red Clover Tea may help clear out fallopian tubes, and may help regulate your cycles. It has phytoestrogens and can help with your body's pH which can make cervical mucus more sperm friendly.

Nettle Leaf

This tea is thought to strengthen the adrenal glands, uterus and hormones. It has chlorophyll, vitamins and minerals. It can help rid the body of toxins and it is thought to be especially good in women over 40.

Ladies Mantle

Ladies Mantle is thought to help tone the cervix and can also help regulate the menstrual cycle.

When you are ready to brew your tea, you can do it a couple of ways:

Because it helps with pelvic and uterine muscles, it is also beneficial in preparation of labor.

1. If you are using tea bags (pre-packaged tea), you can get a large tea brewing container and add all the teabags and brew together. If the teas have different brewing times on the package, use the one with the shortest brewing time. Once the tea is brewed, store it in the refrigerator and heat one cup at a time (or you can drink it iced). If it is too concentrated, you can dilute it down a bit with water.

2. If you are using loose tea, combine equal parts of the loose teas together in a bowl (then store in a glass container. When you are ready to have a cup of tea, get a tea ball and use about 1-2 teaspoons of the mixture per cup (6-8 oz). Use fresh water in a teapot (if you are concerned about your water quality, use bottled spring water) and boil to about 170-180 degrees. Close the tea ball and place in the cup and put your heated water in the cup with the tea ball. If you would like to make a pitcher of tea, you can use a “tea sock” which will hold much more tea. Place the pitcher in the refrigerator after it is brewed to have later. It is usually recommended to drink within 72 hours for maximum freshness.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018



I had daily salads when I was trying to conceive. Not only are they great for your overall health, but there a number of vegetables that can enhance fertility by providing antioxidants, vitamins, fiber and other hormone regulating nutrients. They are also quick and easy to make because they don't require cooking. Read more:

Fertility Greek Coleslaw

Cut a head of purple (red) cabbage in half or thirds immediately before eating (don't cut ahead of time because this may damage some nutritional value - refrigerate the other half/third for left overs for use later)
Use a cheese shredder and shred the coleslaw as finely as possible (this make digestion a littler
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Add a little salt and pepper to taste
Drizzle a little olive oil on the coleslaw
Add vinegar or a vinagrette spritzer (most of these are very low in calories)

Dice a small tomato and add to the coleslaw
Add about 5 greek olives
Mix well and enjoy!

Fertility Salad Recipe

Start with red (purple) cabbage. This is a great hormone regulator because it is loaded with phytoestrogens and antioxidants. Cut it in half and save the rest for later. Shred about 1 cup with a cheese shredder as finely as possible. Raw cabbage can be a little hard to digest, so if it is shredded finely, it will help.

Cut up about 1/3 of a large cucumber. Cucumbers (especially the seeds) are considered a fertility enhancer in women.

Peel a ripe avocado, cut in half and discard the pit. Cut ½ of the avacado and save the rest for later. Avacados are a great source of the good fats and they can help enhance progesterone production and keep the balance between estrogen and progesterone.

Cut a tomato in half and cut into cube size pieces. Tomatoes are a good source of lycopene which can reduce inflammation and help with endometriosis.

Add about 1 tbs of extra virgin olive oil (a great source of the good fats)

Add some balsamic vinegar if desired

Add salt and pepper to taste.


Monday, November 19, 2018


There are many foods that have hormone regulating properties. When I was trying to conceive, I jokingly said that I was on "vegetable therapy". If you think about it, it makes sense...much of what makes us infertile or hurts our egg quality are environmental factors and lifestyle choices. If you look at your diet day to day, how many vegetables (preferably organic) do you get in your diet? It is estimated that in the United States, only only 33% of people eat more than two fruits and vegetables per day and only 23% of people eat more than 3 per day. Is it any wonder why we are suffering from not only infertility, but a number of other health problems like obesity (which also contribute to infertility. So, if people are not eating fruits and vegetables, what are they eating? My guess is that there are a number of processed foods that are taking the place of healthy eating. These processed foods can contain GMOs (which are not labeled), trans-fats, flavor enhancers like MSG, and are probably packaged in plastic which can leach into the food causing estrogen imbalances.

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Leafy green vegetables are one of the best kept secrets for women who are trying to enhance fertility
and regulate hormones. They are loaded with nutrients and they can help cleanse your body. Most people don't get enough vegetables to begin with and that is certainly true with leafy greens as well. When I was trying to conceive, I had to educate myself about how to prepare green vegetables.

Kale is a superfood which is great for overall health. It's high in a number of vitamins and minerals which help to detoxify the body. Kale is also a great source of iron and calcium which is important for follicular development. Kale can help reduce inflammation in the body.

Collard greens are also a nutritional powerhouse. They are high in fiber and essential nutrients all of which are good for fertility and hormone regulation.

Learn how to make greens like collard greens, kale, and mustard greens here:

Sunday, November 18, 2018



When I was trying to conceive, I did drink some herbal teas and after I got pregnant, I drank mint flavored decaffeinated green tea. Since I had horrible morning sickness, coffee was out of the question and I thought green tea was a safe choice. The mint also helped to soothe my gag reflex and the warmth of the tea was somewhat helpful for the constant nausea. Since that time, I have come across some research about green tea and the pros and cons of drinking it during pregnancy and while trying to conceive. Even though I drank quite a bit of green tea (especially in the first trimester), I did not have any complications and had a normal pregnancy.

Some sources draw a correlation between drinking green tea and increased rates of conception, although this could possibly be attributed to green tea drinkers having healthier lifestyles. One widely cited study in The American Journal of Public Health reported that drinking 1½ cups or more of tea daily can double the odds of conception per cycle. However, this study did not specify what kind of tea the participants drank. Regular tea and green tea both have polyphenols and hypoxanthine which
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may be responsible for more viable embryos and possibly a greater chance of fertilization. Although green tea has caffeine, it is found in lesser amounts than other caffeinated beverages (but I would recommend drinking decaffeinated). On the downside, in pregnancy, some sources claim green tea may possibly increase the chance of pregnancy loss because the tannins could have a negative effect on a developing embryo by constricting blood vessel formation (although I was unable to find scientific research to support an association between green tea and pregnancy loss). The tannins may also interfere with iron absorption. Since green tea has a number of health benefits unrelated to fertility, I included it in my diet. I drank mint flavored decaffeinated green tea when I was experiencing morning sickness after I conceived my daughter (this was before I knew of any possible association with miscarriage), but obviously it didn’t hurt my pregnancy.

Friday, November 16, 2018



Wheatgrass has recently gained in popularity and is showing up in juice bars everywhere. When I think of wheatgrass, I think of cows grazing in a pasture, but it's a great food for people too. So why is wheatgrass so good for fertility? Here are some reasons:

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It is a high alkaline food. You need a balanced pH level so that your body is sperm friendly. Wheatgrass also contains folic acid. Folic acid has been found to prevent neural tube defects and it's recommended that women who are trying to conceive take folic acid BEFORE they try to get pregnant. Wheatgrass also enhances men's fertility because it is high in antioxidants. Sperm are actually very fragile creatures. Men who have a diet high in antioxidants can protect their sperm from free radical damage due to environmental factors. Wheatgrass is known to purify the blood and tonify the liver and kidneys for detoxification. There are also external ways to use wheatgrass, for example, did you know you could bathe in it? As odd as that sounds, you can add some wheatgrass juice to your bath water and soak for 1/2 hour. This is thought to disinfect the skin and it is actually reported
to increase your red blood cells. It is also great if you have itchy skin or body odor. Read more about the benefits of wheatgrass:

What's So Good About Wheatgrass?
Guest Post By Michael D. Byrne Until about 5 or so years ago, I had never heard of wheatgrass. Then it seemed to crop up everywhere (if you'll pardon the pun). It took another couple of years before I actually started looking into it and I found

some interesting information.Firstly, what is wheatgrass? It is simply germinated or sprouted wheat - preferably organic. Once sprouting takes place valuable enzymes are activated in the grain. The sprouts can be eaten and the enzymes then work in the body to aid digestions, provide energy, neutralise toxins and cleanse the blood. Wheatgrass can also be juiced and the juice consumed to provide water, oxygen, enzymes, protein, phytochemicals, chlorophyll, carotenoids, fatty acids, and trace elements.
Wheatgrass has a history going back over 5000 years but it was really in the 1930's that it became popular in the West. An American agricultural chemist, Dr. Charles F Schnabel, noted that ailing hens fed fresh, young wheatgrass recovered quickly. They also grew faster and had double the fertility compared with healthy hens fed standard diets. This discovery became the impetus for a lifetime of research into the reason for this amazing result. Others have researched wheatgrass and have published studies to show its tremendous benefit for maintaining health and vitality.
Wheatgrass juice is very high in fresh chlorophyll which has been shown to aid liver function, remove toxins, and boost the immune system. One of the benefits of chlorophyll is that it is similar to hemin which is a component of haemoglobin. Haemoglobin is the protein that in human that carries oxygen to the cells. The main difference between chlorophyll and hemin is that while hemin is based on iron, chlorophyll is based on magnesium. Experiments carried out on severely anemic rabbits showed that when given chlorophyll they made a rapid return to a normal blood count.
In addition to anemia, chlorophyll has been shown to benefit the heart, the lymphatic systems, the vascular system, the intestines, lungs, and glands. It can also assist in lowering blood pressure and blood sugar, lower acidity and help treat and prevent cancer. And chlorophyll is just one component of wheatgrass.
Because it contains 8 essential amino acids, 80 identified enzymes and a range of vitamins and minerals in wheatgrass is often called a complete food. Research studies have shown that it contains powerful anti-cancer agents: the chlorophyll, antioxidants, abscisic acid, and the 80 enzymes. Its alkalising action helps balance the body's pH and move it from the cancer inducing acid state caused by our consumption of so many processed, sugary and fatty foods.
While fresh is best, most of us probably don't have time to grow and juice wheatgrass so it is available as shots, powders and tablets from a variety of suppliers. Wheatgrass is certainly a worthwhile addition to your diet. Wheatgrass has so many benefits it should be part of a daily diet.
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Wednesday, November 14, 2018



The reason it's called “progesterone” is because it is “pro-gestation” or it supports a pregnancy.

Women with low progesterone may experience miscarriage or recurrent miscarriage because their body cannot sustain their uterine lining long enough to nuture their baby. During the menstrual cycle, progesterone typically is highest during ovulation. If the egg that ovulates is not fertilized, progesterone falls and estrogen rises causing the women to get her period.

Things that can cause low progesterone:

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1. Stress – stress causes an increase in cortisol and through a chain reaction will decrease in progesterone – this is one reason women are told to reduce their stress levels if they want to conceive

2. An over production of estrogen can cause estrogen dominance which can throw the delicate balance of estrogen and progesterone out of whack

3. Age - Some hormones decrease as women get older

4. Adrenal fatigue – this can occur from stress, poor diet, and lack of sleep, exposure to toxins, long illnesses and even a low fat diet. The adrenal glands are involved with the production of hormones, if they aren't functioning at full capacity, this will affect your progesterone production.

Natural Ways To Increase Progesterone

1. Nuts like almonds and seeds like sunflower seed can help your body increase progesterone naturally. Be sure you buy unroasted nuts and seeds as roasting can spoil the beneficial oils. You should look for them in the refrigerated section of your health food store.

2. Vitamin B6

3. Avacados – These are an excellent source of something called plant sterols. Plant sterols help to create a balance between estrogen and progesterone which will help with estrogen dominance.

4. Natural Progesterone Cream – This can be found at your local health food store. Look for 480mg USP progesterone per oz.

5. Leafy Green Vegetables – These contain magnesium which will help your body manufacture progesterone naturally.
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Tuesday, November 13, 2018


Chakras for Life and Fertility

First, lets define what a chakra is...the word comes from Sanskrit and means wheel or vortex. A chakra is thought to be part of the non-physical body through which the life force moves. Although there are hundreds, usually the focus is on the 7 main chakras which we will discuss here. These 7 chakras go from the top of the head (crown) to the bottom or base of the spine. It is believed that each chakra vibrates at the rate of a particular color. There are also natural stones and crystals that vibrate with the chakras. We will start with the base and move our way up.
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Chakra #1 Root Chakra

This is located at the base of your spine. The color associated color is red. This chakra is associated with the adrenals and our survival instinct and may be key in our stress levels as well as our "fight or flight response. The stone associated with the root chakra is Hematite.

Chakra #2 Sacral Chakra (Fertility Chakra)

The sacral chakra is thought to vibrate with the color orange. It is the chakra associated with the ovaries in women and the testicles in men. Therefore, this chakra is key for fertility. This chakra can
also govern our creativity and our enthusiasm. Carnelian is the stone that resonates with the sacral chakra. See the orange box above for more on Carnelian.
Women can care for their sacral chakra by doing yoga poses that open up the hip and sacral area (see more on Fertility Bodywork here).
Women can also care for their sacral chakra by dealing with past trauma surrounding relationships, sexual trama and the pain and distress over past miscarriages See also: How to have a memorial service for your lost baby through miscarriage.

Chakra #3 Solar Plexus Chakra

This chakra is associated with the digestive system and vibrates with the color yellow. The stomach, small intestine and liver are connected to this chakra. The Solar Plexus Chakra may also contribute to fear and anxiety if out of balance. On the upside, it can help with feelings of personal growth and power. The stone associated with the solar plexus is Yellow Avertine.

Chakra #4 Heart Chakra

This chakra is called the heart chakra and vibrates in two ways. The lower heart chakra vibrates with the color green and the higher heart chakra vibrates with the color pink (pink is opposite on the color wheel from green). The organs of the body associated with this chakra are of course the heart, but also the breasts, thymus, immune system and circulatory system. This chakra can help with love and compassion. The stone associated wth the heart chakra is green avertine and pink (or rose) quartz.

Chakra #5 Throat Chakra

This Chakra�s vibration is consistent with the color light blue. It is associated with the throat, ears and lungs. It can help with speaking, expression and communicating. It can allow you to be open and honest and it can also help you listen to and connect with others. The stone associated with the throat chakra is Blue Lace Agate.

Chakra #6 Third Eye Chakra (Brow Chakra)

This Chakra�s vibration is consistent with indigo. It is thought to connect us with the spiritual world, and our intuitive ability. It is associated with the sinuses and eyes, pituitary gland and pineal gland. The third eye is thought to help us recognize patterns in our life, especially those that may need to change. The stone associated with the brow chakra is Sodalite.

Chakra #7 Crown Chakra

The Crown Chakra vibrates with the color purple or violet. It relates to the brain, skull and cerebral cortex. The crown chakra helps us feel connected not only to other people, but the earth and entire universe. It helps us see the �big picture� in our lives. The stone associated with the crown chakra is Amethyst.

Saturday, November 10, 2018


Can I get pregnant with high FSH is a common question. Many women over the age of 40 have been told that their "FSH" levels are on the high side. Usually, fertility doctors want the FSH to be under 10. However, there are recorded cases of women getting pregnant with their own eggs with FSH levels that were even over 100!
For example, The Oxford Journals Human Reproduction reported on three cases of women who had successful pregnancies with their own eggs with FSH levels that would be considered "off the chart" and most doctors would have only given them the option of donor eggs. In one case, a 46 year old got pregnant with an FSH of 22. The other cases in the report were a 36 year old with an FSH of 143 and a 35 year old with an FSH of 105.

After I discontinued fertility treatments, I never had my FSH checked because I didn't want more discouraging information clouding my mindset. I knew I was going to get pregnant even if the odds
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were against me. But what if your levels are higher than the recommended numbers? This article and video below explains what you can do naturally to lower your FSH.
High FSH Levels
Guest Post By Mina D Craig
Are you having trouble getting pregnant? Did your doctor tell you it was because your FSH levels are too high? Here is an alternative natural way to balance your FSH levels, to help you increase ovulation. and to conceive naturally.
FSH is released by the pituitary gland, and it starts a chain reaction. The hormone goes to the ovaries through your blood, and causes your ovarian follicles to grow and develop. Once the follicle has grown enough, it releases an egg (ovum) that will head down the tubes for fertilization. The ovarian follicles release hormones also, and these tell the pituitary gland to stop sending FSH.

Sometimes, the follicles don't get the message, they don't respond to the FSH. So the pituitary gland repeats the message, and repeats it again and again until the follicles say we got the message. Thus high FSH levels. If your young the medical reason could be premature ovarian failure, if your a little further in age it could be called menopause.
The follicles within the ovaries can not respond timely for several reasons, but some causes are more common. For those whose age is considered by doctors to be mature the common problem is not enough blood flow to the ovaries themselves. FSH is a hormone that travels through the blood steam, so not enough blood to the ovaries means the message is not getting through and the follicles are not getting stimulated.
The most dangerous and alarming results of the elevated FSH level, is deprived quality of eggs because for healthy and normal growth of follicles oxygen, nutrients and hormones are required. At this stage if you try to conceive it increases the rate of miscarriage and defects during birth of the child and sometimes medicines and IVFs also do not work for elderly mothers.
You must be wondering about the natural solution for increased FSH level and improvement of the egg quality.
Acupressure Massage. You might think because ovaries are inside that massage wont help, but it can. Acupressure massage can help increase blood flow, getting nutrients, oxygen and hormones to where they are needed, helping to get hormones back in balance. There are many things that you can do to help get the blood flowing, yoga is one that can also help all your reproductive parts, and help you get ready for the big b-day too. You can also do brisk walking to help get the blood going.

Another option is cleaning out your body to remove any chemicals that are affecting your eggs and your hormones. Body cleansing can help you by removing xenoestrogens, which can wreak havoc causing ovulation and menstruation disorders, and keeping your hormones out of whack. You can also try "FerilPlus", its completely organic, all natural and contains herbs scientifically proven to increase your chances of getting pregnant. It will help balance your hormones to get you back on track.
Salt intake has to be reduced because salt can result in dehydration and puts the kidneys under a lot of pressure. In Chinese medicine, hormonal balance has been attributed to the kidneys. Kidneys can also be taken care of by reducing caffeine intake.
A healthy diet of foods that are of an organic nature is vital to ensure your body has all the nutrients it needs for fertility. A person cannot, however, get all the needed vitamins and minerals without nutritional supplements. Nutritional supplements are best when made from real food extracts. When made from real food extracts, the supplements would be easily digestible and can be easily assimilated by the body. My clients who use "AntioxiPlus" and "AllkaGreens Plus" have always come back with fantastic results.


Thursday, November 08, 2018



Have you ever heard of Inositol? It is frequently found in some supplements but its something you should look for if you are trying to conceive especially at an older age. Inositol (Myo-inositol) keeps coming up in the literature a s a supplement to take if you want to improve egg quality. It is one of the B vitamins and it has been found in the follicular fluid of higher quality eggs. Animal studies have shown that myo-inositol helps with blastocyst development. Myo-inositol is especially helpful for women with PCOS, but other women may find it helpful as well. This B vitamin is thought to increase insulin sensitivity of the ovary which helps egg quality. It is recommended that a woman who is trying to conceive should take it three months before they try to conceive while their eggs are forming in their ovary. Here is an article which explains more:

PCOS - Inositol and Fertility
By Virginia Hopkins
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An inexpensive B vitamin can help a woman get pregnant.
Women who have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a leading cause of infertility, may ovulate
more often if they take the B vitamin inositol. Two research groups in Italy, both led by Enrico Papaleo, have done excellent studies with the dietary supplement myo-inositol and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), showing significant benefit. This is great news for women who suffer from this disorder as it gives them an alternative to the diabetes drugs that American doctors typically prescribe for PCOS.
Polycystic ovary syndrome is one of the leading causes of infertility. It also tends to cause hair growth where it's not wanted, acne and difficult menstrual cycles. Although a few months of avoiding sugar and refined carbohydrates and getting daily exercise almost always resolves PCOS, American doctors instead tend to prescribe diabetes drugs such as metformin to help regulate insulin levels. (It's so much easier to write a prescription than it is to help women deal with diet and exercise.) This is unfortunate as these types of drugs have a lot of side effects and don't address the underlying issue. Myo-inositol is a good middle-of-the-road approach.
Myo-inositol, a form of inositol, is a member of the B-complex family of vitamins. It's not an essential vitamin, as it can be manufactured by the body, but it tends to be deficient in women with PCOS, and restoring it can help regulate insulin enough to restore normal ovulation and thus fertility, and assist with weight loss.
Here's the Research
These aren't large studies, but they're nicely done. Inositol is very safe so there's no harm in trying it, but if you're already on a diabetes drug talk to your doctor first. If you want to get off a diabetes drug, do it gradually and under your doctor's supervision.
In a double-blind, placebo-controlled study published in the Sept-Oct 2007 European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences, 92 women were split into two groups, and the placebo half got folic acid, while the test group got folic acid plus 4 gms daily of myo-inositol, for 14 weeks. The myo-inositol group had a significantly higher rate of ovulation, higher HDL (good) cholesterol, and they lost weight, while the placebo group gained weight. It's important to note however, that the heavier a woman was, the less effective the treatment was.
The other study, published in the Dec 2007 journal Gynecological Endocrinology, put 25 PCOS women on a combination of folic acid and inositol (2 gms combined) for six months. The results were reported as follows, "Twenty-two out of the 25 (88%) patients restored at least one spontaneous menstrual cycle during treatment, of whom 18 (72%) maintained normal ovulatory activity during the follow-up period. A total of 10 singleton pregnancies (40% of patients) were obtained."
Based on these two studies, myo-inositol seems to be a remarkably effective treatment for PCOS, and for restoring fertility. Even better, it doesn't have side effects and it's relatively inexpensive. For women who are trying to get pregnant, it's ideal to combine this treatment with improved diet and exercise, so that the insulin problems aren't carried into pregnancy.
Here's where you can read more detailed articles about PCOS and fertility: http://www.virginiahopkinstestkits.com/aboutpcos.html
Virginia Hopkins is a best-selling author and the editor of the Virginia Hopkins Health Watch, http://www.virginiahopkinstestkits.com She has been writing about nutrition, natural hormones for men and women, and alternatives to prescription drugs for more than 30 years. Her emphasis is on science combined with common sense and natural solutions.
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Wednesday, November 07, 2018



Does it seem like one period is just getting over when the next one starts? I hear from many women who have questions about short menstrual cycles. According to my gynecologist, there is a lot of variability in cycle length, however a cycle is considered too short if is less than 3 weeks between the time between when one period starts and when the next one starts.

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If you're over 40, your cycle length may get shorter. As women get older, typically cycles get closer together - probably due to weaker hormone production. If you are trying to conceive this can be problematic because you may not be able to sustain a pregnancy since your hormones are falling too fast. When I first started trying to get pregnant, my progesterone was referred to as a "ski jump" It rose fast, but then fell too quickly. Also, according to my gynecologist, extremely short cycles could be an indication of another underlying problem. Some of these underlying problems could include uterine fibroids or other growths in your uterus. The theory here is that your uterus is contracting and
bleeding to get rid of these foreign growths. It may be worth a visit to your gynecologist to rule out any obstruction in your uterus before you try to conceive.

Lengthening Your Menstrual Cycles

When I was trying to conceive, I did have some variability in the length of my cycles. As I got older, my cycles got shorter and lighter (sometimes as short as 21 days). However, I was able to lengthen my cycles after implementing what I call my "pregnancy protocol". This involved hormone  regulating foods and natural progesterone cream. I'm not saying every month was a long cycle, but overall, my cycles returned to what would be considered the normal range, especially when trying to get pregnant.

Explanation of Hormones

Hormones are “chemical messengers” which target receptor sites. When they find the receptor site, they give the message. If the receptor site is not healthy, there could be a transmission error. Consumption of essential fatty acids can help correct this problem. Fish like salmon, fish oil supplements, seeds and nuts like walnuts and almonds can be good sources.

To help your body manufacture progesterone naturally, be sure you are getting enough of the following:

1. B Complex vitamins – especially B6
2. Protein – hormones are essentially proteins, so eat organic meats, or vegetable protein. Beans are a great source of vegetable protein and they are loaded with fiber and other nutrients which help fertility.
3. Magnesium
4. Soy has been found to lengthen menstrual cycles. There seems to be a lot of controversy on whether or not soy is a healthy food and whether or not it can help fertility. I did make soy a part of my diet when I was trying to conceive. Most sources agree that fermented soy is healthier than unfermented soy. Fermented soy can be found in miso, tempeh, and natto.
5. Green Vegetables (leafy)

Tuesday, November 06, 2018



Bees are such amazing creatures and so are the substances that they produce. Bee pollen contains almost all the nutrients that humans need. You may be thinking that bee pollen and royal jelly are strange things for humans to consume. However, if you are trying to conceive, these products can enhance fertility in both men and women. For women, they may help regulate cycles, improve egg quality and even help with PMS. In men, they can improve sperm quality and output and reduce infammation of the prostate. For women and couples experiencing miscarriage, bee propolis (the substance used by bees to seal up small openings in their hives made from sap and other substances) can help with antibodies that attack a developing fetus (similar to an allergic response). Bee propolis can help with sperm antibodies in women (which can attack sperm. Men can also have auto-immune reactions to their own sperm. Many supplements contain all of these bee products. Read more about the health benefits of bee pollen and royal jelly:

Which Supplement to Use, Bee Pollen or Royal Jelly?

Guest Post By Micheal Thomas There are a lot of consumable products we get from the bees which include fresh honey, propolis, bee bread, bee pollen or royal jelly. All of these bee products have their
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own unique set of properties that are very beneficial to human health. That is one reason why you can see a lot of bee supplement products in the grocery and in your local health food shops.
Sometimes you get to think which of the bee products to choose that will give you the best health benefits. Perhaps the top ranking products on the list of the most effective and most proven bee product are bee pollen and royal jelly.
Which is better, bee pollen or royal jelly?
Let us look at their nutritional composition in order to find out. Royal jelly contains various B-complex vitamins, vitamin C, some traces of amino acids, simple sugars, fatty acids, minerals, enzymes, as well as some antibacterial and antibiotic components. There is a component in royal jelly that brings about longer life span. This fact is observable in the queen bee's life span which lasts about five to six long years while the worker bees' lives only last about 35 to 40 days. Queen bees are only fed with royal jelly and nothing else their whole lives.
The pollen from the bee, on the other hand, contains a rich source of vitamins, minerals, proteins and amino acids, hormones, enzymes and fats, as well as significant quantities of natural antibiotics. Some of the vitamins included in pollens are carotenoids which are later converted inside the body as vitamin A, the B-Complex vitamins like thiamine (vitamin B1), riboflavin (vitamin B2), pyridoxine (vitamin B6), Nicotinic acid, Pantothenic acid, and Folic acid, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, rutin, and other various vitamins like B5, B12, D, biotin, inositol and PABA.
These pollens also have been found to have traces of various minerals like calcium, chlorine, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, silicon, and sulfur. The proteins and amino acids content found are also vast which includes peptones, gloculins, Arginine, Histidine, Isoleusine, Leusine, Lysine, Methionine, Phenylalamine, Threonine, Tryptophane, and Valine.
These amino acids and proteins mentioned are the most crucial in a man's daily diet. They cannot be manufactured or synthesized inside our body but they can be derived from natural sources, like pollens collected from bees, in a consumable form. In addition, pollens collected from bees also contains lecithin, amines, nuclein, guanine, xanthine, hypoxanthine, vernine, hydrocarbons, sterols, polypetides , ribose, desoxyribose, hexuronic acid, vegetable oils, and other various factors.
Certain enzymes that act as essential biological catalysts during the digestive process in our body are also found in pollens. They include amylase, catalase, cozymase, cytochrome, dehydrogenase, diaphorase, diastase, lactic acids, pectase and phosphatase.
Which can bring about many health benefits, bee pollen or royal jelly?
Royal jelly contains the important acetylcholine, a compound needed to transmit nerve messages from cell to cell.

Too little of this compound makes individuals prone to Alzheimer's disease. The growth of glial cells and neural stem cells in the brain are stimulated by royal jelly. This positive attribute proves to be very beneficial for cases of Parkinson's disease. Royal jelly is also known for prolonging youthfulness, improving the skin beauty, increasing energy, alleviating anxiety, sleeplessness, moodiness, memory loss, and bolstering the immune system.
There are a lot of benefits from the pollen from the bee. Some of them include lowering bad cholesterol levels in the blood, increasing red and white blood cells, increasing sexual functions in men and women as well as improving their reproductive system, rejuvenating various glands and organs for work efficiency, aiding in cell regeneration, normalizing chemical imbalances of the body for proper metabolism, increases protection from various diseases including cancer and tumor through its rich antioxidant properties, treating allergies through its antihistamine properties, and so much more.
So which one is the best?
Actually, both are very effective in providing you with all the things you need to survive, enabling you to experience longer life. Why not take both bee pollen and royal jelly together. There is a special bee supplement from New Zealand that included royal jelly in its composition to booster more health benefits than any other bee supplements can.
Micheal Thomas is an editor for a series of health related websites. Learn about the best bee pollen supplement that we ourselves use daily after extensive product comparisons and research over at http://www.bee-pollen-supplement-guide.com Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Micheal_Thomas http://EzineArticles.com/?Which-Supplement-to-Use,-Bee-Pollen-or-Royal-Jelly?&id=938101

Monday, November 05, 2018


Acupuncture for fertility

Should You Use Acupuncture For Fertility Treatment?
By Shane Lin
Acupuncture has long been used for relieving pain, discomfort and improve many medical conditions. It uses the technique of inserting fine needles into specific points on your body to balance your flow of energy and improve blood circulation. Studies have demonstrated that acupuncture can be used to improve fertility by stimulating the body's hormonal system to produce the right hormones required for ovulation. More people are now using acupuncture for fertility treatment.
Acupuncture releases endorphins which inhibits pain and produce a feeling of relaxation. It also releases neurotransmitters and neurohormones which help the body's healing process. It triggers the release of prostaglandins, which stimulates the production of a substance in the nerve endings. This substance transmits messages to the hypothalamus, which controls all hormonal functions which affect ovulation, menstruation and pregnancy.
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Studies have proven that acupuncture can be used to regulate menstrual cycles and treat hormonal imbalances when used in conjunction with infertility treatments. It stimulates blood flow to the uterus to regulate the production of hormones. It also helps to thickens the uterine lining making it more receptive to embryo implantation. Acupuncture is often used in conjunction with in vitro fertilization (IVF) before and after the transfer of embryos to improve the rate of pregnancy. Some women go for acupuncture three or four months before the insemination for IVF.
Acupuncture can also be used to treat spasmed tubes which prevent pregnancy. Blocked tubes do not respond to acupuncture but spasm tubes can often be de-spasmed. In combination with herbs, it is also used treat increased level of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), recurrent miscarriage, unexplained infertility, luteal phase effect, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and endometrosis.
Studies have shown that acupuncture can improve the quality of sperm in men. Acupuncture treatment can improve the concentration, volume and motility of sperm. Acupuncture together with herbs can treat men infected with sperm-DNA-fragmentation.
Infertility treatment can be very stressful for couples, especially women. Acupuncture decreases the sympathetic nervous system response and helps the women to reduce stress, anxiety and depression.
There are no known side effect for acupuncture. However, if incorrect acupuncture points are used on pregnant woman, a miscarriage can occur. If you plan to use acupuncture in your treatment regimen, make sure you select a certified and well-trained acupuncturist who specializes in infertility treatment. Many fertility clinics work with acupuncturist and they may be able to recommend a good one to you.
It has become increasingly popular to use acupuncture for fertility treatment since it is known to have a positive effect on infertility. However, it is unknown whether acupuncture and herbal medicine on its own without traditional medical interventions can help with conception. However, acupuncture offer another alternative options for fertility treatment.
Shane Lin had experienced infertility some years ago and gained a lot of knowledge on infertility through research. She would like to share her experience and knowledge with those who have difficulty getting pregnant. For more information on acupuncture-for-fertility [http://www.naturalinfertilitysolutions.com/acupuncture-for-fertility/], visit [http://www.naturalinfertilitysolutions.com]
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Saturday, November 03, 2018



If you have never heard of DHEA, you are not alone. It is not to be confused with DHA which can also be important for fertility. DHEA is talked about in the literature as a supplement to use to improve egg quality. It is a steroid hormone which is produced by your adrenal gland. It is usually at its highest around the age of 30 and declines as we get older. DHEA is a precursor to hormone production and is eventually converted to hormones like estrogen and testosterone. Around the age of menopause, women not only lack estrogens but also androgens and some estrogens originating from adrenal DHEA.

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DHEA is not to be confused with DHA which can also be important for fertility as mentioned earlier.
DHEA is talked about in the literature as a supplement to use to improve egg quality. I did not know about DHEA when I was trying to conceive, but I thought it was worth mentioning it here since studies seem to support its effectiveness. It is a steroid hormone which is produced by your adrenal gland. It is usually at its highest around the age of 30 and declines as we get older. DHEA is a precursor to hormone production and is eventually converted to hormones like estrogen and testosterone. Around the age of menopause, women not only lack estrogens but also androgens. As reported by the National Institutes of Health on a study of women undergoing IVF: “Our results show that DHEA supplementation improves the ovarian function in poor responders and in women over 40 years, suggesting that this molecule alone can raise fecundity and fertility treatment success in women with poor prognosis for pregnancy.” It is available in an over-the-counter supplement form has been studied for its effects on the female reproductive system as well as cognitive function, mood, longevity, lupus, menopause, muscle growth and osteoporosis. Although available over the counter, DHEA treatment should be carefully monitored by a physician.
Here are some of the positive fertility effects of DHEA treatment that have been reported:
  • Increases egg and embryo counts
  • Increases egg ad embryo quality
  • Decreases amount of time to achieve pregnancy in fertility treatment
  • Increases spontaneous pregnancy rates
  • Improves IVF pregnancy rates
  • Decreases miscarriage rates
  • Decreases rates of chromosomally abnormal embryos
Although the research still remains preliminary, these findings hold great promise for the future of infertility. There are differing opinions about taking DHEA as a supplement.  First, you should check with your doctor and have hormonal levels checked.  DHEA can interact with some medications and it can raise hormone levels which can be problematic if you have had, or are at high risk for, some hormone dependent cancers. The women in the study (undergoing IVF) received three tablets daily of 25 mg micronized DHEA for at least 12 weeks before starting a long stimulation protocol for IVF.

Thursday, November 01, 2018



"The unexpected rate of pregnancies in women over the age of 40 is second only to teenagers!"

Sore breasts....hmmm, maybe that weight lifting class made my chest hurt... light spotting mid cycle, well I guess it happens when you're close to menopause. The only thing is... the last time I had light spotting was when I was pregnant. Could I be pregnant again? No birth control here...the thought of it would be comical. I spent so many years trying to get pregnant, if I happened to have an “oops!” pregnancy, that would certainly be okay. Although we were more than happy with one child, I would always welcome another even at this ripe old age.

And what about that flu bug that made its way around our house the last month? First my husband was sick, then I got it. When you're sick with the flu, you rarely make physical contact, and intercourse was out of the question. But there it was, a positive pregnancy test.

What? You're kidding me. Maybe these old pregnancy tests I had in the cabinet were expired and wrong. After all, I hadn't needed them for years. So I went and bought another one with a new expiration date. It was positive. Okay, I wrote a book called “You Can Get Pregnant Over 40,Naturally”, so why was this such a big surprise? Maybe I need to write another one called “You Can Get Pregnant Over 49 Naturally”!

To make a long story short, I was indeed pregnant, but, sadly, I miscarried. I started bleeding about three days after I confirmed the pregnancy with the second pregnancy test. Was it my hormones? Was it the chromosomes? I'll never know why. Since I wasn't trying to conceive, I can't say I currently do everything I did when I conceived my daughter in terms of my pregnancy protocol (although I do still lead a very healthy lifestyle.) It just goes to show you - age is just a number. Fertility is determined by many things, not just how old you are.

If You Still Have Periods, You Can Still Get Pregnant

I normally wouldn't have gone to the doctor, but I remembered about my Rh negative blood and the need for a Rhogam shot after a miscarriage. I made an appointment with my healthcare clinic. I saw a nurse who gave me a shot and then did some “birth control counseling” with me. It took everything I had not to laugh. Who would have thought I would ever be in this situation? This young nurse (easily young enough to be my daughter and then some) says to me, “If you still have periods, you can still get pregnant”. I wanted to say “you're preaching to the choir, dear”. But I put on my poker face and said, “We'll be more careful next time”.

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My point in sharing all of this with you is that even though I've previously been labeled hopelessly infertile (and old) by the medical community, I only have one fallopian tube, I just turned 49, and I was "passively" avoiding pregnancy (and my husband and I had been having infrequent intercourse due to the flu), I still got pregnant. That should be somewhat encouraging for those of you who think you are too old to conceive!

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