Support Your Fertility Naturally

Natural Medicine and Fertility

The primary goals of naturopathic medicine and acupuncture are to enhance and balance your body’s overall health and well-being; this allows the inherent ability of conception to take place. A healthy, more balanced body will conceive more naturally. The natural rhythms of the body are like a metronome; some of these include the heartbeat, breathing, sleep-wake cycles, and of course the menstrual cycle. Many years of emotional stress, lack of sleep, frustration, overwork, improper diet and lifestyle play a major role in disharmonies related to fertility. ...READMORE

Fertility and Hormones

Your hormones make deep, meaningful music on a daily basis, each one playing over the other. Together, every 24 hours they cover a number of topics including your metabolism, temperature regulation, growth, cellular repair and regeneration, reproductive organ control, sleep, mood, energy and appetite, to name a few. Your brain and nervous system are the main conductors of this well-orchestrated “hormonic” orchestra, also known as the endocrine system. The endocrine system is made up of eight individual glands, including the pineal body, hypothalamus, pituitary, thyroid, parathyroids,...READMORE

Acupuncture and Fertility

How can Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine Help with Fertility? Traditional Chinese medicine is based on the fundamental idea that every element of the body is interconnected, and in order to address a disturbance in this “ecosystem” it is essential to treat the entire system rather than just one part. The health of the reproductive system is based on this same concept; people are not made up of an isolated hormone or organ, but instead depend on dynamic systems to work in a balanced manner for health and fertility to occur. This system of medicine is focused on improving a...LEARN MORE

Unexplained Fertility: Gluten or Celiac?

Celiac disease, also known as gluten-sensitive enteropathy, is characterized by chronic intestinal malabsorption caused by intolerance to gluten. Gluten stimulates the immune system that results in increased permeability of the intestinal mucosa. This increased permeability can result in other grain and milk proteins to cross the intestinal mucosa, and cause the body to mount an immune response. It typically involves the small intestine and usually presents in the first 3 years of life, but it may reappear again with the average age of onset being 35-40 years. Some of the common signs and...LEARN MORE

Low Cholesterol May Impact Fertility

Next time someone tells you to watch your cholesterol, consider this: low-cholesterol diets have actually been shown to cause hormone-imbalances, obesity and diabetes. The emphasis on a low-fat diet reduces the intake of fat and causes an increased consumption of carbohydrates and trans fats. For women, lack of adequate levels of cholesterol in the body can be a real issue of hormone imbalances, which may affect fertility. Why cholesterol is the most important molecule in the body: It is the main component of cell membranes and plays a major role in the endocrine...LEARN MORE

Infertility Causes

The following are some of the common causes infertility, and it is by no means an exhaustive list. Ovarian Insufficiency
 Declining ovarian function affects the total number of available follicles in the body, and that is what reduce the odds of conception. Although estrogen continues to be produced in the body the ovulation does not occur, which also leads to a decline of progesterone levels. Luteal Phase Deficiency In some women, ovulation may occur normally but the levels of progesterone during the luteal phase are insufficient. Even if the egg is fertilized, this progesterone deficiency...LEARN MORE

Cervical Mucous and Fertility

Fertile mucus: This is wet, clear, very stretchy (like uncooked egg white), or creamy. It usually lasts for a few hours to a few days. This mucus occurs mid-cycle, which for a woman with a 29-day cycle can vary, but is often observed on days 12 to 16. During the presence of fertile mucus, you may notice a sensation of wetness or notice the mucus when you wipe after going to the bathroom. If you take some of the mucus between your index finger and thumb, you can stretch it into a long thin strand. This mucus was perfectly designed to be slippery and stretchy so sperm can swim along...LEARN MORE

Caffeine Effects on Fertility

Take a second to count the number of cups of coffee or black tea you drink a day. Now consider this: these caffeine-containing beverages have zero nutritional value. Caffeine is immensely addictive and found in chocolate, sodas and many over-the-counter medications. Caffeine can elevate the mood, energize, delay fatigue, and stimulate the central nervous system. It can also cause hands to tremor and the heart to palpitate. So, why is caffeine our national drug of choice? Caffeine feeds our cultural addiction to fast-paced lifestyles. There are numerous reports on this topic, all of which you...LEARN MORE

Thyroid Hormones Can Affect Fertility

Having low thyroid (hypothyroidism), or even suboptimal levels of thyroid hormones can lead to a myriad of issues. Some of the most common ones include menstrual abnormalities in women, and a loss of libido in men. Women with mild forms of hypothyroidism may have prolonged or heavy menstrual bleeding, as well as a shorter menstrual cycle. Because thyroid hormones interact and directly affect estrogen, progesterone, and cortisol, infertility is often the result of the imbalanced endocrine system. In some women, even if pregnancy does occur, low thyroid can lead to miscarriages, or premature...LEARN MORE

Environmental Effects on Fertility

Where do the environmental toxins come from? They are all around us, and can directly affect our health and fertility. Some of the sources include the chemicals and hormone disruptors found in contaminated air, food, water, our homes, and the outdoors. We live in a toxic world. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) currently has an estimated 65,000 known toxic chemicals catalogued in its databases. There are additional 1,500 applications that the Agency receives annually to manufacture new chemicals. Not to mention the numerous chemicals being released into the environment during the...LEARN MORE

Five Tips to Enhance Reproductive Health and Fertility

In order to be able to nurture yourself and enhance your fertility, it is essential to engage in healthy lifestyle habits. Here are five basic ways to balance the health of your reproductive system. Eat fresh, unprocessed foods. The basic principle of nutrition is that it offers essential nutrients and minerals to the body. The word ‘nutrition’ is derived from Latin and means ‘to nourish’. Your well-balanced plate should comprise of foods that are fresh and as much organic as possible; the emphasis is on vegetables, fruit, fish, and free-range meats....LEARN MORE

Unexplained Fertility: What Could It Be?

Unexplained fertility rates are around twenty percent. Perhaps exploring further any environmental and lifestyle habits that can have a major impact on the ability to conceive. Some factors to consider in people with ‘unexplained fertility’: environmental toxins, or exposure (home, work, dental, and other) nutritional deficiencies (these are quite common) inflammatory processes in the body (processed foods, lifestyle, and other) stress (may result in elevated levels of cortisol, which affects all hormones) immune function (possible overactive) It is not simply...LEARN MORE