While much about the role diet plays in the health of a pregnancy is well known, the importance of nutrition prior to conception is not as frequently discussed. Making changes to your diet while you are trying to conceive can actually boost your fertility.
One reason for this is that your body weight can be the key to infertility issues. According to the National Infertility Association, the female being either underweight or overweight accounts for 30% of all infertility issues. This is because in addition to your ovaries, your fat cells help regulate the estrogen in your body. If you are underweight, you may not be producing enough estrogen for proper ovulation, and if you are overweight, you may be producing too much estrogen. Continue reading
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By being a Lady-Comp user, you have demonstrated that you are committed to natural family planning without the use of hormonal birth control. Therefore, if you are having trouble conceiving, it only makes sense that you would prefer to seek out natural treatments, rather than subject your body to fertility drugs.
Luckily, more and more physicians are embracing this way of thinking and pursuing natural approaches, the most common of which is known as the Creighton Model Fertility Care System. With this system, you will chart your cycle, as well as a number of other physical changes to your body throughout, in an effort to naturally determine the cause of your infertility. Physicians will use these results, along with an evaluation of your body’s hormones, to look for specific markers that can be telltale signs of infertility causes. These can include premenstrual spotting, three or more days of brown menstrual bleeding, quality and quantity of cervical mucus flow, and abnormal lengths of time between ovulation. Once the irregularities have been identified, natural methods of correcting them can be discussed. Continue reading
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According to a March 2014 article in the Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing, in 2010, 31.9 percent of women ages 20 to 39 years old in the United States met the definition of obesity. Obesity is defined as an adult with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or higher, which translates roughly to a woman of 5’9 who weighs 203 pounds or more. However, ill effects to your health can be felt long before you reach the stage of obesity; they can be found in the overweight stage as well. A 5’9 woman is considered overweight with a BMI of 25 to 29.9, which is approximately 169 to 202 pounds. Continue reading
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According to the American Thyroid Association, approximately 20 million Americans have been diagnosed with a thyroid disorder, and women are 5-8 times more likely than men to be affected. In fact, it is estimated that one in eight women will develop a thyroid disorder at some point in their lives.
Your thyroid is a small gland in your body which manufactures thyroid hormones. When you have a thyroid disorder, your thyroid gland is either producing too much (overactive or hyperthyroid) or too little (underactive of hypothyroid) of these hormones, causing a change in your body’s metabolic processes. Symptoms of a thyroid disorder include weight loss or gain, memory impairment, fatigue, mood changes, and irregular menstrual flow.
A study published in British journal The Obstetrician & Gynaecologist in early 2015 further validates what has long been suspected in the medical community, which is that abnormalities in thyroid function can lead to reduced conception rates, increased risk of miscarriage, and adverse pregnancy outcomes such as preeclampsia, poor fetal growth, premature birth, and stillbirth. The study found that 2.3 percent of women with fertility issues have been diagnosed with hyperthyroidism, compared to 1.5 percent of women in the general population. Furthermore, while only about 0.5 percent of women of reproductive age are diagnosed with hypothyroidism, those women are likely to experience delayed sexual maturity and lack of ovulation.
It is recommended that any woman who is trying to become pregnant be screened regularly for thyroid dysfunction. Additionally, since pregnancy itself can bring on thyroid issues, screening should continue throughout pregnancy and for some time after the baby is born. Medical professionals state that treatments for thyroid disorders are safe to use when pregnant, and may decrease the risk of miscarriage and improve the overall health of the baby in utero.
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If you are considering conceiving a child in the near future, chances are you are already preparing your body in the recommended ways, such as eating more healthily, taking folic acid supplements, and cutting back on caffeine. However, there is something else you can be doing to prepare your body that you may not have heard of, which is Self Fertility Massage. Self Fertility Massage is a trademarked series of massage techniques designed to balance your body, increase circulation, boost your immune system, and decrease stress.
Below are some of the benefits for your reproductive system if you regularly receive fertility massage:
- Increased ability of your liver to remove excess hormones
- The breaking up of scar tissues in your reproductive organs
- Hormonal balance
- An improved endocrine system
- Your body’s improved ability to remove old blood and tissue, and bring fresh blood to the uterus
- Increased circulation to the cervix and uterus
- Reduction of stress and the hormones which cause it
- Repositioning of a tilted uterus
Self Fertility Massage can help with a variety of issues which impact fertility, such as:
- It is a non-invasive option for assisting women who have blocked fallopian tubes. The massage will gently break up any adhesions and encourage the body to rid itself of unneeded tissues.
- Self Fertility Massage can help in a number of ways for people suffering from endometriosis. As above, it can help to break up adhesions and shed the body of the excess endometrial tissue. It can also help to decrease inflammation, and increase endorphins that will help reduce the associated pain.
- Self Fertility Massage increases circulation in the ovaries, which in turn provides your eggs with the oxygen and antioxidants needed to be healthy and strong.
- Poly Cystic Ovary Syndrome occurs when a lack of ovulation causes cysts to grow in the ovaries and creates a hormonal imbalance. Massage helps to restore your hormonal feedback loop which should help your body to return to a more regular ovulation schedule.
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If you are readying your body for the possibility of conception, it is a perfect time to do a fertility cleanse. The concept behind a fertility cleanse is to encourage the liver to let go of toxins and excess hormones. It also helps to increase circulation in the uterus, and assist it in naturally removing any old blood it is retaining. There are a number of natural therapies you can use to supplement a fertility cleanse and support your body during the process. Some examples are below.
- Yoga impacts the endocrine system which controls the hormones of your body. Practicing yoga regularly can help you to release physical blockages in your reproductive organs and balance your hormones. It can also be effective in helping you stay centered and reduce your stress while you are trying to conceive.
- Exfoliating your skin can increase circulation, aid in liver detoxification, and help move lymph through your bloodstream. For maximum results, scrub your skin in circular motions towards the heart, then follow by taking a bath or shower.
- Castor oil has been used for hundreds of years to help heal issues with the reproductive system. Soak a cloth on castor oil, place it directly on your skin, and cover it with a heating pad or hot water bottle. This will enhance circulation and promote healing of the organs beneath wherever it is placed.
- Fertility massage consists of massage techniques designed to increase circulation in your ovaries and uterus, break up any adhesions that may be present, relax hip muscles and organs, and bring a tilted uterus back into alignment. A web search will help you find many articles and videos describing these techniques.
After completing any of these activities, it is important to remember to drink plenty of water. This will help to accelerate the release of toxins and flush them out of your body.
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When you and your partner make the initial decision to try for a baby, it is a very exciting time filled with fun and promise. At the start, it is likely you have formed some idea in your head regarding how long it will take you to conceive. However, if that expectation isn’t met, what was once fun can seem like a chore, and your positive attitude is slowly replaced by stress. According to WebMD, stress plays a part in up to 30% of all infertility cases.
If you are struggling to conceive and find your stress increasing, the most important thing to do is to consult with a doctor. Don’t let fear of an infertility diagnosis prevent you from finding out what is really going on with your body, and how to deal with it. The good news is that even with an infertility diagnosis, medical advancements provide hope like never before. WebMD reports that for the majority of infertility causes, there is a medical treatment that will increase your chance of pregnancy by 60 to 70 percent.
If your doctor finds no medical problems for your difficulty in conceiving, it is very likely stress is playing into your struggles. Doctors recommend incorporating relaxation strategies, such as meditation, massage, and yoga into your daily life. You may also try what is known as a “relaxation month,” which is a month in which you and your partner agree that you will take a break from your attempts to actively pursue conception.
Doctors also recommend reducing stress by getting back in touch with the reason you wanted to conceive in the first place, which is your love for your partner. Go out on dates, have fun together, and make your lovemaking a romantic event, rather than an obligation to fulfill on your calendar. Bring love and fun back into your life and let nature take its course.
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As a society, Americans are used to spreading themselves too thin. In June 2012, The New York Daily News reported on a study showing that stress levels in America had risen 30% over the previous 30 years! Stress has unfortunately become ingrained into our daily lives. However, if you are trying to become pregnant, it is definitely time to step back and examine your stress levels.
Stress can prevent you from conceiving in a variety of ways: Continue reading
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If you to ask a random individual, chances are they would know at least a few of the things women should avoid when they are trying to conceive, such as alcohol and caffeine. However, it is not as commonly known that certain everyday choices can have an impact on male fertility. Men, read on to learn more about items which can impact male virility. Continue reading
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One of the most common New Year’s resolutions is to develop more healthy habits, such as joining a gym or eating more nutritious meals. If you desire to eat healthier in the coming year, the United States Department of Agriculture has given you a great head start with their Healthy Eating Tips website. Below are some of their suggestions to start a healthier diet. Continue reading