Meditation improves women’s fertility struggles

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We see our fertility patients struggling with depression, anxiety, anger towards their bodies, and hopelessness. As part of our ‘Fertility Tranquility’ program at Rooted, we teach our patients the importance of taking pause to calm the mind.

Research published in Fertility and Sterility supports our efforts.  They concluded that women who completed a 10-week mindfulness program “revealed a significant decrease in depressive symptoms, internal and external shame, entrapment, and defeat”. How can you begin your mindfulness program?

  • Start with just ten minutes per day. Set a timer.
  • Sit so that your back is straight.
  • Pay attention to your breath. Don’t try to change it, just notice what it’s doing.
  • You could also download an app such as Insight Timer or go to calm.com to use Guided Meditations.

Fertility is a journey filled with unexpected moments. Give yourself a tool to handle the waves without drowning.

Want to know more about our program? Book yourself a Free Fertility Assessment today.

Yours in Health,

Dr. Whitney Young ND & Dr. Kerri Fullerton ND

Hypothyroid and Miscarriage link

The thyroid gland is often under a flurry of controversy, especially in the world of fertility.

Here are two studies to support the treatment of subclinical hypothyroid – when TSH is within normal range but greater than 2.5 mU/L – to aid in the prevention of miscarriage.

Maternal subclinical hypothyroidism, thyroid autoimmunity, and the risk of miscarriage: a prospective cohort study

– this study found that women with subclinical hypothyroid and/or autoimmune thyroid conditions were at a greater risk of early miscarriage

TSH levels and risk of miscarriage in women on long-term levothyroxine: a community-based study

– Conclusion: “The majority of levothyroxine-treated women have early gestational TSH levels above the recommended targets (>2.5 mU/L) with a strong risk of miscarriage at levels exceeding 4.5 mU/L. There is an urgent need to improve the adequacy of thyroid hormone replacement in early pregnancy”

If you are in the pre-conception stage of things, natural methods may be successful at treating sub-clinical hypothyroid. If you are already trying to conceive and your TSH is high normal, then it may be wise to consult with your MD about thyroxine.

Does this create more questions for you? Why not book yourself a Free Fertility Assessment with one of our Naturopathic Doctors? Whether it’s a stand alone visit for you or you decide to continue to work with us, we know that you will leave with good information to help you move forward.

Yours in health,

Dr. Kerri Fullerton ND & Dr. Whitney Young ND

 

 

Hypothyroid affects fertility

Our fertility patients often arrive at our office already knowing that there is a link to hypothyroid and infertility. The frustration usually comes from having some thyroid tests done, typically TSH and maybe T4, and it coming back within normal range and then doctors investigating any further and don’t consider treatment necessary.

Here is a study published in Endocrinology that explains why more testing is warranted, and maybe even treatment. This study found:

  • Infertile women with subclinical hypothyroidism treated with T4 Thyroxine had a shorter duration of infertility
  • 84.1% of they thyroxine group became pregnant while the untreated group remained infertile
  • 42% of all patients had anti-thyroid antibodies identified
  • TSH values ranged from 3.1 – 13.3 before treatment and were reduced to 0.02-3.75 after treatment (median values of 5.46 pre treatment and 1.25 post treatment)

In another study investigating subclinical hypothyroidism, thyroid autoimmunity and miscarriage rates, subclinical hypothyroidism was defined as a TSH higher than 2.5.

What does this mean for you?

Ask for further investigation with regards to your thyroid antibodies if you are struggling to become pregnant. If you TSH values are at the high end of normal, ask your doctor to try a course of thyroxine with you.

An Ontario ND can do further blood work for you if you cannot get it done through your regular doctor but cannot prescribe thyroxine.

Print off the study and ask your doctor to take a look at it for you.

Want to learn more about how we can help you? Book a free fertility assessment today.

Yours in Health,

Dr. Kerri Fullerton ND & Dr. Whitney Young ND

AMH and PCOS – another diagnostic tool?

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is something that we see in our office regularly. Sometimes it’s already been diagnosed and other times it has not. While there is diagnostic criteria for PCOS, there is still some debate as to what definitively confirms PCOS.

A study published in Clinical Endocinology suggests that Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH) has potential as another way to determine if PCOS is present. They found that AMH was able to correctly identify PCOS 79% of the time.

What does this mean for you? If you suspect that you have PCOS, here is a list of tests that you might ask to have completed:

  • Anti Mullerian Hormone (AMH) – typically costs about $65 and is usually an out of pocket expense (your Ontario ND can order this)
  • Glucose Tolerance Test (GTT) – this 2 hour test gives a functional value for blood sugar control (PCOS has a 5 fold increase risk of developing diabetes mellitus)
  • DHEA-s and Testosterone – high androgen levels are often elevated in PCOS and gives a good measure for treatment success

Yours in Health,

Kerri Fullerton ND & Whitney Young ND

 

Cosmetic Surgery for Your Eggs

Hi there,

Make your eggs new again! The latest, greatest research can turn back the time on your eggs.

Well, kind of. Older women who are struggling with getting pregnant often have issues with the quality of their eggs. Their eggs are as old as they are. I have older women ask me, should I bother to keep trying? Well, here’s another option that will keep them in the game a bit longer.

IVF

If they are doing IVF – invitro fertilization – they may have embryos that just don’t make it. The cells may not have the energy they need to do all the rapid divisions needed to make a baby.

In recent clinical trials, Fertility Clinics, including a progressive one in Toronto called TCART, are experimenting to sort of make the old eggs new again.

The mitochondria of the cells are the “powerhouse” of an egg to give it the energy it needs to function optimally. Researchers have found that the ovaries possess cells like stem cells where they can take newer mitochondria and then inject them into the older egg. Egg with young mitochondria meets sperm.

This new technology has some good anecdotal success and we are waiting for official results.

In the meantime, taking some supplements like CoQ10 and eating foods with CoQ10 can improve your mitochondrial function.

Talk soon,

Whitney

Source: Globe & Mail Fertility Treatments

DNA fragmentation treatment

We get asked often about how to address DNA fragmentation in relation to male fertility. Until recently, it was assumed that most fertility issues were with the woman. Now we understand that many cases of recurrent miscarriage are in fact male factor, and often due to high levels of DNA fragmentation.

A study published in the Journal of Andrology reveals that treatment with antioxidants can be an effective therapy.

How can you use this research to help your fertility?

  • Consume foods naturally high in anti-oxidants like deeply coloured fruits and vegetables.
  • Take 1000mg of Vitamin C daily.
  • Take 1000mg of Vitamin E daily.

It is important to note that the only parameter of the sperm that changed was the reduction DNA fragmentation found. Equally important is that these men took the supplements for a full 2 months.

If you have other issues with your sperm (quality, quantity, speed) then this will only be part of the overall plan to improve your sperm health.

To see how else we can help you improve your sperm health, consider booking a free fertility assessment today.

Yours in Health,

Kerri Fullerton ND & Whitney Young ND