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

Another Positive Pregnancy Test!

Another positive pregnancy test and ultrasound!

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We are so pleased for this couple we have been working with for a year. They are a lovely couple who have been trying to conceive for over 7 years.

When they joined our clinic last year we did a series of acupuncture treatments with the mom-to-be for an IUI – Intrauterine Insemination. There were a couple failed attempts sadly.

Then, this spring they decided to go the next step of IVF – Invitro fertilization. Both husband and wife came in for assessments and started supplements, dietary and acupuncture regimes for 3 months. Their fertility clinic decided to switch to an IUI based on her bloodwork and ultrasound during the cycle that was meant to be an IVF cycle.

Low and behold – a positive pregnancy test! This is the first time she has been pregnant and is almost near the end of her first trimester.

Congratulations!

Rooted’s BBQ Season Survival Guide

  1. Bring your own food
  2. Bring a drink that won’t make you bloated.
  3. Bring something with fresh ginger in it.  Ginger has great carminative propertie,s which means it helps your digestion. Try this salad dressing:
    • Combine ½ tsp of grated ginger, 2 tbsp rice vinegar, 1 tbsp tamari, 4 tbsp raw sesame oil, 1 mashed clove of garlic
  4. Drink Kerri’s Popular Cocktail
    • Kerri always gets stopped at a party when she’s drinking a version of her rehydrating beverage. “Ooooh, what are you drinking?!” It’s just a large glass with ice, ¼ cup of colourful juice, topped all the way with water. Sometimes she adds cut up fruit.
  5. Exercise during the day before you go – this way when you eat the extra calories – which we all know you will 😉 you won’t feel as guilty.

BBQ party

Asparagus Soup

1 tbsp of coconut oil

3 green onions, sliced – fresh from the garden!

3 small red potatoes, cubed– organic preferred

¾ of a bunch of asparagus, cleaned, broken into pieces

1 quart of organic chicken broth

½ cup of water

 

Melt coconut oil in soup pot over medium heat

Saute onions in pot

Add red potatoes, chicken broth, and water, bring to boil

Add asparagus when potatoes almost tender.

Blend with hand blender, food processor or blender. I kept the tips out of the blender step (that’s why you see chunks in the soup pot!)

Enjoy!

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Asparagus – 10 Things You Didn’t Know!

  1. There are over 300 varieties of asparagus but only 20 are edible
  2. Originally from the Mediterranean and now it is grown all over the world
  3. Normally it is green or greenish purple but white ones are grown underground
  4. Low in calories – only 24 calories in 1 cup! And half of those calories come from protein
  5. Excellent source of potassium, vitamin K, folic acid, vitamins C and A, riboflavin, thiamin, B6
  6. Good source of dietary fiber
  7. It also has iron and protein!
  8. Historically used in the treatment of arthritis – recently antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds have been discovered in asparagus which would explain the benefit to sore joints
  9. Asparagus is a diuretic and can make your urine smell different likely due to the amino acid asparagine
  10. It loses it many nutrients quickly so ideally eat it within 1 to 2 days after you buy it

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The Best Fertility App

We see a lot of patients in our office dealing with PMS or fertility issues. I wanted to find an app that was user-friendly but could also get all the details I want about a patient’s cycle. I didn’t just want an app that tracked when you got your period and told you when you should get the next one. I wanted one that my patients could input their basal body temperatures, cervical fluids and PMS symptoms.

I searched high and low and my new favourite app is Kindara. It’s a free app that can be used for achieving pregnancy, avoiding pregnancy or just tracking your cycle. The beautiful thing too is you can put as much data in or as little as you want. You can even add your own category.

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You can also send your charts to your practitioner via email, which is a fantastic feature for our clinic.

It tracks:

  • A summary of the lengths of your cycle
  • Cervical fluids
  • Temperature
  • Flow rate during your period
  • Sexual intercourse – with protection or not
  • Cervix position – height, openness, firmness
  • Your own category eg acne, pain, backpain, clots

kindara phone

So, if you are having PMS symptoms you want us to help you with, or are trying to get pregnant or avoid pregnancy, give this app a try and let me know what you think.