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

 

 

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

 

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

How Should We Have Sex?

Ok, maybe this is getting a little technical but if you’ve been trying for a few months or more here might be a few more tweaks you could make to your routine.

Most of the sperm is in the first spurt of ejaculate. Therefore, the man should try to penetrate deeply and remain still while ejaculating so that the majority of sperm will be deposited at the cervix, allowing access to the cervical opening.

Lubricants – most lubricants, oils and even saliva can kill sperm. If you’d like to use a lubricant, use Pre-Seed. It is designed to be similar to natural body secretions and provide an optimal environment for sperm.

Position – there is some speculation that the best position is the traditional missionary position for deep penetration to get closes to the cervix. Afterwards, you can remain laying up to 30 minutes with a small pillow under your bum.

We would love to help if things still aren’t happening for you. Book a free Meet the Doctor visit to see how we can help.

When Should We Have Sex?

You can ovulate as early as Day 8 or as late as Day 22. It’s not always Day 14. Tracking your ovulation cues is important to determine when you ovulate.

If your man’s sperm count is normal – have intercourse every day that you have wet cervical fluid or vaginal sensation, through to and including the day of the first rise in temperature.

If your man’s sperm count is low – You can try having intercourse every other day that you have a slippery vaginal sensation or slippery cervical fluid.

If your partner’s sperm count is low and you produce only a maximum of 2 days of slippery-quality cervical fluid, you might want to try abstaining on the first day of wet and have sex on the second, or Peak Day.

For any man – high or low sperm count – try abstaining from any ejaculation for at least a few days just before your cervical fluid begins to appear fertile. If you still aren’t pregnant after trying this a couple months, try having intercourse every other day. Those who tried every 48hours, try every 36 hours instead.

All couples include the Peak Day, which is the last day of a lubricative vaginal sensation or slippery eggwhite cervical fluid. This day is considered the most fertile because it generally occurs either on the day you ovulate or the day before. Eg. If you see egg white on Monday and have intercourse – perfect! But, if you still see eggwhite on Wednesday, have intercourse again because the egg probably has not released and you are still extremely fertile. Of course try Tuesday too if your partner’s sperm is normal.

For more great info come and see us at the clinic and check out this book – Taking Charge of Your Fertility.

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