boost fertility - some tips from a website

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  1. melhoney

    melhoney Well-Known Member

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    I was doing some research on agnus castus because I had not heard of it before, and found all these other means to naturally help your fertility...I thought i'd copy and paste them here.
    :dust: to all

    Mel x


    Female Hormone Test (saliva)

    A total of eleven saliva samples are collected at home at specific times across one cycle, and sent to the lab for analysis. This simple test will chart the level of the hormones oestrogen and progesterone across the month, to work out a pattern that may reveal:
    • early ovulation
    • anovulation (no ovulation)
    • problems with the phasing of the cycles, such as a short luteal phase (second half of the cycle)
    • problems with maintaining progesterone levels
    This test can be done even if you have irregular cycles.

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    Diet

    Both you and your partner should follow the dietary recommendations explained in the Nutrition Section (The Foundation of Health) Although it goes without saying that a healthy diet is crucial to a successful pregnancy and a healthy baby, many people are unaware of the fact that diet can help to correct hormone imbalances that may affect your ability to conceive. There are also certain foods and drinks that are known to lower fertility.

    Alcohol

    Alcohol will affect both you and your partner. In fact, drinking any alcohol at all can reduce your fertility by half - and the more you drink, the less likely you are to conceive. One study showed that women who drank less than 5 units of alcohol a week (equal to five glasses of wine) were twice as likely to get pregnant within six-months compared with those who drank more.
    Research has also shown that drinking alcohol causes a decrease in sperm count, an increase in abnormal sperm and a lower proportion of motile sperm. Alcohol also inhibits the body's absorption of nutrients such as zinc, which is one of the most important minerals for male fertility.
    As difficult as it may seem, you should eliminate alcohol from your diets for at least three months in order to give yourself the best possible chance of conceiving.

    Caffeine

    There is plenty of evidence to show that caffeine, particularly in the form of coffee, decreases fertility. Drinking as little as one cup of coffee a day can halve your chances of conceiving. On study showed that problems with sperm: sperm count, motility and abnormalities, increase with the number of cups of coffee consumed each day. Once again, it's important to eliminate all caffeine-containing food and drinks for at least three months before trying to conceive. That includes colas, chocolate, black teas and coffee, among other things.

    Xenoestrogens

    Xenoestrogens are essentially environmental oestrogens, coming from pesticides and the plastic industry. When you are trying to conceive, one of the most important things you need to do is to balance your hormones. It is extremely important to avoid anything that might cause an imbalance, and one of the main culprits is the xenoestrogens. One of the best ways to eliminate an excess intake of xenoestrogens is to buy organic produce for the pre-conceptual period.

    Smoking

    Smoking has definitely been linked with infertility in women. It can even bring on an early menopause, which is a particularly important consideration for older women who may be trying to beat the clock. Smoking can decrease sperm count in men, making the sperm more sluggish, and it can increase the number of abnormal sperm. With men, the effects on fertility are increased with the number of cigarettes.

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    Supplements
    There is now a great deal of scientific knowledge about the use of nutritional supplements and their beneficial effects on both male and female fertility. As you will see, these supplements can be very effective in re-balancing your hormones, as well as improving you and your partner's overall health, which are so vital for successful conception.
    Supplements are necessary because even the best diet in the world will not contain all the nutrients you need to give you the best chance of conceiving.

    Folic Acid

    It is now known that folic acid can prevent spina bifida in your baby, and it is essential that you get plenty both before and during pregnancy. And that's not all: folic acid is undoubtedly important, but it is just part of the very important B-complex family of vitamins that are necessary to produce the genetic materials DNA and RNA. Together with vitamin B12, folic acid works to ensure that your baby's genetic codes are intact. Remember: it's not enough to take folic acid alone when you are trying to become pregnant. All of the B vitamins are essential during the pre-conceptual period. Research has shown that giving B6 to women who have trouble conceiving increases fertility and vitamin B12 has been found to improve low sperm counts

    Zinc

    Zinc is the most widely studied nutrient in terms of fertility for both men and women. It is an essential component of genetic material and a zinc deficiency can cause chromosome changes in either you or our partner, leading to reduced fertility and an increased risk of miscarriage. Zinc is necessary for your body to 'attract and hold' (utilise efficiently) the reproductive hormones, oestrogen and progesterone.
    And it's equally important for your partner: zinc is found in high concentrations in the sperm. Zinc is needed to make the outer layer and tail of the sperm and is, therefore, essential for the health of your partner's sperm and, subsequently, your baby. Interestingly, several studies have also shown that reducing zinc in a man's diet will also reduce his sperm count.

    Selenium

    Selenium is an antioxidant that helps to protect your body from highly reactive chemical fragments called free radicals. For this reason, selenium can prevent chromosome breakage, which is known to be a cause of birth defects and miscarriages. Good levels of selenium are also essential to maximise sperm formation. Blood selenium levels have been found to be lower in men with low sperm counts.

    Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs)

    These essential fats have a profound effect on every system of the body, including the reproductive system and they are crucial for healthy hormone functioning. For men essential fatty acid supplementation is crucial because the semen is rich in prostaglandins which are produced from these fats. Men with poor sperm quality, abnormal sperm, poor motility or low count, have inadequate levels of these beneficial prostaglandins.

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    Vitamin E

    Vitamin E is another powerful antioxidant and has been shown to increase fertility when given to both men and women. Men going for IVF treatment with their partners have been given vitamin E, and fertilisation rates have, as a result, increased from 19 to 29 percent. It has been suggested that the antioxidant activity of vitamin E might make the sperm more fertile.

    Vitamin C

    Vitamin C is also an antioxidant, and studies show that vitamin C enhances sperm quality, protecting sperm and the DNA within it from damage. Some research has indicated that certain types of DNA damage in the sperm can make it difficult to conceive in the first place, or it can cause an increased risk of miscarriage if conception does take place. If DNA is damaged, there may be a chromosomal problem in the baby, should the pregnancy proceed. Whether or not DNA damage does have these effects has not been conclusively proven, but it's worth taking vitamin C and the other antioxidants as a precautionary measure.
    Vitamin C also appears to keep the sperm from clumping together, making them more motile.
    One study has shown that women taking the drug clomiphene to stimulate ovulation will have a better chance of ovulating if vitamin C is taken alongside the drug. Clomiphene does not always work in every woman, but the chances are often increased when vitamin C is supplemented.

    L-Arginine

    This is an amino acid found in many foods and the head of the sperm contains an exceptional amount of this nutrient, which is essential for sperm production. Supplementing with L-arginine can help to increase both the sperm count and quality.
    Note: People who have herpes attacks (either cold sores or genital herpes) should not supplement with arginine because it stimulates the virus.

    L-Carnitine

    This amino acid is essential for normal functioning of sperm cells. According to research, it appears that the higher the levels of L-Carnitine in the sperm cells, the better the sperm count and motility.

    Vitamin A

    This vitamin needs to be mentioned because there is a lot of confusion about its use before and after pregnancy. Many health practitioners now advise that no vitamin A is taken during pregnancy. This advice is incorrect, and it can be dangerous to assume that any vitamin or other nutrient should be avoided during the gestational period. Vitamin A has important antioxidant properties, and the consequences of Vitamin A deficiency during pregnancy can be devastating. For one thing, vitamin A is essential for healthy eyes. Animals studies show that vitamin A deficiency during pregnancy has produced new-born animals with no eyes, eye defects, undescended testes and diaphragmatic hernias.
    It is only when the vitamin A is in the form of retinol (in other words, the animal form of vitamin A) that there is a problem. It has been found that retinol can cause birth defects if taken in excess of 10,000iu a day. Beta-carotene, which is one of the vegetable forms of vitamin A, does not carry any risks.

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    Herbs (see caution below)

    Herbal treatment is aimed at restoring hormone imbalances, and encouraging ovulation if it is not occurring. It will also give you the best possible chance of maintaining a pregnancy, should you conceive.
    Agnus Castus (Vitex or Chaste tree berry)
    This is the herb of choice for helping to restore hormone imbalance and increasing fertility. In one study 48 women diagnosed with infertility took agnus castus daily for three months, 7 of them became pregnant during that time and 25 of them regained normal progesterone levels.
    Agnus castus is particularly helpful for those women who have a luteal phase defect (shortened second half to the cycle) or those with high prolactin levels, because it stimulates the proper functioning of the pituitary gland which controls the hormones.
    Agnus castus works to restore hormonal balance and can be used where there are hormone deficits as well as excesses it:
    • Regulates periods
    • Restarts periods which have stopped
    • Helps with heavy bleeding
    • Increases the ratio of progesterone to oestrogen by balancing excess oestrogen.
    The website is:
    http://www.marilynglenville.com/infertility.htm
     
  2. CARNAT22

    CARNAT22 Well-Known Member

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    It's all very interesting - thanks for the info.

    However I know so many people that have got pregnant whilst still smoking / drinking / eating crap etc that it makes me wonder what the point is sometimes !!!

    (sorry that sounds so bad, I try my best to keep healthy yet my sticky bean stil alludes me!)

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  3. CARNAT22

    CARNAT22 Well-Known Member

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    I found the diet part really interesting actually:

    The Hormone-balancing Diet
    1. Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables
    2. Eat complex carbohydrates - wholegrains like brown rice, oats, wholemeal bread
    3. Buy organic foods where possible
    4. Eat phytoestrogens, including beans such as lentils, chickpeas and Soya products
    5. Eat oily foods, including fish, nuts, seeds and oils
    6. Reduce your intake of saturated fat from dairy products, etc.
    7. Drink enough fluids
    8. Increase your intake of fibre
    9. Avoid additives, preservatives and chemicals such as artificial sweeteners
    10. Reduce your intake of caffeine
    11. Reduce alcohol
    12. Avoid sugar on its own and hidden in foods
    I have been using Canderal as a sugar substitute for years!! :shock: :shock:

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    Lynds77 Well-Known Member

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    i love my coffee!! both me and hubby cant get going in the morning without it, and have just bought a fancy coffee machine cause we love it so much!

    he will go mental if i tell him he cant have coffee!
     
  5. Gizzy Kelly

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    Hi Melhoney

    I have had the saliva tests done (all through the course of one day and 11 taken over the course of one month) and I get my results at the end of the month. I will tell you what advice she gives me and whether it works.

    For all those to love their caffeine, I now drink decaf tea and actually it is not so bad at all!

    My friend also had a hair sample by Marylin Glanville and she said it was totally worth it!.

    Thanks for the info.

    Gizzy xxxx
     
  6. melhoney

    melhoney Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for that, I would be really interested to hear about this test...did not know it even existed before I read that yesterday!

    Regarding smoking and caffeine, well, I don't smoke (never had), I don't drink (at all) and I don't drink coffee nor tea (just jasmine tea which has no caffeine in it), and I love veggies, but I have to admirt that I snack a lot, esp. salty stuff...that's probably not great. Anyway, all this and it's been a long long time TTc for me. On the opposite, I know a few ladies (too many :( ) who drink, smoke and have coffee regularly and got preggers quickly, so you know, I think each body is different, and to a certain extent I think making drastic changes in your eating habit etc migt throw your cycle off and upset your whole body instead of helping...Maybe in a long-term sustained effort yes, but we ladies want to get our BFP and not delay TTC with all this, right? :shakehead: :)

    Mel x
     
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    ceebee Well-Known Member

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    Saw this advertised on the tv the other day - maybe worth a try as it's a natural calorie free sweetener xxx

    http://truvia.co.uk/
     
  8. CARNAT22

    CARNAT22 Well-Known Member

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    Excellent - thanks hun!

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