There are several reasons that one might think about hormone detox. Certainly for me right now coming off over a year of hormones and fertility meds, it’s a must. But women may also want to consider it if they have imbalances such as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), premenstrual syndrome (PMS), estrogen dominance, perimenopause or menopause. Oh yeah and then there’s postpartum hormone rebalancing too. Just a short list of possibilities! Following are some of the key things that I would look at when trying to detoxify hormones.
I’ve been sharing along the way our journey to try to grow our family, through acupuncture, natural treatments, energy work, hormone therapy, IUI and IVF. Well this week, we have come to the end of the road, and as our fertility journey comes to an end, I am working on acceptance, gratitude and peace for the ways things are. And a life of travel and ponies.
As I walked back into my office yesterday after lunch, I was overwhelmed by the most horrible smell. It smelled like some chemical bomb had gone off in the building. As it turns out, there is a new nail salon going in downstairs, and they were redoing the floors. Sadly for the rest of us, we were swimming in chemicals and toxins, to the point where our eyes were burning, we were nauseous, and a couple of ladies actually got sick in the ladies room. I am not pregnant, but I am mid-IVF cycle, and the last thing I want to expose all these little growing Nemo-like eggs to is such profoundly toxic chemicals. I hightailed it out of there! It did get me thinking about toxic exposure in preconception and pregnancy, and just how important minimizing toxic exposures are, and I remembered a good resource for toxicity and pregnancy information that I wanted to make sure you knew about. [Read more…]
Acupuncture has long been used to help women enhance their fertility and reproductive health. It will come as no surprise to acupuncturists who have seen the positive results, nor to the couples who have been able to conceive, helped by their acupuncture treatments. However, conventional and allopathic medical communities have sometimes been skeptical. A recent study in the UK has validated the positive benefits, as was published recently in The Times newspaper, making converts out of some of the biggest skeptics! It showed that indeed, acupuncture boosts success rates of IVF.
So we took our first steps in IVF therapy, meaning, we actually did our first round. Sadly, it won’t be our only round as we were not successful, but I thought I would share about the experience since I wasn’t really sure what to expect, and I think knowing a few things ahead of time would have helped me.
I think IVF is wondrous, it’s amazing, and it’s clearly brought millions of babies to families that might not have been able to have them otherwise. But I have to say, it’s not easy.
Hi and Happy Fertile Friday!! So we did it, we decided to go ahead and do IVF! All the smaller steps we were taking to try to create a baby – such as IUI and mini-IVF – simply haven’t worked. So I’m putting on my big girl panties and taking the plunge. It’s really scary, getting even more emotionally invested, spending thousands and thousands of dollars, putting my body through a hormonal roller coaster, with no guarantee of a positive outcome. But this is our best chance so we’re going for it! In amongst the excitement and sense of new hope, there are some ethical decisions in IVF that can be challenging, and we’re navigating all of that too.
I have always been interested in hearing people’s perspectives about various moral and ethical elements of IVF. And when I say interested, I mean non-judgementally, open-mindedly, genuinely interested. Far be it for me to know what’s best for other people, but now we’re in this situation ourselves, we’ve had to think long and hard about a few things. [Read more…]
Happy Fertile Friday!! A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post about histamines and the impact of having too much histamine on our health. In doing that research, I came across a website called The Low Histamine Chef, and a blog post that the author of that site had written on histamines, endometriosis and infertility. [Read more…]
Looking for the underlying factors of infertility can be trying for a couple – there may be guilt, blaming, feeling like a failure – a host of emotions. While it can be tough, it is important to try to get to the underlying cause. In this respect, male causes of infertility must be examined along with female. Here are some things to look for and address:-
Hi everyone, welcome to the first Fertile Friday of 2016!! Today I’m going to outline five supplements to take before (and for) getting pregnant – things that are important for the pregnancy itself, and things that can help get pregnant in the first place. These are especially important for us “oldies” of 40 and over, but could be significant for everyone who is trying to conceive.
Happy Fertile Friday … at least it’s Friday-ish, I’m currently in Australia and it’s Saturday here, but I’m sneaking a post in while all the kids in this household are asleep. I’m at my sister’s house, and she has two daughters and one son, and Valentina has been having a ball with her cousins these past couple of days.
I just thought I’d write a bit today on the potential role of adrenal health on fertility, which may well tie into our story too. A couple of weeks ago, Dave and I had a consultation with a lady known as The Baby Maker (TM). She’s a naturopath in Australia, and I was told about her by a lovely midwife I met in Perth at a conference last year (thanks, Julie!). Julie had had success with her program, and I read numerous testimonials of people who had got pregnant through her protocol, even when they hadn’t had success with IVF. When I heard of her I thought we had nothing to lose, so we scheduled and had our first appointment via Skype. [Read more…]