It’s a simple fact: hormones get blamed for a lot— bad moods, aggressive moments, sad days, trips to the cupboard for chocolate! Deserved or not, it is clear hormones play a significant role in many of the body’s functions. Estrogen and progesterone are the main steroidal hormones that affect a woman’s health (and testosterone too, but to a lesser degree). Phytoestrogens are one of the tools that we have to help regulate estrogen levels, which can contribute significantly to hormone balance.
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:-
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…]
Conventional thought would have it that a woman is born with a finite number of eggs in her ovaries, which get used up over time as monthly ovulation occurs. Thus for oldies like me over 40, this means trouble, as our eggs are aged and hagged and there might not even be enough of them left. But research in the past couple of years might just debunk this theory. Studies have discovered that there are stem cells in each ovary, and that ovarian stem cells could become new eggs. More research is needed to see to what extent these stem cells create eggs naturally that can be used by the body; but certainly the field of reproductive endocrinology is happily investigating how to utilize this to improve current IVF techniques.
Happy Thanksgiving!! I know I’m a day late, but I was lazily relaxing at home yesterday and cooking dinner for Dave and Valentina so I took the day off writing. I loved the cooler weather, the rain, and the coziness of it all – Dave built a log fire, we had a nice dinner and watched back-to-back episodes of Downton Abbey!
Since I’m still feeling very much in holiday mode, I thought today I would just write about where we’re at in the fertility journey and share a few thoughts about it.
Happy Fertile Friday everyone!! Ok, so today you might start thinking that I’ve completely lost my mind. I actually feel a bit vulnerable posting about this, since it’s definitely left field (and my family will read it and then they’ll know – I only told my husband two days ago!), but I find it intriguing and fascinating, so I might as well share. It’s bee venom therapy. Yup, bee’s, like the yellow and black things that sting you. And yup, I’m getting stung by them, on purpose, three times a week. See, I told you you might think I’m crazy. It’s possible you’re right. I’m trying bee venom therapy for fertility. [Read more…]
Hi everyone – Happy Fertile Friday! I’ve been looking into some other alternative treatments for infertility, and I have come across some information about the benefit of Low Dose Naltrexone and fertility, so I thought I’d share it with you! [Read more…]
Welcome to Fertile Friday!! Sadly for me it feels like infertile Friday, as we found our second round of IUI was not successful. I’m filled with all these mixed emotions, and it’s hard telling people because some people, in their best efforts to be helpful, say things that just don’t help. [Read more…]