You don’t have to be a great dancer to have happy hormones, but your brain does. Your brain works through signaling pulses - hormones like GnRH (gonadotropin-releasing hormone) in your hypothalamus, FSH (follicle-stimulating hormone), and LH ( leutenizing hormone) from your anterior pituitary gland in your brain, which regulate your menstrual cycle and ovulation, are dependent on these pulses.
Clomiphene citrate, or Clomid, is a common fertility medication. It is often used in ovulatory disorders such as PCOS. Clomid works by making the body think there are low levels of estrogen, resulting in more FSH released by the brain to stimulate the ovaries.
Excellent public educational lecture for women with infertility or miscarriages related to ovulatory disorders & PCOS. If you have PCOS and have had unsuccessful IVF cycles (or letrozole cycles) then there is hope.
Polycystic ovarian syndrome is one of the most common endocrine disorders and can be a risk factor for infertility and pregnancy loss. The diagnosis is based on the Rotterdam Criteria, requiring the patient to have 2/3 of the following:
- Irregular or absent cycles
- Symptoms and/or blood levels indicating excess androgens
- Polycystic ovaries, observed via ultrasound
You've made the decision to move forward with freezing your eggs but are now wondering what you can do to help improve the chances of getting the best eggs possible. Your fertility clinic has likely already discussed the cost, drugs and timeline that they suggest for the procedure but what can you do to get the best outcome possible?
Contrary to popular belief, male factor infertility contributes up to 50% of total cases of a couple’s infertility. That is why it is just as important to not only test male fertility after 1 year of actively trying to conceive (or 6 months if he is 35 and older), but to also consistently treat both partners when it comes to preconception care and fertility.
Let’s begin by taking a look at what polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is to understand how we can resolve this condition with a natural and integrative approach. PCOS is a complex hormonal disorder that affects 6 to 10% of women of childbearing age and can present differently in each person.
If you’ve ever seen me in the clinic, you’ll know that my intention and my goal for each of my patients is to help guide them through a programme to be as healthy as possible. My philosophy is that a healthy body is a fertile body, and my hope for each new patient is to optimize whole-body health to support fertility, pregnancy and, of course, a healthy baby.
The cherry blossoms are in full bloom, and for many people, this means allergy season is here. Runny nose, red itchy eyes, sneezing, brain fog, fatigue, allergies are no fun.