We eat fairly healthy diets, watch alcohol, exercise regularly, don’t smoke. Is micronutrient deficiency causing your infertility?
January can be a depressing time as the craziness of the holidays comes to an end. The cold and dark rainy days seem to be endless and it's hard to get motivated to move forward. I wanted to talk about a few ways which can help you achieve your goals and get you closer to a healthy pregnancy.
With the holidays here many of us are looking forward to hunkering down and getting some extra relaxation time and time visiting friends and family. Many of us come back to our normal routines in the New Year a few pounds heavier feeling a little sluggish and possibly depressed. Sound Familiar?
Couples going through IVF understand that embryo quality plays a big part in a healthy pregnancies. Much of the research is on egg quality and how a womans eggs can be a determining factor for embryo quality. Little is mentioned about sperm quality relating to embryo quality. A new study has shown that sperm health is important even with IVF and using ICSI.
For Many couples struggling with infertility they feel IVF is their last chance at getting pregnant. If the IVF isn't successful they feel they have exhausted all their options and will never have a child of their own. Fortunately in many cases this doesn't have to be the end.
Often enough, when I ask my patients what their diet is like, they respond with “Not bad. I try to eat healthy”, as if that was the beginning and the end of the conversation, and the intention to eat well can somehow sub in for the actual eating of healthful foods. Alas, the conversation has only just begun, and the key element, in my opinion, is inflammation.
We are always finding the balance in life between not enough and too much! I need more sleep but probably ate too much over the weekend. I need to exercise more and spend less time on my computer! With Acupuncture, studies are finding more IS better for your fertility!
Many of us working in the fertility field see it time and time again. Most men are not optimizing their chances of achieving a healthy pregnancy with their partners. It's generally not their lack of willingness, it's lack of knowledge of what can improve male fertility.
When supporting my patients through their fertility journey, I tend to prioritize the major health pillars of diet, exercise, treatment and medicines (such as herbs and supplements). However, there is one last oft-neglected area to consider, namely, the use of household and cosmetic products.