I am treating a patient who has been abandoned by her fertility clinic unless she undergoes a donor egg cycle. She was diagnosed with Poor Ovarian Reserve (POR). She is in her early 40's has FSH and low AMH hormone levels. She has conceived several years ago using medications but was wanting one more child to complete her family. Although extremely discouraged and pessimistic she wasn't ready to give up on her dream.
One of the most common and effective ways for stress reduction is exercise. It's one of the best ways to help manage stress, a quick run after work or an hour of boot camp quickly drains the stresses of the day. When people are trying to conceive, how much exercise is too much? Will it effect your fertility?
So you are planning to do an IVF cycle. Once you have made that decision, there are a lot of things you can do to improve your chances of having a healthy, happy baby at end of it all. Today, I will focus on improving your sperm.
There is a myth out there that once you decide to do IVF, the emphasis on the sperm decreases since there is no longer a need for the sperm to do any ‘swimming’.
"He explained to me that our goal was not a pregnancy but a healthy child. By getting my cycles and my physical and mental health optimized, I would obtain a pregnancy easier. During the time of treatment, I would keep trying to get pregnant naturally and once I was ready, I could begin an IVF if I felt I needed. With the use of Chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture, and diet/nutritional adjustments, I started my treatment".
The choice of moving towards an IVF procedure is a difficult choice during your fertility journey. Taking on the emotional weight, financial burden and time requirements for this procedure is not a simple decision. Once you take the steps towards an IVF cycle you need to make sure you are ready and prepared for it! You don't want to go through a negative IVF cycle just to think, "what if I had been healthier, what if I had taken more tim
How changing your diet can help get your cycles back on track.
PCOS or polycystic ovarian syndrome is both an endocrine and a metabolic disorder. Most commonly characterized by irregular cycles, PCOS is also often accompanied by acne, weight gain and high cholesterol levels, though the severity can vary greatly.
If I asked you to identify which form of Vitamin B9 (folate, folic acid or 5’-methyltetrahydrofolate) comes from plants, which is activated, and which can potentially be dangerous to your health, would you know the answer? If not, you’re in good company - it seems that consumers, supplement companies, and even nutrition experts alike are easily confused; some would even argue that they’re all the same.
One of the main reasons I love talking about hormones is that I am constantly in awe of the body as an amazing miracle in action. Every second different hormones are being released, having action on distant tissues, and being recycled or broken down. All of the hormones affect the other hormones, and they also have effects on cellular messenger release and metabolism in millions of different cells.
As many of our patients will attest, tracking your basal body temperature (BBT) by taking your oral temperature at exactly the same time every day, before getting out of bed, and tracking it properly can be a bit of a pain. Often our patients will track for a little while but throw in the towel before long because it isn’t the easiest of tasks. This week I came across something that could change the BBT charting game, making it much easier for you to track your menstrual cycles in order to get pregnant, avoid pregnancy, or simply track your cycles.