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Nutrients for Female fertility, Pregnancy, Breast feeding and beyond

Nutrients for Female fertility Pregnancy, Breast feeding and beyond   Iron   This nutrient is important for the correct formation of foetal blood, brain, eyes, bones and an overall healthy growth rate. It is also vital for a healthy immune system, mucous membranes, for general health and fertility. However many women do not realise how important iron is very important in fertility health. Women with low iron stores could suffer anovulation (no ovulation). In a Harvard University study of 18,500 women, women supplementing iron were 40% less likely to suffer from fertility problems. During pregnancy there is an increased need for iron due to greater red blood cell mass and plasma volume. Iron should be increased in the 2nd and 3rd trimesters as the foetus will draw on the mother’s iron stores to prepare itself for the 4-6 months after birth (because breast milk is low in iron). Deficiency increases the risk of anaemia, pre-term delivery and low birth weight Women with low iron are suggested to supplement 10-20mcg daily, however if you are prone to constipation a liquid supplement is more gentle on the stomach; we suggest capsules by bio-ceuticals or liquid spatone. Also note iron will not be absorbed with calcium, so if taking a supplement make sure to separate these. Inorganic iron supplements can bind up in the gut and cause constipation; they also destroy Vitamin E and compete for absorption with zinc; therefore, use of organic iron supplements and chelates are preferable. Vitamin C enhances the absorption of iron. Natural sources include green leafy vegetables, dried beans, black strap molasses, lean meat (organic/chemical free), dried apricots,...

Acupuncture & fertility

The treatment of infertility with acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) dates back 2,000 years. These ancient, time-tested techniques improve fertility rates and support a woman’s whole body, unlocking unlimited potential for health, healing and childbearing. A landmark study published in the medical journal Fertility & Sterility found that acupuncture dramatically improves the chances of becoming pregnant when used in conjunction with other assisted reproductive techniques. Researchers from Weill Cornell Medical Centre in New York reviewed studies and concluded that acupuncture helps to: Increase blood flow to the uterus, which improves the chances of an ovum implanting on the uterine wall; Reduce anxiety, stress, and the hormones that are secreted during stressful situations that significantly decrease fertility; Normalize hormone and endocrine systems that regulate ovulation, especially in women with polycystic ovarian syndrome; Positively affect the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis, which plays a key role in fertility; Regulate menstrual cycle. In a study published in Human Reproduction Journal, an ultrasound was used to evaluate blood flow to the uterus during acupuncture treatment. The study found blood flow increases during treatment. According to Dr. Nancy Snyderman, “when acupuncture needles are placed correctly, it can affect the nervous system. The idea is that if you stimulate the nervous system, you can make the uterus quiet and allow blood to flow.” Relaxing the uterus and increasing blood flow allows for the successful implant of an embryo within the uterine lining. Another study appearing in the British Medical Journal concluded that acupuncture can be offered as a significant, clinically relevant adjunct to In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF). Acupuncture and TCM can raise the fertility potential for women...

A good night’s sleep can help you conceive

  Recent research has shown that women who were given melatonin could double their chances of getting pregnant through IVF. The work was presented at the world congress of fertility and sterility in Munich and published in the Journal of Pineal Research. The team found that melatonin significantly increased melatonin concentrations in women”s follicles and significantly decreased concentrations of damaging 8-OhdG. The results showed 50% of the follicles taken from the women given melatonin were successful transferred into the womb, compared with 22.8% of the control group. Pregnancy rates in the melatonin group were 19% compared with 10.2% of the control. So what is melatonin and how does it help? Melatonin is a naturally occurring compound found in humans. It is produced by the pineal gland to form part of the sleep-wake cycle. It chemically causes drowsiness, aids sleep and decreases body temperature. Production is increased by less light in the retina and decreased with the increase of light, naturally in response to the time of day. Melatonin is a powerful anti-oxidant that is it repairs free radical damaging caused by stress oxidation. It is considered more powerful as an anti-oxidant than Vitamin A, C or E. Natural secretion of melatonin occurs from 9pm till 7.30am at approximately between 5-25mcg. The melatonin secretion naturally decreases as we age causing more restlessness and trouble sleeping. So how can I naturally increase my melatonin? There are several ways in which we can naturally increase you melatonin here are a few simple ways; GO TO BED EARLY Going to bed early and waking early has a significant effect on your overall sleep....

Chinese herbal medicine fertility

The use of Chinese herbal medicine for infertility   Ancient use of Chinese herbs for fertility Modern use of Chinese herbs for infertility what type of infertility can Chinese herbal medicine help?   Female infertility and Chinese herbal medicine   Anovulation infertility Luteal defect Immune factor infertility High FSH Over stimulated Ovaries Male infertility and Chinese herbal medicine Lower sperm count low morphology low motility Why Chinese herbs?   The history The theory The research The experience The result What herbs?   the formula the form – pills, granules, decoction Are Chinese herbal medicine safe to take?   Saft to take herbs before and during pregnancy; Safe to take herbal medicine for preventing miscarriage; The potentially unsafe herbs have been banned from using in Australia. Who need herbs?   When to take herbs?   How to take herbs?   Why choose us?...

Best Acupuncture Protocols for Infertility IVF and IUI

  From http://www.healthcmi.com   New research demonstrates a consensus amongst acupuncture experts on best practice treatment protocols for acupuncture enhancement of assisted reproductive technology (ART) fertility treatments. ART includes all fertility treatments in which both the eggs and sperm are handled. ART includes in vitro fertilization (IVF) and intrauterine insemination (IUI).     In this study, researchers set out to determine if a consensus exists on high priority acupuncture points for the enhancement of ART. Acupuncture IVF and IUI ART has been used in the USA since 1981 to help women become pregnant. Although acupuncture and Chinese medicine for the treatment of infertility is a time honored practice, the combination of acupuncture with ART has emerged in recent years as an effective approach for improving pregnancy and live birth rates.   In this study, researchers administered three rounds of questionnaires to fifteen international acupuncture fertility experts to determine if a consensus exists on best practice protocols. The investigation revealed that several key components are central to acupuncture in combination with ART.   The timing of an acupuncture treatment in relation to the menstrual cycle is of great importance. An acupuncture treatment administered between day 6 and 8 of the “stimulated ART cycle” is optimal. In addition, it is ideal to have two acupuncture treatments “on the day of embryo transfer.”   Pre-transfer acupuncture points of high priority are SP8, SP10, Liv3, ST29 and CV4.   Post-transfer points include GV20, K3, SP6, P6 and K3. Auricular acupuncture points Shenmen and Zigong were also determined to be of high priority.   About the Healthcare Medicine Institute: HealthCMi provides online acupuncture CEU...