TIPS TO GET PREGNANT
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Almost everyone I talk to is looking for the easiest way to create a viable pregnancy and have a baby as soon as they can.
Most are looking for the supplement, pill, or procedure but forget to look right in their own backyard. Well it may not be ACTUALLY in your back yard but it can be in your fridge or cupboard.
A study out of Harvard in the USA showed how good fats in the eating plan appeared to improve IVF live births. Women who ate the most healthy fats in their eating plan tripled their chances of having a live birth through IVF. Women who had the most dairy and meat products in their eating plan tended not to have the best results.
Therefore decreasing dairy and meat to 5% of your eating plan and having a good balance of vegetable protein, low glycemic carbohydrates and lots of good fats from avocados, unheated olive oil, rice bran oil, coconut oil, raw nuts and seeds can improve your situation significantly.
Remember to stay away from rancid trans fat in fried foods, roasted nuts, hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated foods, margarine, and processed foods out of a box.
VITAMIN D and FERTILITY: INCREASE YOUR CHANCES BY 75%
One study caught my eye this week. It referred to Vitamin D and its importance in dealing with fertility issues.
Austrian scientists have shown that Vitamin D deficiency is associated with both male and female fertility issues. Another study in the Journal of Nutrition showed the Vitamin D deficient rates decreased their fertility by 75%.
How do you know if you are deficient in Vitamin D?
A simple blood test can look at your Vitamin D levels. The doctor will likely order Vitamin OH 25 D3 and the optimal levels should be between 75-100.
Optimizing Vitamin D can be done with liquid Vitamin D3 drops or tablets though some experts are recommended trying to get at least 10 minutes of sun exposure per day. If you opt for the most natural way to increase your Vitamin D that is through sun exposure, you must expose as much of your body area as possible (without getting arrested) and no sunscreen.
The amount recommended if you are deficient in Vitamin D is
Fertility Issues? Thyroid Normal? Well Normal May Not Be Optimal for Your Fertility
The vast majority of people that I see for fertility issues or really any health issue at all, tell me they have had their thyroid checked and it is normal. But what I have learned over the years, ESPECIALLY with the thyroid, that normal is not always optimal.
Honestly, understanding this and addressing the many “normal” areas that I find are not optimal for your fertility may be the key to you having a baby.
Keep in mind that many of my patients come to me after they have seen a long line of practitioners. I often hear, “you are our last hope” or ” Why didn’t I come to you sooner?”. As I go through a patient’s history I am always surprised at the tests that haven’t been done or the issues that have been written off as normal and therefore not addressed.
One of these such issues is the health of your thyroid. Thyroid health is imperative in becoming pregnant and in holding the pregnancy so when a fertility issue persists, in my opinion, more detailed screening of the thyroid should be done, even if the standard tests have come up normal.
This is not only a woman’s issue, i.e. any time there is an issue with the sperm count and quality, it could be related to the thyroid because the thyroid helps to create progesterone and testosterone. Estrogen then comes from testosterone. So many times I see patients who have classic thyroid symptoms but have never had their thyroid screened beyond just doing the standard TSH testing.
Most times if their TSH has come in within “normal” limits, they are told their thyroid is “normal” and there is nothing wrong. When I ask them to begin doing their temperature charts for me and the temperatures indicate that the thyroid is not working optimally (low temperatures are often a sign of a struggling thyroid), I come back to them and request that they have their thyroid screened in more detail. Some people look at me like I am crazy and others just scratch their heads.
The confusion with the thyroid starts in the standard tests. Normally a physician will test TSH which is the hormone that is supposed to be reflective of how the thyroid is working. The pituitary makes more TSH if thyroid hormone created by the thyroid is not enough or slows down in production if the thyroid is making too much.
The pituitary which secretes TSH is continually monitoring the blood to see how much thyroid hormone is present so in theory this should be an accurate indicator of thyroid function, but it doesn’t always seem to work that way. A scientist and MD Dr. George Gillson from Canada once stated in an International Hormone conference that TSH really only tells us what the brain needs for thyroid hormone, not what the rest of the body needs.
Therefore TSH can be normal but the thyroid hormone output may not be optimal for your reproductive hormones.
Another excellent reference for this http://thyroid.about.com The range of “normal” for thyroid hormone varies quite significantly from lab to lab. One lab may say that .4 to 4.0 is normal where another lab may say .3 to 6.0 is normal. Our normal reference range, based on what we see in the clinic is less than 1.5. When the TSH is above 1.5, support for the Five Step Fertility Solution goes a long way to optimizing fertility.
I know, its confusing. If you have been dealing with fertility issues for awhile though its a good idea to have a more thorough screening. For example, I would suggest that you ask your doctor to test
Placebo effect and Nocebo effect: Do Your Thoughts Impact your fertility?
Can what you believe about your treatment have an effect on its outcome? Sounds strange but more and more studies are showing this could be true. Your expectations may actually influence the result of your treatment.
You may have heard of the placebo response, where a person believes that something is good for them and it actually makes a difference physiologically in the body. For example someone is given a sugar pill instead of an antidepressant for example and they feel better because they believe the antidepressant is working for them (they weren’t told they received the sugar pill). That is the placebo effect. Doctors think it is so important that they compare the placebo effect to the effect that drugs have on the body. And the drug isn’t considered to be valuable unless it works better than the placebo effect. However there is a less talked about response that I would also like to discuss. It the placebo’s powerful cousin, the nocebo response.
The nocebo effect is the exact opposite to the placebo effect. And it could be significantly impacting your situation.
To understand the nocebo effect and how it may impact your fertility, let’s first review a little bit more about the power of the placebo response, the opposite of the nocebo response. The placebo response refers to health benefits that are the result of something that should not have had any significant physiological response. It could be a pill or it could be a surgery, for example. One of the most amazing reports about the placebo was referred to in a study on patients who had Parkinson’s disease. The patients had brain surgery that was supposed to assist with decreasing the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. All of the patients had holes drilled in their skull, however some had the real procedure performed on the brain and some only had the hole drilled in their skull.
Based on perceived treatment, or treatment patients thought they received, there were numerous differences and changes over time. In all cases, those who thought they received the actual treatment reported better scores regarding symptoms whether they actually had the treatment or not. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2004 Jun;61(6):627.
In other words, if they thought they had the treatment, whether they actually had it or not, they noticed significant improvement for at least a year later. It was the belief that they had the actual treatment that seemed to affect the results, even if they didn’t have the actual treatment. Amazing!
Now the nocebo effect is just the opposite. When patients truly believe something will go wrong, there is more likely a chance that it will. For example, in one study, women who believed that they were prone to heart disease were nearly four times as likely to die as women with similar risk factors who didn’t hold such beliefs.
“They’re convinced that something is going to go wrong, and it’s a self-fulfilling prophecy” said Arthur Barsky, a psychiatrist at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital who published an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association beseeching his peers to pay closer attention to the nocebo effect. “From a clinical point of view, this is by no means peripheral or irrelevant.”
Dr. Bruce Lipton (www.brucelipton.com) a research scientist and medical school lecturer has said this about the nocebo effect. “This is when a negative thought or belief is used to shape our biology. For example, if a professional person, a medical doctor or specialist, says you are going to die in three months and you believe him, then you may set this date into your perceptual clock, start to disentangle yourself from your life and actually die in three months.”
Sound a bit crazy? Here’s another example of the nocebo effect from an article written in the Washington Post in 2004.
Researchers at three medical centers undertook a study of aspirin and another blood thinner in heart patients and came up with an unexpected result that said little about the heart and much about the brain. At two locations, patients were warned of possible gastrointestinal problems, one of the most common side effects of repeated use of aspirin. At the other location, patients received no such caution.
When researchers reviewed the data, they found a striking result: Those warned about the gastrointestinal problems were almost three times as likely to have the side effect. Though the evidence of actual stomach damage such as ulcers was the same for all three groups, those with the most information about the prospect of minor problems were the most likely to experience the pain.
So what does this nocebo response have to do with your fertility?
Well, what has the media, your doctor, your naturopath or anyone or anything you consult re your fertility issues say about your situation? What in the media have you heard that could be influencing your fertility? Or what have you heard from a prestigious person in your life that you have taken on as a belief for yourself about your fertility?
In my opinion this is such an important consideration for couples dealing with fertility issues because you are constantly bombarded by comments such as “your eggs are too old”;”you don’t have much time”, “your only option is IVF”, and many, many more. You are shown charts and graphs representing percentages that show a significant drop in fertility rates after 35. (which by the way are based on data more than 50 years old). You are told to hurry up or even asked why you waited so long.
Are you creating your own placebo or nocebo effect by taking on certain beliefs about your fertility?
Addressing these beliefs may significantly impact your fertility. For example, a small study of women who hadn’t been ovulating received cognitive behavioral therapy and the results were that 80% of women in the study began to ovulate after receiving the therapy, but no other
treatment. Cognitive behavioral therapy works on your beliefs, your thoughts, your values, which in turn can help to decrease the stress on your body. So by addressing the way they were thinking they were actually able to affect their reproductive cycle. Amazing what can happen when you send your body the right messages.
What are you thinking about that is effecting your fertility? Do you focus on the percentage of people not getting pregnant or the percentage of people that do? Which group do you see yourself in?
What can you do to become more congruent with the current path that you are on regarding your fertility to initiate a move towards optimizing your fertility? What can you both do? of improving your fertility and decreasing your stress. There is so much more you can do!
A couple who had been on my program for 6 months decided to attend our Fertile Mind Fertile Body workshop. After doing so they decided to concentrate on their emotional wellbeing and their relationship. She felt she was letting him down because she was the one with the diagnosis. Her partner let her know that he married her because he loved her not due to whether or not they could have children. Children, he said, would be a bonus. She believed him, and started to let go of all of the destructive emotions and beliefs she held and applied my Five Step Fertility Solution. It sounds amazing but within 6 months of the workshop they were pregnant, even though she had PCOS and was told she would likely never become pregnant naturally.I have an interview with her in the Stress and Fertility Section of our website. Now, from a natural pregnancy, they have a beautiful baby girl and have defied the odds according to their doctors.
Women and Fertility: Can Egg Quality Improve?
It was 2004 when I first saw headlines that changed everything I had thought about women and fertility. In the Sydney Morning Herald I saw the headline “Women May Be Able to Regenerate Their Eggs”.
Dr. Tilly’s research has been dismissed and ignored for many years, until recently. With new evidence mounting from human tissue not mice, Dr. Tilly has shown once again that there is real evidence that women were not born with x amount of eggs and run out of them but that women may regenerate them each month similar to how the sperm regenerates every 3 months or so.
Here is an excellent video for you about the study published in Nature
If this is true and it certainly makes sense based on what EVERY other cell in the body does, women can regenerate their eggs like men regenerate sperm then this is likely the main reason that our program works so well for couples when they have been told there is no hope for them.
A study at Stanford University says the follicles in women can take 8 menstrual cycles to develop and within these follicles are the developing egg cells that are eventually released. So over this period of time women with lifestyle changes, and optimal hormone balance and nutrition could likely improve the quality of their eggs just like we see an improvement in sperm quality over 3-6 months.
Egg cells are like any other cell in the body. They need nutrients and optimal hormone balance to grow from a stem cell to a specified cell like an egg or a sperm and work optimally. My Five Step Fertility Solution covers all the bases a couple needs to address to improve overall cellular health. And remember your eggs, sperm and endometrial lining are all just made of cells.
IVF Success Rates Are Not Always What They Seem
First of all I want to say, I am not against IVF. For many years now I have supported couples going through IVF and I refer couples to IVF when appropriate.
However I still see too many couples rushing into IVF because they are told they are too old and don’t have enough time due to poor tests like AMH and then choosing an IVF clinic or doctor because they have the best “success rates”.
Over the years from information that I have gathered from IVF doctors themselves like Dr Sher in the USA, a pioneer in IVF treatment, I have written about how IVF success rates can be manipulated and therefore may not be a great guide to which doctor or clinic you should choose. This article http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/2/prweb10386327.htm, reminded me about this topic and that even IVF specialists like the one in this article know that the “success rate” is NOT a good indicator of who is the best doc for you but instead this “success rate” is extremely misleading.
Also keep in mind that as science comes up with more ways to see if embryos are free from chromosomal abnormalities, IVF success rates will increase but the number of babies may not. The reason is, no one in conventional medicine is working on how to improve the health of the embryos. They are just working on finding which ones have a better chance of implanting. Therefore, there will be less transfers as they identify embryos that have chromosomal abnormalities and the success rates will go higher because there will be less transfer of poor quality embryos. More patients will be told they have poor egg quality and they will need to have donor eggs instead of working on improving the health of the eggs or sperm.
Keep all of this in mind when discussing success rates with your doctor. Ask if they cancel cycles if patients aren’t creating more than one or two eggs, instead of going ahead with the procedure. If they cancel then they don’t have to add that to their procedures considered in their success rates. Do they turn people away if in the past they have had an elevated FSH (even if current FSH is normal). All of this will decrease the number of transfer they do and increase the chances of having better stats.
So if you are wanting to pursue IVF or are wondering if you are at the right clinic for you I want to share with you some simple points about what you can do to find yourself the best doctor for your situation. Consider asking the above questions but also these steps are great for finding the IVF specialist that is right for you BUT really a good way to find any health practitioner.
There are seven ways to improve your cellular health and optimize your fertility.
A Natural Fertility Cleanse to Promote Egg Quality and Sperm Quality
In a recently published article once again it is confirmed that toxins affect fertility in both men and women. This particular study and countless others show the effects of environmental toxins can be a major disruptor to your fertility and to hormones in general.
In 500 couples studied “researchers analyzed blood levels of the designated environmental chemicals and the length of time each couple took to get pregnant and found that for each unit increase in blood concentration of 12 pollutants was associated with anywhere from a 17% to 29% decrease in odds of creating a pregnancy.”
The article goes on to say that “one of the most striking findings of the study included the stronger associations between exposure to chemicals and fertility among men. For women, blood levels of one chemical previously used to make stain resistant products and three PCBs were associated with 18% to 21% lower odds of getting pregnant. For men, higher blood concentrations of eight chemicals, including one pesticide and seven PCBs, were associated with a 17% to 29% percent reduction in the odds that his partner would get pregnant. In fact, the association for some of these chemicals is as strong as the association between reduced fertility and age, study authors say.”
So this can explain why we see some couples struggling to become pregnant and have been diagnosed as unexplained or simply age as the main factor.
I believe this is overlooked mostly because conventional medicine does not believe you can do anything about this chemical exposure. There is not a drug that can be prescribed to remove the toxins from the system. But as you will see soon, you don’t need drugs to get some of these chemicals out and improve your fertility.
For the last half of my practice I have been testing patients more extensively for heavy metals especially if they work in a chemically laden environment or when their thyroid is not regulating, their thyroid antibodies are elevated and stop improving, or embryos are not creating pregnancy with a procedure. In some cases the findings have shown significant issues. Many of these patients are showing high levels of toxins or low levels of absorption of nutrients.
Therefore, after a speciality cleanse that I have designed,
One Part of Your Reproductive System That is Always Overlooked
When I first took over running my clinic from my predecessor Ruth Sharkey, she told me that the average time it takes for a couple to create pregnancy on the program was 6-8 months.
I often wondered why that time frame would tend to be the average.
I can’t tell you how excited I was (I know pretty geeky, that I would be excited about this, hey?) when I found a study showing why this seems to be the optimal time frame for so many.
After reading the article, I really couldn’t believe the information in the paper that I cite here is not talked about in every fertility clinic in the world and that it was so difficult to find.
When I read it, it made so much sense. It explains in part, why preparation for becoming pregnant naturally when it hasn’t happened yet, or why preparing for IVF is so important.
The Paper that Brought It All Together
IN a 43 page research paper from
University School of Medicine, Stanford, California, I found some interesting information that I want to share with you.
I frequently discuss the regeneration of cells in our bodies, including the eggs, ovaries, endometrial lining as well as the semen and sperm. And that recent research shows that woman may not be born with x number of eggs and run out of them.
Many don’t understand that this cellular regeneration takes time to happen or they don’t even believe it happens at all when it comes to the female reproductive systemm.
But we know regeneration is true for every other cell in the body so wouldn’t it make sense that this would take place in the female reproductive system too? Thank goodness Dr. Jonathon Tilly continues to find more and more evidence that women create eggs in their ovaries from stem cells and NOT from a bunch of eggs sitting around for years and years getting less and less healthy as time goes on.
The time it takes is different for every cell and this little fact can make all the difference to your fertility. Keep in mind that your eggs, sperm, follicles, ovaries, testes and endometrial lining are all made up of cells.
Let’s now talk about one cell of the reproductive system that doesn’t get any press and if often overlooked. BIG MISTAKE!
What Can I Do About Low Egg Count? AMH…Is It Reliable?
I’m a pretty easy going person but when I see people being intimidated and scared into doing something they otherwise may not do, it really irritates me. I see how people respond because they lack knowledge or because a “respected” authority has instilled FEAR (False Evidence Appearing Real) in them by scaring them with outdated or incorrect stats which facilitate the inaccurate perception of running out of time. This leads to ppl feeling disempowered and feeling backed into a corner or at worst blaming themselves for having “bad” or “old” eggs when this is not likely true.
Case in Point
AMH: The egg timer test. It is one perfect example of using FEAR (False Evidence Appearing Real) to tap into a couple’s vulnerability when they are feeling desperate to have a child.
AMH Blood Test Results Misunderstood
If you have experienced fertility issues in the last 5 years, you have probably heard of the blood test AMH, short for Anti-Mullerian Hormone. In many cases, women are petrified, disheartened and discouraged if the results of their AMH test do not come back as normal.
But before you become victim to the unsubstantiated claims that low AMH means you have run out of or are running out of eggs soon, I’m happy to inform you that there are a lot of misconceptions about AMH and the FEAR can be eliminated.
I hope that after you read this tip you can use that FEAR (False Evidence Appearing Real) as a motivator to empower you to do something about your situation, educate yourself and focus on the possibilities not the perceived and often inaccurate limitations surrounding your fertility.
Let me give you a little background about AMH. AMH was first discovered in the early 1950’s. Through additional studies, scientists found AMH was produced by cells that surround the egg called granulosa cells. So, if AMH is low the assumption was there must not be many granulosa cells there to produce it. Therefore, low AMH was presumed to mean there are not many eggs left. This “theory” about AMH is just that…a theory and not fact. No one has seen this storage of eggs (or ovarian reserve) that women supposedly have. And the more they use AMH as a marker for fertility the more they find that the number tells you nothing about whether you can become pregnant or not and definitely doesn’t tell you how many eggs you have left.
When you keep reading you will understand that low levels of AMH have nothing to do with whether you can have a baby.
AMH HAS ONLY RECENTLY BEEN WIDELY USED TO ASSESS FERTILITY IN HUMANS
My first introduction to AMH was in 2005. A woman from Dubai contacted me and asked if there was anything I could do to help her. She had low AMH and her doctor basically said she had no eggs left. I told her this was the first I had heard of this test and promised to research it for her but in the meantime, we could start to work together on optimising her health by following The Five Step Fertility Solution. Having felt run down and out of sorts since she had gone through 2-3 years of assisted reproductive treatments, and having known several people that conceived while on our program she agreed to start the program. I started my research.
To my surprise, back in 2005 there was little information about AMH in humans. Most of the research studies I found were animal studies.
COMMON DENOMINATOR IN AMH STUDIES
One consistent outcome of the majority of the AMH studies I read showed that when animals had low AMH levels in the blood they tended to respond poorly to the stimulation medications given to them. When the animals had the average or “normal” AMH levels, the animals tended to create the average number of eggs expected. When the animals had high AMH levels, they tended to hyperstimulate or produce too many eggs when stimulated, which in rare cases can be life threatening. At the very least, the hyperstimulation can impact the quality of the eggs and the ability of creating and maintaining a pregnancy.
For the last 5-10 years, many studies have emerged about AMH but most are based on a potentially false premise as you will see in a bit.
JUMPING TO CONCLUSIONS ABOUT AMH
From the information above noting that egg yield (number of eggs produced with a procedure) was less in animals with low AMH, most researchers theorised that this had to mean that these animals had lower follicle counts or low ovarian reserve. But there is no physical proof of this theory.
There is no way to actually count how many eggs a woman has left. Research uses an antral follicle count to predict or guess how many eggs a woman has left. To illustrate this, here is an excerpt from a popular IVF physicians website clearly indicating that determining ovarian reserve is really a guess. “Presumably, the number of antral follicles visible on ultrasound is indicative of the relative number of microscopic (and sound asleep) primordial follicles remaining in the ovary.”
NEW RESEARCH HOLDS THE KEY
It has always interested me that no one has ever seen these sleeping eggs in the ovaries. Yet doctors and researchers rely on these guesstimates as hard evidence when its really just a guess.
So, I was excited to find research by Dr. Jonathon Tilly. Since 2004, Dr. Tilly’s research has been pointing to the potential of women producing eggs from stems cells present in the human ovary. This is the same process as men producing sperm from stem cells in the testicles.
WHAT INFURIATES MOST OF MY PATIENTS WHEN THEY FIND THIS OUT IS
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