Improve your fertilityFertile female

When preparing your body for conception; is not only your body that needs cleansing but the environment that surrounds you.  This detoxification needs to be for three months, it is important to try not to conceive during this time.  This may seem like a long time but the benefits of this preliminary stage are great not only for increased chance of fertility but your overall health and well being. All reproductive areas require good circulation and nutrients to promote wellbeing.


Water

At least 70% of your body is water. Thirst is the first indicator of dehydration. Under normal conditions between 8glasses to 2 litres of water should be consumed a day to effectively cleanse and provide enough fluid to keep organs and tissues healthy and for cells to regenerate effectively.  Always try to drink purified or filtered water as chlorine is used to treat tap water.

Light

Your pineal gland needs stimulation from adequate sunlight to release its substances into your body system (eg melatonin), which controls the hormone cycle and other body functions.  Moodiness, aggression and irritability are also symptoms of this imbalance.


Radiation

Micro wave radiation is everywhere in the atmospheric flow.  It is hard to reduce the flow of; but we can try by avoiding the use of microwaves.  Microwave radiation effect the male sperm count and health.

Food

MSG greatly reduces pregnancy success and studies have proven this. It is found in flavoured potato chips, Doritos, cheetos and meat seasonings and many packaged soups.   

As food provides nourishment to balance, cleanse and replenish every organ and system in the body, food needs to be well balanced and free of pollutants and chemicals.  Please don’t follow any severe dietary approaches without consulting me first.

Diet does affect fertility.  A lack of food or poor quality diet lacking in essential nutrients, will render a person unable to produce either healthy eggs or sperm.  Some foods that are particularly bad for fertility are soft drinks with NutraSweet or other artificial sweeteners and coffee. 

  • Eat plenty of foods rich in vitamins A, B, C and folic acid, arginine, essential fatty acids, zinc, chromium, manganese and selenium.  These are vital for sperm formation and function and are necessary to maintain pregnancy and help prevent malformation and miscarriage. A lack of Vitamin C can cause the sperm to clump together. Vitamin A is said to be essential for female fertility still being aware of the toxic doses.
  • Avoid refine carbohydrates like white flour, white rice and white sugar.
  • Avoid processed foods containing additives; which can lead to gut disturbances and interfere with absorption of nutrients essential for fertility.
  • Cut out all coffee, tea, and soft drinks. Even a cup of coffee a day has been proven to decrease fertility rates in females.
  • Cut out alcohol; it lowers the amount of zinc available and this can lower levels of testosterone and therefore lower sperm count.
  • Lose excessive weight, but don’t diet in excess.  Obesity can lead to impotence, low sperm count in males and diabetes in males and females.


Vitamins and Minerals for a balanced diet.

  • Bioflavonoid – broccoli, cabbage, capsicum, tomatoes, apricots, blackcurrants, cherries, melons, grapes and plums.
  • Calcium – milk, cheese, sardines, shellfish, beans, peas, green leafy vegetables, carrots, parsnips, seaweed, seeds, nuts and tahini.
  • Essential Fatty Acids – Egg yolk, fatty fish, meat, wholegrain cereals, beans, peas, green leafy vegetables, root vegetables, mushrooms, avocados, garlic, pepper, seaweed, tomatoes, blackcurrants, seeds, nuts, cold pressed vegetable oils.
  • Folic acid – Green leafy vegetables, eggs, lecithin, parsley, beans, fruit nuts, lentils.
  • Magnesium – fish, meat, beans, peas, nuts, green leafy vegetables, carrots, seaweed.
  • Iron – Meat, livers, shellfish, rice, wholegrain, seeds, nuts, dates, figs, seaweed.
  • Manganese – ginger, seeds, pineapple, garlic, lentils, peas, carrots.
  • Vitamin A – Milk, cheese, eggs, meat, green leafy vegetables, carrots, capsicum, seaweed, tomatoes, apricots, cherries, melons, plums, butter.
  • Vitamin B1 (thiamine) – wholegrain cereals, brown rice, peanuts, seeds, beans, lentils, mushrooms, mot vegetables and fruit and meats.
  • Vitamin C – fresh fruits esp. citrus and fresh vegetables.
  • Vitamin D – fish liver oils, milk, eggs, tuna, salmon, and sunlight.
  • Vitamin E – sunflower seeds, wheat germ, cold pressed vegetable oils, seaweed, nuts, apples.
  • Zinc – corn, oysters, carrots, ginger, mushrooms, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds.


Candida

Candida is a yeast overgrowth that lives in our intestines and mucous membranes. An over growth of candida can eat away at the intestinal walls and spread into the bloodstream, and infiltrate into other tissues.  This normally benign yeast has become an aggressive and destructive fungal pathogen that can cause a variety of health problems. If you think you have this yeast overgrowth there is a dietary approach to follow.


General Infertility Information

Statistics and suspected environmental causes of infertility and miscarriage maybe found on the internet site www.Chem-tox.com

Approximately 35% of infertility is due to female factor and 35% to male factor and in the balance of cases, infertility results from problems in both partners or the cause can not be pertained.

The tests that Doctors can preform

  • Blood tests to check all hormone levels in women – thyroid, prolactin and androgen levels.
  • Complete semen analysis on male partner.
  • Post coital test - this should never take the place of a complete semen analysis.
  • Hysterosalpingogram – an x-ray to evaluate the woman fallopian tubes are not blocked.
  • Endometrial biopsy – to check the quality of the uterine lining.
  • Laparoscopy – check for endometriosis or pelvic scaring in the woman.


Causes of Infertility

  • Water containing excessive levels of lead, copper, fluoride can interfere with the uptake of minerals necessary for optimum fertility.
  • Toxic chemicals including medications and drugs.
  • Pesticides and herbicides, the pill, lubricants, smoking, radiation, infection.
  • Emotional stress, physical stress tiredness and exhaustion.
  • Insufficient daylight.

The following factors can affect your ability to ovulate, conceive, or carry a pregnancy to term.

  • Excessive or very low body fat can affect ovulation and fertility.
  • Chronic Disease – diabetes, lupus, arthritis, hypertension or asthma.
  • Abnormal pap smears which have resulted in treatment such as cryosurgery or cone biopsy.
  • Hormonal imbalances – periods exceeding 6 days; cycles shorted than 24 days or more than 35 days apart; irregular unpredictable cycles; very heavy periods; excessive facial hair or acne on face, chest and abdomen.ing factors can affect your ability to ovulate, concieve, male factor and in the balance of cases, infertility results
  • Multiple miscarriages – 2 or more early pregnancy losses.
  • Environmental factors – cigarette smoking, alcohol consumption, exposure to workplace hazards or toxins.


Smoking

38% of female non-smokers conceived in their 1st cycle of attempting pregnancy compared to 28% of smokers. Smokers were 3-4 times more likely than non-smokers to have taken greater than a year to conceive.  Male smokers have an increase in sperm abnormalities, thereby suggesting a mutagenic affect.


Alcohol and Caffeine

There is evidence linking reproductive impairment with exposure to alcohol, smoking and caffeine. The risk of not conceiving for 12 months was 55% higher for women drinking 1 cup of coffee per day and 100% higher for women drinking 1? - 3 cups and 176% higher for women drinking more than 3 cups per day. Coffee before and during pregnancy was associated with over twice the risk of miscarriage when the mother consumed 2-3 cups of coffee per day.

 

Electromagnetic radiation

It has been shown in studies that the male sperm has decreased by 50% in the last 30 years due to the amount of hours sitting in front of televisions, computers, under fluorescent lights, heaters, air-conditions, micro-waves, etc.  It can even be picked up from electric blankets, heating pads and heated water beds.

 

NutraSweet

NutraSweet or aspartame (acesulfame-k or sunette) is an ulcer drug that became a food. Usage can lead to seizures, dizziness, tremors, migraines, confusion, chronic fatigue, irritability, chest pains, asthmatic reactions and more.


The Female Reproductive System

A normal female cycle is 28days from the start of one menstrual period to the start of the next.  Ovulation of the unfertilized egg from the ovary occurs usually on days 13-14. A fertile woman can notice the changes in her cervical mucous as the days of the cycle progress.

Starting with first day of menstrual bleeding as day one, bleeding will usually occur for 5-7 days.  On about day nine, the cervical mucous will be noticeable but fairly think in texture. By day 12 and for the next 4 days, the mucous will be thin and you will feel wet.  Other women notice a clear, stretchy vaginal discharge just at their fertile time (sticky mucous). Fullness in the pelvic area and a strong desire for sex are another confirmation of the fertile stage.

At the time of ovulation, a pain may be felt in one side of the abdomen, which can alternate month to month.  This pain can be quiet sharp. Be aware you can get your period even though you aren’t ovulating.

 

How often should you have intercourse?

It is a good idea to have intercourse every other day around the time you ovulate (Day 10, 12, 14, and 16) so that sufficient sperm will be available.  To increase your chances of the egg becoming fertilised, do not douche or use lubricants before having intercourse.


Physical Disorders that Affect Fertility

Sexually transmitted Diseases (STD’s) are transmitted more easily to women and can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) in women and epidymidis in men.

Tubal Disease or Fallopian tube disease can be caused if you have had – STDs, pelvic pain, vaginal discharge or bleeding, pelvic surgery, used an IUD or had two or more abortions.

Ectopic pregnancy occurs when a fertilised ovum fails to make it to the uterus to implant and grows elsewhere, usually in one of the fallopian tubes.   A common cause is a blockage in one or both of the fallopian tubes which stops a fertilised egg from reaching the uterus.  This may be caused by earlier infection, peritonitis or previous abdominal surgery, but perfectly healthy fallopian tubes can become blocked.  Symptoms of ectopic pregnancy – continuous abdominal pain, vaginal bleeding, delayed or missed periods, nausea, fatigue, shoulder pain.

Endometriosis is a disease in which uterine tissue is found outside the uterus on the ovaries, fallopian tube and often the bladder and bowel. Symptoms include – painful menstrual cramps that may worsen with time, extremely heavy menstrual flow, diarrhoea or painful bowel movements especially around your period, painful sexual intercourse.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOD) is a condition where there are multiple follicular cycts on the ovaries.

 

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