health and fertility

Black Cohosh for Fertility: When should you take Black Cohosh?

Last updated: May 30th, 2019 at 11:33 am

Black Cohosh for Fertility

Black Cohosh for Fertility has long been used for centuries to help with female reproductive issues. More recently, the Black Cohosh fertility link is due to a possible Clomid alternative & to a PCOS remedy. Read on to learn about the herb Black Cohosh & how it can be used to treat infertility & women’s issues. Here’s a look at Black Cohosh as a natural herbal fertility treatment.

What is Black Cohosh?

Black Cohosh is derived from a plant root & goes by the Latin name Actaea Racemosa. This herbal extract has been used for centuries as an ayurvedic medicinal by Native American Indians. They introduced Black Cohosh for fertility to Europeans.

Black Cohosh for Fertility: What Does It Do?

Black Cohosh helps boost the reproductive system by getting blood flowing, which aids in a number of conditions which adversely affect fertility. This herb is also a natural anti-inflammatory which also aids in many infertility conditions.

What Are The Benefits of Black Cohosh for Fertility?

  • Black Cohosh has shown to relieve symptoms of PMS such as migraine headaches, bloating, backaches & cramping.
  • Black Cohosh is commonly used to treat ammenorhea (the absence of menstruation). Black cohosh for uterine lining conditions aids in the shedding of the uterine lining in order to help bring on a woman’s period.
  • Black Cohosh gently relieves menstruation pain.
  • Black Cohosh helps strengthen pelvic floor muscles to prepare the body for conception.
  • Black cohosh and PCOS: there is a connection that assists in rectifying symptoms of PCOS

Is Black Cohosh a Natural Clomid Alternative? Does Black Cohosh Help Ovulation?

There is a Research study comparing Black Cohosh and Clomiphene (Clomid): 50 women were assigned to a group that would take Clomid for 5 days (which is the dosage usually given in clinical fertility treatment). A different group of 50 women received a dose of Black Cohosh for 10 days.

The results were impressive:

  • The group that took the Black Cohosh showed significant improvements in key gonadotropin markers such as LH and LH/FSH ratios.
  • Also the group of women who took the Black Cohosh had better Progesterone levels. Better levels of Progesterone indicate stronger, healthier ovulation & greater chances of implantation.
  • The endometrial lining was significantly thicker in the group that took the Black Cohosh. This is not surprising though as it is common knowledge that taking Clomid thins the endometrial lining for many women.
  • Although it did not reach clinical significance, the pregnancy rate was higher in the group of women who received Black Cohosh.

When Should You Take Black Cohosh?

You can take Black Cohosh at any time of day. Some herbal experts say you should not take black cohosh for more than 6 months at a time.

Always consult your doctor before taking any supplements, herbs or vitamins, especially if you are doing IVF.

Black Cohosh provides benefits for women who are trying to conceive, but you should always consult your doctor & a qualified herbalist before taking any herbs.

Black Cohosh Fertility Dosage: How Much Should I Take?

If you’re using Black Cohosh supplements, it’s recommended black cohosh for fertilityyou take 40-200mg per day (the number of capsules depends on formula strength, check the label on the bottle). If using a tincture, you only need a small dose of about 5-15 drops a day. It has a strong taste, so you may want to mix it with a bit of juice or put it in a smoothie.

What Are the Side Effects of Black Cohosh?

  • Black Cohosh is known to affect the mood & it may cause headaches if taken in high dosages.
  • It is recommended that people with liver disease steer clear of this herb, as there have been indications it may induce hepatoxicity.
  • It has many drug interactions.

Potent & organic, Black Cohosh for fertility is usually prescribed by herbalists & healers to those struggling with infertility. Black Cohosh is natural & trusted by couples trying to get pregnant.  Consult your doctor & herbalist to see if it is right for you.

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Day 21 Bloods – What is it? What does it test?

Last updated: May 30th, 2019 at 11:38 am

Author, Linda Ryan, BA, Lic. TCM, CH

Day 21 Bloods

What Hormone does Day 21 Bloods test?

The “Day 21 Bloods” is a test for the level of the hormone Progesterone.

What are Day 21 Bloods?

Day 21 bloods is the common name for the Progesterone hormone test of a blood sample taken on the 21st day of your menstrual cycle.

Why test on day 21? The progesterone test is commonly performed on Day 21 because the 21st day of your menstrual cycle is supposed to be 7 days after ovulation.  7 days after ovulation your progesterone level should be high enough that it will indicate whether or not you have ovulated and when and if the level of progesterone is high enough to perform it’s intended purpose (read more on that below).

So, if you have a text book perfect period: your cycle will be exactly 28 days long with ovulation happening exactly on day 14, but if your cycle is not 28 days long and/or if you are ovulating earlier or later than day 14, then having the test on day 21 may provide information about the timing of your ovulation and what that means about the length of your cycle, etc..

Read on to discover when is the best day of your cycle to test your progesterone level, what the possible purposes of the day 21 bloods are and to find out just how important the role progesterone plays in reproduction.

When to test Progesterone levels

You can have your progesterone level tested on other days than day 21 of your cycle. You start counting your Cycle Day 1 from the first day of full flow menstrual bleeding, not when spotting starts.  The timing of reproductive blood hormone tests are important because each of the many reproductive hormones sets up the necessary stages of the menstrual cycle (thickening the womb lining, maturing eggs, triggering ovulation, maintaining a pregnancy so an embryo can continue to grow, etc.).

There can be variation of the actual day when the blood is drawn for the progesterone test because:

  • sometimes you just can’t have blood drawn on Day 21, for example due to it being a weekend and the doctor’s office is closed or you have to be at work that day. (You can now purchase at home progesterone tests, check them out on   Amazon.com      or    Amazon.co.uk  )
  • performing the test on day 21 may not provide an accurate reflection of the information you are looking to gain.  Know what you are trying to learn from testing your progesterone level: for example, are you trying to pin point the timing of ovulation or are you trying to determine if you have enough progesterone to maintain a pregnancy?. so you and your doctor can determine the best day to test your progesterone level.

What is the purpose of the Day 21 Blood Progesterone Test?

Hormones are messages that tell your body what to do and when to do it.  The menstrual cycle is driven by very particular hormones. The purpose of testing this particular hormone Progesterone during the Luteal phase (The luteal phase is the time just after ovulation up until your period starts.) of the menstrual cycle is to determine:

  • if you ovulated
  • when you ovulated
  • if you have a high enough level of Progesterone to maintain a pregnancy
  • possible onset of perimenopause/ menopause

The information of when you ovulated is important because if you ovulate too early, your eggs might not have matured enough. If you ovulate too late, that also may effect the quality of your eggs as well as not leaving enough time for an embryo to implant.

What does Progesterone do in relation to reproduction?

A drop in Progesterone is what signals your body to start your period, so if you are trying to get pregnant, having a high enough level of progesterone is key.  And if you just want a normal length menstrual cycle, progesterone plays a significant role in when your period starts.

The timing of your body pumping out progesterone begins just after ovulation: the follicle that the egg matured in and is released from collapses just after ovulation and is renamed  the “corpus luteum”. The corpeus luteum will continue to pump out progesterone in the 2 weeks after ovulation to help maintain a possible pregnancy.  If conception does not happen, the progesterone level will fall and this falling level in progesterone will signal the body to start a period and menstruation occurs thus starting a new menstrual cycle over again.

If conception and implantation of an embryo does happen (pregnancy), then the collapsed follicle/corpus luteum continues to release progesterone through the first trimester while the placenta is being formed.  At the end of the first trimester the placenta then takes over this function of releasing progestrone from the corpus luteum and it is the placenta that continually releases progesterone for the remainder of the pregnancy, thus helping to maintain a pregnancy to full term.

Interesting fact: Your body can convert Progesterone in to other hormones like cortisol as needed.  This is commonly referred to as “the progesterone steal”.

When perimenopause/ menopause begins, the reproductive hormones begin to wane, the menstrual cycle changes: The cycle length can get shorter or longer and eventually it stops. Symptoms like mid-cycle spotting, insomnia and hot flashes may occur.  This day 21 blood test as well as  Day 3 Blood Tests can determine your hormone levels and if you are starting to enter menopause / peri menopause.   Hormone levels usually start to change at around age 40, but some women may experience early onset menopause.

Remember, to have the progesterone you need, you first need that egg to come out out of the follicle (ovulation) so the follicle can then collapse and then start pumping out the progesterone. Other reproductive hormone blood tests that are extremely helpful in determining what is happening in the first part of your menstrual cycle before ovulation are referred to as Day 3 Bloods.  The Day 3 bloods can help determine if the follicle with the egg in it is even growing, if your womb lining is thickening and more.

Always consult your doctor for medical advice & explanation of medical tests & procedures.

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Organic Herbal Tea

Last updated: May 30th, 2019 at 12:14 pm

Organic Herbal Tea is a great substitute for drinks with caffeine.

If you are trying to conceive and want to cut out the caffeine, we can help.  We have two new free organic herbal tea available for you in our clinic.  We have chosen to go with the Pukka range of organic herbal tea.  We love that every box of tea contains tea bags that are each individually wrapped.  This is very convenient for you to take with you when you are out and about.  This way you always have a good choice for tea on hand.  (If you would like to read more about how studies have shown that caffeine increases the length of time it takes to conceive, you can click here to read an article about it). The 2 varities of organic herbal tea that we have selected and made available for you to try are as follows:

  1. Pukka Refresh Organic Herbal Tea– This free herbal tea is described on the Pukka website as “A tea to organic herbal teaclear out and balance your body and soul, leaving you refreshed and calm.  So flow through your day with a soothing splash of peppermint leaf with the calm of sweet fennel seed and rose. Perfect after a meal to freshen your palate or anytime to freshen your day”.  “Take your stand and go with purpose, for your path ahead is clear: the soothing splash of peppermint leaf with the calm of sweet fennel seed and rose. In a sip, balance returns and the day ahead looks a whole lot brighter.”
    The ingredients of Refresh organic herbal tea are: Naturally caffeine-free and ethically sourced, 100% organically grown ingredients: Peppermint leaf (50%), licorice root, sweet fennel seed (10%), hibiscus flower, rose flower (5%), coriander seed.Naturally caffeine-free and ethically sourced, 100% organically grown ingredients: Peppermint leaf (50%), licorice root, sweet fennel seed (10%), hibiscus flower, rose flower (5%), coriander seed. It is not only organic herbal tea, it is also:

    • Caffeine free
    • Vegetarian
    • Vegan
    • Wheat free
    • Gluten free
    • Dairy free
    • Soya free
    • Nut free
    • Kosher
  2. Pukka Chamomile, Vanilla & Manuka Honey Organic Herbal Tea- This free herbal tea is described organic herbal teaon the Pukka website as “A soothing dip in an organic pool of calm. In stillness you are restored
    In the midst of chaos and clutter, there’s a pool that’s still. Finding your way there is easy – fresh water and heat awaken the magic of nature’s finest gifts: silky golden chamomile, exotic vanilla pod, and the golden balm of manuka honey. With a sip, stillness takes over. Enjoy your blissful moments.”

    The Ingredients of this organic herbal tea are: Naturally caffeine-free and ethically sourced, organically grown ingredients: Chamomile flower (68%), sweet fennel seed, licorice root, vanilla pod (3.5%), manuka honey flavour* (3.5%). (*contains non organic antioxidant: ascorbic acid).

    Always consult your doctor before taking any supplements, herbs or vitamins, especially if you are doing IVF.

Mid-cycle Spotting

Last updated: June 8th, 2019 at 12:55 pm

Mid-cycle spotting Causes & what you can do

Author, Linda Ryan, BA, Lic. TCM, CH

Are you having to wear a panty liner every day because you spot between periods?  Mid cycle bleeding can be annoying and at worse worrying.  Read on to help unravel the mystery of mid cycle spotting and understand what could be happening and what you can do.

What is Mid-Cycle Spotting?

Mid-Cycle Spotting is bleeding between periods (spotting between periods) and can be referred to as Mid-Cycle Bleeding, Breakthrough Bleeding or Abnormal Uterine Bleeding. The bleeding does not have to be exactly in the middle of your menstrual cycle to fall under this category of mid-cycle bleeding.

You can have spotting a week after your period, but it can happen any time after your period stops, just after ovulation or even the time after ovulation up until the time full flow of your next period starts.  Knowing when in your cycle the bleeding occurs helps to determine the possible causes which then leads to what you can do about it.

So, the first thing to do is to determine when in your cycle the bleeding happens:

mid cycle spotting

It can be quite unsettling to see blood well after your period has ended and/or well before it is due to start. The bleeding/spotting can be light bleeding between periods or heavy bleeding between periods. Mid cycle bleeding can be any colour from brown spotting to bright red spotting. You should always consult your doctor to be on the safe side and rule out anything sinister. Usually though mid-cycle bleeding is not due to something sinister and can be rectified.  Mid-Cycle Spotting is a very common complaint & area of concern that we see in our Fertility Acupuncture Clinic.  The reasons for spotting are varied:

Causes of Mid-Cycle Spotting

What can cause bleeding between periods?

  • Menopause / peri menopause-As we age our hormone production diminishes which affects ovulation and our reproductive cycle. Menstruation is governed by the ebb and flow of reproductive hormones such as Oestrogen, FSH (Follicle Stimulating Hormone), LH (Luteinising Hormone), AMH & Progesterone.  When these hormones wane, the menstrual cycle changes: The cycle length can get shorter or longer and eventually it stops. Symptoms like mid-cycle spotting, insomnia and hot flashes may occur.  Day 3 Blood Tests and Day 21 Bloods Tests can determine your hormone levels and if you are starting to enter menopause / peri menopause.   Hormone levels usually start to change at around age 40, but some women may experience early onset menopause.
  • Implantation Bleeding-this is when conception has happened and an embryo implants into the lining of your womb and bit of the lining comes away as it embeds into your lining (note that this implantation bleeding does not happen every time a woman gets pregnant).  This can be bright red spotting.
  • Low Progesterone– When your level of progesterone falls in the normal course of your menstrual cycle, this triggers your menstrual bleed to begin.  If your progesterone dips too soon you may experience mid-cycle bleeding. There are different reasons for spotting due to your progesterone level being low or falling prematurely. You can get a progesterone level blood test, usually referred to as Day 21 Bloods, but having the test performed on day 21 may not be an accurate reflection of the information you need, click through to the Day 21 Bloods link to discover why.  It is best to talk to your doctor about this and let them know what day in your cycle you are ovulating or whether you don’t even know if you are ovulating, so you and your doctor can determine the best day to test your progesterone level.
  • Fibroids-these are (non-cancerous) growths of the uterus (uterine fibroids).  There can be one or more in number present and they can range in size from tiny, almost undetectable to so large that they can distort the shape of the uterus. They can located on the inside of the uterus or on the outside. In addition to bleeding between periods, uterine fibroids can cause the feeling of pelvic pressure, discomfort & pain, heavy menstrual bleeding, constipation & painful urination.  If they are large enough you can feel them if you press around the area of your uterus.  Getting a pelvic ultrasound or a vaginal ultrasound can confirm if you have them, how many, the location and what size the fibroids are. They can be removed surgically if necessary.
  • Endometriosis-Women with endometriosis sometimes report mid-cycle spotting. With Endometriosis there is an excess of endometrial tissue lining that builds up in the womb & some of the lining may slough off mid-cycle & cause spotting. Other symptoms of endometriosis are painful periods, very heavy menstrual flow, clots in the menstrual flow (note that not every woman with endometriosis has these symptoms).
  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) -this is when there is a hormonal imbalance due to elevated levels of Androgen hormones (these are often referred to as “male hormones” even though it is normal for women to have androgens as well, just not as high a level as with PCOS). Some, but not all, women’s ovaries form small cysts on the surface area (the cysts are not harmful).  Other symptoms of PCOS include acne, facial hair, being overweight & a long time between periods. The period can be very light and thus mislead you to think it is not your period at all, but just light spotting between periods.
  • Hormonal  Imbalance-There is a sequence & balance of hormones released throughout the menstrual cycle that regulates your fertility. mid-cycle spottingThis is called the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian (HPO) axis.  The many & varied reproductive hormones regulate everything from growing the womb lining & maturing eggs in your follicles to sparking ovulation & the implantation of an embryo.  Any type of disruption in this system may trigger mid-cycle spotting.  Stress & other factors may disrupt the delicate balance of reproductive hormones in your body. Day 3 Blood tests can help determine if some of your reproductive hormones are at normal levels (Note: This test can also be performed on Day 2 or 4 as well, so sometimes it can also be referred to as “Day 2 Bloods”  or “Day 4 Bloods”, but they are all the same hormone test, looking for the same thing). Also, a dip in the hormone progesterone after ovulation can cause spotting & be a factor contributing to embryo implantation failure.
  • Ovulation spotting-Sometimes mid-cycle spotting happens just after ovulation has occurred. The Ovulation bleeding theory is that the bleeding is due to an early drop in oestrogen just prior to ovulation, which means that there is a bit of lag time before progesterone levels rise.  As a result, a small amount of the womb lining may shed.
  • Failure to Ovulate-When mid-cycle bleeding occurs in a cycle where there is no ovulation, the bleeding is due to a withdrawal of estrogen. Low estrogen levels means that a surge of LH doesn’t happen (LH triggers ovulation), thus ovulation does not happen. When ovulation does not occur then progesterone cannot be secreted because progesterone is secreted from a follicle that has ovulated. It is this progesterone that is secreted after ovulation for two weeks that keeps your period at bay. When no pregnancy occurs in the 2 weeks following ovulation then the levels of progesterone drop, thus signaling your body that you should get your period & start the menstrual cycle all over again. So, as a result of not ovulating, a lighter or shorter period may be experienced sooner than your period is due, which may appear as spotting mid-cycle.  Basal Body Temperature charting (BBT) is one way that can help you determine if you are ovulating.
  • Rupture of an Ovarian Cyst-Symptoms of a ruptured ovarian cyst usually occur around the time that ovulation should happen.  Symptoms are: a sharp pain on either side of your lower abdomen &/or  slight bleeding around the time ovulation.  You should see a doctor immediately if you experience excruciating pain, nausea, vomiting and/or bleeding during any point in your cycle.
  • Sexual Intercourse-Around the time of ovulation, the cervix becomes more sensitive.mid-cycle spotting Sexual intercourse may cause some slight damage to the cervix, producing light bleeding as a result. Experiencing mucous tinged with bright red blood after sexual intercourse around the time of ovulation is common enough as well.
  • Abnormalities of the Cervix-The first thing to note here is that cervical abnormalities are rare.  Cervical conditions such as HPV or cervical fibroids may cause some slight bleeding mid-cycle. Mid-cycle bleeding that is accompanied by pain in the cervical region, should be investigated by your doctor. Again, very rarely, abnormalities of the cervix may be cancerous & you want to err on the side of caution to rule that out if you are experiencing pain in the cervical region.

There are plenty of cures and remedies for some of the the above listed conditions.  Some your doctor can help with and some you can find help from other health practitioners such as Nutritionists, Acupuncturists or Herbalists, we always advise you to consult your doctor for advice.

What to do about Mid-Cycle Spotting -Take Action

  1. Keep track of when the Mid-Cycle Spotting happens. There are a lot of great APPS out there that can help you keep track of your menstrual cycle.  The Clue APP is very popular, but it seems you have to pay for that one now. I also like (& personally use) the free version of  Period Tracker Lite APP & the free Pink Pad APP.  Keep notes of what days in your cycle the spotting occurs. Note the colour (is it bright red spotting, dark red, brown spotting, pink, etc.), the amount of bleeding.  Is there any pain at the same time the bleeding occurs? Pay attention & write down any other symptoms that coincide with the bleeding so you can take this information to your Doctor or Acupuncturist.  Period Tracking APPS Article
  2. Consult your doctor.  Always consult your doctor for medical advice. If you notice irregular bleeding in your menstrual cycle you should consult your doctor to help determine the cause.  You should at least have blood tests for your various reproductive hormone levels performed such as Day 3 Bloods & for your progesterone levels.  You might possibly need scans of your uterus & ovaries as well.   If your doctor can determine the possible cause,then consider any medical options suggested by your doctor. If you need a quick refresher to understand your menstrual cycle better, read the Article Menstrual Cycle Explained.
  3. Take action:
    1. Get Acupuncture.  Mid-cycle bleeding is the most common question we get asked about & Acupuncture is great at rectifying it, especially when doctor’s don’t have a diagnosis or a cure.
    2. Herbal therapy also yields great results as well.
    3. Try Progesterone creams.
    4. Another effective therapy is Abdominal massage (click here for a worldwide directory of Maya Abdominal Massage therapists).
  4. Educate yourself, there are many natural cures. Recommended reading for:
    1. PCOS: “8 Steps to Reverse Your PCOS”, by Dr. Fiona McCulloch, you can read the book description & reviews on either Amazon.com    or    Amazon.co.uk
    2. ENDOMETRIOSIS: “The Doctor Will See You Now: Recognising and Treating Endometriosis”, by Tamer Seckin, you can read the book description & reviews on either  Amazon.com  or    Amazon.co.uk
    3. FIBROIDS: “Healing Fibroids: A Doctor’s Cure”, you can read the book description & reviews on either  Amazon.com  or    Amazon.co.uk

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Herbal Tea when trying to get pregnant.

Last updated: May 30th, 2019 at 12:43 pm

Herbal Tea When Trying to Get Pregnant

Author: Linda Ryan, BA, Lic TCM, CH

Trying different herbal teas to support your reproductive health

What Herbs are Good for Fertility?

It has been a long standing remedy to make a tea from fertility herbs to get pregnant.  The traditional herbs to help fertility are:

  • Red Clover tea
  • Chasteberry tea (also known as Vitex or Agnus Castus)
  • Red Raspberry Leaf Tea
  • Dong Quai Tea
  • Maca Tea
  • Ashwaganda Tea
  • Motherwort Tea
  • Licorice Root Tea
  • Milk Thistle Tea

Also, staying away from caffeine when trying to get pregnant can help fertility, so it can be beneficial to switch to any caffeine free herbal teas to increase fertility.  Which is why in our clinic we offer the free samples of caffeine free herbal teas to our patients. Read below to learn about this months new herbal teas on offer-they all contain licorice root, a traditional herb to help fertility.

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We are Offering Free samples of caffeine free herbal teas in our Clinic:

This week in our Fertility Acupuncture Clinic we’ve added some great new free samples of caffeine free herbal teas to our selection for you to take home and try. When preparing your body to conceive and making lifestyle changes such as giving up caffeine, it’s important to enjoy those changes and not feel like you are missing out or in a place of lack. Replacing tea and coffee with a herbal tea can make the change easier and can yield more benefits than simply  getting rid of the caffeine. The teas I have selected for you to sample will definitely leave you feeling like you’ve added to your life: fertility is about a time of abundance- a nice herbal tea can support your reproductive health and sense of general well being.It’s nice to be able to try a few teas before buying a whole box. This way you can figure what you like and not be stuck with a whole box of tea that you will never drink again.

From the Pukka range of teas, we’ve got two unique blends as well as a detox blend for you to try. They all contain licorice root-a traditional herb to help fertility. In their quest to blend the teas, Pukka advise that they pay particular attention to the quality of the plants they use. They say they go to the edge of the world to bring you the most potent, vibrant and flavour-filled herbs. Keeping in balance with nature, they say they use herbs from fair trade, sustainable sources and enjoy long-term relationships with farmers. Try these blends and see for yourself:

  1. Lemon & Mandarin with lemon verbena, “a joyfully uplifting organic super fruity tea”. Contains liquorice root, sweet fennel seeds, orange peel, rosehip fruit, hibiscus flower, lemon balm leaf, lemongrass, lemon verbena leaf, lemon myrtle leaf, whole lemon peel, mandarin essential oil flavour. This tea is really nice in the mornings or anytime you feel you need a ‘pick me up’.
  2. Love- a tea “to warm your heart”. Contains organic rose flower, chamomile, lime flower, elderflower, marigold petal, liquorice root & lavender flower. This tea is lovely in the evenings before bedtime or anytime you want to feel some love!
  3. Detox-a tea “to cleanse and revive”. Contains organic aniseed, fennel seed & cardamom seed, liquorice root, coriander seed and celery seed. A great tea for detoxing and ridding your body of hindrances to pregnancy.

For more information about the Pukka range of teas, visit www.pukkaherbs.com
And from Dr. Stuart’s range of teas we have two teas for detoxing as springtime is a great time of year to detox, especially if you’ve had a failed ivf and want to clear the ivf medications from your system. A detox is a great way to prepare your body for pregnancy. Dr Stuart advise that they make their good teas using herbs of only the highest quality medicinal grade, from the most prized part of the plant, offering the highest essential oil content possible in a packaged tea and the most aromatic, flavourful and beneficial tea possible. And we’ve got the following for you to try:

  1. Detox- “to spruce up your insides”- dandelion root, burdock root, corn silk, milk thistle, bearberry leaves, liquorice root, peppermint, spearmint, ginger root, sage, galangai root and artichoke leaves.
  2. Liver Detox- “to get it out of your system”- peppermint, dandelion root, liquorice root, chamomile, centaury herb, boldo leaves, couchgrass root, restbarrow root and milk thistle.
  3. Valerian Plus- “your ticket to Bedfordshire” -valerian root and hops “known to help restful night’s sleep”. Getting a good night’s sleep can really help balance your hormones, thus help you to get pregnant.

For more information about Dr. Stuart’s range of teas, visit www.drstuarts.com

Linda Ryan- Founder of MARA Fertility Acupuncture Clinic

Hi, I’m Linda Ryan, Fertility Acupuncturist & mother of three: Having overcome my own fertility issues is what drives me to help women like you to achieve the results that I made happen for myself.

 

 

 

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