health and fertility

Infertility-“you are the medicine”

Last updated: April 30th, 2021 at 12:04 pm

Infertility can knock your self confidence

Infertility can knock your self confidence and leave you feeling out of control of your life & future. Re-connecting with nature and slowing down at times can be really helpful in resetting your fertility dial.

Some Lovely Advice in the form of a poem from María Sabina, a Mexican healer & poet:

“Heal yourself with the light of the sun & the rays of the moon.
With the sound of the river & the waterfall.
With the swaying of the sea & the fluttering of birds.woman with waterfall image superimposed on her back flowing down to symbolise natural flow of healing
Heal yourself with mint, neem & eucalyptus.
Sweeten with lavender, rosemary & chamomile.
Hug yourself with the cocoa bean & a hint of cinnamon.
Put love in tea instead of sugar & drink it looking at the stars.
Heal yourself with the kisses that the wind gives you & the hugs of the rain. Stand strong with your bare feet on the ground & with everything that comes from it.
Be smarter every day by listening to your intuition, looking at the world with your forehead.
Jump, dance, sing, so that you live happier.
Heal yourself, with beautiful love & always remember …
you are the medicine.”

The Infertility Journey

All systems of healing help you heal yourself. Whether it is pharmaceutical drugs, surgery or Acupuncture, it is always you & your body that accept the help and heal. So taking a moment to “forest bathe” or enjoy a nice cup of tea can actually help re-set your dial.

Pregnancy & Covid 19 Vaccine- should you take it?

Last updated: April 30th, 2021 at 06:14 pm

Pregnancy & Covid 19 Vaccine- should you take it?

In an article dated 15 December 2020 in The Journal.ie, Dr Lorraine Nolan, Chief Executive of the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) said,

“For the moment the vaccine just shouldn’t be used in pregnant women until we know more” .

That same article states:

“Health Officials have advised people to hold off on trying for a baby or undergoing fertility treatments for a period of time after.”

The CDC website (Center for Disease Control in USA) states: “Getting vaccinated is a personal choice for people who are pregnant”

You can read the full article by clicking on the CDC website here. The following is an excerpt:

“People who are pregnant and part of a group recommended to receive COVID-19 vaccine, such as healthcare personnel, may choose to be vaccinated. A conversation between pregnant patients and their clinicians may help them decide whether to get vaccinated with a vaccine that has been authorized for use under Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). While a conversation with a healthcare provider may be helpful, it is not required prior to vaccination.

Key considerations pregnant patients can discuss with their healthcare provider include:

  • The likelihood of exposure to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19
  • Risks of COVID-19 to them and potential risks to their fetuses
  • What is known about the vaccine: how well it works to develop protection in the body, known side effects of the vaccine, and lack of data during pregnancy

Pregnant patients who decide to get vaccinated should continue to follow the current guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19 after they are vaccinated. That means:

  • Wearing a mask
  • Staying at least six feet away from others
  • Avoiding crowds
  • Washing hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or using hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
  • Following CDC travel guidance
  • Following quarantine guidance after exposure to COVID-19
  • Following any applicable workplace guidance”

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Get pregnant during the Covid 19 Coronavirus Pandemic? Should you try?

Last updated: April 30th, 2021 at 06:56 pm

Get pregnant during the Covid 19 Coronavirus Pandemic? Should you try?

Should you still try and get pregnant during the Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic?

Is it safe to get pregnant during the Coronavirus Pandemic?

Can you financially afford to get pregnant during a lockdown?

I’m sure you’ve heard the whisperings about how there might be a baby boom in 9 months time with so many couples having so much time together in lockdown. Does that make you feel hopeful and/or under more pressure? Should you try and get pregnant during the Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic?

If you’ve had any difficulty trying to get pregnant, you may feel under more pressure.  You may be worried if it’s a safe time to conceive. You may have other factors adding to your stress levels.

But the thought of having to put off trying for any length of time is frustrating.  Now you’ve got the Coronavirus Pandemic  making you question if it is even safe to get pregnant now.

The quick totally unsatisfying answer is that because Covid-19 is so new, we really don’t know how this will or won’t affect a pregnancy (both your health and that of a growing baby in utero).

At the start of the Pandemic and due to the uncertainty,  The European Society for Human Reproduction & Embryology, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and the British Fertility Society had even advised fertility specialists and fertility clinics to not provide any treatment which would lead to pregnancy.

In March, Fertility clinics in Ireland and many in other parts of Europe and America stopped doing treatments that would result in a pregnancy. Treatments such as IVF cycles, IUI cycles and administering fertility drugs to induce ovulation were stopped back in March.

However, in recent days, many IVF Fertility Clinics in Ireland have opened up again.  Institut Marques is doing consultations over the phone and in patient appointments are adhering to safe practices.  SIMS in Dublin is also reopening.

So, if you want to keep trying to get pregnant during the Covid-19 Pandemic, you can now avail of the help that Fertility IVF Clinics have to offer or you can try naturally.

Here are a few questions you should ask yourself:

  1. Have you consulted with your doctor? Arrange a telephone closeup of doctor in scrubs holding sign that says consult your doctorappointment with your doctor to discuss your particular health condition/ your personal health risks (if any) and the most up to date medical information about Covid-19 and pregnancy.  For the up to date information on Covid-19 and pregnancy click here for the latest information from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) .  For example, if you have Diabetes, you may be at a higher risk for complications when it comes to Covid-19.
  2. Can you financially afford to get pregnant and have a baby? Things have drastically changed financially for many people.  Working conditions have also drastically changed for a lot of people. So reassess your situation and see where you’re at.

Remember, your situation is unique to you and noone else has walked a mile in your shoes on your fertility journey, especially during the Covid 19 Pandemic, so be very good to yourself and very kind to yourself.

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

Last updated: April 30th, 2021 at 07:18 pm

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 & possibly also improve the effectiveness of Clomid to black cohosh being used as 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.

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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.

In women with infertility who took black cohosh supplements along with Clomid, 3 other studies also showed an improvement in their ovulation or pregnancy rates.

You can click through & view these 3 studies:

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 the dried root of the black cohosh plant on white backgroundyou 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: April 30th, 2021 at 09:49 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, do a Google search to find a retailer near you)
  • 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? This is 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 progesterone 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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