Fertility

Maintaining Healthy Testosterone

Posted by on Dec 27, 2016 in Fertility, Functional Medicine, Nutrition | 0 comments

Maintaining Healthy Testosterone

Testosterone is a vital piece of the body’s hormonal makeup and while it is often referred to as the “male hormone,” it is a critical to female wellness at lower levels. Testosterone is not only the hormone that regulates your sex drive as most people think, but according to the British Columbia Medical Journal, low levels of testosterone are linked to depression, fatigue, decreased muscle mass, weight gain, osteoporosis, type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome. Waning testosterone levels can happen early in life. A study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism showed that one in four men over the age of 30 have low testosterone level and surprisingly...

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Chemicals and Infertility

Posted by on Oct 4, 2014 in Fertility, Hormone Balance | 2 comments

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, infertility among women in their 40’s has increased 89 percent over the past three decades.  Studies have suggested that birth control can produce irreversible infertility.  Chlamydia infection is also a factor in both men and women, and the fact that it is often asymptomatic in men means that the damage it does to approximately one third of normal spermatozoa likewise goes undetected, unlike females who suffer from pelvic inflammatory disease and debilitating pain.  Studies suggest that infertility is linked to hormone imbalance, the multitude of new varieties of sexually transmitted disease, chemical water treatment, food...

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“Crunchy” Woman and Birth Control

Posted by on Jul 28, 2014 in Fertility, Hormone Balance | 0 comments

One of the hottest, latest trends in women of all ages is to be ‘crunchy’. This term, though a bit unsettling sounding, refers to those who choose a natural lifestyle; crunchy refers to granola which for decades was the hallmark of a natural lifestyle.  Of course included in the crunchy lifestyle are organic vegetables and fruits, grass-fed, free-range meats (chemical free by all means), raw dairy products (no pasteurization here!), GMO free grains and a strict adherence to homeopathic cures over pharmaceutical. Unless it’s birth control. Then, many of these women opt for The Pill or injection. A recent blog post titled, “The Paradox of Crunchy...

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Progesterone, ovulation & fertility

Posted by on Mar 28, 2012 in Fertility, Hormone Balance | 2 comments

A reader writes: My nurse-midwife recently told me that the progesterone cream could be causing me not to ovulate. Have you heard of this before? She suggested I stop using it for a few months and then see if we get pregnant. We haven’t officially started trying every month, but we haven’t used any preventative measures, so I was surprised we hadn’t gotten pregnant yet. What are your thoughts? If used every single day without any breaks, the progesterone cream could cause a “rest state” for ovaries. That’s why we have women who don’t have regular periods or who have PCOS use progesterone for 90 days straight. It’s when we...

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