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4 Tips For Healing PCOS Naturally

July 22nd, 2015

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PCOS or polycystic ovarian syndrome can make it difficult or nearly impossible to conceive naturally. Many women with PCOS ultimately need to use some kind of western intervention like clomid with IUI (intra uterine insemination) or even have to resort to IVF (in vitro fertilization). It doesn’t have to be this way. There are some simple dietary changes and natural treatments that can alleviate many of the symptoms of PCOS (acne, excess hair growth, weight gain) as well as regulating the cycle and getting pregnant without western intervention.

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5 Discouraging Thoughts To Let Go Of While Trying To Conceive

July 2nd, 2015

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“This is all my fault.”

Knowledge is a funny thing; we don’t have it until we have it.We can’t make a decision about something five years ago with the information we just learned today.  It is very easy to look backward at all the things we should have done or should not have done, but this just takes us into a negative feed back loop of self blame. What matters is what we do now… today… moving forward. 

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Fact or Myth: The Truth About Acupuncture

June 29th, 2015

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MYTH: Acupuncture is painful.

FACT: Acupuncture doesn’t hurt. If it did no one would ever come back and I would be out of a job! Acupuncture needles are tiny and thin. So tiny and thin that when working with a skilled practitioner you don’t really even feel them go through the skin. They are so thin that you could fit around twenty of them into a regular needle (like the ones used for shots at your doctors office).

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Six Natural Remedies to Keep in Your Medicine Cabinet.

June 26th, 2015

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D Mannose

D Mannose is the best natural remedy I know for both acute and chronic urinary tract infections or UTIs. D Mannose is the active ingredient in cranberry juice that works beautifully to treat UTIs. In my experience it works just as well as antibiotics and has no side effects.

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When should I consider seeing a fertility doctor?

June 19th, 2015

A couple is considered to be having problems with fertility if they have been trying with timed intercourse for more than six months or untimed intercourse for a year or more.   This is a good rule of thumb for patients who are under 38.  If you are more mature in years and especially if you are over 40 it might be a good idea to go ahead and get some basic tests done as time is of the essence.

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Choosing Between IUI and IVF

June 18th, 2015

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First, let’s talk about the difference between the two procedures. IUI, or intrauterine insemination, is when sperm is deposited in to the uterus just before ovulation. Most doctors have the patient “trigger” by injecting medication to cause ovulation to occur. This helps guarantee that the timing of the IUI is just right for the sperm to meet the egg and form an embryo. […] Read the rest of this post »

Is it possible to lower my FSH/increase ovarian reserve?

June 1st, 2015

This is a great question that my patients ask me all of the time.  FSH or follicle stimulating hormone is an indicator of “ovarian reserve” or the quality of your remaining eggs.  Women in their twenties have lower FSH because the body does not have to work very hard to produce a viable egg each month.  As you age your eggs age with you and begin to suffer oxidative damage.  Oxidative damage is not something that is reversible but don’t let that scare you.  There are in fact many different factors that go into generating a healthy egg or ‘follicular recruitment’ many of which we can do something about in spite of our ‘age’.   There are many things we can do to help with follicular recruitment and the subsequent development of healthy embryos.  This means that we are able to  improve egg quality and have a positive effect on ovarian reserve.

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Ovulation Predictor Kits

May 27th, 2015

OPKs are very easy to work with and most come with clear instructions on how to use them.  Generally speaking, you will test your urine by using the OPK indicator stick in the early afternoon starting around day 9 of your menstrual cycle.  Drinking a little less water in the two hours before you test will increase accuracy.  An ovulation predictor kit measures the amount of LH or luteinizing hormone in your urine.  LH is at it’s peak about 24 to 36 hours before you ovulate so when the OPK indicates you are at peak fertility definitely try to conceive as soon as possible! Some ovulation predictor kits or “fertility monitors” also measure rising estrogen levels in the blood which can give you a slightly wider fertility window (an additional three days).

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Putting It All Together 

In the previous two blogs we discussed Fertile Cervical Mucous, and Basal Body Temperature Charts. Now with OPKs we have three very accurate ways of determining peak fertility during the menstrual cycle.  Cervical fluid will be your first indicator of peak fertility and it gives you about a five day window of when to try to conceive.  Most women will see fertile cervical fluid starting around cycle day 9 or 5 days before ovulation.  When you see fertile cervical fluid you are fertile in that moment so it is time to try to conceive.  Ovulation predictor kits generally will let you know peak fertility 24 to 36 hours before ovulation.  If you see fertile cervical mucous and a positive OPK it is definitely time to try to conceive!  Finally the basal body temperature chart will help you know when ovulation has definitely occurred because your temperature will rise and stay elevated until your next period.

So putting it all together:  your first indication of peak fertility will be cervical fluid, then a positive OPK and finally the BBT will indicate ovulation.  Once you see your temperature has gone up you are no longer fertile for that month so there is no more need to try to conceive.  Some women can have an LH surge/positive OPK without actually ovulating so that is why the BBT can be very helpful in letting you know that ovulation did occur.  If you have an LH surge but no rise in temperature it could be an indication that you have PCOS or polycystic ovarian syndrome so it might be time for an obgyn appointment.

If you have been using these three signs of ovulation for trying to conceive for six months or more and have not gotten pregnant you will want to schedule an obgyn appointment as well as having your partner’s sperm checked.

How do I use a Basal Body Temperature thermometer?

May 19th, 2015

You can get a Basal Body Thermometer (BBT) at most drug stores or online and a BBT chart to record your temperatures is also easily found online.  Start charting your temperature on the first day of your period which is considered the first day of your cycle.  Take your temperature the moment you wake up or after three hours of consecutive sleep.  If you wake early in the morning to go to the bathroom and then get up an hour later to go to work, take your temperature when you first wake up.

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How do I use an ovulation predictor kit?

May 7th, 2015

OPKs are very easy to work with and most come with clear instructions on how to use them.  Generally speaking you will test your urine by using the OPK indicator stick in the early afternoon starting around day 9 of your menstrual cycle.

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