Sunday, 4 November 2012


Women's Best friend
Wobenzym N
Castor pack
and you Self Fertility Massage DVD.

Uterine fibroids are hormone dependent. They develop during the hormonally active years and decline in menopause.

Pro V Juicer Now Available in Nigeria

Hello Dears,

The Pro V Juicer is now in stock in Nigeria direct from CittrusTV @ 16k . You can call now while stock lasts on 0802 069 5111.

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Pregnancy Plus Omega-3

Pregnancy Plus Omega-3Pregnancy Plus Omega 3 contains oil from small fish, including herring, mackerel, sardines, and anchovies, caught in the cold waters of Iceland using sustainable fishing practices. The EPA and DHA-rich oil is then processed in a GMP-compliant facility to remove heavy metals and pesticides, resulting in a premium quality fish oil that is pharmaceutical grade and meets or exceeds all official regulations related to environmental contaminants.
Pregnancy Plus Omega-3 is a doctor-formulated fatty acid supplement for pregnant and nursing mothers, and can also be an excellent nutritional choice for women who are actively trying-to-conceive. Omega-3 essential fatty acids are a vital part of pregnancy wellness, fetal development, and infant health. However, studies indicate that pregnant mothers do not intake sufficient levels of Omega-3 from their diets.

For fetal and infant health, the two most important Omega-3 fatty acids are EPA and DHA. EPA is important in supporting cardiac and circulatory systems; DHA is a key component of the central nervous system and promotes the development the brain and eyes. Research indicates that babies born to mothers with high levels the Omega-3 fatty acids in their systems had advanced brain development and higher attention spans well into their second year.
Because the correct dosing of supplements is critical during pregnancy, Pregnancy Plus Omega-3 was developed by leading ObGyn Dr. Amos Grunebaum specifically to ensure pregnant and nursing mothers receive the optimum level of Omega-3 fatty acids for both mother and baby.
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DreamBelly Butter - Stretch Marks

 DreamBelly Butter is designed to help protect and nourish your skin as it stretches to accommodate your growing belly during your pregnancy.
Stretch marks are caused by little tears that occur in the dermis, the middle layer of the skin that contains the collagen and elastin fibers that help to maintain the structural integrity of your skin. Unfortunately, the hormonal changes and rapid weight gain that are a normal part of your pregnancy are a lethal combination when it comes to healthy skin, which is why so many women see stretch marks appear during pregnancy. The dramatic (although expected) hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy impact the ability of the dermis to form collagen and elastin fibers, which, in turn, makes it difficult for your skin to maintain its resiliency. As a result, when the skin is forced to stretch in response to rapid weight gain, it is unable to do so without tearing. These little tears that occur in the skin cause the appearance of unsightly lines - stretch marks - that are red and purple, then gradually fade to white or silver over time.
Of course, the conditions that cause stretch marks during pregnancy are normal and healthy, and cannot be avoided. And, unfortunately, some women are simply more susceptible to stretch marks due to a genetic predisposition. Therefore, the only hope for preventing stretch marks during pregnancy is to keep your skin as hydrated and supple as possible.
                                 DreamBelly Stretch Mark Butter
 DreamBelly Butter, with its rich luxurious texture and gentle, refreshing scent. It's just what you need to maintain the suppleness and elasticity of your skin as it stretches to accommodate your growing belly during pregnancy and to tone and regenerate your skin after childbirth. DreamBelly Butter combines natural, plant-derived butters and oils for deep moisturizing along with antioxidants from grapefruit and rosehip oil to heal, soothe, and revitalize strained skin.

 Call 0802069 5111 to pick yours. 

Monday, 9 July 2012


People now choose to turn to Chinese herbs treatment for a variety of  health concerns. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, also called PCOS, is a condition  that many women have and choose to use Chinese herb either by  itself or alongside traditional medical treatments.
One of the most popular and most available Chinese treatments for  PCOS is a herb known as Dong Quai. Because PCOS is a chronic (recurring  and/or long-term) condition, some people believe that it can be treated  herbally.  Herbs tend to be much more gently on the body than synthetic  drugs are.  Herbs are also generally able to be used for longer time  periods, while many medications are not indicated for long-term or repeated  use.  Dong Quai is a Chinese herb, and has even been referred to as a  “female ginseng.”  Dong Quai can be used for longer periods of time.  Dong  Quai helps the endocrine system as well as the liver.  Dong Quai is thought  to help also with irregular menstruation, Premenstrual Syndrome, and other  female problems.
Another herbal treatment for PCOS, while not necessarily Chinese, is  Chasteberry.  Chasteberry, also known as Vitex and Angus Castus, is an herb  commonly used for treating PCOS.  This is because this particular herb has  an immediate effect on the pituitary gland;  the pituitary gland is  responsible for hormone production, which is at the root of many of the  symptoms of PCOS, such as weight gain and unwanted hair growth or hair loss.    Some people believe that chasteberry is what is known as an “adaptive  herb.”  An adaptive herb is one which does whatever the body needs it to do.
Other herbal treatments for PCOS include evening primrose, black cohosh, and  saw palmetto.  Evening primrose is used to help with PMS, as well as with  skin problems.  It is thought to help women who have irregular menstrual  cycles as well.  Some think that evening primrose oil will aid with  cholesterol problems, blood pressure problems, and heart disease.  Black  cohosh is also used for PMS, amenorrhea, and irregular menstruation.  Saw  Palmetto is another herb that is sometimes used, and it is an anti-androgen,  which means that it will fight many of the symptoms and side-effects of  PCOS.
In addition, Chinese medical treatments, such as acupressure and  acupuncture, may also be used to treat the symptoms of PCOS.  While there  are not specific points that deal with a specific disease such as PCOS,  there are points that can deal with things like hair loss, weight gain, and  problems with menstruation.

Thursday, 17 May 2012

What is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome?

PCOS is a complex condition. Abnormal control of hormone levels result in tiny cysts developing in the ovaries, and eggs may not be released regularly.

  • Acne and excessive body hair (hirsutism) may develop as a result of increased testosterone levels, and some women develop male-pattern balding.
  • Women with PCOS often gain, and find it hard to lose, weight – more than half are overweight, usually with central or apple shaped obesity which is particularly linked to diabetes and heart disease.
  • A symptom, thought to be linked to insulin resistance is a diffuse velvety thickening and pigmentation of the skin, especially around the neck, armpits, groin, below the breast, and of the elbows and knuckles, known as Acanthosis nigrans.
  • Many suffer embarrassment because of their appearance, and can become socially isolated and depressed.
  • Treatment

Some women have no symptoms. Most, will have irregular periods or no periods at all. Often women with PCOS find it hard to get pregnant.
Women with PCOS have abnormalities in the production and metabolism of female and male sex hormones such as oestrogen and androgens, which can lead to raised levels of the male hormones in some. These abnormalities disrupt the activity of the ovaries which become enlarged, with a thick outer capsule beneath which cysts may form (these cysts result from problems with egg production and release).
There is also a lack of sensitivity to the hormone insulin (known as insulin resistance) which controls blood sugar levels. As a result the body pumps out high and higher amounts of insulin, which in turn causes raised levels of blood fats and an increased risk of thrombosis.
Being overweight aggravates this situation, so it can become a vicious circle – women with PCOS are especially likely to put on weight and this worsens the condition, so they put on more weight.
Around five to ten per cent of women have the syndrome. It develops during adolescence with the onset of periods.
- Being overweight increases the risk of developing symptoms, so women are advised to determine their ideal weight and maintain it. Losing just five to ten per cent of body weight may be all that's needed to correct the hormonal imbalance, thus restoring ovulation and fertility, and helping improve acne and hirsutism.
Women with PCOS have found that Vitex, frequently referred to as chaste berry, is a great treatment option. Not only is it inexpensive, but it is also effective. Vitex may be purchased as an extract, capsule, or as berries. There are many mixed herb formulas, like FertilAid, made especially for women that also contain Vitex. These mixed formulas should be reviewed prior to using them for PCOS because they may contain some herbs that are not necessary.
Women who take Vitex for their PCOS will notice quick changes, usually as fast as one to three months to treat the symptoms of PCOS. It takes longer to treat other problems of infertility. However, women are recommended to take this herb for a minimum of 18 months. If you are working with an herbalist it is likely that they will recommend you take vitex for six weeks, then break a week, and then start back. This allows the body time to rest.
Vitex helps women with PCOS by assisting the body to create the necessary hormone phases. When a woman is under stress then she will benefit even more from Vitex as it lowers the levels of prolactin in the body.
In Europe, Vitex is well known and used extensively for many female problems including PMS, lack of ovulation, heavy bleeding, infertility, missed periods, and even uterine fibroids. With regular use of Vitex women with PCOS stand a good chance of having their hormones leveled out, which will increase their chances of getting pregnant.
There was a study conducted to see how well Vitex worked for women with PMS and within a month over 90% of sufferers experienced total relief. Interestingly enough, the Vitex helped women with luteal phase defects too. If you have a luteal phase defect then Vitex may help correct this problem, too.
There are few side effects associated with Vitex, although some women may experience some.

Friday, 27 April 2012


Chaste-berry or vitex (vitex agnus-castus) is a fertility-promoting herb with a long, safe history of human use. As far back as ancient Greece, vitex agnus castus was recognized for its herbal-medicinal properties and was utilized for a number of health complaints. The Germans call vitex "Monk's Pepper" and for centuries women in Europe have used vitex to increase their odds of conceiving a baby.

In a normal menstrual cycle estrogen is higher before ovulation and progesterone is higher after. Many women don't realize that an imbalance of these hormones can lead to the entire range of symptoms associated with PMS and menopause! Vitex usually has the effect of enhancing progesterone and decreasing estrogen levels.

Vitex itself has none of the hormonal building blocks that many of the medicinal plants used for the reproductive system contain. Instead, this herb nourishes and supports the endocrine system to find its own balance.
David Hoffman, a well-known herbalist, says "Vitex will always enable what is appropriate to occur."

Almost all of symptoms associated with the menstrual cycle can be treated with this plant. It is the single best herb for treating the many possible symptoms of PMS: cramps, flooding, headaches, depression, water retention, constipation, acne, breast tenderness, and irritability. It can help normalize irregular or scanty periods.
It is especially helpful for women who are coming off the birth control pill. For many women, cycles remain irregular for up to two years after stopping the pill. Vitex can greatly shorten that time and helps ease the body into regaining its own natural rhythm.
It is a wonderful tonic to enhance the chances of conception through its ability to regulate ovulation and if taken through the first trimester, vitex will reduce the chances of miscarriage. After the birth, it helps a new mother to produce plenty of milk.

Vitex also offers many benefits to women who are menopausal. It helps to relieve many of the uncomfortable symptoms of this transition time, including hot flashes, irregular cycles, depression, and flooding. Vitex is also an indispensable remedy for women with uterine fibroids, fibrocystic breasts, or endometriosis. All of these conditions proliferate under the influence of estrogen and shrink under the influence of progesterone.

This plant may be taken in tea form or capsules.
Like all herbs, Vitex works best when combined with a lifestyle that includes pure water, whole food, gentle exercise, and plenty of self-love. Although you won't find it in the wild, Vitex is easy to grow in our bioregion. Just remember to leave it plenty of space, since it can get up to seventeen feet tall!

Vitex is a slow-acting herb. I usually recommend allowing three full cycles for the plant to really work its magic, and many women take it for up to several years.

Vitex may decrease the effectiveness of oral contraceptives or female hormone replacement. It could also theoretically increase the risk of side effects.
Vitex could interfere with the effectiveness of drugs that increase dopamine, such as bromocriptine etc.

Buy your vitex capsules from Hethirs Rodrifuez fertility shop; call 080 2069 5111

I send through couriers and transport services to all states in Nigeria.

Monday, 5 March 2012


Watch That Weight
Aside from the other risks it poses to your health, excess body fat can lead to an overproduction of certain hormones that disrupt ovulation. Your cycles may be less regular, you may ovulate less often, and you lower your chances of getting pregnant. On the flip side, too little body fat means your body may not produce enough hormones to ovulate each month or to sustain a pregnancy if you do conceive. Exercise can help you maintain a healthy weight. Just don't overdo it, says Christopher Williams, MD. 
Eat Well 
Staying well nourished boosts your odds of conceiving. Make sure to include enough protein, iron, zinc, and vitamin C, because deficiencies in these nutrients have been linked to lengthened menstrual cycles (and therefore less frequent ovulation) and a higher risk of early miscarriage. Women athletes are prone to being deficient in zinc, Dr. Williams says. "Oysters are a rich source, but it's probably easier for most women to get zinc -- plus all other essential vitamins and minerals -- from a daily multivitamin supplement." Also include protein-rich foods in your diet, such as meat, fish, low-fat dairy products, eggs, and beans. Vegetarians can get their complete amino acids by including flavorful combinations of protein-containing foods, such as rice and bean. 
Think Before Drinking
 A growing body of research has linked alcohol consumption with a decreased ability to get pregnant (not to mention the harm it can cause to a developing fetus). Alcohol alters estrogen levels, which may interfere with egg implantation. You should also consider cutting back on caffeine while you try to conceive and during your pregnancy. A recent study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology found that women who drank the equivalent found in two cups of coffee were twice as likely to miscarry as those who didn't consume any.
Seek Serenity 
Stress and depression may hamper your fertility. A Danish study, which followed 393 couples who were trying to get pregnant, found that women were less likely to conceive during months when they reported psychological distress. Experts suspect that stress, like heavy exercise, may throw off your body's hormone production, making your menstrual cycle less reliable. But learning to manage stress through relaxation techniques such as mindfulnessand meditation to get your hormones back on track.
Know Your Cycle 
A normal menstrual cycle lasts about 25 to 35 days (start counting on the first day of your period). If your cycle is noticeably longer -- say, 42 days -- you can assume you're ovulating less often and may want to see your ob-gyn, says Michael Soules, MD, past president of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. When you're ready to conceive, find your "fertile window," during which you should have intercourse regularly. A woman's fertile days are usually the day of ovulation and the four of five days before, not after. But don't assume that you automatically ovulate on day 14 of your cycle. Ovulation varies dramatically from woman to woman, occurring as early as day 6 and as late as day 21 of a cycle. How can you determine when you're ovulating? You can try an ovulation test kit, which checks for certain hormones in your urine, or note daily changes in your basal body temperature and cervical mucus.
Get Busy in the Bedroom
If the demands of your hectic life have dampened your sex drive, it's a good idea to start having sex more often. Some research suggests that women who engage in regular (at least weekly) intercourse are more likely to have predictable menstrual cycles and normal ovulation than women who have sporadic sex. One theory: Your husband emits sex hormones that influence your reproductive system. Weekly sex may also make you produce more estrogen. And there's no question that frequent sex helps when you're actually trying to conceive. Having sex every 36 to 48 hours in the few days before ovulation will make the most of your fertile window, Dr. Williams says. But because mandatory sex on certain days can become a chore, you might also try making love every few days all month long.
Don't Douche
This can wipe out normal, protective bacteria in the vagina, shifting the balance and putting you at risk for bacterial vaginosis, a common but often overlooked vaginal infection. A fishy odor and grayish discharge are often the only signs. Untreated BV has been linked to preterm labor and may be associated with higher risk of miscarriage and infertility. See your healthcare provider if you notice any new vaginal symptoms (itchiness, burning, unusual discharge, or sores). A reproductive-tract infection is unlikely, but it's best to be safe when your fertility is at stake.
Don't Overlook His Health 
The same things that harm your fertility can do a number on your husband's reproductive health too. Cigarettes, alcohol, a poor diet -- any of these can contribute to lower sperm production or motility (ability to swim). Studies have also traced chromosomal damage in sperm to cigarette smoke and heavy alcohol intake. Getting enough nutrients every day -- particularly vitamins E and C and the mineral selenium -- will help him produce healthy sperm. Taking a daily multivitamin is a good step, Dr. Williams says. "It takes almost three months for a man to make new sperm, so he needs to think ahead too." 

All content on this blog, including medical opinion and any other health-related information, is for informational purposes only and should not be considered to be a specific diagnosis or treatment plan for any individual situation.

Saturday, 25 February 2012


The causes of low sperm count and male infertility are many, but a many of them we do have control over and you can reduce your exposure to them.
Here is a list of the top culprits which many have been shown through studies to be the cause of low sperm count and male infertility.
  • EMF’s – Electromagnetic frequencies (EMF’s) have been shown through studies to lower sperm count due to the heating of the testicles from the EMF’s. Do not keep your cell phone in your pocket and do not place your laptop computer on your lap.
  • Cigarette smoking – Smoking damages the sperm. Period. The good news is the damage done from smoking can be reversed… As long as you quit smoking.
  • Pesticides and hormones in foods – The pesticides found on produce and the hormones added to the dairy and meat have a HUGE effect on men’s hormonal balance. Pesticides mimic estrogens in the body while the added hormones to meat and dairy are actual hormones (like estrogen) you do not want in your system.
  • Soy foods – Soy foods mimic estrogens in the body also. As a man these xenohormones can match up with the receptor sites that testosterone is supposed to go. And create hormonal havoc.
  • Alcohol- In a study of men with poor sperm quality, excessive alcohol consumption was associated with decrease in the number of normal sperm.
  • Plastics – When plastics are heated they release xenohormones which mimic estrogen in the body.
  • Briefs/ boxers – The testicles need to keep the sperm at a healthy temperature (which is less then the bodies temperature). Tight underwear like briefs can keep the testicles from being able to hang and regulate there temperature. (Plus women like boxers on men more anyways)
  • Hot tubs/ bike riding – This again is to help keep the integrity of the sperm by allowing the testicles to regulate the temperature.
  • Stress – Stress can have a big impact on hormonal balance.
  • Get Tested
    I already mentioned making sure you know the facts. If you have been trying to get pregnant for more than a year. BOTH of you should go and get tested. There are over the counter sperm tests available (and we have tried them) but they are hard to read. Go to the doctor and get a test done.
    The results of a good test would be a sperm count of 20 million plus sperm.
    Not so good would be less than 20 million sperm. But don’t worry this guide can help men with sperm count, morphology, and motility
    You Are What You Eat
    Diet has a big impact on sperm health. How could it not. What you are eating today is impacting the sperm that will be swimming 3 months from now.
    Study findings show a range of 42 to 76 days from the time of sperm production to ejaculation in normal men.
    So the changes that you make today are impacting the sperm you will be using two to three months from now. So that is the amount of time it will take for the herbs and supplements to have there effects.
    Balance Your Hormones
    Hormone imbalance is not just something that is reserved for women only. Men can also have imbalanced hormones.
    Hormones play a large roll in semen production and men’s fertility. One of the main hormones being testosterone.

    Many of the fertility challenges men face can be linked to two main culprits, hormonal imbalance or environmental toxins.
    The Men’s Fertility Cleanse uses whole herbs and green superfoods to help the body cleanse itself of toxins and excess hormones.
    Due to our modern lifestyles and many of the culprits mentioned above, men’s hormones can become imbalanced.
    There are pollutants that “mimic” estrogens (xenohormones) in the body which means less testosterone. Excess estrogen in men produces erectile dysfunction, low/lack libido, low sperm count, and lowered production of seminal fluid.
    These xenohormones can come from:
    -soy foods
    -pesticides on food
    -hormones added to dairy and meat

    Here are 5 easy steps to balancing your hormones:

    1. Reduce your exposure to xenohormones
    2. Eat only organic meats and dairy
    3. Do not eat soy foods.
    4. Cleanse the body of excess hormones and toxins. This can be done with a Male Fertility Cleanse
    5. Eat lots of fiber and cruciferous vegetables. These vegetables contain a special element that helps the body to rid itself of excess estrogens. You can also take thesupplement DIM to have the same effects.
    Take Supporting Herbs
    These traditional herbal tonics have been shown through studies and hundreds of years of use to help men have healthier sperm and increased fertility.
    Most of these herbs are adaptogen which help to nourish the endocrine system so all of the hormones are working properly. For best results use these herbs for at least 3 – 6 months.
    Maca - Men who use Maca have been shown to have an increase in libido and healthy sperm.
    Tribulus – Tribulus helps to increase testosterone in the body. It has been proventribulus terrestris can increase the amount of Luteinizing Hormone (LH) produced by the body’s pituitary gland. LH stimulates the testes to secret the male hormone testosterone.
    Panax Ginseng – Studies have shown that ginseng helps to increase sperm counts, motility and quality of sperm.
    All of these herbs can be found in the male herbal blend Male Performance.
    Nutrients Necessary For Healthy Sperm
    Another necessary component of an effective men’s fertility program is to get all the necessary nutrients needed for healthy sperm and balanced hormones.
    Male Factor Formula Kit

    The Male Factor Formula kit contains all the nutrients, amino acids, and herbs to help support healthy sperm production
    Here are the nutrients specifically needed for men’s fertility health:
    Zinc- Having a zinc deficiency can actually reduce testosterone levels. And for men with low testosterone zinc raised testosterone and increases fertility.
    Folic acid – New research suggests that folic acid can boost sperm health. Men with low levels of folate had increased risks for sperm that contained too little or too many chromosomes. If an egg is fertilized with one of these abnormal sperm it could result in a birth defect such as downs syndrome, or an increase in miscarriage.
    B12- Has been shown to increase sperm counts.
    Vitamin c – Vitamin C protects sperm from oxidative damage. It will help to increase the quality of sperm in smokers and rescues sperm agglutination (when they clump together).
    L-Carnitine – It is a necessary nutrient for sperm cells to function normally. In studies supplementing with L-carnitine helps to normalize sperm motility in men with low sperm quality.
    Network Antioxidants – Antioxidants are one of the most important components to having healthy fertility that every man and women needs to focus on. Antioxidants help to protect the sperm from free radical damage. Free radicals are able to damage both sperm cell health and the cell’s DNA. The DNA of both partners is the future blueprint for a child. Damaged DNA is known to cause miscarriages or birth defects/developmental problems for the future child. Studies have also shown a connection between oxidative stress caused from free radicals and male infertility. Network Antioxidants was created by Dr. Lester Packer, the leading antioxidant expert in the United States. It contains all of the most important antioxidant nutrients in a capsule form which you can take one capsule, twice a day. This blend is great for both men and women and should be a part of everyone’s health program, especially for sperm health.

    Friday, 24 February 2012


    Fertility supplements you need to get pregnant

    When trying to get pregnant, many times we can fail to conceive because our diets are lacking in the nutrients necessary for a successful conception and pregnancy to take place. Even when we are very careful about our diet and "eat well", our diet can still be insufficient.

    When trying to get pregnant your main objective should be is to try and create the healthiest eggs and sperm possible, and in the woman, the most fertile environment possible so conception can occur.
    Often, with many couples, an ordinary diet lacks the necessary nutrients a healthy pregnancy requires. The body knows this, and until the nutrient levels are there, doesn't conceive.

    So in order for the body to receive the nutrients it needs to conceive nutritional supplements are often required to supplement even the best most carefully planned diets.
    To achieve this you may have to buy more than one supplement to make sure you cover every nutrient.

    Whether you buy a single supplement product or you need to buy quite a few different ones, it or they should contain the following:

    - Vitamins A,E,D

    - Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12
    - Biotin, Cholene, Inositol, PABA
    - Folic Acid
    - Vitamin C and Bioflavinoids
    - Calcium
    - Magnesium
    - Potassium, Iron, Manganese
    - Zinc
    - Chromium, Selenium, Iodine
    - Evening Primrose Oil
    - MaxEPA

    After taking supplements containing all of these, apart from giving your body everything it needs to conceive, you should feel greater well-being and notice higher levels of energy. How these supplements benefit you in terms of you conceiving are as follows:
    Vitamin A – For men, vitamin A is necessary for sperm production and production of testosterone. In women it keeps the cilia in the fallopian tubes healthy, and deficiencies in either men or women could lead to infertility and miscarriage. Vitamin A is a known antioxidant so it plays an important role in detoxifying your body.
    Vitamin B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, PABA, Folic Acid, Inositol, Choline – These vitamins usually occur together and are necessary for balancing estrogen and progesterone, as well as the production of sex hormones. For male fertility the B group is especially important. Vitamin B5 is needed for the testes to be healthy, high sperm count and motility require Vitamin B12, and Inositol is needed for a healthy prostate gland. A deficiency in Vitamin B can result in a miscarriage or risk of the baby being stillborn.

    Vitamin C and Bioflavinoids – Because Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant it works to eliminate toxins in your system, like lead for example. Vitamin C encourages ovulation in women who haven't been producing eggs and who may be anovular. In men it prevents the sperm from clumping. However a deficiency of Vitamin C during the period of conception and early pregnancy can result in a miscarriage.

    Calcium – You need calcium for producing fertile mucus in the vagina. You know it's fertile when it is stretchy. Calcium deficiency can result in toxemia while pregnant.

    Magnesium – Estrogen and Progesterone require Magnesium if they are to be produced. If a woman has a Magnesium deficiency the muscle contractions of the Fallopian Tubes can be affected, interfering with the movement of eggs and sperm within the uterus. You know you have a Magnesium deficiency if you crave sugary foods, chocolate in particular.

    Potassium – Potassium is necessary for sperm motility and the general wellbeing of glands. Iron – Iron is essential for hemoglobin production and the correct formation of fetal blood. Without enough iron infertility can result.

    Manganese – Manganese is involved with building and breaking down genetic material, like nucleic acids. It also plays a part in the secretions from glands that affect a womans' maternal instinct, her desire to love and nurture her child. Deficiencies in Manganese reduce sperm count and can result in infertility.

    Zinc – Zinc is required for a healthy sperm count and for the sperm to be well formed. Zinc deficiency can result in chromosomal abnormalities in the sperm and low levels of testosterone. For women, low zinc can lead to a miscarriage. Whether male or female zinc is very important to your reproductive health.

    Chromium – Chromium helps with glucose metabolism, which stabilizes blood sugar levels.

    Selenium – Healthy levels of Selenium help males with sperm production and motility. It is a known antioxidant and can help remove toxins from the body. Low levels of Selenium reduce sperm production and sperm motility.

    Iodine – The thyroid gland the balance of hormones in the body and for it to function properly it needs Iodine. When a woman has a thyroid gland that is not sufficiently active she may not ovulate during her cycle.

    Evening Primrose Oil and MaxEPA – These two contain Omega 3 essential fatty acids which are important for providing what body needs for building cell membranes and body structures. They are also necessary for correct hormone balance and prostaglandin production. In females they help with bloodflow in the uterus. Deficiencies of essential fatty acids can lead to chromosomal defects and miscarriage.

    How do you take care of yourself?

    Thursday, 2 February 2012


    Ovulation occurs when a mature egg is released from the ovary, pushed down the fallopian tube, and is available to be fertilized. The lining of the uterus has thickened to prepare for a fertilized egg. If no conception occurs, the uterine lining as well as blood will be shed. Tracking Ovulation:
    A woman's monthly cycle is measured from the first day of her menstrual period until the first day of her next period. On average, a woman's cycle normally is between 28-32 days, but some women may have much shorter cycles or much longer ones. Ovulation can be calculated by starting with the day the last menstrual period (LMP) starts or by calculating 12-16 days from the next expected period. Most women ovulate anywhere between Day 11 - Day 21 of their cycle, counting from the first day of the LMP. This is what many refer to as the "fertile time" of a woman's cycle, because sexual intercourse during this time increases the chance of pregnancy. Ovulation can occur at various times during a cycle, and may occur on a different day each month. It is important to track your cycle.
    The Ovulation Cycle Divided into Two Parts:
    The first part of the ovulation cycle is called the follicular phase. This phase starts the first day of the last menstrual period (LMP) and continues until ovulation. This first half of the cycle can differ greatly for each woman lasting anywhere from 7 days until 40 days. The second half of the cycle is called the luteal phase and is from the day of ovulation until the next period begins. The luteal phase has a more precise timeline and usually is only 12-16 days from the day of ovulation. This ultimately means that the day of ovulation will determine how long your cycle is. This also means that outside factors like stress, illness, and disruption of normal routine can throw off your ovulation which then results in changing the time your period will come. So the old thought that stress can affect your period is only partly true. Stress can affect your ovulation which ultimately determines when your period will come, but stress around the time of an expected period will not make it late—it was already determined when it would come 12-16 days earlier!
    Fertility Awareness is one way to track when ovulation occurs, and it includes studying the changes in cervical mucus and using a basal thermometer. Cervical fluid will change to a wet, slippery substance that resembles "egg whites" just before ovulation occurs and until ovulation is over. A basal thermometer helps track a body temperature rise, which signals that ovulation has just occurred.
    Another way to track ovulation is through ovulation kits and fertility monitors.  Tracking ovulation can help a woman get a better idea of when pregnancy can and cannot occur during her monthly cycle. Once ovulation has occurred, there is nothing you can do to increase your chances of pregnancy. Your next step is to begin watching for early pregnancy symptoms.
    From the Menstrual Period to Ovulation (the details you may not know!)
    When your menstrual cycle begins, your estrogen levels are low. Your hypothalamus (which is in charge of maintaining your hormone levels) sends out a message to your pituitary gland which then sends out the follicle stimulating hormone (FSH). This FSH triggers a few of your follicles to develop into mature eggs. One of these will develop into the dominant follicle, which will release a mature egg and the others will disintegrate. As the follicles mature they send out another hormone, estrogen. The high levels of estrogen will tell the hypothalamus and pituitary gland that there is a mature egg.
    A luteinizing hormone (LH) is then released, referred to as your LH surge. The LH surge causes the egg to burst through the ovary wall within 24-36 hours and begin its journey down the fallopian tube for fertilization. The follicle from which the egg was released is called thecorpus luteum, and it will release progesterone that helps thicken and prepare the uterine lining for implantation. The corpus luteum will produce progesterone for about 12-16 days (the luteal phase of your cycle.) If an egg is fertilized, the corpus luteum will continue to produce progesterone for a developing pregnancy until the placenta takes over. You can begin looking for pregnancy symptoms as early as a week after fertilization. If fertilization does not occur the egg dissolves after 24 hours.
    At this time your hormone levels will decrease and your uterine lining will begin to shed about 12-16 days from ovulation. This is menstruation(menstrual period) and brings us back to day 1 of your cycle. The journey then begins all over again.

    The time of ovulation is one of the most important things a woman should understand about her body, since it is the determining factor in getting pregnant and preventing pregnancy. The process can be confusing and somewhat overwhelming when trying to understand. The Association recommends using an ovulation kit or fertility monitor to maximize your chances and to confirm when your ovulation is occuring. There are many frequently asked questions about the ovulation process, and the Association has attempted to address those for you. If you still have further questions regarding ovulation, we encourage you to either talk with your healthcare provider. Being informed on what your body does can help you feel more in charge of your health.
    If you need assistance in tracking ovulation, you can order ovulation kits or ovulation monitors.
    Wishing you all the very best.
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