Dr. Donata has helped many couples improve their fertility and conceive babies in a healthy and natural way, without dangerous hormones and side-effects. Patients report feeling more control throughout the process as stress is managed and overall well-being improves dramatically. A healthy time-frame of 3-9 months of preparation helps to ensure a healthy pregnancy, and healthy baby. If you’re having trouble conceiving, these factors may be affecting your fertility.
The stress of not conceiving yesterday can be enough to decrease your fertility, on top of your daily stressors. Stress disrupts pivotal hormonal cascades, increases the acidity of the body, and actually causes the fallopian tubes to contract hindering the follicle from releasing.
Tip: adopt a daily relaxation regime; visualization, meditation, yoga, deep breathing, and qi gong. These activities change the perception of stress and the relaxation effects spill into the rest of your day.
A healthy body weight improves fertility. Regulating your blood sugar not only controls weight, but has a balancing impact on your hormones. The same applies to those who are underweight. Low body fat percentage will impact the regularity of your menstrual cycle, along with your estrogen levels.
Tip: Get help! Weight loss can be fun and easy when you have the proper support and accountability. Weight management is a lifestyle, including nutrition, movement, relaxation, and sleep hygiene. I recommend First Line Therapy for a medically guided weight loss program that helps shed body fat and maintains muscle. The 8 week challenge is another fun and supportive tool.
The thyroid is the hub of all metabolic processes in the body. If it is too low, or too high, it is a signal that another gland may be dysfunctional, such as the pituitary or adrenal glands, and will directly impact fertility.
Tip: A simple lab test called a “thyroid panel” will check all the markers of your thyroid. Most frequently checked is the TSH levels, which ideally should be less than 2. Many nutrients and herbs support the thyroid depending on its status, such as selenium, tyrosine, and kelp. The adrenals should also be supported, through diet, sleep, and stress management, and with herbs such as Ashwagandha, or Siberian Ginseng.
Hormonal imbalances, scarring from infections, blockages, Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome, Fibroids, and Endometriosis can all impact your fertility.
Tip: Have your hormones checked! Salivary testing is most precise. Then, you can start balancing your hormones using acupuncture and foods such as phyto-estrogens. Also, keeping a record of your basal body temperature is an excellent indicator of what is happening with your hormones.
10-20% of all cases of infertility are marked as “unknown cause”. One explanation may be environmental and occupational exposure to chemicals, radiation, and other pollutants, which are potentially hazardous to fertility and gestation.
Tip: you may need a full body detox if you are experiencing other symptoms such as skin reactions, fatigue, irritability, headaches, joint pain, and sinus problems, to name a few. To assist your body with detoxification, ensure a low body fat content (as toxins are stored in fat cells), eat dark leafy greens and herbs such as cilantro everyday for fibre, trace minerals, nutrients and liver support.
Couples who struggle with fertility have higher rates of methylation impairments. Methylation is the process by which we produce healthy DNA. Methylation also promotes healthy hormone regulation and reduces toxic and inflammatory load.
Tip: Ensure your prenatal or multi-vitamin has the activated forms of B6 and B12. I recommend Metabolic nutrition by Restorative Formulations or B12 injections with activated folic acid to patients who may not be activating these vitamins on their own. Note – your medical doctor is likely not using the most absorbable form of B12, or the activated version of folic acid.
Male infertility can account for approximately 40% of cases. A diet full of processed foods, smoking and alcohol consumption, stress, and high temperatures to the testes can impact sperm count and quality. Toxicity is another factor, often overlooked.
Tip: Adopt a whole-foods diet filled with vegetables, grains, deep-sea fish, legumes, and poultry. Try adding 1 ounce of walnuts to your diet. From an energetic perspective, they tonify Kidney Yang and nourish the sperm. Fish, liver, kidney, bone (in soups), and marrow are all great sources of B12, and help build “essence” from the Chinese perspective.
Take charge of your fertility! Donata Girolamo is a Naturopathic Doctor with a special interest in Fertility. She is accepting patients at Dalhousie Health and Wellness, 289 668 5433. Live well, love life.