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    Top 5 Ways a Naturopathic Doctor Can Help with Infertility

      Infertility can be a hard reality that many patients have to deal with. When we hear something is wrong with our health, our natural inclination in this day and age is to “Google it.” This ultimately can take you down a seriously confusing rabbit hole. There is so much information out there, including many different products, diets, and therapies including many that can help, but others that may not. Online researching can end up leaving you feeling overwhelmed, confused and more anxious. Patients often end up in my office after hearing about naturopathic medicine from a friend, or the couple is looking for more options in terms of what…

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    Top 5 Botanical Herbs for getting Pregnant with PCOS

      By Dr. Samina Mitha, ND What is PCOS? PCOS or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is one of the leading causes of infertility. PCOS is largely an endocrine disorder that can affect hormones, metabolism and the immune system. Since PCOS is known as a syndrome it can become very complex to determine what is truly going on. It has been recently suggested that the name should be changed since having cysts on the ovaries is not necessary to diagnose the syndrome. One of the major symptoms of PCOS is infertility due to hormone imbalances, but there are many other symptoms such as: Irregular or absent periods Acne Weight gain Excess hair growth Thinning scalp…

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    Vitamin D and Fertility

    By Dr. Samina Mitha, ND When I think of Vitamin D the first thing that comes to mind is sunshine!! Why? Because we rely on the UVB rays of the sun in order to produce Vitamin D in our skin! Taking a Vitamin D supplement is extremely important in Canada since we do not get enough sunlight. Especially in the winter months when we are all bundled up with no skin exposed and the sun isn’t as strong! Other factors that may influence our ability to make Vitamin D include our complexion, sunscreen use, cloudy days, time of day and latitude. Generally, those with lighter skin tones are able to…

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    PCOS Lab Tests

    By. Dr. Samina Mitha, ND PCOS or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is an endocrine disorder that can affect hormones, metabolism and the immune system. Getting a comprehensive lab test is the first step to really understand what is going on with your hormones. Having gone through the process myself each year, I wanted to share with you the list of PCOS lab tests that I believe are important to ask for when you are talking to your doctor. I have divided the PCOS lab tests up into sections based on different hormones. PCOS Lab Tests 1. Glucose Metabolism: When you eat something that contains long strands of glucose the body will break it down…

  • Fertility,  Hormones,  Women Wellness

    CoQ10 and Fertility

    What is the deal with CoQ10 and Fertility? Coenzyme Q10 (a.k.a. CoQ10) is all the rage right now with male and female fertility. So why is this one supplement, creating all the buzz? Well, CoQ10 is found in virtually almost all cells of our body including the ovaries. It is the fuel source for the mitochondria – which are the so called “power plant” within our cells where energy is generated. So, it is important for our body! Below is everything you need to know about this popular supplement and its benefit to fertility. What is CoQ10’s function? CoQ10 is a fat-soluble molecule allowing it to flow freely in our…

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    How to Build your Fertility Support Team

    By Dr. Samina Mitha, ND Going through infertility can be very lonely at times, even with the help of your partner by your side. It can be very beneficial to build a support team that can guide you through the process and help to support you both emotionally and physically. Check out the list below on building your fertility support team. Fertility Clinic After visiting your medical doctor, they might refer you to a fertility clinic to assist you in further testing and possibly fertility treatments. You have the ability to choose the fertility clinic that you would like to attend. Before choosing a clinic, do some research. Most clinics…

  • Fertility,  Hormones,  Women Wellness

    3 Keys to Choosing a Prenatal Vitamin

    By Dr. Samina Mitha, ND Walking through the health food store or medicine aisle can be daunting at times when trying to choose the best prenatal vitamin. There are so many options to choose from, it can seem quite overwhelming. On the other hand, it may have been really simple for you to choose your prenatal vitamin with a prescription of Materna or PregVit. This article is going to walk you through what I do with patients in order to give them the information they need to make an informed choice when choosing the right prenatal. My goal is to inform and empower women to make a choice that is…

  • Fertility,  Hormones,  Women Wellness

    Natural Therapies for Endometriosis

    By Dr. Samina Mitha, ND What is Endometriosis? In the spirit of Endometriosis Awareness Month, I thought I would create a post to provide some education on the condition! Endometriosis can cause significant amount of pain and discomfort to women and is associated with infertility. It affects approximately 10-15% of menstruating women between ages 24-40 years. Endometriosis can start during the onset of a women’s period of begin later on in life. Endometriosis occurs when the cells lining uterus travel outside to other parts of the body and implant into different areas such as the ovaries, fallopian tubes, rectum, intestines or pelvic cavity. Just to name a few areas. These…

  • Eat Well,  Fertility,  Health Articles

    Fertility Food Plate

    Does changing your whole diet to become pregnant sound overwhelming? I know when I first started to adjust my lifestyle by eating healthier it took some time to get the hang of it. I’m here to tell you there is an easy way to start building your healthy food plate! BUT first things first, this is not supposed to restrict you in anyway. It is supposed to be a gradual adjustment, so that you are consuming a balanced whole foods diet. Below is a step-by-step guide to building a healthy food plate and some recommendations on what is best to eat for fertility! 1. Vegetables and Fruits  Start off with…

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    Dealing with hair growth that comes along with PCOS?

    Dealing with hair growth that comes along with PCOS? This is one of more annoying symptoms that #pcoscysters deal with. Below are my favorite options for decreasing testosterone internally. I have tried them all and seen great improvement! Spearmint tea – studies have shown 2 cups a day of spearmint tea for 30 days can significantly reduce free and total testosterone therefore, decrease hair growth! So, drink up! Licorice – high doses of licorice have been shown to inhibit the conversion of androstenedione to testosterone. Less testosterone means less stimulation to the hair follicle and less growth. This herb is often combined with peony root as it also has anti-androgenic…

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