• 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…

  • Fertility,  Uncategorized

    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…

  • Fertility,  Hormones

    So you think you may have PCOS, now what?

    TOP LAB TESTS YOU SHOULD CONSIDER Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a condition that affects 1 in 10 women in America. It is an endocrine disorder that involves hormone imbalances. Some of the common symptoms of PCOS include weight gain, hair growth, insulin resistance, acne, mood swings, anxiety, etc. Getting a comprehensive lab test is one of the first steps in determining if you have PCOS. PCOS is diagnosed using the Rotterdam criteria where 2 of 3 of the following need to be present: Hyperandrogenism Long menstrual cycles or delayed ovulation Polycystic Ovaries on Ultrasound Lab Tests you should consider: Luteinizing Hormone (LH) and Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) LH and…

  • Fertility,  Hormones

    How to handle the stress that comes with trying to conceive

    Trying to get pregnant can be extremely stressful. Not only do you have to maintain your daily work schedule but now you have the added doctor appointments, fertility appointments, time to take your medications and/or supplements. The list goes on. Do you ever feel like you are constantly on the go? Trying to finish your next project, get to the next appointment or run your next errand. Having such busy schedules, we can tend to not live in the moment. Have you ever brushed your teeth or washed the dishes and were not aware you completed the task, because you were so caught up in your thoughts? I know for…

  • Fertility

    Feeling HOT, HOT, HOT

    How a RISE in your temperature could signal Ovulation It’s that time of the month again and I don’t mean your period! It’s time for ovulation! Planning to have a baby is very exciting and knowing the optimal time to try is key to optimizing your chances of conceiving. Checking your resting temperature can be one way to determine if you have ovulated, this is known as Basal Body Temperature (BBT). The best time to check your BBT is when you first wake up. BBT will rise after ovulation has occurred due to the increase in progesterone from the corpus luteum. BBT does not detect when ovulation will occur but…

  • Fertility,  Hormones

    Top 3 Cosmetic Toxins to Avoid

    Walking down the cosmetic aisle is always an adventure to find the best products that will get you bold lips, smoky eyes, plumped up eyelashes and show stopping nails. It all sounds so exciting until reading the labels of cosmetic products became just as important as reading your food labels. Why? Because cosmetic products are LOADED with toxins that can have a HUGE impact on your body, especially the reproductive system. Some products have “xenoestrogens” which mimic estrogen in the body and can disrupt your hormone balance leading to infertility. Although, many cosmetics are loaded with toxins, buying them doesn’t need to be a thing of the past. More and…

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