40% of IVF Treatments Are Unnecessary

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  • One scientist believes up to 40% of in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedures may be unnecessary if a woman’s low progesterone levels are treated. In response to her own struggle with miscarriages, Amy Galliher-Beckley, Ph.D., designed a urine test for progesterone metabolites she believes will help women avoid IVF
  • Progesterone and estrogen are two important hormones that affect a woman’s ability to get pregnant and support a pregnancy. Beckley found she could conduct a simple urine test to evaluate the presence of progesterone metabolites, necessary to develop a healthy uterine lining
  • When there isn’t enough progesterone produced and secreted the condition is called Luteal Phase Defect, which affects the menstrual cycle after ovulation and until pregnancy or menstruation. Progesterone may be affected by anorexia, obesity, polycystic ovary syndrome and high levels of exercise
  • Factors over which a woman has control include smoking, eating well and avoiding excessive alcohol. One factor affecting fertility over which a woman does not have control is sperm count, which has declined by up to 60% in North America since 1973

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Macca the Peruvian Ginseng

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…that a versatile Peruvian superfood boosts energy, libido and sexual function, improves fertility, and balances hormones? Continue reading

The Case of the Disappearing Sperm: French Men’s Sperm Count Plummets over last 16 Years

The world is becoming an increasingly hostile place for the survival and persistence of masculinity, particularly with regards to male fertility and vitality. A deadly combination of estrogenic toxins in the food supply; harmful chemicals in the environment, and poor lifestyle is causing an ongoing and drastic reduction in men’s sperm counts, Continue reading

Chinese Acupuncture May be Helping with Infertility

Fertility treatments can be invasive and expensive, but many couples see it as their only option if they are having trouble conceiving. No matter how much money a couple spends, there is no guarantee that the treatments will work, and people may find themselves out thousands of dollars and still unable to conceive. Recently, couples have been turning to alternative treatments to increase fertility, such as Chinese acupuncture.

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine reviewed seven clinical trials involving acupuncture and women undergoing in vitro fertilization treatments. The results suggested that acupuncture may improve fertility rates and enhance a woman’s chance of becoming pregnant. Continue reading