How much of an impact can diet really have on fertility? The answer is - a lot!
What is Diminished Ovarian Reserve?
You may have had this experience: You or your partner go in to see your reproductive specialist for an ultrasound. During the visit, your provider does an ultrasound to count antral follicles and may also do a blood test to look for something called AMH. Between the antral follicle count and the AMH level, your doctor gets an idea (which they may or may not share with you!) about the state of your “ovarian reserve.”
So what is ovarian reserve? What are AMH and your antral follicle count, and what affect can these have on your fertility?
Improving IVF Success Rates with Naturopathic Medicine
There are many different factors that go into achieving a healthy pregnancy. Hormone balance, immune health, and genetics all play a role. But one of the biggest factors at play for many people is the strength and health of the eggs, often referred to as “egg quality.”
Because of our focus on reproductive health, nutrition, and detoxification, naturopathic doctors are uniquely poised to help couples and individuals have the best outcomes possible in IVF.
Known Donor or Sperm Bank?
This subject is often one of the first things that must be figured out by LGBTQ couples and single people trying to conceive, but straight couples may also be faced with a decision about where to get donor sperm, if the male partner is struggling with infertility.
Natural Treatments for PCOS
Just in case you missed my last post, What is PCOS... and How Can it Affect Fertility? Here is a quick recap of why polycystic ovarian syndrome prevents ovulation:
It all starts with follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH). FHS helps the eggs mature and follicles grow till one is mature enough to be released in ovulation. Luteinizing hormone, on the other hand, is what triggers the release of the egg once it’s ready to go.
In people who don’t have PCOS, the ratio of luteinizing hormone (LH) to follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) is around 1:1. In PCOS, LH to FSH ratio is closer to 3:1. When that happens, follicles try to mature, but then the relatively high level of LH interrupts them in the middle of their growth and they never end up getting big enough to be released.
PCOS is one of the most common causes of infertility in the US. But don't lose hope! For most people PCOS is totally treatable. Read on to find out more...
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