- 23. 7. 2018
- Reproductive health
ESSENTIAL WHEN DEALING WITH FERTILITY PROBLEMS IS KNOWING THAT ASKING FOR HELP ISN’T A SIGN OF WEAKNESS!
IT’S ACTUALLY A FIRST STEP IN MOVING FORWARD WITH MANY PROBLEMS IN YOUR LIFE WHICH COULD BE HOLDING YOU BACK FROM HAVING A BABY. THEREFORE DO NOT BE AFRAID TO ASK FOR HELP SPECIALIST.
GET SPECIALIST YOU TRUST
Too many people stay with care providers who are exacerbating the problem. While they don’t purposely phrase things in an insensitive, fear-mongering way, that’s often how it comes out; “You’re getting too old ”, „There is only small chance“. Those thoughts are pluged into and they become part of our belief system; than they seem true, but they’re not even our beliefs. And the trust for our own bodies goes right out the window. So build your intuition and connection to your body, trust your judgement and find a specialist who is on ‘team YOU’, not ‘team worst case scenario’.
NEVER GIVE UP ON YOUR DREAMS
Never stop following all the other dreams you have for your life in order to focus on boosting your fertility! Happy mind is a fertile body and living life to the full is the best possible way to get happy and get fertile.
FOCUS YOUR MIND
Focus on what you want, versus what you don’t. Be aware of where your energy is. It’s hard not to go to thoughts like ‘I should be pregnant by now’ or ‘It’s not fair’ etc. And it can be hard to think positively. So write an ‘It’s going to be awesome WHEN’ list. For example: ‘It’s going to be awesome when I see the positive sign on the pregnancy test.’ Then close your eyes and feel what that’s going to feel like when that happens; goosebumps, smiling, laughing, chills. You can’t trick the Universe by saying you’re being positive, you have to feel it – that’s when things change on so many levels.
USE YOUR IMAGINATION
Your imagination is a gateway to your unconscious mind. Your unconscious mind controls all your bodily processes – including fertility – and sometimes it can do with a helping hand. Imagine your body doing what you want it to do, in whatever way you visualise or sense it in your own mind. Let your unconscious mind know exactly what you want it to do.
IT IS NOT WHAT YOU DO – IT’S WHY YOU DO IT
Be aware of the motivation behind all the things you are doing to get pregnant. Is it inspired action of motivated by fear? Does taking your daily temperature feel like a bind? Then stop doing it. Action fuelled by fear feeds the fear. Fear leads to suffering and anxiety which impacts success.
HOW STRESSED ARE YOU?
Stress, be it physical or emotional, has wide ranging effects on the body. It’s well known to affect erectile function and may well affect fertility, so anything you can do to reduce your stress levels will help. Of course, worrying about conceiving can contribute to your stress levels. Set aside time for you and your partner to relax. Enjoy yourselves.
TRY ACUPUNCTURE FOR FERTILITY
Acupuncture has a regulating effect on the body, gently improving pelvic blood flow and endometrial quality as well as moving stagnation in the pelvic region. For that reason alone, it is the number one choice of treatment for fertility. Research has shown it to be effective in improving IVF outcome, stimulating ovulation in women who are not ovulating and alleviating menstrual pain. Acupuncture is also deeply relaxing and releases ‘feel-good’ endorphins. It is recommended for women and men who want to optimise their fertility, for couples going through IVF and for management of gynaecological conditions. Acupuncture can also help regulate fertility hormones – stress and other factors can disrupt the function of the hypothalamic pituitary-ovarian axis (HPOA), causing hormonal imbalances that can have a negative impact on fertility.
Book that massage! Specifically lymphatic massage helps to detox your body, boost your immune system and get the lymphatic system (the body’s drainage system) flowing well.
DON’T WORRY, BE HAPPY
The hardest of all. Try to focus on getting happy rather than getting pregnant because your body is most fertile when you are relaxed and your body flooded with endorphins, rather than adrenaline and cortisol (your stress hormones). A gratitude journal is a fantastic way to boost your mood: be specific and list all the tiny things that went well today and how they made you feel.
MAKE FOOD A PRIORITY
Focus on eating nutrient-dense wholefoods and plenty of protein and cutting out processed foods and sugars. This will both help improve your fertility and prepare your body for a healthy pregnancy.
Avocados are nutritional powerhouses packed with minerals, vitamins, essential fats, protein, carbohydrate and fibre. They are a fantastic source of vitamin E which studies have shown can be beneficial in improving endometrial lining (the lining of your uterus) and can also help with embryo implantation, which is how a fertilised egg becomes a pregnancy.
Butternut squash is one of the most nutritious and healthy vegetables you can eat, with a rich array of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants as well as significant amounts of digestible fibre.
Beetroot is a fantastic source of the antioxidant resveratrol, thought to help combat against age related infertility. Beets are also rich in nitrates well known to improve blood flow – integral to healthy fertility – and are often eaten by athletes for this purpose.
Eggs are among the most nutritious foods you can consume – after all, they contain the nutrients to turn a single cell into a baby chicken! They are rich in choline, which studies have shown can have significant positive effects on foetal development that may have a long lasting influence into adult life.
DRINK MORE WATER
If you don’t drink enough water, the reproductive system will lose out, as the body ensures that the more vital organs receive what they need first. Water creates plump egg follicles and a strong blood supply to the womb lining. Plus, if you’re dehydrated, your cervical fluid – the stuff that helps the sperm find the egg – will be sluggish.
STOP DRINKING SUGARY DRINKS
Sugary fizzy drinks contain high fructose corn syrup, preservatives and other synthetic chemicals that produce a toxic burden for you organs to process – this takes away vital energy your body needs to continue its normal functioning. Too many soft, sugary drinks provide nutrient-empty calories, fill you up and prohibits you from eating proper nutritious foods that enhance your fertility potential.
UNDERSTAND YOUR GYNAECOLOGY
Our menstrual cycle is the only outward sign we have of our fertility; it is like a wise friend being there and telling us when things are out of kilter and when things are running well. By engaging and understanding our cycle we can tell a lot about our general health and fertility. Know your family history, particularly your mother’s gynaecology and age of menopause. If your mum had menopause at 45 there is a chance your fertility might be similar. Or if she has fibroids or miscarriages it gives you another layer of information.
CHECK YOUR MEDICATION
Ask your GP about the effects on fertility and sexual function of any medicines. Fertility can be affected by various medications, for example those prescribed for high blood pressure or depression.
SMOKING IS A NO-NO
Smoking is hugely detrimental to fertility, to eggs and to sperm – not to mention the future health of the unborn child. In particular, smoking hugely depletes your body of vitamin C, which is essential to all your body’s processes, and especially during pregnancy.
AND MOST IMPORTANTLY – NEVER EVER STOP BELIEVING IN A POSITIVE OUTCOME!