Natural Fertility

7 signs to spot fertility issues – early!

Have you been trying to get pregnant for more than a year now? Infertility exists in shades of grey, and varies from couple of couple and most often you won’t know you have a problem unless you have started trying.

So, how do you know if you have problems? Where is the line drawn?

What is normal and what is not? In this week’s The Fertility Show,  I’m discussing the 7 signs to spot that you may have fertility issues.

And as always, here is my cheat sheet with all the information that you need:

  •        Your Age

Everyone’s fertility is different. Some women have much better fertility than others of their age. I can’t tell you at a specific age, that everything falls off a cliff, because that’s not the way it works. But, we do know, that it’s easier to get pregnant in your 30’s, than it is your 40’s.

  •        Your Mother’s Menopause

The second sign, is your mother’s menopause. You must ask your mum when she had her menopause as this is a good sign of when you are likely to have yours. There are tests that you can now do, which are blood tests, which can show you what your egg reserves are. It won’t tell you about the quality of your egg, but it will give you an indication of what your egg reserves are like.

  •         Your Sexual Health

Then, the third sign may be looking at your sexual health. Sexually transmitted infections, especially chlamydia, which may have an impact on your fertility, are very common.

  •        Your Cycle

The fourth sign, may be found in your cycle. If your cycle is very long, over 35 days, or very short, it may be a sign of a hormonal imbalance that you need to get looked at. Also, if your periods are heavy there may be underlying conditions that are causing this. In this case, you might want to seek help sooner rather than later.

  •        Your Weight

The next sign is weight and in particular, being overweight or underweight. Losing a small amount of weight, as much as 10 percent, if possible, will help to regulate your cycles and may make a difference between getting pregnant and not.

  •     Your Hormones

Women are ruled by their hormones. There’s a myriad of signs which may indicate that you may have fertility issues as a result. This can be anything from hair loss to weight gain, being underweight, having heavy or irregular cycles.  If you feel you have any hormonal issues, it’s worth getting a check from your GP.

  •       Your Lifestyle

The last sign for potential fertility issues is looking your lifestyle. If you’re drinking too much, or you’re smoking too much, if you’re using recreational drugs, you should stop in preparation for pregnancy. Also, looking at your work life balance. Many couples I see work very, very hard. They’re leading very stressful lifestyles. This can deplete a woman of vital nutrients that are needed for your future fertility.

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Anxious Man

Is trying to conceive giving your man performance anxiety?

Performance anxiety around fertility is a perfectly normal and natural feeling. The way in which some women constantly track and monitor their fertility can put pressure on their men, especially around the time of ovulation. The woman focuses on her fertile time, her anxiety goes up, she tells her partner to ‘come home immediately’, his anxiety goes up, and so on. Sound familiar?

As I said, this is common and understandable, but can unfortunately cause a lot of upset, frustration and arguments within the couple. This week on the Fertility Show, I share my key tips on what to do when trying to conceive gives your man performance anxiety:

And as always, here is the cheat sheet!

  1. Focus on the sperm not the egg, because the egg lasts for 24 hours and the sperm lasts for 3-5 days.
  2. Don’t feel like you need to tell your man every little detail about your cycle – at the end of the day, it’s a passion killer!
  3. Take the pressure off one another! Try talking to each other properly about how you can get past this hurdle together.
  4. For a man to be able to perform, he needs passion, and scheduling your sex life and giving him specific times when he needs to be home can ruin that. Try to come up with a plan together on how to keep this time fun and romantic.
  5. For many men with performance anxiety, it’s present for a short period of time such as during the time that you are trying for a baby. But for others, it can be a sign of something underlying. Don’t be afraid to go to your GP, just to make sure everything is okay.

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Is acupuncture the key to IVF success?

I’ve been an acupuncturist for 25 years now, and so I’ve always been a huge believer in its benefits for fertility and IVF.

I think what’s difficult for some women however is that there’s a lot of conflicting advice out there – it really is hard to know what to believe.

But I’ve got news for you straight from the annual fertility conference in Helsinki: a study has found acupuncture can in fact double the success rate of IVF.

This week The Fertility Show is all about acupuncture and IVF, and why I think it really can make a difference:

So how can acupuncture  help?

It may help with blood flow to the ovaries which means more oxygen, more nutrients and more help developing the follicles. It may also help with stress and beta-endorphin release, which means a greater sense of relaxation and wellbeing! It really can give you that bit of extra support that you need, and be that one thing that you have control over to help improve the process.

And how does acupuncture work?

It is a form of Chinese traditional medicine that involves the insertion of very fine, hair-like needles into channels called meridians. These are invisible channels of energy that relate to different organs in the body. The form of treatment is individualised – every person has a different type of treatment because we are all different! But there are very similar channels that are used in that treatment that will help with blood flow to the uterus and the ovaries, and that will help manage your stress.

Have you had acupuncture? If so, what was your experience like, and how has it helped you? We want to hear from you! Just subscribe to the channel and comment below the video.