There is good news for women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) who have experienced previous intolerance to prescription treatments of insulin resistance. More and more data is surfacing on the ability of natural supplements to regulate endocrine function, and ovulation, in women with PCOS with little to no gastrointestinal side effects.
To date there are at least 106 travel-related cases of the Zika virus in the U.S. In these cases, individuals have traveled outside the U.S. to areas where mosquitos are spreading the virus, and have become infected. There are also possibly 14 U.S. cases of the virus that were sexually transmitted, according to the CDC.
Women who are trying to conceive, women who are pregnant and women who want to be pregnant should be aware that a pregnant woman can transmit the virus to her fetus. Microcephaly, a birth defect of the brain, has been reported in babies whose mothers had the Zika virus while pregnant.
The couple that decides upon in vitro fertilization (IVF) to make their dreams of a family come true have so much to think about. But something important you may have overlooked throughout the process are your sleep patterns. You may already be among the statistics from the National Sleep Foundation in which 30% to 40% of adults report occasional insomnia or, even worse, be among the 10% to 15% of Americans that report having trouble sleeping all the time. Perhaps the “counting sheep” strategy to fall sleep has become a regular pattern due to stresses of fertility treatments. Whatever the reason you are tossing and turning, a recent study shows that you need to do something now to achieve at least seven hours of sleep a night if you want to increase the chances of a successful IVF outcome.
Fertility patients have described Kristi Vesh as: very knowledgeable, always available to answer your questions, amazing, supportive and helpful. FertilityAuthority is pleased to recognize her as Nurse of the Month.
Can probiotics increase your fertility? It may be!
Those extra pounds around your middle may not only upset you when trying to fit into your favorite jeans, but they also may be upsetting your motherhood dreams. We now know that the extra fat is not just excess tissue sitting harmless around your belly, but rather active tissues that release inflammatory compounds that may contribute to ovulation irregularities.
Part of my job is to regularly review the top medical journals for recent findings related to nutrition, metabolism, supplementation, fertility, physical activity and other topics related to health and wellness. I’ve put together some of the most reputable and applicable research conclusions that you can put into practice now to aid the success of your fertility journey.
It is no secret that being overweight brings with it a laundry list of health problems, and impaired fertility surely makes the list. However, to improve fertility outcomes, don’t just keep an eye on your own waist, but also that of your male partner. And, though we know that making dietary changes is essential to losing or maintaining weight, too often we consider physical activity as an “extra” that it is not as important as diet. Wrong! Exercise and a healthy diet are a marriage in weight management, an unbreakable one.