New Basal Body Thermometer for Fertility

Wink by Kindara is a new basal body thermometer to help you get pregnant faster by understanding your cycles more accurately.  Wink will accurately record your basal body temperature up to 4x faster (15 seconds) and sync automatically with the Kindara app on your phone for fertility tracking based on the Fertility Awareness Method.  Your basal body temperature will help you to see when you are ovulating for timing intercourse, if you have any cycle irregularities, and/or thyroid issues that can affect fertility.

Click here to pre-order your wink for shipping planned in Spring 2015.

New Infertility Support Circle

A new private Facebook group, C + B Infertility Support Circle, has been created to help those living with infertility who are feeling isolated, with no one to talk to, who need others who really understand this reality.  It is a group of women dedicated to learning, helping, and supporting each other on the journey to building a family.  The group’s goal is to share stories, be inspired, find hope, discover kinship, and take joyous, positive action.  The moderator, Rosanne Austin, will pose powerful questions, foster great conversations, and stoke the fire of authentic community.

Click here to find out more info and how to join the private support group.

It Is All About Energy Conservation

Our bodies have a specific size gas tank for our energy and metabolic needs: managing stress, physical demands on our body for work, producing hormones, digesting food, exercising, etc.  If our bodies are using up all the energy for all these things, there is not enough energy left for reproduction and creating new life.  So start looking at your lifestyle to prioritize where your energy needs to go . . .

Holistic Approach to Endometriosis

Amy Day, Naturopathic Doctor, outlines in this great article 6 strategies to consider when approaching endometriosis holistically:

1) Anti-inflammatory & Antioxidant Considerations

2) Estrogen/Progesterone Balance

3) Environmental Toxin Reduction

4) Optimization of Digestive Health

5) Spiritual, Emotional, and Social Support

6) Manual Therapy / Acupuncture

Read Full Article Here

Your Spiritual Journey

From working with more and more couples on fertility, I have noticed that those who have incorporated some sort of spiritual aspect into their fertility journey have been able to create a shift towards success!  The good news is that starting your own spiritual journey is whatever you want to make of it and what resonates with you the most.  Some may gravitate back to their roots to some sort of organized religion, but others may chose to create their own unique path by exploring and discovering different spiritual philosophies out there- the internet has created much more awareness on a variety of spiritual avenues.  It could be community-based or highly personal to the couple.  Whatever it is, it doesn’t hurt to start somewhere, and see what opportunities open up for you that may not have been there before you embarked on your own spiritual journey.

Your Fertility Journey Is Unique

Fertility involves so many different factors- it is a miracle that it does happen at all.  It is easy for healthcare providers to make assumptions about couples who are labeled as having infertility issues, but your challenges and fertility factors are totally unique to you and your situation.  If you find that you are being treated like a ‘cookie cutter’ case, where everyone who goes through the door gets the same recommendations, consider looking for a practitioner who will work with you holistically, comprehensively, and as a person who has feelings and specific needs.  This is critical since what you are going through can be the most emotionally trying time in your life.

Recent Study on Stress & Fertility

A recent study investigated the relationship between stress & fertility, by measuring levels of a stress enzyme alpha-amylase in the saliva of 400 women trying to get pregnant over 12 months.  Unfortunately, “women with higher levels of the stress biomarker had a two-fold increased risk of infertility,” said study author Courtney Lynch.  Statistically, the women with the highest alpha-amylase levels had a 29% lower probability of pregnancy compared to women with the lowest levels.  Though stress may be a factor involved with infertility, it is by far not the only factor on whether or not you’re going to get pregnant.  Other factors indicated were age, cigarette smoking, and obesity.  Dr. Suleena Kansal Kalra, a reproductive endocrinology & infertility specialist at the University of Pennsylvania, is launching a fertility wellness program that will combine yoga, meditation, nutrition counseling and a psychologist-led support group to help women who are hoping to become pregnant.

Read more here.

Iron and Fertility

Your iron levels are very important for fertility and a healthy pregnancy.  That is why it is a standard to test your iron levels during pregnancy to make sure they aren’t too low.  Good iron sources are clams, blackstrap molasses, spinach, pumpkin, tomatoes, beets.  Even cooking with an iron skillet is a good way to get more iron.  Check out Circle + Bloom’s blog for 4 Favorite Fertility-Friendly Recipes:

Pump Some Iron Into Your Diet to Help Promote Fertility

Phthalate Levels and Fertility

It is no surprise that high phthalate levels may be a contributing factor to infertility.  Phthalates are hormone-mimicking chemicals found in food packaging, plastics and personal products such as shampoos that use fragrances.  In a new study, the researchers measured urine concentrations of phthalates in about 500 couples who were trying to get pregnant.  It took couples 20% longer to get pregnant if the man had high levels of 3 common phthalates.  The delay in pregnancy are comparable to those seen for smoking or obesity.  This may be a factor if you have been given the diagnosis of ‘unexplained fertility,’ as phthalate testing is not a common practice.  Start taking a look at decreasing your exposure to these chemicals at home and at work . . . it will also be better for your baby in the long run too.

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New Option for Infertility Due to Varicoceles

Many men don’t even know that they have varicoceles until a fertility work-up may discover them, as many are asymptomatic.  Varicoceles are similar to varicose veins that can occur in our legs caused by defective valves or compression of the veins.  Surgery was the primary option, but now there is an alternative called Varicocele Embolisation, using coils to block blood flow to the dilated vessels in a varicocele.  This can be an outpatient procedure without general anesthesia, and one can return to normal activities after 24 hours.  Almost 95% of those who have undergone this procedure at one hospital has had improved semen analysis and fertility success.  Read more here.