New Fertility Health Tests in the Pipeline

New Fertility Health Tests are being developed by Randox, an international medical diagnostics firm, using DNA techniques to establish why couples are experiencing infertility.  Randox plans to pilot the testing in Northern Ireland.  The new service would involve a total of 110 physical and biological assessments, including DNA-based protein testing.  “Issues in other parts of the body may have significant impact on fertility, from hormone imbalance, obesity, and stress, not just the sperm, eggs, and reproductive organs,” Dr. Peter FitzGerald, Randox’s managing director and founder.  “For many couples, we know that very sophisticated treatment, such as IVF is not always needed.  Sometimes even a simple change in lifestyle or diet is enough.”

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Unexplained Infertility Explained

When conventional medicine cannot give you a label of endometriosis, PCOS, diminished ovarian reserve, etc., your unfortunate diagnosis is ‘unexplained infertility.’  Unconventional explanations for infertility include estrogen dominance, elevated cortisol levels, luteal phase deficiencies. . . “A system that is nutritionally and hormonally out of balance is less receptive to conception.”

Read more from someone who has been personally impacted by this frustrating label of “unexplained infertility,” whose journey has shed light on features of fertility that can be found from alternative sources.

New Angle on Infertility

Japanese scientists have discovered a single mutation in the beta-catenin gene, which codes a protein that could lead to abnormalities in the structure of sexual organs.  They created mice with single changes in amino acids, and found a strain where the mice were not able to produce offspring naturally, but were able to via in vitro fertilization.  This showed the cause of infertility was a structural issue specifically seminal vesicles in males and vaginas in females, and not an issue with eggs or sperm.  Takuya Murata says, “Because the amino acid sequence of beta-catenin is 100% identical in humans and mice, the nucleotide change we saw could cause the same mutation in humans.  This opens up a new possibility, especially for couples diagnosed with unexplained infertility.

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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

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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.