Aluminum and Male Fertility

Scientists in the UK and France through research have discovered that exposure to aluminum may be a significant factor towards reducing sperm counts.  Using fluorescence microscopy, they were able to confirm the presence of aluminum inside individual semen of 62 donors from a French clinic, and correlating that higher levels of aluminum resulted in lower sperm count.  They discovered that the average aluminum content was 339 ppb semen / aluminum ratio, with several going past the 500 ppb mark.

Source: The Science Daily

Vaginal Dryness

We all know that cervical mucus is an essential part of the baby-making process so that the sperm has a friendly environment to travel to where it needs to go to meet up with the egg.  It is always a good idea to double-check whether any of the medications you are taking could affect your cervical mucus:Vaginal Dryness Handout

Acupuncture Sooner Than Later

A recent article states that seeing an acupuncturist sooner rather than later allows for your health to be assessed over a couple of menstrual cycles. It is encouraged that couples come in at least a few months before they hope to conceive.

Full article here.

What Not to Say to People With Infertility- and What to Say Instead

This is a good article to send to your family and friends who want to support you as you go through your own unique fertility journey.  People can be unintentionally insensitive when it comes to talking about infertility, making hurtful comments because they do not fully understand.  Here are helpful tips to share of what they can do instead:

1. Lend a caring, patient ear.  Don’t ask questions or offer advice.  Just by listening you can show your support.

2. Talk about things not centered around children or babies, such as hobbies, work, current events, etc.  It is ok if they bring up the topic, just avoid starting it.

3. Be understanding if they opt out of social obligations.  Being at events with children or where they could be asked upsetting questions can be very painful.

4. Think about what it is like in their shoes.  Choose your words wisely, as infertility can cause shame, inadequacy, depression, and isolation.

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Reflexology and Fertility

Reflexology is the application of pressure to certain areas of the hands and feet, which reflect other areas of the body, to bring about physical change.  It can be used to promote conception.

“You are doubling the chance of getting pregnant and also you don’t have the horrible downside of the side effects of IVF,” David Wayte, reflexologist from Jubilee College.

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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.