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New thyroid guidelines for pregnancy ( and fertility! )


The American Thyroid Association has updated their guidelines for the management of thyroid concerns in pregnancy, the details of which were published in the journal Thyroid this past month.  Many of us who work in the field of fertility have long been aware of research suggesting that ranges for TSH…

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Thyroid and Fertility


Thyroid problems are extremely common, and because they can be asymptomatic, it can be difficult to know if a condition is present.  The thyroid is absolutely essential for healthy fertility.  Dysfunction can cause ovulatory disorders, menstrual irregularity, and recurrent miscarriage.  The thyroid gland is key to support ovarian function. If…

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Pregnancy after Miscarriage : What should I know?


Miscarriage is very common and can happen as often as in an estimated 50% of pregnancies.  Many miscarriages happen before pregnancy is even detected, however with the availability of early pregnancy testing women are becoming increasingly aware of early miscarriages.  Statistics compiled on miscarriage often include only reported miscarriages and…

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Top Fertility Tests for Women: An Integrative Medicine Perspective


Top Fertility tests :  A Quick Reference for Women from an Integrative Medicine Perspective FSH – Follicle Stimulating Hormone Day 3 FSH can indicate how hard the pituitary is working to stimulate the ovaries.  Though traditionally a higher FSH is given a poor prognosis, I don’t always see it this…

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Stress and Infertility


Everyone hears that stress can have a negative impact on your fertility and reproductive health, but have you ever wondered exactly how? Stress seems like such an abstract term, and not long ago the entire medical profession underestimated its effect on our health. We now know so much about the…

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Black cohosh may reduce side effects of Clomid / clomiphene


Clomid is one of the most commonly used pharmaceuticals in the treatment of fertility concerns today.  It is often the first therapy used.  Clomid (also known as clomiphene) binds to estrogen receptors, inhibiting the action of estrogen (which is produced by developing follicles) on the hypothalamus in the brain.   As…

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Soy and Fertility in Men


There is so much controversy about the effect of soy foods on men’s fertility.  With each study that is released, a news article follows declaring it to be either safe or harmful for men’s fertility.   I would like to go through some of the studies in this area and review…

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Soy and Fertility in Women


In this post (part 1) I will summarize the research on soy and phytoestrogens on female fertility and in my next post I will discuss male fertility (part 2). Soy has been researched quite extensively for its benefits on cancer and heart disease prevention, but there is plenty of conflicting…

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