Articles on Fertility

Fertility
Kelly Clinning ND

Intermittent Fasting for PCOS

Intermittent fasting has a surprising impact on insulin levels and inflammatory markers, making it an effective treatment option in women with PCOS.

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Fertility
Erica Nikiforuk ND

Recurrent Miscarriages: Evaluation and Testing to Prevent Pregnancy Loss

Recurrent pregnancy loss, or repeated miscarriages are devastating and challenging to treat. There are numerous causes so a full work-up should be completed to gain clarity into the underlying cause and treat appropriately. We present an evidence-based review of current information in this field of reproductive medicine.

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Electro Acupuncture IVF
Fertility
Erica Nikiforuk ND

Increasing IVF Success with ElectroAcupuncture

Electroacupuncture can increase the success of IVF cycles by improving blood flow to the reproductive organs. Learn more about the scientific evidence on this therapeutic intervention and mechanisms of action.

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Fertility
Fiona McCulloch ND

Glutathione – The Master Antioxidant for Fertility, and For PCOS

Glutathione is arguably the most important antioxidant in our bodies. It protects the ovaries from damage, for women who are in their later reproductive years, and also for women with PCOS. Learn more about how to increase the levels of this important antioxidant in your ovaries to improve fertility, ovulation and overall health.

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Fertility
Fiona McCulloch ND

Folic Acid and Folate – What’s the Difference?

Learn more in this comprehensive article explaining the difference between folate and folic acid. MTHFR is the mutation that causes a reduction in the conversion of synthetic folic acid to folate, causing difficulty in its utilization. Up to 40% of people have a mutation in MTHFR, rendering them less likely to use folate. This post was written for women with PCOS however the details included will be helpful for all women of all ages who are interested in nutrition.

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Fertility
Fiona McCulloch ND

Ubiquinol for PCOS : Mighty Mitochondria

Our ovaries really do depend on the health of our mitochondria. What exactly are mitochondria anyway? They are the energy production houses of the cell – allowing our cells to grow and metabolize efficiently. In healthy cells, we see healthy mitochondria. In polycystic ovarian function, the mitochondria can be compromised by insulin resistance.

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Fertility
Erica Nikiforuk ND

Androgens, DHEA and Egg Quality

Androgens such as testosterone and DHEA are important markers of egg quality. In women with diminished ovarian reserve we often see low levels of these hormones. A recent study outlined the reponse during IVF of women with poor egg quality or diminished ovarian reserve, with respect to their levels of testosterone.

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Fertility
Fiona McCulloch ND

The Birth Control Pill, Fertility and Thin Endometrial Lining

Many patients take the birth control pill for long periods of time. Whether that be to treat a hormonal disorder like PCOS, or Endometriosis, or to provide contraception, there are a variety of reasons that a woman may take the pill for years. It has long been thought that there has been no detrimental effect on fertility with oral contraceptive use. New information suggests a correlation between the health of the endometrium and birth control pill use, particularly in women who use the pill for an extended period of time.

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