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.
Articles on Fertility
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.
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.
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.
Resveratrol is a compound for grapes that has been linked in several studies to healthy fertility. The benefits range from possible help for egg quality, to improvement of PCOS and circulation. Read this comprehensive article, part 2 of a 4 part series on this important nutrient for fertility.
Tomorrow, January 28th, 2014, I’ll be providing a webinar through the Association of Perinatal Naturopathic Doctors on the topic of Advanced Fertility Topics: PCOS, Autoimmune Infertility and Egg Quality. 2 CE credits are approved for licensed NDs (1 botanical medicine and 1 clinical nutrition).
Male infertility accounts from anywhere from 30-50% of infertility worldwide. IVF is an expensive procedure that is often used to treat male factor infertility, however, there is good evidence that many natural supplements and antioxidants may improve the sperm count and as such, improve fertility.
This double blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial investigated a group of 46 male patients between 26 and 40 years of age who had low sperm count, between 5-20 million/ml. The group receiving the treatment were given 225 mg per day of a full spectrum root extract of this herb.
Maca root is a commonly used traditional herb in South America to improve fertility in both men and women. Although it has been commonly used in botanical medicine for these purposes, the exact action on the endocrine system remains to be fully understood. A new study has been released which may have uncovered some of this mystery. In this study, maca root was given to female rats for a period of 7 weeks at various doses.
A new study was released from Harvard Vanguard/Boston IVF recently which provided some interesting insight into the role of 3 different antioxidants on female fertility. The study investigated Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and Beta carotene, and found distinct differences between the three and time to pregnancy. It also determined that these antioxidants had differing effects based on body mass index and age.
We at White Lotus have created this infographic to detail the effects of the Thyroid on Fertility. We hope that you will share it and also that it helps provide some interesting information on the important of Thyroid health in Fertility. We have also included naturopathic information including nutrient requirements of iodine, foods rich in selenium and iodine, and information on the effects of heavy metals, environmental agents and even stress on the function of the thyroid gland.