Fertility

Fertility related posts.

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 should be lower in pregnancy. …

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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 thyroid function is low, the …

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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 since many miscarriages happen before …

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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 way clinically.  The FSH can very much …

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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 a result, the pituitary gland …

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