Vitex… Fertility Super Herb? | Hethir Rodriguez C.H., C.M.T

Vitex is a beautiful shrub native to Greece and Italy whose berries have been used in herbal medicine for centuries. It is considered one of the most popular herbs in Europe and other Western nations for the support of gynecological imbalances. Continue reading

Dealing With PCOS: Herbs for Fertility | Vitex

I started a discussion on different kind of herbs for fertility last week in the bid to have a look at some herbs that could be of benefit when dealing with PCOS and primarily, preparing the body for fertility and conception. So, taking it from where we left off last week, the next herb I would like to discuss is Vitex. It is also known as Chaste tree, chaste berry, Abraham’s balm, agnus castus and monk’s pepper. It is mostly found in Western Asia and Southern Europe. This herb is widely known for its usefulness when it comes to balancing hormones and regulating menstrual periods. Menstrual cycles are a way of your body preparing for a potential pregnancy, whether you are wanting to conceive or not.

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Maca, Wonder Herb For Fertility | Hethir Rodriguez C.H., C.M.T.

Maca (Lepidium meyenii) is a root-like cruciferous vegetable from the Andes of Peru. It grows in some of the harshest farmlands in the world; experiencing freezing temperatures, fierce winds and intense sunlight. Often the soil is rich in volcanic minerals. Maca is the only food crop in the world that can grow and thrive at such a high altitude and in such harsh weather. For more than two millennia, native Peruvians have used Maca root as food and medicine to promote fertility, endurance, energy, vitality, and sexual virility. Continue reading

Dealing with PCOS: Herbs for Fertility | Maca

Herbs have been existing since the foundations of the world and there are so many of them with different uses for various conditions. There are herbs for cooking. Herbs for medicine. Herbs for fragrance and so I wasn’t surprised that they are herbs for fertility. However, before my research I had no idea whatsoever what these herbs were. I needed herbs to achieve natural fertility by dealing with PCOS after having taken medication prescribed by my doctor with no results. Today, I will start a discussion on some of these herbs with you, taking them one after the other to explain what they are, their uses and how they could be taken.

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Prepare For Conception with a Fertility Cleanse | Hethir Rodriguez C.H., C.M.T.

I am sure you have heard about cleansing from one place or another, maybe it was about cleansing your colon or detoxifying your liver. While it may seem like a new fad, cleansing has been around for thousands of years, used by the Japanese, Egyptians and Native Americans. Cleansing has been used as a natural way to keep the body healthy and may be one of the most beneficial things to do before you get pregnant. Continue reading

Aromatherapy for Fertility | Dalene Barton-Schuster, CH, Doula

Essential oils are an amazing way to enhance healing holistically. There are specific essential oils that may positively affect our fertility; aiding in hormonal balance, reducing inflammation, reducing stress, promoting healing, improving endocrine function, reducing pain and boosting immune system function. Using essential oils for fertility is an enjoyable way to work toward healing fertility issues, promoting reproductive health as well as reducing stress. Continue reading

Dealing with PCOS: Look Into Aromatherapy

Right, moving on to another subject of interest when dealing with PCOS – Aromatherapy. This is simply the art of using natural oils to heal or treat illnesses, improve health and support total physical wellbeing. The list of carrier and essential oils goes on and on with different names as well as numerous benefits they bring to their users. However, there are certain ones that when properly combined could help in preparing your body for fertility.   Continue reading

BPA, Infertility & Egg Health | Hethir Rodriguez C.H., C.M.T

The Study:
A small-scale University of California, San Francisco-led study has identified the first evidence in humans that exposure to bisphenol A (BPA) may compromise the quality of a woman’s eggs retrieved for in vitro fertilization (IVF). As blood levels of BPA in the women studied doubled, the percentage of eggs that fertilized normally declined by 50 percent, according to the research team.

The chemical BPA, which makes plastic hard and clear, has been used in many consumer products such as reusable water bottles. It also is found in epoxy resins, which form a protective lining inside metal food and beverage cans.

“While preliminary, the data indicate the negative effect of BPA on reproductive health and the importance of allocating more funding to further investigate why such environmental contaminants might be disrupting fertility potential,” said Victor Y. Fujimoto, MD, lead study author and professor in the UCSF Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences, who also is on the faculty of the UCSF Center for Reproductive Health.

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