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Cervical Mucous and Fertility

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Cervical Mucous and Fertility

Fertile mucus: This is wet, clear, very stretchy (like uncooked egg white), or creamy.  It usually lasts for a few hours to a few days.  This mucus occurs mid-cycle, which for a woman with a 29-day cycle can vary, but is often observed on days 12 to 16.  During the presence of fertile mucus, you may notice a sensation of wetness or notice the mucus when you wipe after going to the bathroom.  If you take some of the mucus between your index finger and thumb, you can stretch it into a long thin strand.  This mucus was perfectly designed to be slippery and stretchy so sperm can swim along...

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Caffeine Effects on Fertility

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Caffeine Effects on Fertility

Take a second to count the number of cups of coffee or black tea you drink a day. Now consider this: these caffeine-containing beverages have zero nutritional value. Caffeine is immensely addictive and found in chocolate, sodas and many over-the-counter medications. Caffeine can elevate the mood, energize, delay fatigue, and stimulate the central nervous system. It can also cause hands to tremor and the heart to palpitate. So, why is caffeine our national drug of choice? Caffeine feeds our cultural addiction to fast-paced lifestyles. There are numerous reports on this topic, all of which you...

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Thyroid Hormones Can Affect Fertility

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Thyroid Hormones Can Affect Fertility

Having low thyroid (hypothyroidism), or even suboptimal levels of thyroid hormones can lead to a myriad of issues. Some of the most common ones include menstrual abnormalities in women, and a loss of libido in men. Women with mild forms of hypothyroidism may have prolonged or heavy menstrual bleeding, as well as a shorter menstrual cycle. Because thyroid hormones interact and directly affect estrogen, progesterone, and cortisol, infertility is often the result of the imbalanced endocrine system. In some women, even if pregnancy does occur, low thyroid can lead to miscarriages, or premature...

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Environmental Effects on Fertility

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Environmental Effects on Fertility

Where do the environmental toxins come from? They are all around us, and can directly affect our health and fertility. Some of the sources include the chemicals and hormone disruptors found in contaminated air, food, water, our homes, and the outdoors. We live in a toxic world. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) currently has an estimated 65,000 known toxic chemicals catalogued in its databases. There are additional 1,500 applications that the Agency receives annually to manufacture new chemicals. Not to mention the numerous chemicals being released into the environment during the...

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Five Tips to Enhance Reproductive Health and Fertility

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Five Tips to Enhance Reproductive Health and Fertility

    In order to be able to nurture yourself and enhance your fertility, it is essential to engage in healthy lifestyle habits. Here are five basic ways to balance the health of your reproductive system. Eat fresh, unprocessed foods. The basic principle of nutrition is that it offers essential nutrients and minerals to the body. The word ‘nutrition’ is derived from Latin and means ‘to nourish’. Your well-balanced plate should comprise of foods that are fresh and as much organic as possible; the emphasis is on vegetables, fruit, fish, and free-range meats....

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Unexplained Fertility: What Could It Be?

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Unexplained Fertility: What Could It Be?

  Unexplained fertility rates are around twenty percent. Perhaps exploring further any environmental and lifestyle habits that can have a major impact on the ability to conceive. Some factors to consider in people with ‘unexplained fertility’: environmental toxins, or exposure (home, work, dental, and other) nutritional deficiencies (these are quite common) inflammatory processes in the body (processed foods, lifestyle, and other) stress (may result in elevated levels of cortisol, which affects all hormones) immune function (possible overactive) It is not simply...

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