Fertility yoga-go alternative!

fertility yogaThere are many types of yoga and ‘’fertility yoga’’ is one of them.  Fertility yoga has much to offer to your body, and could make an excellent alternative method for boosting fertility, preparing your body for future pregnancy.

Most people think of yoga as an activity that contributes to body and mind empowerment, keeping them fit. But yoga is more than that. Yoga poses apart from toning up are supposed to help your body regain balance. An overall balance, of all parts and functions performed in your body, including your reproductive system.

But what is fertility yoga? Fertility yoga is a specialized yoga program designed to support both the reproductive and endocrine system which are equally important to conception. This specialized exercise can increase the energy flow in the body, improving the functions of reproductive and endocrine system.

Fertility yoga, as most yoga programs, helps the body to maintain homeostasis which is essential for the body’s proper function. It consists of a special series of exercises that support reproductive health. Each exercise-pose of this series positively affects the reproductive and/or endocrine system, in terms of hormonal balance.

For optimum results fertility yoga is commonly combined with a natural fertility treatment or other alternative therapies like acupuncture and fertility massage. Moreover, along with fertility yoga, a healthy balanced diet is necessary for improving your fertility and your overall health.

Collectively, some of the benefits of fertility yoga:

  • – It strengthens the endocrine system and promotes hormonal balance
  • – Increases blood supply of the reproductive system
  • – Supports the immune system and helps your body detox
  • – Offers body invigoration and general well-being
  • – Reduces stress

Since gentle exercise is vital for fertility, there is no harm in trying yoga. 30 minutes per day, 3 to 5 times per week could work magic. Moreover, trying for a baby can sometimes be quite stressful, especially if it takes longer to conceive than expected. In that aspect, the anti-stress effect of yoga can also contribute to an improved fertility since stress and anxiety have been linked to infertility.

Would you try yoga and other alternative methods for improving your pregnancy chances?

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Can darkness protect female fertility?

Can darkness protect female fertility? New research says yes! Women who wish to achieve pregnancy are now advised to avoid late nights and artificial light as it can harm their fertility and, as a consequence, decrease chances of conception.

darknessEvery time we turn on the light at night, the production of melatonin is reduced. Melatonin is a hormone secreted in the brain, in response to darkness, that helps regulate other hormones in the body and is commonly known for its sleep effects. However, fertility experts from the University of Texas report another quite important role of the hormone in female fertility.

A review of studies, published in ‘’Fertility and Sterility’’, that summarized previous research results on the role of melatonin and circadian cycle on achieving pregnancy in women, provided evidence that melatonin protects the ovary, eggs and placenta from the disastrous effects of free radicals as it exhibits unique oxygen scavenging abilities. That means that melatonin prevents the production of ROS (reactive oxygen species) saving the reproductive system from oxidative damage.

Russel J. Reiter, professor of cellular biology at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio and lead researcher of the study, reported that ‘’darkness is important for female fertility as well as for protecting the developing embryo’’.

He also recommended women trying to get pregnant to spend at least 8 hours in the darkness during the night. Ideally, all lights should be off, however if there must be a light on, red or yellow are preferable. White and blue light should be avoided as these colours could disturb the biological clock.

So, can darkness protect female fertility? The main conclusion of the study review was that the circadian cycle and melatonin, both linked to darkness, are crucial for optimal function of the reproductive system. Additionally, the circadian cycle should remain stable smooth and undisturbed from one day to the other otherwise it is more likely for a women’s biological clock to go out of tune. Professor Reiter would advise the same for pregnant women in order to support fetus development.

Would you choose darkness over light for protecting your fertility?

Conception and Pregnancy after 40

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As women grow older their fertility tends to faint

Nowadays, an increasing number of women consider conception after the age of 40. The incidents of women over 45 year old becoming mothers through assisted conception keep growing.
According to ESHRE, the percentage of women turning to Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) for making a baby has increased significantly. Over the last 15 years, it is estimated that the number of IVF cycles performed for women 40-45 year old has increased about ten times. This information indicates a drift of more and more women to making a family later in life.
Many women tend to think that as long as they have a period they are perfectly capable of getting pregnant, and this is partly true but not quite. It is correct that every woman, prior menopause, who has a period and ovulates, is possible to achieve pregnancy, even during climacterium; her chances though are quite small.
As women grow older their fertility tends to faint, they tend to have fewer eggs and of poor quality making natural conception less possible, especially after age 42. On the other hand, male fertility is not as age sensitive as the female fertility. A growing body of research reports that men of older age do produce more abnormal sperm and it takes longer for their partners to conceive but the fact is they keep producing sperm their whole lives.
Since a growing number of women now choose to delay pregnancy well into their 40s, let’s summarize a few things that women of advanced reproductive age seeking for an infertility treatment need to take under consideration prior treatment.
Subfertility diagnose: There are a number of fertility treatment options and different IVF protocols developed for serving different needs. Quite often though, couples of advanced age, knowing time is running for them, choose IVF straightway without considering any other treatment options, as it is known for its high success rates. Even though advanced age can be a cause of subfertility there might be other things causing infertility as well, like male factor, endometriosis and more. So finding out the exact cause of infertility is crucial for couples and their physician to decide which treatment benefits them most.
IVF success rates and Egg donation: success rates for women over 40 are dramatically decreased. A recent study reported that women age 40-41 had 15.6% chances of pregnancy following IVF, while for those aged 44 these rates dropped to 1.3%. Egg donation is an effective way for successful IVF for women with poor egg quality. It is a great option for women over 40 who want to boost their pregnancy chances, since success rates with egg donation are high.
Risk of chromosome abnormalities: Babies born to older mothers have a higher risk of certain chromosome problems, such as Down syndrome. Therefore it is critical for women to go through genetic screening tests that will assure the baby’s health.
Risk of miscarriage/pregnancy complications: older women have greater risk for experiencing a miscarriage within the first 3 months due to chromosomal abnormalities or other pregnancy complications later on. That is something that poses some substantial concern for women but being aware of it is necessary in order to be alert and prepared for any outcome.

Are you in favor of a later-in-life pregnancy?