5 Unexpected Wellness Tips to Improve Your Fertility!
More and more wellness practices are embraced across many different types of lifestyles these days, yet there are some that may not be widely acknowledged as practices to up-level fertility. While generally you are not planning for immediate pregnancy with egg freezing, it is ideal to be quite fertile upon retrieval. Amazingly, our five unexpected wellness tips will not break your bank nor require a major overhaul of your lifestyle. These are somewhat small but substantial suggestions that are great for anyone, focused on fertility or not.
Check your beauty and cleaning products.
Many women harbor quite a few products across all beauty and cleaning categories: make-up, lotions, anti-aging potions, soaps, household cleaning products, etc. Very recently, research has been published and continues to be undertaken – at institutions such as UCLA and Harvard, to name a few – demonstrating that the majority of these products, if not organic and labeled accordingly, contain high levels of perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs). PFCs are classified as toxins and can even cause cancer, but what they also most certainly do is cause a variety of fertility issues. Women with higher-than-normal levels of PFCs have a 60-154% higher risk of infertility than those who do not, according to a UCLA School of Public Health study published almost ten years ago. While green beauty products and the movement for non-toxic, natural ingredients has gained a lot of steam since this study, little has changed in the products sold to the masses.
The majority of these aforementioned products also contain fragrances, otherwise known as synthetic scents. The National Academy of Sciences reported 95 percent of chemicals used in synthetic fragrances are derived from petroleum, which is effectively crude oil. Some of the other names you might stumble across used in these synthetic fragrances are: benzene derivatives aldehydes, toluene and many other known toxic chemicals. These chemicals are actually (carcinogenic), which means they are linked to cancer and also cause birth defects, central nervous system disorders, and allergic reactions. Phthalates are other chemicals often acknowledged as fragrances. These chemicals are also connected to cancer, negatively impact the endocrine system and – most importantly here – can cause reproductive toxicity. This means these every day, oh-so common chemicals can reduce fertility and also can cause birth defects in successful pregnancies.
Make sure your produce and perishable items are organic when possible.
Unsurprisingly, many of the chemicals used to grow produce that is not organic (see pesticides) can have a deleterious effect on fertility. As we’ll continue to illustrate, toxins can negatively impact organs and hormone levels and at worst cause cancer. Keeping your body as “clean” as possible in the lead-up to egg freezing – and when you’re ready for embryo transfer – is of course ideal. The good news is – more farms employ organic methods of growing, and the cost of eating organic has lowered over the years.
Cut down on dairy.
The existence of hormones in milk and dairy-based foods altogether is not news. We’ve known this for at least decades, but what scientists are focusing on these days is how this might cause disease and pregnancy complications. These hormones are known to cause higher levels of estrogen in all genders, which can cause an imbalance in hormones impacting fertility.
In a somewhat recent study by Harvard School of Public Health and Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, scientists found that women who consumed full-fat dairy were found to have a 27% lower risk of infertility. Women who consumed low-fat milk products twice a day were found to be twice as likely to not ovulate. This study seems to show that eating healthy fats in dairy may be helpful in reducing the risk of hormonal changes from dairy consumption. What many of these studies also show is that if you are going to consume a full-fat dairy product, one serving a day is ideal.
Reduce alcohol and caffeine consumption.
Of all our tips, this might be a somewhat obvious one, but why may not be as clear. A newish study by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development has linked caffeine with miscarriages. They found that when men and/or women drink three or more cups a day of caffeinated drinks before pregnancy the woman was nearly twice as likely to miscarry rather early into the pregnancy. This does not just apply to current pregnancies but fertility and attempting to get pregnant.
As for alcohol, the Mayo Clinic advises heavy drinking is associated with an increased risk of ovulation disorders. If you’re unclear on what constitutes heavy drinking, abstinence is most recommended when focusing on fertility and an upcoming egg retrieval. Abstinence during conception as well as pregnancy is recommended, too, because a safe level of fetal alcohol consumption is difficult to measure. When in doubt – or in this case, in hope of healthy fertility and someday conception – eliminating alcohol and caffeine is best.
See a therapist or a healer.
Hearing you need to be less stressed in order to be more fertile might make you scream. For many people, the demands of work and life just simply are moderately or acutely stressful, but think of it from the perspective of the body. If your body is constantly running on adrenaline, it’s in a constant state of fight or flight. It is ideal to create a more receptive frame of mind when it comes to fertility. The mind/body connection underpins our entire organism, and the body will be going through a lot should you choose to freeze your eggs. Sure – some of our stressors and stresses in life cannot be completely carved out of our life, but our coping mechanisms and the way we mentally and emotionally frame them can. This is where therapists and healers of various modalities can support us in our journeys to better mind/body health as well as fertility. There are many therapists who do take health insurance and healers who work on sliding scales should the addition of a practitioner seem like another stress.
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