Emotional Mental Health A Key to Fertility

Emotional and mental health can be a very real barrier to fertility. So often, we focus on our physical health and whether we are 'fertile in our body'. You and your partner may have had every blood test and scan under the sun.  You may have had some answers such as a genetic pattern issue, endometriosis, polycystic ovaries or low sperm count. Maybe you've found no answers, or have been given a fertility percentage.

Yet, what about emotional and mental health? Especially when there is a struggle with trying to conceive.

I often find women coming to me because

  • they're at a loss as to why they are yet to fall pregnant
  • they have stress in their lives they need to clear as they have a feeling that this is affecting their fertility, or
  • they have negative experiences related to reproductive health that they need to let go of.

Kinesiology is a fascinating and powerful tool for it has the ability to speak to the body, the conscious and the subconscious mind, and takes the guess work out of questioning 'why?' The very challenge to conceive can cause stress which in turn becomes the enemy to your fertility.

Healing From Miscarriage or Termination

A common example of the importance of emotional and mental health for fertility is healing from a miscarriage or termination; this is something that can take time. From the well recognised statistics, we know that this is a shared experience for many women, however we are all unique in the way that we hold onto or process grief, loss and change. Personal history and circumstance are also unique and it's for these reasons that each personal experience and response to this stress is valid. 

Once you begin to heal and feel ready to try again to conceive, it's good to check in and prepare on all levels to ensure that your body is not holding onto past hurt. Sometimes our fear of falling pregnant again or worry over the ability to carry a baby full term can be part of the picture that is preventing conception. Kinesiology can help you to understand and free your emotions and thoughts and to clear the body of trauma and pain.

The Energy Connection Between Emotions and Your Reproductive System

To further reiterate the message, from an energetic perspective the Sacral Chakra – which penetrates through the ovaries and gonads is the chakra most known for it's connection to emotions. When your emotions are in balance, meaning that you're understanding and expressing your emotional self, you have a balanced Sacral chakra and thus a balance within the energy system of your reproductive system and related hormones and structures. Your emotional state directly relates to your fertility and vise versa!

As I mentioned above, you can store your emotions and thought patterns in your body. They can be both recent and old experiences. By releasing these experiences and the effect they have on you, you are able to then make room for new experiences, have the ability to respond rather than react, and to create the family you desire.

A Fun Fertility Tip

Making a baby is the essence of creativity. Both the Traditional Chinese Medicine Kidney meridian and the yogic Sacral Chakra involved in the making of a baby are also the sources for creativity. These systems thrive on creative nourishment. Think beyond just physical conception to creative outlets such as cooking, gardening, art and craft, and problem solving – get those creative juices flowing!

For more information, check out an article I previously wrote called A Fertile Life: Why Mind-Body Medicine is Essential for Fertility 

Kate Pamphilon

 

 

Kate's passion is to educate and empower each client to understand their mind, body, and Spirit and how these aspects are all connected. Her integrative approach to health and healing is to explore and treat the whole person. Kate is the creator of Holistic by Nature and is also on the expert panel of I Quit Sugar.

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The Journey of Fertility

Ensure your body is in optimal condition for trying to conceive.

Having a period is not much fun at the best of times, and while you are trying to conceive it can be downright heartbreaking.  I have had many clients explain to me how with each menstrual period they feel a sense of loss, hopelessness or despair.  These feelings are often further compounded with unpleasant symptoms such as emotional volatility, pain and fatigue, none of which help during this sometimes difficult time.

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Instead of seeing each menstrual period as a setback on your path to parenthood, consider it as a time to take special care of yourself and prepare for the next chance at conception.  Ancient Chinese physicians called menstruation Tian Gui or ‘Heavenly water’ because they believed that menstrual blood was different from the blood that circulates through and nourishes the body.  During the menstrual period there is a loss of blood or ‘Heavenly Water’, but this loss is not simply a monthly discharge of discarded material from the uterus, it is Qi, the vital energy that is required for life.

It is for this very reason that traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) views the menstrual period as a time when women need to take particular care of themselves.  As blood is discharged from the uterus during Heavenly Water, the body is in a state of qi and blood deficiency - as blood is lost so is qi. During this stage of the menstrual cycle, the body is more vulnerable to be influenced by external factors, such as cold.  In TCM theory, cold has the ability to obstruct qi and suppress healthy reproductive function.  This can result in cramping pain, irritability, bloating and cravings for sweet foods. Ingesting cold foods and drinks (this can mean food and drinks that are physically cold such as ice cream or chilled water, as well as salads, juices and raw foods) can allow cold to enter the body, as can standing on cold floors with bare feet, being under dressed for the weather and swimming during your period.

I wanted to share with you this egg soup recipe as it helps to increase circulation, nourish the body and keep it warm - enabling the smooth and free flow of qi and blood.  You can make this during your period to ease menstrual pain and to ensure your body is in optimal condition for trying to conceive. 

Egg Soup - Makes 1 serve                                                

1 cup water                                                                                                                                              

1 tablespoon raw sugar      

2 eggs                                                                                                                                                    

3 tablespoons rice wine (available from Asian grocers)

In a medium saucepan, add 1 cup of water and dissolve raw cane sugar. Bring to boil over medium-high heat. Crack 2 eggs into the boiling water and stir as it returns to the boil.  Add rice wine and remove from heat. Serve hot.

Remember to like and care for yourself.

Sally

 

 

Sally has a special interest in working with couples to overcome fertility challenges as well as continuing to support women throughout pregnancy and beyond. 

Sally has a Bachelor of Health Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine (Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine) from the University of Technology Sydney and a Diploma of Health Science in Eastern Massage therapy (Shiatsu and Tuina) from the Canberra Institute of Technology.

To find out more about acupuncture and how it can help with infertilityendometriosisstressanxietyback pain and throughout pregnancy please click on the links. 

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FOLIC ACID - WHY IT CAN IMPROVE YOUR FERTILITY

Why all the fuss about folic acid? Well, recent research shows folic acid is a crucial safeguard to the health of an unborn baby as well as boosting fertility for both men and women.

 

What Is Folic Acid?

Folic acid is the synthetic form of folate, a water-soluble B vitamin. The human body does not store folic acid, which is why it is important we consume it daily in order to get adequate amounts. Folic acid’s main job in the body is to help produce and maintain new cells, and it is especially important during cell division. Without folic acid, our bodies could not produce DNA (essential for making babies) and red blood cells.

 

What The Research Shows

For Women
A study of more than 18,000 women showed that women regularly taking a supplement containing folic acid had a 40% lower risk of suffering problems producing eggs – which is the second biggest cause of female infertility.

For Men
Men who consume high levels of folic acid (over 700 mcg/day) lower their risk of sperm abnormalities by 20-30%. The higher the quality of a man’s sperm, the lower the chances of chromosomal abnormalities that can lead to birth defects such as Down syndrome in babies.

For Babies
Folic acid decreases the risk of neural tube defects (NTD) like spina bifida as well as other congenital conditions such as congenital heart defects.

Because congenital conditions like NTDs occur in the first three to four weeks following fertilisation, it is crucial to start boosting your folic acid levels BEFORE falling pregnant as it takes a month for your body to reach adequate levels.

 

Is A Good Diet Enough?

Whilst folic acid is present in leafy green vegetables such as spinach and kale; most fruits, including avocado; bean; beetroot; chickpeas; and fortified cereals and breads it is very hard to get enough through diet alone. Therefore to make sure you are getting the levels your body requires its best to take a high quality supplement.

 

TOAST YOUR TEACUPS TO A FERTILE FUTURE!

Ahhh, a soothing cup of tea. If you’re anything like me, you’ll find that tea is quite often the centre of our existence. It’s what we use to start the day with, to wind-down, to catch up over, to relax, and to get motivated.

Many of us actually don’t quite seem to function to an adequate level of satisfaction without the support of a nice hot cuppa. In its absence, simple, day-to-day tasks such as composing an email, getting ready for work, or tackling the horrendous, infinite mountain of doom that is the odd-socks pile (we’ve all got one!) feels like an unattainable, unrealistic, and at times frightening objective.

Yes, it is true, for many of us tea really is a necessary component to reaching the “normality” described as acceptable and expected adult human behaviour.

We know that tea is generally quite good for us, with its oh-so-impressive antioxidants (that ad springs to mind- “Auntie-who?!”) which makes us tea drinkers feel a little smug, placing ourselves on a bit of a higher horse than the buzzing coffee-consumers who walk among us.
And now there’s new justification to nurture that tall-poppy tea-drinkers’ syndrome; recent research in Oakland, Northern California followed 210 hopeful mums on a tea-drinking voyage, to study the potential increase in fertility created by the humble cup of tea.

This golden piece of research found that women who drank even a measly half a cup of tea a day were twice as likely to conceive than those who preferred other caffeinated drinks such as energy-enhancing soft-drinks, or the grainy deep coffee that drops you like a brick and lingers on your breath, or who drank no tea at all! (Can you imagine?!)

Why is this?!

Well! It’s not the caffeine (or even the antioxidants) that are at work here. What researchers found was that it is the polyphenolic compounds in tea that are potentially boosting your fertility levels -this occurs through the ability of the polyphenois to decrease the number of chromosomal abnormalities in your body, in turn eliminating nonviable embryos. For those of you who have not yet had enough cups of tea to cope with such scientific jargon: the little compounds found in your calming cuppa actually decrease the chance of mishaps in your DNA threads meaning that the likelihood of your body producing embryos that are not quite up to the job is reduced– hoorah!

Furthermore, hypoxanthine, another chemical found in your beloved cup of tea is quite possibly the primary component of follicular fluid, which is the main solution responsible for the success of the maturing process of unborn babies.

Which tea is best?

Whilst the research at hand didn’t specify a particular type of tea (true tea-lovers don’t like to play favorites) it is thought that a refreshing green tea holds superiority over a black blend like the majestic English breakfast, or rich Russian Caravan in this particular situation.

Green tea, they say, has up to 10 times the levels of polyphenoses than black tea blends, meaning super-boosted baby-building benefits! –just three cups a day will help boost your fertility levels, whilst keeping you well within the recommended daily caffeine intake levels (less for black tea drinkers). Blends containing Acai are even more advantageous, with their cleansing and hormone-balancing qualities said to help the process further. 

So, toast your teacups, ladies, and enjoy your cuppa with confidence, knowing that you’re potentially drinking your way to a more fertile future!

Until next time, live well!
Jemima Daly