Female Infertility – A Natural Approach


 “5 to 12% of women between 12 & 45 are affected by PCOS, a leading cause of infertility, conventionally treated with synthetic hormones.”

 

Here’s an encouraging report about a woman who overcame the challenges of polycystic ovary syndrome or PCOS. PCOS is one of the most common female endocrine disorders and thought to be one of the leading causes of female infertility. It affects 5%-12% of women in their reproductive years age 12 to 45. However the prevalence of PCOS increases to 20% in women who are overweight or obese. Conventional treatment involves various synthetic hormones; however, more and more patients are choosing a natural approach.

One of my professional colleagues shared this case study about her niece. The patient in her 30s was struggling with infertility. Her prior physician found her LH or luteinizing hormone level to be elevated as well as her estrogen level low and said she was entering menopause early. Although the doctor recommended Clomid, a fertility drug, the patient decided not to use the Clomid due to the side effects. The patient had short cycles and reported she was menstruating every 2 weeks.

My colleague started her on 2 nutritional formulas Cytozyme-O and Equi-Fem. These 2 supplements provided nutritional support for her ovaries as well as her entire endocrine system. Equi-Fem was developed as a foundational product to assure women have the co-factors necessary to make and sustain hormones. The combination of vitamins, minerals, botanicals and glandular support make Equi-Fem an excellent female multivitamin mineral supplement.

My colleague also recommended a natural progesterone cream. Progesterone helps balance the aberrant testosterone levels. Just as important as the supplements was the change in diet. She changed her diet to reduce insulin and regulate her blood sugar swings. After 2 months of following this regiment she called with the happy news that she was pregnant!

My colleague also mentioned that this approach has worked extremely well for other women who have struggled with PCOS. Let’s look at the clinical picture and some of the other symptoms associated with PCOS.

PCOS is characterized by various combinations and severity of symptoms including:

  • Irregular Menstrual Cycles

–        meaning they can be scanty or absent.

  • Infertility

–        which can result from lack of ovulation and often causes first trimester miscarriage.

  • Hyper-androgenism

–        resulting in Hirsutism or facial hair, oily skin, male pattern baldness and acne.

  • Metabolic syndrome

–        with midsection obesity, insulin resistance, sleep apnea and enlarged ovaries with multiple cysts.

PCOS occurs when a woman doesn’t ovulate which causes a disruption in the normal cyclical interrelationship among her hormones, brain and ovaries. Some researchers believe xenobiotics to be the culprit. The exact mechanism is not well understood.

The ovaries are stimulated to produce excessive amounts of male hormones, particularly testosterone, either through the release of excessive luteinizing hormone by the anterior pituitary gland or through high levels of insulin in women whose ovaries are sensitive. Basically the follicle that carries the egg does not release the egg and the follicle becomes a cyst.

Hyperinsulinemia, elevated lipid patterns (usually triglycerides), increased circulating androgens especially testosterone and homocysteine are higher in women having PCOS. Estrogen can be high or normal and progesterone tends to be low.

Remember, Dr. Godo will look for the root cause of your symptoms to discover what may be causing the hormonal imbalance in the first place. Is it a lack of co-factors? Is the liver not breaking down the hormones and recycling them? What about your total toxic load? Maybe your hormonal feedback loops are awry?

Insulin is a powerful hormone and it can dysregulate many hormone feedback loops. Dr. Godo may ask you to reduce the simple sugars in your diet and consume more nutrient dense foods as a foundation, regardless of the treatment plan.

My colleague chose to balance insulin, provide the cofactors necessary to make healthy hormones and normalize the estrogen/testosterone /progesterone balance. Although this treatment has worked very well for my colleague’s patients, be prepared to look deeper because some hormonal cases can be very challenging.

But I think you’ll agree, taking a Wellness approach to polycystic ovary syndrome has health benefits for you and if you are trying to get pregnant for your baby as well. Ask Dr. Godo about supplements and natural treatments for polycystic ovary syndrome.

Dr. Jason Godo, DC

http://www.GoToGodo.com

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You CAN Conquer Menopause!


“This simple hormones balance symptom test is an uncomplicated way to give you information on your state of hormone balance or imbalance.”

Just because menopause is a natural process in a women’s life doesn’t mean it will be an easy transition. With great compassion I have to acknowledge for many women it can be a roller coaster ride. With all the xenoestrogens in today’s diet plus the pressure and stress in our society, it’s not uncommon for women to have hormonal dysregulation. And with 2 million or more women entering menopause each year, we are talking about a major health challenge. So let’s consider a Wellness approach to menopause.

Menopause is clinically defined as “the permanent, natural cessation of menstruation.” You are considered menopausal when menstruation has stopped for at least six months, and you’re over 45 years of age. Ideally, the ovaries and adrenals produce estrogen and progesterone during the fertile years. The adrenal glands make estrogen by converting the male hormone, testosterone to estrogen. But what happens if your adrenal glands are exhausted? Who picks up the slack?

Fat cells can also manufacture estrogen but that’s not an appealing option. After age 40 a woman’s hormones start their descent and by the time she is post menopausal estrone is reduced by 60%, estradial by 90%, and progesterone by 60%.

Women in their 40s can experience perimenopause and can sense subtle hormonal changes. It’s not too soon to start rebuilding if you have these symptoms: dry skin and wrinkles, frequent urination, depression and moodiness, periods becoming irregular and blood flow changes.

Eventually, the closer you are to your 50s you may have more intense symptoms such as hot flashes. 60% of all women experience some form of hot flashes lasting for 1-5 years. 10-20% experience hot flashes for life.

Other symptoms are: night sweats, vaginal dryness, mood swings, headaches, irritability and anxiety, insomnia, weight changes, fatigue, low libido, and heart palpitations.

Diet is extremely important when it comes to limiting the severity of menopausal symptoms. Eating well can go a long way in helping you to feel better. A diet low in fat and animal protein, with plenty of fresh vegetables and fruit, whole grains and legumes will help. Foods to avoid are sugar, fried and fatty foods, dairy products, white flours, refined and processed foods, caffeine, carbonated soft drinks, red meat and alcohol.

Blood sugar and hormonal fluctuations are connected. If blood sugar is not balanced and regulated, hormonal fluctuations will be more intense and erratic. Weight gain becomes an uncontrollable problem in most women. Food cravings and hot flashes feel intolerable when blood sugar is not controlled. Sugar, refined flours, and too many simple carbohydrates should be strictly avoided.

Movement or exercise is an important stress reducer. It increases hormones that counter depression. It’s wise to be moderate when starting an exercise routine. Over exercising can be harmful, as it can over stress the adrenal glands. I’ve worked with many women who have “panicked over their weight gain” so they over exercise which causes more stress.

Over exercising is working out 6 or 7 days per week for 1 or more hours resulting in fatigue or “hyper” energy. Your body will automatically lower your metabolism to keep you from burning out. Try a 30 – 60 minute workout, 3-4 days per week, leaving you refreshed; and try to exercise outdoors as much as you can. I have included a hormone balance test for you to take. This simple test is an uncomplicated way to give you information on your state of hormone balance or imbalance.

Menopause complications can be a result of too much estrogen, estrogen deficiency, improper estrogen ratio or estrogen dominance, adrenal fatigue, excess androgens and progesterone deficiency. Hormone testing can be expensive but sometimes necessary. However by completing the questionnaire and bringing it to your Wellness Practitioner, they can help pin point the major areas.

Did you know that women can have elevated estrogen levels and still have hot flashes? This test helps to co-ordinate many of the symptoms you have been experiencing and may help you put the pieces of the puzzle together as you and your clinician develop a comprehensive strategy. Your clinician has supplements that not only relieve symptoms but can help treat underlying causes.

As a clinical nutritionist with over thirty years of experience, let me encourage you. YOU can conquer menopause with the right help.

http://www.GoToGodo.com