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Cervical Mucus as a Natural Fertility Sign
One of the purposes of cervical mucus is to sustain sperm in a healthy medium and facilitate sperm movement.

Therefore, during ovulation, there is an increase in cervical fluids, as well as a change in CM texture. During this time, CM becomes more pliable, stretchable, and slippery (resembling raw egg whites) and is therefore a reliable indicator of fertility.

To observe CM, simply use clean, dry fingers or toilet paper to collect and examine your cervical mucus. During non-fertile times of the month, you will typically observe a dryness (or scant amount of cervical mucus). However, as you near ovulation, the amount of CM will increase and the texture will change.

Before Ovulation, a woman typically experiences very little visible cervical fluids. Gradually, more mucus will accumulate - but it will be yellow or cloudy and exhibit a sticky texture. This is non-fertile cervical mucus (sometimes referred to as hostile cervical mucus).

As you begin to near your ovulation date, the presence of cervical mucus will increase markedly due to higher levels of estrogen in your body. First, there will be a moistness or slight tackiness to the mucus, and it should exhibit a white or cream-colored appearance. However, as you near your most fertile time, CM will become thinner and more slippery.

During Ovulation, the amount of cervical fluids will increase greatly and the appearance will resemble raw egg whites. The texture of the CM will become increasingly slippery and stretchable, and may appear semitransparent. This is your most fertile time of the month for conceiving.

After Ovulation (luteal phase), the slippery, thin quality of the CM will lessen and the texture will once again become sticky and cloudy. Post-ovulatory dryness may also ensue as the levels of progesterone rise in your body.

As a natural fertility sign, monitoring changes in cervical mucus is a reliable method of ovulation prediction.

Certain vitamins may help increase your cervical mucus. They can include:

Vitamin C - Makes your blood vessel walls stronger, fight off infections, and speed healing of any wounds. As well, Vitamin C can increase the amount of fluid in your cervical mucus, giving you plenty of cervical mucus.

Nitric Oxide [NO] - Makes blood vessels dilate, allowing your blood to flow to your reproductive organs, which are your genitals, uterus, and ovaries. Studies suggest NO helps increase the amount of mucus secreted by your cervix.

Lactobacilli - Not exactly a vitamin, Lactobacilli are tiny organisms - an important part of a healthy environment in your vagina. Lactobacilli helps create the best environment to make cervical mucus more effective.

Grapeseed Extract - Works with Vitamin C, making it more effective. The presence of this antioxidant gives additional support and protection to your man's sperm.

Evening Primrose Oil - A herb often used specifically to increase your cervical mucus. It is an essential fatty acid, also an anti-inflammatory. It not only helps increase your cervical mucus, also helps increase the quality and effectiveness of your cervical mucus, producing more egg-white cervical mucus.

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Cervical mucus (a fluid that is secreted from inside the cervix) plays an important role in achieving pregnancy.

During most of a woman's cycle, very little cervical fluids are produced.

However, around the time a woman ovulates, the presence of cervical mucus increases in order to help nourish sperm and facilitate sperm transport.

It also insulates sperm from the natural acidity inside the vagina.

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Image: Day 183/365 Doing nothing - Photo credit: Daniel Oines on FlickrMany women live through painful periods and discomfort, totally oblivious of the possibility of enlarged fibroids until their reproductive system is affected. Ms Ann Kyobe discovered she had fibroids at 30 after two pregnancy losses and she had a premature birth by caesarean section after that.

Before this she had lived through painful and heavy menstrual periods that lasted two weeks each time. Occasionally, Ms Kyobe felt pain in her lower back. According to Dr Rhona Mijumbi of International Air Ambulance, Ms Kyobe exhibited typical signs that one could be having enlarged fibroids.

Ms Kyobe says that she had scanty knowledge of fibroids so there was no way she could suspect anything was wrong just because her periods were painful and heavy. There are many women who have heavy or painful periods so I thought it was normal, she says. Dr Mijumbi describes fibroids as non-cancerous swellings that grow in, on or around the walls of the uterus.

They could grow to as many as 20 or just one in varying sizes: they can be as small as a pea or as large as a basketball. The size, number and location determine severity and what effects they will have on their victims.

The most severe of effects are reproductive-related. They include birth by caesarean section, pregnancy loss, or failure to conceive in the first place. Frequent urination, a feeling of fullness in the lower abdomen, bleeding between periods and painful sexual intercourse could also indicate their presence. If they are growing on the outer lining of the uterine walls, the fibroids could cause the stomach to bulge.

In school,we were taught that fibroids affected women above the age of 35 but the reality in the field is that although it is prevalent (in that group), even women as young as 20 are diagnosed with them, says Dr Mijumbi.

According to Dr Charles Kiggundu a gynaecologist at Mulago Hospital, the prevalence rate for fibroids among Ugandan women is 30 percent. This accounts for three out of every 10 women in their 30s and four out of every 10 women in their 40s.

These are however based on the women that have been diagnosed, excluding those that have not gone for medical check up, he says.

Dr Mijumbi says although over time, black women have been found to be more prone to developing fibroids than their white counterparts and 20 percent of sufferers worldwide are above 40 years of age. Kiggundu further explains that women who give birth late or have few children are more prone to fibroids.

This highlights the fact that the more affluent woman who takes a longer part of her life studying, making money and thus gives birth later in life to fewer children is at a higher risk of suffering from fibroids.

A hormone, oestrogen favours the growth of fibroids while another called progesterone, which is produced in large amounts during pregnancy helps counter the possibility of developing fibroids. The earlier one bares children therefore, the more progesterone they produce in their bodies which helps reduce their chances of developing fibroids, explains Dr Kiggundu.

Having this in mind, many women have been driven to seek male companions in a rush to stop the hand of nature. Ms Julia Nabunya says that when her 42-year-old aunt found out she had fibroids, she advised her to get a baby as soon as possible to avoid developing them as well.

Thus, at 22, Ms Nabunya got pregnant, not caring much about who she picked for her child's father. Although early birth may reduce the risk of getting fibroids, there is no definite way to prevent them.

At best, the doctors advise medical examinations if any of the symptoms are experienced so that if fibroids are found early, one can plan on how to manage pregnancy, for example.

There are cases where we advise women to give birth early, but not to prevent them as some women think, Dr Mijumbi says. It is instead to ensure that one gives birth before the fibroids are too big to interfere with pregnancy.

In other cases, the fibroids are cut out if found severe and causing a lot of complications. At worst, the entire uterus is removed. According to doctors, fibroids are not known to have any direct effect on fertility but rather interfere with conception and pregnancy depending on their size and location.

If a fibroid is located at the entrance of the uterus or is blocking the fallopian tube(s) and is big enough to cause blockage, the sperm and ova might not get to meet and thus there is no fertilization, Dr Paul Ssemugoma of International Medical Centre says.

Dr Mijumbi adds that in cases where a fibroid grows at the entrance to the womb, sex could be painful and delivery complicated resulting into birth by caesarean.

This is an example where we would need to operate and remove the fibroids but we can't operate when one is pregnant so we wait and see whether the foetus survives long enough to be delivered by caesarean then operate later before their next pregnancy, she explains.

The other instance where they are removed is when a swelling twists on its stalk. Fibroids have a stalk attached to the uterine wall. When one of the fibroid swellings begins to twist on its stalk, it causes unbearable pain. In that case, surgery to remove the fibroid has to be carried out.

Fibroid swellings thrive on oestrogen - a female hormone produced by the ovaries which increases in the body during ovulation, menstruation and pregnancy. They enlarge during heavy surges of the hormone in the body causing heavy and painful periods as they expand and contract.

Some patients are in fact injected with oestrogen free hormones to hinder development of the fibroids but this hormone impacts negatively on their fertility rates, says Dr Mijumbi.

During pregnancy, they enlarge and if they are growing on the inner walls into the uterus, they compete for space with the foetus and usually win thus causing pregnancy losses or premature births. In most cases though, even when the doctors diagnose fibroids, the patients are left to live with them.

They are usually small and harmless save for the painful and heavy periods that most women can live with taking painkillers, says Dr Ssemugoma. Otherwise, the fibroids die out with menopause because the ovaries stop producing the oestrogen they thrive on.

REAL LIFE EXPERIENCE:
It happened to me: Grace Areymo a 49-year-old mother of five shared her experiences with Winifred Agudo. When I was growing up, this complication was attributed to women who decided not to give birth. This was to change drastically in 1998, when my menstrual cycle became constantly heavier, more painful and would last two weeks.

I immediately sought medical help and fortunately, a female doctor attended to me. She recommended antibiotics for one week, thinking it was an infection. A week later, with no improvement, I was forced to see the doctor again, this time round however, it was a male doctor.

He prescribed pills for my pain for 30 days, thinking it was hormonal imbalance. I was fooled into thinking the problem was gone when the bleeding stopped, but my next period was very painful so I was advised to see a gynaecologist.

After several tests, and sound scan in 2000, I was diagnosed with fibroids. My first reaction was shock, because society always had it that fibroids exist among Nuns, and women who deliberately refuse to give birth, besides I am a mother. Since then my abdomen has gradually expanded so much, that it is uncomfortable.

People who knew me before keep wondering what happened and this has put pressure on me to look like did before. Thinking back now, remember this complication could have started when was in my 30s, though I ignored it then.

I have tried some preventive methods like herbal medicine, which has slightly reduced the size of my tummy. I am still hesitant to have an operation because of the side effects.

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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Pregnancy Miracle: Permanently Reverse Your Infertility, by Lisa OlsonPregnancy Miracle
by Lisa Olsen

-- A 279-page, instantly downloadable e-book presenting a 5-step, sure-fire, 100% guaranteed, clinically proven holistic and ancient Chinese system for permanently reversing your infertility and your partner's infertility disorders and getting pregnant quickly, naturally and safely within 2-4 months without drugs, dangerous surgeries, side effects, or expensive infertility treatments.

It's probably the most powerful infertility reversal system ever developed, and currently the best-selling e-book of its kind on the entire Web!

Here's what the author Lisa Olson had to say about her incredible program:
After 14 years of trial, error and experimentation, I finally discovered the answer to infertility and developed a fool-proof system to getting pregnant the natural way - no drugs, or surgery necessary.


It took a lot of research to get to where I am today, to know exactly what works and what doesn't. Yes, after desperate trial and error, countless of useless treatments, disappointments and agony, a simple holistic system opened the door to my new and much brighter life of motherhood.

I was also excited to see that my other infertility related symptoms had diminished. After years of waiting I was finally free from Infertility! I have become a proud mother of two.

And now I'm finally revealing my secrets in this new 'encyclopedia' of pregnancy called, Pregnancy Miracle.

I will be your own personal coach, take you by the hand, and lead you through the lousy advice, hype and gimmicks... and directly to the sort of inner balance perfection that will end your battle with infertility forever and help you become a proud mother of your healthy children.

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Our diet is one of the most important factors when it comes to trying to have a baby. Making sure we watch what we eat then is vital if we want to ensure that we maximize our fertility chances.

However, even if you have been the type of person who has always remained fit and health and watched what you ate, you may still have problems trying to conceive. This is because the human body can play tricks with us.

So, making sure that you create the most fertile environment possible is your number 1 aim if you are trying to have a baby.

One way that you can use to maximize the chances you have of having a baby is to make sure you use natural fertility treatment supplements when you are trying to get pregnant. Each type of natural fertility treatment supplement will vary depending on whether it is the man taking the natural fertility treatment supplement or the woman.

Men
Typically good natural fertility treatment supplements for men include Vitamin A, Vitamin B, Potassium, Zinc and Selenium. Of particular importance to helping in the male fertility treatment are:

Vitamin B5 and Zinc are needed in order for the testes to be healthy and to encourage a high sperm count. It should also be noted that if you have a zinc deficiency this can lead to low levels of testosterone and chromosomal abnormalities in the sperm.

Vitamin B12 and Potassium are needed to help the male sperm mobility.

Selenium is needed to help produce male sperm. A lack of selenium levels in the body is one of the most common reasons why males have low sperm counts.

Women
Unlike males, nearly all natural fertility treatment supplements are of importance and have some form of role to play. Nonetheless, of particular importance are:

Vitamin A – as this helps keep the Fallopian tubes healthy.

Vitamin B – as a lack of Vitamin B levels may result in a miscarriage following pregnancy.

Calcium – as this produces fertile mucus in the vagina

Magnesium – as a lack of magnesium levels will result in probable problems with the Fallopian tubes

Zinc – which happens to be one of the most important natural fertility health supplements.

The wonderful additional aspect of taking natural fertility supplements is that not only do they help you to achieve your primary aim of conceiving a child, but they also help to give you extra zest and energy. As such, if you continue to take the correct natural supplements after you have conceived you'll find the normally problems associated with being pregnant, such a fatigue and general tiredness, far less worrisome. That said, pregnant women do need to be careful which vitamin supplements they are taking during pregnancy, so make sure you consult with your physician first to ensure you are not going to be causing yourself and your baby any problems.

As far as how you take these natural fertility substances, you can either digest these as vitamin supplement pills or as part of your regular diet. It's not so much the manner of the consumption, provided you know that the body is getting what it needs in order to maximize your chances of conceiving a child.

Author: Melvin Ng

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Image: Pregnancy MiraclePregnancy Miracle
by Lisa Olsen

-- A 279-page, instantly downloadable e-book presenting a 5-step, sure-fire, 100% guaranteed, clinically proven holistic and ancient Chinese system for permanently reversing your infertility and your partner's infertility disorders and getting pregnant quickly, naturally and safely within 2-4 months without drugs, dangerous surgeries, side effects, or expensive infertility treatments.

It's probably the most powerful infertility reversal system ever developed, and currently the best-selling e-book of its kind on the entire Web!

Here's what the author Lisa Olson had to say about her incredible program:
After 14 years of trial, error and experimentation, I finally discovered the answer to infertility and developed a fool-proof system to getting pregnant the natural way - no drugs, or surgery necessary.


It took a lot of research to get to where I am today, to know exactly what works and what doesn't. Yes, after desperate trial and error, countless of useless treatments, disappointments and agony, a simple holistic system opened the door to my new and much brighter life of motherhood.

I was also excited to see that my other infertility related symptoms had diminished. After years of waiting I was finally free from Infertility! I have become a proud mother of two.

"And now I'm finally revealing my secrets in this new 'encyclopedia' of pregnancy called, Pregnancy Miracle."

"I will be your own personal coach, take you by the hand, and lead you through the lousy advice, hype and gimmicks... and directly to the sort of inner balance perfection that will end your battle with infertility forever and help you become a proud mother of your healthy children."

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Image: Pregnancy 1: Hands on pregnant belly. Photo credit: Nancy Lowrie (naneki), on FreeImagesFound on the Soulcysters message board:

My doctor has me taking 200 mg of soy cycle day 1-5 and then 150mg of Clomid cycle day 5-9.

I am taking the soy in the morning and the Clomid in the evening, so that on cycle day 5 I will take 200 mg of soy in the morning and 150mg of Clomid in the evening. I am to start OPK's [ovulation prediction kit] on cycle day 12 at 10am.

When I get a positive, I will go in for an ultrasound to check my lining and my follies, and then I will do an IUI [intra-uterine insemination] at 12 PM the following day, take another OPK [ovulation prediction kit] that day before the IUI, and if it is positive still, then I will get one more IUI done the 24 hours after the first one.

My doctor actually explained it well by saying that the photoestrogens in the soy will be estrogenic and cause my lining to thicken to counteract the Clomid's thinning, it will also give my eggs an estrogenic boost to ripening, so that I will ovulate sooner.

He also said that if we weren't doing an IUI cycle, the soy would be helpful in making a lot of good quality EWCM [egg white cervical mucus].

My doctor did do a small study with 200 women on 100 mg of Clomid - 100 with soy and 100 without. All of the women had to have proven ovulation with Clomid.
Here were his results:

In the women taking Clomid without/with soy:

• average uterine lining thickness : 7.5mm/11.3mm
• average number of mature (20mm or larger) follicles: 2.5/3.5
• average number of released follicles: 2/3
• percent of women that ovulated (verified by ultrasound and progesterone blood testing): 87%/93%
• average day of ovulation: 18/15
• average level of serum progesterone 10 days after ovulation: 9.3/12.2
• percent of ovulating women becoming pregnant with IUI over a course of three cycles (blood hcg levels greater than 5): 43.6%/68.7%
• percent of women that became pregnant that went on to give birth: 52.3%/89.7%

CONTRAINDICATIONS and PRECAUTIONS

Soy isoflavones are contraindicated in those who are hypersensitive to any component of a soy isoflavone-containing product.

Pregnant women and nursing mothers should avoid the use of soy isoflavone supplements pending long-term safety studies. Men with prostate cancer should discuss the advisability of the use of soy isoflavones with their physicians before deciding to use them.

Women with estrogen receptor-positive tumors should exercise caution in the use of soy isoflavones and should only use them if they are recommended and monitored by a physician.

Soy isoflavone intake has been associated with hypothyroidism in some.

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Image: Zita West's Guide to Fertility and Assisted Conception: Essential Advice on Preparing Your Body for IVF and Other Fertility Treatments, by Zita West. Publisher: Random House UK (April 12, 2010)Zita West's Guide to Fertility and Assisted Conception: Essential Advice on Preparing Your Body for IVF and Other Fertility Treatments
by Zita West

-- Embarking on IVF—or any assisted fertility treatment—can be a very demanding and stressful experience, but the right physical, nutritional, and emotional support can lessen these stresses and strains and increase the chances of success.

Here a leading fertility and pregnancy expert offers an in-depth explanation of all aspects of fertility and, uniquely, addresses the issues involved in using assisted conception.

She explains fertility from preconception and trying naturally to assisted conception, what is involved in the IVF process, how to prepare your body to increase the chances of conceiving successfully, the importance of a proactive approach to diet and nutrition, and how complementary therapies, such as acupuncture, can increase the chances of success.

Including interviews with leading experts in the field, case histories from patients, and the author's own holistic principles, this is an invaluable guide for the growing number of people who are considering, or have already embarked on, medical intervention to enable them to conceive.

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Monday, Jan. 07, 1935 - The minute a woman becomes pregnant certain hormones appear in her urine.

If she wants to make sure of her pregnancy and can afford the expense, she may send a vial of her urine to her obstetrician.

He will have a laboratory associate condense the specimen and inject some of it into the belly of a $1.50 virgin rabbit or a 20¢ virgin mouse.

After two or three days the laboratory associate will kill the rabbit or mouse and examine its ovaries.

If the ovaries are swollen, that shows that the woman is pregnant.

The obstetrician then sends her the report and a good-sized bill.

Last week three University of Chicago doctors announced that they had discovered a cheaper and quicker method of certifying pregnancy.

Drs. Aaron Elias Kanter, Carl Philip Bauer and Arthur Herman Klawans use a little carp-like fish which costs only 30¢.

Within 24 hours after a female bitterling is placed in a quart of fresh water, which also contains two teaspoonfuls of urine from a pregnant woman, there grows out from the belly of the bitterling a long tubular appendage, called an oviduct, through which in the ordinary course of nature she would expel her own eggs.

As soon as one pregnancy test is over, the bitterling may be returned to an aquarium of fresh water where she quickly recovers her form and is again ready to serve curious womankind.

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A team of Harvard scientists is claiming the discovery of a reservoir of cells that appear capable of replenishing the ovaries of sterilized mice, possibly providing new ways to help infertile women have babies.

While cautioning that more research is needed to confirm that similar cells exist in women and that they can safely restore fertility, the researchers said the findings could revolutionize the understanding of female reproduction and the power to manipulate it.

This may launch a new era in how to think about female infertility and menopause, said Jonathan L. Tilly, a reproductive biologist at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston who led the research. It is being published in tomorrow's issue of the journal Cell.

Full article: WashingtonPost.com

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Image: Surviving In-vitro Fertilization: IVF Stories and Inspiration from the Women who have been there, by Karen Daniels. Publisher: CreateSpace (July 29, 2011)Surviving In-vitro Fertilization: IVF Stories and Inspiration from the Women who have been there
by Karen Daniels

-- True IVF stories and inspiration from the women who have been there. In-vitro fertilization is not a journey you need to take alone.

The women in this book who share their stories, thoughts, and lessons learned, have been in the IVF trenches - some for long periods of time.

We call them the IVF veterans.

They've struggled, cried, laughed, and inspired.

Let their experience guide you through the process and use their knowledge and tips as a beacon of insight for your own journey.

In-vitro fertilization is, on your best days, a journey that empowers you toward your ultimate goal of being a mom.

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ABSTRACT: Image: Three pregnancies despite elevated serum FSH and advanced age: Case reportAlthough the transfer of fertilized donor oocytes is the most efficacious mode of conception for infertile women with hypergonadotrophism associated with incipient or apparent ovarian failure, there are many individuals who, for religious, ethical, or personal reasons, would prefer to try to conceive with their own oocytes.

The three cases presented here represent extremes to date for (i) highest serum FSH concentration in a woman with incipient ovarian failure (n = 2), and (ii) the oldest woman with apparent overt ovarian failure (n = 1) to have successful pregnancies. All three cases were treated for only a short time with pharmacological dosages of ethinyl oestradiol with luteal phase support with progesterone.

The peak FSH (mIU/ml) in cases 1 and 2 was 143 and 127 respectively. The precedents set in these cases can help physician–patient consultation when patients inquire whether there is a certain critical FSH concentration above which pregnancy is not possible or an age over which successful pregnancy could not be achieved even if ovulation despite ovarian failure was possible.

First case: A 36 year old gravida 1, para 1 presented with a 3 year history of infertility. Her estradiol was less than 20 pg/ml, her FSH was 143 mIU/ml. Conceived 2nd cycle, delivered vaginally at full term.

Second case: A 35 year old woman presented with primary infertility and oligomenorrhoea. FSH of 22 mIU/ml, estradiol was less than 20 pg/ml. She had a successful full-term delivery.

Third case: a 45y old woman, last menstrual period was 6 months previously, FSH of 35. She delivered a full-term healthy baby.

Read more: Human Reproduction, Vol. 15, No. 8, 1709-1712, August 2000© 2000 European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology





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Image: 3 Steps to Fertility, by Marina Nicholas. Publisher: Carroll + Brown Publishers (February 1, 2006)3 Steps to Fertility
by Marina Nicholas

-- The world of infertility can be complex and daunting.

This book helps couples navigate the world of infertility treatment and tells them how they can maximize their chances of conceiving by following the three essential steps—gaining a full understanding of what conception entails, completing the necessary fertility tests at the appropriate time, and choosing the treatment that will improve their chances of having a baby.

Each infertile couple is unique, and what suits one couple may not suit another.

Some may be more comfortable first looking into complementary therapies while others will opt for immediate in-vitro fertilization.

With detailed information on assisted conception techniques, all possible tests, and how diet, ovulation tracking, hypnotherapy, reflexology, acupuncture, and herbal medicine can improve one's chances of having a baby, this book will help all couples find the right approach for them.

It also will ensure they are both better informed and more open to all forms of treatment as they embark on their journeys to parenthood.

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QUESTION: I had a question about something you wrote:

Interestingly enough, if wild yam is taken in small doses (a cup of tea or 10-20 drops of the tincture daily from onset of menses until mid-period) it increases fertility!

In either case, the effect seems to be triggered by the large amount of hormone-like substances found in this root. 

When taken daily, these substances may be converted into progesterone, thus decreasing the possibility of conception.

It was my understanding that this was a common misconception about dioscorea, but that it actually does not affect the hormones in any way in its natural state.

My understanding was that there are components in dioscorea (such as diosgenin) that can be made into synthetic progesterone, but that this conversion process does not naturally happen in the body, it must be done in a lab.

For that reason, taking wild yam in hopes to alter or affect hormone levels is useless.

Susun's response:
Thanks for your note. The field of plants and hormones is expanding by leaps and bounds, but we are still far from understanding what happens in the body when we eat certain plants.

Of course, I mostly speak from experience, not only mine, but those of thousands of women over thousands of years.

Many plants, especially large starchy roots, contain phytoestrogen and phytosterols.

These substances are most definitely converted into hormones in the human body and numerous studies attest to it.

They must, however, be fermented out of the plants by gut action and some people have too little gut flora to manage the job.

There is no progesterone, or any other hormone, in wild yam, but your body can make hormones out of it if it is taken internally.

Which hormones is up to your body, so I may be wrong when I say progesterone will be the result. But there will be a strong effect on hormones.

Check out my book New Menopausal Years: the Wise Woman Way for an article I did debunking wild yam creams. I certainly agree with you completely as far as external use is concerned.

Green Blessings, Susun Weed
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Image: FERTINATAL(tm): Supplementation with DHEA for 6-20 weeks may enhance functional ovarian reserveFERTINATAL, the first and only dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) nutritional supplement designed to enhance female fertility, has entered the market today.

The launch took longer than expected, because Fertility Nutraceuticals, LLC - which developed the supplement - made unusual efforts to ensure that FERTINATAL™ DHEA for women would fulfill all of the required specifications which the product was designed for, with consistency across every tablet, according to Fertility Nutraceuticals.

Now, we are excited to be able to offer probably the most reliable micronized DHEA product on the market, and the only one specifically designed for women who have a difficult time conceiving, notes Yu Kizawa, the company’s Director of Marketing and Sales.

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Image: 50 Things You Can Do Today to Increase Your Fertility50 Things You Can Do Today to Increase Your Fertility
-- Practical advice and a holistic approach to help you conceive, including simple dietary and lifestyle changes and do it yourself complementary therapies.
In this accessible and informative guide, Sally Lewis explains how age, sexual infections, diet, excess weight, stress, and anxiety affect fertility.

Teaching how to discover the best time for conception; understand the link between body, mind, and fertility; and manage stress and relax to prevent anxiety, this is the ultimate guide to increasing the likelihood of conception at any age.


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