After the NPC Shutdown – What Now?

So you have completed the shutdown and feel strong and fertile; what now?   The next things you do are very important: First and most importantly, you keep doing all the healthy eating, diet and exercise things you have come to “love”.  Make sure to have your 8 glasses of water a day, try to continue juicing or at least making healthy smoothies if you can; or will.  Take your supplements – that are not cleansing supplements (except fiber if you need it).  Visit Our Store for pre-natal vitamins, digestive aids, natural progesterone cream and so much more. Next, do you know how to use the progesterone cream after shutdown?  You will not be shutting off ovulation any longer so from here on you would use it only once ovulation has occurred up until menses.  No need to go off the cream and wonder if your period will come.  It will come, even on the progesterone cream, if you have ovulated but not conceived. Consider a fertility monitor like the Fertility Tracker, OvaCue or even LH test trips to know when you are about to ovulate.  We prefer the Fertility Tracker for cost and efficiency. Take your temps if you like.  You can read about how to here by searching through the categories or tags. Watch your symptoms carefully.  Determine how your body is behaving now and how it may need some more tweaking. Join our group. Follow us on Twitter (beyondfertility) We would love to have you stay in touch for support or updates.  Feel free to ask us questions.  There is still a journey ahead; maybe short, maybe...

Lauras Testimony

I have hesitated to share my news with the group, as I know how receiving someone else’s good news feels. However, I believe my struggles and success may help others and therefore I share with you today. I am almost 9 weeks pregnant. (Laura gave birth to a baby girl in September 2000 and then did another cleanse and had a baby boy in 2004)  If you bear with me, I’ll share my story as best I can.  These are her words. My dh and I are both 35 now and have been ttc #1 for 2 years. We have/had unexplained infertility. I did see an infertility specialist (RE: Reproductive Endocrinologist) after 6-9 months without success. When I first starting seeing the RE I had little knowledge of my own body or general reproduction. I am in the health field (dietitian), however andtherefore understood basic medicine. We did the usual tests. Hormones, checked for anemia, thyroid and other unusual labs. Everything was normal. Mydh also did a standard sperm analysis and this, too was normal. It was then suggested we do an HSG (dye test to see if my tubes were clear). We did it and it, too was normal. Mycycles were deemed regular (29-31 days always) and from best of my knowledge I always ovulated. My weight has always been good, I routinely exercise. I eat a generally good, mostly vegetarian diet. So, it was then determined that we had unexplained IF. At this point, my RE suggested Clomid. I asked why and she said, it could boost my ovulation, provide a stronger egg(s).  I hesitated, but decided...

Secondary Infertility

Secondary infertility is a confusing diagnosis.   You already have a child…why is it so difficult to have another one? Secondary infertility is even more common than primary infertility.  And it is very different.  You might feel guilty about your infertility because you have friends who haven’t been able to get pregnant at all. You should not feel greedy for wanting another child.  Your frustration is just as valid. Making your body healthy overall can help you overcome your infertility.  We are adding more posts to this section.  Please write to us using the contact form so we can help you through this personally.   Share and...

Hypertension

Of all the illnesses that make up cardiovascular diseases (CVD)—such as heart attack, stroke, angina pectoris, atherosclerosis, and arteriosclerosis—high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is the most common. It is also a condition about which many North Americans are complacent. This is a riddle. Hypertension may be common, and we may not worry about it, but it can be deadly. Hypertension can result in serious conditions such as kidney disease to traumatic and often tragic events such as stroke, heart attack, and even death. So why the laid-back attitude? Do we just not care? It may be because of how hypertension “works.” It is quiet—there is no evidence of the disease until it has progressed to the point at which a crisis occurs. Its treatment is not without a physical cost—much of the medication used for hypertension has uncomfortable and troubling side effects. Nor is its treatment of short duration—hypertension therapy is generally lifelong. However, treatment does not have to be uncomfortable—hypertension can be lowered through three things that have no negative side effects (and actually have positive side effects); three things for which you may not have to pay extra because you use them as a matter of course; and three things that you may actually enjoy. These three things are diet, supplements, and exercise. The DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet is low in total fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol; rich in fruits, vegetables, and fiber; and contains small amounts of nonfat dairy products and meat, fish, poultry, or nuts. Hypertensive volunteers who followed this diet for eight weeks saw a significant reduction in blood...

Female Health

Feminine health is as complicated as it gets. There are so many mysteries to the female reproductive system. If a “women’s” health issue arises it is very important to deal with it properly and quickly to avoid long term effects. Most feminine health problems will respond well to natural health aka holistic approaches. Correcting the concern before it becomes irreversible is the key. Here are a few female health problems that are common to infertile and hormonally imbalanced women. Dysmenorrhea Amenorrhea See our individual articles on the subjects above. Share and...

Poor semen quality, thick mucus, cystic fibrosis; what do they have in common?

Let’s start with the mucus part. I’ve posted a webpage below that may be hard to understand.  It basically talks about the the affects of l-arginine on CF patients.  L-arginine is an amino acid which changes the viscosity (thickness) of mucus.  This makes the semen a healthier environment. L-arginine has many other strengths having to do with the heart, digestive track and lungs as well. Someone wrote to me about her husband having cystic fribrosis and thinking he should not have children.  Wow, I  can so understand that feeling.  I also see that she was caring about her baby in the way we talk about here; ahead of time. The great news is that there ARE natural ways to overcome the large issues, like Cystic Fibrosis as well as the smaller problems like thick semen. These problems stem from the body’s inability to produce mucus properly.  Let’s look at that, shall we?  The same applies to women with thick mucus so pay attention. I immediately thought of l-arginine because I have a stood behind a product I carry for years for men with thick, acidic, unhealthy semen and for women cervical mucus.  The eternal search for egg-white-quality mucus. Here is an article below that is intense but if you just read slowly is a good one.  CF sufferers can benefit from it as well. Cystic Fibrosis and L-arginine article Natural supplements can be applied to infertility in all manners of situations.  Too often we separate the body in our minds.  We believe that the endocrine system and the respiratory systems are not connected, as far as needs.  NOT so. ...