The purpose of the NPC Shutdown program (aka Cleansing for TTC Shutdown) is to not only achieve pregnancy, but to conceive and carry a healthy baby through healthier parents – overcoming both female and male infertilty. (Click on links for topical info.)
1: The purpose of the NPC Shutdown is to cleanse the major organs of the body to affect the reproductive system as a way to naturally conception using commonly known herbs for TTC. As stated above, 3 months of cleansing is a good amount of time to make changes and is very often enough time for pregnancy to occur. We will target, ovaries, liver cleansing and colon cleansing for this and provide tips for healthier eating to support this effort.
2: The purpose of the NPC Shutdown is to restore cyst covered ovaries by shutting off FSH and LH surges for these 3 months. This focuses on PCOS, PCOD and the potential for cysts due to an imbalance of estrogen and progesterone or testosterone and estrogen. The hope is to restore the ovaries, for cysts to atrophy and for proper ovulation to resume without ovarian cysts preventing it. Our claims are only to the possibilities and we cannot promise that these will be everyone’s results. A major factor is the use of natural progesterone cream for the shutdown.
Don’t worry, we will explain all this as we go along. Elevated prolactin, testosterone and estrogen levels affect FSH and LH balance AND can cause cysts. Imbalance of FSH and LH affects hormonal health in all levels eventually. (more…)
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The FAQs of how to use natural progesterone cream during the NPC Shutdown / Cleanse.
Recap – The Purpose (read more on the full Purpose page):
1: To cleanse the major organs of the body which in turn affect the reproductive system and often allow the body to produce life again.
2: To restore cyst covered ovaries by shutting off FSH and LH surges for 3 months to restore the ovaries…
3: To lose weight or change eating habits and to give the body proper nutrition which again can make for a better ovulation and healthier baby.
FAQ on how to use Natural Progesterone Cream during the NPC Shutdown
Q: How do I use the Natural Progesterone Cream during shutdown?
A: Natural Progesterone cream may be used as a safe way to overshadow estrogen and to shutoff ovulation during this time. If you have cysts and/or PCOS which are inhibiting ovulation, this method is highly recommended by Dr. Lee and others, noted in the field of hormonal health and women’s issues. If you have long cycles or periods of waxing and waning mucus without ovulation then it is helpful for you as well. If you have short luteal phase it may be a consideration as well.
If you do not have cysts, anovulation or long cycles and will not be using Cycle Balance or Happy PMS Cream you may skip this section. We believe it is best to use the cream during this time. (more…)
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Morning Sunshine is how I start the day every day of my life. It is great for weight loss and the Vitamin C makes it amazing for fertility / infertility. Nourish your adrenals and save your hormones
The most important thing to know about juicing for weight loss, fertility, detoxing (detoxifying) is how to start your day. Consider that every night you probably go to bed thinking that tomorrow is going to be different. Well tomorrow truly CAN be different!
Start your day with the Morning Pucker.
Then get your juicing going and add these to the hopper: (more…)
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Below is an alphabetical list of words found in natural health in order to help you understand how the body works and how to get healthy.
Enzymes: any of various proteins, as pepsin, originating from living cells and capable of producing certain chemical changes in organic substances by catalytic action, as in digestion. Mine: They are the spark of life when the right situations are present. Enzymes are present in live food waiting to spark life in our bodies.
These definitions come from Dictionary.com a great resource to use for everything.
Other explanations are found at Wikipedia.com as well.
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For the immune system, life is hard. It is a 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week, 52-weeks-a-year battle against awell-equipped and persistent army trying to harm your health. The immune system never rests and must always be on red alert. It takes no furloughs.
The soldiers who make up the immune system comefrom and are found in a diverse collection of organs. Although the components, when taken together, weigh only about two pounds (900 g), these two pounds are integral in keeping the scale of good health balanced. (more…)
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Shutdown/Cleansing program for fertility (infertility)
You may be thinking right now “Just cut to the chase and tell me what I need to do.” Our website is not the quick fix but THE fix. It is about helping you to make changes and understand that fertility should be the norm out of a body that is full of life in every cell.
Let’s take a little longer and get to that place where you can see why it is important to get healthy and not just get a prescription for Clomid or Serophene (the brand names) or the generic name Clomiphene .
So let me teach you a little about how the body works and WHY cleansing is a good idea during this time. There is no pressure to purchase from our site but we do have our ideas of what products and companies have proven themselves worthy of noting.
Some of the questions asked of us about the shutdown and let’s start with progesterone cream. Read the FAQs about Natural Progesterone Cream during the NPC Shutdown.
Q: How do I use the progesterone creams on this site? How is progesterone cream applied? How do I know how much natural progesterone cream should I use? How do I choose a progesterone cream.
A: The creams we like most are Cycle Balance Cream or Happy PMS natural progesterone cream and Renewed Balance natural progesterone cream; in that order. These progesterone creams fit perfectly in the shutdown cleanse.
You want a cream that:
* has enough progesterone to be worth the price
* does not have a lot of goopy ingredients – it is hard to rub into the skin if too thick.
* will penetrate the skin to get to the cells. cold pressed or with essential oils to draw it into the body works best. Cold pressed AND essential oils would be our top pick which is why we choose Cycle Balance Cream for our top pick.
We stand by each of these creams. Both pumps are pre-measured applications. All have excellent ingredients.
Cycle Balance is cold – pressed which means it goes into the skin better since the oils have not been changed.
Natural Progesterone cream may be used as a safe and natural contraceptive to shutoff ovulation during this time. It is NOT a contraceptive per se but when used early in the cycle will act as one. We have an exact explanation of how this works in our FAQs about the NPC Shutdown and Progesterone Cream page. If you have cysts and/or PCOS / PCOD which are inhibiting ovulation, this method is highly recommended by Dr. Lee and others. It is recommended also by those noted in the field of hormonal health and women’s infertility / fertility issues.
VERY IMPORTANT: Progesterone supplementation means different things at different times of your cycle. If you use it before you ovulate, during the FSH growth part of the cycle you will turn off ovulation. THAT is exactly the point here.
However, IF you use it following ovulation you make a stronger luteal phase, help to prevent miscarriage for those with low progesterone blood levels and it last (for now) it will also convert into other helpful, healthful hormones.
Progesterone is a hormone that works best when kept even in your body. In an ideal world this would not mean having to use supplemental progesterone. Consider spreading the dosage out in 2 applications a day; morning and evening rather than just once. The labels may say once is sufficient but we are not teaching sufficient but most effective.
Now if you don’t have cysts (be sure), short cycles or long anovulatory cycles you may decide not to use progesterone. May we suggest using another effective form of prevention while cleansing your body? Your personal convictions may prevent the use of these alternatives. Remember that you are not trying to prevent pregnancy but to keep your baby safe while you are introducing cleansing herbs to your body. If you do not have cysts, irregular cycles AND will not be using natural progesterone cream you may skip this section.
We have several testimonies of women who have begun shutdown with the natural progesterone cream and then became pregnant that cycle. Here is why that often happens. See our FAQ about progesterone cream during the Shutdown. .
Q: What if I conceive while on shutdown? Is it possible to get pregnant during the shutdown?
A: During the NPC shutdown a stagnant liver is given a chance to somewhat clear out. Many have long cycles or weak cycles from a continual low level of estrogen. These are “old” hormones lingering, of sorts in the liver or the colon. Our bodies get a rest from a steady estrogen; from being in a kind of constant follicular cycle state. Without the mature eggs there is not the progesterone needed in the cycle to start the next cycle off right. At this time, by clearing old hormones and offsetting the constant estrogens with small amounts of progesterone it often becomes just what is needed for an egg to mature and release. Often times ovulation happens; followed by pregnancy. There is time to know if you are pregnant without going off the progesterone cream prematurely.
If you were to become pregnant you would be watching for signs, temp rises, ferning etc. and would not stop the progesterone cream but the other herbs. We do not suggest abortificient herbs – see our Herbal Glossary – just in case. We are about MAKING babies! Remember that we are here for you.
Vitex is an herb that may balance estrogen and progesterone. This is why vitex is recommended so often for cysts. Think about it. If there is too much estrogen then there will most often be too little LH in the surge. When progesterone was used it was just enough to lower the estrogen and they conceived. You will see a common scenario explained in the article “Is progesterone just a bandaid?”.
You might consider using progesterone cream, until hormonal balance is achieved, during the luteal phase. We do not advocate the use of progesterone cream as a band-aid but rather while you are making your body healthy enough for a successful start IF you were to be low in progesterone at this time. This is a safeguard until your luteal phase is strengthened and lengthened; producing enough progesterone for gestation. The most common cause for miscarriage is hormonal imbalance due to low progesterone.
Natural progesterone has also been noted to help with premature labor. Many women have experienced their first full term pregnancy while using natural progesterone cream to lengthen the third stage of pregnancy.
You may be one of many women will decide not to shutdown completely and only do cleansing herbs; we discourage this. It is our opinion that these three months can often encourage fertility on and that the three months be seen as a positive, proactive move, not going backwards. It is surprising how many women avoid this but then are happy they took the time; the help to the body is only part of the joy. It is also a positive thing to take time from TTC to strengthen the marriage at the same time and lowering stress which can come from too much pressure to conceive.
The amount of natural progesterone cream to be used is between 15 and 20mg per day according to Dr. Lee from day 5 to day 26 of cycle (during shutdown) but usually twice per day at first. Not to belabor this but to be sure. That means 6 squirts, twice a day, of Cycle Balance Progesterone Cream (http://www.cyclebalancecream.com), 1/4 tsp twice a day of Happy PMS progesterone cream. (If you are overweight you will need more as well. This is because hormones are absorbed into fat cells.) Often times twice the amount will needed but it is best to use it on thin skin areas of the body for best absorption. These amounts are not our recommendation but according to what the body would produce if it were balanced and healthy.
This shutdown is based on using 20 – 40mg of natural USP progesterone cream per day. Happy PMS Natural Progesterone Cream has 1200 mg per 2 oz and Cycle Balance Natural Progesterone Cream has 1000 mg per 2 oz but uniquely this natural progesterone cream is cold pressed and therefore the progesterone is easier to assimilate and you do not need as much cream on the skin to get the amount you need. It is light and grease less and is my personal favorite. As we stated above, most creams on the market only have 800-900 mg per 2 oz. jar and require more usage which means more money. They also require more because of the thicker cream bases.
Happy PMS Natural Progesterone Cream can be learned about at http://www.happypmscream.com and is one of our choices for progesterone creams above. Happy PMS cream has the same amount per serving as Dr. Lee recommends and has been around for many years, and has a great following. This comes in a handy pump which measures the amount you need twice a day. Happy PMS Cream is one of our top selling creams along with Cycle Balance Cream.
If your cycle should end before day 26 simply begin counting to day 5 and begin again. This may happen to many because of short luteal phases. Often times one finds that with the supplementation the cycles are shorter because your body is getting progesterone to oppose the estrogen. This is just enough for those who are very estrogen dominant to oppose the estrogen and cause break through bleeding. If you do NOT bleed, still go off the cream and give your body a rest from progesterone but with this scenario count 7 days. This would give you 3 weeks on and one week off each of the 3 months; trying to stay with your body’s cycle as much as possible.
Note: If for any reason you find yourself pregnant during this time DO NOT go off the cream abruptly. You can continue until the end of your pregnancy or you may wean closer to 12-16 weeks. When the body is low in progesterone and it sees a sudden dip it may interpret this as time to shed the lining. Many women who have come through our group have miscarried by going off suppositories too abruptly without knowing they should not. Notice I said suppositories. We here constantly of doctors who recommended a woman stop her suppositories; thinking she should have enough progesterone at that point in her pregnancy. The body can see this as the “end of cycle drop” and “shed the lining” as I said above. Instead take the safe route and continue until you are sure the placenta is fully operational and growing well. The placenta should pick up on production of hormones by week 8 and this is one of the most common gestational points for miscarriages.
Follow your own body. You may find that you need more to offset your symptoms but the best way to tell if you have too much is if it makes you extremely tired in the day; more so than usual. Then you would cut back. According to Dr. Lee you will always need at least 15-20 mg twice per day of a cream during the first month and then once per day of each below, for months two and three, such as Cycle Balance Cream (6 squirts twice a day), Happy PMS Cream (1/4 of a tsp. twice per day), Renewed Balance progesterone cream(1/8 twice per day) during the times specified above.
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