Infertility can affect every area of life, impacting not only a couple’s health and relationship, the persistent inability to conceive can also eat away at their self-esteem. Careers can be affected by having to take time away from work for tests and treatment and, as the majority of fertility treatment has to be paid for privately, the financial strain can add to the burden. The road to pregnancy can be a stressful one. Over time, chronic stress may hijack your attempts to get pregnant. high stress levels confuse the brain’s hormone center. We create a negative feedback loop. As a result, the brain may not send out the reproductive hormones necessary to tell the ovaries when to release an egg, thus delaying ovulation.
Most couples who face ongoing fertility issues go through times of questioning their faith. Repeated miscarriage, sub-fertility, chemical pregnancies or unexplained infertility – for any of these types of experiences, faith is the key ingredient needed to keep moving forward toward your goal of parenthood. The human quality of faith is the result of self-responsibility and building unshakable courage – a deep inner knowing that the journey ahead must be undertaken even though there are no guarantees and that not trying is simply not an option.
Mindfulness is the awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgementally to things as they are. (Kabot-Zinn)
You are what you eat, feel and think. A mind/body system. You need to look after both to turbo charge fertility.
When you are busy, on the go, getting all the vitamins and minerals you need to make a baby is not always easy. People always ask me what supplements I recommend. Until recently I’d smile and say, ‘Save your hard-earned cash!’
You have an adrenaline-activated fight/flight mechanism. Imagine the exactopposite – body and mind in standby mode. This the ‘Relaxation Response,’ researched by Dr Herbert Benson of Harvard University. Being in the zone, mind calm yet focused, sleeping well at night, clear-headed by day. Sports people achieve this mindset at peak performance. Switch to this ‘safe mode’ … and fertility levels rise!
Fertility is a continuous mind and body process, not just a one-off event. You can make changes that boost your fertility. This goes for women and men. The ‘thinking’ part of your mind occupies a fraction of your brain’s activity. Most of your brain plots physical functions – breathing, circulation, digestion, hormone production, immune system etc. Your body alters, moment-to-moment. Thoughts, moods and emotions affect hormone building. Mind and body are interconnected and communicate with each other all the time.
Every thought produces a chemical messenger affecting the immune system or the endocrine system. These impact fertility, conceiving and pregnancy. Neuroscience research shows connectivity of mind and body. Thoughts and emotions underpin biology, behaviours, choices and decisions.
What if women don’t have all their eggs in one basket? That egg germ cells can make new eggs from scratch when required? For too long women have been terrified by fear of ‘low ovarian reserve,’ measured by the dreaded AMH level. New research shows ‘egg precursor cells’ in ovaries which develop into viable eggs when conditions are right.
Flower essences work on the electrical network within and surrounding the physical body to correct imbalances and realign our energy. Flower essence therapy is known as both energy medicine and vibrational medicine (Energy and vibration are interchangeable terms) The ecosystem in Aotearoa is unique because it has the only plants on earth that have cooperation as their keynote. Cooperation rather than competition is reflected through all the plants in the forest from the tops of the mightiest trees to the tiniest fern on the forest floor. Native plants of Aotearoa are playing a pivotal role in the development of flower essence therapy and energy medicine.
Touch therapies are said to reduce stress because they improve blood flow, balance the body’s energy flow, and reduce cortisol levels.
When we consciously slow down and check in with our bodies, our thoughts and our feelings we open ourselves up to a wider perspective.
How are Herbs for Fertility Different From Medications for Fertility?
- Most herbs for fertility do not contain any hormones. Many fertility medications contain synthetic hormones. Depending on what your fertility issues are, the medications may not have any hormonal action at all, but for example Metformin for PCOS helps to control insulin resistance.
- Herbs are natural, they are plant parts. Medications are made in a lab.
- Herbs take time to be effective, they rely on consistency of use over a long period of time. Most medications have an effect that can be felt right away, or within days of use.
- Herbs are more effective when healthy diet and exercise are in place. Medications will work whether you eat well or not. (This is not necessarily a good thing!)
- Herbs work with the body to bring about healthy body systems. They gently support the body to work properly on its own over time. Medications have a specific direct action on the body; telling or forcing a certain action on the body. Many times the body will become confused when coming off of medications, this is especially true for medications that contain hormones. The body may not remember right away how to function on its own without the hormones being given to it.
- Herbs contain vital nutrients that our bodies require to function at their best. Medications do not.
- Most herbs contain little to no harmful side effects. Medications often come with a long list of side effects.
Important Note: Because fertility herbs can have an action on the systems in the body that produce and regulate hormones, they should not be combined with medications for fertility.
Fertility Herb Misconceptions
Misconceptions About Fertility Herbs
It is a common misconception that once you complete one bottle of a fertility herb, or one of our Fertility Kits, or one cycle of a fertility supplement that that is it, you will be pregnant and healed all at the same time. Let’s be honest here, there is no “miracle cure” for fertility problems. Whether you to choose natural fertility methods or western medicine, or a combination, the road may be long and difficult for some couples, while it may be relatively simple and painless for others. There are no guarantees with any of the healing methods out there. This includes procedures and medications prescribed by your doctor. Does that mean you should give up all hope of healing your body or having a baby? No, it just means be realistic with your expectations and goals. Be honest with yourself.