Posts tagged #fertility

Some Fascinating Facts About Fertility

Quite a few women have told me they use the Female Empowerment Bracelet to help them determine the times they are most fertile because they want to get pregnant and find it more difficult than they had anticipated. 

This brings me great gratification to know that a simple bracelet can offer help to women who want nothing more than to create a brand new life.

Each Feby bracelet comes with an informational pamphlet that itemizes the physical signs of ovulation (which includes a rise in basal body temperature (BBT), an increase in arousal,  a change in vaginal mucus to resemble the consistency of an egg white, and possibly, if they are lucky and tuned into their body, a pain in the region of the egg-releasing ovary). It would be beneficial to know that there are many other factors that contribute to fertility, or lack of. The following facts were found in the helpful book 'Fertility Facts' by Kim Hahn and the editors of Conceive magazine. 

Among things that you might want to be aware of are:

  • The nose knows.  A woman's sense of smell is heightened during ovulation. If you notice you are more sensitive to smells suddenly and are desperate for a baby, start practicing post haste.
  • Keep his junk cool. Ever wonder why male genetalia are on the outside? Turns out Mother Nature was protecting the continuation of the human race with this odd design. An increase in body temperature in males can result in stopping sperm production. Men looking to impregnate a woman are advised to stay away from hot tubs, saunas, steam baths and wearing tight shorts or jock straps. 
  • Butt out. Smoking is not only bad for your lungs and heart but also your ovaries. Smokers have a higher rate of atresia (egg destruction) and menopause is fast-forwarded. Smoking mothers also have a higher risk of miscarriage, stillbirth, and smaller babies. Many miscarriages occur even before the woman knows she's pregnant and smoking may be the culprit. Besides, you definitely don't want to smoke while you're pregnant or around children so the sooner you quit, the better.
  • Skip the oral sex. It may seem counterintuitive as receiving oral sex can be relaxing and climaxing and everybody seems to agree that less stress and anxiety and more calm and happy endorphins boosts your fertility.  But if you really want to conceive it's best to decline the oral love as saliva is known to slow down sperm, possibly inhibiting them from reaching the egg.
  • Timing is everything, especially in conception. Many women believe that having sex when they are ovulating is the ideal time to get pregnant. Not so, according to experts. Having sex just prior to ovulation is in fact optimum as an egg deteriorates quickly and only last approximately 24 hours while sperm can literally last for days inside a woman. So if you have sex at night and then ovulate the next morning, the sperm inside will have a greater chance of fertilizing that egg than if you had a morning session instead. 
  • Moderate your caffeine intake. Too much caffeine (over 300 mg daily) can have a harmful effect on fertility. Most experts agree that if you're trying to conceive your should limit yourself to one or two teas or coffees a day. (As a reference, a Tim Hortons medium coffee contains 205 mg of caffeine and a Starbucks tall brewed coffee has 260 mg.)
  • Soak up the sun. Experts suspect that getting at least one hour of exposure to sunlight can boost fertility. The reasons being that sunlight helps fight depression which is a fertility suppressant and the pineal gland is important to the reproductive system and won't work optimally unless you get enough light.
  • Draw the blinds. The pineal gland in the brain produces melatonin which is a hormone required for reproduction and this is only made during darkness. So, make sure your bedroom is dark and free from artificial light while you sleep.  
  • Dance! Yes, you read that! Dancing is a wonderful way to get in the mood for making babies as it reduces stress, increases happiness and stimulates blood flow to the reproductive area. Consider it foreplay. 
  • Keep your vagina organic. Douching, vaginal sprays and feminine wipes alter the delicate PH balance in the vagina which are necessary for conception. Doctors advise to stay away from these products all the time and most especially when you're actively trying to get pregnant.

If you know any other fertility tips and tricks, please share in the comment section below. 

Posted on June 29, 2015 .

Celebrate Summer

Happy summer beautiful people! 

It is now officially the season of sunshine and sunscreen, bbq's and cold beer, bathing suits and bare feet, bonfires and marshmallows, star gazing and skinny dipping, grape popsicles and chasing fireflies. The warm weather and extended daylight hours are an open invitation to enjoy the bounty of mother nature in all her glory.

Today is also the summer solstice...the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere.  There are many cultures which celebrate today with festivals and parties across the globe, dedicated to the regenerative and life-giving powers of the sun. They wish to honour and celebrate abundance, light, fertility and the beauty of nature.

Summer is traditionally the season representing fertility and ovulation (spring is pre-ovulatory, autumn is premenstrual and winter is menstrual).  You just need to look around you now and witness the gardens in full bloom to understand why. 

According to some, today marks the beginning of a highly fertile period and we should  expect a baby boom in 9 months. 

To help celebrate this golden season, please enjoy this 'Summer Grooves' playlist, chock full of summertime songs to light you up.

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Posted on June 21, 2014 .

Full Moon Fever or Ovulation?

There is a full moon all over the world tonight. Not all at the same time of course; as I write this the moon will already be setting in Australia and Asia and rising in Europe. But the moon will be full and powerful and mystical as it has been every 29.5 days since the beginning of time. Tonight there will also be a lunar eclipse, but unfortunately will not be visible from North America as it will occur before the moon ascends into the night sky. Those lucky enough to be living in Europe, Asia and Africa should be able to steal a glance at this celestial show. Tonight’s full moon is also known as the ‘pink’ moon, not because it will appear pinkish in colour though, but simply because that is the name given to the first full moon of spring.

The moon is the celestial body that orbits around earth, our seductive satellite.  We may never know the depth of influence or lure it commands over our bodies and emotions but there are some things we do know and they include:

The words month and menstruation are derived from the word moon. Online Etymology Dictionary

The lunar effectMarked personality changes occur highlighting deviant and aggressive behaviour.

Lunatic: derives from Latin for luna, from the belief that lunacy fluctuated with the phases of the moon.

Lunitidal Interval — The period of time that occurs between the Moon passing over a point on Earth and the next high tide for that point.

Beach Pollution is worse during a full moon. Livescience

Full moon sends more dogs and cats to the emergency room. Livescience

The full moon is the natural occurring lunar phase for ovulation.  If you are ovulating at this time you are in lunar synchronicity. If we were in menstrual synchrony all women of reproductive age would be experiencing ovulation this week. According to Moonsong ”Our biological blueprint is to ovulate when there is the most light in the night sky – the full moon. This then leads to the bleeding time corresponding with the dark moon. We have a physiological feedback loop in our bodies that regulates our melatonin production, which influences many things including the hormones that ripen and release an egg from our ovary, according to the amount of light we are exposed to at night. With electricity and the resulting and increasing light pollution, as well as the physical stresses of travel, modern life and the chemical pollutants in the environment that we ingest and breathe, women now bleed and ovulate not only at different times to each other (unless they live together), also at different times to the moon’s signals.”

There is even a gadget that will help you realign your menstrual cycle with the moon cycles through light therapy called Luness.

It is not necessary to ovulate at this time of the lunar cycle but knowing whenyou ovulate is beneficial for personal well-being, making smart decisions and body awareness.

There are approximately 2 billion women on the planet of reproductive age and scholars suggest 25% of these women are menstruating at any given time.  Please take a moment and submit your cycle position on the poll below and help us discover how many sisters and synchronized.