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Posted 29 April 2007 - 07:19 AM

Hi lovely ladies :)


What types of foods / exercises / vitamins / herbs / alternative methods, did you do and feel helped you to produce quality eggs for a successful pregnancy?

Your feedback would be so beneficial for me in learning more about this.

Thank you ! :flowers:

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Posted 01 May 2007 - 10:43 AM

Wolfe,

Not sure what someone could do to improve egg quality, but I did hear that caffeine and sugar can have bad impact on egg quality.

With our age the eggs do get bad and the shell around them gets harder.

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Posted 20 May 2007 - 10:59 AM

[quote name='Wolfe' date='Apr 29 2007, 08:19 AM' post='57805']
Hi lovely ladies :)


Hi

I am interested in this topic too. I have done alot of reading and you only find suggestions but nothing conclusive. The elimination sugar and white flours is a strong suggestion, especially if you have been diagnosed with PCOS. I have a friend who was told she would never conceive on her own, and her and her husband were not interested in going down the fertiltiy road so they didn't. But last year she was doing some diet change for health reasons eliminiating the sugar and white flour, and low and behold they were pregnant. She was 39, and didn't find out she was pregnant until she was 14 weeks. Maybe just coincidence, I don't know, but in the end they are healthier choices.

Also if you have not read the book inconcievable you should check it, it is by Julia Indochiva (spelling error), SHe talks about wheat grass to improve fertility. I have recently bought some pills, but would like the juice instead. I live in a smaller center and will look when we are in the city next. She also has a fertile hearts website. Another good book and she has a website is Zita West. Several VItamins are recomended during trying to conceive and while pregnant.

The most recent thing I have read and need to research more is DHEA, there are some studies that have proven this has improved egg quality. We are quite interested in this, but info is in the states, and unsure of treatment. Sounds like DHEA is hard to get in Canada. But I am going to explore this.

Myself, I am entering into a no sugar and whole grain diet tommorow, just planning our menus.

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Posted 20 May 2007 - 12:00 PM

The only thing I have ever read that effects egg quility is smoking, I quit smoking 5months prior to cycle but they only retrieved 3 eggs so I'm assuming the 17yrs of smoking already impacted my ability to produce eggs :think: however the eggs they did retrieve were good quility so I'm not sure :dontknow: I don't believe there is anything we can do to improve quility or quantity you can't blame yourself. Sorry not much help with this.

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Posted 21 May 2007 - 02:52 AM

Hi,

I ate 2 eggs everyday for breakfast and my MIL brew some chinese herbs for me. I also cut off spicy food.

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Posted 28 May 2007 - 07:06 AM

Before they go to do the egg retrival, do they suggest what sort of diet to be on? I've been doing my vitamins now for over a year and trying to eat more fish, as well as salads and fruits. Mind you, at times I get so tired of eating salads and fruits so much, so slack off :lol:

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Posted 22 June 2007 - 11:46 PM

well, I was given chinese herbs to brew a tea from my acupuncturist as well as wheatgrass. I ordered it online from DynamicGreens.com. It comes flash frozen, which apparently is the best method to receive it in order to keep a supply at home.

I was also told to eat green leafy vegetables, and to cut the caffeine and sugar out but dairy as well. But i am sooo tired of salads as well. This might have been a specific program for myself so don't get carried away with my regimen if you don't have to!

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Posted 05 September 2007 - 10:48 AM

Hi all,

Here is something I've prepared based on Dr. Randine Lewis' recommendations for supplementation. Ordering information is at the end if you want to order the vitamins. I know of at least 3 women who swear that taking USANA supplements has helped them get pregnant with or without IVF. You can continue to take these vitamins once you are pregnant. Dr. Lewis also recommends Reset, USANA's 5-day cleanse. She recommends doing it during your period. This can also help kick-start your weight loss program. I've done it myself and lost 6 pounds during those 5 days. You can PM me for more information.

From Dr. Randine Lewis’ website, thefertilesoul.com:
Fertility - General Dietary Supplement Guidelines
My name is Randine Lewis, author of The Infertility Cure, the Ancient Chinese Wellness Program for Getting Pregnant and Having Healthy Babies. I have been treating sub-fertility for many years with natural medicine. It is my opinion that there is no such thing as “infertility”, and that sub-fertility is a result of sub-optimal health and wellness. The deeper wisdom that our bodies carry within knows that we shouldn’t be caring for another when our own needs aren’t being met. In fact, animals in the wild will not go into heat in a stressful environment. It is built into our very nature that we must care for our own wellbeing before we ought to care for another.
Even though we are the most advanced nation in the world, we also are the most removed from our natural environment. We consume synthetic, refined foods, carry horrific loads of stress and environmental toxins, and our cells are not getting the nutritional requirements our bodies can even recognize.
The most common reasons women consult me is because of issues like endometriosis, ovarian failure, poor quality eggs, advanced maternal age, and other causes of poor reproductive and cellular health. We are laden with degenerative diseases because our bodies haven’t caught up with our lifestyles. They can’t. We are products of nature, and our diets are far from natural. Most everybody I treat is extremely overworked and undernourished. And most nutritional supplements out there, even those that are recommended by highly respected healthcare providers, do not meet our cellular needs.
I have never promoted a nutritional supplement before. Christiane Northrup, M.D., one of my modern day heroines, has neither endorsed any nutritional supplement before now. The science behind USANA supplements convinced Dr. Northrup that this line of supplements meets the cellular needs of our modern world. This is nowhere more evident in the growing population of sub-fertile men and women that consult me. Because of Dr. Northrup’s confidence in USANA, I have personally researched USANA supplements, and began taking them myself. I recommend the following for my fertility patients for optimal supplementation:
Essentials: as directed on bottle- taken twice a day with meals**
BiOmega: 2 capsules, twice daily. Cardio health, promote optimal neural growth and development
Active Calcium: 2 tablets, twice daily. For bone health**
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supports cardiovascular system
*At minimum, Essentials, Biomega and Calcium are recommended.
** Health Pack 100 can be substituted for Essentials and Active Calcium, as it contains both




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Most men with fertility issues can be helped with natural supplements. Seminal fluid, which supports developing sperm, has high levels of antioxidants to protect the sperm from oxidative damage - the main factor which damages developing germ cells during their 90 day process of development. Many environmental toxins, stress, heat, and lifestyle issues can impact the proper growth of sperm cells.

USANA supplements have been found to have the highest absorbable and utilizable form of proflavonols, antioxidants and superantioxidants available. They go directly to the cells, which take up the nutrients, and support healthy, unobstructed sperm production.
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Posted 06 September 2007 - 11:31 AM

Hi Ladies,

Just thought I would share a few things with you! And thank sweetredpepper for that really great post, alot of very good ideas.

I work in the nutrition field and can only add a few tips that you all probably know!

Its really important that your BMI (Body Mass Index ) is under 26 as your body needs to be able to absorb the drugs. If too overweight, this may be very difficult for it to do and the drugs may really be unable to do their "work". Make sure you are at a healthy weight BEFORE you start cycling.

Make sure you add as much natural calcuim to your diet before, during and after cycling, as its been noted that some of our drugs can cause calcuim loss. Calcium supplements are needed as well, but add natural (yogurts, milk,ect.) to your diet as well.

Diets dont work, but healthy lifestyle changes that may not give "instant" results are the way to go! They stay with you for life!

Exercise is SO important, nothing too heavy, just a brisk walk for at least 45 min a day if poss.

I could go on but dont want to be a bore!! :wacko:

The BMI is the one thing ( besides the no smoking, alcohol) that plays a really important role in your cycles.

I hope this helps and I wish you all .. a happy tomarrow with lots of successs with your cycles!!

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Posted 09 September 2007 - 10:34 AM

Hi Ladies,

Just thought I would share a few things with you! And thank sweetredpepper for that really great post, alot of very good ideas.

I work in the nutrition field and can only add a few tips that you all probably know!

Its really important that your BMI (Body Mass Index ) is under 26 as your body needs to be able to absorb the drugs. If too overweight, this may be very difficult for it to do and the drugs may really be unable to do their "work". Make sure you are at a healthy weight BEFORE you start cycling.

Make sure you add as much natural calcuim to your diet before, during and after cycling, as its been noted that some of our drugs can cause calcuim loss. Calcium supplements are needed as well, but add natural (yogurts, milk,ect.) to your diet as well.

Diets dont work, but healthy lifestyle changes that may not give "instant" results are the way to go! They stay with you for life!

Exercise is SO important, nothing too heavy, just a brisk walk for at least 45 min a day if poss.

I could go on but dont want to be a bore!! :wacko:

The BMI is the one thing ( besides the no smoking, alcohol) that plays a really important role in your cycles.

I hope this helps and I wish you all .. a happy tomarrow with lots of successs with your cycles!!

DivaBeans



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Posted 26 September 2007 - 11:07 PM

Hi lovely ladies :)


What types of foods / exercises / vitamins / herbs / alternative methods, did you do and feel helped you to produce quality eggs for a successful pregnancy?

Your feedback would be so beneficial for me in learning more about this.

Thank you ! :flowers:


Hi,

I recently read the book, "Fertility Foods" by Jeremy Groll who is an RE. It's quite good! Hope this helps!

Best wishes to everyone on their journies here!

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Posted 15 October 2007 - 09:48 PM

To add to the Randine Lewis post....

She also suggests acupunture. Her theory is that while most will tell you we are born with a limited number of eggs and we release the best of them when we are younger (and consequently ones of lesser quality as we age) Chinese medicine believes that as we age our bodies begin to direct blood to the more important areas of the body (such as the lungs, liver, kidneys etc) and start to neglect the reproductive organs. Because are ovaries are essentially not getting the attention that they did when we were young, they are not getting enough oxygen and nutrients from our blood to produce healthy eggs. Acupuncture increases blood and energy flow to the reproductive organs giving you a better chance at quality eggs and a healthy uterus to host a pregnancy.

I'm not saying that it works, but my husband and I both did it for about 2 months leading up to IVF and we have a BFP.

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Posted 15 October 2007 - 11:05 PM

Hi Ya'll!!

Just want to put my 2 cents in here!! I have read and talked to several people about different herbs and teas etc. to take during fertility treatment and after. The most talked about one and probably the most reccomended for me is, Raspberry Leaf Tea. I have been taking it now for about 3 weeks.The theory is that drinking one cup of tea per day in the 1st trimester and 2 cups in the 2nd trimester and switching to the infusion in the 3rd trimester ensures a strong uterus, is good for you nutritionally and prevents miscarriage. Some say it is advised to not use it in the first trimester, particularly if you have a history of miscarriage.

i will continue to take the tea (1 cup or 2/day) until i become pregnant. Then i think i will do what is reccomended, stopping during the first trimester and then continueing in the 2nd and 3rd.

Good luck ladies!!!

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Posted 23 January 2008 - 12:36 PM

:wavey: my 2 cents:

beneficial:
- fish oil, royal jelly, tea Lady's mantle (good for fertility)
- multivitamins, L-arginin, Q10, vitamin E (800IU)
- protein (for egg quality, rice or soy protein in the first part of cycle or organic meat)
- exercise
-TCM

avoid:
- sugar, white flour, dairy

After 3 months with this plan, I had better results ( ~6 follicles more than before on the same CD). :banana:

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Posted 30 August 2008 - 07:03 AM

For those of you who have read Sweetredpeppers post above I would like to caution you against taking USANAs based on the endorsement of Dr. Christiane Northrup's endorsement or that of the Comparative Guide. Dr.Northrup is a distributor for the company and makes money off of it sales and most of the editors of the Comparative Guide are either biased of have suspicious backgrounds. I found the following in another chat room

"Is anyone shocked that a magazine whose editor was a board member USANA found their products to be the best? How about Dr. Ray Strand one of the "experts" who helped develop the Nutritional Guide. What they neglect to mention is that he's also on an advisory board at USANA and is a high ranking distributor as is his wife. That is a total conflict of interest. Dr.Colgane has also worked for USANA. Of course, there were other experts who helped out, so it can't be all that bad..... can it? Lets find out!

* Dr Robert Atkins whom we all know from the Atkins diet.

* Dr. Nicholas Perricone is known for making outlandish claims backed by very little scientific research in order to sell books and products. It's not uncommon for his claims to be based on his own research which he doesn't publish in medical journals.

* Dr. Michael Murray is an N.D. (or Natural Doctor) not to be confused with an M.D. (or Medical Doctor). Not a big deal, but he really shouldn't use the title Dr in a situation where the average person would reasonably expect them to be a physician. Naughty, naughty.

* Dr. Julian Whitaker claims to be board certified specialist in anti-aging medicine but he has never been certified in any specialty acknowledged by any sort of official board. He has no specialties recognized by either the American Board of Medical Specialties or the American Medical Association.

* Dr. Earl Mindell is a PhD, not a medical doctor. You might remember him from a previous post in this thread where he was pushing Goji Juice. His degree is only recognized in California and it was a distance education course. Check out the video exposing Goji Juice and try and tell me this guy is credible.

* Phyillis Balch has her CNC which is a certification she received from the American Association of Nutritional Consultants. You too can receive this certification if you pay $150 and pass an open book exam. This organization has previously given memberships to a DEAD cat once owned by Ben Goldacre and an English sheepdog owned by Rosemary Stanton. I'm not certain if the Sheepdog was dead at the time it got its membership.

* Dr. Richard Passwater isn't a Doctor. He's not even a PhD. He has his "degree" from a fake institution called Bernadean University which has NEVER had degree granting status."

I checked it out and it seems that this person is right about the backgrounds of the contributing editors. If you really want to find the best supplements for you take the time and do your research. Look for something which is supported by independent 3rd party testing in peer reviewed medical journals. Always question the sources when someone can make money by profiting off of your purchases like what happens in a Network Marketing business like USANA.

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Posted 28 October 2008 - 07:43 PM

Royal Jelly improves egg quality.

The name of it is: YS Royal Jelly/Honey Bee Fresh Royal Jelly & Pollen.

You can get it from any Vitamin Shoppe.