Wellness Wednesday: 3 Reasons Thyroid Imbalance Can Cause Infertility

By Dr. Jeda Boughton, BodaHealth

3 Reasons Thyroid Imbalance Can Cause Infertility

It is estimated that 16% of couples have fertility problems. Thyroid imbalance can contribute to difficulty conceiving a child in several ways, such as:

1)    Menstrual Cycle

The underproduction of thyroid hormones (hypothyroidism) or the overproduction of hormones (hyperthyroidism) can cause irregularities in your menstrual cycle. A cycle that is too long or too short can cause difficulty with conception.

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CTV Morning Live: Canadian Infertility Awareness Week 2014

Canadian Infertility Awareness Week is upon us and Dr. Sonya Kashyap was on CTV Morning Live this morning to talk about infertility, a medical condition that plagues one in six couples in Canada. Deana Burtnick and her daughter, McKinley, were also on air to talk about how the clinic made Deana and her husband’s dream come true.

Click here or the image below to find out what infertility means to Canadians and how advances in technology can help people conceive.

CTV Morning Live - May 26, 2014 - Canadian Infertility Awareness Week (From left to right: Keri Adams, Host of CTV Morning Live, Dr. Sonya Kashyap, Medical Director of Genesis Fertility Centre, Deana, Former Patient of Genesis & her daughter McKinley)

CTV Morning Live – May 26, 2014 – Canadian Infertility Awareness Week (From left to right: Keri Adams, Host of CTV Morning Live, Dr. Sonya Kashyap, Medical Director of Genesis Fertility Centre, Deana, Former Patient of Genesis & her daughter McKinley)

Wellness Wednesdays: 7 Ways to Improve Fertility

Wellness Wednesdays: 7 Ways to Improve Fertility

Here are a seven great tips for improving your fertility!

Women are born with a finite number of eggs which are depleted monthly through menstruation until menopause sets in and ovulation stops. Unfortunately, there is nothing that can be done to increase the number of eggs you have and there are very few things that influence the quality of those eggs. The primary determinant of egg quality is your age, which is why conceiving can become more difficult and pregnancy more high risk the older you become. Men, on the other hand, make new and healthy sperm every two months for the entirety of their lives. Unfair!

However, there are a few things that women can do to enhance fertility. Below are six easy tips to improve your chances of conceiving:

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Wellness Wednesdays: Taking Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) to Enhance your Fertility

By Dr. Jeda Boughton, BodaHealth

Coenzyme Q10 has been shown to enhance both female and male fertility.

Coenzyme Q10 has been shown to enhance both female and male fertility.
(Photo Credit: RenegadeHealth.com)

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a substance that we consume naturally in our diets. It functions much like a vitamin to increase energy production and acts as an antioxidant in your body. Although CoQ10 was originally touted as an important supplement to increase cardiac and neurological health, today studies are showing that this vitamin-like substance also enhances fertility. Though CoQ10 is a substance found in meat, fish and specific fruits and vegetables, supplementation is a worthwhile consideration for women hoping to conceive.

Scientists believe that the fertility-enhancing effects of CoQ10 on women are due to the roles this substance plays on energy production. Levels of CoQ10 in women’s bodies diminish as we age which leaves fewer energy resources to endure the high-energy activities of fertilization and the subsequent development of an embryo. A recent study in the Journal of Fertility and Sterility found that older women could benefit from supplementation with CoQ10. The health of a woman’s eggs was improved by supplements of 600 mg per day and fertilization rates were increased as well.

CoQ10 has also been shown to enhance male fertility.  A study published in the Journal of Andrology examined the role of CoQ10 on male fertility. The research found that supplementation with 200-300 mg of CoQ10 each day significantly increased sperm motility as well as sperm count and the overall health of sperm. Another important study, which appeared in the Journal of Fertility and Sterility, measured CoQ10 levels in seminal fluid and found that low levels are correlated with low sperm motility. Supplementation with CoQ10 was shown to increase sperm motility thereby enhancing fertility.

In my practice treating fertility holistically with acupuncture and herbal medicinals, we also offer our patients one of two forms of CoQ10:

CoQ10 Ubiquinone (oxidized) – be sure to choose a product that contains 100% natural tran-isomer.  If it does not use the word “trans” on the label then it is likely a synthetic version that will not be effective.

Ubiquinol – a reduced form of CoQ10. Studies suggest that this form has increased bioavailability for mitochondrial energy production.  This is a more expensive product, however, a lower dose is needed to achieve the same results.

Dr. Jeda Boughton is a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncturist and Director of BodaHealth in Vancouver, B.C. To book a free consultation call 604-733-2632 or visit www.bodahealth.ca. For more tips on thyroid health, like our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/BodaHealth.

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Dr. Jeda Boughton and our clinic’s medical director, Dr. Sonya Kashyap, will be hosting a free seminar during Canadian Infertility Awareness Week. During the talk, you will receive valuable strategies to increase your change of getting pregnant:

  • Improve your reproductive health through Traditional Chinese Medicine
  • Lifestyle choices that work best to increase fertility
  • Learn how our clinic has helped thousands of families realize their dreams of a happy, healthy baby

Bring your questions to this rare opportunity to dialogue with the two doctors.

Topic: Discover the 5 Essential Keys to Optimizing Your Fertility
Date: Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Location: The Institute of Holistic Nutrition (300 – 604 West Broadway, Vancouver)
Cost: Admission is FREE (seating is limited)

To register, please call 604.733.2632 or email info@bodahealth.ca

Wellness Wednesdays: How and Why Optimizing BMI Improves IVF Success Rates

By: Dr. Sonya Kashyap & Dr. Spence Pentland

how BMI affects your fertility and IVF

BMI Index Comparison (Women) [Image Credit: Weightlossmex.com]

 A recent article by Postmedia News’ Sharon Kirkey highlighted Canada’s fertility specialists’ on-going discussion about whether guidelines should be established for helping (or not helping) severely obese women get pregnant.

So why is weight playing a role in the fertility treatment debate?

Most people are already familiar with the importance of maintaining a healthy body weight: being overweight increases your risk of diseases such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes while being underweight can have negative effects on your heart, immune system and bone density. But your body mass index (BMI) can also play an important role in the success or failure of in vitro fertilization (IVF).

BMI-based body size guides for women and men [Image Credit: International Journal of Obesity]

BMI-based body size guides for women and men [Image Credit: International Journal of Obesity]

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Wellness Wednesdays: 11 Tips to a Healthier Pregnancy

It’s Wellness Wednesday!

Wellness Wednesdays: 11 Tips to a Healthier Pregnancy

Wellness Wednesdays: 11 Tips to a Healthier Pregnancy

For this week’s post, our medical director, Dr. Sonya Kashyap, has some healthy pregnancy advice for those who have or are trying to conceive.

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Wellness Wednesdays: Why I Should Walk During IVF

 

Fitness for IVF

Walking is the basic low intensity exercise that can be used by just about everyone to provide both physical and mental health benefits at no cost to themselves, other than a little time and energy.

We know that in vitro fertilization (IVF) is stressful and one of the most difficult parts is removing yourself from your usual activities such as exercise. Yet in general, women taking part in IVF programs are advised to limit physical exercise to help increase their chances of conceiving.

This is to minimize potential complications of IVF that can arise from strenuous exercise, creating additional problems rather than improving pregnancy rates. Exercise can cause and/or exacerbate issues such as ovarian torsion.

However, that does not mean that there are no benefits to be gained from light strenuous activity. For those who are more active usually, it won’t feel like much; but for those who are less active, now is a good a time as any to prepare your body for pregnancy.

So what are the health benefits of taking part in light exercise such as walking during IVF treatment?

Alan Kemp from Alanfitness.ca in Vancouver is here to share some of his fitness knowledge with you.

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