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Fertility treatment is physically and emotionally demanding, and depending on your needs it can be expensive, so it’s important to find a doctor that’s right for you. You should ask your general practitioner for advice about choosing a fertility specialist; but you can also do your own research before committing to a doctor. Here’s some information to consider.   Clinics Vary A Lot   There are many types of clinics that operate in different ways. For example, some clinics are set up to cater specifically for same-sex couples, so they may be more equipped for donor egg or sperm treatment and surrogacy.   There are also low-cost clinics that offer limited treatments for people with a capped budget. If you want to choose one of these

When it comes to fertility struggles and the decision to seek professional help, it can be difficult for couples to determine if they are really facing infertility, or if they are experiencing a normal timeframe for achieving pregnancy. The following infertility definitions can help you decide when to seek help:   Infertility is defined as the inability to become pregnant within 12 months of unprotected sex by couples in which the woman is younger than 35 years of age and has no major medical problems. For couples in which the woman is over 35 years of age, infertility is defined as the inability to become pregnant after six months of unprotected sex.   If a man, woman or couple answers Yes to either

In the past, women with autoimmune diseases were frequently counseled against conceiving. Today, more and more women with a range of autoimmune conditions are enjoying healthy pregnancies. Here are some of the most Frequently Asked Questions about autoimmune disorders and pregnancy.   Q: What Are The Most Common Autoimmune Disorders Affecting Women Of Childbearing Age?   Rheumatic diseases, such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis; thyroid diseases, such as Hashimoto’s and Graves; and type 1 diabetes. There are also some rarer diseases clinicians should be aware of, including scleroderma; Sjögren’s syndrome; and antiphospholipid antibody syndrome, a condition characterized by the presence of antiphospholipid antibodies in the blood. Though women with this condition don’t have active disease, they may develop clotting problems down the road. It’s important

Millions of people are diagnosed with thyroid conditions, many of these people also develop adrenal fatigue.  Adrenal fatigue is a condition that involves the adrenal glands becoming weakened due to numerous factors that I’ll be discussing here.    Let’s start by talking about some of the symptoms of adrenal fatigue.  There are many different symptoms people can experience, but here are some of the more common ones:   Extremely tired, especially in the morning Find it difficult to obtain quality sleep Crave sweet and salty foods Feel stressed out most of the time Decreased sex drive   There are other symptoms associated with adrenal fatigue, but the ones listed above are some of the more common ones.    Many Thyroid Conditions Are

You may have heard the term “leaky gut” blamed for just about everything from weight gain to eczema to depression. Medical professionals call this condition increased intestinal permeability, but what is it and how do you know if you have it?   The gut is a very complex system and we’re still learning how it influences health. Left untreated, we know that a leaky gut can cause gastrointestinal conditions like irritable bowel syndrome, celiac disease and Crohn’s disease, among others.   Researchers have connected the health of the gut and the microbiome to other conditions like obesity, allergies, arthritis, mental illness, Parkinson’s disease, autism, liver disease, Type 2 diabetes, cancers and autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis and lupus.   How Does a Leaky Gut Develop?   The walls

Every cell in our system has a life cycle.    When preparing for reproduction our goal should be to have the healthiest cells possible. What is written in your current cells could be anywhere from 1 week to months old. Think to yourself… How well have you taken care of your body over the last 3 months? How well have you slept? Eaten? Exercised? Rested? In the last 90 days?    Reproductive preparation is a necessity today. Between fast food and the “go-go” lifestyles of today our cells are no longer writing and replicating healthy cells as easily as we once did.    The goal of preconception care is to give your and your partner's system a time to replenish and rewrite some of our basic