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Fertility & preconception, by Ingefleur Homeopathy

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” […] With the introduction of the contraceptive pill women have gotten more control over what is happening to their body when it comes to not falling pregnant. However, as many women have experienced, getting pregnant after several years of contraception may now not be so easy. This is not only because the natural hormone cycle is disturbed with contraception but also because women increasingly start having children at a later age.

Whether you have been on contraception or not, if you want to get pregnant the most important thing is that you are in the best health possible. To give your baby a good start you want the “soil” to be the best possible right? This means that your body systems should work the best possible and your toxicity levels as low as possible (this includes stress!), and that there needs to be plenty of nutrition. Remember that although the baby develops in your body and you need to be in the best condition possible, when trying for a baby your partner needs to be in the best health possible too!

Many factors can influence difficulty in conceiving. Factors for both males and females:

  • Obesity or lack of nutrition
  • Infections such as sexually transmitted diseases
  • Toxic metal levels in the body
  • Increased alcohol intrake
  • Smoking
  • Chronic stress
  • Unbalanced hormonal levels
  • Physical or emotional trauma
  • (Recreational) drugs
  • Chronic disease such as diabetes

Male specific factors that affect fertility:

  • Occupations that overheat the scrotum area such as men working in bakeries
  • Varicose veins in scrotum area
  • Other conditions such as raised sperm antibodies or chromosomal abnormalities

Female specific factors that affect fertility:

  • Chronic disease such as endometriosis, polycystic ovaries syndrome, diabetes
  • Fibroids
  • Structural abnormalities such as a tilted uterus
  • Hyper acidity
  • Chronic candida infection

This can be a scary list, however… many of these things can be dealt with! Some of the issues above you and partner can tackle yourselves:

  • Make any needed lifestyle changes. Make sure you get all your vitamins, minerals and fatty acids. Reduce alcohol intake, sugar intake, loose some weight if needed, consider seeing a nutritionist. Sleep enough, and get those stress levels down!
  • Make sure the guy’s semen is not overheated. So wear loose fitting underwear and clothing. Examine your lifestyle to see if there is anything that may cause overheating such as cycling or working in a bakery.
  • If you have been on the contraceptive pill, injections or coil, make sure you wait three months before you start trying (use condoms in the mean time). If you had a miscarriage wait preferably longer than that; up to 6 months to help the body recover from the trauma.
  • Don’t worry too much about when you are ovulating, just make sure you have sex three times a week at least. Charting can help however to give you an idea of whether you are ovulating and when.

Some of the factors in the (in)fertility list are not easily fixable with lifestyle changes. If you have done all the above and after 7 months to a year you have not fallen pregnant yet, it is a good idea to get yourselves checked out. Go to your GP and have all the regular tests done to see if there are any obvious reasons that you haven’t conceived yet.

Even if the tests are inconclusive however, homeopathic treatment can greatly raise your chances of conceiving.

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Tip: if you like flower essences, try the Woman combination from Australian Bushflowers. It is a combination of flower essences aimed at anything female including premenstrual symptoms, menstrual symptoms, conception, pregnancy, post pregnancy and menopause. It is available in drops, a oral spray, and a cream (yummy!).”

By Ingefleur Spreij

Full article link below:

http://www.ingefleur.com/fertility.html

Osteopathy For Adults

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Adults can experience aches or pain resulting from a trauma, their lifestyle and/or repetitive strain from their position at work. Therefore, the osteopath will assess the posture and possible causes of somatic dysfunctions. There is a balance to find between static or dynamic activity. Previous trauma (physical and/or emotional) could have predisposed to the current problem if left unresolved. The body has very strong ability to compensate or adapt up to a certain point. Inflammation is seen as a signal sent by the body to the brain that something is wrong and needs to be addressed. It is very important to acknowledge those signals, and make changes to prevent further health problems. Osteopathy can be helpful to identify the problem and releasing tightness, aches, pain allowing the body to recover and heal naturally when it is possible. Patients need to make some changes in their life to prevent the same problem to come back or get worse. Osteopathy is known for helping when a problem has arisen but prevention and maintenance is important as well. For an osteopath, other symptoms are seen as signals too. Some symptoms can be related to mechanical dysfunctions in the body. The main links are vascular and/or neurologic. This is the reason why, each individual is anatomically and physiologically submitted to the same rules, but each individual has a different story, and variations in adaptation and compensation pattern. The osteopath will try to understand how you ended up experiencing the symptoms you are presenting with and guide you towards a specialist when necessary.