As a very basic starting point, did you know your uterus contains microbiome that need to be healthy to sustain a healthy viable pregnancy?
Or sperm and egg health relies on healthy microbiome to survive and thrive? Or the endometrium relies on healthy microbiome to be receptive to a healthy viable pregnancy?
If you didn't that's OK! It's exciting new research and not many people know about it - so I can almost guarantee it's been overlooked as part of your fertility strategy!
What you need to know is, microbiome health is so easily disrupted. It is the community of organisms living in and on your body. Every person’s microbial community is unique and includes an individualised balance of both desirable and less-beneficial microorganisms. This balance can play a significant role in your overall wellbeing and new research identifies it's crucial role in reproductive health.
The good news is, recent advances in technology for microbiome testing have given scientists valuable new insights into the gut microbiome’s role in a number of diseases and health conditions such as hormonal problems, mitochondria function and inflammation. These are all key influences to lowered fertility and poor IVF outcomes.
What you might not realise is, taking an over the counter probiotic or simply eating probiotic enriched foods is not the answer and can potentially make things worse.You can literally be feeding the 'bad guys'.
Likewise routine stool tests may test some levels of GIT bacteria, however they don't assess gene sequencing.This can lead you to believe all is OK - when really it's not!
The test we use, utilises full metagenomics, the most comprehensive DNA sequencing method available, to provide you with a high resolution picture of your gut microbiome.
Metagenomics is a powerful tool where all the genes from the micro-organisms in your sample are sequenced, allowing you to see not just bacteria, but also fungi, protists, and archaea. This method can also identify microroganisms at the species or even strain level and reveals what your microbes are capable of.
Testing for microbiome fertility health is accessible, easy and forms part of our BUMP Fertility Premium Package. You find out exactly what strains you are missing and also identify genetic SNPs that prevent you having healthy flora and learn how to over ride them.
Without knowing this information, potentially your body will fight you all the way! It's the crucial first step to ensuring you are fertile fit and ready to have a baby. This is why we include this test within your package.
1. You have used antibiotics, the birth control pill or experience immune problems
2. You experience Leaky Gut Syndrome, Irritable Bowel, Crohns, Colitis
3. You suffer from bloating, constipation, diarrhoea, reflux
4. You struggle with weight gain, insulin resistance, Poly Cystic Ovaries or hormone problems
5. You suffer from Candida, Urinary Tract Infections, Endometriosis or period problems
Learning how to manage your microbime is one of the first steps to preparing your body for pregnancy so you can get pregnant faster either naturally or with IVF. Leaving digestive disturbances unmanaged lowers your chances of a successful IVF cycle and will make falling pregnant naturally take longer.
1. Poor Digestion A Trigger For Autoimmunity
Autoimmunity is commonly associated with both Coeliac and Crohns Disease; two hidden causes of lowered fertility in both men and women. In addition, digestive dysbiosis may trigger autoimmune antibodies (eg. thyroid); influencing ovulation and implantation. These triggers are often associated with recurrent miscarriage or lowered implantation rates and could be reasons why it's taking you so long to get pregnant naturally. They could also be reasons why you are not getting pregnant with IVF.
The good news is you can quickly and naturally manage your digestive problems and significantly reverse the impact of autoimmune problems, once you learn how.
2. Cytokine Changes And Lowered Fertility
Researchers agree cytokines (immune cells triggered by digestive dysbiosis) play an important role in fertility. They are linked to changes in female reproductive hormones, irregular ovulation or be a reason why you are not ovulating. This can be due to their influence on neuroendocrine events (hormones), ovarian function, placental development, and the developing embryo; all possible reasons why it's taking you so long to get pregnant.
The fantastic news is, new research shows you can quickly and naturally manage your cytokine levels and significantly reverse their impact on your fertility, once you learn how.
3. Leaky Gut Syndrome
Leaky Gut Syndrome and Ulcerative Colitis can be triggered by Small Bowel overgrowth or other factors such as bacteria and parasites. Symptoms of these can be bloating, irregular bowel actions, problems maintaining weight, fatigue and many others.
What is important to remember is that research supports easy and successful ways to naturally manage these factors to improve fertility so you can get pregnant faster once you learn how.
4. Hormonal Changes and Insulin Resistance
Digestive flora plays a key role in supporting reproductive hormone health. It significantly contributes to Insulin Resistance, a key cause of unexplained infertility. What's important to remember is Insulin resistance is a leading contributing factor to unsuccessful IVF attempts and problems conceiving naturally. It influences so many key fertility hormones.
According to scientists at MICROBA, research shows a number of clear and important correlations between gut microbiome, gut bacteria, glucose metabolism, and the prevalence of metabolic diseases like type 2 diabetes.
For example, studies reveal the immune system uses gut bacteria to control glucose metabolism; as a result, the incorrect function of this interaction can lead to type 2 diabetes. Elsewhere, gut microbiota can also play a key role in the ongoing treatment of diabetes. A recent Swedish study indicates that the clinical effect of the common diabetes medication, metformin - which controls blood glucose - is achieved through modulation of the gut microbiota.
The fantastic news is, new research shows you can quickly and naturally manage your insulin resistance and significantly reverse it impacts on your fertility, once you learn how. This means if you want to get pregnant faster, you need to dramatically increase your odds of getting pregnant and my BUMP Fertility Premium Package program will show you how.
5. Neurotransmitter Changes And Infertility
Digestive problems also cause neurotransmitter (chemical messengers) to become depleted or overproduced. Neurotransmitters like serotonin and melatonin play an important role in regulating the menstrual cycle, supporting regular ovulation and we also know they influence sperm health.
The good news is; getting to the cause and finding a solution is possible.
The first step towards a healthy pregnancy is being ready to make positive changes. Each pregnancy is a new journey and one that deserves the best preparation to ensure your body is baby ready.
Getting to the cause of your digestive problems is a start. Then it's time to add a helping hand from mother nature. Targeted dietary changes, therapeutic herbs, and individualized nutritional strategies, to restore balance and fertility health will dramatically increase your odds of conceiving naturally fast.
With over 20 years of clinical practice specializing in fertility and women's health, Narelle Stegehuis understands the complexity of fertility challenges.
By offering her clients access to the most up to date research, pathology testing and natural fertility enhancement options; many women successfully conceive and maintain a healthy pregnancy.
BUMP® is a proven system that works particularly well for those when IVF has failed.
This 10 minute initial conversation is free of charge and enables us to gain an understanding of where you are up to in your fertility journey. It provides an opportunity for you to ask questions and find out which BUMPFertility service is best for you.