Micronutrient testing is highly recommended when you are preparing for pregnancy or struggling to conceive either naturally or with IVF. It provides the most comprehensive nutritional analysis available by measuring functional deficiencies at the cellular level, which is why it is so beneficial for egg and sperm health.
The benefit of micronutrient testing is that it is an assessment of how well the body utilizes vitamins, minerals, amino/fatty acids, antioxidants, and metabolites, while conveying the body’s need for these micronutrients that enable the body to produce enzymes, hormones, and other substances essential for proper growth, development, and good health.
This test is beneficial for both men and women as it provides the basis of a personalized, functional approach in addressing a broad variety of clinical conditions that influence fertility, including autoimmune disorders, insulin resistance, diabetes, metabolic disorders, hormonal problems, and...
One of the fastest rising health conditions linked to unexplained infertility in Australia is low thyroid functioning or functional hypothyroidism. The most common symptoms experienced are problems with ovulation and irregular or heavy periods, lethargy, depression and weight gain. The Complete Thyroid Report we recommend at BUMPFertility is designed to help uncover undiagnosed or misdiagnosed thyroid problems that are stopping you conceiving either naturally or with IVF.
Thyroid problems are the most misdiagnosed conditions in our society because testing is limited to a basic TSH or T3/T4 test.
This means most fertility evaluations never look at thyroid antibodies, Reverse T3, Free T3 & free T4 and this is an enormous oversight when it comes to fertility health.
There are other Lab tests needed for assessing thyroid health and it's a possible influence on fertility like vitamin D, CBD, homocysteine, CRP, and magnesium.
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A common question both practitioners and patients have is, when should I test my hormones? This depends, of course, on whether someone is having regular cycles, how long their cycles are, and if they are near menopause.
Testing sex hormones in a woman with regular monthly cycles is best done during the mid-luteal peak. This is about 1 week (5-7days) after ovulation occurs. In a 28-day cycle, this would-be days 19, 20, 21 or 22.
This is the time in the menstrual cycle when progesterone should be at its peak for the month and when estrogen should be at the height of its luteal plateau. The image below, of the menstrual cycle, describes this beautifully.
On day one of the cycle (which is also the first day of the period), both estrogen and progesterone are very low. Estrogen then starts to rise until its ovulatory peak. The corpus luteum, which develops from the ovarian follicle (egg) that is released, produces progesterone. Progesterone, then starts to rise as that follicle gets...
So today I’ll give you a very detailed description of the different types of cervical fluid, and how to classify them.
I’m going to be incorporating vaginal sensation into the mix here. Vaginal sensation is the way your vagina *feels* when different types of cervical fluid are present. You know how you can tell if the inside of your nose is wet, like when you have a runny nose? And you know how you can tell if the inside of your nose feels dry, like when you are in a dusty desert? You can tell the same things about your vagina as well, if you pay attention. The way your vagina feels can give you a lot of insight on the state of your fertility and what kind of cervical fluid you’re likely to find.
Fertility tracking involves tracking your cycle and developing a good understanding and level of awareness about many aspects of your fertility including basal body temperature and cervical mucus secretions.
Fertility tracking is a collection of methods using your body’s natural functioning to determine the days of the month you are most likely to get pregnant. It is also called Natural Family Planning (NFP), the Ovulation Method, and the Billings Method. Up to 83% of women do not know how to track their fertility cycle correctly and do not realize hidden fertility roadblocks may be causing their cycle to be irregular or distorting their charting results.
The calendar, basal body temperature, and cervical mucus methods are combined to give you the awareness of when your body is most fertile. As you become familiar with your body’s ovulation and fertile window, it provides you the opportunity to...
When you're trying to have a baby (or starting to think about it), you may come across the term basal body temperature (BBT) - that is, your lowest temperature of the day, reached when your body is completely at rest. Depending on whom you ask, your BBT can be the star of everything from pregnancy planning to natural birth control and overall fertility awareness. The problem is, your BBT can also be influenced by environmental toxins and heavy metals. Heavy metal testing and toxicity is a very complex issue. This can often increase the length of your preconception preparation by many months. Which is why it is good to get tested.
Fertility awareness is generally defined as a woman’s ability to identify the fertile period of the menstrual cycle. Many women base their charting on a 28-day cycle which can significantly distort their 'fertility window' and lead to troubles conceiving. Different toxins, endocrine disruptors, stress, diet, and infection can all...
Our eggs have been with us since before we were born, which means they’re exposed to all sorts of damage, but mostly unavoidable, influences throughout our lives: fevers, infections, stress, toxins, free radicals, and this exposure can lead to little “mistakes” in our egg cells’ DNA, called chromosomal abnormalities or 'SNPs'.
Can abnormal eggs be fixed?
Once a cell’s DNA is degraded, it can’t be fixed medically or “healed.” In other words, once an egg becomes abnormal, it can’t become normal again. As women age, a higher and higher percentage of their eggs are abnormal.
Since DNA is like an instruction manual for our cells, any damage to your DNA can prevent that cell from doing what it’s supposed to do - which, in the case of the egg, is make a healthy baby.
How Do You Test For Egg Quality?
There’s no direct test for egg quality at this point in time. The only way to know if an egg is chromosomally normal is to...
Environmental toxins such as phthalates trigger gene variants and are a major hidden cause for why some couples have trouble conceiving. Recent studies by Dr. Grindler have made the link between phthalates and infertility even more conclusive finding environmental toxins such as phthalates can speed up menopause by 2.3 and 15 years! That means if menopause on average takes place around 51 some women could experience it in their late 30s! Phthalates can predispose you to poor egg quality, poor implantation rates, and early menopause.
Another study by the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology found that phthalates are linked to implantation failure in couples undergoing IVF. The good news is, at BUMP we can test for environmental toxins and also determine how well your body is at excreting them. Herbal medicine and nutrigenomic therapy combined with lifestyle and dietary changes provide effective management of environmental toxins.
If you’ve been trying to get...
It's important to have healthy cervical mucus when you are trying to conceive. Vaginal discharge (cervical mucus) contains proteomic markers and plays an important role in increasing your chances of getting pregnant. Proteomic markers (biomarkers or 'clues' of disease potential) may be influenced by environmental factors such as toxins and pollutants that change discharge quality and make it an 'unfriendly environment' for sperm. Heavy metal testing and toxicity is a very complex issue. This can often increase the length of your preconception preparation for many months. This is why it is important to get tested.
The special kind of vaginal discharge called cervical mucus plays an important role in conception. Learning how to improve the quality and how to track your cervical mucus correctly for optimal intercourse timing, and getting to know the right kind of cervical mucus you need to conceive, will improve your chances of conceiving.
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.