How to Increase Fertility Naturally BEXLIFE- Windaroo, Queensland
Rebekah: Hey guys. It's Bex here and I amhere with the lovely Alisa Vitti in her apartment in New York City, surrounded by baby things. Alisa: Yes. Rebekah: The last time you were on Bex Life,you were not pregnant. I was not pregnant and we were talking about birth control. Alisa: Right, and why we should all get offof it. Rebekah: We didn't take it and look whathappened to us. Alisa: Well, this was by planning, yes.
Rebekah: And this was by planning too. Alisa: That's right. Rebekah: I'm really excited because I'm36 and you're 37. Alisa: And look at how young and gorgeouswe look. Rebekah: I know. We are gorgeous! Alisa: Gorgeous. Rebekah: Healthy, vibrant. We are of advancedmaternal age. I can hardly get the words out. Alisa: Technically speaking, yes.
Rebekah: It's so gross. I hate â€“ I don'teven like saying that. Alisa: I know, I know. Rebekah: We only advanced in intellect andbeauty, really. Alisa: Amen. Love it. Love it! Rebekah: But a lot of our girlfriends arehaving babies, having their first babies. This is your first. This is my fifth. I'mnot the norm and they're having trouble and girlfriends our age and girlfriends youngerthan us and their men. Alisa: Yes.
Rebekah: What's going on? Alisa: I think it's a growing and somewhatfor whatever reason silent epidemic, this rise in infertility, both male and femaleinfertility, and what is termed idiopathic meaning no known cause. So you go. You haveyour checkup. Everything looks normal. There's no reason why you shouldn't be able to makethe baby. But you can't. In my ten plus years now of working with couplesand individuals on their fertility, there are three reasons that I see that are kindof at the core of why people are not able to have that reproductive capacity and thatfertile window be as big and wide as it should
be, right? Because you're really â€“ the whole reasonby the way why the pill was such a good thing back 50 years ago, 60 years ago when it cameout was because women were having their eighth, ninth baby at 45 because there was no wayto prevent additional pregnancies and they were fertile, perfectly fertile well intotheir 40s. Now we have women struggling in their midto late 20s. So what has changed? Here's what I think has changed. One, we're beingexposed to way more chemicals than we ever have been before.
The statistic that I have just read aboutis that your grandparents' generation was exposed to chemicals over the course of theirlifetime that you are exposed to in a 30day period. You're exposed to more chemicalsin 30 days than they were their entire lives. Rebekah: That's so scary. Alisa: And these chemicals of course are endocrinedisruptive which means they're really messing with your fertility. So that's reason numberone. Reason number two is that we are micronutrientdeficient in ways that we just are not realizing. We're eating like different kinds of diets.We're cutting out big macronutrients. We're
The menstrual cycle and your bodys natural signal of fertility cervical mucus
Your reproductive system is wonderfully complex,yet the signals it gives you can be quite simple, helping you identify the fertile andinfertile times in your cycle. You may have noticed different types of discharge throughoutyour menstrual cycle. The sensation that this discharge produces at the vaginal opening,called the vulva, also changes. This is because your cervix produces different types of mucusin response to changing hormone levels. Your cycle begins with menstrual bleeding,when the lining of your uterus, called the endometrium, is shed.Following menstruation your cervix becomes blocked by a thick plug of mucus that preventssperm from entering the uterus. This means
that you are infertile. Many women feel dryat the vulva during this time. Other women notice a pattern of discharge that feels andlooks the same day after day. The number of days that you experience this unchanging patternwill determine the length of your cycle. In an average cycle this pattern of infertilitylasts for a few days. If your cycle is short you may not experience any days of this infertilepattern. In a longer cycle you will have more. Early in your cycle the pituitary gland inyour brain begins to secrete a hormone called Follicle Stimulating Hormone, or FSH. FSHstimulates the growth of a group of follicles in your ovaries. Each follicle contains anegg and a bundle of surrounding cells that
secrete the hormone oestrogen.Oestrogen activates the cervix to produce the mucus essential for fertility. This isthe start of the fertile phase. The fertile phase, shown here using a baby symbol, beginsa few days before ovulation. One type of mucus produced by the cervix dissolves the plug,which means sperm can now enter the uterus. Another type of mucus filters out damagedsperm cells. Yet another type nourishes the sperm so they can live for up to five daysin your reproductive system. It forms channels which help the sperm travel through your reproductivesystem to meet and fertilise the egg. You become aware of your developing fertilityby the changes in the mucus that you feel
and see at the vulva. You will notice thatyou feel increasingly wet and then slippery, and you may see mucus that becomes thinnerand clearer. The last day of the slippery feeling is called the Peak of fertility. Itis very close to the time of ovulation. As one follicle nears maturity, the pituitarygland is stimulated to release a surge of another hormone, called Luteinizing Hormone,or LH. LH triggers ovulation: the release of the egg from its follicle. The egg is sweptup into the fallopian tube, ready to begin its journey towards the uterus. If fertilisationdoesn't occur the egg will die within a day of ovulation. But if the egg meets any spermalong the way, fertilisation can take place.
After ovulation the empty follicle is transformedinto the Corpus Luteum. The Corpus Luteum produces a hormone called progesterone. Progesteroneprepares the endometrium in case there's a fertilised egg ready to implant. It also causesthe mucus to thicken, and the plug to begin forming in the cervix again. The day followingthe Peak you'll no longer feel wet or slippery at the vulva. By the end of three days afterthe Peak your fertility for this cycle is over. About 2 weeks after ovulation a newcycle begins. We can now see how essential cervical mucusis for fertility. Once you're familiar with your patterns you'll be able to identify yourfertile and infertile times. This knowledge
can help you to achieve or avoid pregnancy.It can also help you to safeguard your reproductive health, as you'll be able to recognise changeswhich might need medical investigation. This is knowledge that every woman ought to have.