As I am now officially back to a gluten-free and dairy-free existence, I thought this article by Gabriela Rosa was great information. Sharing here for anyone else who may be interested.
How To Live & Eat To Prevent Anovulation
If you are trying to conceive, the last thing you want to discover or hear from your doctor is not you are not ovulating regularly.
This is one of the most distressing causes of “infertility” or delayed conception for most women because it’s easy to feel out of control and unsure of what to do to regulate your body.
Quality and professionally prescribed herbal medicine treatments in combination with a fertility boosting diet and lifestyle are the most reliable ways to ensure excellent results, fast and naturally. Be sure to find a competent, qualified and professional herbalist or naturopath to help you with this. I do not recommend you simply go to a health food store and buy some preparation over the counter or worse (!) self-prescribe. You may be robbing yourself of the result you truly desire.
3 Easy Self-Care Ways To Regulate Ovulation
There is SO MUCH you can do — as far as your daily choices are concerned, to optimise your results. Some of the most important steps towards regular cycles and ovulation are dependent on what I’ve already mentioned above: Your diet, lifestyle and personal environment.
Ovulation UN-friendly Foods
No matter what you do, you want to avoid these foods. They are massive culprits in causing havoc with your fertility and do you no favours regarding your health and the development of a truly healthy baby.
- Fried foods & Trans-fats: In women with polycystic ovarian syndrome, the damaged fats found in these foods have been shown to decrease fertility by up to 73%; however it does impact all women suffering from anovulation—so next time you feel a chip, biscuit or piece of cake is tempting you, ask yourself… “What do I want more? That or a healthy baby?”. Let the motto: Act pregnant now to get pregnant later guide you daily.
- Sugary foods and soft drinks: One can of soft drinks contains about 5+ teaspoons of sugar; and don’t think sugar-free is any better in fact it’s worse (although I’ll have to save that story for another article)! The fact is sugar, in whatever form (i.e. if it’s sweet, it’s sugar) negatively impacts hormonal balance, which in turn discourages regular ovulation.
- Gluten: This is something many people don’t consider and even more people don’t realise they are affected by until they remove it from their diet; AND this negative impact often happens even when gluten sensitivity tests come back completely normal. Even a minor sensitivity can be enough to cause infertility and recurrent miscarriage issues. My recommendation is to avoid it completely in the preconception period (ideally at least 120 days prior to conception attempts) and during the first trimester of pregnancy.
Shake it Real Good!
Yes, you guessed it! Exercise is essential for optimal hormonal balance, nutrient circulation, cellular oxygenation, stress reduction, blood sugar regulation, weight management and so much more. The good news is that in exercising your choice to move your body — daily (for at least 40 minutes each time) — you are choosing to take control of your fertility.
Daily exercise has been shown to get women suffering from anovulation to spontaneously ovulate. So what are you waiting for? Get out there, move, have fun with it. And remember, exercise does not have to be boring or emotionally painful. Embrace it. And choose activities you really enjoy like dancing, rock climbing, swimming in the ocean (although avoid chlorinated swimming pools—they are not great for your fertility), roller skating. You name it. Make it fun!
Protect your personal environment
This is one area most people completely neglect, unfortunately mostly because they don’t know what they don’t know. From the commercially available cleaning and pest control products we choose to bring into our homes to the soap, toothpaste and fragrances we use and wear—there are safe choices and there are fertility damaging choices.
And guess what? The average householder lives in a cocktail of toxic chemicals, which MUST be offloaded to ensure optimum fertility and regular ovulation. Education around these issues and being utterly minimalist in the products you use is essential to reduce the litany of endocrine disrupting offenders that can be found in the average household. All of which contribute to the unsatisfactory recurrence of anovulation in many cases.
Anovulation is a multi-factorial issue that must be addressed comprehensively and holistically for best results in the long term.