Health Tip from Dr Marilyn Glenville, PhD
Lack of Periods (Amenorrhoea)
Herbs can help your body restore hormone balance and reduce the impact of stress, with the ultimate aim of restoring your periods. Agnus Castus is one of those hergs. High levels of the hormone prolactin and imbalances in levels of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and Luteinizing hormone (LH) can all inhibit ovulation and your menstrual cycle. Agnus castus helps to regulate the action of your pituitary gland, which stimulates the release of all these hormones, to bring your body back to balance. Take 1tsp tincture in a little water, or 200-300mg in capsule form, twice daily. It can take up to 6 months for the herb to take effect in your body, so you will need to be patient. However, keep taking it until your periods are regular again. Then, once you’ve restored a regular cycle, gradually reduce your daily dosage of agnus castus, so that after a couple of months winding down, your menstrual cycle continues without the t! rigger of the herb.
So what is the best way to optimise your fertility?
In my many years in private practice I’ve develop the 11 Pillars of Fertility — the blueprint that has helped numerous patients create the pregnancy and baby of their dreams. The 11 Pillars are the basis of all the essentials that must be in place if you and your partner want to ensure yourselves the best possible chance of having the healthiest baby and/or overcome fertility problems.
Here are three very important pillars that will help your odds of turning your dream into reality:
1. Healthy Diet
This is an absolutely vital aspect of optimum fertility. If your diet is not supporting your body’s metabolic functions your ability to conceive and carry a healthy pregnancy to term will suffer.
2. Environmental and lifestyle
Today through our environment we are in direct contact with over 4 million chemicals — most of which are dangerous for the healthy development of the egg, sperm and embryo. The problem is that often dangerous chemicals, disguised as pretty labels enter our homes and are free to have their destructive effects without us even realising they are damaging our health and fertility.
In addition to this our lifestyle has a huge impact on fertility and reproduction. Things such as smoking, alcohol, coffee, unfiltered drinking and cooking water, recreational substances and more — will all have a devastating effect on female and male fertility.
This is a greatly underestimated key to optimum fertility. The mind-body connection is real and it is taken for granted. If you think you are infertile, you re-enforce a belief that continues to manifest in your life, through your unconscious will. The turning point is realising that right now you can take action to change all aspect you want in your life including your health and reproduction. When it comes to fertility, faith and acceptance of your existing situation with love and understanding frees and enables you to choose to move forward in healthier attempts to create your desire of becoming a proud parent.
Optimizing your ability to conceive a healthy baby, overcoming infertility and carrying a pregnancy to term is very possible. It requires the total commitment of both partners towards a better outcome and several specific changes in how you do certain things — but as the old saying goes: “Do your part and the heavens will come to your aid”.