If you're suffering from PCOS and trying to become pregnant, what can you do to improve your chances?
Naturopathic doctors and acupuncturists who specialize in helping infertile couples have reported increased success with those who have failed with fertility technology.
Natural medicine therapies support reproductive function and basic health that helps restore fertility in some women.
For example, researchers at the University of Surrey followed 367 couples for 3 years. 37% of these couples had a history of infertility and 38% of the women had previous miscarriages. They were put on a program consisting of organic foods, an individualized vitamin supplement, and alcohol and tobacco avoidance.
At the end of the study, 89% of the couples had given birth to healthy babies, and none had a miscarriage. Although this study was flawed in some respects, it does suggest that a healthy diet and lifestyle increases the probability of pregnancy and reduces the chances of miscarriage. We look forward to more research to confirm this common-sense approach.
In another study, acupuncture timed with in-vitro fertilization increased conception rates. The group receiving acupuncture had a success rate of 43% vs. only 26% for the control group.
Japanese scientists have discovered a new vitamin that plays an important role in fertility in mice and may have a similar function in humans.
The Tokyo-based Institute of Physical and Chemical Research confirmed that pyrroloquinoline quinone (PQQ), a substance discovered in 1979, can be categorized as a vitamin.
Mice deprived of PQQ suffer reduced fertility and roughened fur. Vitamins that have an important effect on mice usually act in the same way in humans, the researchers said.
PQQ is the first new vitamin to be discovered since 1948. It is thought to belong the to B-vitamin group. Vitamins are defined as organic substances needed in small quantities for health and growth. They must be obtained from food because they cannot be produced by the body.
Medical research indicates that PPQ is a powerful antioxidant, and it helps to preserve the energy-producing units of your cells.
PQQ is not usually found in multi-vitamin tablets. The best source of PQQ discovered so far is "natto," a pungent Japanese dish of fermented soybeans. Other foods rich in PQQ are parsley, green tea, green peppers, kiwi fruit and papaya.
PPQ appears to be a good complement to other supplements that support cellular function, such as CoQ10 and alpha-lipoic acid.
Source: Source: Reuters Health News, March 24, 2003
See if you can find or create a PCOS or fertility support group. A Harvard study showed that women who participated in a fertility support group had a 25% increase in their success rate over women who just got the usual infertility clinic care.
If you are not ovulating, or are having fertility problems for other reasons, take all possible steps to improve your health and the health of your partner.
Consult with a knowledgeable, qualified health practitioner about natural therapies that will reduce the factors contributing to your fertility issues. Safe, nontoxic and effective natural therapies, over time, can shift you into regular ovulatory cycles that will produce thriving eggs.
If better diet, improved lifestyle, increased exercise, supplementation, natural therapies and herbal medicine do not cause you to ovulate or get pregnant within six months, then consider "high-tech" methods for achieving your pregnancy such as in-vitro fertilization.
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