How can my DNA improve my fertility and help me conceive?

Well, it turns out there are many ways!

With the use of DNA we can see a more intimate picture of your body and how specifically YOUR body works. Your DNA can reveal numerous insights to your overall health and well-being. This also includes your reproductive health.

Firstly we begin with a thorough assessment of your fertility health. What are we looking for exactly? We are looking for any opportunity to improve or enhance your overall health and we are especially looking to take advantage of any opportunity to improve your reproductive health and improve fertility.

Your DNA plays an informative role, we learn the likelihood of a number of issues and conditions that may or may not be impacting your fertility. We take a look at possible inherited diseases, illnesses, genetic mutations and precisely how your body metabolizes nutrients required to conceive and required for optimal fertility. Often times, your DNA reveals important factors that could potentially get in the way of having a baby or reveals factors that are getting in the way of you having a baby. There is only so much you can learn about your body using physical exams, blood tests, and family history. Think of your DNA as your very own private investigator for your body. Your DNA tells us what would have likely gone unnoticed until multiple miscarriages have occurred, pregnancy has not been achieved after a long duration, you have had a medical condition that warrants further exploration, or a baby was born with a defect. Sometimes, the answer to “unexplained infertility” or sub par fertility is found within your DNA.

Once we have a clearer picture, a more thorough understanding of your body’s uniqueness and how your body works, we then create a truly personalized plan to improve your fertility and help you conceive.

Good nutrition is vital to the health of your eggs as well as overall fertility. You’ll know exactly how much nutrients YOUR body requires allowing you to improve the quality of your eggs, achieve the best reproductive health, improve your fertility and improve your general health and well-being.

The cycle of an egg in preparation of ovulation is 90 days. It is advisable to begin preparing your body to have a baby six months in advance of any fertility treatments such as ICI, IUI, egg retrieval and IVF. It is also suggested to begin preparing your body to conceive six months in advance if you are conceiving naturally without the use of fertility treatments. With my program we only use natural methods to prepare the body.

While some of my clients have conceived as early as three months working with me, I still highly recommend preparing six months in advance. This gives us the best chance at success in a quicker time frame. Planning six months in advance also gives us time to sort out any unknown medical issues often discovered in those who have been diagnosed with “unexplained infertility” and those just starting their baby making adventures. You’ll save money, time, emotional highs and lows, and will feel good knowing you have set out to have a baby on fertile ground.

The following list is examples of what will be explored when looking at your fertility health. Please note this list is not in its entirety, we actually explore A LOT more always with the goal to improve fertility.

Venous Thromboembolism (Blood clotting risks) Blood clots can occur during pregnancy and for some, who have a genetic predisposition to blood clots, pregnancy cannot occur without treatment. Certain genetic conditions relating to blood clotting result in many miscarriages if left untreated.

Type 2 Diabetes (Condition that affects the way the body processes blood sugar, a.k.a. glucose). Type 2 Diabetes can wreck havoc with your fertility.

Celiac Disease (Gluten intolerance) Celiac disease often causes miscarriages. Celiac Disease can be triggered in some as a result of pregnancy.

Gestational Diabetes (A condition that affects the way the body processes blood sugar, a.k.a. glucose while pregnant). Many women develop gestational diabetes when pregnant. Usually around the 24th week.

Hypertension (High blood pressure) High blood pressure can interfere with fertility.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome or P.C.O.S. (PCOS is a disorder causing enlarged ovaries with small cysts on the outer edges). PCOS if not managed correctly can cause infertility.

Thyroid Cancer (A cancer in the butterfly-shaped gland at the base of the neck (thyroid). The thyroid is a major player within the endocrine system. Without adequate thyroid hormone levels, pregnancy cannot be achieved and your fertility is compromised.

Placental Abruption (Separation, either partly or fully of the placenta from the wall of the uterus, especially when it occurs prematurely during pregnancy). Placental Abruption can cause stillbirth, low birth weight, preterm delivery, asphyxia and infant learning issues at later development stages.

Intrahepatic Cholestasis of Pregnancy or ICP (A liver disorder that occurs in some pregnant women) Recently a particular gene mutation has been detected in some ICP patients. ICP can cause stillbirth and premature delivery.

Hypothyroidism (A condition in which the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone). Hypothyroidism can cause significant reproductive problems for women jeopardizing one’s fertility.

Ovarian Cancer (A cancer that begins in the female organs or ovaries that produce eggs). Ovarian cancer can cause infertility.

Uterine Fibroids (Noncancerous growths of the uterus that often appear during childbearing years) Certain types of uterine fibroids can cause infertility and interfere with conception.

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis (When the immune system attacks the thyroid) Hashimoto’s disease is an inherited disease. If Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is left untreated, symptoms of an underactive thyroid can worsen and cause fertility problems including: menstrual cycle issues such as menorrhagia (heavy menstruation) or irregular periods, low basal body temperature (BBT), low libido, muscle cramps/tenderness, hair loss, severe PMS, sleep disturbances and weight gain, problems getting pregnant and infertility, miscarriage, preterm birth and even neurodevelopmental issues for your baby.

Neural Tube Defects (Are birth defects of the brain, spine, or spinal cord.) They happen in the first month of pregnancy, often before a woman even knows that she is pregnant.

Preeclampsia (A potentially dangerous pregnancy complication characterized by high blood pressure and signs of damage to another organ system, often the kidneys.) Left untreated, preeclampsia can lead to serious — even fatal — complications for both you and your baby. If you have preeclampsia, the only cure is delivery of your baby.

Oral Contraceptives, Hormone Replacement Therapy and Risk of Venous Thromboembolism (Estrogen-containing oral contraceptives and oral hormone replacement therapy have both been linked to increased risk of venous thromboembolism a.k.a VTE, a potentially fatal blood clotting condition. Women who are taking these medications are at even higher risk if they also have genetic variations in clotting factors.)

Birth Weight (Learn the likelihood of having a baby weighing typical weight, higher than average weight or lower weight). An expectant mother’s health and personal habits, especially smoking and alcohol consumption, can affect how much her baby will weigh at birth. Though the role of genetics – both mother’s and baby’s – is less well understood, genes are estimated to account for about 40% of the variation in birth weight.

Breast Feeding and IQ (Studies have shown that breastfed children score better on IQ tests than their peers who were reared on formula.) Researchers found that being breastfed raised a person’s IQ an average of six to seven points, but only among those who had certain genetics.

Menopause (Odds of early menopause) Menopause marks the period in a woman’s life—typically between the ages of 40 and 60—when menstruation stops, production of female reproductive hormones slows, and she is no longer able to have children. Early menopause, defined as menopause before the age of 46, impacts a woman’s risk of certain diseases as well as her fertility, as infertility begins approximately ten years before menopause.

Blood Type (Learn your specific blood type) Most of us think of our blood type as A+ or O- (or some other combination of A, B, O, +, and -) but there actually are more than 25 different blood groups that go into your particular “type.” All of these blood groups can be important in the event that you need a blood transfusion. Blood type is also important during pregnancy—some types of mismatch between mother and fetus are potentially dangerous to the developing baby.