The Role of Melatonin in Fertility

  Most of us have heard about melatonin in the context of sleep, as a supplement that can impact our circadian rhythm. However, this hormone also plays an important role in female fertility.  What is Melatonin?  Melatonin is a hormone made by the pineal gland in...

Simple Tips to Improve Your Chances of Conceiving

It’s easy to get caught up in the minor details of what we could be doing better when trying to get pregnant. This can lead to constant thoughts around the effects that our daily activities have on our chances. This self-criticism can feel overwhelming and...

What to Look for in a Prenatal Supplement

Prenatal supplements contain many important vitamins and minerals that support healthy fetal development. There are so many different brands to choose from, but does it really matter which one you use? Yes! There is a huge difference in the efficacy of a prenatal...

Herbs and Supplements to Support Implantation

Implantation is the process in which a fertilized embryo implants into the lining of the uterus. This occurs around 7-10 days after ovulation. It is crucial for the growth of the placenta, fetus and amniotic sac. Good quality embryos, a receptive uterine lining and a...

What’s the Deal with Dairy and Fertility?

When it comes to optimizing fertility, there are often dietary recommendations that are made to improve overall nutrient status, increase antioxidants, support proper hormone synthesis and reduce inflammation. These recommendations must be individualized, as every...

Is Your Thyroid Impacting Your Fertility?

Thyroid disease is one of the most common conditions that we see in women of reproductive age. The function of the thyroid gland is crucial in terms of optimizing fertility and maintaining a healthy pregnancy. Therefore, individuals who are trying to conceive or who...

Lab Tests to Consider When Trying to Get Pregnant

Most people don’t think about investigating their reproductive health before they decide that they’re ready to start a family. But for many people, getting pregnant isn’t as easy as expected. In many cases, a couple needs to be actively trying to conceive for one...

The Ins and Outs of Tracking Your Menstrual Cycle

Tracking your menstrual cycle can provide important information about hormonal and reproductive health. Not only does it provide insight into the regularity and length of your cycles, but it also helps to determine whether or not ovulation is occurring.  Over time,...

Does Caffeine Affect Fertility?

One of the most common questions asked around preconception health is the impact of caffeine consumption on fertility. Many people can work towards optimizing their diet and lifestyle to improve their chances of getting pregnant, but they draw the line at removing...

The Dark Side of IVF: Understanding IVF Risks

IVF for Everyone? With Ontario’s newly introduced funded IVF cycles, thousands of Canadian couples have turned to IVF to start their families. For many couples with infertility, IVF has given them a chance at a family that they otherwise wouldn’t have had. In other...

The Gut-Fertility Connection

What Does Gut Health Have to Do With Fertility? Your gut does much more than just digest, absorb, and excrete food. Your gut influences the health of every system in your body. It’s responsible for the proper function of your immune system, how you think and feels,...

Estrogen Dominance: Are Your Hormones Imbalanced?

Does This Sound Like You? Do you routinely experience breast distension, headaches, or irritability before your period? Do you have fibrocystic breasts, endometriosis, or fibroids? Have you gone to the doctor only to be told that it’s normal to experience PMS and that...

Alcohol and Fertility

Everything You Should Know While TTC So you’ve been trying to conceive with no luck. Perhaps you’ve been trying to make positive changes in your life in order to improve your chances of success. You’ve kicked your poor dietary habits to the curb, you’re exercising,...

Conceiving with Science: A Guide To Fertility Treatments

Watching TV, reading the news, or perhaps even within your own social circle, you’ve likely heard of couples undergoing fertility treatments. Maybe YOU have been trying to have a baby, however, all the unsuccessful attempts have left you thinking it’s time to place...

The Ins and Outs of Spotting

What is Spotting? After posting our period basics blog, I realized women need more information on the ins and outs of spotting! I’d wager a guess that most if not ALL of us have experienced pesky spotting at some point in our lives. For those of you who haven’t, the...

The Biggest Oversight: Male Infertility

Not Just A Woman’s Problem When talking about infertility, I’d wager a guess that most, of us, assume we’re talking about a woman. Infertility is largely seen as a woman’s problem; however, this could not be further from the truth. Male infertility accounts for 30% of...

Period Pain? What You Should Know

Suffering From Period Pain? Many if not most women have experienced monthly pain at one point or another. In fact, 80% of women report experiencing period pain during their lifetime1. What might surprise many women to hear is that period pain is NOT always normal!...

Period Basics: What Is Normal?

Period Basics: What Do You Know? Ladies, we get our periods every month, yet SO many of us know SO little about it! Despite experiencing this necessary process each month, few of us understand period basics. In practice, I’m always surprised at the misinformation...

Hormone Changes Over a Lifetime

Hormone Changes At Every Age We ladies are a complicated bunch. Our hormones are constantly fluctuating and changing over our ENTIRE lifetime. Although we experience the same hormonal changes and cycle each month, our brain biochemistry can change up to 20% per day as...

Iron Deficiency and Fertility

What is Iron Deficiency? Have you been feeling tired, weak, dizzy, short of breath, or always cold? If you answered yes, you’re not alone! These symptoms are often a tell-tale sign of iron deficiency anemia. Iron deficiency is the MOST COMMON nutritional deficiency...

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