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Financial Assistance for Fertility Treatments or Adoption

Not only are you struggling with getting pregnant and carrying to term, but you are now facing some tough financial choices. Or worse, you think you have no choice when it comes to the money you need to get testing, hormones, meds, procedures or maybe adoption. Fertility Within Reach has compiled a list of resources for grants and financial assistance. Included are tips for filling out applications and a list of mistakes to avoid. There may be a surprise piece to your puzzle here.

Have you found resources that have been helpful to you in paying for expenses related to becoming a parent? If so, what has worked best for you? If you have insurance, who is your carrier and does your carrier support fertility treatments and/or adoption? Please share in the comments box below. Let’s help each other find solutions.

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Coach Louise and Coach Julie

Dear blog reader,

Coach Louise began this blog with the intention that it be a place to share stories, ask questions, get support in a safe place of understanding and compassion, as well as a source for information on the topic of infertility, miscarriage, treatments etc. I am so excited to be taking over the administration of the blog and continuing on the mission of supporting you on your unique fertility journey. If you’d like to know more about me and what I offer, please click About Julie or visit Whole Vision Coaching. I’m so glad you’re here. Most importantly, I really want you to understand that you are not alone and this part of your adventure does not define who you are.

Having experienced the frustrations of unexplained infertility personally, I recognize that the experience can be isolating when the people around you don’t necessarily understand what you are going through. It is also often the first crisis couples come up against where there is really no control over the outcome. I want to connect with you and give you as much support as possible to lead a life full of joy and balance no matter the outcome of your pursuit of parenthood. I can also help to guide you and propose different alternatives that you might not have considered yet from a purely objective point of view.

Ultimately, I can offer you a space like a comfy sofa that you can fall into to feel comforted and reassured and so much more while on this unexpectedly challenging journey.

With love,
Coach Julie

Sugar vs Hormones – effect on Fertility!?

A acupuncturist friend and colleague who focuses on fertility and nutrition, Meg Richichi, mentioned the link between hormones and sugar levels.  I thought this was an interesting topic especially as I noticed a dramatic effect in myself when my sugar gets low……

Here are a couple of excerpts from some articles on this subject.  I hope you find it as interesting as I have.

 

By Erin Dummert RD, CD from the Diet Channel

 Good sugars and bad sugars

Why does sugar take the rap when hormones are really the problem? Sugar does cause the body to release growth-promoting hormones, but that is not the whole story. Sugar is very important to life. However, just as there are good fats and bad fats, there are good sugars and bad sugars.

Bad sugars, often referred to as simple sugars, are those in foods that do not offer any other nutritional benefit. Examples of simple sugars include foods like soda, sweets, sugar cereals, juice drinks, and refined grains.

Good sugars, or complex carbohydrates, are present in foods that provide nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, protein, and fiber. Examples of complex carbohydrates include foods like fruit, vegetables, beans, and whole grains.

Nancy Appleton writes…     (here is the link directly to her page.. http://www.rheumatic.org/sugar.htm)

She provides a list of the things that complex sugars do……

Sugar can suppress the immune system.

  1. Sugar upsets the mineral relationships in the body.
  2. Sugar can cause hyperactivity, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, and crankiness in children.
  3. Sugar can produce a significant rise in triglycerides.
  4. Sugar contributes to the reduction in defense against bacterial infection (infectious diseases).
  5. Sugar causes a loss of tissue elasticity and function, the more sugar you eat the more elasticity and function you loose.
  6. Sugar reduces high density lipoproteins.
  7. Sugar leads to chromium deficiency.
  8. Sugar leads to cancer of the ovaries.
  9. Sugar can increase fasting levels of glucose.
  10. Sugar causes copper deficiency.
  11. Sugar interferes with absorption of calcium and magnesium.
  12. Sugar can weaken eyesight.
  13. Sugar raises the level of a neurotransmitters: dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine.
  14. Sugar can cause hypoglycemia.                                
  15. Sugar can produce an acidic digestive tract.
  16. Sugar can cause a rapid rise of adrenaline levels in children.
  17. Sugar malabsorption is frequent in patients with functional bowel disease.
  18. Sugar can cause premature aging.
  19. Sugar can lead to alcoholism.
  20. Sugar can cause tooth decay.
  21. Sugar contributes to obesity
  22. High intake of sugar increases the risk of Crohn’s disease, and ulcerative colitis.
  23. Sugar can cause changes frequently found in person with gastric or duodenal ulcers.
  24. Sugar can cause arthritis.
  25. Sugar can cause asthma.
  26. Sugar greatly assists the uncontrolled growth of Candida Albicans (yeast infections).
  27. Sugar can cause gallstones.
  28. Sugar can cause heart disease.
  29. Sugar can cause appendicitis.
  30. Sugar can cause multiple sclerosis.
  31. Sugar can cause hemorrhoids.
  32. Sugar can cause varicose veins.
  33. Sugar can elevate glucose and insulin responses in oral contraceptive users.
  34. Sugar can lead to periodontal disease.
  35. Sugar can contribute to osteoporosis.
  36. Sugar contributes to saliva acidity.
  37. Sugar can cause a decrease in insulin sensitivity.
  38. Sugar can lower the amount of Vitamin E (alpha-Tocopherol  in the blood.
  39. Sugar can decrease growth hormone.
  40. Sugar can increase cholesterol.
  41. Sugar can increase the systolic blood pressure.
  42. Sugar can cause drowsiness and decreased activity in children.
  43. High sugar intake increases advanced glycation end products (AGEs)(Sugar bound non-enzymatically to protein)
  44. Sugar can interfere with the absorption of protein.
  45. Sugar causes food allergies.
  46. Sugar can contribute to diabetes.
  47. Sugar can cause toxemia during pregnancy.
  48. Sugar can contribute to eczema in children.
  49. Sugar can cause cardiovascular disease.
  50. Sugar can impair the structure of DNA
  51. Sugar can change the structure of protein.
  52. Sugar can make our skin age by changing the structure of collagen.
  53. Sugar can cause cataracts.
  54. Sugar can cause emphysema.
  55. Sugar can cause atherosclerosis.
  56. Sugar can promote an elevation of low density lipoproteins (LDL).
  57. High sugar intake can impair the physiological homeostasis of many systems in the body.
  58. Sugar lowers the enzymes ability to function.
  59. Sugar intake is higher in people with Parkinson’s disease.
  60. Sugar can cause a permanent altering the way the proteins act in the body.
  61. Sugar can increase the size of the liver by making the liver cells divide.
  62. Sugar can increase the amount of liver fat.
  63. Sugar can increase kidney size and produce pathological changes in the kidney.
  64. Sugar can damage the pancreas.
  65. Sugar can increase the body’s fluid retention.
  66. Sugar is enemy #1 of the bowel movement.
  67. Sugar can cause myopia (nearsightedness).
  68. Sugar can compromise the lining of the capillaries.
  69. Sugar can make the tendons more brittle.
  70. Sugar can cause headaches, including migraine.
  71. Sugar plays a role in pancreatic cancer in women.
  72. Sugar can adversely affect school children’s grades and cause learning disorders..
  73. Sugar can cause an increase in delta, alpha, and theta brain waves.
  74. Sugar can cause depression.
  75. Sugar increases the risk of gastric cancer.
  76. Sugar and cause dyspepsia (indigestion).
  77. Sugar can increase your risk of getting gout.
  78. Sugar can increase the levels of glucose in an oral glucose tolerance test over the ingestion of complex carbohydrates.
  79. Sugar can increase the insulin responses in humans consuming high-sugar diets compared to    low sugar diets. 
  80. High refined sugar diet reduces learning capacity.
  81. Sugar can cause less effective functioning of two blood  proteins, albumin, and lipoproteins, which may reduce the body’s ability to handle fat and cholesterol.
  82. Sugar can contribute to Alzheimer’s disease.
  83. Sugar can cause platelet adhesiveness.
  84. Sugar can cause hormonal imbalance; some hormones become underactive and others become overactive.
  85. Sugar can lead to the formation of kidney stones.
  86. Sugar can lead to the hypothalamus to become highly sensitive to a large variety of stimuli.
  87. Sugar can lead to dizziness.
  88. Diets high in sugar can cause free radicals and oxidative stress.
  89. High sucrose diets of subjects with peripheral vascular disease significantly increases platelet adhesion.
  90. High sugar diet can lead to biliary tract cancer.
  91. Sugar feeds cancer.
  92. High sugar consumption of pregnant adolescents is associated with a twofold increased risk for delivering a small-for-gestational-age (SGA) infant.
  93. High sugar consumption can lead to substantial decrease in gestation duration among adolescents.
  94. Sugar slows food’s travel time through the gastrointestinal tract.
  95. Sugar increases the concentration of bile acids in stools and bacterial enzymes in the colon. This can modify bile to produce cancer-causing compounds and colon cancer.
  96. Sugar increases estradiol (the most potent form of naturally occurring estrogen) in men.
  97. Sugar combines and destroys phosphatase, an enzyme, which makes the process of digestion more difficult.
  98. Sugar can be a risk factor of gallbladder cancer.
  99. Sugar is an addictive substance.
  100. Sugar can be intoxicating, similar to alcohol.
  101. Sugar can exacerbate PMS.
  102. Sugar given to premature babies can affect the amount of carbon dioxide they produce.
  103. Decrease in sugar intake can increase emotional stability.             
  104. The body changes sugar into 2 to 5 times more fat in the bloodstream than it does starch.
  105. The rapid absorption of sugar promotes excessive food intake in obese subjects.
  106. Sugar can worsen the symptoms of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
  107. Sugar adversely affects urinary electrolyte composition.
  108. Sugar can slow down the ability of the adrenal glands to function.
  109. Sugar has the potential of inducing abnormal metabolic processes in a normal healthy individual and to promote chronic degenerative diseases.
  110. I.Vs (intravenous feedings) of sugar water can cut off oxygen to the brain.
  111. High sucrose intake could be an important risk factor in lung cancer.
  112. Sugar increases the risk of polio.
  113. High sugar intake can cause epileptic seizures.
  114. Sugar causes high blood pressure in obese people.
  115. In Intensive Care Units, limiting sugar saves lives.
  116. Sugar may induce cell death.
  117. Sugar can increase the amount of food that you eat.
  118. In juvenile rehabilitation camps, when children were put on a low sugar diet, there was a 44% drop in antisocial behavior.
  119. Sugar can lead to prostrate cancer.
  120. Sugar dehydrates newborns.
  121. Sugar increases the estradiol in young men.
  122. Sugar can cause low birth weight babies.
  123. Greater consumption of refined sugar is associated with a worse outcome of schizophrenia
  124. Sugar can raise homocysteine levels in the blood stream. 
  125. Sweet food items increase the risk of breast cancer. 
  126. Sugar is a risk factor in cancer of the small intestine. 
  127. Sugar may cause laryngeal cancer.
  128. Sugar induces salt and water retention.
  129. Sugar may contribute to mild memory loss.
  130. As sugar increases in the diet of 10 years olds, there is a linear decrease in the intake of many essential nutrients.
  131. Sugar can increase the total amount of food consumed.
  132. Exposing a newborn to sugar results in a heightened preference for sucrose relative to water at 6 months and 2 years of age.
  133. Sugar causes constipation.
  134. Sugar causes varicous veins.
  135. Sugar can cause brain decay in prediabetic and diabetic women.
  136. Sugar can increase the risk of stomach cancer.
  137. Sugar can cause metabolic syndrome.
  138. Sugar ingestion by pregnant women increases neural tube defects in embryos.
  139. Sugar can be a factor in asthma.
  140. The higher the sugar consumption the more chances of getting irritable bowel syndrome.
  141. Sugar could affect central reward systems.
  142. Sugar can cause cancer of the rectum.
  143. Sugar can cause endometrial  cancer.
  144. Sugar can cause renal (kidney) cell carcinoma.
  145. Sugar can cause liver tumors. 

Certainly food for thought!…….  I know I will be taking a good look at my sugar intake, and making sure that most of sugar sources I have are natural ones!

curiously yours,

Coach Louise Crooks

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Connection between Ergotamine and Infertility?

Hi all,

I was wondering if there was a link between Ergotamine and Infertility.  I have for the longest time been a migraineur – with occular migraines/cluster headaches.  For about 15 years I took a drug called Migral, which you can get in the UK and in South Africa, which contains a herb called Ergot, which basically helps to constrict the blood vessels which are pumping blood into the head causing the aura and beginning of pain.  I took it for a long time.  I know there are serious repercussions if you overdose – restriction of the blood to the extremities – gangrene etc, but I have always been very careful to stick within the limits.  I have read a couple of articles on how ergot was used with bulls, and how it effected their fertility! What is it doing to us humans….?   Did you know that it is used to ‘let down’ the uterus after birth in some circumstances?  Don’t get me wrong, this drug has helped me tremendously over the years, and has its uses!

Well, I am just wondering because it doesn’t seem like there is much info on this. If anyone has any comment on this, and might be able to enlighten us, please respond to this post!

openly yours,

Coach Louise Crooks

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I just turned 40! My Fertility Journey.

I have just turned 40!  I don’t feel it.  It seems a little surreal.  What I have realised for myself, which I would like to share with you, is that ’40’ is just a label!   How I feel, and how my body has aged, is really what counts!  How we treat our bodies right now is what makes all the difference.   I do however have high FSH and I will be curious to see what the difference will now be,and  how I will be treated now that I have reach this next ‘barrier’.    I am doing a lot of things differently than when I first started the fertility journey.   Right now I am ona  course of Ayurvedic herbs, prescribed by an Ayurvedic Physician and Pulse Reader from India, called Dr Pankaj Naram.  He has treated the Dalai Lama!  Interestingly he is of the opinion that often it is the men that need the attention from an infertility standpoint, and so my husband is also on a whole load of herbs too.  I am open to new and natural wonders, and Dr Nuram truly has a gift, that has helped a number of infertile couples.   He was intuitively able to tell that I was a Life Coach just by touching my wrist, knowing that helping people is my priority! Reading a person’s pulse literally takes a minute or two, so he is therefore able to see 100’s of people everyday, and certainly doesn’t have time to do research on his patients (for you skeptics out there!)  He is the real McCoy!

So now I am doing the herbs, the juicing (going to get better at doing that every day), taking cell food in my water, checking my ph balance every morning, and drinking my Body Balance everyday (amazing stuff! – haven’t been sick for a year and a half!).   Once I get back from Spain at the end of the month, I will start my gentle exercise regime of walking 4 times a week, and swimming a couple of times a week.   Keep me accountable folks!   I lost 30lbs since last July, and so it should give me a better chance at success with the IVF I will probably undertake in October or November.    We will also see a specialist in NY, who has a slightly different approach, so I will be curious to hear what he has to say.  Been highly recommended so I will keep you informed.    Our previous endocrinologist feels he has done all he can for us, so now we are looking at doing things slightly differently.  Its ok to try someone else, they might have a different approach or perspective to your previous doctor, and now its our turn to go down that road.   We are open!

I am embracing 40!    and just keeping on track!

warming up those embies!

Coach Louise Crooks ~ The KeystoClarity! Coach

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You’re not pregnant yet? What to do next!

Are you confused, nervous, and uncertain, or just don’t know what to think….?

When you first realise that there might be a problem…you’ve been trying to get pregnant, and its not

A miracle!

A miracle!

happening…or circumstances whatever they might be, have prevented it.. So what now!?….
The shock and realisation settling in  – that it isn’t going to be as easy as you thought.  Join us for this interesting discussion on what to do next!  We will discuss all the options and alternatives that you will be considering at this beginning stage.  This should help to negotiate through the ‘minefield’ of choices in an unknown world!   I am looking forward to sharing this information with you.

On my radio show KTC I will be discussing this topic at 4pm EST on 12th August.  If the time isn’t convenient then tune in, to listen to the archived podcast of the show when your able!    Just click on the KTC Radio link on the side of this page!

Feel free to call in with your questions, or post them here!   ‘See’ you on the air!

Coach Louise Crooks   ~  The KeystoClarity! Coach

PS:   If you are going through these choices, and want a support partner to embark on this journey with you, please call me to discuss the possibility of coaching together.  I have a couple of openings for new clients right now, so grab the opportunity.  We will be able to navigate the waters of this journey in a balanced and joyous way, to collaborate and negotiate the pitfalls!   Call me!   My contact details are on the Contact page on the right.

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