How Manual Lymph Drainage can boost Fertility

Women have numerous misconceptions about their fertility and ability to become pregnant. In fact, a recently published study from Yale University showed that 50% of reproductive aged women never discussed their reproductive health with their health care provider, and 30% visit their provider less than once a year. This has led to less education and informed choices amongst us. [1]

While the research did highlight the many facts a woman should know, there is one thing it did miss: fertility treatment doesn’t only take place in healthcare institutions. You can easily boost fertility with the help of a spa massage known as Manual Lymph Drainage.

What is Manual Lymph Drainage?

Manual lymphatic drainage is a unique massage used by spa therapists and aestheticians to encourage lymph flow in the body. Also known as lymphatic drainage, the procedure is mostly used to detoxify the body, complement cellulite treatments, counter acne, and relieve individual’s pre and post plastic surgery.

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Manual lymphatic drainage is a unique massage used by spa therapists and aestheticians to encourage lymph flow in the body.

Our lymph system is paramount to our overall health. When it’s not functioning optimally we can manifest frequent colds, be prone to infections and joint pain. By carrying excess weight and excessive toxins in our system in overload amounts, we can experience ill health.

The lymph drainage massage targets the lymph system, which is a group of vessels and lymph nodes that complement blood circulation by delivering nutrients to cells and carrying away toxins and waste. With the help of light, circular pumping movements, your lymph system will be stimulated and you will feel more relaxed and at ease.

How Manual Lymphatic Drainage Can Boost Fertility

As exotic as it may sound, lymphatic drainage has the power to improve your fertility. The following points explain how.

Balancing Hormones–Women’s hormones regulate a number of things, but they are best known for controlling their periods. Since the lymphatic system circulates hormones through your body, it should function properly to deliver your reproductive hormones and those necessary for your fertility. This is why some physicians may recommend lymph drainage massage to support assisted conception methods like invitro fertilization (IVF).

Detoxifying Your Body – This type of massage can boost women’s fertility by detoxifying their bodies. Toxins are the main reason behind polycystic ovaries syndrome (PCOS), painful periods, bloating, and infertility. By ridding your body of toxins through manual lymphatic drainage, your body will grow fertile. Not only does this mean that your chances of conceiving via a fertility treatment will improve, but it will protect you from the heartache of miscarriage.

Boosting Immunity – In addition to balancing hormones and ridding the body of toxins, using this non-conventional treatment improves your immune system. Now you must be wondering what that has to do with women’s fertility, but studies prove that immune system disorders and autoimmune diseases can affect your ability to get pregnant. For example, if you’re allergic to semen, you will never conceive naturally. Some cases are so extreme that their IVF treatments tend to fail due their immune system. Therefore, reduce your dependability on medicines and boost your immunity with this gentle massage.

As you can see, manual lymph drainage can help you counter many issues while improving your immunity and fertility. Just make sure to get this massage from a trained masseuse or masseur and you’ll get all the benefits of this procedure.

Our lymph system is paramount to our overall health. When it’s not functioning optimally we can manifest frequent colds, be prone to infections and joint pain.

Our lymph system is paramount to our overall health. When it’s not functioning optimally we can manifest frequent colds, be prone to infections and joint pain.

Additional Suggestions for Self Care and Home Care

In addition to your manual lymph drainage massage, you need to work on rejuvenating your lymph system on your own. After all, following healthy nutrition and lifestyle guidelines are two steps within your hands. To improve your vitality and help you maximise the effects of this unconventional fertility treatment, here are some simple yet effective guidelines.

Clean up Your Diet to Cleanse Your Lymphatic System – A healthy diet is one that minimally contains processed, chemically induced foods, preservatives, herbicides and pesticides. By consuming such a diet, your system will have less waste to clean up.

Substitute the Good with the Bad – You can change your diet a little to ensure your overall wellness. For example, replace simple sugars and grains with complex carbohydrates, fruits and veggies.

Avoid Food Allergens – Food allergens exhaust your body because they drive it to constantly clean itself. So eliminate these from your diet to complement the detox process of lymph drainage.

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Practice deep diaphragmatic breathing through your nose to keep your lymph fluids moving

Flush, Baby, Flush – You should start drinking at least 8 glasses of purified water. Better still, go for still alkaline water to reduce the acidity levels in your body.
Take Deep Breaths – You should practice deep diaphragmatic breathing through your nose to keep your lymph fluids moving. Optimising your breath enables proper amounts of oxygen to circulate around your body. Yoga is great for both, so consider taking it up.
Dump Emotional Baggage – Unresolved emotional issues lead to emotional baggage, which ultimately makes your body feel heavier. Deal with issues as they arise and move on.
Exercise Regularly – Get regular physical exercise to complement your diet and cleanse your body faster. You can take up skipping or trampoline if you can’t head to the gym.
Go Braless – Freeing your breasts is an excellent idea, especially as underwire bras cut into your lymph system and causes congestion. Try wireless bras as well.

Adding these tips to your to-do list will boost fertility and ensure the success of any fertility treatment you go for.

 

Yours in health & wellness,

 

Helen Zee

Reference:
1.http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/01/140127093138.htm

5 FAT FACTS

Numerous myths have surrounded the ever present FAT, mostly negative things are associated with it, the most famous myth which is “Eating fat makes you fat”. Contrary to this belief some fats even help in weight loss. So let’s shed the fat myth and work with the fat facts so we benefit with optimal health! The first thing to note is that, as in all things there are good and the not so good. The same goes with fats.

Here begins the Low-fat vs the Full-fat debate. Full-fat food may have more calories and cholesterol but it is required to transport vitamins A, D, E, and K, produce hormones, store energy, and protect organs. It also gives flavor and satiation to our food. Low-fat food may have reduced calories and cholesterol, but there is usually an increase in salt, sugar, and other thickeners just to compensate for the reduced taste. Processed Low Fat foods have been chemically treated so try to avoid them. Instead choose naturally lower fat foods. Choosing which fats that can help your diet and sustain your vitality is the main aim. Scrutinize food labels, see what your body needs, balance your diet and see what works for you.

Here are 5 facts about fat:

1. TYPES OF FATS -There are three main types of fat:

SATURATED FAT- These fats come from animal or plant sources, and are the typical fats that raise blood cholesterol. Butter, sausages, lard, whole milk, and cheese are some foods that have huge amounts of saturated fats.

UNSATURATED FAT- The two main types of unsaturated fats are polyunsaturated fats and monounsaturated fats, both of which may lower blood cholesterol. Polyunsaturated fats are found in soybeans, sesame and sunflower seeds, most nuts and their oils. Monounsaturated fats are found in canola oil, peanut oil, olive oil, and avocados.

TRANS FAT- Trans fats are added to food to increase the shelf life and improve the texture of baked goods and processed food. They entice your taste buds, then travel through the digestive system, then clog your arteries. They lower levels of good cholesterol and raise levels of bad cholesterol. Some products may claim “zero” trans fat because they contain less than 0.5 per serving, but any product that contain hydrogenated oil is made with trans fat.

2. HEALTHY FATS – Healthy fats such as omega-3 fatty acids, a type of polyunsaturated fat, have been known to benefit the brain, help with blood lipids, helps decrease stroke and heart disease risk, and support a healthy pregnancy. Omega-3 fatty acids can be found in fish, flax, and chia seeds.

3. CANCER AND FATS –Consumption of too much fat may also put you at risk of developing certain cancers. Recent study found that lack of good nutrition and physical activity is proven risk factors for certain cancers.

4.WEIGHT LOSS –In terms of weight loss and fats, what matters most is the difference between the number of calories you expend and the number of calories you consume. Fat and weight loss is about burning lots of calories and cutting back on the number of calories consumed. For the purpose of losing weight, it matters little whether the calories burned during exercise come from fat or carbohydrates.

5.BALANCED FAT IN YOUR DIET – Most adults should receive fewer than 30% of their calories from fat. For example, most adults who consume 2000 calories per day should limit their fat intake to 65g. The American Dietetics Association recommends limiting total calories from saturated fat to 7-10%. Monounsaturated fats should account for 10-15% of total calories and roughly 10% of total calories should come from polyunsaturated fat. And saturated fats should be consumed least and try to choose hormone free/organic as there is less chemicals stored in the fat.

Its known that chemicals and toxins are stored in fat cells of animals, including humans. With this in mind it serves us to limit highly processed, chemically laced foods to avoid our fats cells becoming a dumping ground for the toxins. Over time, our human bodies are using our fat stores for toxin waste tips which is why we have an obesity epidemic on hand. Our fat cells are trying to keep up with fat deposits and waste storage awaiting its elimination!

In light of these facts, I recommend these fatty foods which should help you in your crusade towards a healthier diet. The majority are plant based fats.

TOP 5 FAB FAT FOODS

1. AVOCADOS

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Avocado has a high fatty acid content but contains low levels of cholesterol. It is a good source of monounsaturated fat which reduces levels of bad cholesterol in your blood and lowers your risk of stroke and heart disease. It is also rich in fiber which aids in digestion, thus reducing constipation and diarrhea and lessening the chance of getting colorectal cancer. Improved digestive health can also prevent bad breath which is caused primarily due to indigestion. Avocados also contain lutein which helps to protect your eyes against cataracts and certain types of cancers, eye diseases and macular degeneration. This food also reduces inflammation in tissues, joints and muscles.

2. ALMONDS
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Almonds have two important fatty acids, linoleic and linolenicacids, which helps reduce inflammation all around the body, reduce the level of bad cholesterol and promote healthy skin and hair. Almonds are also a great source of vitamins and minerals and a lot of health benefits can be derived from these fat foods. Almonds are good for the brain for these contain riboflavin and L-carnitine which helps in increasing brain activity. Almonds also contain phosphorous which helps strengthen bones and teeth. The monounsaturated fats, protein and potassium, all found in almonds, aid in heart health and regulates blood pressure. The presence of Vitamin E reduces heart risks while magnesium in almonds can help avoid heart attacks.

3. COCONUT OIL

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In the past, coconut oil was considered harmful in the body due to the saturated fats it contains. However, what they contain is not the usual saturated fat but the Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) which are fatty acids in medium length and digest well in the body’s system. MCTs and fatty acids in coconut oil are easily converted into energy when they reach the liver thus, prevents accumulation of fat and helps in easy digestion and weight loss. It also prevents diseases affecting the liver and kidney. Another fatty acid in coconut oil is Lauric acid which converts into monolaurin. Both lauric acid and monolaurin can kill harmful pathogens like bacteria, viruses and fungi that causes diseases such as herpes, influenza, and even HIV. Aside from Lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid can also be found in coconut which helps maintain blood sugar and cholesterol, strengthens the immune system and improve bone health.

4. FISH OIL

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Fish oil is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids like alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), and Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) which play important roles in brain function, normal growth and development, and inflammation. Fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, swordfish, lake trout and sardines are rich in these omega-3s. Clinical tests have shown that omega 3 is effective in reducing cardiovascular diseases. Since fish oil is a great source of omega-3, it reduces the risk of heart diseases and other chronic diseases, lowers the level of bad cholesterol and increases the level of good cholesterol. Some research has linked taking fish oil with improved thinking skills and behaviour in children with ADHD due to its high concentration of fatty acids. Brain matter consists of about 60% fats, especially essential fatty acids such as omega 3 and omega 6 thus, fish oil helps to improve the functions of the brain.

5. OLIVE OIL

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Olive oil has been popularized as a good cooking aid due to its health benefits. The main type of fat found in all kinds of olive oil is monounsaturated fatty acids which are considered a healthy dietary fat. Monounsaturated fat lessens cholesterol build-up and reduces heart problems. Olive oil is also rich in anti-oxidants which helps diminish the oxidation effects of bad cholesterol and minimize cancer risk. Ideally don’t fry with it as it changes its structure and produces toxins. It also slows down the aging process of the human body that is why olive oil is widely used in cosmetic products

How To Cook With Fat:

One of the main things to consider when evaluating whether it is OK to heat extra-virgin olive oil (or any other oil for that matter) is the smoke point of the oil. The smoke point is the temperature at which visible gaseous vapor from the heating of oil becomes evident. It is traditionally used as a marker for when decomposition of oil begins to take place. Since decomposition incurs chemical changes that may not only result in reduced flavor and nutritional value but also the generation of harmful cancer causing compounds (oxygen radicals) that are harmful to your health, it is important to not heat oil past its smoke point. Inhaling the vapors can also be damaging.

A good tip is not to burn your oil, or over cook your food. If your cooking smokes out your room you should consider not eating your food.

Do you want to unravel the fat puzzle by experiencing balanced nutrition plans which give your body the right balance of nutrients for optimum health? Research shows when you follow a meal plan and cook accordingly you educate yourself on what your body needs and you are more likely to stick with it an make it a lifestyle change.

First Step Nutrition is a Nutritional Online Meal Planner which plans all your meals to your goals, teaches you how to cook with recipes, shopping lists as well as motivational emails. You can choose whether you’d like one, three or six months assistance. Prices are nominal for such education!

Yours in health & wellness,

 

Helen Zee

Bali Fitness & Yoga Wellness Retreat

Imagine . . .

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Step out and ignite your fitness and experience peace through yoga

Stepping out of your normal routine and into a space where you feel your body revived, ignite your fitness and find experience peace through yoga. Nestled in the heart of Central Bali, lies My Batukaru an oasis untouched by built up infrastructure. The surrounds are inspired by traditional Balinese and Javanese architecture creating the way for a true experience of hospitality and care.

Experience…

Personalised attention in this all inclusive fitness & yoga retreat with Lifestyle Trainer Helen Zee. Take your fitness outdoors and experience luscious landscapes and vistas as you walk, run and bike ride. Awaken to a deep joy inside and use it to build a harmonious connection with your body, mind, spirit.  Join us in an unforgettable fun, group motivated Ultimate Retreat that will transform your life and leave you totally revitalized. The perfect combination of yin and yang delivered in the lap of luxury. We’re passionate about what we do and looking after you.

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The perfect combination of yin and yang delivered in the lap of luxury.

Our 7 day program will provide you with a balanced mix of fitness sessions every morning, scenic fitness activities on most days, hot springs, river swim, an authentic Balinese cooking class, temple trek and blessing, a bike ride (the best way to explore Bali), and finishing off each day with a yoga session to restore your balance.

Our aim is to have you build on your fitness, experience your vitality outdoors, be nourished with home grown organic local produce and juices, and experience the magic vibe of Mt Batukaru. Helen Zee recalls fondly feeling vibrations run through her body when she was looking at retreat spaces – “this place is magical and restorative” she adds

Full details are outlined below!

Enjoy the stunning sunsets, sculpted rice terraces and temples as you trek, bike, hike and train in nature. Feel revitalise and restored through yoga and nourish your body with locally grown organic produce.

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Feel revitalise and restored through yoga and nourish your body with locally grown organic produce

Experience the mountainside of Mt. Batukaru, Central Bali and stay at the Bali Mountain Retreat Oasis for 6 nights / 7 days.

The event are all inclusive of:

  • Mountain Bike to Hot Springs with picnic lunch
  • Jungle trek through waterfalls
  • Temple trek with blessing ceremony
  • Village walk and swim
  • Daily fitness and yoga workshop with Helen
  • Balinese cooking class
  • Havan Fire Ceremony

Bali Fitness & Yoga Wellness Retreat also include:

  • Airport transfers to and from Denpasar and Bali Mountain Retreat
  • Accommodation (twin/single) with daily housekeeping
  • Free meals
  • 1 hour complimentary Balinese massage
  • Complimentary filtered spring water for the duration of the retreat
  • Guides for all tours
  • Free WiFi

Secure your place now or before the 20th February 2014 with a deposit of $200.  For more details, feel free to contact us.

Helen Zee
www.fertilecosmos.com
helen@fertilecosmos.com
Call us +61 402  781  773

Get to know your trainer…

If you are thinking of joining Helen for an all encompassing body mind calibration and experience utmost professional coaching and guidance, you may want to get to know her :)

About Helen

I am the founder of Fertile Cosmos – your Lifestyle Fertility Support Partner.

Having a background in Fitness, Yoga, Nutrition and healing modalities, I have worked exclusively with clients who have struggled to conceive for over a decade. During this time I ran programs at Monash IVF Melbourne with outstanding results including falling pregnant naturally between cycles, second conceptions and high conception success.

The past few years have been devoted to researching why conception can be a challenge for so many couples. I have a Bachelor of Science where I studied Human Anatomy, Reproductive Health Genetics and Microbiology. Teh information I present is science and medically based in my research and publications.  ABC Health and Wellbeing reports 40% of men have the fertility issues, but assisted conception involves the female undergoing intervention treatment 100% of the time.

This is where my quest has led me to research a number of modalities and devise a series of programs that involve both males and females. Also, the lack of modalities on offer to regional countries where couples feel left out from the big city options and resources. My programs have been developed so no one misses out. I have experienced first hand the intense longing and deep desire that so many have for creating a new life. Fertile Cosmos vision is to aid in minimising the angst.

Fertility blessings,

 

Helen Zee

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Learn Acupressure for Fertility

Written by Helen Zee July 2013

Why Wait for a Full Year to Be Labelled Infertile?

Young family of three (2)The general perception of infertility is a couple endeavoring their first pregnancy and failing after one year of unprotected sex. Yet, within the first year of trying to conceive, 80 to 85 percent of couples succeed. Those that do not succeed are considered by some to be infertile.

But the next question is this: is it the man or the woman who needs the help? And what’s the reason for not getting pregnant when a couple has had tests and it comes up as unexplained infertility, or idiopathic, as it is referred in the medical world?

Statistics show us that the infertility really could be because either the man or the woman needs a little extra help.

One German study reported in the journal, Fertility and Sterility in 2002, found that women who had acupuncture treatments before and after IVF or similar techniques got pregnant 16% more than those who had no acupuncture. Of the group that received the acupuncture, a full 42% became pregnant.

More recent studies can be found at http://www.acupuncture-dfw.com

Acupressure is a Modification of Acupuncture

Another method used in natural healing is acupressure. In this ancient traditional Chinese medicine technique, acupuncture points for fertility are used. Instead of using a needle, pressure is applied to the acupuncture points throughout the body with the fingers. The points on the body may be on the face, the head, back, neck, chest, shoulders, arms, hands, legs, thighs, feet, and even the ears. This ill lead to improved reproductive energy flow.

What to press and when

bleeding roseKnowing when in your cycle you should stimulate your reproductive flow can lead you to greater intimacy in road mapping your health and vitality. These simple yet effective points are renowned in the ancient healing arts and natural therapies to work. you now have access to the same techniques in the comfort of your own home.

3 Lower Abdominal Acupressure Points

When working on the lower abdominal acupressure points for fertility, only stimulate these 3 points during the first half of your menstrual cycle. This is the time before ovulation. If you are preparing for the IVF cycle, apply pressure on these points up until the day before embryo transfer. Also, never apply pressure on these points if you are pregnant.

Sometimes it’s good to see a picture before you begin trying to find these points. Take a minute to look at the drawing to see how easy it is to find these acupressure points for fertility.

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This acupressure fertility point is considered to be the Central Pole of the conception meridian. It is located on the middle line, four inches below the belly button.

Stimulating this point helps regulate the menses, strengthens the kidneys and the urinary bladder. It has helped in cases of endometriosis and pelvic inflammation that interferes with implantation

How to use this point:  Stimulate this point using deep, clockwise circular motion. Do not stimulate after ovulation or during pregnancy.

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This acupressure point is also called “Place of the Child”. It is locate 4 inches below the belly button and three inches away from the centerline of the body. This point is the site of the ovaries. The stimulation of this point increases blood flow to the ovaries and uterus, addressing infertility related to menstrual problem.

How to use this point:  Use deep clockwise massage to stimulate this point every day or every other day before ovulation. 





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This point is found 5 inches below the belly button and two inches away from the midline. When stimulated it helps increase function of the ovaries, fallopian tubes and uterus by releasing stagnation. Stagnation is a term in acupressure to refer to the congestion of energy due to a blockage on any one of the meridians.

There are another 3 lower abdomen points as well as points on the back, ears and upper belly. The full guide and instruction can be accessed in the below link. there is also a guide created for male fertility

http://www.fertilecosmos.com/store.htm

Stimulate these  points daily for a few weeks and see what happens. Monitor how you feel. You may notice an improvement in your sense of vitality. And don’t ever give up hope!

Fertility blessings,

Helen

Make Friends With Your Fertility

Written by Helen Zee October 2013

One of the main questions I ask a woman trying to get pregnant is does she know her fertility signs via her vaginal discharge. Now before you scrunch your nose and turn away, our bodiliy fluids all have a reason and the visuals are indicators of what is happening internally.

Whenever we visit a health care professional (general health, illness, specialised services, fertility)…you get asked about your nose mucus, sputum, urine, faecal health – and in the heart of fertility, lies our cervical mucus mapping. There’s little advantage to you or your practitioner if you dont know how to answer about the viscosity, colour, small and stickiness. There’s little point hoping that whilst you were in the waiting room and went to the bathroom, you wished you would have paid attention.

When conception is hard to achieve, women can start to look deeper within to map their internal environment. And you can benefit immensely by learning the world renowned Sympto Thermal Method for Fertility Awareness

When a woman wishes to become intimate with her own fertility cycle – for contraception or for conception, its best for her to learn the Sympto-Thermal Method. The knowledge is used for planning conception or plannign to not concieve. So its potency for managing your fertile years goes beyond tryign to get pregnant. Instructions for this method are available worldwide. (the SymptoTherm Foundation in Switzerland offers addresses and contact information for the main organisations that teach this method. They can be found at www.symptotherm.ch

For beginners, the SymptoTherm Foundation recommends the Bioself fertility indicator (www.bioself.com) as an educational tool, together with a good textbook about the method. But, many women get by with the education provided by a fertility expert and an ovulation kit.

The information contained here is for education purposes to understand how it is achieved.

You will need a fertility thermometer (available from your chemist). Ovulation kits contain simple charting books and kits. If you do decide to follow the method below, there is access to blank charts further down the page.

HISTORY:

The Sympto-Thermal Method was developed by Catholic researchers in the early 1950’s to find a “natural” alternative to artificial contraception. The Vatican prohibits artificial contraception and wanted to offer choices to Catholic couples to enjoy sex during infertile days, at times where pregnancy was not desired or advised. And now it is equally used for tracking fertile days and planning for pregnancy.

GETTING STARTED

The Symptothermal Method consists of observing more than one indicator of the woman’s fertility. Most couples who use a combined or symptothermal approach use cervical secretions and Basal Body Temperature to identify the fertile time. Some women also check the position and feel of their cervix or use a calendar calculation as a “double-check” against cervical secretions to identify the start and end of the fertile time. Other minor indicators include noting ovulatory pain, or breast tenderness. Ovulatory pain refers to lower abdominal pain or cramping some women feel around the time of ovulation.

Basal Body Temperature (BBT)

The BBT is the body temperature of a healthy person on awakening. The BBT rises under the influence of progesterone. Most ovulatory cycles demonstrate a biphasic BBT pattern: lower in the first part of the cycle, rising to a higher level beginning around the time of ovulation, and remaining at the higher level for the rest of the cycle. By taking her temperature on a chart each day of her menstrual cycle, a woman can retrospectively identify when she may have ovulated. However, because the BBT does not give adequate advance warning of ovulation, it cannot be used to identify the start of the fertile time. Therefore, it is of limited use for a woman who wants to achieve pregnancy. This is why using the information in conjunction with fertile mucus and other symptoms is important.

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Figure 1. Temperature variations during a menstrual cycle

Figure 1 (above) illustrates the BBT variations during a model menstrual cycle of 28 days. In reality, the BBT may rise more suddenly or more gradually. The typical pattern of a lower temperature before ovulation, followed by a higher temperature immediately before, during, and after ovulation, can be disrupted by illness, stress, travel, or interrupted sleep.

Use the BBT to determine the postovulatory infertile time:

  1. Take your BBT every morning at the same time before getting out of bed (after at least 3 hours of sleep). A special calibrated thermometer makes temperature reading easier. Take the BBT orally, rectally, or vaginally, but take it at the same site each day so changes in BBT can be detected accurately.
  2. Record your BBT readings daily on a special NFP chart (similar to that in Figure 4). Connect the dots for each day so a line connects dots from day 2 to day 3, and so on.
  3. Your temperature will probably rise at least 0.4° F around the time of ovulation and remain elevated until the next menses begins. Your actual temperature and maximum temperature are not important, just the rise over the baseline (preovulatory) temperatures.
  4. If you have 3 days of continuous temperature rise following 6 lower temperatures, you have ovulated and your postovulatory infertile time has begun. To see the baseline and rise clearly on the chart, draw a line just above (0.1 degree line) the lower (preovulatory) temperatures. When you record 3 continuous temperatures above this line and the last temperature is 0.4 degrees higher than this line, your postovulatory infertile time has begun.
  5. If you cannot detect a sustained rise in BBT, you may not have ovulated in that cycle. A true postovulatory BBT rise usually persists 10 days or longer.
  6. Some woman notice a temperature drop about 12 to 24 hours before it begins to rise after ovulation, whereas others have no drop in temperature at all. A drop in your BBT probably means ovulation will occur the next day.
  7. To conceive. It is not possible to predict fertile days using BBT. By the time the rise is detected, you are probably in the infertile phase of your menstrual cycle and have missed the opportunity to become pregnant. A biphasic temperature pattern, however, can let you know you are probably ovulating normally.
  8. To avoid pregnancy. Because the ovulation may occur as early as day 7 of the menstrual cycle, assume you may be fertile from just after menses (if your cycles are no less than 25 days in length) until your temperature has remained elevated for at least 3 consecutive days. The most effective way to use BBT charting when avoiding pregnancy is to avoid intercourse all through the first part of your cycle,until the temperature rise indicates you have ovulated.

 

Note: Because BBT does not provide information about the beginning of the fertile time, it is rarely used as the only fertility indicator by a woman who is using NFP.

Cervical Secretions

Changes in cervical secretion signal the beginning and end of the fertile time, even among those who have irregular cycles. Observe your cervical secretions by “the look, touch, and the feel”:

  • Look at the secretions on your undergarments, fingers, or toilet paper to determine its color and consistency.
  • Touch the secretions to determine their stretch and slipperiness.
  • Feel how wet the sensation is at your vulva when you are walking.

When they first appear, the secretions may be scant but sticky and thick with a cloudy color. Highly fertile secretions are clear, stretchy, wet, and slippery. Ovulation most likely occurs within 1 day before, during, or 1 day after the last day of clear, stretchy, slippery cervical secretions. When you are observing your cervical secretions, do not douche, because it can wash out the secretions, making it very difficult to notice changes.

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Figure 2. Cervical secretion variations during a menstrual cycle.

Use your cervical secretions to identify the beginning and end of the fertile time:

  1. 1Observe your cervical secretions every day, beginning the day after your menstrual bleeding has stopped, and record them daily on a special chart (see Figure 2). To help you avoid confusing cervical secretions with semen and normal sexual lubrication, some counselors advise complete sexual abstinence throughout the first cycle.
  2. Check secretions each time before and after you urinate by wiping (front to back) with tissue paper. Note and record the color and appearance (clear, or cloudy) and consistency (thick, sticky, or stretchy) of the secretions, and how they feel (dry, wet, or slippery). Record how much they stretch when pulled between your thumb and index finger. Also, note and chart the sensations of dryness, or wetness at your vulva. Always record the “most fertile” observations you see during the day.
  3. Note the typical pattern in the cervical secretions:
  • During menstruation, blood masks any other sensations of wetness or secretions.
  • After the menstruation, the vagina may feel moist a few days, but not distinctly wet. There usually are no observable secretions. (Some women do not have any of these dry days, especially if they have very short cycles.)
  • Next may come secretions that are thick and sticky, cloudy. The vagina still does not feel distinctly wet. This can last for several days. Consider these days as fertile.
  • As ovulation nears, your secretions usually become more abundant, and you will have an increasingly wet sensation. Secretions become clear and slippery and can stretch 2 to 3 or more inches between the thumb and forefinger. The peak or last day of wetness or clear, slippery secretions is assumed to be about the time of ovulation.
  • After ovulation, the secretions become thick, cloudy, and sticky or disappear until the time of the next menstrual period.
  1. Douching, vaginal infection, semen, foam, diaphragm jelly, lubricants, medications, and even the normal lubrication of sexual arousal may interfere with the ability to notice a clear-cut secretion pattern.

To conceive. Have intercourse when cervical secretions are present. The probability of conception is greatest when the secretions are clear, stretchy, and slippery.

To avoid pregnancy. Check for secretions as soon as your menses are complete. (Some counsellors recommend avoiding intercourse during menses because it is difficult to detect secretions when they are mixed with menstrual blood.) You can have sexual intercourse on preovulatory days if no secretions are present. (Some counsellors recommend abstaining the next day and night following intercourse to allow time for bodily fluids to drain out of your body so you will not confuse semen and arousal fluids with cervical secretions. The following day, check your cervical secretions.) The fertile time begins when cervical secretions are first observed until 4 days past the peak day (the last day of clear, stretchy, slippery secretions.)

See Figure 3 (below) for an example of a chart completed by a woman using BBT, cervical secretions, cervical position and feel, and other minor indicators.

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Figure 3. Symptothermal variations during a model menstrual cycle

A blank chart can be accessed at http://www.fertilityuk.org/sympto-thermalchart.pdf

Fertility Awareness: Beyond Family Planning

Learning about their fertility is important for men and women, regardless of which family planning method you use or whether you choose to use family planning at all. Information about your fertility and the skills to apply this information to oneself is called “fertility awareness”. And you will draw on this well into your future as fertility awareness increases peoples’ knowledge of their reproductive potential and enhances self-reliance. Some couples like the active involvement required of the male partner, who learns about his own and the woman’s fertility and then abstains from intercourse when the woman is fertile. Fertility awareness information can be used for a number of purposes:

To conceive. Couples have intercourse on days the woman is potentially fertile. These include the days she observes cervical secretions or notes that her cervix is relatively soft and open. The chances of achieving a pregnancy are greatest when the woman observes clear, stretchy, slippery secretions. Conception is most likely to occur within 1 or 2 days of peak mucus (secretions).

To detect pregnancy. A postovulatory temperature rise (see the section on “Basal Body Temperature Charting”) sustained for 18 or more days is an excellent early indicator that pregnancy is under way.

To avoid pregnancy. For maximum effectiveness, couples should abstain from intercourse during the entire fertile time as indicated by the NFP method.

To detect impaired fertility. Charting fertility signs costs relatively little and can aid in diagnosing and treating fertility problems due to infrequent or absent ovulation. Women who do not ovulate tend to have a meandering BBT pattern throughout the cycle, rather than the typical biphasic pattern (lower in the first part and higher in the second).

To detect a need for medical attention. Changes in cervical secretions, abdominal pain, and other signs may indicate the need for medical attention.

 

Fertility blessings, and happy befriending your whole being

 

Helen x

 

References:

http://archive.irh.org/resources-SymptothermalMethod.htm and

http://www.fertilityuk.org/sympto-thermalchart.pdf and

www.symptotherm.ch

INTIMATE WELLNESS COACHING with Helen Zee now on offer

Are you wishing to experience more joy and pleasure in your body and in your relationships?

“My intent is for you to feel intimacy and pleasure in your body through your open heart, and embody it as a way of BEING as opposed to DOING in your daily life” ~ Helen Zee

Intimacy is an integral and important part of our lives. Its our birth rite to experience ourselves and to have sustained pleasure in our life. Life becomes more nourishing and meaningful on many levels when we accept our pleasure in our body as a way of BEING as opposed to DOING to create it as specific experiences. Tantra philosophy, practices and healing are the way I offer this to you.
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Do you feel you can connect with your deeper intimacy?

Can you recognise your barriers of protection and are you willing to release them?

Are your worn out thoughts, emotional patterns, hiding or playing small preventing you from fully living and expressing yourself in your life?

Are you trying to get pregnant but cant?

Do you experience sexual dysfunction?

Do you wish to understand relationship dynamics better and how masculine and feminine polarities naturally exist in our relating?

If you are nodding “yes” to any of this, then this is what you can expect from your personalised sessions:

~explore the sensuality and pleasure in your body
~ understand the masculine and feminine ways of relating in healthy and unhealthy ways
~ identify with the barriers that are preventing you from full expression and ecstatic ways of being
~ healing and mentoring in the parts of your life that leave you separated from your vitality, vibrancy and essence
~personalised education with take home practices

 INTENTION OF SPACE CREATED – the space created and offered is one of integrity, trust and a sense of safety to allow your full expression, awareness, education and       mentoring so you can take action in your personal life.
The Tantra practices and philosophy includes breath, bodywork, meditation and healing touch

SESSIONS OFFERED are for singles and couples, with a specialised educational program for couples trying to conceive

SESSIONS can be experienced in person (2 hours) or via Skype (1 hour). In person sessions held in Melbourne Australia

YOUR OFFER – as an introductory offer you can have 3 Intimacy Wellness Coaching sessions and PAY FOR 2 ONLY!*

Information and booking can be directed to helen@fertilecosmos.com

ABOUT HELEN – She quotes “Our reproductive area is our life force creativity energy that makes us feel alive and vibrant. Befriending this energy is the key to overall health and wellbeing” ~ Helen Zee

Helen is a lover of life and an eager student of human relating. She is a Lifestyle Trainer and Yoga Teacher for over a decade. She offers support and advice on sexuality, embodiment, nutrition, exercise, yoga, meditation and emotional support for women and men. Helen is also certified with Angelos Institute of Holistic Healing in energy healing modalities

Helen is nearing completion of her Tantra studies and has immersed herself in Tantra teachings, varying modalities and has been said by her teachers to have a strong shakti embodiment.

From contributing to magazines and publications, to producing a DVD on “Yoga and Qigong for Fertility” Helen’s drive is for people to be connect and embody their greatness.

Id like to hear from you if you have any queries and to see if my offering is right for you. Please feel free to share this information within your community for people that you know may gain a benefit from living fuller, happier, vibrant lives!

* Introductory price of 3 for 2 will be available until December 2013.

Testimonials – what people are saying

Helen brings her deep wisdom, intuition and compassion to the healing space and works with total integrity. I feel held unconditionally by her in sessions allowing me to trust and surrender completely in my process”  ~N.G. Hawthorn East

Helen is calm and encouraging. Her gentleness facilitated my relaxed entry into what for me was totally unknown. In truth, I was so fully immersed into a deep meditative spaces that my cares at that time were totally forgotten. I left the session feeling happy and at peace” ~ James 55

“My partner and I felt totally supported and guided to share deeper with one another and trust we were heard and understood. Helen’s caring nature and integrity made it easy to discuss our intimacy concerns and work on them to create changes within ourselves. Her notes and guidance has allowed us to incorporate a beautiful home practice where we have benefited” ~ CG and HA, Victoria

“My wife and I didnt think we needed re-education in sexual intimacy in preparation for parenthood. the process, guidance and tuition Helen offered has enabled us to experience more vitality, virility and deeper connection. Helen even wrote a book with instructions and a personalised book cover! Conscious intimacy for conception is now something that I recommend to all my friends…as we are happy to announce we are 16 weeks pregnant!!” ~ IH and HH, Regional Victoria ages 35 and 37 respectively 

Improving your fertility through ancient healing arts

Are you trying to fall pregnant?  Are you yearning to become a parent and you have been searching for a product that guides you on ancient healing arts?

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Then you have resonated with this page – welcome to this special edition of Yoga and Qigong for Fertility.  This DVD has been designed to bring you the fusion of two ancient healing forms, demonstrated and proven for years to bring wellness into your life.

The sequences demonstrated by Yogini Helen Zee and Qigong Master Simon Blow are designed to support your reproductive capabilities and hormonal balance. These practices have been tried and tested over the ages and they are available to you in this one comprehensive and educational DVD. The DVD is designed to teach you each pose separately or follow the sequence – your practice grows with you, just like your changing life cycles.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, good health is the result of free flowing, well balanced energy system. Aliments both physical and emotional can occur when Qi flow is blocked or impeded, causing imbalance and dysfunction in the body’s energy system. With regular practice Yoga and Qigong helps to cleanse the body of toxins, restores energy, reduces stress and anxiety, and helps you maintain a healthy and active life.

You can reclaim your natural healing, you can bring more flow and balance into your life, and learn the art of meditation

Overcome your fears and anxiety by following the guided meditation as your body relaxes deeply and unifies your soul’s desire.

Go with the flow of life, accepting where you are today, discover the flow of life force within, nourish and tone your reproductive system.

Empower yourself, reclaim your healing power as a woman, life giver and womb priestess.

Fertility Qigong DVD

Hover your mouse over the image to take you to the shopping cart. This DVD is available for purchase within Australia and Internationally.

For all wholesaler inquiries, contact helen@fertilecosmos.com

ABOUT:

Helen Zee of Fertile Cosmos

Helen Zee - Holistic Lifestyle Trainer and Yoga Teacher

Helen Zee is a Holistic Lifestyle Trainer and Yoga Teacher for over a decade. She offers support and advice of nutrition, exercise, yoga, meditation and emotional support for women and men

Helen has sequenced yoga poses which optimise reproductive health and has produced a DVD titled “Yoga and Qigong for Fertility” which features Master Simon Blow

She is also a writer and collaborates with programs and magazines internationally to bring information to women and men who are keen to connect and embody their greatness

She quotes “Our reproductive area is our life force creativity energy that makes us feel alive and vibrant. Befriending this energy is the key to overall health and wellbeing”

www.fertilecosmos.com or telephone +61 402 781 773

Master Simon Blow

Master Simon Blow

Simon is based in Sydney Australia as a master teacher of Qigong (Chi-Kung), the ancient Chinese art of relaxation, healing and rejuvenation. He is the author of numerous Books, DVDs and Meditation CDs, as well as a sought-after speaker and workshop presenter. Simon has been working for over thirty years to help spread the benefits of meditation, peace and love. He works with many different groups helping them to develop self-healing skills to manage their stress levels and improve their quality of life. Simon has been initiated into Dragon Gate Daoism and given the name of Xin Si meaning Genuine Wisdom and is a 29th generation of the ancient Dayan – Wild Goose Qigong. He also is a Standing Council Member of The World Academic Society of Medical Qigong, Beijing China.

www.simonblowqigong.com or telephone  + 61 2 9559 8153


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