Fertility Cycles & Nutrition : Self-care for Improved Cycles and Fertility...naturally!

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The explosion of scientific research on the connection between nutrition and fertility confirms what Marilyn Shannon has been saying in Fertility, Cycles & Nutrition since 1990. That is, in many cases cycle irregularities can be either eliminated or alleviated simply through better nutrition or body balance. Originally written to help make the practice of Natural Family Planning easier for couples experiencing irregular cycles, this book has proven to be invaluable for ...

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Overview

The explosion of scientific research on the connection between nutrition and fertility confirms what Marilyn Shannon has been saying in Fertility, Cycles & Nutrition since 1990. That is, in many cases cycle irregularities can be either eliminated or alleviated simply through better nutrition or body balance. Originally written to help make the practice of Natural Family Planning easier for couples experiencing irregular cycles, this book has proven to be invaluable for anyone looking for improved fertility.

In this completely updated and expanded edition, Shannon first provides practical guidelines for selecting nutritious food, the highest priority for maintaining good health. Next, she systematically examines a host of reproductive problems and identifies the specific nutrition and targeted supplementation that research shows can be used as self-care to overcome such problems or improve fertility.

Discover how nutrition affects the following:

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)

Painful or heavy periods

Progesterone levels

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

Infertility

Repeated miscarriage

Pregnancy

Perimenopause

Stress and energy

Male fertility and reproductive health

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780926412347
  • Publisher: Couple to Couple League, The
  • Publication date: 4/1/2009
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 332
  • Sales rank: 288,640
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v

Table of Contents vii

Foreword ix

Introduction x

Part I Good Nutrition for Good Health 1

1 Twelve Rules for Better Nutrition 3

2 Obtaining & Preparing Nutritious Food 23

Obtaining Nutritious Food 23

Preparing Nutritious Food 29

3 Basic Supplements to Consider 35

4 Questions & Answers Part I: Good Nutrition for Good Health 47

Part II Overcoming Reproductive Problems & Challenges 61

5 Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) 67

6 Shorter, Lighter, & Pain-free Periods 79

Heavy or Prolonged Menses 79

Painful Periods 85

Endometriosis 88

7 Four Common Causes of Cycle Irregularities & Female Infertility 93

Luteal Phase Deficiency 95

Low Thyroid Function 99

Hyperthyroidism (Abnormally High Thyroid Function) 105

Underweight or Inadequate Body Fat 106

8 Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) & Overweight without PCOS 111

PCOS 111

Overweight without PCOS 118

9 Other Factors That May Affect Cycle Regularity or Fertility 123

Yeast Overgrowth 123

Discontinuing Birth Control Pills or Other Hormonal Birth Control 127

Sensitivity to Night Lighting 128

Caffeine Consumption 131

Celiac Disease 132

Age-Related Infertility 135

10 Pregnancy & Postpartum Nutrition 141

Pregnancy 141

Morning Sickness 143

The Postpartum Time 154

11 Repeated Miscarriage & Birth Defects 161

Miscarriage 161

Birth Defects 169

Down Syndrome 173

12 Premenopause, Perimenopause, & Menopause 179

13 Miscellaneous Problems that Affect Women 193

Vaginal Infections 193

Bladder Infections 195

Low Sexual Desire 196

14 Increasing Your Energy & Decreasing Your Stress 205

Increasing Your Energy 205

Decreasing Your Stress 210

15 Men's Fertility & Reproductive Health 217

Male Infertility 217

Male Reproductive Health 223

16 Questions & Answers, Part II: Overcoming Reproductive Problems & Challenges 231

Further Reading 243

Resources 253

Appendix A Labeled Contents of Recommended Supplements 261

Androvite for Men 261

Optivite PMT 262

ProCycle PMS 263

Fertility Blend for Women 264

Lifetime Professional Prenatal Formula 264

Appendix B Focus on Infertility 265

Questions and Answers 267

Appendix C Uterine Fibroids: How I Kept my Uterus by Kristine M. Severyn 273

Endnotes 279

Index 307

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