What is it?
Infertility is a complex disorder that occurs in both men and women. It is a disease of the reproductive system that prevents conception and can occur because of problems with any facet of the reproductive process.
What causes it?
For women, most infertility cases stem from some problem with ovulation. Each step of the process from egg maturation to implantation may be influenced by dietary factors. There is an apparent relationship between infertility and obesity, especially in those who have insulin resistance syndrome (IRS).
What role might cytokines play?
In the early 1990s, researchers discovered a hormone produced by fat cells – leptin – that helps regulate food intake and metabolism as well as fat storage in the cells. Subsequently, leptin was found to play a role in fertility. As excess nutrition and obesity develop, especially in insulin-resistant individuals, “resistance” to the action of leptin also develops.
What results could I expect with MNT?
Although the link between MNT and fertility is not clear-cut, there appears to be one: Women with IRS (insulin resistant syndrome) are especially likely to benefit from MNT, partially because polycystic ovary syndrome is characterized, possibly even caused, by insulin resistance. Additionally, obesity influences leptin, a hormone important in regulation the entire process of conception.
A group of obese women treated in our clinic for infertility with MNT have conceived within three months, indicating that “the diet” rather than the obesity contributed to the infertility. Women who are amennorrheic (without periods) typically resume menstrual periods within the first eight weeks with rigid adherence to Food Phases 1 and 2 of the Plan.
How can I measure symptom change on the plan?
First of all, infertile couples should undergo evaluation by a fertility specialist prior to considering the PrescriptFit MNT Plan to determine possible causes and treatment solutions. Talk to the specialist about trying MNT prior to medication or other therapies.
Fertilization can best occur two weeks following a menstrual period when the woman ovulates. To better pinpoint when ovulation occurs, women can use:
- Calendar tracking – Record past menstrual cycle start date and duration to determine when you are most likely to be fertile.
- Taking basal body temperature – Use a basal thermometer to check your body temperature each morning before becoming active. A rise of 0.4 to 1 degree Fahrenheit occurs when you ovulate.
- Checking vaginal mucus – Daily test vaginal mucus for color (yellow, white, clear or cloudy), consistency (thick, sticky, or stretchy), and feel (dry, wet, sticky, slippery, stretchy). Ovulation probably occurs the same day that your mucus is clearest, most slippery, and most stretchy.