Female fertility can be impacted by many different conditions and lifestyle choices. I provide nutrition and lifestyle support for women with various questions they are trying to answer related to their fertility.
Are you looking for answers to these questions?
Are you considering starting a family and looking for guidance to best support your body for pregnancy?
Have you recently stopped hormonal birth control to start a family and are having issues with your period returning or not sure if you’re ovulating?
Are you having trouble conceiving and would like to consider a holistic approach to balancing your body before trying intensive treatments or therapies?
Are you not quite thinking about having kids yet but are curious about your fertility timeline?
If you can identify with any of these questions, I can help you better understand what is going on with your body and improve any symptoms you may be experiencing.
Causes of FEMALE FERTILITY ISSUES
There are times where the root cause of your fertility struggles are related to different hormone-related issues or imbalances. It is important to understand what is causing the imbalance in order to properly heal.
AMENORRHEA: this is when your period is missing for more than 3 months
ADRENAL OR THYROID IMBALANCES: either or both can result in a missing period
AMENORRHEA POST-BIRTH CONTROL: upon stopping birth control your period is missing
INSUFFICIENT CALORIE INTAKE: if the body lacks the fat and nutrients necessary to produce hormones your period can go missing
LOW BODY WEIGHT: this can be related to a missing period
MENOPAUSE: periods stop as the ovaries no longer release an egg each month (occurs for most women in their 40s or 50s but signs of perimenopause can start in your mid-30s or 40s)
PRIMARY OVARIAN INSUFFICIENCY: menopause comes earlier than expected
PREGNANCY: if your period is missing it is important to check for possible pregnancy
POLYCYSTIC OVARIAN SYNDROME (PCOS): a hormonal condition characterized by metabolic imbalances, enlarged ovaries with small cysts, and in some cases elevated androgens that results in irregular cycles
HEAVY OR LONG PERIODS
ENDOMETRIAL HYPERPLASIA: thickening of the uterine wall that can result in heavy periods
FIBROIDS: abnormal growths within the uterus can result in heavy periods
IRON-DEFICIENCY ANEMIA: blood loss with heavy periods can result in iron loss + over time could lead to iron-deficiency anemia
ENDOMETRIOSIS: growth of endometrial tissue (uterine lining) outside of the uterus that can result in painful periods
ESTROGEN DOMINANCE: elevated estrogen or estrogen elevated in relation to other hormones (low progesterone) can result in painful periods
As part of my approach to get to the root cause I look at all possible contributing factors related to the mind + body to properly heal:
EATING HABITS: what we eat can shape how we feel especially with excessive sugar, low protein, inadequate nutrient dense foods, and reliance on caffeine
BLOOD SUGAR IMBALANCE: when blood sugar fluctuates between high and low it can result in low energy, fatigue, and moodiness
POOR GUT HEALTH: IBS, SIBO, leaky gut, infections, gut bacteria imbalances (dysbiosis), and candida overgrowth are a few contributors that can alter nutrient absorption + impact your body’s ability to utilize the vitamins and minerals it needs
LIFESTYLE: lack of sleep, lack of regular exercise, lack of consistent relaxation practices and drug or alcohol use can all contribute to period problems
ENVIRONMENTAL TOXINS: a high load of toxins or heavy metals in the body from products we use or consume can contribute to period problems
CHRONIC EMOTIONAL STRESS: anxiety, depression, grief, moodiness, irritability, financial concerns
WORK-RELATED STRESS: shift work, long hours, irregular hours, stressful environment
Solutions from Composed Nutrition
We work together to identify the root causes of the symptoms you are feeling. You will first complete a comprehensive health assessment prior to our first appointment. We then begin the first session by reviewing what your assessment reveals about your health and get started on attainable changes right away.
We focus on setting a balanced nutrition foundation and develop a plan that may include herbal and nutrient supplements to support your monthly cycle, using seed cycling to restore hormonal balance, tailoring your exercise routine to your energy and hormone levels, and incorporating a morning and night routine to ease your period problems. We will discuss how to align your food, exercise, and life with the four phases of your menstrual cycle all with the intention of naturally boosting your fertility.
During our time together I will equip you with the tools to take control of your health. Together we will customize a plan that works best for you with your goals in mind.
We can discuss ways to reset your mind to boost your fertility:
Learning how to set healthy boundaries to protect your energy
Identifying tips for more restful sleep
Discovering stress management techniques
Reframing negative self-talk + tuning into your body
Exploring spiritual practices like mindfulness + meditation
We may also utilize functional lab testing to uncover potential hormonal imbalances related to your fertility from the convenience and privacy of your own home. We will discuss the results, what they mean, and how to correct imbalances that may be at the root of your fertility struggles.
Common tests I use to help identify the root causes of fertility issues or ensure balance for a successful pregnancy include:
Hormone Testing (fertility panel)
We will consider all pieces of the Composed Nutrition wheel to achieve optimal health and get you feeling like yourself again.
Are we a good fit?
Let me get to know you and share how we can work together to boost your fertility.