Getting Your Guy Ready: The Ultimate Male Fertility Preparation Program

Along with getting yourself prepared for pregnancy, it is important to help your husband and/or partner become as fertile as possible. Don’t panic if your guy was diagnosed with a low sperm count. Just as there are many things a woman can do to maximize her fertility, there are also many things a man can do to improve the quality, quantity, and speed of his sperm.

Whether or not your guy was diagnosed with any specific problem, it is important to address his fertility because underlying, undiagnosed problems could exist that are not being caught.

Some causes of inadequate sperm production include hormone imbalances, post-testicular issues with plumping or ejaculation, trauma or accidents, varicocele, or dilated veins in the scrotum, undescended testis/testes, excessive xenoestrogen, which are environmental estrogen exposure; infectious disease of the epidydimis, a diseased endocrine (glandular) system affecting the hypothalamus, pituitary, thyroid, adrenals and the testes, resulting in low DHEA and testosterone levels, congenital abnormalities, urethral stricture, malnutrition, especially protein deficiency.

It can sometimes take two to three months to improve the quality of sperm, so you’ll want to begin preparing as soon as possible.

Tests For Men
Here are some of the tests your husband/partner can request:

• Sperm analysis, including a sperm antibody test, which can determine sperm count, motility, morphology (shape), seminal fluid, volume of ejaculation, and pH level.

• A Hormone Analysis: Hormones include testosterone, follicle stimulating hormone, and lutinizeing hormone which are critical to sperm production. You may also want to have analyzed prolacin levels, thyroid stimulating hormone, sand ex-hormone binding globulin.

• Scrotal Doppler Ultrasound: measures the size of the testicle and look for blockages that involve transport of sperm out of the testicle.

• Transrectal Ultrasound: ultrasound technology is used to image the reproductive tract.

• A blood test to check for infections and hormone levels.

• A white blood cell count to detect infection, past infection, inflammation, low levels of inhibin B, or the compound alpha-glucosidase.

• Forward progression: this test measures the amount of forward movement in the sperm.

• Kruger morphology: if an abnormal morphology is found, this test allows the specialists to examine the sperm structure in great detail.

• Anti-sperm antibodies: this means the male has created an immunological response toward the sperm cells

• Sperm agglutination: sperm is examined to see whether there is any clumping together of the cells. Sperm agglutination can indicate the presence of sperm antibodies or bacterial infection.

• Viability: this test is performed if the sperm analysis shows that less than 30 percent of the sperm are motile. This test determines whether or not there is a presence of live sperm.

• Fructose: this test determines whether there is a blockage or no sperm at all being produced.

• An often overlooked cause of infertility in men is low-grade infection in the male urinary tract. Symptoms are often subtle and hard to diagnose, but they can include chills, fever, increased urination and intense burning during urination. Some physicians recommend culturing a semen sample to detect this mild infection.

• Cleanses

Here are some cleanses for men to consider before beginning infertility treatments.

• A Parasite Cleanse: Parasites can weaken sperm on a very hard-to-detect level. Health food stores carry 30-day parasite cleanses that can effectively remove parasites from the body.

• Heavy Metal Cleanse: Chemicals, pesticides and toxins in our environment have greatly impacted male fertility. Many men suffer from low-quality sperm because of these environmental toxins and chemicals. If possible, consider a heavy metal cleanse that can help remove these chemicals.

• Liver Cleanse: Just as detoxifying the liver is key to healing female infertility, it is equally important for men. Consider having your partner do a liver cleanse. The liver helps to filter toxins from the body, including excess hormones.

• Candida-Yeast Cleanse: can help rid the body of toxins.

• Colon Hydrotherapy: A colon cleanse can eradicate years of toxins in the large intestine, reducing the burden on the liver, pancreas, gall bladder and kidney.


Dancing To Fertility Book

Tests You Can Request At the Fertility Clinic

Don’t expect or just wait for your doctor to recommend a test or advanced treatment. Request it! If they won’t do it, go somewhere else and find a doctor and/or clinic that will accommodate your requests.

Some tests you may want to request include:

– Fibroids or fibroid tumors
-Cysts
-Endometriosis
-Polycystic ovarian syndrome
-Hormone imbalance
-Ovulation problems
-Luteinizing hormone (LH) testing
-Progesterone testing
-Estradiol Level testing
-Hysterosalpingogram
-Laparoscopy to investigate possible scarring, cysts, fibroid tumors or other abnormalities
-Post coital testing
-A thyroid test
-FSH Level
-Fallopian Tube testing, that can include sonohysterogram, hysterosalpingogram, and lapascropy to check if your fallopian tubes are blocked.
-Endometrial biopsy
-Transvaginal ultrasound
-Hysteroscopy: to look for growth or defects in the uterus that cannot be seen with other tests.
– Screen for sexually transmitted diseases


Dancing To Fertility Book

How To Increase Circulation to Your Reproduction System

Begin to do self-massage. Since many of us hold stress in our stomach, massaging your stomach can help reduce stress and help your digestion. Do not do massage if there is a possibility you could be pregnant.
If you are not pregnant, massage your liver, kidney, and ovaries.
Put your legs up against a wall to increase blood circulation to the pelvis and ovaries. You can also increase circulation to your reproductive system by brushing your skin to remove toxins. Or take a very hot shower for five minutes, and then follow with cold water for 30 seconds. Green grapes can also improve circulation. Stretch often. Drinking lemon, cayenne pepper and apple cider vinegar can also increase circulation.


Dancing To Fertility Book

Vegetable Based Drinks Can Boost Fertility

If you want to cleanse and strengthen your body, by all means go out and buy a juicer or some type of bullet and start making vegetable based drinks on a daily basis. Do it today! Now! As soon as possible! This can change your body in a very big way. Making vegetable drinks is a wonderful and effective way to cleanse, alkalize and strengthen the body—three things you need to do to maximize your chances of getting pregnant.

When you make vegetable drinks, you are putting live food into your body. Many of the nutrients in foods are destroyed by cooking, so when you juice or blend vegetables, you are consuming these nutrients in an undisturbed form. It is one of the easiest, fastest ways to assimilate more nutrients into the body. Fresh, whole foods build healthy cells.

One of the health benefits of vegetable drinks is that it allows cellular cleansing on a deep level. When you are trying to fix an imbalance in the body, large amounts of fruits and vegetables can significantly help the body heal.

Making vegetable drinks helps your body become more alkaline, instead of acidic, which is a great booster in promoting fertility. Juicing will also give your body enhanced vitality.

Have I said enough about the power of daily vegetable drinks? Make yourself a healthy vegetable drink each day and you will feel and see almost immediately what a great healer and fertility enhancer it is.

To start, buy a juicer or bullet that is easy to handle, easy to clean and that you don’t find intimidating.

There are lots of good ones on the market.

A side note here: making vegetable drinks does not have to be overly time-consuming and complicated. If some of the recipes call for too many ingredients and overwhelm you, make vegetable drinks with one or two ingredients. Spinach and blueberries, spinach, flaxseed and blueberries, kale and strawberries, are just a few.

For me, a bag of spinach and some blueberries juiced each morning, or some garlic and lemon is often enough to put my body on the right track. Parsley, beets, kale can also be juiced alone. If you find eating fruit easy, I would stick to juicing vegetables that you might not normally consume as often. Many people like a spinach/apple combination that is also easy, quick and very effective.

Some juicing suggestions include:

• Garlic. I know, I know, it sounds horrible, but it really isn’t. Peel a few cloves of garlic and juice. Then combine the garlic juice with the juice of one or two squeezed lemons. Then pour in lots of water. I usually drink mine slowly. I have a jug of water ready, because if you start to feel sick from the garlic, slugging down lots of water helps ease the nausea. Garlic does great and wondrous things for the body—so start drinking. I promise—it is not as bad as it sounds!)

Some nutritionists have suggested that garlic can also help prevent miscarriages and enhance both male and female fertility.

• Juice spinach for heightened doses of folic acid. Spinach is one of the vegetables I would recommend juicing almost daily. There are so many health benefits to spinach. Some people like to juice spinach with apples, or with other greens. Find the combination you like.

• Along with spinach, beets, asparagus, garlic and kale are considered among the best vegetables for treating infertility. Pineapple, strawberries and oranges are considered among the best fruits for enhanced fertility. Create vegetable/fruit drinks with these combinations.

• Juice kale, chicory, romaine lettuce, parsley.

• Some vegetables to avoid include celery. It is recommended not to juice celery while pregnant or trying to get pregnant.

• Carrots and beets is a mixture that is very healthy for the liver. Carrots provide huge amounts of Vitamin A to the body in a natural form, which is important because Vitamin A deficiency can prevent eggs from properly maturing.

• Other juice combinations can include:
-beet/carrot/radish/
-spinach/apple
-carrot/apple,parsley
-kale/spinach/apple
-ginger/apple
-apple/pear.
-Pineapple/strawberry/spinach
-Cucumber/spinach/celery/apple
-Kale/spinach/apple/carrot
-Apple/carrot/pineapple/celery/lemon
-Parsley/kale
-Kale/spinach/cabbage/mint
-Kale, pineapple and ginger detox.
-Pineapple, lemon and pomegranate
-Fennel, garlic and cabbage

• Other fruits and vegetables that can be juiced and are known to help fertility include red peppers, dark green leaf lettuce, onions, cabbage, broccoli and dark leafy greens.

• You can also add chia seeds, maca, flaxseeds, spirulina, cayenne pepper, and turmeric to your drinks.


Dancing To Fertility Book

Strengthening Your Pancreas

Keeping your pancreas healthy and your blood sugar levels stable will help stabilize your hormones when you are trying to get pregnant. When our blood sugar levels are high, we suffer spikes that weaken the adrenal glands. Sugar frazzles the hormones and leaves our endocrine system exhausted. When we consume sugar, it drives our insulin levels high, and then drops them dramatically low, leaving our bodies with a down-right hormonal mess. When our sugar levels drop, our adrenals release both cortisol and adrenaline in an attempt to restore our sugar levels back to an even kneel, leading to hormonal imbalance.

The reason these sugar spikes impact our fertility is that progesterone, which is the main hormone required for ovulation, and cortisol compete for the same receptor binding sites in the body. Cortisol, however, will always win this showdown, and if the battle continues, it will disrupt the entire endocrine system, which in turn, disrupts all the sex hormones, including oestrogen, progesterone, and the androgens DHEA.

To keep your hormones in tip-top shape, reduce your sugar intake. High sugar levels can also cause miscarriage and cause congenital defects in a fetus.

Here are some ways to keep your pancreas healthy and your blood sugar levels stable:

• Eat foods that nourish your pancreas, such as blueberries, sunflower seeds, almonds, cherries, broccoli, garlic, red grapes, spinach, sweet potatoes. Prepare these foods ahead of time and carry them with you so you can have healthy food readily available wherever you go.

• Try to eat something healthy every three hours.

• Eat lots of spinach, which is high in magnesium and is known to help prevent type 2 diabetes.

• Avocados are also high in magnesium.

• Walnuts, which are high in monounsaturated fat, helps stabilize blood sugar levels.

• Get at least eight hours of sleep.

• Almonds can lessen the subsequent rise in blood sugar. Avoid sugar, soda and artificial sweeteners.


Dancing To Fertility Book

Strengthening the Pineal Gland

The pineal gland controls circadian rhythms in the body, as well as melatonin and pinoline.

Melatonin is a hormone that plays a key role in fertility, because it controls the timing and release of various reproductive hormones. The pineal gland manufactures melatonin, which in Chinese medicine is linked to healthy liver energy, which is important to reproductive health. Having adequate amounts of melatonin in your body has been shown to improve pregnancy rates. Because we live in a light-saturated culture due to TVs, cell phones, computer screens, and street lights, we are often robbed of the melatonin we need for a restful night’s sleep, and sleep disturbances are a recipe for hormonal imbalance.

Fluoride is the number one enemy of a healthy pineal gland. Coffee, alcohol and tobacco also hurt this gland. The mineral boron, found in beets and dried plums, can help remove fluoride from the human body.

To strengthen the pineal gland:

• Apple cider vinegar

• Oregano

• Garlic

• Melatonin

• Sunlight is food for the pineal gland

• Chlorophyll-rich superfoods, like spirulina, chlorella, detoxify the pineal gland

• Natural food sources of iodine, such as seaweed

• Watermelon

• Coconut oil

• Spinach

• Asparagus

• Broccoli


Dancing To Fertility Book

Strengthening Your Pituitary Gland

The pituitary gland is sometimes called the master gland of the body, because all the other endocrine glands depend on its secretion for stimulation. It is a tiny gland located at the base of the brain and is sometimes referred to as the thermostat of the body because it controls the other hormone secreting glands. High protein foods help the pituitary gland to release its hormones, because the building blocks of proteins are amino acids.

Emotionally, problems with the pituitary gland can come from not respecting your inner wisdom and/or pretending to be someone your not.

Here are some ways to strengthen your pituitary gland:

• Bee pollen

• Spirulina

• Magnesium

• Potassium

• Dandelion

• Omega-3 oil

• Chia seeds

• Manganese is important to a healthy pituitary gland. Foods that contain manganese include citrus fruits, green leaves, and egg yokes.

• Walk at least 20 minutes a day in sunlight. This will encourage the pituitary gland to produce helpful levels of ovary-stimulating hormones. You also might want to consider a Vitamin D supplement.

• L-Arginine is an amino acid that promotes the section of HGH.

• Fenugreek stimulates the release of HGH while giving your energy levels a kick.

• Get more sleep

• In traditional Chinese medicine, the pituitary gland is part of bonding with others, sharing words and ideals. Think about and journal about this aspect of your life, and what you may need to address emotionally.

• Include meat and protein in your diet.


Dancing To Fertility Book