Fertility Q&A: Fertility Yoga & Ovarian Cyst + High FSH + Is Vit. A Safe for Pregnancy?

Fertility Q&A: Fertility Yoga & Ovarian Cyst + High FSH + Is Vit. A Safe for Pregnancy?

1. Q: I downloaded the Fertility Yoga eBook. I’m wondering if all these poses are ok to do even if you have an ovarian cyst? I read that some yoga poses can cause issues, mostly inverted poses, to any current ovarian cysts.

A: I would have to say it really depends on your personal comfort level. Listen to your body; do not push it. If any of the poses feel painful or just “wrong” for you, modify them to your need or don’t do them. I have never heard that certain poses would make ovarian cysts worse. It does make sense that if you have a large cyst, or a painful cyst, that it may aggravate it at first. All the movement, circulation increase and stretching may be stressful on it. Begin gently. Promote healing in that area, without overdoing it.

2. Q: I am currently taking Fertilica Maca Powder, Fertilica FertiliGreens, Active Bee Power Royal Jelly and FertiliWhey Protein Powder. Can I continue these if I become pregnant? I learned that vitamin A is not good for the fetus in the womb. The Fertilica FertiliGreens contains a lot of it. How truthful is it that vitamin A can harm a developing fetus?

A: We do not recommend continuing Fertilica Maca, Active Bee Power Royal Jelly, or Fertilica FertiliGreens into pregnancy. FertiliWhey is fine to continue in pregnancy and is a great way to ensure you are getting the protein you need. FertiliWhey contains 16 grams of protein per serving. Pregnant women need at least 80 grams of protein a day. FertiliWhey helps to meet that goal. IF you wish to continue a greens supplement into pregnancy, consider pure spirulina powder, or a handful of spinach, kale or Swiss chard in your smoothies.

As for your concerns about Vitamin A: It is dangerous to consume too much Vit. A that is synthetic during pregnancy. Non-food sources in excess may cause birth defects. Whole food sources are listed as beta-carotene and are converted by the body to Vitamin A. Natural sources of Vit. A are necessary for: embryonic development, eyes, limbs, healthy skin, mucous membranes, infection resistance, bone growth and fat metabolism. Fertilica FertiliGreens contains whole food sources of Vit. A.

3. Q: What is the difference between Fertilica Royal Jelly, and Active Bee Power Royal Jelly? Do they both have the same effect, do they both improve egg health?

A: The difference between the two is the Fertilica product is pure royal jelly in a capsule. Active Bee Power contains a variety of different bee products.

Here is a list of the ingredients:
Royal Jelly 625mg, Bee Pollen 570mg, Bee Propolis 180mg, Eleuthero (root) 175mg, Korean Ginseng (root) 190mg, quality raw honey. NO gelatin. It is a thick liquid, almost solid. This is similar to honey when it begins to crystallize. This product is easy to put into Fertility Smoothies.

If you would like to know the benefits of the other bee products in the Active Bee Power, please read our article Royal Jelly, Bee Pollen & Bee Propolis for Fertility. This article provides detailed information on the fertility benefits of each bee product.

Both are exceptionally high-quality products and both may greatly help to improve egg health, when combined with a nutrient-dense whole food diet, including plenty of water and exercise.

4. Q: My story is that my husband and I have been trying for 12 months for a baby with no luck. I know that this is quite common, however, I have found out that I that my FSH is on the high side, but a pregnancy would not be impossible, so I’m looking for natural ways to bring this down and also to naturally boost my husband’s fertility.

I’ve looked through your free eBooklet yesterday and I going to try juicing. I also find the foods you recommend to take interesting. Omega 3 and vitamin D seem to be quite important. Thank you for your help.

A: Changing your diet, for both you and your husband is going to be very important! Juicing is great place to begin. Diet and exercise changes should always come first, these are your foundation. High FSH is often a sign that your follicles are not responding properly to the release of FSH, which means they may be in poor health. First, the main goal needs to be working on Improving Egg Health. Next, look into learning about the herb Vitex; it has helped many women lower their FSH levels naturally. Nourishing the endocrine system with super foods like Maca and Royal Jelly are also very helpful. The gland that releases FSH is the pituitary. It is part of the endocrine system. The pituitary is considered the master gland. Both Maca and Royal Jelly have been found to be nourishing for the pituitary gland, aiding in hormonal balance. I have seen the greatest changes in egg health, just by switching to a nutrient dense diet like our Natural Fertility Diet! If you have not checked out our Natural Fertility Diet website, please do!

As for your husband’s fertility, we have a great guide to improving men’s fertility.

Below are links to articles I think you will find very helpful…

The Natural Fertility Diet
FSH Fertility
Improve Egg Health

If you feel completely lost and overwhelmed, we do offer great consultations. Know that it is possible to lower FSH naturally, while also improving egg health. It takes patience, time and commitment, but it is possible!

If you are interested in learning more about our consultations please click here!

Dr. Christine Traxler M.D., OB/GYN
Dr. Christine Traxler M.D., OB/GYN

Dr. Traxler is a University-trained obstetrician/gynecologist, working with patients in Minnesota for over 20 years. She is a professional medical writer; having authored multiple books on pregnancy and childbirth; textbooks and coursework for medical students and other healthcare providers; and has written over 1000 articles on medical, health, and wellness topics.  Dr. Traxler attended the University of Minnesota College of Biological Sciences and University of Minnesota Medical School,  earning a degree in biochemistry with summa cum laude honors in 1981,  and receiving her Medical Doctorate degree (MD) in 1986.

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    Can I continue to take the L’Arginine, the whole food multi vitimin, the meca and the antioxidant network products if I suspect I am pregnant from an IVF cycle?