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10
Sep

Water for Fertility: Stay Hydrated!

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Water is the most essential nutrient for life. Many of our body’s functions rely on water for proper working order—everything from our temperature control, protection of our nervous system, transportation of nutrients to cells, removal of wastes, as well as helping with conception.
A good rule of thumb is eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day. Grab yourself one or two of the handy reusable water bottles to keep in your home and/or workplace. Not only will you be helping the environment by cutting back on plastic waste, you’ll also be protecting your body against the potentially dangerous chemicals that can be found in the plastic bottles. The refillable bottles are easy to carry around, therefore reminding you to drink water consistently throughout the day. Plus, you’ll be saving yourself a bunch of money in the long run!
Here are just some of the many benefits of staying hydrated during the fertility process: cushions and lubricates all tissues and organs in the body, facilitates the delivery of hormones throughout the body, and may be helpful with enhancing follicles. Water also helps to provide better production of cervical mucus. Cervical mucus helps the sperm to reach the egg.
A lack of hydration can cause sluggishness, fatigue, and inability to focus. Even slight dehydration can cause our mood to fluctuate. Since the mind-body connection is so important in fertility, staying positive and keeping our bodies running at optimal level can really have an impact.
Another excellent benefit to drinking water is detoxification. Drinking water helps to flush out built-up wastes due to pollutants in the air, medications, etc. For extra detoxing, try adding a slice of fresh lemon in a glass of water every morning to start your day! This will knock off one glass of water and help get your system moving with a Vitamin C boost!
Request Consultation or Appointment
If you are a new patient and would like an initial fertility consultation, click here to request a phone or in-office visit, or call us toll free with your questions at 800-539-9870.

1
Sep

CNY Fertility Center and MTV Looking for Infertility Candidates – Documentary Series

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MTV Looking for Infertility Candidates for their Documentary Series – True Life: “I’m Having Infertility Issues”
MTV is currently looking for candidates to share their story who are:
– CURRENTLY STRUGGLING with Infertility and doing SOMETHING to address the issue
– REAL STORIES
– they can be anywhere in the US
– male or female
– be 18-29
Below is the information – you need to get in touch and share your story. Of course, we would love if someone who is using CNY Fertility Center could include how they are using our programs as part of their fertility journey.
SHOW INFORMATION
AWARD WINNING MTV DOCUMENTARY SERIES
– TRUE LIFE: I’M HAVING FERTILITY ISSUES
Have you always wanted to have a baby and are finding out that getting pregnant isn’t as easy as it seems? Have you been trying for months — or even years — to get pregnant without success? Have you or your partner been diagnosed with a condition that makes it difficult to conceive naturally and plan to seek help from a fertility clinic? Are you so consumed with having a baby that you’ll stop at nothing to have your own? If so, is your partner right there with you? Or is he or she reluctant to spend the money and energy it would take to conceive through high tech means? Are your fertility issues causing problems with your relationship? Has trying to have a baby left you emotionally, physically, and financially drained? Do you have a pre-existing health condition where being pregnant could be dangerous for you and your baby, but you’re determined to beat the odds?
If you appear to be the ages of 18-29 and you’re CURRENTLY struggling with fertility issues, please email us: MTVInfertile@mtv.com
Please include your name, story, location, PHONE NUMBER, and photograph if possible. Please remember to include your PHONE NUMBER.

27
Aug

Fatty Acids can Improve Male Fertility

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When couples are having difficulty conceiving, studies show that at least 1/3 of the time, there is a contributing male factor. Yet today the bulk of our tests and treatments are directed toward women. For couples that already know that they are dealing with a sperm problem, there are very few good recommendations on what they can do at home to improve their outcome; until now.
Many studies have found that dietary fats can impact pregnancy outcome [r1] in women. More recent data has even helped differentiate that some fats can improve fertility[r2] . But very little of the nutritional intervention has been directed toward men.
Polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) are critical for sperm function and production. These fats are necessary to make healthy sperm as well to optimize their ability to swim. They are called essential fatty acids because you need to consume them in the foods that you eat so that your body can use them to manufacture hormones and other substances. Unfortunately, the typical foods that most of us consume don’t contain them. Instead, many of us eat foods that contain unhealthy fats; a situation that worsens the imbalance between good fats and bad fats.
Now that we know male fertility is improved with PUFA’s, the challenge is getting men to change their diet or take a supplement. Nutritionists have been encouraging men to increase their consumption of fish, flax seed and other foods with healthy oils but only with limited success. Now a group of researchers has found a practical solution[r3] . They had a group of men begin eating 75 grams of walnuts per day. After only 12 weeks they demonstrated an improvement in sperm count, better sperm motility and increased sperm vitality. Better still, they did not experience any increase in body weight or body mass index proving that this recommendation is practical with no identifiable drawbacks. In fact, eating walnuts has also been shown to be heart healthy [r4] and may reduce the risk of prostate problems [r5] as well. So, it’s time for men to “go (Wal)nuts!”
Robert Greene, MD, FACOG
CNY Fertility Center
e-mail me at rgreene@cnyfertility.com
Call our toll-free number at 800.539.9870 or request a consult here.

[r1]Link to http://thegreeneguide.wordpress.com/2012/02/01/high-fat-diet-before-pregnancy-increases-risk-of-gestational-diabetes/
[r2]Link to http://thegreeneguide.wordpress.com/2009/12/15/neither-%e2%80%9clow-fat%e2%80%9d-nor-%e2%80%9chigh-fat%e2%80%9d-but-the-%e2%80%9cright-fat%e2%80%9d-for-better-implantation-and-pregnancy-omega-3
[r3]Link to http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/08/120815151610.htm#.UC0Xy4S7zMg.email
[r4]Link to http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/03/110327191040.htm
[r5]Link to http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/03/100322153953.htm

21
Aug

Endometriosis

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Endometriosis occurs when the inner lining of the uterus grows outside of the uterus. The lining can then attach itself to other areas such including the ovaries or the fallopian tubes. As well causing issues with fertility, this is often a painful condition.
There is no known cause that can be pinpointed for this painful disorder; however, there have been possible theories including:
• Hereditary factors
• Retrograde menstruation (period travels backwards through the fallopian tubes into the pelvis where they attach and grow
• Immune disorders
For many women, endometriosis can interfere with many aspects of their lives. Besides infertility issues, here are just some of the symptoms of endometriosis:
• heavy and/or irregular periods
• painful intercourse
• painful bowel movements
• urinary pain or difficulty
• abdominal pain
• backache
Sometimes if necessary endometriosis can be diagnosed (and treated) using laparoscopy. Laparoscopy is a minimally-invasive surgical procedure. Although there is no known cure for endometriosis, there are several treatment options, such as medications, that can be discussed with your health care practitioner.
Maya abdominal massage and acupuncture may help with blood flow to the reproductive organs and alleviate pain by eliminating toxins in the system. Herbal formulas and dietary changes may also be beneficial when treating the pain associated with endometriosis. Yoga can help to control weight gain and bloating that goes hand in hand with endometriosis. Yoga’s poses can also help to increase blood flow to the reproductive system and help to stretch the muscles in the back.
When endometriosis affects fertility, there are several options that can be discussed with one of the physicians at CNY Fertility Centers in Syracuse, Rochester, or Albany.
Request Consultation or Appointment
If you are a new patient and would like an initial fertility consultation, click here to request a phone or in-office visit, or call us toll free with your questions at 800-539-9870.

28
Jul

Meditation: The Mind & Body Benefits

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Meditation is an eastern ancient practice that has been around for thousands of years. At CNY Fertility Center we embrace the practice and encourage it to all clients. It offers incredible benefits to our physical and emotional well-being. By simply taking 10 to 15 minutes in the morning to devote to meditation, the effects are endless.
Don’t worry if you feel like it’s difficult to quiet your mind at first! As with all good things, it takes a little practice. As you’re working towards clearing the thoughts in the mind, such as all of the emotions and challenges that you may be currently facing, you are still receiving the calming effects on your mind and body.
How meditation benefits the mind:
• It helps us to understand our own mind better and increases self-esteem
• Helps to transform our thoughts to positive ones and helps to keep things in perspective
• Less anxiety and worry and can instantly bring about a feeling of calmness
• Helps to keep the mind focused
• Allows you to live more ‘in the moment’ with less worry about the future
How meditation benefits the body:
• Improved sleeping patterns
• Helps heart rate, respiration, blood pressure
• Reduces chronic pain and inflammation in the body
• Helps to boost the immune system
• Reduced stress on the body and therefore, may help to increase fertility in men and women
If you’re new to meditation, it may be helpful to consider using a form of guided meditation. Guided meditations help us to breathe properly, relax and focus on a purpose. CNY Fertility Center now offers Meditation Podcasts that you can listen to at any time by visiting this link: http://cnyfertility.com/podcasts/ or you can subscribe to them on iTunes! In addition to the podcasts, CNY Fertility Center is also offering meditation classes at all of our locations in August:
Syracuse:
Restorative Yoga & Meditation Class with Katrin Sundays, 12:00-1:00pm
Fee is $15. Please RSVP to 315.671.5755.
Journey to the Center: Mandala as Meditation Saturday, August 11th 10:00am–2:00pm
Fee is $30. Please RSVP to 315.671.5755.
Rochester:
Meditation & Movement Tuesday, August 7th 5:15-6:15pm
Fee is $20. RSVP required at 585.244.1280 ext. 2.
Albany:
Meditation Class Thursdays, August 9th & 23rd 4:30-5:30pm
Free to attend. RSVP to 518.724.5750.

14
Jun

Visualization and Fertility

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Can you see it now?   It’s something that we say when we’re talking about our dreams and visualizing our future.  Imagery and visualization are such an important part in fulfilling our desires—including the fertility process.  At first it may seem ‘awkward’ because it may be something new and unique, but with practice it becomes second nature and plays an integral part of attracting that which we want to happen. 
Often when facing issues with fertility, it’s easy to become frustrated, sad, and even angry.  Feeling those things are completely natural; we are faced with many thoughts each day, and there are definitely some that are more challenging than others!  There’s actually a part of our brain that sorts out our thoughts and either labels it “important or unimportant”, “good or bad”, for survival purposes.  When we receive information, we have to fine-tune it and filter it, so that we can make the most of it. 
That’s where meditating and visualizing on what you want versus what you don’t want comes into play.  The law of attraction states that what you think about most is what you attract.  When receiving information that can be ‘challenging’, it’s important to stop and see that positive ‘snapshot’ in your mind of what you desire.  Visualize daily about the family that you would like to have.  Rhonda Byrne, author of The Secret says “the reason visualization is so powerful is because as you create pictures in your mind of seeing yourself with what it is you want, you are generating thoughts and feelings of having it now. Visualization is simply powerfully focused thought in pictures, and it causes equally powerful feelings.” 
Taking the time each and every day to ‘see’ and visualize those positive snapshots, and relaxing your mind and body are an important part in overall wellness and fertility. 
For information on our Evening Meditation and Relaxation webinar, please click here. 
In Syracuse:  Restorative Yoga & Meditation Class – click here for details 
In Rochester:  Meditation & Movement – click here for more info
 
 
 
 
 

17
Apr

Colorful Foods for Fertility

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When choosing fruits and vegetables, think in color!  Not only are colorful fruits and veggies visually appealing, but a rainbow of variety packs an extra punch nutritionally.  This is especially important for women’s and men’s health when trying to conceive.
Red!
Red fruits and veggies contain lycopene and are colored by the pigment called anthocyanin.  They contain powerful antioxidants that protect cells from damage, helps improve egg health, and has been shown to help sperm quality and motility.
Some great ones to try: red apples, red peppers, raspberries, strawberries, tomatoes and radishes.
Orange and Yellow!
Orange fruits and veggies contain beta-carotene and are colored by the pigment called carotenoids.  These can help women by keeping hormone balance in check and aids in cycle regularity in; and protects sperm from free radical attack in men.  Vitamin A found in these fruits and vegetables help sperm at receptor sites during the fertilization process.
Try: apricots, carrots, yellow and orange peppers, and pumpkin.
Green!
Green fruits and veggies are colored by the pigment chlorophyll.  Dark leafy greens contain lutein and are also a wonderful source of folate.  Folic acid helps to generate viable eggs.  The cruciferous veggies (such as broccoli and cabbage) are especially helpful if suffering from endometriosis or uterine fibroids because it helps with estrogen metabolism.  Folic acid helps with sperm quality and lowers the chances of chromosomal abnormalities.
Try: asparagus, broccoli, and honeydew melon.
Blue and Purple!
Also contain anthocyanin.  To keep cells healthy in both men and women, it is important to protect them from damage with these antioxidants for optimal functioning of eggs and sperm.
Try: blueberries, plums, and eggplant.
White!
These contain anthoxanthins, allicin, and selenium which can protect from chromosome breakage, improve sperm quality and motility, and work to reduce inflammation in the body.
Try: cauliflower, garlic, and bananas.

Request Consultation or Appointment
If you are a new patient and would like an initial fertility consultation, click here to request a phone or in-office visit, or call us toll free with your questions at 800-539-9870.

4
Apr

The Effect of Exercise on Fertility

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Moderate, low-impact exercise can have a healthy, positive impact on our bodies and fertility.  Each person is different in terms of how much exercise and which type of exercise can be done to improve the fertility process.  An exercise program should be discussed with your physician to best suit your needs.  Factors such as age, current activity level, and BMI (body mass index) all must be taken into consideration.  For example, too little exercise with a high BMI can negatively impact fertility as well as someone who has a low BMI but your exercise regimen is “hard core”.  Yoga, however, provides a wonderful balance, and is a gentle exercise for all people to help the body, mind, and spirit.
Low-impact exercise such as yoga can increase blood flow to the reproductive organs (the ovaries and the uterus).  The gentle stretching can also help to stimulate energy to these places to increase their productivity.
Stress can impact the body and can negatively affect ovulation and menstruation.  Using exercise such as yoga plays a vital part on reducing stress.  When under stress, the body produces stress hormones such as cortisol (“the fight or flight” hormone) and epinephrine.  Cortisol is necessary in the body’s response to stress and helps to keep us safe from danger.  However, it’s important to find something to something relaxing to bring these levels back down to normal.  When we have a lot that we are stressed about, and there’s excess cortisol present in the body, it is known as chronic stress.  This excess cortisol can greatly slow down the production of sex hormones needed for pregnancy.  Stress can also effect the ovulation cycle.
After a low-impact exercise such as yoga, you just “feel” great!  It offers a peaceful time to be in the moment and to relax.  When the mind relaxes, the body benefits greatly.
We have many yoga offerings at our different CNY Fertility & CNY Healing Arts Centers (Syracuse, Albany & Rochester), just check out our online calendar here http://cnyfertility.com/discussion/calendar.php. At the top of the page click on the link to the location that is nearest you. We hope to see you soon!

 

20
Mar

Healthy Oils and Their Impact on Fertility

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The role of healthy oils and essential fatty acids play their part not only on heart health, but also have an impact on fertility.
These essential fatty acids consist of Omega 3-6-9 oils.  Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to help regulate hormones in the body, increase cervical mucus, promote ovulation, and improve the uterus by increasing the blood flow to the reproductive organs.  Omega-3s contain both DHA and EPA which are vital in healthy pregnancies and help decrease premature birth and low birth weight babies.  Omega-3’s are found in cold water fish such as mackerel, salmon, sardines and tuna, and also in flaxseeds, walnuts and soybeans.
Borage oil which is an excellent source of Omega-6 can improve reproductive cell structure.  Oils such as safflower and soy are excellent sources of Omega-6.
Omega-9 monounsaturated fats are found in various food sources with the most amount of the nutrient found in olive oil. Other sources of Omega-9 fatty acids include fresh seeds and nuts, avocado and sunflower oil.
In a very recent study published in Human Reproduction, researchers found that men who ate the most fat had a 43 percent lower total sperm count and a 38 percent lower sperm concentration than men who ate the least fat.  Meanwhile, men who ate the most “good” kinds of fat, called Omega-3 fatty acids which are typically found in fatty fish, had nearly two percent more sperm then men who ate the least Omega-3s.
Fatty acids can improve genital circulation as well as lower blood pressure which helps with erectile dysfunction.  DHA can have an impact on sperm.  When the good kinds of fat aren’t present, cholesterol replaces the needed fatty acids in the sperm membrane, which prevents proper development.  This can create more free radicals which can damage the healthy sperm present.  By increasing the essential fatty acids, sperm have better motility, which increases the chances of conception.

Request Consultation or Appointment
If you are a new patient and would like an initial fertility consultation, click here to request a phone or in-office visit, or call us toll free with your questions at 800-539-9870.





10
Mar

Men & Their Emotions on the Journey to Fertility

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Men deal with an array of emotions on the path to fertility with their partner.  For some men, however, it may be difficult to express these emotions with others which can lead to them to isolation.
Men tend to be problem solvers, and with fertility challenges, this can bring on many different feelings such as frustration, anger, denial, guilt, helplessness, inadequacy, fear, or anxiety.  For some, they may take the fertility issues personally and see their bodies as failing them.  For men and their partners, the thought of not carrying on their family heritage through children can lead to feelings of sadness or loss.
All of this in turn can affect the relationships with his partner, as men may be struggling with such feelings and tend to retreat and repress emotions for fear of being misunderstood by others.  This can further upset the situation, as typically, it is a time when the females tend to need a deeper emotional connection and support.
Ways of overcoming these feelings may include giving men a sense of empowerment.  One way to do this is to learn about the various fertility treatment options that are available for couples desiring families.
Another option is support networks which help to tear down the walls of isolation by letting them know that they are not alone on the fertility path.  When one couple meets another couple who are having challenges as well, it can help to strengthen both couples’ bonds by going through the process together.
Finding ways to calm the mind such as Yoga and/or partner yoga and attending workshops and events that are geared towards helping couples through the fertility process can provide an amazing sense of direction and inner peace.  Meditation/quiet time also allows men to open up to new possibilities and helps to empower them and see the light on the journey to a successful outcome.
CNY Fertility Centers
800-539-9870

www.cnyfertility.com

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10
Sep

Water for Fertility: Stay Hydrated!

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Water is the most essential nutrient for life. Many of our body’s functions rely on water for proper working order—everything from our temperature control, protection of our nervous system, transportation of nutrients to cells, removal of wastes, as well as helping with conception.
A good rule of thumb is eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day. Grab yourself one or two of the handy reusable water bottles to keep in your home and/or workplace. Not only will you be helping the environment by cutting back on plastic waste, you’ll also be protecting your body against the potentially dangerous chemicals that can be found in the plastic bottles. The refillable bottles are easy to carry around, therefore reminding you to drink water consistently throughout the day. Plus, you’ll be saving yourself a bunch of money in the long run!
Here are just some of the many benefits of staying hydrated during the fertility process: cushions and lubricates all tissues and organs in the body, facilitates the delivery of hormones throughout the body, and may be helpful with enhancing follicles. Water also helps to provide better production of cervical mucus. Cervical mucus helps the sperm to reach the egg.
A lack of hydration can cause sluggishness, fatigue, and inability to focus. Even slight dehydration can cause our mood to fluctuate. Since the mind-body connection is so important in fertility, staying positive and keeping our bodies running at optimal level can really have an impact.
Another excellent benefit to drinking water is detoxification. Drinking water helps to flush out built-up wastes due to pollutants in the air, medications, etc. For extra detoxing, try adding a slice of fresh lemon in a glass of water every morning to start your day! This will knock off one glass of water and help get your system moving with a Vitamin C boost!
Request Consultation or Appointment
If you are a new patient and would like an initial fertility consultation, click here to request a phone or in-office visit, or call us toll free with your questions at 800-539-9870.

1
Sep

CNY Fertility Center and MTV Looking for Infertility Candidates – Documentary Series

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MTV Looking for Infertility Candidates for their Documentary Series – True Life: “I’m Having Infertility Issues”
MTV is currently looking for candidates to share their story who are:
– CURRENTLY STRUGGLING with Infertility and doing SOMETHING to address the issue
– REAL STORIES
– they can be anywhere in the US
– male or female
– be 18-29
Below is the information – you need to get in touch and share your story. Of course, we would love if someone who is using CNY Fertility Center could include how they are using our programs as part of their fertility journey.
SHOW INFORMATION
AWARD WINNING MTV DOCUMENTARY SERIES
– TRUE LIFE: I’M HAVING FERTILITY ISSUES
Have you always wanted to have a baby and are finding out that getting pregnant isn’t as easy as it seems? Have you been trying for months — or even years — to get pregnant without success? Have you or your partner been diagnosed with a condition that makes it difficult to conceive naturally and plan to seek help from a fertility clinic? Are you so consumed with having a baby that you’ll stop at nothing to have your own? If so, is your partner right there with you? Or is he or she reluctant to spend the money and energy it would take to conceive through high tech means? Are your fertility issues causing problems with your relationship? Has trying to have a baby left you emotionally, physically, and financially drained? Do you have a pre-existing health condition where being pregnant could be dangerous for you and your baby, but you’re determined to beat the odds?
If you appear to be the ages of 18-29 and you’re CURRENTLY struggling with fertility issues, please email us: MTVInfertile@mtv.com
Please include your name, story, location, PHONE NUMBER, and photograph if possible. Please remember to include your PHONE NUMBER.

27
Aug

Fatty Acids can Improve Male Fertility

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When couples are having difficulty conceiving, studies show that at least 1/3 of the time, there is a contributing male factor. Yet today the bulk of our tests and treatments are directed toward women. For couples that already know that they are dealing with a sperm problem, there are very few good recommendations on what they can do at home to improve their outcome; until now.
Many studies have found that dietary fats can impact pregnancy outcome [r1] in women. More recent data has even helped differentiate that some fats can improve fertility[r2] . But very little of the nutritional intervention has been directed toward men.
Polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) are critical for sperm function and production. These fats are necessary to make healthy sperm as well to optimize their ability to swim. They are called essential fatty acids because you need to consume them in the foods that you eat so that your body can use them to manufacture hormones and other substances. Unfortunately, the typical foods that most of us consume don’t contain them. Instead, many of us eat foods that contain unhealthy fats; a situation that worsens the imbalance between good fats and bad fats.
Now that we know male fertility is improved with PUFA’s, the challenge is getting men to change their diet or take a supplement. Nutritionists have been encouraging men to increase their consumption of fish, flax seed and other foods with healthy oils but only with limited success. Now a group of researchers has found a practical solution[r3] . They had a group of men begin eating 75 grams of walnuts per day. After only 12 weeks they demonstrated an improvement in sperm count, better sperm motility and increased sperm vitality. Better still, they did not experience any increase in body weight or body mass index proving that this recommendation is practical with no identifiable drawbacks. In fact, eating walnuts has also been shown to be heart healthy [r4] and may reduce the risk of prostate problems [r5] as well. So, it’s time for men to “go (Wal)nuts!”
Robert Greene, MD, FACOG
CNY Fertility Center
e-mail me at rgreene@cnyfertility.com
Call our toll-free number at 800.539.9870 or request a consult here.

[r1]Link to http://thegreeneguide.wordpress.com/2012/02/01/high-fat-diet-before-pregnancy-increases-risk-of-gestational-diabetes/
[r2]Link to http://thegreeneguide.wordpress.com/2009/12/15/neither-%e2%80%9clow-fat%e2%80%9d-nor-%e2%80%9chigh-fat%e2%80%9d-but-the-%e2%80%9cright-fat%e2%80%9d-for-better-implantation-and-pregnancy-omega-3
[r3]Link to http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/08/120815151610.htm#.UC0Xy4S7zMg.email
[r4]Link to http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/03/110327191040.htm
[r5]Link to http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/03/100322153953.htm

21
Aug

Endometriosis

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Endometriosis occurs when the inner lining of the uterus grows outside of the uterus. The lining can then attach itself to other areas such including the ovaries or the fallopian tubes. As well causing issues with fertility, this is often a painful condition.
There is no known cause that can be pinpointed for this painful disorder; however, there have been possible theories including:
• Hereditary factors
• Retrograde menstruation (period travels backwards through the fallopian tubes into the pelvis where they attach and grow
• Immune disorders
For many women, endometriosis can interfere with many aspects of their lives. Besides infertility issues, here are just some of the symptoms of endometriosis:
• heavy and/or irregular periods
• painful intercourse
• painful bowel movements
• urinary pain or difficulty
• abdominal pain
• backache
Sometimes if necessary endometriosis can be diagnosed (and treated) using laparoscopy. Laparoscopy is a minimally-invasive surgical procedure. Although there is no known cure for endometriosis, there are several treatment options, such as medications, that can be discussed with your health care practitioner.
Maya abdominal massage and acupuncture may help with blood flow to the reproductive organs and alleviate pain by eliminating toxins in the system. Herbal formulas and dietary changes may also be beneficial when treating the pain associated with endometriosis. Yoga can help to control weight gain and bloating that goes hand in hand with endometriosis. Yoga’s poses can also help to increase blood flow to the reproductive system and help to stretch the muscles in the back.
When endometriosis affects fertility, there are several options that can be discussed with one of the physicians at CNY Fertility Centers in Syracuse, Rochester, or Albany.
Request Consultation or Appointment
If you are a new patient and would like an initial fertility consultation, click here to request a phone or in-office visit, or call us toll free with your questions at 800-539-9870.

28
Jul

Meditation: The Mind & Body Benefits

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Meditation is an eastern ancient practice that has been around for thousands of years. At CNY Fertility Center we embrace the practice and encourage it to all clients. It offers incredible benefits to our physical and emotional well-being. By simply taking 10 to 15 minutes in the morning to devote to meditation, the effects are endless.
Don’t worry if you feel like it’s difficult to quiet your mind at first! As with all good things, it takes a little practice. As you’re working towards clearing the thoughts in the mind, such as all of the emotions and challenges that you may be currently facing, you are still receiving the calming effects on your mind and body.
How meditation benefits the mind:
• It helps us to understand our own mind better and increases self-esteem
• Helps to transform our thoughts to positive ones and helps to keep things in perspective
• Less anxiety and worry and can instantly bring about a feeling of calmness
• Helps to keep the mind focused
• Allows you to live more ‘in the moment’ with less worry about the future
How meditation benefits the body:
• Improved sleeping patterns
• Helps heart rate, respiration, blood pressure
• Reduces chronic pain and inflammation in the body
• Helps to boost the immune system
• Reduced stress on the body and therefore, may help to increase fertility in men and women
If you’re new to meditation, it may be helpful to consider using a form of guided meditation. Guided meditations help us to breathe properly, relax and focus on a purpose. CNY Fertility Center now offers Meditation Podcasts that you can listen to at any time by visiting this link: http://cnyfertility.com/podcasts/ or you can subscribe to them on iTunes! In addition to the podcasts, CNY Fertility Center is also offering meditation classes at all of our locations in August:
Syracuse:
Restorative Yoga & Meditation Class with Katrin Sundays, 12:00-1:00pm
Fee is $15. Please RSVP to 315.671.5755.
Journey to the Center: Mandala as Meditation Saturday, August 11th 10:00am–2:00pm
Fee is $30. Please RSVP to 315.671.5755.
Rochester:
Meditation & Movement Tuesday, August 7th 5:15-6:15pm
Fee is $20. RSVP required at 585.244.1280 ext. 2.
Albany:
Meditation Class Thursdays, August 9th & 23rd 4:30-5:30pm
Free to attend. RSVP to 518.724.5750.

14
Jun

Visualization and Fertility

by

Can you see it now?   It’s something that we say when we’re talking about our dreams and visualizing our future.  Imagery and visualization are such an important part in fulfilling our desires—including the fertility process.  At first it may seem ‘awkward’ because it may be something new and unique, but with practice it becomes second nature and plays an integral part of attracting that which we want to happen. 
Often when facing issues with fertility, it’s easy to become frustrated, sad, and even angry.  Feeling those things are completely natural; we are faced with many thoughts each day, and there are definitely some that are more challenging than others!  There’s actually a part of our brain that sorts out our thoughts and either labels it “important or unimportant”, “good or bad”, for survival purposes.  When we receive information, we have to fine-tune it and filter it, so that we can make the most of it. 
That’s where meditating and visualizing on what you want versus what you don’t want comes into play.  The law of attraction states that what you think about most is what you attract.  When receiving information that can be ‘challenging’, it’s important to stop and see that positive ‘snapshot’ in your mind of what you desire.  Visualize daily about the family that you would like to have.  Rhonda Byrne, author of The Secret says “the reason visualization is so powerful is because as you create pictures in your mind of seeing yourself with what it is you want, you are generating thoughts and feelings of having it now. Visualization is simply powerfully focused thought in pictures, and it causes equally powerful feelings.” 
Taking the time each and every day to ‘see’ and visualize those positive snapshots, and relaxing your mind and body are an important part in overall wellness and fertility. 
For information on our Evening Meditation and Relaxation webinar, please click here. 
In Syracuse:  Restorative Yoga & Meditation Class – click here for details 
In Rochester:  Meditation & Movement – click here for more info
 
 
 
 
 

17
Apr

Colorful Foods for Fertility

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When choosing fruits and vegetables, think in color!  Not only are colorful fruits and veggies visually appealing, but a rainbow of variety packs an extra punch nutritionally.  This is especially important for women’s and men’s health when trying to conceive.
Red!
Red fruits and veggies contain lycopene and are colored by the pigment called anthocyanin.  They contain powerful antioxidants that protect cells from damage, helps improve egg health, and has been shown to help sperm quality and motility.
Some great ones to try: red apples, red peppers, raspberries, strawberries, tomatoes and radishes.
Orange and Yellow!
Orange fruits and veggies contain beta-carotene and are colored by the pigment called carotenoids.  These can help women by keeping hormone balance in check and aids in cycle regularity in; and protects sperm from free radical attack in men.  Vitamin A found in these fruits and vegetables help sperm at receptor sites during the fertilization process.
Try: apricots, carrots, yellow and orange peppers, and pumpkin.
Green!
Green fruits and veggies are colored by the pigment chlorophyll.  Dark leafy greens contain lutein and are also a wonderful source of folate.  Folic acid helps to generate viable eggs.  The cruciferous veggies (such as broccoli and cabbage) are especially helpful if suffering from endometriosis or uterine fibroids because it helps with estrogen metabolism.  Folic acid helps with sperm quality and lowers the chances of chromosomal abnormalities.
Try: asparagus, broccoli, and honeydew melon.
Blue and Purple!
Also contain anthocyanin.  To keep cells healthy in both men and women, it is important to protect them from damage with these antioxidants for optimal functioning of eggs and sperm.
Try: blueberries, plums, and eggplant.
White!
These contain anthoxanthins, allicin, and selenium which can protect from chromosome breakage, improve sperm quality and motility, and work to reduce inflammation in the body.
Try: cauliflower, garlic, and bananas.

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4
Apr

The Effect of Exercise on Fertility

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Moderate, low-impact exercise can have a healthy, positive impact on our bodies and fertility.  Each person is different in terms of how much exercise and which type of exercise can be done to improve the fertility process.  An exercise program should be discussed with your physician to best suit your needs.  Factors such as age, current activity level, and BMI (body mass index) all must be taken into consideration.  For example, too little exercise with a high BMI can negatively impact fertility as well as someone who has a low BMI but your exercise regimen is “hard core”.  Yoga, however, provides a wonderful balance, and is a gentle exercise for all people to help the body, mind, and spirit.
Low-impact exercise such as yoga can increase blood flow to the reproductive organs (the ovaries and the uterus).  The gentle stretching can also help to stimulate energy to these places to increase their productivity.
Stress can impact the body and can negatively affect ovulation and menstruation.  Using exercise such as yoga plays a vital part on reducing stress.  When under stress, the body produces stress hormones such as cortisol (“the fight or flight” hormone) and epinephrine.  Cortisol is necessary in the body’s response to stress and helps to keep us safe from danger.  However, it’s important to find something to something relaxing to bring these levels back down to normal.  When we have a lot that we are stressed about, and there’s excess cortisol present in the body, it is known as chronic stress.  This excess cortisol can greatly slow down the production of sex hormones needed for pregnancy.  Stress can also effect the ovulation cycle.
After a low-impact exercise such as yoga, you just “feel” great!  It offers a peaceful time to be in the moment and to relax.  When the mind relaxes, the body benefits greatly.
We have many yoga offerings at our different CNY Fertility & CNY Healing Arts Centers (Syracuse, Albany & Rochester), just check out our online calendar here http://cnyfertility.com/discussion/calendar.php. At the top of the page click on the link to the location that is nearest you. We hope to see you soon!

 

20
Mar

Healthy Oils and Their Impact on Fertility

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The role of healthy oils and essential fatty acids play their part not only on heart health, but also have an impact on fertility.
These essential fatty acids consist of Omega 3-6-9 oils.  Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to help regulate hormones in the body, increase cervical mucus, promote ovulation, and improve the uterus by increasing the blood flow to the reproductive organs.  Omega-3s contain both DHA and EPA which are vital in healthy pregnancies and help decrease premature birth and low birth weight babies.  Omega-3’s are found in cold water fish such as mackerel, salmon, sardines and tuna, and also in flaxseeds, walnuts and soybeans.
Borage oil which is an excellent source of Omega-6 can improve reproductive cell structure.  Oils such as safflower and soy are excellent sources of Omega-6.
Omega-9 monounsaturated fats are found in various food sources with the most amount of the nutrient found in olive oil. Other sources of Omega-9 fatty acids include fresh seeds and nuts, avocado and sunflower oil.
In a very recent study published in Human Reproduction, researchers found that men who ate the most fat had a 43 percent lower total sperm count and a 38 percent lower sperm concentration than men who ate the least fat.  Meanwhile, men who ate the most “good” kinds of fat, called Omega-3 fatty acids which are typically found in fatty fish, had nearly two percent more sperm then men who ate the least Omega-3s.
Fatty acids can improve genital circulation as well as lower blood pressure which helps with erectile dysfunction.  DHA can have an impact on sperm.  When the good kinds of fat aren’t present, cholesterol replaces the needed fatty acids in the sperm membrane, which prevents proper development.  This can create more free radicals which can damage the healthy sperm present.  By increasing the essential fatty acids, sperm have better motility, which increases the chances of conception.

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10
Mar

Men & Their Emotions on the Journey to Fertility

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Men deal with an array of emotions on the path to fertility with their partner.  For some men, however, it may be difficult to express these emotions with others which can lead to them to isolation.
Men tend to be problem solvers, and with fertility challenges, this can bring on many different feelings such as frustration, anger, denial, guilt, helplessness, inadequacy, fear, or anxiety.  For some, they may take the fertility issues personally and see their bodies as failing them.  For men and their partners, the thought of not carrying on their family heritage through children can lead to feelings of sadness or loss.
All of this in turn can affect the relationships with his partner, as men may be struggling with such feelings and tend to retreat and repress emotions for fear of being misunderstood by others.  This can further upset the situation, as typically, it is a time when the females tend to need a deeper emotional connection and support.
Ways of overcoming these feelings may include giving men a sense of empowerment.  One way to do this is to learn about the various fertility treatment options that are available for couples desiring families.
Another option is support networks which help to tear down the walls of isolation by letting them know that they are not alone on the fertility path.  When one couple meets another couple who are having challenges as well, it can help to strengthen both couples’ bonds by going through the process together.
Finding ways to calm the mind such as Yoga and/or partner yoga and attending workshops and events that are geared towards helping couples through the fertility process can provide an amazing sense of direction and inner peace.  Meditation/quiet time also allows men to open up to new possibilities and helps to empower them and see the light on the journey to a successful outcome.
CNY Fertility Centers
800-539-9870

www.cnyfertility.com