Planning a pregnancy is both an exciting and important time. It is always favourable for both mother and father to assess their health before conceiving a child as this will optimise chances of conception, wellbeing in pregnancy and the health of the baby.
Do you use a hair dye? If yes – do you feel comfortable with the ingredients of that dye? The label may indicate a ‘natural’ or ‘synthetic’ dye but do you really know what the ingredients are telling you about the product you use?
It is a topic that is relevant to a huge number of women (and indeed men too). Some of you may think that today’s blog is rather unusual when compared to our ‘staple’ output focussing on nutritional health. However as so many of us do use a hair dye it is indeed a very big topic, and with lots of health implications. And being and feeling good is also about feeling good with the way that we look – yet when it comes to using cosmetics, toiletries and products such as hair dyes I think we all generally want to be well informed about what it is we are literally putting into our body – even if the application is topical. Continue reading
It is estimated that around one in seven UK couples experience difficulty in conceiving, with a poor diet being one of the major contributory factors. Unfortunately, despite its importance for conception and fertility, a lack of nutrition can often be over looked with the most common cause of infertility frequently being labelled as ‘unexplained’.
The NHS defines Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) as: “a common condition that affects how a woman’s ovaries work.”
The three main features of the condition are: cysts that develop in the ovaries (polycystic ovaries), ovaries do not regularly release eggs (ovulate) and having high levels of “male hormones” called androgens. Polycystic ovaries contain a large number of harmless cysts up to 8mm in size. The cysts are under-developed sacs in which eggs develop. Often in PCOS, these sacs are unable to release an egg, meaning ovulation doesn’t take place.
PCOS is considered the most common reproductive endocrine condition among women of childbearing age. It is estimated that about 1 in every 5 women in the UK has polycystic ovaries, but more than half of these have no symptoms. The exact cause of PCOS is considered unknown, but it’s thought to be related to abnormal hormone levels. Continue reading
Our article today is provided by Angela Heap a Nutritional Therapist who specialises in Fertility. She tells us why she chose this specialism, how she works, and what it means to her when her clients become pregnant. Angela also discusses Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). As the NHS Choices website comments “Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common condition that affects how a woman’s ovaries work. PCOS affects millions of women in the UK.”
It’s the recent media story that carries some major health implications for us all and carries a lot of ‘punch’ in terms of the headlines. “DNA-screening test 23andMe launches in UK after US ban: The Google-backed genotyping service can screen for common genetic diseases such as cystic fibrosis or sickle cell anaemia.” ran the Guardian. Whilst the Independent led with “£125 genetic test kit backed by Google arrives in Britain – with a health warning: A Google-backed company that offers a personal genetic screening to test for risk factors associated with diseases such as cancer and Parkinson’s will be available in the UK from today despite deep public health concerns in the US.” 23andMe is named after the 23 pairs of chromosomes in a human cell. Continue reading