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Milk thistle and conception
Milk thistle is an intimidating looking plant with its sharp leaves and stalk. But its pretty purple flowers help redeem it, and the fact that it makes a useful product, silymarin, is also in its favor.
Progesterone and conception
Progesterone is essential for implantation and pregnancy. How much do you need, and if you have to supplement, what is the best way?
The Rhythm Method and conception
I grew up in a Catholic town. For birth control, most families loosely practiced the rhythm method, and as a result, most families were large. Recognizing that the method has limitations, natural family planning has become more popular, and it can be a lot more effective.
Knocked up is a movie about the lifelong result of a one-night stand. If it had had a little less potty humor and a more clever script, it could have been a sweet movie. I thought it fell short, but surprisingly, it made me have some deeper questions.
Aphrodisiacs and conception
Italians have the reputation for romance, and even their food just seems to make an evening more romantic. Even better, then, that some of the ingredients popular in Italian cuisine are considered aphrodisiacs.
Fasting and conception
Fasting is a great way to lose weight, detoxify or cleanse your body, and its even something required for some religious observances. Intermittent fasting, which is a daily fast, can improve your health in many ways, but not if you're trying to conceive.
Damiana and conception
Mexican fertility tea, which is damiana, has been used for centuries as an aphrodisiac. Damiana can also be added to liquor, and so then I wonder if it's the alcohol or the damiana that does the trick?
Conceiving at any age
How can women in their 40s and some even in their 50s have babies? Odds are that they got some help, which should neither be a surprise or something they need to hide. I think we all need to know how to have the family we want at any age.
Coenzyme Q 10 and conception
Coenzyme Q 10, more commonly known as CoQ 10, is another antioxidant. It may help with sperm motility and female egg development, especially if you're past age 35. Perhaps even if you're still in your 20s, too.
Licorice Root and Fertility
Licorice root is not the same as licorice candy. They are both sweet, but licorice candy in the United States contains anise instead, which does taste a lot like real licorice root. But don't eat real licorice when you're pregnant--let's talk about why.
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