The most important natural therapy that can boost fertility is diet; we are what we eat after all. In the modern western world the majority of us eat a lot of animal protein: chicken, beef, pork etc. In the traditional indigenous world people eat a lot more vegetable protein: cooked dried beans and nuts. Having babies is a natural process and links us to all the other mammals on the planet. It is an interesting fact that when five percent of total calories consumed are sourced from vegetable protein, rather than animal protein, the risk of ovulatory infertility plummets by more than fifty percent. This must say something about the diets designed for our bodies, and especially women’s bodies. Natural therapies to boost fertility focus on diet firstly.
In addition to this, the whole low-fat obsession of the late twentieth and twenty first century western world does not agree with getting pregnant. A child bearing woman’s body wants high fat dairy, so that it can store away food for the coming baby. There is no need to overdo the amount of regular-fat dairy you consume but give the low-fat dairy a miss for awhile if you are hoping to fall pregnant. Also, make sure that you are getting plenty of vitamins and minerals, either in your diet or through appropriate supplements. Folic acid, iron and multivitamins can all contribute to avoiding ovular infertility.
Fertility boosting foods like whole grains will provide B vitamins, vitamin E and fiber; plenty of fruit and vegetables will give you vitamin C and antioxidants in your diet; more pulses and less lean meats will adjust your protein sources to get that right vegetable versus animal balance and provide iron and zinc to your body; more regular-fat dairy will offer the protein and calcium your body needs; omega 3/DHA from oily fish, nuts and seeds (but no large fish that may have a high mercury content) are all good for mother and baby.
There is even a specialised fertility yoga, which professes to offer women poses that have been developed to enhance reproductive health. Your osteopath may, also, be able to help you improve your fertility status. Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) have been shown to help with improving natural fertility; especially how to boost your sperm count. Careful diagnosis by a professional TCM practitioner and the judicious use of Chinese herbs can offer some people help in this matter. It is advisable, however, in relation to medicinal herbs generally to be careful of them. Certain botanicals have properties unsuitable for pregnant women and women seeking to become pregnant; seek expert advice before taking any medicinal herbs.
With young LGBTQI couples wanting to celebrate their new found legally married status in America by having children, the issue of funding comes up. Having kids costs money whether you are gay, straight or queer; and if we are going to change the world by producing beautiful tolerant human beings then we all need to chip in. Imagine, millions of loving children parented by loving LGBTQIs and all the colors of the rainbow being recognized by church and state. I am going to make a suggestion, which may seem ‘out there’ but, I think, is also a great idea.
Crowdfunding for LGBTQI parents who are in need of some financial support. We do not want to be bringing up LGBTQI kids in poverty, do we? We do not want any kids, whoever their parents are, being brought up in poverty. Well loved and nurtured children require materially sufficient households to grow up in. What about all those wealthy LGBTQIs, who do not wish to have their own children, getting involved through crowdfunding as some sort of ‘fairy god parents’. A relationship with a child can be an inspiring thing, helping him or her to achieve the things they want to achieve. Perhaps, as mentor or benevolent uncle or aunty; these people can share in the joy of bringing up children.
As in many indigenous communities, in the past and in the present, parenting was and is shared within the community. These kinds of things will make our LGBTQI communities stronger and more inclusive; with greater positive interaction between members based on shared responsibilities and love. Gay Sperm Bank (GSB) sees crowdfunding as a great financial structure to launch a ‘fairy god parent’ scheme into the broader LGBTQI community. Why should Crowdfunding always be about business funding? Why shouldn’t it embrace something even more important? Crowdfunding could replace the need for debt management; which confronts so many desperate parents.
Economically, advocacy of crowdfunding - with 45 million Americans below the poverty line, funding for impoverished LGBTQI couples is not so much a possibility as it should be an instant reality. Set up a crowdfunding website and establish your target budget, including a college education. Funding need not come in all at once, it could be an incremental things, as needed. You can post images online of family celebrations, sporting events and special achievements. The joy that this website could bring to the extended LGBTQI community through enriching relationships is mind boggling.
As of June 26, 2015 all American states are compelled to recognise and license same sex marriages based on the decision of the Supreme Court in Obergefell v. Hodges. There are still a few states, as of January 2016, defying these federal same sex marriage laws. The opportunity to get legally married must be seen as a major step toward LGBTQI family rights. Prior to this sodomy laws have been struck down, also in the US Supreme Court, and repeals of Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act have also occurred.
In 2010 President Barack Obama made changes to hospital visitation and moral decision-making rights to allow gay and lesbian partners recognition in this fundamental and highly sensitive area. This followed a number of distressing cases where partners and children were denied access to their partners by hospitals, even in terminal situations. LGBTQI family rights: an update on USA legislation shows it to be a work in progress; but progress is being made.
Importantly, access to IVF and sperm donors has been a LGBTQI right for some time now; which goes to the heart of family rights. Now, as the right to marry and have their marriages officially recognized by federal law, LGBTQIs can enjoy the rights of all Americans and have families. There is always a time lag between new legislation and acceptance from the public at large; but these courageous people are no stranger to insensitive behaviours by the ‘so-called’ moral majority. The big difference now is that LGBTQIs have the law on their side.
With the federal election year now in full swing, LGBTQIs will be watching the Democrat versus Republican political battle with interest. Obviously, a Republican victory would set the reform agenda back but they will not have immediate control over the Supreme Court; the freedom of the judiciary is where the greatest LGBTQI family rights victories have occurred. A Bernie Sanders or Hilary Clinton victory in the presidential race would continue the rapid progress, now being made in LGBTQI human rights.
Gay Sperm Bank (GSB) urges all LGBTQIs to get involved in the political contest and continue the great work that has been done in this area by LGBTQI activists and lobbyists to this date. GSB wants to see stronger LGBTQI communities and more LGBTQI parents having babies and children. Family rights are the rights of all American citizens. The fight is not yet over.
Conceiving a child is not always straight forward, whether you are gay or straight. Fertility support for lesbian couples is sometimes needed; as it is for heterosexual couples who are having trouble conceiving. There is no shame or anything else in seeking help in this situation; in fact it makes perfect sense. Lesbian couples have a number of options when they choose to have a child. They can contact a willing male friend to be the sperm donor and they can either use the ‘turkey baster’ method or contrive the insemination through other means.
Legally in America, they are not allowed to use fresh sperm for insemination, due to the risk of transmitting infectious diseases. The sperm must be frozen and quarantined for six months prior to insemination. In addition, the donor must be tested before he donates his sperm, and at the time of thawing it out for insemination, for HIV I & II, all STDs, Hepatitis B & C, and HTLV.
Frozen sperm rates show that only one in eight men will have sperm capable of withstanding the defrost process. The cost of testing, freezing and thawing donor sperm is also expensive; and with the sperm of a friend there is no guarantee that it will work. Fertility support for lesbian couples in America is still fairly discriminative. As insurers can demand proof of infertility before they will cover the costs involved in artificial insemination.
Success rates of turkey basting artificial insemination are very low, around less than five percent; in most cases repeated attempts are necessary. Another alternative is Intra Uterine Insemination (IUI), using donor sperm under the guidance of an endocrinologist. The success rate of this technique can be as high as fifteen to twenty five percent; especially with Clomid helping ovulation. If all of these techniques fail repeatedly then IVF treatments are available. IVF is expensive, but it has high rates of success when compared with the processes already listed. The age of the woman wishing to conceive is also a major factor and must be taken into consideration.
There are a number of natural remedies and pharmaceuticals on the market designed to improve a woman’s fertility; and thus her ability to conceive. Infertility treatment advice can be sought from a number of medical specialist clinics in this field. Intra Cytoplasmic Sperm Insemination (ICSI) is also available; and this is where an immature sperm is injected into an egg.