I love questionnaires. I don't know why. Maybe because I often get bored of the sites I usually peruse on the internet. Maybe because I like taking tests and finding out results. Whatever the reason, I was excited to take the Making Babies Fertility Typer questionnairre after it was recommended by JHoller and Running Elley over at Weddingbee.
Before I get to the results, let me give a tiny bit of background on Making Babies. Full Disclaimer: I have not read this book; I've just read reviews. If anyone would like to guest blog about it, send me a message!
The super basic summary is that this book approaches infertility through a collaboration between an infertility doctor, Dr. Sami S. David, and an Acupuncturist/Herbalist, Jill Blakeway. That's all I will say since I don't know much more!
I am totally curious about Eastern Medicine, acupuncture, and herbal supplements. But I am also extremely hesistant about taking pills and trying herbs as well as a bit too lazy to actually schedule an acupuncture appointment. Maybe trying these things should be part of my New Year's Resolution if the IUI doesn't work.
Back to the Fertility Typer. I was a bit surprised at the length of the questionnairre! It's extremely detailed. I definitely saw some questions that fit me to a T, like "Frequently has tense muscles." But other questions were hard for me to answer because I can go both ways. I also thought it was kind of stupid to answer questions like whether I prefer hot or cold beverages. I love tea, but it's cold outside right now. I probably would answer cold beverages in the summer time.
My result was "tired" which gave a me a good laugh. I'm a sleeper. If I could get 10 hours of sleep I night, I would and I'm often tired.
Here are the recommendations for my type:
SYMPTOMS:Often feels weak or lethargicProne to getting sickGets out of breath and sweats easily, gains weightPoor appetiteProne to bloating, gas, and loose stoolsLow sex driveShort luteal phaseFeels cold: hands, feet
Comments: I've got 5 out of 7.
WESTERN MEDICINE:HypothyroidLow progesteroneLuteal phase defectMetabolic disorders
Comments: I've got 2 out of 4.
TCM PERSPECTIVE:This type is called kidney “yang” deficiency in TCM, and reflects a broader hormonal imbalance going beyond reproductive hormones and encompassing the thyroid, adrenals, and pituitary gland. Weakness in these systems affects metabolism, circulation, and thus reproduction.
Hmm...Not really sure about this one.
ADVICEMore animal ProteinAvoid raw and cold foodsAlcohol in moderationConsume warming soups and stews, and spices: cinnamon,ginger, cayenne, turmeric, cardamom, cloves, cuminRegular moderate exercise
Comments: I love soup. Cumin, cinnamon, giner, yum! I probably do need more protein. Thank goodness it doesn't say no alcohol. But I will not give up my ice cream or veggies!
SUPPLEMENTS:Royal jellyWheat grassChromium (boosts metabolism by enhancing the action of insulin)L-arginineChasteberry (helps sustain post-ovulatory progesterone)
Comments: Yeah, don't really see myself taking these. Royal jelly sounds gross! Maybe chasteberry? More research needed here.
Overall, I think this is interesting. I'm not sure whether or not I feel the need to read the book, but I do like having something additional to think about.
I know a lot of you take stuff. What herbs do you swear by?