MTHFR – What is it and why do you need to know about it?
MTHFR: methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase – this is actually a genetic test for how well you absorb and process folate. It possibly is an issue in early stage miscarriage.
If you have this mutation, it could affect your ability to get and/or stay pregnant. This mutation has an effect on mental health as well as having implications on reproductive health. Women usually find out about this mutation after having multiple miscarriages. Wouldn’t it be easier and better to know before?
The MTHFR gene produces the MTHFR enzyme which is necessary for the proper utilization of folic acid or folate (vitamin B9). The MTHFR enzyme breaks folic acid down into L-methylfolate to make it usable by the body. This is known as methylation.
Methylfolate is a critical nutrient affecting neurotransmitter production, DNA regulation, immunity and the cardiovascular system. Indirectly, methylfolate affects hormone levels and detoxification.
If you have a MTHFR mutation your ability to break down and utilize folic acid and even folate is compromised. This makes you susceptible to problems like depression, post-partum depression, anxiety, difficulty conceiving, miscarriage, migraines, a variety of cancers, inability to detoxify properly, anemia and much more. For help with this testing and more information, contact me below.
Cortisol is the main hormone produced by the adrenals that is a signal of stress in the body. Saliva is a great way to measure cortisol levels because cortisol changes frequently throughout the day. Cortisol should be high in the morning and have a slow decline during the day, becoming low at night.
Food Sensitivities (not allergies)
These are debatable. But, if your body is in fact mounting a low level immune response to the foods you are ingesting, this is causing inflammation in your body. Inflammation can prevent you from being able to conceive! If you have been diagnosed with “unexplained infertility” this may be something to look at. An intolerance to food has resulted in failed IVF cycles but once treated, conception is possible. With help with food sensitivities, contact me and we can develop a plan of action.
Have you wondered if you have all the nutrients your body needs and in the right amounts? A nutritional analysis can be extremely beneficial in creating a foundation of good nutritional status. So, add this to your list of things to talk about and get tested. Correcting a nutrient that is deficient in your body makes for much better results! This test is valuable and can really tailor the treatment to exactly what the body needs.
I hope this series has helped give you some insight in to what may be going on for you and your fertility and your hormones. I hope is has also provided you with some hope. . . some hope for why things may not have worked for you thus far and what some of the next steps might be.