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A look at the emotional cause behind a physical issue



A’ndrea Reiter looks at emotional cause behind the physical issue with one of her clients who struggled with Endometriosis.

In my fertility practice, I find there is always an emotional cause behind the physical issue and once that emotional aspect has been resolved it can positively affect the physical problem. I often use the analogy of a warning light on a car dashboard which, when lit acts as a warning that there is a problem which needs addressing.

Similarly, our bodies are letting us know that something requires attention when we come across problems with our fertility. In my practice, I have seen PCOS, endometriosis, male infertility, thyroid issues and unexplained infertility disappear once the emotional cause was dealt with.

Here is an account of one of my clients who conceived against all odds by addressing the underlying emotional issues that were causing her physical pain.

This is Lea’s story

When I first chatted with Lea, she explained that she had experienced a range of ongoing illnesses since her late teenage years. She had addressed her autoimmune issues with a strict gluten-free diet but was still plagued by a vicious case of endometriosis. This not only made her daily life (and especially around the time of her cycle) very painful but also made it harder to conceive naturally. She had been to a Chinese medicine doctor and taken many herbs and medications which had not solved the issue.

It is vital that we look at the ‘whole person’ rather than focusing on one issue or organ such as the uterus to get an understanding of the real problem(s). Like most of my clients, Lea had a combination of issues which were affecting her fertility. These could be broken down into four categories: External factors, Beliefs/Mindset, Body/Physical issues, and Energy/Law of Attraction.

External Factors

External factors include things like having a stressful job, family problems, or financial issues which can adversely affect our stress levels.

Lea was a PhD student who was also an editor at a very prominent magazine and was doing additional freelance work. This left her constantly stressed, never able to take a break and always falling behind in something. The main function of your brain is to keep you alive and safe (the so-called fight or flight response) – when you are not taking care of yourself your brain switches on its flight or flight mode and will effectively shut down your reproductive capacity, saving you from more stress.


Beliefs are thoughts and feelings which we construct and accept. These beliefs may not necessarily be based on fact but we come to treat them as such. Beliefs originate from many sources such as doctors, parents, and teachers; they can arise from our life experience or be adopted from wider societal norms. Beliefs can be surreptitious; they may lurk in our sub-conscience for years and years and only surface periodically. If our brain considers these beliefs as being a threat to our health and safety it will effectively block us from moving forward.

Lea had a complicated web of beliefs which were an ever-present reminder of how her life was playing out – ‘I’m running out of time; It should have happened by now, it’s never going to happen for me’ were very strongly held beliefs. Added to these, she also believed that as she suffered from multiple illnesses so would any baby.

Overthinking can create scenarios that create fear. Mindset work can dismantle this fear and turn it into a positive. It can neutralize your energy and enable you to move forward with certainty rather than an irrational fear. The power of positivity far outweighs the negativity surrounding the belief of ‘what might go wrong’.

Lea faced these fears, many of which had been going on for years and she is no longer plagued by them. This made her brain feel safe, so her fight or flight switch turned off, and her uterus turned back on!

Body/Physical Issues

Everybody part represents an emotion. For example, our knees are associated with our flexibility (or lack thereof) as a person and the throat enables us to voice opinions and needs. The body can be used as a brilliant map to discover what emotional patterns we need to address.

Lea had one of the most severe cases of endometriosis I have ever seen. It was wrapped around her uterus and bowels; she had one ovary removed and one fallopian tube was blocked. This would obviously overwhelm anyone, and not surprisingly she had been advised that IVF was her only treatment option.

Endometriosis is the physical manifestation of a number of emotional causes including
insecurity, disappointment, frustration, and blame. The reproductive organs are located in the Sacral Chakra which represents creativity, children, and relationships (family or romantic). The bowels embody the fear of letting go and releasing what no longer serves you.

In order that we might address the physical manifestation, we had to identify the emotional cause.

One of the things that arose was that Lea had a strained relationship with her mother for her entire life. Lea’s mother was controlling; she demanded high standards and wanted Lea to be feminine but Lea was a solitary and non-conformist child and young adult. She never matched her mother’s expectations and as a consequence, there were a lot of feelings of frustration, blame, and insecurity around her growing up.

In addition, Lea had experienced difficulties with her husband’s family who culturally different to herself. They held certain ‘traditional’ expectations and blamed Lea for not producing grandchildren. Lea was subject to passive aggressive treatment which caused her frustration, depression, and rage.

I worked with Lea to identify and address expectations that others’ held and enabled her to view herself in a positive light. By accepting and cherishing her personal and emotional strengths Lea was able to move forward, get pregnant and banish her endometriosis symptoms.

Energy/Law of Attraction

According to the Law of Attraction, like energy attracts like energy. For example, if you constantly say “getting pregnant is hard” and you have low expectations these will be matched with pessimistic thoughts and experiences such as negative pregnancy test results.

Lea held her a negative opinion of herself. Her experience of autoimmune diseases in her twenties, as well as endometriosis and subsequent infertility, affected her faith in her own body. However, as the body takes orders from the brain, the blame lies here. We needed to shift her energy – as long as she was seeing herself as defective, she was attracting a match to that energy which was preventing her getting pregnant. We, therefore, began focusing on what her body was doing right; thanking it for all it does on a daily basis and restoring trust in it.

She always felt that she was focusing on trying to get better and “fix” her physical condition. That may sound positive on the surface, but from a Law of Attraction perspective, “I have to fix it,” actually says to the Universe, “I’m broken. I’m defective.” So that’s the energy she was being met with. A few energetic tweaks like this and she was on her way.

Lea is now 40 and had with one ovary, one blocked fallopian tube and severe endometriosis. The medical opinion was that she couldn’t conceive naturally. She overcame the odds however and achieved it. She has had a healthy pregnancy and is due in early 2018.

By looking at the mindset component you can uncover the mental blocks that are causing the physical issue and not only move your fertility along, but every area of your life. You are no different than Lea. You can do this. And if you need help, visit

All the best on your journeys, mamas.

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NEWS: Get access to adult photos of the Cryos sperm donors



Adult Cryos Sperm Donors Photos

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At Cryos it is now possible to access adult photos of sperm donors on our website, thus adding another dimension to your search for the perfect donor.

The unique chance to see both childhood and adult photos of your sperm donor, provides you with a more comprehensive idea of who your sperm donor is and moreover of the features of your future child. We hope that this extra dimension will upgrade your experience making your decision of a sperm donor easier.

The 5-6 adult photos are taken by a professional photographer and are a part of the donors extended profile where you also have access to childhood photos, an audio recording of the donor’s voice, a handwritten message, an emotional intelligence profile, and finally our staff impressions of the donor, amongst other exclusive features.

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Please note that the person in the photos is a model and not a Cryos donor.
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Fertility And Sex: Why Her Orgasm Matters



Why her orgasm matters

For many couples, trying to conceive can make sex feel less fun and more pressured. Instead of being an intimate and enjoyable experience, baby-making sex can start to seem like a finely choreographed routine. Often, the female orgasm is one of the first things to go, but the maleorgasm is not the only orgasm that matters when it comes to fertility.

Before I dive into discussing the potential benefits of the female orgasm for fertility, it’s important to note that reaching climax is not technically essential for conception. If you never, or rarely, achieve orgasm, don’t worry, you can still get pregnant! Around 1 in 10 women don’t experience orgasm, ever. What’s more, the exact nature of the female orgasm remains somewhat elusive. Some experience orgasm through clitoral stimulation, some through vaginal intercourse, some through both, and others through something else entirely, or not at all.

Even without reaching orgasm, sexual arousal is itself beneficial to fertility. Like an orgasm, arousal is, first and foremost, a good indication that sex is enjoyable. Sexual arousal and climax causes significant changes in your levels of neurotransmitters including noradrenaline, oxytocin, prolactin, dopamine, and serotonin. These ‘reward’ neurohormones help you bond to a sexual partner and make it more likely that you’ll have sex more often, thereby increasing your chances of conception.

Second, orgasm and arousal have a range of physiological effects that might aid conception, which I’ll discuss in a moment. And, third, sexual arousal and orgasms for everyone can help sperm-producing partners avoid feeling like they’re being used just for their sperm. In fact, some studies show that male partners who engage in cunnilingus prior to vaginal intercourse have greater sexual arousal and produce more semen!


The female orgasm can help relieve stress, and promote healthy circulation and balance in the body. Stress is a key cause of diminished libido and may also reduce the chances of conception by raising levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Conversely, good sex can help raise levels of oxytocin and the other neurohormones mentioned above. These help you to relax and bond to your partner.

Published in 1967, the author even went as far as suggesting that the increase in these hormones after orgasm help support conception by temporarily incapacitating you. Put simply, this ‘poleax’ effect means you’ll feel so relaxed that you’ll stay lying down, which may increase your chance of conceiving. Whether staying supine does make conception more likely is still under debate, but I’m all for promoting relaxation, so if this theory provides added motivation, go for it!


There is some suggestion that orgasm affects the shape and function of the cervix. These effects, which may include cervical ‘tenting could enhance the likelihood of conception by promoting the movement of sperm into the uterus and beyond. If you are curious as to what your cervix looks like during different stages of your cycle, check out these photos.


One of the main ways in which female orgasm has been linked to fertility is something called the ‘upsuck’ theory (or, sometimes, the ‘insuck’ theory). This theory proposes that the female orgasm causes uterine and vaginal contractions that actively draw semen up into the uterus and towards the fallopian tubes, thereby increasing the chances of an egg being fertilized.

Scientific evidence to support this theory is rather inconsistent, but there’s certainly no harm in trying! One proposed underlying mechanism of this theory is oxytocin-mediated uterine peristalsis, i.e. the same mechanism that causes uterine contractions during labour could be partially responsible for increasing the likelihood of conception. Indeed, some research has found higher pregnancy rates in women shown to experience this ‘insuck’ phenomenon.


More recently, one small study found that orgasm may increase sperm retention. This study involved women using a syringe to insert a sperm simulant (lube) prior to external stimulation to orgasm. As such, the study’s findings may be especially applicable to anyone undergoing artificial insemination (IUI).

The take-away: Chances are that if you orgasm 1 minute before or up to 45 minutes after insemination (whether artificial or otherwise), you will probably retain more sperm, which may increase your chance of conceiving.


To sum up, the female orgasm might enhance fertility in a variety of ways, but it isn’t essential to conception.

The take home message is that orgasm and sexual arousal itself have many benefits to fertility, partner relationships and stress relief. Don’t worry though, if you have a low libido, conception can still happen even in the absence of arousal and orgasm!

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What Is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)?



Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome or PCOS is a hormonal imbalance that affects 5 to 10 percent of women of reproductive age across the world, and results in irregular or absent periods, acne, excess body hair and weight gain. It is also a major cause of infertility and yet is frequently misdiagnosed and often missed completely.

PCOS gets its name because under an ultrasound scan, the ovaries can look like a bunch of grapes, each one covered in what look like multiple cysts. In fact, these aren’t cysts at all, but are small, undeveloped follicles.


Not every woman with PCOS will get the same symptoms, but common signs to look out for include:

  • Few or no periods
  • Excess hair on the face or breasts or inside of the legs or around the nipples
  • Acne
  • Oily skin
  • Scalp hair thinning or loss (male pattern baldness)
  • Skin tags (known as acrochordons)
  • Skin discolouration (known as acanthosis nigricans) where the skin looks ‘dirty’ on the arms, around the neck and under the breasts
  • Mood swings
  • Depression
  • Lack of sex drive
  • Weight gain especially around the middle of the body
  • Difficulty in losing weight
  • Cravings and binges
  • Irregular or no ovulation
  • Difficulty in becoming pregnant
  • Recurrent miscarriages

PCOS creates a vicious cycle of hormone imbalances, which has huge knock-on effects throughout the rest of your body. With PCOS, the problem often starts with the ovaries, which are unable to produce the hormones they should, and in the correct proportions. But linked to this is the very common problem of insulin resistance. Women with PCOS very often have difficulties with blood sugar levels which can cause weight gain and the excess insulin can stimulate your ovaries to produce yet more testosterone. Half of all women with PCOS do not have any problems with their weight, yet they can still have higher insulin levels than normal.

How is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome diagnosed?

The most widely accepted criteria for the diagnosis of PCOS says that you should have two out of these three problems:

  • Infrequent or no ovulation
  • Signs (either physical appearance – hirsutism or acne – or blood tests) of high levels of male hormones
  • Polycystic ovaries as seen on an ultrasound scan

The Seven Nutritional Steps to beat Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Good nutrition is the foundation of your health and you should never underestimate how powerful it can be. It is the fuel that provides you with the energy to live your life and it gives your body the nutrients it needs to produce your hormones in the correct balance. The better the supply of those nutrients, the more healthily your body will function.

The fundamental aim of my nutritional approach to PCOS is to target a number of areas simultaneously so that you get the maximum effect in the minimum amount of time.

Here’s how:

  1. Switch to unrefined carbohydrates (eaten with protein) and never go more than 3 hours without food to keep your blood sugar levels balanced
  2. Eat oily fish and foods rich in Omega 3s to help your body to become more sensitive to insulin so it can overcome insulin resistance
  3. Cut out all dairy products for 3 months to bring levels of male hormones under control
  4. Eat more vegetables and pulses to which helps control male hormones
  5. Cut right back on or cut out alcohol for 12 weeks to allow your liver function to improve
  6. Cut down on caffeine to give your adrenal glands a rest
  7. Cut down on saturated fats and eliminate trans fats to help control the potentially damaging inflammatory processes PCOS causes in the body

PCOS Symptons

Best Supplements for PCOS

The use of certain vitamins and minerals can be extremely useful in helping to correct Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, along with a good diet.


Chromium helps to encourage the formation of glucose tolerance factor (GTF), which is required to make insulin more efficient. A deficiency of chromium can lead to insulin resistance.  It also helps to control cravings and reduces hunger. Can help to reduce insulin resistance associated with PCOS

B vitamins

The B vitamins are very important in helping to control the symptoms of PCOS. Vitamin B2 helps to burn fat, sugar and protein into energy. B3 is a component of GTF which is released every time blood sugar rises, and vitamin B3 helps to keep the levels in balance. Vitamin B5 has been shown to help with weight loss and B6 is also important for maintaining hormone balance and, together with B2 and B3, is necessary for normal thyroid function.


Zinc helps with PCOS as it plays a crucial role in the production of your reproductive hormones and also regulates your blood sugar.


Magnesium is an important mineral for dealing with PCOS because there is a strong link between magnesium levels and insulin resistance – the higher your magnesium levels the more sensitive you are likely to be to insulin.

Co-Enzyme Q10

Co-Q10 is a substance that your body produces in nearly every cell.  It helps to balance your blood sugar and lowering both glucose and insulin.

Alpha lipoic acid

This powerful antioxidant helps to regulate your blood sugar levels because it releases energy by burning glucose and it also helps to make you more insulin sensitive. It also has an effect on weight loss because if the glucose is being used for energy, your body releases less insulin and you then store less fat.

Omega 3 fatty acids

Omega 3 fatty acids taken in supplement form have been found to reduce testosterone levels in women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.

Amino Acids

Certain amino acids can be very helpful for PCOS as they can improve your insulin sensitivity and also can have an effect on weight loss.

N-Acetyl cysteine

In women with PCOS this amino acid helps reduce insulin levels and makes your body more sensitive to insulin. Study using NAC in women who were clomiphene resistant and had ovarian drilling.  After ovarian drilling, the women given NAC compared to a placebo showed a significantly higher increase in both ovulation and pregnancy rates and lower incidence of miscarriage.


Arginine can be helpful in reversing insulin resistance. In one study, a combination of both arginine and N-acetyl cysteine were given to women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.  The two amino acids help to improve blood sugar and insulin control and also increased the number of menstrual cycles and ovulation with one women becoming pregnant on the second month.


Carnitine helps your body break down fat to release energy and can help improve insulin sensitivity.


Tyrosine is helpful for women with PCOS who are overweight as it helps to suppress the appetite and burn off fat.


This amino acid is useful for helping with sugar cravings as it can be converted to sugar for energy and so takes away the need to eat something sweet.  It also helps to build and maintain muscle which is important for fat burning.

Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs)

BCAAs include three amino acids leucine, isoleucine and valine. They are important in PCOS because they help to balance blood sugar and having good levels of these BCAAs can have a beneficial effect on your body weight


A study used inositol (2,000mg) in combination with NAC (600mg), a significant increase in ovulation rates.

Having a good diet, regular exercise, controlling stress and taking key nutrients will help in getting your hormones back in balance and reducing the negative symptoms associated with PCOS.

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