Author: Tasha Jennings

Choline. Why it’s so important during preconception

If you’re in Melbourne like I am, I hope you’re staying warm.  Feels like winter is already upon us and you’ll have to excuse my voice, catching a case of the winter bugs. Today I am going to be talking about a nutrient which I am quite passionate about and that’s choline. Now you may have never heard of this lessen known nutrient, but it plays a vital role in reproductive health, yet 90% of us aren’t getting enough.  So today I’ll be explaining why it’s so important, why you may not have heard about it and how you...

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The number 1 thing you should be eating to boost your fertility health

Hi and welcome to this week’s episode of Talking fertility, where I come to you live every Monday morning at 11am talking all things fertility. Today I’m going to be talking about one of the number 1 things you should be eating to boost your fertility health. Whether you are vegetarian, vegan, paleo, gluten free or any other incarnation of diet out there, there is one thing you should be eating plenty of.  And that’s colour! And no, I don’t mean the skittles variety, I’m referring to the natural colours in our fruits and veg. The colour pigments in...

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Talking Fertility: PCOS and Fertility – What you need to know

Today I am going to be talking a one the most commonly diagnosed hormonal conditions affecting more than 1 in 10 women, and that’s Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). One of the reasons it is so common is that symptoms are so broad and varied. Symptoms of PCOS include Pre Menstrual Tension (PMT)/Pre Menstrual Syndrome (PMS) erratic ovulation or annovulation irregular, infrequent or sometime heavy periods sub-fertility and difficulty falling pregnant, largely due to ovulation issues multiple cysts on the ovaries difficulty losing weight depression anxiety mood swings acne or darkened skin patches hair loss excess face or body hair...

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Talking Fertility – Fertility Over 40

Age is something we hear a lot about when it comes to fertility.  Our biological clock that is constantly ticking and getting louder and louder as we reach our 40’s. And yes, the unfortunate reality is, that our fertility does naturally decline as we age.  This is a fact of life.  We can’t turn back the clock. There is a natural decline around 35 and then a steeper decline at 40.  This is reality. This decline in fertility is largely due to a lower egg reserve, hormonal changes and a decline in egg quality. So you have fewer eggs...

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Talking Fertility – What you may not know about Vitamin D

We hear a lot about this nutrient, however you may not realise the significant impact it has on fertility.  In fact, this nutrient is even referred to as a pro-hormone due to its widespread activity in the body, yet I find almost all my patients are deficient. It’s vitamin D. You have likely heard of the importance of vitamin D in bone health, where it helps to transport calcium to our bones to support the maintenance of optimal bone strength. However, Vitamin D also plays a vital role in fertility.  This is largely due to its role in hormone...

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Talking Fertility – An Introduction & My Journey

My name is Tasha Jennings.  I am a Naturopath, Nutritionist, Natural fertility specialist and Author of The Fertility Diet. I have been a Naturopath for 18 years, and have specialized in fertility and pregnancy for the past 7 years.  My reason for specializing in in this area was a very personal one. My husband and I were wanting to fall pregnant and having difficulty. Which was a real shock to me. As a healthy 30 year old, I hadn’t really considered that we might have any issues. I had been told my whole life how easy it was to...

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GROUNDBREAKING IVF TECHNOLOGY CLOSEST YET TO A MOTHERS WOMB, BUT WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR YOU?

IVF has just turned 40 year old and shows no signs of slowing down! In fact, more and more women and couples are turning reproductive technology to start and extend their family. The number babies were born with the aid of assisted reproductive technology in Australia reached 12,875 in 2014.  An increase of over 20% from 2010.  Now around 1 in 25 births in Australia are a result of IVF. But, this comes at a price, both financially and emotionally.  The reality is that it can take multiple cycles to achieve a healthy pregnancy and there are many variables...

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