Ashley's Blog

COVID and sperm quality - what does the latest research say?

May 25, 2022 | Dr Ashley Damm, ND
A study from the American Society for Reproductive Medicine came out early this year evaluating the impact of COVID infection on semen parameters.  Let’s review what was found.
 
This study reviewed semen analysis and quality (DNA integrity) of 120 men post covid infection. 

Does the length of your cycle impact your fertility?

Apr 11, 2022 | Dr Ashley Damm, ND
Your cycle is incredibly informative. Ideally, we want to see: A cycle length of between 26-32 days, 3-7 days bleed
Minimal pain, Minimal PMS

ENDO BLOAT - What to consider.

Mar 10, 2022 | Dr Ashley Damm, ND
It’s endometriosis awareness month! 
 
Today I’m talking about endometriosis and bloating. Bloating is a common concern for those with endometriosis. There are 3 key areas I like to start with when finding the best way to support the endo bloat:
 

How to support your endometrial microbiome if you don't have access to testing.

Feb 07, 2022 | Dr Ashley Damm, ND
We’ve talked quite a bit about the endometrial microbiome.  This is a new area of research that is emerging and exciting for its possible role in implantation, unexplained infertility, and improving pregnancy rates.
If you’ve missed out on some of the latest posts check them out: 

How can I support implantation?

Jan 25, 2022 | Dr Ashley Damm, ND
Implantation is a pretty intricate process. It requires the perfect microenvironment, in need of the right balance of nutrients, electrolytes, “good inflammation”, oxygen, blood flow, and more. In this post, I discuss 5 things you should be considering when trying to support your implantation. This is suitable for those trying naturally as well as those preparing for an embryo transfer.
 

Are your eggs and sperm getting the fuel they need?

Jan 10, 2022 | Dr Ashley Damm, ND
Your eggs and sperm need fuel. Once an egg and sperm fertilize, they start to rapidly divide into numerous cells. Each time, the genetic/DNA info needs to be copied identically. This requires a lot of energy.
 
For a menstruating body, we also need to build a lining that is ready and receptive for an incoming embryo to implant. Building a lining (just like building pretty much anything else) requires energy. 
 

5 ways to support your mental health during the holiday season

Dec 12, 2021 | Dr Ashley Damm, ND
The holiday season is officially here. It can be a time of connection, treats, and indulgence. For some, it can also be a time of added stress and anxiety. This can be an especially difficult time for those TTC. Here are 5 ways to support your mental health through the holidays season.
 

Are you absorbing your fertility supplements?

Nov 28, 2021 | Dr Ashley Damm, ND
The fertility journey can come with a lot of supplements. There are the general ones, prenatal, omega-3, vitamin D, and then there are case-by-case particulars. For example, we’ll add strategic supplements for egg quality, for endometriosis, for PCOS, etc. based on the current studies and your health goals. Your supplements are only useful if you’re able to absorb them. Are you absorbing your fertility supplements?
 

Is your IBS contributing to your fertility?

Nov 14, 2021 | Dr Ashley Damm, ND
A standard question during my consults is around your bowel movements. How regular? Form? Ease? Any issues with bloating, uncomfortable gas, or abdominal pain? The digestive tract impacts what nutrients we absorb, it houses our microbiome, directly influences inflammation, and is our primary organ of elimination of toxins. In my opinion, the health of the digestive tract is the center of health.

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