Ashley's Blog

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.

What to bring with you to your fertility appointment

Oct 25, 2021 | Dr Ashley Damm, ND
Taking the step to see a fertility practitioner, whether your GP, a naturopathic doctor, your acupuncturist, or reproductive endocrinologist can feel a little intimidating. The appointment may have taken a while to schedule so when it finally gets here, there may understandably be a lot of nerves and anticipation.

PCOS Diet: What to eat and what not to eat

Sep 29, 2021 | Dr Ashley Damm, ND
Nutrition should be individualized to each unique case. This is particularly important for PCOS.
The first step is to determine which PCOS subtype you are. In general, there are 4 classifications of PCOS. This includes ...

How a Naturopathic Doctor can Support your Fertility Journey

Sep 15, 2021 | Dr Ashley Damm, ND
Wherever you are in your journey, whether you’re starting to think about future fertility, currently trying to conceive, or working with a fertility clinic, it can feel overwhelming. There is no shortage of information, advice, or “fertility hacks”. The wait times between your fertility doctor appointments can feel long, sometimes with questions left unanswered, such as:

Naturopathic Approach to Adult Acne

Jul 20, 2021 | Dr Ashley Damm, ND
Acne can be a difficult condition to treat and can be hard on your mental health. You may find yourself spending hundreds of dollars on different skin products, facials, or other treatments, with little success. I find using a multifaceted approach can give the most success.

COQ10 and Glutathione: Two fundamental nutrients for optimizing egg quality.

Jun 21, 2021 | Dr Ashley Damm, ND
Egg quality is the factor we want to consider in any stage of a fertility journey. Both egg quality and sperm quality are essential factors in fertilization, implantation, and a healthy baby. In this blog, I review two powerhouse nutrients, COQ10 and glutathione, and why they are fundamental to egg quality.

How to improve outcomes after an unsuccessful Clomid cycle

Jun 10, 2021 | Dr Ashley Damm, ND
Clomiphene citrate, or Clomid, is a common fertility medication. It is often used in ovulatory disorders such as PCOS. Clomid works by making the body think there are low levels of estrogen, resulting in more FSH released by the brain to stimulate the ovaries.