A friend of mine introduced me to the Making Babies program (book by Sami S. David). I haven't ordered or read the book yet. But I did take a fertility survey on the website to see my fertility type. Apparently I am tired (which completely makes sense to me). Here is the info I got when I finished the quiz:
Often feels weak or lethargic
Prone to getting sick
Gets out of breath and sweats easily, gains weight
Prone to bloating, gas, and loose stools
Low sex drive
Short luteal phase
Feels cold: hands, feet
Luteal phase defect
This type is called kidney “yang” deficiency in TCM, and reflects a broader hormonal imbalance going beyond reproductive hormones and encompassing the thyroid, adrenals, and pituitary gland.
Weakness in these systems affects metabolism, circulation, and thus reproduction.
More animal Protein
Avoid raw and cold foods
Alcohol in moderation
Consume warming soups and stews, and spices: cinnamon,ginger, cayenne, turmeric, cardamom, cloves, cumin
Regular moderate exercise
Chromium (boosts metabolism by enhancing the action of insulin)
Chasteberry (helps sustain post-ovulatory progesterone)
A lot of this sounds just like me as far as the symptoms. I'm tired a lot of the time, have been diagnosed with low progesterone and a luteal phase defect (a while back) and gain weight easily. I'm going to try and do some of the things and see if I notice any difference. I might see about getting the book as well (although it makes me sad that I can't get it on the Kindle). To be continued...