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Age and Fertility

By David Kreiner MD

February 2nd, 2015 at 4:23 pm

 

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You’ve heard the “Reproductive Bell” toll and may question “Is it real?”…

You see celebrities getting pregnant well into their 40’s and think “Then why can’t I?” So, is your reproductive clock as critical as modern doctors say?

I have come across fertility advice from non-physician practitioners, such as acupuncturists and Chinese herbalists, who encourage their patients to “question the Western dogma” when it comes to age and fertility. They claim the effect of aging and fertility is “exaggerated by the Medical profession and can be overcome with a shift in an individual’s health and lifestyle”.

Unfortunately, this advice comes without any cited research or statistics in support of it.  According to the Society of Assisted Reproductive Technology, as published on SART.org, a review of the 2012 national statistics, those most recently published of IVF cycles started, the age breakdown for IVF live birth rates are the following:

 

Age <35= 40.2%

 

Age 35-37=31.3%

 

Age 38-40=22.2%

 

Age 41-42=11.8%

 

Age >42=3.2%

 

It is true that a woman’s health and physiology gets worse as she gets older.  Some of these non- physician practitioners argue that perhaps if this can be improved then the diminishing fertility commonly seen with aging can be reversed. But though improving a woman’s general health may help it is not sufficient in most cases.  Fertility rates decrease with increasing age in large part because there is an increase in genetic abnormalities found in gametes (eggs and sperm) as patients (women in particular) age.  This is the result of long-term environmental exposure to toxins, in addition to the increased likelihood of genetic damage over time.  Miscarriage rates increase with age for the same reason in large part due to the greater likelihood of embryos having chromosomal abnormalities.

Many women as they age also will experience a significant drop in their ovarian activity, referred to as diminished ovarian reserve.  This activity can be assessed by your physician with a blood level of Anti Mullerian Hormone (AMH) and day 3 FSH and estradiol levels.  Women with lower AMH levels and elevated FSH in the presence of a normal low estradiol have fewer ovarian follicles, and hence eggs, that will respond to ovarian stimulation.  Since the likelihood of these eggs being genetically normal is less, then fertility is reduced and the probability of IVF and other fertility treatments resulting in a live birth becomes significantly lower.

The challenge to any practitioner dealing with an aging patient attempting to conceive is to optimize their patient’s chance to have a healthy baby which optimally would include an integration of multiple modalities.  Therefore, ideally a physician specially trained in the fertility process (a Reproductive Endocrinologist), should implement state-of-the-art Western therapies with a complementary holistic approach that aims to shift their patient’s health and fertility.  These holistic approaches include diet and lifestyle changes as well as fertility-directed acupuncture and herbal therapy treatments.

Lifestyle changes that may improve fertility primarily include those that reduce stress and improve diet and activity.  Stress at work, at home, and with family and friends can create pathology from both Eastern and Western perspectives.  Diets that do not support adequate blood production or create Eastern patterns of cold or heat can affect fertility.  Excesses or deficiencies of particular foods…such as dairy, fat, or grains… can create imbalances or pathology that may affect fertility or result in obesity or malnutrition which also impact reproduction.

Inactivity may impair fertility. Therefore some level of exercise, combined with an improved diet directed at improving fertility, stress reduction techniques, acupuncture, and supplements (which may include Chinese Herbs as well as Western supplements) will optimize your chances of successfully building your family.

The first step is to seek help from a reproductive endocrinologist skilled in state-of-the-art fertility therapies who can coordinate a program which is ideal for you. But if you are hearing the “Reproductive Bell” tolling, it is important to take that first step soon, because, while these many complementary approaches can optimize your fertility, they may not be enough to overcome the reality of the negative effect of advanced age in fertility.

Long Island IVF offers complementary holistic approaches to achieving pregnancy (See our Mind-Body Program http://www.longislandivf.com/mind_body.cfm ) as well as a well-respected Donor Egg Program http://www.longislandivf.com/donor_programs.cfm  with no wait for pre-screened, multi-ethnic donor eggs, or Donor Embryos.

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Has the increased visibility of older celebrity moms getting pregnant made you think you have more time? Have you considered combining Western and Eastern medicine in your family-building treatment?

 

 

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“Happy Easter. We’re Infertile”: Kicking off National Infertility Awareness Week with Easter Survival Advice

By Tracey Minella

April 20th, 2014 at 11:56 am

 

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Like most holidays with a focus on children, Easter can be hard on the infertile. No baskets to fill or cute outfits with little bonnets to buy. And well-meaning but annoying family nagging you as to why.

National Infertility Awareness Week starts today. Maybe it’s the perfect day. If you haven’t shared your struggle with your family or friends and you’re leaning towards doing so, today could be the day. After all, you’ll be together. And someone is bound to throw the annoying baby question out there. Again.

Take control. At a loss for how to start? Here’s a script that works both as a response if you are put on the spot, or as an opening if you don’t want to wait: “Anyone know what today is? It’s the start of National Infertility Awareness Week. [Pause a second for effect]. And we want you to know we’ve been struggling for some time.”

No script needed after that. Expect some to be shocked, while others will say they suspected something was wrong. Some will ask questions. Remember, just because they ask a question, doesn’t mean you have to answer. Share what you want and if you don’t want to say more, just say “We’d rather not get into details right now, but just wanted you all to know where we’re at and hope you’ll be supportive.” Releasing the burden of “the secret” is empowering. Of course, only you know your family best and on rare occasions, the support you seek doesn’t follow. But in most cases, couples who open up about their infertility don’t regret doing so. 

Regardless of whether you spread awareness today… and in honor of National Infertility Awareness Week… Long Island IVF has a special treat this week for those trying to conceive. A free gourmet dinner and cooking demonstration, featuring fertility-friendly foods! Yes, it is free. Please join us for “Fun in the Fertile Kitchen” this Thursday night, April 24 in Islip.

Who couldn’t use a fun night out being catered to by a professional chef among a crowd that gets exactly what you’re going through? Registration is required, attendance is limited, and we have to give the chef a final headcount soon so don’t delay. You do not have to be a Long Island IVF patient to attend. The event details are available here: http://bit.ly/1pRhSan

Give yourself a treat this Easter. Call or email to register today. binabenisch@gmail.com or (516) 398-5248.

 

 

How do you handle Easter? Will we see you on Thursday night?

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Nutrition, BMI, and Infertility

By Tracey Minella

March 28th, 2014 at 5:38 am

 

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The practice of eating well while you’re pregnant is pretty common.  Most women know that, in addition to taking prenatal vitamins, eating the right foods during pregnancy can have a positive impact on their baby’s development. Even women who didn’t have stellar eating habits before conceiving often make healthier choices once they learn they are eating for two.

But did you know that proper nutrition and reaching a healthy weight for your height (also known as having a healthy body mass index, or “BMI”) prior to conceiving may help boost your chances of conception, whether naturally or through assisted reproductive technologies like IVF?

According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine*, a BMI outside the normal range of 19-24 can impact the fertility of men and women. Obesity can contribute to low sperm count and motility in men and can cause irregular ovulation and irregular cycles in women. Underweight women may also experience irregular cycles or stop having periods altogether. In addition, there are several conditions that can impact achieving or maintaining a pregnancy… including PCOS, thyroid disease, gestational diabetes, and preeclampsia… which are often obesity-related.

To help you get to your nutritional peak and optimum fertility BMI, Long Island IVF offers nutrition counseling and safe, effective weight loss planning. If you are overweight, we can help you reach a healthy weight in a quick but safe way through the Take Shape for Life/Medifast program. In addition to medically- supervised weight loss, clients in the program learn lifestyle and behavior changes that support maintaining their weight loss success and improved health. If you are underweight, we offer nutritional counseling and life style change suggestions as well. If interested in either of these programs, please contact Mary Ann Vuolo, RN in the Melville office.

If you’d like to learn how fun eating fertility-friendly foods can be, join Long Island IVF for “Fun in the Fertile Kitchen”, a live cooking demonstration and multi-course dinner event on April 24, 2014, in celebration of National Infertility Awareness Awareness Week. For more details on this exciting, limited seating event, please see our website, our Facebook, or the previous blog post. To RSVP, contact our patient advocate, Bina Benisch at binabenisch@gmail.com

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Do you struggle with maintaining a healthy BMI? What tips have you tried, or foods have you eaten, to improve your BMI or overall nutrition?

 

*https://www.asrm.org/Weight_and_Fertility_factsheet/

 

 

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Long Island IVF Celebrates National Infertility Awareness Week with a Fun Fertile Cooking Event!

By Tracey Minella

March 26th, 2014 at 11:00 am

 

Move over, Emeril! Long Island IVF is “kickin’ it up a notch” for National Infertility Awareness Week this year with an offer you can’t refuse.

If you’ve been trying to conceive without success and could use a fun night out with other women in the same boat, this invitation is for you. And you do not even have to be a Long Island IVF patient to attend.

Be our guest for an evening of fun in the fertility kitchen with chef-lecturer, Patricia Bove at the quaint Long Island Cooking Café and Tea Room, 454 Main Street, Islip, New York, on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 7:00 pm.

Experience the thrill of a live cooking demonstration while learning how you may improve your chances of conceiving. Savor the intoxicating aromas and treat your taste buds to a gourmet, sit-down, multi-course dinner of fertility-friendly foods. Kick back and let a professional chef entertain and serve you! You’ll walk away from this fabulous feast knowing how to optimize your chances of conceiving and take back some control over your fertility.

Did you know that what you eat…or don’t eat…can affect your fertility? Are you aware that science has proven that both men and women can improve their reproductive health by eating certain foods? Well, Long Island IVF is raising awareness of infertility in a fun and novel way this NIAW with an event designed to entertain as well as educate.

Understandably, an event like this is bound to fill up quickly. Seating is limited and pre-registration is required. Please RSVP immediately to reserve your spot by contacting our patient advocate, Bina Benisch at 516-398-5248 or binabenisch@gmail.com.  Please do not call the Long Island IVF office or Chef Bove directly. Don’t delay, call today.

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Do you know any… or have some favorite… fertile foods? Will we see YOU at this fun event???

 

 

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Fertile Food Series – Shellfish

By Tracey Minella

August 9th, 2013 at 10:36 pm

 

photo courtesy of Danielle Walker/Against All Grain


Welcome back to Long Island IVF’s “Fertile Food Summer Series”*! This is our sixth week of focusing on foods that can potentially boost male or female fertility. If you missed them, be sure to check out our earlier featured foods…including avocados, blueberries, red meat, tomatoes, and chocolate…covered the past few weeks.

This week we’re focusing on Iodine. Many people think of salt when they think of iodine in our diets, but we can get iodine from shellfish (like shrimp), seaweed, kelp, and fruits and vegetables (some of which grow near the sea, like coconuts). Spinach, eggs, and raw dairy products are also good sources of iodine.

So how can iodine help your fertility?

According to Natural Fertility and Wellness, iodine is a trace element responsible for healthy thyroid function. And without sufficient iodine, the thyroid, adrenals and entire endocrine system can be affected, including the body’s ability to create sex hormones.  Higher rates of miscarriage and stillbirth may be linked to iodine deficiency.**

How do you know if you have iodine deficiency?

According to IodineSupplement.org., symptoms of iodine deficiency*** may include:

  • Low Body Temperature/Increased sensitivity to cold
  • Dry Skin/Brittle Nails
  • Fatigue/Weakness
  • Weight Gain
  • Depression
  • Constipation
  • Dry, yellowed, puffy skin, particularly on the face
  • Goiter, or swelling of the lower neck

 

The most accurate way to test your iodine level is through a blood test. Some sites, including Iodine Supplement.org., suggest you rub a 2” circle of tincture of iodine on your upper inner arm and observe how long it takes to disappear. If it’s gone in under an hour, you may be iodine deficient. If it’s still there after four hours, you may not be deficient. Again, only a lab test will tell for sure. Never take any supplements without your doctor’s approval since unsupervised supplementation and excess iodine levels can be harmful.

This week, I am so happy to share an exciting recipe for Mixed Seafood Paella from one of the hottest new cookbook authors, Danielle Walker. She just kicked off a national book tour for her cookbook “Against All Grain”† and she has graciously agreed to share her paella recipe and stunning food photography here. This paella includes three kinds of high iodine seafood: shrimp, clams, and mussels. You can see beautiful photos beside the simple steps to create this meal right here†: http://bit.ly/1ez4DW9   and you can also print out the recipe easily. If you search her Against All Grain blog for “shrimp”, you will find other tasty, fertility-friendly recipes, including high-iodine ingredients like spinach and coconut. She posts recipes on her Facebook page, toohttp://on.fb.me/13NpiEJ

If you make it, let us know what you thought!

*Disclaimer:Any recipe we offer is only meant for those who aren’t sensitive or allergic to the ingredients. Recipes are shared simply for fun only and nothing contained herein constitutes medical advice or a guarantee that eating any particular food will have any effect on your fertility. And remember NEVER to take any vitamin, mineral, dietary or other supplements unless advised to do so by your physician.

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Have a recipe high in iodine? If so, please share it here. And if you try this one, let us know what you thought.

** http://bit.ly/15Wmu7E

***  http://bit.ly/19TBTKg

†Photo credit and recipe credit: Danielle Walker: Against All Grain http://bit.ly/1ez4DW9 or facebook https://www.facebook.com/AgainstAllGrain

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Fertile Food Summer Series – Dark Chocolate…and Oysters

By Tracey Minella

August 2nd, 2013 at 11:44 pm

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Welcome back to Long Island IVF’s “Fertile Food Friday Summer Series”*! This is our fifth week of focusing on foods that can potentially boost male or female fertility. If you missed them, be sure to check out our earlier featured foods…including avocados, blueberries, red meat, and tomatoes…covered the past few Fridays.

This week we’re focusing on Zinc. Many people know Oysters are loaded with zinc…but many people gag at the thought of slurping down raw oysters (including me!) So, we can get our zinc from other foods, including  Dark Chocolate!

So how can zinc help your fertility?

Zinc is a mineral and also a known aphrodisiac. And what infertile couple …faced with libido-wilting intrusions like temperature charts and fertility shots…couldn’t use a little help now and then getting in the mood? Zinc is critical for both female and male fertility.

According to Natural Fertility Info, not only can an insufficient zinc level contribute to early miscarriage, but it can deplete follicular fluid levels and thereby impede the egg’s ability travel to and implant into the uterus. Zinc has a crucial role in the production of mature eggs capable of being fertilized and in the hormonal regulation of a woman’s menstrual cycle. Like a woman’s eggs, a man’s sperm relies on a sufficient supply of zinc in order to produce a strong tail and mature to a stage capable of journeying to and fertilizing an egg. Even if fertilization does occur, low levels of zinc in men can be responsible for chromosomal defects that contribute to early miscarriage. *

If you have known or suspected male factor infertility, have fibroids, have had a miscarriage, or have hormonal regulatory issues, eating a diet rich in zinc-rich foods may help. Or ask your physician about zinc supplementation. Zinc and copper levels are related and your doctor can help you regulate both. Never take any supplements without your doctor’s approval since unsupervised supplementation can be harmful.

photo credit: primallyinspired.com

This week, I am sharing a simple recipe for Homemade Dark Chocolate that is healthy and versatile! You can dip or cover Vitamin C-rich fruits in it, pour it over calcium-rich ice cream, or even layer it in candy molds with some peanut butter (another high-zinc food) for some decadent, fun peanut butter cups. The recipe is from Kelly over at PrimallyInspired. Get the recipe here: http://bit.ly/17Zh6AR

Oy! I almost forgot the Oysters. If you’d like to know how to prepare them on the grill with a quick little mango salsa, check out this great Food Network You Tube video of expert chef Bobby Flay. It’s under a minute long. http://youtu.be/UpWQOT2qMO0

If you make either recipe, come back and tell me how it was!

And if you can’t eat oysters or chocolate, here’s a great “top 10” list of other foods rich in zinc. http://bit.ly/1bV26cT

image courtesy of Tina Phillips/freedigitlaphotos.net

 

*Disclaimer:Any recipe we offer is only meant for those who aren’t sensitive or allergic to the ingredients. Recipes are shared simply for fun only and nothing contained herein constitutes medical advice or a guarantee that eating any particular food will have any effect on your fertility. And remember NEVER to take any vitamin, mineral, dietary or other supplements unless advised to do so by your physician.

 

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Have a recipe high in zinc? If so, please share it here. And if you try these, let us know what you thought.

 * http://bit.ly/13JK57u

 

Chocolate splash photo credit: Idea go/ http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/images/agree-terms.php?id=10012400

Oyster photo credit: Tina Phillips/  http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/images/agree-terms.php?id=10019608

Homemade Chocolate photo credit: Kelly/ http://www.primallyinspired.com/easy-healthy-homemade-dark-chocolate/

 

 

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Fertile Food Friday– Tomato

By Tracey Minella

July 26th, 2013 at 2:40 pm

 

Welcome back to Long Island IVF’s “Fertile Food Fridays”*! This is our fourth week of focusing on foods that can potentially boost male or female fertility. If you missed them, be sure to check out our first three featured foods…avocados, blueberries, and red meat…covered the past few Fridays.

Last Friday it was just too hot to cook! So make sure you check out our Facebook post on 10 awesome and healthy homemade popsicles. http://on.fb.me/1e0GGqA Yes, popsicles. It’s what’s for dinner.

You’re going to love what’s featured today…Tomatoes.

My friend, Patty, is an inspiration. Each year at the end of the summer, she and her extended Italian family spend a weekend in the backyard canning their own fresh tomatoes to use in their weekly Sunday sauce all year long. It’s an assembly line production that runs like a well-oiled machine, involving each family member from the youngest to the oldest…spanning 80 years and four generations. At the end, countless bushels of tomatoes have been transformed into cases upon cases of glass jars of red heaven.

If you grow your own tomatoes, this is the perfect thing to make with them. Or you can go out east on Long Island and pick your own at these farms: http://bit.ly/18DTORQ

So how can tomatoes help your fertility?

Tomatoes are full of antioxidants and vitamin C and are very rich in Lycopene.

High oxidative stress/free radicals in the body can cause cell damage, including sperm damage, and has been recognized as one of the causes of male infertility. Environmental toxins can worsen oxidative stress. Antioxidants can help reduce oxidative stress.*

Lycopene is found in high concentrations in the testes and seminal plasma and is “a component of the human redox defense mechanism” against free radicals. Low lycopene intake may negatively affect semen quality and contribute to male factor infertility. **

A study from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, published in the International Urology and Nephrology, found that lycopene supplementation may help male factor infertility. The results were impressive: 66% had improved sperm concentration, 53% had improved motility, and 46% showed improved morphology.  Further, 23% of the men in this study achieved fatherhood. **

If you have known or suspected male factor infertility, eating a diet high in lycopene-rich foods may help. Or ask your physician about lycopene supplementation. Never take any supplements without your doctor’s approval since unsupervised supplementation can be harmful.

This week, I am sharing a simple recipe to use up those red, ripe tomatoes. It’s full of lycopene, powerful antioxidants, and Vitamin C…all good fertility-friendly components! Add some bread dipped in a garlic-infused olive oil to add a healthy fat and help your body absorb the lycopene, and you are set!

It’s Garden Fresh Tomato Sauce, courtesy of Kelly over at Primally-Inspired. Get the recipe here (There’s a neat, easy printable copy of the simple recipe right at the bottom of the link!): http://bit.ly/13jhsPf

Once you make it, come back and tell me how great it was!

And if you can’t eat tomatoes, here’s a great “top 10” list of other foods rich in lycopene. http://bit.ly/1c9GR4G

*Disclaimer:Any recipe we offer is only meant for those who aren’t sensitive or allergic to the ingredients. Recipes are shared simply for fun only and nothing contained herein constitutes medical advice or a guarantee that eating any particular food will have any effect on your fertility. And remember NEVER to take any vitamin, mineral, dietary or other supplements unless advised to do so by your physician.

 

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Have any recipes high in lycopene that you’d like to share? If so, please share it here. And if you try this one, let us know what you thought.

 

 

* http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxidative_stress

** http://link.springer.com/article/10.1023/A:1024483520560#page-1

Tomato photo credit: adline ghani/ http://www.publicdomainpictures.net/view-image.php?image=1130&picture=tomatoes

 

 

 

 

 

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Fertile Food Friday– Red Meat

By Tracey Minella

July 12th, 2013 at 10:24 pm

 

recipe and photo courtesy of primally-inspired.com


Fertile Food Friday– Red Meat

Welcome back to Long Island IVF’s “Fertile Food Fridays”*! This is our third week of focusing on foods that can potentially boost male or female fertility. If you missed them, be sure to check out our first two featured foods…avocados and blueberries…covered the past two Fridays.

Next up to the plate…Red Meat.

Step outside at dinnertime most summer evenings and you can smell something good on the neighbor’s grill. And chances are it’s some kind of red meat.

Red meat is a great source of iron. Iron deficiency is common in women of bearing age and also can contribute to ovulatory infertility. In fact, a large study found that “women who consumed iron supplements had a significantly lower risk of ovulatory infertility than women who did not use iron supplements” http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17077236 . More precisely, they had a 40% less risk of ovulatory infertility than those who did not use supplements. http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/14/health/14fert.html

If you are trying to conceive, and suspect you may be iron deficient, ask your doctor to check your iron level. This is done with a simple CBC blood test to see if your red blood cell count is adequate. Red blood cells deliver oxygen to all the cells and tissues of your body, including your ovaries and uterus**. If your red blood cell count is too low, you may be anemic, and may be instructed to take iron supplements or make dietary changes. Never take any supplements without your doctor’s approval since too much iron can be harmful.

Symptoms of anemia** may include:

mild to severe fatigue
• chronic headaches
• dizziness
• brittle or weak nails
• decreased appetite
• low blood pressure

According to the Mayo Clinic, some iron-rich foods include red meat, leafy green vegetables like spinach, beans, eggs, dried fruit, and other items. In addition, eating foods rich in Vitamin C, like peppers, helps your body absorb iron. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/iron-deficiency-anemia/DS00323/DSECTION=prevention.

So this week’s recipe is a winner because it provides iron from steak and spinach, plus Vitamin C from the peppers to help you absorb the iron. Give yourself a break from those boring old burgers and try this amazing Stuffed Flank Steak, courtesy of Kelly over at Primally-Inspired. http://www.primallyinspired.com/stuffed-flank-steak/. <<<Get the recipe here. And while you are over there, check out Kelly’s other great recipes for those with a primal palette. Or here it is below:

STUFFED FLANK STEAK

4 or more servings

Ingredients:

1 ½ – 2 lb flank or skirt steak

2 – 4 T olive or coconut oil

4 – 6 oz mushrooms, sliced thin

1 shallot, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

5 – 6 pieces prosciutto

2 roasted red peppers (from a jar or make your own), cut into thin strips

1 bunch of fresh spinach

1/3 cup blue cheese crumbles (omit if you cannot eat dairy)

salt and pepper, to taste

½ tsp smoked paprika

kitchen twine

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350.

Starting with the long side of your flank steak, cut it in half carefully, but don’t cut all the way through to the other end (butterfly it). You want to cut it and open it like a book. Once it’s cut and open like a book, place a piece of plastic or parchment over it and pound it to uniform thickness – about ¼ of an inch thick.

In the largest skillet you have (must fit the rolled up steak), pour 1 – 2 T oil in the pan over medium low heat. Add your shallot, garlic, and mushrooms and cook for 5 minutes. Season them with salt and pepper.

Add the mushroom mixture to the flank steak, leaving 2 to 3 inches of open space on one of the long ends.

Add the red peppers on top of the mushrooms. Then add the prosciutto slices all over the red peppers. Then add your spinach all over the prosciutto. Next sprinkle the blue cheese all over the spinach.

Starting with the long end (not the end that you left 2-3 inches of space), roll up carefully.

Now tie kitchen twine around your roll about every 2 inches. Salt and pepper and sprinkle the smoked paprika all over the outside of the roll.

Pour 1- 2 T oil back in the skillet and turn the heat to medium high.

Sear your roll on all sides until browned – it takes about a minute each side.

Transfer your skillet to the oven and cook for 20 minutes (for medium).

After the 20 minutes is up, take it out and tent your steak with aluminum foil. Let rest for 10 minutes. For steak done more than medium: cook in the oven for 30 minutes, tent steak and let rest for 10 minutes.

To serve: cut off the twine and slice in ½ – 1 inch slices and enjoy!

 

Once you make it, come back and tell me how great it was!

*Disclaimer:Any recipe we offer is only meant for those who aren’t sensitive or allergic to the ingredients. Recipes are shared simply for fun only and nothing contained herein constitutes medical advice or a guarantee that eating any particular food will have any affect on your fertility.

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Do you know your iron level? Have any recipes high in iron-rich foods that you’d like to share? If so, please share it here. And if you try this one, let us know what you thought.

 

 

** http://natural-fertility-info.com/iron-fertility-anemia.html

Photo credit: Primally-inspired

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Vitamin D and IVF Success Rates

By Tracey Minella

July 11th, 2013 at 9:18 pm

 

image courtesy of Victor Habbick/freedigital photos.net

What do sunscreen, shady trees, staying indoors, and a poor diet have in common? Collectively, they can sabotage your ability to conceive if they significantly deplete your level of Vitamin D.

A recent Canadian study of post-retrieval Vitamin D levels in women undergoing IVF found higher pregnancy rates and higher implantation rates among the women who had sufficient levels (>30 ng/ml) of Vitamin D, in comparison to those with insufficient levels. http://bit.ly/12v0uvL

Vitamin D can be obtained from eating a proper diet or from supplements. Foods rich in Vitamin D include fortified cereals and dairy products like milk, fish, eggs, and mushrooms to name a few. The recommended daily requirement of Vitamin D is 600 IUs, but you can get too much of a good thing, so be mindful that Vitamin D toxicity can occur when levels approach 10,000 IUs/day. http://bit.ly/13SfFWg

In addition to diet and supplements, Vitamin D is the “sunshine vitamin”. You may be able to get enough of it simply by spending sufficient time in the sun each day…without sunscreen. But you have to factor in the season, climate, and how long you are able to be in the sun without burning. For help figuring out how much exposure is best for your skin type, click here: http://bit.ly/13Ev0e1

Another great article to read about the specifics of Vitamin D and your reproductive health is this prior post by Dr. Kreiner: http://bit.ly/15zJgmn.

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Do you spend any time out in the sun without sunscreen? Do you know your Vitamin D level?

 

Photo credit: Victor Habbick: http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/images/agree-terms.php?id=10076698

 

 

 

 

 

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Fertile Food Friday- Blueberries

By Tracey Minella

July 5th, 2013 at 8:50 pm

 

image courtesy of Mr GC/freedigitalphotos.net

Welcome back to Long Island IVF’s “Fertile Food Fridays”*! This is our second week of focusing on foods that can potentially boost male and female fertility. If you missed it, be sure to check out last Friday’s Avocado post with a mean guacamole demonstration and a testicle tree. With the Fourth of July holiday celebrations continuing over the next few days, we’ve got the perfect food for you to add to your barbeque (or take to a potluck) this week.

So without further ado, the second first fertile food will be Blueberries.

Blueberries  are one of the best sources of antioxidants you can find. Only have raspberries, strawberries or blackberries on hand? No problem. Most berries are high in antioxidants, so feel free to eat them all or substitute your favorites in the accompanying recipe. The antioxidants in berries protect against cell damage and cell aging, so help keep those reproductive cells at their peak by loading up on these healthy fruits.  

Blueberries have anthocyanins which give them their namesake color. [“Cyan” means blue in Greek] and are a great source of Vitamin C. Studies show that compounds and vitamins in blueberries may help with some of the symptoms of endometriosis and uterine fibroids by easing some of the pain and heavy bleeding… and blueberries may even positively affect the uterine lining which may help with implantation**.

Ready for an easy blueberry recipe?

A popular use for fresh blueberries is in Fresh Berry Kebobs and Fruit Dip, served with a creamy fruit dip. This dip is one of my own creations and is also great whenever you’re serving a platter of fresh fruit instead of the fruit kebobs. All you need for the kebobs are wooden skewers, blueberries (and strawberries or other fruits that work well on sticks) to thread onto the skewers and the following easy dip ingredients, which you combine in a bowl and refrigerate until ready to use:

1- 15 oz. can of frozen Bacardi® pina colada mixer (there is no alcohol in it), thawed,

1- 8 oz. container of Cool Whip®, thawed and

1- 8 oz. can of crushed pineapple, drained.

Another great blueberry recipe that is really patriotic and easy is this gorgeous 4th of July Strawberry (and Blueberry) Shortcake Kabobs from Foods 101 with Deronda . Check out the quick video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YpqVNEFzF-s  You will be a hit at any summer gathering with this one!

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Did you make either of these eye catching patriotic treats? Have another blueberry recipe to share?


*Disclaimer:Any recipe we offer is only meant for those who aren’t sensitive or allergic to the ingredients. Recipes are shared simply for fun only and nothing contained herein constitutes medical advice or a guarantee that eating any particular food will have any affect on your fertility.

 * http://www.livestrong.com/article/543691-blueberries-the-uterus/

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