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Endometriosis and Fertility: What is the connection?

What is Endometriosis?

Endometriosis is a disorder in which tissue similar to the tissue forming the endometrium (inner lining of the uterus), grows outside the uterus. This disorder commonly involves ovaries, fallopian tubes and the tissue lining the pelvis. Generally women with this disorder experience a lot of pain during their menstruation days.

Endometriosis lesions, also known as the endometriosis implants, can be found anywhere in the pelvic cavity, i.e. on the ovaries, the fallopian tubes, the pelvic sidewall and the uterosacral ligaments. There are other less common sites including bladder, bowel, intestines, colon, appendix and rectum. 

These lesions respond to hormones found in females, estrogen and progesterone. They too thicken, break down and bleed in microscopic amounts with each menstrual cycle just like normal endometrial tissue. But the endometrial-like tissue does not have an exit and becomes trapped. Cysts may form known as endometriomas. Surrounding tissue can become irritated, which might develop scar tissue and adhesions. Adhesions is a condition caused by endometriosis where bands of fibrous tissue can cause pelvic tissues and organs to stick to each other.

Few examples of problems faced by women due to endometriosis are as follows:

  1. The fallopian tubes can become scarred to the point of blockage and prevent sperm and egg interaction. In extreme cases, reproductive organs are fused together and do not function properly.
  2. The ovaries can become filled up with endometriosis cysts (called an endometrioma). These are called “chocolate cysts” because the congealed blood inside looks like chocolate syrup. These can have deleterious effects on egg production and ovulation.
  3. Any organ that has endometriosis and scarring on it can experience pain from inflammation and adhesions to other organs.

What are the Symptoms of Endometriosis?

The key symptom of endometriosis is pelvic pain, which is often associated with menstruation. With this disorder, women might experience cramps that are more painful than usual period cramps. Some other symptoms of endometriosis include the following:

  • Painful periods (dysmenorrhea). Pelvic pain and cramping may begin before and extend several days into a menstrual period. women  may also have lower back and abdominal pain.
  • Pain with intercourse. Pain during or after sex is common with endometriosis.
  • Pain with bowel movements or urination. Women suffering from endometriosis are most likely to experience these symptoms during a menstrual period.
  • Excessive bleeding. they  may experience occasional heavy menstrual periods or bleeding between periods (intermenstrual bleeding).
  • Infertility. Sometimes, endometriosis is first diagnosed in those seeking treatment for infertility.
  • Other signs and symptoms. Women with endometriosis may experience fatigue, diarrhea, constipation, bloating or nausea, especially during menstrual periods.

What is the connection between Endometriosis and Fertility?

The connection between endometriosis and fertility can be said to be a strong one. But the exact cause of infertility or inability to conceive due to endometriosis is still unknown. It is estimated that for women with endometriosis who are trying to conceive, the chance of pregnancy each month, or the fecundity is about 2% to 10%, compared to 15% to 20% in the general population.

Upto 30% to 50% of women suffering from endometriosis may experience infertility. 

Endometriosis can influence fertility in several ways: distorted anatomy of the pelvis, adhesions, scarred fallopian tubes, inflammation of the pelvic structures, altered immune system functioning, changes in the hormonal environment of the eggs, impaired implantation of a pregnancy, and altered egg quality. Women with severe endometriosis, which causes considerable scarring, blocked fallopian tubes, and damaged ovaries, experience the most difficulty becoming pregnant and often require advanced fertility treatment.

There are several proposed mechanisms for endometriosis causing infertility that include:

  1. The distorted pelvic anatomy from scarring and adhesions can alter the function of the fallopian tubes, ovaries and uterus.
  2. Inflammation in the abdominal and pelvic cavity can irritate the normal delicate environment required for fertilization and implantation.
  3. Inflammation causes the production of chemicals known as cytokines. These cytokines can inhibit the sperm and egg cells, making fertilization more difficult.
  4. Hormonal disturbances from endometriosis can impair ovulation and the hormones necessary for implantation and support of the embryo in early pregnancy.
  5. Endometrial tissue on the ovaries can inhibit ovulation, preventing the release of an egg.

What are the Treatments available for Endometriosis?

Endometriosis can be treated through medication or surgery. Based on signs and symptoms, the doctor suggests the type of medication or surgery. Usually doctors recommend the conservative treatment approaches first, and then recommend surgery in case the initial treatment fails.

Pain medication:

Pain relievers such as the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, etc.) or naproxen sodium (Aleve) are beneficial in easing the painful menstrual cramps.

Hormone therapy:

Supplemental hormones might be effective in reducing the pain caused by endometriosis. It can slow down the endometrial tissue growth and prevent new implants of the endometrial tissue. But hormone therapy is not a permanent treatment. The symptoms might return after stopping the treatment. Hormone therapies include the following:

  • Hormonal contraceptives: Birth control pills, patches and vaginal rings help control the hormones responsible for the buildup of endometrial tissue each month. Many have lighter and shorter menstrual flow when they’re using a hormonal contraceptive. Using hormonal contraceptives, especially continuous-cycle regimens, may reduce or eliminate pain in some cases.
  • Gonadotropin-releasing hormone (Gn-RH) agonists and antagonists: These drugs block the production of ovarian-stimulating hormones, lowering estrogen levels and preventing menstruation. This causes endometrial tissue to shrink. Because these drugs create an artificial menopause, taking a low dose of estrogen or progestin along with Gn-RH agonists and antagonists may decrease menopausal side effects, such as hot flashes, vaginal dryness and bone loss. Menstrual periods and the ability to get pregnant return when you stop taking the medication.
  • Progestin therapy: A variety of progestin therapies, including an intrauterine device with levonorgestrel (Mirena, Skyla), contraceptive implant (Nexplanon), contraceptive injection (Depo-Provera) or progestin pill (Camila), can halt menstrual periods and the growth of endometrial implants, which may relieve endometriosis signs and symptoms.
  • Aromatase inhibitors: Aromatase inhibitors are a class of medicines that reduce the amount of estrogen in the body. The doctor may recommend an aromatase inhibitor along with a progestin or combination hormonal contraceptive to treat endometriosis.

Conservative surgery:

In this surgery the endometriosis implants are removed, while preserving the uterus and ovaries.. This surgery is helpful for those women who are trying to conceive. However, the endometriosis or the pain caused by it might return soon.

The most common way of this surgery is the laparoscopic surgery. The surgeon inserts the laparoscope through a small incision near the navel and inserts instruments to remove endometrial tissue through the small incision. After surgery, the doctor might recommend hormone medication to help with the pain.

Fertility treatment:

Women with endometriosis can face trouble while trying to conceive. This treatment is highly recommended to those women who want to conceive with endometriosis. Fertility treatment ranges from stimulating the ovaries to make more eggs to in vitro fertilization. The personal situation of the women determines the type of fertility treatment.

Hysterectomy with removal of the ovaries:

The surgery of removing the uterus, known as hysterectomy, and the surgery to remove the ovaries, known as oophorectomy, were once considered the most effective treatment for endometriosis. But the surgery nowadays focuses more on the careful removal of all endometriosis tissue.

Removal of ovaries results in menopause. Early menopause carries a risk of cardiovascular diseases, certain metabolic conditions and early deaths. The lack of hormones produced by the ovaries may improve endometriosis pain for some women. For others, endometriosis that remains after surgery continues to cause symptoms. 

Removal of the uterus can sometimes be used to treat the signs and symptoms of endometriosis, such as heavy menstrual bleeding and painful cramps. A hysterectomy with the ovaries may have a long term effect on the woman’s health, especially if the surgery is done before the age of 35.

All about Endometriosis

What is endometriosis?

Endometriosis, also known as ‘endo’, is a prevalent health issue among women. The word ‘endometriosis’ comes from the term ‘endometrium,’ which refers to the tissue that lines the uterus or womb. Endometriosis occurs when tissue that is comparable to the uterine lining grows outside of your uterus and on other parts of your body where it isn’t supposed to be.

It is most commonly present on the ovaries, fallopian tubes, tissues that support the uterus in place, and the uterus’ outer surface. The vagina, cervix, vulva, bowel, bladder, and rectum are all possible sites for growth. Endometriosis can also affect other regions of the body, including the lungs, brain, and skin.

Who gets endometriosis?

Endometriosis can affect any girl or woman who has periods, although it is more frequent in women in their 30s and 40s. If you’ve never had children, or have monthly periods that last more than seven days or have short menstrual cycles (27 days or fewer), you’re more likely to develop endometriosis. A family member with endometriosis (mother, aunt, sister) or any medical condition that prevents the usual flow of menstrual blood out of your body during your period can increase the risks of developing the disease.

Symptoms of Endometriosis

Pain, bleeding or spotting, infertility, stomach (digestive) difficulties, are the most common symptoms of endometriosis.

  1. Pain – The most prevalent symptom in women is pain. Endometriosis can cause a variety of pain in women. These are some of them:

a) Menstrual cramps, which can be excruciatingly unpleasant. The discomfort may also worsen over time.

b) Lower back and pelvic pain that remains for a long time (chronic).

c) Pain that occurs during or after sex. This is a “deep” ache that differs from the agony felt at the entrance to the vaginal canal when penetration begins.

d) Intestinal discomfort and pain.

e) During menstrual cycles, you may experience painful bowel movements or urination. Blood may also be found in your stool or urine in rare situations.

2. Between-menstrual period bleeding or spotting. Something other than endometriosis could be causing this. You should consult your doctor if this happens frequently.

3. Infertility or the inability to conceive a child.

4. Some digestive (stomach) issues. Diarrhea, constipation, bloating, and nausea are common symptoms, especially during menstrual cycles.

Causes of Endometriosis

Nobody knows exactly what causes this illness but researchers are looking into the following causes:

1.     The most common cause of endometriosis is retrograde menstrual flow. Some of the tissue lost during the period flows into other parts of the body, such as the pelvic, via the fallopian tube.

2.     Endometriosis may be inherited in the genes if it runs in families.

3.     Endometrial tissue growing outside of the uterus may be missed by an immune system that isn’t working properly.

4.     Endometriosis appears to be aided by the hormone estrogen.

5.     Endometrial tissue may be taken up and relocated by accident during abdominal surgery such as a Cesarean (C-section) or hysterectomy.

It has no cure, but there are treatments for the symptoms and the problems it causes. Consult your doctor if you’re experiencing symptoms of endometriosis.

How serious is Endometriosis?

Endometriosis cysts are harmless (not cancerous). They can, however, lead to other problems. Endometriosis growths can swell and bleed just like the lining within your uterus does during your menstrual period. Because the tissue grows and bleeds in a location where it can’t easily exit your body, this can cause swelling and pain.

When such growths develop into your ovaries, they might block your fallopian tubes and cause complications. Cysts can occur when blood is trapped in the ovaries. Scar tissue and adhesions (a type of tissue that can bind organs together) can also form as a result of endometriosis. This scar tissue could cause pelvic pain and make it difficult for you to conceive. Inflammation (swelling) and other problems in your intestines and bladder are also possible effects.

After menopause, some women’s painful endometriosis symptoms improve. The growths gradually decrease as the body stops producing estrogen. Some women on menopausal hormone therapy, however, may still experience endometriosis symptoms.

Other health problems triggered by Endometriosis

Endometriosis has been linked to numerous health issues in women and their families. According to research, here are a few examples: Allergies, asthma, and chemical sensitivity along with autoimmune disorders (these are conditions in which the body’s immune system, instead of fighting illness, attacks itself). Multiple sclerosis, lupus, and some types of hypothyroidism, as well as chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia, can all be caused by a result of endometriosis. Certain diseases, such as ovarian and breast cancer, can also be caused by it.

Endometriosis and Pregnancy

Endometriosis is thought to afflict one in every two infertile women, according to researchers. Many women with endometriosis, on the other hand, become pregnant. However, you may find it more difficult to conceive.

Endometriosis patches can block off or affect the structure of the pelvic and reproductive organs, for example. This may make it more difficult for the sperm to locate the egg. Due to autoimmune disorders, the immune system, which normally helps to defend the body against disease, may harm the embryo. The endometrium (the uterine lining layer where implantation takes place) may also not develop properly.

How to prevent Endometriosis?

Endometriosis cannot be avoided. However, by lowering your body’s estrogen levels, you can lessen your chances of developing it. During your menstrual cycle, estrogen helps to thicken the lining of your uterus.

Discuss hormonal birth control techniques with your doctor, such as tablets, patches, or rings with lower estrogen doses, to maintain lower estrogen levels in your body. You can reduce the amount of estrogen circulating in your body by exercising regularly and maintaining a low body fat percentage. Finally, limit your intake of alcohol and caffeine-containing beverages.

Consult your doctor immediately if you have endometriosis and are having problems. He or she can suggest therapies such as medicines or endometrial growth removal surgery.

A drive into Women’s health and PCOS

I have to always think twice before going out with friends to eat or have a drink. As I have PCOS, I need to be very careful about what I want to eat and how I want to spend my day. I have to take care of my health, do some physical exercise, and then the cherry on the top, the periods are not regular and comfortable, with constant cramps, sometimes heavy bleeding, and sometimes long days. Attending university, hanging out with friends, traveling, and enjoying sometimes feels like luxuries due to the health issue I am suffering from along with a insecure future and heavy mood swings, weight issues.

For a bit of  information, Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a condition with a range of reproductive and metabolic features that affects 4–18% of reproductive-age women, depending on the diagnostic criteria used. PCOS typically involves hormonal imbalances, insulin resistance, and metabolic abnormalities, which significantly increase the risk of infertility.Despite its prevalence and implications for reproductive, metabolic, and psychological health, PCOS is underdiagnosed, in part because of the diversity of phenotypes manifested by this condition.

Owing to the complicated interwoven pathophysiology, discerning the inciting causes is challenging. Most available clinical data communicate findings and outcomes in adult women. Whereas the Rotterdam criteria are accepted for adult women, different diagnostic criteria for PCOS in adolescent girls have been delineated. Diagnostic features for adolescent girls are menstrual irregularity, clinical hyperandrogenism, and/or hyperandrogenemia. Pelvic ultrasound findings are not needed for the diagnosis of PCOS in adolescent girls.

Hi, I am a 22 years old postgraduate student. I got diagnosed with PCOS in 2016. That year I went to Delhi for my higher studies from a small town in Assam. Already it’s been difficult for me to adjust to that new place in many ways. Due to PCOS, I was also facing irregular periods, mood swings, and other health issues. It has been quite hard for me to accept the fact, although according to my doctor it was not a big deal.

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The most dangerous thing about this health issue is it affects your hormones in many ways which results in mental health issues and physical health problems also. I have started studying this problem to understand and to fight against it.

In this period and even now I have consulted many doctors, they have given me many pills to control that but for how long. Also, excess weight gain and maintaining a healthy food series away from home was too difficult.

Lastly, I have tried yoga and taken vitamins and so far I avoid food from outside but still leaving in a Pg and adjusting to a different culture and food habits and environment it was not easy for me to handle everything at once. 

It harmed my mental health and made it quite difficult for me to focus on my studies. I have depression and anxiety, a part of the PCOS problem. I need to stay close to my therapist and need to be very careful about my weight, food, and health.

The basic and most important part I have learned is you need to take care of your health, you need to be the focus on any exercise, you need to avoid food from outside and healthy food is a must.It’s not like you can never eat from outside! Once a week, yes sure, we all live once and still need to live healthily. 

Vitamins, energy drinks are important for women to drink. The PCOS problem can affect one’s future in pregnancy or weight so these health issues of women need to take care of these health problems for a better future. 

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Most importantly, it’s okay to have PCOD or PCOS, these problems can be the cure. Just need to trust in yourself and it’s okay to fight for it and a woman’s health is very important. We are the powerhouse, we need to keep ourselves strong and tall. Consultants, therapists, and doctors are quite active in this field. So it’s my request to all the beautiful women please don’t ignore these things. We need to fight against and give education on these women’s health issues.

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One of the major problems of this health issue in India is We live in a society where a woman’s body is taboo and a disorder related to it, even more so. Many women in India go through their lifetimes without even knowing they have PCOS, forget to get the right treatment. Many who do know have access to limited information, sometimes even misinformation. No, it is not just a weight problem. No, it isn’t just about excessive bleeding. No, it doesn’t stop at acne. We grew up studying the Pythagoras theorem, the battle of Panipat, how to write a telegram but it didn’t occur to anyone to teach girls about their bodies? We need to give education about these health issues and share stories of our own. At least one should be prepared how to handle it and with less mental pressure. 

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5 Nuts a day in women’s life

Women and their health are very important. A woman is the pillar of a house and the powerhouse of a society. To keep our women safe in every way possible is very important. Here comes the health of a woman who goes through many types of work in a day from professional to personal, for the family to all, their body suffers a lot handling all at once. The concern for women’s health has increased multifold in recent times. There has been an increase in the diseases which have been attributed to the recent lifestyle changes of today’s women. The need of the hour is to adopt the easiest strategy of prevention. Prevention means an early diagnosis and a timely and effective treatment.

Women need to be very careful about their health, food habits, and day-to-day life. They need to take vitamins and proper nutrition to take care of their body because Women are key in maintaining healthy families, access the health system more than men, both for themselves and on behalf of their children. Many become pregnant and give birth, a significant health event, then typically become their child’s primary caregiver, a role that greatly influences household health overall. Elder and long-term care issues affect women more often because they live longer; have higher rates of disability and chronic health problems.

5 nuts a day, yet very important in the diet plan not only for women only. As mentioned above a woman goes through various kinds of work per day so to have healthy and nutritious food is very important to cope up with the schedule so certain nutrients much more essential for her and nuts are packed with those essential nutrients.

Nuts are very high in vitamins and minerals. In a recent study by Loma Linda University, published in the journal PLOS ONE, researchers found that eating tree nuts like almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamias, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios, and walnuts reduced cases of metabolic syndrome and obesity. One ounce of tree nuts a week was enough to reduce the risk of metabolic syndrome by 7 percent. women who ate at least two 1-ounce servings of nuts per week had a significantly reduced risk of pancreatic cancer compared to women who didn’t eat many nuts.

5 nuts in a day can not only give you taste but also helps you have protein, vitamin E, calcium, fiber selenium, copper, zinc, and iron.

Also nuts have a field of variety, so if someone doesn’t like almonds can go with brazil nuts, peanuts, hazelnuts pecans, or cashews, or also a mix of all of them. Nuts offer beneficial vitamins and minerals in varying quantities, and eating a variety ensures we’re reaping the benefits of each. Nuts are the food world’s equivalent of denim when it comes to versatility.

The five nuts for every day

  1. Cashews–  Cashews are rich in nutrients. They’ve been linked to benefits like weight loss, improved blood sugar control, and a healthier heart.
  2. Brazil nuts– Brazil nuts may offer surprising and powerful nutritional benefits, including boosting heart health, providing antioxidants, and improving brain function.
  3. Almonds – You may not have realized it, but eating soaked almonds daily could be the secret of your beauty. Your bones, nails, and teeth will be strengthened by the calcium found in almonds.
  4. Peanuts –  Peanuts help control blood sugar levels because they are relatively low in carbohydrates but high in protein, fat, and fiber.
  5. Pistachios – These nuts contain plenty of protein and other vital nutrients. They are also a source of healthful fatty acids and antioxidants.

So with lots of work pressure in between trying to balance the demands of family and work or school—and also cope with media pressure to look and eat a certain way or follow a healthy diet plan can make it difficult for any woman to maintain a healthy lifestyle, then why not start with 5 nuts per day to improve your mood, boost your energy, and help you maintain a healthy weight, it can also support you through the different stages in a woman’s life.

Hereby we also want to inform you of another easy way to get some nutrition from nature is andMe plant-based Omega supplements which are based in nature and rich in nutritional value. andMe plant-based Omega 3-6-9 capsules are specially designed for women to improve brain & heart health, make bones stronger, and thus give relief from joint pain, provide healthy hair and glowing skin, improve vision, and prevents eye damage.

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Alkaline Foods And Overall Health

Ever had a burning sensation while peeing? 

While we generally assume that to be a sign of dehydration, did you know it is also a sign of acidic pH? If you are wondering what pH to do with your pee, know that your body hosts a lot of chemical reactions that affect your body’s pH. We are going to dive a little deeper into alkaline food for health in this article, but before we do, let us take a look at what pH is and what are the normal ranges. 

Speaking of PH, We can’t help but feel nostalgic remembering grade seven science lessons. We are sure you will remember peeing on a litmus paper in school at the time of acid-base practical class. The litmus paper changing its color was nothing less than magic back then. pH is the measure of how acidic or basic a solution is. When we talk about the pH of the body, it is determined by the pH of the urine. Although several factors affect the pH of the body, it is most commonly affected by metabolism. 

Since ancient times, the diet has been correlated to the pH of the body. According to Ayurveda, it is the food or the diet of an individual that decides the pH of the body. In Ayurveda, it is referred to as vipaka. When the food that you consume breaks down into energy, the residue of food determines the pH of the body. In a nutshell, if the food is acidic, the residue will be acidic and if it is alkaline, the residue will be alkaline. Ayurveda focuses and suggests consumption of alkaline food since the alkaline effect or kshsharepaka helps one be in the best of health. 

pH value ranges from 0-14, here is how it is divided

Acidic – 0.0-6.9

Neutral – 7.0

Alkaline/Basic – 7.1-14.0

Having said that, the following are the benefits of an alkaline diet 

  1. Promotes weight loss 

The alkaline diet focuses more on whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. It is suggested to avoid meat, processed, packaged foods – basically foods rich in fat and sugar. This automatically helps in promoting weight loss as you avoid unnecessary fats and sweeteners. Avoiding processed and packaged foods also helps in reducing internal inflammation which is one of the root causes of weight gain. 

  1. Improves and regulates growth hormone levels 

Growth hormone plays a crucial role in the functioning of all major systems in the body such as the heart and brain. It prevents health risks associated with these systems and thus improves the quality of life. Although it is said to improve growth hormone levels, there is not enough research to support this. But since it includes avoiding unnecessary fats and sugars, it anyway helps prevent cardiac disorders and health risks. 

  1. Helps maintain muscle mass

The body starts aging and deteriorating from the age of 25. Meaning, the bones, muscles, and the function of every system of the body start deteriorating over time. An acidic diet can also increase the free radicals in the body, which can trigger aging. An alkaline diet is said to slow down aging and retain muscle mass. It helps maintain a healthy bone density and also helps prevent osteoporosis. 

  1. Supports kidney health 

Acidic diet affects kidneys the most since a drop in the urine pH may hinder kidney function. An acidic diet is a potential risk for kidney function. People with chronic diseases are advised to follow an alkaline diet, but kidneys are not affected overnight. Therefore, it is advisable to follow an alkaline diet to prevent kidney ailments. Reducing the consumption of high-fat dairy products, meats, and processed foods helps in regulating kidney function.

 

  1. Boosts immunity and prevents cancers

This must be one of the most common risks associated with acidic diets. We depend a lot on processed and packaged foods. These foods contain chemical additives for flavor and color and they also contain a lot of preservatives. These foods leave the body acidic and can impair immunity, frequent consumption can therefore lead to infections due to weakened immunity and also increases the chances of cancers. 


An alkaline diet is mostly based on fruits and vegetables for the rich nutrients that help in maintaining the alkalinity of the body. It can be a little challenging to include the required portions of veggies and fruits in your daily diet considering our fast-paced lives, and so andMe has brought to you the andMe Green and Lean Drink. The Green and Lean drink is a nutritional blend of more than 30 vegetables and fruits which helps in detoxifying and managing body weight, it helps in digestion and improves metabolism, and is a rich source of antioxidants, prevents heart diseases and other health risks. This nutrition-packed Green and Lean drink is free of preservatives and added sugars. So go grab one for yourself and switch to an alkaline diet today.

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Infertility in Men and Women and Differences

Infertility is the inability to conceive after multiple attempts at unprotected intercourse for a prolonged period, usually one year or more. Infertility may be caused by a failure in either the male or female reproductive system, in some cases both. Infertility is a lot more common than we think. According to studies 1 in every 10 women is infertile and 1 out of every 6 couples suffers from infertility. 

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Unfortunately, many conservative people in our country believe that infertility is only a woman problem but that is not true, research shows that in one-third of the couples the female is infertile, in one-third of the couples the male is infertile, and in the remaining one-third both partners are infertile or some external factor is to blame. 

Studies have shown that infertility is caused by women in 40-50% cases and caused by men in 30/40% cases; this means that although women are more susceptible to infertility, there is a large possibility that the man is infertile. Now one may ask as a woman, why do I need to know about male infertility? Well it’s simple, as a couple if you are unable to conceive then it is important to know that either of you could be the contributing factor, in which case one needs to identify what the problem is and then look for solutions, instead of just thinking the problem is definitely with the woman and aimlessly making multiple trips to your gynecologist.

Common causes of infertility in men

  • Varicocele: This is the enlargement of veins within the scrotum. These veins are responsible for draining the testicle and hence affect sperm quality. This condition can affect one or both the unfortunate parts in that this condition exhibits no symptoms and hence is difficult to detect.
  • Sperm maturity: This condition refers to the vast category of abnormal/ immotile sperm production. Normal quality of the male sperm means that the number of the sperm cell is above 20 million per ml. 30 percent of these should be normal-formed sperm and at least 50 percent should show good motility. If these levels are not met, the man’s ability to contribute to pregnancy is challenged. 
  • Ejaculation problems: This includes all disorders related to the excretion of semen. In this disorder, the semen enters the body rather than the tip of the penis and hence it does not enter the female body.
  • Tumors: Cancers and nonmalignant tumors can affect the male reproductive organs directly, through the glands that release hormones related to reproduction. Tumors also come with an issue because of the treatment. The radiology/ chemotherapy involved damages cells which affect reproduction. 
  • Hormonal imbalances: Any imbalance in glands like the hypothalamus, pituitary, thyroid, and adrenal glands directly affects the fertility rates. These hormonal imbalances lower testosterone levels in the body and hence interfere with the process of pregnancy. 
  • Prior surgeries and medications: Certain surgeries may prevent you from having sperm in your ejaculate, including vasectomy, inguinal hernia repairs, scrotal or testicular surgeries, prostate surgeries, and large abdominal surgeries performed for testicular and rectal cancers, among others.Apart from this testosterone medications, post-cancer medications, etc all impact sperm production.

Common causes for infertility in women

Infertility for women can be caused by issues that are different from men like ovulation problems (production of eggs), fallopian tube blockages, any abnormalities in the uterus, pelvic adhesions, early menopause, cancer treatment etc. Some other non-biological reasons may also include obesity, alcohol and tobacco consumption etc. For more details on infertility in women please read this blog: How to deal with infertility in women?

Infertility is a curable condition. All you need is some medication and some basic lifestyle changes to get there. These basic lifestyle changes include quitting smoking, drinking and any sort of drugs; practicing meditation, yoga and exercising; limiting caffeine consumption etc. 

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Everything that a Breastfeeding Mother should know

Being a new momma, you might be confused about choosing between breastfeeding or formula milk for the baby. If you can breastfeed, then you must go for it. Breastfeeding is not only the precious moment that you share with your newborn, but it has a lot of nutrients and antibodies. These vital nutrients protect the newborn from various diseases. Breastfeeding is a channel to connect with your baby. Both mother and baby come close to each other, and their bond becomes more robust.

Breastfeeding is not always an easy journey for every mother, especially a first-time mom. Post-pregnancy, breastfeeding is a challenging task requiring a little bit of patience, intelligent planning, and a firm resolution. Don’t be anxious! We are with you to make it through your initial days. We’ve picked Everything that a Breastfeeding Mother should know. 

Benefits of breastfeeding for mother and baby

 Breastfeeding, or you can say lactation is good for the baby as well as for the mother. Let’s see how.

Benefits for baby:

  1. Colostrum, the mother’s first milk, is beneficial for the proper growth and functioning of the newborn’s digestive system. The yellow color milk is full of nutrients and antibodies.
  2. Breastfeeding blocks the following diseases in the newborn:
  • Bacteremia 
  •  Asthma
  • Diarrhea/vomiting
  • Respiratory tract infections
  • Sudden infant death syndrome
  • Lymphoma, leukemia, 
  • Ear infections
  • Childhood obesity
  • Urinary tract infections
  •  Diabetes (Type 1 and type 2)

        3. Breastfeeding helps in the development of the newborn’s jaw. It also promotes the growth of straight, healthy teeth.

        4.Did you know how vital skin-to-skin contact is during breastfeeding? Physical closeness gives a sense of comfort and security to your baby. 

Benefits for Mother:

  1. If you are breastfeeding your baby, you don’t need to worry about sterilizing bottle nipples and formula milk.
  2. Breastfeeding lessens the chance of type 2 diabetes, specific types of breast cancer, and ovarian cancer in breastfeeding mothers.
  3. To your surprise, breastfeeding helps to reduce postpartum bleeding.
  4. It also supports the uterus to get back to its pre-pregnancy position more promptly.
  5. Physical closeness with newborns increases oxytocin production and helps keep the mother relaxed, and enhances the flow of breast milk.

What new mothers should know about breastfeeding 

There are a lot of things that mothers should know about breastfeeding. It will help them to adapt to the situation quickly. Here are the things  mothers should know:

Breastfeeding may not be the same you have expected. 

The first-time breastfeeding may not be a magical moment, especially for a first-time mom. Both mother and baby are learning something new. Please remember that your breasts and nipples aren’t used to regular sucking by a tiny infant. Also, your initial days of breastfeeding may not be fantastic. But the good thing is that it gets better after some time.

Take the help of Lactation Consultants.

Most of the women are not knowledgeable about Lactation Consultants. Lactation Consultants help to pass this phase smoothly. They can describe the importance of a proper latch. Also, provide you with suggestions for making breastfeeding more comfortable.

You can experience cramps.

You may experience cramps while breastfeeding a newborn shortly after giving birth. Do you know why? No? Let us explain it to you. When you breastfeed your baby, your brain produces the oxytocin hormone. It supports your uterus getting back to its pre-pregnancy shape and size. And you experience menstrual-like cramps.

You can feel more hungry and dehydrated.

Breastfeeding is not an easy job to do. It takes a lot of energy and consumes around 300-500 calories in a day in the initial months. That is why you feel more hungry and thirsty.

Uneven supply of milk is not a thing to worry about.

Everybody is different from each other. So it is pretty natural if breastfeeding moms talk about an uneven supply of milk. If your baby’s milk requirement is satisfied, there is no need to think about it. You cannot do much about an irregular supply of milk. If you have some discomfort, then you can try various ways to reduce soreness.

If you need to stop it, don’t feel guilty.

Never feel guilty if you have to stop breastfeeding for any reason. It’s okay if you cannot continue your breastfeeding journey for long. Every single drop of breastfeeding milk is like magic for your newborn.

Using a pump for breastmilk is not bad at all.

Whether you are employed or stay at home, you can use a pump to collect breast milk. A breast pump helps to provide milk to the baby if you are not close. Along with this, you will get a little break from the constant latching.

Don’t worry if milk doesn’t come right after birth.

You cannot get the supply of milk right after birth. After the baby’s birth, your body will start making a small amount of yellow milk, colostrum. Also, your baby needs this yellow milk to feel full until your mature milk comes in.

Tips for breastfeeding mother

New breastfeeding mothers can find this period difficult. But the following tips can help to handle the situation calmly.

  1. Try to predict your baby’s needs. They might give some signs like open and close their mouth, suck on whatever is close by, etc.
  2. Let your baby determine when and how long to breastfeed. Baby understands their needs better than you.
  3. While breastfeeding the baby, don’t be impatient. Hold the baby in a comfortable position. If you change the resting position of the baby quickly, it can make them uncomfortable.
  4. If milk leaked from your breast in the initial weeks of breastfeeding, then no need to worry. It is common.
  5.  Keep yourself hydrated because breast milk contains a large amount of water. Regular breastfeeding causes dehydration also.

Above, it was all about breastfeeding, but you need to take care of your health post-pregnancy and during breastfeeding. In today’s time, women’s health needs attention. Did you know that andme has a fantastic product for lactating mothers? Yes, you read it right. andMe Lactation Booster encourages your lactation and immunity. 

andMe Lactation booster improves milk quality and infant health. And multivitamin combo fulfills the mother’s nutritional needs.

Remember, breastfeeding is always a personal choice. Choose what is most suitable for you and your baby.

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Why does PCOS lead to weight gain? How to manage it?

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is characterized by irregular or infrequent periods, fewer than six periods per year, extended periods (those lasting more than seven days), acne, weight gain, infertility, and the production of many cysts on the ovaries. The development of polycystic ovary syndrome begins at adolescence and continues throughout a woman’s reproductive years. It primarily affects women in their reproductive or childbearing years (15-44 years), which accounts for 12-18% of all women.

Weight Gain during PCOS

In women with polycystic ovarian syndrome, insulin resistance is the leading cause of weight gain. Insulin resistance occurs when the pancreas produces insulin yet some cells in the body do not respond to it. As a result, to maintain normal blood sugar levels, the pancreas produces more insulin. This causes an increase in the production of the male hormone, androgen. Acne increased facial and body hair, and weight gain are all linked to this condition.

While insulin resistance is mentioned as a major contributor to obesity, weight gain has been also associated with increased food cravings, emotional eating due to stress, anxiety, mood swings and depression, and a slower metabolic rate.

Risk Associated with PCOS Weight Gain

1. Insulin resistance and Type 2 Diabetes: Insulin resistance is common in women with the polycystic ovarian syndrome. Insulin helps in the maintenance of normal blood sugar levels in the body. As a result of the resistance, the body is unable to absorb sugar or glucose, which causes it to build up in the bloodstream. It triggers excessive production of male hormones in the body. It also increases women’s chances of developing type 2 diabetes.

2. High androgen Production: High level of male hormones causes various unfavorable effects in the body. Excessive hair growth on the face and body, severe acne, irregular periods, male-pattern baldness, and weight gain, which is often seen in males, are among the alterations.

3. High cholesterol and High blood pressure: Hypercholesterolemia, or high cholesterol, can lead to heart disease and stroke. A low-fat diet, medicines, and exercise can all be used to treat it. Meanwhile, Obesity, excessive alcohol consumption, smoking, and a family history of hypertension can all contribute to high blood pressure. Hypertension has been linked to heart disease and stroke.

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4. Infertility: Obesity and being overweight have an impact on a woman’s fertility. Women with PCOS have a hormonal imbalance in their bodies, which leads them to gain weight and affects their fertility.

5. Endometrial cancer: Polycystic ovarian syndrome causes the body to produce too much estrogen, which increases the chance of developing endometrial cancer or uterine lining cancer.

How to manage it?

Even losing ten percent of your total body weight can help regulate periods and improve fertility, not to mention it will alleviate many other symptoms associated with PCOS to a large extent. It can also help with insulin resistance and lower the risk of heart disease and diabetes. This requires a suitable diet plan to instill healthy eating habits and a healthy lifestyle.

1. A Low-Carbohydrate Diet: Carbohydrates affect insulin levels in the body; hence eating a low-carbohydrate diet is vital and beneficial for maintaining normal insulin levels. The recommended daily carbohydrate consumption for an average adult is 130 grams or 45 to 65 percent of total calorie intake.

2. A low glycemic diet: A low glycemic diet, in addition to a low-carbohydrate diet, is beneficial. The glycemic index, or GI, assesses how quickly a particular food raises blood sugar.

3. A high-fiber diet: A high-fiber diet can also help with polycystic ovarian syndrome because fiber keeps you fuller for longer. This translates to fewer hunger sensations, lower insulin resistance, and weight loss in the stomach area.  

4. Healthy proteins and fat: Healthy protein and fat sources such as eggs, almonds, nuts, avocado, olive, coconut, and seafood, among others, must be included in the diet.

5. Fermented foods intake: Foods like kefir, yogurt, sauerkraut, kimchi, and other fermented foods can aid weight loss by raising and maintaining the number of healthy bacteria in the gut. These meals include a lot of probiotics, which can aid with weight loss and metabolism.

6. Mindful of Hunger and Fullness: Being mindful of hunger and fullness is also beneficial, particularly for women with PCOS who are more likely to develop an eating disorder. By minimizing binge eating, mindful eating helps in weight reduction.

7. Reduce inflammation: PCOS promotes chronic inflammation in women, which leads to obesity. Inflammation in the body is exacerbated by processed meals and sweets. A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and omega-3-rich meals, such as fatty fish, may help to reduce inflammation.

8. Regular Exercises: Weight training and cardio exercises can help women with polycystic ovarian syndrome lose weight while also lowering insulin sensitivity.

9. Good Sleep Schedule: For a healthy lifestyle, a minimum of 8-9 hours of sleep is advised. Sleeping for less than 7 hours each night can disrupt the balance of hunger-controlling hormones such as ghrelin and cortisol; an increase in the amount of these hormones leads to an increase in appetite, which is associated with weight gain. Sleeping well also helps you lose weight.

10.  Stress Management: Stress raises levels of the hormone cortisol in the body, which can lead to weight gain and insulin resistance. As a result, stress management is critical for weight loss.

so, hereby we want to introduce two most effective drink of andMe for weight management, is that andMe PCOS PCOD and Green and Lean Drink.

andMe PCOS PCOD Drink: For hormonal balance and regular periods, andMe PCOS PCOD Drink is a plant-based supplement drink that is made with all the ingredients that are important for a healthy PCOS diet. It helps in balancing hormones in women, regularizes periods, manages weight gain due to PCOS, and helps reduce acne. It also helps in boosting energy levels by providing sufficient nutrition.

andMe Green and Lean Drink: For weight management, the nutritional andMe Green and Lean Drink is a supplement drink that consists of a blend of ayurvedic herbs and a combination of 30+ vegetables and fruits. It helps to improve hormones and also manage weight with its rich composition of fruits and vegetables. The perfect blend that includes Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, and Vitamin B6, provides for detox, increased immunity, and digestive functions, weight management, and energy.

Diet for Hormonal Balance and Weight Management

What is Hormonal Imbalance

Hormones, which are chemicals produced by glands in the endocrine system, travel throughout the body to maintain balance in the body. They control the various biological processes and functions within the body. It is the hormones that help control body metabolism and appetite, energy levels, sexual function, the cycle of reproduction, sleep cycle, mood levels, etc. But sometimes, the endocrine system starts making less or more levels of hormones than normal which leads to hormonal imbalance.

These imbalances can lead to problems such as an increase in weight, various diseases and disorders, early menopause, and sometimes also ovarian cancer and breast cancer. It is natural but sometimes it may also be triggered by an unbalanced lifestyle and medical conditions. This is why maintaining hormonal balance is a very important aspect of women’s health.

There are different causes and also many signs and symptoms that can be attributed to hormonal imbalance. Understanding them will help one to prevent them and restore hormonal balance to facilitate balanced and healthy growth of the mind and body.

Causes of Hormonal Imbalance

Many factors can disrupt the hormonal balance of the body and pose a risk to women’s health. Some are natural, such as puberty, fluctuations during the menstrual cycle, menopausal transition, pregnancy, etc., while others arise out of lifestyle habits such as eating disorders and unhealthy diet.

1.   The level of thyroid hormone in the body is an important factor to be considered. Overactive (hyperthyroidism) or underactive (hypothyroidism) thyroid can cause imbalances in the hormone. It is caused by auto-immune conditions in which the body misidentifies healthy cells in the body as damaged cells, various medications for other diseases such as diabetes, or tumors, and more.

2.   A stressful life or long-term stress can disrupt the levels of other hormones in the body by producing higher levels of cortisol (stress hormone) leading to Cushing syndrome. A normal level of cortisol helps in regulating blood sugar and maintaining blood pressure. It damages the natural production of estrogen and progesterone hormones.

3.   Poor diet and nutrition and eating disorders are some of the most common reasons for destroying the ideal balance of hormones in the body. While an unhealthy diet leads to overweight problems, the fear of gaining weight or too much exercise leads to low body weight (anorexia nervosa) in women. It further leads to low estrogen production and low bone density among other problems.

4.   Birth control medications and contraceptives also disrupt the natural flow of hormones in the body. It leads to irregular periods, bleeding, mood swings, and other complications.

The Signs and Symptoms

The signs and symptoms depend on the type of hormone out of balance and the gland of the body that is affected.

1.   Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) – It is one of the symptoms of hormonal imbalance. It is when the body starts producing high-level higherhlevelsses that leads to irregular periods in women.

2.   Lower sex drive – Hormonal imbalance can also lead to a drop in the estrogen levels of the body thus creating less desire for sexual intercourse. Vaginal dryness is also another result of frequent usage of contraceptive pills and antidepressants which creates hormonal imbalance and can make sex painful and uncomfortable.

3.   Weight gain – An unexplained gain in weight may be caused by low levels of thyroid hormones (underactive thyroid) which fail to regulate body metabolism and high levels of cortisol, which is also a steroid hormone that regulates vital metabolism functions of the body. It also contributes to heart diseases and diabetes.

4.   Infertility – Hormonal imbalance can also lead to complications of fertility by affecting the menstrual cycle of women. It is affected by early menopause and other conditions such as Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).

5.   Loss of sleep cycle – An imbalance of progesterone which is the relaxing hormone can lead to insomnia while a high level of progesterone results in chronic fatigue, and headache. It will lead to irritability, anxiety, and stressful life which will further register changes in blood pressure and heart rate in the body.

6.   Bloating – The cells of the gastrointestinal lining are composed of both estrogen and progesterone receptors. Changes in the levels of estrogen and progesterone affect the process of digestion and also can lead to stomach issues and bloating.

7.   Mood swings – It is natural for hormonal changes to occur during the menstrual cycle or menopause, but only that it leads to mood swings in women like premenstrual syndrome (PMS). An imbalance of estrogen and thyroid hormone can also contribute to frequent mood shifts in women.

8.   Other symptoms include changes in appetite, breast tenderness due to estrogen imbalance, hair loss and deepening of the voice in females, etc.

Maintaining hormonal balance – A healthy diet

From estrogen therapy to thyroid medications, the cause of hormonal imbalance will guide the treatment for it and a higher degree of intensity may even call for medical intervention. But some basic self-help to achieve hormonal balance is weight management, weight loss, and following a healthy diet.

1.     Following a balanced diet with a sufficient intake of nutritious foods and enough protein with every meal.

2.     Exercising regularly to regulate metabolism and maintain healthy body weight.

3.     Keeping an eye on personal hygiene and drinking green tea.

4.     Avoiding processed foods and very spicy and hot food.

5.     Putting a limit on sugars, carbohydrate consumption, and calories intake.

6.     Stress management and proper time management with quality sleep at night.

7.     Quitting smoking and cutting down consumption of alcohol.

8.     Relying less on over-the-counter medications for minor problems.

9.     Lessen exposure to harmful substances present in the environment like pollution and protect your body always.

10.  Consumption of healthy fats, whole grains, and fresh fruits and vegetables for the production of the right hormones in the right amount and controlling appetite.

11.  Avoiding overeating and undereating and controlling cravings for junk food.

12.  Taking supplements to improve hormone levels.

Supplements to improve hormone levels and weight management : andMe Green and Lean Drink and PCOS and PCOD Drink combo

1.   andMe Green and Lean Drink – It is a nutritional drink with a blend of ayurvedic herbs and a combination of 30+ vegetables and fruits. It helps to improve hormones and also manage weight with its rich composition of fruits and vegetables. The perfect blend that includes Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, and Vitamin B6, provides for detox, increased immunity, and digestive functions, weight management, and energy.

Its alkalizing blend helps to reduce body acidity and the detox and digestion blend helps cleanse the body, improve digestion and thus facilitate the production of necessary hormones. As a weight management drink, it manages weight and boosts immunity and its antioxidant blend protects the brain and promotes a healthy heart. It has no added sugar, no added preservatives, and no artificial ingredients and is completely plant-based and vegan.

2.   andMe PCOS PCOD Drink – For hormonal balance and regular periods, this plant-based drink is made with all the ingredients that are important for a healthy PCOS diet. It helps in balancing hormones in women, regularizes periods, manages weight gain due to PCOS, and helps reduce acne. It also helps in boosting energy levels by providing sufficient nutrition. 

It is natural and vegan and contains no preservatives or any added sugar. It is an effective alternative to contraceptives that provides the best PCOS treatment by balancing the hormones from within and managing irregular periods by providing 30% daily nutrition and also helps in losing weight.

So, for the proper facilitation and stimulation of hormones and the healthy growth of your body, a healthy diet is extremely important. Because it is the proteins and the nutrients rich food we consume that provides for the fuel to produce hormones in your body.

Why Breast milk is better than Formula milk

Pregnancy is seen as a woman’s precious joy. Being able to bring life to this world is special and comes with a huge responsibility. When a newborn baby arrives in this world, breast milk becomes the most important food for the baby. A woman produces milk after childbirth under the influence of two hormones: prolactin and oxytocin. It becomes the primary source of nutrition for the baby. Milk is produced by the mammary glands located in the breast in the woman’s body. Breastfeeding has various advantages for the baby as well as the mother.

What is the importance of breast milk?

  • Breasts produce colostrum during the first days after birth. It is a thick and yellowish fluid that is high in protein, low in sugar, and fully packed with beneficial compounds for the baby. Colostrum helps develop the baby’s digestive tract. After a few days, the breast produces a larger amount of milk as the baby’s stomach grows.
  • Breast milk is fully packed with antibodies. Colostrum contains high amounts of immunoglobulin A along with several other antibodies that help the baby fight against bacterias and viruses. This develops the health of the baby.
  • It also reduces the baby’s risk for various illnesses and diseases. They include middle ear infection, sudden infant death syndrome, respiratory tract infections, colds, gut infections, intestinal tissue damage, allergies, asthma, bowel diseases, diabetes, and childhood leukemia. 
  • Feeding breast milk promotes healthy weight gain and helps prevent obesity in babies. Breast milk contains leptin which regulates appetite and fat storage in the baby. These babies can self-regulate their milk intake which helps in developing healthy eating patterns. 
  • Premature babies can benefit a lot from breast milk as it offers the best protection against fatal conditions like sepsis, chronic lung disease, and necrotizing enterocolitis. Breast milk helps premature babies to develop and grow healthily.
  • Feeding the baby breast milk is advantageous to the mother as it accelerates postpartum recovery. It burns calories and helps shrink the uterus. Breastfeeding helps lower the risk of depression, breast cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, uterine and ovarian cancer in mothers. 
  • Breastfeeding produces the naturally soothing hormones oxytocin and prolactin that promote stress reduction and positive feelings in the nursing mother. These mothers learn to read their infant’s cues and babies learn to trust caregivers. This helps shape the infant’s early behavior.

What are the advantages of breast milk over formula milk?

  • Breastfeeding is free of cost while formula milk can be expensive.
  • Formula milk lacks antibodies that can only be found in breast milk.
  • Breast milk can change according to the growth and needs of the baby. Formula milk cannot match this complexity of breast milk.
  • Breast milk is available all the time and is ready whenever the baby needs it. But formula milk needs proper planning and organizing. 
  • Formula milk increases the chance of producing gas and constipation in babies compared to breast milk.
  • Breast milk ensures that the baby will have a better vision.
  • Breast milk is known to lower the rates of infant mortality.
  • Breast milk provides skin-to-skin contact which develops the bonding between the mother and the child. This is not possible with formula milk.
  • Breastfed babies have a slightly higher IQ compared to formula-fed babies.
  • Breastfed babies tend to accept solid food easily compared to formula-fed babies.
  • Breast milk helps babies go to sleep sooner due to the hormone oxytocin produced in the baby’s body. This can not be achieved by formula milk.
  • Breastfeeding benefits the mother too in many ways. It promotes a positive mood for the mother.
  • Breastfeeding increases the confidence and self-esteem of the mother.

What are the challenges of breastfeeding?

  • New mothers might feel slightly uncomfortable in this process. With proper guidance and education, the mothers overcome this barrier.
  • Breastfeeding can be a painful process. The latch-on pain is normal for 7 to 10 days and is supposed to last less than a minute. But in case of more latch-on pain or sore nipples, the mothers are advised to visit a specialist.
  • Breastfeeding needs commitment from the very beginning. The breastfed babies need to eat more compared to babies who take formula. Hence a breastfeeding mother might have to feed the baby every 2 to 3 hours.
  • Breastfeeding mothers might have issues with their sleep schedule or work due to the process. They can also face problems while traveling with the baby.
  • Mothers who breastfeed their babies need to be cautious about their diets as whatever they eat or drink can pass down to the baby.
  • Mothers who are engaged in medication or treatment for some specific medical conditions need to consult doctors before breastfeeding. The medications might make breastfeeding unsafe.

Much needed extra care for the mother

Breastfeeding initially can be exhausting and tiring for mothers. Hence the health of the mother becomes very crucial. Hairfall, acne, stress, depression, weight gain, etc, are a few of the problems faced by mothers during postpartum. Hence a properly balanced diet is considered important for breastfeeding mothers. While taking care of the baby many times the mother ignores her health. Vitamins and nutrients are very important for the breastfeeding mother. The mother might or might not get an adequate supply of the nutrients through the food only. Due to this reason, supplements and vitamin tablets are considered a necessity. This will ensure the mother’s body is getting the complete nutrients required for the body.

andMe Post Pregnancy Care Combo provides the ultimate care for lactating mothers. The combo has two products: andMe Lactation Booster and andMe Women’s Multivitamin

andMe Lactation Booster contains fenugreek seeds, Vitamin B12, Calcium, Choline that combined aid in lactation and breast milk. This drink contains Vitamin B9, Iron, DHA that helps in the growth of the infant. Ingredients like Moringa, Vitamin D helps with the postpartum weight while Vitamin B6, Selenium, Turmeric helps with postpartum anxiety and stress.

andMe Women’s Multivitamin are capsules that are made with food extract. Shatavari, Ashwagandha, Vitamin A, Vitamin D, and Zinc are some of the major components of the capsules. This product improves energy and digestion in the mother’s body. It targets promoting healthy hair and skin. The capsules also promote healthy bones and joints.

Both the products are plant-based. They are made with all-natural ingredients and with the goodness of Ayurveda, added preservatives, and no added chemicals. They are completely safe to consume. This combo is a natural gift for all those brave lactating mothers who are taking care of their newborns.

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