Yes I have just started the supplements. They recommend which ones after they do the hair analysis. I did join as a member because you get a discount on the analysis if you are a member and you get newsletters which have quite encouraging information and stories in them.
I really hope you don't mind me telling you this story - but I had high FSH a few months back so the IUI was put on hold. I had to go home and wait for the next month's test. So I decided to completely cut out alcohol, caffeine, refind foods etc. My next FSH was 7 point something. It may have had nothing to do with my new diet, because you can get blips where your FSH is high for one month. But you never know!
I think that Foresight believe that nutrition (supplements etc) can help egg and sperm quality.
Apparently it takes 3 months for your body to benefit fully from supplements. For example, I think that men produce completely new batches of sperm every 3 months.
No the IUI didn't work last month , so next try will be mid-July (assuming FSH is ok ).
Sorry to hear that your treatment didn't work.
Do they give any reasons why it didn't?
Thanks for yoru response regarding Foresight, I too will join and do the hair analysis - Did both you and your husband give hair samples? Also what if you dye your hair - underneath is my natural colour, but I do have highlights put in?
Blimey your fsh really did reduce - fantastic - its worth it then at the end of the day.
I am also looking into acupuncture as heard that this also helps.
What did your hair result come back as or haven't you gone that far yet?
The doctors don't seem to give any reasons why IUI doesn't work. They can tell more about what might be going wrong when doing IVF, but with IUI, I don't think they really know.
Yes we have both had our hair analysis done. The results were that I was ok in most minerals, but slightly deficient in potassium, selenium and zinc. I also had too much mercury and lead (they give you Vit C and garlic which helps to eliminate these toxins). My partners results were a bit worse. He's slightly deficient in most minerals and too high in sodium - which is interesting because he's the one that uses more salt on his food than me. So maybe there is something in it!
I think that you'll have to send them just under 1 inch of hair that doesn't have permanant dye on it. They can do it with non-permanant dyes. You may have to grow your hair out a bit. But if you've only got highlights on the top, you may be able to cut hair that isn't dyed. They need it from the nape of the neck anyway because that's the newest hair. There's a hair analysis form on their website which will help.
Just thought i'd let you know about my experience so far !
I was having a few girlie problems and what with my forthcoming ICSI treatment, i thought i should go and see a nutritionist a couple of months ago.
I was put on a strict 'diet' (boring !), which has certainly helped and also is very similar to the foods recommended in Marion Glanville's book........so the nutritionist said that it would put me on great footing for the treatment.
I also sent my hair off to the States to get it analysed for minerals, to check my deficiencies/imbalance. It came back this week - the main result was a copper imbalance.
Having seen my nutrionist last night, this is probably the route of my girlie problems but is also a key factor in infertility.......
It came back with a huge report, which suggests a programme of vitamins to get the balances right.
I haven't been told to avaid any food that contains copper though.......
Just wondering if anyone else had been through this process.....any advice welcome !
Just a thought, but did you know that a company called FOresight who are an alternative organisation for IF do this also.
I understand that they are based around the guildford area (they were recommended to me).
THis might be a quicker and cheaper alternative.
Hi Sarz and Gail,
We both went through the hair mineral analysis process last spring. I did it through a nutritional therapist at Napier's in Edinburgh. When the results came back she helped us to put the recommendations into practice by sorting out the vitamin/mineral suppliments which we required and also with dietary advice to improve our mineral intake as necessary. The nut. therapist knew that I was trying to stick to the Marilyn Glenville diet and she was extremely supportive, offering practical advice wherever she could.
Does it work Good question - I can only say that less that a year later we conceived naturally - following three negative ICSI cycles. Make of that what you will.
The address for Foresight is:
28 The Paddock
Tel: 01483 427839 (9.30am - 6.00pm)
I am sure they must have a website too but my leaflet is probably out of date!
THanks for the input! It looks like based on Flo's experience that anything is worth a try!
I think they may get bombarded with soem calls tomorrow!
Good luck everyone - a bit more hope thats for sure!
Love Dawn xx
Sorry, i missed off the website for you to look at! www.foresight-preconception.org.uk
Flo - congratulations - brilliant to hear of success stories!
I am on the foresight programme - and also had our hair samples analysed through them - I am kind of okish levels, but very high in calcium (god knows what that means though!!).
So take about 15 tablets a day - anything is worth a go - have heard their success rate is very good, even if IVF/ICSI is needed - the tablets are there to prepare your body for pregnancy and that you have a healthy pregnancy when you fall.
With that, acupuncture and reflexology - come on, I should be getting pg at a drop of a hat !!! (wishfull thinking)
I joined foresight(for pre-conceptial care) in 2002(before I discovered this site),
I bought the books, DH and I had our hair analysed, bought £100 worth of vits,
the hair results came back high in copper/aluminium,and they reccomended I stop taking the clomid,as can increase copper levels which can be a factor in miscarriage,so a bit of a double edge sword(clomid does work for a lot of people though),they recomend you both stop drinking and smoking at least 4mths before trying to concieve,and eat organic if possible,they are big on pre-conceptial care, trying to prevent misscarriage,premature or birth malformation.and avoiding (and highlighting)things like Enviromental contamination,pesticides,food additives etc,they also have practitioners dotted around the country,
I believe doing anything you can like, not drinking smoking,but taking vits/and eating healthily,will all help,and getting the phyical aspects checked too!
I now take sanatagen/pregnacare multi vit,and a few other bits and bobs,
there is also a book by marylyn Glenville who has her own vits for pre-conceptial care, and I think a few girls on here feel it has worked for them,
I only stuck with foresight for a year,as i felt i did not want to spend more on membership,hair analysis etc,and felt i could carry on with the vits but find them cheaper elsewhere,
I do believe foresight has helped a lot of people,and if you are really dedicated,it could be very beneficial,
anyway hope this has helped a bit,
I followed the Marilyn Glenville programme to the letter for about 18 months/2 years, and it runs along a similar line to Foresight - as mmmbop said, with the hair analysis and diet and vitamins etc.
I did get pg during that time for the 1st time ever, but m/c early on. Whether that was to do with the programme or not I'll never know.
Am now at the point where don't want to spend a fortune on Vits and Hair Analysis, but dh and I still do the diet most of the time and it has improved our general health even if it hasn't got me pg.
So if you want to do everything you can, then I'd say give Foresight a go. But don't beat yourself up if you fancy a glass of wine or piece of chocolate now and again, because you can have too much of a good thing!