The fundamental issue for women with Blood PFPs is improving the health of their blood and energy reserves. Blood tests are a familiar part of the first line of diagnostic tests, and there are narrow ranges for “healthy” blood. Many factors alter blood test results, including age, diet, trauma, hydration and immune challenges (which can change how blood behaves rapidly).
Blood is crucial for health, and the quality and quantity of a woman’s blood naturally makes changes with the menstrual cycle. Energy levels fluctuate for everyone, but Blood PFP women tend to be less energetic than most of their friends and colleagues due to blood issues.
There are close connections between Blood PFP and Energy PFP as blood transports oxygen and nutrients to muscles. The digestive weakness and dietary issues that are common causes of Energy PFP also contribute to people being Blood PFPs, and anaemia creates feelings of tiredness. In many ways, our blood is a significant energy reserve that supports muscle and organ function and is crucial for fertility. There are variations in how Blood PFP can develop, which we’ll call “Constitutional” and “Life” Blood.
Our constitutional health is primarily the genetic packages we inherited from our parents, with the genes on our chromosomes determining much about us. One of the things we all have is genetic traits that affect how much blood we make and how it functions.
However, genes aren’t 100% stable, and their behaviour (and structure) changes in response to age, diet and the environment:
Genetic robustness determines our health at birth, how quickly we age, and our changing fertility levels.
Genetic variations affect our blood, including how efficiently it carries oxygen and responds to immune threats and clots.
Our genetics aren’t “set” or constant, and different genes are “expressed” throughout our lives. Aplastic anaemia is an example as it can be purely genetic or triggered by disease or toxins.
Triggers of gene expression include hormones, diet, exercise and chemicals.
Modern living is full of new chemicals, and many are “endocrine-disrupting chemicals” (EDC) that alter hormones and disrupt egg production.
These are conditions that reduce red blood cell numbers, the amount of haemoglobin in the blood, or haemoglobin’s ability to transport oxygen and waste products.
|Thalassemia||Genetic (HBA1 & HBA2)||Reduction in haemoglobin production|
|Acanthocytosis||Genetic||Abnormal blood cells as a result of an inability to fully digest fats.|
|Aplastic anaemia||Genetic, immune disease or toxins||The bone marrow doesn’t create enough blood cells.|
|Megaloblastic anaemia||Genetic||DNA synthesis in red blood cells is inhibited.|
|Sickle cell anaemia
|Genetic||Abnormal cell shapes in response to potential local diseases.|
These are lifestyle choices or events that reduce red blood cell numbers, the haemoglobin in the blood, or haemoglobin’s ability to transport oxygen. We’ve listed the leading causes of non-genetic anaemia, but other triggers, including exposure to severe cold, or menopause, can induce anaemia.
|Iron deficiency anaemia||Dietary||Low iron levels reduce the production of red blood cells|
|Protein deficiency anaemia||Dietary||Low protein in the diet restricts blood cell formation|
|Scurvy||Dietary||Low Vitamin C, which is needed to make collagen|
|Vitamin B12 deficiency anaemia||Dietary||1Low B12 reduces the production of red blood cells|
|Folate deficiency anaemia||Dietary||Low folate in the diet reduces the production of new blood cells|
|Post-haemorrhagic anaemia||Blood loss||Trauma or other cause of bleeding reduces blood cells|
|Pernicious anaemia||Loss of gastric cells||The loss of gastric cells reduces the absorption of Vitamin B12|
|Chronic disease anaemia||Inflammation||The body converts iron into ferritin in response to inflammation|
|Drug-induced anaemia||Medication (esp. penicillin)||High doses of drugs reduce blood cells in the spleen or trigger an autoimmune reduction of blood cells|
Diet is a significant factor for abnormal blood values, which offers the possibility of improving blood function by changing diet. Blood loss is another consideration, and as women can have heavy periods, they’re generally affected more than men. However, both sexes can silently lose blood, usually via ulcers in the intestines.
Blood is crucial for our health and wellbeing. It moistens, provides oxygen and nutrients to cells, removes waste products, is vital for immune health and distributes heat around the body. Low blood levels cause:
Emotional wellbeing and the state of blood in the body are closely connected:
Given how crucial blood is for heart health, this isn’t surprising, and lower blood volumes and health increases the chance of feeling vulnerable and getting palpitations. This connection to emotional vulnerability increases the importance of maintaining a healthy autonomic nervous system (ANS) balance.
The ANS is crucial for hormone balance, sexual arousal and fertility levels, and good blood health. A balanced ANS increases oxygen supply to the ovaries and enhances mood and sexual health.
Healthy blood is essential for immune balance and vitality, and for women, it’s also crucial for developing eggs, follicles, and womb lining. Problems with circulation and blood function reduce female fertility as blood carries oxygen and hormones, and low oxygen levels raise the chances of sub-optimal organ function and cell death.
Anaemia can play a significant role in female fertility as it disrupts the hypothalamus-pituitary-ovary axis. Low oxygen saturation leads to hypoxia and “oxygen debt”, which puts great pressure on cells, especially when they’re growing and dividing. Expert advice is:
“Any attempts to treat infertility [ ] should be delayed until anaemia is treated.”
Hormonally normal women with iron deficiency anaemia are more likely to have:
30% of non-pregnant women have anaemia, and anaemic women are up to 60% more likely to have fertility problems due to:
Thalassemia major is the most common haemoglobin disorder in the world, and those of Mediterranean, Arab or Asian origin are particularly affected. About 1.5% of people worldwide carry the gene, and 40-80% of women with the condition have damage to their pituitary gland that affects menstrual cycles. However, medical advances enable many women (and men) with this condition to conceive.
Not all Blood PFP women have a medical condition, but improving the health of their blood goes a long way to raising their fertility and the chances of conception. The hormone erythropoietin (EPO) from the kidneys stimulates stem cells in the bone marrow to produce red and white blood cells.
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They also have the most up-to-date research for specific conditions and access to cutting-edge functional medicine tests and personalised herbal combinations. The morefertile approach: