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Better System. Better Balance.

Better Health.

Systems biology uses algorithms to measure body system balance in a holistic “real-life” forecast. We measure six Systems key to fertility health.​

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Men with Flow Personal Fertility Profiles

The fundamental issue for women with Flow PFPs is not a lack of reserves but improving balance and flow in the body. Balance involves regulating “homeostasis” (optimal conditions) in the body, and when the body is out of balance, performing at an optimum level becomes challenging.

All living things strive to maintain themselves close to their optimal conditions, and they rely on sensors and control mechanisms to measure and control pH, temperature, hydration etc. In mammals, our hormones and nervous systems are the main ways we monitor and maintain our health, and if these go out of balance, it affects our health and fertility.

Stress is an issue for most Flow PFP men, and when “stress” becomes “distress”, it affects hormone balance, which affects how we feel, and crucially disrupts the processes involved in creating healthy sperm.

It may be that things aren’t “right” or running smoothly, with daily events (like the traffic) causing frustration, or bigger “life plans” feel blocked. Either way, stress is often an issue for Flow PFP men and their fertility levels.

However, this PFP isn’t about just people who feel a bit “stuck”; it also includes conditions that physically block conception. When there are changes in the circulation of blood, fluids or hormones, they affect how we feel and create distinct symptoms:

• Feeling heavy and achy is usually due to fluids gathering in tissues and is a big issue for Fluids PFPs
• Hormonal and nervous system issues generally cause cramps or pains that come and go or create irritability and moodiness.
• Problems with blood circulation usually cause fixed pains (or physical masses).

The last two examples affect Flow PFPs most. We function best when we have order and stability in the body, so the goal for Flow PFPs is improving system management issues or resolving obstructions.

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The ANS and Flow PFPs

The Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) quietly regulates essential body functions and plays crucial roles in homeostasis. There are two sides to the Autonomic Nervous System that act against each other to maintain a healthy balance in the body:

1. The Sympathetic is mainly concerned with stimulating “fight or flight” responses in the body, and it’s also continuously active at a low level to maintain essential organ functions. This side of the ANS increases heart rate, lung function, sweating and triggers orgasms.

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2. The Parasympathetic generally works to promote the health of the body at rest, and it’s said to stimulate our “rest-and-digest” or “feed and breed” activities. This side of the ANS is crucial for digestive and fertility health, and parasympathetic nerves are involved in sexual arousal and a man’s ability to get erections.

The relative balance of the ANS has a significant impact on hormone levels. When the Sympathetic side is elevated, there are higher levels of adrenaline, which reduces testosterone levels, impedes sexual arousal, and lowers sperm health. [3]

The balance of the ANS and responses to stress have a mutual relationship, with one affecting the balance of the other. The ANS is where the body’s physical, emotional, and hormonal balance is connected, and this directly impacts fertility.

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Stress and Flow

How we feel and function has a lot to do with how smoothly life flows, and while some level of stress is healthy, stress can become “distress” if we’re not coping well. It can have an invisible impact on our function as we adapt and come to accept it as “the norm”.

• Extreme stress quickly changes our breathing, heart and digestion.
• Long term stress can cause conditions like asthma, bowel disease, angina, erectile dysfunction and a loss of libido.
• Stress affects the hypothalamus, the gland that connects the nervous and hormonal systems.
• The hypothalamus ultimately dictates adrenal, thyroid and sex hormone levels and controls blood pressure, temperature, and blood sugar levels.
• The ANS is intricately involved in our immune state and function, including the development of chronic diseases. [5]
• Long term stress continuously activates the Sympathetic without the normal counterbalance of the Parasympathetic. The release of adrenal hormones raises the immune system’s pro-inflammatory chemicals (cytokines).
• High levels of inflammatory cytokines make the brain susceptible to depression and increase the chances of immune-related causes of infertility. [6]

Balancing the two sides of the ANS is crucial for our physical and emotional wellbeing. It isn’t easy to understand as much of the science is relatively new; however, we can provide tools that can:

1. Measure and inform you of your daily ANS balance and trends.
2. Tell you how much stress you should expose yourself to each day.
3. Give real-time feedback on how events and stimuli (food, people, events) affect your ANS.
4. Empower you to learn what specific lifestyle changes will match your needs.

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Circulation and Flow

Emotional constraint and an unbalanced ANS isn’t the only way men can become Flow PFPs. Physical restrictions are also part of the pattern, and abnormal blood flow can be connected to other PFPs, or triggered by:

1. Physical trauma that damages the blood vessels of the penis, testes and tubes.
2. High fevers or extended inflammations can alter the immune state and encourage it to clot, including anti-sperm antibodies or STIs. (Hot)
3. Extreme cold can slow down blood movement and cause pain and contraction. (Cold)
4. Low energy reduces circulation, and heart disease (and the medication) and diabetes are examples. (Energy)
5. Low blood reserves (usually from blood loss) reduce blood flow and can encourage it to stagnate. (Blood)
6. Accumulations of fluids can encourage blood to accumulate, and varicoceles are a classic example. (Fluids)
The movement of blood is essential for getting and maintaining an erection and is also crucial for the health of the testes and sperm. Varicoceles (blood pooling around the testes) are a common problem that raises testicular temperatures and lowers sperm quality.

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Morefertile and Flow PFP Men

The morefertile member package has PFP extensions with personalised advice on:

1. Diet
2. Healing the gut
3. Lifestyle and Exercise
4. Weight
5. Coping with stress
6. Appropriate tests and treatments
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:
• Informs and empowers you with focused changes to raise fertility.
• Uncovers and addresses hidden problems.
• Raises general and fertility health.
• Speeds up natural conception times.
• Improves IVF success rates.
• Increases resilience and lowers stress levels.

  1. Photo by Adrian Swancar on Unsplash
  2. Photo by Gustavo Torres on Unsplash
  3. McGrady AV. Effects of psychological stress on male reproduction: a review. Arch Androl. 1984;13(1):1-7. doi: 10.3109/01485018408987495. PMID: 6152527.
  4. Photo by Hello I’m Nik on Unsplash
  5. Kenney MJ, Ganta CK. Autonomic nervous system and immune system interactions. Compr Physiol. 2014 Jul;4(3):1177-200. doi: 10.1002/cphy.c130051. PMID: 24944034; PMCID: PMC4374437.
  6. Won E, Kim YK. Stress, the Autonomic Nervous System, and the Immune-kynurenine Pathway in the Etiology of DepressionCurr Neuropharmacol. 2016;14(7):665-673. doi:10.2174/1570159×14666151208113006
  7. Photo by National Cancer Institute on Unsplash
  8. Photo by Tai’s Captures on Unsplash