The Five Fertility Types
Identifying Your Fertility Type
Know Your Type
After decades of working with fertility patients & identifying key patterns, Dr. Jill Blakeway constructed The Five Fertility Types to help her patients understand the root causes of infertility & offer more tailored guidance. In her book, Making Babies, Jill simplifies the complex world of Chinese medicine & offers insight into each type. Learning more about your type allows you the space to focus on the advice most relevant to you & your situation. By identifying & understanding the subtle signs your body is providing, you can focus on your body’s needs as efficiently & effectively as possible.
Read below to identify which of the Fertility Types you are.
The Dry Type
Any gender & any age can be Dry Types, though it is particularly common during perimenopause. In women, it’s often the result of low or inconsistent estrogen levels that result in a thinner uterine lining & less cervical fluid. In men, it can lead to premature ejaculation, low semen volumes, & frequent but inconsistent erections. In everyone, it can present as dry skin, thinning hair, restless sleep, hot flashes, night sweats, sweaty palms, anxiousness, or constipation.
The Pale Type
People who are Pale Types frequently have pale complexions. They are often malnourished, either because they don’t eat enough healthy food or because their digestive system cannot extract nutrients from their food. In some women, it is caused by heavy periods that result in too much blood loss. Lack of nourishment can cause amenorrhea, long cycles, short or light periods, or a thin uterine lining. In men, it can also lead to soft erections, low sperm counts, or low semen volume. In everyone, it is common for Pale Types to suffer from anemia, fatigue, hair loss, blurry vision, or difficulty getting to sleep.
The Stuck Type
People who are Stuck Types often feel stressed. They can be a bit like a pressure cooker in that energy builds up & can be released unexpectedly, resulting in symptoms such as headaches, irritability, angry outbursts, or flank pain. People with a “nervous” digestive system are often the Stuck Type. It often causes estrogen dominance in women in relation to progesterone, leading to PMS, fibrocystic breasts & painful clotted menses. Over time this can result in anovulation, irregular cycles, periods that stop & start, or even endometriosis, uterine fibroids & polyps, or functional ovarian cysts. In men, it can lead to erectile disfunction or testicular pain, testicular varicoceles, or poor semen morphology. In everyone, it creates muscular tension, which often causes inflammation.
The Tired Type
Tired Types run cold & are often metabolically sluggish. They feel sleepy, are often groggy in the morning & feel cold at night. It’s common for Tired Types to experience weight gain, achy muscles, frequent urination & sensitivity to sugar. Some people with a diagnosis of hypothyroid are also the Tired Type. In women, this Type can experience heavy periods, insulin resistance & low progesterone levels, all of which can affect fertility. In men, this Type can experience weak erections, low sperm counts, or poor sperm motility.
The Waterlogged Type
Many people with PCOS are the Waterlogged Type, though it can affect other people too. The main symptoms in women are irregular or no periods, ovarian cysts (particularly those that look like a string of pearls on a sonogram),and insulin resistance. Waterlogged Types often lack the energy to process fluids leading to swelling, mucus, and poor hormonal transitions. In women, this can lead to excessive vaginal discharge and elevated androgens, which in turn cause abnormal hair growth or skin breakouts. In men, poor fluid metabolism can lower the sperm count or cause poor sperm motility. In everyone, this Type can experience a greasy tongue coat, sinus problems, weight gain, loose stools, painful joints, or aching limbs.
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Our 3-month plan to get your body in optimal shape for conception is based on the Yinova Method outlined in Dr. Jill Blakeway’s book, Making Babies.
- We take the time to diagnose you, identifying your unique fertility needs.
- We adapt treatments weekly to support the phases of your cycle.
- We treat your whole body to prepare it for pregnancy.
- We integrate our treatments by working with your RE or OB/GYN.
- Open 7-days-a-week to support ARTs & other fertility treatments.
- We set goals to give you a realistic idea of what we can achieve.
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