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Over 40? Ubiquinol is better than CoQ10

Ubiquinol vs CoQ10

CoQ10 Vs Ubiquinol For Fertility over 40

If over 40 Ubiquinol is Better Than CoQ10

Supplements for Fertility - Awakening FertilityIf you’re over 40 Ubiquinol is better for you than CoQ10 because it assimilates easier into the body – therefore it is more bioavailable. Infact some sources say CoQ10 does not work at all if you are over 40 and that if you are 25 and older then ubiquinol is better for you than CoQ10.

Looking at the above diagram it is easy to see why. To reap the benefits of CoQ10 your body needs to convert CoQ10 into ubiquinol so as be absorbed into your body.

CoQ10 and therefore ubiquinol help to energise the body for it is used for energy production by every cell, and is essential for good health, high-energy levels, longevity, general quality of life and fertility.

Both CoQ10 and ubiquinol are naturally occurring in your body, carried naturally around the body in the blood. It boosts Vitamin C and reduces LDL (the bad cholesterol).

What Depletes Ubiquinol?

Three factors which contribute to the depletion of naturally occurring ubiquinol in your body:

  1. Metabolic demand
  2. Oxidative stress
  3. Living a standard western lifestyle: high stress, poor stress management, toxic exposure and being under nourished – not eating enough nutrients on a daily basis

How to Keep Your Eggs Healthy

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Anything keeping you youthful can also improve egg quality

It is true! Anything keeping you youthful can also improve egg quality.

This includes:

  1. Healthy organic food
  2. Foods rich in antioxidants
  3. Foods from marine organisms
  4. SuperFoods
  5. A fertile mind-set: Living a fertile lifestyle (read more here)

CoQ10/Ubiquinol Can Turn Back the Biological Clock

According to Ivy Eff who writes for the organisation IVF Success Rates:

“In the case of egg cells, mitochondria is their only source of energy. As we age, our mitochondria slow down — essentially running out of gas. Imagining the enormous changes a fertilized egg must go through to become a healthy embryo, it’s no surprise that egg cells have 200 times more mitochondria than other cells and that they require tremendous energy.

As follicles get recruited (as many as 5 months before they’re actually ovulated), the mitochondrial DNA increases from 6000 copies to 200,000 copies. In the course of this, they are vulnerable to mutations and deletions which can result in chromosomally abnormal (aneuploid) eggs/embryos. Chromosomal abnormalities can cause failed implantation, chemical pregnancies, miscarriage, and babies with conditions like Down Syndrome. This is all much more likely when the “engine” of the egg cells are old and/or low on energy.”

CoQ10 and Ubiquinol For IVF SuccessUbiquinol Capsules for Fertility - Awakening Fertility

According to Ivy Eff it is recommended to take more than 600mg as your daily dosage of ubiquinol to improve egg quality which plays a significant role in IVF success. Best taken with a meal or with some sort of fat for better absorption for at least 3 – 6 months.

What to Buy – CoQ10 or Ubiquinol for Fertility?

We all know fertility treatments add up. As you require about half the dosage of ubiquinol it is better value to buy ubiquinol. Also, if you are over 25 you are better off taking ubiquinol. If you are over 40 there is no point taking CoQ10.

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Fiona Kacz-Boulton is a Fertility Specialist

Fiona KACZ-BOULTON Fertility Specialist(An expert in her field since 2007) and leader in fertility yoga – inspiring people to evolve on their conscious journey to parenthood.

Founder of Awakening Fertility – Harley Street and Clapham, London.

  • Fertility Coach
  • Fertility Support Group Co-ordinator for Harley Street Fertility Clinic and Infertility Network UK
  • Nutrition Counsellor
  • Public Speaker
  • Author
  • Blogger
  • QiYoga® Founder
  • Fertility Yoga Teacher Trainer (RYS 200)
  • Fertile Lifestyle Motivator
  • Fertility Support Group Facilitator
  • Fertility Practitioner Training Co-ordinator
Through her coaching programmes, Fiona helps navigate major transitions to detox your mind (and body) to help you effectively ‘think yourself fertile.’


Book your 30 minute complimentary consultation

With founder of Awakening Fertility, Fiona Kacz-Boulton here

Other Topics Worth Reading:

  1. DHEA and CoQ10 The Treatment Hailed “Everyone Should be Doing For Fertility”Read more 
  2. Get Your Confidence Back: Regain Confidence for Pregnancy Success – Read more
  3. Fertility Depression Quiz – Am I Depressed Trying to Conceive? – Read here
  4. Detoxifying for Fertility – Read here
  5. Natural Fertility Treatments – What Really Works – Read here
  6. Keeping on The Positive Path, Despite Setbacks – Read here
  7. Meditation, Mindfulness and Relaxation for Fertility – Read here
  8. Balancing Hormones for Fertility: Balance Menstrual Cycles Too – Read more

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DHEA and CoQ10 For Fertility

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Many couples now use the internet and social media to educate themselves about fertility testing and treatment options.

However, in our news hungry world a lot of information can spread about what to do when trying to conceive (TTC) that it can become daunting, or at the very least confusing.

At Awakening Fertility Fiona Kacz-Boulton and her small team of researchers gather and assimilate evidence to take the guess work out for you.

New Treatment Option Everyone Should Be Doing

What are the two supplements that infertility forums, Facebook and in chat rooms hail as the new treatment option that everybody should be doing?

The answer is DHEA and CoQ10.

In this article two widely available supplements, DHEA and CoQ10 are discussed and the evidence evaluated on their ability to be considered as a treatment for infertility.

Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) – What is it?

DHEA is in a class of steroid hormones known as androgens. It is a precursor to testosterone and estrogens, which means that those hormones are made from it. In humans, DHEA is made in the adrenal glands; for women it is also made in the ovaries.

DHEA production peaks in your mid-20s. In most people, DHEA, testosterone and oestrogen production gradually decline with age.

DHEA supplementation can increase these hormones

That’s why a number of claims have been made about their potential benefits for couples experiencing infertility.

That said, it is very difficult to separate the effects of natural aging from environmental effects like smoking, drinking, drug use, and radiation exposure. (Note, our water supply has radiation in, but that is a different topic altogether). There is a whole variety of environmental toxic assaults which accumulate over time, so we can no longer solely link infertility to age. (Read more on the link between toxins and fertility here)

Why DHEA may be needed?

In terms of evidence there are some statistics and just a few studies, as well as case studies, which have shown positive outcomes for women with a diminished ovarian reserve (DOR) due to the following reasons:

DHEA Dosage

In the successful cases, a dosage of 75mg of micronized (very fine particles) DHEA is taken over a period ranging from 6 weeks to 3 months.

It is important to stress that DHEA must only be taken in consultation with a medical practitioner who can monitor the dosage level.

Side Effects of DHEA

DHEA does have unwelcome side effects which can include:

  • Weight loss
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Acne and/or oily skin

Specifically, women with PCOS have elevated levels of androgens and should never take DHEA, as it will acerbate two unwelcome side effects of PCOS – acne and unwanted hair growth.

DHEA Summarised

Many fertility clinics have found increased results in helping women who were once told “you can only achieve pregnancy through egg donation” by simply having them supplement with DHEA prior to and through IVF. If you have diminished ovarian reserve, DHEA is a supplement you should definitely talk to your doctor about.

It is important to note that DHEA is not going to resolve reproductive health-related infertility. It appears to focus on egg health, so while it may be helpful in achieving pregnancy; it is not going to fix other health-related fertility issues a person may be dealing with.

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) – What is it?

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is considered by many to be a miracle nutrient because virtually all living cells need it for basic functioning of cells. It is a source of fuel for the mitochondria – which are organelles inside cells that are “power plants” that convert energy for the cell to use.

Note – When you feed your mitochondria you feed your adrenals which are responsible for hormone health (essential for fertility)

CoQ10 functions as an antioxidant because of its ability to loosely hold electrons and give them up as needed to quench free radicals. In other words it acts as an “antioxidant shield”, protecting our DNA from damage.

Why CoQ10 may be needed?

The most biologically active form of coenzyme Q10, known as Ubiquinol, has been shown through several studies to improve both egg and sperm health, while playing a key role in protecting DNA at a cellular level.

A research study in Canada gave coenzyme Q10 to mice, before they were given ovarian stimulation. These mice made more follicles and better eggs compared to mice that were not given Co Q10. Also according to the researchers, the Co Q10 seemed to cause the older mice to produce eggs that functioned more like eggs from younger mice.

This study suggests the possibility of a fertility benefit for women with low ovarian reserve and for older women.

This is because as part of the human ageing process, the chances of pregnancy decline, largely due to a decline in egg health.

The process of reproduction and starting normal embryo development requires a lot of energy. Mitochondria are very tiny organelles within cells that generate a lot of the energy that cells need. Human eggs have more mitochondria and mitochondrial DNA than any other cell in the body.

Part of the problem in older eggs is their decreased mitochondrial energy production. Perhaps eggs could function more effectively and efficiently if something could be done to increase the number or health of the mitochondria in the eggs? Maybe the egg could do a better job of maintaining chromosomal normalcy if it had enough energy reserves?

Studies have shown that the presence of the most biologically active form of coenzyme Q10 Ubiquinol in the cell membrane may help reduce cell and DNA damage caused by free radicals, which has been shown to reduce blood pressure and improve egg health, sperm health and in turn embryo quality.

Free radicals are unstable molecules that can damage cell structures. In normal everyday life free radicals are produced from the activity in our bodies (for example free radicals are made during ATP synthesis for energy production) but chemicals in our surrounding environment can also create free radicals. It is said that each cell in our body is attacked about 10,000 times a day by free radicals, accelerating the aging process.

Some diseases associated with infertility and reproductive dysfunction are linked to oxidative stress including endometriosis, unexplained infertility, PCOS, POF, menstrual cycle irregularities, preterm labor, recurrent miscarriage, egg health, sperm health and motility. Several studies show that antioxidant supplementation can reduce oxidative stress, which positively affects the outcome of each of these issues.

CoQ10 Dosage

CoQ10 is present in and part of our dietary intake. It is mostly found in organic meats, dark leafy green vegetables like spinach, nuts, seafood, and meat. It has been estimated that the average daily intake of CoQ10 is about 3 to 6 mg per day. This is a minute amount when compared to the suggested dose, which is usually between 50 to 600 mg daily in divided doses.

In the case of coenzyme Q10 we can’t justify its use for improving fertility in women based on existing evidence.

On the other hand, there’s no evidence that there is harm from using CoQ10 and it is unlikely that there would be harm since this enzyme is present in every cell in the body and is produced within cells regardless of whether it is present in the diet or not.

CoQ10 Summarised

Healthy diet and lifestyle practices are critical for all fertility patients; however supplementation is often necessary to reach therapeutic levels of certain vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. There is significant evidence suggesting that CoQ10 should be part of anyone’s prenatal plan, if they are going to have children over the age of 35.

Consider a consultation with a fertility specialist, aimed at providing an individually tailored pre-conception plan to optimize your fertility.

Working with a natural fertility consultant opens up a whole new pathway for those on a fertility journey. They can provide the information, expertise and guidance you need, to educate and inform you from the very beginning of your journey through to becoming a parent. And if you’ve been travelling the natural fertility path for several months or years without conceiving, they can provide insight, research and advice regarding the fertility struggles you may be facing.

Over 40? Ubiquinol is Better Than CoQ10

If you are over 40 then studies state that ubiquinol is better than CoQ10. Read how and why here.

Case Studies

Real case studies by people who have taken DHEA

Read their stories:

Posted 06/29/2013

“I struggled with infertility for 3 years. Had 6 iuis and a fresh/frozen ivf cycle. I swear by DHEA. 


Make sure it says micronized DHEA. I took 25mg 3x a day for 3 months. Just to be clear, it’s not a miracle supplement that knocks you up – it’s supposed to help with follicle development and count. I was diagnosed with low AMH and therefore (theoretically) low ovarian reserve.  I truly believe DHEA helped with increasing my follicles come IVF harvest time. 


I know it made a difference with mature follies because of what happened during our last IUI attempt. I took the same dosage of injectible meds for couple of IUI cycles. I’d usually have 2 maybe 3 follies by trigger time. The one post-DHEA, I had SIX. When it came time for ivf, they got 15 follies, 11 were mature and all 11 fertilized via ICSI. Not bad for a gal with shitty AMH.  


Btw, some girls have side effects with DHEA. Mine was oily skin.”


Posted 06/29/2013


“I swear by it. It needs to be the micronized I took 25 mg two times a day and it doubled the amount of my follicles if not tripled. I’m only thirty but my ovaries did not show that so I took it for 6-7 weeks and it helped. 


I did not lose weight I actually stayed the same and had trouble losing weight.”



Posted 07/01/2013

“I only took DHEA for about a week before I conceived my rainbow baby. What I think may have done the trick for me was coq10. Google it and egg quality. I took about 600 mg per day for over 4 months before conceiving for the third time but only pregnancy that didn’t end in a miscarriage. I delivered a healthy baby at age 39. 


I have heard with DHEA you should have your levels monitored. So I doubt DHEA did the trick for me.”


Posted 07/01/2013

“I took DHEA for just over a year from October 2011 to December 2012, while DH and I were trying to conceive naturally and during a medicated cycle. But then in early 2013 my RE said to stop taking it. I had several side effects from it, like some fibroids in one breast and acne. The REsaid that it was not the recommended supplement now (he said it was passee!), and that I should take CoQ10. I started taking CoQ10 in April this year and took two 400mg capsules per day, and we just got pregnant from our first IVF cycle this month! I’m 41, so I was also working on getting better egg quality. If your RE recommends DHEA, also ask him/her about CoQ10. They can both be pricey. But it’s worth it if it works!”



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TICK TOCK GOES MY BIOLOGICAL CLOCK: CoQ10 and its role in ageing eggs Blog by Naturopathic Docotor Tracy Malone, ND:

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Fiona Kacz-Boulton is a Fertility Specialist

Fiona Kacz-Boulton Fertility Specialist

(An expert in her field since 2007) and leader in fertility yoga – inspiring people to evolve on their conscious journey to parenthood.

Founder of Awakening Fertility – Harley Street and Clapham, London.

  • Fertility Coach
  • Fertility Support Group Co-ordinator for Harley Street Fertility Clinic and Infertility Network UK
  • Nutrition Counsellor
  • Public Speaker
  • Author
  • Blogger
  • QiYoga® Founder
  • Fertility Yoga Teacher Trainer (RYS 200)
  • Fertile Lifestyle Motivator
  • Fertility Support Group Facilitator
  • Fertility Practitioner Training Co-ordinator
Through her coaching programmes, Fiona helps navigate major transitions to detox your mind (and body) to help you effectively ‘think yourself fertile.’


Book your 30 minute complimentary consultation

With founder of Awakening Fertility, Fiona Kacz-Boulton here

Other Topics Worth Reading:

  1. Over 40? Ubiquinol is Better Than CoQ10Read here
  2. Avoid Toxins for Fertility – Read here
  3. Detoxifying for Fertility – Read here
  4. Balancing Hormones for Fertility: Balance Menstrual Cycles Too – Read more

Got questions, comments or something to share?

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Q&A Fertililty Support

Q&A Fertility Support

We know what it is like trying to conceive in the 21st century. In a nutshell, it can be confusing because there is so much information out there.

For non-biased, honest answers to your fertility questions you can read the ever increasing list of commonly asked fertility questions below.

Please submit your anonymous questions to


Fertility Cleanse Question

  • I would like to do a gentle cleanse, what do you recommend that is safe for fertility and support fertility?
  • “Castor Oil Pack Cleanse” and “MSM 2×2 Cleanse”

Castor Oil Pack Cleanse

I provide the plastic/cotton fabric + the organic hemp fabric + jar of castor oil so all you will need is a hot water bottle.
You also receive video instructions (see below) and written instructions.
Kit: £25.00

MSM 2×2 Cleanse

  • Doing a gentle MSM cleanse is 2x 2 table spoons MSM 12 hours apart (morning and night)
  • Add a dash of Apple Cider Vinegar with the mother (the culture that is required to make ACV medicinal), in a glass bottle (£8.99)
  • Take with bio-available vitamin C for best results (£59.90) and organic lemon.
  • This gentle MSM cleanse helps dissolve fat, dissolve scar tissue, dissolve cysts, dissolve fibroids, regenerate the body on a cellular level and enhance fertility. 500g MSM (£67.00)

How to start taking MSM

  • I just received the MSM in the post. How do I start taking it?
  • Start with 1 teaspoon in the morning and 1 just before you go to sleep. Slowly build up to 1 tablespoon twice a day then if you want to speed up the benefits then do the gentle cleanse of 2 tablespoons twice daily.

The MSM needs to be dissolved in hot water, so I recommend getting a large mug:

  1. Pour in the MSM
  2. Pour in clean water (not from the tap) hot water from the kettle
  3. Add freshly squeezed lemon and room temperature water
  4. Add Fertility Honey (maximum serving = 1 tablespoon a day)
  5. Add bio-available vitamin C (1 teaspoon) and Apple Cider Vinegar (1 table spoon) if possible
  6. Mix and drink
    1. NOTE: Wait 20 minutes before consuming any supplements or food

Best prepared in this order because the boiling hot water will destroy the properties of the honey. Enjoy!

Fertility Supplements Questions

  • I read CoQ10 is good for boosting fertility. Should I buy some?
  • If you are over 25 then you are better off getting Ubiquinol because the body converts CoQ10 to ubiquinol. Read more here
  • How do I know I am getting enough folic acid or folate in my diet?
  • Folic acid is the synthetic form of folate so you want folate, not folic acid. Here are some articles I have written.

– List of folate foods, read here

– Supplements with folate include JuicePlus+ and Marine Phytoplankton which you can purcahse in our shop. Read about JuicePlus+ here


  • What are Digestive Enzymes good for?
  • As we age, Hydrochloric Acid production frequently declines, but remains important for the breakdown of food in the gut. For example it sterilises ingested food, acidifies it and hence activates a powerful protease called Pepsin and allows vitamin B12 to be extracted from foodstuffs. Additionally, several minerals such as iron, calcium and zinc rely on this acid for their utilisation in the body.
  • Why Fulvic Minerals?


  • Sometimes I have to rush in the morning – can I have breakfast straight after the fertility drink or should I wait for a bit? Then can I take the marine phytoplankton and the klamath blue green capsules together with food (with breakfast or lunch) and how many capsules each?
  • Yes, I know, mornings can be a real rush sometimes!

The Marine Phytoplankton capsules and Klammath Blue Green Algae capsules are best taken separately.

Take the Klammath Blue Green Algae capsules 20 minutes before a meal either 20 minutes before or after your morning drink (because the heat of the drink will destroy the properties of the capsules. In fact warm drinks negatively impact all medicines so best to take room temperature drinks with any kind of tablet or capsule).

The Marine Phytoplankton can be taken with a meal, any time in the morning. Best not to take in afternoon or you may not sleep because they give you instant energy. I recommend reading below for more details about dosage and what is on the labels:

– Marine Phytoplankton –


EPA (healthy omega-3 essential fatty acids) (10-20%)

Canthaxanthin and astaxanthin (important antioxidants)

Phospholipids (which help the absorption of EPA and other omega 3 fatty acids)

Beta-carotene and zeaxanthin

Violaxanthin, antheraxanthin, vaucheriaxanthin (all potent antioxidants)

Complete protein (50%)

Take 3 – 7 capsules a day for maximum benefits

Contains 130 capsules

– Klammath Blue-Green Algae –

Vegetarian Source of B12

60% high quality protein

Highest beta-carotene content per gram

of any food – a provitamin that boosts

the immune system and scavenges

free radicals that can cause oxidative damage in the body.

Richest known source of chlorophyll

Source of fatty acids

Certified by Oregon Tilth and bottled in the USA.

For a full breakdown of this wild algae, visit

Take 1 – 4 capsules a day for maximum benefits

Contains 130 vegetable capsules, 500mg

Health Issues

  • I had to take anti-biotics which gave me thrush. What do you recommend Ido? Is there anything natural I should try? Please help!
  • Yes! Get our colloidal silver and gold liquid blend, fulvic minerals, digestive enzymes, MSM and digestive mix into you ASAP and today get the MOST powerful pre and pro biotic on the market. (Any chemist or health food store). If you can not afford them all then at the very least I recommend the colloidal blend and fulvic minerals for they are going to work wonders.
  • My husband had to take anti-biotics and now we are worried about his sperm health. Should we try this month or hold off for a while?
  • Re ‘holding off’ due to antibiotics… It takes 3 months to replenish sperm so if you are worried then please hold off for 3 months. It may seem a long time but it will give your child a stronger immune system. Please keep your husband does up on Olive Leaf Extract to really help his immune system as well as the same morning drink as you: MSM dissolved in hot water, then add freshly squeezed organic lemon juice and a dash of cold water, then add the bio-available vitamin C and medicinal mushrooms as well as the fertility honey (full of propolis, royal jelly and other stamina and immune building vitamins and superfoods!!)

I recommend getting the medicinal mushrooms to counteract the effect of stress (emotional, physical and mental) that you have both endured since your husband was rushed to hospital. The medicinal mushroom blend helps your body to recover energetically and as they include adaptogenic herbs it means you give your body the ability to heal itself and begin to restore energy reserves on its own accord.

I also recommend getting the digestive enzymes for your husband and some probiotics in the form of Fulvic Minerals because your husband has had the good gut bacteria destroyed from the antibiotics it makes it difficult to digest effectively. Therefore it will effect his energy levels and sperm health.

Here is an extensive compilation of articles I have written offering information about how to improve sperm health for you to flick through, here.


Relationship (Wellbeing) Questions

  • I have a big issue with my mother in law. She has many issues of her own and as a family we are currently unable to speak to her as she is not able to be sorry for how she has treated us over many years. Your work with me has seriously helped me work through some of this i.e. the two meditations and also drawing up boundaries of what is acceptable.
  • She was being particularly awful to us prior to me losing my baby and at the time I could not sleep as it upset me so much. I hold her partly responsible for the loss and possibly still do. It has come up on my lines….can I resolve my feelings towards her by doing the “opening neural pathway work” or is there something else I need to do to help me cope better with this broken relationship? I want to find some peace if possible.
  • I know it must be so difficult for you with your mother in law… The thing is, you NEED to forgive her, not blame her, not become a victim to her ways but remain empowered. What happened has happened and you can move on but you need to forgive so please listen to the forgiveness meditations offered in the course.
  • The other thing you NEED to do, is open your heart more. It sounds cliche, but honestly it is the only thing that will cool the flames of anger you feel.  The online Fertile Lifestyle Course can help you to do this and so can the Qi Energy Healing Course. Here are the details –
  • In the mean time, the lines will help but it is now time to work on the heart. The lines only work on the mind.


Mind Mastery Questions

  • I have been doing my lines and cleared a few of them as I have gone along when I have time not loads but a few. Can resolving just some of these have the desired effect?
  • Its weird because after clearing some I don’t seem to have them firstly re appearing on my list of thoughts or almost no negative thoughts coming up now. Is this what happens? It makes such a difference you were so right!
  • Thanks for getting in touch. Yes, the lines are very, very powerful! Once you  create the new neural pathways you start to think and react to situations differently… And no hypnosis needed!

Alternative Therapies

  • I have heard Colour Therapy works. Please tell me more about it.
  • Yes, colour therapy does work. Here is a summary for you:
    • Red – for grounding, focus, increased awareness, improving family relationships and for activating the earth element (base chakra) to help you feel more secure and out of survival mode. This is key for fertility success becuase if you are stressed, ‘fight or flight’ mode means your body responds as if you are fighting for survival and fertility success requires you’re out of “survive” mode and into “thrive” mode.
    • Orange – for fertility, abundance, improving 1-to-1 relationships and activating the water element (sacral chakra) to help you feel more at ease and able to ‘go with the flow’ a little easier
    • Yellow – for self confidence, self worth, for improving group relationships, for mental clarity and stimulating intelligence. It activates the fire element (solar plexus chakra) to help you ignite more passion and not to give up when the going get’s tough on your fertility journey.
    • There are lots more colours and the online course goes into full detail for you so just refer to that 🙂
  • What is Sound Therapy or Sound Healing? How does it work?