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Is Your Dad Bod Keeping You From Becoming A Dad? A Guys Guide to Fertility and Weight Loss

Apr 17, 2017 | Dr. Ryan Funk, Dr.TCM, FABORM
If you have been trying to conceive for a while and have a bit of a spare tire around your midsection, you may want to think about dropping some pounds!  Many studies have shown how a woman's weight can have a negative outcome for both fertility and pregnancy. Weight also effects mens fertility.

Acupuncture For Fertility, When to Get It?

Apr 06, 2017 | Dr. Ryan Funk, Dr.TCM, FABORM
When I first started my Acupuncture practice many years ago everyone had heard that Acupuncture was good for pain. Now, many years later it seems to be better known for fertility.  Between fertility clinics, internet and research articles it's getting a lot of media attention the past few years.

Acupuncture For Fertility Without IVF

Mar 23, 2017 | Dr. Ryan Funk, Dr.TCM, FABORM
A large number of couples seek the use of acupuncture when they are going through IVF. When performed for the weeks before IVF, acupuncture is able to improve the chances of a healthy pregnancy as well as decrease miscarriage rates. Acupuncture also improves pregnancy rates combined with other western medicated fertility treatments (like clomid) and not just IVF.

Foods For Fertility In Vancouver, Options For The Always Too Busy Person

Mar 16, 2017 | Dr. Ryan Funk, Dr.TCM, FABORM
I was reading through some of the blogs here on the Acubalance site when I stumbled upon Dr Emilie Salomons blog on foods to eat during IVF. This reminded me the importance of a healthy diet when trying to conceive. The foods we eat have both a short term and a long term impact on our health.

Top 5 Tips for Fertility Using Chinese Medicine

Mar 07, 2017 | Dr. Ryan Funk, Dr.TCM, FABORM
I love learning about simple and effective methods that couples can use to help improve their chances of conceiving. Simple fertility tips that make sense and are easy to adopt in our every day lives. This is one of the reasons I love practicing Chinese Medicine.  This type of Eastern Medicine supports the use of a traditional type of fertility diet along with lifestyle adjustments.

Going Green To Improve Sleep

Feb 24, 2017 | Dr. Ryan Funk, Dr.TCM, FABORM
Over the years we have blogged several times regarding the importance of sleep. A lack of sleep is detrimental on both your overall health as well as fertility. While we are sleeping our body is repairing itself. Sleep improves neurotransmitters, replenishes hormones and detoxifies and repairs cellular tissue. A very important time in our day. Unfortunately under sleeping is an Epidemic according to Dr.

3 Things Not To Do When Preparing For an IVF Cycle

Feb 16, 2017 | Dr. Ryan Funk, Dr.TCM, FABORM
In vitro Fertilization is a marathon and not a sprint! We need to think of this comparison closely as anyone enters into an IVF Cycle. Sperm takes approximately 90 days to be created and eggs have a maturation period of several months. Optimizing your fertility during this time before the IVF will lead to better results. There are many things that you shouldn't do when preparing to do an IVF cycle.

Fertility Support Without Full Time Acupuncture

Feb 06, 2017 | Dr. Ryan Funk, Dr.TCM, FABORM
I have had an incredible year so far working with some amazing patients. I'm lucky in the sense that I have been able to treat some very dedicated couples. I see patients for regular acupuncture to help improve their chances of pregnancy. But what happens when you can't come for regular acupuncture? Will you still have a greater chance of success when trying to conceive? Yes!

Endometriosis, A Different Kind Of Pain

Feb 01, 2017 | Dr. Ryan Funk, Dr.TCM, FABORM
Endometriosis effects a large percentage of the patients I see in my practice. In most of these cases it has been a part of their infertility diagnosis as well as years of discomfort associated with their period. For the majority of these women their only mode of relief was from anti inflammatories such as Advil or by taking the Birth Control Pill. Neither of which offer long term relief once stopped.

3 Ways To Feel More Confident When Making Decisions About Your Fertility

Jan 20, 2017 | Dr. Ryan Funk, Dr.TCM, FABORM
Decisions don't always have to be difficult and most of the decisions we make are easy.  From what time we need to wake up in the morning, what we make ourselves for breakfast and the clothes we wear are generally a simple and quick decision.  Other choices we are faced with are not so easily overcome.  Financial and health decisions can be extremely difficult and feel like a horrible gamble when choosing a road to go down.  When looking at yo