When patients see me at Acubalance fertility acupuncture clinic, their initial appointment always takes a little extra time. We go over labs results, talk about symptoms, and draw up a treatment plan together. Often I find that their doctors have referred them to a fertility clinic, but they’re...
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The first thing you find out when you google ‘PCOS diet’, is that people with PCOS are often insulin resistant and need to help regulate their blood sugar levels by eating a low glycemic diet. What does that mean as far as your diet goes? No sugar, limited carbs, more protein, more greens and more good quality fat.
I was reminded of a patient I had seen a while ago and I wanted to share her story to help encourage those who have endometriosis and are trying to get pregnant. Endometriosis is a stubborn problem and many of my patients come in extremely discouraged and frustrated. There is hope!
Bacteria, I mean. Inside our mouths, on our skin, in our guts, healthy commensal bacteria outnumber the human cells in the body. We have co-evolved with micro-organisms since the beginning, and they play a number of important roles in our overall health – from how the immune system functions, to what we weigh. Though research has identified vast microbial ecosystems in the epithelial membranes of the body (the orifices like the mouth and vagina, the GI tract, and the skin), we never thought that we’d find bacteria in the internal organs – and we hadn’t, until now.
I have been working with a couple, both the female and male partner (both age 38) as they prepare for another IVF. I supported them through their last IVF attempt, which was successful, and she delivered twins in 2015. Now they want to add more babies to their family of four.
A lot of interesting literature is emerging in the field of fertility linking the health of the man and the woman prior to conception with the future health outcomes of future generations. Many traditional cultures in the world have understood this, and practice dietary and lifestyle changes in the 6 months leading up to marriage and pregnancy. What they inherently have known, science is just beginning to discover: that your health now, prior to conception, affects your future child’s health and your children’s children’s health.