Commuting along the seawall is my favourite part of summer. My even more favourite part of summer is running into people that I know, with their sunshiny smiling faces. I find when the Vancouver...
I get asked at least weekly if there are certain foods someone should eat before, during and after IVF. So here is my list of foods and dietary suggestions to optimize your chances of a successful IVF cycle.
Foods to eat:
How many times have you heard that? The only thing missing is the shaky banana icon to highlight the most ubiquitous nonsense that flashes across your screen all day long. Just to be clear, there really is no “one weird trick” for getting pregnant or anything else, including losing belly fat, lowering cholesterol or completing a marathon. But labouring under the tower of “alternative facts”, how do we sift out the truth?
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.
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.
Do your Valentine's day plans include supporting the sexual and reproductive health of women here and abroad? Thanks to our Mayor's new Proclamation, we're hoping that from now on, they will.
When I meet with a patient for the first time, I always begin with a short explanation of what the system of naturopathic medicine believes to be the key to overall health and vitality – a healthy cellular environment. The health of all of the cells in the body depends, in large part, on the health of the environment in which those cells are living, I’ll say.
You know that feeling when you read a study, or a report about a study, proving something that you already knew through basic common sense? I get that feeling a lot when I’m clicking around the internet. The other day I read a short article about how vegetables are good for me; why didn’t somebody tell me this before!? So many wasted years! But seriously, at the risk of doing a double-blind randomized control study to prove the benefits of oxygen, I want to give a little plug for the much-maligned brassicas, so you can eat them everyday, just like your grandma told you. And also reward you with a recipe or two.
As the media frenzy around Zika has waned over the last 6 months, I’m noticing more and more of my patients contemplating vacations to southern US, the Caribbean and Mexico. While the media coverage of Zika is decreasing, the risks of contracting Zika while in these regions is still a concern. There have been 47 cases of Zika in BC, 3 of which were pregnant women. Most of the cases were from people traveling to Mexico.
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 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.