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The Odds of Fertility, How To Put Them In Your Favor

Dec 12, 2015 | Dr. Ryan Funk, Dr.TCM, FABORM





When we look at the chances of conceiving the real numbers are quite discouraging.  The average 20 year old couple trying to conceive naturally have a 25% chance per cycle of having a pregnancy.  In our 30's it has dropped to about 15% and significantly more again in our 40's.  Although these numbers are discouraging their are ways which improve the odds, no matter when you are trying to get pregnant.

Endometriosis - A Lifestyle Connection

Dec 03, 2015 | Dr. Ryan Funk, Dr.TCM, FABORM
Endometriosis is a condition effecting millions of women giving rise to painful periods, irregular menstrual bleeding, infertility as well as many other debilitating symptoms.  Treatment options are generally limited to pain medications, birth control pill or surgery which generally are not good options when trying to conceive.  

Staying Motivated With Your Fertility

Nov 26, 2015 | Dr. Ryan Funk, Dr.TCM, FABORM
We treat many couples going through the difficulties of infertility.  Most if not all are feeling frustrated and exhausted from this process.  I am extremely happy to be able to work with these couples offering solutions, clarification and stress reduction.  This is a unique skill set combined together for our patients here at Acubalance.

Male Menopause, MANopause, Low T, Hypogonadism, PADAM, ... What Ever You Want To Call it ! Boost Your Testosterone with Acupuncture

Nov 19, 2015 | Dr. Ryan Funk, Dr.TCM, FABORM
One of the naturally occurring changes as men get older is the reduction in testosterone  "Low T".  As testosterone decreases we (i'm a guy too) loose some of the vigor and energy we had when were were younger.  Our libido droops and we begin to gain more weight.  No matter how much we hit the gym we can't gain muscle like we used too and loose it twice as fast when n

MOvember - Mens Health and Fertility

Nov 04, 2015 | Dr. Ryan Funk, Dr.TCM, FABORM
Movember is a big thing here in Vancouver.  Many men started November with a squeaky clean upper lip and letting the hair grow for the remainder of the month in awareness of prostate cancer.  With the mens health buzz in full swing I wanted to take a fertility twist on this successful event.  To learn more about Movember see the official website - Movember Canada

Moving and Your Fertility - Does Exercise Even Matter?

Oct 29, 2015 | Dr. Ryan Funk, Dr.TCM, FABORM
November is fast approaching and the "Movember" Mens Health movement is in full swing. I wanted to touch upon a change for the 2015 month long event.  They are now promoting the "MOVE" part in MOVEmber by talking about exercise and how it effects our health.  

Are You Having Sex on the Right Day to Conceive?

Oct 21, 2015 | Dr. Ryan Funk, Dr.TCM, FABORM

If you have sex the day you ovulate are your chances to conceive significantly better than on a different day?

 

What You Can Do To Stop Hot Flashes During Menopause

Oct 07, 2015 | Dr. Ryan Funk, Dr.TCM, FABORM
Hot flashes are the number 1 complaint in women going through the transitional period of perimenopause.  It effects more than 60% of women during this stage of life.  Hot Flashes (sometimes called Hot Flushes) are the increase of circulation to the surface of the skin causing a extreme sense of heat which may be accompanied with sweating.  When experiencing these hot flashes at night they are  referred to as night sweats.  

Boosting Egg Quality with Chinese Herbs for IVF Success

Sep 18, 2015 | Dr. Ryan Funk, Dr.TCM, FABORM
Going through an IVF cycle is not something couples enjoy. It's financially draining, time consuming and emotionally difficult.  Anything which can be added or tweaked to increase your chances of conceiving and decreasing the chances of having to go through this process a second time is extremely desirable.  Chinese Herbs are one option to help improve pregnancy rates.  

Fertility Food, The Best I Ever Had

Sep 10, 2015 | Dr. Ryan Funk, Dr.TCM, FABORM
If you have ever seen me in clinic you know how much I enjoy the topic of food.  Not only do I absolutely love food for the taste but also because of the effect it can have on our health.  Our diet can strongly influence how we feel, both positively and negatively!

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