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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.

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.

Sleep, Food and Exercise. Why You Need All 3 For Fertility Success

Jan 13, 2017 | Dr. Ryan Funk, Dr.TCM, FABORM
Life is busy and I don't really know anyone who can easily keep the work life balance, BALANCED! Most of my patients have a busy work life and when faced with the options of getting a little more work done at the office or doing some self care, they generally choose work. Even if it's hard to do, we should always choose maintaining or improving our own health first.

4 Tips To Improve Your Fertility in the New Year

Jan 03, 2017 | Dr. Ryan Funk, Dr.TCM, FABORM
January can be a depressing time as the craziness of the holidays comes to an end. The cold and dark rainy days seem to be endless and it's hard to get motivated to move forward. I wanted to talk about a few ways which can help you achieve your goals and get you closer to a healthy pregnancy.