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“Should my husband be coming in, too?”

Feb 08, 2021 | Allison Locke, R.TCM.P, FABORM
This is a question I get often in the clinic from my female fertility patients. The short answer is yes, acupuncture is great for everyone, especially when it comes to fertility. There’s always something that can be improved upon to boost fertility, such as increasing circulation to reproductive organs, balancing hormones, reducing stress, or reducing inflammation. 

Are Irregular Periods a Sign of Something More Sinister?

Jan 04, 2021 | Allison Locke, R.TCM.P, FABORM
As someone that has had irregular menstrual cycles for most of her life, I never thought it was anything too serious - and that’s mostly because my doctors would brush it off whenever I mentioned it. I mean it still came eventually so it can’t be too much of an issue, right?
 

How to Emotionally Get Through an IVF Cycle

Nov 16, 2020 | Allison Locke, R.TCM.P, FABORM
I was treating a patient last week preparing for her first IVF cycle when she asked me, “How do people get through this?” This particular patient, who I will call Emma, suffered a devastating miscarriage earlier this year and was plagued with so much guilt about not being able to provide her 5 year old son with a sibling.

Miscarriage: Causes and Treatment

Oct 13, 2020 | Allison Locke, R.TCM.P, FABORM
Miscarriage and pregnancy loss is unfortunately an extremely common occurrence during one’s fertility journey. In fact, 20% of all confirmed pregnancies end in miscarriage, 80% of those occurring in the first 12 weeks. Everyone processes loss differently and requires different lengths of time and tools for healing.

Regulating Cycles and Getting Pregnant Naturally with PCOS

Sep 17, 2020 | Allison Locke, R.TCM.P, FABORM
Since September is PCOS awareness month, I thought I would combine a success story with some information about one of my favourite supplements for people struggling with PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome).
 

Working From Home Hurting Your Back?

Sep 02, 2020 | Allison Locke, R.TCM.P, FABORM
If you’re like the many thousands of people in Vancouver that transitioned to working from home due to the pandemic, you may have also struggled with setting up a decent home office space. Lack of proper desk space or office chairs resulting in poor posture for 8 hours a day can wreak havoc on your back, hips, neck, and/or shoulders. 
 

Surgery for Endometriosis

Jul 15, 2020 | Allison Locke, R.TCM.P, FABORM
When facing a diagnosis such as endometriosis, there are quite a few avenues of treatment. You may be presented with hormonal options like birth control to eliminate your periods or medication which puts you into temporary menopause, or perhaps you are contemplating surgery.

The Fertility Diet Simplified

Jul 12, 2020 | Allison Locke, R.TCM.P, FABORM
Diet is one of the main pillars for a healthy mind and body, especially when you are focusing on boosting your fertility (preparing your body for pregnancy, prepping for an IVF or IUI, or trying to conceive naturally). Knowing what to eat is complicated enough, but through the lens of fertility adds another layer of complexity.

Optimizing your Digestion during Springtime

May 27, 2020 | Allison Locke, R.TCM.P, FABORM
Springtime has a lot of my patients thinking about diets, cleanses, and what they’re putting into their bodies in general. This self evaluation is definitely necessary to check in with yourself about your personal health goals and what modifications may be necessary, but it’s important to make informed and personalized choices as opposed to what’s presented on the internet or social media.

TREATING PMS AND PERIOD PAIN DURING SOCIAL ISOLATION

Apr 21, 2020 | Allison Locke, R.TCM.P, FABORM
Quite a few of my patients have emailed me the past month updating me on their cycles since lock down. Thankfully for many of them, the consistency of their past treatments have awarded them the lasting benefits of continued menstrual relief. But for a handful of them, the lack of consistent treatment along with the added pandemic stress resulted in an increase in symptoms.

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