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How to Make Better Habits for Improving Overall Health and Fertility

Jan 16, 2022 | Allison Locke, R.TCM.P, FABORM
It’s the time of year where people are making or editing their new year’s resolutions. However studies show that about 80% of new year's resolutions fail. If one of your goals this year is to get healthier or have a healthy baby, the following tips can help keep you on track and solidify those healthy habits we know can make a difference.

How to Prepare for an Embryo Transfer

Dec 07, 2021 | Allison Locke, R.TCM.P, FABORM
It’s finally that time. You went through the retrieval (or retrievals), and you now have a precious, little embryo to transfer. Now what? What can you do to ensure the best success for your upcoming transfer? 

It’s that time of year again for this one specific nutrient supplementation!

Nov 09, 2021 | Allison Locke, R.TCM.P, FABORM
It’s that time of year to get your parents, children, friends, family, coworkers and enemies all on vitamin D. We say this every year but it is definitely one that deserves the repetition, especially since every year I see my patients not supplementing adequately. 

Should you go Organic for Fertility?

Oct 25, 2021 | Allison Locke, R.TCM.P, FABORM
There are so many things to consider with diet and fertility, and whether to make an effort to go organic is definitely another one deserving attention.

5 Things You Might Be Missing When Trying to Conceive with PCOS

Sep 20, 2021 | Allison Locke, R.TCM.P, FABORM
PCOS is one of the most common gynecological and metabolic disorders that has an impact on fertility. It is characterized by long, irregular cycles, insulin resistance, cysts/immature follicles on the ovaries, or high androgen levels.

From No Period to Positive Pregnancy Test

Aug 31, 2021 | Allison Locke, R.TCM.P, FABORM
Lindsey, a 28 year old, came to me in March having suffered from amenorrhea (lack of menstruation) for nearly two years since she discontinued taking the birth control pill. She knew she wanted to eventually start trying to conceive and decided to come off the pill after having been on it for 10 years. When she did, however, her period never showed up.

How much will Acupuncture boost my IVF results and how many treatments do I need? - The research revealed.

Jul 06, 2021 | Allison Locke, R.TCM.P, FABORM
As an acupuncture and integrative wellness clinic that specializes in reproductive health, you can imagine we get this question quite often. Many patients come to us either starting their fertility journey, about to embark on their IVF journey, or are on their 6th round. Wherever you are, acupuncture can help.

Egg Quality 101

Jun 08, 2021 | Allison Locke, R.TCM.P, FABORM
There are three parts to the egg that require consideration when wanting to improve egg quality as a whole. The theca, granulosa, and lutein cells are parts of the ovarian follicle and egg that secrete various hormones and have certain jobs throughout the menstrual cycle.


Apr 20, 2021 | Allison Locke, R.TCM.P, FABORM
Contrary to popular belief, male factor infertility contributes up to 50% of total cases of a couple’s infertility. That is why it is just as important to not only test male fertility after 1 year of actively trying to conceive (or 6 months if he is 35 and older), but to also consistently treat both partners when it comes to preconception care and fertility. 

How Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Treats Period Pain so Effectively

Mar 08, 2021 | Allison Locke, R.TCM.P, FABORM
In honour of endometriosis awareness month, I thought I would share how acupuncture and Traditional Chinese medicine can be so helpful in endo symptoms and period pain and give a few recent case studies. In Traditional Chinese medicine, we look at the whole picture of health to see what we can bring into balance to achieve your health goals. Often with hormone health and fertility, we look very closely at the menstrual cycle.