June is a great opportunity to commemorate the milestones of the LGBTQ community over the years, and take a minute to look back at where we’ve been, and ahead to where we hope to go.
Two years before the legendary Stonewall riots in the lower eastside of Manhattan, Pierre Elliot Trudeau ushered in a new era of libertarian politics here in Canada when he famously asserted “there is no place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation”. Before that time (and this is still so hard to believe) homosexuality had been a criminal offense, punishable under the law. We’ve come a long way since then, especially when you consider that it’s still illegal in 70 countries around the world, and in fact punishable by death in several of them. Not to go too dark, I should say gay marriage is legal in 31 countries to date, the first being Denmark in 1989.
But I digress…
It makes me think of all the many ways we support our patient’s fertility journeys here at Acubalance. From couples trying to conceive with intrauterine insemination, to folks going through IVF, donor cycles, or surrogacy, the basic principles are exactly the same: optimise gametes and uterine environment, and support the whole person. We have some great tools to help with this, and we achieve it by focusing on overall health, wellbeing and vitality.
Diet and exercise:
Here’s a great way you can take charge of your own health and fertility: improving diet and increasing exercise. These are the most accessible simple rules for good health.
Firstly, cook from scratch for all meals throughout the week. When you're really busy this is a tricky job, but well worth the effort.Here are some really basic guidelines.
With each meal, be mindful to have:
- 50% vegetables - the more diverse the better
- 25% protein (lean cuts of meat, eggs, legumes/tofu, etc)
- 25% complex or whole grains
- And a healthy fat with each meal (coconut oil, avocado, olive oil/olives) Nuts also count, and the good news is they are also a fantastic source of both protein and fibre.
Also, exercise is the number one intervention for almost every health issue, from pain to depression, insomnia, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and more. I can’t encourage you enough to get some movement into your day every single day. A minimum of 30 minutes of light exercise is just enough to keep you in the safe zone, but if you can also get your heart rate up and have a really hard workout a few times a week in addition to your daily walks, then you are not only improving your fertility health, you’re adding years to your life. In the spirit of Vintage Canadian content, here’s a very satisfying “Participaction” PSA from the 80s.
In addition to diet and exercise, you can have a huge impact on your overall health by using these supplements to reduce inflammation and improve egg/sperm quality.
Omega 3 fatty acids: Improves egg quality, important for brain development, promotes hormonal balance.
N-Acetylcysteine (NAC): reduces inflammation and acts as a precursor to glutathione, your body’s favourite antioxidant.
CoQ10: decreases several inflammatory markers; improves egg and sperm quality; acts as an energy source for eggs and for mitochondria.
Vitamin D: this very important antioxidant plays a role in fertility in several ways. Firstly, it helps with the production of steroid hormones such as progesterone, oestrogen, and androgens. It also plays a role in supporting endometrial receptivity and implantation of the embryo, as well as sperm production and maturation.
Our sperm health package here at Acubalance is something to consider if appropriate for you.
Acupuncture and LLLT:
Laser therapy is a painless non-invasive therapy using red and infrared light. Photons from the light interact with specific parts of the cell, stimulating the production of ATP, which is the energy source of the cell. Using lasers, we can strongly reduce inflammation, increase blood flow, thus improving the quality of eggs.
Acupuncture: Acupuncture also promotes blood circulation, decreases inflammation, decreases production of stress hormones, and promotes the production of pain relieving neurotransmitters such as endorphins and serotonin. It also stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, thereby redirecting blood flow into the core to nourish reproduction and digestion.
Your treatment plan will be designed specifically for your situation. No two people are alike, and on your first visit, we will go over your file in detail to come up with a plan for moving forward with your unique fertility journey.
If you have any questions, please feel free to book a 15 minute discovery call. I’m alway available for a chat.