Working with infertility definitely has it's ups and downs. Working with couples and helping them achieve a pregnancy and a healthy child is such a rewarding process. Unfortunately not all end with this ending. I often treat couples who have had tragic losses during their pregnancies. The process of recovering from such traumatic events such as a still birth and neonatal death can often take years.
There is certainly no question in my mind that hormonal imbalances in the body are a major contributor to the majority of modern health concerns – including and certainly not limited to all of the reproductive conditions. It is the equilibrium, or balance, of all these hormones in relation to each other that allows our bodies to perform optimally.
When you’re first being screened by a fertility clinic, Ob-Gyn, or by your naturopathic doctor for any issues that may be present in regards to your fertility potential, one of the tests they’ll run is called AMH - short for Antimullarian Hormone. During the (often) overwhelming visit where your physician presents all of your test results, it’s a good idea request a copy so you can review them on your own time. You’ll see among them a test for AMH, and here I'll explain what it is and why it’s important.
One of the most frustrating things for a fertility patient to hear is that they are clinically sub-fertile, but there is nothing wrong with their blood work – in other words, you’re perfectly healthy! But you’re not getting pregnant and we don’t know why. At Acubalance, we’re always striving to figure out the “why” – and since thyroid problems are extremely common and difficult to diagnose based on lab results, it’s a topic that often comes up with our fertility patients.
Want to Increase Pregnancy Rates when Undergoing an IUI? Try Using Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal medicine.Oct 01, 2013
A study from 2012 completed by Dr Shahar Levi-Ari from Tel Aviv University compared successful IUI cycles with the combination of Chinese medicine and acupuncture.
Today, October 1st, 2013, I have Dr. Kali MacIsaac joining on my initial consults. This is a special treat for our patients as they are getting two sets of eyes looking into some of the reasons why they are not conceiving and what action steps can be taken to increase their chances of conceiving and delivering a healthy baby.
Recently, I came across an interesting article with the following title: Pacifier Cleaning Practices and Risk of Allergy Development. Health authorities in the past have told Mums that cleaning their babe’s pacifier under running water or by boiling is the best way to avoid transferring harmful bacteria from her mouth to her little one (bacteria like Strep mutans, the one that causes cavities, in particular). This article challenges previous recommendations..
Numerous studies in the recent literature have shown a link between celiac disease (the autoimmune disease) and infertility for both men and women. It is not necessarily clear from the research why this link exists yet, but it isn’t hard to postulate some of the reasons gluten could be interfering with conception.