Coming to the decision to use a donor egg usually doesn’t come easy. Donor eggs are never anyone’s first option. They can however, be an amazing gift to get you back on the path to parenthood when other options have not succeeded.
Why treating both partners makes for quicker and healthier pregnancies. A success story.
Let me first start by saying that the key to a healthy pregnancy is, a healthy egg, a healthy sperm and a healthy uterus (and body). So when I get to treat all three, it almost always leads to my best success stories :)
The last thing patients typically want to hear when they’re awaiting their first second, third, or fifth round of IVF is to wait three more months. But those three months of serious treatment has the potential to make an enormous difference on your IVF results.
It is international pride month, and it has me thinking about reproductive health and the lack of safe spaces for people from the LGBTQIA2+ community to talk about their reproductive health. Working in reproductive health, I feel it is my duty to make sure people know that they have a safe space to talk about their reproductive health with me.
The beauty of Chinese medicine and Naturopathic approach to treating infertility is that it treats the whole person, the individual, and not just the disease, and this includes your beauty sleep.
A paper published in the June issue of Fertility and Sterility discusses how lack of sleep can negatively impact your fertility by delaying the time it takes to get pregnant.
Maternal PCOS status may negatively influence offspring infant and childhood growth, cardiometabolic health, reproductive health, and neurodevelopment.
I shared below our Acubalance approach to PCOS that I presented (excerpt of lecture) at a fertility conference in Los Angeles in March 2019
One of the great things about this study is that it reiterates the importance of dosage and frequency when it comes to laser. The subjects obtained laser therapy three times per week for 60 days to achieve the desired results, which is pretty incredible considering the average menstrual cycle for women with PCOS can be way longer than 60 days. Another great thing about this study is that it is proven with blood tests showing that reproductive and endocrine hormone levels significant improves with photobiomodulation.
Biohacking is a new word being used all over the health industry which seems to have many mysterious definitions. I wanted to dig a little deeper and see what all the fuss is about while seeing how it can help fertility. At it's simplest explanation it is the way people are now using new and clever ways to positively impact our health at a cellular level.
Until very recently, it was assumed that the uterus was a sterile environment – that is, until the advent of next-generation gene sequencing that revealed the presence of an ‘endometrial microbiome’ containing bacteria.
Guys we need to be better at doing our part. I know back in 2000 when I started to practice the data and evidence was not as robust so it was excusable for men to not be proactive in supporting their partners through diet, lifestyle, supplements and acupuncture. But it is 2019 and the data has accumulated suggesting sperm health (or lack of) contribute to poor embryo development, miscarriages and setting your future child up for risk of preventable diseases. Men need to do their part. And ladies, you have my empathy for having to put up with us.