Fertility

What You Can Do To Support Both Immunity and Fertility

I wanted to pass along a handful of things we all can be doing which not only will supports our immune function but also our fertility. A healthy body is one that is strong in both these areas. What makes supporting these systems easier is that there is a massive overlap. Often doing 1 thing will improve both fertility and immunity. Here are a few of my favorite ways you can do both at the same time with only 1 change.  
 

Can stress impact your menstrual cycle?

Understandably, stress may have been a little high over the last few weeks. If you’ve noticed a change to your menstrual cycle - longer cycle, more PMS, acne, etc., this is not too surprising because stress can have a direct impact on your reproductive hormones.

Stress & Your Cycle

Our stress hormone, cortisol, is constantly talking to our brain (the hypothalamus and pituitary). High or chronic stress impacts how our brain releases other hormones, such as FSH and LH, which indirectly influences our hormone balance.

IVF Acupuncture increases odds of live birth by 30 percent

 

The takeaway message from this publication is acupuncture dosage matters when it comes to increasing your chances of a live birth when acupuncture is used in an IVF cycle. Acupuncture has a compounded effect, and just receiving acupuncture on transfer day may not provide the same benefit as a series of sessions leading up to transfer and including on transfer day.

Fertility Advice Your Grandma Would Give You

Our Grandparents are filled with information, and we traditionally seek knowledge from them when we were looking for life's answers. Today we first search google for tidbits of information and rarely use our grandparent's experience. Unfortunately google often overwhelms us with information in contrast to our Grandparents as they would provide us with a few pieces of clear useful actions. Their common sense approach is often not so common with people today.

HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR IVF RESULTS

PRECONCEPTION CARE

The last thing patients typically want to hear when they’re awaiting their first second, third, or fifth round of IVF is to use the next 100 days to optimize their fertility.  But those 100 days of pre-conception treatments have the potential to make an enormous difference in your IVF results.

Poor sleep and delayed time to pregnancy. A wake-up call

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.

Children born to women with polycystic ovary syndrome—short- and long-term impacts on health and development

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

More Studies Confirm Laser Acupuncture Effective in Treating PCOS

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.

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