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.
On my first visit with a patient, I run a series of in-office labs to assess for pH balance, adrenal function, microbiome status and nutrient levels. It’s a simple set of labs that we use your urine, saliva and a drop of your blood to run, that tells us very valuable information about the status of your cellular environment
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.
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.
Did you know that the most important time to optimize your fertility (and that of your male partner if you have one) is during the 100 days before conception occurs?
Your eggs need proper blood flow, oxygenation, balanced hormones and specific nutrients in order to reach their peak fertility potential.
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.
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.