Tanya came to see me in April after having two failed IVF transfers with one resulting in a disappointing chemical pregnancy. Tanya had typical PCOS signs with an irregular and absent period. She also had fatigue, constant bloating, food cravings, mild depression, hirsutism, poor sleep quality, and cystic acne.
Often quoted but rarely understood, How does Acupuncture Increase Pregnancy Rates in IVF? For years we have seen and read studies showing the benefits of acupuncture for both IVF and natural pregnancies. What we don't usually see is why does acupuncture help. What does Acupuncture and Chinese medicine do to help a couples conceive? The answer is simple yet complicated
I met with a new patient this week who asked an awesome question. We were discussing she and her partners’ diet, and talking about the general dietary principles I encourage all of my patients to follow,
The team at Acubalance Vancouver reviewed a brilliant lecture from the 2018 Integrative Fertility Symposium titled, It Starts with the Egg: Optimizing Oocyte Quality, by Jennifer Fitzgerald ND.
We individually sat down to watch the online lecture and then to summarize our ideas in our own blogs to share the highlights from the lecture on how to improve egg quality.
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I wanted to share a case study of a patient. As my patients know, the treatments they receive encompass more than just needles, we offer a holistic and integrative approach. So what did this patient do to achieve enough improvement to make her 2nd IVF cycle a success?
If you are trying to conceive, you probably already know this, but it’s so fascinating that it bears repeating. You’ve had all of your eggs since before you were born. In fact, they’ve been in your ovaries since you were an embryo. This fact alone is interesting enough, but it gets better. Since your mother’s eggs were in her ovaries when she was an embryo, that means the egg which eventually became you was, at one time, in your grandmother’s uterus.
in studies measuring the amounts of advanced glycosylation end products (proteins or lipids that become glycated through high blood sugar levels and are factors in the causation of aging and chronic disease) in women undergoing IVF. Those with higher levels of these products at the time of egg retrieval had a reduction in the number of eggs retrieved, fertilized, and good quality embryos. There was also an increase in miscarriage rates and increased rates of aneuploidy (abnormal) embryos.
Whether you’re trying to conceive naturally or with IVF, egg quality should be on your mind. Women are born with all the egg cells they’ll ever have – and we carry them with us throughout our entire reproductive lives! That’s a long time to be housed in a body, and a long time being exposed to every environmental toxin, nutrient, and hormone in the cellular environment.