If you’ve read Part 1 of my thyroid series, you’ll know that the thyroid hormone system is responsible for regulating a huge number of body processes, and that there is more to testing the intricate hormonal system of the thyroid than just getting a TSH and calling it a day. The more you start to dive into thyroid physiology – the triggers for thyroid hormone production and conversion, the receptivity of the tissues, and the dance between the brain, the thyroid gland, and the tissues – the more you realize it’s an incredible, intricate web.
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 wait time for your IVF cycle is a great opportunity to get your mind and body in the best shape to conceive a baby whether TTC naturally or with IVF.
This is the first of a series of blog posts about one of my most frequently discussed hormonal health topics with patients – the thyroid. It’s a complicated topic, and I find that it is commonly misunderstood by many patients. Given the thyroid’s important role in every single cell in the human body, it can affect every aspect of our health.
Women will often lose hope when diagnosed with low ovarian reserve. It's often diagnosed with an AMH (Anti Mulerian Hormone) blood test, antral follicle count (AFC) or poor response to an IVF cycle. At this point, many women will be encouraged to use donor eggs as they will have over a 60% chance of success.
Most people believe that working hard, following through, organizing, and planning lead to success. We see evidence of this everywhere from our professional lives to personal endeavors. This idea is part of a “grit narrative” that we tell ourselves. Push through; work hard; persevere! So why does it seem like this doesn’t apply to fertility? You track ovulation, get focussed, change your diet, check cervical fluid, do blood work on days 3 and 21, attend endless appointments, get sperm analysis, yet somehow never get closer to your goal.
I am passionate about Chinese medicine and its methods that allow my patients to experience life changing results.
There are so many things which can damage male fertility. Men are told to stay away from hot tubs, pesticides, beer, processed foods and dozens of other fertility slashing things. What if there was one simple thing that men can add into their lives which would boost both sperm motility and morphology? Wouldn't you want to try it?
Sperm Count of Western Men Declines by over 50%
A recent meta-analysis of data collected on male sperm between 1973 and 2011 finds sperm concentration declined by more than 50% in men from Western countries. https://doi.org/10.1093/humupd/dmx022
Acubalance has been using a laser to support our patients for the past few years and have noticed great successes. Although lasers have been used in healthcare for decades it still seems "new" to me and most of my patients. Few people understand all the real benefits low level light therapy (LLLT) has on a cellular level. I wanted to pass along 3 great benefits of laser when used to improve fertility.