Fertility

Cigarettes as self-care?

In my twenties, while studying full time, I worked nights as a homecare aid, weekends at MEC and lived in a slightly hectic apartment with two sweet, but messy guys and a dog. I was stressed and under-slept, and occasionally would fantasize about picking verbal fights with strangers on the street (repressed anger and frustration much?). Incidentally, I also developed an autoimmune disease called Sjogren’s syndrome sometime during my 4-5th year, which manifested as debilitating joint pain and immobility.

Acupuncture For Fertility, When to Get It?

When I first started my Acupuncture practice many years ago everyone had heard that Acupuncture was good for pain. Now, many years later it seems to be better known for fertility.  Between fertility clinics, internet and research articles it's getting a lot of media attention the past few years. I find one of the biggest questions I'm hearing now is "acupuncture is great for fertility but when do I get it?"
 

Acupuncture For Fertility Without IVF

A large number of couples seek the use of acupuncture when they are going through IVF. When performed for the weeks before IVF, acupuncture is able to improve the chances of a healthy pregnancy as well as decrease miscarriage rates. Acupuncture also improves pregnancy rates combined with other western medicated fertility treatments (like clomid) and not just IVF. A question I often get asked is "Can Acupuncture be of benefit to those couples going through infertility if they are not doing IVF?"  The short answer is an absolute YES! to understand why takes a little bit more explanation.

Three Ways To Better Quality Eggs

The environment in which egg cells are growing during the process of recruitment and development has a major impact on the quality of the egg cell that is ovulated every cycle. Whether you’re trying to conceive naturally, or with the help of an embryologist, optimizing the quality of eggs (oocytes) that are being produced is of paramount importance in increasing the likelihood of each cycle resulting in a healthy pregnancy.

Foods For Fertility In Vancouver, Options For The Always Too Busy Person

I was reading through some of the blogs here on the Acubalance site when I stumbled upon Dr Emilie Salomons blog on foods to eat during IVF. This reminded me the importance of a healthy diet when trying to conceive. The foods we eat have both a short term and a long term impact on our health. I truly believe our diet can be our strongest ally in supporting our own health or our biggest down fall.  
 

Top 5 Tips for Fertility Using Chinese Medicine

I love learning about simple and effective methods that couples can use to help improve their chances of conceiving. Simple fertility tips that make sense and are easy to adopt in our every day lives. This is one of the reasons I love practicing Chinese Medicine.  This type of Eastern Medicine supports the use of a traditional type of fertility diet along with lifestyle adjustments. I wanted to pass along my top 5 tips for fertility using Chinese Medicine.

Going Green To Improve Sleep

Over the years we have blogged several times regarding the importance of sleep. A lack of sleep is detrimental on both your overall health as well as fertility. While we are sleeping our body is repairing itself. Sleep improves neurotransmitters, replenishes hormones and detoxifies and repairs cellular tissue. A very important time in our day. Unfortunately under sleeping is an Epidemic according to Dr. MacIsaac (Blog Post Here).

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