Acupuncture and the great sperm race Wednesday, October 19, 2016 by Editor

It's a time of suspense, excitement and often a roller-coaster of emotions. 

The day that you and your partner decide its time to start a family or plan on a new addition - is your body ready? 

A study of Australian couples found that approximately one in six experience a delay of greater than 12 months to achieve a planned pregnancy during their reproductive life. Whether this is due to family planning later in life, environmental influence, lifestyle choice or long term use of oral contraception,  the fact remains that couples are increasingly seeking medical help in order to create a family.

There is an ever-growing body of research supporting the use of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine in fertility management for both men and women. Acupuncture is beneficial in all stages of fertility:

Conception (including supporting IVF) Pregnancy  Labour  Post-birth.

Fertility is an extension of your overall health and much more than just your ability to make babies. On a daily basis I see women in my clinic that endured all forms of menstrual disorders. Symptoms include bloating, pain, insomnia, anxiety or headaches and on and on the list goes.

Fertility is not limited to conception but extends to all reproductive health. 

As a Chinese Medicine practitioner, I am concerned with much more than egg meeting sperm, forming an embryo and implanting in the lining of the uterus. We look at the bigger picture and ensure that both of your are in good health prior to conception. Think about our bodies as fertile gardens for growing a healthy baby. The foundation soil - this is the health of both mother and father - needs to be as balanced and nutrient-dense as possible to support a healthy pregnancy. 

I have listed below some helpful hits to enhance your fertility: 

Consider coming off the OCP (Oral Contraceptive Pill) as soon as possible Address menstrual irregularities with acupuncture Reduce stress by having acupuncture, practising relaxation techniques, yoga, meditation or perhaps just take a holiday! Nutrition is key. Eat healthy! Avoid cold, raw foods and fluids, all processed food especially junk food Regularly exercise that is appropriate for your fitness level - put Everest on hold for now you supermen and women Quit smoking Avoid or limit your alcohol intake  Avoid caffeine  Avoid exposure to plastics that contain BPA.