Conceive A Baby Naturally, Faster
Natural fertility is an approach to get conceived without taking drugs or invasive procedures (assisted reproductive treatments). Nowadays, a lot of people try to avoid taking drugs because of the dangerous side effects. More and more people are aware of the importance of natural health and lifestyle. From our clinical experience, we’ve seen many couples are looking for natural methods rather than conventional medical help to treat infertility. They come to our clinic for the following reasons:
- Worry about the side effects of taking strong hormone replacement or ovulation drugs
- Avoid the stressful and demanding process of cycle monitoring, painful procedures and injections, and repetitive lab tests (Research shows linkage between anxiety and IVF cycle)
- Avoid the financial and emotional burden of ARTs procedures
- Try to recover fertility from birth control pills
- Believe in natural healing and wish to live in a natural and organic way
If you’ve been having trouble conceiving for awhile, you may not be ready to go down the conventional fertility clinic route yet. We can often help you to get pregnant with effective natural fertility treatments that are a lot less expensive and lower risk than IVF. Below are some advices to help you get started.
Acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) have been effectively used for more than 2000 years. A recent analysis of seven studies done on the topic of IVF found that the odds of conceiving went up about 65 percent for women receiving acupuncture compared to those who did not. All these natural healing methods help your body and hormone function more efficiently which is essential for conceiving. By addressing the pattern of body imbalances, numerous feminine or PMS issues such as hormonal imbalances, irregular and painful periods, mood swings, menstrual migraines, and ovulation disorders are often improved dramatically.
Many lifestyle changes, such as sleeping routine, can improve reproduction functions. Adequate amounts of rest revitalize us. The lack of sleep can contribute to hormonal imbalance. Disrupted sleep cycles can disrupt the natural rhythm of the menstrual cycle and hormonal balance in both men and women. Try to ensure a good nights rest in a full 8 hours each night. Be sure you are getting enough sunlight daily or consider supplementing with vitamin D. In addition, drinking a relaxing herbal tea before bed can also improve sleep quality.
Avoid Excessive Sitting
Many studies have indicated that sitting too much can be harmful for our health. Scientists have linked it with an increased risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, excess body fat around the waist, and high cholesterol levels. A new research study from the Harvard School of Public Health shows that extensive sitting habit may also affect fertility, such as lower sperm count. So try to substitute sitting time with standing and walking can improve circulation around the pelvic area and that can be good for both male and female.
Many women can be benefited by consuming more "warm" foods according to the food therapy (as part of the traditional Chinese medicine theory)."Warm" foods have the effects of elevating body energy and improving blood circulation, both are essential healthy pregnancy. Women experiencing "cold" symptoms such as painful period, margarines, cold hands and feet, stomach pain, and diarrhea can consider this dietary change. Examples of “warm” foods are ginger, garlic, lamb meat, pumpkin and coconut. In Chinese medicine theory, there are 5 categories of foods (such as cold, cool, neutral, warm, and hot). Experienced TCM practitioners should be able to recommend the category of foods for the couple according to their body constitutions at the first consultation.
There are many female infertility issues associated with chronic inflammation such as endometriosis, PCOS, uterine fibroids, and ovarian cysts. People who regularly consume foods known to reduce inflammation have a decreased chance of developing such disease. Examples of anti-inflammatory foods are salmon, beets, garlic, ginger, turmeric, flaxseed, beets, and spinach. Incorporating these healthy foods into daily diet can help improving male and female fertility rates.
Christine Fung is a registered acupuncturist and registered traditional chinese medicine practitioner who specialized in Women's health and fertility. Her practice, Acupuncture Shiatsu Clinic in Mississauga, provides holistic services to treat chronic pain, infertility, depression and other chronic diseases.