If you live in Ridgewood, New Jersey or the surrounding areas and you are trying to overcome fertility challenges, I’m very excited you’ve come to this blog post. I’ve been an acupuncturist for 18 years now and have successfully treated many cases of infertility using all-natural approaches. Maybe you feel hopeless or overwhelmed about your situation right now. Perhaps you’ve tried conventional methods and either can’t get pregnant or you are struggling with recurring miscarriages.
I understand how difficult fertility challenges can be. The emotional toll it can take on you and your partner can be devastating. I’d like to do anything I possibly can to help you! Based on this, I’m going to share 3 VERY powerful tips based on my extensive experience that may provide you with some hope, insight, and empowerment. Before jumping in, it’s important to let you know that your best chance of a health conception is to seek out the customized support of a natural fertility expert. My contact information is at the bottom of this article, if you’d like to schedule a free 20 minute consult with me to discuss your specific situation.
1. Use a temperature chart to track your fertility: If your blood work is fine, yet you still can’t become pregnant, consider using a temperature chart. Blood work on day 3 and day 25, shows a static picture of the hormones. However, hormonal fluctuations do occur throughout the cycle, similar to the ebb and flow of the tide in the ocean. These small hormonal fluctuations can reveal SIGNIFICANT information about the cycle that blood work cannot. To understand this better, if you were to watch a movie and were only given frame 3 or frame 25 to watch, you’d still miss out on the content of the whole movie. Similarly, if you only take blood work on day 3 or day 25 of a woman’s cycle, then you can miss significant problems preventing conception. This is particularly important with the timing of ovulation, where the egg is released from the ovary. Nancy, was a teacher in middle school and she saw me because she could not get pregnant with a second child. After we monitored her daily temperatures of her cycle, to her surprise, we found that her ovulation was 8 days LATER than when it should have occurred. It took place a week late. She was missing her golden opportunity to become pregnant as a result of this finding. Once we discovered this, we worked to regulate her ovulation, creating it a week earlier, when it was supposed to occur. Five months later she was pregnant with a boy that she gave birth to this summer. This case highlights the importance of using the simple temperature charting method for following her cycle to see what is going on and what isn’t!
2. Reduce your weight- even a little helps! Extremely lean or very obese women and men, can have trouble conceiving. In men, unhealthy body types can lead to poor semen quality. For ultra-lean women, the body is set into starvation mode and basically sends a signal to the reproductive system that it’s not a good time to reproduce.
Obesity in women poorly affect insulin levels, which negatively affect ovulation. Aim for a body mass index, the standardized measure of the ration of height divided by weight, or between 24 and 30. Start by including more protein in your meals. Added protein helps your body manage blood sugar better. Eat those carbs, but make sure they are complex carbs not simple sugars like white rice, candy bars, cookies etc. Eating your carbs at certain times is also important. As stress increases throughout the day, judicious intake of carbs with protein at lunch time and then at dinner time can reduce stress hormones and control insulin better, helping you to lose weight.
Consider the following facts about acupuncture and Chinese medicine:
- Acupuncture is the use of thin, small needles that help increase the blood flow through the uterine arteries helping to optimize hormones for a natural pregnancy, or to help with implantation when other reproductive therapies are used.
- Chinese medicine helps increase the number of embryos and create better quality follicles when done regularly.
- Acupuncture and Chinese herbs have been helpful in optimizing ovulation.
- Acupuncture and Chinese herbs help build up a healthier lining of the uterus and helps women with thinner linings or endometriosis conditions as well as cysts as seen in PCOS.