Pre-Conception

If you are in the fortunate position of planning a pregnancy, it is important to ensure the optimal health of both partners in the period leading up to conception. It is wise to 'cultivate and nourish the soil before you plant the seed’ as the health of both parents has a direct influence on fetal growth and development. In fact, western science has shown that the recruitment process for a woman’s follicles begins three to five months prior to ovulation, and for men the process for sperm development takes 90 to 100 days. For this reason, it is ideal to begin implementing preconception advice and TCM treatment at least three months before trying to conceive.

For those who are trying to conceive naturally, part of a woman’s treatment plan will include an explanation on how to observe, chart and interpret your body’s fertility signs. Understanding and following your body’s own natural cues will help you maximize your chances of conceiving.

If Assisted Reproductive Techniques are planned or currently being used ( IUI, clomid, super ovulation, IVF, ICSI), the partnering of TCM and western medicine is proving to be an effective combination. Recent medical studies have shown that acupuncture can enhance the outcome by increasing blood flow to the reproductive organs, improving a woman’s ovarian response and enhancing uterine receptivity.

For those who are science-minded, please visit our research section to review the many studies illustrating TCM’s important role in fertility support.

 Click here for details about FREE mind-body classes offered by our centre to help support you on your fertility journey.

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