What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an ancient Oriental technique that is based on the circulation throughout the body of vital energy or “chi”, which flows through channels called meridians. Acupuncture aims to restore the flow and balance of the body’s vital energy, thereby boosting its natural healing capacity.
How can acupuncture help with infertility?
Acupuncture can provide additional benefits and improve the efficacy of assisted reproductive treatments when used as adjuvant therapy. More specifically, the following are indications for attending acupuncture sessions while a couple is an infertility treatment
- Repeated implantation failures
- Repeated miscarriages
- Hormonal imbalances
- Polycystic ovarian syndrome
- Poor responders in IVF cycles
- Poor seminal quality
- Sterility of unknown origin
Clearly, acupuncture will not cure structural problems such as polyps, uterine malformations, or blocked fallopian tubes, among others. Traditional Chinese medicine has multiple benefits on the body thanks to the release of universal energy and its liberation by all meridians of the body.
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Fertility Massage Therapy :
A specialized therapeutic massage to support reproductive well-being Fertility Massage Therapy is a specialized fusion of traditional massage techniques from many cultures with fertility reflexology, pulsing, and energy healing used to help support reproductive wellbeing, a healthy menstrual cycle, and your fertility. This beautiful flowing massage is deeply nurturing and can help your body attain a natural balance, improve circulation and lymphatic flow to your abdominal organs including your womb and ovaries, help reduce pelvic tension and stress, and much more. Regular fertility massage sessions over a period of 3 to 4 weeks may provide many benefits for the reproductive system. Some of the benefits are:
~Helping to reposition a tilted uterus
~Assist in promoting hormonal balance through reducing stress and improving circulation
~Helping to break up scar tissue and adhesions
~Improving circulation bringing fresh blood to the uterus and ovaries
~Massage is very beneficial in reducing stress and your level of stress hormones
~Increasing circulation to the womb and cervix
~Encouraging the liver to remove excess hormones
~Helping the body to rid itself of old stagnant blood and tissues
Fertility & Meditation
Stress – It seems that it can integrate into every facet of our life. Stress can come from working long hours, rush hour traffic, or even the dreaded two-week wait after IVF transfer. Stress also takes a toll on your body when you lack proper nutrition or sleep. There are many factors that can aid in reducing stress, but I often recommend meditation because it has been found to be one of the most effective ways. Meditation has been shown to have many health benefits. These benefits include turning o genes that cause damage and chronic inflammation, as well as turning on genes that improve energy usage and prolong cell life. Here are 5 more specific ways meditation improves your chances of achieving a pregnancy.
Meditation reduces damage to the cells
The body has a wonderful, natural system that responds to injury and repairs damage. However, for some people this system can be too active, leading to chronic inflammation and do more harm than good. Examples of this include conditions like endometriosis, inflammatory bowel disease, and autoimmune problems. These conditions can lead to lower pregnancy rates, even in those women undergoing in-vitro fertilization. Meditation can turn off the genes that promote inflammation and improve the chances of getting pregnant.
Meditation reduces depression
There are several medical therapies for depression but fortunately, meditation has also been shown to reduce the symptoms and recurrence of depression. Meditation has been shown to reduce anxiety and increase compassion over time, providing you with more tools to continue on your fertility journey.
Meditation slows the rate of damage to women’s eggs
A woman is born with all the eggs she will ever have. Therefore, it’s important to protect the ones she has left. Naturally, our cells get older and slowly die over time. Meditation can slow programmed cell death and prolong the life of the cells, possibly giving you more time to get pregnant. Meditation actually turns on genes that maintain the length of structures called telomeres. Therefore, if we can limit any destruction we can hopefully extend the life of our eggs.
CONCLUSION: Meditation can have a positive effect on your fertility chances
There are many different ways you can meditate. That can help you get started with meditation, or even taking a few minutes alone before your day starts can have a positive impact. Start somewhere, build a habit or take a vacation to separate yourself from the stress of the day today. Even 15 minutes a day, over time, can have a huge benefit.
What is Fertility Yoga?
When people think of yoga, they think of the added benefits of agility and a method for losing weight and keeping trim. The fact of the matter is, yoga has many other benefits besides flexibility and toning, including improving fertility. Yoga is a great way to help you prepare for pregnancy and get pregnant. There are countless methods of yoga and yoga poses that a person can perform. Each yoga pose helps to not only strengthen your body and mind but can help you to regain balance in your body as well. Not only a physical balance and agility but an overall balance between all of your body’s functions, including your reproductive system. Fertility yoga uses key yoga poses that help to nurture, support, and strengthen the endocrine and reproductive system. Your endocrine system is essential for proper hormonal balance, so using fertility yoga poses that promote healthy endocrine function is just as important as using poses that support the reproductive system as well.
Some of the benefits of Fertility Yoga.
It helps to “reset” your endocrine system, aiding hormonal balance. It May help to clear adhesions and blockages in the reproductive areas. Increases circulation to the reproductive system. Supports a healthy immune system and supports the body in detoxifying. Brings peace and vitality to your conception journey. It creates an environment of clarity and reduces stress.
Beginning a Fertility Yoga Practice.
As with any new exercise program, it can be difficult to get into a routine. It can be a bit straining on your body and time management skills. As we all know, diet and exercise are the foundation for good health. So, learning a new exercise practice may seem tough at first, but if you are consistent with it, you will see huge changes in your health over time. Remember to get 30 minutes of exercise a day, 5 times a week.
Fertility Yoga is one of the best ways to support reproductive health, reduce stress in your life and prepare for pregnancy. Do not be hard on yourself if your poses are not identical to the instructor. Over time and with practice, your strength, flexibility, and balance will improve dramatically! It may be best to begin this practice at your own pace. Begin by doing Fertility Yoga 2-3 times a week and increase to 5 times a week if you would like.
There are many fertility imbalances that yoga may help you better cope with If you are experiencing fertility imbalances, fertility yoga may help to re-balance your reproductive system and help improve your chances of conception. And not only that, but fertility yoga also helps to prepare your body for pregnancy, so that your pregnancy goes smoothly. By performing fertility yoga, you are strengthening your reproductive organs and muscles that are used during pregnancy and childbirth, which makes it quite beneficial for those women looking to become pregnant.
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What is the Importance of Diet?
Infertility affects about 15 percent of the population, according to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. While couples can’t control all of the causes of infertility, they can control their eating habits. Healthy body weight for both partners can have a significant impact on the ability to conceive.
Women and Fertility:
To prepare for pregnancy and enhance fertility, maintain a healthy weight and choose foods that will create a safe and supportive home for your baby’s nine-month stay.
Men and Fertility:
Men also should try to maintain healthy body weight and follow a balanced eating pattern, since male obesity may alter testosterone and their hormone levels, according to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. Plus, low sperm count and poor sperm motility are common in overweight and obese men. When it comes to diet, load up on fruits and vegetables, which contain vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that may help create strong sperm. Read more about fertility and men’s diets.
When you are trying to conceive, it is important to take the right steps to prepare your body for pregnancy. As part of ongoing treatment for fertility diet and lifestyle changes help improve fertility and prepare your body for pregnancy.
1) Eat a fertility-focused diet
2) Aim for a healthy body weight
3) Get active
4) Take a high-quality preconception prenatal vitamin
5) Consider other preconception supplements.
What to choose in the “fertility diet”:
- Less trans fat and more monounsaturated fat.
- Less animal protein and more vegetable protein.
- More high-fiber, low-glycemic carbohydrate-rich foods.
- More vegetarian sources of iron and fewer meat sources.
- High-fat dairy instead of low-fat dairy
In summary, eat a fertility-focused diet, exercise moderately, take the right supplements, and make other lifestyle changes to prepare your body for pregnancy. Try to incorporate these diet and lifestyle habits into your daily routine. Remember, diet and lifestyle strategies can be an important complement to your fertility treatment but they do not replace fertility evaluation and care. At Hegde Fertility & Women wellness center, we provide individual nutritional consultations