Hot Flashes: What Are They and What Helps Them?

Hot flashes and night sweats are something we often work with in women’s health and fertility.  Sometimes it happens after a woman has taken fertility medications; sometimes it happens gradually or sporadically.  It can happen toward the end of our reproductive years, and it can happen during pregnancy. Sometimes the discomfort is limited to a few surges of heat during …

Supporting Follicular Genesis with Acupuncture and Self-Care

The egg you release this menstrual cycle has actually been in its final phase of maturation for the past 3 menstrual cycles. That is when the pre-antral follicle stage began; during this time the follicle grows from 0.2 mm to about 20 mm when the follicle is finally mature and the egg is ready for fertilization. Many follicles grow at the same time during the pre-antral stage. The follicles become “antral” once there is a fluid-filled sac which surrounds the egg.

How Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine can help with Diminished Ovarian Reserve (DOR)

While diminished ovarian reserve (DOR) is more common in women as they get older, it can be an issue for younger women as well. The reasons for DOR are numerous, including age, cysts, endometriosis, high body mass index, history of tumours or radiation, or family history. While many of these causes are a result of an identifiable situation, it is …

How Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine can help with Advanced Maternal Age (AMA)

The term ‘advanced maternal age’ (AMA) is misleading, as women of ‘advanced age’ are in reality quite young, usually in their late 30s or 40s. Strong, confident, capable women who have already lived a full life or two and are now ready to consider expanding their family and having a child. The term ‘advanced maternal age’ is relative though, and …

Diminished Ovarian Reserve – Learn how you can rejuvenate your eggs with the help of Naturopathic Medicine

Following up on my previous post about Advanced Maternal Age, I wanted to write about a topic that is closely related. DOR or Diminished Ovarian Reserve is definitely not a desired diagnosis if you’re looking to conceive. It’s important to understand, however, that this diagnosis is not the be-all & end-all of your fertility journey. The term “diminished” makes it …

Am I running out of time to have a baby? Natural Solutions for Advanced Maternal Age

It’s no secret that women these days are making the decision to conceive much later in their lives than they were, say, 30-40 years ago. In my opinion, this is a wise decision in many ways as we are giving ourselves the opportunity to build up both financially and emotionally in preparation for nurturing a new life. The downfall here …

How To Improve Your Chances of Conceiving After 40 With Chinese Herbs

Couples who are trying to get pregnant after the age of 40 may find some benefit from the deep history of Chinese medicine. There is a long tradition of imperial doctors using Chinese herbal medicine to enhance the fertility potential of the emperor and his wife to ensure there was an heir to his throne. There are numerous formulations for …

LH Ovulation Strips for Tracking Fertility – the What Why and How

What are LH Ovulation Strips, and why should I be using them? The LH Ovulation Strip is a fast and easy home-use test to predict when you are having your LH (Luteinizing Hormone) surge. This test is a preferred method of tracking when the most fertile days of your cycle occur, and is one of the most reliable predictors of …