It’s highly likely you’ve been told by a doctor at some point to reduce your stress if you want to conceive. We wouldn’t blame you for the old smile-and-nod, while mentally giving them the finger, trying to simply exist amid a pandemic, cost of living rises, and in general a lot of ‘life-stuff’ happening in the world. None-the-less, it’s still helpful to know ways to add-in support if you feel like you’ve already done as much tangible change as your threshold allows.
Acupuncture regulates. During times of stress your body diverts blood flow away from your reproductive system. Stress impacts sperm quality, hormone production across genders, and in some cases can delay ovulation. Acupuncture brings your body back into a parasympathetic state aka “rest and digest” mode, encouraging your system to relax, hormones to regulate, and blood flow get nutrients where they’re needed without congestion. Everyone responds to stress in their own way. Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine focus on the specifics of how stress impacts you and your version of normal. In terms of maximising your time, it’s a very productive hour!
Herbs and supps. There’s a tiered priority list from the heavy hitters to things that are nice to have. Once again, these are scaled to you and factor in your specific fertility history, blood work, semen analysis, and any scanning you’ve had. If you’ve been told “everything looks good” we’re still going to ask to see your results! Integrative ranges are different to general population, and when we’re looking at easier facilitation of a pregnancy we’re going to be very specific with where we need those ranges to sit.
Everybody has specific things to tailor to that missing piece of the puzzle. The “amazing” supplement that your friend swears by may have worked for them, but it doesn’t mean that it makes sense for you. If you don’t need it, we’re not going to suggest it.
Temp tracking. For those of you with a uterus, Basal Body Temp (BBT) tracking gives us data to see exactly when you ovulate, and allows you to be accurate with trying. It’s quite common to see charts that are a little all over the place to start off with. In those cases we use acupuncture, herbs and supps, and other resources to better support hormones. Being able to have clear data allows us to tailor support to exactly where you’re at. Unsure where to start? Don’t sweat it. We’ll guide you.
Laelia is an AACMA certified TCM practitioner and practises at NBIP Friday’s and Saturday’s.
She’s available for bookings here.
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