What can you do to increase your chances?
First of all, if you have not been trying to conceive for 12 months, do not panic. Keeping calm and enjoying this time alone with your partner while planning to start a family actually helps more than panicking about not getting pregnant. Enjoy the time you have for each other, because once a child does come into your life, your life will dramatically change.
Consider learning mindfulness meditation and yoga, which have both have been shown to improve fertility.
Understand how to effectively practice well-timed BMS (Baby-Making Sex) to further improve your statistical chances.
You can also both immediately start taking natural fertility-enhancing supplements.
Certain herbs, roots and leaves have been claimed for centuries to alleviate suboptimal fertility.
On the other hand, several common micronutrients such as vitamins, amino acids and trace elements have been shown to dramatically improve sperm quality effectively, naturally and without side effects in double-blinded, randomized and peer-reviewed studies.
Visit a fertility clinic for a professionally conducted semen analysis, which will cost approximately 50-100 euros.
TCM and acupuncture for fertility is of particular importance for men and women who are attempting to conceive yet experience high levels of stress on a daily basis. This is because high levels of stress are not conducive to conception. TCM and acupuncture for fertility can aid relaxation and assist the body in functioning more efficiently.
The majority of couples attempting to conceive look towards TCM and acupuncture for fertility once they have failed to conceive after having regular sexual intercourse over a period of one year or greater. Acupuncture for fertility involves tapping into the energy channels of the body through the insertion of fine needles into the external layer of the skin. These energy channels, referred to as meridians, may be unobstructed by the positioning of the acupuncture needles. Restoring the balance and flow of energy through these channels has proved to ease psychological and physical pain. Acupuncture needles are strategically placed to ensure optimum energy restoration.
The benefits of TCM and acupuncture for fertility in women include: improvement of the ability of the uterine lining to accept a fertilized egg, increased blood circulation to the uterus, reduction of the stress hormones associated with fertility issues, increased conception rates in the presence or absence of assisted reproductive technology (ART), increased rates of live births, and decreased ectopic pregnancy rates. The benefits of TCM and acupuncture for fertility in men include: improved quality and quantity of semen, stress reduction, improved sperm motility, and improved overall well-being. It was found that TCM and acupuncture does not negatively interfere with fertility or in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment, the process in which an egg cell is fertilized by a sperm cell outside of the body. Furthermore, TCM and acupuncture can improve live birth rates from IVF treatment and reduce the chances of ectopic pregnancies following IVF. While acupuncture did not affect the quality of the egg cell, it was found to improve the factors affecting egg cell implantation. Acupuncture is thought to have produced these results by regulating the levels of hormones within the body, most notably the hormones cortisol and prolactin.
For thousands of years herbal medicine has promoted health and well-being with remedies using active ingredients such as herbs and plants.
I trained as Chinese Medicine herbalist, and studied Western medical pharmacology in order to understand interactions and keep clients safe.
I use Planeta Verd, an Andorran Dutch supplier, whose herbal preparations are guaranteed to be free of pesticides, sulfites, xeno-estrogens and steroids.
When I make a formula, it is tailored specifically to you, for a whole month, three months, or for a couple of weeks.
Herbal medicine is a partner to acupuncture. While acupuncture impacts issues directly, the herbs are efficient for the underlying imbalance.