By Emma Cannon modified by AWC
For a long time I worked with a three month pre-conception preparation cycle which was very successful. Part of the thinking behind it was that sperm take seventy-two to eighty-six days to develop in a process called spermogenesis, and I still advocate a three month plan for men. After consulting both patients and colleagues, however I decided that four months was a better preparation period for women, time and age allowing. This was for two reasons.
First of all, four months (or 120 days) is the time it takes for the eggs to become more mature in the ovaries. This process is called folliculogenesis. I decided that working with the body’s natural cycle would be a better way of achieving optimum fertility health.
This was backed up by anecdotal evidence from patients who chose to work a four-month cycle, they had a much high rate of positive outcomes and reported feeling even better in their ‘overall wellbeing’.
Second, I have always believed that most fertility journeys are very linear. Often women have no cohesive plan and when thing don’t happen as they expect they feel out of control. This is why a plan of action is good; it really helps to manage the stress and make the process feel more fun and enjoyable.
In my practise, I put my patients into a cycle of treatment that has a beginning, middle and an end; this lasts four months. It is far more reassuring that the stop-start approaches that distresses so many women who are trying to conceive. During this preparation time they are not actively trying to conceive, but are thinking about ‘fertility’. I want them to get away from the idea that every passing month that they are moving further from their dream of having a baby, and, by spending time concentrating on ‘fertility’, getting healthy and dealing with minor and major obstacles, they are gently moving towards their goal of a healthy conception and a health pregnancy.
At Almond Wellness Centre we also recommend a three to four month treatment plan. It is important to see positive changes every step of the way. Treatment is always based on the menstrual cycle, best times for treatment being during or nearing the end of the period and then post ovulation. Treatments are adapted according to changes.