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6 ways to check your ovulation

Check your ovulation is very important if you want to conceive naturally. by checking your ovulation, you know whether you ovulate, and when you ovulate. When women ovulate,  subtle changes may occur in the body both physically and psychologically. By observing the signs and symptoms, you may know whether you ovulate and when you ovulate. 1. Check your ovulation by counting menstrual cycle: Ovulation usually happens two weeks before your period starts. If you have a regular 28 days’ cycle, you may ovulate on day 14. If you only have a 21 days cycle, you may ovulate on day 7 – right just after you finish bleeding! 2. Check your Basal Body Temperature (BBT): Basal Body Temperature (BBT) is the temperature when you are in fully rest. BBT is sensitive to hormone change, especially after ovulation the progesterone increase your BBT 0.3 ~0.5 degrees. Although BBT doesn’t predict your ovulation, it is a great tool to check whether you ovulate or not. And it is a great tool to check whether you have good quality ovulation or not. Here is how to check your BBT. 3. Check cervical mucus Before and during ovulation, you may have more clear and stretching mucus – the egg white like fertile mucus. Fertile mucus change the environment of vagina and cervix.  It provide a optimal environment for sperm to swim and survive. Therefore make it ready for fertilisation. Fertile mucus usually present from 2 to 5 days. 4. Blood testing and Ultrasound Your doctor may give you a blood testing for raising progesterone after ovulation. Transvaginal Ultrasound is the best way to check whether you...

Nutrients For the Prospective Father

Nutrients For the Prospective Father     Zinc Zinc is one of the most commonly seen deficiencies in males of reproductive age. It is an essential mineral because it is needed for testosterone production. It is at the upmost importance that Zinc is supplemented for males with any fertility issues. Zinc also needs to be taken for as long as possible. Zinc is vital for viable sperm count, motility, quality and quantity. Recommended daily dose is 50 mg. Potassium Deficiency can reduce sperm motility. Avoid salt to keep potassium levels up. Sources include fresh fruit and vegetables. Magnesium Important for healthy sperm and nervous system. Sources include dark green leafy vegetables, seeds, legumes, tofu, almonds, pecans, Brazil nuts, brown rice, avocado, dried apricots. Manganese Severe deficiency can lead to a total lack of sperm. Sources include nuts and whole grains, seeds, legumes, leafy green vegetables. Beta Carotene: Important for sperm production, health of the testes, and conversion of cholesterol to testosterone. Vitamin C Vitamin C is necessary to prevent sperm clumping together, which inhibits the sperm motility. Vitamin C can be also particularly helpful for smokers fertility. Vitamin E Vitamin E protects the body against free radical damage. Deficiencies may compromise the formation of new sperm. It is also important for sperm count and especially if sperm stick together. The recommended daily dose is 400-800 IU. Selenium Selenium is needed for the production of testosterone. Again prevents free radical damage. Aids the sperm to attach to the ovum in IVF. Recommended daily dose is 200 mg daily, do not exceed daily dose. Coenzyme Q10 Coenzyme Q10 is an excellent...

Acupuncture may help male infertility through improving sperm quality, research found

Influence of acupuncture on idiopathic male infertility in assisted reproductive technology The clinical effects of acupuncture on idiopathic male infertility in sperm parameter and on therapeutic results in assisted reproductive technology were investigated. 22 patients failed in intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) with idiopathic male infertility. Those patientswere treated with acupuncture. The treatment is twice per week for 8 weeks, followed by ICSI treatment again. The researchers observed sperm concentration, motility, morphology, fertilisation rates and embryo quality. The research showed that: Quick sperm motility after acupuncture (18.3% +/- 9.6%) was significantly improved as compared with that before treatment (11.0% +/- 7.5%, P < 0.01). The normal sperm ratio was increased after acupuncture (21.1% +/- 10.4% vs 16.2% +/- 8.2%, P < 0.05). The fertilisation rates after acupuncture (66.2%) were obviously higher than that before treatment (40.2%, P < 0.01). • There was no significant difference in sperm concentration and general sperm motility between before and after acupuncture. • The embryo quality after acupuncture was improved, but the difference between them was not significant (P > 0.05). The researchers concluded that acupuncture can improve sperm quality and fertilisation rates in assisted reproductive technology. Reference Zhang M1, Huang G, Lu F, Paulus WE, Sterzik K. J Huazhong Univ Sci Technolog Med Sci....

Acupuncture helps improve the pregnancy rate – new research found

In a study of 225 women by researchers at the University of Witten/Herdecke in Dortmund, Germany, acupuncture was combined with conventional fertility treatments. This addition of acupuncture led to a pregnancy rate of 28.4 percent – compared to a pregnancy rate of 13.8 percent among the women who used conventional treatments alone.  ...

Pre-Birth Acupuncture

Pre-birth acupuncture involves a series of acupuncture sessions in the third trimester. Acupuncture can be started from week 30. The process is aimed at building up the expectant mother’s strength for a more natural birth process. Pre-birth Acupuncture is currently being used routinely in hospitals in China and Germany with positive results. How effective is Acupuncture for preparation for birth? In China and Germany expectant mothers begin weekly acupuncture sessions at 36 weeks gestation and continue right through till birth. Research has suggested that pre-birth acupuncture can decrease mean labour times from 8 hours and 2 minutes to 6 hours and 36 minutes. “Feedback suggest that pre-birth acupuncture offers a range of positive effects that goes beyond reducing the time spent in labour, with midwives reporting a reduced rate of medical intervention” (1) When should I start my sessions? You can start from week 30 fortnightly sessions building up to weekly sessions at week 36. Can I address other health concerns? Although it is common to use preparation points each treatment can be tailor to suit your specific needs. If you have hip pain for example, we can add some specific local hip points or use some massage during your session. Can acupuncture help breech or posterior babies? Acupuncture and Chinese moxibusion has shown to be very clinically effective. Ideally Acupuncture and Chinese moxibusion would be started from week 34. However positive results can still be achieved after. A study conducted in China suggested that 81% of babies respond to Acupuncture treatments (2). How does treatment for breech or posterior babies work? The treatment involves the application of moxa...

Preventing Miscarriage

Preventing miscarriage with acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine Miscarriage can be a very emotional and upsetting time for women and their families. It is not uncommon for miscarriage to occur once or twice in a women’s reproductive lifetime. It is suggested that 10-25% of all women will have one miscarriage. Of these women 1-3 % will suffer from repeated spontaneous miscarriages; that is 3 consecutive miscarriages. Some figures suggest that IVF clients who are over 40 have a 50% chance of miscarriage. Many women will look for help but with very little proven medical treatment available they will feel let down by the medical system. Many women have numerous tests only to find out that their miscarriages are due to unknown factors. It is then that many women turn to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and Acupuncture. Traditional Chinese medicine is more commonly known for its use in infertility. However in traditional Chinese medicine infertility does not just describe the inability to conceive but also the inability to nurture and maintain a healthy pregnancy for 9 months. Doctors of Chinese medicine set their minds on the birth of a healthy baby rather than a positive pregnancy test. There are many factors that play a part in miscarriage. Maternal ages are one factor among many that has been time and time again referenced. However traditional Chinese medicine believes that the picture is much more complex than this. Life force of an embryo is a complex interplay of the mother, father’s and the embryo’s own energies. If one or all of these factors is affected then the chances of survival are diminished....