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Alcohol and Fertility

By | May 17th, 2018|Acupuncture, conception, fertility, Infertility|

Does alcohol impact fertility? The most common question I get in my practice – “Will alcohol make my fertility worse?” There’s so much conflicting information about drinking and fertility. Recently I had a client ask me if it was ok to have a glass of wine once a week (the client and her husband love to go out to dinner once a week. My client so enjoys a glass of wine during this special dinner.). I told her to go for it. She looked at me in shock – “really????”. Now, I’ve been watching the research and was [...]

Men dealing with fertility have a higher rate of depression.

By | April 9th, 2018|Uncategorized|

The below research article investigated if men have issues with discussing their emotions/feelings while going through an IVF procedure. It would be no surprise to woman, 50% of the men did not want to discuss their feelings. Men who could not discuss their feelings, had a higher rate of depression. Depression can cause the body to release stress hormones which result in physical effects such as – poor sleep, weight gain, low sex drive and testosterone. Lowered testosterone will impact sperm quality. Research articles clearly show a link between stress and sperm quality. If depression and stress result in similar [...]

Antimullerian hormone (AMH) is not an indicator of failure.

By | March 28th, 2018|Acupuncture, fertility, Infertility, live births, Low AMH|

Low AMH does not predict live births. Last month, Fertility and Sterility published a study involving live births from IVF and the measurement of AMH. What’s great about this study? It’s has a large study population (69,336 women undergoing fresh and frozen embryo transfers). The study clearly found AMH has no impact on lowering live births. My experience has been that fertility clinics feel AMH can only lead to poor results in IUI/IVF. My observation with women who have been diagnosed with low AMH, they can get pregnant. The most important concept to remember during IVF – quality [...]

Subpar Sperm – DNA Damage

By | March 8th, 2018|Acupuncture, DNA quality, fertility, Infertility, poor embryo quality, sperm, Uncategorized|

Sperm Quality and Infertility Here’s another study reviewing subpar sperm from men requiring fertility intervention, such as IUI. Though this study is small (only 16 subpar men), it clearly shows subpar sperm have shortened telomeres. Shortened telomeres indicate DNA damage. DNA damage will lead to poor fertilization rates and the potential for poor embryo quality. So, I’m back on the soapbox, ladies - egg quality is not THE only issue in creating a good quality embryo. It’s time for Western medicine to stop solely focusing on egg quality and investigate the DNA quality of the sperm. The best [...]