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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 [...]

Antibodies – A potential problem in fertility…. And a bit of a personal ramble.

By | November 28th, 2017|Acupuncture, antibodies, fertility, Infertility|

Acupuncture to improve fertility and conceiving. As a person who has been tested and diagnosed with Hashimotos (aka antithyroid peroxidase antibodies), I am aware how little is known about antibodies and NOTHING is known about the treatment of it. I know, I know…. go gluten free, dairy free, sugar free. I did the everything free diet – my thyroid antibodies never went down and in fact went up. Compounding this huge diet change, my eating life become stressful and barren. Yes, many people find this diet change a big benefit. If you feel better on a gluten free [...]

Optimizing Fertility during Natural Conception

By | September 27th, 2017|Acupuncture, fertility, Infertility, sperm|

Acupuncture to improve fertility and conceiving. Optimizing natural fertility: a committee opinion Practice Committee of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine in collaboration with the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility American Society for Reproductive Medicine Published by Fertility and Sterility (http://www.fertstert.org/article/S0015-0282(16)62849-2/fulltext)   The Journal Fertility and Sterility had a very interesting article about optimizing natural fertility.  It’s filled with interesting facts and bits of information. This is what jumped out of the article and made me think of my clients.  I’m going to break it down into bite sized pieces.   Age of women and men:  Ok….there’s [...]

Let’s Talk Sperm….It’s Not Just the Ladies

By | May 26th, 2017|Acupuncture, fertility, Infertility, sperm|

Acupuncture for infertility and conceiving. I have been treating fertility clients for 14 years. In all these years I have been the biggest skeptic that JUST women are the problem. I think as society becomes more accepting of fertility issues and the desire to help couples conceive, the medical world is opening up to male related fertility problems. The old adage “men can have babies til they’re 70” has allowed men and sperm to hold the “get out of jail card”. In this article, I discuss the fact sperm analysis can only visually check sperm for genetic healthiness. [...]