Top 10 Things You Can Do To Improve Fertility: Part II
From the desk of Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac., DNBAO...
Last week, I started to review the first five of the top 10 things that you can do to improve your fertility today! Here's a continuation of this important checklist for fertility:
5. Try Acupuncture: Since 2000, studies have been showing that acupuncture regulates the endocrine system, increases the rates of IVF/ICSI, reduces the rates of miscarriage and ectopic pregnancies, and increases the rates of live births. Did I mention that it’s also good for stress? To find a licensed acupuncturist in your neighborhood, visit http://www.nccaom.org and ask about their women’s health and infertility experience. When you do become pregnant, acupuncture can help you with nausea, back pain, breached presentation, and inducing labor if necessary.
6. Find an OB/GYN: This may seem like an obvious “to-do” but so often we pick a health care provider based on what our insurance plan offers, geographical convenience, or who happens to accepting new patients. Your relationship with your OB/GYN is one of the most important long-term relationships that will affect your health. Do your homework-ask nurses, physicians, coworkers, and friends for good referrals. Ask a few interview questions and don’t be afraid to “shop around” until you find a great fit.
7. Get Counseling: Did you know that there are counselors specializing in fertility-related issues? Many fertility clinics offer individuals and couples free or reduced-cost services. Ask your circle of peers for a good referral before becoming isolated in the process and interview the therapist. Regardless of where you are in your journey, having the extra support can be crucial in helping you manage the physical and emotional demands of infertility.
8. Join a Support Group: Connecting with a group of peers with a shared experience can provide you with great insight, an occasional laugh, and a form of support that goes beyond words. Support groups exist in non- traditional formats such as Facebook pages, Meet-up groups, and Twitter handles as well as their traditional format. Visit RESOLVE’s website for local listings.
9. Consider Going Green: More and more the data is overwhelming in regards the effects of chemicals on our body never mind the possible impacts of multiple chemicals on our reproductive systems. Consider removing sources of common chemicals from your home such as house cleaners, cosmetics, plastics, as well as sources of pesticides and other chemicals used to treat non-organic food.
10. Get Diagnosed: Before you proceed with any treatment whether it be IVF or an integrative therapy, ask your provider to explain the reason why they think it may be difficult for you or your partner to conceive. If they don't have an explanation for the treatment that they are choosing or a solid theory as to what you can do to improve your chances of having a child, then seek a second opinion.