3 Steps toward an improved success rate (Frozen and Fresh Transfers)
Lifestyle: Stress decreases IVF success rates. Stress increases inflammation and promotes an autoimmune response all of which are detrimental to a successful IVF. Deep breathing has been proven to calm the nervous system and promote relaxation. Do something you love and that makes you laugh. These practices will increase endorphins and oxytocin, the happy hormones, which are all things involved in successful baby making.
Sperm health is strongly affected and influenced by optimal nutrition.
Diet: Consume nourishing foods that have a high vitamin and mineral content, no processed foods. Our body gets energy from the air we breathe and the food and water we consume. Consuming high quality, bioavailable multivitamins and minerals will provide your body with what it needs to produce healthy and fully mature follicles, a receptive uterine lining and good quality sperm. That’s right guys, you can help out too! Sperm health is strongly affected and influenced by optimal nutrition. (See our BioClinic Opti-ova and Mito-Motile kits).
Acupuncture: Frozen and Fresh IVF Cycles: 3 months of treatment for men and women prior to the IVF cycle is recommended. Follicles take 90-120 days to develop (folliculogenesis) and sperm an average of 100 days.
- Your Period: Acupuncture will help ensure a complete shedding of the uterine lining and set the stage for a healthy and receptive endometrial re-growth.
- Follicular development: 2 sessions during days 4-11 will help ensure optimal blood flow/nutrient delivery to the developing follicles.
- Follicular Maturation: Days 11-14. Follicles are ready for collection. A treatment before egg collection, at trigger shot, will help complete maturation and loosen the follicles to facilitate a smooth retrieval to ease your discomfort.
- Post Retrieval: REST, get acupuncture to settle down tissue trauma and restore normal blood flow to the pelvis.
- Fresh Transfer: It is here where you will follow your acupuncturists guidelines for “The Transfer” (as seen below).
- Frozen Transfer: Weekly treatments until frozen embryo transfer will keep the nervous system calm and ensure optimal blood flow to the pelvis (enhanced nutrient end oxygen delivery)
- The Transfer: simply continue seeing your acupuncturist weekly to follow the phases of the menstrual cycle. Treatments before and after the transfer promote endometrial receptivity and embryo nourishment. Weekly acupuncture sessions until the positive pregnancy test and until 12 -14 weeks is optimal to reduce stress and the risk of miscarriage.
Winter is rolling in, Edmonton. The days are getting shorter, the temperatures are slowly dropping. The first snowfall has come. To some, this is a wonderful, magical time of year! However, for others, Winter can be a dark time – both literally and figuratively. The “Winter Blues” are all too common for many cultures, and it seems to be worse for those of us far from the equator. The decreased daylight hours, and cold weather can leave many feeling depressed, and lethargic – but what is the cause of these “Winter Blues?” and what can we do to get rid of them? These are the things I hope to tackle in today’s post.
The “texting neck” and the “desktop neck”
Now more than ever, we are seeing people in our clinic with this “thing” called a forward head posture. What is a forward head posture you ask?… A forward head posture is the anterior positioning of the cervical spine. This occurs while assuming poor posture while performing activities such as desk work, studying/reading and texting. This forward head posture causes a significant amount of strain on the muscles of the upper back and back of the neck and also causes shortening of the muscles of the front of the neck which can affect the jaw.
In the post partum phase a woman’s body is reversing all of the many changes that occurred during pregnancy. What took the body 40 weeks to build and adapt to, now reverses completely in about 6 weeks. By this time it is important that the uterus has returned to it’s pre-pregnancy size and location, that the vagina has contracted and regained much of its muscle tone, that the episiotomy or lacerations have healed, that the vaginal discharge of lochia has stopped, that breast feeding is well established, and for those with C-sections that the scar has healed and they are recovering well from the surgery. While this is the ideal scenario it is not every woman’s reality.
To keep it simple, stress is defined as any event that threatens homeostasis. Homeostasis is maintaining stable and constant body conditions like blood pressure, body temperature and the ability to adapt to our environment. This adaptation includes things like: external temperature, water intake, physical exertion, a car accident or even positive excitement like falling in love. Physiologists point out that while the reaction of the body to cold temperatures is different from its reaction to fighting an infection or getting chased by a bear, all of these types of stress affect the body in a similar way—they all cause an increased secretion of cortisol by the adrenal cortex. From this perspective, stress can be defined as any event that causes increased cortisol secretion.