Earlier this month was Fertility Awareness Week.

Sperm and egg

Sperm and egg

Reasons for fertility issues can range from hormonal imbalance, endometriosis, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome PCOS, fallopian tube abnormalities, quality of semen, genetic disorders, to premature ovarian failure.

In many cases Mother Nature sometimes needs a helping hand; simple things like lifestyle changes; de-stressing and some helpful advice may make a difference.

Here are some helpful things to do:

  • De-stress – I know it’s easier said than done but if there is any activity that you enjoy and relaxes you then don’t stop.  If not why not consider yoga, pilates, any form of exercise or even a trip to cinema.
  • Acupuncture for Women – It is used to regulate fertility hormones and increase flow to the reproductive organs. This therapy is also used to help to relieve stress, as stress can affect the sympathetic nervous system which in turn has found to constrict ovarian arteries.
  • Acupuncture for Men – Acupuncture may help to improve sperm motility and count. It may also help to reduce scrotum temperature and improve sperm maturation.
  • Take a break – Have a break from trying to conceive, if age is not against you, try having a few months off. Make plans and do things that you have been putting off. Its’ not unusual to find that once couples stop trying find that’s when pregnancy occurs.
  • How about Men – No laptops on laps, no mobiles in pockets, no hot saunas, showers or baths.  You want to keep your sperm nice and cool.
  • Ovulation sticks– These testers can be passion killers so have sex throughout the cycle.
  • Alcohol– Reduce the amount to one to two units up to a couple times per week.
  • Weight-Try to keep a healthy weight.
  • Cycle – Get to know your cycle, be aware of any changes such as mucus discharge, breast tenderness, mood and when they occur in your cycle.
  • Men Too – Sorry guys you too can watch your weight, alcohol, stress and diet.

As a mother who started a family in later in life, I’m all too aware of the pressures and found acupuncture helpful.

If you would like to know more or thinking of trying acupuncture, please get in touch.