Creating an Intention for Your Fertility
By Monica Mae Liebson
Focus the mind to reduce anxiety
Use this practice to focus the mind on what we desire, rather than letting anxiety and fear get the best of us.
Step 1: Release the past. If our mind is cluttered with memories of yesterday or anxiety regarding tomorrow, we cannot truly create from a blank slate.
Breathing in, I allow myself to come into this present moment. I choose to consciously release the past at this moment. I internally declare that the past has no power over me and I release and let go. (Deep sigh of relief.)
Step 2: Create an intention. With an intention, you begin by stating your desire. Be sure to use juicy adjectives like loving, nurturing and fully self-expressed. You want your intention to feel like it really resonates with why you desire to have a child.
The flow of the intention can go something like this…
I would love the opportunity to be a loving mother to a healthy child.
My intention at this time is be a nurturing mother in a beautiful family with a child.
Who I am is the possibility of peace, love and joy.
I am a stand for loving families on our planet.
Step 3: Release and let go. Oftentimes this is the hardest part. But just practice it and see how your heart opens. You can speak your intention with love and gracefully follow it with a releasing meditation....(Read more on our Blog)
The Challenges of Infertility
By Julie Shindler-Cohen
Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine can help.
Whenever I visit a reproductive medical office, it boggles my mind that couples would undergo infertility treatment without incorporating acupuncture and Chinese medicine. The entire process of infertility treatment can feel like an emotional rollercoaster and acupuncture is a healing modality that can benefit both the mind and body.
There are countless studies coming out that show the benefit of integrating acupuncture with traditional medical treatment but, as a practitioner, I have come to realize many more benefits that are not so obvious.
First, healing touch is missing from Western treatment. Women often go through a battery of tests and procedures that are very personal but there is no human-to-human contact that provides any sort of healing. The power of human touch is often underestimated in its ability to affect treatment outcomes. It is a means of connecting a person’s mind with the body and to forge a deeper relationship within themselves. Especially in the treatment of infertility, this connection between the mind and body will greatly affect a woman’s experience and ability to get through treatment with less stress and more peace.
Another benefit of acupuncture for our patients is having a “guide” through the emotional and physical changes. ( Read more on our Blog)
Reproductive and Integrative Medicines - The Perfect Match!
Over the last 20 years, we have become more aware of the many challenges couples face in getting pregnant. Individuals are marrying later in age and couples are waiting longer to have children.
By Julie Silver
In addition, environmental toxins and our own diet can directly impact our health and trying to conceive. From a Western medical viewpoint, advanced age and ovulatory dysfunction, PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome), thyroid issues and male fertility can all play a part in having difficulty conceiving.
During these times, many couples turn to integrative medicine as an alternative or in complement with western medicine. There are many ways to take care of our bodies and support a successful pregnancy. Here’s a brief overview.
Acupuncture has many benefits for women trying to conceive including increasing blood flow to and relaxing the uterus, improving egg quality and quantity, and increasing the thickness of the uterine lining. A German study found that acupuncture can increase the chances of pregnancy for women undergoing an IVF cycle. When we are under stress from dealing with infertility, our nervous system activates the “fight or flight” response, which can cause myriad health issues. Acupuncture is very effective in calming and balancing the sympathetic nervous system.
Nutrition and Supplements
The essential fatty acids in flax seed have been known to lengthen the follicular phase and delay early ovulation and increase the frequency of ovulation in women who do not ovulate regularly. Acai Berry helps to improve the quantity and quality of ovarian response. Taken in high doses, L-Arginine, an amino acid, increases blood flow to the uterus and ovaries. Antioxidants such as OPCs (Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins, which are bioflavonoids) stimulate our body’s own natural antioxidant defense and clean free radicals from the blood stream.
A well-balanced diet rich in vegetables and fruits is recommended for individuals who are trying to conceive. Paying specific attention to eating meats and dairy that are free of hormones (which may alter our own body’s hormone levels) is very important. Eliminating refined sweets as well as processed or bleached foods is also key. Words like refined, processed and bleached tell us right away that something has been altered or removed from the foods they describe. Rapidly digested carbohydrates that continually boost blood sugar and insulin levels can affect the delicate balance of hormones that affect ovulation and fertility...(Read more on our blog)
Supporting Your Wife Through The Infertility Process
By Monica Mae Liebson
Calling all partners!
The unrequited longing for a child brings many challenges to couples. It causes strain on the relationship — emotional, physical, hormonal and financial. At our clinic, we find that women and men perceive the fertility struggle very differently. Although one can never generalize completely, there can be very obvious differences that are worth addressing. Here are a few tips to help partners along the way.
- Listen to her. Most women want to know that their partners understand what they’re going through. Oftentimes, partners want to “fix” the problem and stop the suffering that it’s causing their wives. Unfortunately, the infertility process generally takes some time and does not have a quick-fix solution. In order for a woman to move through an emotion, she needs to have the freedom to express herself. Although it may be tempting to want to problem-solve, it’s equally as important to allow a woman to feel and react to the upset that the condition causes.
- Don’t resent her for being totally focused on fertility. Has your wife appeared to have forgotten hobbies, friends, even you? Between doing research, doctor’s visits, acupuncture visits and tracking her menstrual cycle meticulously, she is pretty tapped out. Many women are hardwired to want children. Society and age adds extra pressure. In addition, there are hormones and neurochemicals specific to women that trigger their “biological clock.” So please, don’t take it personally.
- Don’t tell her she’s “too stressed out.” Although stress can be a contributing factor of fertility, it is generally not the sole reason. While reducing stress can certainly help, it does not promise a pregnancy. Telling someone that she is too stressed out (as a reason for not getting pregnant) is like adding a load of guilt to her already heavy plate. Yes, there might be a kernel of truth to it, but it just doesn’t help. Now, if you have any ideas on how to reduce stress in her life, those would be welcome. It’s great to support her in de-stressing techniques like acupuncture, exercise and meditation. Just be sure to offer those ideas in a loving way, without any ulterior motives. (Read more on our Blog)
The infertility process can take a toll on anyone, and we hope that these small tips can help you through yours.
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