Acupuncture and Fertility Preparation

Fertility Preparation

Preconception fertility care is based on helping your body produce the healthiest eggs and sperm possible. In a woman it takes approximately 100 days for the egg to develop towards ovulation and in the male it's approximately 116 days for sperm production to be completed. A proactive way to utilize this time involves couples adapting a healthy diet and environment in the four months prior to a possible conception. Although the focus is often on women in fertility issues, the reality is that men share 50% of the responsibility in the creation of a healthy embryo.

Recommendations for both partners include:

The Following Studies Suggest Areas of Special Concern:

Smoking

A report prepared by the British Medical Association had the following key findings:

Coffee

Pesticides

Body Weight

Alcohol

A study from the Universality of California of 221 couples undergoing fertility treatment found;

Compiled by Debra Betts author of "The essential guide to Acupuncture in Pregnancy and Childbirth", 2006. Website http://acupuncture.rhizome.net.nz