TCM for Natural Fertility

Jul 11, 2023
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TCM for Natural Fertility

Deciding to create life and nourish it is one of the most beautiful things in the world. It is also a brave decision because most likely, you are aware of the risks and sacrifices that it entails. For some, the first step might be the hardest. Are you trying to conceive by natural or timed fertility? Natural fertility path or timed fertility is conceiving by sexual intercourse usually at the peak of ovulation with no aid of medical procedures and pharmaceutical drugs that may potentially harm the mother or child. Holistic treatments can aid in natural fertility to increase the chances of conception. Factors such as age, diet, and mental health are just some of the few things to consider when attempting to conceive.

Knowing your menstrual cycle is the key to having a higher chance of conceiving naturally. Monitoring your menstrual cycle is now made easier since there are smartphone apps that help you track it. Being familiar with the changes in your cervical mucus such as its texture and color would also help you determine if you are about to ovulate. If you have a regular menstrual cycle, you can opt to schedule having intercourse a few days prior to your ovulation. If you have an irregular cycle, it is best to consult a specialist to discuss treatment possibilities.

Couples who are planning to conceive are currently rediscovering traditional Chinese medicine which has been around longer than Western medicine. The TCM approach combined with modern fertility medicine can boost the chances of having a healthy pregnancy. Here are tips on how to include TCM in improving your reproductive health:

1. Consult a TCM fertility practitioner

It's always best to consult an expert when trying out new things. TCM practitioners who are experienced in treating patients who are in their fertility journey can help you with your questions regarding the practice. They will also set up a treatment plan for you to follow based on your current condition, your lifestyle, and your goals. TCM practitioners can also perform acupuncture and herbal therapy. It is encouraged that both you and your partner undergo TCM treatment for fertility if you want to have a better chance of conception. 

2. Embrace warmth

"Cold" is one of the possible reasons for infertility based on the TCM approach. It is recommended to keep your body warm especially your feet and abdomen because qi is preserved with warmth. Wearing socks, putting a heating pad or warm compress on your abdomen, and eating warm food can maintain heat and drive out the cold from your body so your womb is ready to carry a new life.

3. Be mindful of what you eat

In relation to embracing warmth, it is advisable to refrain from eating cold food such as ice cream and raw foods. If you cannot avoid eating raw food like salad, you can add a warm soup or stew to your diet. Fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids like salmon and sardines and high-fiber foods are recommended to be part of your diet for hormonal balance and gut health. 

4. Add exercise to your schedule

Physical activity is also helpful in conceiving because it boosts your immune system and strengthens your muscles and bones to carry the extra weight from the baby that you are about to carry. However, it is advisable to avoid strenuous exercise. You may want to opt for yoga. Yoga helps you keep relaxed and did you know that yoga can also boost fertility? Yup! There are certain poses that promote healthy reproduction.

It is important to know your own and your partner's baseline. Visit a fertility doctor to have your tests taken. To know more about TCM can help you with your fertility journey, book an appointment with NYC Acupuncture + Wellness.