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Ovulation Predictor Kits

May 27th, 2015

OPKs are very easy to work with and most come with clear instructions on how to use them.  Generally speaking, you will test your urine by using the OPK indicator stick in the early afternoon starting around day 9 of your menstrual cycle.  Drinking a little less water in the two hours before you test will increase accuracy.  An ovulation predictor kit measures the amount of LH or luteinizing hormone in your urine.  LH is at it’s peak about 24 to 36 hours before you ovulate so when the OPK indicates you are at peak fertility definitely try to conceive as soon as possible! Some ovulation predictor kits or “fertility monitors” also measure rising estrogen levels in the blood which can give you a slightly wider fertility window (an additional three days).

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Putting It All Together 

In the previous two blogs we discussed Fertile Cervical Mucous, and Basal Body Temperature Charts. Now with OPKs we have three very accurate ways of determining peak fertility during the menstrual cycle.  Cervical fluid will be your first indicator of peak fertility and it gives you about a five day window of when to try to conceive.  Most women will see fertile cervical fluid starting around cycle day 9 or 5 days before ovulation.  When you see fertile cervical fluid you are fertile in that moment so it is time to try to conceive.  Ovulation predictor kits generally will let you know peak fertility 24 to 36 hours before ovulation.  If you see fertile cervical mucous and a positive OPK it is definitely time to try to conceive!  Finally the basal body temperature chart will help you know when ovulation has definitely occurred because your temperature will rise and stay elevated until your next period.

So putting it all together:  your first indication of peak fertility will be cervical fluid, then a positive OPK and finally the BBT will indicate ovulation.  Once you see your temperature has gone up you are no longer fertile for that month so there is no more need to try to conceive.  Some women can have an LH surge/positive OPK without actually ovulating so that is why the BBT can be very helpful in letting you know that ovulation did occur.  If you have an LH surge but no rise in temperature it could be an indication that you have PCOS or polycystic ovarian syndrome so it might be time for an obgyn appointment.

If you have been using these three signs of ovulation for trying to conceive for six months or more and have not gotten pregnant you will want to schedule an obgyn appointment as well as having your partner’s sperm checked.

When Is The Right Time To Conceive? (Part 2 of 3)

May 19th, 2015

How do you know when is the right time of the month to try to conceive? At what time of the month are you at your most fertile? Most of us don’t realize that the right time for conception is just four or five days a month in the days just before ovulation.

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In the last blog we discussed using cervical fluid to determine our peak days of fertility. In this blog we will discuss Basal Body Temperature and the role it plays in determining ovulation.

You can get a Basal Body Thermometer (BBT) at most drug stores or online and a BBT chart to record your temperatures is also easily found online. Start charting your temperature on the first day of your period which is considered the first day of your cycle. Take your temperature the moment you wake up or after three hours of consecutive sleep. If you wake early in the morning to go to the bathroom and then get up an hour later to go to work, take your temperature when you first wake up. You will quickly notice there is a distinct temperature pattern.

In the first half of the cycle, dominated by estrogen, the body is cultivating and preparing to release the egg. In this half of the cycle the basal body temperature tends to be lower. In the second half of the cycle, dominated by progesterone, the body is working on the uterine lining and temperature tends to be around half a degree higher. For most women the temperature will go up at least three or four tenths of a degree around the fourteenth day of the months and stay there. This temperature rise indicates ovulation. Remember you are at your most fertile in the days before ovulation so trying to conceive just before the temperature rise (when you will have fertile cervical fluid) is the best time of the month. A BBT used in conjunction with cervical fluid and an Ovulation Predictor Kit will be extremely accurate in determining when you are at peak fertility. We will discuss how to use OPKs in the next blog.

If you would like to learn more about reading and understanding BBTs Tony Westchler’s book Taking Charge of Your Fertility is an excellent resource. You are also welcome to ask me questions through my website.

When is the Best Time of the Month to Try to Conceive? (Part 1 of 3)

May 1st, 2015

Many times couples come to my office under the impression that they may have infertility problems. They may have been trying to conceive for six months or more with no results. Very often the solution is wonderfully simple: they have been trying at the wrong time! They don’t need clomid or IUI or any western intervention. They just need to try at the right time of the cycle.

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Let’s Talk About Acupuncture and IVF

April 22nd, 2015

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Let’s talk about acupuncture and IVF. First the million dollar question: DOES ACUPUNCTURE INCREASE IVF SUCESS RATES? The million dollar answer is YES. You do not have to take my word for it; multiple studies published in peer reviewed top medical journals around the world agree with me. The British Medical Journal published a review of all the relevant acupuncture/IVF studies to date and their conclusion was that acupuncture does in fact increase your chance of getting pregnant when undergoing IVF.

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What You Need To Know About IVF and Acupuncture

April 14th, 2015

The other day a beautiful 40 year old yoga teacher come into my office seeking acupuncture to help her get pregnant. We sat down and started talking about options and strategies and she revealed that she was planning on doing IVF or in vitro fertilization and had heard acupuncture could help with a positive outcome.

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A Different Perspective on Stress

April 6th, 2015

My patients ask me about stress all the time.  Can stress be causing their migraines?  Keeping them from getting pregnant?  Making them sick in some way?

We all have stress in our lives… jobs, kids, family, parents, illness.  There are very few times in life where things are just rolling along perfectly smoothly… something is almost always ‘up’.  So what are we to do?

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high FSH

March 16th, 2011

Many doctors will tell you that your eggs are only as good as your worst FSH level. We would disagree. FSH can spike due to stress, a death in the family, as a result of fertility treatments and many other things. Very often when the stressors are reduced FSH comes down. More importantly at Yin and Tonic Acupuncture we have seen FSH consistently come down as a result of herbs and acupuncture treatment. Very often patients come to us because their RE will not do an IVF cycle unless their FSH is below a certain number. We have found that with several months of treatment we can almost always substantially bring FSH down. Whether you are trying to have a baby naturally or are gearing up for an IVF cycle, getting acupuncture treatments, taking herbs and changing certain dietary habits can really boost your chances of success.

a personal note about sports injuries

March 16th, 2011

I am an avid kiteboarder, snowboarder and have practiced yoga for over 20 years. Needless to say I have plenty of experience treating and suffering from sports injuries. Last spring I tore my ACL (ripping a really nice wave ripped my acl, go figure) and was told I needed full reconstructive surgery. Obviously I wanted to get back on the water as soon as possible. Post surgery I took herbs internally and applied them topically, I had acupuncture treatments twice a week and did rigorous physical therapy. My surgeon was literally stunned at how quickly I recovered. I was back at 100% within four months. I was told it would take easily 6 months or more. Enough can not possibly be said about the curative potential of acupuncture and herbs for athletes.  Come in for treatment and get back out there.

Nausea During Pregnancy

March 16th, 2011

Nausea during pregnancy can be brought on by many things… an empty stomach, certain smells, motion, being tired… but what to do? At Yin and Tonic Acupuncture we have come up with some pointers to help our patients stay as comfortable as possible during this part of their pregnancy.

First: Try not to let your stomach get empty. Have lots of little snacks at the ready to nibble on throughout the day. We have found that bland crunchy snacks like pretzles, triscuits, baked pita chips etc… seem to be really helpful. Try not to let more than a few hours pass between nibblings. This is true even at night. When you wake to urinate, have a little crunchy snack on the nightstand. This will keep your blood sugar from plummeting and the nausea appearing when you wake. […] Read the rest of this post »

Fertility Diet

March 16th, 2011

There is no question that fertility can be positively effected by diet and lifestyle.  At Yin and Tonic Acupuncture we start with recommending an “everything in moderation” approach.  We know that the stress of adhering to a super strict diet can have much more adverse effects on the body than the occasional piece of chocolate cake.  That said we do have some general guidelines we would like to share with those who are interested.

First:  moderation to elimination of the ‘usual suspects’

wheat, dairy, sugar, coffee/caffeine, alcohol, artificial sweeteners.

A diet rich in leafy green veggies, lean (organic if possible) meats and fruit is always a healthy way to go.

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