FERTILITY

Sometimes the path to parenthood is very different than we imagined it would be.Whether you are proactively preparing for conception or have been trying for years, there are many ways to improve your chances of a healthy pregnancy.A comprehensive, evidence based approach is the best way to optimize uterine, ovarian and sperm health. Based on the concept that you must nourish the soil before planting the seed, Dr. Emilie uses diet, lifestyle, supplements, acupuncture and Chinese medicine, to ensures that all angles are addressed on the road to conception in order to increase your chances of success.
Over the past 12 years Dr. Emilie has supported over 800 patients trying to conceive naturally and through IVF/IUI. She works closely with Olive, PCRM, Grace and Genesis patients, and has worked onsite for IVF transfers at both Genesis and Olive fertility. Because IVF is a rapidly changing field, staying up to date and understanding medications, side effects, procedures and the latest protocols for assisted reproductive therapies like IVF, super ovulations and medicated IUIs, is key to effectively optimizing and supporting success, as well as for understanding the emotional toll that comes along with the process.

In research, acupuncture treatments have demonstrated:

Increased microcirculation to the ovaries, uterus and testes leading to:

  • Improve egg quality
  • Improve sperm quality
  • Improve uterine lining 
  • Reduced stress and better management of the 'fertility rollercoaster'

Treatments can also:

  • Address side effects of endometriosis that may hinder fertility
  • Regulate menstrual cycles and stimulate ovulation in cases of PCOS
  • Reduce the chance of miscarriage 
  • Improve sperm quality, quantity and motility
  • Improve chances of conception in cases of        'unexplained infertility'
  • Improve chances of conception in cases of secondary infertility 
  • Improve IVF outcomes 

IVF Program

  • Regular treatments for 3 months leading up to IVF is suggested to help improve egg/sperm quality
  • 8-12 treatments leading up to retrieval has shown to increase live birth rates. (2x/week for 4-6 weeks)
  • 8 treatments (2x/week for 4-6 weeks) leading up to frozen embryo transfers help improve implantation and pregnancy rates.

Male factor infertility/sperm optimization

Sperm has a 70-90 day lifecycle from the time it is first created to the moment it is ejaculated. That means that the environment the sperm is bathed in for the 3 months leading up to ejaculation can greatly affect the quantity, quality and motility (forward movement) of the sperm. Exposure to heat, smoke, drugs and toxins in the 3 month prior to ejaculation can negatively impact the DNA and health of the sperm and its capacity to produce a healthy pregnancy when fertilizing an egg. Conversely, a healthy diet, lifestyle, supplements, acupuncture and Chinese medicine have the potential to improve semen parameters in 3 months.

Egg lifecycle and improving egg quality

Though we are born with all of the eggs we will ever have, there is a 90 day lead up to ovulation, in which the follicle (containing the egg) is maturing and is most sensitive to it's environment. It is during this key time that we can improve egg quality utilizing diet, supplements, lifestyle, acupuncture and Chinese medicine.

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Contact

emilie@acubalance.ca

(604) 678-8600

Clinic

Acubalance Wellness Centre
888 W 8th Ave #208
Vancouver, BC
V5Z 3Y1, Canada

Inclusive

All are welcome. Dr. Emilie provides LGBTQ2SIA+ friendly care.