As well as being important for normal immune function and bone health, Vitamin D has a huge impact on our fertility. Deficiency of vitamin D has been associated with endometriosis, PCOS, reduced IVF success and abnormal sperm production.
One in seven couples have trouble conceiving. And as the word “couple” suggests some of that will be attributed to Male factor infertility, current research indicates it could be up to 40% to 50%.
Around 7% of men suffer from some form of sperm issues. This is how to understand sperm analysis.
Previously we talked about Jing, our essence of life, and why our bodies should be in the best possible condition for conception. To achieve that, we can practise exercises to enhance three core areas of human function: body, mind and breath.
Let’s talk about our minds.
It goes without saying that physical exercise and a balanced diet are part of the recommended lifestyle changes for anyone struggling to conceive naturally. However, a very common misconception is that the more we exercise, the healthier our bodies become. Just as we need to balance our diet, we also need to balance our physical training. While we know that too little exercise is unhealthy, excessive or inappropriate exercise can also be a factor that negatively affects fertility.
Take a minute to ask yourself this question: What is a healthy body to you?
Some people’s answer might be simply without any physical illness, or to have a body like the cover girl or Instagram influencer. Some might just like to be stress and depression free.
From a fertility point of view, we look at a more complex definition involving our physical, mental and emotional well-being.
Why do we need to prepare our bodies for pregnancy?
To answer that question, we will need to talk about the concept of Jing (精) in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Irregular menstruation (Oligomenorrhea) and having no menstruation at all (Amenorrhea) are two ends of the spectrum of cycle issues, all of which can be treated with acupuncture.
Clinical results have proven that a combination of acupuncture and herbal medicine has a 90% success rate of clearing blockages and therefore boosting fertility, compared to a success rate of only 53% when receiving a treatment of pharmaceutical medicine alone.