Read this if you're trying to conceive...

Dec 21, 2023
Read this if you're trying to conceive...
Posted By Mike Berkley, L.Ac., FABORM

Are You Trying to Conceive?

Conceiving a child is an exciting journey for many couples but can also be challenging for some. Many factors can affect fertility, including nutrition, stress, and underlying health conditions. Fortunately, natural and holistic approaches can help improve fertility outcomes and increase the chances of conception. This article will explore the benefits of nutrition, acupuncture, herbal medicine, and exercise in aiding conception.
Nutrition plays a crucial role in fertility, as the foods we eat can affect our hormonal balance and reproductive health. A diet rich in whole foods, including fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and healthy fats, can help support fertility by providing essential nutrients such as folate, iron, and omega-3 fatty acids. Studies have shown that women who consume a Mediterranean-style diet, rich in plant-based foods, healthy fats, and lean proteins, have a higher chance of conception than those who consume a Western-style diet (1). Additionally, reducing or eliminating processed foods, sugar, and alcohol can help improve overall health and increase fertility.

Acupuncture is an effective infertility treatment, as it can help regulate menstrual cycles, improve ovarian function, and reduce stress (2). A review of several studies found that acupuncture was associated with an increased chance of conception and a higher rate of live births in women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment (3).

Herbal medicine has been used for centuries to support fertility and improve reproductive health. Many herbs have been traditionally used to regulate menstrual cycles, improve ovarian function, and increase the chances of conception.

Exercise is essential to overall health and can also help improve fertility. Regular exercise can help reduce stress, improve blood flow, and regulate hormones. However, it is important to avoid over-exercising, as excessive exercise can disrupt menstrual cycles and reduce fertility. A moderate exercise routine that includes cardiovascular and strength training can benefit fertility.

In conclusion, nutrition, acupuncture, herbal medicine, and exercise can all play a role in aiding conception and improving fertility. By supporting overall health and balancing the body’s energy, these holistic therapies can help increase the chances of conception and support a healthy pregnancy.


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  2. Stener-Victorin E, Wu X. Effects and mechanisms of acupuncture in the reproductive system. Auton Neurosci. 2010 Mar 26;157(1–2):46–51.
  3. Qian Y, Xia XR, Ochin H, Huang C, Gao C, Gao L, Cui YG, Meng Y, Liu JY. Therapeutic effect of acupuncture on the outcomes of in vitro fertilization: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Arch Gynecol Obstet. 2017 Feb;295(2):543–558.