Preconception Care: Why And How? | Acupuncture for fertility Brisbane

Preconception Care: Why And How?

Chinese Medicine Preconception Care Brisbane

We believe healthy people make healthy babies. At Ondol Clinic, we can help you develop a plan to prepare for a baby. Together we will examine your health, lifestyle and environmental factors that may have an impact on your chances to conceive as well as influence the health of your baby. 

The healthier you are, the higher the chance for healthy eggs and sperm that will form the building blocks of your baby’s constitution. Both maternal and paternal health at the time of conception and maternal health during pregnancy has an essential impact on the health status of the child right into adulthood.

Recent research shows that diet and nutrition play a significant role in foetal development and inter-uterine environment (1). Implementing a healthy lifestyle in the months leading up to conception can have a considerable effect on maternal health during pregnancy and birth as well as after birth for both mother and child (2).

Growing evidence over recent years shows that how you live, eat and move can directly influence your baby’s susceptibility in later years to obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, risk of cancer and mental health (2).

Men’s health is just as important as women’s health in the preconception stage. Again, lifestyle factors play a significant role in the quality and quantity of sperm. Smoking, sedentary lifestyle, and wearing tight pants (e.g. bike pants) are just some of the factors that can lead to lower sperm counts and sperm abnormalities, which in turn affect fertility and the ability to conceive (3).

Who benefits from preconception care? 

Preconception care is beneficial for everyone planning to conceive, regardless of age, sex, or state of health.

It is particularly important for:

  • Women with fertility issues such as menstrual cycle irregularities and infertility
  • Women with previous complications such as miscarriage, premature birth, malformation, prolonged bleeding during childbirth
  • Those undergoing IVF (In Vitro Fertilisation), FET (Frozen Embryo Transfer) or IUI (Intra-uterine Insemination) 
  • Women over the age of 40 
  • Men with low sperm count or hormone imbalance

What kind of support do we offer?

Whether you are looking to enhance your fertility, improve sexual health, balance hormones, or regulate the menstrual cycle, alternative medicine can be a powerful tool.

At Ondol Clinic, we offer acupuncture, herbal medicine and vitamin supplementation as support throughout your reproductive path. We help to create change where needed.

By utilising acupuncture and tailored herbal formulas, our practitioners can help to balance your reproductive system and increase your chances for healthy conception, pregnancy, labour and birth.

How much time is needed for preconception care? 

Ideally, a minimum of three months preparation is a beneficial timeframe for preconception care in order to implement change. It takes approximately three months to develop an entirely new cycle of sperm. It also takes about the same time to monitor and alter a menstrual cycle.

If you are already in the process of undergoing IVF or IUI, there is still the possibility to increase chances of conception (4). We apply a specifically tailored acupuncture protocol around egg pick up and transfer of the embryo to increase chances of implantation (5). 

What else will be taken into consideration?

Preconception care is individually tailored to meet your needs and may also involve:

  • Diet and nutrition recommendations
  • Weight management
  • Exercise and movement recommendations
  • Stress management and relaxation techniques

For further questions, please give us a call on 07 3371 0100 to speak with one of our practitioners.

References

1. Teede, H & Moran, L 2016, ‘Lifestyle factors focused on diet and physical activity: recommendations preconception and during pregnancy’, Semin Reprod Med, vol. 34, no. 2, pp. 65-66. <https://www.thieme-connect.com/products/ejournals/abstract/10.1055/s-0036-1572354>

2. King, J 2016, ‘A summary of pathways or mechanisms linking preconception maternal nutrition with birth outcomes, The Journal of Nutrition, vol. 146, no.7, pp. 1437S–1444S. <https://doi.org/10.3945/jn.115.223479>

3. Durairajanayagam, D 2018, ‘Lifestyle causes of male infertility’, Arab Journal of Urology, vol. 16, no. 1, pp 10-17.  <https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1016/j.aju.2017.12.004>

4. Ying-Er, G, et. al 2019, Journal of Gynaecology Obstetrics and Human Reproduction, vol. 48 no. 8, pp. 677-684.

5. Guven, P & Cayir, Y 2020, ‘Effectiveness of acupuncture on pregnancy success rates for women undergoing in vitro fertilisation: a randomised controlled trial’, Taiwanese Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, vol. 59 no. 2, pp. 282-286. <https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1028455920300188>

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