Diet for Fertility

Natural Fertility

Centre of Balance Natural Fertility Programme

Infertility is an increasingly common issue that affects over 50 million couples around the globe. Most of these infertility cases are preventable by promoting optimum reproductive health. The Centre of Balance Natural Fertility Programme is a holistic approach that aims to help a couple conceive and sustain a healthy pregnancy. This is achieved through a carefully drafted plan that includes acupuncture treatment, Chinese herbs, and lifestyle changes.

Benefits of the COB Fertility Programme – Women’s Health

  • Improve Egg Development: Acupuncture
    may influence the integrity (healthy
    development) of female reproductive eggs. How? By improving the circulation of
    nutrients, blood supply, and regulating reproductive hormones.
  • Regulate Ovulation: Are you late or early in your ovulation
    cycle? Acupuncture and our Natural Fertility Programme may help you maintain an
    optimal ovulation cycle of 13-15 days. (You can read more on ovulation here).
  • Facilitate an Efficient Menstruation Cycle: The COB Natural
    Fertility Programme
    aims to regulate the menstrual cycle to 28-30 days. It may
    also prevent mid-cycle spotting and premenstrual symptoms such as breast
    tenderness and PMS.
  • Effective Menstrual Bleeding: Did you know
    that the characteristics of your menstrual blood can tell a lot about your
    reproductive health? According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, menstrual blood
    indicates the condition of the uterine lining. Therefore, our fertility
    programme is designed to increase the quality and thickness of a woman’s
    uterine lining – identified by fresh red bleeding without clots.
  • Improve the Success of IVF: According to various studies, acupuncture treatment (including some Chinese herbs) before and
    after your In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) procedure may significantly improve the
  • Promote the Quality of Cervical Mucus:  Cervical mucus is usually produced shortly
    before ovulation. It is an essential fluid that assists sperm as they swim to
    their destination in the fallopian tubes.

Men’s Health

Acupuncture for fertility, frozen embryo transfer, IVF

Fertility is not just about women! The Centre of Balance Natural Fertility Programme also attempts to improve the reproductive health of men. The men’s fertility programme mainly focuses on enhancing sperm quality. At Centre of Balance Hamilton, sperm quality is determined by:

  • Sperm Morphology: Are there any deformities?
  • Sperm Motility: Are the sperm moving vigorously?
  • Sperm Count: What is the concentration of sperm per ml?

According to an article published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the sperm count, morphology, and motility of normal sperm are 20 million/ml, 14%, and 50% respectively. However, the study showed that men with the highest chance of fathering a child should have better sperm quality – morphology (12%), sperm count (40 million/ml), and motility (63%).

Treatment Plan

As highlighted earlier, the Centre Of Balance Natural Fertility Programme aims to achieve a patient’s optimum reproductive state. This objective is achieved through a carefully formulated treatment plan – but the programme takes time. In the wise words of Lao Tzu, an ancient Chinese philosopher, “nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.”

The treatment plan for the COB Fertility programme takes place over approximately 3 months. This is important in order to stimulate therapeutic changes and maximise their outcome. In a 3-18 month period, your reproductive health is expected to improve as the body makes the necessary changes. Although the treatment plan is designed to achieve results on its own, we also encourage couples to use it as a complementary therapy for conventional treatments.

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Guzick, D. S., Overstreet, J. W., Factor-Litvak, P., Brazil, C. K., Nakajima, S. T., Coutifaris, C., … & Xu, D. (2001). Sperm morphology, motility, and concentration in fertile and infertile men. New England Journal of Medicine345(19), 1388-1393.