Sunday, September 28, 2008

The Infertility Cure

I finally finished reading the best book I have found for IVF. This books goes through everything from how your eggs mature and grow to acupuncture and acupressure to herbs. This book is geared mostly toward women, but it does have a short chapter toward the back about men. And it does mention what will work for both men and women sprinkled throughout the book.

This is definitely a book about Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and how it can help you reach your goals. The author also talks about how TCM can be used in conjunction with Western Medicine's IVF treatments. Chinese medicine is based on balancing the energy flow in your body by using natural herbs, massage, acupuncture, food, meditation, and breathing.

The first thing you do is go through some questions to find out where your are deficient in energy. The rest of the book is based on your findings from the questionnaire.

The only thing I found confusing in the herbs. Most of these I have never heard of and all the rules that goes with what you should and shouldn't take and what time of the month these herbs should be taken. Before taking any of the herbs suggested in the book, I would consult an certified herbalist or Chinese Doctor.

I did make some changes from the suggestion I found in the book. I am cutting down to very little sugar since that seems to be a big problem in my diet and on processed foods. Here are some items that should be cut out entirely no matter where you are energy deficient:

This book goes into detain on what you should and shouldn't eat. If you have a lot of warm energy it suggests you eat cool foods like raw fruits and vegetables. If you have a lot of cool energy, eat warm foods and nothing straight out of the refrigerator.

Here are some Diet and Lifestyle tips:

  • Perform the massage techniques shown in chapter 6 to improve blood flow to the pelvic organs before and during the IVF process, but not after embryo transfer.
  • Do not smoke, use nicotine patches, or chew nicotine gum.
  • Do not drink alcohol.
  • Do not drink any coffee.
  • Eat well, suing the pattern discrimination dietary guidelines listed in chapter 6.
  • Take wheatgrass supplements, bluegreen alge; co Q-10, pycongenal, fish oil, and royal jelly. (You may take these all the way through your hormonal stimulation if your physician allows) These nutritional supplements will help keep you from depleting your Essence (and tax your Kidneys) any further.
  • Exercise daily before an IVF transfer, but do not begin any exercise program just before or during a cycle. If you do exercise, avoid sit-ups or any jarring, high-impact, or heavy weight-lifting exercises that make you grunt and raise intra-abdominal pressure. She recommends walking, except on the days immediately after embryo transfer.
  • After the egg retrieval, you may feel very uncomfortable and bloated. The best thing to do is drink lots of water and avoid sodium after retrieval
  • After transfer, remain as calm and stationary as possible. Meditate. Breath deeply. Listen to soothing music. Order takeout.
  • Avoid straining with a bowl movement in the days following transfer. If you are prone to constipation, increase dietary fiver or take a mild stool softener (but not a cathartic/laxative) (Poop Paste Recipe)
  • Listen to yourself. Do your best to keep stress hormones out of the equation. Give the embryo within you as much help as you can to settle in to its new home.

The is so much more information that can help each couple in this book that it is hard to highlight everything. For anyone going through or about to go through IVF or any kind of fertility treatments, I highly recommend this book.

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