Sure, the answer may seem simple. But, for couples struggling to conceive, these 5 tips may just boost their chances.
As cited in a recent The Associated Press report, “Women who follow a diet rich in fresh fruit and vegetables, fish, and olive oil may stand a better chance of falling pregnant through in-vitro fertilisation (IVF),” according to researchers who wrote in the journal Human Reproduction, this past January, 2018.
“A study of 244 women enrolled for IVF in Athens, Greece, showed that those younger than 35 who followed a so-called ‘Mediterranean’ diet for six months before IVF, were more likely to have a healthy baby.” How much more likely? “Women in the group had a 65 to 68 percent greater likelihood of achieving a successful pregnancy and birth compared to women with the lowest adherence to the Mediterranean-style diet.” So stock up, accordingly!
Irregular menstrual cycles are an indicator that something’s not right. If this is accompanied by increased facial and body hair growth, unexplained weight gain or difficulties in getting pregnant, seek professional help.
Whether you’ve used traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) before or not, this could be a perfect time to try, given the number of practitioners in SG and their relatively lower prices compared to some Western fertility procedures.
“I will often recommend TCM treatment for select patients to optimise results,” says Dr. Roland Chieng, medical director at Virtus Fertility Centre. “Western treatments provide advanced solutions to identify and address the causes of infertility that TCM will not be able to do, and acupuncture can act as a supplementary method for patients to increase their chances of success before treatment (such as IVF).”
Similarly, Dr. Paul Tseng, a fertility specialist, obstetrician and gynaecologist at the same private centre, suggests acupressure and other methods that increase the blood flow to the uterus, and eating certain foods, such as folic acid-rich asparagus, can “enhance the chances of getting pregnant”.
Dr. Serene Lim, associate consultant, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Singapore General Hospital (SGH), advises that couples trying to conceive should limit their alcohol intake; avoid smoking, including passive smoking; and maintain a healthy weight, aiming for a Body Mass Index of between 18.5 and 23.
One of the most common ovarian disorders is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). PCOS can also lead to infertility as a patient’s ovaries will contain small cysts or follicles, making them unable to produce healthy eggs.
While there is no cure for PCOS, the most common treatment is an ovulation induction process where the woman will be prescribed an oral medicine or injections of Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH). These aim to spur the growth and development of eggs to increase the chances of conception naturally or through artificial insemination, explains fertility, obstetrics and gynaecology specialist, Dr. Fong Yang of Virtus Fertility Centre.
Consult these expert sources for additional fertility help.
Health & Fertility Centre for Women
Headed by IVF specialist Dr. Kelly Loi, the centre provides services such as infertility treatments, and pregnancy and delivery care, as well as fertility preservation for early-stage cancer patients.
Need emotional and mental support? Fertility counsellor Tanja Faessler-Moro has your back. The certified fertility coach renders professional counsel and hypnotherapy for both couples and mums-to-be.
Royal Pine TCM & Wellness Clinic
The clinic offers Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practices like herbal medication and acupuncture to help with conception.
From The Finder Kids Vol. 24, October 2018
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