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By Harris Fisher, Dr. of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Yinstill Reproductive Wellness Clinic, Vancouver.
If you’re over 40, the choice to start or add to your family will often be met with disheartening statistics, repetition of risk factors, and a refusal by medical practitioners to work with you towards your goal. Getting the support you need and the proper advice can be difficult.
Chinese medicine offers a time tested tradition of treating fertility and preventing miscarriage with natural methods that focus on you as an individual.
If it is just genetics, what can you do?
The most common cause of miscarriage for couples who conceive after the age of 40 is a genetic defect. This is just as much the result of the male as it is the female. We know that genes can be turned on and off based on the environment and the cellular messages received.
Providing the optimal environment, establishing the correct communication routes and sending the proper messages is something we have control over. To assist in carrying a healthy baby to term it is important to:
- Believe in your fertile potential; stop worrying about what if’s
- Provide time for your body to rest and regenerate
- Reduce or avoid stress
- Nourish your body
A healthy baby is possible throughout your fertile years
If you experience a regular menstrual cycle you are still fertile. Embrace where you are in your journey and use the wisdom and strength that you have accumulated up till this point. You are wiser and you know who you are. Focus on the present and hold that space for your child. Worrying will only keep the mind busy and rob your reproductive organs of nourishment.
Take time to regenerate
Getting enough good quality sleep might be the single most important thing you can do for your health. Aim for 7 ½ to 9 hours each night. Are having trouble sleeping, either falling asleep or staying asleep? Chinese medicine can help.
The hormones released when you are under stress (especially chronic) inhibit the communication between your brain and reproductive organs. Take time each day to breathe and release your tension. Choose a good book instead of television, shows are designed to trigger you and keep you engaged. Acupuncture once or twice weekly is beneficial for restoring proper communication and relieving the effects of stress.
Herbal medicine to nourish and stabilize pregnancy
The formula Tai Shan Pan Shi San (Powder to achieve the stability of Mount Tai) is just one example of a famous formula for treating threatened miscarriage. It is especially useful for women of advanced maternal age and is quite nourishing. An individualized formula can be made up for your specific constitution and concerns.
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Dr. Harris Fisher is a doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine at Yinstill Reproductive Wellness (http://yinstill NULL.com/) clinic in Vancouver, British Columbia. His practice focuses on the treatment of fertility, pelvic pain and menstrual disorders. Harris also provides complimentary care to woman and couples undergoing assisted reproductive techniques (IVF, ICSI, IUI) and is a fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (ABORM). http://yinstill.com/ (http://yinstill NULL.com/)
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