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Dawit Assefa, L.Ac, MAOM – Acupuncture Fertility & Women's Clinic

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How Do I Know When I’m Ovulating?

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Tracking when your ovulating is not that difficult and you don’t need an ovulation kit either. In fact, for most of my patients I recommend watching their cervical fluid as the only indicator. Cervical fluid is comparable to seminal fluid in men because it creates an alkaline environment to protect the sperm from an otherwise…

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The Fertility Promoting Diet

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First, when we talk about diet, I think it’s important to understand what NOT to eat. Let’s first take away the bad. You should stay away from processed foods, sugary and greasy foods. Excessive spicy and raw foods can also be damaging. A little spicy food can be beneficial especially if your a person who…

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Understanding Your Hormones

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This is for the laywoman or layman to understand the basic workings of the female reproductive system. After bleeding, FSH (Follicle Stimulating Hormone) will prepare 10-20 eggs to mature in each ovary. Each egg is encased in a follicle. These follicles produce estrogen. A woman’s estrogen levels gradually rise until hitting a threshold, then there…

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Fertility Education

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I honestly feel that women must be educated about their menstrual cycles in order to improve their chances of conception. A great book to help women understand their cycles is “Taking Charge of Your Fertility” by Toni Weschler, MPH. I believe every woman should read this book. I’m just going to highlight key points that…

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Optimal Time for Conception

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The following information is only for those having trouble conceiving. This would be the case if the woman or man are older. It is also for men having issues like low sperm count, poor motility and poor morphology. This information will also help women with less than adequate cervical fluid. Ovulation timing, optimal time of…

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Your Libido & Fertility

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I always tell my patients that a body that wants to have sex is a body that wants to reproduce. Having a good libido and interest in sex is a good sign of fertility for both women and men. Many women notice that they have a higher than normal libido during ovulation and many men…

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Sleep & Infertility

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Adequate and quality sleep is paramount to good health. I think many of us know this instinctively, but we still refuse to do it. I always give the analogy of charging your cell phone when it goes to sleep. If you just use it all the time and don’t charge it, then it wont work.…

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Male Factory Fertility

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Current standards for male fertility are defined as the following: – Volume should be 1.5 – 5 ml (millilitre) – Sperm count should be greater than 15-20 million sperm/ml – Motility greater than 50% (more than half should move optimally) – Morphology greater than 4% Sperm counts have dropped and continue to drop every generation.…

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