Information & Treatment of Infertility in Vancouver Canada
The Acubalance Male Fertility Program
When committed to and followed through with, 'The Acubalance Male Fertility Programme (F.A.T.H.E.R.S.)' provides men with an effective, easy-to-implement system that has profound benefits towards fertility, as well as overall health and well-being.
F - Food
Even subtle dietary alterations can have a profound effect on both your health and fertility. A nutritional review will be conducted, and recommendations will be discussed.
A - Acupuncture
Acupuncture-moxibustion will be performed at each visit. This involves the stimulation of specific points on the body via insertion of thin sterile needles and heat. It serves to restore homeostasis and balance to the energetic and physiological processes of the body mind and spirit.
T - Things to Avoid
Things that you should avoid to optimize fertility (i.e. heat, pesticides, tobacco, etc.) are necessary to be aware of. Follow the link above to learn more.
H - Herbs
Every second week you will be sent home with a custom Chinese herbal formula. This is taken in liquid form as a tea, two times per day.
E - Exercise
In relation to your normal habits, you will be advised to stay active, not too strenuous or heavy, or to start to exercise if it is not already a part of your life. Keep it enjoyable.
R - Revision
Subtle revision of your thought, stresses, mental imagery, intention, breathing, and relationship is easy to do and can positively effect the quality of your life.
S - Supplements
Lets start with a good multivitamin then move on from there. Your particular needs determine the supplements that will be recommended. Others such as essential fatty acids, zinc, and folate may enter the picture.
100 days. That is how long it takes for our body to create and mature sperm. This means, the sperm you will fertilize your partners' egg with is already 100 days old! It is quite clear why your health 3-4 months before conception is of utmost importance.
F.A.T.H.E.R.S. is designed to make your journey toward improved health simple.
If you have not already done so, you will be asked to get a semen analysis and your testosterone levels checked. There are also a few other things that may be recommended checking; physical exam for things such as varicocele, small testicles, tumors, hydroceles, digital exam of the prostate, semen cultures to check for infection or presence of white blood cells, and if liquefaction is poor a test for antisperm antibodies should be done. Blockages can be assessed through an ultrasound exam and presence of fructose in the semen. Lastly, a testicular biopsy may be needed. It is better if this is done at a fertility clinic by urologists that specialize in this area. Doctors are often busy and in a rush, don't be afraid to interrupt and ask for a proper explanation. The causative factors from a scientific perspective help direct us in our treatment process.
The initial consultation involves establishing a trustworthy relationship between you and your practitioner. The treatment protocols over the next 100 days will be discussed. The forms that you will have already filled out and brought with you are addressed so that your individual needs are understood, and your health concerns get properly treated. Traditional Chinese Medicine enters into great depth with the intimate inner functioning of your mind and body. Be prepared to answer a few questions you may have never been asked before. You will be asked to spend a little time reviewing a list of vital things to avoid to help improve your sperm quality and quantity.
Every visit concludes with an acupuncture-moxibustion treatment.
The next appointment (one week later) will consist of reviewing the 5 day dietary journal you will have been asked to complete. With this information we make slight adjustments that optimize fertility according to the health patterns you display. Exercise will be discussed, proper supplementation recommendations are made, and a Traditional Chinese medical diagnosis will be determined.
Some informative educational literature may be suggested.
Again, every visit concludes with an acupuncture-moxibustion treatment.
Follow-up appointments focus primarily on refinement of the Traditional Chinese medical diagnosis, observation of changes taking place, and acupuncture-moxibustion treatments.
Every second week will involve taking 7 days of herbal formulations that are custom designed to your needs.
Other topics covered will be stress management, positive intention, visualization, and breathing exercises.
Initial consultation with your partner is $115. All other acupuncture treatments are $75 each.
The cost of herbs is about $35-$40 per week, taken for 2 weeks each month.
Supplements range from approx. $25-$45 per month.
Approx. total cost for 100 day course of treatment is $1350 (+/-).
After the 100 day course of treatment, your health and fertility, as well as possible continuation of treatments, will be reassessed (if you have not yet conceived).
Treatment of Infertility & IVF Support with Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine in Vancouver
Dr. Spence Pentland, Dr. TCM, R.Ac, FABORM
Dr. Spence Pentland is a provincially licenced Doctor with the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners and Acupuncturists of BC,
& a Fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (click on letter credentials for more info).
His clinical practice in Vancouver has focused on the treatment of men's and women's reproductive health issues since 2004,
helping hundreds realize their dream of having happy healthy families.
Click below to learn more about
1. Dr. Spence Pentland's Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Treatment of Infertility in Vancouver
2. The IVF Acupuncture Group - a team of doctors specializing in providing quality, evidence-based acupuncture services for patients undergoing IVF in Greater Vancouver
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