My preconception program is designed to optimize the health of individuals who are ready to start a family. This program is for anyone thinking about becoming pregnant, but especially for those with of history of infertility . In fact, one study found that a preconception diet high in whole grains, healthy fats, and vegetables increased the odds of an ongoing pregnancy by up to 65% in couple undergoing IVF/IUI!1
Common conditions that would benefit the most from a preconception program include:
- Advanced maternal age
- Recurrent pregnancy loss
- Unexplained infertility
Equal Access For All
I am proud to provide LGBTQ friendly services in my practice. I have previously spoken as a panelist at the very popular Queer & Trans Family Planning Weekend Intensive (QTFP-WI) at Sherbourne Health Centre in Toronto. You can also find my services listed on the Rainbow Health Ontario. No matter what your personal situation, I are happy to discuss your reproductive options together and find the best solution for you.
When Do I Need to Start?
Ideally, the preconception program begins three months prior to conception. This allows the egg and sperm to both fully mature. As infertility rates continue to rise in Canada, the importance of addressing dietary deficiencies, environmental toxins, egg quality and improving immune support cannot be overlooked.1 Research has demonstrated that adherence to a whole foods diet rich in whole grains, healthy fats and vegetables resulted in less difficulty conceiving compared to individuals eating highly processed diet high in refined carbohydrates and saturated fats.2
My treatment approach focuses on holistic nutrition, environmental detoxification, tailored acupuncture treatments, evidence-based supplements and botanical medicine. I always recommend both partners, or anyone involved in the process, receive treatment for optimal egg and sperm health. Ready to get a head start? Download my Fertility Friendly Eating Guide for delicious sample recipes and simple tips you can start incorporating into your daily routine now.
What does the program look like?
First Visit (90 minutes)
Our first appointment focuses on a full patient history and intake, getting to know you and your fertility goals. This will be our longest appointment together where we will: review recent blood work, perform relevant physical exams, and order additional blood work and lab testing if necessary. Together we will set treatment expectations and outcomes for future visits. A personalized diet, lifestyle and supplement program will be prescribed. Stress reduction techniques and support tools will be provided based on individual needs. You might also be sent home with a diet dietary and healthy home checklist to further evaluate the health of your daily environment.
Second Appointment (60 Minutes)
One week after your initial appointment we check in on diet and lifestyle changes. If additional blood work was needed, we will review results at this time. I will address any concerns or questions you have at this time and begin an acupuncture protocol.
During our second appointment together, we will do a 360 review of your household and search room by search for sources of endocrine disrupting chemicals. Treatment may include replacing household cleaners and beautify products with safer, more natural options, and making better food choices at the grocery store. I believe in empowering patients to create a healthy and safe environment in the home.
Third Appointment (60 Minutes)
At this appointment, I will review all prescribed supplements and make adjustments or refill prescriptions if necessary. Acupuncture will be performed and we will evaluate if changes need to be made to your diet and lifestyle plan. Additional recipes will provided to ensure a healthy and balanced diet is manageable.
Ongoing care will focus on weekly acupuncture treatments, encouraging the consumption of nutrient-dense foods and techniques to keep stress and inflammation under control.
1. Twigt JM, Bolhuis ME, Steegers EA, Hammiche F, Van Inzen WG, Laven JS, Steegers-Theunissen RP. The preconception diet is associated with the chance of ongoing pregnancy in women undergoing IVF/ICSI treatment. Human reproduction. 2012 May 15;27(8):2526-31.
2 Toledo E, Lopez-del Burgo C, Ruiz-Zambrana A, Donazar M, Navarro-Blasco Í, Martínez-González MA, de Irala J. Dietary patterns and difficulty conceiving: a nested case–control study. Fertility and sterility. 2011 Nov 30;96(5):1149-53.