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FertileGirl + Yinova: What not to say to someone who might be trying to conceive

Here at Yinova, many of our patients come to us to enhance their fertility. Whether we’re helping them conceive naturally or using acupuncture to accompany their IVF treatments, we know how difficult, stressful, and polarizing even, this experience can be.

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What Your Cravings Are Telling You (+ Some Tips For Healthier Alternatives!)

Ancient Chinese philosophers looked to the natural world to find a way of describing how we are similar, yet unique. They discovered that pretty much anything in the world could be broken down into five energy types, which they called the Five Elements.

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How to Perform a Breast Exam at Home

Survival rates for breast cancer patients have never been better, and early detection is one of the reasons for this. For that reason, we definitely recommend getting into the habit of looking at and feeling your breasts at least once a month. A particularly good time to do this is during the week after your […]

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Spring is Here!

Spring is here! I know, I know –  it’s still quite cold; winter seems to be overstaying its welcome.  But, despite the stubborn chill and lingering snow, we have officially crossed the threshold into spring!

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What Can We Learn From The Color Of Our Flow?

If you’ve ever been to an acupuncturist, you’ve likely been quizzed extensively about the length, color, and consistency of your period. Why, you may wonder, are we so obsessed with your menstrual blood? Are we secretly vampires? Collecting research for Pantone’s color of the year?

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Women Who Inspire Us

For the month of March, Women’s History Month, we will be celebrating women in health + healthcare. Every day, we will be sharing with you a female hero of ours: from doctors to activists, midwives to scientists. Whether they’ve changed the dialogue surrounding our bodies, pioneered their industry, or changed the way we practice medicine […]

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Medicinal Mushrooms: A Chinese Medicine Tradition

Among the vast trove of remedies in the pharmacopoeia of traditional Chinese medicine, some of the most revered medicinals are not plants, but fungi.

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Fight or Flight or Fertility

“Maybe you’re just stressed.” Time and time again, seemingly no matter what is going on with your health, professionals and friends alike all seem to lean on stress being the factor for everything from lack of sleep to colds; shoulder tension to fertility.

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What is Natural?

In her novel Red Clocks, author Leni Zumas imagines a world in the near future where both abortion and IVF have been outlawed and legislation barring single people from adopting is poised to take effect. The book was inspired by Zumas’ own experience of conceiving a son through IVF, her “wild, sweet, stubborn, beautiful boy.”

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by Emma Thake

What You Need to Know About Lubricant if You’re Trying to Conceive

Sexual lubricants, especially scented varieties, can interfere with conception. In general, they are too acidic for the sperm to survive and/or swim well in. In addition, the concentration of salts in the lubricants can cause sperm to either shrink or swell beyond their capacity to perform normally. That being said, if you find that you need […]

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by Emma Thake

Top 5 Food Remedies for Morning Sickness

Morning sickness may unfortunately be inevitable for some during pregnancy. However, fertility specialist and registered dietitian, Tracy Lockwood Beckerman, shares some of her top remedies to alleviate symptoms of uneasiness and nausea.

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