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How to Have Sex (if you’re trying to conceive).

I’m going to presume you pretty much have a handle on how to have sex. If you’re looking for inspiration, however, I did write a book on this subject. It’s called Sex Again: Recharging Your Libido and you can buy it here or pick up a copy in our center.

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Gearing Up For Family Gatherings When You Are Coping With Infertility

The days are shorter and darker. Store fronts slowly transform into sparkly and seemingly mocking displays of joy and good tidings. Emails and phones buzz as family gatherings are organized. The end of another calendar year begins to draw near. It is the holiday season. A time of year filled with emotion; for many those […]

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Exercise & Fertility: How Much Should You be Doing?

Exercise can improve circulation, prevent chronic disease (i.e. Cardiovascular disease), manage and/or prevent metabolic syndromes (i.e. pre-diabetes, and type 2 diabetes mellitus), help manage anxiety and moderate depression, and help manage and prevent weight gain, just to name a few. But did you know that it can also boost your fertility? Being healthy is important for […]

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by Emma Thake

The Good News is You’re the Pilot.

I noticed the above quote, attributed to author Michael Altshuler, while walking by a school last week. I found myself thinking about these words and how they related to and were reflective of what we discuss every week during the Women’s Infertility Support and Resource Group at the YinOva Center.

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Five Simple Ways to Improve Fertility with Functional Medicine

I recently saw three different women in my New York City functional medicine practice in the same week who are hoping to become pregnant. One is 22 and recently suffered a miscarriage. She wanted to understand what she could do to prevent another one.

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Fertility Acupuncture for Couples

Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years in Asia to boost fertility and address the kinds of medical problems that prevent a couple from conceiving. Recently it has become a popular adjunctive treatment to IVF after studies have showed that it can increase the efficacy of IVF by 50%.

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Nutrient Dense Fat

Do you know what the most essential nutritional element is in the fertility diet? Eating plenty of nutrient dense fat! Many of my clients have looked skeptical when I say this. I always explain that good fat doesn’t make you fat because your body understands how to both break it down but also how to […]

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The Importance of the Infertility Voice

“When someone is going through a storm, your silent presence is more powerful than a million empty words.” ­–Dr. Thema Bryant-Davis

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Yoga During your IVF Cycle

Doctors often tell IVF patients not to exercise while taking “stimming” drugs because the ovaries are enlarged which increases the risk of tubes becoming tied.  Perhaps you shouldn’t be running marathons, but there are certain ways of exercising that you can do. Thoughtful yoga practice that combines mindful mediation with movement can help reduce stress […]

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Dao Flow Yoga for Women’s Health & Fertility

Dao Flow Yoga for women’s health and fertility is a practice that I developed to help boost the whole menstrual cycle by doing very specific yoga practices that act directly on the Chinese medicine fertility acupuncture meridians. Dao Flow also works by aligning your moon cycle with the fluctuating yin and yang rhythms of nature, […]

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Infertility Support Group Update

The women’s support group continues to serve as a source of strength and support among its members. And, as the facilitator, I continue to feel fortunate and humbled by the opportunity to lead this group. There is a quote I was recently reminded of by C.S. Lewis on the topic friendship, and it reminds me […]

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Is your Immune System Preventing a Pregnancy?

I’ve been in practice for many years. Long enough to notice trends, and one of the things that I have noticed is a rise in autoimmune problems (allergies, lupus, Crohn’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic fatigue and some kinds of thyroid disorders). What concerns me about this rise in immune system dysfunction is the effect it […]

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