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Fertility Treatments: East meets West

“At the heart of TCM is the notion of harmony and balance in our body. From a TCM perspective, infertility is caused by an imbalance of Qi (energy) in the body as a result of an unhealthy lifestyle, poor diet, lack of exercise, exposure to toxins, one’s genetic disposition, as well as environmental and emotional factors,” said Physician Ho Chin Ee, TCM Physician, Raffles Chinese Medicine. Acupuncture can help boost fertility by increasing blood flow, stimulating the ovaries to produce healthy eggs and enriching the endometrial lining in the uterus. Acupuncture also reduce stress and promote relaxation, which reduces spasms in the uterus and fallopian tube, so an embryo may successfully implant.

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50 Shades of V

“A healthy vagina is naturally acidic and contains rich quantities of beneficial bacteria that help fend off infections and maintain a normal pH level (vagina’s acidity),” said Dr Seng Shay Way, Specialist in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Raffles Fertility centre.

“Soaps that are too harsh or have too many chemicals and fragrances can actually make your vagina produce more discharge that gives off the foul smell. Avoid using douches to clean your vaginal area. Douching can alter the balance of healthy bacteria in your vagina, causing other bacteria to grow and create a foul vaginal odour too,” Dr Seng added.

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Can Fertility Pills Help Me To Conceive?

You should see a gynaecologist to check if you have any conditions which can affect fertility and conception. A gynaecologist may recommend tests that include screening for anemia, Thalessemia and immunity against Rubella infection, PAP smear, hormone tests for ovarian reserves (egg reserves), pelvic ultrasound for fibroids and cysts and a semen analysis for the husband.

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