Posts Categorized: Fertility and Women’s Health

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Is Acupuncture Safe During The First Trimester? Here’s The Evidence…

Many women who are newly pregnant ask me whether acupuncture is safe during pregnancy- specifically during the first trimester. They really want to try or continue acupuncture for a variety of reasons, but are quite mindful of avoiding anything that could put the pregnancy at risk.  I can say it is safe without hesitation, not only from my nearly 10 years in practice but from all the years of experience of my teachers and mentors. However I completely understand that women, their doctors and midwives want more than just anecdotal evidence. So without further ado- here are the studies which I feel should put your mind at ease. Read more

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Special Event: Acupuncture To Benefit Planned Parenthood

On Saturday, March 25th from 11-3pm, you’ll get a relaxing acupuncture treatment at my midtown office in exchange for your donation to Planned Parenthood. The recommended donation is $50-$150 per session.

Event FAQ’s:

Sign me up! How do I get on the schedule?

Awesome! Click here to make an appointment. I’m expecting that all slots will fill up, so unfortunately won’t be able to accept walk-ins that day.

How do I make my donation?

I won’t be accepting donations directly- instead, you have a few options:

  1. Go to my Planned Parenthood Fundraiser page and donate online. I’ll be able to see that you donated, and you will then be all set for the day of your acupuncture session.
  2. On Saturday the 25th, I will have donation forms that you can fill out at the office. You can write in your credit card info OR bring a check, and I will mail all these forms together to Planned Parenthood.

Since you are making the donation directly to Planned Parenthood, you are able to get a receipt from them for tax purposes.

I can’t make it for an appointment that day, but still want to donate!

Thank you! Please go to my Planned Parenthood Fundraiser page where you can donate online.

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Listen Up: Your Cervical Mucus Is Trying To Tell You Something

Vaginal discharge, cervical mucus, leukorrhea- it all refers to the same thing. Hereafter I’ll refer to it as “CM” (cervical mucus). It seems that generally speaking, women I see in my practice either are quite unaware of what changes in their CM mean or are worried that any CM is a sign of infection.  I hope this article will help to de-mystify your discharge and, just maybe, make you feel a little amazed by it. Possibly even happy to see it? By knowing what to look for and what it all means, you can feel more empowered and make better decisions. Read more

Managing PCOS Naturally

What is PCOS?

PCOS stands for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. It’s an endocrine (hormonal) disorder characterized by infrequent or absent periods, multiple cysts on the ovaries, obesity and high levels of androgens (such as testosterone and DHEA-S), which leads to excess facial and body hair, hair thinning or male pattern baldness and acne. Many PCOS patients have insulin resistance, which means that your body isn’t able to properly absorb and process sugars and other carbohydrates. Other complications include type 2 Diabetes, high cholesterol, heart disease, depression and difficulty becoming pregnant. Read more

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Having A Healthy 4th Trimester: Q&A with Amber Star Merkens, Postpartum Doula

Before I met Amber Star Merkens, I had no idea postpartum doulas existed. I immediately had a ton of questions for her because I became so excited about the idea that there are professionals available to help new moms out- this is seriously something everyone needs to know about! If you think doulas are only helping during labor, think again, and read on!

 

What is a doula?

The term doula literally means a woman’s helper. Read more