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Healthy Diet Benefits for Infertility

Food and nutrition play a crucial role contributing to a healthy body and reproductive system. In fact, the building blocks for hormones are found in the food we consume. For instance, antioxidants in certain foods assist in protecting the egg and sperm from free radicals. In the other hand, chemicals added to some foods could be harmful to your health and fertility.

It was found that the increasing consumption of sugary sodas and fruit, starches, red meat and trans fat is a big factor contributing to the rising of infertility rates nowadays. According to Dr. Walter Willett M,D., our bodies digest bad carbs (cookies, cakes, cereals, sugary drinks, chips, and white bread) quickly, and turn them into blood sugar. Insulin is then released from pancreas into the bloodstream in order to drive down the blood-sugar spike. Previous studies showed that these high insulin levels could inhibit ovulation. It also showed that women with the highest glycemic load (measure of amount of bad carbs eaten and how quickly they’re turned into blood sugar) were more than 90 percent more likely to have ovulatory infertility than those with the lowest glycemic load.


What is a fertility diet?
A recently-performed study by Harvard showed an 80% decrease in infertility with lifestyle changes made by switching to a fertility diet.

Fertility diet is the type of diet which includes foods that are rich in certain nutrients needed for hormonal function, production and balance, fetal development, egg and sperm health, and many more. This diet is designed to aid your body in balancing existing fertility issues, and also building up the nutrient stores and constituents for a healthy child.

Fertility Diet Nutrition guidelines

Eat a lot of organic vegetables and fruits

Harmful herbicides and pesticides in conventional produce have been shown to negatively affect both male and female fertility.

Male exposure to pesticides is linked to altered sperm quality and sterility, while female exposure may interfere with puberty, menstruation and ovulation, and fertility. Studies have also shown organic vegetables and fruits to have more nutritional values.


Choose organic and grass fed meat

Cattles that are raised conventionally contain high levels of added hormones and antibiotics leading to the domination of estrogen.

In the other hand, grass fed meat is low in saturated fat, and is a good source of protein and essential fatty acids.

For you who have endometriosis, it is suggested to reduce the consumption of red meat has there is a correlation between high red meat consumption and endometriosis.

Eat high fibre foods with each meal

High blood sugar levels can be regulated with increasing the consumption of high-fibre food.

This can help to reduce fertility issues such as PCOS and induces healthy hormonal balance. High fibre foods are beans, dark leafy greens, fruits and vegetables, and wholegrain and wholemeal products.

Drink lots of clean water

It is strongly recommended to drink at least half your body weight in ounces of clean, purified or filtered water daily.

The best waters to choose from are reverse osmosis and distilled.

It is not recommended to have bottled water as there are higher chances for it to contribute to hormonal imbalance as there might be estrogen mimicking chemicals in it. Avoid tap water, as it might contain traces of harmful pesticides from agricultural runoff.

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How Exercise Affects Your Fertility

YogaMany of you might be confuse is exercise has a good impact or bad ones to fertility level. This article will explain to you the benefits of regular exercise for women who want to conceive. However, there is also risk of infertility if one does too much exercise. Does too much exercise will affect women who have infertility issues?

According to researches, regular exercise can actually improve reproductive function. A study in Obstetrics and Gynaecology who analyse women with regular exercise, ( ie. 30 minutes or more daily) had reduced the risk of infertility due to ovulation disorders. Another study in 2009 about Human Reproduction and Harvard study have also found that fitness activity plays important role in increasing the chance of conceiving for a woman who want to have a baby.

So what are the tips regarding the exercise for women who are willing to get conceived

1. Find the balance

It is very important that you find the balance between extreme exercise and too little exercise. Some of the testimonies from women who got conceived include having regular exercise in their daily routines. Some also suggests that extreme exercise will affect your estrogen level and therefore reduce the chance of conceiving.

Dr. Schoolcraft says, intense exercise sessions cause the body to break down the proteins in muscles, producing ammonia, a pregnancy-inhibiting chemical.

“The extremes of exercise ” too much or too little” are never good,” Dr. Grifo says. “You need to find a balance between the two; that’s when your body functions optimally.”

It is recommended to have 3 to 5 times a week for around 30-45 minutes per session. The following type of exercise you can follow:

  • Gentle walking, 5 times a week, for 30 minutes to 1 hour
  • 2-3 1 hour sessions of yoga
  • Dancing
  • Zumba, 2-3 times a week ( Pre-conception Period, not during pregnancy)
  • Aerobics, 2-3 times a week
  • Leisurely bike riding ( Pre-conception Period, not during pregnancy)
  • Light jogging (Pre-conception Period, not during pregnancy)
  • Swimming


Exercise to avoid while trying to conceive:

  • Bikram yoga (hot yoga, raised body temperature)
  • Core strength training after ovulation, including core Pilates training
  • Exercise 7 days a week for more than 45 minutes to 1 hour
  • Running for many miles each day
  • Extreme boot camp training series
  • Exercise over an hour long
  • Any type of regular, strenuous training for sports (running, gymnastics, ballet, etc.)

Yoga is strongly recommended because not only it is good for your physical health but it is also good for your mental health.

There are five yoga poses that are recommended for pregnant women:

  • Standing mountain
  • Supported triangle
  • Supported Squat
  • Cat/Cow pose and Child’s pose
  • Belly Breathing

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2. Healthy Weight

It is about making your body at a healthy enough to carry a baby. This means that you also need to make sure that your body is within a normal BMI range (18.5 to 24.9). This can be done with regular exercise but also healthy diet.

Real life testimony from Michelle who used to be a runner has reduced her exercise between 30 to 45 minutes a day and she got pregnant after that. She is now has four kids.

3. Healthy eating plan

This is strongly recommended for those who are overweight.

Trim calories and gradually up your exercise to reach a fertility-friendly BMI. Aim for 60 minutes of cardio five days a week, and strength-train for 30 minutes three times a week. Even so, “you can work out too hard even if you’re overweight,” Dr. David cautions. “Build up your tolerance slowly.”

In conclusion, regular exercise is still very essential for women who would like to conceive. The amount of exercise should be moderate around 3-5 times per week for 30-45 minutes. Apart from that, healthy diet and regular acupuncture are also important to reduce stress and regulate/enhance hormone levels. Acupuncture and regular exercise will enhance the fertility level and hence will give more chance of conceiving.


Preparation for natural fertility over 40

Time is ticking...

Time is ticking…

These days couples are trying to conceive late in their life cycle as more and more of them are focusing on their career goals and travelling. There is good and bad sides of this, the good side is of course to achieve their dreams of their own business. However, the side effects will be on their fertility because we need to accept the fact that after the age of 35, women’s fertility decline quite significantly. So, how can couples overcome this fear? Is it still possible for women over 40 to be conceived? How many percent of chance that couple over 40 can get pregnant?

This article will discuss about the above issues and how to overcome or be prepare for natural fertility for couples who want to conceive over the age of 40.

First of all, we need to understand the change in women’s menstrual cycle when they reach 40.  The condition of normal functioning follicle happens when the estrogen levels increase and signal the pituitary gland to release LH (Luteinizing Hormone). This LH then signals follicle to open and release a mature egg (ie. ovulation). After ovulation, then the corpus luteum triggers the progesterone level to increase and causing it to develop to be capable of nourishing a growing embryo.

As women reach 40, less and less menstrual cycle happen, this means there is lesser chance to get pregnant. Menopause is confirmed when women do not get their period for the whole year. This will vary for women, but it can happen between the ages of 40 to 55. Menopause could take 1-7 years to complete. During perimenopause (the stage before menopause), a woman over 40 can still conceive naturally and carry a baby to a term.

How to prepare for natural conception for women who are in perimenopause (ie. over 40)?

Here is our advice and it’s been proven that some of couples can still possible to conceive following this advice.

1. Fertility Diet

Fertility diet includes consuming only organic food (IE. meat, vegetables, eggs, etc.).

Add some Superfoods in your diet, such as Maca, royal jelly, egg, banana, broccoli, asparagus, avocado, spirulina, etc. Try to eat food with high in folic acid, antioxidants, green food and Omega 3.

2. Acupuncture

Acupuncture has been proven in many years to enhance the chance of getting pregnant. At Dr Christine clinic, we suggest that couple comes as often as possible to improve their fertility level of getting pregnant. There are many couples over 40 who are able to be conceived at age of over 40 with acupuncture treatment.

Acupuncture will increase the blood flow in women’s pelvic region and improve the hormones to produce progesterone and therefore increasing the chance of couple to get pregnant.

3.  Healthy Lifestyle

These include exercise; do not drink alcohol, no soda of any kind, no smoking, almost no sugar, and no trans-fats, no artificial.

The exercise include the following:

  • Fertility yoga
  • Meditation
  • Swimming
  • Pilates
  • Walking
  • Kegel exercise (IE. contracting and relaxing the pelvic floor muscles repeatedly)

4. Start to chart your cycle using the BBT Chart

It is now important if you are willing to get pregnant any time soon to chart your cycle. Therefore, you will know when you will be ovulating and when is your peak time. Women usually become fertile 2 or 3 days after menstruation. Do try to have intercourse on the day of ovulation. It is also strongly recommended for couples (men and women) to do acupuncture during ovulation as this will increase your chance to get pregnant.

5. Improve level of Cervical mucus

By drinking plenty of water (IE. 8 glasses or more), take omega essential fatty acid supplement daily), taking herbs.

6. Chinese medicine

Take Chinese medicine in conjunction with the acupuncture to improve your fertility level. This Chinese medicine will also increase the production of cervical mucus as well as nourishing the body as a whole. Hence, enhance the chance of natural conception for women over 40.


How to Balance Your Hormones After Birth Control

Hormonal Balance

Many people today has been using birth control since they are teenagers and some of the doctors actually prescribed birth control to some of their patients who suffer from Endometriosis or PCOS. Birth control could reduce pain, reduce the incidence of ovarian cyst or regulate your cycle for some time. However, this is just a short term relief because once you stop taking the pills then the symptoms will come to the surface again. Therefore, it is recommended for couples who want to conceive to stop from taking birth control. We will explain in the next paragraphs how to balance your hormones after birth control.

The first step is to Nourish and Cleanse the body.

  1. Fertility Cleansing

The body has lost some of the nutrition when using the birth control and therefore it needs to be nourished by using herbs. Not only that, but the liver has to metabolize synthetic hormones and becomes overloaded and taxed during birth control use. The liver helps remove toxins and some of fertility cleanses to remove excess hormones. We do recommend Chinese Traditional Medicine because it has been proven for thousands of years.   The Chinese herbs will nourish the body and help liver function normally again. The Chinese herbs will also supportive, toning and cleansing for the uterus.

Secondly, fertility cleansing is an excellent way for couples who want to conceive to create a clean slate and helps the body to respond and utilize other natural remedies better. Hence, fertility cleansing will increase their chance to get pregnant.

  1. Fertility Diet

The change of lifestyle is also very important as this will improve your body to balance the hormones. Healthy diet is strongly recommended for couples who want to conceive.

Did you know that birth control or pills will have some permanent damage to the healthy gut bacteria? That is why it is recommended to consume yogurt, pickles and sour cream to provide the body with probiotics or good bacteria.

Birth control also affects the levels of Vitamin B12, Vitamin E, Zinc, Vitamin C, Vitamin B2, and folic acid. Therefore, it is necessary to take multivitamin, or supplements and whole food iron supplement.  Taking good probiotic supplement is also good because it will balance and maintain the pH levels in the vagina.

Eating plenty of foods that has high in calcium also is strongly recommended, since the use of birth control can also thin the bones. The food includes spinach, broccoli, sesame seeds, seaweed, chia seeds and cottage cheese.

The next stage after cleansing is Herbal support

The purpose is to restore the ovulation process and improve hormonal balance.

There are some herbs that are recommended for couples:

  1. Fem rebalance

You can get the supplements in any chemist store. This Fem Rebalance will help couples to balance their hormones and reduce stress as well as rapid weight loss or gain. The herbs include Licorice Rt., Vitex, Chaste tree berry, Rhodiola, borage, Maca, vervain root , sarsaparilla root, wild yam root and black cohosh.

It is best used for couples who go through a stage of healing after birth control as pregnancy preparation but not used while trying to conceive. The reason being is because the body needs at least 3-6 months to heal without actively trying to conceive.

  1. Maca

This is known for one of the superfood for male fertility. However, this can also support female’s endocrine system and this root is very nourishing to the body. This will support holistic hormonal balance and reduce stress.

  1. Dang Gui (Angelica Sinensis)

This will nourish the body and promote the blood flow in the pelvis region. It can be used as females’ tonic and fertility herbs and it is highly recommended for those who try to conceive. This is also part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It is one of the well-known ingredients that Dr Christine

  1. RejuvaFlow

This supplement will help you to ‘build the blood’ so that your menstruations period will be regular/normal again. Once your menstruation cycle becomes regular, then healthy cervical mucus production will be restored. This will increase the fertility level also for those who try to conceive.

  1. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

This has been used by many Chinese people since thousand years ago and has been proven that some of the herbs can enhance the fertility level. At Dr Christine Cui clinic we have our own TCM and they are plant based. This will also improve the blood flow in the pelvic region and nourish the body and balance your hormonal level. We can ensure you that there will be improvement in the body once you have started to take this Chinese medicine.

Stage 3.   Acupuncture and Fertility massage

Once the body has been healed and menstrual cycle has been restored, then the cervical mucus will also be produced. The couple can try to do some acupuncture or fertility massage to improve their fertility level.

At Dr Christine Cui clinic, we offer acupuncture for couples who want to conceive. The acupuncture stimulation of the reproductive, endocrine and neurological systems is aimed at ensuring an internal environment that supports reproductive health, fertility, healthy conceptions for women and men.

For women, Acupuncture not only stimulates the body’s ‘happy hormones’ (Endorphin), providing natural pain relief and easing anxiety, but also stimulates the normal flow of energy (Qi) through the body, providing a safe, drug-free and highly effective method for restoring mental, physical, emotional and hormonal balance.

Discover more about our range of services and treatment options by contacting our team and find out why people from North Melbourne to Sandringham visit Dr Christine. Make an appointment by calling (03) 9820 8651 and we will be happy to discuss your requirements and arrange a consultation. You can also leave your details in our contact form and we will get back to you as soon as we can.


Male Fertility – Azoospermia Fertility

Usually there is 1 in every 20 males have some kind of infertility. There are different kinds of cases of male infertility such as; different shapes, no tails, two heads or no sperms at all. The male infertility usually cannot be seen with the naked eye.  A semen test is required to see if there is a sign of infertility.

There are many different causes of male infertility; however, we will focus on Azoospermia fertility in this article. Azoospermia Fertility happens when there is virtually no sperm count in each ejaculation.  This kind of infertility in men only present in 2% of the average male population.

The causes of Azoospermia Fertility

Now that the other causes of male infertility explained, we will discuss the main causes of Azoospermia fertility:

  • Genetic
  • Injury to the genitalia
  • Blockage in genitalia
  • Surgery effects on the male reproductive system
  • Infection to male reproductive system
  • Miscellaneous causes such as; illegal drug use, steroids or antibiotics, excessive alcohol consumption.

In short, the causes of male infertility are due to either sperm transport or sperm production. There is the possibility of not having sperms at all and the cause of this is because lower semen level.

The cure and treatments for Azoospermia Fertility

Depending on the cause of male infertility, the cure can be from getting prescribed medications to surgery.

For example; if there is blockage in genitalia, then the doctor will suggest you to go for operation.

Acupuncture in conjunction with Chinese herbal medicine can also part of the cure for Azoospermia fertility when the cause is due to hormonal problems.

According to the article wrote by Bidouee F, Shamsa A, Jalali M. regarding the“Effect of acupuncture on azoospermic male”, they tested a couple who was trying to conceive. He went to 2 acupuncture treatments every week for 10 weeks. The results shown that his sperm count has increased to 10 million/mL with 10% good and progressive motility and 60% normal shape.

Another research also proved that acupuncture is effective. The research was conducted by Siterman regarding the effect of acupuncture on 26 males with azoospermic fertility. The result shown that seven out of 26 patients had sperms in their ejaculation and surprisingly 4 out of 7 had a sperm count of nearly 100 million/mL.

Another study also conducted by Jason Z Kremer, when analysing the treatment of male infertility to obstructive Azoospermia with Acupuncture and Moxibustion had a positive result. This case report documented a 33 year old male with a history of 10 year obstructive azoospermia and receives acupuncture treatments. Just after three (3) times acupuncture treatments in conjunction with TCM, the couple conceived naturally without any medical assistance.

In conclusion, acupuncture in conjunction with Chinese herbal medicine can increase sperm count because it improves blood flow in testis area. Hence, acupuncture can become cured to patients with azoospermia fertility.

Mixed couple and baby

Where to get help and what symptoms do you need to recognize?

It is significant to get a semen test before you can conclude that one male has no sperm count. However there are few symptoms such as:

  • When ejaculate, the volume is low or has strong odor
  • Unusual color of greenish, yellowish, red or brown tinted (blood may be present)
  • When semen is thicker or thinner than normal

If you need consultation or assistance or enquiry please do not hesitate to contact us. We are here to help you.


5 Surprisingly Simple Habits that Enhance Fertility


  1. Monitoring your body weight

Body weight is definitely one of the important factors that needed to be monitored during pre-conception for both men and women. Being overweight or underweight for women can cause either over-production or insufficient production of reproductive hormones. These hormonal imbalances may result in irregular ovulation and therefore, lower any chances of pregnancy, either naturally or through IVF (in vitro fertilization).  Additionally, normal body weight will also reduce chances of miscarriage and other complications during pregnancy as well as labour. Maintaining a healthy body weight is also crucial for men’s fertility as it affects sperm count, motility, and morphology.  All of which increase the likelihood of a successful pregnancy.


A common method to determine whether the body overweight or underweight is called Body Mass Index (BMI) which is a ratio of height-to-weight. It can be calculated using the formula below:nhbnvhjn

The recommended BMI range for women and men who are trying to conceive is between 18.5 and 24.9. BMI over 24.9 is considered over-weight, while a BMI under 18.5 is considered underweight. Balancing the right amount of nutrients and regular exercise which ideally is 45 minutes about 3 times a week are highly recommended to stay within the ‘healthy’ BMI range for both pre-conception and during pregnancy. Do not over-exercise as it would negatively affect menstruation cycle and further decrease the chance of conception.

  1. Reducing artificial night-time lights

According to the study conducted by researchers from UCLA, Osaka University, and Japan Science and Technology Agency, sleeping with artificial night-time lights may significantly reduce fertility especially in middle-aged women. These artificial lights include TV, smartphone, tablet, bedside lamp, and many more. It correlates with fertility as it affects circadian rhythm or the body’s internal clock. During the time with less light, body’s internal clock signals the brain to pr
oduce melatonin. Besides causing drowsiness, melatonin is very important for women who are trying to conceive as it has strong antioxidant properties that protect eggs from free-radical damage, especially during ovulation.

Melatonin is also important for women during pregnancy since it can also affect the health of the unborn baby. Insufficient amount of melatonin from the mother can cause several behavioural problems in children, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism.

Women who are either trying toget pregnant or in the middle of pregnancy should at least have 8 hours of dark period at night. Additionally, it is also recommended to limit the usage of TV and other electronic devices to one hour before bed.

  1. De-stressing

Most people think that fertility is only determined on the physical aspect of the body, however, studies have shown that mental well-being also takes a huge part when women are trying to conceive both naturally and through IVF. Scientists believe that stress plays a role in about 30% of all fertility problems!

Stress affects a part of the brain called hypothalamus, which has a role to regulate hormones for the ovaries to produce eggs.  This causes the body for a late ovulation, or in some extreme circumstances not at all. It is called stress-induced-anovulation, usually occurs during a traumatic experience. Conceiving when ovulation is uncertain can be a very hard task. Additionally, when the body is stressed, it produces adrenaline.

It prevents the body to utilize reproductive hormones, therefore, causing infertility. Studies also have shown that stress can reduce male fertility as it impacts sperm quality and quantity.

Various ways have been discovered to reduce stress from going back to the nature, doing yoga, meditation, until using traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture. Picking a time to de-stress every now and then is essential to ensure that the body is in the best condition to conceive.

  1. Stop consuming alcohol

It is widely known that once pregnancy occurs, mothers should stop drinking alcohol due to the danger given to the unborn baby. However, alcohol is also proven to give substantial negative impact towards fertility both for women and men. Therefore, couples trying to conceive are strongly suggested to avoid the consumption of alcohol as studies have shown that alcohol can decrease fertility by 50%!

For women, alcohol directly interferes with the process that regulated ovulation and menstruation. It often causes multiple fertility problems such as amenorrhea (delayed/absent menstrual cycle), reduced ovarian weight, lowered hormone concentrations, and anovulation (lack of ovulation). Disturbed ovulation and menstruation process would significantly lower chance of pregnancy, both naturally and through the IVF process.

Alcohol is just as dangerous to men as to women. Studies show that men who regularly consume alcohol have a lower sperm motility and concentration. It also often results in decreasing number of sperm production and sperm quality. All to which lower the chances of conception.

Stopping the consumption of alcohol pre-conception would also help women avoid alcohol during pregnancy. Furthermore,couples with infertility treatment such as IVF should stop 3-6 months prior to the procedure. Alternatives such as alcohol-free mocktails should be considered to replace cocktails and wine in everyday life.

  1. Improve your oral hygiene

It may seem odd how oral hygiene can impact fertility, however, studies have shown that poor oral hygiene can both lower the chance of conception and increase the chance of complications during pregnancy. A good care of teeth and gums can actually boost a woman’s chance of pregnancy and lower the risk of miscarriages.

Poor oral hygiene can impact fertility because the bacteria in the mouth can severely affect the condition of the entire body. It begins with a simple gum inflammation. However, if it is left untreated, the inflammation and bacteria will begin to spread from the mouth to other parts of the body.  Once it
entered the system, the body will automatically fight the bacteria which cause a drop in the immune system, making it an unsuitable environment for conception. Oral hygiene is also important during pregnancy as when the body is fighting off the bacteria, very often the uterus is overrun by the body’s immune system to get rid of any infections which most likely will end in miscarriages or other pregnancy complications.

Therefore, routine check up to the dentist actually plays an important part when trying to get pregnant and even throughout the pregnancy to ensure no harm for both the mother and the babylose-weight-4


Best Food To Increase Sperm Volume, Motility and Libido

These are the top recommended food that men can have to increase their sperm counts/volume, motility (ie. the ability of sperm to swim toward an egg) and libido (ie. men’s desire to have sex) :


oysterThe one significant mineral contained in oysters is zinc. Zinc can improve testosterone level in men and sperm volume. When the testosterone level is increased, men’s libido will also increase and will have greater chance of conceiving.







Eggs can prevent harmful effects of free radicals. These free radicals’ effect can kill the sperms if not prevented.  Eggs also contain Vitamin E and high in protein, which can improve sperm’s health.






Banana contains high Vitamin B and Bromelain enzyme. This enzyme called Bromelain has important role in improving libido in men. The vitamin B can also increase stamina for men who are willing to conceive.





4. Scallop

Scallop has more than 80 % of protein and they are also high in magnesium and potassium. Three ounces provide 20 grams of protein and 95 calories. This means that men can have more energy and stamina.

It also contains zinc, iron, omega-3 fatty acids, selenium and other trace minerals; fat-soluble vitamins A and D.



5. Asparagus

asparagusAsparagus is a rich source of Vitamin C and is also best food to be consumed if men want to increase their sperm volume. The vitamin C will protect men from free radicals, which means it will keep the sperm in best condition.







macaMaca is one of the oldest superfoods and also called “miracle” food. The reason being is because it packed with 55 phyto-chemical, which include Vitamin C, Vitamins B1, B2, B12. Not only that, it has plenty of benefits in this herb too, such as increase sperm volume and libido, increase energy, reduces stress, enhances memory, boost immune system,  improve pancreas’ functionality, fast natural wound healing and fight infections/disease. It also helps with balancing hormones both estrogen and progesterone, which means will help couple to conceive naturally.





7. Prawns

Prawns are one of good food that has plenty of benefits for male fertility. According to chinese medicine, prawns can increase sexual libido and improve kidney’s health. It can also clear blood vessels and warm the meridians.





Spinach is important in men’s fertility because it contains rich source of folic acid. This means that it will help sperms from having distorted shapes. If men have low in folic acid, their sperms can also have abnormalities. The impact is that these sperms may not be able to fertilize eggs and if they can, there is a high chance of birth defects.





9. Lamb

Lamb is one of the best food to increase sexual libido in men. It is best to grill lamb for healthier option to reduce cholesterol. Lamb is also a good source of omega 3, zinc, Vitamin B12, Selenium, Vitamin B3, Phosphorous and iron.

Almost 40% of fat in lamb contain “oleic acid”, its role is to reduce the risk of heart disease.




10. Capsicum

 It is a must food that male need as this has anti-cancer properties, meaning it can prevent prostate cancer. Capsicum also contains 3 times higher Vitamin C than orange. Not only that, capsicum can boost hair growth and immune system. It can also lower macular degeneration and maintain healthy vision.





Harvesting bunch of fresh washed carrot on the old wooden background

The most important nutrient in Carrot for sperms’ motility and volume is Vitamin A. This nutrient will increase sperm volume as well as motility. Other alternatives of food include, oatmeal, dried apricots or red bell peppers. According report by journal Fertility and Sterility, “carrots were found to improve sperm performance by between 6.5 and 8 per cent”.






Garlic contains compound called allicin, which can enhance blood flow to male sexual organs. Hence increasing sperm counts as well as semen volume. Not only that, garlic is also potent aphrodisiac that can increase men libido. In addition, raw garlic can also help cure lung infection.

Roasted garlic has antioxidants to fight free radicals in the body, which means that it will help protect your body from damage.



13. Gojiberries

Gojiberries helps to improve body mood and stamina. The unique functions of gojiberries include setting the temperature in scrotum at optimal level. As a result, this will promote sperm production and increase sperms volume and motility.





14. Lobster

Lobster contains Vitamin B 12, Omega-3 fatty acids, copper, selenium, zinc, phosphorus,  magnesium and vitamin E. It is a potent aphrodisiac food, which means it can boost sexual libido. It is rich in protein and therefore improve men’s health and is important for optimal function of sexual organs.






walnutWalnuts has omega-3 fatty acids, which can improve blood flow to the male congenital organs and also increase sperm count, motility and libido. More research has been shown that Walnuts can nourish brain and improve immune system. Therefore, this will improve the chance of conception.






16.Pumpkin seeds

This too contains essential fatty acids that can improve blood flow to male congenital organs. Not only that, pumpkin seeds consists of phytosterols that can increase sperm count and semen quality.




17. Celery

This can be eaten as a soup or juice and can also be eaten raw as a healthy snack. Celery is packed with essential nutrients such as adrostenol and androsterone, which serves as sexual attractant when ingested. It can also improve men’s libido for great sex and enhance the chance of conception.




18. Mussel

 Mussel is also rich in protein,manganese, iron, selenium and zinc–all essential for boosting men’s immune system. It is also an aphrodisiac food that can increase libido in men.

According to research in 2005, a group of Italian and American scientists found that amino acids found in scallops have the potential to raise sexual hormone levels.




Avocado packed with minerals and vitamins such as; Vitamin K, Vitamin C, Folate, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Copper, Iron, Zinc and Vitamin E. Not only it is good for skin and high in antioxidant, it is also potent aphrodisiac that can boost men libido and increase sperm volume.  It also contains with soluble fiber, which can feed the good bacteria in the intestine to achieve optimal body function.




20. Seaweed/Sea vegetables

Sea vegetables is rich in vitamins and minerals such as iodine, vanadium, B Vitamins, Vitamin C and Vitamin A.  It is also potent aphrodisiac due to Vitamin B1 and B2 and as a results it can increase libido and improve sperm volume.  Other benefits include lowering your cholesterol, fight constipation, solve mineral deficiencies and balancing thyroid function.



Tips of healthy food intake for couple prior to conception

It is important for couples who want to conceive to take a closer look on their eating habit. This will have great impact on how soon they can conceive. We have listed for you the top five recommended food for couple who want to conceive faster.


1. High Quality Proteins Food

The research found that couple who consumes more carbs, are less likely to conceive than those who have high intake of proteins. By eating 25% more protein and 40% less carbohydrate daily, a couple can double their pregnancy rates. These food include white eggs, fish high in omega 3 (ie. salmon) and chicken.

The Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA)is 0.8 grams per kilogram (0.36 grams per pound) of body weight per day. It is around 46 grams of protein for an average woman.

For vegetarians, you can consume legumes, beans or soy products.

2. High in Folic Acid

Folic acid is the most significant vitamin that the couple needs in order to nourish the baby’s brain. The first trimester is very important to take folic acid supplements for the development of the embryo’s brain. Folic acid is a type B vitamin that normally found in food such as; asparagus, oranges, peas, dried beans, spinach and broccoli.

The amount that you should be taking is between 400-600 mg of folic acid daily before pregnancy and around 800mg during pregnancy to minimise birth defects.

3. High in Omega 3 Fatty Acid

The recommended intake for a couple is 1000-2000 mg of omega 3 fatty acids daily. This include, two tablespoons of Chia seeds, 85 gram of fish, especially Salmon or 2 tablespoons of walnut.

Vegetables4. Fruits and Vegetables

Eating fruits and vegetables are highly recommended if you want to get pregnant faster.

These are recommended fruits/vegetables:

  • Avocado: Heart health powerhouse, filled with fibre, B vitamins, Vitamin C, high in good fats and potassium
  • Blueberries: High in antioxidant, fibre and vitamin C. The antioxidants will help control cholesterol levels and increase your immune system. Good source of vitamins.
  • Almonds: Rich in monounsaturated fats that can protect your heart. Rich source of antioxidants as well as fibre.
  • Asparagus: Consist of plenty of vitamins include, folic acid, vitamin C, fibre and potassium. The potassium helps regulating heart function and controlling blood pressure. The Vitamin C and folic acid assist in preventing heart disease.
  • Broccoli: Contains sulforaphane and high source of vitamin A, vitamin C, co-enzyme Q10 and fiber. The sulforaphane will play defense mechanism and can reduce inflammation as well as protecting arteries from disease and damage. Co-enzyme Q10 will improve heart muscle and strength.
  • Orange: It contains flavanones, vitamin C, B vitamins and antioxidants. The falvanones can lower bad cholesterol. It can improve women’s immune system
  • Spinach: It consists of Co-enzyme Q10, fiber, antioxidants and folic acid.

dairy-food     5.  Full fat diary

According to research, people who consume full fat dairy are no more likely to develop cardiovascular disease than those who consume low fat ones. The full fat dairy foods consist of estrogen and progesterone (ie. female hormones). By removing the fat, the only hormones that are left are androgens (ie. male hormones). As a consequence, the ovulation is impaired. Therefore, it is important to consume full fat dairy foods for women who try to conceive as this will impact their natural fertility level.

Here are the recommended example of full fat dairy foods:

  • Whole milk
  • 4% yoghurt
  • Grass fed beef
  • Natural peanut butter
  • Whole eggs
  • Olive Oil
  • Coconut
  • Avocado
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Salmon
  • Almond
  • Tuna
  • Cheese

Endometriosis Diet

green dietPainful menstruation could be the symptom of Endometriosis.  Endometriosis is a disorder where endometrium found outside the uterus instead of inside.  It could also lead to infertility issues for those couple who want to conceive. However, the symptoms can be eliminated by having the right diet and healthy lifestyle.

According to research, women with high intake in beef/red meat (ie. every day), most likely to have endometriosis than those who take fruits every day.  Other studies find similar connection between endometrial cancer/fibroids with these eating patterns. Women who ate beef everyday have twice as likely to have endometriosis than those who don’t.

The research also shown that women, who exercise regularly, will have less endometriosis than those who have low activity density. The result shown that women with average of 2.5 hours of high intensity activity such as cycling or jogging were 63% less likely to have endometriosis.

Dietary fat influences production of prostaglandins could lead to higher production of progesterone, which can influence the growth of endometrial tissue. Prostaglandin is chemical that stimulate uterine contractions and influence ovarian functioning. The painful menstruation is actually due to high level of prostaglandins in your body as well as symptoms of endometriosis. It is very important to change your diet to balance the hormones.

fish oil

As mentioned earlier, we need to change our diet in order to alter or to balance the hormone of prostaglandins in your body.  The good oils, which are in omega-3 fatty oil group, could lead to good prostaglandin production. Therefore consumption of the following is essential:

  • Oily fish
  • Spinach or other dark green leafy veg
  • Walnut oil
  • Pumpkin seeds

Secondly, increasing fibre intake in your diet can also reduce symptoms of endometriosis.  These foods include:

  • Brown rice
  • Vegetables such as broccoli, spinach, cabbage
  • Whole grains
  • Oatmeal
  • Beans
  • Fruits
  • Mustard green

Last but not least you can also focus on reducing inflammatory foods such as: Sugar, red meat, fried food, processed food, alcohol and dairy products , food with high saturated fats/oils, eggs, cakes and chocolate.

It is also recommended to take vitamin and mineral supplements as these are best source of balanced diet and many of our todays food lack of essential elements. The vitamins that are best to eliminate symptoms of endometriosis include the following:

  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin B
  • Iron
  • Magnesium
  • Zinc
  • Calcium
  • Selenium

In conclusion the best diet to eliminate symptoms of endometriosis include plant based diet, lesser red meat intake, more fruits and vegetables,  focus on reducing inflammatory food and taking vitamins and mineral supplements.  It is highly recommended to do regular exercise up to three times a week as well to improve your wellbeing. From our clinic experiences, we can have maximum results by having healthy diet in conjunction with acupuncture to eliminate the pain of endometriosis and increasing the chance of conception.


Natural Fertility

Excited couple finding out results of a pregnancy test sitting on the bed

At Dr Christine Fertility Clinic, we encourage women to conceive naturally by going to regular acupuncture treatments combine with Chinese herbal medicine.

We believe that women should monitor their body temperature in order to know when they start to ovulate. This is the best time for a couple to make love because this time is known to be the most fertile for women to conceive. Now that you know that waiting for ovulation period is important, the next step is to identify when you will be ovulating.

How do you know when you are ovulating?
Here are some of the signs:
• Mucus changes
• Vaginal Secretions of cervical fluid (ie. Increase stretchy fluid)
• Change in body temperature
• Change in sex hormones

The duration of ovulation is usually between 6 to 12 hours. If you are still unsure, it is also good to check with ovulation pee sticks.

Acupuncture Role to assist in natural fertility

1. Maintaining regular menstrual cycle.
Acupuncture can increase the flow in the pelvic area and therefore eliminating any blockages and treating hormone imbalances. The hormone imbalances can result in stress, endometriosis as well as irregular menstrual cycle. Eliminating this issue can improve the chance of being fertile.

2. Improving well-being and overall health for men and women.
Since the blood flow has increased because it has been stimulated through acupuncture, automatically the body can get better nourishments. The blood carries nutrients such as, sugar, oxygen and hormones. When the blood circulation is enhanced, the vital functions also become better and hence, improve the couples’ ability to conceive.

3. Strengthening the uterus lining by stimulating the blood flow to the uterus, enhance the possibility of conception.
This is also important for women who are in first trimester, as it will reduce the chance of miscarriages. Therefore, acupuncture is necessary in the first trimester not only during the process of conception.

4. Acupuncture combine with Chinese Herbal medicine (TCM), can give nourishment for both the fetus and women who try to conceive
Chinese herbal medicine (TCM) can stimulate blood flow in pelvic region and also improve vital organ function. By combining acupuncture and TCM, couples have higher chance to conceive.

5. Acupuncture can treat Endometriosis symptoms and increase chance of being conceive
Endometriosis is condition where the blood does not flow to the areas it should be. Professional acupuncturist is able to points to areas of the body where blood flow in pelvic region can be improved. Therefore, nourishes them with correct amount of hormones, oxygen and nutrients.

6. Balance the hormone and release endorphine levels, reducing stress and increase level of happiness.
The levels of testosterone in women need to be reduced if a woman is trying to conceive. Acupuncture can assist by regulating hormone imbalances and reduce testosterone level.
Not only the level of testosterone reduce, the endorphine levels also released; which results in less stress and increasing the ability to conceive.

7. Increase the quality and quantity of sperms
Over the past decade, the quality of sperms in men is reduced due to stress, imbalance hormones and other factor. Therefore, it is necessary for men to do acupuncture as it will impact the couple to conceive. According to research, men who received regular acupuncture (2 times a week) has better quality of sperms and increase the quantity as well. Hence, there is higher chance of conception for the couples who would like to have baby.

Success Rate
According to Dr Kenneth Snell from IVF Acupuncture Clinic in NSW, said that out of the women who received acupuncture treatment regularly, 70.8% of them conceived naturally. Not only that, he also said that 72% of them were aged between 30 to 40 years old. Therefore, do not lose hope if you already over 30 or 35 and has not been pregnant yet, there is still chance for you to conceive naturally.

At our clinic, we are able to assist you with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis, recurrent miscarriages, male infertility, stress and anxiety problems, post-natal depression, natural induction labor, IVF acupuncture, unexplained infertility, low ovarian reserve, hormones imbalances and ovulatory disorders.

Call or email Dr Christine Cui to discuss the use of Acupuncture Treatment and Chinese herbal medicine in the treatment of female or male infertility: +61 3 9820 8651or