Tanya Smith Acupuncturist Chinese Medicine Practitioner

Category: Male Fertility

Sexual Health and Butternut Squash Soup

I am on the Parent Council at our kids' school. I am affectionately known as the "snack lady" and always seem to be cooking up something or other for some event at the school. I get teased at meetings for always being the one to ask, "should we have some snacks at that..." whenever we are planning an event!

This evening we had a speaker coming in to talk about raising kids to have healthy sexuality.

So I made butternut squash soup.

A perfect pairing I think, comfort food for a...

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Breaking the silence around pregnancy and infant loss

When Ronald Reagan proclaimed October as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month in 1988, he did so by quoting author Jay Neugeboren, saying "“A wife who loses a husband is called a widow. A husband who loses a wife is called a widower. A child who loses his parents is called an orphan. There is no word for a parent who loses a child.” (3)

This proclamation marked the start a movement, breaking the silence around pregnancy loss, stillbirth and infant death.

It is so easy to feel isolated in grief and to be misunderstood. As...

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Kim Sedgwick on Sex while TTC


Kim Sedgwick of Red Tent Sisters joins me to talk about how to keep things sexy while you are trying to conceive.

Many of my clients find this one of the biggest challenges when they are trying to conceive, saying "all of the fun has gone out of it, it feels like a chore" or "it just feels so weird to have sex on a schedule". Kim offers some practical tips and great ideas to keep that connection with your partner and enjoy sex so much you want to do it again and...

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A springtime walk in the woods can improve fertility!

Imagine, young shoots pushing up through soft, wet ground. Buds on trees swelling from bare branches. The sun beaming through the trees, bright but not yet warm. Birds chasing one another, in their noisy mating dance. Carnal sounds of deer rutting, just out of sight. The fertility of spring is unmistakable, all of life showing off in it's aliveness.

As you walk, a fine yellow powder drifts down, seemingly from the heavens and covers everything in a yellow film. The yellow powder is pine pollen, released only...

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My top 5 ways to prepare for a Successful IVF

To support you on your fertility journey, I have gathered my Top 5 resources to improve your chances of IVF success. When you are preparing for an IVF cycle, it can sometimes feel like your body is a bit out of your control. You want your time, energy and investment to result in a healthy pregnancy, but it seems like most of the decisions are in the doctor’s hands. However, there are still things you can do to improve the odds.

This is the time to invest in your well-being and...

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