IVF and Acupuncture, When is the best time to start?

Questions about when to start acupuncture are easily the most frequently asked among those who call or come into our clinic seeking care as they prepare for an IVF cycle. We’re fortunate as acupuncturists to have an ever-growing body of research to refer to when making recommendations. As much as possible when creating treatment plans for our patients, we do this based on the most current research. So, when is the best time to start acupuncture to increase your chances of a successful cycle? Why is this and what if you’re starting late?

An IVF cycle consists of medical stimulation of the ovaries, an egg retrieval, and an embryo transfer, all of this hopefully leading to a positive pregnancy test. The increase in frozen embryo transfers over the past several years has led to different acupuncture treatment recommendations based upon whether somebody is preparing for an egg retrieval or the actual embryo transfer. Read More

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Period Panties and My Fertility, Should I be Concerned?

Period panties have become a game-changer for many. They’re comfortable, leak-proof, and eco-friendly – a win-win-win for your period routine. But with any new product, especially one worn in close proximity to your body, questions arise.   A recent article from the New York Times has prompted a larger conversation on their safety. A common concern: can period panties mess with your fertility?

Let’s Talk PFAS Chemicals

Period panties, although marketed as natural and organic, have found to contain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). These ‘forever’ chemicals create water-resistant and stain-proof fabrics, perfect for period underwear. PFAS are found in many other things as well, cooking pans, shampoos, and cleaning products and cosmetics.  The trick is, once they are in our system we do not break them down and so they hang out in our bodies.  Period panties are concerning because of the exposure of PFAS to the vaginal area, which is highly absorbent.  Research is just catching up with the implications of this for human health and is raising concerns, suggesting links between PFAS exposure and various health issues, including reduced fertility by increasing ovarian aging, and disrupting hormonal functions. Read More

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Clinic News: Dr. Brian Grosam joins the Selby Team, National Infertility Awareness Week is coming up!

Welcome Brian!

We are excited to announce that Dr. Brian Grosam will be joining our clinic team beginning April 15th.

Dr. Grosam is an internationally recognized leader in Chinese medicine, working and teaching in the areas of women’s health and menopause, and we are so grateful to have him here at Selby Acupuncture. 

He began his journey into Chinese medicine following the lead of his wife Pamela, an expert in Shiatsu Anma Therapy and Tuina for over 25 years. Upon completion of his Master’s degree in Chinese medicine in 2005, he realized that the more he learned, the more he wanted to know. It became clear that if he was committed to his studies, he needed to pursue his PhD in China. Pamela, being an adventurist soul, agreed, so they packed up their belongings, sold their house and cars, and moved with their two young sons to China.

Continue to learn about Brian on our Practioner Page

Are you or someone you know interested in working with Dr. Brian?  We recommend getting those appointments booked as his calendar is sure to fill up quickly. Book Now


National Infertility Awareness Week is

April 21st–27thNIAW Week 2024

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Spring Pea Risotto

Fresh peas and a touch of lemon zest add a vibrant burst of flavor to this delightful risotto recipe.


  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 shallots diced
  • 1 cup Arborio rice
  • 2 cups fresh peas or sub frozen
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • zest of one lemon
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint, packed, sliced
  • micro greens or sprouts for garnish


  1. In a heavy-bottom pot or Dutch oven, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium-low heat and saute shallots until fragrant and golden, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the arborio rice and stir to coat for one minute. Add one cup of hot broth and stiring frequently, let the rice absorb it slowly over medium-low heat, about 5 minutes. Continue adding one cup at a time, each time allowing the rice to slowly absorb the broth until the rice is tender (yet still holding its shape).  This will take about 30 minutes.
  3. Blanch the fresh peas. Bring a small pot of salted water to boil. Once boiling, add the peas and simmer for 2-3 minutes, until tender; drain and set aside.
  4. Add ½ cup blanched peas to a blender with
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