“Can acupuncture really help make me more fertile and, if so, how does it work?”
This is a question patients ask me all the time and I understand why. It seems so improbable that tiny hair-like needles could have such a profound effect. Most of my clients find out about Roseville Acupuncture because they were referred by a friend or by their doctor. They have heard stories about how acupuncture has helped other people to conceive a baby. However, it’s good to have more than anecdotal evidence about why something works, and fortunately these days there is a growing body of clinical data that begins to explain acupuncture’s effect on the reproductive system.
Acupuncture has a normalizing effect on reproductive hormones
As explained in this study here, which discusses the effect of acupuncture on the Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Ovarian Axis and concludes that acupuncture can regulate abnormal HPOA function.
Why Roseville Acupuncture
For Fertility, Pregnancy, Postpartum Care
Treatments are customized just for you
Advanced training in infertility, pregnancy, postpartum care
Acupuncture is safe and is used along with IVF
Evidence suggests that acupuncture has been in use since as early as 300 B.C. Literally thousands of years of research and development have gone into the system we currently have in acupuncture fertility care. Acupuncture is effective in treating all functional aspects of infertility including advanced maternal age, endometriosis, luteal phase defect, polycystic ovarian syndrome, premature ovarian failure, and unexplained infertility. Acupuncture modulated the function of the hypothalmic-pituitary-ovarian axis, normalizing sex hormones. Acupuncture increases pelvic circulation, relieving menstrual cramping and endometrial issues. Acupuncture improves the thickness and structure of the endometrial lining, and may have a beneficial effect on egg quality.
Acupuncture can reduce the effects of stress on the body and lower stress-related hormones
Stress can impede fertility. Studies show the effect of acupuncture on depression and stress-related illnesses. It concluded that acupuncture is a viable option to relieve stress in women that are undergoing fertility treatment. This is particularly important because it is known that stress plays a very important role in the failure to conceive. A study that was published in Fertility and Sterility in 2001 looked at the state of mind of women going through IVF. It concluded that the women who were most stressed and worried about the procedure were likely to have 20% fewer eggs available for retrieval and a fertilization rate that was 19% less than more optimistic women. You can read an abstract of the article here.
Basic Guidelines to enhance Fertility for woman
No coffee! It decreases micro circulation, which can affect the uterus blood supply. You can substitute green tea but only two cups a day. Other herbal calming teas are good as well.
This is a no! It is a poison to the liver which can make it harder to make estrogen. No smoking because it alters fallopian tube function which in turn seems to destroy eggs.
Moderation is the key here. Walking is good. Too much exercise decreases fat stores, which will decrease hormone supply.
This will vary from person to person but some good rules are bone broth every day, healthy fats like olive oil, avocados, and coconut oil. Raw veggies are too cold for most people so cook them. Soy is not recommended because it blocks estrogen receptors sites.
A food based prenatal with methlat 5 instead of folic acid. Probiotic's that will help with food absorption and some studies show that it also helps to prevent colic, allergies, and eczema in babies.
This is a common deficiency in woman. If basal body temperature drops below 97.5 it may be an indication of thyroid issues. A TSH. T3, T4, TPO and TgAB blood work is recommended for all woman trying to conceive.
Basal Body Temperature
One good way to track if you are ovulating is by taking the body temperature (BBT). You do this each morning before moving or getting out of bed, at the exact same time and record it in an app, there are a few on the market and some are free. The BBT will jump markedly higher once the ovulation occurs. Three consecutive days with the temperature at least .4 degrees higher than it previously was generally means that ovulation has occurred. The problem is that it is not possible to know if ovulation has occurred until several days afterward. Ovulation can be confirmed with an ovulation kit, this measures the luteinizing hormone (LH), which surges just before the egg is ready to be released. Most times it is easiest to use the test. The charts are still good to keep because they tell a lot about your cycle.
This comes in handy if you have been diagnosed with cold in the uterus. This can happen from many different reasons. You want to moxa the lower abdomen for 10mins after menses has stopped up to ovulation. Holing the stick 2inches away from the skin and keep it moving slowly across the lower abdomen. This is a good thing to do during the first trimester. I keep these in the office, remember to ask for one.
This is a vaginal lubricant that helps with pregnancy, it makes it easier for the sperm to swim up the vaginal canal. It can be ordered from Amazon or Target.
Now that your Pregnant
I can say with confidence there are few experiences in life that top the news that your pregnancy is confirmed.
I will continuing to work with you as your body adjust to all the many changes of pregnancy with holistic support.
Roseville Acupuncture offers acupuncture along with herbal remedies, dietary guidelines and many other resources as you journey through healthy pregnancy and birthing process.
You may have heard me say things like Qi deficiency Liver stagnation...
So I will clue you in on what they mean and what I look for when working with you through pregnancy.
Qi Deficiency: fatigue that is worse after exertion and better with rest.
Yang Deficiency: includes some of the signs as Qi Deficiency along with a feeling of cold.
Yin Deficiency: fatigue, restlessness and heat signs, like warm flashes or night sweats.
Liver Qi Stagnation: fatigue that is worse with inactivity and stress.
Liver Blood Deficiency: fatigue, weakness, dry skin, pail lips and pour memory.
So, you’ve survived 9 months of pregnancy, successfully brought your tiny human into the world, and have weathered the 6-8 weeks of recovery like the superhero that you truly are. Your doctor has given you the good to go....