The success rate of treating infertility with Chinese medicine can be hard to determine since acupuncture’s treatment of infertility is a cumulative one. However, in 2008 studies were done to show that Acupuncture may increase IVF success rates by 65%. While these numbers only show a quantitative increase, acupuncture also focuses on the overall well-being of a person. It’s not just the number of eggs produced, it’s the quality of the eggs produced. Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine seeks to nourish and stimulate the eggs to grow. Acupuncture is also found to improve the thickness and quality of the endometrial lining(enrich the blood flow).
As we have mentioned before, the optimal time to start acupuncture treatment is three months before the beginning of the IVF cycle. This will help ensure that your eggs and sperm are of the best quality that they can be. It often takes about 3 months for the eggs and sperm to mature. Those three months are also used to make sure that the periods function well with no cramps and clots, no dark red flow. Additionally, Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine will address any underlying issues such as PMS, Endometriosis, PCOS, ovulation issues, High FSH etc. So, it is these months of regulating the reproductive system that gives you a much higher chance of success with IVF/IUI.
It is common to have higher stress during the IVF cycle and the possibility of side effects from drugs. Acupuncture can help reduce stress and side effects during IVF cycle.
If you are about to start an IVF/IUI cycle or just failed a medicated cycle, please contact us at 972-671-6688 or visit our website for more information on what we can do. Additionally, we have testimonials from IVF patients who used Acupuncture to conceive.
Menstrual flow is all about shedding the uterine lining. The health of your menstrual flow can significantly influence embryo implantation. The orderly shedding and rebuilding of the uterine lining is important to stop any stagnation.
Pain is the main indicator for poor menstrual health which includes stabbing pain and cramps. Other main indicators include color and quality of the menstrual flow. If the menstrual blood is dark and black, this can indicate blood stasis. Likewise, if the flow is scanty or clotty this too can indicate poor menstrual flow.
Ideally, the menstrual flow should start and finish cleanly without any dark or clotty spotting before and after a period. The blood should also be a bright red, with no clots and not too thin or thick. There should also be little to no cramps or pain and should run relatively smoothly. This is the ideal menstrual flow that Acupuncture can help you restore. Therefore the previous cycle’s uterine lining should be completely shed so that a smooth base is provided for the healthier new lining to be built for the next cycle.
If you exhibit any of the above symptoms, or have a thin uterine lining and failed several frozen embryo transfer cycles please call our office at 9726716688 or visit our website.
As discussed in previous posts, bad blood circulation to the ovaries and uterus can cause infertility. Today we will discuss how to know if you have poor blood circulation to your reproductive organs.
Below are some signs that could indicate that you have a blood circulation issues particularly for fertility:
- Menstrual Cramps
- Ovulation Pain
- Varicose or spidery veins
- Menstrual blood clots
- Dark brown menstrual flow
- Cold hands and feet
- Breast lumps
- Diagnosed with endometriosis or uterine fibroids or uterine polyps
- Dark spots on tongue
- Blood clotting disorder
In Chinese medicine, the signs above does mean you have blood flow issues if you do have a few of the symptoms listed above and you are trying to conceive please give us a call at 9726716688 to discuss treatment plans to help improve pelvic blood circulation
Our previous topic was why is blood flow important to fertility, today we will focus on how Acupuncture helps blood flow for fertility patients.
Acupuncture increases blood flow by deregulating(slowing down) the nervous system which in turn causes the blood vessels to dilate. When the blood vessels are dilated, they release more nutrient rich blood to the ovaries and uterus. When you improve blood flow to the ovaries, it increases estrogen rates and lowers FSH which will ultimately help you conceive. Increasing blood flow to the uterus will also help make the uterine lining thick which makes implantation easier. Poor egg quality can also be attributed to decreased circulation to the ovaries and uterus. In that case, Acupuncture can help increase blood circulation and flow thus improving egg quality.
A study published in Human Reproduction showed that after 8 acupuncture sessions uteral blood flow increased greatly. Those treatments combined with an acupuncture session before embryo transfer resulted in significant increases in pregnancy rate. (StenerVictorin E, et al Hum Reprod 1996; 11:1314-1317. Human Reproduction).
If you suffer from poor blood flow please visit our website at www.acupunctureofdallas.com or give us a call at 9726716688. Next time we will discuss how to know if you have poor blood flow.
The last few blog posts we discussed how Acupuncture can help hormonal balance. Starting from today, we will continue for a few blog posts about how Acupuncture can help blood flow.
Blood delivers nutrients, hormones, and oxygen throughout the body. For women who are trying to conceive, blood helps balance and normalize the reproductive organ functions. By improving blood flow, we help the reproductive organs in their task of conception.
Blood delivers nutrients: A good blood flow to the uterus and ovaries are necessary to provide the reproductive system the nutrients it needs. A decrease in nutrients may affect the body’s hormones and cause fatigue which may impact fertility. Once a woman becomes pregnant, it becomes extremely important that blood flow is increased so that the necessary nutrients can flow through the mother’s body to the fetus.
Blood helps hormone flow: As discussed previously, hormones are controlled and transported through the hypothalamic–pituitary–ovarian axis (HPO axis) to the reproductive organs. These reproductive organs need a sufficient blood flow. The endometrial lining, for example, must be thick to allow the embryo to develop. Ovarian health is also affected by blood flow and hormonal state.
Not only does blood transport the necessary oxygen to your reproductive system, it also removes the CO2 and other waste items from your cells thus removing general toxins from your body and improving your overall and reproductive health.
If you have poor blood flow or would like to improve your blood flow please go to our website at www.acupunctureofdallas.com or give us a call at 972-671-6688.
As discussed previously, stress is a major issue for fertility patients. Today, we will discuss the top 5 Acupressure points for Stress.
Acupoints are points on the body that runs closest to the surface. Acupressure uses those acupoints to stimulate energy with massage.
1.LV3: This point is located about one and a half inches between the first and second toes where the point feels tender. This point is often used to treat premenstrual breast tenderness, headache, and mood swings.
2. PC6: PC6 is located on the inner wrist two inches below the wrist in the center between two tendons. This point helps to regulate menstruation, relax the mind and treats anxiety, insomnia and depression. It is also often used before the IVF transfer.
3.HT7: This point is located on the inner wrist wrinkle on the pinky side. This point relaxes the mind and helps with insomnia, anxiety, and nightmares.
4. Yintang: Yintang is located between the eyebrows, and is the closest point to the pituitary gland(which regulates our hormones!). This point also helps to relax the mind and as a bonus resolves front head headaches.
5. UB2: This point is located at the inner edge of the eyebrow. Like it’s neighbor the Yintang, it also regulates the pituitary gland and resolves hormonal headaches.
There are many other acupressure points that will help with stress, however, these are the five we feel are the most important and easy to use. If you have any questions please email us using the contact form in the sidebar or give us a call at 972-671-6688.
Acupuncture has long been associated with relieving stress, but now there is a new study that explains’s acupuncture’s benefit at the molecular level. Dr. Eshkevari, a professor at Georgetown University, and colleagues tested acupuncture on rats using needles. They had a control group with no added stress and no acupuncture, a group that received additional stress but no acupuncture and a group that received both stress and acupuncture.
As discussed in the previous article, how stress affects reproductive hormones, the body secrets additional hormones like cortisol and adrenaline into the blood which the researchers could measure in the rats. The researchers discovered that the “electronic acupuncture blocks the chronic stress-induced elevations of the HPA axis hormones”(Journal of Endocrinology). Unlike other more conventional methods such as drugs, acupuncture does not have any major side effects.
If you are struggling with stress especially during fertility please visit our website at acupunctureofdallas.com for more information. If you have any questions please feel free to fill out the contact form in the sidebar or give us a call at 9726716688.
Everyone knows that stress negatively impacts your health, but how many people realize exactly how much stress may be affecting your reproductive hormones? When your body feels stressed it naturally releases hormones such as cortisol, which is derived primarily from progesterone, a reproductive hormone. Cortisol is similar to another hormone is known as adrenaline(i.e that fight or flight feeling), that might help us escape from danger but can actually prohibit fertility. Prolactin is a hormone that is released by the pituitary gland to inhibit a woman from becoming pregnant while nursing. However, prolactin can also be released in higher levels by the pituitary gland in times of stress.
Unfortunately, much of the stress we experience in modern times have nothing to do with that fight or flight response that triggered the above hormones. Most of our stressors arise from how we view problems instead of any real danger. For instance, we may be triggered by overworking, environmental pollution, worry, anxiety and other emotions. Under constant stress, our body does not deliver the necessary blood to the reproductive organs.
Next one we will discuss how Acupuncture reduces stress and balances the reproductive hormones. If you have any questions please visit our website to read more about Stress and Fertility.
There are many ways to balance your hormones naturally but here are the top five ways. As we mentioned previously in how to know you have hormonal imbalance and how acupuncture regulates reproductive hormones, hormones play a major role in Fertility. Go ahead and read these blog posts as they will tell you the symptoms of hormonal imbalance why they are important to fertility. In this blog post, we will discuss how to balance these hormones by a healthy diet and lifestyle.
Hormones act as chemical messengers that affect the way your cells and organs function. It is normal for your hormonal levels to shift at different times of your life, such as before and during your period,pregnancy or during menopause. Signs of hormonal imbalance in women is a very serious matter and can greatly affect a woman’s quality of life. All women need to be aware of different signs of hormone imbalance.With the constant stress of everyday life, combined with an unhealthy diet and lifestyle can cause declining levels of hormones in our bodies.
The following is a list of symptoms a woman might encounter that could cause hormonal imbalance. It is very important to take all these risks seriously as it could lead to other potential risks in the future.
- Hot Flashes & Night Sweats
- Weight Gain
- Mood Swings
- Low Libido
- Vaginal Dryness
- Foggy Memory
Women who follow a proper nutritional diet and fitness routine can help lower their chances of hormonal imbalance and can have a better quality of life as they age. In a future post we will discuss what kind of diet and fitness routine is best for hormonal balance.
If you have these discomforts please do not ignore them as Acupuncture can help you balance your hormones. For more information on what Acupuncture can do for you go to our website at Acupuncture Of Dallas.