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.
Various studies have now shown that acupuncture needle points can cause positive responses. The pressure exerted by the needle creates a small electric current, which causes a release of prostaglandins into the blood. Prostaglandins are lipids i.e fats that are known to regulate the female reproductive system in ovulation, menstruation and ultimately pregnancy. When the hypothalamus receives the messages that are being triggered by the needle point, hormones such as dopamine, adrenaline, and serotonin cause the release of GnRH which in turn triggers FSH and LH production. Both of these hormones are critical for a healthy ovulation cycle.
Acupuncture for Infertility is one of the most popular alternative treatments and is often used in conjunction with IVF/IUI. Acupuncture can also be solely helpful in conceiving naturally, for more patient testimonials on natural conceive go to our website. With extensive and successful experience in using TCM therapies to treat infertility, Dr. Zhou understands a great deal about her patients’ desires, aspirations, and frustrations.
Diet has long been associated with fertility, so it’s no surprise that there are certain foods that particularly help with both male and female infertility. Enjoying more of these “superfoods” not only will raise your chances of getting pregnant but will also improve your general health. Below we have some of the most popular superfoods that help with fertility, in a later series we will cover how seed cycling can help infertility.
Eating nuts and seeds seem to always be thrown around when we think of eating healthy. Walnuts are one of the many that are out there.I guess the quote, “one small thing can make a big difference” is true after all. Walnuts can be beneficial for sperm quality, are excellent sources of omega 3 fats and vitamin E which is great for endometrial health as well as B vitamins and protein.
Many women who suffer from high FSH and poor egg quality are told by Western Medicine doctors that there is a slim chance for conception. However, Acupuncture and Herbs can reduce FSH levels and increase egg quality by improving general health, increasing blood flow, and balancing reproductive hormones.
Herbs combined with Acupuncture and lifestyle changes can make a difference in improving egg quality. The quality of the egg is largely dependent on the hormone levels and general health of the body. In Dr. Zhou’s experience, poor egg quality and High FSH reflects a poor state of health rather than an inability to conceive. A stressful lifestyle is one of the largest contributing factors to poor egg quality.
As mentioned previously here, Acupuncture increases blood flow to the ovaries that will help nourish the ovaries and increase the ovarian function. In particular, Acupuncture and herbs build a stronger more nourished blood flow that increases the oxygen and nutrients available to the ovaries.
Acupuncture influences fertility by normalizing the function of the hypothalamus-pituitary-ovarian Axis. Stress disrupts hormonal communications between the brain and ovaries causing a hormonal imbalance. These imbalances can lead to irregular cycles, poor egg quality, and lack of ovulation.
For best results, Dr. Zhou recommends that patients commit to three months of Acupuncture and Herbs. This is primarily because follicular development takes three cycles to mature, so it is best to start treatment during its primary stage. Remember, nature cannot be forced into balance, having enough preparation time is essential for the body to balance itself. If you would like to have better egg quality and conceive naturally OR you would like to have a highly successful IVF please contact us at 972-671-6688 or by visiting our website here.
The Use of Acupuncture Directly Before Embryo Transfer
Acupuncture has increasingly grown in popularity as a method of enhancing an IVF cycle, particularly during the Embryo Transfer. Acupuncture helps increase blood flow and circulation to the uterus which helps create a thicker uterine lining and enhances embryo implantation and growth. Acupuncture also helps in stabilizing hormones and relaxing the cervix and uterus creating an easier transfer process.
In a recent study the London Bridge Fertility, Gynaecology, and Genetics Centre of London did a research experiment on the positive effects of using acupuncture before and after Embryo Transfer. In the Acupuncture group, positive pregnancy rates were 44.6% comparing favourably to the non-Acupuncture group. In particular, Acupuncture was found to be most effective in women between 35-39 and 40+ age groups. This suggests that the use of Acupuncture during embryo transfer may be more effective in older women.
We generally recommend every IVF patient to come at least one month before the IVF cycle, however, if they have uterine lining issues to come three months before the transfer. Additionally, we also recommend that every IVF patient comes in for treatment the same day as the embryo transfer. If you are about to start the IVF cycle or frozen embryo transfer cycle please give our office a call at 972-671-6688 and visit our website for more information.
Even though weight is one of the last variables looked at because it’s the least known it is worth mentioning that having regular workouts may help fertility. A study in Obstetrics & Gynecology concluded that women who exercised 30 minutes or more daily had a reduced risk of infertility due to ovulation disorders. On the other hand, some data links too much vigorous exercise with lowered fertility, as both a 2009 study in Human Reproduction and a Harvard study of elite athletes found. Clearly, with both studies seemingly contradicting each other, there isn’t a definite amount of exercise however it is safe to exercise moderately daily.
The optimal weight for conceiving is not equivalent to losing the drastic amount of weight to become a size two runway model. The best way is through BMI which the normal body range is 18.5 to 24.9. According to Dr. Brzski, the two extremes taxes the body’s hormones which disturb ovulation. A common misconception with women is that getting their periods means they are at a healthy weight and have normal fertility.
For more information on how Acupuncture can help Infertility, please go to our main website and contact us with any questions you have!