Acupuncture for Infertility: Trying Naturally
Before taking the jump to using Clomid, or doing IUI’s or IVF, trying on your own with Acupuncture and Herbs is a great option. As long as there is nothing physically impeding you from getting pregnant (e.g., tubal blockage or hostile uterine environment), Acupuncture can generally help regulate your cycle and optimize every month’s chance of being the one that works.
In women, Acupuncture has been clinically shown to increase the blood supply to the uterus and ovaries, as well as promote timely ovulation and an ideal luteal phase. Acupuncture seems to have a regulating effect on the body’s hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis and can help make an irregular or anovulatory cycle normal. We have seen great success treating infertility issues such as High FSH (Follicle Simulating Hormone), advanced maternal age, unexplained infertility, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), Endometriosis, Ovulatory dysfunction, Decreased Ovarian Reserve, poor egg quality, Luteal Phase Defect, thin endometrium, irregular periods, fibroids, immunologic reaction, recurrent miscarriage, and Amenorrhea.
Acupuncture and herbal medicine isn’t just for women. Male factor can also be addressed. For men, there is evidence showing our ability to increase sperm count, as well as improve motility and morphology percentages.
As specialists in the treatment of reproductive enhancement, we recognize that every person and couple having difficulty conceiving need individualized treatment because no 2 people present with the exact same issues. With that customized approach, Acupuncture treatment can be an effective means to aid conception in most cases of infertility.
How long will it take for me to get pregnant?
We wish there was a quick answer to this one, but it very much depends on each couple’s individual situation. We’ve seen success anywhere from the first cycle to 9 months later. Most patients (men and women) need approximately 3 months treatment to find success. Studies have shown, however, that some couples will succeed at the 6-9 month mark, as it can take that long for their cycles to be fully regulated and ready to conceive. For women, consistent treatment is important so specific hormonal adjustments can be made at each week of the cycle using Acupuncture and herbs. Every week is a significant opportunity to heal a particular segment of the four-phase menstrual cycle (menstruation, follicular phase, ovulation, and luteal phase). For male factor, a typical course of 10 weeks can do the trick, as it usually takes a full sperm generating cycle (72 days approx).
Remember that trying to get pregnant is a statistical game. The more you try, naturally or with Assisted Reproductive Technologies (IVF/IUI), the better your chances are. This applies to Acupuncture as well – the longer you allow it to correct and balance your body, the better your chances are. Unfortunately, there is no quick path when it comes to conception and full-term pregnancy of a healthy child, but it’s well worth the wait.
When during my cycle should I get Acupuncture done?
Acupuncture treatments should be done on a regular basis throughout each phase of your cycle (generally weekly). Therefore any time is a good time to start. If you’d like to start with a fresh cycle, we generally advise coming in 2-3 days after your period has begun, but again any time is fine.