Much of my additional acupuncture training over the last decade has been in the area of women’s health and fertility. I work with couples who have received a variety of diagnoses, including polycystic ovarian syndrome, diminished ovarian reserve, endometriosis, and recurrent miscarriage. I also work with women during IUI and IVF cycles.
As a practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine, my focus is on both enhancing your fertility and your overall health.Your individual care plan can include acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, food therapy suggestions, mindfulness exercises, breath work, and other lifestyle suggestions.I firmly believe in an integrative approach, and feel it is important to work collaboratively with your reproductive specialist
How do acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine help enhance fertility?
There is a large body of acupuncture research that has begun to give some answers on the ways it can enhance a person’s fertility. Some of these ways are:
Influence hormonal pathways to stimulate hormone production, correcting subtle imbalances and helping to regulate menstruation and ovulation
An excellent starting point is the book “It Starts with the Egg.” The author gives a good overview of ways you can improve you can improve egg or sperm quality by limiting your exposure to environmental toxins like BPA and phthalates, how to add key fertility supplements specific to your diagnosis, and explains the reasons why a healthier diet will have an impact on your fertility.The author does a great job of citing her sources, so you can check out the research studies behind her suggestions.
You are your own best advocate. Consider getting a basic fertility workup, and don’t forget to have them check your thyroid and vitamin D levels. Educate yourself about your options and cost. Advanced Fertility, has a lot of information about the relative odds of different procedures, as well as their costs.
Your weight can have an enormous impact on your fertility.It accounts for twelve percent of all fertility problems, and is a problem in equal proportions for women overweight or underweight.If you are more than ten percent above or below your ideal body weight, identify ways to improve your diet.This is particularly important if you have polycystic ovarian syndrome, regardless of your weight.Spikes in your blood sugar can affect your fertility.