COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT ACUPUNCTURE AND FERTILITY
Q: Can acupuncture help if my fertility issue is due to a Thin Uterine Lining?
Absolutely. Acupuncture is extremely effective in preparing the uterus for pregnancy. We believe that much success in treating infertility arises from techniques that increase blood flow and nutrients to the uterus and balance hormone levels. These treatments benefit not only those who suffer from a thin uterine lining, but every woman who is trying to become pregnant.
Q: Can acupuncture help me if my fertility issue is due to Poor Egg Quality?
There have been many cases of infertility that were caused primarily by poor egg quality. These patients often have other signs of poor circulation, such as cold extremities and low energy. In these cases, one cause of the poor egg quality is due to decreased circulation to the uterus and the ovaries. If we find that is the case, our treatment will be focused on increasing blood flow and nutrients to this area. Studies have shown that acupuncture can significantly increase blood flow to the uterus. If the egg quality is due to other reasons those will be addressed as well depending on your individual condition.
Q: Can acupuncture help if my fertility issue is due to high FSH?
Yes. There are many causes of high FSH, but it is often falsely attributed to advanced age and written off as a natural decline of ovarian function. We have observed that many women suffering from high FSH may also have one or more of the following symptoms: 1) poor circulation (cold hands and feet), 2) neurological (numbness and tingling) disorders, and 3) endocrine (hormonal) disorders. If we find that poor circulation is the cause, our treatments will be aimed at improving blood flow and nutrients to the uterus and ovaries, as studies have shown that acupuncture can significantly alter blood flow to the uterus and regulate hormone levels. If we find that a neurological disorder is the cause, our treatments will be aimed at improving neurological function. And lastly, if an endocrine or hormone problem is the root cause of the infertility, our treatments will be directed towards improving endocrine function.
Q: Can acupuncture help if my fertility issue is due to Ovarian Cysts or PCOS?
For women who have benign cysts, we recommend receiving acupuncture treatment to reduce the chances of developing further complications. For women who are already diagnosed with PCOS and PCOS-related fertility issues, we can help by treating the root cause of the PCOS. Treatments will be focused on balancing and regulating important hormones related to PCOS. Once these issues have been addressed, we will focus on re-establishing and increasing blood flow and nutrients to the uterus and ovaries. Patients will observe more regular menstruation, less pain, and increased fertility. Acupuncture is also extremely useful for reducing pain and discomfort associated with PCOS.
Q: If I am undergoing IVF, when should I start acupuncture?
If this is your first IVF cycle, we recommend you start at least a month before your transfer. The earlier you can start, the better. With one or two sessions per week, we can help you prepare your body for your pregnancy. However, if your previous IVF cycles have failed, it is advisable to come in as early as possible before undergoing another IVF cycle. Every patient is different but on your first visit we can outline a treatment plan based on your specific situation.
Q: What do I do if I am taking a Clomid (or any other medication)?
Your doctor prescribed you medication for a reason. Many fertility pharmaceuticals are given to alter hormone levels to induce productive ovulation. We believe the right combination of acupuncture/herbal prescriptions and Western pharmaceuticals can achieve results that either medicine alone cannot match. To that end, we will always adjust our treatment to complement the pharmaceuticals / injections that you are currently taking. We believe that this can greatly increase the effectiveness of the pharmaceuticals while decreasing their side-effects.
Q: Do you prescribe herbs for fertility issues?
Every patient is different but herbal prescriptions are often a key element of the treatment plan.
Q: How often should I have treatments for my fertility issues?
This is a question we hear often, but there is no umbrella answer. The length, frequency and effectiveness of acupuncture treatment for fertility issues depends on the patient’s specific disorder, lifestyle and overall health. We understand that our patients live busy lives and we will develop a treatment plan that will optimize the effectiveness of your treatments.
Q: I have seen a lot of scientific literature that shows acupuncture can help women who are undergoing IVF, but can it also help those who are trying to conceive naturally?
Absolutely. In our experience, acupuncture is just as effective for women who are trying to conceive naturally. The reason for a relatively small amount of literature on natural conception is because IVF clinical trials are easier to control and run.
Q: Can acupuncture help me after I conceive my baby?
Yes. Some examples include: it’s ability to decrease the chances of miscarriage, help you improve your overall health and prevent postpartum depression among many other things. Acupuncture and herbs are also very effective in handling PIH or Pregnancy Induced Hypertension. If you have any signs of high blood pressure and are pregnant or want to conceive come in as soon as possible so we can assist you in regulating your blood pressure.
Q: I am over 40 years old and suffering from fertility issues- can acupuncture still help me?
Many patients seeking fertility treatment are over 40. Acupuncture can help with many of the effects aging can have on a woman’s reproductive system. However, acupuncture cannot help if a woman has already reached menopause.
Q: What else can I do to increase my chances?
We love this question! Ultimately this will be a team effort and you are an essential part of the team. Based on your specific condition, we will make recommendations for how you can proactively increase your chances of conception.