When Is the Best Time to Have Acupuncture For Fertility Treatment?
One of the first questions most women ask when they visit a fertility acupuncturist is, When should I come in for treatments? You may already known that acupuncture can help you become fertile, but you want to know when will it work best. There are countless success stories that show how acupuncture for fertility can even improve the conception rates of women who are undergoing IVF or intrauterine insemination (IUI). If you are planning to conceive or have been unsuccessful in conceiving without intervention, consider acupuncture to help you to achieve a successful, healthy pregnancy.
How Can Acupuncture Support Conception?
Acupuncture has been shown to positively impact a woman’s fertility in more than one way. For starters, one of the reasons for its success is due to its ability to decrease the amount of both follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinising hormone (LH) while increasing the body’s levels of estradiol. It also may be effective in inducing ovulation. Acupuncture treatment for fertility has even been helpful in reducing the amount of time it takes to conceive. Studies have shown that women who received acupuncture were able to conceive in about half the time as compared to those women who chose other lifestyle interventions such as changes to diet or the incorporation of exercise. When used in combination with other fertility treatment therapies, acupuncture can help to increase the thickness of the uterine lining which increases the chances of a successful implantation.
When to Have Acupuncture for Fertility?
Since every woman and every cycle is different, there’s no one answer that fits all cases. However, there are so many study and research showed receiving acupuncture at the right time can help improve your chances of success. Below are guidelines list in below that you can use as you determine when to start your acupuncture treatment plan.
Prior to conception: For those women who are attempting to conceive, plan to begin your acupuncture treatments at least three months prior to planned conception. The reasoning here is to allow your body at least three cycles to prepare itself for implantation. Starting treatment about 90 days prior to when you hope to become pregnant will aid in proper egg development.
During the menstrual cycle: The most important times to undergo acupuncture during your menstrual cycle are day five, six, seven, or eight of the cycle. Completing acupuncture treatment during these times has resulted in success according to studies due to the thickness of the endometrium and maturation of follicles that occurs during this period. Your chances of conception may also improve if you undergo acupuncture the day of, day before, or day after ovulation. At this time, there is usually a surge in LH, and acupuncture can help to keep the levels of LH low which may then improve your chances of conception. A study out of the Faculty of Medical Sciences at the University Goce Delchev in the Republic of Macedonia was able to demonstrate that though levels of LH were still within the normal limits after acupuncture treatment, the levels were at the lower end of the normal range.
During ovulation: Treatment during ovulation may also be the best time to have acupuncture for fertility. Endometrial thickness is at its peak during the first days of ovulation, and it will begin to decrease about one day after the start of menses. Acupuncture during ovulation will increase blood flow to both the uterus and ovaries while reducing uterine contractions to allow for successful embryo implantation.
Day four or five of the follicular phase: The follicular phase is also one of the best times to have acupuncture for fertility. Acupuncture aids in improving egg production while also stimulating egg growth. This is because acupuncture treatment can result in an increase in blood flow which helps with the absorption of nutrients.
During implantation: Undergoing acupuncture treatment during implantation can improve fertility due to the increase in the flow of blood to the ovaries and the uterus. Acupuncture has also been shown to release feel-good chemicals known as endorphins. The release of endorphins will help to reduce the anxiety and stress that may sometimes accompany fertility struggles.
When to Have Acupuncture During IVF and IUI?
If you are considering either IVF or IUI, then you will want to begin your acupuncture treatments about six to eight weeks prior to your scheduled implantation. As when trying to conceive naturally, acupuncture will encourage the uterine wall to thicken while helping to regulate both ovarian and uterine blood flow. Another benefit of acupuncture for fertility is its ability to stimulate glandular development which then creates an environment that encourages implantation and improves your chances of successfully conceiving. Since IVF and IUI can both be quite the investment of time and money, a complementary treatment is certainly worth considering to improve the procedure’s chance of success.
Acupuncture After Conception
Once you have successfully conceived, it is safe for you to continue with your acupuncture treatment. There are still many benefits that can be achieved when treatment is administrated during pregnancy, and it carries very little risk. One of those benefits is the relief of aches and pains that you may experience while pregnant without the use of pain medication. For those women who suffer from morning sickness, acupuncture may help to reduce the symptoms of vomiting and nausea. Lastly, it can also assist in turning the baby into a headfirst position to prevent breech birth. For beech baby acupuncture is also often accompanied with moxibustion for breech baby.
Can Acupuncture Help with Male Fertility?
Of course, no conversation about when to have acupuncture for fertility would be complete without considering the role of men in the equation. When it comes to fertility, it goes without saying that women are not the only ones who are responsible for a successful conception that will lead to a healthy birth. Men can also benefit from improved fertility thanks to acupuncture treatments. Some issues affecting male fertility include a low sperm count, poor sperm quality, or low sperm motility. Men who could be struggling with a low sperm count may be able to improve sperm quality by undergoing acupuncture treatment. Studies have demonstrated that as few as four acupuncture treatments may aid in improving both the quality and motility of sperm. Since sperm can take up to 90 days to fully develop, men should consider beginning their treatments at a minimum of 90 days from the desire conception date.
There is not just one best time to have acupuncture for fertility. Women can benefit from having acupuncture treatment during ovulation, during their follicular phase, during the menstrual cycle, and even prior to implantation. If you are planning to conceive, consider beginning your acupuncture treatments about three cycles, or 90 days, prior to your desired conception.
For those women wanting to know when to have acupuncture during IVF or IUI, you will want to begin treatment six to eight weeks ahead of your scheduled implantation or insemination to ensure a healthy amount of blood flow to the uterus and ovaries in order to increase the likelihood of a successful implantation. An added benefit will be a release of endorphins to help minimize both stress and anxiety which can be common among women who are trying to conceive.
After conception, speak with your TCM practitioner about using acupuncture as a natural remedy to alleviate the symptoms associated with morning sickness, aches, and pains.
Lastly, men can also improve their fertility through the use of acupuncture treatments. Low sperm count or reduced sperm motility can both be improved using acupuncture.
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