Consider making dietary changes to increase your chances of getting pregnant. Visit your PCP to get recommendations on a knowledgeable dietician. Make sure that there are no environmental concerns either at home or your workplace that could effect fertility. Follow a regular sleep regimen and in my opinion, the most important factor....reduce stress as much as humanly possible. I see way too many fertility patients that have way too much on their plate and are professional "doers". Let someone else worry about the minutiae and you just focus on you. Engage in self soothing exercises such as yoga, tai chi, deep breathing, meditation. Let go of worries. All of these things, in combination with acupuncture, can increase your chances of getting pregnant. Good luck!!!
- Increases blood profusion to the uterus
- Reduces ectopic rates
- Reduces miscarriage rates
- Reduces stress levels
- Reduces the level of inflammatory cytokines
- Relaxes spasms
- Most Important: Increases live birth rates
My recommendation would be to look for a practitioner that is ABORM certified. The ABORM Board certifies Acupuncturists who specialize in the treatment of male and female infertility via a rigorous certification examination that measures their knowledge base in western REI, and Traditional Chinese Medicine as it relates to Infertility. ABORM Fellows are experienced, highly trained, certified, and up-to-date on the very latest in evidence-based CAM treatments for Infertility. They can be found at: www.aborm.org
And if you are looking for more tips on how to enhance your fertility at home, l recommend listening to my podcast Fertile Minds Radio on itunes or stitcher or it's home base www.ladypotions.com.
Jonathan Fang, Lic. Ac.
Shuko Ward DAOM, LAc., Dipl.OM, FABORM
Yes, acupuncture can help in many cases with infertility. Every case is different, and should be evaluated individually. Multiple factors play role in a prognosis, such as age, general state of health, if female partners cycle are present, what is the health of the male partner, diet, lifestyle habits, emotional state of the couple, and so on.
To search for more information about Chinese medicine and fertility, you can go to pubmed and read some articles. But it would be best to find a practitioner who could do the evaluation. I would recommend to stay away from expensive factory like acupuncture clinics who only see fertility patients.
Elena Novikov, LAc, (MD- Israel)
So, go find a good clinic near you and see if they can help. Time is an issue with fertility and it can take a few months, so you'll want to start soon.
Here's the thing though - some of these studies also provide some guidance on how much acupuncture might be necessary and the current thinking is: you want to start weekly acupuncture sessions about 90 days in advance. Of course, this comes with the caveat that both you and your husband have been evaluated and there are no structural/hormonal/sperm quality/other issues which need to be addressed.
When it comes to fertility and Chinese medicine, you really need to make sure you're seeing an acupuncturist licensed in your state. There are a lot of other providers out there who take a weekend seminar and then add 'acupuncture' to the list of their service offerings. A provider like this does not understand the complexity of Chinese diagnostics or how that system inter-relates to fertility issues and will thus be of very limited use.
If you're not in CA, I suggest you start with NCCAOM.org's "Find a Practitioner" look up to get some board certified and licensed people near you. For fertility issues you want to see someone who specializes in this aspect of Chinese medicine and has a good track record.