Don't forget that your partner should consider getting acupuncture concurrently so both parties can be at it's peak to conceive.
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The second is when your LH is surging, which is the day before, the day of, and the day after ovulation. The third last optimum time to have acupuncture for fertility is 6 to 10 days after ovulation, which is during the implantation time.
2) The day before, day of or day after ovulation (as indicated by your LH surge)
3) During implantation time (6 - 10 days after ovulation).
This works out to be approximately once a week except when you are menstruating. If there is something more significant going on, like lining issues for example, your acupuncturist may want to see you twice a week until it is properly addressed. However, the majority of the women I treat fall into the once a week category. If you are going through an IVF cycle, it is best if you can start acupuncture 6 to 8 weeks prior to transfer. The most important times to have acupuncture are the same as above, however, once you begin your stimulation medications you may be seen twice a week depending upon information gathered from your ultrasounds.
Your question demonstrates why acupuncture is so effective for enhancing fertility, as each case is treated individually, according to the specific imbalance.
So, you can book an initial appointment anytime. Then your acupuncturist will determine the best time for your session after assessing your (or your husband’s!) pattern imbalance.
Acupuncture for fertility is not my area if expertise.
A medical work up should be completed for you both first to determine the cause before deciding on treatments.
The process can be stressful and this is an aspect acupuncture can help with.
Next is to begin the acupuncture- you will want weekly treatments for 6-8 weeks to prime your body (don't worry about getting pregnant here), then 2-4 more weeks of treatment to become pregnant. Always be sure to tell your Acupuncturist if you have a blocked fallopian tube (acupuncture can help), or low egg quality or any issues with your cycle. Herbal medicine (yes it is totally safe and quite helpful to take while trying and while pregnant) is very important for these issues. Best of Luck!!
Tampa Bay Acu Health and Spine
Anytime is the best time for a fertility treatment. Your acupuncturist should assess you and will have treatment plan for different stage of your menstrual cycle and ovulation. Hope your fertility process is a success and you have a healthy child soon.
Scott Sang In Lee
Best of luck on your journey!
Dr. Bita Yadidi L.Ac., DAOM
Call a local acupuncturist who specializes in infertility and they will guide you.
Whether there are underlying issues or not, acupuncture and Chinese medicine have a pretty good track record when it comes to fertility. It's best if you both receive treatment, unless you're fairly sure that one or the other of you has some underlying issue - which is why I opened with the suggestion to see your MD.
There really isn't a "best time". If you're experiencing menstrual issues as well (pain, cramping, and so on), it's can be a good idea to start treatment just after your period. This will give you three to four sessions before your next period, and provide a way you can judge if the treatments are changing anything. Unfortunately, for women, sometimes it takes a cycle or two for the body to catch up with the acupuncture.
For the best results, please make sure you're seeing an NCCAOM board certified acupuncturist. You can find someone local to you by visiting the "Find a Practitioner" section at NCCAOM.org. There are acupuncturists who specialize in fertility treatments, so you might ask your ob/gyn or call around and see if there's a fertility specialist near you.