Dr. Jamie Grifo, director of the New York University Fertility Center and director of the division of reproductive endocrinology at the NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City, said that "it's not a panacea, but acupuncture does help some patients have better success."according to Medicinenet
Two studies -- one in Acupuncture in Medicine and the other in the Journal of Endocrinological Investigation -- found a benefit when acupuncture was used on the day an embryo was transferred into a woman's uterus.
The study from the Journal of Endocrinological Investigation also found that women with polycystic ovary syndrome and men who had infertility issues with no known cause also benefitted from acupuncture.
SOURCES: Lisa Lilienfield, M.D., family practice and pain management specialist, Kaplan Center for Integrative Medicine, McLean, Va., and clinical assistant professor, community and family medicine, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.; Jamie Grifo, M.D., director, division of reproductive endocrinology, and director, NYU Fertility Center, New York City; April 2011, Journal of Endocrinological Investigation; December 2010, Acupuncture in Medicine
Researchers found that women who actively took part in stress management therapy, including visualisation techniques like imagining being on a beach, significantly increased their chances of pregnancy.In a small study of Israeli women undergoing IVF, 88 per cent of those who committed to a ‘talking cure’ therapy programme became pregnant, compared to just 60 per cent who were not on it.
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The acupuncture for fertility clinical application includes: 1) dilivery processing, 2) lumbo-sacrodynia, 3) dilivery pain, 4) pregnancy problems, 5) problems of post-dilivery, 6) conversion of fetal breech presentation, 7) nausea and vomitting during early pregnancy, 8) safety, 9) depression during pregnancy, and 10) blood supply of fetus.
How to you know your egg quality is good or not?
It is difficult to know your egg quality until IVF through which eggs can be seen. There are many factors that help estimate egg quality:
ovarian reserve tests including AMH, antral follicle count and FSH test, higher AMH and antral follicle count show good ovarian reserve. FSH from blood test less than 10 iu/l is good.
factors related to your menstrual cycles including cycle length, premenstrual spotting, ovulation day, peak estradiol and peak progesterone. Shorter cycles, spotting and low estradiol and progesterone indicate egg quality may not be good enough.
women’s age: most women under age 35 would have good quality of eggs.
pregnancy loss followed by difficulty to conceive again; This indicates that your egg quality is deteriorating.
IVF results which tests egg quality.
What you can do to help improve your egg quality?
Life style changes would help which include going to bed on time to get sufficient sleep, stopping smoking, cutting down caffeine and alcohol, losing excessive weight.
Acupuncture with or without TCM. Minimum 3 month acupuncture could improve egg quality.
Taking some supplements may help which include CoEnzyme Q10, Omega 3 fatty acid, vitamin C and E etc.
According to Acupuncturist ,the inability to conceive sometimes springs from something so simple that it has been overlooked. Acupuncturist cites busy, urban couples who simply don't have enough sex and stressed, dehydrated women whose bodies mimic menopausal symptoms. Most cases of infertility, however, pose bigger challenges, including polycystic ovary syndrome (POS), endometriosis, repeat miscarriages and men with poor sperm counts or quality.
Many practitioners don't like acupuncture success stories to appear too miraculous.
Considering the research, couples can determine whether acupuncture should be integrated as part of the methods used to try and conceive a child. Researchers have indicated that women using acupuncture treatments together with in-vitro fertilization have an increase possibility of conceiving, as well as decrease the instances of miscarriage and reduce in the instances of ectopic pregnancies that are experienced.
How often should the acupuncture treatments be completed and should the treatments be carried out at specific points in the cycle? Treatments are recommended to be completed one or two times weekly through the cycle to establish the balance in the human body. Depending on the phase of the menstrual cycle, patients will frequently receive different treatments to boost fertility.
Once the treatments have already been underway for a length of time, the patient and acupuncturist can determine the optimum time from the cycle to perform acupuncture treatments to improve ovulation, boost egg production and increase the chances of conceiving.