Acupuncture, herbs, and natural medicine have been proven to regulate the female reproductive system for centuries.  Studies have shown that acupuncture affects the central and peripheral nervous systems by releasing endorphins that help to alter the stress response and help to balance hormone levels. Also, research has shown that it has a positive effect and no adverse effects on pregnancy outcomes.

Acupuncture helps improve fertility in many ways:
  • Improving sperm count and motility
  • Reducing stress and anxiety associated with infertility
  • Normalizing hormone production and endocrine systems
  • Improving blood flow to the reproductive organs (uterus and testes)
  • Decreasing chance of miscarriage
  • Decreasing inflammation that may be causing infertility
  • Regulating the menstrual cycle
  • Increasing the chance of pregnancy for women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF)

Top Benefits of Fertility Acupuncture
  • Improving Egg and Embryo Quality
  • Sperm Quality
  • IVF Success Rates 
  • Treating Pre-existing Conditions 
  • Balancing Reproductive Hormones

Acupuncture Protocol/Schedule when Preparing for Fertility Treatment
  • 30-90 days prior to any fertility treatment
  • During any fertility treatment
  • During pregnancy
Fertility outcomes are generally best when paired with an acupuncture protocol that spans several months before treatment. The treatments will continue once weekly preparing for pregnancy and possibly twice weekly around an IVF or FET transfer date.
The sooner you can begin acupuncture treatment, the better.  Research has shown that some treatment is better than no treatment, but acupuncture’s effectiveness increases with the number of acupuncture sessions prior to fertility treatment. Sperm and eggs both take approximately 90 days to develop.  As such, we recommend you begin acupuncture treatment at least 3 months prior to treatment and continue throughout whatever treatment you are pursuing.

Acupuncture can help to improve sperm quality.  Since sperm take approximately 90 days to develop, we recommend that men begin weekly acupuncture treatment at least 3 months before trying to conceive.  Many men continue acupuncture treatment beyond their fertility protocol to manage stress throughout pregnancy and childbirth.

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