Fertility acupuncture is for anyone wanting to have a child. Whether just starting your journey or having challenges getting or staying pregnant, acupuncture has many benefits. For women, treatments are tailored to where she is in her natural or IVF cycle and can begin at any time.
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine are also very effective at treating male factor infertility. Red light therapy is also shown to have significant benefits.
Acupuncture can effectively correct menstrual and ovulatory irregularities, lower Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH), improve sperm/egg quality, treat Polycystic Ovaries (PCOS), improve blood flow though the uterine artery, increase uterine lining among other fertility-related conditions.
Treatments can also help alleviate PMS symptoms, painful periods, treat and prevent morning sickness and alleviate symptoms associated with menopause.
And since acupuncture activates the parasympathetic nervous system, emotional regulation and stress reduction is always a welcomed bonus.
"Influence of acupuncture on the pregnancy rate in patients who undergo assisted reproduction therapy"
Though acupuncture has been used for many years to treat female infertility, it started to gain a lot more attention in the US following a German ART study published in Fertility and Sterility in 2002.
160 women undergoing IVF were divided into two groups. One group received acupuncture at very specific acupuncture points 25 minutes before and after an embryo transfer. The other group did not receive acupuncture. Results showed that the group that received acupuncture treatments had a 42.5% pregnancy rate versus the non-acupuncture group which had a 26.3% pregnancy rate confirmed by ultrasound at 6 weeks. This outcome confirmed that acupuncture treatments directly before and after embryo transfer can significantly increase pregnancy outcomes.
While these results have never been replicated, the protocol remains the gold standard of pre/post IVF care.
Read the full study here.
Women commonly seen in the practice who are trying to get pregnant are ...
Getting ready to try and conceive and want to make sure hormones are balanced and nutrition is optimal;
Stopping birth control pills or had an IUD removed and want to encourage return of regular cycle in order to ovulate and conceive;
Trying to get pregnant for a few months or more without success;
Wanting to maximize overall health prior to egg freezing;
Doing IVF in the absence of known female fertility challenges. Clients in this category are typically women wanting to have a child in the absence of a partner, female partners, male/female partners that are both carriers for a significant condition that can be expressed in a child or for family gender balancing.
Post miscarriage where the menstrual cycle has become irregular or trying to encourage bleeding in order to avoid d&c;
Diagnosed with PCOS;
Diagnosed with Endometriosis;
Working toward an IUI or IVF cycle (retrieval and/or transfer). Many clients in this category have had one or more failed aspects to a cycle including poor response to stimulation medication, diminished ovarian reserve, lack of viable embryos, one or more unsuccessful transfers, and/or over 40 years of age;
Surrogates having an embryo transfer and come for Pre and Post IVF sessions (both day of transfer). Many surrogates from all over the country who come to Greenwich for transfers have been seen in the practice.
Not everyone has the desire or time for acupuncture treatment.
If this sounds like you, consider online fertility counseling.
All the good stuff to get you to a great place, minus the needles!
Dr. Ryan is also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and brings to her fertility practice, over 20 years of experience working in the field. She provides support, education and direction through the emotional and physical aspects of your entire journey. The coaching package includes a weekly online session via a HIPAA secure portal for four consecutive weeks. Following, additional sessions are available upon request. In person sessions are also available.
Sessions are reimbursable by insurance per policy benefits and limitations.