Houston’s Best Acupuncturists for Fertility
The next few posts will talk about how acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can help support your fertility and help you achieve your goal of becoming pregnant. The objective of these blogs is to address the most common questions fertility patients ask when they call to learn about fertility acupuncture.
The first question we will address is “When should I start fertility acupuncture?”
There is both a short and a long response to this inquiry. The short answer is that there is no wrong time to begin acupuncture when you are attempting to conceive. Acupuncture is an individualized treatment and a decent acupuncturist will constantly meet you where you are and give help for the immediate symptoms of stress, restlessness and physical distress that can be a piece of the therapeutic fertility journey. As you know, when you are experiencing an IUI or IVF cycle, these intense concerns are regularly the distinction among rational soundness and complete emergency… in this way, in case you’re pondering whether acupuncture can help you if you start in the middle of cycle it most certainly can.
The longer answer to this question is that starting acupuncture earlier in a cycle or when you are on a break is optimal. Ideally, we like to see a patient starting from a few weeks to a few months prior to an upcoming Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) cycle.
The reason for this is because TCM and acupuncture treatment are cumulative. As we will go further in our next blog, TCM works by seeking to diagnose where an imbalance in lifestyle or physical health might be impeding fertility. Some ways lifestyle can impede a woman’s ability to conceive include hormonal imbalance due to excessive stress, over/underweight, poor diet or an underlying condition such as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).
In addition, the aim of TCM is to improve the “raw materials” of fertility, including the uterine environment, eggs and sperm. Eggs take about 120 days to go through their maturation process and sperm roughly 90. Starting acupuncture treatment before your cycle is an investment in the quality of these two very important “players” in the fertility process.
In our next blog we will discuss the kinds of questions your fertility acupuncturist might ask you at your first session. You may be surprised at how these questions, which are so different from ultrasounds and blood tests, can shed light on the root cause of your fertility struggles.
For more questions or comments, get in touch with us today (Houston’s Best Acupuncturists for Fertility)