Acupuncture can increase chances of IVF and a Healthy Pregnancy

Did you know that the most important time to support your fertility (and your partner’s) is in the 90 days before conception happens?

The environment in which your eggs will grow and mature impacts your fertility and the future health of your child. Your eggs need proper nourishment, oxygen and balanced hormones to reach their peak potential health. Scientific studies show that healthy sperm and healthy eggs will optimize the chances of conception and having a healthy baby when you conceive.

In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) treatments involve fertilizing a woman’s eggs with sperm in a laboratory. The embryologist  then implants the healthiest embryo into a woman’s uterus. Today, many couples may have difficulties in conceiving through traditional methods, often turning to assisted reproductive therapies. Acupuncture has become more popular to complement treatments and help to ensure the body is well balanced and prepared for the arduous road ahead.

Natural ways to help optimize fertility
– Diet
– Lifestyle (exercise, deep sleep, rest)
– Stress Reduction & Meditation
– Community support
– Acupuncture and Laser (LLLT) Acupuncture for fertility

Diet
A study in Harvard has shown that diet can greatly impact the balance of our hormones, egg and sperm quality, and increase our odds of conceiving and holding the pregnancy. Taking a look into your daily habits and improving your lifestyle while eating a balanced, whole food diet, consisting of low glycemic foods, healthy fats, and plant proteins will help to maintain hormonal balance.

Fats and protein are broken down slowly and give the body a more balanced release of energy. Carbohydrates will affect the balance of blood sugar and insulin levels making them spike and drop. If blood sugar and insulin levels rise too high, they can interfere with ovulation. You can improve ovulation with a diet based in 60% of calories from slow release carbohydrates, such as dried beans, peas, veggies, and whole fruits, which has shown to be better than eliminating them completely from your diet.

The Glycemic Index of a meal can be lowered by adding lemon juice, vinegar, broccoli, or salad as a side, and eating healthy fats such as olive oil, or organic butter. You can also mix low GI food with a medium/high GI food.

Benefits of Laser Acupuncture
Laser Acupuncture is a technique that uses low level lasers in place of needles to stimulate traditional acupuncture points. It has been shown to increase the rate of implantation by 15% over traditional acupuncture when administered before and after an IVF transfer.
– Regulate inflammation
– Support mitochondrial activity and ATP production in the cell
– Increase blood flow
– Decrease oxidative damage
– Decrease scar tissue

There are many written articles on acupuncture to help reduce stress, release endorphins to help you feel good, and improve blood flow to the uterus, ovaries, and endometrial lining to help regulate the period.

Beginning your acupuncture sessions before your first IVF appointment is recommended for the best outcome. Take the time today to start supporting and preparing the body to be its best! Call us to schedule an appointment today at (631) 424-8602.

 

References:
Smith CA, de Lacey S, Chapman M, et al. Effect of Acupuncture vs Sham Acupuncture on Live Births Among Women Undergoing In Vitro Fertilization A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA. 2018;319(19):1990–1998. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.5336

Hullender Rubin LE, Opsahl MS, Wiemer K, Mist SD, Caughey AB. Impact of Whole Systems Traditional Chinese Medicine on In Vitro Fertilization Outcomes. Reprod Biomed Online. 2015 Jun;30(6):602–12.

Horn B, Balk J, Gold JI. Revisiting the Sham: Is It all Smoke and Mirrors? Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 2011

Manheimer E. Selecting a control in IVF and acupuncture RCTs: How sham controls may unnecessarily complicate the RCT evidence base. Fertil Steril. 2011 Jun 30;95(8):2456–61.

Magarelli PC, Cridennda DK, Cohen M. Changes in serum cortisol and prolactin associated with acupuncture during controlled ovarian hyperstimulation in women undergoing in vitro fertilization-embryo transfer treatment. Fertil Steril. 2009 Dec;92(6):1870–9.

Influence of acupuncture on the pregnancy rate in patients who undergo assisted reproduction therapy Paulus W.E., Zhang M., Strehler E., El-Danasouri I., Sterzik K. (2002) Fertility and Sterility, 77 (4) , pp. 721-724.(

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