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Thinking about Acupuncture for Fertility?

 

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How does Acupuncture work for Fertility?
Acupuncture aids fertility by regulating cycles, promoting blood flow to the Uterus, improving energy levels to prevent miscarriages, promoting ovulation and enhancing fertility. Acupuncture treatments work well with fertility drugs, Intra-Uterine Insemination (IUI) and In-Vitro Fertility (IVF) procedures and improve the success rate of such procedures. The acupuncture sessions help women relax thereby preventing the Uterus from contracting and improving chances of embryo implantation.

What should I do before considering Acupuncture treatments?
It is important for you and your significant other to get tested to see why you are not conceiving before seeking acupuncture treatments. Knowing whether the imbalance is hormonal or structural can aid in the success of your acupuncture treatments. This can also determine who needs treatment; in some cases both partners may have to come for acupuncture.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               It is also important to understand that commitment to treatments is essential. Fertility is complicated and treatments take time, sometimes 6-12 months with results not guaranteed. Treatments are typically once per week with two treatments during the fertile times before and during ovulation. To make physiological changes in the body it will take time. Being dedicated to the gym produces results, the same is true for fertility treatments. You can not go a few times and expect to see drastic changes to the body, it takes dedication and hard work.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            To know if treatments are being effective it is important to keep detailed Basal Body Temperature charts as well as note any changes with menstruation, ovulation symptoms, stress ect. each month so they can be evaluated by the practitioner and patient.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          W hat should I expect from the first treatment?
The first treatment involves a detailed intake form and consult which may take up the first whole session. Chinese Medicine is holistic meaning that the whole body is connected from bowel movements to problems with the eyes; these can all give insight into what is happening in the body, so every detail matters.  Menstruation and cervical fluid is important such as regularity of cycle, color of menstruation, length of cycle, amount of bleeding, pain and clotting are all taken into account. Charts for charting BBT (Basal Body Temperature)  will be provided. If you have any old BBT temperature charts bringing copies to your first treatment will aid in determining diagnosis and treatments. I may also recommend herbal supplements and dietary changes depending on your diagnosis.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             What is my Basal Body Temperature and how do I chart it?
Your BBT is your bodies temperature when it is at rest. During the first part of a woman's menstrual cycle basal body temperatures will be lower. The first half of your menstrual cycle is called the follicular phase. Right before ovulation you will have a slight drop in temperature followed by a sharp rise in temperature. Not all women will have a drop in temperature before ovulation but if you notice your temperature drop, you should start having intercourse then.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Around the time of ovulation, you will see a rise in temperature. By the time you notice this rise in temperature, you have already ovulated. That is why charting works best when done for a few months. What you are looking for is a rise in temperature of about .4 degrees or more after ovulation. If you have ovulated your temperature will remain higher. If your temperature remains higher for three days or more, then you can assume you have ovulated.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   What you need to know about taking your BBT.
⦁  Take your temperature at the same time every day.
You may want to set your alarm clock to wake you up each morning. This increases the accuracy of body temperature to make sure you know exactly if you are ovulating or not.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               ⦁  Take your temperature consistently. You can take your temperature orally, rectally, or vaginally. Whichever method you choose, make sure you are consistent.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ⦁  Keep a chart beside your bed. Keep your chart beside your bed at night with your thermometer and pen ready. It is important that you take your temperature while your body is at rest and rummaging around the house looking for your thermometer or pen may be the best way to get your temperature rising. Even getting up to go to the bathroom can change your body temperature.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 ⦁  Take your temperature after at least three hours of restful sleep. Try to get a good night's sleep before taking your temperature. If for some reason you did not get a lot of sleep or you woke up frequently through the night, you should still take your temperature. Just make a note of it on your chart.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ⦁ Don't get upset if you oversleep or forget to write a temperature down. The purpose of charting is to help you determine when you ovulate and to hopefully help you have a baby! If you forget to chart one day, just plot your temperatures anyway. Make a note of what time you took your temperature or if you skipped a day.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       ⦁ Don't drink, smoke or eat anything before taking your temperature.  Hopefully, you won't be smoking if you are trying to conceive. Eating or drinking can affect the temperature in your mouth if you are taking your temperature orally.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ⦁ Factors that can affect ovulation and BBT temp. Make sure to make note in your chart when you are feeling high stress, colds or flu as this can change your body temp and can disrupt ovulation.

 Why is it important to take my BBT when getting Acupuncture for Fertility?
This is important because your treatments will be based around your period and ovulation. If your menstruation is not regular then the main focus of the Acupuncture treatments will be to get the periods regular to determine when and if ovulation occurs. Once the menstruation is regular then the chart can be examined to see if the patient is ovulating.  Some womens  menstruation may be a cycle of 28 days while another womens cycle may be 31 days; to be considered regular the duration between periods must be consistent.  Of course, exactly when a woman ovulates isn't altogether clear. It all depends on the length of your menstrual cycle. A woman typically ovulates about 14 days before her next period — not mid-cycle, as is commonly held. If you have a 28-day cycle, which is the average, then you would ovulate halfway through your cycle. But if you have a 35-day cycle, you would ovulate around day 21, not day 17. So it is important to determine the length of the cycle and chart your BBT.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                What does a Acupuncture Treatment Plan for Fertility look like and what can I expect?
To make Fertility treatments most effective the treatment plan will consist of 1 or 2 treatment per week, based around menstruation and ovulation time. There is roughly 5 days that are considered fertile days for a women where a womens chances of getting pregnant are at their peak. Peak days are 4 days before ovulation occurs, day of ovulation and a day after ovulation. This is because sperm can live two to three days in the body. It is important to get 2 Acupuncture treatments during fertile days. The point of these treatments is to decrease stress, promote ovulation and increase blood flow to the uteruous to aid in conception. A treatment is given the following week to aid in implantation. Treatments aid in decreasing stress, stop any uterine contractions and promote uterine implantation.
Implantation will happen roughly seven to ten days after ovulation if conception has occurred. If this has not happened then the cycle of treatments starts all over again.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               W hen should I be having intercourse to increase chances of conceiving?
Sperm can live for two to three days, but the egg is around for only 12 to 24 hours. To increase the likelihood of conception a good approach is to have intercourse one to two days before ovulation and again on the day you ovulate while you are getting your Acupuncture treatments. That way, there's more likely to be a healthy supply of sperm waiting in the fallopian tube when an egg is released.

What is cervical mucus?
There are many different types of vaginal discharge, one of which is cervical mucus. Over the course of your menstrual cycle, the amount, color, and texture of your cervical mucus will change, thanks to fluctuating hormone levels. Checking your cervical mucus and keeping track of these changes can help you figure out when you're ovulating.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Here's what to expect throughout your cycle. Beginning with your period, you'll of course have menstrual blood. When your period is over, you'll most likely be dry for several days. After that, you'll start to have cloudy-colored mucus that's roughly the consistency of sticky rice. You're not very likely to conceive on any of these days.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   As you approach ovulation (typically a few days beforehand), the mucus will become clear and slippery, very much like raw egg white, and you'll have more of it. (You can remember that this type of mucus means it's baby-making time if you think of how its clear, slippery quality makes it easier for the sperm to travel to the egg.) The last day you see this egg-white consistency is the day that you're most fertile – usually the day before or the day of ovulation.
A good time to check your cervical mucus is when you first go to the bathroom in the morning. (If you're also taking your basal body temperature, be sure to do that first, before you get out of bed.)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Some women have enough cervical mucus discharge that they can check it by looking at the toilet paper after they wipe. Others need to collect some mucus with their finger. While sitting on the toilet, simply insert a clean index or middle finger into your vagina and reach toward your cervix. Get some of the liquid on your finger, if you can, so you can examine it.
 

"I started seeing Kari to help prepare for a second round of fertility treatments. Within the first month of regular acupuncture treatments, my cycle became less painful and much more normal. She helped with keeping me relaxed and keeping less stressed. She helped work the massive knots out of my shoulders and neck. Kari, from first meeting to my most recent appointment, has been professional, sweet, caring and goes above and beyond. I highly recommend her to anyone and everyone." -Harmony

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