What is Fertility Acupuncture?
Acupuncture for fertility is used to improve the function of your ovaries, increase circulation to the reproductive organs, and help ovulation. Acupuncture points are chosen based on the individual and based on the goal from a Chinese medicine standpoint, such as to improve Liver Qi Stagnation or enhance the Kidney Qi.
How Often Do I Have to Come for Fertility Acupuncture?
For this type of acupuncture, I recommend treatment once per week for 6 weeks initially. This builds our base or foundation. After that, I would reduce the frequency to once per month to maintain the beneficial effects.
What Does It Do? How Does it Work?
Current thinking regarding this type of acupuncture is that it increases β-endorphin production, which may, in turn, affect gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) secretion which then improves ovulation and the menstrual cycle.
Can I Do Acupuncture with IVF?
Yes, absolutely. In fact, I would encourage anyone who is undergoing IVF to include acupuncture in their regimen in order to improve their chances of success.
Does it Hurt?
Not really. Acupuncture needles are not much thicker than a strand of hair. With a quick tap, the needle goes in. You may feel a teeny pinch as it does, or you may feel nothing at all. If you do feel it at all, the sensation subsides very quickly. After that, you may be aware that the needle is there, but it is not painful. You may feel a pressure sensation.
How Long Does Each Session Take?
An acupuncture session lasts about 30-40 minutes. Once the needles are inserted, they remain in for about 20 minutes.
Are There Any Side Effects?
Patients may experience some mild bruising, but other than that, acupuncture by a properly trained professional, has no other side effects.
The Benefits of Acupuncture for Infertility with Me
I’ll bring all of my tools to the table. In addition to acupuncture, I can review your fertility clinic records and determine which tests haven’t been done, order tests for you if you like, and help you understand which of your results could be improved upon, and how. With me, your treatment plan will include acupuncture, as well as diet, lifestyle, vitamins, minerals, herbs, and other natural supplements to optimize your health and fertility.
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By Dr. Pamela Frank, BSc(Hons), Naturopath
Dr. Pamela has practiced as a naturopathic doctor in Toronto since 1999. She has received numerous “Best Naturopath in Toronto” awards. She is registered with the College of Naturopaths of Ontario.
Dr. Pamela Frank uses a natural treatment approach that may include acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutrition, diet, vitamins, supplements, and other natural remedies to restore balance and provide long-term resolution to almost any health problem.