How is IVF Performed?

This article is the third in a series about acupuncture and IVF was written by Jessica Yunker, my associates.  Jessica is an expert in infertility, women’s health, and acupuncture for IVF.

Most fertility clinics and fertility specialists follow a similar protocol for IVF. First, a doctor will perform blood tests and give medications that regulate the woman’s menstrual cycle and boost the number of eggs she produces each month.

Next, the doctor retrieves the eggs and combines them with sperm in the lab, making sure to select the eggs and sperm that look most healthy. In some cases, sperm … Read More

Five Important Ways Acupuncture Helps You Prepare for IVF

Many couples are using acupuncture to improve chances of successful IVF.

Acupuncture is often done during IVF procedures and is also performed on the day of the embryo transfer.

Five Reasons Acupuncture Helps Improve IVF Success

1. Improve ovarian function: Part of the IVF process involves stimulating the ovaries to produce more follicles and higher quality eggs, since healthy eggs are the basis for a successful pregnancy. Acupuncture can help increase the number of eggs and the quality of those eggs in the months leading up to the IVF procedures.

2. Lower FSH levels: A high FSH (follicular stimulating … Read More

What can Acupuncture Treat?

What can acupuncture treat?  This is one of the most common question I get as an acupuncturist.

Acupuncture can treat both physical and mental problems. Acupuncture, as a part of Chinese medicine, has been used as a comprehensive medical system and over one billion people still use Traditional East Asian Medicine as their primary means of health care.  That means that people use it to treat back pain, colds, PMS, infertility, asthma, strokes, migraine headaches, painful urination, acne, stomach aches, depression, anxiety, and all other types of diseases.

Generally speaking, people seek acupuncture for chronic conditions.  Here are some … Read More