By Katie Kuhn, Huron Point Acupuncture
Many couples struggle with reproductive health issues. Most people don’t talk about it, as it is a highly emotional and deeply personal struggle, but it is very common. It is much more than just “infertility,” the end goal is to have a healthy baby. Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine can provide support with a wide variety of male and female reproductive health issues. Our motto is to “Nourish the soil before planting the seed.”
Acupuncture boosts fertility by:
-Increasing blood flow to the reproductive organs. By bringing nutrients and hormones to the pelvis, we are creating better follicular (egg) responses. A thicker, richer uterine lining makes it easier for the egg to attach/implant.
-Decreases the effects of stress on the body. Long term, chronic stress impacts hormones and can lead to problems with insulin resistance. If your body is spending its time in fight or flight mode, it is not worrying about reproduction.
– Regulate cycles & balance hormones. Menstrual cycles should be about 28 days long, with 3-7 days of bleeding, with no PMS or pain. If the cycle is not ideal, the chances of fertility are decreased. We analyze Basal Body Temperature (BBT) charts to help plan treatments.
-Increases live birth rates with In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) and other assisted reproductive technology. There are situations in which IVF is necessary for pregnancy. Acupuncture leading up to IVF and immediately after can increase likelihood of a successful pregnancy.
Much of the focus of reproductive health is on women, but men are just as likely to contribute to fertility problems. Male fertility issues can respond quickly, because sperm is constantly being made. Simple changes, such as cleaning up the diet, cutting out smoking (including marijuana), and reducing alcohol and caffeine intake can help.
We recommend 3-4 months of treatment before trying to conceive. Acupuncture can safely be continued throughout pregnancy and during the postpartum period. If you would like to learn more, call Huron Point Acupuncture at 269-599-3828.
Katie Kuhn is an acupuncturist and owner of Huron Point Acupuncture in Port Huron, Michigan. She is board certified (NCCAOM) in Oriental Medicine and has Masters Degrees’ from New York Chiropractic College. She is a member of the Blue Water Chamber, the Young Professionals, the Michigan Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MAAOM) and American Association of University Women.
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