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Acupuncture for infertility

acupuncturegirl:

Looking for an acupuncturist who specializes in fertility?  Start here.

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medicine treatment that relies on the painless but strategic placement of tiny needles into a “grid-like” pattern that spans the body, from head to toe. The needles are used to stimulate certain key “energy points” believed to regulate spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical balance. And, for many women, it’s often just what the doctor ordered.

“It can allow you to cross the line from infertile to fertile by helping your body function more efficiently, which in turn allows other, more modern reproductive treatments, like IVF, to also work more efficiently,” says James Dillard, MD, assistant clinical professor, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and clinical adviser to Columbia’s Rosenthal Center for Complementary andAlternative Medicine.

Indeed, in a study of 160 women, published April 2002 in the reproductive journalFertility and Sterility, a group of German researchers found that adding acupuncture to the traditional IVF treatment protocols substantially increased pregnancy success.

In this study one group of 80 patients received two, 25-minute acupuncture treatments — one prior to having fertilized embryos transferred into their uterus, and one directly afterwards. The second group of 80, who also underwent embryo transfer, received no acupuncture treatments.

The result: While women in both groups got pregnant, the rate was significantly higher in the acupuncture group — 34 pregnancies, compared with 21 in the women who received IVF alone.

But increasing the odds of IVF is not the only way acupuncture can help. Chang says it can also work to stimulate egg production in women who can’t — or don’t want to — use fertilitymedicationsto help them get pregnant.

“When you compare the pregnancy rates for an egg producing drug such as Clomid to acupuncture alone, the rates are equal — a 50% chance of pregnancy in three months for general patients — to those not undergoing IVF,” says Chang.

To get your fertility Qi up to snuff, most experts say you will need about two, 30 minute treatments a week, sometimes for several months, before the effects can be seen.

However, a slightly more Western way of looking at the effects points less to the mystical Qi and more towards the solid science of brain chemistry.

In studies published in the journalFertility and Sterilityin 2002, Chang, along with noted Cornell University reproductive endocrinologist Zev Rosenwaks, MD, found a clear link between treatment and the brain hormones involved in conception.

More specifically their research noted that acupuncture increases production of endorphins, the body’s natural “feel good” brain chemical that also plays a role in regulating the menstrual cycle.

Chang says acupuncture also appears to have a neuroendocrine effect, impacting a three-way axis between the two areas of the brain involved with hormone production (the hypothalamus and the pituitary glands) and the ovaries, a constellation that ultimately impacts egg production and possibly ovulation.

In still another research paper published in the journalMedical Acupuncturein 2000, Sandra Emmons, MD, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Oregon Health Sciences University, reports that acupuncture may directly impact the number of egg follicles available for fertilization in women undergoing IVF.

“My guess is that acupuncture is changing the blood supply to the ovaries, possibly dilating the arteries and increasing blood flow, so that ultimately, the ovaries are receiving greater amounts of hormonal stimulation,” says Emmons, who also uses acupuncture in her traditional medical practice.

Chang says acupuncture may also help when the lining of the uterus is too weak to sustain a pregnancy — a problem that is also known to increase the risk of chronic miscarriage.

By increasing blood flow to this area, the lining may be better able to absorb the nutrients and hormones necessary to help it grow strong enough to hold onto an implanted embryo, says Chang.

As good as it sounds, acupuncture is clearly not the panacea for all fertility problems. As Dillard tells WebMD, in instances where a structural defect exists — such as a blocked fallopian tube or a fibroid tumor — acupuncture won’t help you get pregnant.

Likewise, once past a certain age, no amount of tickling your Qi is going to increase necessary hormones that have long gone out of production.

For this reason, many doctors recommend that you have at least a basic fertility workup before attempting acupuncture treatment, particularly if you are approaching, or you are over, the age of 40.

“If it turns out you have structural problem that requires a traditional medical ‘fix’, then the sooner you find that out and get the proper treatment, the more likely it will be that you can get pregnant,” says Dillard.

At the same time Chang tells WebMD that younger women — those in their early to mid-30s — might want to consider acupuncture first, before investing in expensive and invasive fertility treatments.

“Sometimes a few months of acupuncture will be enough to help you get pregnant on your own,” he says.

If, in fact, you do seek acupuncture treatment be aware that not all protocols are equal.

“There is tremendous variability within the field — with many different techniques and a great deal of the success dependent upon how much the acupuncturist knows about the treatment of infertility,” says Okoronkwo.

Costs can also vary dramatically, ranging from several hundred dollars to $1,000 or more, depending on how long you are treated, and who is doing the treatment. And while many insurance companies cover the cost of acupuncture treatments, some don’t when treatment involves infertility, so check your policy carefully.

With that said, to help you hone in on the expert that can rock your Qi in the direction of motherhood, our experts offer the following tips:

  • Look for a doctor that is adequately trained and licensed in acupuncture, as well as has a background in treating infertility. An MD who simply practices acupuncture once in a while often has just several hundred hours experience, compared to several thousand hours of training and practice required for a traditional Chinese doctor.
  • Look for an acupuncturist associated with a major academic medical center.
  • If you are undergoing fertility treatments with a reproductive endocrinologist, make certain that your doctor has a working relationship with your acupuncturist, and that they work in harmony to establish a treatment regimen.
  • If you are not seeing a fertility specialist, do pay at least one visit to an obstetrician before seeking the help of an acupuncturist — and make sure your obstetrician is aware of your acupuncture treatment plan.
  • Although acupuncture often works in harmony with Chinese herbal medicine, if you are undergoing IVF or any traditional fertility treatment, don’t take any herbs without the OK of your reproductive medicine specialist.
  • If you are undergoing an IVF protocol and acupuncture simultaneously,once you reach the implantation stage it’s imperative to get a pregnancy test before proceeding with more acupuncture treatments. If you are trying to get pregnant on your own it is equally important to have your pregnancy verified by an obstetrician as soon as possible. Some of the same points used to stimulate the uterus and increase fertility may also cause a miscarriage — so your acupuncturist needs to know if you are, or could be pregnant.

This is a great informational post!

The chocolate dog is getting ready for his first official race!! Halloween 5K October 20th! He gets his own timing chip and finisher bandana!! We are so  excited:)

The chocolate dog is getting ready for his first official race!! Halloween 5K October 20th! He gets his own timing chip and finisher bandana!! We are so excited:)

Community Acupuncture Makes Treatments Available to All | Be Well Philly

commie-unityacupuncture:

Congrats South Philadelphia Community Acupuncture!

This is what I will be opening in less than a year! So excited:)

activeinpink asked
I've been in CO since I was 4 and am maybe debating if I should relocate after the PC. We'll see. I might miss it too much ;)

I'm in Capitol Hill, in Denver, right in the heart of it all. Good luck with your move, maybe I might get to meet you before I leave! :)

If someone were to send something to you in Central America how would that someone know your name other than “active in pink”? ;)

shortmom:

Quinoa and Rutabaga hashbrowns.
Cook 1 c quinoa, 2 c water: 15 min.
Boil diced rutabaga 15-20 minutes (until mashable with fork).
Mash rutabaga, add in 2 eggs, splash of milk, salt & pepper. Mix with electric hand mixer until fluffy (looks like souffle).
Add in 1/2 diced onion, Parmesan cheese and 3/4 of the cooked quinoa (because you ate the other 1/4 already right out of the pan). Blend with spoon.
Cook on low heat in nonstick pan with a little butter until browned. I made pancake-type shapes and flipped after about 3 minutes.
Top with Sriracha, duh. Sour cream would be awesome.

(Reblogging myself so I can find the recipe on my phone easier when I’m in the kitchen tonight.)

Must.make.soon.!!!!!

shortmom:

Quinoa and Rutabaga hashbrowns.

Cook 1 c quinoa, 2 c water: 15 min.

Boil diced rutabaga 15-20 minutes (until mashable with fork).

Mash rutabaga, add in 2 eggs, splash of milk, salt & pepper. Mix with electric hand mixer until fluffy (looks like souffle).

Add in 1/2 diced onion, Parmesan cheese and 3/4 of the cooked quinoa (because you ate the other 1/4 already right out of the pan). Blend with spoon.

Cook on low heat in nonstick pan with a little butter until browned. I made pancake-type shapes and flipped after about 3 minutes.

Top with Sriracha, duh. Sour cream would be awesome.

(Reblogging myself so I can find the recipe on my phone easier when I’m in the kitchen tonight.)

Must.make.soon.!!!!!

Best running partner ever!!!! 
A sleepy chocolate puppy is a well behaved content chocolate puppy!

Best running partner ever!!!!
A sleepy chocolate puppy is a well behaved content chocolate puppy!

lazinoch:

MacBookPro 13” GIVEAWAY!!
My dad’s friend gave me this laptop for an early Christmas gift but I already have one and no one else in my family needs it as well. So I’m giving this away as a Thanksgiving/Christmas raffle!
Just like this for a chance to win.
Reblog it for two chances!! 
To enter you must be 18 years or older.
Only likes and reblogs on this post before 12 PM on Thanksgiving day counts as an entry!!


What a nice surprise this would be:)

lazinoch:

MacBookPro 13” GIVEAWAY!!

My dad’s friend gave me this laptop for an early Christmas gift but I already have one and no one else in my family needs it as well. So I’m giving this away as a Thanksgiving/Christmas raffle!

  • Just like this for a chance to win.
  • Reblog it for two chances!! 
  • To enter you must be 18 years or older.
  • Only likes and reblogs on this post before 12 PM on Thanksgiving day counts as an entry!!

What a nice surprise this would be:)

It’s Official

It’s official I am in for the pushup challenge and Crunch Fu!
The last 6 weeks has held my second ultra marathon of the year, an Olympic Tri, Soaring Wings Virtual Half marathon and finishing with Savannah marathon in 4 days……Such a bittersweet ending to a long long year….
After Savannah, I need to change it up, rest, and recover, work on strength building so I can start climbing back up the pyramid and become even stronger in 2012 than I have been in 2011.

As a side note I’m starting to write my book. I thought it would be a happy start and instead some very tough emotional times lie ahead that I never thought would be the catalyst to pick up the pen…..

My Soaring Wings Half

I knew it wouldn’t be a PR and I was good with that!
Please excuse the elastic band holding together my Garmin:)As you can tell it’s on it’s last life….. I desperately need it to last until after Savannah marathon next Saturday!! 
I loved seeing all the posts from the race today and all the posts from other Internet’s along with me! 
Congratulations to everyone on everything they accomplished today!!!! 

Was it true that us virtuals will get to hang a finishers medal as well? :)

My Soaring Wings Half

I knew it wouldn’t be a PR and I was good with that!
Please excuse the elastic band holding together my Garmin:)As you can tell it’s on it’s last life….. I desperately need it to last until after Savannah marathon next Saturday!!
I loved seeing all the posts from the race today and all the posts from other Internet’s along with me!
Congratulations to everyone on everything they accomplished today!!!!

Was it true that us virtuals will get to hang a finishers medal as well? :)

Live from Sarasota Florida!!!!

Thank you to ALL the Soaring Wings in person runners and all the others I knew were running all over the country virtually for such a good cause:) 

This was my first virtual race and it was a great experience!
This was a very tough one for me so half way through I decided it was about staying as steady as possible and finishing! Im in the last few weeks of 4 long races in a 6 week period. 
Today was about feeling the spirit of everyone running together and being happy on a beautiful Saturday morning. I ran almost the entire time in a steady cool drizzle. Typical Florida fall day! 
Wish I could gave met everyone in person!!!!

Live from Sarasota Florida!!!!

Thank you to ALL the Soaring Wings in person runners and all the others I knew were running all over the country virtually for such a good cause:)

This was my first virtual race and it was a great experience!
This was a very tough one for me so half way through I decided it was about staying as steady as possible and finishing! Im in the last few weeks of 4 long races in a 6 week period.
Today was about feeling the spirit of everyone running together and being happy on a beautiful Saturday morning. I ran almost the entire time in a steady cool drizzle. Typical Florida fall day!
Wish I could gave met everyone in person!!!!