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Supporting IVF is quite a specialised area of acupuncture and in America ,such support would require to be board registered. This is because it is essential to understand how Western treatment works in order to optimally support that treatment.
My own training is informed by Jani White, an IVF acupuncture specialist trained by Jane Littleton, also renowned in the field of fertility support. I also follow the work of Jenny Longbottom who lectures in this same specialist field. The protocol I follow at Accuhealth clinic is a tried and tested formula devised by Jenny Longbottom, utilising a hybrid of Western and Chinese acupuncture. To understand this process fully please look at her peer reviewed clinical paper, by following the link www.csp.org.uk/sites/files/.../acpwh103_08_theuseofacupuncture.pdf Also look at the research by Stenner Victorin.
You can also e-mail for my free book How To Assist Fertility: Your Own Eden Project.
Your treatment involves following a four phase protocol.
Phase 1 Is a preparation stage, preferably prior to the use of IVF medication and involves the moving of qi and blood, particularly to the uterine area with relaxation acupuncture points.
Phase 2 (if down regulation is involved) Acupuncture now focuses upon the side-effects of down regulation.
Phase 3 For the 2 weeks prior to oocyte retrieval, treatment focuses upon clearing and opening the appropriate channels (preferably 3 treatments)
Oocyte matures for 3 days plus.
Phase 4 Prior and post implantation, one treatment takes place as close as possible to both hospital visits. Treatment to regulate and nourish.
Du 20 bai hui, si shen cong and P 6 nei guan to raise qi and hold the pregnancy and calm the shen, as recommended by Liang (2003). Such points focus upon stress relief and 'containing,' the foetus.
Much can also be done, as Jenny explains in her paper, to help the process of IVF by understanding relaxation techniques, including, where appropriate the practice of Yoga. Because I am also a qualified teacher of Yoga and relaxation, I tend to use Yoga and relaxation as an adjunct to acupuncture.
Researchers from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in the US, published their findings in the British Medical Journey. Such findings were based on the results of seven separate trials involving 1,366 women in four different countries. (Manheimer et al, 2008)
Read more: http://www.bmj.com/content/336/7643/545.full.pdf
Research by London's Royal Free Hospital, indicates that the success rate for IVF is doubled, for those who take a multi-vitamin/mineral supplement, especially formulated for fertility.
Several studies also link a lack of Vitamin D with impaired fertility. Vitamin D is produced naturally via exposure to sunlight. It is also available as a supplement and for overall insurance can be taken as Omega 3 or as a cod-liver oil, flax seed oil supplement. Check first that Vitamin D is in the oil.
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Defining InfertilityInfertility is defined as the failure to become pregnant after one year of unprotected intercourse. There are two types of infertility: primary infertility, which in infertility without any previous pregnancy; and secondary infertility, when there has been a previous pregnancy.
What are the common causes of infertility?
* Ovulation problems
* Tubal causes
* Sperm causes
* Unexplained infertility
* Age-related factors
Some less common causes are:
* Uterine problems
* Previous tubal ligation
* Previous vasectomy
* Certain drugs
How the condition is diagnosed
Diagnois of infertility begins with a medical history and a physical examination. The physician may order tests including the following:
* An endometrial biopsy, which tests the lining of the uterus
* Hormone testing to measure levels of female hormones
* Laparoscopy, which surveys the pelvic organs
* Ovulation testing, which detects the release of an egg from the ovary
* Pap smear, to check for signs of infection
* Pelvic examination, to look for abnormalites or infection
* A post coital test, which is done between 2 and 8 hours after intercourse to
determine whether sperm can survive in the cervical mucus
What are the conventional medical approaches for this condition?
Treatment of infertility will depend on the cause. Medical treatment for female
infertility may include:
* Surgery to treat certain problems (e.g. endometriosis)
* Taking medications to cause ovulation, such as clomiphene and menotropins, artifical
insemination (placing sperm cells directly inside the cervix or uterus)
* Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (placing individual sperm cells directly inside the
* In vitro fertilization (fertilizing the egg outside the womb and then returning it to
What are the side effects of the medications used to cause ovulation
* Abdominal pressure or fullness
* Cysts on the ovaries
* Headaches, hot flashes, mood changes
* Multiple pregnancies
* Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome, which causes fluid shifts in the body
* Surgery carries a risk of complications
Is there any natural approach to enhance the chance of my pregnancy?
Depending on the cause of infertility, a natural approach is found to be very valuable. In many cases, the natural approach should be tried first before proceeding to drastic medical interventions, especially if you are in your twenties.