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When In My Cycle Should I Get Acupuncture For Fertility?

If you are exploring how acupuncture can support your fertility journey, the timing of your treatments is crucial. 

Acupuncture has the potential to positively influence various aspects of your menstrual cycle, enhancing your chances of conceiving. Let’s explore the ideal phases of your cycle for acupuncture, along with how this ancient practice can complement your overall fertility goals.

Acupuncture During Different Cycle Phases

Menstrual Phase: Can it ease bleeding/cramps and set the stage for the next cycle?

The start of your period might not seem like an ideal time for acupuncture, but it can offer benefits. Acupuncture may lessen cramps and discomfort, promote smooth blood flow, and release any stagnant energy, preparing your body for a fresh cycle.

Follicular Phase: Support follicle growth and egg quality

During this phase, follicles develop and your body readies for ovulation. Acupuncture sessions aim to nourish the follicles, promote healthy egg development, and boost blood flow to the ovaries, enhancing overall egg quality.

Ovulation Phase: Promote ovulation timing and strong release

Acupuncture in this phase focuses on facilitating timely, robust ovulation. Specific points may be targeted to encourage follicle release and improve your chances of conception.

Luteal Phase: Enhance implantation environment and early pregnancy potential

After ovulation, acupuncture shifts towards creating a receptive environment for potential implantation. Sessions can improve blood flow to the uterus, thicken the uterine lining, and promote an overall environment favourable to early pregnancy.

Understanding How Acupuncture Supports Your Cycle

Hormone Regulation

Acupuncture may assist in regulating key hormones involved in the menstrual cycle, such as estrogen, progesterone, and luteinising hormone. Balanced hormones are essential for regular ovulation and overall fertility health.

Blood flow improvement to the uterus and ovaries

One of Traditional Chinese Medicine’s strengths is promoting optimal circulation. Acupuncture can enhance blood flow to the ovaries, ensuring nutrient delivery for egg development, and to the uterus, fostering a healthy environment for potential implantation.

Stress reduction & its impact on cycle phases

Stress significantly impacts hormones and our reproductive health. Acupuncture offers a calming effect, aiding in stress reduction, which can, in turn, support regular cycles, optimise ovulation, and create a more balanced fertility journey.

Acupuncture & ART Synergy

IVF/IUI support with specific cycle timing points

Acupuncture paired with  Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) like IVF or IUI can improve success rates. Targeted sessions before egg retrieval, at embryo transfer, and during other crucial treatment stages can offer support.

Managing ART side effects (if research supports this)

While more research is needed, preliminary studies suggest acupuncture may lessen the side effects of ART, such as bloating, headaches, and mood changes.

Acupuncture for Cycle-Focused Fertility

Session frequency tailored to the individual cycle

Treatment frequency will be personalised based on your specific needs and cycle phases. Generally, weekly sessions are common, with increased frequency around ovulation or during ART procedures.

Ideal treatment start time

The earlier you begin acupuncture, the better! Ideally, several months of treatment are helpful to observe optimum benefits.

Potential side effects

Acupuncture is very safe.  Most reported side effects are mild, such as slight bruising or temporary fatigue. Always work with a qualified acupuncturist specialising in fertility.

Conclusion: When In My Cycle Should I Get Acupuncture For Fertility?

Acupuncture’s potential fertility benefits are most effective when tailored to your cycle’s phases. 

This ancient practice works on multiple levels to regulate hormones, optimise blood flow, and mitigate stress – all vital for conception. 

Remember, acupuncture is a powerful tool within a personalised fertility plan. Feel free to have a chat with us about our fertility acupuncture services.

Lavina Cullen
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