Mikula Acupuncture specializes in fertility acupuncture. We support natural conception and provide IVF support and preparation. The goal is to increase your chances of a healthy pregnancy and baby.
Acupuncture combined with herbal therapies has a cumulative healing effect. The exact course of treatment is defined with an understanding of each patient’s needs and goals.
Modern acupuncture research shows that acupuncture significantly enhances fertility.
Preparation for Pregnancy
Women and men benefit from 3-6 months (12-24 consecutive treatments) of consistent acupuncture and herbal treatment in preparation for pregnancy. The longer the preparation phase of nourishing your eggs and sperm, the better your chances of conception and carrying your baby to term.
The consistency of receiving acupuncture treatments and taking herbal formulas is helpful because specific hormone adjustments are made with each week of the cycle.
A minimum of 3-6 months usually begins to regulate a woman’s endocrine system. However, if acupuncture is used with assisted reproductive technologies (ART), the treatment times vary depending on the success of the procedure.
Acupuncture can also detoxify the body from chemical medications, enhancing the likelihood of conception.
IVF Support and Preparation
It is suggested to begin acupuncture and herbal treatments 3-6 months before the IVF cycle. This is especially important if you have had previous IVF/IUI cycles. If this is not possible, begin treatment as soon as possible in the IVF cycle.
The focus of the acupuncture treatments is to improve egg quality and increase blood flow to the uterus, enhancing the formation of a healthy uterine lining.
A high-quality egg is needed to have a viable embryo. Increased blood flow to the uterus is associated with higher success rates of IVF cycles.
IUI Support and Preparation
Many reproductive endocrinologists recommend IUI’s in case of:
- Unexplained infertility
- Cervical factor infertility
- Male factor infertility (this includes count, motility and morphology)
- Sexual dysfunction
- Donor sperm
Acupuncture and herbal therapy can enhance IUI by enhancing egg and follicle health and increasing blood flow to the uterus and ovaries, improving implantation. Treatment can also decrease the side effects of fertility medications and stress levels.