Did you know that the most important time to optimize your fertility (and that of your male partner if you have one) is during the 100 days before conception occurs?
Your wait time for your IVF cycle is a great opportunity to get your mind and body in the best shape to conceive a baby whether TTC naturally or with IVF.
Acupuncture is an effective modality for the treatment of infertility. One of the most common questions I have been asked is When is the best time to get Acupuncture for fertility?
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A large number of couples seek the use of acupuncture when they are going through IVF. When performed for the weeks before IVF, acupuncture is able to improve the chances of a healthy pregnancy as well as decrease miscarriage rates. Acupuncture also improves pregnancy rates combined with other western medicated fertility treatments (like clomid) and not just IVF. A question I often get asked is "Can Acupuncture be of benefit to those couples going through infertility if they are not doing IVF?" The short answer is an absolute YES! to understand why takes a little bit more explanation.
In vitro Fertilization is a marathon and not a sprint! We need to think of this comparison closely as anyone enters into an IVF Cycle. Sperm takes approximately 90 days to be created and eggs have a maturation period of several months. Optimizing your fertility during this time before the IVF will lead to better results. There are many things that you shouldn't do when preparing to do an IVF cycle.
Couples going through IVF understand that embryo quality plays a big part in a healthy pregnancies. Much of the research is on egg quality and how a womans eggs can be a determining factor for embryo quality. Little is mentioned about sperm quality relating to embryo quality. A new study has shown that sperm health is important even with IVF and using ICSI.