Treating women involves careful timing, and the focus changes with the phases of the menstrual cycle, or IVF cycle.
The best time to start acupuncture treatment is from day 4 of your cycle onwards. The aim is to encourage blood and nutrient-rich fluids to flow freely around the ovaries. Research has correlated improvement in egg quality when the best possible follicular fluid environment is present. Acupuncture points will be used to encourage blood flow to the uterus to create a chemically and hormonally rich uterine lining. This will directly influence how well the embryo does post-implantation. On a natural cycle, I add a point that assists the communication between the brain and ovaries, known as the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis. Hormone balancing promotes a healthy amount of fertile mucus which is needed by sperm to nourish and guide them to the egg. Genetic material cannot be influenced by acupuncture, but it seems that egg quality can be improved, probably due to acupuncture’s influence on blood flow and increase nutritional supply to the egg.
Following the time when an embryo may be nesting in the uterine lining, the goal is to keep stress (6) down, stop the uterus from contracting, and generally support this important next phase. Every treatment involves the selection of points that decrease stress, calm the mind, and balance serotonin to keep your spirits (8) up.