Overview of acupuncture mechanisms influencing fertility, and review of most current quality research on acupuncture & IVF and other fertility treatments, as well as patient experience
Stress and Infertility
Whether your immediate goals of conception are on track or have temporarily been put on hold, ensuring that your immune system is strong is essential. The best part of the following guidance on strengthening your immune system is that almost all of these activities will also positively impact your fertility. Win-win.
- Sleep. Without a doubt, this is the top of my list. Without enough quality sleep, all biological function suffers. It’s that simple.
At Yinstill we offer a variety of testing to suit the needs of each patient. Any combination of the tests listed below may be recommended to those struggling with reproductive and/or health challenges. Since we know fertility optimization is dependent on the cultivation of whole health, precision medical practices to individualize your treatment plan is necessary, and testing is an important step.
Both male and female hormone status may help discover underlying issues that could be causing reproductive challenges.
The following is an important overview of the true causes of disease such as infertility and related conditions [Endometriosis, PCOS, male factor infertility, etc]. This simple overview makes it easy to understand where we need to put more focus so that we can both optimize our reproductive health, and stay healthy for the long run!
The six causes of infertility and any other dis-ease in the body according to Chinese Medicine are;
New research (the first of its kind) recently published in Fertility & Sterility has shown that the Omega 3 polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) content in the cell membranes of human eggs (oocytes) could be correlated to egg quality. This makes perfect sense as the same is true and well-accepted science with sperm quality. Time to take your (quality) fish oils!
The membranes that protect and hold together our cells, mitochondria, and DNA are primarily made up of PUFA.
MIC+ Injections are recommended to any patient that is in need of stress reduction, increased energy, weight loss, improved digestion, and detoxification (heavy metals, homocysteine). Injection therapy is 100% natural and does not involve the use of any medications. It is the fastest and most effective way to deliver nutrients to the cells and tissues of your body. Injections provide 100% absorption versus 30-40% absorption through oral supplementation. Please take a moment and read an important blog post,
WHAT IS OXIDATIVE STRESS?
Oxidative stress has a well-established role in the cause of explained and unexplained infertility. Oxidative stress is an imbalance between reactive oxygen species (ROS) and protective antioxidants, and this influences the reproductive health of men and women. Reactive oxygen species (ROS), in excess, can cause disruption to normal cellular function and can damage cells (in particular mitochondria, & DNA of the sperm and egg) and tissues.
Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) are increased by the consumption of sugars and oxidized vegetable oils,
Jane started at Yinstill Sept 2018. She has been coming consistently since that time for regular acupuncture.
Our GOALS were to:
– regulate immune function (reduce inflammation / enhance infection-fighting),
– soothe emotions (relieve stress and anxiety, anger, fear, palpitations, vivid dreams, and depression)
– improve sleep (light, vivid dreams)
– regulate bladder issues (frequency, cloudy, infections, nocturia)
– improve digestion (gas, bloating, loose BM, fatigue after eating,
Glutathione has many important functions in our body, and we will briefly discuss all of these here, but most importantly, it is the king of antioxidants! Unfortunately, our body has to manufacture Glutathione from other vitamins and minerals, so if we are not taking good care of ourselves glutathione levels can be deficient, and with this comes consequences.
Role as an Antioxidant
If you can go back to high school biology you may remember that in order for a cell to create energy the mitochondria must produce adenosine triphosphate (ATP).
We often hear that stress can contribute to fertility difficulties – some couples can try for years, with no success and it’s when they are not actively trying that somehow pregnancy occurs.
Why does this happen? What is the connection between stress and infertility?
That answer is hormones!
Female hormones, specifically cortisol and progesterone are the two hormones that are responsible for dealing with stress and for maintaining a healthy pregnancy,