When looking for a fertility acupuncturist there are several things that one should take into consideration. Some of these include that they are board certified and licensed within the state, in addition certified bi-annually by the American Board of Reproductive Medicine, and one should consider how long the practitioner has been practicing, explains Lisa Corrigan, licensed acupuncturist.
Acupuncture and oriental medicine can have an affect on one's endocrine system and hormone centers within the brain. It can be helpful in ameliorating irregularities in ovulation, and polycystic ovarian syndrome, also known as PCOS, and also increasing the success rate of several fertility treatments, explains Kellylee Whiteside, licensed acupuncturist.
Acupuncture may be administered throughout the cycle for patients in order to prepare for pregnancy, IVF, or other treatments. They use the menstrual cycle in order to administer the acupuncture and therapy properly, explains Kellylee Whiteside, licensed acupuncturist.
Often some women throughout their fertility journey see an acupuncturist to ameliorate their health when preparing to conceive. A fertility acupuncturist will analyze the patient's extensive health history, previous fertility treatments and medications, and lifestyle habits, explains Kellylee Whiteside, licensed acupuncturist.
Fertility patients are increasingly turning to holistic treatments as an adjunct to Western fertility treatments to help them conceive. Studies have shown increased pregnancy rates with IVF when acupuncture is administered before and after embryo transfer. This may be due to acupuncture’s effects on hormone levels, increased blood flow to the uterus and reduced stress.
At home insemination is often thought of as a tool to combat male infertility—actually, partner insemination was originally developed as a treatment for male-factor infertility. The goal of artificial insemination is to increase the concentration of sperm near the area of fertilization, which makes it more likely that fertilization will occur. Artificial insemination can be beneficial for men who have disorders with sperm density, such as low sperm counts, or issues with sperm motility or morphology, since this could make it difficult for the sperm to travel to the site of fertilization in natural intercourse. It may also be an option for men who have difficulty ejaculating during sex with their partner.
Home insemination kits vary as to what’s included, but most contain certain tools. Commonly, home insemination kits include a receptacle for the semen and an applicator in which the semen will be inserted into the woman’s vagina. Some kits may also include other tools related to the artificial insemination process, including ovulation tests or digital thermometers to track basal body temperature, which can be a predictor of ovulation.
Some home insemination kits may be used for either fresh, or raw, semen samples or those which have already been prepped at a fertility clinic or sperm bank. In these “washed” samples, the sperm has been separated from the seminal fluid. The resulting sample allows for a higher concentration of sperm inside the woman’s reproductive tract.
So how can you boost your chances of success when using at home insemination? First, it’s important to time the insemination correctly. One way to keep informed about your fertility is to use at-home ovulation predictor kits. Ovulation kits can help determine when you are ovulating by measuring your luteinizing hormone—when these levels spike, ovulation is generally 24 to 48 hours away. Once you can estimate when you are ovulating, you can time your at home insemination more accurately.
It’s also important to consider that at-home insemination is not a cure-all—in many cases, the first cycle or two will be unsuccessful (as with trying to conceive with normal intercourse).
If you are considering artificial insemination, you first must decide whether you would like the procedure done in a fertility clinic or in your own home. Many people choose to do at home insemination since they can bypass an office and instead do the procedure in the privacy of their own home. Besides being more comfortable and relaxing, at home insemination is also cheaper.