Women are born with approximately 2 million eggs. Each month, at the beginning of your menstrual cycle, your body produces hormones (FSH and estradiol) that promote follicles to mature. Ovulation occurs when the mature follicle exits the ovaries and travels down the fallopian tubes to the uterus. Using an ovulation predictor kit (OPK) identifies this window of time when you ovulate by detecting a lutenizing hormone surge (LH surge). This surge occurs within a succinct time period before ovulation and marks the ideal timing for intercourse. Conception occurs when sperm and egg connect in the uterus. Progesterone levels elevate in the body to thicken the lining of the uterus and prepare for implantation. Two weeks after conception, there is a detectable amount of HSG in your blood stream and you test positive for being pregnant. And each day for the next 40 weeks-or-so your body is optimally supporting baby’s development and your own health.
There are multiple variables in this process, which all need to coincide and work in harmony for this to be successful. This is what makes the act of conception so miraculous. For the 15% of couples who struggle to conceive, a key component is identifying vulnerabilities or if/where this process breaks down.
Chinese Medicine is an integral and complimentary modality to support fertility. We work within the parameters of the menstrual cycle. Acupuncture and herbs can support the follicular phase with treatments specifically targeted to stimulating the pituitary gland and promote ovulation. Additionally, there are treatments to help your body more effectively utilize progesterone in the luteal phase and support your pregnancy. Whether you hope to conceive naturally, or if you plan to purse IUI/IVF, acupuncture, herbs, diet and lifestyle can all significantly benefit and promote your path to parenthood. Together we create and implement a plan that individually supports how you want to approach this journey, addressing both the physical and emotional, the conventional and the alternative.