Although we are here to provide you with fertility services, Dr. Hosseinzadeh is a firm believer that total wellness is an essential component to maximize your success rates. Our approach is one of integrative fertility care for the mind, body and soul combining the best of Eastern Medicine and Western Medicine.
Acupuncture is part of traditional Chinese medicine, which has been around for more than 3,000 years. It involves the placement of very small disposable sterile needles in specific areas of the body to promote the flow of energy (Qi). It is believed that in infertility, this flow of energy is blocked and acupuncture will restore the normal balance of energy.
It is known that acupuncture can increase the release of B-endorphin and serotonin in the central nervous system. The former can lead to an increase in the release of FSH and LH, which could enhance the ovarian production of estrogen. Acupuncture also decreases the stimulation of the nervous system with relaxing of the blood vessels, which leads to an increased blood flow to both ovaries and the uterus. The increased blood flow to the ovaries can potentially lead to increased delivery of the fertility drugs to the ovaries possibly resulting in a better response to fertility medications. The increased blood flow to the uterine lining can potentially improve embryo implantation.
It is also known that acupuncture can decrease stress and anxiety, which would be extremely helpful in patients undergoing fertility treatment. It has also been demonstrated that pregnancy rates are higher if acupuncture is performed pre-and-post embryo transfer.
Consulting with mental health specialists such as licensed clinical social workers can help make your fertility journey easier. It is recommended that patients considering third party reproductive assistance undergo counseling. Such therapies can shed unique insight into the process that may not have been easily apparent to you. Counseling can also make decision making easier and give you coping mechanisms to deal with stress and family members. It is also important that you can seek counseling at any point in your fertility journey.
For a list of counselors please see Psychological Counseling.
We welcome the opportunity to answer any questions you may have about your fertility treatment. Here at Fertility Institute of San Diego, you will be treated with compassion and care.