When my husband and I were ready to start a family our life wasn’t, and we knew we were going to have to wait another year before we tried to get pregnant. Luckily, however, being the Acupuncturist that I am, I knew this was an excellent chance to work on my fertility so I spent the year getting regular Acupuncture treatments, ironing out some irregularities in my menstrual cycle through herbs and supplementation, working on stress management and improving sleep, and by golly when our lives opened up I was ready.
We conceived on our first try which is highly unusual - on average it takes a couple 3-6 months of actually trying to conceive (not “not trying” mind you). Certainly genetics play a role in this, but I firmly believe that my focused preparation did too.
Acupuncture has an excellent track record in improving women’s health, treating menstrual irregularities, improving fertility and increasing the success rate of IVF treatment especially. A study in 2002 showed a 50% increase in success rates for women undergoing IVF who included Acupuncture treatment before and after as compared to the women who did not. I have personally worked with many women undergoing IVF, IUI and trying to get pregnant naturally with great success!
Even without Acupuncture, however, there are simple steps you can take to improve your fertility and increase your chances of having a healthy successful pregnancy.
Improve Fertility with These Simple Steps
Supplements for Fertility
Through my fertility preparation and pregnancy I took a number of supplements, namely chinese herbs during preconception, then probiotics, DHA, vitamin D, a high quality prenatal multi, Standard Process whole food supplements to support ovarian and uterine health, and elderberry syrup for immunity. It sounds like a lot but I now have two beautiful healthy children to show for it and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Quality is very important when it comes to herbs and supplements for pregnancy. Here, therefore, is my short list of supplements to consider. All of these are available through my Virtual Dispensary online or in the office with consultation:
Ready to Make Way for Baby? Acupuncture Can Help!
I can say from both personal and professional experience that the combination of Acupuncture and specific supplements for fertility and pregnancy can improve your chances and increase your success as you seek to increase your family. Safe, natural, and easy these fertility supplements and acupuncture for fertility treatments do not interact negatively with any other fertility treatments or tools you might employ! If you or someone you know is trying to start a family and needs advice or help, think about sending them in for some Acupuncture and herbal consultation - I bet they’ll thank you for it!
Until Next Time,
Rebecca M H Kitzerow is a Licensed Acupuncturist practicing in La Center, Washington. With over a decade of experience she has won 10 Nattie consumer choice awards from Natural Awakenings Magazine since 2014.