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Frequently asked Infertility Question

How soon should I start acupuncture treatments? The answer is very simple. Start acupuncture for fertility as soon as possible. Regardless of your approach acupuncture is a great treatment for infertility. Whether you are trying to conceive naturally or you are seeking fertility treatments with a fertility specialist, acupuncture can help.


Fertility for Acupuncture in Bergen County NJ – Part 7

Start Planning Your pregnancy as soon as you can.

This is the biggest concern my patients have is whether they should start acupuncture when they are thinking about getting pregnant OR should they wait to see if a fertility issues is present. My response is start as soon as you can. As an example, if you want to get pregnant in May then you should start treatments in January or February. Rule of thumb is about three months before. This give us time to ensure that we avoid fertility issues as best as possible.


Fertility for Acupuncture in Bergen County NJ – Part 6

Planning For Pregnancy

The importance of planning pregnancy regardless of age is critical. Many women are now thinking of fertility and having children much later in life. Other women are very young and fertility issues are not a consideration. I recommend planning your pregnancy regardless of age.

In fact my recommendation is that if you are planning on having children in your late 30’s. Then it may be best to speak with a fertility specialist today to plan and ensure that fertility issues do not arise when you are ready.


Fertility for Acupuncture in Bergen County NJ – Part 5

Acupuncture For Infertility: First Consultation

During our first fertility consultation the most important thing we discuss is lifestyle. It is extremely important that we identify and address things that may be preventing your pregnancy. Lifestyle includes daily stress, sleep habits, eating habits and exercise. Too much or too little of any of these could be detrimental to a healthy pregnancy.


Fertility for Acupuncture in Bergen County NJ – Part 4

Fertility Vs. Infertility

The term fertility and infertility are uniquely distinct and should be well understood. If you have already been pregnant then we will call this a fertility issue. Infertility is when you have not been able to get pregnant at all.


Fertility for Acupuncture in Bergen County NJ – Part 3

Is Age A Component For Fertility Success?

Statistics show that women are more likely to have fertility issues in the late 30’s. This does not mean that it is impossible to get pregnant but it may illustrate potential infertility issues. This video discusses my perspective on the subject.

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Fertility for Acupuncture in Bergen County NJ – Part 2

My Message For Women Trying To Get Pregnant.

While it may be a difficult time in your life fertility is possible. It is clearly understood that infertility is more likely later in life. This does not mean that it will not happen. I have worked with many women having trouble with fertility with great success. Be in the mindset that you are willing to do what is necessary. Commitment is key.


Fertility for Acupuncture in Bergen County NJ – Part 1

One of the biggest questions people have about acupuncture and fertility is “How soon should I start my acupuncture treatments for fertility?” The truth is- as soon as possible. If you live in Bergen County and are interested in acupuncture for fertility call us at 201-509-4174 to get started.


Uterine Fibroids and Fertility

Fibroids are benign tumors in the uterine muscle and can be as small as a sunflower seed to as large as a cantaloupe.  They are very common; more than three-fourths of women can have these small tumors, but only about one-third will have a fibroid large enough to be seen in a normal pelvic examination by an OB-GYN.  Even of these women, the thirty-percent, only twenty-percent will even need any surgical procedure or other mode of treatment (Fibroids and Fertility).

 

Types of Fibroids

Every fibroid is different, from the size, the position, the symptoms, and the type. Symptoms will vary depending on the size and type of fibroid tumor.  Some fibroids can become very large and heavy while others can be very small and light, some can impact the menstrual cycle, and some can produce a lot of pressure and pelvic discomfort.

Submucosal fibroids are the cause of heavy and irregular bleeding and grow within the inner cavity of the uterus.  They grow right under the cells that line the uterus and can bulge toward the inside of the organ.  Intramural fibroids are the most common type of uterine fibroid and they grow in the wall of the uterus.  The pedunculated fibroid hangs down from a “stalk” and forms on the inside of the uterine wall or form and grow into the inner uterus, so they can be submucosal or subserosal.  Subserosal tumors grow on the outer wall of the uterus.

 

Impact on Fertility

The main type of uterine fibroid that can impact fertility is the submucosal fibroid.  It is not as common as the other fibroids, but since it grows within the inner wall of the organ it can block the fallopian tubes, thus impacting fertility.  They can also affect how the embryo implants into the lining.

If you have uterine fibroids, there are options to help diminish or remove them.  Surgery is not always a viable option, and it certainly isn’t the only option.  There are other procedures that can be done to rid you of the fibroids, and your physician will probably use a camera-like device, called a hysteroscope to take a look inside the uterus and identify specific ways to treat your fibroids.

Even though the cause of fibroids is still not completely known, much research is being conducted to minimize the risks of getting fibroids and also to prevent complications caused by these benign tumors.  If you have a fibroid that is impacting your fertility, luckily there are treatment options out there that are available.

 

 

“Fibroids and Fertility.” ASRM Patient Fact Sheet: Fibroids and Fertility. 2015. Web. 11 Jan. 2016. <https://www.asrm.org/FACTSHEET_Fibroids_and_Fertility/>


Increasing Fertility in Men

Maximizing your partner’s fertility can significantly increase your chances of conceiving.  If you have been trying for a baby for a while with no luck, you may find that consistently doing little things each day will quite possibly be the answer to any fertility concerns.  Here are four ways to boost your man’s fertility, easily and effectively.

 

Have Less Stress

Sperm production can be adversely affected by stress.  If your partner gets enough sleep and consistent exercise it can help immensely.  On the other hand, too much exercise decreases the levels of testosterone, so he needs to be sure he doesn’t go overboard.  Meditation and exercises in relaxation, such as periods of deep breathing, can really make a difference in stress levels (Boosting Male Fertility). Massages are great as well!

 

Turn the Heat Down

Hot tubs, saunas, electric blankets, and long, hot baths can negatively impact male fertility by raising body temperature.  When body temperature rises, sperm production is decreased (Boosting Male Fertility).  The ideal body temperature should actually be kept three to four degrees lower than normal for ultimate sperm power. Also, think about things that can raise the temperature “down there” such as laptop computers and underwear briefs.  Boxers are ideal to wear and laptops on the table keep him cooler.

 

Adopt Healthy Habits

Not getting adequate amounts of certain vitamins can hinder sperm production.  Zinc, folic acid, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamins B12, C, D, E, and A are necessary for healthy male fertility.  Eating proper, nutritious foods and taking a vitamin supplement can go a long way.  Also, encourage your loved one to stop drinking alcohol and using tobacco to optimize his health (Boosting Male Fertility).

 

Have Sex

If you have sex too often it could decrease your chances of becoming pregnant.  Basically, sperm levels need to be normal and consistent, and having sex once a day (with a normal sperm count) or every two days (with a lower sperm count) is all it will take to conceive.  Abstaining from sex for more than a few days and then having sex, thinking it will increase the sperm count, is just as non-beneficial as engaging in intercourse a few times a day.

If you want to check your partner’s sperm count by getting a test, it may be a good idea to do so.  This will help you both understand where you are in terms of sperm production and the necessities of adopting these habits.  Men with normal sperm counts should still be aware of these habits to keep his count at the normal level each day.  Good luck!

 

 

“Boosting Male Fertility.” What To Expect. 2016. Web. 16 Jan. 2016. <http://www.whattoexpect.com/preconception/boosting-male-fertility.aspx>

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