Acupuncture and fertility, a natural pair

As an Licensed Acupuncturist, I practice holistic medicine and one of my areas of special interest is fertility and helping women get pregnant naturally. Men and women can be challenged when it comes to being able to conceive. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can be useful to re-balance the physical body, enhance fertility and calm the heart and mind in the process. Angie Kociolek sperm and eggColored pencil drawing by the author four years into her infertility journey.

The cool thing is that, depending on your situation and preferences, acupuncture and herbs can be used on their own as an alternative, or as a complement to assisted reproductive technology, such as IVF. If you do decide to seek acupuncture for fertility reasons, expect to commit to at least three months of regular treatment. It takes time to affect and see physical changes and cycles. Additionally, acupuncture can safely be used during pregnancy and beyond childbirth to replenish the body and manage the transitions that come with a newly created family.

Lately, I've been immersed in the topic of fertility even outside

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Not getting pregnant? Here’s another key reason to chart BBT

When trying to conceive turns into a mystery and a labor of love, charting basal body temperature (BBT) is a proactive and inexpensive way to find some answers. 

What you’ll need:

  • A digital basal thermometer
  • A paper or digital way to record cycle day on the x axis and waking temperature on the y axis (There are lots of apps for that!)
  • A scientist’s mind: Replicate the way you take your temperature every morning as soon as you wake - before kissing your partner, before petting your cat or dog, before moving around or doing anything else.

A well-known reason to chart BBT is to determine if, when and how smoothly ovulation is occurring. carkeyBBTweb

The lens of Chinese medicine gives us another reason

Maintaining a BBT chart can illuminate these temperature irregularities or imbalances that can impact fertility:

  1. Excess heat (temperatures are too high during the follicular phase before ovulation).
  2. Deficiency (temperatures are too low in the luteal phase after ovulation).
  3. Stagnant Qi and Blood (temperatures are erratic).

I encourage my clients to chart BBT

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When I knew I would become a mom - Despite the odds

I didn’t decide that I wanted to be a mother until I was 36 years old. It’s not so much that I was taking my fertility for granted. I was just focused more on things like travel, endurance running, and career. I was also concerned about adding to the global population problem. Having a child just wasn’t something I really wanted to do – until I did. And when that switch flipped, my quest to have a child was on.

blog1personalAt first, it was a funny realization that we could probably have been having unprotected sex for years since, without any contraception, I wasn’t getting pregnant. Then after a year or so, the humor wore off.

The questioning started – Why am I not getting pregnant? Will I ever know what it is like to be a mom? Why can everyone get pregnant but me? And, perhaps, most importantly, what can I do to boost my fertility?

Like many other women in my position, I tried assisted reproductive technology, much of which was less than

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