Every month your body recruits hundreds of dormant follicles and starts the process of growing and maturing them. Over the course of 3-4 months these follicles will become more complex and will nurture the egg inside, ensuring they have all the nutrients needed to develop and reach maturation. Many of these dormant follicles won’t make it to be fully matured, they will stop developing due to being either structurally faulty or lacking the right nutrients or environment to thrive, this results in less follicles making it to the stage where they secrete Anti Mullerian hormone, known as AMH. Although we can’t roll back the years in terms of genetics, by improving the ovarian environment in which the eggs are grown, there is a potential for more follicles to make it to be fully matured which means an increase in AMH levels. AMH levels show how many follicles are currently reaching the developed stage, and not how many dormant follicles your body has, this means AMH levels can’t tell you exactly how many eggs you have left.
Having low AMH levels does not automatically mean your eggs are of poor quality. If you have been told your AMH levels are low for your age, then it’s worth investigating whether the environment your eggs are developing in are causing your AMH levels to drop prematurely.
– Vitamin D deficiency
– Issues with the vaginal microbiome for example an infection
– Chronic Pelvic Inflammatory Disease Recent infection or illness
– Smoking and vaping
– Poor gut health
– Poor sleep
– Poor regulation of blood sugar
If you’d like more information on how your AMH levels could be affecting your fertility, Anna would be more than happy to help. Anna has more than 12 years of experience in Women’s health, and has helped many couples on their fertility journey through acupuncture. If you’d like to find out more about how Anna can help, please book a free 15 minute discovery call where you can discuss your treatment needs.
The thyroid gland is a small gland which is located in the neck. It plays an important role in the production of two crucial hormones, thyroxine and triiodothyronine which help to regulate the speed in which your body cells work. Imbalances in these hormones can cause irregular cycles or no periods at all and impaired ovulation, which both affect your fertility. With 60% of women being unaware of their thyroid condition, we discuss some of the things to look out for. Having a detailed blood panel to check for thyroid issues, including the levels of TSH, T3, T4 and antibodies, is the only way to determine how well your thyroid is functioning. There can often be a wide reference range when it comes to what constitutes a normal TSH level. The optimal range is under 2.5 ideally below 2 mIU/L.
An overactive thyroid is called Hyperthyroidism, which is where your thyroid produces too many hormones. Symptoms may include:
– Trouble sleeping
– Unexplained weight loss
– Increase in appetite
– Light periods
– Excessive sweating
An overactive thyroid can affect your fertility as the excessive production of hormones can confuse your cycle. For example, in a healthy female, hormones will peak mid-cycle causing the body to ovulate. With an overactive thyroid, hormones are constantly peaked so the body doesn’t know when to ovulate, which can result in irregular or absent menstrual cycles.
An underactive thyroid is called Hypothyroidism which is seen more commonly, however some thyroid conditions can cause the body to fluctuate between under and over active. In Hypothyroidism the thyroid doesn’t produce enough hormones. Symptoms may include:
– Weight gain
– Thinning of the hair
– Pale skin
– Heavy periods
With lower levels of hormones, this can inhibit the surge of hormones that’s needed for ovulation. As a result, your ovaries will not receive the signal that it’s time to release the egg, meaning ovulation will not happen regularly and in some cases, you may not ovulate at all, making conception very difficult.
Known as hashimotos or autoimmune thyroiditis. This is where the body attacks the healthy tissue of the thyroid causing the function to become impaired. This can cause issues with fertility and raises the risk of a miscarriage.
If you’d like some more information on how a thyroid disorder could be affecting your fertility, Anna would be more than happy to help. Anna has over 12 years of experience working in Women’s health, and has helped many couples with successful pregnancies through fertility acupuncture. To start your fertility journey today, please click here to book in a free 15 minute consultation with Anna. Alternatively, you can give Anna a call today on 07540 353137.
Male infertility is more common than people think. Often men have only had a basic semen analysis and unless the results are extremely poor, no further action is taken. Frequently men are told poor sperm can be fixed through IVF, this is often misleading. Poor sperm can have implications on implantation and maintaining a pregnancy and so it’s important to get to the root of what could be driving unhealthy sperm. This can be done by investigations for hormone issues, ultrasound for a varicocele, cysts and prostate issues and DNA fragmentation test. A referral to a specialist urologist who specialises male infertility is often needed. If nothing structural is found then acupuncture can lifestyle changes are very effective at improving sperm quality. In this blog post, we take a look at some of the benefits that fertility acupuncture can have in males, in addition to external factors that you can implement into your daily routine to increase the chances of a successful conception.
Fertility acupuncture treatment for males can greatly improve sperm production, motility and quality. It achieves this by increasing blood flow and nerve conductions to the gonads, which improves the production of sperm, hormone signalling and temperature regulation. It’s recommended to receive acupuncture regularly for at least 2-3 months in order to see a significant change in sperm count, as this is the same time period as spermatogenesis (the body’s process of producing sperm).
Low testosterone will occur when a male has less than 300 nanograms per deciliter. Research suggests that having low testosterone levels correlates to struggling to conceive naturally. For example, sperm count, a reduction in sex drive, and erectile dysfunction can be caused by low levels of testosterone which all affect a successful pregnancy. Fertility acupuncture is one of the best methods to support your testosterone hormones.
Besides regular acupuncture treatment, there are specific lifestyle choices that can greatly improve the chances of a natural conception.
Firstly, diet is a huge factor in regards to healthy sperm development. Try to eat a healthy, balanced diet and remove processed foods. Increase the intake of fruit and vegetables, healthy fats and water. The Mediterranean diet is very beneficial for sperm quality. Taking a high-quality multi-vitamin also aids sperm production. Look out for vitamins such as Zinc, Selenium, Folic acid and vitamins C and D.
It’s important to maintain a healthy body weight and exercise regularly. Try to avoid exercises that increase testicular temperature and facilities such as a sauna and hot tub as heat can damage sperm. For more information on external factors, take a look at our male fertility guide.
If you’d like to find out more about male fertility acupuncture, Anna would be more than happy to help. Anna has over 12 years of experience working with couples to achieve a successful pregnancy, in addition to completing advanced fertility training. To book in for a free 15 minute consultation, please click here. Alternatively, you can give Anna a call on 07540 353137 where Anna will be in touch as soon as possible.
With the gut commonly referred to as our ‘second brain’, it does far more than just break down the foods that we eat. The gut also plays a huge role in the functions of your immune system, your mood, hormones and fertility. When your gut isn’t working properly, other body systems will suffer immensely. We take a look at how your gut health is connected to fertility, and ways to aid your gut functions.
Poor gut health can cause an estrogen imbalance, which may lead to infertility issues including endometriosis and polycystic ovary syndrome. This imbalance can also cause leaky gut syndrome and immune system failure which are linked to infertility and miscarriages.
Additionally, as mentioned before, a healthy gut microbiome includes an extensive range of different beneficial bacteria and is vital for a healthy immune system. When our gut is unhappy it can lead to problems with our immune function causing chronic inflammation, which in turn can result in recurrent pregnancy loss. Chronic inflammation may also cause decreased progesterone levels leading to implantation failure.
It’s essential to live a healthy lifestyle in order to heal the gut, with diet and exercise playing a huge role. For your diet, it’s recommended to remove inflammatory foods such as refined grains, sugar, dairy products and processed foods. Replace these foods with gut friendly ones, such as probiotics, broth, fermented foods, fruit and vegetables. You can even undergo a test which finds out specific foods your gut may be sensitive to.
Moderate exercise also helps to enhance gut function as it improves blood flow and intestinal motility. Incorporate activities into your life such as yoga, walking and meditation. Moreover, fertility acupuncture helps to reduce stress, which in turn improves digestive functions.
If you suffer with any of the following then it’s time to fix your gut health and optimise your fertility. Anna has over 12 years of experience working in Women’s health, and has helped many couples with successful pregnancies through fertility acupuncture. If you’d like some more information about fertility acupuncture, Anna offers a free 15 minute consultation where you can discuss any issues you may be experiencing. Give Anna a call today on 07540 353137. Moreover, you can fill out an online enquiry form where Anna will be in touch shortly.
While it is true that a female’s egg quality is heavily weighted by genetics, for example, some women might carry genetic mutations that lead to defects in the maturation of human oocytes (eggs). Some women may have poorer egg quality at a younger age, however oocytes are cells just like other cells in our body and through lifestyle, nutrition and acupuncture you can enhance what you are born with.
A healthy diet contributes to your overall health, as well as improving egg quality, and boosting overall fertility. Start to incorporate a Mediterranean diet into your life, which consists of a variety of colorful fruits, vegetables, omega 3 fats and protein and try to limit the amount of sugar and alcohol consumed.
Stress levels can play a huge role in unsuccessful conceptions. Whether it’s from work or other stressful environments, stress is known to produce hormones such as cortisol which can result in late ovulation, long term chronic stress can impact your fertility. Starting Well being activities such as meditation, yoga, light exercise and fertility acupuncture can all help to reduce stress. Click through to our latest blog post to find out more.
Smoking is known to significantly reduce the quality of a woman’s eggs. This is due to cigarettes being made up of chemicals that can mutate the DNA in your egg cells, which results in eggs becoming inadequate for conception and the probability of birth defects may increase. It’s also important to add that the number of eggs will reduce with age, so it’s advised to keep eggs healthy and free of unnecessary chemicals when trying to conceive.
If you’re struggling to conceive naturally and have additional questions about improving the quality of your eggs, give Anna a call on 07540 353137 to start your fertility acupuncture journey. Moreover, you can drop Anna an email where she’ll be in touch shortly.
For some couples, after trying to conceive naturally for some time, they embark on IVF treatment. Research suggests that acupuncture treatment alongside IVF can decrease miscarriage rates by 50%. Additionally, fertility acupuncture can also be beneficial in cases of threatened miscarriage due to its positive effects on serum cortisol and prolactin levels. In this blog post, we take a look at how fertility acupuncture can optimise your chances of a successful IVF cycle.
The immune system plays a very important role when it comes to fertility. An overactive immune system can lead to pregnancy loss when antibodies in a woman’s system can fail to recognise a pregnancy, or there may be an abnormal immune response to the pregnancy. An overactive immune system can also prevent an embryo implanting. Fertility acupuncture can help regulate the immune system, increasing the chances of conception.
Infertility can put a huge strain on couples. Acupuncture can ease the tension carried in the body when it’s under emotional stress. By inserting fine needles into specific acupuncture points our bodies feel good chemicals such as endorphins are released, these chemicals relax the body and mind and can aid a successful pregnancy. Additionally, fertility acupuncture can help support women during the roller coaster of emotions that are often experienced during an IVF cycle.
It’s recommended to undergo fertility acupuncture at least three months before you begin IVF treatment, as this is the cycle of egg development. Moreover, research shows that additional acupuncture performed before and after the embryo transfer can increase chances of pregnancy, as this is when your body will benefit most from the effects of acupuncture.
Anna has over 12 years of experience working in Women’s health and has helped many couples on their IVF journey. If you’re interested in fertility acupuncture and want to find out more information about how it can benefit your IVF treatment, just give Anna a call on 07540 353137 where you can arrange a free 15 minute consultation. Additionally, you can fill out an online enquiry form where Anna will be in touch shortly.
During an acupuncture session fine needles are inserted into specific areas of the body which have been shown to stimulate the nervous system which in turn sends chemical messengers to our immune system, hormonal system and cardiovascular system to promote health. There are numerous benefits to fertility acupuncture, and here is just a few:
Helps Reduce Stress levels
Fertility acupuncture has been shown to help reduce stress, which plays a huge role in the conception process. Stress can be capable of interfering with a woman’s menstrual cycle, which can result in no ovulation, irregular periods, and sometimes no periods at all, resulting in fertility issues.
Acupuncture helps to reduce stress levels by inserting needles into specific pressure points, which then releases endorphins to the brain. The whole process of acupuncture is also very relaxing, once the needles are placed you are able to lie quietly on a comfortable table, usually with calming music and lighting. By reducing your stress levels, you can optimise your endocrine system and help balance hormones, giving you the best chance of conceiving.
Increases Blood Flow
Fertility acupuncture has been known to improve blood flow and egg quality. Ovarian follicles and their eggs grow from the ovarian blood supply, which carries relevant hormones and nutrients. If blood flow is compromised in any way, this could result in fewer good quality eggs. Fertility acupuncture can increase blood flow to the uterus and ovaries by relaxing the walls of blood vessels.
Improves Male Factor
In couples that are struggling to conceive, it’s been researched that over 40% of fertility issues are male factors. This is mainly due to external factors such as excessive drinking and smoking, poor diet, long working hours, and exposure to electromagnetic devices. In the same way as the female, fertility acupuncture can have a positive effect on the male uro-genital tract. Acupuncture can help improve sperm parameters, as well as sperm motility.
If you’re wanting to learn even more about fertility acupuncture and the other health conditions it can aid, take a look at our female infertility page.
Anna has over 12 years of experience in Women’s health and has worked with many couples on their fertility journey. If you’re interested in fertility acupuncture or have general questions about acupuncture and whether it’s right for you, get in contact with Anna today on 07540 353137. Additionally, you can fill out our online enquiry form where we will be in touch shortly.