Endometrial Receptivity

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A limiting factor for couples trying to conceive naturally or with assisted reproductive technologies (ART) is the receptivity of the uterine lining.  It is a long process for women going through an IVF cycle before finding out if they are pregnant.  They begin with medication's during the IVF stimulation phase to grow follicles. They then watch and see how many egg's can be retrieved.  The next step is to watch these embryo's grow and wait to see if there are any to be transferred or frozen. The last part of the puzzle is to have these healthy little embryo's implant and wait for a blood test 2 weeks later.  Anything we can do to help with these steps will increase pregnancy rates.  

 
Although poorly understood science has shown how the human HOXA10 gene plays an important role in implantation.  This gene is essential for implantation.  Unfortunately women with endometriosis, PCOS and hydrosalpinx all have smaller amounts of HOXA10 decreasing the chances of implantation in infertility patients.  There are things you do to increase the chances of implantation, support the endometrial receptivity and increase HOXA10 levels ?       Acupuncture will help!
 
 A recent study has shown how electrical acupuncture performed during a 6 weeks period increased implantation rates.  They were able to see how this procedure increased the HOXA10 expression.  Pregnancy rates and live birth were both significantly increased.  If you are looking to optimize your fertility and increase your chances with a healthy baby Acupuncture can help.  
 
 
Dr. Ryan Funk
Doctor of Chinese Medicine
ABORM
 
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