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Laser Therapy Shown to Improve Health of Endometrial Cells

At Acubalance we believe in a simple equation. Healthy sperm + healthy egg + healthy uterine environment = a healthy baby. Endometrial health and receptivity is crucial for the implantation process to occur whether in a natural pregnancy or in a pregnancy following any type of assisted reproductive technology (IUI, IVF). Approximately two thirds of implantation failures are due to poor uterine receptivity whereas only one third is attributed to problems with the embryo.

Can You Beet Infertility? Is There Really a Fertility Super Food?

I recently had a patient come in asking about a superfood that could treat her fertility. She had heard that beets could magically be the answer to all her fertility woes. The question about a specific food being the answer to all your health problems is very common. In my practice, my answer is always the same. There is no ONE food that can do everything.

Acupuncture for IVF Thin lining

Acupuncture & Thin Endometrial Lining

The thickness and quality of your endometrial lining may have an impact on the success of your IVF and your ability to carry a baby to term.

Endometrial thickness has been shown to be an important prognostic factor of successful embryo implantation in IVF. In general, as endometrial thickness after IVF stimulation increases, so does pregnancy rate. Endometrial thickness between 6mm-14mm is ideal. Pregnancies do occur when the endometrial thickness is < 6mm or >14mm but it seems not as often.

Electroacupuncture Reduces Uterine Artery Blood Flow Impedance in Infertile Women

A recent study of blood flow to the uterus examined the effect of electroacupuncture during the drug stimulation phase of an IVF cycle. The blood flow in the uterine artery was increased in the group of women who had acupuncture but not in the control group. More women in the acupuncture group responded to the IVF drugs than in the control group; however the pregnancy rates were not significantly different between the two groups.

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Reduction of blood flow impedance in the uterine arteries of infertile women with electro-acupuncture

Previous studies have shown that reduced blood flow in the uterine arteries is associated with a decreased pregnancy rate following IVF-embryo transfer. This study reported in Human Reproduction (the official journal of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology) shows that after eight acupuncture treatments, blood flow to the uterus was markedly increased.

Ovarian blood flow responses to electro-acupuncture stimulation at different frequencies and intensities in anaesthetized rats

The blood flow to the ovaries has also been shown to be enhanced by acupuncture by the same researchers. This study was done on anaesthetized rats but we can assume a similar mechanism will operate in humans.

A Pilot Study Evaluating the Combination of Acupuncture with Sildenafil on Endometrial Thickness

This small pilot study examined the effect of Viagra and acupuncture on the uterine linings of women who had a history of thin linings (<8mm) in previous IVF cycles (including patients who had previously used Viagra alone). They used the above mentioned protocols which improve blood flow to the ovaries and uterus. The researchers found that after acupuncture treatment the thickness of the lining improved to 10 mm or more in all participating patients.

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The endometrium is the layer of the uterus that thickens in preparation for the implantation of the fertilized embryo

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