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Optimizing Male Fertility

Sometimes I think we miss the boat on male factor infertility. Patients, and sometimes their doctors, forget about the husbands or partners of our female factor infertility patients. Seems that most times, the female half of the couple is the one seeking care. Statistically, male factor infertility is clearly involved in at least 40% of…

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Use of Herbal Medicine in Pregnancy

Has your doctor or midwife told you to stop taking herbs or to not use herbs, especially Dang Gui (sometimes spelled Dongquai) during pregnancy? There are instances where herbal medicine can be safe and beneficial. However, it is best to only use herbs or herbal formulas recommended by a licensed acupuncturist or certified herbalist that…

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A word about acupuncture, IVF, and early pregnancy care

Recently, a patient of ours was given a recommendation to discontinue her ongoing acupuncture treatment leading up to embryo transfer and during the 1st trimester of pregnancy. The patient was apparently told that she could be “over-stimulated” by acupuncture and to avoid it until after her first trimester. While we recognize that occasionally what patients…

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Postpartum acupuncture and Chinese medicine

Any mom will tell you that the most beautiful and most difficult time of a woman’s life is immediately after the birth of a child. At Acupuncture Fertility Specialists, we are experts at relieving the difficult so the new mom can enjoy the beautiful. We believe that every new Mom is different and presents to…

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Does acupuncture have a role in the treatment of threatened miscarriage?

Findings from a feasibility randomised trial and semi-structured participant interviews Abstract: Threatened miscarriage is a common complication of early pregnancy increasing the risk of miscarriage or premature labour. Currently there is limited evidence to recommend any biomedical pharmacological or self-care management, resulting in a ‘watchful waiting’ approach. The objective of this study was to examine…

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Walk of Hope

The Walk of Hope is an annual event put on by RESOLVE in multiple cities across the country. RESOLVE is a national infertility association whose aim it is to raise awareness about infertility and provide support groups for the various aspects of dealing with infertility. Click here for more information and to find a support…

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Can Acupuncture help PCOS?

What is PCOS? Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome or PCOS is an “umbrella term” for a women’s endocrine disorder that affects the reproductive system and fertility. PCOS may or may not present with actual multiple cysts on the ovaries, may or may not present with insulin resistance (blood sugar issues), but will present with a hormonal imbalance….

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Study Indicates acupuncture may increase sperm quantity, quality and increase testosterone in cases of male infertility

A new study from China shows that acupuncture may improve sperm quality in idiopathic male infertility. http://www.nycacupuncture.com/ In the July issue of Fertility and Sterility (Fertil Steril. 2005;84:141-147), the chief investigator, Jian Pei, PhD, from Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in the People’s Republic of China, noted that acupuncture had a positive effect on…

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Relationship Between Blood Radioimmunoreactive Beta-Endorphin and Hand Skin Temperature During The Electro-Acupuncture Induction of Ovulation

ByChen Bo Ying M.D. Lecturer of Neurobiology Institute of Acupuncture Research, and Yu Jin, MD., Prof of Gynecology Obstetricus and Gynecology Hospital Shanghai Medical University Shanghai, People’s Republic of China. Published: February 24, 2010 , New York Times ABSTRACT Thirteen cycles of anovulation menstruation in 11 cases were treated with Electro-Acupuncture (EA) ovulation induction. In…

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