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  • Writer's pictureAna M Toriello, AP, DOM

Acupuncture in Fort Lauderdale: Fertility and IVF Support

Acupuncture Helps Improve Fertility and IVF Success

About 1 in 8 couples struggle with infertility issues. There are a number of reasons why couples may be unable to conceive including PCOS, endometriosis, low sperm count or quality, or unexplained infertility. Many couples have turned to acupuncture and Chinese medicine to help them successfully conceive. It can help treat various gynecological issues related to infertility, improve egg quality and uterine lining, as well as sperm quality and quantity, and reduce stress, anxiety and depression associated with infertility. Acupuncture is an excellent way to improve your chances of natural conception and help you throughout your IVF journey.

5 Ways Acupuncture in Fort Lauderdale Helps Improve Fertility

  1. Regulates female reproductive hormones. Female reproductive hormones need to be carefully balances in order to conceive. Acupuncture aims to get to the root of the issue and return the body to homeostasis, thereby restoring hormonal balance, including FSH. Women can expect more regular menstrual cycles, less painful periods, and more likely to conceive naturally. Regulating hormones can also improve egg quality and quantity for women who are attempting to conceive through IVF.

  2. Improves blood flow to ovaries and uterus. Acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, and moxibustion can improve blood flow to reproductive organs by relaxing the walls of blood vessels. Efficient blood flow is associated with higher quality eggs, as it increases essential nutrients and oxygen to the ovaries. Improved blood flow also helps to thicken uterine lining for successful implantation.

  3. Improves sperm quality and quantity. Poor male fertility can also be treated with acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, and lifestyle changes. Quality sperm can improve IVF success rates as well. If sperm quality is poor, it can result in poor embryo quality as well and reduces the chances of successful implantation. The effects of acupuncture can positively influence sperm parameters, including sperm count, concentration, vitality, and motility.

  4. Aids with successful embryo implantation. Successful embryo implantation is dependent on various factors including uterine lining, embryo quality, normal immune function, and good blood supply to the uterus, all of which acupuncture can help improve. So even for couples with good quality eggs and/or embryos, getting acupuncture weeks before an embryo transfer can improve chances of IVF success.

  5. Reduces stress and anxiety. Infertility puts a high levels of stress on couples and can lead to various mental health issues, including anxiety and depression, which can further reduce the chances of conception. The effects of stress and anxiety on physical health are well known, so it is no surprise fertility can be affected as well. Acupuncture aims to reduce stress and mental health issues, including stress hormones like cortisol, which can aid in successful pregnancy.

What an Acupuncture Treatment Plan for Fertility Looks Like

Acupuncture for fertility in Fort Lauderdale will begin with a thorough health intake, which includes health history, evaluation of current symptoms, and a Chinese pulse and tongue diagnosis. Your acupuncturist will then use this information to create a personalized treatment plan which can include acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping, Chinese herbal formulas, and lifestyle coaching, such as nutrition, meditation, and exercise.

Chinese medicine looks at unique organ systems and unbalanced areas in your health to enhance fertility. By looking at your symptoms, tongue and pulse diagnosis, acupuncturists will determine which systems need support to treat infertility, such as blood stagnation, yin deficiency, cold in the uterus, or qi and blood deficiency. Acupuncture points are chosen in treat these imbalances which are affecting your fertility.

Usually, twice a week treatments are recommended for the first two weeks followed by weekly treatments for 4 to 6 weeks. IVF patients are encouraged to come in the day before their transfer and 5 to 7 days after. Acupuncture treatments can be biweekly during the first trimester to support the most crucial period of pregnancy. Chinese medicine is also an all-natural treatment to uncomfortable pregnancy symptoms such as morning sickness, constipation, hemorrhoids, and backaches.

How to Find the Best Acupuncturist for Fertility in Fort Lauderdale

Acupuncturist in Florida complete a three-year post graduate program in acupuncture and Oriental medicine followed by passing several national board exams by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). To be able to practice, an acupuncturist in Fort Lauderdale need to hold a state license, which is renewed every year and the best ones will be board-certified through the NCCAOM . Practitioner reviews on third-party sites such as Google Business are often the best way to find fertility acupuncturists. Many acupuncturists also offer a free consultation so you can meet in person or talk over the phone to figure out whether they are a good fit for your goals and what their experience is.

Acupuncture for Fertility in Fort Lauderdale with Toriello Acupuncture

Dr. Ana Toriello, A.P., Dipl. O.M., is a board-certified acupuncturist in East Fort Lauderdale who has helped many couples conceive successfully both naturally and with the help of IVF. Treatment plans are individualized and can include a combination of acupuncture, Chinese herbal formulas, dietary guidelines, lifestyle changes, moxibustion, and cupping. Acupuncture is an excellent all-natural, safe adjunctive medicine for fertility and IVF support at any age, including unexplained fertility.

At Toriello Acupuncture, we recommend you come in for a free consultation to determine whether Chinese medicine is a good fit for your fertility journey and to provide you with a general idea of what your treatment plan may look it. You can schedule your free consultation by filling out our form at or by calling or texting 954-652-6618 today.

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