At my fertility acupuncture clinic in Tampa, FL, I help women & men optimize their fertility everyday. It doesn’t matter if you’re trying naturally or using reproductive technology like IUI/IVF, Acupuncture is something you NEED in your life!
Research shows a huge improvement in live birth rates for patients who use acupuncture. Acupuncture boosts fertility by increasing blood flow to your reproductive organs. This stimulates the ovaries to produce healthy eggs, nourish endometrial lining and ensure the eggs will be implanted properly. Acupuncture also relaxes the uterus and reduces contractions so implantation can occur. Wait, there’s more! Acupuncture regulates the communication pathways between your brain and your ovaries, normalizes hormone imbalances and reduces stress by stimulating the release of endorphins.
Our approach to Optimizing Fertility
I call it the healthy baby approach. Watch this video an I’ll go over the exact steps I take with every single patient to help to optimize your body, regulate your menstrual cycle and give you the best chance at making a baby!
3 pillars for success: Correct diagnosis, Effective treatments, Time & patience.
At my fertility acupuncture clinic in Tampa, FL, we will give the first two, you need give yourself the third. The success of growing your family only happens when all 3 pillars are met.
This is essential and often a misunderstood part. Infertility is only a symptom of not being able to conceive, not a root cause, which is what Dr. Josh Hanson, DACM looks for. This root cause is often a subtle imbalance that exists in a patient and has developed over time. It often does not show up on routine blood tests and ultrasounds.
In a patient’s initial visit, Dr. Josh will look for any imbalances using medical pulse and tongue diagnosis, and in-depth analysis of the acupuncture meridians that are related to fertility and your reproductive organs. We will also go through patients’ menstrual characteristics, basal temperature charts, lifestyle and diet: all of which are closely related to the body’s overall health and fertility.
We will discuss and explain our findings and come up with a clear diagnosis and explain how those imbalance affect patient’s fertility. This is the foundation on which all the subsequent acupuncture treatments are based on. Our clinical experience has shown us that behind each failure, there is an imbalance and behind each success, there is a correction of an imbalance. The first step to achieve success is to discover that imbalance and understand its cause.
Once an imbalance is found, treatment is focused on correcting that imbalance. Again, Dr. Josh applies his proven techniques and clinical expertise of acupuncture and herbs combining his recommendations for patients on modifying their lifestyle and diet to achieve the goal of correcting that imbalance. For treatment to be effective, it needs to produce a measurable result which Dr. Josh will check on a weekly basis and modify his treatment accordingly in order to achieve the ultimate goal of full term pregnancy.
Time & patience
Our goal is to help patients to conceive as quickly as possible. Unfortunately our time line can sometimes not match up with the amount of work that needs to take place to get your body back in balance. The quickest way to achieve that goal is to get one’s body normalized first.
This often takes 3 menstrual cycles to achieve but in some cases (severe PCOS/Endometirosis) can take even a year, depending on the amount of imbalance.
Once that balance is achieved, a new follicle, with an egg inside, will start to grow under this optimized condition and mature 3 months later. This 3-month time frame of follicle maturation is a physiological process beyond human interventions. That is why most patients achieve their success in 3to 12 months.
For the majority of patients looking to improve their fertility, I tell them give it between 3-12 months of consistency.
The reason IVF fails ~60% of the time is because this normalization process doesn’t happen. So if you’ve had a failed IVF cycle, then in Dr. Josh’s clinical experience, balancing and normalizing your body is essential for a better outcome.
An embryo can be made from the following 4 ways: good egg with good sperm, good egg with poor sperm, poor egg with good sperm, poor egg with poor sperm. The choice is clear which combination you should choose for your embryo. In addition to having a good egg and a good sperm, the embryo also needs a friendly and supportive uterine environment to grow in. That takes time to correct.