TCM and Modern Fertility Treatments - IUI

Jul 21, 2023
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TCM and Modern Fertility Treatments - IUI

If you have decided to take the chance of getting pregnant by assisted conception, you may have encountered IUI or intrauterine insemination. Usually, the woman and man take fertility medications prior to and after the procedure to increase the chances of a successful IUI. IUI is a timed procedure wherein a concentrated amount of viable sperm cells are directly placed into the uterus. This is generally a quick and painless procedure. Sexual intercourse is not necessary for conception by IUI. This is also ideal for those who want to conceive by donor sperm. 

Lifestyle modification is also necessary for those who want to conceive by IUI. You can check our Natural Fertility Blog for more details about lifestyle changes that you can make to increase fertility. 

IUI can be an option for those who have a healthy ovarian reserve and a healthy fallopian tube. Normal hormone level is also important to be a good candidate for IUI. Comprehensive consults, tests, and analyses are still necessary for your doctor to see if you are a good candidate for IUI.

Once you have consulted your fertility doctor and are about to undergo IUI, acupuncture can help you prepare prior to the procedure. 

One to three months before IUI procedure:

It is highly recommended to have an initial consultation with your acupuncturist at least one to three months prior to the IUI procedure. This is to give your body specifically on your menstrual cycle ample time to adjust and reach the target balance. For optimum results, you may be required one or two acupuncture treatments per week. This will be discussed further by your acupuncturist.

2 weeks before IUI procedure:

Acupuncture treatment before the IUI is usually recommended to increase the blood flow in the uterus so that it can be a very healthy environment for the egg and the sperm to develop.

A week after IUI procedure:

It is also best to schedule your follow-up appointment with your acupuncturist after the IUI procedure to continue increasing the blood flow and nutrients into the uterus and reduce the stress you are experiencing. 

Contact us at (646) 883 8321 to book an acupuncture consult and treatment with Dr. Ting Wu at NYC Acupuncture + Wellness.