Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can help patients who have been diagnosed with diminished ovarian reserve, elevated follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), or who have had to cancel IVF cycles because of poor response to stimulation. Our treatment focuses on properly stimulating the ovaries to lower FSH levels as well as reduce overall stress levels which can also negatively affect FSH levels.
FSH is one of the many hormones needed to produce healthy eggs. The FSH level measures the receptivity of the ovaries when they are stimulated (either by medications or by naturally-produced hormones). The more receptive the ovaries are, the lower the FSH number. So, a high FSH level often indicates diminished ovarian function.
Elevated FSH is a result of hormone fluctuation caused by the lack of communication between the brain, the pituitary gland, and the ovaries. Many factors interfere with the balance of the HPO (Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Ovarian) Axis, including diet, lifestyle, stress and age.
How Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs Can Help:
- Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine helps to identify areas where the energy is blocked causing a decrease in ovarian function and removes this blockage restoring the HPO Axis balance.
- It helps to increase blood flow to the entire pelvic region, including the ovaries. Better circulation improves the functions of any organ, and the same is true for the ovaries. Egg quality can improve, even in women with low ovarian reserve, and we frequently see a decrease in FSH levels with consistent treatment.
- Reduces stress which can negatively affect FSH levels and ovarian reserve.
It typically takes a minimum of 3 months to see results, although we have seen FSH levels decrease after the first month of receiving acupuncture.
If you have been diagnosed with diminished ovarian reserve, elevated FSH, or if you have had to cancel an IVF cycle due to poor response to stimulation, we may be able to help you!