This article is the third in a series that has discussed the uses of Acupuncture at different times during the cycle. We have covered Acupuncture at period time, to prepare for ovulation and now Fertility Acupuncture after ovulation.
At ovulation an egg (correctly called an oocyte) is released from the ovary into the Fallopian tube where hopefully it will be fertilized by waiting sperm. Fertilization takes place about 12-24 hours after ovulation. Then over the next days a fertilized and developing egg will make its way through the Fallopian tube to eventually arrive in the uterus about 5 days after ovulation. In the uterus the implantation process of the egg will start to take place lasting several days. If successful implantation will only be complete just before when a period would usually arrive. If unsuccessful the period will arrive.
As you can see from ovulation some extremely important events are happening in the body. If you are trying to conceive again this phase is an important time to have Acupuncture treatment. You might think that when having Fertility Acupuncture your Acupuncturist waits until a pregnancy is confirmed before starting to provide Pregnancy Acupuncture support. This is generally not correct, if your Acupuncturist knows you are trying to conceive Pregnancy Acupuncture support starts from ovulation. This way using the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine your Acupuncturist aims to support your bodies functioning with a goal of promoting conception.
What sorts of Acupuncture points are used after ovulation when trying to conceive?
- Acupuncture points commonly used to calm the mind:
After ovulation if trying to conceive one is faced with the dreaded “two week wait”. Often this involves a time of analyzing every single twinge and sensation the body produces hoping it is a sign of pregnancy. For many this is a very stressful time. Therefore after ovulation it is very common to use Acupuncture points that are indicated to calm the mind and assist relaxation.
2. Acupuncture points empirically used to support pregnancy:
Acupuncture is a medicine that has been used for hundreds of years. Over the course of time many Acupuncture points on the body have been found through experience and observation to assist particular aspects of health. There are specific acupuncture points that have been empirically used with a goal to support pregnancy. These points will commonly be used after ovulation.
3. Acupuncture points commonly used to encourage energy:
In Traditional Chinese Medicine having good energy is seen as being important to assist the body to perform it’s functioning effectively. Therefore after ovulation your Acupuncturist will commonly use points indicated to support energy.
4. Acupuncture points to encourage general health:
Generally your Acupuncturist will aim to provide wholistic threatment. This means looking at your overall health and well-being then identifying what are called in Traditional Chinese Medicine “patterns of disharmony”. Acupuncture points are then chosen based on your individual health with a goal to encourage general health and well-being.