Premature Ovarian Failure (POF) is a loss of normal ovarian function before the age of 40. Ovarian reserve is measure of the remaining number of eggs in the ovaries. As the women ages, ovarian reserve becomes depleted. Women with POF show high levels of FSH. This is why the doctors perform FSH tests, to see if the levels are too high.

A number of studies have shown that acupuncture and herbal medicine can improve the pituitary and hypothalamus. This can restore ovulation, reduce FSH, promote estrogen production and regulate LH. Acupuncture can also regulate and prevent the symptoms that are associated with POF (night sweats, vaginal dryness, insomnia, and a thin uterine lining. As estrogen increases the menstrual cycle will also become more regular.

Dr. Paul Magerelli performed a research study on the effects of acupuncture on ovarian reserve. In the study he found that women who have poor ovarian reserve and elevated FSH and who combine acupuncture treatment with their IVF cycles can expect the same chance of success as women with normal ovarian reserve without acupuncture. Dr. Magerelli has said “that the use of acupuncture in patients with poor prognosis (high FSH, infertility, poor ovarian reserve) can achieve similar pregnancy rates to normal prognosis patients.”

At Reproductive Wellness we work with patients who want to improve their ovarian reserve and improve their chances of conception, with or without IVF.



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