How is progress determined?
Improvements in the hormone ranges or sperm quantity and quality would best indicate progress. Otherwise, we use the basal metabolic rate charts to provide objective information about the probabilities of pregnancy increasing and to observe if the hormonal imbalances are improving. Because of the known link between stress and infertility, decreased stress, which is commonly experienced by patients when they are receiving regular acupuncture treatment is another treatment goal. Decrease in side effects from taking fertility drugs is another commonly reported indication of progress. Again, because of the link between stress and infertility, decreased symptoms of irritability and mood swings, commonly experienced while taking fertility medication, are an indication of progress.