Acupuncture for infertility
Fertility problems are becoming more common in the United States and throughout Europe as more and more people postpone maternity until later in life. It is often advisable to seek help with fertility problems if pregnancy does not occur after 12 months of normal unprotected intercourse or if she is 36 years of age or older. Other reasons for seeking help in fertility are irregular menstrual cycles, incontinence or non-ovulation, as well as men’s fertility problems. Factors of modern life, such as more advanced maternity and parenthood, high stress and unprecedented levels of environmental toxins, contribute to the statistics of the approximately 7.3 million women in the United States experiencing some form of infertility.
In China, couples have long turned to acupuncture and Chinese medicine as a natural form of treatment to boost fertility and ultimately successful pregnancy. In the West, this type of treatment is gaining popularity, both being used alone and in combination with assistive reproductive techniques such as IVF and IUI. Acupuncture is a safe, natural and effective way to treat infertility without side effects.
In addition to abundant empirical evidence that acupuncture can help couples conceive, a recent review of several well-conducted studies concluded that acupuncture can increase the success rate of IVF by 65%. While stresses in daily life can adversely affect fertility, acupuncture and Chinese medicine can help restore it by affecting the body’s reproductive and endocrine systems.
In women, the reproductive cycle consists of several phases that play an important role in overall fertility. By improving the functions of the reproductive organs and the endocrine system and addressing any imbalances in these phases, acupuncture can help create an ideal environment for conception and successful pregnancy.
In men, environmental and psychological factors can help reduce sperm quality and acupuncture can help address these factors and improve the quality of sperm. Specifically, acupuncture can help a couple achieve a successful pregnancy by:
-Improving blood flow to the reproductive organs, such as the uterus and ovaries Increasing the thickness of the lining of the uterus by normalizing levels and improving the response to reproductive hormones
-Promote deep relaxation and reduce the negative effects of stress, which can be a huge obstacle to fertility
-Controlling menstrual cycles and ovulation Helping to address gynecological issues such as polycystic ovaries, endometriosis and fibroids, which can adversely affect fertility
-Helping to deal with thyroid problems, which can contribute to infertility
-Increasing the success rate of IVF by increasing the number of follicles produced, improving the quality of the lining of the uterus and encouraging implantation
-Treatment of male factor infertility by improving sperm count, sperm motility and sperm morphology
As the causes of infertility problems vary from person to person, so do treatments. Our acupuncturists will carefully examine your health history to discover the factors that contribute to infertility from the holistic perspective of Chinese medicine and will come up with a highly tailored treatment plan to address each individual’s unique fertility issues.
In addition to acupuncture, the use of herbal therapy, breathing in meditation and changes in diet and lifestyle can be incorporated into a patient’s treatment plan to promote optimal fertility.