Acupuncture and Fertility
Many couples are faced with difficulty when trying to become pregnant. Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine are highly recommended by fertility specialists, the National Institute of Health, and the World Health Organization to increase couples chance of successful, full term pregnancy.
A number of reasons can cause infertility both due to issues with the female partner or the male partner. Acupuncture can help both women and men to increase their fertility. During the first visit we will determine your fertility type through your intake. A individualized treatment protocol will be determined based on your fertility type and diagnosis.
Acupuncture helps to produce better quality eggs and follicles both in number and genetic quality. Acupuncture can do this because three main meridians go directly to the uterus. By regulating the energy of these meridians we can balance the blood flow, hormones, and ovarian production of the uterus. Acupuncture has a strong hormonal balancing effect, this helps to align the sex hormones which helps regulate ovulation and menstruation.
Acupuncture can also help male patients to produce better quality and higher number of sperm. Hormonal balancing, regulating energy flow to the testes, and working on the immune system help to achieve this. Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can also help with Varicocele either adjunctive with surgery or as an alternative to it. Herbs are very effective in helping to produce better motility and morphology or sperm as well as higher concentration.
If you are choosing a form of assisted reproductive technology such as insemination (IUI) or in vitro fertilization (IVF) Acupuncture will increase your chances of successful pregnancy by as much as 50% as shown in various studies. This occurs because Acupuncture assists the blood flow to the uterus and helps to produce better quality sperm and eggs.
If you are trying to become pregnant, undergoing IUI or IVF therapy it is best to start Acupuncture immediately. Studies have shown that treatment at any stage of the process will help to improve chances.
It is best to choose someone who has a great deal of experience in assisting couples to have successful pregnancy. I have helped hundreds of couples to carry full term pregnancies and am familiar with all of the latest procedures, medications, and nutritional recommendations to assist with conception.
Clinical research seems to suggest it does. One German study took 160 women undergoing IVF and split them into two groups. One group combined acupuncture with IVF and one group did not. Interestingly the group that did the acupuncture had a 50% better outcome than the group that did IVF alone. You can read a BBC article about this study here. In 2008 research published in the British Medical Journal showed that women doing IVF who underwent acupuncture were 65% more likely to have a successful embryo transfer compared with those who underwent a "sham" version of the treatment, or no extra treatment at all. You can read about this study here.