Overcoming Infertility With Acupuncture

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Acupuncture is quickly gaining popularity as a remedy to fertility problems. These days, infertility is on the rise due to modern lifestyles that often compromise health. Wrong sleeping patterns, poor diets, work-related stress and other lifestyle choices may contribute to infertility in one way or another. Acupuncture efficiently addresses problems that affect fertility like over-functioning thyroid (hyperthyroidism) and under-functioning thyroid (hypothyroidism). While still relatively new to the western world, this ancient Chinese medicine has been used for thousands of years to address different health concerns.

How Does Acupuncture Work?

Acupuncture bellyWe all have energy channels that run through our bodies. These channels, called meridians, are often compared to rivers that run throughout the body nourishing the tissues. If these rivers stagnate, they look like a clogged dam. Disruption of the flow can cause emotional and physical illnesses, including infertility. To rectify the flow, sterile needles are inserted on certain acupuncture points on the body. Acupuncture points are usually found on the meridians. When needled, they make the flow of energy to move in a balanced and free way. This way, poor health is rectified. Acupuncture helps improve fertility in the following ways:

  • It boosts fertility by increasing blood flow to the bodys reproductive organs, balancing the endocrine system and reducing stress.
  • It improves egg quality by enhancing follicular development and corrects hormonal imbalances to regulate the menstrual cycle.
  • It reduces stress and anxiety which can be detrimental to conception by affecting the regulation of menstruation and ovulation. Acupuncture helps to regulate ovulation by regulating the gonadotropin-releasing hormone.
  • Improves blood flow to the uterus and thickens the endometrial lining to ensure that the uterus can assist in the embryos implantation once fertilization occurs.
  • Scientific research has showed that acupuncture improves success of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) by 40 to 60 percent when given before and after embryo transfer. It also enhances conception rates by 26 percent when used together with western fertility treatments.
  • In men, acupuncture enhances sperm quality by boosting sperm count, mobility, and abnormality. It addresses the various factors that contribute to poor sperm quality and improves general health leading to improved sperm quality. Acupuncture also reduces stress in men hence lowering infertility.
  • Acupuncture can help improve ovulation in women with Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)

To get the best results from acupuncture, it is important to address any negative dietary and lifestyle choices you might have.

When Should You Start the Treatment?

Since acupuncture is a process-oriented method, it is advisable to do more sessions than fewer. Generally, patients are treated for about 3 to 4 months before IVF or donor-egg transfer. This pacing of acupuncture treatments is thought to have a therapeutic effect.

When Can You Conceive?

This is determined by your current health status, age, diet and lifestyle choices. These factors also determine the duration of treatment and how many treatment cycles you require. One cycle of treatment is usually 12 sessions. Your acupuncturist will be able to tell you when you can conceive after 4 or 5 sessions as he will know by then how your body is responding to treatment.

Darren is a passionate blogger and works as an acupuncture specialist.

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