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Acupuncture for Infertility

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Acupuncture for Infertility

Our bodies go through many cyclic changes in our lifetime. This is especially true among woman with their menstrual cycle, where various systems in their body must work in unison to create the proper environment for fertility. When our bodies are not in the proper state to create life, acupuncture infertility treatments can help to correct these imbalances and create fertility.

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is one modality of Oriental Medicine therapy that uses acupuncture needles to adjust the flow of Qi, or energy, in our body. The needles are inserted into specific acupuncture points along meridian pathways, which allow them to control aspects of our body’s functioning. Research has shown that acupuncture treatments can strongly affect our endocrine system and cause the release of various hormones in our body. Through acupuncture infertility treatments, we can balance the functioning of our body to increase fertility.


What Are The Causes of Infertility?

In order for fertility to be successful, the Yin, Yang, Qi, and Blood of the body must be balanced to form a strong Essence. This Essence, or Jing, is the energy of our body that controls our development, aging, and reproduction. While our Essence naturally declines with age, acupuncture infertility treatments can strengthen our Essence and therefore improve our ability to conceive.

In Oriental Medicine, imbalances of the Liver and Kidney are the main causes of both male and female infertility. In women, a deficiency of the Liver Blood and Kidney Yin often leads to a weakness of Essence. In these conditions, there can be difficulty in fertilization, implantation, or the development and production of eggs. Deficiency of Kidney Yang energy can also leave the body too weak to activate the uterus, making it difficult for the eggs to implant, grow or be fertilized.

A Liver excess condition of Blood stasis can also create female infertility by obstructing the uterus and the meridians that connect to the uterus. Blood stasis is common condition in young women, and is often the cause of various gynecological disorders.

In cases of male infertility, a weakness of the Essence can lead to low sperm count, low sperm volume, or abnormal liquefaction. Blood stasis can also occur in men causing a blockage of ejaculatory ducts and obstructing the meridians connecting to the genitals.

How Can Acupuncture Improve Infertility?

Acupuncture can be very effective at regulating a women’s endocrine system and subsequently her reproductive system. However, it is always important to get a through western medical examination to determine any possible structural issues causing infertility. Acupuncture treatments for infertility are most effective in cases where functional disorders are the cause of infertility.

Acupuncture has been shown in several studies to have significant advantages for In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) treatments. A 2002 German infertility study showed that acupuncture treatments combined with IVF treatment lead to twice as many successful pregnancies. Even more surprising was that the acupuncture infertility treatments increased the successful rates IVF treatment regardless of the age of the woman.

Acupuncture infertility treatment can also improve the function of the ovaries, leading to better quality eggs and embryos. Acupuncture’s ability to affect our endocrine system can help infertility by the regulation of estrogen and progesterone levels preparing the uterus for implantation. Increased blood flow to the uterus from acupuncture infertility treatment also promoted follicular development and implantation.

Acupuncture infertility treatments may be preferred over common infertility drugs such as Clomid (Clomiphene Citrate) or Glucophage (Metformin). Not only does it have fewer side effects than fertility drugs, acupuncture infertility treatments can help prevent miscarriage once you do become pregnant. Studies have also shown that women who receive acupuncture infertility treatments also have lower rates of ectopic pregnancies. Other common medications can contribute to infertility and lowered sexual drive, such as Celexa, Zoloft, and Paxil. Acupuncture treatments can also be effective in managing health issues such as depression and anxiety. This benefit may allow you to reduce the use of these drugs under your doctor’s supervision.

Approximately 50% of cases of difficult conception are due to male infertility. Recent studies have shown that men who undergo acupuncture treatments for male infertility have improved semen quality and quantity. While the acupuncture treatments cannot correct structure dysfunctions causing male infertility, it is the only successful treatment available to increase the number of health sperm a man can produce.

Tips for Infertility

Several lifestyle changes can make infertility conditions easier to treat:

  • Consider avoiding cold drinks and raw food; warming foods can activate and move stagnation in our bodies helping fertility.
  • Try exercises that promote circulation of Qi and Blood, such as Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Yoga, and Meditation. Not only can they relieve stress, but they can help infertility by harmonizing the body.
  • Combining acupuncture treatments with Chinese Herbal Medicine can significantly increase the success of infertility treatments.

When the cause of infertility is unknown, acupuncture can be the best treatment. There are many subtle reasons which may cause infertility, and acupuncture is able to treat both the mind and body at subconscious levels to improve fertility.

Younger couples who are not having structural problems should consider trying acupuncture first, before trying other more expensive fertility treatments.

When you do successfully become pregnant, consider continuing your acupuncture infertility treatments to maintain and promote a healthier pregnancy.


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