Traditional Chinese Medicine (Acupuncture) offers you a natural way to optimize your fertility during the critical four to six months before conception.
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One question we get asked a lot- “what are your success rates?”
As a holistic medicine, that question is difficult to answer as we see conception and birth as the product of mind body wellness. When we assess people, we are looking for the imbalances that have brought about the present fertility challenges.
Typically, patients present with the following western medical diagnoses;
- Hormonal imbalances
- Irregular or anovulation
- Irregular menstrual cycle
- Endometrial inflammation
- Adhesions, fibroids, scarring, uterine abnormalities
- PCOS-imbalanced insulin sensitivity
- Inconsistencies with sperm morphology
We treat individual factors that present as fertility challenges. Western medicine has statistics on birth and live birth rates. We have a different measuring stick. What specific issue are we treating? We have lots of success with PCOS, endometriosis and poor sperm issues in terms of mitigating the symptoms of each.
Stress Reduction with Acupuncture
Psychological stress can have a negative effect on couples facing fertility problems. Stress leads to the release of stress hormones and causes detrimental effects on mechanisms responsible for a normal ovulatory menstrual cycle.
Research has shown that the stress associated with fertility treatment can be at a level comparable to the stress associated with serious illness. Patients who seek emotional support early in treatment are often better prepared for their experiences and find it significantly less stressful than patients who do not.
Acupuncture Strengthens the Immune System
Many women with immunological factors hostile to pregnancy have been effectively treated with a traditional Chinese medicine prescription of proper nutrition, herbs, and acupuncture. When an acupuncturist treats the root imbalance, the immunological markers may start to correct themselves.
Fertility Hormone Regulation with Acupuncture
Acupuncture has been known to control pain through stimulating the release of beta-endorphin. In addition, beta-endorphin works to influence the source of women’s ovulatory and fertility hormones (the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis) and control hormones that regulate a women’s ovulation and fertility that includes gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH), follicle stimulating hormone (F.S.H.), luteinizing hormone (L.H.) and human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG).
Acupuncture Lessens Side Effects From Clomid
Clomid often causes the uterine lining to thin, which is detrimental to becoming pregnant. Acupuncture may help the uterine lining to thicken and become more uniform. This is a result of increased blood flow to the uterine arteries.
Studies have shown that acupuncture increases blood flow to the uterine arteries creating a thicker, more regular lining allowing for IVF to be more successful. Acupuncture also improves ovarian blood flow to increase ovarian response.
Acupuncture Decreases the Chance of Miscarriage
Acupuncture relaxes the uterus, increases blood flow to the uterus, warms the uterus, increases the strength of the immune system, regulates the hormones and decreases stress, all increasing the chance for a sustained pregnancy and reducing the chance of miscarriage.
Male Infertility and Acupuncture
Are you and your partner having a hard time conceiving a child?
Infertility is not only a concern for women, but for men too. Male infertility accounts for 23% of fertility issues with couples. We are often asked many questions regarding male sperm health and how Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine can help in your journey to becoming parents.
One of the most common questions asked is what can positively affect my husband’s sperm quantity and quality? CLICK here for our nutritional/supplementation recommendations.