Who can benefit from Acupuncture treatments for fertility?
Women going through Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART), as well as trying to conceive naturally can benefit from Acupuncture. Recommendation is that you start as early as possible since Acupuncture is a cumulative process. Although this doesn’t mean that you won’t receive benefit with just a few treatments!
In a German study, pregnancy rates increased in women who received two Acupuncture treatments before & after IVF. The group that received treatments had a success rate of 46%, while women who did not receive Acupuncture had conception rates of 26%.
Acupuncture Can Help with both Male & Female fertility issues!
-Acupuncture can help regulate irregular menstrual cycles from painful periods to spotting to short cycles to ovulation.
-Acupuncture can increase blood flow to the uterus resulting in a thicker lining, creating a healthy environment for embryo implantation.
-Herbal formulas & Acupuncture treatments help secure the fetus during implantation and therefore prevent miscarriage.
Studies has shown that Acupuncture can increase sperm count, sperm motility & the percentage of sperm within a given sample.
During IVF Acupuncture and Herbs can:
-Help balance & regulate estrogen & progesterone levels in a woman’s body that are integral to all aspects of a woman’s cycle from ovulation to conception!
-Increase number of follicles & improve egg quality for successful IVF cycle.
-Increase the likelihood of implantation. A German study found that women who underwent traditional IVF protocol became pregnant at a rate of 26%. Women who received Acupuncture had a 46% rate of success.
-Moderate the side effects of hormone therapy. Medications given during ART can cause side effects such as head aches, hot flashes, irritability, insomnia & digestive imbalances. Patients reported that with consistent Acupuncture treatments, side effects were minimized or eliminated.
-Relieve stress. IVF can be a very stressful time in a couples’ life. Acupuncture has been shown to increase endorphins in the body which decreases stress & anxiety!
Once pregnant, Acupuncture can help with the following:
Relieve morning sickness. Anti-nausea medication is generally not prescribed during pregnancy. Acupuncture & herbal teas can relieve acid reflux, nausea & vomiting associated with morning sickness during the first trimester.