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Acupuncture & Fertility

How Does Acupuncture Improve Fertility?

Acupuncture triggers a decrease in stress hormones and prompts the release of endorphins, inducing a deep state of relaxation. Studies indicate that women experiencing high stress levels often have notably lower pregnancy rates, while consistent acupuncture sessions promote balance. By targeting specific acupoints in the body, needle insertion enhances blood flow to the ovaries and uterus. This process supports embryo implantation and fosters crucial initial stages of fetal development.

How Does Acupuncture Improve Fertility?

-Hormonal imbalances
-Luteal phase defects
-Unexplained infertility
-Uterine fibroids and cysts
-Irregular menstrual cycle
-Recurrent miscarriage
-Elevated FSH
-Advanced maternal Age

How Does Herbal Therapy Improve Fertility?

Herbs function to nourish and fortify the body, aiding in the assimilation of essential nutrients crucial for a healthy pregnancy. Adequate nutrition significantly impacts the quality of ovarian eggs and the thickness of the uterine lining. In the reproductive region, inflammation can obstruct fertility, prompting acupuncturists to recommend specific herbs aimed at reducing inflammation. Moreover, certain other herbs effectively contribute to regulating and balancing hormone levels.

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can help to improve the fertility rate in number of ways, including:

  1. Enhancing ovarian function for better quality egg production.
  2. Regulating hormones to increase the number of follicles.
  3. Boosting uterine blood flow and thickening the uterine lining.
  4. Relaxing the patient, reducing stress and anxiety, which can impact fertility.
  5. Preventing uterine contractions.
  6. Alleviating side effects of IVF drugs.
  7. Strengthening the immune system.
  8. Improving semen for better embryo quality and quantity.
  9. Decreasing the likelihood of miscarriage.

A German Study (2002)

In a 2002 German study, out of 80 women who underwent IVF with acupuncture, 34 (42.5%) achieved pregnancy. In contrast, among the 80 women receiving IVF without acupuncture, only 21 (26.3%) became pregnant. A more recent American study involving 114 women revealed that 51% of those who received acupuncture alongside IVF became pregnant, compared to only 36% of those having IVF alone. Upon deeper analysis, the acupuncture group showed an 8% miscarriage rate, while the IVF-only group had a 20% miscarriage rate. Additionally, women receiving acupuncture had lower rates of ectopic pregnancies.

Embryo Transfer Day

These specialized Acupuncture treatments are administered at the physician’s facility both before and after the transfer.

Studies indicate that undergoing Acupuncture treatments on the day of Embryo Transfer can enhance pregnancy prospects by alleviating stress, inducing uterine relaxation, and diminishing cramping.