Infertility Treatment with Acupuncture
In scientific measurements, acupuncture has been shown to increase circulation of blood to the area being treated and also increase the hormone endorphins that block pain and promote healing, which is how increasing the probability of conception is optimized. Contemporary women often have constrained energy that causes blockages, particularly in the pelvis.
Acupuncture can serve to increase fertility in all patients by:
- Enhancing general health
- Reducing stress, controlling anxiety, enhancing sleep and increasing energy level
- Improving blood flow in the pelvic cavity
Acupuncture helps increase fertility in women by:
- Regulating the menstrual cycle
- Increasing uterine blood flow
- Thickening the embryo-nourishing uterine lining
- Aiding in follicular maturation
- Supporting embryo implantation
- Enhancing production of endorphins to balance hormones controlling reproductive cycle
- Increasing the chance of pregnancy for women undergoing in-vitro fertilization (IVF)
Acupuncture helps increase fertility in men by:
- Enhancing a man's sperm count and motility by invigorating sperm through circulation improvement
Functional infertility is due to a variety of factors, including hormonal problems, immune disorders, amenorrhea, irregular menstruation, stress, and age-related factors. Stress can also dramatically decrease fertility in both men and women. Reducing stress through the use and practice of acupuncture can increase fertility.
Acupuncture Center for Infertility and Pain Management
Acupunture Increases Chances of Success in IVF by 65 Percent
British Medical Journal, 02/08
Women undergoing IVF were 65% more likely to become pregnant when they combined the procedure with acupuncture, a recent study has shown.
The remarkable success rate occurred across 7 acupuncture trials involving 1,366 women in a systematic review and meta-analysis published in a February, 2008 issue of British Medical Journal.
Acupunture was delivered either just before or just after embryo transfer - the moment when the embryo fertilized in the laboratory must attach itself to the wall of the womb to establish pregnancy.
The research was carried out by scientists from the University of Maryland in America and the VU University Amsterdam in Holland. Researchers claim that because acupuncture costs only about $75/session compared to $6,000 to $10,000 per IVF cycle, it would be a cost effective, safe and efficient way of boosting success rates in fertility treatment.
It is thought that acupuncture stimulates the neurotransmitters that trigger the production of gonadotrophin-releasing hormone, which controls the menstrual cycle and ovulation. Acupuncture is also thought to stimulate blood flow to the uterus and boost the production of endogenous opiods, inducing the body to relax. Acupuncture has been used in China for centuries to regulate fertility. It has also been shown to be an effective treatment for chronic pain as well as many common and uncommon disorders.
Source: British Medical Journal, doi:10.1136/bmj.39471.430451.BE (February 2008). Click here to view full article.