ACUPUNCTURE FOR FERTILITY TREATMENT
Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine can be helpful for treating both male and female fertility issues. It is important support not only on a physical level but is also very calming and relaxing to help support your emotional and mental state. It can be used alone or in conjunction with western medical fertility treatments. If you have seen a doctor for fertility issues please bring records of any blood and medical tests may have had. Alicia is a board certified fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine and has extensive experience in helping patients make their dreams of becoming parents a reality.
Statistically 30% of fertility issues are female factor related, 30% are male factor related, and 30% is a combination of the two and the remaining 10% was unknown. Therefore, if there are two parents it is often important to treat both during fertility treatment.
Both Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine has been shown to improve sperm count and sperm motility and morphology. It often takes about 2-3 months of treatment to improve these parameters but patients are welcome to start acupuncture treatment at any point during their fertility treatment. For some men there can be a hormonal imbalance. For other men the issue could be that there are contributing pathologic factors that do not foster an idea environment for sperm production. Fertility patients normally report that the weekly acupuncture sessions not only improve their fertility but leave them feeling more rested, more focused, able to sleep better, and with more energy.
Women are welcome to seek treatment at anywhere along their fertility journey. However, the ideal initial course recommended for female fertility treatment is acupuncture once per week for 3 months for both natural conception and IVF retreival preparation. It often takes about 3 months to balance hormones and for an egg to be selected for ovulation. Some conditions such as PCOS and longer cycles may take longer to treat successfully.
Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can help with issues such as hormonal imbalances, ovarian cysts, fibroids, thin uterine lining, anovulation, endometriosis, tubal blockage, advanced maternal age and unexplained fertility.
In medical studies acupuncture has been shown to improve blood flow to the ovaries, which improves egg quality. It also improves blood flow to the uterus and supports the formation of a healthy trilaminar uterine lining Read more here. It improves the success rate of in vitro fertilization. Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine is fantastic for regulating the menstrual cycle and thereby balancing the endocrine system to promote ovulation.
Dietary advice is also an important part of both male and female fertility treatment. For example, research has shown that dietary changes are very important in PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) treatment. Read more here for a taste of this advice.