There’s nothing more heartbreaking than experiencing fertility issues when you’re ready to start a family. Many couples who are struggling to conceive are willing to try almost anything to get pregnant. They often turn to extremely expensive fertility drugs with risky side effects and invasive treatments that may or may not work. Thankfully, there are better options!
Many people are sceptical about the effectiveness of acupuncture as an effective form of treatment. However, there is evidence to show that acupuncture can, in fact, improve your fertility. It’s a safe, affordable, and non-invasive fertility treatment that can help both women and men. There is a dramatic increase in conception rates when acupuncture is received on its own, or in conjunction with Traditional Chinese medicine or conventional Western treatments.
What is Acupuncture?
Most people have a general idea of how acupuncture works, but they don’t understand how sticking needles into their bodies could do anything to improve their health. The thing is, acupuncture is about more than just inserting needles into the skin. The philosophy is focused on releasing blocked energy throughout the organ systems and body to improve overall health.
In China, acupuncture has been used for thousands of years and it is readily accepted as a treatment for chronic and acute pain, as well as a way to maintain health in general. The theory behind acupuncture is that it modifies the flow of energy, called Qi, through specific pathways in the body. Practitioners of acupuncture believe that when energy becomes blocked, pain and illness are the results.
During an acupuncture treatment, the practitioner places ultra-fine needles into the skin at specific acupuncture points to release the energy and allow it to flow freely again. There are a total of 14 energy pathways with more than 2,000 acupuncture points in the human body.
How Can Acupuncture Improve Fertility?
According to experts from the American Pregnancy Association, acupuncture boosts blood flow to the ovaries and uterus, making them healthier and stronger. The increased circulation and blood flow to the pelvis and reproductive organs also help to regulate menstrual and ovulation cycles, increasing your chances of conceiving. It also means a more welcoming, thicker, uterine lining that will more readily support the implantation of the egg and carrying of the pregnancy to its full-term. This is especially important for women who have experienced recurring miscarriages or pre-term labour.
Leading fertility experts at The Yinova Center in NYC also use acupuncture and massage therapy to help regulate hormonal imbalances. Many of the conditions that cause infertility issues originate with imbalanced hormones, such as PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) and amenorrhea (lack of regular menstrual periods). Pregnancy issues such as miscarriage and preterm labour are also often caused by imbalanced hormones.
Acupuncture has been recognised as a way to reduce stress and improve relaxation for centuries. This can be helpful for a woman who is trying to conceive because stress contributes to hormonal imbalances. An acupuncture physician will often recommend incorporating certain lifestyle and diet changes, as well as Chinese herbal medicine, in conjunction with the acupuncture treatments to further reduce stress levels and regulate hormone.
In addition, acupuncture is extremely useful for reducing the inflammation (and pain) that are associated with uterine fibroids and endometriosis. In women who attempt to conceive later in life, Decreased Ovarian Reserve is a common fertility issue. These women have a lack of viable eggs and acupuncture can improve their chances of conception.
For men, acupuncture not only improves the quality and motility of the sperm, but it can also increase the sperm count. Furthermore, acupuncture is often useful in cases where the cause of infertility can’t be diagnosed. In these cases. Acupuncture therapy and other Traditional Chinese Medicine therapies can balance the hormones, relax the uterus, and control stress levels, greatly increasing your chances of getting pregnant even without an official diagnosis.
Can Acupuncture Be Used Along with Conventional Fertility Treatments?
Yes, acupuncture can be used to improve the outcome of conventional fertility treatments like Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) and In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). Acupuncture is can help to relax muscle contractions in the uterus, which improves the chances of conception with these treatments.
Relieving stress and anxiety with acupuncture also increases the success rate of these procedures. And finally, acupuncture is very helpful for relieving the uncomfortable side effects, such as nausea, that come with the fertility drugs that are used in conjunction with IUI and IVF procedures.
What Other Conditions Can Be Treated with Acupuncture?
Acupuncture works to improve the flow of energy throughout the entire body, so it is useful for treating a wide variety of other medical conditions, as well. Traditionally, it has been used to treat emotional disorders such as anxiety and depression, as well as chronic pain in the back and neck.
It can also be very helpful for digestive issues and bowel problems. There has also been considerable success in treating neurological issues like chronic migraines with acupuncture. In fact, acupuncture can improve your health in general, both mentally and physically.
What to Expect at Your First Acupuncture Session
If you are seeing an acupuncturist for the first time, you may be wondering what to expect. Your practitioner will usually start out the session by asking a series of questions about your health, your diet, and your lifestyle. They’ll also ask you about your concerns and take a complete health history.
A physical exam will also take place, and the acupuncture physician will develop a unique treatment plan that often includes bodywork, Chinese herbs, and diet and lifestyle changes along with the acupuncture treatments. The first appointment may take up to two hours, with about half of that being the treatment itself.
Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese medicine are safe and affordable ways to improve male and female infertility issues. Many couples are trying these alternative treatments first before they turn to risky and invasive conventional procedures as a last resort.
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