FERTILITYAcupuncture can help people achieve a natural pregnancy by enhancing their health as well as treating specific medical issues that reduce fertility.
In research acupuncture has been shown to:
- Regulate the menstrual cycle
- Lower raised levels of FSH (follicle stimulating hormone)
- Relieve symptoms of endometriosis
- Induce ovulation in women with PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome)
- Improve the concentration and motility of sperm
- Release endorphins.
For those couples considering or already undergoing assisted reproductive technology (ART) such as intrauterine insemination (IUI), in vitro fertilisation (IVF) or intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), acupuncture can play a key role in improving the chances of conception.
Assisted reproductive technology
It can be beneficial to start acupuncture prior to undergoing ART, in order to regulate and address any imbalances, to prepare the body for the fertility treatment and maximize the success rates.
In addition acupuncture carried out at certain key stages of IVF, particularly before and after embryo transfer has been shown by research to increase the chances of conception by up to 50%.
In 20-40% of couples fertility problems are directly due to the male partner. The good news is that sperm are constantly being replenished. It takes 60-90 days to develop mature sperm and in this time much can be done to improve their quality with acupuncture, Chinese herbs, lifestyle and dietary changes.
Sperm are sensitive to:
- Unhealthy Eating