MALE/FEMALE FERTILITY ACUPUNCTURE
Acupuncture consists of the gentle insertion and stimulation of thin, disposable sterile needles at strategic points near the surface of the body-called meridians. It is believed that these meridians conduct Qi , or energy, between the surface of the body and internal organs. It is Qi that regulates spiritual, emotional, mental and physical balance. When the flow of Qi is disrupted through poor health habits or other circumstances, pain and/or disease can result. Acupuncture helps to keep the normal flow of this energy unblocked, thereby increasing a couple's chances of conceiving.
Women are often physically and emotionally depleted and have constrained energy that causes blockages, particularly in the pelvis. These blockages may be present as painful menstrual cramps, cysts,endometriosis, fibroid tumors, PMS , irregular cycles, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and other disorders.These disharmonies could result in difficulties with fertility by affecting different parts of the reproductive cycle - production of the egg, fertilization of the egg and implantation of the fertilized egg in the uterus.Similar energy disturbances in men may result in poor sperm production (low sperm counts), shape or motility.
Acupuncture may increase fertility by reducing stress, increasing blood flow to the reproductive organs and balancing the endocrine system. The goal of an infertility treatment from a Chinese Medicine perspective is not just to get pregnant, but to stay pregnant and to have a healthy baby.Among many other benefits, acupuncture can provide better blood flow to the ovaries and uterus, creating a stronger chance for an egg to be nourished and carried to term.
TCM/ Acupuncture could be also effective in the treatment of types of male fertility disorders, including partial male tube blockages, sperms problems including low or no sperm counts, poor sperm motility (the ability to move), and abnormally shaped sperm.About 35-40% of fertility problems can be traced to male sided factors. It makes sense to consider treating the man, given male factors affect the outcome in as many cases as female factors.
Traditional Chinese medicine treats the whole person, and could often resolve male factor infertility quickly, safely and effectively. If you and your partner are trying naturally, or are undergoing assisted reproductive technologies (ART) such as intrauterine insemination (IUI), intracervical insemination (ICI), it is important to ensure male factors are fully accounted for.
Some of the common concerns you may have, and the reasons that you should try acupuncture are:
To enhance chances of pregnancy naturally without drugs
To compliment conventional fertility treatment such as IUI (sperm washing) or cycle monitoring
To increase the success of upcoming IVF procedures (fresh cycle, frozen transfer, donor cycle etc.)
Seeking complementary treatment for female health conditions such as: endometriosis, uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, PCOS, irregular menstruation, thin uterine lining, and hormonal imbalances (i.e. elevated day3 FSH, thyroid dysfunction etc.)
Recurrent early miscarriages
When should acupuncture treatment begin?
Acupuncture is similar to physical therapy since it is a process-oriented method of medical intervention. It is better to do more than less. Patients are commonly treated weekly or twice a week for three to four months before progressing to insemination, in vitro fertilization (IVF), or donor-egg transfer. women are also encouraged to receive acupuncture treatments pre and post embryo transfer.