Acupuncture and Fertility

Acupuncture and herbal medicine have been used effectively for female and male infertility for thousands of years. Today reproductive acupuncture is making its way into the mainstream as an effective, scientifically justified fertility treatment.

Would you like to optimise your reproductive health naturally? Are you looking for a therapy that is both effective and noninvasive?

If you’re struggling to conceive, you’ll be experiencing all kinds of feelings of frustration and exhaustion. It feels unfair. You want to speed things up. You want it to happen now!

Fertility acupuncture could be a gentle treatment to help you conceive. Discover why you should try it today.

 

The challenges of fertility journey

The reasons why your pregnancy is delayed can vary. And the majority of assisted reproductive treatments use a blanket approach. First try naturally for 12 to 24 month, then use drugs to help ovulation, next try IUI and then IVF. This is a common approach. Therefore often it will not pick up or address specific hurdles you may encounter. Some of the issues like a too thin uterine lining or a low ovarian reserve can be tested for, but normally will only be picked up if you have been trying for a long time. Other issues, like insufficient uterine blood flow, also have been shown to affect fertility, but no one tests this routinely! Why would acupuncture be beneficial in these situations? How can it help to finetune your body to its optimal fertility so that you can conceive naturally?

How acupuncture helps your fertility

Acupuncture, when done correctly, has been shown to improve a blood flow to uterus and ovaries.  No matter the diagnosis, you’ll benefit from a better blood supply to your reproductive system. Healthy blood flow improves the uterine lining and may help optimise your ovarian health. These are basic, essential elements for conception to occur.

Healthy blood flow provides a necessary nutrition to your follicles helping them to grow,  hopefully resulting in a healthier embryo. Acupuncture has been shown to improve the quality of follicular fluid.

A study in 2014 has shown that acupuncture helps your uterus to produce a three-layered uterine lining. This is the most fertile lining associated with better chances to conceive. As one of the specialists at one of IVF clinics in Auckland worded it,  acupuncture may help to perfect your uterine lining.

Learn more about how acupuncture helps fertility. And if you’d like to find out if and how it will benefit your situation, drop us a line or request an appointment.

The World Health Organisation on the use of acupuncture for infertility:

“Acupuncture was reported to be effective in the treatment of female anovular infertility…” “Acupuncture is also worth trying in the treatment of female infertility due to inflammatory obstruction of the fallopian tubes, where it seems to be superior to conventional therapy with intrauterine injection of gentamicin, chymotrypsin and dexamethasone.”

The above excerpt is from a book published in 2002. There has been plentiful new research on acupuncture and infertility published since then. And its use in the treatment of infertility is expanding study by study.

What reproductive disorders have we helped with acupuncture and herbs?

    • Advanced Maternal Age,  Premature ovarian failure (low AMH, high FSH)
    • Polycystic ovaries (PCOS)
    • Unexplained Infertility
    • IVF support/preparation
    • IUI support/preparation
    • Stress and Infertility
    • Poor Egg Quality
    • Endometriosis
    • Uterine fibroids
    • Secondary Infertility
    • Autoimmune Infertility
    • Recurrent Miscarriage and reducing the risk of miscarriage
    • Hyperprolactinemia
    • Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS)
    • Luteal Phase Defect
    • Male factor subfertility 

The individualised approach we use is an important factor. It helps to reduce time to pregnancy.

Based on your diagnosis, menstrual cycle, your reproductive health history, and other factors we individualise the treatment optimise your fertility naturally. And even if you are diagnosed with unexplained infertility we may be able to help you. The individual approach is the key here. It was found to significantly shorten time to pregnancy.

Why try acupuncture first?

As we specialise in acupuncture for fertility, we mostly see patients who have a diagnosis of infertility. These patients sometimes would have spent a few years trying various treatments.

Increasing number of women use acupuncture as a first line treatment before the referral to the specialist. IVF, IUI and pharmacological treatments. And it makes sense. Should you not be able to conceive naturally, it is likely you will need fewer invasive treatments and get to your goal sooner. Consider starting acupuncture as soon as you start your folic acid. 

To summarise, the effectiveness and safety of acupuncture and herbs, compared to IVF drugs or even commonly used estrogen-blocking drugs makes it a good choice to try first. Not to mention, acupuncture and herbs are normally just a fraction of the cost of IVF.

Acupuncture for infertility is:

  • Safe
  • Effective
  • Cost-effective
  • Minimally invasive compared to in vitro fertilisation or intrauterine insemination

What’s the most appropriate treatment in my situation?

With some reproductive disorders, acupuncture and herbs alone will not be helpful. Depending on your situation, combining acupuncture with  IVF, IUI, reproductive drugs or other treatment may be the quickest way to conceive. The integration of these treatments will get you to your goal of getting a baby quicker and will reduce the side effects of Western medical treatment to a certain extent.

For example, acupuncture significantly increased pregnancy rates in women undergoing in vitro fertilisation (IVF) in a German study in 2002. Other studies reproduced similar results. Acupuncture was also helpful to reduce certain risks associated with IVF. It was shown to reduce the risk of miscarriages, tubular/ectopic pregnancies, increased live birth rate of IVF.  Read more about IVF and acupuncture.

To achieve the best results, clinically we often combine acupuncture with Chinese herbal medicine for infertility.

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