We always love it when people share their experiences with Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Recently Christina Anstead from HGTV talks about her experience and convinces her close friend to give it a try.
Acupuncture and Fertility
Acupuncture, frequently combined with herbal medicine, has been used for centuries to treat some but not all causes of infertility.
Acupuncture can increase fertility by reducing stress, increasing blood flow to the reproductive organs, and balancing the endocrine system, according to several studies and medical research.
We work with patients trying to get conceive naturally and those going through IVF.
Acupuncture and IVF
In preparation for an IVF cycle, acupuncture may assist in regulating hormones, improving the menstrual cycle, and promoting ovulation while relieving stress by working on the central nervous system.
When undertaking IVF, some acupuncturists suggest a short treatment prior to and immediately after an embryo transfer with a hope to increase the chances of implantation. This is because acupuncture may serve to relax the uterus at the time of transfer if undertaken at the correct time.
Because IVF treatments can be a stressful and emotional time for women and couples, acupuncture may assist in alleviating stress and allow your body to function at its best possible health.
If you are already going through IVF treatment, it is important to discuss any intention to also undertake acupuncture with your fertility specialist first. By keeping both your fertility specialist and acupuncturist in the loop, you will ensure both parties work together to provide you with the best possible care and treatment.
Acupuncture and male fertility
Achieving optimal health is so important for both partners in increasing the chance of pregnancy. Acupuncture may be an appropriate way for males pre-conception to improve aspects of general health including energy levels, weight, stress, and cardiovascular health. In specific relation to fertility, practitioners suggest acupuncture may assist in increasing sperm count, quality, and motility.