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Acupuncture as a fertility treatment

Acupuncture as a fertility treatment

The efficacy of acupuncture for the treatment of female infertility is supported by increasingly strong evidence.

Trials reviews, published in prestigious scientific journals, show the effectiveness of acupuncture therapy in raising the natural pregnancy rate and the success rate of assisted reproductive procedures.

Acupuncture as a fertility treatment

Benefits of acupuncture for female fertility

The mechanisms of action of acupuncture reveal the following benefits:

  • The release by our body of endorphins, substances that inhibit pain and regulate mood, which promote relaxation, reduce anxiety and relieve stress.
  • The elevation of the flow or influx of blood in the pelvic area, and especially in the ovaries and uterus, reinforcing the arrival of nutrients.
  • The thickening of the endometrium that improves the receptivity or implantation of the embryo.
  • The regulation of the hormonal system to promote a greater production of follicles.
  • Reduction of uterine contractions to prevent embryo implantation failure.
  • The contribution of acupuncture in the prevention of repeat abortions.
  • The mitigation or suppression of the pain of the rule.
  • The reduction, or even elimination of polyps, cysts and fibroids smaller than 4-5 cm.
  • The favorable evolution of gynecological-reproductive disorders or conditions such as endometrium and polycystic ovary syndrome.
  • Improving the pregnancy prognosis in patients with low ovarian reserve.

In the cases of patients who undergo fertilization or assisted reproduction techniques, with acupuncture treatment, the following benefits are observed:

  1. The regulation of the ovaries, in their response to the stimulation process prior to puncture, to balance the balanced and simultaneous growth of the follicles.
  2. During the phase of pharmacological stimulation it is indicated to alleviate its side effects such as pain and swelling of the belly and sometimes difficulties in walking, headaches and nervous states.
  3. The remission of the inflammatory effects of the ovaries and the accumulation of fluids known as ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome.

And finally, during pregnancy, the main benefits of acupuncture are described:

  1. Relieve stress, emotional tensions and promote a relaxed state of the woman during pregnancy.
  2. Treat those alterations associated with pregnancy such as the presence of nausea, fatigue, dizziness, insomnia, hemorrhoids, sciatica, low back pain and swelling of the feet and hands.
  3. As a preparatory technique for childbirth to turn or redirect the fetus, in cases of being in the breech position.
  4. If it is seen in the development of the low percentile fetus, it is possible to stimulate its growth.

It is important to underline that acupuncture treatment should be complemented, when clinically indicated, with assisted fertilization techniques.

Benefits of acupuncture for fertility in men

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 According to a recent study coordinated by Dr. Ashley Tiegs of IVI in New Jersey, the proportion of men requiring fertility treatment has grown, between 2004 and 2017, from 12{4308aaa3d6c58579592c487df37120127b0a7852d67136d7415ef9fe1ab3d624} to 21{4308aaa3d6c58579592c487df37120127b0a7852d67136d7415ef9fe1ab3d624}, according to 120,000 samples of sperm in which the motile sperm count was analyzed .

As external factors, an unhealthy diet, environmental toxicity, lack of regular physical exercise, stress, being overweight, smoking and alcohol abuse are pointed out as some of the determining factors of male infertility.

With regard to male fertility through acupuncture acupuncture therapy, the quality, concentration, mobility and morphology of sperm can be improved.

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a  Traditional Chinese Medicine technique that is based on the presence in our body of a set of channels, called meridians, through which energy flows that nourish our tissues and revitalize our organs.

It consists of the insertion and manipulation of very fine, disposable, sterile and painless needles with which, by stimulating certain points of the body, we restore energy balance and regulate the functioning of the organs.

The insertion of the needles is almost imperceptible and the patient usually experiences a slight tingling or tingling.

In the hands of an expert acupuncturist there is no risk of damaging any tissue.

Choose an accredited professional

Obviously, acupuncture must be applied by an expert acupuncturist , specialized in the field of infertility, and with specific training in the management of the most advanced techniques of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Acupuncture Clinic Adelaide are an accredited professional acupuncture.

When deciding which acupuncturist to entrust ourselves to, it is very convenient to verify that they accredit the academic qualification and technical skills required of a first-rate specialist.

Acupuncture treatment, as we have previously indicated, should be combined, when clinically prescribed, with assisted reproduction procedures.

In our Traditional Chinese Medicine clinic we advise that acupuncture treatment be started at least 3 months before the fertilization procedure and the scheduling of the puncture or embryo transfer.