Acupuncture infertility specialists can use acupuncture to increase fertility when used in combination with infertility treatments in order to treat issues like hormonal imbalance.
Originating in the East, acupuncture is a very old practice. Needles are inserted into specific points on the body and manipulated. The thought is that it helps to alleviate pain and helps to cure some medical conditions. Acupuncture typically regulates the blood pressure by stimulating the central nervous system. Endorphins are released to inhibit any pain. It helps the body to feel well and encourages the release of neurotransmitters and neurohormones which encourages the body to heal.
Acupuncture can be used in combination with infertility treatments in order to treat issues like hormonal imbalances. Blood flow increases to the vital organs and helps the hormone levels to be regulated. This helps the entire body’s system to be regulated. As a result this positively affects the ovaries and follicular function. By increasing the blood flow to the endometrium, the uterus will have a rich and think lining.
Acupuncture may increase the success rate of having a successful IVF or in vitro fertilization. IVF’s are offered more now as a part of infertility treatments. IVF procedures that use acupuncture have better success resulting in a positive pregnancy.
Acupuncture can also be used to treat fertility problems like spasmed tubes. Although blocked tubes will not respond to acupuncture, spasmed tubes are often de-spasmed with acupuncture. Combined with herbs it can help to lower the follicle stimulating hormone or FSH, prevent miscarriages and cure some unexplained (idiopathic) infertility. It can also help to correct a luteal phase defect, and aids in helping with conditions like hyperprolactinemia (non-prolactinoma type), PCOS or polycystic ovarian syndrome which causes irregular cycles. Acupuncture can be beneficial for men who are affected with a type of sperm-DNA-fragmentation.
Like physical therapy, acupuncture is a process that helps the body to heal itself over time. It is best to begin treatments about three to four months prior to an artificial insemination or intra-uterine insemination, IVF or any type of donor-egg transfer. Women are also encouraged to receive acupuncture treatments pre and post embryo transfer.
It’s beneficial to continue with acupuncture for a time period prior to fertility treatments of any kind. Infertility and treatments can be a very stressful thing to go through. Acupuncture is a great way to reduce stress, anxiety and depression. Since infertility is so stressful, and that stress can lead to other health issues, it is wise to at least give acupuncture a try along with the treatments currently received.
There are very few risks when using acupuncture with infertility treatments. It’s very important to find an acupuncturist who specialized in fertility treaments to help prevent miscarriages. If acupuncture is given incorrectly it could cause a miscarriage. Also electro-acupuncture is a good alternative to conventional medical painkillers during labor. It helps to keep medical costs down by reducing the hospital stay time. It is good to combine the use of acupuncture along with herbal remedies and with traditional medicine. Acupuncture and herbal treatments are subject to the person receiving them and they may or may not help. Some need traditional medical intervention. But for the woman who has gone through years of infertility treatments with no positive outcomes, this type of alternative treatment couldn’t hurt to try.