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Acupuncture for Fertility

Written by Jackie Graham   Posted in:Fertility   February 23, 2016

Acupuncture for Fertility
Acupuncture can help whether you are trying to conceive on a natural cycle or via assisted reproduction such as IVF.  Research has established that acupuncture can regulate female hormones, improve blood supply to the reproductive organs, regulate the menstrual cycle and improve the lining of the uterus.  Male health is increasingly involved in infertility problems and trials suggest that acupuncture can aid in lowering scrotal temperature, enhancing local sperm microcirculation, reducing inflammation and improving motility and morphology. 

If you are a woman wanting to start a family, whether through natural means or IVF, I would recommend weekly treatments over a 3 month period so that we can chart your progress over 3 cycles.  If you are about to commence IVF treatment, acupuncture can still be beneficial throughout the process as it helps to reduce stress and re-balances the body to better cope with side effects of medication.  A British Medical Journal report suggests that acupuncture can be very effective at improving IVF outcomes.

If you are a man wanting to start a family acupuncture can help with any of the factors mentioned above.  However it is also very important in lowering stress and re-balancing the constitution.  Treating both partners can make a big difference to the chances of successful conception.
 
Self-Help
It is advisable for both future parents to prepare for conception, ideally 4 months beforehand.  Here are some of the things you can do, in addition to having acupuncture, to encourage fertility:
 
  • Come off the contraceptive pill some time before you start trying for a child.  Some sources recommend allowing one month off for each year that you have been on the pill.
  • Stop smoking – smoking can cause irreversible effects on ovarian function, increases the risk of miscarriage, significantly reduces the chances of a successful IVF outcome and lowers male fertility.  Passive smoking is also damaging to female fertility.
  • Significantly reduce alcohol intake; it inhibits ovulation and impairs the sperm’s ability to move through the fallopian tubes.
  • Cut out marijuana; it has a toxic effect on the developing egg and impairs ovulation.
  • Eat a healthy well balanced diet which includes Vitamins E, B plus folic acid. For more nutritional information contact one of our Nutritional Therapists
  • Get yourself to a healthy weight
 
If you are considering starting a family give yourself the best start by booking acupuncture with Jackie Graham
Sources: Reuter’s Health: Fertility and Sterility 2002; British Acupuncture Council.


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