What is infertility?
Infertility is defined as the inability for a couple to become pregnant after a year of unprotected intercourse. The male partner, the female partner, or both may have a fertility problem.
Is infertility a common problem?
Current statistics state that one in five couples over the age of 30 have difficulty conceiving after one year of trying.
Common Causes of Infertility for Women
Fallopian tubes - pelvic infections, endometriosis, and pelvic surgeries may lead to scar formation and fallopian tube damage.
Ovulation - failed to release an egg, e.g.diabetes,thyroid problems,ovarian cysts.
Uterine - tumors, irregular shape of the uterine, uterine fibroids.
Cervical - a cervical condition in which the sperm cannot pass through the cervical canal. Whether due to abnormal mucus production or a prior cervical surgical procedure.
Immunologic - allergic to sperm, antibodies.
Stress - the fertility killer.
Unexplained infertility - in approximately 20% of couples nothing be determined using the currently available methods of investigation.
Hormonal - the thickening or thinning of the endometrium (lining of the uterus), high FSH, age.
Natural Approaches to Treating Infertility
- Eating a healthy diet and lifestyle change.
- Exercising in moderation.
- Emotional/Spiritual health.
- Learning about the best time to conceive.
- Receiving a series of acupuncture treatments and Chinese herbs.
How can acupuncture enhance fertility?
Researchers have confirmed acupuncture's benefits in the following areas:
- Reduce stress and anxiety associated with infertility.
- Normalize hormone and endocrine systems.
- Regulate menstrual cycle.
- Improve blood flow in the uterus.
- Decrease chance of miscarriage.
- Increase the chance of pregnancy for women undergoing IVF.
- Improve sperm count and motility (for men).
I want to have acupuncture treatments for IVF. When should I start acupuncture?
We recommend that you start acupuncture treatments at least 2 months prior to the commencement of the IVF cycle and that you continue for 1 to 2 times a week until the day of the transfer and a week after.