Infertility struggles have become more and more common in recent years. There are many physical and environmental contributors to infertility and couples dealing with this issue are desperate for solutions. As it makes its way into the mainstream health world, acupuncture has become more of a go-to treatment method for both males and females; and there is plenty of valid research to back up these claims. A quick search of PubMed will give you hundreds of studies illustrating the positive effects of acupuncture on various issues related to infertility.
Western medical forms of treatment such as in vitro fertilization, IVF, can be expensive and emotionally challenging for many couples. These conventional treatment options require frequent testing, a great deal of consultation and decision making, and most often include hormone or other chemical injections depending on the causative factors involved.
Instead of chemical therapy, studies have shown that acupuncture can help with the issues that are causing the infertility. Acupuncture has been found to be highly effective in dealing with irregular ovulation, endometriosis, hormonal imbalance, amenorrhea, and stress-related issues that can cause a women’s cycle to be imbalanced.
For females dealing with infertility, acupuncture can help with reducing stress, strengthening the endometrial lining, and improving blood flow to the reproductive organs. There are several studies that have shown that acupuncture in conjunction with IVF is a great combination as the acupuncture has increased the chances of conceiving because it does help with many of these underlying factors like blood flow and stress. Acupuncture has also been shown to help women conceive quickly and minimize the risks of miscarriage to help ensure a full-term pregnancy.
Just as women can have severe fertility issues, so can men. Studies have shown that acupuncture can help male issues such as erectile dysfunction and lower sperm counts. One of the main advantages of acupuncture for men is that it can improve the health and strength of individual sperm cells.
So, what can you expect from regular acupuncture treatments if you are dealing with infertility? The frequency of receiving acupuncture treatments can last a few weeks or a few months and visits could be once or twice a week, and will take 30 minutes to an hour or more. Many women continue with acupuncture care after conception to help ease morning sickness, to calm stress, and to ensure best health during pregnancy. Your acupuncturist will have you fill out a comprehensive health history to ensure you have the proper treatment protocol for your specific issues.
The studies supporting acupuncture for infertility treatment are varied and many. You can find them on PubMed and read for yourself. You can also schedule a Complimentary Chat with Mary Cetan, at Nature’s Wisdom Healing Center-Mary Cetan to address any questions or concerns you may have about your treatment options. Receive the help that you deserve with he physical and emotional rollercoaster of infertility. You do not have to walk this road alone, reach out to Mary Cetan, Doctor of Oriental Medicine, Acupuncture Physician on form below. Get your questions and find out if acupuncture is a good fit for you.