Acupuncture & IVF Support
Acupuncture is the insertion of ultra-thin, sterile needles into specific acupuncture points on the body which reside on channels or meridians; these are pathways in both the exterior and interior of the body. These points, when needled, can regulate the way in which the body functions. Acupuncture helps by addressing problems that affect fertility. Patients are commonly treated for three to four months before an insemination, in vitro fertilization (IVF), or donor-egg transfer. This period of treatment seems to have a therapeutic effect.
In a study by Stener-Victorin et al from the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology Fertility Centre, Scandinavia and University of Gothenburg, women are encouraged to receive acupuncture treatments pre and post embryo transfer. Clinical observations from the Berkley Center for Reproductive Wellness suggest that the most effective fertility treatments involve a combination of Acupuncture, Herbal medicine alongside medical interventions. However, conception does sometimes occur when Acupuncture and Herbal medicines are used without medical interventions.
Acupuncture can be used to treat many types of fertility disorders including elevated follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), repeated pregnancy loss, unexplained (idiopathic) infertility, luteal phase defect, hyperprolactinemia (when not caused by a prolactinoma), polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) with annovulatory cycles, and male factor.
In today's fast-paced world we must deal with higher levels of environmental stressors than our parents and grandparents could have ever dreamed of. Our drinking water, the food we eat, even the air we breathe have all been affected. Worldwide, with the increase of environmental pollution, fertility rates are declining. Yet there are things that you can do to lessen and/or eliminate these effects.