According to a recent study published in the journal Complementary Therapies in Medicine, women who used acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine were twice as likely to get pregnant within a four month period as those who used Western medical fertility drug therapy or IVF.
This occurs by addressing reproductive health issues that may be impeding conception (listed below) , and by helping to regulating reproductive hormones, enhancing ovarian function subsequently improving follicle and ovum production, improving uterine function and endometrial thickness to better support embryo engagement
Acupuncture may also assist in improving signs and symptoms of ovulation, allowing you to better target conception.
Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine may be able to assist in a variety of ways such as:-
- Regulating reproductive hormones to produce more follicles
- Regulate the menstrual cycle
- Enhance follicle development
- Improve egg quality and quantity
- Increase blood flow to the uterus to increase the thickness of the uterine lining
- Improve endometrial receptiveness
- Decrease chances of miscarriage
- Reduce stress and improve immune system which improves the implantation process and reduces chances of miscarriage.
- Support foetal development
Sub-fertility V’s Infertility
Infertility is a term used far to readily used to account for the fact that conception has not yet occurred. Sub-fertility is more likely to be the case for the majority of those having difficulty with conceiving.
When looking at the process of the reproductive system there appears to be a million things that need to line up to achieve a successful pregnancy. One little hiccup in the routine, such as delayed ovulation, early menstruation , insufficient endometrial thickness could mean the difference between success and failure.
Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can treat many of the issues that maybe impeding your attempts to conceive. Please see below
Treating the cause
Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine has been used for many years to treat gynaecological issues which may also contribute to sub fertility or infertility such as those listed below.
- Early Menstruation
- Delayed Menstruation
- Erratic Menstruation (ie sometimes early, sometimes late, no fixed schedule menstruation)
- Unexplained Infertility
- Secondary Infertility
- Uterine Fibroids and Myomas
- PCOS – Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
- POF – Premature Ovarian Failure
- Poor Ovarian Reserve
- Low AMH
- High FSH – (Follicle Stimulating Hormone)
- Heavy Uterine Bleeding due to Anovulation
- Pelvic Inflammatory Disease PID
- Fallopian Tube Obstruction
- Pelvic Adhesions / Mechanical Obstruction
- Immunological Reactions / Autoimmune disorders
- Recurrent Miscarriage
- Luteal Phase Deficiency
- Elevated Prolactin Levels
- Excess Stress
- Advanced Maternal Age
What does Infertility treatment include?
A personalised Fertility Treatment Plan will be developed to address your individual requirements. Your specific needs and circumstances are taken into consideration when developing your Fertility Treatment Plan, which is constructed from your reproductive health assessment according to Traditional Chinese Medicine philosophy and any Western Medical diagnosis you may have available.
The treatment usually incorporates various combinations of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, with nutritional and lifestyle advise.
The treatment plan or schedule can vary from patient to patient and is relevant to your individual circumstance.
When should I start ?
It takes more than four and a half months from the time the follicle in your ovary starts to develop to the moment where the egg it contains is mature enough for ovulation.
There is a lot that can be done during this time which will influence the development of the ovum.
So generally speaking – starting treatment as soon as possible will give you the best chance developing a healthy viable ovum.
Should my partner also have treatment?
Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine may improve the quality of semen and sperm.
Women generally take responsibility for treatment of issues relating to fertility but I would encourage all men to be included in the Fertility Treatment Program to improve your chances of conception.