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.
More traditional forms of treatment such as IVF can be expensive and emotionally challenging for many couples. These more conventional treatment options require medical testing, a great deal of consultation, and could include hormone or other injections depending on the causative factors involved.
What studies have largely shown is that acupuncture can help with the issues that might be 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. It is important to note that, in some cases, a more invasive surgical procedure is required to address the issues; for example, blocked fallopian tubes would need to be surgically repaired.
For females dealing with infertility, acupuncture can help with reducing stress, strengthening the endometrial lining, and even 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 and length of the sessions really does depend on what types of issues you are dealing with so sessions can last a few weeks or a few months, sessions could be once or twice a week, and will most likely last for an hour or so. Many women continue the treatments after conception to prevent miscarriages and other complications that can arise in the first trimester. 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 look for yourself if you are still a bit apprehensive. You can also schedule a call with your acupuncturist to address any questions or concerns you may have about your treatment options. Your acupuncturist can help you deal with the physical and emotional rollercoaster of infertility. You do not have to walk this road alone, contact your acupuncturist today and make an appointment.