What is Infertility?

Infertility is the biological inability of a person to contribute to conception. It may also refer to the state of a woman who is unable to carry a pregnancy to full term. Infertility is more common amongst women.

Facts About Infertility

About 10 percent of women (6.1 million), ages 15-44 in the United States have difficulty getting pregnant or staying pregnant, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most cases of female infertility are associated with problems with ovulation, which are often caused by polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). Women that are not ovulating normally may experience irregular or absent menstrual periods.

Contributing Factors of Infertility

  • Age
  • Smoking
  • Stress
  • Poor Nutrition

Many infertility-related conditions can be effectively treated including: Uterine fibroids, hormonal imbalance, amenorrhea, recurrent miscarriage, and endometriosis.

Acupuncture for Infertility

Acupuncture as a treatment for infertility works by stimulating qi and blood to the uterus. There may also be be a blockage of qi, blood, or phlegm causing problems with conception. Whenever there are blockages in the body, illness or malfunctions form such as infertility. Acupuncture treats infertility by moving qi from areas where it may be in excess as well as tonifying any deficiency within the state of qi and blood inside the uterus to make sure that it is a healthy environment for implantation. Acupuncture creates an optimal health state for maintaining a full-term pregnancy.

Acupuncture for infertility addresses stress levels, emotional imbalance, sleep patterns, energy, and digestion to improve whole mind-body functioning. Your acupuncture physician may recommend Chinese herbal formulas to supplement your acupuncture therapy.

Acupuncture and Western Medicine

Western Medicine offers various hormone supplementation as well as other pharmaceutical treatments for the treatments of infertility. Many people undergo In Vitro Fertilization or (IVF). IVF treatment by itself usually has a success rate between 5 and 40%. When effective the hormones given during IVF treatment can lead to twins and sometimes triplets. For those who choose IVF treatment, acupuncture may be safely utilized as a complementary therapy and can increase your odds of successful IVF treatment.

Acupuncture improves ovarian function in women by regulating the endocrine system, which aids in stabilizing hormone levels. By balancing hormone levels, acupuncture can regulate menstruation and ovulation. Follicle production is increased which stimulates blood flow to the ovaries. Acupuncture also increases blood flow to the uterus, resulting in thickening of the endometrial lining, which is necessary for implantation.