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Fertility, Pregnancy and Beyond

Fertility, Pregnancy and Beyond

September 5th, 2014 | Posted in Female Problems

Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can increase the chances of becoming pregnant.  It is important to realise acupuncture can be of benefit to males to enhance fertility as it can help improve the quality and motility of the sperm.

Acupuncture and Natural Conception

If you are attempting to become pregnant through natural means, acupuncture can benefit you by balancing the flow of Qi and blood in the body.  When Qi and blood are not flowing smoothly clots, blocked tubes, premenstrual pain and endometriosis can occur and make it more difficult to become pregnant.

How Acupuncture and TCM can enhance fertility.

Acupuncture can be used to help stimulate the flow of blood to the uterus and to help lift energy levels. It is great for relieving stress, which isn’t good for mother or baby, and for relieving some of the more common ailments of pregnancy like nausea, fatigue or backache.

  • Regulates the menstrual cycle
  • Regulates hormones by reducing stress
  • Improves the thickness of the uterine wall lining
  • Reduces uterine contractions after the embryo transfer
  • Improves blood flow to the ovaries and uterus
  • Improves ovarian function – encourages the production of follicles and enhances their quality
  • Enhances the immune system
  • Reduces the chance of miscarriage
  • Improves sperm parameters ( takes at least 3 months)
  • Improves quality of oocytes (takes at least 3 months)

Stress is a big factor in infertility and acupuncture can help the body relax while stress management techniques can also be of benefit.

Diet & Lifestyle Diet and nutrition are of the utmost importance to both male and females for optimal results in fertility.  Some dietary advice will be given, however, consulting a nutritionist is advised.

What Symptoms Acupuncture can treat in relation to Infertility

  • Endometriosis
  • Blocked Tubes
  • Irregular Menstrual Cycle
  • Premenstrual Cramps, pain and clots
  • Headaches
  • Miscarriage
  • Lack of ovulation
  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
  • Low Sperm Count
  • Poor Motility Rates

Acupuncture During Pregnancy

Once pregnancy occurs, medication is usually prohibited therefore acupuncture is the ideal tool to help with morning sickness, coughs, colds, headaches, back pain, constipation, tiredness and the many afflictions the human body has to deal with daily.  It can also be used to induce labour and to turn breach babies if necessary.

Post-Natal Recovery

Acupuncture can be used to help new mothers too. The early weeks and months following the birth can be very demanding both physically and emotionally. A few sessions of acupuncture can be really helpful in relieving backache and exhaustion. It can help you to relax and rebuild your energy as well.

Research Results:

Advances of modern studies of acupuncture and moxibustion for treatment of ovulation disorders.  If you would like to read more:  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17117581?ordinalpos=5&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.


Caffeine Intake linked to Miscarriage Rates

A new study has found that pregnant women who consumed more than 200 milligrams of caffeine a day, equivalent to about two cups of coffee, had twice the risk of miscarriage as the women who consumed no caffeine at all. The findings are published in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  If you would like to read more:  http://www.chinesemedicinetools.com/caffeine/caffeine-intake-linked-to-miscarriage-rates

Another study of 22 patients was done to gague the influence of acupuncture on idiopathic male infertility in assisted reproductive technology.  It showed the The fertilization rates after acupuncture (66.2%) were obviously higher than that before treatment (40.2%, P < 0.01). There was no significant difference in sperm concentration and general sperm motility between before and after acupuncture. The embryo quality after acupuncture was improved, but the difference between them was not significant (P > 0.05). Acupuncture can improve sperm quality and fertilization rates in assisted reproductive technology.  If you would like to read more:  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12658811?ordinalpos=9&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.