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Is Acupuncture Effective at Treating Infertility?

By Edited Oct 13, 2016 0 0

Treating Infertility
Acupuncture goes a long way in addressing complications that affect fertility such as hypothyroidism (under functioning thyroid) or hyperthyroidism (over functioning thyroid). Research has shown that infertile women who sought acupuncture for fertility treatment have actually succeeded in treating the problem. It therefore comes as a little surprise as to why more and more women are opting for acupuncture these days. 

Can Acupuncture be used to Treat Infertility?

Acupuncture, which is normally combined with herbal medicine, has been used since time immemorial to correct some but not all causes of infertility. For instance, a combination of herbs and acupuncture will not treat tubal adhesion that come about as a result of the inflammation disease or endometriosis.

However, in such kind of scenarios, the patient can benefit from acupuncture and herbs because of the potential effect of an enhanced ovarian and follicular function. Also, acupuncture is known to increase the flow of blood to the endometrium thereby enabling a thicker, rich lining. 

Acupuncture can increase in vitro fertilization efficacy by up to 50%. With acupuncture even the slightest hormonal imbalances are detected. More importantly, the practice also addresses these imbalances thus enabling the body to restore normal homeostasis. Once homeostasis is normalized, conception and pregnancy can occur.

Research also shows that if you decide to adopt acupuncture for fertility treatment, the acupuncturist will detect how the hormonal imbalance is inhibiting enough flow of fertile cervical fluid which is essential for proper treatment of sperms or ovules. Having enough knowledge on how to address delicate or not so delicate imbalances can have a huge impact in the outcome of natural conceptions or conception aided by in vitro fertilization. 

When Should You Begin Acupuncture Treatment?

Acupuncture is more or less like physical therapy in that it is a process-based practice of medical intervention. Most of the time, patients are subjected to three or four months before progressing to (IVF) or donor transfer eggs. This sequence of treatment seems to have a therapeutic effect. Studies show that infertility experts advise women to start acupuncture for fertility treatment before and after embryo transfer. Studies also reveal that the most effective infertility treatments have to do with acupuncture, herbal medicine and traditional medicine as well. However, most of the time, pregnancy sporadically occurs when acupuncture and herbal medicines are used without conventional medical interventions. 

Acupuncture for Fertility; When Should I Stop?

Basically, a good number of miscarriages occur within the first three months after conception. Therefore treatment of patients should ideally last through week twelve to help avoid instances of miscarriages. 

What Happens to the Acupuncture Points After an Insemination, In Vitro Fertilization or Donor Egg Transfer? 

It is important to mention that acupuncturists don’t have to place the needles in the abdominal pelvic area after transfer or insemination. There are a total of six contraindicated acupuncture points which should be avoided when a woman is pregnant or pregnancy is suspected. These are Gallbladder 21, Stomach 12, Spleen 6, Large intestines, Bladder and any other points that are to be found on the lower abdomen. 

Are There Any Risks of Using Acupuncture for Fertility Treatment?

There are relatively very minimal risks that arise as a result of using acupuncture to treat fertility. However, the risk of a potential miscarriage may be real if incorrect acupuncture points are used during pregnancy. It is due to this reason that those women who choose to use acupuncture for fertility treatment should seek the services of a qualified and specialized acupuncturist to avoid such mistakes. Generally acupuncture is safe regardless of the patient’s medical history. 

Who Should Seek Acupuncture Treatment?

Acupuncture is often used to correct virtually nearly all types of infertility disorder including clogged tubes. Clogged tubes can be unclogged with acupuncture although those who have blocked tubes may have to seek other infertility treatments since blocked tubes often don’t react to acupuncture. Other conditions that can be treated through acupuncture include polycystic ovarian syndrome and male factors including men suffering from sperm DNA disintegration. 

Hypothyroidism and Infertility… Hypothyroidism is basically lack of hormone production. When the body produces lower than normal volumes of hormones, fertility is affected. A hormone known as Prolactin which aids in production of milk in women is produced in elevated quantities, hypothyroidism sets in which ultimately triggers ovulation problems. This is a condition associated with women who are at a reproductive age. It is therefore important that women maintain a good balance of thyroid hormone production. This is because too little or too much production of the thyroid hormone may lead to complication of more than one body functions. 

Hypothyroidism Medication … Medication administered to patients suffering from hypothyroidism largely depends on the stage and severity of infection. In most instances a hormone pill will be the most likely mode of treatment associated with each distinct level. The doctor will most likely re-evaluate the mode of treatment before the correct level is maintained. This is the general nature of thyroid hormone treatment; correct levels need to be precise. 

Endometriosis and Infertility… Another factor that causes infertility is endometriosis which involves endometrial like tissue outside the uterus. These tissues include chronic inflammatory reactions, adhesions and scar tissue. As these implants grow and develop in the abdomen the body reacts by surrounding them with a fibrous connective tissue. The body reacts in this manner to separate the implants and prevent them from harming the body. Adhesions can occur as a result of a surgical operation when the abdominal tissue is disturbed. 

According to statistics, close 40 % of infertile women may be suffering from endometriosis. However the condition is rectifiable if medication is sought upon the earliest detection. Before adopting any treatment method, you need to consult a doctor for proper diagnosis. Keep making regular visits the doctor until the condition is completely rectified. 

 

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