This week for National Fertility Awareness Week I am concentrating on a number of issues which can impact on Fertility. Today I am focusing on Acupuncture and Fertility.
Acupuncture has been used for centuries to treat fertility problems by rebalancing the body. It looks at fertility using a holistic approach and takes into account the social, emotional and lifestyle factors as well as the physical mechanics of reproduction. A couple need to be healthy in all aspects of their lives to be able to be strong enough to bring another life into the world. Acupuncture can be beneficial for both men and women who are trying to conceive. See further down for details of acupuncture and sperm!
Acupuncture aims to:
- improve egg quality
- improve embryo quality
- improve the quality of the endometrium
- reduce unwanted side effects of drugs
- regulate hormones
- reduce chance of miscarriage
- strengthen the immune system
Using acupuncture for preparation and while you are going through the IVF process has become very common in recent years. Acupuncture can be useful during IVF for a number of reasons.
- help with stress reduction/li>
- aims to optimise your health as much as possible
- works alongside the different phases of IVF to complement your IVF treatment
Acupuncture can also help with specific issues such as PCOS, endometriosis and miscarriage.
Acupuncture and PCOS
Acupuncture is believed to stimulate B-endorphins in the body which affect level of the gonadotrophin-releasing hormone (GnKH) and luteinizing hormone (LH). Acpuncture can be successful at rebalancing hormones, which in turn regulates the fertility cycle.
Acupuncture and Endometriosis
Scientific studies suggest that endometriosis is a neuro-immune-endocrine related disease. Acupuncture seeks to regulate the funcioning of the immune system and increase the flow of energy and blood through the meridians or pathways supplying blood to the body. It also seeks to balance oestrogen levels, reduce inflammation and modulate the immune system.
Acupuncture and Ovarian Reserve
Whilst acupuncture can not increase the number of eggs a woman has at her disposal (these are already there when she is born) acupuncture may help to improve egg quality by nourishing the ovaries and increasing and improving blood flow
Acupuncture and Sperm
Sperm production takes 100 days. There have been a number of studies showing acupuncture’s ability to improve male fertility parameters as well as significant improvemets in total sperm count and mobility. It can also help to enhance the quantity, shape and motility of sperm.
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