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Fertility

Acupuncture and Fertility: A Natural Way to Boost Your Chances of Conception

 

Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) practice that has been used for centuries to treat a variety of conditions, including fertility problems. Acupuncture works by stimulating specific points on the body to improve the flow of qi (energy) and blood. This can help to regulate hormones, improve ovarian function, and increase sperm count and motility.

 

How acupuncture can help fertility

Acupuncture can help fertility in a number of ways, including:

  • Regulating hormones: Acupuncture can help to regulate hormones such as follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), luteinizing hormone (LH), and progesterone. These hormones are essential for ovulation and implantation. 

  • Improving ovarian function: Acupuncture can help to improve ovarian function by increasing blood flow to the ovaries and stimulating the production of eggs.

  • Increasing sperm count and motility: Acupuncture can help to increase sperm count and motility by improving blood flow to the testicles and stimulating the production of testosterone.

  • Reducing stress and anxiety: Acupuncture can help to reduce stress and anxiety, which can improve fertility. Stress can interfere with ovulation and implantation, so it is important to manage stress levels when trying to conceive.

 

Research on acupuncture and fertility

There is a growing body of research that supports the use of acupuncture for fertility. A 2015 study published in the journal Fertility and Sterility found that acupuncture was effective in increasing pregnancy rates in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). PCOS is a common hormonal disorder that can cause infertility.

Another study, published in the journal Acupuncture in Medicine in 2018, found that acupuncture was effective in improving sperm quality in men with infertility. The study found that acupuncture increased sperm count, motility, and morphology.

What to expect during your first acupuncture treatment for fertility

During your first acupuncture treatment, your acupuncturist will ask you about your medical history and your fertility concerns. They will then examine you and develop a treatment plan based on your individual needs.

During the treatment, your acupuncturist will insert thin, sterile needles into specific points on your body. The needles are usually inserted into the arms, legs, abdomen, and back. The needles are usually left in place for 10-20 minutes.

Most people find acupuncture to be painless or only slightly uncomfortable. You may feel a slight tingling or aching sensation when the needles are inserted.

 

How often should you get acupuncture for fertility?

The frequency of acupuncture treatments for fertility depends on your individual needs. Your acupuncturist will recommend a treatment schedule based on your condition and your response to treatment.

Most people see the best results with acupuncture for fertility when they receive treatments 2-3 times per week.

Conclusion

Acupuncture is a safe and effective way to boost your chances of conception. If you are considering acupuncture for fertility, it is important to find a qualified acupuncturist and to follow their treatment recommendations.

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