Acupuncture for Fertility
Any of the problems below may lead to sub-fertility issues.
- Disorders of ovulation
- Polycystic ovary syndrome
- Tubal blockage
- Implantation issues
Treatment of the conditions that may lead to sub-fertility is based on the individual presentation of the patient. There is no standardised treatment.
By far the most common pattern we see in men and women experiencing problems with fertility is stress combined with exhaustion. Modern living for many means having a lifestyle of working long hours, very little rest and culture of running or working out at the gym to try and make amends for this. Stress, and over-exercising are known to decrease fertility in men and women. By changing some aspects of your lifestyle you could substantially improve your fertility.
Things you can do which may help:
- Take the best multi-vitamin you can afford.
- Take moderate exercise, definitely do not over exercise.
- Have some time to de-stress and rest.
- Cut out or cut down on alcohol, smoking and caffeine.
- Watch your weight – being over or underweight can affect your fertility.
POLYCYSTIC OVARIES – Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
- Lack of periods or a long cycle.
- Increased facial and body hair.
- Acne on the face.
PCOS can cause women to become overweight. This is because it effects the balance of the hormone insulin, which causes increased storage of fat in the body.
Your GP may think that you have PCOS if you have some of the above symptoms. Blood tests with ultrasound scans can then be used to confirm this. With acupuncture we diagnose in a completely different way. By asking about your lifestyle, feeling your pulse and looking at your tongue we can pinpoint imbalances in your system. This allows us to work with you, using acupuncture.
Changing your diet, keeping your weight down is known to increase the fertility in women with PCOS. A low sugar and low fat diet is recommended. Because of the link between PCOS and insulin problems, a low G.I. diet is best. This means avoiding sugary, processed foods, and having more vegetables and whole foods in your diet.
What is Endometriosis?
The endometrium is the lining womb (uterus). In women with endometriosis, the cells that are normally only found in the womb lining are found in other parts of the body. The most common places these cells are found are sites in the lower abdomen, such as the fallopian tubes, bladder, and ovaries, but endometriosis can occur in other parts of the body as well. The reason endometriosis happens is still unknown. The most common symptom is discomfort of pain, as every month these cells will, just like the womb lining, thicken and then bleed.
- Abdominal pain around period time.
- Pain during sex, urination, or bowel movements, depending on where the endometriosis is.
- Heavy or irregular periods.
- Lower back pain
- Many women have no symptoms.
Acupuncture for Endometriosis
At Towcester Therapy Centre Jas always looks at you as an individual and takes into account your lifestyle, diet, strees and energy levels. Timing is also important. The acupuncture points used are chosen according to the different phases of your menstrual cycle. Common goals for acupuncture in endometriosis are to move trapped blood in the lower abdomen, relieve pain, regulate the menstrual cycle improve a women’s energy levels, and boost fertility.
Research on Acupuncture and Endometriosis
Researchers in Austria carried out the research on 101 women. The women were split into 2 groups. One group had 5 sessions of acupuncture, the other had 5 sessions of “sham” acupuncture. The women kept a log of their menstrual pain over the next 2 months. Next both groups were given real acupuncture for 5 more weeks. The study found that both groups experiences pain relief, however the second group experienced pain relief only after they had the real acupuncture treatment. They conclude that acupuncture appears to be effective for endometriosis pain.
Acupuncture is used to improve IVF success
Acupuncture may help to increase a couple’s chance of conception when used in conjunction with more contemporary types of infertility treatments such as vitro fertilisation (IVF).
No definitive answers exist as to how acupuncture may work bio-medically. Many believe that it improves blood supply to the uterus, relaxes the womb and regulates hormones.
Research has shown that acupuncture can assist in pregnancy and rate increases when combining acupuncture and IVF. However it’s important to note that with research all subjects must be given the same treatments and as we know we aren’t all the same. That is why the IVF acupuncture you receive will be tailored to address your individual needs to pro