Acupuncture for Fertility
Acupuncture for Fertility Canberra
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine have been used for centuries to improve fertility for both men and women and now it is a common adjunct treatment for IVF. At Chenzen Wellness Centre, after determining each individual patient’s needs we create a customized plan to enhance fertility or provide pre&post IVF support.
Good clinical research has demonstrated the effectiveness of acupuncture used in conjunction with IVF demonstrating a 50% increase in success rate with acupuncture vs. without. Acupuncture works to increase success rates of these interventions by increasing blood flow to the ovaries during the stimulation phase of IVF and by improving the effectiveness of the drugs given. It also relaxes the uterus and addresses uterine spasm after embryo transfer. Acupuncture also reduces stress, calms anxiety, and offsets side effects of the fertility drugs.
During an IUI cycle, acupuncture can help increase conception rates by increasing the blood flow to the uterus and ovaries, improving the effectiveness of any medications used, and by assisting in the development of follicles and the uterine lining. Acupuncture also helps to address uterine spasm around the time of potential implantation and can treat any side effects that arise from the fertility drugs.
Male Factor Infertility
Male factor infertility accounts for 40% of couples struggling to conceive. Fertility acupuncture has been shown in recent studies to help improve sperm count, motility, and morphology, as well as correcting some immune factors such as anti-sperm antibodies that can interfere with conception. Treatments that affect sperm quality in both Chinese medicine and Western medicine can take a minimum of 3-4 months, so it is best to start as soon as possible.
Stess Related Hormonal Imbalance
Highly stressed lifestyles can easily disturb our hormones in many ways, commonly divert blood away from organs like the digestive and reproductive systems. Since many hormones are dependent upon one another to remain balanced, over time, excess levels of stress can lead to imbalances in the reproductive hormones, potentially affecting fertility. Acupuncture has been shown to increase blood flow to the reproductive organs and in conjunction with Chinese herbs may work to regain hormonal balance of the entire body.
When there is no issues can be found with medical testing, the diagnosis of unexplained infertility can be stressful to receive. Luckily, Chinese medicine practitioner can help this by emphasising on regulating the menstrual cycle health that can improve fertility. We are working with the full spectrum of fertility patients from those just planning to start trying to conceive to patients coming to us for help after several failed IVF or miscarriages.
More Fertility Related Conditions
We treat people with following conditions related with fertility:
Decreased Ovarian Reserve
Luteal Phase Defect
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)