Acupuncture is the insertion of ultra-thin, sterile needles into specific acupuncture points on the body. These points, when needled, can regulate the way in which the body functions.
Acupuncture reduces the stress of trying to get pregnant, and it decreases uterine contractions, which encourages implantation and prevents miscarriage.
Because of the delicate balance between the hypothalamus, pituitary, and reproductive glands, stress is capable of preventing a woman from ovulating entirely. This can contribute to the cause of female infertility. Stress can also create spasms in both the fallopian tubes and the uterus, which can interfere with movement and implantation of a fertilized egg. Without enough progesterone, for example, the fetus is unable to attach to the uterus, and high levels of prolactin can prevent ovulation.
Acupuncture increases blood flow to the ovaries, which provides the optimal conditions necessary to improve egg quality and increase follicle count, and because acupuncture improves blood circulation, the uterine lining becomes nourished, a thick, rich and healthier, and promotes successful implantation.
The most common cause of female infertility is an ovulation disorder, in which the release of a mature egg from the ovary is prevented, usually because of a hormonal imbalance. Acupuncture helps by addressing problems that affect fertility by balancing the endocrine system
Acupuncture, combined with herbal medicine, has been used for centuries to treat infertility. Spasmed tubes are often de-spasmed with acupuncture.
Herbal remedies are also used to treat elevated follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), repeated pregnancy loss, unexplained infertility, luteal phase defect, hyperprolactinemia (when not caused by a prolactinoma), polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) with anovulatory cycles
Emotionally, and physically, acupuncture can help with much more than just conception. It can help with morning sickness, nausea, aches and pains, anxiety preparation for birth, and insomnia.
In men, stress can change sperm counts and motility, and an imbalance in reproductive hormones can negatively affect sperm motility and production. Acupuncture infertility treatment counters the effects of stress and by releasing endorphins in the brain.
There are minimal risks in using acupuncture for fertility treatment. Acupuncture is generally safe regardless of a person’s medical history.