Treating Infertility through Acupuncture

Infertility is fundamentally the inability to conceive offspring. Female Infertility often refers to the state of a woman who is unable to carry a pregnancy to full term.

Dietary Advice for All Stages of Pregnancy

In our clinic, we also help our clients to improve their health by giving dietary advice instead of herbal medicine. This is a safe approach for pre-pregnant or pregnant clients, based on the individual’s conditions after the TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) assessment.

In fact, you can boost your fertility with just a few lifestyle changes such as changing your eating habits.

Signs of Infertility

If some couples have failed to conceive after a year of trying, this can be a sign of infertility.

If the woman is over 35 years of age and has not conceived after trying for six months, or always has an irregular menstrual cycle, she should see a doctor as soon as possible.

The man should also be evaluated, as male infertility is just as common as female infertility.

Common Causes of Infertility

To get pregnant may not be easy for some couples with health problems. These problems can include irregular menstrual cycles, poorly timed intercourse and gynaecological problems such as blocked fallopian tubes as well as decrease in egg quality for women older than 35. A low sperm count is the chief cause of male infertility.

IVF for infertility

In vitro fertilization (IVF) is a process by which an egg is fertilized by sperm outside of the body. IVF is a major treatment for infertility when other methods of assisted reproductive technology have failed, greatly increasing the chance of pregnancy. After getting a positive pregnancy test with the help of IVF, the next step is to make sure the pregnancy continues. This would be achieved by maintaining a favourable environment in the womb for the fetus to grow until its maturity date (about 40 weeks).

Acupuncture for Treating Infertility

Acupuncture has shown promise in treating many medical conditions, ranging from insomnia to back pain, and has become a popular form of Chinese medicine in the western world today. In fact, acupuncture is commonly considered to address the problem of infertility, too. Research has shown acupuncture may improve sperm quality, improve blood flow to the uterus, regulate ovulation and increase IVF success rates.

Thus, acupuncture can be considered an alternative way or complementary therapy of treating infertility problems.

When Should Acupuncture Treatment Start?

Once you decide to have a pregnancy, both the male and female should work on having healthy bodies so that they contribute a healthy sperm and a healthy egg for a healthy fertilization, to make a healthy baby. To help attain sound health, please come in for a course of Tune-Up Acupuncture Treatments right now. This is especially important for the female, as you need to prepare a strong, healthy body and a well-nourished uterus so that you can carry and grow a fetus.

Changing your lifestyle may be necessary. For example, you should quit smoking and alcohol. Eat healthfully and sleep well. Carefully manage your current medical conditions, checking with your family doctor for any hidden diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, thyroid problems, anaemia, irregular menstrual cycle, blocked fallopian tubes, uterine fibroids and vaginal infection. Also check your body weight. All abnormalities should be corrected as soon as possible before getting pregnant.

Benefits of Acupuncture

Acupuncture is good for treating infertility. It is also good for maintaining our body health in general.

One primary benefit of acupuncture is that it can improve circulation in most of the body systems. Here are some specific examples:

• Digestive system - to ensure the mother can have good absorption in order to grow a healthy fetus

• Reproductive system (e.g. uterus and ovaries) - to ensure adequate blood supply for egg production, conceiving and growth of the fetus later on

• Immune system - to minimize the chance of getting infections and hypersensitivity reactions

• Lymphatic system - to eliminate toxins

• Endocrine system - to regulate hormones, and regulate menstrual cycles, making it easier to track the ovulation period

• Renal system - to regulate body fluids and reduce excessive fluid retention which would affect body weight and energy flow

• Skeletal system - to promote good posture and to strengthen pelvic muscles thus facilitating delivery of the baby

• Acupuncture is also very effective in the following areas:

• Healthy weight maintenance

• Treating lower back pain

• Helping with allergies

• Promoting good sleep

• Increasing body energy level

How Often Should I Have Acupuncture?

This varies from person to person. In general, you will need about 1 to 3 treatments a week, for 1 to several months, before the effects become obvious.

Infertility & Acupuncture

After upgrading a couples’ general health conditions in a natural way by acupuncture, the chance of having a natural conception will be greater. For couples taking IVF treatments, the successful rate of IVF will be increased.

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