How can acupuncture improve fertility?
• Regulate the menstrual cycle via correcting any hormonal imbalances
• Enhance follicular development in order to improve egg quality
• Thicken the lining so when fertilisation of an egg has occurred the uterus is ready to assist in implantation of the embryo
• Help to regulate the effects of stress on the body – stress can affect the regulation of ovulation and menstruation, therefore is detrimental to conception
• It’s also very important to improve the general health of a woman as possible inflammation caused by other illnesses can also contribute to infertility
• In relation to IVF, modern day research has found acupuncture improves success of fertility by 40 – 60 per cent when administered before and after embryo transfer.
• Sperm quality can be enhanced by improving sperm count, motility, and abnormality – many factors can contribute to poor quality sperm. Acupuncture addresses these health concerns and assists with improving general health leading to improved sperm quality.
• Stress is also dealt with in men as this too can negatively affect sperm which may promote infertility in men.
• It is important to understand that while participating in a treatment regimen of acupuncture, dietary and lifestyle choices are effectively addressed to enhance results gained from the acupuncture.
Do both partners need acupuncture?
• It is best that both you and your partner attend the first consultation. This allows specific concerns to be discussed with your acupuncturist to determine the most effective strategy to improve your chances of success. Acupuncture has been found to improve sperm quality momentarily for 3 days so some men opt to have acupuncture around the time of their partner’s ovulation.
• It must be remembered that it takes two to conceive a baby therefore the health of both parents is paramount to success.
How long before you can conceive?
• The answer to this question varies between people, as everyone is different. Age, current health status, dietary and lifestyle choices all contribute to the duration of treatment and the number of treatment cycles required. Generally, one cycle of treatment is 8~12 acupuncture sessions.
• Accurate information can be provided by your acupuncturist after 4 ~ 5 sessions as this allows enough time for your body to demonstrate how it responds to the treatment. Your acupuncturist will be able to discuss this at length based on individual circumstances