Approximately 30 percent of couples who have a complete fertility assessment are diagnosed with “unexplained infertility” because no specific cause is identified.
“Unexplained infertility” is one of the most frustrating diagnoses a couple can receive because it indicates that something is amiss but the couple has not indication of what that is. They know only that either something is wrong or they must be doing something wrong.
What no one explains to you is that stress is a major underlying cause for fertility problems!
Research shows that women under stress have more difficulty getting and maintaining a healthy pregnancy.
Today we experience a constant dose of stress: cell phones, blackberries, ipads link us to urgency. And while a little jolt here and there can be motivating, long term low-level stress can have a devastating affect or our bodies. Stress is one of the leading causes of heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, mental illness, lowered immune response and a myriad of autoimmune diseases.
So of course stress is going to play a leading role with infertility.
If you are trying or about to conceive, or know someone who is, there is hope!
Acupuncture and herbal medicine support both males and females when conception becomes a challenge. Chinese medicine balances hormones, regulates the menstrual cycle, and stimulates ovulation.
How does acupuncture improve my chances of becoming pregnant?
Acupuncture enables the body to achieve a deep state of relaxation and reduces harmful stress hormones. Stress hormones can adversely affect estrogen and progesterone, which are key reproductive hormones. In addition, when the body experiences deep relaxation there is an increased blood flow to the reproductive organs, the menstrual cycle is regulated and normal ovulation can occur.
Men also receive great benefit from getting regular acupuncture treatments. Couples in Asia are treated at the same time to enhance blood flow to the groin and reproductive organs as well as general well being.
Does acupuncture continue to be beneficial once I am pregnant?
Acupuncture continues to benefit the expectant mother especially during crucial early stages of fetal development and later as the pregnancy progresses.
How does the use of Chinese Herbs improve fertility?
While nutrition plays a large role in achieving a healthy pregnancy, if there are some nutritional or metabolic deficiencies, herbs can help to support a strong and healthier body. Herbal medicine is often used to regulate the menstrual cycle and improve the quality of ovarian eggs and add thickness to the uterine lining. In the case where the male has a low sperm count or poor motility, herbal medicine can be extremely effective at increasing both quality and quantity.
Can I do acupuncture if I am having an IVF cycle?
Yes! The use of both acupuncture and Chinese herbs offer a broad range of benefits for women undergoing Western fertility treatments. Studies have shown that regular acupuncture significantly improves implantation by helping to balance hormones, reduce stress and increase blood flow to the uterus. Blood flow to the uterus reduce cramping women often experience post-transfer. Cramping makes it more difficult for the embryo to implant. By relaxing the body and increasing blood flow, IVF will have a greater success rate.
Can Chinese Medicine Help Men Overcome Fertility Struggles?
Male reproductive output accounts for 40% of infertility that couples experience. As with women, stress plays a huge role in this arena. Other health issues such as high blood pressure, poor circulation to the testicles, structural imbalances, sedentary lifestyle, poor diet and metabolic deficiency can adversely affect the quantity, quality, and motility of sperm. It is recommended that men also seek acupuncture treatment when fertility struggles arise. It is an opportunity for them to address underlying health issues that can become a problem later in life.