The treatment of infertility with acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) dates back 2,000 years. These ancient, time-tested techniques improve fertility rates and support a woman’s whole body, unlocking unlimited potential for health, healing and childbearing.
Studies reported by The American Pregnancy Association suggest that the most effective fertility treatments involve a combination of acupuncture, herbal medicine, and traditional medical interventions. However, conception does sometimes occur without traditional medical interventions when acupuncture and herbal medicines are used alone.
Researchers from Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York reviewed recent studies and concluded that acupuncture helps to:
· Increase blood flow to the uterus, which improves the chances of an ovum implanting on the uterine wall.
· Reduce anxiety and stress. The hormones that are secreted during stressful situations can significantly decrease fertility.
· Normalize hormone and endocrine systems that regulate ovulation, epecially in women with polycystic ovarian syndrome.
· Positively affect the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis, which plays a key role in fertility.
· Regulate menstrual cycle.
In a 2007 study, researchers found that acupuncture may improve the quality of life in patients undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF). It was also found that women receiving acupuncture reported significantly less abdominal pain, other pain, nausea, and stress two hours after oocyte aspiration (egg collection) compared to women receiving conventional analgesia.3
In 2008, the British Medical Journal published research which
concluded that acupuncture can be offered as a significant, clinically relevant adjunct to IVF, relaxing the uterus and increasing blood flow
for the successful implantation of an embryo within the uterine lining.
Fertility Fact or Fiction
It's possible to get pregnant at any time of the month.
Fiction. To get pregnant, you need to have sex on the days leading up to and around when you ovulate. Two to three days prior to ovulation and the day of ovulation are your most fertile days.
Every woman ovulates on Day 14.
Fiction. Many don't. Normal ovulation can occur as early as day 10 and as late as day 20 (or even later). Additionally, your ovulation days can vary from cycle to cycle.
You'll get pregnant quickly if you track your temperature.
Fiction. Tracking your basal body temperature is an imprecise method, since a woman's body temperature only rises AFTER she has ovulated, by which time it is too late to optimize the chances of getting pregnant during that cycle.
It will be harder to get pregnant as I get older.
Fact. A woman‘s natural fertility begins to gradually decline in her late 20s and by the time she reaches age 35, the quantity and quality of her eggs will begin to drop rapidly.
The position for intercourse will affect my chances of getting pregnant.
Fiction. There is no significant advantage of one intercourse position over any other. Sperm will remain inside of a woman‘s body for fertilization regardless of sexual positions. Additionally, although female orgasm might help propel sperm to their target, there is no scientific evidence that an orgasm will increase your chance of getting pregnant.
Alexa Young, CA