Can Acupuncture really help with fertility issues? Yes. Acupuncture, when used in combination with fertility treatments, can help women to reduce stress, correct hormonal imbalances, strengthen the immune system, increase blood flow to the uterus, increase the thickness of the uterine lining, and reduce the negative side effects of fertility drugs. Acupuncture is also effective to increase fertility when used without medical fertility treatments.
Dr. Brown recommends that women begin Acupuncture three to six months before beginning fertility treatment. Studies show that the body needs at least 3 months before the true effects of Acupuncture can be shown. Just before and after undergoing fertility procedures, women may wish to receive one to two additional Acupuncture treatments. Because the majority of miscarriages take place within the first trimester, treatments are often recommended to continue for the first three months of pregnancy. These treatments help support the pregnancy and specific Acupuncture points are used to prevent miscarriage.
Acupuncture for the infertile patient as well as the patient suffering with repeated pregnancy loss must be continued after pregnancy is achieved to increase the odds of a successful, full-term pregnancy. Because 90% of miscarriages occur within the first trimester, you should continue treatment until week thirteen to help prevent miscarriage.
Conditions suited for acupuncture treatment
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
- Low sperm count
- Poor egg quality
- Low ovarian reserve
- Advanced maternal age
- Sperm DNA fragmentation
- Immunological causes of infertility
- Implantation failure
- Recurrent miscarriage
- Those undergoing IVF or ART procedures
- Unexplained infertility
Case Study: Fertility and Acupuncture
This is an excellent article concerning Acupuncture treatment for fertility which features a case study from one of Dr. Brown’s patients. It was published in AcupunctureToday.com and in Dynamic Chiropractic, the Chiropractic professions’ largest newspaper.