Treating Fertility with Acupuncture

One of the most common reasons women seek acupuncture treatment at any of my Sydney locations, is for help with fertility problems.

However as the saying goes, “it takes two to tango”, and men have an equal role to play in conception – or the lack of it.

Common Fertility Problems

One study defines infertility as “the incapacity to achieve pregnancy after a reasonable period of sexual intercourse without contraception” (eg 12 months), something that is experienced by approximately one in six couples (1).

The potential causes of infertility are many, and may include:

Women:

  • irregular menstrual cycles affecting ovulation eg polycystic ovarian syndrome
  • damage or scarring of the fallopian tubes
  • abnormalities of the uterus eg fibroids or polyps
  • endometriosis
  • inhospitable cervical mucus

Men:

  • impotence
  • low sperm count
  • sluggish sperm

There are also times when there is no apparent reason for the lack of a successful pregnancy.

For many couples struggling with infertility, 21st century medicine comes to the rescue, offering hope in the form of IVF and other assisted reproductive technologies.

Acupuncture for Infertility

In other cases, couples turn to the ancient wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine, seeing it as a less invasive, yet more affordable option.

Although science still doesn’t quite understand how acupuncture works, studies do indicate that it seems to improve key fertility factors, such as:

  • sperm count (2)
  • the health and motility of sperm (2)
  • regulating menstrual cycles (3)
  • improving blood flow to the uterus (3)

There is also a growing body of evidence to suggest that the use of acupuncture, as an adjunct to assisted reproductive technologies, may indeed be of benefit (4).

If you are interested in the possibilities of fertility acupuncture, head to the Contact page to book an appointment with me at either Kogarah, Rozelle, Northbridge or Stanmore.

Helen Efstathiou

References:

  1. https://doi.org/10.1016/S1472-6483(10)62193-1
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16813177
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3962314/
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5952848/

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