Acupuncture for fertility

A complementary therapy that reduces stress and increases blood flow to your reproductive organs.

There has been an increasing amount of research outlining the benefits of acupuncture for those trying to conceive.

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Stress and hormones

Fertility challenges can be alleviated through acupuncture.

There is a delicate balance between the hypothalamus, pituitary, and reproductive glands. As a result, stress is capable of preventing a woman from ovulating entirely which contributes directly to female infertility.

Stress can also create spasms in both the fallopian tubes and the uterus, which can interfere with movement and implantation of a fertilised egg.

In men, stress can alter sperm counts, motility, and cause impotence. Acupuncture infertility treatment counters the effects of stress and cortisol by releasing endorphins in the brain.

The most common cause of female infertility is an ovulation disorder, in which the release of a mature egg from the ovary is prevented, usually because of a hormonal imbalance. 

Without enough progesterone, for example, the foetus is unable to attach to the uterus. High levels of prolactin, the hormone that stimulates the production of breast milk, can also prevent ovulation.

How does acupuncture help?

Acupuncture can increase fertility by reducing stress, increasing blood flow to the reproductive organs and balancing the endocrine system.

Acupuncture helps with:

  • Regulating the menstrual cycle
  • Helping to counteract stress levels
  • Improving blood circulation to the pelvic organs, including the ovaries and uterus
  • Helping to support ovulation dysfunction in some women
  • Helping to improve sperm health

Modern acupuncture consists of the gentle insertion and stimulation of thin, disposable sterile needles at strategic points near the surface of the body.

Over 2,000 acupuncture points on the human body connect with 14 major pathways, called meridians. Chinese medicine practitioners believe that these meridians conduct qi, or energy, between the surface of the body and internal organs.

It is qi that regulates spiritual, emotional, mental and physical balance. When the flow of qi is disrupted through poor health habits or other circumstances, pain and/or disease can result. Acupuncture helps to keep the normal flow of this energy unblocked, thereby increasing a couples chances of conceiving.

Scientific evidence

There are many papers that have been published over the last decade around the impact of how acupuncture complements a treatment cycle. 

You can read about some of the studies here:

There have been limited controlled systematic studies in this area – and the population is simply not big enough to draw accurate conclusions at this stage around how acupuncture affects success rates.

Nevertheless, acupuncture can still have a significant impact on wellbeing – especially around reducing stress.

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