The use of Acupuncture and Chinese medicine are known for improving fertility for both men and women. It is a well-known in fertility centers and more and more scientific evidence is being conducted and gathered supporting the effectiveness of Acupuncture and Chinese medicine. At the natural health practice, our practitioners are well equipped with knowledge and skills to assist the main different reason why fertility maybe an issue. We use traditional philosophy whilst keeping western diagnostic.
Some of the common concerns which can be assisted with the use of Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine include but not limited to the list below
Amenorrhea is the lack of a menstrual period, Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can help address the many different types. These include exercise-induced amenorrhea, PCOS, hormonal insufficiencies, and some types of imbalances with the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis. At the Sydney Acupuncture clinic the experienced acupuncturists will provide customised treatment plan of herbal formulas based on each specific case to help the ovaries begin to ovulate and the cycles to become regular and a series of acupuncture sessions. They may also suggest some dietary and lifestyle changes to help support your treatments.
DECREASED OVARIAN RESERVE
Our clinic is seeing more women of age coming in with a noticed ovarian reserve (or the capacity of the ovary to produce viable eggs) decline. In some females this happens prematurely whilst in other females the right time to attempt to conceive has come later in life and so a decrease in reserve can pose a problem with their intent to become pregnant. Mutually both cases will create issues, but recent studies are showing that acupuncture and Chinese herbs can help these women achieve a pregnancy.
With aging, women’s hormones which regulate the menstrual cycle begin to change. Follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) which is a hormone released from the pituitary gland signals the ovaries to start preparing an egg to ovulate each cycle. It can become elevated as we age and increased levels are related with decreased fertility. FSH levels fluctuate each cycle and can respond very well to treatments with acupuncture and Chinese medicine. Most fertility clinics require FSH to be within a certain range in order to proceed with an IVF, so regulating this hormone can be very important for fertility and the success of treatments like IVF.
Endometriosis can be one of the leading causative factors in pelvic pain. It can substantially affect a woman’s ability to conceive. Endometriosis will cause uncomfortable, heavy or irregular periods in most case but sometimes can be asymptomatic (no symptoms) only discovered when a woman pursues treatment for infertility. A combination of acupuncture and Chinese herbs aimed at improving blood circulation, clearing inflammation, relieving pain.
Many women experience irregularly periods each month, which can make conception difficult. Irregular menses can be due to an array of imbalance in hormone fluctuations throughout the monthly cycle. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs are wonderful for balancing the hormones and encouraging a more predictable ovulation, which helps regulate the menstrual cycle.
Clinical research has demonstrated the effectiveness of acupuncture used in conjunction with IVF. The studies demonstrating up to a 50% increase in success rate with acupuncture vs. without. Acupuncture enables improved success rates by increasing blood flow to the ovaries during the stimulation phase of IVF, improving the effectiveness of the treatment. Acupuncture can also relax the uterus and addresses uterine spasm after embryo transfer. Acupuncture as a positive can also reduces stress, calms anxiety, and offsets side effects of the fertility drugs.
During an Intrauterine insemination (IUI) cycle, acupuncture can help increase conception rates by improving blood flow to the uterus and ovaries, improving the effectiveness of any medications used, and assisting in the development of follicles and the uterine lining. Acupuncture also helps to address uterine spasm around the time of potential implantation and can treat any side effects that arise from the fertility drugs.
It has been estimated that around 43% of women report issues with libido. Many of the most common complaints can be addressed using Chinese medicine. In women, Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can help address low desire, dryness, inability to orgasm, painful intercourse, and problems with arousal.
LUTEAL PHASE DEFECT
When the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle (the phase after ovulation until the menses or a pregnancy is achieved) is shorter than ten days, it is diagnosed as luteal phase defect. Women with this condition often experience difficulty conceiving and may have low levels of the hormone progesterone. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can help support the ovarian function, improve progesterone levels and lengthen the luteal phase.
MALE FACTOR INFERTILITY
Male factor infertility accounts for 40% of couples struggling to conceive. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs have been shown in recent studies to help improve sperm count, motility, and morphology, as well as correcting some immune factors such as anti-sperm antibodies that can interfere with conception. Treatments that affect sperm quality in both Chinese medicine and Western medicine can take a minimum of 3-4 months, so it’s best to start as soon as possible.
POLYCYSTIC OVARIAN SYNDROME (PCOS)
Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is becoming an increasingly prevalent cause of infertility. Women with PCOS are not ovulating and many do not have periods or have irregular cycles. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs to be very effective at stimulating ovulation and regulating their cycles. Recent reputable studies have shown these treatments to be as effective as the fertility drug clomid in stimulating ovulation.
Premenstrual symptoms are very responsive to treatment with acupuncture and Chinese herbs. Headaches, cramping, breast tenderness, bloating, moodiness, acne, insomnia, and changes in bowel movements can all be resolved with regular treatments. In combination with specific dietary changes, most women see an improvement in their PMS symptoms within one to three cycles.
There are many causes of recurrent miscarriage, some of which can be addressed with acupuncture and Chinese herbs. Our experienced acupuncturists can help determine potential imbalances leading to early pregnancy loss, and will refer to leading physicians for testing and concurrent medical treatment when appropriate. Studies have shown acupuncture to prevent some types of miscarriage, so we recommend our newly pregnant ladies to continue acupuncture treatments into their pregnancies.
STRESS RELATED HORMONE IMBALANCE
The modern diet and stress-filled lifestyles we often lead can wreak havoc on our hormones in multiple ways. Stress hormones communicate can lead to a cascade of signalling in our bodies, causing blood to divert away from organs like the digestive and reproductive systems. Since many hormones are dependent upon one another to remain balanced, over time, excess levels of stress can lead to imbalances in the reproductive hormones, potentially affecting fertility. Acupuncture has been shown to increase blood flow to the reproductive organs and in conjunction with Chinese herbs can work to regain hormonal balance of the entire body.
Uterine fibroids are benign growths in the uterus and are often are associated with heavy periods, cramping, bleeding or spotting between periods, abdominal swelling, and sometimes pain during intercourse. They can also interfere with the ability to conceive. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can be effective as treatment for fibroids or as conjunctive treatment with Western medical interventions when fibroids are advanced in size.
The information and reference materials contained here are intended solely for the general information of the reader. It is not to be used for treatment purposes, but rather for discussion with the patient’s own physician. The information presented here is not intended to diagnose health problems or to take the place of professional medical care.
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Rodd Sanchez Sydney acupuncture and Chinese medicine