A large number of couples seek the use of acupuncture when they are going through IVF. When performed for the weeks before IVF, acupuncture is able to improve the chances of a healthy pregnancy as well as decrease miscarriage rates. Acupuncture also improves pregnancy rates combined with other western medicated fertility treatments (like clomid) and not just IVF. A question I often get asked is "Can Acupuncture be of benefit to those couples going through infertility if they are not doing IVF?" The short answer is an absolute YES! to understand why takes a little bit more explanation.
Here are 3 Great Reasons To Do Acupuncture For Fertility Even Without IVF.
1 - Acupuncture Helps Male Fertility.
Acupuncture is more thought of for female fertility but it's also extremely effective helping guys reach their fertility potential. The three most commonly tested areas during a semen analysis will be Count (how many sperm), Motility (how well they are swimming) and Morphology (do they look normal). Many other aspects are also tested but we will keep it simple for this article.
Acupuncture can help improve motility, morphology and count. When I combine acupuncture treatment with dietary, lifestyle and supplements I see an even stronger effect.
Male Fertility Case Study
- Double Sperm Count and Motility Increased Four Fold !
2 - Acupuncture Improves Egg Quality
Recent Blog by Dr. Kali MacIsaac
mentioned the importance of blood flow to the ovaries to help improve egg quality (3 ways to better quality eggs). Blood flow is crucial in egg/follicle development. Acupuncture has been shown to greatly improve blood flow
to both the uterus and ovaries. As Dr MacIsaac mentions in her blog egg quality is dependent on several factors. Anything which restricts blood flow to the ovaries will be detrimental as many of the good quality nutrients taken in through diet and supplements will not make it to the ovary. Not only does the ovary not get some of these nutrients but cellular waste products may not be properly removed. Acupuncture will help optimize these pathways of nutrient support and waste removal.
3 - Acupuncture Helps Regulate Hormones Important for Fertility
Acupuncture has a regulatory effect on the hormones directly responsible for egg production. Studies have shown how Acupuncture can effectively improve ovulation with regulation of the Hypothalamus Pituitary Ovarian Axis (known as the HPOA). Acupuncture is able to regulate multiple hormones
such as Estrogen, Leutenizing Hormone (LH) and GnRH through the HPOA.
Acupuncture also regulates other hormones responsible for fertility. Having regular acupuncture over a period of weeks or months can add significant benefits to your fertility.
Acupuncture helps fertility even without IVF. We see a great number of success in our offices in couples who have been TTC naturally. Many couples can have natural pregnancies using Chinese Medicine even after a FAILED IVF.
To Read Some Success Stories:
If you are looking for ways to help improve your fertility without doing IVF, Acupuncture may be what you are looking for.
Best of Health
Dr. Ryan Funk
Doctor of Chinese Medicine
Fellow of the ABORM