Thursday, February 2, 2017

Acupuncture for Fertility: Increase your chance of conception

Acupuncture can increase fertility by managing and reducing stress, increasing blood flow to the reproductive organs, like the ovaries and the uterus, and balancing the various hormones in your body and creating a stronger chance to carry to term. Acupuncture is not just to get pregnant, it’s to stay pregnant and give birth to a healthy baby.

Stress plays a big role in fertility, and stress increases hormone cortisol in the body, which alters the brain’s neurochemical balance. It there by changes the hormone levels and disrupt the pituitary balance, that is key to reproductive cycle. There needs to be a balance between the hypothalamus, pituitary, and the reproductive glands. Stress can prevent a woman from ovulating entirely. Stress can also create spasms in both the fallopian tubes and the uterus, which can interfere with the implantation of a fertilized egg. In men, stress can alter sperm counts and motility. Acupuncture counters the stress hormone cortisol by releasing endorphins in the body. Additionally, acupuncture can increase blood flow to the endometrium to facilitate thickening and enriching the lining thereby encouraging pregnancy.

Acupuncture consists of gentle insertion of thin sterile needles at specific points on the body that connect with pathways or channels. Energy or qi flows through these channels that connect between the surface of the body and the internal organs. The qi/energy regulates emotional, mental, and physical balance in the body. When the flow of qi/energy is disrupted through poor health habits or other circumstances, pain or disease can result. Acupuncture helps to normalize or optimize the flow of qi/energy that results in increasing a couple’s chance of conceiving.

Acupuncture is recommended a few months before in vitro fertilization (IVF) or donor-egg transfer. The chance of conception increases with combination therapy of both western and eastern medicine. Acupuncture is a healthy way to prep your body for increased chance of conception. Acupuncture can also help with morning sickness, nausea, aches and pain, anxiety, and insomnia. Infertility treatment through acupuncture has few or no side effects while performing the same function as drugs in stimulating the hypothalamus to effectively balance the hormones in the body. This treats the root cause of infertility in creating an optimal and healthy environment. Treatments usually last about 30 minutes, and it is recommended 2 times per week.

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