Acupuncture can increase fertility by reducing stress, increasing blood flow to the reproductive organs and balancing the endocrine system. By increasing blood flow to the ovaries and uterus acupuncture creates a greater chance for an egg to be fertilized, nourished, and carried to term.
When used in conjunction with Western fertility treatments, acupuncture increases conception rates by more than 25%. For the 4.5 million couples experiencing infertility each year, acupuncture may be just what the doctor ordered.
Acupuncture infertility treatment can improve almost every cause of infertility. Causes of infertility are almost equally divided between male and female factors. For women, it is often from a lack of ovulation or endometriosis and for men it is a generally a low sperm count.
Stress is a key factor in the fertility problems of both men and women and acupuncture has been shown to have a positive effect on decreasing stress. Stress causes high cortisol levels in the brain which can have a negative effect on the brain’s ability to balance the necessary hormones in the reproductive cycle. For men, hormone treatments are generally not helpful, so acupuncture is a helpful in restoring balance by reducing stress. For women, the stress reduction from acupuncture is just one benefit in managing infertility. Acupuncture can also help ovulation difficulties alone and in conjunction with standard hormonal treatments for infertility. Consider consulting with our acupuncturist, Jessica, to learn more about the benefits of acupuncture and how you can improve your chances of a healthy pregnancy.