How can fertility acupuncture & chinese medicine help?
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine (herbs) for fertility cannot increase ovarian reserve, but they can improve the quality of eggs, uterine lining and sperm in many instances. The mechanism-of-action is improved blood flow to the ovaries and testes. A “perfect” 10 millimetre lining is not necessarily “perfect”. Many 10 millimetre womb linings do not have proper blood flow within the uterine lining and this compromises the ability of the lining to maintain an implantation. For women trying to conceive in their forties, their eggs can always stand to be improved. The sperm in a man in his mid to late forties is often below par and may often be improved with fertility acupuncture and Chinese herbs designed for fertility.
‘I don’t believe that fertility acupuncture and herbal medicine can get one pregnant…’
Well the desired and often obtained end result of including acupuncture and Chinese herbs when trying to conceive is an improvement in egg, lining and sperm quality. An IVF embryo transfer is a ‘mechanical’ procedure: eggs are retrieved, mixed with sperm, embryos develop and are placed in the uterus (womb), and the rest is pure luck.
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IVF or IUI has no bearing on improving the chances of conception and an ongoing pregnancy via the mechanism of improving the constituent components of an embryo – egg and sperm.
Fertility herbs and acupuncture often fill this gap. If the egg, sperm and lining quality can be improved even a little bit, this may significantly increase (IVF) success rates. Our expectations are not unrealistic. I don’t, for example, believe that acupuncture and herbal medicine can get one pregnant any more than an IVF can get one pregnant, even though pregnancies do occur as a result of both interventions. Pregnancy occurs as a result of the relative health of the woman who is housing the embryo in addition to the quality of the embryo and uterine lining. Many things can go wrong resulting in failed cycles.
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So, at the end of the day IUI, IVF, acupuncture and herbal medicine can help a woman conceive but cannot guarantee success. The key is this: you have the power to use additive means which today, more than ever, are at your disposal to help increase the odds of IVF success, natural conception and a healthy, ongoing pregnancy. Acupuncture and herbs are but two. There is also psychotherapy, diet, exercise, biofeedback, yoga, tai chi, and fertility meditation that can also provide help.
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Did you know that pregnant women who are highly stressed are more likely to give birth prematurely?
This is a fact. Acupuncture, besides its action on the testes, ovaries and uterine lining is also known to help reduce stress, which can be very helpful in the 2WW (two-week-wait).