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What is Acupuncture for Fertility?

Female and Male Fertility Treatment with Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

 

"After struggling to conceive for over 2 years and one failed IUI attempt, IVF was our final hope. I am convinced that being treated by Sonia is why I am pregnant today!...Sonia's wisdom and kindness instilled a confidence that calmed and relaxed me during an extraordinarily stressful fime, and I responded to the shots very well..."  - Cally

 

"After over a year of trying to get pregnant, my midwife recommended that I see Sonia for acupuncture and Chinese herbs to help my body get on track...I’ve had irregular cycles since the onset of menstruation and have went without having a period for up to 8 months. At the time I started seeing Sonia my periods were inconsistent and no less than 50 days apart. After seeing Sonia my cycles gradually reduced and eventually became consistently 35 days apart...I drove an hour each week to see Sonia and I’m so glad that I did because after 9 months of her treatments and lots of prayers, I became pregnant naturally. I’m now 5 months into my pregnancy!  Sonia has a very calming and relaxing approach, which has helped me tremendously. I highly recommend her!" - CKD

 

"Sonia is so amazing! I find her very calming, healing, and nurturing. I’m also happy to say that after undergoing IVF with acupuncture, I had a very good response and am now pregnant with my first child! I am convinced this is because I was dedicated to getting acupuncture through my whole cycle!" - Shannon

 

At Inner Spring Wellness we practice a holistic approach in addressing your fertility concerns.  We lead in experience, care and knowledge when it comes to dealing with your unique needs.  Whatever your situation, we can help you.

We appreciate that this time can be difficult, we are here to facilitate and support you on your physical and emotional journey.  At Inner Spring Wellness we are passionate at working with couples to support and maximize their fertility with acupuncture.  Over the years we have helped so many couples achieve their dream of conceiving, having a healthy pregnancy and giving birth to a healthy baby.  By working together, we will develop an individual treatment plan designed to heal the underlying cause of your reproductive disorder and to naturally optimize your fertility. 

 

For those undertaking Assisted Reproductive Techniques (ART), we work closely with reproductive specialists to provide support for treatments like IVF/IUI/FET as well as donor egg retrievals and transfers.

 

Acupuncture is supported with scientific evidence reporting a 65% increase in successful pregnancy when Acupuncture is combined with your IVF treatment. 

 

Let us help you on your journey to achieving your dream, whether you are trying to conceive naturally or with IVF/IUI/FET.  Call us today to schedule your consultation at 708-445-0012. 

 

 

Evidence of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in optimizing Women’s fertility have been used over 2000 years.  These TCM techniques have proven to:

  • regulate the menstrual cycle
  • treat PMS
  • treat menopausal symptoms
  • treat pelvic inflammatory disease
  • treat blocked fallopian tubes
  • enhance infertility
  • treat certain causes of miscarriage
  • increase libido
  • raise sperm count, quality and motility

Acupuncture for IVF

 

In addition to being effective in aiding natural conception, numerous studies conducted in the past 10 years and most recent clinical studies have shown that acupuncture can improve the outcome of Assisted Reproductive Techniques (ART) primarily In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) and Intra-Uterine Insemination (IUI) by improving ovarian response and uterine receptivity.  Acupuncture helps ART by:

  • Improving the function of the ovaries to produce better egg quality
  • Regulating the hormones to produce a larger number of follicles
  • Alleviating side effects of hormonal stimulation associated with ART
  • Increasing uterine blood flow
  • Increasing the thickness of the uterus lining
  • Alleviating tension and stress before and during IVF
  • “Calming” the uterus for implantation of the embryo
  • Optimizing the chances of implantation and full-term births
  • Decreasing the chances of miscarriage
  • Balancing the hormonal system and restoring higher levels of virility in men:  increasing percentage of healthy sperm, increasing sperm production and increasing sperm motility (movement).

 

Acupuncture needles are never inserted into the genitals.  The needles are painlessly inserted into acupuncture points in various other parts of the body.

 

Women that have gone through IVF in combination with acupuncture report less severe side effects to the drugs compared to IVF with no acupuncture.

 

Acupuncture has been shown to increase pregnancy rate during IVF from 26% to 43% with only two treatments: one before and one following embryo transfer. It stands to reason that incorporating acupuncture treatment earlier in the process will only enhance the likelihood of conception and full-term pregnancy. Treatment frequency during IVF and IUI depends on the individuals condition and the stage of the reproductive therapy, with frequency increasing during the week of retrieval and implantation.

 

In June, 2001 the results of a study carried out at the Reproductive Medicine and Fertility Center in Colorado Springs, USA, studied 114 women undergoing IVF.  Half of the women were treated with acupuncture before and after embryo transfer while the control group did not receive acupuncture.

 

51% of the women that had acupuncture became pregnant compared to 35% in the control group.  8% of those receiving acupuncture miscarried compared with 20% in the control group.

 

The women that received acupuncture had a lower rate of ectopic pregnancy and were 23% increase in live birth rate compared to their counterparts in the control group.

 

Influence of acupuncture on the pregnancy rate in patients who undergo assisted reproductive therapy.  Wolfgang E. Paulus et al.  Fertility and Sterility. April 2002. 77(4) 721-724 

CONCLUSIONS:  Acupuncture seems to be a useful tool for improving pregnancy rate after ART.

 

Use of Acupuncture before and after embryo transfer. Human Fertility, Dalton-Brewer N et al, 2010 Vol 12 No 4 212-25

RESULTS: Overall, positive pregnancy rates/ET were 44.6% comparing favorably with the non-acupuncture historic control group. When analyzed by maternal age at time of treatment, biochemical pregnancy results for acupuncture treated women were as follows: <35 years−52%; 35–39 years – 45%; 40–45 years – 35%. Results for women aged 35–39 years and those over 40 years were markedly better than controls suggesting that acupuncture intervention of this type may be more effective in older women. No side effects or complications were experienced by women receiving acupuncture. Acupuncture is a safe, adjunct therapy in IVF and in other randomized clinical trials has been shown to significantly improve outcomes when used at the IVF center before and after embryo transfer. Our preliminary data are encouraging and suggest that a trial involving older women may be effective.

 

Acupuncture and IVF Poor Responders:  A Cure?  Magarelli P, Cridennda D, 2004; 81 Suppl 3 S20 Fertility and Sterility

 

Conclusions: Significant increases in pregnancy outcomes were confirmed by this study and the data uniquely supported the advantage of acupuncture in patients with normal Pulsatility index. We also demonstrated that both acupuncture treatment protocols could be used together with a synergistic effect. Finally, this study is the first to demonstrate that the use of acupuncture in patients with poor prognoses (elevated Peak FSH, longer history of infertility, poor sperm morphology) can achieve similar pregnancy rates to normal prognosis patients.

 

 

Effects of Acupuncture on Pregnancy Rates in Women Undergoing In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF); A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.  Fertility & Sterility, Cui Hong Zheng, M.D.; Ph.D.a, Guang Ying Huang, M.D., Ph.D.a; Ming Min Zhang, M.D., Ph.D.b; Wei Wang, M.D., Ph.D.c.; 1-11-2012

 

Conclusions:  Acupuncture improves clinical pregnancy rate and live birth rate among women undergoing IVF based on the results of studies that do not include the Streitberger control.  The Streitberger control may not be an inactive control.  More positive effects from using acupuncture in IVF can be expected if an appropriate control and more reasonable acupuncture programs are used.

 

Role of Acupuncture in the treatment of female infertility.  Chang Raymond et al. Fertility and Sterility. December 2002. 78(6) 1149-1153

RESULTS:  Although the understanding of acupuncture is based on ancient medical theory, studies have suggested that certain effects of acupuncture are mediated through endogenous opioid peptides in the central nervous system, particularly endorphin.  Because these neuropeptides influence gonadotropin secretion through their action on GnRH, it is logical to hypothesize that acupuncture may impact on the menstrual cycle through these neuropeptides.  Although studies of adequate design, sample size, and appropriate control on the use of acupuncture on ovulation induction are lacking, there is only one prospective randomized controlled study examining the efficacy of acupuncture in patients undergoing IVF.  Besides its central effect, the sympathoinhibitory effects of acupuncture may impact on uterine blood flow.

 

Reduction of blood flow impedance in the uterine arteries of infertile women with electro-acupuncture. Stener-Vicotrin Elisabet et al., Human Reproduction. 1996 11(6) 1314-1317

RESULTS:  Previous studies have shown that reduced blood flow in the uterine arteries is associated with a decreased pregnancy rate following IVF-embryo transfer.  This study reported in Human Reproduction (the office journal of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology) shows that after 8 acupuncture treatments blood flow to the uterus was markedly increased.  Research carried out by one group of IVF clinics in California has shown that using this protocol to increase blood flow to the uterus, combined with acupuncture on the day of transfer has resulted in a significant improvement in pregnancy rates.

 

Effects of electro-acupuncture helps restore regular ovulation in women with polycystic ovary syndrome.  

 

Stener-Victorin E, Waldenstrom U, Tagnfors  U, Lundeberg T, Lindstedt G, Janson PO.  Effects of electro-acupuncture on anovulation in women with polycystic ovary syndrome.  Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand. 2000;79:180-188

Conclusions:  Repeated electro-acupuncture (EA) treatments induce regular ovulations in more than one-third of the women with PCOS.  The group of women with good effect had a less androgenic hormonal profile before treatment and a less pronounced metabolic disturbance compared with the group with no effect.  For this selected group, EA offers an alternative to pharmacological ovulation induction.

 

In conjunction with ART, or even for reaching natural fertility potential, acupuncture is a simple, non-invasive method that can improve sperm quality.  Pei Jian et al. Quantatative evaluation of spermatozoa ultrastructure after acupuncture treatment for idiopathic male infertility. Fertility and Sterility. July 2005. 84(1) 141-147

Conclusions:  The treatment of idiopathic male infertility could benefit from employing acupuncture.  A general improvement of sperm quality specifically in the ultrastructual integrity of spermatozoa, was seen after acupuncture, although we did not identify specific sperm pathologies that could be particularly sensitive to this therapy.

 

Effects of Acupuncture and Moxa in patients with semen abnormalities.  Gurfinkel E et al, Asian Journal of Andrology, Dec 2003
 
Results:   In a prospective, controlled and blind study, a group of infertile men (married for 3 - 11 years without children) were randomized into two groups, the treatment group receiving 10 acupuncture treatments and the control group receiving sham acupuncture treatments.  The patients in the acupuncture group demonstrated a significant increase in the percentage of normal forms compared to the control group.   

 

Efficacy of Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine in the Management of Female Infertility:   A Systematic Review.  Ried K, Stuart K., October 05 2011Discipline of General Practice, School of Population Health & Clinical Practice, The University of Adelaide, South Australia 5005, Australia

Conclusions: Our review suggests that management of female infertility with Chinese Herbal Medicine can improve pregnancy rates 2-fold within a 4 month period compared with Western Medical fertility drug therapy or IVF. Assessment of the quality of the menstrual cycle, integral to TCM diagnosis, appears to be fundamental to successful treatment of female infertility.

 
Natural Conception through Traditional Chinese Medicine 
 
Acupuncture uses the body’s own energy to stimulate production of hormones and endorphins bringing the body back into balance. This not only helps to optimize conditions for fertilization and implantation but additionally strengthens the overall physical and emotional health of the individual.

It is recommended that individuals are seen for acupuncture 3-4 times per month for at least three menstrual cycles. This is a general guideline and of course some couples become pregnant in a shorter time frame while for others it can take considerably longer.
Acupuncture and herbal therapies are gentle, yet effective.  It is safe, natural, cost effective and has no side effects.  In fact, TCM can only make you stronger, while helping create a healthier environment for a harmonious pregnancy.  It can help you enhance your reproductive potential by harmonizing your endocrine system.

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