How does acupuncture help with fertility
Acupuncture is a popular supportive therapy often used to support fertility treatments and address fertility issues, especially recommended to patients undergoing IVF (In Vitro Fertilisation). Acupuncture helps reproductive health in women and men by several potential mechanisms to optimize the fertility outcome in combination with any Western intervention.
Improved blood flow
Acupuncture promotes blood circulation, including blood flow to the reproductive organs. Increasing blood flow to the uterus, ovaries, and testes may enhance the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to these areas, creating a more favourable environment for conception. In addition improves egg quality and quantity, providing nourishment and supporting egg collection outcome
Acupuncture may help regulate hormonal levels that control ovulation and the menstrual cycle, improving the quality of eggs and further fertility rates. It can influence the hypothalamus-pituitary-ovarian axis, crucial in regulating reproductive hormones. By promoting hormonal balance, acupuncture may help regulate the menstrual cycle, support ovulation, and improve the chances of successful implantation.
Infertility can cause significant emotional anxiety, and stress, in turn, can interfere with fertility. Acupuncture is known to have calming and stress-reducing effects. It stimulates the release of endorphins, natural pain-relieving, and mood-enhancing chemicals. By reducing stress, acupuncture may help optimize the conditions for conception.
Improved ovarian function
Acupuncture may help enhance ovarian function and follicle development. It can potentially increase the ovarian response to fertility medications, improve egg quality, and promote a more regular and balanced menstrual cycle. In addition, the treatment supports the hormones involved in ovulation and the menstrual cycle, such as follicle-stimulating ( FSH) and Luteinising (LH) hormones. This can help improve ovarian function and increase the chances of pregnancy.
Enhanced sperm quality
Acupuncture has also been shown to have potential benefits for male fertility. It may help improve sperm quality by increasing sperm count, motility, and morphology. Acupuncture can also address factors contributing to male infertility, such as stress or hormonal imbalances.
Support during assisted reproductive techniques
Acupuncture is often used with assisted reproductive techniques such as in vitro fertilization (IVF) or intrauterine insemination (IUI). Research suggests that acupuncture administered before and after these procedures may help improve success rates by increasing embryo implantation, reducing uterine contractions, and supporting overall reproductive health.
Embryo implantation support
Fertility support acupuncture increases embryo implantation rates, especially for patients with unsuccessful IFV attempts. In addition, acupuncture may help with embryo implantation by improving blood flow to the uterus and promoting relaxation, which can create a more favorable environment for implantation. In particular, research suggests that acupuncture may help improve the thickness and quality of the uterine lining, which is crucial for successful implantation. Acupuncture may also help reduce inflammation and improve uterine immune function, which can further support implantation.
Additionally, many women find acupuncture a relaxing and stress-reducing experience, which can be beneficial for improving fertility and supporting embryo implantation. Stress and anxiety can have a negative impact on fertility, so reducing these factors through acupuncture may help increase the chances of successful implantation.
How can John Tsagaris help?
Dr (TCM) John Tsagaris is an internationally renowned Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practising and pioneer of the Acuskinlift Method in Knightsbridge, London and prestigious locations worldwide. Dr John Tsagaris also provides acupuncture treatment home visits in London - Chelsea, Kensington and Harrods. Knightsbridge for a more personal service for a discerning clientele.
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Published: 23rd May 2023
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