Hello and Welcome. Acupuncture can be used as a stand alone treatment for infertility as well as in conjunction with western reproductive medical techniques such as IUI or IVF. Acupuncture along with herbal medicine can increase fertility through balancing reproductive hormones, regulating menstrual irregularities, and through increasing a women’s uterine lining for healthy implantation. Men can also benefit from acupuncture treatments to help with healthy sperm growth and functioning for fertilization.
High FSH/Advanced Maternal Age
As a woman ages her egg quality and quantity naturally decrease which will result in a compensation by her hormonal system to increase the amount of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) released. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine treatment have been shown to increase overall egg quality through creating a healthier reproductive environment for eggs to develop in. This in turn lowers FSH levels and increases the success rates with IVF and IUI, as well as increasing a woman’s chance for a natural pregnancy. Acupuncture treatment to help with increasing egg quality is usually effective in a 3-6 month period of continuous treatment and sometimes may take up to 12 months.
Traditional Medicine and IVF
Tradition Chinese medicine (TCM) offers a different emphasis on fertility than many modern western reproductive techniques such as IVF. When we compare the two approaches we can see clear differences but in a way where one compliments the other. For example within TCM we use acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine to help with things like increasing the quality of eggs and of the endometrium. Where as IVF treatments tend to focus on increasing the quantity of eggs and the thickening of the endometrium. TCM can increase a woman’s chances for fertility through increasing the overall quality of the entire reproductive system, while western medicine is very effective in increasing chances of fertility through increasing numbers.
TCM further contributes to good outcome in an IVF cycle through increasing ovarian response, increasing egg and follicle quality, reliving side effects of reproductive drugs, and in increasing implantation rates.
Acupuncture treatment for Fertility
Acupuncture can be used throughout your entire menstrual cycle to help with each of the 4 phases: menstrual, follicular, ovulation, luteal.
Joseph Tonzola L.Ac., Dilp. O.M.