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How Does Acupuncture For Fertility Work?

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A woman is said to be infertile if she can neither get pregnant after 12 months of trying or carry a pregnancy to term. Many infertile women use acupuncture as a standalone treatment for infertility or as an adjunct to IVF and other fertility supports to increase their chances of getting pregnant.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioners believe that energy blockages cause illnesses. Acupuncturists insert specially designed paper-thin needles through the skin at strategic points on their patient’s bodies to heal energy blockages.

Is Acupuncture Safe?

When performed by an expert, acupuncture is 100% safe and does not have any major side effects.

How Does Acupuncture for Fertility Work?

Acupuncture can address fertility problems in several ways. One challenge to fertility may be uterine fibroids can obstruct the fallopian tubes, causing infertility.  Walnut Creek acupuncture for fertility helps improve uterine health by increasing blood circulation to the uterus and reducing the size of uterine fibroids.

Endometriosis is another common cause of infertility. The disorder occurs when tissue similar to the uterus lining grows outside of the uterus and data shows that around 30- 50% of women with endometriosis struggle with infertility. Acupuncture can help reduce endometriosis symptoms by improving blood flow, reducing inflammation, and stimulating the release of feel-good hormones.

Stress is a leading cause of female infertility. Stress during pregnancy can trigger a chemical chain reaction that can lead to miscarriage. Acupuncture helps reduce stress by stimulating the release of endorphins and other feel-good hormones and lowering stress hormone levels in the body.

Hormonal imbalances can also cause fertility problems. A hormonal imbalance occurs when a woman has too much or too little of one or more hormones in her blood. Acupuncture for fertility can help restore hormonal balance by positively changing how female reproductive hormones are secreted. When your hormones are balanced, your body responds better to ovarian stimulation.

A weakened immune system can lead to miscarriage. In immunocompromised women, acupuncture can strengthen the immune system by increasing red and white blood cell count.

Acupuncture can also help with embryo implantation. Data shows that the ancient Chinese medical technique increases embryo implantation rates and pregnancy rates in women who have had one or multiple failed IVF cycles.

In women undergoing IVF or any other fertility treatment, acupuncture can improve blood flow to the uterus and ovaries, helping increase the thickness of the endometrial lining. A well-nourished endometrial lining is key to successful implantation.

Whether you have had multiple miscarriages or are trying hard to get pregnant, Monarch Acupuncture & Wellness can help. We take a holistic approach to patient care which involves treating the root causes of fertility problems instead of their symptoms. To schedule an appointment, go to our Contact us page.