The fertility journey is one that’s exciting, frustrating, and confusing all at once. Month after month you’re not sure how to feel; hopeful and excited! Then another period comes and now you might feel let down and frustrated with your body. We get it. We have been helping couples through this process for 8 years now. Each fertility journey is unique; here are 5 ways that acupuncture, and Traditional Chinese Medicine can help you!
- Reduce stress – This is number one for a reason, your body shuts down non-essential functions (like reproduction!) when it’s in a constant state of stress! Acupuncture calms the fight or flight response that occurs when stress is at a constant low level, like in our modern lives.
- Improves blood flow to the uterus- Acupuncture is all about blood flow! When it comes to your uterus this will result in a thicker, healthier uterine lining that will increase the likelihood of implantation.
- Improved ovarian function- This is related to both blood flow and hormone regulation. Acupuncture has been proven to restore ovulation in anovulatory woman and improve follicle quality which will increase chances of fertilization!
- Acupuncture directly effects your hypothalmus and pituitary – The hypthalmus- pituitary complex is the commander center for hormones in your brain. It regulates LH, FSH and thyroid hormones all of which effect fertility in a number of ways. Acupuncture “wakes up” this area of the brain so that it returns to homeostasis is something is off.
- Improves sperm! One third of fertility problems are related to sperm issues so it’s essential that male factors are addressed. Acupuncture has been shown to improve sperm quantity, quality and morphology. Lifestyle modification and herbs are also important to consider for male factor fertility.
Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine helps with:
- hormonal imbalance
- unexplained infertility, amenorrhea, luteal phase defect, anovulation
- endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), uterine fibroids & cysts, tubal obstruction, irregular menstrual cycles
- recurrent miscarriage
- advanced maternal age
- male factor infertility