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The benefits of Acupuncture
and TraditionalChinese Medicine in the treatment of Gynaecology and Fertility
problems can be
found in early Chinese medical literature dating back to the 11AD.
Not only do these techniques assist in regulating the menstrual cycle and invigorating the sperm, but they also serve to enhance the function of the whole body. Treatment techniques focuses on the natural menstrual cycle, specifically the follicular and luteal phases of the cycle.
Subfertility and infertility rates are increasing and nowadays couples are putting off starting a family until later in life. Much research has been carried out on the effects of acupuncture on fertility and it has been shown to boost fertility rates for both men and women.
Acupuncture is effective in the treatment of many underlying gynaecological conditions. It helps in relieving stress and tension and works towards obtaining hormonal balance. Acupuncture has also proven to improve the blood supply to the reproductive organs. (What is your most fertile time)
How can Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine enhance fertility?
The following is a brief list of conditions treated by Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine:
Acupuncture treatment programmes are based on evidence based protocols and are designed to improve your chance of success, maximising your fertility and addressing any symptoms associated with IVF medication and alleviating stress. Recent clinical research studies state that receiving Acupuncture treatment in conjunction with IVF can significantly increase the success of IVF procedures.
Research shows that acupuncture:
Preparing for IVF with Acupuncture
Ideally acupuncture treatments should begin three months before IVF treatments begin. The focus of treatments will be to improve the function of the ovaries to produce good quality eggs.
The focus of treatments will be to increase the parameters of sperm motility, morphology and count, thus assisting fertilisation of eggs and leading to viable embryos. Acupuncture treatments are once a week for the 8 weeks leading up to IVF/ICSI.
Weekly Acupuncture treatment at least 3 months prior to egg retrieval provides a stronger foundation for success. Acupuncture for fertility improves your overall reproductive health, helps produce higher quality eggs which leads to more viable embryos, it helps regulatse hormones and thickens the uterine lining making it ripe for implantation.
Pre and Post IVF Transfer
Pre and post IVF transfer Acupuncture treatments are available to suit your schedule and take about 40 minutes.
Acupuncture seems to be a useful tool for improving pregnancy rate after ART. (Paulus W et al, Fertility and Sterility April 2002 Vol 77, pp. 721-724 http://www.fertstert.org/article/S0015-0282%2801%2903273-3/abstract ).
Luteal-phase acupuncture has a positive effect on the outcome of IVF/ICSI (Dieterle S et al, Fertility and Sterility May 2006 Vol 85, pp. 1347-1351 http://www.fertstert.org/article/S0015-0282%2806%2900213-5/abstract ).
Acupuncture can increase blood flow to the uterus (Stener-Victorin E, et al Human Reproduction Oxford Journal 1996; Vol. 11, No. 6, pp.1314-1317 http://humrep.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/11/6/1314 ).
Acupuncture on the day of embryo transfer significantly improves the reproductive outcome of IVF, compared with no acupuncture (Westergaard L et al, Fertility and Sterility April 2006 Vol 85, pp. 1341-1346 http://www.fertstert.org/article/S0015-0282%2806%2900212-3/abstract ).
East meets West to boost
fertility - Traditional Chinese medicine makes fertility treatments far more
effective, Tel Aviv University researchers discover.