The sense of loss and overwhelming anguish experienced by couples who are struggling with infertility is a common sight nowadays. In fact, most of them are seeking various treatment options to overcome infertility, and there are several options given to them by modern healthcare.
However, some of these options are not that affordable, and the costs may range from hundreds of dollars to thousands spent on methods like Intrauterine insemination and IVF. So, many couples are seeking more affordable, holistic, safe, and effective alternatives available to them.
One of these alternatives is Acupuncture, which is a Traditional Chinese Medicine practised for thousands of years. It’s now widely accepted by the general public since it is safe and it’s not only valued for stress relieving and relaxing benefits, but a viable alternative to treat infertility.
Causes of infertility
One of the most common causes of infertility is stress because it can interfere with a woman’s reproductive glands and can prevent ovulation. Stress can also produce spasms that can affect both the fallopian tubes and uterus. In fact, it can interfere with the implantation and movement of a fertilised egg.
When it comes to men, stress can alter their sperm motility and count, and this can also lead to impotence. Another contributing factor is an imbalance in a male’s reproductive hormones, which can also affect their reproductive function.
There are also less common causes of fertility problems, and these can include:
- Blocked fallopian tubes due to endometriosis and pelvic inflammation.
- Uterine fibroids on the walls of the uterus, which can prevent or interfere with a woman’s ovulation, and implantation of a fertilised egg.
- A condition called varicocele where the veins on the man’s testicle are too large. This can heat the testicles and affect the number and shape of the sperm.
- Injuries or other damage to the reproductive system that can block the movement of the sperm.
Treatment options for aspiring parents
There are several infertility treatments available to aspiring parents which include:
- In vitro fertilization (IVF)
- Intrauterine insemination (IUI)
- Fertility drugs
- Gestational carrier or gestational surrogate – which is common among individuals or couples who choose not to conceive on their own.
- Adoption – an option for those who are unable to have a biologically related child.
Acupuncture for infertility
Based on several studies and medical research, Acupuncture has been shown to increase fertility by reducing stress and promoting better blood flow to the reproductive organs. It can also balance the endocrine system and prevent any hormonal issues.
The procedure consists of the gentle insertion of disposable thin and sterile needles at strategic points on the body. There are over 2000 points on the body, which are known in Chinese Medicine as meridians. These meridians conduct energy or chi between the internal organs and the surface of the body.
Therefore, it is chi that balances and regulates mental, spiritual, emotional, and physical energy. So, when the chi is disrupted throughout the body, it can lead to poor health habits or disease. Acupuncture can keep this energy unblocked, increasing the couple’s chance of conceiving.
Overall, Acupuncture can help reduce stress, which is often the main cause of infertility in men and women. This is because when you are stressed, you will most likely release hormone cortisol that can alter your brain’s neurochemical balance. This will disrupt the pituitary balance, which is the key to the reproductive cycle.
Why choose me
My Park Orchards and Mount Evelyn Acupuncture clinics are known for their great patient results, which means I can provide my clients with improved fertility outcomes. I’m a qualified Chinese Medicine Acupuncturist and hold a Bachelor of Health Science.
Most importantly, I’m an accredited member of the Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association, which means you are dealing with a qualified Acupuncturist and you’re always in good hands.