Infertility affects 10% of couples trying to conceive in the US. Infertility is defined in western medical terms as a couple unable to conceive after 1 year of trying. For many people that can feel like the longest year ever.
Fortunately, there are many things the couple can do to increase the chances of conception before resorting to IVF (in-vitro fertilization) or fertility hormone injections by receiving acupuncture and nutritional adjustments.
If the general public knew of the effectiveness of alternative medicine and acupuncture, they may start there. That is why it is important to see an experienced Naturopathic Doctor or acupuncturist well versed in this delicate area.
There are multiple causes of infertility or fertility challenges that are required to be identified. There are various factors involved that may be causing a couple to not conceive. About 40% is a female factor, 40% male factor, 10% both and 10% unexplained.
Acupuncture is a treatment that has been used for centuries to treat infertility. This can improve ovarian and follicular functionality. Acupuncture can assist with:
Increase blood flow endometrium
Regulating the menstrual cycle and promoting ovulation
Improving blood flow to ovaries and uterus
Improving sperm quality, quantity and motility
Regulating hormones via the Hypothalamus/Pituitary/ovarian axis
Releases natural endorphins important in stress reduction
Assist with embryo transfer
Polycystic Overian Syndrome
Sperm DNA Fragmentation
Clinical observations from the Berkley Center for Reproductive Wellness suggest that, “the most effective fertility treatments involve a combination of acupuncture, herbal medicine, and traditional medicine. However, conception occasionally occurs when acupuncture and herbal medicines are used without traditional medical interventions.” Please ensure that you see an acupuncturist that specializes in fertility treatment for the best outcome.
Dr. Kovalik was the Director of AMCH Fertility Clinic in Phoenix. She completed an externship assisting an OB/Gyn for almost 2 years and understands the importance of integrating medicine for various women’s issues. She also wrote her Master’s Thesis on Acupuncture and Female Infertility. She has published articles in the local NDNR naturopathic review journal and teaches classes on Expecting Parent Transition and Mind Body Spiritual Connection to Fertility.