Acupuncture Can Help Relieve a Lot of the Stress Associated with Trying to Conceive
We’re lucky here at Oaktree because Martin is one of the few Ottawa acupuncturists qualified to treat infertility. We know how important family is, so we pride ourselves in our ability to help you every step of the way.
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Acupuncture for Infertility: a Holistic Approach
People have been experiencing infertility problems since the beginning of time, so it’s no surprise that old world techniques like Chinese acupuncture and Herbal Medicine can help improve fertility in both women and men. A lot of the factors that play into infertility—like stress, anxiety, low libido, and many more—can effectively be treated with acupuncture.
A big part of the way acupuncture works is to send blood to targeted areas in order to improve connections, stimulate nerves throughout your organs and help your whole body function more effectively. Acupuncture for infertility increases blood flow to the reproductive organs and assures a healthy endocrine system. Luckily for patients, there are very few side effects from acupuncture, the most common being bruising from the needles, but the benefits are ample and when it comes to infertility, acupuncture can really make a difference.
Which Issues Related to Infertility Can Be Treated with Acupuncture?
One of the biggest factors contributing to infertility is the stress couples face when trying to conceive. Acupuncture for stress and anxiety has been helping people for years and could be just what you need to improve fertility. Many sources have shown that acupuncture can stimulate hormones necessary to assure proper function of the reproductive system. Other infertility problems that could be treated with acupuncture include:
- Low libido
- Hypo- and hyperthyroidism
- Spasmed fallopian tubes (but not blocked tubes)
- Elevated follicle-stimulation hormone (FSH)
- Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
- Lack of ovulation, anovulation
- Luteal phase defect (LPD)
- Low sperm count, motility issues, or abnormally shaped sperm
- Irregular menstruation or low ovarian reserve
Can I Use Acupuncture as an Alternative to Fertility Medication?
Yes! In fact, many women who can’t use fertility medication for a number of reasons turn to acupuncture to increase their chances of getting pregnant. A study showed that when acupuncture was used in conjunction with other fertility treatments or medications it could increase the chances of conception up to 26%. In many cases of in-vitro fertilization, women who underwent acupuncture treatment had better success rates than those who did not.
Are There Risks Associated with Acupuncture for Infertility?
Like everything, there are certain risks when it comes to treatment of infertility through acupuncture. That’s why it’s important to choose an acupuncturist who specializes in fertility treatment. Luckily, Martin has gone through specific training to provide you with the best care for your body, mind, and soul. In fact, he is one of the only acupuncturists in Ottawa that has received training in this area.
Can Acupuncture Help Improve Male Fertility?
There are a number of studies that have proven that acupuncture can be valuable in helping to improve sperm counts and motility. However, we know that low sperm count, morphology (abnormally shaped sperm), or low motility aren’t the only causes of male infertility. There are certainly some conditions that cannot be fixed with acupuncture, but research has shown that conditions such as impotence, low libido, mechanical blockages, and other hormonal factors have seen great improvements with this type of treatment.
Should I Continue Acupuncture Treatment Once I Have Conceived?
During the first three months of pregnancy, chances of miscarriage are higher. That’s why we recommend continuing treatment, at least through the first twelve weeks of pregnancy, in order to keep your body and uterus healthy and ensure that your fetus has what is needed to develop into a healthy baby. In fact, there is nothing wrong with continuing acupuncture throughout your entire term. Patients can also greatly benefit from chiropractic care during pregnancy.