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					                              Acupuncture & Fertility
Fertility is an area in which acupuncture is becoming increasingly popular. Research
has found that fertility focused acupuncture treatment can help to increase blood
flow to the reproductive organs, balance hormone levels, regulate the menstrual
cycle and help improve the lining of the uterus and quality of eggs released.
Additionally, conditions such as polycystic ovaries and endometriosis have also been
shown to improve with this sort of treatment. Benefits to male fertility have also
been indicated with positive effects on sperm count, morphology and mobility. As
trying to conceive can often be a stressful experience, many find that undergoing a
course of acupuncture reduces associated problems such as anxiety, and insomnia as
well as helping to improve general well being.

IVF
As a testament to its positive effect on fertility, recent research has found that
combining IVF with acupuncture greatly enhances the chance of conceiving and
carrying a healthy pregnancy. A report published in the journal of Fertility and
Sterility found that of the 160 women undergoing IVF, the pregnancy rate in the
group receiving acupuncture was 43%, compared to the group which did not receive
the therapy, where the rate was 26%. The research team, led by Dr. Paulus and
colleagues at the Christian-Lauritzen-Institut in Ulm, Germany, wrote in the journal:
"Acupuncture seems to be a useful tool for improving pregnancy rate after assisted
reproduction.

Recurrent Miscarriage
Though rarely spoken about, miscarriage is much more common than most people
realise. It can be one of the most heartbreaking and emotionally devastating times
for women trying to conceive. Whilst most miscarriages are due to genetic
abnormalities in the foetus, there can be other causes for example:
Structural abnormalities such as fibroids, polyps or an unusually shaped uterus.
Immune disorders, Hormonal imbalances, Blood disorders, Infections
Acupuncture aids to rebalance the hormones after a miscarriage, gently rebuild the
body and provide emotional support. Rest is encouraged and if another pregnancy is
planned, acupuncture can help with preconception.

Male Fertility
It is important to appreciate that with today’s stressful lifestyle and general trend to
have children later, male fertility is an increasingly important factor to consider when
difficulties with conception arise. If it is determined that the male has slow sperm
motility and low count, a course of acupuncture has been shown to address these
issues and decrease abnormalities in sperm, increasing the likelihood of conception
naturally or through IVF.




                                                 Disclaimer
Please take note that this information is provided for education purposes only. We do not provide medical
 advice or recommendations. It is recommended that if you have or suspect that you may have a serious
medical condition that you should consult your medical doctor before taking any action. The information is
                   not a substitute for diagnosis and treatment by a medical physician.
Treatment Programs

Unfortunately no guarantees can be provided for success but our experience has
shown that weekly treatments, throughout the pre-conception and first trimester
significantly enhances the chances of live birth, as compared to ad-hoc treatments at
irregular intervals. This is an intensive program which requires a significant amount
of investment, both in terms of time, commitment and funds. We therefore believe in
a full and detailed consultation, ideally with both partners in advance of any
treatments being provided. It is important for us to ensure that you are fully aware
of what the program entails. Our acupuncture treatment plans are based on
evidence-based protocols and range from preconception programs, to one or two
treatments on the day of embryo transfer, to a course of treatments leading up to
IVF transfer and continuing after.

If you would like to discuss the option in greater detail to see if acupuncture could be
right for you, please speak to Archna Patel, our resident fertility expert who will be
pleased to answer any initial questions that you may have.




                                                 Disclaimer
Please take note that this information is provided for education purposes only. We do not provide medical
 advice or recommendations. It is recommended that if you have or suspect that you may have a serious
medical condition that you should consult your medical doctor before taking any action. The information is
                   not a substitute for diagnosis and treatment by a medical physician.

				
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