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Acupuncture for Fertility in Harley Street, London

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Traditional Chinese Medicine in Treatment of Infertility.


 Acupuncture, frequently combined with herbal medicine, has been used for centuries to treat some causes of infertility. Not all women however respond to acupuncture alone, for example, acupuncture and herbs will not work to address tubal adhesions, which can occur as a result of pelvic inflammatory disease or endometriosis. However, in this situation, 

A combination of acupuncture  and herbal medicine might be useful for those women in helping them to conceive and an individual could still benefit from acupuncture and herbs because of the potential effect of improved ovarian and follicular function.

 Additionally, it is shown that acupuncture can increase blood flow to the endometrium, helping to facilitate a thick, rich lining.


Can acupuncture help with infertility?


Acupuncture is often helpful where conventional medicine is not and helps as many as 80 percent of people
The American Pregnancy Association suggests that acupuncture can be an effective way to address many of the problems causing infertility, for example it can alleviate an under-functioning thyroid (hypothyroidism) or an over-functioning thyroid (hyperthyroidism). A malfunctioning thyroid can affect ovulation, which in turn can impede a woman’s ability to become pregnant.
Tubal issues can also be treated with acupuncture. Other conditions, such as tubal adhesions which can occur as a result of pelvic inflammatory disease, may also be addressed.


What fertility issues can acupuncture help with?


The Fertility issues that can be addressed by acupuncture in combination with other treatments include:

Elevated follicle-stimulating hormone
Repeated pregnancy loss
Unexplained or idiopathic infertility
Luteal phase defect
Hyperprolactinemia, when not caused by a prolactinoma
Polycystic ovarian syndrome with anovulatory cycles

Proper lifestyle and nutrition are very important in achieving balance and wellness. Once this has been achieved, conception is far more likely.

How many acupuncture sessions are necessary?


Acupuncture requires a time commitment to allow your body to re-balance it's systems.
Should there be menstrual problems, the treatment must progress until a minimum of three normal cycles are achieved. After that, you must allow yourself a minimum of six months, preferably 18 months, to get pregnant.
Typically, a woman who uses acupuncture to enhance her chances of becoming pregnant will start a series of treatments three or four months before attempting to conceive. Many women attempt to conceive naturally. Assisted Reproductive Therapies (ART) such as In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), artificial insemination, donor egg transfer can also be used when necessary.

After pregnancy occurs, acupuncture usually continues through the 12th week in order to address pregnancy discomforts such as morning sickness, nausea, headaches, fatigue, and anxiety about miscarriages.

Please call me for information on traditional medicine and acupuncture treatment for infertility or other problems.


Who is most suitable for fertility acupuncture?

 

Good candidates for trying medical acupuncture are people who have a functional, rather than a structural reason for infertility (for example, damaged fallopian tubes are structural). Men or women with functional infertility would be encouraged to try acupuncture in addition to their standard medical treatment. Generally speaking, around 10 visits with a licensed acupuncture provider will let you determine if it can be of help to you.

Along this same line, Eca recommends Chinese herbs in conjunction with acupuncture. In traditional Chinese medicine, the practitioner always combines herbs in order to produce a certain effect. There are many combinations of Chinese herbs that have been lauded as improving fertility in both males and females. She does caution, however, that it’s best to tailor the herbal recipe to the individual, rather than to the condition.

When should acupuncture treatment begin?


Acupuncture is similar to physical therapy in that it is a process-oriented method of medical intervention. It is better to do more than less. Patients are commonly treated for three to four months before an insemination, in vitro fertilization (IVF), or donor-egg transfer. In a study by Stener-Victorin from the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Fertility Centre, Scandinavia and University of Gothenburg, women are encouraged to receive acupuncture treatments pre and post embryo transfer. 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 medical interventions. However, conception does sometimes occur when acupuncture and herbal medicines are used without traditional medical interventions.


What are the risks of using acupuncture?


There are minimal risks when using acupuncture for fertility treatment. Acupuncture is not contraindicated for anyone, regardless of their pathology or what medications they are taking.

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What types of fertility patients typically get acupuncture?


Acupuncture can be used to treat any type of fertility disorder, including spasmed tubes. (Spasmed tubes are often de-spasmed with acupuncture, though blocked tubes will not respond to acupuncture). Acupuncture is often combined with herbs to treat elevated follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), repeated pregnancy loss, unexplained (idiopathic) infertility, luteal phase defect, hyperprolactinemia (when not caused by a prolactinoma), polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) with annovulatory cycles, and male factor including men affected with sperm-DNA-fragmentation.

Traditional Chinese Medicine for Fertility



Traditional Chinese Medicine, including Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine, is a great modality to help infertility couples conceive naturally or to help the success of ART (assisted reproductive therapy) such as IUI or IVF.

Traditional herbal medicine and acupuncture therapy can be very effective in balancing many imbalances, which are the cause of complex gynaecological disorders that lead to infertility or reduced fertility.

Many of these gynaecological disorders may be able to be treated with the assistance of herbal medicines and acupuncture, including:


Irregular Menstrual Cycles
PMS
Fibroids
PCOS
Endometriosis
Post-partum Disorders
Unsuccessful IUI/IVF Attempts
Emotional Imbalances Related To Hormones
Pelvic Pain
Menopause

Does Acupuncture Really help with Fertility?




The American Pregnancy Association suggests that acupuncture can be an effective way to address many of the problems causing infertility. Specifically, it can alleviate an under-functioning thyroid (hypothyroidism) or an over-functioning thyroid (hyperthyroidism). A malfunctioning thyroid can affect ovulation, which in turn can impede a woman’s ability to become pregnant. Tubal issues can also be treated with acupuncture. 
Other conditions, such as tubal adhesions which can occur as a result of pelvic inflammatory disease, may also be addressed. While they may not respond to acupuncture alone, some might respond to a combination of acupuncture and herbal medicine, coupled with more conventional medical procedures.

Here is a list of other Fertility issues that can be addressed by acupuncture in combination with other treatments include:

Elevated follicle-stimulating hormone
Repeated pregnancy loss
Unexplained or idiopathic infertility
Luteal phase defect
Hyperprolactinemia, when not caused by a prolactinoma
Polycystic ovarian syndrome with anovulatory cycles
Male factors, which include men affected with sperm-DNA-fragmentation


Acupuncture for Infertility in Women



Acupuncture treats infertility in women. Infertility is the inability to get pregnant after a year of regular intercourse without birth control. Infertility has become more common in the US in recent years, with approximately 10% of couples being affected. In the acupuncture clinic, we see more and more couples coming in for fertility support than ever before.


Acupuncture can be both a primary treatment for infertility or be used in conjunction with Western medical treatments. Most of the acupuncture research on infertility shows how powerful acupuncture can be to support IVF and IUI procedures when done concurrently.


Because acupuncture treats the whole person, not just the symptoms, we have a unique advantage to helping treat infertility. Acupuncture treats infertility by strengthening the overall constitution and balancing the body’s systems to allow for improved overall health. Acupuncture and herbs also help with physical blockages, like blocked fallopian tubes or fibroids.

What causes infertility in women?



There are four major categories of causes of infertility:

Ovarian factors: poor egg quality, anovulation (no ovulation), irregular FSH levels

Fallopian tube factors: Fallopian tube blockage

Uterine factors: fibroids, endometriosis, poor quality endometrial lining

Cervical factors: poor quality cervical mucus, anti-sperm antibodies

When recurrent miscarriages happen very early on in the pregnancy, we also consider immunological factors and sub-clinical blood clotting disorders as causes of infertility. This is one particular time in which an acupuncturist should be working closely with a reproductive immunologist or reproductive endocrinologist. Acupuncture and Western medicine together can help women become pregnant even after repeated miscarriage when an integrated approach is taken.



Acupuncture theory interprets these causes of infertility in different terms based on how the symptoms appear in the person. Because acupuncture treats every person as an individual, acupuncture treats infertility as different in each woman. When you come in for your appointment, we’ll be happy to talk to you about how Western medical diagnosis aligns with Chinese medicine diagnosis.



What about infertility in men (male factor infertility)?




In addition to treating infertility in women, we also treat male factor infertility.



How is infertility treated by acupuncture?




Our first step in treating infertility with acupuncture is talking. We do a thorough interview to get to know you – we talk about your health overall, your periods, your diet, your sleep, everything we can – and build a picture of who you are as a person. We may ask you to do basal body temperature (BBT) charting, so we can understand more about your menstrual cycle. We then take all of this information and look at it through the lens of Chinese medicine to make a diagnosis and a treatment plan with you.

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