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Acupuncture and Fertility

How acupuncture can help
Research suggests that acupuncture may, for example, be good for relieving stress and helping the body to relax, as well as balancing female hormones.

Research has established plausible mechanisms to explain how acupuncture may benefit fertility. There are some good trials, that are very promising and informative of how Acupuncture can benefit female and male fertility.


 

Acupuncture and Fertility
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Rregulating fertility hormones - stress and other factors can disrupt the function of the hypothalamic pituitary-ovarian axis (HPOA), causing hormonal imbalances that can negatively impact fertility. Acupuncture has been shown to affect hormone levels by promoting the release of beta-endorphin in the brain, which affects the release of gonadotrophin releasing hormone by the hypothalamus, follicle stimulating hormone from the pituitary gland, and oestrogen and progesterone levels from the ovary (Ng 2008, Huang 2008, Lim 2010, Stener-Victorin 2010).

Increasing blood flow to the reproductive organs - stress also stimulates the sympathetic nervous system, which causes constriction of ovarian arteries. Acupuncture inhibits this sympathetic activity, improving blood flow to the ovaries (Stener-Victorin 2006, Lim 2010), enhancing the environment in which ovarian follicles develop. It also increases blood flow to the uterus (Stener-Victorin 1996, Huang 2008), improving the thickness of the endometrial lining and increasing the chances of embryo implantation.

PCOS  polycystic ovarian syndrome– PCOS is one of the most common causes of female infertility. By reducing sympathetic nerve activity and balancing hormone levels, acupuncture has been shown to reduce the number of ovarian cysts, stimulate ovulation, enhance blastocyst implantation and regulate the menstrual cycle in women with PCOS (Stener-Victorin 2000, 2008, 2009, Zhang 2009). It may also help to control secondary effects such as obesity and anorexia (Lim 2010).

How acupuncture can help during IVF/IUI

Male fertility

Male factor in becoming a more significant role and sperm test give some information about motility, mobility and count in the sample given. Even a low quality test is no permanent inclination of the mens fertility. New sperm is manufactured all the time and a sensible heath management over a few months can have a positive effect. Acupuncture, nutrition, e.g increasing antioxidants in your diet, and herbs are just some techniques to improve your chances.

How acupuncture may help male fertiltiy

Acupuncture may help in the treatment of male infertility (Stener-Victorin 2010) by: lowering scrotal temperature (Siterman 2009);
enhancing local microcirculation, by increasing the diameter and blood flow velocity of peripheral arterioles (Komori 2009);
reducing inflammation, by promoting release of vascular and immunomodulatory factors  (Zijlstra 2003) Improving sperm maturation in the epididymis, increasing testosterone levels, and reducing liquid peroxidation of sperm  (Crimmel 2001).

 
 
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