Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture for Fertility Antigonish
In a study of in vitro fertilization, the research team compared patients who received various Chinese herbs (in certain combinations) to those without. They found that Chinese herbs helped increase the success rate of fertilization by thickening the endometrium and improving the fertility and embryo qualities (7).
Most couples will conceive a child within one year, especially within the first months of trying. A couple is considered to have infertility problems when they are not able to achieve pregnancy after one year of attempting to conceive. It does not mean that they will never get pregnant in the future. Medical treatment may help deal with this problem.
Female infertility may be caused by period abnormalities, advancing age, a history of sexually transmitted infections such as chlamydia and gonorrhea infections, uterine fibroids or endometriosis.
The most important cause of male infertility is low sperm production. If a male partner used to have an infertility problem with the previous partner, a semen analysis should be performed to identify the causes.
Around the world, about 15% of couples were found to be infertile. Of these, male infertility accounted for nearly 30% of the cases (1).
How is infertility diagnosed from?
To diagnose infertility problems, a doctor may do a history taking and examine both partners. A thorough history taking usually includes these issues: how long you try to have a pregnancy, how often you have sex with your partner, any pain during intercourse, history of previous pregnancies, history of sexually transmitted diseases and so on. Then a vaginal ultrasound would be done to detect uterine, ovary and tube structural abnormalities. Also, the function of ovaries would be evaluated by this imaging.
Hormone levels in the blood of both partners should be measured for possible hormone imbalances to identify an ovulation problem and abnormal sperm production.
Lastly, a semen analysis is essential to examine male fertility. In this test, a doctor can tell the qualities of semen such as semen volume, sperm moving, sperm count, and its shape.
Current infertility treatment from a modern medical perspective
Treatment depends on the causes.
For women, these include medications to help stimulate the ovaries to release eggs; a tubal surgery if it is damaged or blocked; uterine fibroids removal or laparoscopic surgery if endometriosis is the cause.
For men, a doctor may suggest introducing concentrated semen to a woman. If it does not work, other methods should be performed, namely, “in vitro fertilization” in which fertilized eggs are placed in the uterus; or “intracytoplasmic sperm injection” in which the doctor injects one sperm into one egg. If fertilization is successful, the doctor inserts it into the woman’s uterus.
Chinese medicine and acupuncture for fertility research
In a meta-analysis, the authors investigated the efficacy of acupuncture in women with polycystic ovarian syndrome undergoing in vitro fertilization or intracytoplasmic sperm injection. They found that women receiving acupuncture had a 1.33 fold increased the chance of getting pregnant and a 2.03 fold increased the chance of having children compared with those without treated with acupuncture (4). Qian and colleagues also proved that electrical acupuncture increased the rate of getting pregnant in patients who underwent in vitro fertilization (5). Acupuncture also showed some benefits when performed at the follicle phase and implantation phase and at a particular time before and after transferring an embryo during in vitro fertilization (6).
In a study of in vitro fertilization, the research team compared patients who received various Chinese herbal medicines (in certain combinations) to those without. They found that Chinese herbs helped increase the success rate of fertilization by thickening the endometrium and improving the fertility and embryo qualities (7).
It must be noted that although these trials and reviews showed a positive effect, reviews prior showed evidence to be unclear. Even though the research is promising, more positive research is required to say that acupuncture for fertility is effective.
Chinese medicine techniques that may be included in an acupuncture session?
- Chinese herbal medicine
- Heat therapy
Can I claim insurance for an Acupuncture session?
If you have private health insurance in Antigonish, you may be able to claim your acupuncture session. Check with your health fund provider for more information. Bring your health insurance card along to the session.
What is involved in an Acupuncture for fertility Antigonish session?
The initial session of Chinese medicine and acupuncture for fertility includes a consultation to determine your health from a Chinese medicine perspective. The outcomes may support acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicines and other Chinese medicine techniques. After the consultation, the Chinese medicine techniques and recommendation will be explained then applied. Open conversation is encouraged throughout the session.
Booking an Acupuncture & Chinese medicine appointment for fertility
Making a booking for acupuncture for fertility Antigonish is easy. Go to the online booking page and make an appointment now.
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- Jo J, Lee YJ. Effectiveness of acupuncture in women with polycystic ovarian syndrome undergoing in vitro fertilisation or intracytoplasmic sperm injection: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Acupunct Med. 2017;35(3):162-70.
- Qian Y, Xia XR, Ochin H, Huang C, Gao C, Gao L, et al. Therapeutic effect of acupuncture on the outcomes of in vitro fertilization: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Arch Gynecol Obstet. 2017;295(3):543-58.
- Shen C, Wu M, Shu D, Zhao X, Gao Y. The Role of Acupuncture in vitro Fertilization: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Gynecol Obstet Invest. 2015;79(1):1-12.
- Guo J, Li D, Liu C, Ji X, Li R, Du X. Effects of Chinese herbs combined with in vitro fertilization and embryo transplantation on infertility: a clinical randomized controlled trial. J Tradit Chin Med. 2014;34(3):267-73.
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