November 2010 Blog Archive
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Acupuncture for Infertility: Traditional Treatment of a Modern Problem
Infertility can be a difficult condition for many couples to overcome on their path to parenthood. There are a variety of medical treatments available that can help individuals become parents, like in-vitro fertilization and IUI. But many couples are interested in using more natural methods of alternative medicine, or even using a combination of western and eastern medical techniques to treat their infertility. Acupuncture is an effective, minimally invasive treatment that many have turned to in their struggle to become pregnant.
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese treatment that has been used to provide relief from an abundance of pain, illnesses and conditions. It involves the insertion of thin, sterile needles in specific points on the body to release blocked energy, which practitioners believe may manifest in disease and illness. By doing so, many have found relief from a variety of ailments, including infertility.
Simply relieving stress may be a good first step towards improving fertility, although acupuncture has also helped treat male infertility causes such as low sperm count and sperm DNA fragmentation and female infertility causes such as endometriosis, PCOS, low ovarian reserve and others. Those with unexplained causes of infertility may find success through acupuncture as well.
Acupuncture has successfully helped many couples improve fertility, but it is often used in conjunction with in vitro fertilization (IVF) or other assisted reproductive technologies (ART) to help boost results and improve chances of success as well. If you're experiencing infertility and would like to learn more about how acupuncture may be able to help, see a fertility doctor or practitioner of acupuncture in your area.