For many living in Portland, Oregon or other communities throughout the United States, infertility can be a troubling condition from which to suffer. Many patients may feel helpless when going through this problem, as many do not understand what's causing it or what they can do about it. Fortunately, there are several treatments and procedures available that have helped individuals or couples achieve their goal of becoming pregnant, but there are also alternative, non-traditional methods for improving fertility that may be helpful as well.
Acupuncture is one of these treatments. You've probably heard of acupuncture for its treatment of pain, but it's actually a very versatile treatment that's been used for thousands of years. It's been used to help relieve stress, lose weight and even improve fertility. By relieving stress, many are able to stop overeating, which may lead some to gain weight. Being overweight or obese (or underweight) may be a contributor to infertility. Stress in and of itself may inhibit fertility, too.
Of course, the exact reasons for acupuncture's success are not fully understood, but it has helped increase blood circulation to the reproductive organs, increases the thickness of the uterine lining, improve egg quality, improve fertility medications' effectiveness, and may even help to improve sperm count. It's important to discuss all of one's treatment options with a fertility specialist when looking to overcome infertility and become pregnant to help determine which treatment is best, but acupuncture has been used to treat those with a variety of causes of infertility. These include endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), poor egg quality, low ovarian reserve, advanced maternal age, implantation failure, recurrent miscarriage, low sperm count, sperm DNA fragmentation and more. It may even be used when the cause of infertility is unknown.
Alternative treatment methods such as acupuncture may be used alone to improve fertility, but may also be used in combination with other treatments like in vitro fertilization to help improve the chances of the procedure's success. Various assisted reproductive technologies (ART) may be combined with acupuncture or other non-traditional fertility treatments such as massage to help improve the chances of success.
Practitioners of acupuncture in Portland and elsewhere believe that there is a life energy that flows through the body, protecting it from illness and pain. If this energy becomes blocked due to stress, trauma, poor diet or a lack of exercise, it may manifest in various ways including infertility. Practitioners place thin, sterile needles into certain points on the body to release this energy so that the release of positive energy pushes out negative energy as well. Treatment sessions may take about 20 to 30 minutes and the patients lie still as the needles are manually stimulated.
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