Acupuncture with its suite of treatment methods can be used alongside conventional care to support fertility. The stress involved with trying to conceive, then running into a medical roadblock, or two, or three are common. You are not alone but are unique, so we take the time to consider all the possible factors so you have a successful and happy outcome.
Whether trying to conceive naturally or by assisted reproductive technologies (ART), receiving regular acupuncture treatments and taking custom herbal formulas can influence many factors involved in the reproductive process.
Acupuncture with herbal formulas can:
• Improve blood flow to the uterus resulting in a healthier uterine lining (the endometrium), which encourages implantation
• Improve follicular function resulting in better quality eggs
• Calm the mind and relax the body to allow deeper resting states for improved metabolic function
• Modulate reproductive hormones
• Improve the quality and quality of cervical mucus
• Improve viability of a pregnancy at embryo transfer in IVF and ICSI
• Improve ovulation and support weight loss in PCOS
• Prevent miscarriage
We believe in combining the best of eastern and western knowledge. Western medicine has unparalleled diagnostic tools and eastern medicine’s herbs and acupuncture nudge the body’s systems towards a healthier state. During the process, part of our job at Mountaintop Acupuncture is to assess your diet, exercise, and lifestyle habits to see where there might be room for improvement, and make the appropriate recommendations.
Common causes of fertility problems in women are:
• Hormonal imbalances
• Presence of anti-sperm antibodies (ASAB)
• Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
• Frequent miscarriage
• Menstrual cycle irregularities
• Fallopian tube blockage
• Disorders of the cervix
• Unexplained infertility
• Long-term use of oral contraceptives
Common problems of fertility problems in men are:
• Sperm volume and count are low, the shape are abnormal, and/or the are not moving well to reach the egg
• Hormonal imbalances
• Obstructions such as sperm duct defects or as a result of infections
• Testicular disease
Environmental factors influence fertility, and affect men and women equally:
• Industrial chemical exposures, including household cleaning products
• Exposure to radiation or x-rays
• Exposures heavy metals
• Body products
Lifestyle factors also affect men and women equally and need to be taken into account. We’ve seen firsthand that drinking even a little alcohol, smoking just a few cigarettes every day, undergoing emotional stress from work and/or personal life, and carrying extra weight can all interfere with conception.
A word about time and treatments: As a consumer-patient, it is important to understand that acupuncture is cumulative in its effects. We take one to several key issues and focus on resolving them within a reasonable amount of time. It is optimal to be treated for a few months before trying to conceive, especially if you’re doing ART.
A few months is also especially good for “unexplained infertility,” a time of preparation that includes charting the basal body temperature (BBT) over several months to detect a pattern which points to the problem. We understand that’s not what most people don’t want to hear, but the research and our experience has shown this to be the most productive route.
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