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Acupuncture Treatments For Fertility

According to the CDC, roughly 12 percent of couples have trouble getting pregnant or sustaining a pregnancy. If you and your significant other have tried other fertility treatments with no success, consider acupuncture treatments for fertility. This alternative medicine treatment has many benefits, including lessening stress and anxiety, which may help you cope with infertility-related stress.

Causes Of Infertility

Infertility is defined as not being able to conceive despite having frequent, unprotected sex for at least a year for most couples.

Infertility may result from an issue with either you or your partner or other factors that interfere with pregnancy. In general:

  • In one-third of cases there is an issue with the male.
  • In one-third of cases there is an issue with the female.
  • In the remaining cases, there are issues with both the male and female, or no cause can be identified.

Causes of male infertility may include:

  • Abnormal sperm production or function.
  • Problems with the delivery of sperm.
  • Overexposure to certain environmental factors.
  • Damage related to cancer and its treatments (i.e. radiation or chemotherapy).

Causes of female infertility may include:

  • Ovulation disorders.
  • Uterine or cervical abnormalities.
  • Fallopian tube damage or blockage.
  • Endometriosis.
  • Primary ovarian insufficiency.
  • Pelvic adhesions.
  • Cancer and its treatments (i.e. radiation or chemotherapy).
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Risk Factors of Infertility

Several risk factors for male and female infertility are the same. They include:

  • Age. As women get older, they fertility gradually declines, especially in her mid-30s, and it drops rapidly after age 37. Men over the age 40 may be less fertile than younger men.
  • Tobacco use. Smoking tobacco reduces the likelihood of pregnancy. It also reduces the possible benefit of fertility treatment. Miscarriages are more frequent in women who smoke. Smoking can also increase the risk of erectile dysfunction and low sperm count in men.
  • Alcohol use. Women should avoid alcohol if they are planning to become pregnant. Alcohol increases the risk of birth defects and may contribute to infertility.
  • Being overweight. An inactive lifestyle combined with being overweight may increase the risk of infertility in women. A man's sperm count may also be affected.
  • Being underweight. Women are at risk of fertility problems if they have an eating disorder or follow a low-calorie diet.
  • Exercise issues. Little to no exercise contributes to obesity, which increased the risk of infertility. Ovulation problems may be associated with frequent strenuous, intense exercise in women who are not overweight.

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How Are Fertility Issues Diagnosed?

There are several tests offered by a physician for men and women.

Male fertility requires that the testicles produce enough healthy sperm, and that it travels to the egg. Specific fertility tests for men may include: semen analysis, hormone testing, genetic testing, testicular biopsy, imaging, and other specialty testing.

Fertility for women relies on the ovaries releasing healthy eggs. Her reproductive tract must allow an egg to pass into her fallopian tubes and join with sperm for fertilization. Fertility tests for women include: ovulation testing, hysterosalpingography, ovarian reserve testing, other hormone testing, and imaging tests.

Medical Treatments For Infertility

The type of infertility treatment your physician will suggest depends on:

  • What is causing the infertility.
  • How long you have been infertile.
  • Your age and your partner's age.
  • Personal preferences.

Some causes of infertility can't be corrected, but couples can often still achieve a pregnancy through use of assisted reproductive technology.

Treatments for men include:

  • Medications. Certain medications prescribed by a physician may improve a man's sperm count and likelihood for achieving a successful pregnancy.
  • Surgery. This may be able to reverse sperm blockage and restore fertility.
  • Sperm retrieval. These techniques obtain sperm when sperm counts are low or otherwise abnormal.
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Treatments for women include:

  • Stimulating ovulation with fertility drugs. These fertility medications regulate or induce ovulation.
  • Intrauterine insemination (IUI). During this procedure, healthy sperm are placed directly in the uterus around the time the woman's ovary releases one or more eggs to be fertilized.
  • Surgery. Uterine problems can be treated with hysteroscopic surgery.
Acupuncture Treatments For Fertility

Originating from China, acupuncture is a type of alternative medicine practiced around the world. Many acupuncturists believe stimulating particular points on the body can lead to better health and overall well-being.

Acupuncture may provide some benefits for women experiencing infertility, especially combined with traditional medicine. It may help:

  • Relieve stress
  • Regulate hormonal imbalances
  • Increase blood flow to the uterus and ovaries

Acupuncturists use needles that they gently insert into acupoints, which are areas of the body where it is believed that the body's energy flow (Qi) can be stimulated.

You should expect your physician to do a holistic assessment on your first visit. He or she will ask about your medical history and symptoms. It is important to let them know about any blood work or medical tests for infertility you have had.

The needles used for treatment are almost as thin as hair and very flexible. You may feel them being inserted, but it shouldn't be painful. During treatment, you may become very relaxed or fall asleep. Sometimes, dizziness or nausea may occur during the first treatment.

According to research, there are several benefits of acupuncture:

  • Improved pregnancy rates during IVF treatment cycles.
  • Increased blood flow to the uterus.
  • Reduced stress and anxiety levels.
  • Improvement in ovulation for women.
  • Improvement in sperm count and quality for men.

In addition to acupuncture, Massage and Chiropractic treatments are effective treatment methods for reducing stress related to fertility.

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Conclusion:

Acupuncture may help treat infertility as it helps relieve stress and regulate hormonal imbalances throughout the body. Research has also shown it to be effective when combined with IVF treatments.

Chiropractic, massage therapy, and acupuncture can be used alone or combined to help with fertility. Alpha Chiropractic and Physical Therapy provides treatment for many patients in Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Tempe, Phoenix, and Maricopa.



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