Acupuncture and Infertility

Acupuncture can be used to treat many types of fertility disorders including spasmed tubes. Spasmed tubes are often de-spasmed with acupuncture, though blocked tubes will not respond to acupuncture. Acupuncture is often combined with herbal remedies to treat elevated follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), repeated pregnancy loss, unexplained (idiopathic) infertility, luteal phase defect, hyperprolactinemia (when not caused by a prolactinoma), polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) with annovulatory cycles and male factor including men affected with sperm-DNA-fragmentation.

When Should Acupuncture Treatment Begin?

Acupuncture is similar to any therapy in that it is a process-oriented routine of medical action. It is better to do more than less. Patients are regularly treated for three to four months before progressing to insemination, in vitro fertilization (IVF), or donor-egg transfer. This pacing of treatment seems to have a therapeutic effect.

Research suggests that the most effective fertility treatments involve a combination of acupuncture, herbal medicine, and traditional medicine. However, conception occasionally occurs when acupuncture and herbal medicines are used without traditional medical interventions.

Should I Stop Acupuncture When I Get Pregnant?

Typically most miscarriages occur within the first 3 months of pregnancy. Consequently, treatment of patients may often last through week twelve to help prevent miscarriage.

Are There Risks Of Using Acupuncture With Infertility?

There are minimal risks in using acupuncture for fertility treatment.  Acupuncture is generally safe regardless of a person’s medical history.

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