Acupuncture for fertility

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Acupuncture to Support Fertility 

Acupuncture and herbal medicine have long been used to increase fertility for both women and men. Studies have suggested that the combination of both Western medicine and acupuncture can be an effective approach to preserving and stimulating fertility.  If you are near State College, PA and want to pursue acupuncture and herbal medicine for any of the fertility concerns below, reach out to Matt Beigle for an acupuncture consultation.

Amenorrhea

Acupuncture is appropriate for treating amenorrhea – a condition where menstruation does not occur. Amenorrhea can be related to exercise, hormones, PCOS, or other associated conditions.  Acupuncture treatments for amenorrhea can be supported by herbal formulations customized to the needs of the individual.  The idea here is to stimulate normal ovulation and cycle regularity.  Dietary and lifestyle recommendations can further support acupuncture treatments for amenorrhea.

Decreased Ovarian Reserve

The ability of the ovaries to create viable eggs in quantity can diminish with age and stress.  A premature reduction in viable eggs produced can be problematic for younger women who want to remain fertile.  Also, some women may want to maintain fertility later in life. Acupuncture has the potential to help any woman suffering from a decrease to their ovarian reserve to remain fertile and become pregnant.

Elevated Follicle-stimulating Hormone

Follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) is a hormone that stimulatesgrowth of ovarian folliclesin the ovary prior to the release of an egg during ovulation.  Decreased fertility has been exhibited in women who produce higher levels of FSH.  A woman approaching menopause can be particularly susceptible to fluctuations in FSH levels and may not be able to pursue timely reproductive treatments like IVF without first balancing levels of FSH. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can help women to regulate FSH.  

Endometriosis

Endometriosis is a condition where the uterine-lining tissue progressively develops outside the uterus. Symptoms can include abdominal pain, heavy periods, and infertility. Acupuncture, dietary modifications, and Chinese medicine can help women suffering with endometriosis to increase blood circulation, as well as reduce inflammation and pain symptoms.

History of Miscarriage

Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can be used to address a variety of conditions that threaten a pregnancy.  Issues with the uterine lining, uterine malformation, auto immune factors and hormone imbalance can all threaten an otherwise healthy pregnancy. If you have experienced bleeding issues in the past, acupuncture and Chinese medicine can help.  Recent studies have even suggested that adding acupuncture treatments may actually prevent some types of miscarriage.  If you are pregnant now or have been in the past, let us help you improve your chances for carrying to full term through fertility acupuncture.

Hormone Imbalances

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine have proven effective in helping women to regulate the hormones associated with reproduction.  A variety of factors can cause hormonal imbalances such as not eating or sleeping well, medications usage, and stress. Indeed, who doesn’t have stress in their lives?  

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can help you regulate your hormones, and not just the ones commonly associated with reproduction (such as testosterone and estrogen). There are MANY other hormones involved in both reproduction and overall health that comingle and add to the equation.  Let Matt Beigle help you with a customized wellness plan to address hormone imbalances and promote a strong, healthy endocrine system and increase fertility. 

Immunological Irregularities

Chinese herbal supplements and acupuncture can help you to regulate your immune system and improve your chances for increased fertility and/or a healthy pregnancy. If you have an autoimmune disorder or issues related to overactive immune response, consider a wellness consultation with Matt to address these concerns through acupuncture and Chinese medicinal herbs.  

In-vitro Fertilization (IVF) and Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) – Getting Better Results

Acupunctureis frequently used to treat women treatment prior to in-vitro fertilization and has been shown to dramatically improve results – by as much as 50%!  Furthermore, receiving acupuncture treatment in conjunction with dietary enhancements can also increase the chances for a successful IUI cycle.  It is usually recommended that you begin acupuncture treatments 2 to 3 months prior to the inception of IUI.  

Acupuncture can help you feel relaxed and reduce overall stress considerably while undergoing IVF or IUI treatments. Chinese medicinal supplements can also help by increasing blood flow and improving circulation.

Infertility for Reasons Unknown

Few things are more disheartening than finding out you are infertile and not knowing why.  Some fertility conditions simply cannot be easily explained.  However, you should know that regularity in the menstrual cycle can increase fertility – and both acupuncture and Chinese herbal formulations can help you achieve the necessary balance.Schedule a consultation with Matt if you want to augment a prescribed Western medical regimen with fertility acupuncture, Chinese herbals, and a wellness plan to increase fertility.

Luteal Phase Defect

A luteal phase defect is when the time between ovulation and menstrual onset is under ten days.  Low levels of progesterone are a likely culprit and this can make it much harder to get pregnant. Acupuncture and Chinese medicinal herbs can be used to regulate the cycle and increase the luteal phase.

Male Infertility

Male factor infertility can be a huge problem for couples trying to conceive.  In fact, the problem is larger than you might think – studies show that the male partner is indeed a factor in up to 50% of couples.  

Recent studies have shown that acupuncture can provide significant improvement to sperm quality (higher sperm count, better motility, and structural defects, and reduced anti-sperm antibodies).  Call Matt for an acupuncture consultation and he will be glad to help you build a plan that includes acupuncture treatment, Chinese herbs, and dietary modifications to increase male fertility.  

Menstrual Cycle Irregularities

It is estimated that up to 14% of women in their childbearing years will experience painful, heavy, or irregular periods.  Some studies have indicated that between 30 - 40% of these women suffer with pain so severe that it causes school or work absences. Hormonal imbalances are thought to be a primary contributor and they can lead to other complications, such as difficulty conceiving.  Here, we are striving for regulation and balance within the menstrual cycle. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can help with menstrual cycle irregularities. 

Ovarian Cysts

Many types of ovarian cysts can be treated with acupuncture and Chinese medicine.  Most commonly, ovarian cysts are the result of excessive fluid (stagnant blood and fluid) in the follicle that didn’t undergo a normal rupture during ovulation.  As menstruation occurs thy will often go away with the fluids being reabsorbed by the body, but this does not always happen. Whether a cyst is naturally occurring or a result of other fertility treatments, both acupuncture and Chinese medicinal herbs can be used to help you.

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

PCOS is essentially a hormonal disorder whereby infrequent or extended menstrual periods are experienced. As a result, the follicles can retain fluid and fail to rupture and subsequently release eggs properly during ovulation. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can be used to stimulate ovulation, regulate the cycle, and reduce discomfort. Recent studies have even shown that acupuncture and Chinese medicine can produce similar success to the fertility drug clomid (used to stimulate ovulation).

Uterine Fibroids

Uterine fibroids are benign growths within the uterus.  They are often accompanied by heavier bleeding during periods, cramps more frequent spotting mid-cycle, swelling of the abdomen, and any of a variety of pain symptoms. Conception may be more difficult if uterine fibroids are present. 

Long considered an effective treatment for uterine fibroids, fertility acupuncture and certain Chinese herbal formulations could prove the difference maker.  Receiving acupuncture treatment for enhanced fertility and Chinese medicine should not interfere with standard medical treatments for uterine fibroids.