Acupuncture for Infertility
Acupuncture works best when a functional problem is the cause of infertility, specifically when endometriosis, ovulatory problems or hormonal imbalances are the cause for not getting pregnant.
On the other hand, acupuncture has not been proven to be as effective when structural problems, such as an improperly formed epididymis or a blocked fallopian tube, are the cause of infertility.
Acupuncture and Female Infertility
Many women choose acupuncture infertility treatment either on its own or in conjunction with IVF procedures.
Studies have proved the effectiveness of acupuncture for infertility. A 2004 study conducted by the Reproductive Medicine and Fertility Center in Colorado found that 51% of women who underwent both IVF and acupuncture treatment at the same time became pregnant, while only 36% of those who only underwent IVF did. The latter group also had higher rates of miscarriage stillbirth (20%) compared to those women who had received acupuncture (8%).
Acupuncture and Male Infertility
Men can also use acupuncture to treat their fertility problems, including erectile dysfunction or low sperm count.
Also, a 2005 study conducted by Shanghai University in China found that acupuncture also helped treat male infertility. Of the men who participated, those who had acupuncture had an increased percentage of sperm in their semen; their sperm structure and morphology was also healthier than their counterparts who did not undergo acupuncture infertility treatment.
Costs and Other Considerations
A series of acupuncture sessions can cost as little as £450. For this reason, acupuncture is an affordable option for women and men having difficulty trying to get pregnant, especially when compared with other infertility treatment options, such as IVF.
In order to witness the benefits of acupuncture, the individual should undergo treatment once or twice weekly for a period of many months. It is normal for the patient to undergo up to 12 rounds of acupuncture treatment. Each session is roughly one hour long and should include time to discuss the patient’s current condition, as well as what the patient can do at home to improve her chances of becoming pregnant.
You should also consult with your health care provider / GP before beginning any infertility acupuncture treatment.
If you wish to discuss your individual needs, please feel free to contact Stephen by email or in person by telephone: 075 0219 490