Acupuncture for Fertility

 

Fatima Hozouri, Registered Acupuncturist

Over the past few decades fertility rates have decreased. Statistics show 1 in 5 couples over age 30 have problems conceiving after trying for one year. Many of these couples have used technologies available in Western Medicine such as IVF, IUI, donor egg/sperm transfer but the success rates can be less than optimal. Many couples have also reached out to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Acupuncture to increase their fertility and improve their chance of conceiving.

Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture have a long history of treating infertility dating back to Han dynasty. According to TCM principles when there is a good flow of Qi and Blood, the person is in optimal health. In our modern world many factors can contribute to imbalance in our body, making pregnancy more difficult. Acupuncture and TCM helps to restore the Vital Energy (Qi) and enhance the flow of Qi and Blood.

Acupuncture helps to:

  • Increase blood flow to the uterus
  • Reduce the stress/anxiety associated with infertility
  • Improve sperm mobility and quality
  • Regulate menstrual cycle and normalize endocrine (hormonal) system
  • Balance hormones
  • Enhance the successful rates of IVF and IUI
  • Decrease the chance of miscarriage
  • Address any pre-existing medical conditions

Fertility approaches and treatments vary person to person, but usually treatments are scheduled for 3 consecutive menstrual cycles.