Despite your many efforts, building a family might at times need medical intervention. Maybe your partner’s sperm count is low, or you are not ovulating. Whatever be the reasons, it can be an emotional roller coaster. However, you aren’t alone! Close to 7 million women in America seek fertility treatment in their reproductive years. And as surprising as these statistics may sound, it is true. If you have been struggling to conceive for years, and are anxious to have a child, you should consider acupuncture for fertility in San Francisco.
It’s natural to be concerned about the efficacy of a new treatment before moving forward with it. However, research and studies do suggest that acupuncture can boost your chances of conceiving when used in conjunction with other fertility treatments such as IVF.
Success Rate of Acupuncture and IVF
When used in conjunction with fertility treatments such as IVF, acupuncture increases the chances of conception by a whopping 26%. As per a recent study conducted by Tel Aviv University, combining IUI – Intrauterine insemination with TCM acupuncture treatments, 65.5% of the clinical trial group were able to conceive as opposed to the 39.4% of the group who only received IUI treatment and no acupuncture therapy.
How Does Acupuncture Boost Fertility?
Acupuncture has been around for nearly 3,000 years. It is a safe form of treatment that has no side effects. Cure is a strong word. That said, acupuncture does help manage stress, and primes the body, and maximizes the potentially good effects of an ongoing fertility treatment.
1. Acupuncture Improves Blood Flow: One of the first concerns that is addressed to boost the success rate of fertility treatment is to improve blood circulation. Stress and age can lead to a decline in blood circulation to the ovaries and uterus, and lead to infertility. Acupuncture boosts blood flow to your reproductive organs by regulating your central sympathetic nervous system, which is turn causes the blood vessels to dilate. When this happens, the blood vessels release an abundance of nutrient dense blood to all parts of your body including the ovaries and uterus. Increased ovarian blood flow aids your body to respond better to fertility medication, while improved blood supply to the uterus ensures a thick uterine lining which sets an ideal environment for implantation.
2. Acupuncture Reduces Stress: Acupuncture is a non-traditional modality that helps in reducing stress levels that couples undergoing fertility treatment experience. This improves not just pregnancy rates, but also quality of life in some people. According to studies, when needles are placed in the skin, the human body releases endorphins that help calm your muscles and improve your breathing.
Aside from soothing stress and anxiety, acupuncture also helps alleviate the side effects that are caused by IVF and other fertility medication. It reduces inflammation in the body, regulates hormonal imbalance, and lowers cortisol levels, all of which boost your chances to conceive. If you have been struggling to conceive, you must consider adding acupuncture to your fertility treatment. Schedule an appointment with the experts in acupuncture for fertility in San Francisco. Call Anchor Acupuncture and Wellness at 415-855-3112.