Acupuncture to treat infertility:
Acupuncture and herbal medicine, have been used for centuries to treat some causes of infertility. Even though acupuncture and herbs will not work to address tubal adhesions resulting from pelvic inflammatory disease or endometriosis, an individual can still benefit because of the potential effect of improved ovarian and follicular function. Additionally, research has shown that acupuncture can increase blood flow to the endometrium, helping to facilitate a thick, rich lining.
When should acupuncture treatment begin?
Patients who are planning for insemination, in vitro fertilization (IVF), or donor-egg transfer benefit from acupuncture treatment three to four months before their treatments.
In a study by Stener-Victorin, et al, from the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology Fertility Centre, Scandinavia and University of Gothenburg, women are encouraged to receive acupuncture treatments pre and post embryo transfer.
What types of fertility patients get acupuncture?
Acupuncture can be used to treat many fertility disorders including tube spasms. Acupuncture is often combined with herbs 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 infertility including men affected with sperm-DNA-fragmentation.