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5 Reasons Acupuncture is Great for Fertility

Jun 19, 2023

5 Reasons Acupuncture is Great for Fertility

Whether you’re just starting your journey to try to conceive or you’ve been through rounds of IUI or have IVF on the horizon, acupuncture is an effective and powerful modality to add to your fertility plan. Not only can acupuncture increase your chances of a healthy pregnancy but it can help with side effects of reproductive interventions like IUI and IVF. Once you’re pregnant, acupuncture helps tremendously with the lovely symptoms that come along with it, such as nausea, heartburn, round ligament pain, sacrum pain, sluggish digestion and more.

Reason 1- Regulates Hormones and the Menstrual cycles

Acupuncture can help regulate hormones in both men and women, which is essential for fertility. By restoring balance to the endocrine system, acupuncture can help regulate the menstrual cycle, promote ovulation, and improve the quality of sperm. This means that acupuncture can be a great choice for anyone who is struggling with fertility due to hormonal imbalances.

Irregular menstrual cycles or the absence of periods can be a sign of hormone dysfunction. Acupuncture can help regulate the menstrual cycle by stimulating the production of hormones and improving blood flow to the reproductive organs. It can help to balance hormones that are important for fertility, such as estrogen and progesterone. By regulating these hormones, acupuncture can help to improve ovarian function and promote ovulation.

Reason 2- Improves Blood flow

Acupuncture can also improve blood flow to the reproductive organs, which can improve fertility. The increased blood flow can help to thicken the endometrial lining and improve the chances of implantation. It can also improve blood flow to the uterus and ovaries, which can help to increase the chances of conception and nourish the follicles and improve their function. This can also lead to the production of healthier and more viable eggs.

Reason 3- Enhances the Success of Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART)

Acupuncture has been shown to improve the success rates of ART, such as in vitro fertilization (IVF). It can help increase blood flow to the uterus, improve the quality of the endometrial lining, and reduce stress, which can all contribute to a successful pregnancy. Studies have shown that acupuncture can improve the success rate of IVF by up to 40%.

Reason 4- Reduces Stress

Stress and anxiety can have a negative impact on fertility, as they can disrupt hormone levels, reduce blood flow to the reproductive organ and interfere with ovulation and sperm production. Acupuncture can help reduce stress and promote relaxation, which can improve fertility.

How does Acupuncture Treat Stress?

Regulates the Nervous system

Acupuncture is believed to influence the autonomic nervous system, which plays a role in the body’s stress response. By stimulating specific acupuncture points, it helps to regulate the sympathetic (fight-or-flight) and parasympathetic (rest-and-digest) branches of the nervous system, promoting a more balanced state.

Releases Endorphins

Acupuncture stimulates the release of endorphins, which are natural pain-relieving and mood-enhancing chemicals in the body. These endorphins can induce a sense of relaxation, reduce pain, and enhance overall well-being, all which help to alleviate stress.

Regulates Neurotransmitter

Acupuncture affects the levels and activity of neurotransmitters, such as serotonin and dopamine, which are involved in mood regulation. By increasing the release of these neurotransmitters, acupuncture helps improve mood and reduce stress.

Enhances Circulation

Acupuncture can improve blood circulation, which can have a positive impact on overall health and stress reduction. Better circulation helps deliver oxygen and nutrients to tissues, promoting relaxation and reducing tension.

Reasons 5- Improves Sperm Quality

Acupuncture can also be helpful for men who are experiencing fertility issues. It can improve sperm quality by increasing the production of sperm and improving the motility and morphology of the sperm. Acupuncture can also help to reduce inflammation in the reproductive system, which can improve overall sperm health.

So whether you’re looking for a therapy to best help your body prepare for pregnancy, you’re currently going through ART therapies or you recently found out you’re pregnant and want the extra support for a healthy pregnancy, acupuncture is for you!

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