Acupuncture for Fertility in Sherman Oaks, CA
Acupuncture is an ancient staple of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) which involves the insertion of thin needles into the surface of the skin in varying depths at various acupuncture points on the body. Modernly, the positive effects of acupuncture have gone beyond stress reduction and pain relief, and it is now believed that acupuncture is an effective natural therapy for stimulating fertility when used alone or in conjunction with in-vitro fertilization (IVF) or fertility drugs.
There's an acupuncturist in Sherman Oaks that can provide you a natural fertility treatment using acupuncture. Call (424) 365-1800 or contact Vitality Integrative Medicine online.
Acupuncture & Pregnancy
Acupuncture and pregnancy are much more intertwined than you would think. Acupuncture stimulates the production of a single egg, statistically increasing the chances of in vitro success by over 26%, some studies suggest. While the science is not clear on why acupuncture works, theories and cutting-edge research suggest it may possibly increase blood flow (and thus hormonal stimulation) to the ovaries and increase the volume of egg follicles available for fertilization. The increased blood flow to reproductive organs may supply hormones and nutrients to strengthen weakened uterine linings that contribute to miscarriage.
In TCM, acupuncture is thought to stimulate and clear blockages to the flow of Qi or life energy, but modern brain researchers note that the relationship between acupuncture and infertility may have clear connections in brain chemistry, with acupuncture and brain hormones linked to conception. Acupuncture also increases production of "feel good" endorphins which help to regulate menstrual cycles.
Benefits of Acupuncture for Fertility
Recent studies have suggested that there are benefits to choosing acupuncture as an infertility treatment option. Acupuncture for fertility benefits include:
- Effective and natural for both men and women: The roots of infertility can be found in males as often as in females, and sometimes concurrently in both (e.g., a combination of low sperm count in the male and decreased egg production in the female). Modern fertility drugs are typically not nearly as effective for men as they are for women. Acupuncture has been associated with an increased number of healthy sperm, fewer defective sperm, increased sperm count and improved sperm motility.
- Improves your body’s function: Used alone, without medical intervention or fertility drugs, acupuncture can increase chances of conception through balancing the endocrine system and stimulating neuroendocrine effects impacting ovaries, hypothalamus and pituitary glands. It also can impact metabolism and modulate both the peripheral and central nervous systems.
- Fewer side effects: Fertility drugs commonly prescribed have side effects including abdominal tenderness, bloating, fluid retention, weight gain and nausea. Acupuncture, by contrast, offers few to no side effects, stimulating the hypothalamus to naturally balance the endocrine system and its hormones, often the root cause of infertility in women and men.
- Stress relief: Acupuncture can also reduce stress and lower cortisol levels. Cortisol can disrupt hormonal balance and be a direct cause of infertility. However, stress can cause impotence in men by lowering sperm count and sperm motility. In women, stress can bring ovulation to a halt or impede the successful implantation even once an egg has been successfully fertilized.
What to Expect During an Acupuncture Session
Your acupuncturist should ask general health questions and review your medical history prior to your first acupuncture session. A medical examination may be required.
All acupuncture involves the relatively painless insertion of thin needles inserted in varying depths below the surface of the skin at any of over 400 identified energy points along meridians on your body. Your particular condition and issues will determine how many and where needles will be used on your body. These acupuncture needles may be stimulated by heat or electricity during you acupuncture session.
Acupuncture needles should be sterile and never be reused. Sessions can range from 20 minutes to 2 hours. IVF treatment programs are recommending - some even requiring - acupuncture for infertility patients with 6-12 acupunctures sessions recommended as a minimum, but perhaps necessitating as much as 3-9 months of ongoing acupuncture sessions at least twice each week.
To request more information about acupuncture and infertility, or to begin a treatment regimen using acupuncture as a natural fertility treatment option, call (424) 365-1800 or contact Vitality Integrative Medicine online.
Vitality Integrative Medicine
Address4849 Van Nuys Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Wed: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Fri: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm