The medical definition of infertility is the inability to conceive after one year of trying. The science behind infertility in Hoffman Estates IL and Rolling Meadows IL is a delicate balance between the pituitary, hypothalamus, and reproductive glands.
Common Fertility Issues
The most common cause of female infertility is an ovulation disorder in which a hormonal imbalance prevents a mature egg from being released.
Stress also has a negative effect on fertility. It is capable of preventing a woman from ovulating entirely, causes spasms in both the fallopian tubes and the uterus, and interferes with the movement and implantation of a fertilized egg. For men, stress can alter sperm counts, and motility, and cause impotence.
There are fertility drugs that stimulate ovulation in women by regulating the glands, but they don't perform nearly as well for men. Success rates are about a third of those for women. They have not been approved for men by the FDA. Therefore, male infertility treatment must take another track.
Techniques used by Western medicine to treat infertility include prescription medications, hormone injections, and insemination. Many couples choose acupuncture as a natural fertility treatment in combination with other medical interventions. Studies have shown that women who undergo acupuncture in combination with IVF have a higher success rate. Many IVF centers recommend that women use Eastern and Western treatments together.
What Is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is one of the oldest healing practices in the world, with its origins dating back thousands of years. Practitioners of acupuncture have used this minimally invasive approach to help millions of people become healthier and stay healthier. Acupuncture promotes natural healing by enhancing regenerative properties that support physical body functions, immunity, mental health, and emotional well-being. It is a safe, painless, and effective way to treat a wide range of medical conditions.
During an acupuncture treatment, thin needles are inserted into specific points in the body to correct energetic imbalances. It is safe and painless with most people not even feeling the needles being inserted. The needles activate the nerves, helping the body release endorphins. From chronic pain to allergies, diabetes to digestive issues, and stress-related ailments to infertility, acupuncture is used to treat a wide range of conditions.
When used for fertility patients, acupuncture treatments counter the effects of stress and cortisol by releasing endorphins in the brain. It regulates reproductive hormones and the menstrual cycle.
Along with acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine uses herbal therapy and nutrition to improve overall health. You may be given herbal formulas to take and dietary suggestions to follow.
When Should You Get Acupuncture for Fertility?
We recommend starting acupuncture three months before trying to conceive naturally or with the help of fertility treatments. Receiving treatments during the three-month cycle of mature egg development gives your body time to balance and work on any ailments that may interrupt a successful conception.
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5 Reasons To Get Acupuncture For Fertility
Studies show acupuncture helps increase the chances of pregnancy and reduces the chances of miscarriage. This research is typically done on IVF cycles, but acupuncture can help improve an IUI, medicated, or natural cycle in the same way.
Acupuncture has been shown to increase blood flow to the uterus and the quality of your follicles and endometrial lining.
Acupuncture can help to regulate your reproductive hormones. Changes often noticed during the course of treatment include: increased fertile cervical mucous, reduced PMS symptoms, and a longer luteal phase.
Often when we are treating patients during their cycles, we use points to reduce headaches, nausea, bloating, irritability, insomnia, hot flashes, night sweats, constipation, and anxiety.
Struggling with fertility can be stressful. Acupuncture helps reduce stress so you can relax while going through treatment cycles. It's been scientifically proven that acupuncture causes a release of "feel-good" chemicals and hormones in your brain that will ... well, help you feel good!
Benefits of Acupuncture Before Trying to Conceive
Acupuncture improves ovarian reserve, egg maturation, and quality. It also increases the responsiveness of the ovaries to the reproductive hormones.
Benefits While Trying to Conceive
Acupuncture increases the amount of blood flow to the uterus and relaxes it to decrease contractions. It improves the quality of the endometrium lining and continues to reduce stress symptoms, promoting a healthy conception.
Benefits After Conception
Acupuncture helps to decrease pregnancy complications, assist fetus development, prevent miscarriages, and minimize morning sickness.
If you are curious about how chiropractic can help you with your pregnancy call our team at Advance Health & Wellness today. We are here to help.