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Female Fertility

How can acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine influence female infertility?

Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine affect the Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Ovarian Axis, thus balancing hormones. They also help improve ovarian function, promote ovulation, increases blood flow to the uterus, thicken the endometrial lining, which gives a better chance of embryo implantation.

Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can help female infertility due to:
  • Natural conception
  • Support for IVF, ICSI or IUI
  • Unexplained infertility
  • Irregular periods
  • Amenorrhea / Absent periods
  • PCOS
  • Endometriosis
  • High FSH
  • Low AMH
  • Premature ovarian failure
  • Luteal phase defect
  • High prolactin / Hyperprolactinemia
  • Annovulation
  • Uterine Fibroids
  • Ovarian dysfunction
  • Recurrent miscarriage
  • Fallopian tube blockage

Male Fertility

Getting pregnant is a quite complex process. It is more than just the joining of a sperm with an egg.

First of all, certain amount of sperm must be produced and become matured. It takes between three and four months for sperm to develop from the immature stages within the seminiferous tubules to mature sperm within the vas deferens. Then, after ejaculation, sperm must swim through the mucus secretions in the cervix and uterus and out along the fallopian tubes, a journey that takes about 12 hours. Finally, sperm join with the egg. Although about 20 million sperm are ejaculated, only one is successful in getting the egg fertilized.

Sperm disorders:
  • Low volume of sperm
  • Low sperm count
  • Poor motility
  • Poor morphology
  • Delayed liquefaction
  • Anti-sperm antibodies

World Health Organisation (WHO 2010) guidelines for assessing male infertility
Volume: 1.5 ml
Concentration: 15 million/ml
Progressive motility: 32%
Morphology (normal forms): 4%

World Health Organisation (WHO 1999) guidelines for assessing male infertility
Volume: 2 ml
Concentration: 20 million/ml
Progressive motility: 50%
Morphology (normal forms): 14%

Sperm disorders and TCM
There is little conventional medicine can do with sperm disorders apart from in very rare circumstances. IVF may be appropriate for minor disorders of sperm function, but in most cases ICSI is the best chance. Traditional Chinese medicine, however, offers a natural to improve sperm conditions.

Research has shown acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can have a positive effect on sperm production and quality. Although acupuncture works very well in preparing men for being a parent, we strongly recommend acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine hand in hand when it comes to sperm problems.

Kidney factor, more or less, will be mentioned in most cases, because Kidney, though not the same concept as used in conventional medicine, stores essence (jing) and dominates reproductive function. However, Chinese medicine is tailored to individuals and everyone is different, it will never be as simple as A = B. Almost every single case is complicated with one or another factor. Phlegm, damp, heat, stasis are among those most common identified factors.

Acupuncture for IVF

Before IVF

Ideally, preparation for IVF should start at least 3-4 months prior to the IVF cycle, although even one month can make a difference. It aims to bring the body to the optimal pre-conception condition to maximize the chance of success. Normally a combination of acupuncture and herbs is used during stage. Both male and female should be involved at this stage.

During IVF

Weekly acupuncture is advised to women from the first day of medication through to embryo transfer. Acupuncture helps 1) reduce the side effects of the drugs; 2) produce more follicles and maximize egg quality; 3) optimize the thickness of the endometrium to prepare for the transfer of embryos.

Where there is no male factor infertility, recommends a single acupuncture treatment is recommended prior to egg collection to relieve anxiety. Where there is male factor infertility, acupuncture treatments should have already started from the preparation stage.

Embryo Transfer

An acupuncture session is recommended before and after embryo transfer to improve pregnancy rate. Ideally, this is on the same day as close to your embryo transfer appointment. Choosing points that relax uterus optimizes endometrial receptivity, thus helping embryo implantation.

After Embryo Transfer

One or two acupuncture sessions are recommended during the two-week waiting period before a pregnancy test is taken. This is primarily to support emotionally, to ease anxiety and promote relaxation.

Once pregnant

Acupuncture is recommended weekly through the first trimester, up to week 12/13 as there is a higher risk of miscarriage in IVF induced pregnancies. It aims to support implantation and help promote a healthy pregnancy.

When To Start?

It takes at least 3 months for immature eggs to mature enough to be released at ovulation and it takes the same amount of time for sperm to be developed mature. Therefore, 3 months is recommended to be given to prepare for conception.

This practice is conveniently located in Sale, which is ideal for people who are looking for acupuncturist in south Manchester. It is within easy reach of Altrincham, Timperley, Hale, Didsbury, Northenden, Stretford, Urmston, Chorlton, Withinghton, Wythenshawe, Manchester city centre, Knutsford, Wilmslow, Macclesfield, Warrighton.

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