Infertility occurs when a woman is unable to get pregnant after a year or more of trying. Infertility is a common problem, with about 10% of women (6.1 million) in the United States ages 15-44 having difficulty becoming or staying pregnant, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Infertility can also occur in men, many times due to overall health and lifestyle. Women, on the other hand, are often infertile due to problems with ovulation, which can reduce the number of available eggs to be fertilized. These ovulation problems are often caused by a hormonal imbalance called polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), or by primary ovarian insufficiency (POI), which occurs when ovaries stop working normally before the age of 40.
To treat infertility, doctors often suggest drugs or surgery, both of which include potential health risks. However, acupuncture, a natural procedure that has been practiced for centuries, is an effective treatment for infertility. By increasing blood flow to the uterus, the endometrial lining thickens, enabling implantation to occur more easily. Acupuncture also balances and regulates hormones, resulting in regulated ovulation and lessening uterine contractions, which can affect implantation.
Using acupuncture to treat infertility, an acupuncturist will insert fine needles into certain points on the body, selected by their ability to regulate menstruation, increase blood flow, provide stress relief and thicken the lining of the uterus. A virtually painless procedure, a majority of patients experience deep relaxation and calming and leave the office feeling refreshed, renewed and re-energized.
If you, a friend or a family member has been considering acupuncture please give us a call at 732-431-2155 to schedule an appointment and learn more about its health benefits.