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Acupuncture: A Treatment for Infertility?

written by: Shuchi Kalra • edited by: Lisa Lambson • updated: 5/31/2011

Can acupuncture help treat infertility? This ancient form of medicine practiced by the Chinese has been used to tackle many fertility-related problems and now, even scientists have begun to agree!

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    With stress levels sky-rocketing and lifestyle problems taking their toll, infertility is one of the major causes of concern for young and middle-aged people today. Acupuncture is an ancient and traditional form of Chinese medicine which has been used for centuries for holistic healing and prevention of diseases. But can acupuncture help treat infertility? Until a few years ago, people were not very aware of the link between acupuncture and infertility. But with the practice of acupuncture rapidly making its way into mainstream natural healing, there is little doubt left that it can help cure infertility in males as well as females – after all, there is medical evidence to back up the claims!

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    Conventional Treatments vs. Acupuncture

    Conventional treatment for infertility can prove to be expensive, exhaustive and emotionally draining for the couple involved. Such treatments require a series of medical tests and multiple visits to the clinic; not to mention synthetic hormone tablets and injections. Why go through the agonizing rigmarole when something as simple and affordable as acupuncture can do the trick.

    The efficacy of acupuncture in the treatment of infertility largely depends on the causative factors. The method has been found to be highly effective in cases of hormonal imbalances, irregular ovulation, amenorrhea, stress related infertility and endometriosis. However, an invasive medical procedure may be called for if the cause is anatomical in nature like blocked fallopian tubes. Acupuncture has also been successfully used in conjunction with Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART).

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    Female Treatment

    According to acupuncturists, acupuncture enhances female fertility by reducing stress, improving blood flow to reproductive organs and strengthening the endometrial lining. Acupuncture not only helps women conceive sooner, it also minimizes the risk of miscarriage and aids a healthy, full-term pregnancy. Acupuncture has proven to be especially beneficial for women undergoing IVF as it increases the chances of conceiving.

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    Male Treatment

    Acupuncture has been proven effective in treating male infertility problems like erectile dysfunction and low sperm counts. It also helps in improving the health and virility of individual sperm cells.

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    What to Expect?

    Acupuncture sessions can last as long as a few weeks to months. Some women may have to undergo sessions even after conceiving to prevent miscarriages in the first trimester. The frequency of sessions may vary from once to twice a week and each session is lasts for about an hour. Make sure that you approach a qualified and reputed acupuncturist for your treatment. The cost of acupuncture treatment is a fraction of what it takes for IVF and other advanced reproductive procedures.

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