Natural Fertility and IVF Support
Holistic treatments for infertility
Infertility is a devastating experience for many couples these days. Infertility affects both men and women.
The causes of infertility are complex. Infertility results from a male factor in about 35% of cases, and a female factor in about 50%. About 10% of infertility problems remain unexplained even after complete medical evaluations. Around 5% are due to infertility in both partners. There is insufficient evidence that Chinese medicine can effectively treat infertility or improve fertility. Our treatment principal is to strengthen your body to handle the physical, biological and emotional challenges.
Some women who cannot get pregnant naturally choose to use IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) treatment.
IVF process involves fertilising the egg in a laboratory rather than in the woman’s fallopian tube. The use of acupuncture to improve the outcome of IVF has become widespread over the past 15 years. Recent research suggests that acupuncture may be a safe and effective adjunct therapy for women undergoing IVF (1). You should consult your treating practitioner/s about how acupuncture may be able to help you.
Natural Fertility and IVF Support treatment in our clinic is all-rounded which includes acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, cupping, moxibustion, Qigong exercise, as well as dietary and lifestyle advices.
In general, the treatment focuses on assisting with conception in the following ways:
- Regulate the menstrual cycle
- Increase the basal body temperature
- Increase blood flow to the uterus
- Increase the thickness of uterine lining (endometrium)
- Regulate hormones to produce more follicles
- Improve the function of the ovaries to produce higher quality eggs
- Increase sperm quality (volume, count, motility, morphology)
- Decrease stress and alleviating any psychological issues
Reference (1) Rosenthal, L. & Anderson B. (2007). “Acupuncture and In Vitro Fertilisation: Recent Research and Clinical Guidelines”, Journal of Chinese Medicine, 84 (June): 28–35.