Summer is here!
As the weather starts to shift, our minds turn to growth, change, and sometimes... babies!
For some women, conception comes easily, but for many it can be a slower, disheartening process. If you are having a hard time getting pregnant, you aren't alone. Resolve, the National Infertility Association, estimates approximately 1 in 8 couples struggle to get and stay pregnant. Couples in this scenario often resort to spending tens of thousands of dollars on expensive fertility medicine and treatment that for some, yield no tangible results. Don't give up hope! A more effective solution for you may come from Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs, and Traditional Chinese Medicine.
In 2002, researchers at a German fertility clinic performed a study to determine the effectiveness of acupuncture as a fertility treatment. 160 patients who were undergoing assisted reproduction therapy were split into two groups: one group received embryo transfer with acupuncture, while the second group received embryo transfer without acupuncture. Of the 80 patients in group one who received acupuncture, 34 became pregnant (42.5%). In the second group, just 21 patients became pregnant (26.3%).
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About 10 percent of couples struggle with infertility and an inability to conceive, according to the Centers for Disease Control. For those struggling to have children, fertility treatment can become tiring and expensive very quickly. Utilizing all of the tools at your disposal, (both Easter & Western) is a smart way to approach boosting your fertility.
By increasing blood flow and Qi (pronounced “chee”) to the reproductive organs, acupuncture can help increase fertility. Stress has been noted to cause infertility in women due to an increase in the hormone cortisol. This change in hormones can knock the body out of balance, affecting fertility. Acupuncture can help by decreasing stress with acupuncture points and bringing the body back into greater hormonal balance.
Unlike Western medications and hormone treatments, Acupuncture infertility treatment has little to no side effects.
Women who received Chinese herbal treatments once a week for about three months were found to be twice as likely to become pregnant as women who didn’t receive the treatment, according to a study in the journal Complementary Therapies in Medicine. Herbal medicine can enhance and support your treatment long after you leave the office in convenient capsule and tea form.
Yoga is another way to increase fertility by reducing stress and increasing blood flow, which can help gynecological function. Breathing practices (pranayama) that are done in yoga can help to relax the mind and lower cortisol levels, bringing hormones back into normal balance. Some poses can increase circulation to the reproductive organs including Seated Angle Pose. Supported inversions such as vipirita kirani, and supported bridge can be extremely helpful fertility boosters as they balance the hormones, and can easily be done from the comfort of your own home.
Simple lifestyle changes can also help boost your fertility:
- Eat a healthy/healthier diet
- Avoid alcohol, smoking and environmental toxins
- Get enough sleep!!!
Alternative treatments for fertility can be a less expensive, non-invasive option for improving fertility!