Acupuncture and Infertility
Acupuncture is a natural approach to treating both male and female infertility by using specific techniques to target infertility issues and improve blood flow to the reproductive organs . It can also optimize a person’s general health and reduce stress.
Acupuncture and female infertility
Acupuncture can improve a woman’s chances of conception by regulating hormones, encouraging a balanced menstrual cycle, increasing the body’s basal temperature, thickening the lining of the uterus, and bringing on ovulation. Research and clinical observation have shown that acupuncture can increase the progesterone level and regulate the levels of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), luteinizing hormone (LH) and estrogen.
Women with the following conditions can benefit from acupuncture:
- Abnormal hormone levels (AMH, FSH and LH)
- Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
- Premature ovarian failure (POF)
- Low ovarian reserve
- Chronic pelvic inflammation
- Recurrent miscarriages
- Irregular menstruation
- Uterine lining issues
Acupuncture and male infertility
Studies on male infertility show that acupuncture significantly improves the quality of sperm and reduces sexual dysfunction. Dieterle et al. (2006) found through a randomized placebo-controlled study that acupuncture improved severe oligoasthenozoospermia (reduced sperm motility and low spermatozoon count) .
Siterman et al. (2009) reported successful acupuncture treatment with males who suffered from low sperm count due to inflammation of the genital tracer causing scrotal hyperthermia. Acupuncture treatment resulted in decreased scrotal temperature and increased sperm count .
Pei et al. (2005) indicated a general improvement in the quality of sperm, specifically in the ultrastructural integrity of spermatozoa in men who received acupuncture twice a week for five weeks.
Men with the following conditions can benefit from acupuncture:
- Asthenozoospermia – low sperm motility
- Azoospermia – low sperm count
- Hypospermia – low semen volume
- Oligospermia – too few sperm
- Teratospermia – sperm with abnormal morphology
- Scrotal hyperthermia
- High viscosity semen
- High stress