Clinical research has demonstrated the benefits of an integrated approach to reproductive care. Acupuncture has been shown to have positive effects on improving fertility and increasing pregnancy rates for couples facing infertility.
Acupuncture is an art as well as a science. It is rooted in the unique and complex system of Chinese medicine that has been effectively used for centuries.
Acupuncture points are located on the body's energy pathways traditionally called “meridians”. Each meridian has a number of acupuncture points that correspond to a specific set of functions within the body. Collectively, these meridians form a communication network that connects and directs all activities within the body.
An acupuncture treatment involves the insertion of fine needles into points just below the surface of the skin. When an acupuncturist stimulates a set of carefully selected points with acupuncture needles, messages are sent through the meridians to their related body systems, and help promote healing and improve proper functioning.
From a modern medicine perspective, the needling of an acupuncture point stimulates the nervous system and triggers a series of biochemical messages that can stimulate changes in blood flow and hormones that influence and direct the body’s innate healing capabilities.
There is growing evidence demonstrating the effectiveness of acupuncture in the treatment of fertility and the physiological processes of reproduction.
• Acupuncture may mediate the release of neurotransmitters and stimulate the release of gonadotropin releasing hormone, thereby influencing menstrual cycles, ovulation and fertility.
• Acupuncture may stimulate blood flow to the uterus, inhibiting uterine central sympathetic nerve activity.
• Acupuncture may stimulate the production of endogenous opiods, which may inhibit central nervous system outflow and the biological stress response.
• Acupuncture may increase seratonin levels.
• Acupuncture may beneficially influence cortisol and prolactin levels during the medication phase of IVF treatment with a trend toward more fertile cycle dynamics.
• Improve ovarian health and functioning
• Produce healthier, better quality eggs
• Regulate hormones
• Regulate the menstrual cycle
• Recruit larger numbers of ovarian follicles
• Increase blood flow to the uterus and ovaries
• Increase ovarian response to gonadotropin hormones
• Prepare uterine lining for implantation
• Promote healthy tubal environment
• Relax the patient to induce parasympathetic nervous system dominance
• Increase success rates in ART cycles: IUI, IVF, FET
• Lessen side-effects of ART treatment
• Mitigate the downstream effects of IVF stimulation in the uterine environment to enhance implantation and ongoing pregnancy rates
• Decrease miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy rates
• Improve sperm count, motility and morphology in male factor infertility
RESEARCH STUDY: The British Medical Journal recently published an analysis that compiled all of the current research data on the effects of acupuncture and IVF. Of the clinical trials investigated, the team of researchers found that almost all trials reported positive findings. Taken collectively, they showed a 65% increase in establishment of pregnancy, an 87% increase in continuing pregnancy, and a 91% increase in live births.
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The Fertility Clinic is located in Brookfield and provides acupuncture fertility services to the greater Milwaukee area of Wisconsin.
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