Acupuncture & Infertility
In modern living, fertility problems are becoming more evident. With studies showing that at least one in eight couples of child bearing age will have difficulty conceiving. Over 80% of couples can be helped to achieve a pregnancy with the proper medical treatment. The female factor infertility accounts for about 35% of cases, male factor 35% of cases, a combined problem of 20% and unexplained in about 10% of cases. Usually a big part of the unexplained is stress related. The good news is that Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine can help many of these cases.
Getting pregnant is a complex and finely balanced process involved in egg and sperm production, fertilization, implantation and can create many opportunities for something to go wrong. Infertility is an increasing problem, particularly in Australia where one in six couples is diagnosed as infertile.
Female fertility can be broken down into several categories:
- Ovulatory problems
- Cervical factors
- Pelvic and tubal factors and
- Uterine factors
Often a combination of these conditions can exist simultaneously.
More information on how acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine can benefit Female fertility
- Sperm potency Low sperm counts, abnormal sperm morphology (shape), and low sperm motility are usually asymptomatic conditions to most males. Hormonal imbalances may affect the development of sperm and account for some sperm abnormalities. There is also some evidence to suggest that male sperm counts are declining in many populations. The exact reasons are unclear, but are thought to be environmental.
- Testicular failure: Some men are found to have no sperm in their semen. This could be due to a failure to ejaculate or a failure of the testes to produce sperm. The testes may have been damaged due to a poor blood supply, injury or even a case of adult mumps. Other causes include hormonal problems and genetic defects.
- Varicocele: These are varicose veins the scrotum. A varicocele results in the pooling of blood and higher temperatures in the scrotum.
- Tubal blockage: Damage as a result of infections can prevent the sperm from getting into the semen.
- Sperm antibodies: Antibodies against their own sperm. These can be from a vasectomy reversal.
More information on how acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine can benefit Male fertility
As mentioned previously approximately 10% of couples experience unexplained infertility. Unexplained fertility simply means that the commonly performed tests can not see any abnormalities nor define a reason for the infertility. However it is thought that the body’s reaction to stress plays a big part in unexplained fertility. The pressure put on couples by themselves to get pregnant is also a big factor in the unexplained infertility picture.