Acupuncture for Fertility

Acupuncture for Fertility

acupuncture for fertility

Barbara has extensive experience with treating all aspects of male and female fertility and specializes in reproductive health. She has undergone post graduate training on fertility, and is a member of the Brighton Acupuncture Childbirth Team (ACT). 

She also works alongside the Agora Fertility Clinic in Hove and trained to become a Zita West affiliated acupuncturists (between 2008 & 2010).

   ‘Yay! Just did my pregnancy test today and it was positive!’ Amy

 

Fertility boost treatments – Acupuncture can aid getting pregnant naturally by balancing hormones and targeting any health imbalances. Treatment is tailored to specifically treat the individual.

  • regulating fertility hormones – stress and other factors can disrupt the function of the hypothalamic pituitary-ovarian axis (HPOA), causing hormonal imbalances that can negatively impact fertility. Acupuncture has been shown to affect hormone levels by promoting the release of beta-endorphin in the brain, which affects the release of gonadotrophin releasing hormone by the hypothalamus, follicle stimulating hormone from the pituitary gland, and oestrogen and progesterone levels from the ovary (Ng 2008, Huang 2008, Lim 2010, Stener-Victorin 2010). Further details of these processes are emerging, for example mRNA expression of hormones, growth factors and other neuropeptides (He 2009)
  • increasing blood flow to the reproductive organs – stress also stimulates the sympathetic nervous system, which causes constriction of ovarian arteries. Acupuncture inhibits this sympathetic activity, improving blood flow to the ovaries (Stener-Victorin 2006, Lim 2010), enhancing the environment in which ovarian follicles develop. It also increases blood flow to the uterus (Stener-Victorin 1996, Huang 2008), improving the thickness of the endometrial lining and increasing the chances of embryo implantation.
  • counteracting the effects of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) – PCOS is one of the most common causes of female infertility. By reducing sympathetic nerve activity and balancing hormone levels, acupuncture has been shown to reduce the number of ovarian cysts, stimulate ovulation, enhance blastocyst implantation and regulate the menstrual cycle in women with PCOS (Stener-Victorin 2000, 2008, 2009, Zhang 2009). It may also help to control secondary effects such as obesity and anorexia (Lim 2010).
   
Assisted Reproduction Treatment (ART) – Acupuncture has been shown to improve success rate of treatments such as IVF, ICSI or IUI for people using assisted reproductive treatments     
Male Health – Male fertility requires normal sperm production and sperm transport, and adequate sexual performance, functions that require normal levels of testosterone. Male infertility can be due to a number of factors, including abnormal spermatogenesis; reproductive tract anomalies or obstruction; inadequate sexual and ejaculatory functions; and impaired sperm motility. Acupuncture can play an important part in enhancing sperm parameters such as morphology, motility & morbidity    
Female Reproductive Health – acupuncture has been shown to help a wide range of conditions that affect female fertility such as PCOS, amenorreah, endometriosis and recurrent miscarriages.