Fertility Enhancement

Traditional Eastern Medicine has enhanced fertility for thousands of years. Because acupuncture and Eastern herbal medicine can strongly influence the reproductive and endocrine systems, it can help addressing a wide variety of women’s health concerns that may hinder fertility. Infertility is defined as the biological inability of a man or a woman to contribute toward conception, but very few women are truly infertile. Most women who have been given a diagnosis of “infertility” are merely out of balance. Some of these imbalances are caused by an improper lifestyle, constitutional tendencies, diet, and stress and all can result in decreased fertility.

At Sun Wellness Acupuncture, we use a combination of acupuncture, Eastern medicinal herbs, and diet therapy to improve fertility by promoting a healthier and more responsive uterus and ovaries. By incorporating all aspects of Eastern medicine, we help women strengthen and rebalance their bodies to foster and maintain healthy pregnancies. Acupuncture is able to increase the chances of pregnancy through natural conception, In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), Intrauterine Insemination (IUI), and other Assited Reproductive Technologies (ARTs) because it has been clinically shown to:
• Regulate and stabilize hormone levels
• Help produce more follicles
• Increase blood flow to the uterus and ovaries
• Thicken the endometrial lining
• Reduce the chance of miscarriage
• Strengthen the immune system and promote overall health of the body
• Reduce stress
• Improve the absorption of nutrients and maintain ideal weight
• Facilitate relaxation
• Improve the quality of sleep
• Have NO side effects – ;most importantly, it does not introduce toxicity to you or your baby

We can significantly increase your chances of conception if your infertility is due to:
• Amenorrhea
• Elevated FSH level
• Endometriosis
• Irregular and annovulatory menstrual cycles
• Luteal phase defect (LPD)
• Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
• Premature ovarian failure (POF)
• Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
• Stress
• Poor egg quality
• Advanced maternal age
• Thin, unresponsive endometrium

Clinical research from NIH web site
A review of seven clinical trials of acupuncture given with embryo transfer in women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) suggests that acupuncture may improve rates of pregnancy. An estimated 10 to 15 percent of couples experience reproductive difficulty and seek specialist fertility treatments, such as IVF. IVF, which involves retrieving a woman’s egg, fertilizing it in the laboratory, and then transferring the embryo back into the woman’s womb is an expensive, lengthy, and stressful process. Identifying a complementary approach that can improve success would be welcome to patients and providers.
According to Eric Manheimer of the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Center for Integrative Medicine and colleagues who conducted the systematic review, acupuncture has been used in China for centuries to regulate the female reproductive system. With this in mind, the reviewers analyzed results from seven clinical trials of acupuncture in women who underwent IVF to see if rates of pregnancy were improved with acupuncture. The studies encompassed data on over 1366 women and compared acupuncture, given within one day of embryo transfer, with sham acupuncture, or no additional treatment.
The reviewers found that acupuncture given as a complement to IVF increased the odds of achieving pregnancy. According to the researchers, the results indicate that 10 women undergoing IVF would need to be treated with acupuncture to bring about one additional pregnancy. The results, considered preliminary, point to a potential complementary treatment that may improve the success of IVF and the need to conduct additional clinical trials to confirm these findings. (http://nccam.nih.gov)