Acupuncture & Fertility


In combination with herbal medicine, acupuncture can be an effective way to treat the root causes of infertility. Research has verified that acupuncture exerts influence over the various systems in our body: it regulates hormones, increases blood flow, calms the mind, and strengthens immunity. By improving circulation to the ovaries and endometrium, acupuncture facilitates healthier eggs and a richer blood lining, allowing embryos a better chance to implant.

As a method of medical intervention, acupuncture is best done in multiple sessions three to four months before insemination, in vitro fertilization (IVF), or donor-egg transfer. The therapeutic effects are many. Acupuncture can be a wonderful treatment method for addressing several fertility disorders: spasmed tubes, elevated follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), repeated pregnancy loss, unexplained fertility, and even male fertility issues (such as sperm-DNA-fragmentation), to name a few. And women who are undergoing fertility treatment with medication can significantly reduce their side effects through acupuncture, which helps to purge the body of pharmaceutical toxins and allow the reproductive system to work at an optimal level. Additionally, acupuncture is a vital stress reliever, which can theoretically improve the odds of conceiving; studies indicate that receiving acupuncture 30 minutes before and after IVF can increase the chances of a successfully implanted embryo while reducing the risk of miscarriage.

Clinical observations have led to a recommended combination of acupuncture, herbal medicine, and traditional medical interventions for the most favorable outcome. In 2002, a team of German researchers discovered that acupuncture significantly increased the odds of successful pregnancy among women receiving IVF treatment. While 42% of the women who received acupuncture became pregnant, 26% of those who only received IVF treatment became pregnant.

There are minimal risks and contraindications associated with receiving acupuncture, but regardless of your condition, it is crucial to visit an acupuncturist who specializes in treating fertility disorders. Lydia's background in female physiology from university and apprenticeships with prominent fertility acupuncturists, lends her a well rounded and successful clinical approach embedded in a deep understanding of both modern and traditional medicine. learn more
Lydia Akhzar, L.Ac. | 3106 Fillmore St. San Francisco, CA 94123 | 415.299.1426
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