Infertility

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What is Infertility?

Infertility is defined as the inability to conceive a child after one year of trying. It is estimated that approximately 11-16% of couples in Canada suffer from infertility, with rates continuing to rise1.

What Causes Infertility?

Common causes of infertility are:

  • Stress
  • Hormone imbalances
  • A decrease in sperm quality
  • Age
  • Alcohol use
  • Poor diet and nutrition
  • Being over/under weight
  • Failure to ovulate
  • Problems in the menstrual cycle
  • Structural problems of the reproductive system
  • Infections (including parasites, candida and viral infections)
  • Eggs failing to mature properly
  • Implantation failure
  • Endometriosis
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  • Idopathic (no known cause)
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Thyroid disorders

How Can Acupuncture Help Infertility?

According to preliminary research, 5 ways acupuncture directly assists with fertility are2:

  • By increasing blood flow to the uterus, leading to an improved endometrial lining, making it easier for a fertilized egg to implant.
  • By reducing stress and anxiety - stress can create anovulation, reduced blood flow to the uterus and/or hormone imbalances within the body, making it more difficult to conceive.
  • By improving ovulation for those with PCOS.
  • By improving sperm count and quality.
  • By encouraging hormone regulation to help regulate menstrual cycles and ovulation.

How Can Infertility be Treated Naturally?

At Ananta Health, we use BioScan SRT testing to determine a treatment plan that can consist of traditional Chinese medicine, supplements and herbs, and dietary and lifestyle changes in order to help balance hormones, reduce stress, and decrease inflammation. Each couple’s treatment plan is individualized and based on each person’s clinical needs.

Can Acupuncture Help with Fertility?

Acupuncture provides a great benefit to fertility issues. Working best in conjunction with herbs and supplements, acupuncture can calm down PMS symptoms, encourage ovulation and regulate hormone imbalances.  


 

(1)Bushnik, Tracey et al. “Estimating the prevalence of infertility in Canada” Human reproduction (Oxford, England) vol. 27,3 (2012): 738-46. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3279129/

(2) Cochrane, Suzanne et al. “Acupuncture and women's health: an overview of the role of acupuncture and its clinical management in women's reproductive health”  International journal of women's health vol. 6 313-25. 17 Mar. 2014, doi:10.2147/IJWH.S38969 Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3962314/