Infertility is defined as the inability to conceive after one year of trying. It is estimated that approximately 11-16% of couples in Canada suffer from infertility with rates continuing to rise. (1) Stress, hormone imbalance, and a decrease quality sperm are some of the most common reasons couples struggle with getting pregnant.
According to preliminary research, five ways acupuncture can directly assist with fertility are (2):
Increased blood flow to the uterus, leading to an improved endometrial lining, making it easier for a fertilized egg to implant.
Reduced 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.
Improvement in ovulation for women with PCOS.
Improvement in sperm count and quality in men.
Regulation of hormones which helps regulate a woman’s cycle and ovulation.
At Ananta Health, we look at the couple’s diet, lifestyle and environmental factors to eliminate any contributing factors to their infertility. We use acupuncture, supplements and Chinese herbs in order to help balance hormones, reduce stress, and decrease inflammation in the body in order to improve outcomes. Each couple’s treatment plan is individualized and based on each person’s clinical needs.
Dr. Wittner has worked in the fertility field for over five years and understands that the road to pregnancy can be a rollercoaster of emotional ups and downs. She uses specific acupuncture points on the body to help treat grief, sadness and overthinking. By helping to balance emotions and calm the mind, the body is less likely to be in stress mode and more likely to conceive.
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(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/