Paul Murphy Acupuncturist


In treating the root cause of infertility, acupuncture can dramatically increases the chances for pregnancy.

Although the percentages may vary over time, the American Society for Reproduction reported that approximately 10% of women in the US are diagnosed as being infertile. Infertility is defined as one year of unsuccessful conception. The estimate is that 40% of infertility is attributed to male and 60% to females.

There are a variety of factors which affect pregnancy such as: poor quality of eggs, lack of ovulation, poor quality and numbers of follicles, thin endometrial lining, high follicle stimulating hormones, uterine fibroids, blocked fallopian tubes, endometriosis, ovarian cysts, stress, infection, adhesions.

Chinese Medicine has treated fertility issues for 3,000 years. Acupuncture has been shown to increase blood flow to the uterus while thickening the uterine lining. This increases the chance of an ovum implanting on the uterus wall. Acupuncture also regulates the menstrual cycle and normalizes ovulation. As blood circulation improves it oxygenates tissue and cycles out toxic chemicals and cortisol.

It should also be no surprise that stress can be a devastating factor in preventing conception. Studies conducted have shown that women with high rates of stress are 92% less likely to become pregnant, and have a live birth.

With regular treatments acupuncture will re-balance the endocrine and sympathetic nervous systems which regulate reproductive hormones. Acupuncture releases serotonin and endorphins which have a calming effect on the body. Blood pressure can be lowered along with heart rate, often a feeling of total relaxation is reported following a treatment

Male sperm count has dropped almost by half over the past few generations. Modern lifestyle along with environmental stress, medications, and smoking has had a devastating effect on sperm count. Published studies have shown that acupuncture increases both sperm mobility and increases healthy sperm dramatically while also improving both the quality and sperm shape.

Many couples have invested a great deal of time and money in Western Medical procedures such as ART (Assisted Reproductive Technology) and are reluctant to stop that treatment. This is a where Eastern and Western medicine can work extremely well together and is truly complementary. Studies have shown that acupuncture can increase the success rate of ART especially when acupuncture treatments are given prior to ART treatments.

A study conducted in Denmark showed that when acupuncture was given to women on the same day of an embryo transfer, both prior to and after the transfer, the group having received the transfer showed significantly higher conception and continued pregnancy rates.

Depending on the couple, acupuncture treatments will take effect in two to four months. Couples should not expect to become pregnant in the first two months of treatment. Acupuncture regulates the hormones and helps to bring the body back to balance and it takes time to do so.

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