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Female and Male Fertility

Acupuncture for female and male fertility, IVF, ICSI and pregnancy
Much of my Acupuncture work centres on the field of fertility, IVF and pregnancy support. Some people use Acupuncture as a way to try to promote their natural fertility, for others they come as they are experiencing problems conceiving. Still more women come because they are preparing for IUI, IVF or ICSI, and some women come for acupuncture treatment when pregnant to help with a selection of pregnancy associated problems. For further information please download the British Acupuncture Council fact sheet from here

Why choose Acupuncture for Fertility
Acupuncture is developing in to an ever more common choice for women undergoing IVF or ICSI research has shown that acupuncture may help and support you during this process.
Through clinical experience I have found that a course of acupuncture starting three months prior to commencing your fertility treatment may provide the best help. However, research has shown that an acupuncture session before and after embryo transfer, can increase the chances of pregnancy. (Paulus, 2002)

I tailor each treatment to your specific needs based on the individual in depth consultation process that you will go through on your first visit.

The benefits of Acupuncture
Research in to the benefits of acupuncture within fertility and related problems have found that acupuncture may benefit in the following ways
• Increased ovarian responsivity
• Enhanced follicular development/egg quality
• Regulating fertility hormones
• Increased endometrium lining
• Reduction of side effects of drugs
• Increased implantation rates
• Improved sperm quality (ICSI)
• Reduced stress
• Regulate menstrual cycle
• Encourage ovulation
For more information download the information sheets from here  and here

 Male Fertility/Infertility

The clinical definition of male fertility is the is the existence of abnormal parameters within semen in the male partner of a couple that have been unable to conceive after one year of unprotected intercourse. (Dohle 2010).

Male fertility requires that there is normal sperm production and transport, along with functions that require normal testosterone levels.

There are some clinical trials that suggests that acupuncture may help with the following:

  • Improving sperm motility (Dieterle 2009)
  • Increasing sperm count (Siterman 2009, 2001)
  • Improving sperm quality (Pei , 2005; Gurfinkel 2003)

For further information please download the fact sheet from here

 

References
Paulus WE, Zhang M, Strehler E, El-Danasouri I, Sterzik K. Influence of acupuncture on the pregnancy rate inpatients who undergo assisted reproduction therapy. Fertil Steril 2002;77:721–4.

Dohle GR et al. Guidelines on male infertility. European Association of Urology; 2010.

Dieterle S et al. A prospective randomized placebo-controlled study of the effect of acupuncture in infertile patients with severe
oligoasthenozoospermia. Fertility and Sterility 2009; 92: 1340-3.

Siterman S et al. Success of acupuncture treatment in patients with initially low sperm output is associated with a decrease in scrotal
skin temperature. Asian Journal of Andrology 2009; 11: 200-8.

Siterman S et al. Does acupuncture treatment affect sperm density in males with very low sperm count? A pilot study. Andrologia 200l 32: 31-9.

Pei J et al. Quantitative evaluation of spermatozoa ultrastructure after acupuncture treatment for idiopathic male infertility. Fertility and Sterility 2005; 84: 141-7.

Gurfinkel E et al. Effects of acupuncture and moxa treatment in patients with semen abnormalities. Asian Journal of Andrology 2003; 5: 345-8.