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The following trial found that acupuncture increases IVF success:
A report published in the journal Fertility and Sterility (2002Apr;77(4):721-4) included a study to evaluate the effect of acupuncture on the rate of pregnancy in assisted reproductive therapy (ART). Clinical pregnancy rate in the acupuncture group was 1.6 times the rate of the control group. That's a 60% increase in the pregnancy rate for those receiving acupuncture.
At the meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) (October 2004) another study was presented that confirms the value of acupuncture to the success of IVF treatment. Research done at Reproductive Medicine and Fertility Centre in Colorado Springs, included 114 women undergoing IVF. Half of the women received acupuncture and the control group did not. The acupuncture group showed improved outcomes in the following ways:
1. Acupuncture group 51% pregnancy rate compared to 36% in control group
2. Acupuncture group 08% miscarriage rate compared to 20% in control group Acupuncture also was found to reduce the risk of tubal pregnancy and increase the live birth rate. The live birth rate for each IVF cycle was 23% higher than the cycles for the control group
A single-blind randomised controlled trial at the University of Adelaide examined 228 women receiving three sessions of either acupuncture or a non-invasive sham acupuncture control and found the clinical pregnancy rate was 31% in the acupuncture group and 23% in the control group. The researchers also examined health status and adverse events and concluded that acupuncture appeared safe for women undergoing embryo transfer. Acupuncture is one of many complementary therapies that women have used to assist with fertility. Acupuncture has shown to increase the blood circulation to the ovaries and uterus and hence increase the capacity for conception.
Endometriosis and Infertility
In Chinese medicine endometriosis is defined as the presence of endometrial tissue at sites outside its normal location in the uterus causing pain and infertility. The cause of endometrioses is still unknown; Endometriosis can present itself as severe stabbing period pain, clotty menstrual flow and nodules or masses in the abdomen. The main focus of acupuncture when treating endometriosis is to eliminate stagnant blood, (blood trapped in the body in places it shouldn't be). A patient presenting with endometriosis will be diagnosed according to her main symptoms and her constitution. A study in the Liaoning Journal of traditional Chinese Medicine, carried out in China, on 180 woman found that woman who received acupuncture along with Chinese medicine, achieved significantly higher pregnancy rates than those who did not have acupuncture.(Yu Xiao-Li et al. 2010. Vol. 4.) Traditionally Chinese Medicine practices have been used to treat infertility and our acupuncture specialist can personalise a treatment plan that is best suited to you.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and Infertility
POCS is a condition that affects fertility and blood sugar metabolism. It is the most common hormonal disorder presenting in young woman. In general, PCOS presents as irregular ovulation (i.e. irregular periods), in conjunction with excess androgens (i.e. male hormones) and/or polycystic ovaries (i.e. small sacs of fluid which surround the eggs).
Although the causes of PCOS are still unknown certain genes are probably involved; most likely genes related to the production of the male hormone testosterone and those with a predisposition to insulin resistance. Also, irregularities occurring in the womb (like nutritional deficiencies or pesticide exposure) along with lifestyle factors (like weight gain, stress and hormonal contraception use) can contribute to the development of PCOS.
In lots of PCOS cases, but not all, weight and insulin resistance are two main concerns that women with POCS face. Women with POCS often find it harder to lose weight compared to other women. Higher levels of insulin promote the body to store fat and elevated levels of testosterone increase cravings for carbohydrates.
To manage PCOS and improve fertility, some steps can be taken which include lifestyle changes and acupuncture.
Losing weight - improves fertility by increasing ovulation and improving the follicular environment in which the eggs develop. It can also aid in insulin resistance and general health. A relatively small weight loss and redistribution of fat if often all that is needed. Changing the waist-to-height ratio and losing just 5-10% of initial body weight will help improve metabolic function and promote ovary activity.
Diet and exercise - Both are important as part of a weight loss program. Depending on your constitution our Chinese Medicine Professional can help with a plan that is best suited to you. Not only are they important for weight loss but also aid in insulin sensitivity. Activity is also shown to reduce fat cells and reduce the level of stress hormones that promote fat deposits around the organs.
Acupuncture - In a recent study conducted at the Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, in Sweden, it showed that acupuncture improves ovulation in women with PCOS, boosting their chances of pregnancy. (Articles from American Journal of Physiology. P934-943, 2013.) Not only that but insulin and testosterone levels can be reduced after a treatment of acupuncture, this means that weight and skin problems improve, in addition to improved fertility. Acupuncture can also be a very effective in managing and relieving stress hormone levels.
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