Conditions That May Lead To Sub- fertility
Treatment of the conditions that may lead to sub-fertility is based on the the individual presentation of the patient. There is no standardised treatment of biomedical illness.
Obviously some conditions may require more long term management or may not be suitable to
treatment with acupuncture or herbs.
Patients will be given information on how to monitor their own fertility, and what they can do for themselves to improve their chances of conception.
This may include referral to other practitioners such
as nutritionists or counsellors.
Acupuncture Used to Improve IVF Success
Acupuncture is frequently used to improve conception rates.
According to a German study published by the National Library of Medicine in April of 2002, acupuncture may also increase a couple's chance of conception when used in conjunction with more contemporary types of infertility treatments such as in vitro fertilization (IVF). In this study, 160 participants were divided into two groups, each receiving a standard IVF procedure. One of the groups, however, received acupuncture before and after implantation. The standard in-vitro group had a 26.3 percent pregnancy rate, while the acupuncture group showed a 42.5 percent success rate.
Other studies have also showed positive outcomes. Although many studies were performed only on the day of embryo transfer, I would recommend treatment starts as soon as possible.
No definitive answers exist as to how acupuncture may work biomedically. Many believe that it improves blood supply to the uterus, relaxes the womb and regulates hormones.