Infertility is diagnosed when there is an inability to conceive after more
than one year of intercourse without the use of any birth control method.
In the United States, one in six couple is infertile, female infertility is the exclusive cause of non-conception 40% of the time. The other 40% is exclusively caused by the male, 10% is the combination of both partners, and there is 10% of cases that have unknown causes. Infertility in women increases with age. Over the age of 35 a woman’s eggs are not as viable as they were before, there are more ovulation issues and the uterine lining is less able to accept the impregnation of an egg. In addition the prevalence of miscarriages is higher after the age of 35.
Conventional treatment starts with medication to stimulate ovulation followed by hormonal injections if the first meds don’t work. If the reason for the inability to ovulate is a condition called polycystic ovary syndrome, then a drug called Meftormin might be added to the ovulation stimulating meds. The next step often recommended is artificial insemination followed by in vitro fertilization.
Alternative treatments vary in their effect; however all aim at the goal of improving the viable pregnancy rate. Some produce relaxation which is vital since stress is a contributing factor to infertility. Others enhance blood circulation, help balance hormonal levels, regulate menstrual cycles, or treat underlying mental and physical issues. Alternative methods can be the sole treatment utilized, but are often adjuncts to conventional therapies. Modalities used include: acupuncture, homeopathy, nutritional therapy, herbal remedies, reflexology, cranial osteopathy, yoga, meditation and aromatherapy.
Researchers believe that the increase blood flow to the uterus by acupuncture optimizes the pregnancy rate in IVF. In fact, some studies showed that women undergoing IVF and receiving acupuncture had fewer miscarriages, more pregnancies and a higher birthrate than those who were not treated with acupuncture. Scientific studies conducted in Colorado supported earlier findings in European studies which showed improved pregnancy rates with IVF for those women who underwent acupuncture treatment.
Scientists hypothesize that acupuncture may influence ovulation and fertility since it impacts on ß-endorphin levels, which in turn affect GnRH secretion and the menstrual cycle.
Studies showed increased ovulation induction while other research demonstrated increase number of pregnancies with acupuncture treatment.
Dr. Elisha expertly utilizes acupuncture as part of a comprehensive treatment program for infertility. The holistic approach includes a diet and exercise plan as well as herbal and homeopathic remedies. Let Dr Elisha help you relax and feel generally better, as she assists you in increasing your chance for conception and successful childbirth.
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