“Researchers found a pregnancy rate of 43% among the women undergoing IVF who received supplementary acupuncture treatments, vs. only 26% in the control group.”
Fertility difficulties arise for at least 2 million people each year in the United States. Most couples become pregnant within six months of trying, but about 10-15% are unable to conceive even after a year. This is the clinical definition of infertility.
Eastern medicine can increase the odds of conception in a number of ways:
Fertility treatments vary from person to person, but are usually scheduled for at least three consecutive cycles (twelve weeks). Treatments can include acupuncture, customized herbal supplements, stress reduction through acupressure massage, and dietary counseling.
Infertility Case Study
David and Rachel had been married for three years and trying to conceive for two. They were becoming frustrated and had started considering IVF.
Rachel was 31 and had a very irregular menstrual cycle. She also suffered from PMS and constant fatigue. We treated her with acupuncture and herbal supplements to nourish her energy and blood, and we also recommended that she begin a course of light exercise. In addition, we prescribed for her a diet rich in antioxidants, iron, and protein. We suggested eating organic meats and wild-caught fish, black beans, dates, tofu and other soy products, and dark leafy greens.
David, 33, had been tested for sperm count and mobility, and his results had come back normal. But to give his “yang essence” an additional boost, we treated him with acupuncture as well.
Over the next 3-4 months, Rachel’s cycles stabilized. She conceived two months later, and after a healthy pregnancy, gave birth to a baby girl.
Medical Research on Infertility
A landmark study published in the journal Fertility & Sterility followed 160 women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) or intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). The medical researchers found a pregnancy rate of 43% among the women who received supplementary acupuncture treatments, vs. only 26% in the control group.
My husband and I had been trying for almost 20 months to get pregnant…I did four acupuncture sessions, and I am now five weeks pregnant with no fertility assistance. Thank you for your expertise! - T.J.
Abigail, born May 15 2009 at 12:46pm. 6 lbs 14oz, 19 inches long. Thank you!