A woman is diagnosed with infertility when she fails to conceive after attempting to do so for a whole year. Female infertility could be caused by problems with ovulation, cervical problems, or damaged fallopian tubes. The older a woman gets, the more difficult it is for her to conceive. Eating disorders, alcohol or drug abuse, medical problems such as hypothyroid or PCOS, premature ovarian failure, endometriosis, fibroids, autoimmune disease, high FSH and poor sperm quality all cause infertility problems in a woman. Likewise, the presence of abnormal cervical mucus could prevent the sperm from penetrating the egg. The fallopian tube could be damaged due to pelvic inflammatory disease, adhesions, uterine polyps, and endometriosis. Acupuncture is being increasingly used in conjunction with Western Medicine to treat infertility.
Investigation into Causes of Infertility
A woman who wishes to be treated for female infertility is asked to undergo a blood or urine test to analyze the presence of hormonal problems and thyroid dysfunction. Tests are undertaken to see if ovulation is taking place. Laparoscopy and hysteroscopy are also undertaken to see if there is any damage or abnormality to the uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries. Once all the results are received, treatment is undertaken in the form of medications to help with ovulation, supplements and hormones as needed, or antibiotics for infections. Preventative measures advised to the patient include avoiding alcohol, coffee, spicy food and illicit drugs along with good personal hygiene. Acupuncture for fertility treatment can double the IVF successful rate, verified by many researchers all over the world.
Treatment for Infertility in Modern Medicine
There have been great advances made in modern healthcare to help women conceive. A lot of research has gone into seeking means to alleviate the sense of hopelessness and loss that women feel when they are unable to conceive. Intrauterine insemination wherein the sperm is inserted directly into the uterus while the woman is ovulating is one such method. IVF or in vitro fertilization, ICSI, GIFT and ZIFT are some of the other methods that are being used to treat infertility. However, these assisted methods of reproduction are quite expensive and out of the reach of many people. It is in these instances that acupuncture as an alternative treatment for infertility in Boston becomes so important.
Acupuncture for Treatment of Infertility in Boston
Acupuncture for infertility in Boston believes in restoring the balance in the body which causes a break in the smooth flow of Qi or life energy. The role of stress in causing infertility is well understood. Stress not only prevents healthy ovulation but it could also cause spasms in the uterus and fallopian tubes. Acupuncture helps to reduce stress by stimulating the release of endorphins and serotonin by the brain. When stress is reduced, the blood flow into the reproductive organs increases as a result of which there is balancing of the endocrine system and increased chances of conception. The restoration of balance in the physical, emotional, and mental areas through acupuncture is what leads to the ability to conceive again.
In The Greater Boston Area, including Wellesley, Dedham, Newton, Arlington, Brookline, Burlington, Cambridge, Canton, Dover, Lincoln, Medfield, Milton, Natick, Needham, Norwood, Sharon, Sherborn, Sudbury, Waltham, Watertown, Wayland, Westwood and Weston, all of the IVF centers employ integrated acupuncture with IVF and IUI procedure. The IVF specialists have seen how the success rate doubles when their patients combine acupuncture treatment with IVF and IUI. If you would like to start this self-healing technique such as moxa and acupressure before you start acupuncture for infertility, please visit our website: www.bostonchineseacupuncture.org to get information about your particular condition.