Infertility Acupuncture

For women

Endometriosis and fibroids

Endometriosis and fibroids change the condition of the endometrium and negativity affect proper implantation, making a pregnancy very difficult. Endometriosis can cause scar tissue in the reproductive system, leading to adhesion or total blockage of the fallopian tubes. Hormone imbalance underlies these two conditions, which can also cause infertility.  Acupuncture can help re-balance your hormones.  Read More.

High FSH

The pituitary gland secretes follicular stimulating hormone (FSH) to stimulate the ovaries to produce eggs. If the ovaries do not function well, the pituitary will try to produce more FSH to push the ovaries to work harder. Young ovaries do not need too much FSH to function normally. Generally, if the follicular stimulating hormone level is above 10, your ovarian function is compromised.  Read More.

Hypothyroidism 

Hypothyroidism can decrease fertility in a few ways.  First, if the thyroid does not function well, the pituitary gland produces more thyroid stimulating hormone, which is associated with a higher rate of unsuccessful pregnancies and miscarriage, as shown by a study done by R. Nigro in Italy in 2007.  In addition, the hypothyroid condition can influence ovulation: a higher percentage of women with hypothyroidism show abnormal ovulation.  Fortunately, the effects of hypothyroidism can be mitigated by certain dietary and lifestyle changes. Read More.

Immune imbalance

When women get pregnant, their immune function has to be suppressed to a certain extent to let the fetus grow inside their uterus.  If a woman’s immune function is not balanced, their bodies will attack the fetus in the early stages of pregnancy, causing unsuccessful implantation or miscarriage or in some cases the fetus will simply stop growing with decreasing heart beat. If you have an autoimmune disease, your immune system is out of balance and you are more likely to have these kinds of problems during pregnancy, but their are other causes of immune imbalance as well. Read More.

Luteal phase defect

Luteal phase is the time in a woman’s cycle between ovulation and menstruation.  In pregnant women, during the luteal phase, the fertilized egg travels from the fallopian tube into the uterus for implantation. The luteal phase is normally 14 days long and on an average, can be anywhere from 10 to 17 days long.  If your luteal phase lasts under 10 days, you have what is considered a luteal phase defect.  Acupuncture can help with luteal phase defect by optimizing progesterone level. Read More.

Maternal age

As women get older, changes in their bodies generally make it more difficult for them to get pregnant as crucial body functions gradually deteriorate.  Even if she decides to use the egg of a younger donor, declining hormone levels can make a successful pregnancy difficult.  However, despite the obstacles, I have helped several patients in their early and mid-40s have healthy, full-term pregnancies. Read More.

Miscarriage

Miscarriages occur for a number of reasons but repetitive miscarriages indicate underlying issues that need to be addressed. Dr. Li Zheng uses her 26 years of experiencing working with women to talk through your past pregnancies and lifestyle to help you determine the possible causes for your miscarriages to come up with plans to help you have a healthy pregnancy. Read More.

PCOS

Why is PCOS becoming more and more common?  Factors include higher insulin levels due to high sugar intake, birth control pills and hyperactivity of the sympathetic nervous system.  By restoring balance to the hormones and nervous system, acupuncture can help women with PCOS get pregnant. Read More.

Premature ovarian failure

This condition is defined by the loss of a woman’s ovarian function before her menopause age and can be caused by a number of factors including viral infections, autoimmune diseases, and chemo/radiation.  Acupuncture can improve ovarian function by increasing the production of certain hormones. Read More.

Other causes

Please read Infertility chapter of “Acupuncture and Hormone Balance” Book on page 322 in www.lulu.com.

 

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