Increase Chance of Conceiving with Natural Treatment
Any couple struggling to conceive knows the heartache of infertility, and many people are open to trying anything that could increase their chances of having a baby. The good news is many different types of fertility treatments can help, especially the natural and noninvasive treatments including acupuncture and root-cause diagnosis.
“Most of our patients are referred to us by reproductive medicine specialists — they are usually women who have failed one or usually more than one attempt at IVF (in vitro fertilization), and their doctor is looking for something to help implement the success of their treatment, over and above what the protocols alone can accomplish, ” says Dr. Li, the medical director of Li’s Natural Healthcare, a team that helped numerous couples conceive.
While the “western” fertility drugs commonly prescribed for women may help increase the pregnancy rate, they also commonly include such side effects as abdominal tenderness, bloating, fluid retention, weight gain, and nausea. Some studies show that they may also cause breast cancer.
Natural treatments, by contrast, produces few or no side effects while performing the same function as the drugs do: stimulating the hypothalamus to effectively balance the endocrine system and its hormones and to get to the root cause of female infertility as well as male infertility.
How Does Natural Treatments Increase Fertility
Natural treatments for infertility include applying root-cause diagnosis to find out the exact cause of infertility, making positive changes to lifestyle, diets, adjusting and preparing the body’s structural and organ functions to improve conceiving rate by acupuncture, herbal prescriptions, and other noninvasive ways of treatments.
One of the main treatment methods for infertility is acupuncture. Acupuncture can increase fertility by reducing stress, increasing blood flow to the reproductive organs and balancing the endocrine system, according to several studies and medical research. “The goal of an infertility treatment from a Chinese Medicine perspective is not just to get pregnant, but to stay pregnant and to have a healthy baby,” says Dr. Li. Among many other benefits, acupuncture can provide better blood flow to the ovaries and uterus, creating a stronger chance for an egg to be nourished and carried to term.
Acupuncture consists of the gentle insertion and stimulation of thin, disposable sterile needles at strategic points near the surface of the body. Over 2,000 acupuncture points on the human body connect with 14 major pathways, called meridians. Chinese medicine practitioners believe that these meridians conduct qi , or energy, between the surface of the body and internal organs. It is qi that regulates spiritual, emotional, mental and physical balance. When the flow of qi is disrupted through poor health habits or other circumstances, pain and/or disease can result. Acupuncture helps to keep the normal flow of this energy unblocked, thereby increasing a couple’s chances of conceiving.
How to Increase the Chances of Conceiving
Natural fertility treatment can improve almost every cause of the obstacle. While 40% of infertility is caused by problems in the female, another 40% is caused by problems in the male, such as low sperm count or motility. The cause of female infertility stems from problems such as anovulation and endometriosis. The remaining 20% is caused by unknown factors.
One of the ways natural treatments increase fertility is by reducing stress, which is often a key factor in the fertility of both men and women. When people are under stress, the hormone cortisol is released in the brain. This alters the brain’s neurochemical balance, thus changing hormone levels and disrupting the pituitary balance that is key to the reproductive cycle. Chinese medicine can help support a woman through this important time in her life—whether that is emotionally or physically, acupuncture can help with much more than just conception. It can help with morning sicknesss, nausea, aches and pains (low back pain, for example), anxiety preparation for birth, and insomnia, among many others.
Because of the delicate balance between the hypothalamus, pituitary, and reproductive glands, stress is capable of preventing a woman from ovulating entirely. This can contribute to the cause of female infertility. Stress can also create spasms in both the fallopian tubes and the uterus, which can interfere with movement and implantation of a fertilized egg. In men, stress can alter sperm counts, motility, and cause impotence. Acupuncture infertility treatment counters the effects of stress and cortisol by releasing endorphins in the brain. An herbal impotence cure is also an option for men and can reduce stress.
Hormonal balance does not have to be disrupted by cortisol to cause infertility. The most common cause of female infertility is an ovulation disorder, in which the release of a mature egg from the ovary is prevented, usually because of a hormonal imbalance. Without enough progesterone, for example, the fetus is unable to attach to the uterus. High levels of prolactin, the hormone that stimulates the production of breast milk, can also prevent ovulation. An imbalance in reproductive hormones can also negatively affect male reproductive function, such as sperm motility and production.
The best first step to treating any fertility problem is to contact a specialist. If you do decide to try natural fertility treatment, look for a certified acupuncture clinic with experienced staff, and a good success rate.