How Acupuncture helps Fertility
Acupuncture and Fertility
The precise mechanism of how acupuncture works is very difficult to pinpoint. However, research suggests that, in the case of fertility, it benefits the body through the regulation of hormones and increasing blood flow to the reproductive system.
Regulating fertility hormones
Stress and other factors can disrupt the function of the hypothalamic pituitary-ovarian axis (HPOA), causing hormonal imbalances that can negatively impact fertility. Acupuncture has been shown to affect hormone levels by promoting the release of beta-endorphin in the brain, which affects the release of a number of hormones.
Increasing blood flow to the reproductive organs
Stress also stimulates the sympathetic nervous system,which causes constriction of ovarian arteries. Acupuncture inhibits this sympathetic activity, improving blood flow to the ovaries, enhancing the environment in which ovarian follicles develop. It also increases blood flow to the uterus, improving the thickness of the endometrial lining and increasing the chances of embryo implantation.
Reducing the effects of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
PCOS is one of the most common causes of female infertility. By reducing sympathetic nerve activity and balancing hormone levels,acupuncture has been shown to reduce the number of ovarian cysts,stimulate ovulation,enhance blastocyst implantation and regulate the menstrual cycle in women with PCOS. It may also help to control secondary effects such as obesity and anorexia.
If you’d like to know more about what acupuncture can treat take a look at our page about commonly treated conditions that affect fertility here.
Jo has had a great deal of success treating fertility issues. If you’d like to book you can do so online or via our remote reception on 01273 251575.
If you’d like to find out more before you book a treatment, book a free 15 minute consultation - to chat either by phone or at the clinic. Alternatively, you can email or contact her via our contact form.