There is much research to show acupuncture is very helpful in treating in infertility, and the conditions:
Blocked fallopian tubes
Premature ovarian failure
What is most common is the 'unexplained infertility' in women aged 30-37, when all her tests and scans are normal. Whether or not the couple are considering assisted reproduction i.e. IUI, IVF or ICSI then acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine can be of great assistance in achieving pregnancy.
The aim of treatment is to make every aspect of the menstrual cycle as optimal as possible for ovulation, conception and pregnancy: to regulate hormones and the cycle length, improve quality of fertile mucus, help promote efficient menstruation and improve egg development.
Acupuncture research has shown it is possible to improve the integrity of the eggs released following acupuncture, and that it encourages movement of the egg/embryo along the tubes, promotes implantation and so helps promote a viable pregnancy.
It seems more and more common that the man's sperm can be the main factor contributing to the infertiity - so it is important that he has a sperm test early on to ascertain if there is a problem.
Dietary and lifestyle adjustments, along with Chinese herbs and acupuncture and appropriate supplements can make a very real difference. Problems with sperm can be categorised as:
aspermia (absence of ejaculate), asthenospermia (poor motility), azoospermia
(absence of sperm in semen), oligospermia (lowered sperm density),
teratospermia (containing bizarre and immature forms), antisperm antibodies.
Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine can improve all of the above with a course of treatment lasting at least 3 months. I generally treat male infertility with acupuncture every 2-3 weeks and with herbal medicine taken daily.
In a study of 40 men with sperm problems, acupuncture was used on 28 men twice a week for 5 weeks and compared to the men who received no treatment. Following 10 sessions of acupuncture there was a statistically significant increase in the % and number of sperm compared to the control group.
The average % of progressive motility in the ejaculate increased 44-55% following the acupuncture treatment. Authors concluded that 'In conjunction with ART or even for reaching natural fertility potential, acupuncture treatment is a simple, non invasive method that can improve sperm quality'. Fertility and Sterility 2002. 2005. 84:141-47.