Roughly 10-15% of couples face an unexplained infertility diagnosis. This conclusion is made after fertility specialists check for the most common causes of infertility:
· Ovulatory Problems: PCOS, poor egg quality, POF, diminished ovarian reserve
· Immunological issues
· Tubal Issues: adhesions, chronic infects or PID, endometriosis
· Sperm Problems: decreased motility or morphology
Acupuncture Can Provide Hope
Shannon treats many couples facing this frustrating diagnosis. Acupuncture can provide great hope for couples in this situation. Chinese medicine uses its own ancient system of diagnostics to look at where there may be problems within the cycle or endocrine system, and can effectively address various parts of the cycle. Acupuncture can help to bring the body back into harmony by:
· Decreasing stress levels
· Improving blood flow to the ovaries & uterus
· Improving egg quality & follicular development
· Improving menstrual cycle through dealing with: PMS, scant or heavy periods
· Increasing the success of implantation
· Reducing the risk of miscarriage
Acupuncture in Conjunction with ART for Unexplained Infertility
Acupuncture can be a great conjunctive therapy with ART treatment for unexplained infertility. We work to design the treatment plan to compliment ART treatment, and help with any side effects that can sometimes result from ART and hormone therapy.
Research on Acupuncture & Unexplained Infertility
104 women with unexplained infertility were included in an observational study, where the participant mean age was 32 years, with a range between 26 and 41 years. The median duration of infertility after diagnosis was 33.5 weeks. In total, 41 participants (39.4%) had undergone a mean number of 1.4 assisted reproductive technology treatments prior to joining the study. The number of patients remaining in or achieving pregnancy throughout the 6-month study period was 23 (14 pregnancies), or 22.1%. Of the 14 pregnancies, there were 10 normal births, and 4 miscarriages; otherwise, no neonatal morbidity/mortality occurred. According to per protocol analysis, 14 pregnancies out of 23 total were achieved by those who remained for the entire six menstruation cycle treatments, yielding a pregnancy rate of 60.9%.
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