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Acupuncture

About Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a technique of inserting and manipulating very fine needles into “acupuncture points” or meridians on the body with the aim of restoring health and well-being. It is an ancient therapeutic art, which has been given renewed attention in light of recent scientific research and current integration with modern medical practice in the treatment of a wide range of diseases, including infertility.

Acupuncture & Assisted Reproductive Technology

There are many different ways to get to one goal. Both Chinese and western medicines have accomplished great feats over the last century, treating numerous diseases, saving thousands of lives and improving the quality of life for countless others. Using the best of both worlds, it is possible to significantly increase the success rate of in vitro fertilization.

In fact a recent German study that uses acupuncture with IVF achieved a 42% clinical pregnancy rate in the test group, compared to 26% in the control group that did not receive acupuncture.

A large number of patients who have tried IVF several times and were unsuccessful have soon become pregnant after acupuncture treatments. In clinical observation, the ultrasound shows that, after acupuncture, the color of woman’s ovaries change from cloudy to bright and clear. The follicles usually double in number, the lining of the uterus becomes thicker and the number of embryos increases significantly. Patients experience less side effects from the western drugs and feel more at ease and happy. For male patients the semen quality significantly improves and the sperm number greatly increases. In brief, acupuncture can help to improve the success rate of IVF in a number of ways:

1. Improve the function of the ovaries to produce better quality eggs.
2. Regulate the hormones to produce a large number of follicles.
3. Increase the blood flow to the uterus and increase the blood flow to the uterus and increase the thickness of the uterine lining.
4. Relax the patients an decrease their stress.
5. Prevent the uterus from contracting.
6. Lessen the side effects from drugs used in IVF.
7. Strengthen the immune system.
8. Decrease chances of miscarriage.
9. Improve semen to create better quality and quantity of embryos.

Reports from the literature

Many reports in the literature claim positive effects of acupuncture in the treatment of female infertility based on rigorously conducted prospective, randomized trials. Some articles demonstrating that are:

· “Acupuncture on the day of embryo transfer significantly improves the reproductive outcome in infertile women: a prospective, randomized trial” Fertility and Sterility® 2006;xx:xxx (article in press).

· “Effect of acupuncture on the outcome of in vitro fertilization and IntraCytoplasmic Sperm Injection: a randomized, prospective, controlled clinical study” Fertility and Sterility®. 2006;xx:xxx (article in press).

· “Influence of acupuncture stimulation on pregnancy rates for women undergoing embryo transfer” Fertility and Sterility® 2006; xx:xxx (article in press).

· “Role of acupuncture in the treatment of female infertility” Fertility and Sterility® 2002;78(6).

· “Influence of acupuncture on the pregnancy rate in patients who undergo assisted reproduction therapy” Fertility and Sterility® 2002;77(4).

· “Acupuncture Treatment For Infertile Women Undergoing IntraCytoplasmic Sperm injection” Medical Acupuncture 2000;12(2).

· “A Randomized Study Evaluating Acupuncture as an Adjunct to IVF” ASRM’s Journal of Fertility and Sterility 2004;84.

· “A survey comparing TCM diagnosis, health status and medical diagnosis in women undergoing assisted reproduction” Acupuncture in medicine 2005;23(2):62-69.

· “Acupuncture and infertility: we need to stick to good science” Fertility and Sterility® 2006;85(5):1359-1361.

· “Acupuncture as adjunctive therapy in assisted reproduction: remaining uncertainties” Fertility and Sterility® 2006;85(5):1362-1363.

· “Influence of acupuncture stimulation on pregnancy rates for women undergoing embryo transfer” Fertility and Sterility® 2006;85(5):1352-1358.

· “Acupuncture prior to and at embryo transfer in an assisted conception unit – a case series” Acupuncture in medicine 2006;24(1):23-28.

· “Use of acupuncture in female infertility and a summary of recent acupuncture studies related to embryo transfer” Acupuncture in medicine 2006;24(4):157-163.

· “Quantitative evaluation of spermatozoa ultrastructure after acupuncture treatment for idiopathic male infertility” Fertility and Sterility® 2005;84(1):141-147.

  

Therapeutic & Relaxation Massage

Therapeutic and Relaxation massage for fertility

Therapeutic and relaxation massage is the most common type of massage practiced. It can solely be used for stress relief and to help with anxiety, or a combination of stress relief and therapeutic massage.

In some cases infertility has been linked to high-stress levels; so it makes sense that reducing stress through massage could theoretically improve a woman’s odds of conceiving. Many couples trying to conceive go through several different rituals that can indirectly cause elevated stress levels. Regular therapeutic massage treatments can significantly reduce stress levels and increase relaxation.

There has been an increase in awareness by medical doctors that massage and most types of touch therapies can help increase pregnancy rates. Whether it is from the stress relief or increased blood flow, there has definitely been a move by doctors to recognize massage as a complementary treatment for women trying to conceive.

Practical benefits of massage therapy may include:

  • Detoxification of body tissues
  • Decreased stress response
  • Improvements in sleep and digestion
  • Increased over-all well-being

Reports from the literature

Two studies reported in the June 18, 2004 issue of Medscape General Medicine, Ob/Gyn & Women’s Health, showed that a massage and physical therapy technique greatly increased pregnancy rates in infertile women. In a study published in the January 2004 issue of the International Journal of Neurosciences, researchers assigned 36 healthy adults to have one of three types of basic massage: moderate, light, or vibratory (think drumming instead of kneading). Although the researchers didn’t look at the effects of massage on fertility, they did find that the bodywork significantly reduces stress. During ten-minute treatments, scientists measured volunteers’ stress levels and heart rates with the help of an EEG, a machine that traces brain waves, and an EKG, an instrument for recording differences in heartbeat. While anxiety decreased in all three groups, the moderate-pressure massage group saw the biggest nosedive in stress levels.

Some reports of the literature demonstrating the positive effects of massage therapy to stress levels and infertility treatment are:

· “Massage therapy of moderate and light pressure and vibrator effects on egg and heart rate” Intern. J. Neuroscience, 114:31–45, 2004.

· “Aromatherapy: a systematic review” British Journal of General Practice, June 2000, 50, 493-496.

· “Treating Female Infertility and Improving IVF Pregnancy Rates with a Manual Physical Therapy Technique” Medscape General Medicine. 2004;6(2):51.

· “Coping with infertility: a body–mind group intervention programme for infertile couples” Hum. Reprod. Vol.19, No.8 pp. 1917–1923, 2004.

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