Acupuncture for infertility: Introduction

Infertility, as defined by the Western medicine, may be diagnosed when a couple had difficulty conceiving on their own for a year. Infertility is then further differentiated into male and female. According to WHO (World Health Organization), infertility afflicts nearly one in seven couples. While a lot of attention is usually paid to female part in becoming pregnant, it is estimated that nearly 40% of the time, it is the man’s issue, so the couples are always encouraged to develop their treatment plan together.

Traditional Chinese Medicine, which includes acupuncture and herbal prescriptions, has been gaining popularity as a natural alternative to becoming pregnant or adjunct therapy to increase success rates of Western Medicine treatment option like IUI (Intrauterine Insemination) or IVF (In Vitro Fertilization).

It is known that acupuncture and herbal medicine can regulate menstrual cycle, help dissolve polycystic ovarian cysts, masses and blockages, assists ovulation, positively affects uterine blood flow by improving innervations of the uterus, improve its lining for successful conception and pregnancy, plays an important role in hormonal balance, stress reduction, improves sperm quality and count in men, promoting general well-being necessary for healthy pregnancy and delivery.