Fertility Acupuncture in Downtown Toronto
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Acupuncture boasts a variety of benefits from relieving stress to promoting relaxation. But it also has become a component of fertility treatments. Various studies have reported that acupuncture has the potential to increase the chances of conception.
How often do you get acupuncture for fertility?
For the best results, it is recommended to come in for treatment three to four months before progressing towards insemination. It is also recommended to continue receiving treatment after conception as well. In this case, more treatments are better than less, but one should stop after the first 3 months of pregnancy (where most miscarriages occur). Therefore, patients should go up until week 12 in their pregnancy to help prevent the chances of miscarriage.
It is safe to do acupuncture when pregnant, but there are certain acupuncture points on the body that should be avoided if the patient is pregnant. There are minimal risks in doing acupuncture for fertility treatments, so long as the treatment is conducted by a licensed and trained acupuncturist.
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How does acupuncture (Traditional Chinese Medicine) help treat infertility?
There are many biological factors that can deem a woman infertile. There is a balance between the hypothalamus, pituitary and reproductive glands – and when that balance is disrupted, it can often cause stress and make a woman stop ovulating. Stress can also cause undue spasms in the uterus and fallopian tubes which can interfere with the implantation of a fertilized egg.
Some problems that affect fertility are:
- An under-functioning thyroid (hypothyroidism)
- An over functioning thyroid (hyperthyroidism)
Therefore, acupuncture can help increase fertility by increasing blood circulation in the reproductive organs, balancing the endocrine system and reducing stress. The increase in blood flow will go to the ovaries and the uterus, which will increase the chances of an egg to be nourished and carried to term for conception.
Acupuncture can help treat a variety of fertility disorders such as:
- Spasmed fallopian tubes
- Repeated pregnancy loss
- Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
- Hormone imbalances
- Uterine fibroids
- and more!
Sometimes acupuncture will be used in conjunction with herbal therapy to help with any fertility issues, and to increase the effectiveness of treatment. In addition, acupuncture for fertility is not just limited to women only, it can also help increase the sperm count in men.
However, please note that acupuncture does not provide a cure for infertility, but rather increases the chances of getting pregnant.
Other Conditions Treated By Acupuncture
- Migraines and tension headaches
- Chronic pain
- Menstrual cramps
- Menopausal symptoms
- Weight loss