Your desire for a baby may not be something everyone understands, but that doesn’t mean you feel it any less strongly. The struggle with infertility, whether for a male or a female, can be heartbreaking. It can make every Mother’s Day or Father’s Day a painful reminder of what you have so far been unable to achieve – every pregnancy announcement or baby shower a cause for depression. To battle this, more than 85,000 women in the U.S. annually choose in-vitro fertilization (IVF) as a way to conceive.
Yet, adding to the stress of infertility is the cost of the IVF treatments. The average cost of one cycle of “fresh” IVF treatments is at least $15,000, including the medication. In fact, according to Forbes, the treatments may run as much as $20,000. And the success rate, optimistically and depending on a variety of factors, is about 36-40%.
But Earley Wellness Group wants you to know there is hope! The odds and the cost may seem to be stacked against you, but you can improve those odds dramatically with acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. Studies have indicated TCM significantly increases rates of conception, from 36% using IVF alone to 51% when using IVF in conjunction with acupuncture before and after treatment. And increasing the odds will help to reduce the cost by helping you require fewer treatments before you conceive.
How Acupuncture Helps Fertility
The practitioners are Earley Wellness Group start treating your infertility by designing an individualized plan which includes acupuncture and may also include the use of Chinese herbs. Your individual plan will also improve your fertility by including gentle lifestyle alterations like exercise, diet, reducing your stress, and improving your sleep.
It is believed acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) increase the effectiveness of IVF and IUI treatments by:
- Preparing the uterine lining for successful embryo implantation by increasing endometrial blood flow
- Lowering elevated follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) levels
- Regulating other hormones
- Increasing egg quality and ovarian function
- Reducing hormone treatment side effects
Traditional Chinese Medicine, including acupuncture, improve the overall health of your reproductive system and normalize your menstrual cycle by relaxing the uterus. As a bonus side effect, this normalization also reduces the pain and discomfort of menstruation.
Men can also benefit from acupuncture treatments for fertility. Male infertility affects up to 40% of couples in the United States. Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture treatments can increase a prospective father’s fertility while reducing his stress. Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs together can improve a man’s sperm quality, quantity and health over time, improving your chances of conception.
Deb and Ashley at Earley Wellness Group specialize in fertility and would be happy to speak to you about creating a fertility plan for your individual situation. Even before your first IVF or IUI treatment, acupuncture can help. Make an appointment today to get started.