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Effectiveness of Acupuncture in Treating Infertility in Charleston, SC

by Sara Putman, LAc, LMT - Acupuncturist | Charleston, SC

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Do you have infertility issues and live in Charleston, SC? Are you aware of the extensive research & studies done on Acupuncture & Fertility? The following excerpts were taken from research published in Fertility and Sterility, the journal of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.

  • The earliest and perhaps most well known study was done in Germany in 2002 by Wolfgang E. Paulus. The pregnancy rates of 2 groups of women undergoing IVF were compared. The group receiving acupuncture 25 minutes before, and 25 minutes after embryo transfer had a pregnancy rate of 42.5% compared to 26% for the non-acupuncture group.
  • Dieterle et al. evaluated the effect of real acupuncture vs. sham acupuncture. The real acupuncture group had significantly higher ongoing pregnancy rates: 28.4% vs. 13.8%.
  • In a study reported in 2005 researchers looked at the effects of acupuncture on the structural health of sperm in men with infertility of unknown cause. 28 infertile men received acupuncture 2 times a week for 5 weeks, and 12 men received no treatment. Sperm samples were analyzed at the beginning and end of the study.  Significant improvements in sperm quality in the acupuncture group were noted. Treatment was associated with fewer structural defects in sperm and an increase in the number of normal sperm.

Reference: http://www.theafa.org/article/how-can-acupuncture-help-fertility/

And from Cornell University: Dr. Zev Rosenwaks, Dr. Pak H. Chung, and Dr. Raymond Chang of Weill Cornell--provides a summary of current research that supports acupunctures potential benefits for fertility treatment. The lead review article reports that acupuncture treatment has the following potential fertility-boosting benefits:

  • Increased blood flow to the uterus and therefore uterine wall thickness, an important marker for fertility
  • Increased endorphin production, which, in turn, has been shown to effect the release of a gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH), a decapeptide involved in regulating reproduction
  • Lower stress hormones responsible for infertility
  • Impact on plasma levels of the fertility hormones: follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), luteinizing hormone (LH), estradiol (E2), and Progesterone (P)
  • Normalization of the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis, a key process in fertility
  • A positive effect for women with polycystic ovarian syndrome, a hormonal imbalance present in three percent of adolescents and adults.


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