All cohabiting couples who have never had pregnancies for more than two years without contraception are known as infertility. Among them, those who have never had pregnancies are known as primary infertility, those who had ever had childbirths or abortions are known as secondary infertility.

The causes of infertility include the husband factors (sexual dysfunction, abnormal sperm, etc.), but mostly the woman factors, such as ovulation disorder and the disorders of fallopian tube, uterus, cervix and other factors. The acupuncture treatment mostly works on the ovulation disorder.

The acupuncture treatment can promote the ovulation to achieve pregnancy. It has been proven to increase success rates of IVF (in vitro fertilization) by nearly twenty percent when administered in a German study in 2002. Of course, Chinese doctors have known of the benefits of TCM in the treatment of infertility long before it was ever studied in the West, with the first known publications on infertility appearing several hundred years ago. Due to recent studies, we now know that acupuncture affects the pituitary gland and acts on the sympathetic nervous system to reduce stress and regulate hormones. In the treatment of infertility, it has also been shown to increase blood flow to the uterus.

Acupuncture can also improve sperm quality which can greatly improve a couple's chance of a natural pregnancy.  Recent researches have also shown that acupuncture can greatly enhance the success rates of IVF, IUI (intra uterine insemination), and IVF with ICSI (intracytoplasmic sperm injection).  By helping to improve the quality of the embryo and decreasing the chances of miscarriage, acupuncture can be utilized successfully in IVF, IUI, and IVF with ICSI protocols.

Whether or not you are planning to undergo IVF, IUI, or IVF with ICSI during acupuncture treatment, a course of treatment is usually around three months, with once to three times weekly acupuncture visits.

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