It might come as a surprise to you but humans are not that fertile, and evidence suggests that fertility in humans is decreasing due to pollution, lifestyle, and many other factors.
The average woman in her late teens or twenties will have to try for around four months to get pregnant. This means that despite the release of a healthy egg and copulation at the most fertile time she has around a 25% chance of conceiving in any one month. This figure drops off markedly until by the early forties the chance of conceiving has dropped to only around 3%.
Add into the equation the various reproductive problems such as PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome), endometriosis, fibroids, blocked fallopian tubes and other common problems, it is easy to see why getting pregnant isn’t happening for many many women desperate to have children.
Acupuncture has been shown to improve the chances of conception. There are several mechanisms in action. Acupuncture helps to regulate hormonal cycles and also increases blood flow to the uterus thus providing a better environment for the embryo to embed and grow. A major factor in trying to conceive is stress and acupuncture reduces stress.
Not surprisingly, our bodies are designed to prevent conception at times of extreme stress. From an evolutionary point of view this makes a lot of sense. While most people in the western world today are not under extreme stress, there is for many people a low to moderate level of stress constantly present in their everyday lives. Even moderately raised levels of stress hormones such as cortisol can have an impact on fertility levels. Once again, combined with various health problems and age this can lead to problems not only conceiving, but also carrying a baby full term.
It is often worth treating both male and female partners with acupuncture for fertility.
Mental and emotional problems which contribute to stress and resulting low fertility can be alleviated in men as well as women. Acupuncture has been shown in trials to increase the number of sperm, sperm motility and the quality of sperm. There is also evidence that acupuncture has a positive effect on the vascular system and immune system, both of which are essential to maintaining healthy sperm production.
Overall the aim of fertility treatment with acupuncture is to improve chances of having a successful pregnancy. This is achieved by creating the ideal conditions for conception to occur and maintaining ideal conditions required to carry a full term healthy pregnancy.