Infertility can have various causes, including:
1. Female factors – Ovulation disorders, damage to the fallopian tubes, endometriosis, and uterine abnormalities can all affect a woman’s ability to conceive.
2. Male factors – Low sperm count or poor sperm quality, abnormalities of the sperm, and damage to the male reproductive system can all contribute to infertility in men.
3. Age – As women age, their fertility decreases due to a decrease in the number and quality of their eggs.
4. Lifestyle factors – Smoking, alcohol consumption, drug use, and obesity can all impact fertility in both men and women.
5. Hormonal imbalances – An imbalance in hormones such as prolactin, thyroid hormones, or testosterone can affect fertility.
6. Medical conditions – Certain medical conditions, such as Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), diabetes, and autoimmune disorders, can affect fertility in women.
7. Environmental factors – Exposure to toxins, pesticides, and other environmental factors can also impact fertility.
8. Unknown causes – In some cases, the cause of infertility is unknown, despite medical evaluation and testing.
It’s important to consult with a healthcare provider if you have been unable to conceive after trying for at least a year or six months if you are over 35. Your healthcare provider may determine the underlying cause of infertility and appropriate treatment options.
Infertility treatment options vary depending on the underlying cause and individual circumstances. Here are some common treatment options for infertility:
1. Fertility drugs – These medications, such as Clomid, Femara, and Gonadotropins, can help regulate ovulation and increase the chances of conception.
2. Intrauterine insemination (IUI) – involves placing sperm directly into the uterus to increase the chances of fertilization.
3. In vitro fertilization (IVF) – involves removing eggs from the ovaries and fertilizing them with sperm in a laboratory dish, then transferring the resulting embryo(s) into the uterus.
4. Surgery – Surgery may be necessary to correct structural problems or repair damage to the reproductive system.
5. Assisted reproductive technologies – intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), assisted hatching, or embryo screening may be used with IVF to increase the chances of conception.
6. Donor eggs or sperm – For couples with severe infertility, donor eggs or sperm may be used in conjunction with IVF to achieve pregnancy.
7. Adoption or surrogacy – For couples who are unable to conceive from their own eggs or sperm, adoption or surrogacy may be considered as alternative options.
When discussing all infertility treatment options with a healthcare provider or infertility specialist to determine the best course of action for your situation. The success rates and risks of each treatment should be carefully considered.
Acupuncture is a complementary medical therapy that involves the insertion of acupuncture needles into specific points of the body. Traditional Chinese medical theory and the use of acupuncture can help regulate the flow of “Qi,” or vital energy in the body, which can impact a person’s ability to conceive.
Several studies have investigated the use of acupuncture in treating infertility. Acupuncture helps improve fertility. A study published in the British Medical Journal found that acupuncture may increase the success rates of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) by up to 65%.
Acupuncture may help infertility by promoting relaxation and reducing stress, which can interfere with fertility. Acupuncture can also help regulate the menstrual cycle, improve ovarian function, and increase blood flow to the uterus, improving the chances of conception.
It’s important to note that while acupuncture may help improve fertility, it’s not a standalone treatment for infertility. Acupuncture may be used in conjunction with other fertility treatments such as IVF, fertility drugs, or intrauterine insemination. It’s also important to consult with a licensed acupuncture practitioner and a healthcare provider or infertility specialist to determine if acupuncture is right for you and what the best course of action for your situation may be.
Acupuncture Zen has had many patients both male and female who have successfully used acupuncture for fertility.