Having a baby might seem like the most natural thing in the world, but for many couples this is simply not the reality. With our increasingly hectic, modern lives and many couples waiting until later in life to try and conceive, fertility issues are more common now than ever before.
There are many reasons why a couple might have difficulty conceiving. These include ovulatory disorders such as Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), blocked or damaged fallopian tubes and reduced sperm count or quality.
However, in some cases, there is no obvious physical reason why a couple cannot conceive.
No matter the diagnosis (or lack thereof) , acupuncture for fertility can greatly increase your chances of a successful pregnancy.
Not being able to become pregnant can lead to feelings of anxiety, frustration, failure and confusion. These negative emotions can have an effect on the rest of the body, further reducing the chances of pregnancy and triggering a vicious cycle of stress and infertility.
Feeling constantly tired but unable to relax, palpitations, digestive issues, tense muscles and headaches are all signs that your body is under too much stress. Another symptom of stress is reduced fertility and loss of sex drive. Not what you want when you're trying to conceive!
Acupuncture combats all of this by reducing levels of the stress hormone cortisol. It also stimulates the release of endorphins, which are the body's natural painkillers and “feel good” chemicals. These work together to give you a feeling of calm and well-being, and can greatly reduce the anxiety associated with fertility issues.
Another way in which acupuncture helps fertility is by improving circulation to the reproductive organs and regulating the menstrual cycle. Whether you have been diagnosed with PCOS or just have an irregular cycle, getting acupuncture to regulate your cycle will make your ovulation much more predictable, which in turn makes it easier to get pregnant.
To learn more about acupuncture and how it works, please click here.