Not every committed couple who wishes to have a baby will find it easy to conceive. The frustration of repeated failed attempts can be overwhelming. A woman may do many things to improve her chances: take her basal body temperature daily to pinpoint the ideal conditions for conception, limit her caffeine intake and eat a healthy diet. How could another month go by with no success?
Some of the most common factors that affect fertility include hormone imbalance, excess weight, and especially stress. More complex issues include estrogen dominance and polycystic ovarian disease (PCOS). The dual degree naturopathic doctors and acupuncturists at Southwest Integrative Medicine have helped many couples improve or alleviate these issues and achieve conception by improving their bodies’ balance with therapeutic acupuncture treatments.
Stress can have a devastating effect on the body; it blocks Qi (pronounced “chee”) which is the flow of energy in your body. When this flow is disrupted, it can cause pain, discomfort, and many other physical problems including infertility. Acupuncture is a very effective way to restore the free flow of Qi in your body. This ancient practice helps restore the body’s natural balance, reducing the physical manifestations of stress and anxiety. Most Southwest Integrative Medicine patients see improvement in emotional stability with 2-6 acupuncture treatments per month.
In addition to improving the flow of energy, acupuncture regulates blood flow to reproductive organs, stabilizes hormone levels, and increases ovary function and sperm production. Women who have preexisting hormone concerns, such as irregular menstrual cycles, see significant improvement with acupuncture. The benefits of acupuncture can be extended with other natural hormone balancing techniques.
For overweight women who find it difficult to conceive, Southwest Integrative Medicine provides personalized weight loss guidance. Our naturopathic doctors will provide comprehensive guidance for nutrition and nutritional therapy if needed. Many patients who struggle with weight control are affected by hormonal imbalance or thyroid disorders. These concerns can be addressed naturally as well.
Therapeutic acupuncture treatments for infertility are often overlooked but can be extremely effective. Recent studies in the United States and other countries have shown an increasee in conceptions rates for women who use acupuncture for infertility in conjunction with in vitro fertilization (IVF). Read more details of this study in the article, "Phoenix Acupuncture and Infertility."
Dr. Christy Cline is a Phoenix naturopathic doctor who specializes in using acupuncture to treat infertility and many other physical, mental and emotional concerns. To find out more about how Southwest Integrative Medicine can help you overcome infertility and realize your dream of becoming a parent, contact us at 480-451-5407 today.