Infertility Sterility IVF Fallopian Tubal Block Treatment

Fulfill dream of having your baby with acupuncture treatment by expert acupuncturist and gynecologist, MD DGO with 40 yr experience in safe and effective modern 4.5 Star* rated clinic in Nashik.

Infertility Definition

Infertility in women is an inability to get pregnant after having regular sex without contraceptives for one or two years or carry the pregnancy to viable stage.

Pregnancy

Normally when coitus takes place, sperm of male are deposited at mouth of uterus in vagina. Sperms travel up into uterus and then into tubes to reach ova or egg. If egg from ovary of woman is ready at that time, it may get fertilised. That fertilised egg comes back to uterus and gets implanted and develops into baby. Infertility means there is obstacle or problem anywhere in this process and pregnancy does not take place.

Causes of Female Infertility

There can be absence of ovulation needing ovulation induction. Hormonal disorders of female will need appropriate management like that of PCOS. Blockage of fallopian tubes may need IVF treatment. IVF cost in India is quite high and success is claimed is only about 20-30%. IVF process involves freezing eggs and embryo transfer at IVF centres.

Many times questions arise “when will I get pregnant” or “how to get pregnant”. It is to be noted that 20% of woman might conceive in one month, 70% in six months, 85% in 12 months, 90% in 18 months, and 95% in 24 months provided ideal opportunities are present. In normal circumstances, if woman does not get pregnant for two years, couple should be investigated for causes and treated.

Infertility Causes in Male

Male infertility causes can be is mostly deficient sperm count or poor quality of sperm and semen. Male impotency needs to be ruled out. Male fertility test includes clinical and semen examination, followed by others as needed. Some conditions need IUI treatment to deliver sperms directly into uterus. Absent sperms in semen will need sperm donor.

Infertility Treatment

Infertility treatments depend upon management of causative factor.

  • Sperm count, morphology, movements and other qualities to noted and treated accordingly.
  • Fallopian tubal needs need appropriate assessment to see if tubes can be made patent.
  • Anovulation may need stimulation of ovaries to produce ova for fertilisation.
  • Stress psychological factor, home environment, availability of privacy and job factors need to consider to see if sufficient opportunities are available for pregnancy to take place.
  • Coital history to be noted if there is any variation which need correction.
  • Uterine factors for reception and delivery of sperms need to examined and treated if any deficiency.

How Acupuncture Works in Female?

Clear link is found in brain and conception in studies published in the journal Fertility and Sterility in 2002 by endocrinologist Zev Rosenwaks, MD at Cornell University. Their research noted that acupuncture increases production of endorphins, brain chemical that also plays a role in regulating the menstrual cycle.

Acupuncture also appears to have a neuroendocrine effect, impacting a three-way axis between hypothalamus, pituitary and ovaries – a cycle that ultimately controls ova production and possibly ovulation. Sandra Emmons, MD, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynaecology at Oregon Health Sciences University, reports that acupuncture may directly impact the number of egg follicles available for fertilization in women undergoing IVF in Medical Acupuncture in 2000 journal.

Sandra Emmons, MD, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynaecology at Oregon Health Sciences University, reports that acupuncture may directly impact the number of egg follicles available for fertilization in women undergoing IVF in Medical Acupuncture in 2000 journal.

Acupuncture may change the blood supply to the ovaries, possibly dilating the arteries and increasing blood flow, so that ultimately, the ovaries receive greater amounts of hormonal stimulation. Acupuncture for fertility may also promote favourable growth of endometrium, in case of missed abortions. It may be promoting continuation of healthy pregnancy. In addition to above it may reduce stress which may disturb neuro-hormones.

How does acupuncture work in male infertility

Imbalance in reproductive hormones can also negatively affect reproductive function, such as sperm motility and production. Acupuncture acts to regulate male hormones. Acupuncture infertility treatment, produces no side effects while performing the same function as the drugs do in stimulating the hypothalamus to effectively balance the endocrine system and its hormones and to get to the root cause of female infertility as well as male infertility. There are many scientific reports supporting use of acupuncture in sterility treatment. Role of acupuncture in fertility treatment is accepted in medical fraternity. Management provided by Dr Pardeshi Acupuncture Therapy has hastened conception of many infertile patients as seen in this Infertility Treatment Review

US National Library of Medicine

Conclusion
"The treatment of idiopathic male infertility could benefit from employing acupuncture. A general improvement of sperm quality, specifically in the ultrastructural integrity of spermatozoa, was seen after acupuncture, although we did not identify specific sperm pathologies that could be particularly sensitive to this therapy."

US National Health Library

in a Study Reports
“In summary, we have shown that repeated acupuncture treatments result in a higher ovulation frequency in lean/overweight women with PCOS and are more effective than the attention and time involved in the meeting with a therapist. The reduction of both ovarian and adrenal serum sex steroids with no concomitant effect on LH and cortisol pulsatility or secretion pattern, together with the within-group reduction of inhibin B levels, indicate that the effect of acupuncture is mainly of peripheral origin.”

Fertility and Sterility Journal

“As demonstrated by a dose-dependent effect, acupuncture appears to be a promising stress-lowering tool for women undergoing IVF.”

Journal of Endocrinal Investigations

Conclusion
“Acupuncture seems to have beneficial effects on live birth rate when performed on the day of ET, and to be useful also in PCOS as well as in male idiopathic infertility, with very low incidence of side effects.”

MedicineNet

“Studies back up these claims. In 2002, researchers studied the effects of acupuncture on pregnancy rates. Women having fertility treatments were assigned to either a control group or an acupuncture group. Scientists transferred embryos into each woman. Half of the women received acupuncture treatment, while the other half (control group) did not. Six weeks later, 26 percent of the women in the control group were pregnant. In the acupuncture group, 42 percent were pregnant.”

In another study published April 2002 in the reproductive journal Fertility and Sterility, of 160 women, a group of German infertility specialist observed that adding acupuncture to the traditional IVF treatment protocols in infertility center substantially increased pregnancy success. Of 80 patients in fertility clinic the rate was significantly higher in the acupuncture group — 34 pregnancies, compared with 21 in the women who received IVF or test tube baby treatment alone.

British Medical Journal

Conclusion
“In conclusion, the results indicate that acupuncture can reduce anxiety symptoms observed by the reduction of physiological parameters in women undergoing IVF.”

Ayurvedic and Homeopathic Treatments

Patients report having taken Ayurvedic treatment for infertility and reported relief in some cases. Similarly, Homeopathic treatment for infertility has also had some satisfied patients. Acupressure treatment for infertility has limited scope


Fallopian Tubal Blockage

If there is a physical reason for the blockage, such as scarring following surgery, or after pelvic inflammatory disease, or after the appearance of adhesions through endometriosis or chlamydia, then the chances of reversing the damage with acupuncture or any other non-surgical modality are relatively poor. IVF remains the only option besides microsurgery for a woman wanting to become pregnant.

Fallopian tubal blockage in some cases can be opened by acupuncture and restore fertility. Rational of such approach is not clear, but we do get cases patency opened after acupuncture treatments. Investigators from the Maternal and Child Health Care Hospital of Puyang City, China, tested a four part Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) protocol for restoring fallopian tube patency. The acupuncture and herbal medicine protocol led to the successful clearing of fallopian tube block. In addition, the acupuncture and herbal medicine protocol outperformed a control group receiving medications.

Since there is no nonsurgical treatment for blocked tubes, it is worth opting for acupuncture to restore tubal patency before deciding tubal surgery or IVF. Dr Pardeshi Acupuncture Nashik has been treating infertility patients since last 40 years. We also have been using acupuncture in gynaecology including sterility.