Acupuncture to improve fertility

Infertility is a common disease in developed countries. It is estimated that almost 15% of couples has difficulty conceiving, that is to say, they do not achieve pregnancy after one year of regular unprotected sexual intercourse.

The causes can be female (ovulatory disorders, Fallopian tubes permeability, implantation factors…) male (low sperm quality, toxic exposure…) or mixed. Often, there is not a single explanation but the combination of several small factors the cause of a fertility decrease, known as subfertility.

Acupuncture is an ancient technique used for centuries in the oriental medicine. It consists of the insertion of very small needles in specific  points of the body, depending on the desired effect. There are more than 2000 described points, that lead to 14 major pathways called meridians. There is scientific evidence that, alone or in combination with western medicine it can be helpful to increase pregnancy rates is some cases.

There are very few studies around the effect of acupuncture on natural fertility. The strongest scientific evidence revolves around the combination between acupuncture and assisted reproduction techniques (ART).

When used in combination with ART, acupuncture can increase pregnancy rates up to 26% according to some studies. There are some hypotheses to explain this effect:

  • Sexual hormone regulation. Some factors like stress can alter the hormonal balance, negatively impacting fertility in men and women. The most important female infertility factor are the ovulation disorders, frequently caused by stress. The release of beta-endorphins in the brain after acupuncture stimulates the function of the hypotalamic pituitary-ovarian axis, increasing the levels of oestrogens and progesterone. In males, stress can decrease sperm count and lead to sexual problems such as impotence.

  • Increasing blood flow to the ovaries. All nutrients and hormones reach the ovaries and uterus through the blood. If the flow is inadequate, so will the ovulation process and the endometrial growth. Acupuncture inhibits sympathetic activity, which can decrease blood flow improving the ovulation process and the embryo implantation in the uterus.

  • Inmune system balancing. By selecting the specific points, acupuncture can modulate the inmune system, which is a key factor for embryo implantation.

How to start using acupuncture for fertility?

If all these reasons to try this alternative treatment option have been convincing, there are several questions that you may be asking yourself before starting.

Before the treatment: choosing the acupuncturist

This is a key factor. Being relaxed during the sessions is essential to obtain the maximum benefits. Visit more than one specialist and choose the one who gives you more confidence, paying attention to the facilities as well.

During the treatment

In the initial consultation, the acupuncturist will try to know you better, paying special attention to your body and your energy flow. You will be asked a lot of questions about your lifestyle. Maybe you can wonder why some questions are made, but there are a lot of factors in your daily life that can be relevant to come up with a good diagnosis.

After the initial session, follow-up appointments will be needed. Maybe you will be recommended to take some natural supplementation, do some exercises at home or practise some lifestyle changes.

After the treatment

It is very common to feel very relaxed after an acupuncture session, specially if it is your first time. Your body has been stimulated in a completely different way and it has to adapt. You will get used with the subsequent sessions, and with them the changes in your body and mind will appear.


Female fertility factors

Due to the complex nature of the female conceptive tract, there can be many reasons why a woman can experience difficulty to get pregnant.

In this post we summarise some of the most important causes of female infertility.

Diminished Ovarian Reserve

Diminished ovarian save (DOR) is an ordinary physiological condition that regularly occurs amid the pre-menopausal years. It can influence patients after the age of 36, being more common after the age of 40. It can be rarely observed in patients in the late 20s and mid 30s. It is additionally found in patients who have had surgery on the ovaries for endometriosis or any other kind of surgery that can lead to a loss of ovarian tissue.

As a result of this loss, the quantity of eggs available every month is diminished. These patients tend to have shorter menstrual cycles, around every 21 days. In the early phases of DOR, there are some menstrual cycles that are still typical.

In these patients, fertility is diminished not only because there are fewer available eggs, but the quality of them decreases as well.

Premature Ovarian Failure

Premature ovarian failure (POF) is the onset of menopause before the age of 40. More often than not, the cause is unknown, however it might be related with chromosome issues, immunological problems ( antibodies against the ovary), lupus or thyroid malfunctioning.

Obviously, POF impacts fertility since the menstrual cycle disappears and there is no ovulation.


Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous developments of uterine tissue. Their size can go from millimeters to even some centimetres. Fibroids regularly cause no symptoms, unless they develop sufficiently to increase  the pressure on different organs. Fibroids are very normal in ladies between ages 30 and 45. Substantial fibroids may limit the uterine cavity and prompt to premature delivery or miscarriages.


Endometriosis is a typical issue that we can define as the presence of uterine cells outside the uterine cavity. The tissue gets to be distinctly connected to conceptive or stomach organs, and swells with blood amid feminine cycle as though it were still in the uterus.

Since this blood is caught inside the tissue and can’t be shed through the vagina, blood may form into pimples, scar tissue, or bonds (sinewy groups that connection together different tissues that are typically isolated). This can be exceptionally painful.

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (“PCOS”) is a medical condition portrayed by unfrequent menstrual cycles, overweight, hirsutism (additional hair on trunk, belly and back), and increment of male hormone levels in the blood.

PCOS impacts fertility by diminishing the quantity of times a lady will ovulate all through her lifetime. Besides, patients tend to have overwhelming menstrual periods that could create endometrial polyps and different changes at the endometrial coating level. This makes it troublesome for incipient organism implantation.

Pelvic Adhesions

Pelvic adhesions are scars or fibrotic tissue created around the tubes, ovaries, entrail and the uterus. Typically this is a consequence of past venereal infections like chlamydia, gonorrhea, additionally could be the aftereffect of past surgeries inside the region.

Pelvic attachments affect fertility by meddling with the capacity of the fallopian tube to get the oocyte at the season of ovulation.

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Natural techniques to boost your fertility

Infertility is usually a complex, multi-factorial disease. Sometimes there is a single medical reason to explain it: blocked tubes, vasectomy, endometriosis… but frequently there are multiple reasons like woman’s age, lifestyle, diet or psychological issues. This multi-factorial problems also need multiple approaches.

Combining traditional medicine techniques with natural medicine can increase the chances of getting pregnant. Here you will find a list and a short explanation of the main techniques:


Acupuncture can be used to treat a wide range of disorders, both for women and men. It can help with hormonal imbalances, such as the responsables for polycystic ovarian syndrome, anovulation or dysmenorrhea. In some men, the use of acupuncture can increase sperm quality.

Psychological stress is another of the main infertility causes. The improvement in your balance and harmony as a result of acupuncture can increase not only the chances of getting pregnant, but your ability to carry full term.

Herbal Medicine and nutrition

Herbal substances have been used to treat many diseases since the beginning of our civilization. Medicinal herbs contain ingredients that, when used correctly, support the natural fecundability of the woman and can improve the sperm quality as well. This herbal supplements in addition to a healthy nutrition and lifestyle have been proven effective against infertility.

Couple Counseling

Infertility can be a frustrating and painful experience. Sometimes it is hard for couples to struggle with these problems and it can affect the relationships. It is essential to have a good communication between both members of the couple, handling strong emotions and mood swings and talking about these issues, whether you are beginning or you are in treatments.

Meditation and yoga Classes

Meditation is useful to lower stress levels and help managing emotions. Yoga involves your body as well as your mind, harmonizing them and significantly improving your wellness. When used to improves a woman’s fertility it can strength some areas like pelvic floor and internal muscles.

Fertility massage

This non-invasive method focuses in the reproductive, digestive and sacral zones, combining massage, acupressure and other manual techniques to nourish a woman’s ability to get pregnant. The blood irrigation and hence the hormonal and nutrient supply of these areas is increased. At the same time, the woman becomes more conscious about her body, specially the womb, strengthening the mind-womb connection.

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How to heal PCOS naturally

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a very common endocrinological disorder and one of the main infertility causes among women. One of the symptoms of PCOS are irregular menstrual cycles, The typical sonographic image of the ovaries reveals many small cysts. These are fluid filled cavities containing immature eggs.

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Fertility massage

Masaje para la fertilidad

The Fertility Massage combines a range of manual techniques, including massage of the abdominal, pelvic and back areas, as well as the use of oils, pressure and the use of rebozos. All this work has to be energetic but gentle, to achieve emotional and psychological relaxation.

This physical and mental connection helps to nurture and enhance many issues related with your natural fertility. As the blood flow increases in the area, more nutrients and hormones reach the womb and ovaries. This can increase the wellness during the pre-menstrual period, as well as the quality and regularity of the menstruation periods.

Some of the reasons to explain infertility include incorrect uterine positions, nutritional deficiencies, psychological stress or anxiety or inmunological imbalance, for instance.

This technique is used to optimize the womb environment and optimize the nutrient and hormone supply to the uterus and the ovaries. Physically, it encourages and corrects uterine position. It also helps to reduce the stress related to infertility.

The fertility massage can be used as an alternative therapy to assisted reproduction techniques or as a complementary help during treatments. Its psychological and physical positive effects can improve the ART outcome.

The technique is usually provided by a certified expert, but can be followed up at home, as a self-care abdominal massage. This kind of autotherapy can be a way to get in touch with your own womb, improving the self-conciousness in the woman who wants to get pregnant.

Here you have some tips to keep in mind about the fertility massage:

  • Fertility massage is especially recommended for women seeking pregnancy naturally. Either alone or in combination with other techniques of natural fertility it can be enough to achieve pregnancy in many cases.
  • The fertility massage may be useful in the treatment prior to assisted reproductive cycles. However, its use is not recommended during ovarian stimulation.
  • Fertility massage is particularly recommended since the end of the menstrual period to ovulation. It is advisable to carry it out in the months after surgery in the area or if there has been a non-surgical tubal ligation.

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