The science behind enhancing fertility with acupuncture
Caryn Cobyrne - Acupuncturist
Our Acupuncturist at Montrose, Caryn Cobyrne, has had consistentsuccess over the last 18 years assisting womenwho were struggling to fall pregnant naturally.
Research has shown acupuncturecan benefits fertility in three ways.
Firstly, acupuncture can regulate fertility hormones. Stress and other factors can disrupt the function of the hypothalamic pituitary-ovarian axis (HPOA), causing hormonal imbalances that can negatively impact fertility. Acupuncture has been shown to affect hormone levels by promoting the release of beta-endorphin in the brain, which affects the release of gonadotrophin releasing hormone from the hypothalamus, follicle stimulating hormone from the pituitary gland, and oestrogen and progesterone levels from the ovary (Ng 2008, Huang 2008, Lim 2010, Stener-Victorin 2010).
Secondly, acupuncture can improve blood flow to the reproductive organs. Stress stimulates the sympathetic nervous system, which leads to constriction of ovarian arteries. Acupuncture inhibits this sympathetic activity, improving blood flow to the ovaries (Stener-Victorin 2006, Lim 2010), thus enhancing the environment in which ovarian follicles develop. It also increases blood flow to the uterus (Stener-Victorin 1996, Huang 2008), improving the thickness of the endometrial lining and increasing the chances of embryo implantation.
Thirdly, acupuncture can counteract the effects of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). PCOS is one of the most common causes of female infertility. Acupuncture has been shown to reduce the number of ovarian cysts as well as to stimulate ovulation and to regulate the menstrual cycle by stimulating the sympathetic nerve activity which leads to more balanced hormone levels in women with PCOS (Stener-Victorin 2000, 2008, 2009, Zhang 2009).
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