If you’re trying to have a child but struggling to achieve the desired results, acupuncture can help you on your journey to parenthood. At Stratford Acupuncture & Nutritional Wellness Center in Stratford, Connecticut, Joseph Downer, LAc, offers acupuncture and other wellness care that can improve your chances of conceiving. Stratford Acupuncture & Nutritional Wellness Center welcomes patients in the following towns: Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Branford, Cheshire, Derby, Guilford, Madison, Meriden, Milford, North Branford, Northford, North Haven, Orange, Oxford, Seymour, Southbury, Wallingford, New Haven, East Haven, Hamden, West Haven, Bethany, Woodbridge, Waterbury, Prospect, Wolcott, Middlebury, Naugatuck, Monroe, Newtown, Sandy Hook, Shelton, Bridgeport, Trumbull, Easton, Sherman, Bethel, Brookfield, Cos Cob, Danbury, New Fairfield, Darien, Fairfield, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk, Ridgefield, Riverside, Westport, Weston, Southport, Redding, Wilton, & Stramford. If you or your partner have questions or concerns, schedule an appointment today. You can book your visit online at any time of the day or night, or feel free to call and speak with a member of the administrative staff.
What causes infertility?
In order for a pregnancy to occur, a woman’s ovaries must release a viable egg that then travels through the fallopian tube to the uterus. The male partner must produce viable sperm that travels from the testicles through the vas deferens and urethra. Once an egg is fertilized, the woman’s uterus must maintain a hospitable environment to support proper development.
If anything goes wrong at any point in this process, fertilization and pregnancy won’t happen. Many think of fertility as primarily a woman’s issue, but only about one-third of cases are due to an issue with the female partner. Another third is due to problems with the male partner, and the remaining third doesn’t have a clear cause.
How can acupuncture help treat infertility?
Acupuncture allows the practitioner to direct the flow of energy, or qi, throughout your body. While it is most commonly used to correct blockages of that energy, it can also be used to direct more qi to targeted areas.
When treating infertility, acupuncture needles are positioned in such a way as to direct energy through the meridians associated with your reproductive organs. Researchers also believe that acupuncture can stimulate hormone production, which is directly related to ovulation. One study found that acupuncture can alter the number of egg follicles present during fertilization, which increases your chance of becoming pregnant.
What role does stress play in fertility treatments?
Few things are more stressful than trying to conceive and not achieving that goal. After a period of trying, both partners can become overly stressed. That’s not an environment that supports relaxation and increased intimacy, which only makes matters more stressful for everyone involved.
Your acupuncture sessions can also incorporate needle placement to release stress and promote relaxation and endorphin release. That can make a world of difference as you focus on bringing a new child into your family.
Acupuncture can also help men achieve their goals of fatherhood. By increasing blood flow and redirecting energy to the reproductive organs, fertility can be enhanced. Acupuncture for stress relief is also important for men as they work through fertility treatments and support their partners.
To see what acupuncture can do for your infertility struggles, schedule an appointment today, either online or by phone.