Roughly 10-15% of couples face the diagnosis of unexplained infertility. This conclusion is made after fertility specialists check for the most common causes of infertility. The most common causes that are checked for are:
- ovulatory problems: PCOS, poor egg quality, POF, diminished ovarian reserve
- immunological issues
- tubal issues: adhesion’s, chronic infections or PID, endometriosis
- sperm problems: decreased motility or morphology
Acupuncture can provide hope
We treat many couples facing this frustrating diagnosis. Acupuncture can provide great hope for couples in this situation. Chinese medicine uses its own ancient system of diagnostics to look at where there may be problems with in the cycle or endocrine system and can effectively address various parts of the cycle. Acupuncture can help to bring the body back into a better by:
- decreasing stress levels
- improving blood flow to the ovaries & uterus
- improving egg quality & follicular development
- improve menstrual cycle through dealing with: PMS, scanty or heavy periods
- increase the success of implantation
- reduce the risk of miscarriage
Acupuncture in conjunction with ART for unexplained infertility
Acupuncture can be a great conjunctive therapy with ART treatment for unexplained infertility. We work to design the treatment plan to compliment ART treatment, and help with any side effects that’s can sometimes be a result with ART and hormone therapy.
Research on acupuncture & unexplained infertility
One hundred and four women with unexplained infertility were included in this observational study. Participant mean age was 32 years, with a range between 26 and 41 years. The median duration of infertility after diagnosis was 33.5 weeks. In total, 41 participants (39.4%) had undergone a mean number of 1.4 assisted reproductive technology treatments prior to joining the study. The number of patients remaining in or achieving pregnancy throughout the 6-month study period was 23 (14 pregnancies), 22.1%. Of the 14 pregnancies, there were 10 normal births, and 4 miscarriages; otherwise, no neonatal morbidity/mortality occurred. According to per protocol analysis, 14 pregnancies out of 23 total were achieved by those who remained for the entire six menstruation cycle treatments, yielding a pregnancy rate of 60.9%.
Unexplained infertility treated with acupuncture and herbal medicine in Korea.
Acupuncturist & Chinese Herbalist
Shannon attended the Midwest College of Oriental Medicine where she earned a Master’s of Science in Oriental Medicine and Bachelors in Nutrition. She is nationally board certified acupuncturist through NCCAOM and is a state certified acupuncturist. Shannon is deeply dedicated to helping couples facing fertility challenges to achieve and maintain pregnancy. She has witnessed the profound effect acupuncture and Chinese Medicine can have on regulating the bodies functions from a hormonal, emotional, and physical standpoint. It is with great joy and presence that Shannon works with women and couples through their own unique journey with fertility.