Perhaps the most frustrating diagnosis that a couple can receive after trying to conceive for several months or years, is the diagnosis of "Unexplained Infertility". After trying for so long and not being successful, many couples wish that someone would tell them that there is something wrong with one of them.
Many times when all the blood work and diagnostic imaging show no abnormalities, the culprit is stress. Although not as frustrating as a diagnosis of "unexplained infertility", the diagnosis of stress can also be unclear and not specific.
When we are under stress, our bodies are in a fight-or-flight mode. Blood is mobilized to the large muscles; arms and legs, getting the body ready to run away from the danger. At that time the body doesn't care about digesting food, sleeping, or creating a new life.
When the follicles in the ovaries don't get enough blood, the quality of the egg will be poor. Poor egg quality could hinder the egg from being fertilized, or the egg might be fertilized creating an embryo of poor quality that later is miscarried. In addition, if the uterine arteries don't get enough blood, the lining will be too thin to support the fetus.
Acupuncture has been proven time after time to lower stress and increase blood flow; two key factors that if not at optimum levels will affect conception in a negative way.
Initial visit (includes treatment): $180
Subsequent treatments: $90
Acupuncture for infertile women without undergoing assisted reproductive techniques (ART): A systematic review and meta-analysis
Reduction of blood flow impedance in the uterine arteries of infertile women with electro-acupuncture
Acupuncture as Treatment for Female Infertility: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials
Effectiveness of Acupuncture Therapy on Stress in a Large Urban College Population