The statistic estimated that 1 in every 6 couples around the world suffer from infertility in around the world. The diagnosis of infertility could be devastating for most of the couples. However, there is good news. There are many ways to overcome infertility. One of the most well-known ones nowadays is IVF ( In-Vitro Fertilization)
IVF process starts with fertility drugs being injected to stimulate woman’s ovaries. Eggs are then collected from the woman through day surgery procedure. Next, they will be fertilised and matured. Egg and sperm will be placed in a dish in order for the fertilization to occur. One more embryos may be transferred to the uterus, others can be frozen to be transferred later.
Recently, the Medical Journal of Australia released a report that shows data from 56,652 women starting IVF treatment for the first time who went through 120,930 IVF cycles between 2009 and 2014. They excluded women who used donated eggs and embryos, The report was based on two measures; the live-birth and the cumulative live-birth rate for each consecutive IVF cycle. These women completed up to 8 cycles of IVF treatment.
The results showed that in overall, women who started IVF, 33% of them had a baby after the first cycle, and the percentage went up to 54-77% by the eighth cycle. However, the rate varied with the age of the women and the number of IVF cycles performed beforehand. The cumulative live-birth rate did continue to increase along with repeated cycles. And, it has to be noted down that this is just a population estimate, and every couple condition is different (i.e body fat percentage, ovarian reserve level, etc).
Acupuncture may help assist women in losing weight as body fat percentage could affect fertility, It may also help rejuvenate some oocyte characteristics that will enhance the delivery of nutrition to egg development.
Acupuncture may stimulate certain points in the body to supply sufficient blood flow in the pelvic region, and along with Chinese medicine, nourishment may be provided to egg, thus increasing the quality of the egg. Sperm quality may also be improved by acupuncture, as it increases blood flow through blood vessels in testes thus may improve the flow of nutrients to sperm and may increase sperm vitality.
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