Unexplained infertility is a copt out by a doctor, meaning he/she could not find the reason why a couple cannot conceive. We believe that there is always a reason why a couple cannot conceive, there is no such thing as unexplained infertility. Some of the reasons can be male infertility, PCOS, endometriosis or other things
According to research from UK in 2009, unexplained infertility happened in 25% of the case. The following paragraphs will explain the cause and management of unexplained infertility.
It is important for women who try to conceive to chart their temperature. When do you need to do this? The answer is every morning, when you wake up the first activity that day. The acupuncturist should be able to provide you with the BBT chart. The purpose is to predict when you are going to ovulate for the next cycle. This is the best time for couple to conceive. During the ovulation time, it is recommended that both couple receive acupuncture treatments for effective result.
There are two hormones that play relevant role in women’s body for them to conceive. These include:
1. Folicle-stimulating Hormone (FSH) : this hormone stimulates the growth of ovarian follicles in the ovary prior to releasing egg during ovulation phase. In short, FSH is preparing the egg to be released.
2. Luteinizing Hormone (LH) : this hormone will produce oestradiol (female sex hormone) in the first week of the cycle and then will release egg (mature oocyte) from ovary at the second half of the cycle. The follicle is known as corpus luteum, which produces oestrogen and progesterone. These two are important in endometrium development and aid fertilised egg to implant and develop.
These two hormones need to be balance in order for couple to successfully conceive. Hormone imbalance can create condition such as PCOS, endometriosis or pre-menopause, which cause infertility in women.
Acupuncture treatment can help women balance these two hormones and therefore increasing the chance to conceive. When there is balance in hormones the temperature chart will show two distinct drops. Usually there is drop during ovulation time and then gradual increase from day 21. It will stay increase if there is pregnancy, but it will start to decrease by day 25 if there is no pregnancy.
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine
According to research during March-April 2006, study of 104 women aged 26 -41, who had unexplained infertility were included in the observations. They were being treated by herbal medicine as well as Acupuncture treatments.
The results was amazing, the pregnancy rate by those who remain for the entire 6 menstruation cycle treatments was 60.90%. This means that there is effective result if one couple is persistent enough for 6 months undergo acupuncture treatments as well as herbal medicine. (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2918430/)
How does Acupuncture work?
Acupuncture improves the blood flow in the pelvic region, therefore increasing the blood flow in this area. Not only that, but by inserting the fine needles it will affect the central nervous system, producing essential chemical such as endorphins, norepinephrine and encephalin, etc. These chemicals will make you happier, feeling more relax and reduce anxiety.
Acupuncture can also release some hormones that are relevant in handling fertility issues. Studies have shown that acupuncture can help the release of oxytocin, luteinizing (LH)and follicle stimulating hormone(FSH). Acupuncture can balance the interplay between FSH and LH, resulting in successful conception.
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