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Q: My husband and I have been trying to conceive a child for several months. We are wondering if acupuncture can improve our chances?

A: Yes, research has shown that acupuncture can be beneficial for both female and male reproductive function. In approximately 20% of cases, nothing is found to be inhibiting conception. For women infertility is usually related to ovulatory defect, blocked fallopian tubes, endometriosis or uterine fibroids. In a study published in April 2002, women using acupuncture with assisted reproduction therapy had an improved pregnancy rate.

In 40% of infertile couples, problems affecting the male partner are partially or wholly the cause. In men, infertility is most often the result of low sperm count or anatomical abnormality. Studies confirm that male sperm counts are declining and that spermatogenesis may be negatively affected by environmental toxins (pesticides, exogenous estrogens and heavy metals). Two studies demonstrated that acupuncture helps with fertility potential by improving sperm concentration, viability, motility and integrity.

Today, doctors at leading medical centers commonly recommend acupuncture and people are experiencing its positive results. Acupuncture is a viable, low-risk option for your health care needs. It can also work well in conjunction with nutrition, homeopathy and herbal support for this problem.

About the Author:

Jane McKee, MAcOM, L.Ac. is a licensed acupuncturist in Tigard, Oregon. 

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