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In the U.S. alone, 1.5 to 7.4 million women are affected by infertility. For many, infertility is caused by a hormonal imbalance that results in painful, irregular, or missing periods that can prevent her from conceiving. Since acupuncture can directly stimulate parts of the body that monitor and produce these hormones, it is a natural, drug free way for a woman to prompt her own body to create the right environment for fertility.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a great adjunct treatment during infertility treatments. It can help regulate your cycle (e.g. irregular periods, no periods), decrease stress and help alleviate depression. TCM can also help with the production of the follicle.
Traditional Chinese Medicine, with the modalities of herbs and acupuncture in particular, have been proven effective in the treatment of infertility.
Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs, along with nutritional changes can produce some great results, assisting in the fertility process.
Infertility treatments usually consist of 2-3 times per week, and depending upon how quickly you respond, treatments can take several months to about a year.
Acupuncture for infertility related conditions:
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(4) Center for Disease Control. http://www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/infertility
(5) CDC fast facts. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/fertile.htm
(6) American Pregnancy Association. http://americanpregnancy.org/infertility/acupuncture.htm