Numerous studies have shown acupuncture may assist in boosting female fertility rates by increasing hormone levels and blood flow to the uterus. In turn, the uterine lining is thickened which enhances embryo implantation. Acupuncture is also beneficial for relaxation and stress. Many infertility clinics promote acupuncture as an important component of the in vitro fertilization process. Fertility regimens vary slightly, but the majority involve needling the abdomen, lower extremities and ears. Sessions are usually performed two to three times weekly for several months.
For women who are under the age of 35 and are unable to conceive, fertility experts recommend an examination by a physician to rule out structural abnormalities prior to beginning acupuncture treatments. In women over the age of 40, experts recommend using acupuncture as an adjunct to standard treatment regimens.
Dr. Anne Hermann, a holistic internal medicine physician, offers acupuncture to her patients for a variety of diagnoses including infertility. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call (813) 902-9559. Offices are maintained in Tampa and Saint Petersburg Beach, Florida.