Preconception Health Care
Preconception care is recognized as a critical component of health care for women of reproductive age. The main goal of preconception care is to provide health promotion, screening and interventions for women of reproductive age to reduce risk factors that might affect future pregnancies.
The following are all thought of as causes or contributory factors of infertility:- anovulation, short luteal phase, polycystic ovaries, estrogen imbalance, progesterone deficiency, high FSH levels, thin endometrium, endometriosis, low sperm count, low motility, incorrect pH balance of cervical fluid. But what is the cause of these and other imbalances?
Working with the Natural Rhythm
The hormonal system can be thought of as a finely tuned orchestra. The natural rhythms of the body act like a metronome and are seen in the heartbeat, breathing, sleep-wake patterns, and of course the menstrual cycle. Conception and the subsequent division of cells depends on the harmonization of this rhythm so that the body can respond to subtle chemical changes. All of this can be affected by emotions and extraneous factors such as diet and life style and ultimately, from a Chinese perspective, Qi energy.
Recent research has given much support to acupuncture as an effective therapy for infertility. "A review of medical literature regarding the benefits of acupuncture to women's fertility reveals that the ancient technique can help reduce stress, increase blood flow to the reproductive organs and help normalize ovulation -- all of which can help a woman conceive."
Also one "study has also shown that women who used acupuncture without any other fertility treatments were just as likely to conceive in the same period of time as women who took fertility drugs."
"Researchers have also discovered that acupuncture can boost blood flow to women's reproductive organs, providing them with better nourishment. In addition, acupuncture appears to improve the lining of the uterus, the place where the embryo becomes embedded after conception." SOURCE: Reuter's Health: Fertility and Sterility 2002; 78:1149-1153.