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Infertility is defined as not being able to get pregnant despite having frequent, unprotected sex for at least a year for most couples. Infertility may result from an issue with either you or your partner, or a combination of factors that interfere with pregnancy. Among the many factors causing infertility, here we are going to talk about how Stress can affect the fertility and how acupuncture can help with it.
Does Stress affect the Fertility?
Stress is exhausting for both the body and mind. It’s not unusual to lose your desire when you’re under constant stress. While short-term stress may cause men to produce more of the male hormone testosterone, this effect doesn’t last.
If stress continues for a long time, a man’s testosterone levels can begin to drop. This can interfere with sperm production and cause erectile dysfunction or impotence. Chronic stress may also increase risk of infection for male reproductive organs like the prostate and testes.
For women, stress can affect the menstrual cycle. It can lead to irregular, heavier, or more painful periods. Chronic stress can also magnify the physical symptoms of menopause.
How does acupuncture reduce the stress and boost fertility?
Acupuncture affects the central nervous system and triggers the release of endorphins. These are the brain’s natural “feel-good”chemicals so they reduce stress and give a feeling of general well-being. Acupuncture also reduces cortisol(Stress hormone) and regulates blood pressure&blood sugar level which helps the blood flow to the muscles and the organs.
The British Acupuncture Council claims there’s evidence to show acupuncture increases sperm motility (how fast the sperm swim), as well as increasing levels of the male sex hormone testosterone and lowering the temperature of the scrotum (where sperm are stored), creating a better environment for keeping them healthy.
For women Acupuncture increases blood flow helps boost fertility by stimulating the ovaries to produce healthy eggs as well as enriching the endometrial lining in the uterus. The rich endometrial lining helps to ensure the eggs will be held to term.
Acupuncture also helps to relax the uterus and stop contractions, so blood flow increases and an embryo successfully implants. It also helps to regulate the menstrual cycle and opens the pathways to the brain that play a key role in “emitting the proper hormones at the right time”.
Can Acupuncture help IVF success rates?
“Acupuncture can increase the chances of getting pregnant for women undergoing fertility treatment by 65%,” according to The Guardian’s news pages. This means the two methods have the potential to complement or enhance each other’s results. The most immediate possible effect is that acupuncture served to “relax” the uterus around the time of the transfer. Several studies have shown that the uterus has contractions and that these contractions could cause expulsion of the transferred IVF embryos. If the contractions were reduced by acupuncture then that could be a mechanism for an improvement in IVF pregnancy rate.
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Getting a good blood flow to the uterus and testicles is a key to conceive a healthy baby. Poor pelvic alignment can slow down the blood flow to the uterus and the testicles so balancing the pelvis is really important. See our page https://acuhealthcare.co.nz/low-back-pain-pelvis/ for more info.
By simply correcting the posture the patients feel so much better and positive as the poor posture can trigger cortisol the stress hormone. Good posture means good muscle balance which helps the blood circulation and the nerve innervation. Our trained acupuncturists will provide you a proper way to keep your body in balance and life style advices to maximize the chance to conceive your beautiful baby.
We can’t emphasize enough the importance of the exercise. Gym provides excellent gears and workout environment but not everyone has time to take advantage of it. Here are some great home exercises you can do which don’t require any equipment!
Ok are you ready?
Don’t forget to do enough stretches before and after the workout to prevent the injuries!
Let’s turn off the TV and do some Workout!
So, you have been suffering from on-going low back pain for a number of years. You’ve tried this and that but nothing really helped much although you got some relief for a short period time. When the lumbar pain is persistent like that, it may not just be a low back problem. Have you gotten your pelvis checked?
I’d like to introduce the term “Anterior Pelvic Tilt” and “Posterior Pelvic Tilt” which are really important when it comes to the lumbar pain.
What is Anterior Pelvic Tilt?
When we sit a lot, our hip flexors (mainly rectus femoris & psoas major) shortens. If you have short hip flexors and stand up, your hip flexors will pull on the femur on one end and the hip, as well as the lumbar spine (lower back). This will cause the hip to tilt forward and the lumbar curvature to increase (excessive lordosis). Excessive lordosis puts lots of pressure on lumbar spine which can cause sore low back.
How to fix it?
Kneeling Hip Flexor Stretch
The kneeling hip flexor stretch targets your hip flexors. Begin in a kneeling position on the floor. Bring your left foot forward so that it is directly below your left knee. Both legs should be at a 90-degree angle. Lean forward into the hip while keeping your back straight and your pelvis from tilting to either side or forward. Hold the stretch for 30 to 45 seconds and complete the stretch two to five times. Repeat on the other side.
The Bridge targets your gluteals and hamstrings. Start by lying on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. Place your feet hip-distance apart. Contract your abdominal muscles to press your back into the floor. Maintain your abdominals and spine in this position throughout the exercise. Lift your hips off the floor and toward the ceiling while pushing into your heels for stability. Your gluteals and hamstrings should be contracted and used to complete this action. Hold this position for 30 to 45 seconds, lower your body, and repeat three to five times. Alternately, you can perform a pulsing action of repeatedly pushing your hips up and lowering slightly.
The Plank is a full-body exercise that targets your abdominal muscles as well as your erector spinae. To complete this exercise, begin on all fours, with your palms directly below your shoulders. Move into a pushup position by bringing each foot back, engaging your abdominals and adjusting your feet as needed. Hold the pose for as long as possible, working up to 60 seconds or longer. Alternately, the exercise can be completed with your elbows on the floor directly below your shoulders.
What is Posterior Pelvic Tilt?
When the front of the pelvis rises and the back of the pelvis drops. This happens when the hip flexors lengthen and the hip extensors shorten, particularly the gluteus maximus which is the primary hyperextensor of the hip. This causes straight back which doesn’t allow low back to absorb the shock efficiently so it can cause lumbar pain.
How to fix it?
The first step to corrective exercise is foam-rolling and/or stretching the tightened muscles. To foam-roll the hamstrings, sit with the foam roll under the hamstring, applying as much pressure as you can handle. Hold each sore spot until the pain subsides (roughly 30 seconds). For the glutes: Sit on top of the roll, with one ankle resting on the opposite knee, lean toward the lifted leg, feeling for those tight spots. The abdominals cannot be foam-rolled but should definitely be stretched. After foam rolling, stretch the hamstrings and glutes to allow the muscles to return to their normal lengths.
To keep the pelvis from reverting back to posterior pelvic tilt, some strength exercises are required. Corrective exercises should include those that require the hamstrings, glutes, and quads to work synergistically rather than allowing the hamstring and glute dominance to continue. One example is the lunge. Lunges are particularly good because they break the work into two separate legs, allowing for even more focus on the correct muscle group. There also tends to be a bit of focus on the weakened quadriceps and hip flexors. To do a lunge, take a long stride with either leg forward. Keep your weight evenly distributed and lower your weight until both knees are bent at 90 degrees, then return to the starting position. Repeat the same number of repetitions on each leg.
The lower back muscles also need to be strengthened since they too are a part of the weakness that allows posterior pelvic tilt to be a problem. Any exercise involving spinal extension will help to strengthen the muscles of the lower back. One of the simplest and most effective is the superhero: Lie face down on the floor with arms extended out in front of you. Slowly, lift the arms and legs off the ground simultaneously (like a superhero during flight). Lower, and repeat for the desired repetitions.
In my practice, about 7-8 people out of 10 have stiffness or pain in their neck. It’s not difficult to discover the neck issue even if they came for some other problems. Too much use of computer, stress, bad postures,etc contribute sore neck. Let’s look at the simple muscle lever system on the neck.
As you see above, AF(applied force) should be applied to sustain R(resistance). That means when there is more Resistance, the stronger AF should be applied otherwise the head will drop. That’s why the back of your neck gets tight (AF) when you spend long hours looking at the computer screen or playing with your phone with your head pushed low and forward (R).
Now let’s look at the primary muscle that controls the neck flexion.