Bundles of ways to breed success

Source: Sydney Morning Herald, Emily Dunn, Nov 29th 2011
There are ways to protect and boost reproductive health for both women and men trying to conceive and for those who think they might one day want to. Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine is one way.


‘The older you get, the longer you will have had the opportunity to be exposed to fertility-reducing conditions,” says Devora Lieberman, a fertility specialist with Genea. The director of the Acupuncture IVF Support Clinic in Sydney, Jane Lyttleton, says acupuncture can both help restore ovulation frequency and treat some of the other symptoms of PCOS, while Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture can treat the symptoms of endometriosis. ”More and more young people with PCOS are coming in to us with a view to preserving fertility,” Lyttleton says.

”Younger women with endometriosis will also seek out Chinese medicine.”

For those undergoing IVF treatments, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can help. ”There are some trials done that show acupuncture can increase implantation rates,” Lyttleton says. ”It also reduces some of the side effects of IVF treatments, such as bloating, back ache and headache. ‘Most women tell us they come because they feel so good afterwards; it helps them to cope better with the treatment.”

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