Preparing to conceive – endometriosis

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Endometriosis reduces fertility by damaging ovary function (AMH is reduced) and negatively impacting the immune milieu (inflammatory cytokines are raised) and affecting the lining of the uterus and its implantation sites. Acupuncture has been shown to be an effective treatment for reducing the symptoms of endometriosis and for improving fertility and Chinese herbs have been shown to improve response to IVF drugs and pregnancy rates in endometriosis patients.

Acupuncture is most effective when performed at specific times of your menstrual cycle. These will be decided in conjunction with your practitioner and will depend on your symptom picture and whether you are actively trying to conceive.

Schedule: Acupuncture once a week or fortnight. Chinese herbs daily (when not taking IVF drugs)

 

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Research done in China and Australia reveals that acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can effectively reduce symptoms of endometriosis like pain, improve fertility and reduce immune and inflammatory markers.