Gut health and Fertility – How are they connected?

With the gut commonly referred to as our ‘second brain’, it does far more than just break down the foods that we eat. The gut also plays a huge role in the functions of your immune system, your mood, hormones and fertility. When your gut isn’t working properly, other body systems will suffer immensely. We take a look at how your gut health is connected to fertility, and ways to aid your gut functions.

How Does Poor Gut Health Affect Fertility?

Poor gut health can cause an estrogen imbalance, which may lead to infertility issues including endometriosis and polycystic ovary syndrome. This imbalance can also cause leaky gut syndrome and immune system failure which are linked to infertility and miscarriages. 

Additionally, as mentioned before, a healthy gut microbiome includes an extensive range of different beneficial bacteria and is vital for a healthy immune system. When our gut is unhappy it can lead to problems with our immune function causing chronic inflammation, which in turn can result in recurrent pregnancy loss. Chronic inflammation may also cause decreased progesterone levels leading to implantation failure.

How Can You Heal the Gut?

It’s essential to live a healthy lifestyle in order to heal the gut, with diet and exercise playing a huge role. For your diet, it’s recommended to remove inflammatory foods such as refined grains, sugar, dairy products and processed foods. Replace these foods with gut friendly ones, such as probiotics, broth, fermented foods, fruit and vegetables. You can even undergo a test which finds out specific foods your gut may be sensitive to. 

Moderate exercise also helps to enhance gut function as it improves blood flow and intestinal motility. Incorporate activities into your life such as yoga, walking and meditation. Moreover, fertility acupuncture helps to reduce stress, which in turn improves digestive functions.

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If you suffer with any of the following then it’s time to fix your gut health and optimise your fertility. Anna has over 12 years of experience working in Women’s health, and has helped many couples with successful pregnancies through fertility acupuncture. If you’d like some more information about fertility acupuncture, Anna offers a free 15 minute consultation where you can discuss any issues you may be experiencing. Give Anna a call today on 07540 353137. Moreover, you can fill out an online enquiry form where Anna will be in touch shortly.

While it is true that a female’s egg quality is heavily weighted by genetics, for example, some women might carry genetic mutations that lead to defects in the maturation of human oocytes (eggs). Some women may have poorer egg quality at a younger age, however oocytes are cells just like other cells in our body and through lifestyle, nutrition and acupuncture you can enhance what you are born with.

Healthy Diet

A healthy diet contributes to your overall health, as well as improving egg quality, and boosting overall fertility. Start to incorporate a Mediterranean diet into your life, which consists of a variety of colorful fruits, vegetables, omega 3 fats and protein and try to limit the amount of sugar and alcohol consumed. 

Well Being

Stress levels can play a huge role in unsuccessful conceptions. Whether it’s from work or other stressful environments, stress is known to produce hormones such as cortisol which can result in late ovulation, long term chronic stress can impact your fertility.  Starting Well being activities such as meditation, yoga, light exercise and fertility acupuncture can all help to reduce stress. Click through to our latest blog post to find out more.  

Stop Smoking

Smoking is known to significantly reduce the quality of a woman’s eggs. This is due to cigarettes being made up of chemicals that can mutate the DNA in your egg cells, which results in eggs becoming inadequate for conception and the probability of birth defects may increase. It’s also important to add that the number of eggs will reduce with age, so it’s advised to keep eggs healthy and free of unnecessary chemicals when trying to conceive. 

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If you’re struggling to conceive naturally and have additional questions about improving the quality of your eggs, give Anna a call on 07540 353137 to start your fertility acupuncture journey. Moreover, you can drop Anna an email where she’ll be in touch shortly.

Fertility Acupuncture 

For some couples, after trying to conceive naturally for some time, they embark on IVF treatment. Research suggests that acupuncture treatment alongside IVF can decrease miscarriage rates by 50%. Additionally, fertility acupuncture can also be beneficial in cases of threatened miscarriage due to its positive effects on serum cortisol and prolactin levels. In this blog post, we take a look at how fertility acupuncture can optimise your chances of a successful IVF cycle. 

Regulation of the Immune system

The immune system plays a very important role when it comes to fertility. An overactive immune system can lead to pregnancy loss when antibodies in a woman’s system can fail to recognise a pregnancy, or there may be an abnormal immune response to the pregnancy. An overactive immune system can also prevent an embryo implanting. Fertility acupuncture can help regulate the immune system, increasing the chances of conception. 

Reduces Stress

Infertility can put a huge strain on couples. Acupuncture can ease the tension carried in the body when it’s under emotional stress. By inserting fine needles into specific acupuncture points our bodies feel good chemicals such as endorphins are released, these chemicals relax the body and mind and can aid a successful pregnancy. Additionally, fertility acupuncture can help support women during the roller coaster of emotions that are often experienced during an IVF cycle. 

How Often Should You Have Fertility Acupuncture?

It’s recommended to undergo fertility acupuncture at least three months before you begin IVF treatment, as this is the cycle of egg development. Moreover, research shows that additional acupuncture performed before and after the embryo transfer can increase chances of pregnancy, as this is when your body will benefit most from the effects of acupuncture. 

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Anna has over 12 years of experience working in Women’s health and has helped many couples on their IVF journey. If you’re interested in fertility acupuncture and want to find out more information about how it can benefit your IVF treatment, just give Anna a call on 07540 353137 where you can arrange a free 15 minute consultation. Additionally, you can fill out an online enquiry form where Anna will be in touch shortly.

What is fertility acupuncture?

During an acupuncture session fine needles are inserted into specific areas of the body which have been shown to stimulate the nervous system which in turn sends chemical messengers to our immune system, hormonal system and cardiovascular system to promote health. There are numerous benefits to fertility acupuncture, and here is just a few:

Helps Reduce Stress levels

Fertility acupuncture has been shown to help reduce stress, which plays a huge role in the conception process. Stress can be capable of interfering with a woman’s menstrual cycle, which can result in no ovulation, irregular periods, and sometimes no periods at all, resulting in fertility issues. 

Acupuncture helps to reduce stress levels by inserting needles into specific pressure points, which then releases endorphins to the brain. The whole process of acupuncture is also very relaxing, once the needles are placed you are able to lie quietly on a comfortable table, usually with calming music and lighting. By reducing your stress levels, you can optimise your endocrine system and help balance hormones, giving you the best chance of conceiving. 

Increases Blood Flow

Fertility acupuncture has been known to improve blood flow and egg quality. Ovarian follicles and their eggs grow from the ovarian blood supply, which carries relevant hormones and nutrients. If blood flow is compromised in any way, this could result in fewer good quality eggs. Fertility acupuncture can increase blood flow to the uterus and ovaries by relaxing the walls of blood vessels. 

Improves Male Factor

In couples that are struggling to conceive, it’s been researched that over 40% of fertility issues are male factors. This is mainly due to external factors such as excessive drinking and smoking, poor diet, long working hours, and exposure to electromagnetic devices. In the same way as the female, fertility acupuncture can have a positive effect on the male uro-genital tract. Acupuncture can help improve sperm parameters, as well as sperm motility.  

If you’re wanting to learn even more about fertility acupuncture and the other health conditions it can aid, take a look at our female infertility page.

At Source Acupuncture

Anna has over 12 years of experience in Women’s health and has worked with many couples on their fertility journey. If you’re interested in fertility acupuncture or have general questions about acupuncture and whether it’s right for you, get in contact with Anna today on 07540 353137. Additionally, you can fill out our online enquiry form where we will be in touch shortly.