A MAJOR CONTRIBUTOR
A low-grade inflammation characterises endometriosis in the pelvis. Due to the inflammation, there is a high number of macrophages (large cells which mop up cellular debris and foreign substances). Macrophages secret toxic chemicals that are toxic to the sperm and embryo.
REDUCED IMPLANTATION RATES
The anti-endometrial antibody may be linked to the recurrent miscarriages and reduced implantation associated with endometriosis. When endometrial tissues are found elsewhere in the body, the immune system attacks the tissues resulting in inflammation. The endometrium in the uterus is also attacked, leading to implantation problems.
Endometriosis is associated with ovulatory dysfunction. Failure to ovulate can result in inadequate progesterone secretion. Even if ovulation occurs, low progesterone levels may not support implantation and embryo development.
FALLOPIAN TUBE OBSTRUCTION
The endometriosis that sits superficially on the membrane around the pelvic cavity has mucus producing glands. If located close to the fallopian tubes or ovaries, the mucus can block the fallopian tubes.
TREAT UNDERLYING IMBALANCE
Specific treatment strategies using acupuncture can be incorporated to correct hormonal imbalances by regulating the pituitary gland, thyroid and adrenal glands, which all play a significant role in the reproductive system. When treating endometriosis, our treatments aim at treating the body as a whole.
REDUCE PELVIC INFLAMMATION
Acupuncture can improve blood flow in the whole body, particularly the reproductive system. Treatments can reduce pelvic inflammation and assist with previous and post laparoscopic surgery.
REGULATE THE MENSTRUAL CYCLE
It is crucial to regulate the menstrual cycle for a natural conception or even if IUI or IVF is the next step you will consider. By balancing hormone levels and maintaining the body as close as possible to a healthy natural menstrual cycle can assist the body to respond better to medications.
ASSIST WITH IMPLANTATION RATES
A combination of acupuncture treatments and Chinese herbs can help with the regeneration of a healthy, fresh and nutrient rich endometrium. This can increase the chances of the embryo implanting as well as preventing an early or late miscarriage.