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Black women of childbearing age have been found to suffer more often from infertility than other ethnic groups. In some cases, infertility is caused by health issues such as endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), fibroids and certain cancers. Fertility can also be impacted by medical or lifestyle 

Fertility Issues In Black Women

Risk Of Infertility

According to the CARDIA Women’s study, black women had twofold more chances (increased odds) of having fertility issues as compared to whites. In addition to an increased risk of infertility, black women also face altered responses to in vitro fertilization (IVF).

 

Poor IVF Outcomes

IVF outcomes were analyzed for white and black populations of the society. Black women constituted 28% of the population. The study found out that black women required aggressive stimulation of IVF (70.2%) as compared to whites (43%). It was also concluded that the implantation rate for black women was significantly lower (9.8%) than for white women (23.4%).

 

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

The darker color of the skin is characterized by differences in traits too. Black ladies are more prone to developing ailments regarding women’s fertility.

Racial disparities were found in the occurrence of Polycystic ovary syndrome. As per the NIH, the prevalence of PCOS for white women was estimated to be 5.5% while the values for black women were 7.4%. This particular racial group (black) also has a greater propensity for fibroid development.

 

Miscarriage

Blacks also have a greater risk of miscarriage. Though miscarriage studies are difficult to conduct a US prospective cohort study revealed that among 537 miscarriages in 4070 women, 23% were identified as blacks. Therefore, it was concluded that blacks had an increased risk of miscarriage and the risk of loss was concentrated in gestational weeks 10-20.

The possible explanations of black women falling prey to miscarriages include:

  • Environmental exposures
  • Risk of insult from existing health vulnerabilities (such as anemia, insulin resistance)
  • Genetic predisposition

Lack of Infertility Knowledge

There are not many resources on infertility, especially among communities of black women. In the research, African American women visiting the urban clinic are uninformed about the causes and treatment of infertility.

What Infertility Treatment Available ?

Treating infertility is a difficult challenge for the doctors and the struggling couples. They entail the intake of multiple medicines and, in some cases, even surgery. Western medicine focus on successful insemination, and sustaining the pregnancy; Chinese medicine focus on bring the body balance and improved inner reproductive health. They are both valuable resources when dealing with infertility.

How Traditional Chinese Medicine Helps For Black Women and Couples? 

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has been around for centuries and has proven to have remarkable effects on the human body. There are a number of chronic diseases that can be effectively and safely treated using TCM procedures such as acupuncture. Acupuncture uses thin needles to relieve pain, improve blood flow, increase energy, ease muscle tension, calm nerves, regulate hormonal cycles and promote overall wellness.

What are the research about Chinese Medicine ?

Ovarian Cysts

Acupuncture has shown promising results in fertility treatment for black couples. According to a case report, a young couple successfully conceived with help of acupuncture therapy. Both husband and wife received acupuncture treatment from a TCM clinic for 35-40 minutes, once a week in three months. The results showed that acupuncture was effective in completely vanishing the ovarian cysts after 7 weeks of treatment.

Some studies advocate combining surgery with traditional Chinese medicine for getting superior results in managing ovarian cysts. This method of TCM not only shrinks the volume of ovarian cysts but also reduces the number of ovarian cysts.

 

Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome

Research suggests that acupuncture is an extremely effective and safe treatment modality for managing polycystic ovarian syndrome. In a review, four studies were recruited. Several studies revealed that acupuncture worked by bringing about the following changes:

  • Increasing beta-endorphin levels (for up to 24 hours)
  • Regulating release of FSH, LH, and different androgens

 

Psychological Aid

Coping with delayed and failed pregnancies is an uphill task for women. It was revealed in an exploratory study carried out on 17 women that acupuncture improves self-efficacy and psychological coping for women.

 

Aid In Other Treatment (IVF)

Acupuncture can prove to be an effective fertility treatment for black women, a combination of  IVF and Chinese medicine can be advantageous in boosting one’s chances of becoming pregnant. In a detailed study published in the Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine, acupuncture has multiple positive impacts on fertility treatment.

  • It improves the ovarian blood flow and modulates the neuroendocrine/endocrine systems, thereby, improving ovulation.
  • Acupuncture also promotes positive outcomes of in vitro fertilization and embryo transfer (IVF-ET). This effect can be attributed to enhanced uterine blood flow and inhibited uterine motility.

Another study concluded that acupuncture can be potent in treating subfertility for couples. The activation of nervous and endorphin systems and increase of uterine blood flow are the main reasons for the positive results in fertility treatment.

Acupuncture was proven to be a useful tool in improving pregnancy rates in women receiving assisted reproduction therapy, a study suggests. The pregnancy rate for the acupuncture group in 34/80 patients was 42.5% while that for the control group was only 26.3%.

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Conclusion:

Research has shown that acupuncture is a viable option for those seeking fertility treatments.  But because there are different causes of infertility in every case, seeking professionals’ help, speaking with the doctors you are comfortable with and discussing conditions is important.

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* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We can’t guarantee the treatment result, as the symptoms of conditions are unpredictable and vary greatly from person to person. The treatment length and recovery time also varies for individual. Please visit our consultation page where a specialists will discuss your care and provide a consultation, and the treatment will be designed to meet your individual needs.

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