Miscarriage and recurrent miscarriages are many times a part of infertility related problems. Most infertility clinics see patients with endometriosis, PCOS sufferers, men with low sperm count, women with poor egg quality or low ovarian reserve, women and men with advanced maternal age these factors and many more they may all contribute to recurrent miscarriage. Most of these causes can be treated with IUI or IVF, but despite the modern technology the chance of going through a miscarriage is still possible.
The fertility specialists at Berkley Center for Reproductive Wellness believe that Traditional Chinese Medicine increases the odds of having a successful pregnancy. This is the first complementary medicine Center in the U.S. to specialize in the treatment of infertility. Mike Berkley, Licensed Acupuncturist and Board Certified Herbalist; Fellow, American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine says that for the past 10 years he never needled the abdomen of a pregnant woman for fear of causing miscarriage. He claims that it was up to recently thought that needling the abdomen of a pregnant woman causes over-stimulating blood flow to the embryo or placenta, and consequently miscarriage. Mike Berkley discovered this is not true.
He claims that he has been using this method with great success, and he believes that this is one of the major ways that miscarriage prevention can be achieved with acupuncture. Bellow is the explanation how In the period of luteal phase the predominant hormone is progesterone, which is created from the follicle ('yellow body' or corpus lutuem ) that has ovulated the mature egg.
Under the influence of luteinizing hormone yellow body which emanates from the anterior pituitary in the brain secretes progesterone. This is done to enable the uterine lining to be amenable to a successful embryo implantation and pregnancy. If pregnancy is not successful, the corpus luteum dies and progesterone levels diminish and menstruation starts. However, when a woman does become pregnant, the luteinizing hormone is required to maintain high levels of progesterone and progesterone no longer comes from the anterior pituitary gland in the brain.
During the pregnancy the progesterone come from the developing baby itself: the baby secretes HCG or Human Chorionic Gonadotropin which has a very similar molecular structure to luteinizing hormone. The Human Chorionic Gonadotropin causes the yellow body to continue to secrete progesterone until the placenta is fully formed at which point the placenta itself secretes appropriate amounts of progesterone to help maintain pregnancy.
Mike Berkley suggests that if the developing baby is responsible for secreting Human Chorionic Gonadotropin to keep itself alive it made sense to him to use very few and well placed needles in the abdomen to gently stimulate blood flow to the blastocyst so that progesterone would continue to be secreted from the corpus luteum. Fabulous idea, don t you think? Simple logic In his opinion this is one of the major ways that miscarriage prevention can be achieved with acupuncture, and he was the first one to arrive at this idea and have been using it with great success.